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Volume 11, Number 12 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER June 14 27, 2002
Violates Clean Water
Act; Seeks Injunctive
Apalachicola Bay and River
Keeper, Inc. filed suit against the
City of Apalachicola on May 24,
2002, seeking an injunction, re-
quiring the city to comply with
state water quality standards and
the City's National Pollution Dis- r
charge Elimination (NPDES) per-
The plaintiff River Keeper Orga-
nization charges that effluent
from the Apalachicola sewage
treatment plant was being dis-
charged into Huckleberry Swamp
and Creek, and the waters now
flowing through the creek are se-
riously degraded as a result of the
sewage discharge. The brief
stated, "...Because of that efflu-
ent discharge, the growth of al-
gae makes the water so dark that
it is impossible to see more than
a few inches through it and the
creek bed has a layer of up to eigh-
teen inches of putrescent muck
lying on its bed." The brief charges [ (F
that fishing and recreational ac-
tivities have suffered as a result Wa
of such discharge.
The Clean Water Act was created
by Congress in 1972 to restore
and maintain the chemical, physi-
cal and biological integrity of the
nation's waters. Those entities
discharging pollutants into the
waters of the United States need
to obtain a NPDES permit, the Fo
terms of which are calculated to off
reduce pollution to levels that are Ap
not harmful. Plaintiffs charge that (AI
the City of Apalachicola is under 20
the requirements to limit such del
pollution discharged by its sew- as
age treatment plant, including tor
limitations for phosphorus and CE
nitrogen, and that the City is in kid
violation ofthe limits contained ers
in the permits. "The discharge sch
from this pipe has caused and is
causing the death of trees and Gr'
other native vegetation, as well as the
algae blooms in the waters of siti
Huckleberry Swamp and Huckle- sch
berry Creek," stated the River RoC
Keeper pleadings. po0
The pleadings were signed by At- Ho
torneys David G. Guest and mi]
Donna Stinson, both of Tallahas- cla
see. The River Keepers are ask- 7.
ing for injunctive relief, an award cle
of litigation costs including rea-
sonable attorney and expert wit-
ness fees. The litigation was filed
in the United States District Court
for the Northern District of
Florida, Tallahassee Division.
Beat Yields 10
In the early morning hours ot
Thursday, June 6, 2002, the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office
made the following arrests follow-
ing a 3 month long investigation:
Doritha Jones, BF
Ryan Furr, WM
Vedal Bunyon, BM
Ross Edwards, BM
Johnny Williams, BM
Allen O'Neal, BM
Arnold Tolliver, BM
Carmia Lee, BF
Warren' Hayward, BM
Justin Wilson, WM
All were charged with the Sale of
Controlled Substance. There are
11 outstanding warrants remain-
ing in conjunction with the inves-
tigation and arrests.
Wakulla Fishermen Meet
Joins Ron Mowery
Federal Lawsuit Based on Civil
Rights Violations Contemplated
The Wakulla Fishermen's Association
was called to order by President Ron
Crum at a dinner meeting Tuesday
evening, June 11th to hear reports by
Attorney Ronald Crum on the answer
to the State's appeal in the Judge
Sauls case before the First District
Court of Appeal. That background is
presented in another article of the
current issue of the Chronicle. Attor-
ney Charles McClure, a retired judge,
was also introduced to the members.
He discussed the prospects for an-
other litigation being contemplated by
individual fishermen seeking damages
under civil rights allegations, a mat-
ter that has been under investigation
for several months with civil rights
agencies of the Federal government.
Inside This Issue
Riverkeepers Lawsuit 1
ABC Charter School.. 1
Summer Camp......... 1
Dixie Theatre...... 1, 10
............................. 1, 9
Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
. ........................... 3, 4
School Board .......... 4
John Ficklen ............ 5
2002 Graduation... 6, 7
FCAN ...................... 8
Alligator Point ......9... 9
Sea Oats on St. Geo. 10
School Breaks Ground At
ur students and one teacher
icially broke ground at the new
alachicola Bay Charter School
3C School) campus on May 28,
02. When asked why the stu-
nts and teacher broke ground
opposed to the Board of Direc-
rs, Mr. Weiner Principal and
:O simply replied, "it's about the
Is, for the kids, and the teach--
s are the backbone of the
ound-breaking took place at
newly city annexed 11.32 acre
e which was donated to the
iool from the St. Joe Timber
mpany at the end of Fred Meyer
ad. The school purchased 10
rtable classrooms from the
over School District in Bir-
ngham, Alabama. The first
ssroom arrived on Friday, June
Five acres of land have been
ared for phase one, which will
include the 10 classrooms; play-
ground, playing field, basketball
court, and 3000 sq. ft. open air
auditorium. Phase Two will be the
construction of a permanent
building sometime in the future.
All classrooms.will be installed
and anchored by the end of June.
In July, the plumbing, electricity,
sidewalks and equipment will be
in place. In early August, land-
scaping will be completed just in
time for the first day of school
scheduled for August 14, 2002.
ABC School doubled in size to 136
students for the new 2002-03
school year and will serve grades
Kindergarten to 4th grade. Each
year thereafter, a grade will be
added to the eighth.
For more information, contact Jeff
Weiner at (850) 653-1222/1226.
%palachicola Bay Chamber Selects
lew Board Of Directors
The Apalachicola Bay Area Cham-
ber of Commerce, which serves
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St.
George Island, elected a new
board of directors for the
2002-2003 fiscal year. New to this
year's board are Cora Russ with
Colirus, Inc., Thom Bartlett, Gen-
eral Manager of the St. George Is-
land Plantation Owners Associa-
tion, Joseph Parrish, Plant Super-
visor with Buddy Ward & Sons
Seafood, and Dr. Tamara Marsh
with Coastal Foot & Ankle Clinic.
Continuing on for another term
will be: Mark Friedman, Earl
Solomon, Mason Bean, Jerry Hall,
Kristin Anderson, Beth Moseley,
Mark Browne, Gibby Conrad,
'Susan Bickel, Curt Blair, John
Crooms, Susan Gary, Mike Keller,
Sue Latham, Michael Shuler and
Mark Friedman was chosen as
President for this year. Earl
Solomon was elected Vice-Presi-
dent, Mason Bean will continue
to serve as Secretary and Jerry
Hall will be Treasurer.
County Has 60 Days To Respond
DCA Review Of Summer Camp
Returned To Franklin County
Proposed Mixed-Use Residential Land Use Lacks
Several Basic Elements Says DCA
Charles Gauthier, Chief, Bureau
of Local Planning for the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs has
transmitted their "Objections,
Recommendations and Com-
ments" concerning the proposed
Summer Camp Development by
St. Joe Company to the Chairper-
son of the Franklin County Com-
mission, Eddie Creamer.
Upon receipt of the letter, the
county has 60 days in which to
adopt, adopt with changes, or
determine that the County will not
adopt the proposed amendment
to the Comprehensive Plan allow-
ing for the Summer Camp pro-
posal. The letter contained nine
specific objections, most tied to
recommendations or alternative
comments that might be incorpo-
rated into the revised County
Comprehensive Plan. The first
objection is that the mixed-use
residential category for the 784
acre parcel lacks several basic el-
ements, according to Gauthier.
The category allows an undefined,
wide range of non-residential uses
and does not contain meaningful
intensity standards for those
uses. The category also lacks a
predictable measure of the allow-
able mix of uses. The "vague poli-
cies" would allow development
that is not suitable given the "ex-
ceptionally sensitive nature of the
site." Gauthier cited the adjacency
of the site to the Alligator Harbor
Aquatic Preserve, the high water
table and abundance of wetlands
on the site as factors that "can
reasonably be expected to have
some direct and indirect impacts
on the estuarine system and wa-
ter quality." The wide array and
nature of the uses allowed under
the proposed amendment are not
tailored to the nature of the
amendment site. Moreover, DCA
recommends that Franklin
County undertake an update to
its Comprehensive Plan to bring
it in compliance with State law.
For example, the new wetland
protection requirements are not
addressed in the County Plan.
"Further updates to the Plan are
necessary to correct outdated ref-
erences and deadlines."
'The Planned Unit Development
-(PUD) Ordinance was passed to a
final public hearing, at the June
6 meeting of the Carrabelle City
Commission. Despite some elo-
quent comments from Jim Lycett,
Pat Maier and Ben Watkins, and
some misgivings on the part of
Commissioner Edward (Ed)
Saunders, the ordinance has
passed first and second reading.
There will be a public hearing at
which the public will be heard.
Jim Lycett was the first speaker
,Jf the evening against the ordi-
nance. He soon made it clear that
he is not against development. He
said that there was a lot more
people who would have come if
they had known about the issues.
Lycett made an eloquent plea.to
the commissioners telling them
their decision on the height,
density and extent of development
was the most important decision
that could be made by any
commissioner in the next 20
years. He went on to say "It will
determine the character and
quality of life for this town. The
right decision will preserve the
best of what we have today-the
wrong decision will turn us into
what most of Florida over-
developed and desecrated."
He went on to set the scenario if
the city approves the proposed
ordinance under which the Mari-
ners Landing are requesting four
stories and a height of 72 feet.
That project would be just a pre-
cedent for others to claim even
Higher building and even more
density. He added, Soon the is-
land at the mouth of the river will
have four story condos on it and
every piece of buildable land on
the river from Millender's to the
Moorings will have four story con-
dos. When Arvida gets it's hands
on Timber Island, they will re-
quest that the city annex any land
;,that is not already in the city and
they will build four story condos
until the Carrabelle River will be-
come the Carrabelle Cavern!" He
added that anyone who thinks
this won't change Carrabelle for
the worse had better think again!
At this point, Mayor Wilburn
(Curley) Messer said that he knew
that 80 percent of the local people
wanted it. He said that Mariners
Landing would bring 30 35 or
so jobs to the town.
Lycett said, "Mr. Mayor, if we lose
our small town quality, and there
is a large number of people who
live in this town who came to this
town to get away from the
Destin-style, the Sarasota-style."
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that the ordinance before the
commission was spelled out in
general terms and each PUD ap-
plied for would come before the
board and there is nothing pre-
Lycett responded that if he had
read the ordinance correctly,
there were no limits on height. He
added that with no preset guide-
lines someone could come along
and want 10 stories.
Commissioner Ed Saunders said
"I would ask you to provide cer-
tain things in this ordinance.
What you are doing is allowing an
applicant to come in and three
people decide how high a build-
ing can go." He added there are
no limitations. Lycett said that
was one of his concerns.
Continued on Page 10
"Jewel Thieves!" Sparkles As Dixie
Theatre Opens 5th Season
Actors Triumph In Comedy
By Tom Campbell
"Jewel Thieves!" is a wonderful evening of entertainment, now play-
ing at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. (Go and relax and have a
good time. This first-rate comedy-mystery is guaranteed, to stimulate
your funny bone.
This is a tour de force for the four actors who make a terrific en-
semble. Cleo Holladay is bewitching as Gloria Desmond, the movie
star, who has among her famous dinner guests such stars as Clark
Gable. Cleo Holladay has perfect timing and manages to get every
laugh, as she romps from start to finish. At one point in the play she
says, "Does anyone ever know anyone very well?" That might sum up
very well the story of "Jewel Thieves!"
Drew Morris as Harold Busby is a newcomer to the Dixie Theatre
stage and his performance marks the 74th production of his career,
which includes roles in "The Man of LaMancha," "Oliver!", "The
Fantasticks," "Oklahoma!", and "Hello Dolly!" He has done eight mu-
sicals for the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota, where he
The guessing game gets funnier and funnier as the play progresses
and Drew Morris succeeds in surprising the audience at every turn.
He is charmingly hilarious.
Dixie Partington as Lady Lynn Fortescue delivers the first-rate, spar-
kling performance that theatre-goers have come to expect, and packs
some surprises which she joyfully showers along the way.
As her partner Alfred Blunt, Randy Thompson is the perfect butler.
who has some surprises of his own to demonstrate. Randy Thomp-
son returns to the Dixie Theatre for his third season and his perfor-
mance shows finesse and brilliance. His performance finishes out
-the ensemble, which shares the stage in perfect shades of timing and
comic delivery. Continued on Page 10
3 PUD Ordinance
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rom left) Yvonne Mitchell, Katie Conrad and teacher Will Be Held
acola Bay Charter By Rene Topping
.pa-achcola Bay Chrter By Rene Topping
FWCC v. Pringle and Crum
Crum-Pringle File Answer Brief
In Appeal Case
Appeal from a Declaratory Judgment from Wakulla
County Circuit Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit
Attorneys Ron Mowrey and Mary E. Watts filed their answer brief in
the First District Court of Appeal, First District, State of Florida, on
May 30, 2002, in response to the appeal taken by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) from a decision by
Judge Sauls in the Circuit Court of Wakulla County. Judge Sauls
found that the Pringle-Crum rectangular net was not a gill net, and
was allowed by the Constitution. The case was tried beginning April
16, 2001. Crum and Pringle established in court that they could not
use hand thrown cast nets in a commercially viable manner due to
physical limitations, and that two-inch seine nets were not commer-
cially viable. These nets, in fact, caused juvenile fish to be gilled and
killed, conduct prohibited by the Amendment to limit net fishing.
During the case, the testimony established that the majority of the
fish caught in the Crum-Pringle net were not caught by grilling or
entangling the fish in the net, ordinarily prohibited by the net limita-
tion Amendment to the Florida Constitution.
Judge Sauls found that there was no rational basis to restrict use of
the Crum-Pringle nets which were clearly allowed under the Consti-
tution and which are not gill or entangling nets. Judge Sauls also
found that the deprivation of these nets also resulted in a complete
deprivation of an individual's right to earn a living. The Judge Sauls
Court also found that the regulations imposed by the FFWCC dis-
criminated against a specific fishing group and operated as a denial
of due process and other rights of Appellees, or Crum and Pringle.
The 45-page answer brief presents five questions on the appeal the
State has taken from the Judge Sauls decision.
1. Whether the trial court correctly ruled the doctrine of Primary Ju-
risdiction does not apply, and whether Appellant (FWCC) waived its
right to assert the doctrine by pursuing a declaratory judgment in
Crum and Pringle have argued through their attorneys
and the answer brief that the doctrines of Primary Juris-
diction and failure to exhaust administrative remedies
do not apply because the FFWCC invoked the jurisdic-
tion of the circuit court when a counterclaim was filed.
"FWCC requested a declaratory judgment from the Cir-
cuit Court regarding the net at issue and is therefore
stopped from now arguing the agency should have ad-
dressed the questions of the net's legality or Constitu-
tionality... The doctrines do not apply because this is a
constitutional issue..." not an area over which the FWCC
has expertise or authority.
2. Whether there are any previous determinations made by FWCC
which should apply to and control the facts in this matter?
Crum and Pringle's attorneys have argued that the court
correctly found the rectangular net was not a gill or en-
tangling net. "Deference was not required of the agency's
(FWCC) "interpretation" because there is no interpreta-
tion regarding the issues in the present case, and defer-
ence cannot apply when an interpretation is clearly erro-
neous." The answer brief pointed out that there was no
interpretation made by the FWCC.
The state has argued that deference should have been
given by Judge Sauls to an "interpretation" that all rect-
angular nets over 2-inch stretched mesh are gill nets.
The proof presented to back up this interpretation was a
letter written by the Head of the FWCC to a federal offi-
cial. Crum and Pringle's attorneys replied, "a policy of
this nature with broad applicability would have to be
adopted in a rule making procedure. This would give in-
dividuals such as Appellees (Crum and Pringle) notice of
the agency's interpretation and policy..." This was not
Continued on Page 9
rA LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
4 June 2002
The Board approved the minutes
and voted approval to pay the
Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade requested Board
action on approving a new con-
tract with the Dept. of Revenue
involving child support payments
and the Board approved the new
The County's Engineer, David
Kennedy, reviewed the proposal
for GT Com to do special wiring
in the new courthouse annex, and
the Board approved the estimated
$16,000 cost for accomplishing
the installation. The money would
come out of Contingency. The
Board approved the expenditure.
Superintendent of Public
Mr. Herbert Chipman made some
observations about the increased
tempo of road and ditch work, and
he asked the Commissioners if
they had any comments or ques-
tions. Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders brought up the subject
of milled asphalt and the instal-
lation of this asphalt on several
,,i 'Cheryl Sanders .
driveways in the Apalachicola
area. The request was made by
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis.
Sander's source said Mosconis
had requested the asphalt "for the
county," but the asphalt was go-
ing to Apalachicola. Sanders said,
"If this was going to Franklin
County, why didn't the other
Commissioners know anything
about that?" as she turned toward
Commissioner .Mosconis. Com-
missioner Sanders raised h'er
voice as she explained.further that
the asphalt had run out. "Jimmy,
I have a problem with that and
I'll tell you the reason why. There's
many, many times you have said
'We are county commissioners'
not district commissioners. Yet,
where's the work being done at?"
Then, she explained that another
100 loads of asphalt became avail-
able, but this would have to be
divided between the 3 or 4 Com-
missioners that did not share in
the first loads. Asphalt from 100
loads had been delivered into Mr.
Mosconis' district. "This sends a
bad message to the public," ex-
claimed Commissioner Sanders.
Mosconis replied, "I thought I did
a service to the county". He ex-
plained that a 50-mile trip to de-
liver the asphalt to the eastern
'end of the county would be ex-
pensive. Sanders responded,
"...When I asked for it, they
weren't giving it away." She ac-
cused Commissioner Mosconis of
getting the asphalt delivered only-
or his district, not shared among.
the panel of county commission-
ers. "It upsets me, Jimmy," she
Mosconis explained that he also
had asphalt delivered to the dis-
trict represented by Commis-
sioner Williams. Mosconis' even-
tually replied; "You're whipping
this horse too bard, I'm telling ya."
Sanders said, "I'm telling ya'... You
disrespected the Commission-
The Board of County Commis-
sioners agreed to a short-term
lease to a Georgia firm, Advanced
Environmental Technologies, at
the airport. President Chad
Gunter briefed the Commission-
ers on the Company and their
plan servicing government agen-
cies and businesses around
Apalachicola. While no hazardous
wastes are contemplated in the
Apalachicola-based portion of
their business, Gunter said they
would clean up demolition debris
and commercial refuse. He sees
waste hauling from construction
on St. George Island and else-
where as a core of their activity,
The Commissioners approved a
recommendation by Planning and
Zoning to rezone the Alligator
Point Beach Club C-2 Commer-
cial Business to Alligator Point
Beach Club PUD. Link Barnett
spoke to the Commissioners in-
dicating that this opportunity was
to "downzone" emphasizing
multi-family living instead of a
Link Carroll appeared on behalf
of the Franklin County Sheriff to
recommend a budget.amendment
to accommodate grant applica-
tions and money. The Board ap-
proved. The.Board also endorsed
a grant application to fund three
More officers in the Sheriffs De-
Spartment with local match.
Ray Wiley appeared before the
Commissioners to request the
County abandon Cul-de-sac Unit
1, Alligator Point Subdivision. The
Board requested an engineering
SpR9Ft.,pA, th.e ,.pxqp.erity an d,.pro-
,ppsal,, .to report to -tem-heidy th
Snext meetifig. June 18th. ; .
Director of Administrative
The Board approved an amend-
ment changing the county's flood
management ordinance so as to
be consistent with Federal guide-
lines on understory enclosures in
V-zones. The Federal standards
allow for up to 300 square feet of
storage area but the county ordi-
nance has liinited storage to 200
square feet The Board approved
an amendment that raises the
county's standards to the same as
the Federal standard of 300
The Board approved rezoning an
existing three acres of C-2 zoning
ori'Alligator Point to a Planned
Unit Development zoning (PUD)
for the Beach Club at Alligator
Point. This will allow for develop-
ment of a multi-family structure
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Alan Pierce informed the Board of
County Commissioners that the
review of summer camp report
had been received by the Planning
Office, and the county has 60
days to respond to the Dept. of
Community Affairs (DCA) objec-
tions, recommendations and com-
ments about the Summer Camp
development. He also informed
Mr. Doug Delano that the report
is in and "...that it is up to St. Joe/
Arvida to work out the prob-,
The Board approved the recom'n-'
mendation to stop paying a
county employee after the first
seven days and have the
workman's comp claim be paid
directly to the employee. The rea-
son for the change is to remove
the county from being involved
with paying or not paying a
workman's comp claim.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners has directed a memoran-
dum be sent to all department.
heads advising them that a drug
test is a. requirement for a
workman's comp claim to be paid.
The department heads must in-
form their employees that they
need to take a drug test at tihe
time they seek treatment for their
injury. The Health Dept. will do
the tests in the morning and at
other times, the Hospital Emer-
gency Room will do the drug test-
The Planning Administrator, Mr.
Pierce, provided the Board with a
copy of the application submitted
to the Department of Environ-
mental Protection for funding
through the Florida Beach Ero-:
sion Control Program. No action
was needed now because DEP
would rank all of the applicants
statewide and will make a recom-
mendation to the Legislature next
Mr -Pierce-briefed the Commis---
nioners on additional perspective,
regarding the Alligator Point re--
vetment being proposed by the U.
S. Army Corps. of Engineers
(USACOE). He described a tele-
phone conversationwith Stephen
Carter and Sid Bumpkin. They are
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granite rock revetment. 'They
would install vertical sheetpile at
the toe of the existing rock revet-
ment and then backfill over the
existing rocks with sand. This
would move the sea/land inter-
face away from the road some 20
or 30 feet. The existing concrete
cap would not be removed. This
project has many, many aspects
to consider. In very short terms,
the good news is that this 2500
revetment could be built at no
cost to the county and protect
about 700 feet of road that is cur-
rently exposed. The bad news is
that this revetment could inter-
fere with, if not block, future
chances for a beach to be rebuilt
on the Point, and it could displace
the erosional forces such that a
longer and longer revetment will
be necessary in the future. The
Board approved a motion to con-
duct a workshop on the erosion
to be held at Alligator Point. No
specific date and time was set, yet.
Meeting June 4
Hears Christmas In
-By Tom Campbell
SCity Attorney Patrick Floyd led the
meeting in prayer, then the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag. All Com-
missioners were present except
Commissioner James L. Elliott
who was reported "at camp."
Recognition of Visitors was first
order of business, and Lee
McKnight recommended that the
Chapman Botanical Gardens be
named Chapman and Edward
Tolliver Botanical Gardens. The
Commissioners decided to "take
it under consideration." McKnight
pointed out that Tolliver was the
"first black man ever to get elected
in this area and basically he did
fine... He got re-elected...."He said
he taught us that it does not have
to be "us against you, because in
that case somebody always loses.
Basically, we ought to remember
what Ed Tolliver taught us'."
Laura Moody, President of the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety appeared to "share" the
plaque that was awarded "to the
Society for the Raney House Reno-
vation." The handsome plaque
was awarded by the "2002 Talla-
hassee/Leon County Historic Pre-
sentation," which considers Ar-
chitecture, Landscaping, Ar-
chaeology and Education. The
award was given to the Apalach-
icola Area Historical Society "For
Outstanding Achievement in a
Preservation Project of Regional
Impact-The Raney House." This
was sponsored by the Florida
Heritage Foundation and the Tal-
lahassee Trust for Historic Pres-
"We talked earlier in the year
about repairing the roof on the
Carriage House," said Laura
Moody. "...There are signs of the
roof leaking, so we need to repair
that." Mayor Alan Pierce said he
would check with the "Work
Camp" to see if they could handle
that job. The City does need to fix
There was a recommendation to
hold a "Christmas in July Frank-
lin County, sponsored by U.S.
Marine Corps Toys For Tots,' July
6, 2002 in Apalachicola at the
National Guard Armory." 4th of
July is on Thursday, so 6th is
Saturday, and the idea was to
"block off the street there. Fire-
works would be "shot off a barge
on the water." No one is currently
making plans to be responsible for
the "shooting of fireworks," Mayor
Alan Pierce was concerned about
fire. Some commissioners .were
concerned that they would "not
be comfortable making a decision
on this with short notice" as July
4 will be here very quickly. The
Mayor said they didn't want to
create any problems for the city.
After some discussion, suggestion
was made that it might be held in
Battery Park. City Attorney said
there should be "some documen-
tation" showing the relationship
between the group and the city.
The Police Chief wanted to know
who would pay for the "overtime"
of the City Police. Saturday, July
6, 2002 would be the date, with
plans to repeat it next year and
in years to come. The Mayor sug-
gested that "we need to know what
is going to happen here." How big
is the event going to be? Who's
going to pay for overtime? The City
needs to be "held harmless." What
exactly is going to take place? Is
the Health Department going to
inspect? If serving food, the
Health Department will inspect.
The pleasure of the board was for
more information to be forthcom-
ing to the Attorney and Betty Tay-
lor. Double check on everything,
was the advice of the Mayor. Bat-
tery Park would be the location.
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The fireworks part needs to be
specific. Anita Gregory spoke on
behalf of the Chamber regarding
fireworks. "The Chamber will not
be responsible for fireworks. Es-
pecially in dry years like this."
Professionals have to be respon-
sible. Fireworks are expensive,
and there is a lot of responsibility
there. A special meeting could be
set up to consider the details af-
ter all the information is put to-
There were other local consider-
ations frqm citizens of the com-
munity, some dealing with sewer
Recreation Board Report, includ-
ing concerns that parents pick up
their children in the afternoon on
Police Chief requests Policies and
Procedures be brought up to date.
Motion carried unanimously con-
cerning Policies and Procedures.
Baskerville Donovan Engineers
Report concerning Re-Use Pro-
gram, St. Joe property near air-
port; as soon as program is ap-
proved, transfer to City, about
200 acres, for handling affluent.
DCA wants to distribute money to
the city, 2 and a half million dol-
lars. The water is suitable to be
"fanned out" to recreational facili-
ties, to grow hay, etc.
Minutes of last meeting read and
approved unanimously. Approval
of Bills motion carried unani-
mously. Attorney's Report cov-
ered, among other items, the sub-
ject of people dumping trash
within city limits, signs should be
placed that read "dumping is ille-
gal." Piles of trash and garbage on
city right-of-way is a terrible sight
and the city needs to clean it up,
and see that citizens cease and
desist such negative actions. The
ordinance must be enforced.
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changes to the Magnuson Act that puts more emphasis on peer re-
view of science and amends the way members are appointed. We urge
our Congressmen in the southeast to support the amendments being
offered by Congressman Tauzin of Louisiana.
FWC's Roy Williams is Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Council this
year and is under direct orders from his Commission to ban red grou-
\ per longlines, regardless of what other options might be available to
reduce mortality. We have almost a hundred commercial fishing boats
within the Apalahchee Bay area that will be adversely affected by this
proposal to ban longline fishing for red grouper. We don't believe the
science or the need is there to ban our longlines and we are prepared
to go to court to have our views heard. When any Council member
cannot support federal law in managing fish in federal waters, they
SFA spent lots of time on domestic shrimp issues. The American
shrimp industry has become the poster child of the large non-profit
"charitable" foundations. They have millions of dollars to use in their
overall campaign aimed at curtailing commercial fishing. We fought
Sor the domestic shrimp industry all year long. We were unable to
prevent the requirement for federal shrimping permits even though
the Shrimp Advisory Panel and the Shrimp Scientific and Statistical
even though they said it wasn't for law enforcement purposes, we
know better. ted
SFA continued working to keep our sales tax exemption on diesel fuel
and will do so in the coming year. There are proposals to remove this
exemption which would cost every commercial fisherman who uses
diesel fuel in federal waters an additional 6% of fuel raising the fuel
a price. SFA and SFA alone won this exemption many years ago but are
not sure if it can be saved under current legislative proposals.
There are new federal options under discussion calling for a daily
bycatch log to be filled out for every trip and a mandatory observer
program whereby a federal observer would have to be allowed on the
SE Fisheries Association shrimp vessels randomly selected by the federal government. There
is no mention of government fees to feed the observer nor provide
The sres en s Fp rd o insurance to cover the observer in the event of injury. SFA opposes
Mandatory observers and bycatch logbooks unless both programs
eare required for anglers as well.
Apalachicola businessman Grady Leavins is the outgoing President The European Union banned the importation of all Chinese shrimp
of the Southeastern Fisheries Association for 2001-2002. His speech when it was discovered that chloramphenical residue was found on
was delivered to the 50th Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, on the shrimp. This chemical is used to prevent salmonella in pond-raised
May 31, 2002, indicating his view of the state of the seafood indus- shrimp but it is an illegal drug. There was great concern the shrimp
tries as it related to the Association. banned from Europe were simply repackaged and sent to the United
States where our government does not have the equipment to detect
The President's Report traces of chloramphenical in the parts per billion range.
It seems just a month ago I was sworn in and now my year is over. There is no salmonella on wild caught shrimp and besides they taste
Where in the world did the year go? i better than chemically enhanced pond-raised shrimp. SFA knows the
United States domestic shrimp industry does not produce enough
Very briefly, let me tell you where my year has gone. shrimp to supply the demand. SFA also knows that i within a year
w there will be 1 BILLION pounds of pond raised shrimp on the US
One of the first things SFA did wastask Senator John Breaux to in- market and this low priced, Sometimes chemically enhanced prod-
clude commercial fishing in his 'Freedom to Fish" legislation. Senator uct, will control prices paid to domestic shrimp fishermen. SFA is
Breaux filed this bill to prevent federal officials from closing recre- working to find a niche for domestic shrimp through a cooperative
national fishing in Marine Protected Areas unless it could be proven program with DACS and is calling for stringent law enforcement to
that recreational fishing was the cause of any fishery decline. This is prevent sellers from labeling imported shrimp as domestic.
a concept sponsored by several national sportfishing organizations reshrimp
making sure anglers are not impacted by the establishment of Ma- I It has been estimated that Chinese pond raised shrimp can be har-
rine Protected Areas. It's similar to the Everglades National Park rules i vested, froze and loaded on a ship destined for the US market at a
in that commercial fishing is banned but allows sportfishing. SFA cost of 81 cents per pound.
asked that whatever special accommodations were given to the recre-
ational sector also be given to the commercial fishing sector. It doesn't The federal government should help stabilize the domestic shrimp
make much sense to allow anglers who are allocated 70% of king industry just as they have stabilized the catfish farmers by buying $6
mackerel to continue to fish in Marine Protected Areas while com- million dollars worth of catfish to keep their market strong in the face
mercial fishermen, who are allocated 30% of the king mackerel, are of imported products.
prohibited. Shouldn't the sector taking most of the fish be slowed Another major battle has been to save the domestic grouper indus-
down also in the MPA's? This bill has not yet passed Congress. try. This has been an intense battle all year long between those of us
Early in my year SFA began working on amending the law prohibiting who want to continue harvesting red grouper with bottom longlines
the sale in Florida of spiny lobster tails imported during the closed and those state and federal officials who want to ban as much com-
season. Harry Frisch of Beaver Street Fisheries spearheaded the mercial fishing gear as possible and reallocate more fish for anglers.
project, which resulted in the Fish and Wildlife Commission unani-
mously agreeing to amend the law, There was some opposition from
fishermen but the opposition was,iaimed more at their irnpact' of im -a:
ported spiny lobsters on the market price and not any conservation "-na-.-. .w.
aspects. SPAbelieves the law will help keep spiny lobster on the menus d te' t .' 'Ib om -
and in turn keep the demand for the product at a high level. nntnco
Another issue that kept us busy was the Congressional Reauthoriza-
tion of the Magnuson Act. There are some inequities in this law and
the Council process is out of kilter. For instance, there are only three
Commercial fishing representatives on the seventeen member Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management Council. Restrictions on commercial fish-
ing reflect the current dominance of the recreational members on the
Council. The Council membership makeup is out of balance. Shrimp
is the number one fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and there is only ONE
shrimp related member of the Council. There are quite a few
anti-shrimping proposals floating around and being pushed by the
charterboat Council member from Alabama. The influence of the
charterboat industry on the policies of the Gulf is amazing. SFA has a
charterboat section headed by Carl Anderson of Panama City and
over the years SFA has worked with the past leaders of this very
Important industry. I hope reason will prevail within this sector and
that they will stop attacking the longline red grouper fishermen and
the shrimp industry.
SFA and a host of other fishery trade associations have proposed
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June 14, 2002
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Through SFA and SOFA, Dr. Trevor Kenchlngton, a Certified Scien-
tist frorh Canada, was hired to review the grouper science. And re-
view it he did.
He found so many errors and flawed mathematics that the original
stock assessment by two NMFS biologists was practically shelved.
The first NMFS stock assessment said there could only be a 1.3 mil-
lion pound TOTAL harvest for grouper based on their calculations.
That would have closed recreational and commercial harvest.
As it turned out, the NMFS calculations were corrected and now a
Total Allowable Catch closer to 6 million pounds is available if the
Council wants to use all options available to them. Please contact
Bobby Spaeth and Captain Eric Schmidt for more specifics. Suffice to
say many months were spent trying to save these domestic fisher-
men. If not for the efforts of Southern Offshore Fishing Association
and Southeastern Fisheries Association, the commercial harvest of I
grouper could have been completely stopped. The Gulf Council is off
base In what they are trying to do to the commercial red grouper
Early in the year we had a knock down, drag out fight with a state
official over the management of oysters. I ended up with my picture
in the local paper asking that the DACS official be fired for the way he
treated two Franklin County Commissioners at an ISSC Meeting.
Things were very hot and then reason prevailed, but not until the
Commissioner of Agriculture personally came to Apalachicola to hear
the grievances of the oyster Industry. I pay tribute to Commissioner
Bronson and Assistant Commissioner Dr. Martha Roberts for solving
this problem. The oyster Industry Is under the gun to reduce illnesses
through the use of Post Harvest Treatment (PHT) and if a mandated
reduction does not occur within a certain time period, the Bay will be
closed for many months of the year and with that closure would come
the closure of many of Franklin County businesses. The Apalachicola
Bay Oyster Dealers Association is a very active member of SFA. Be-
tween those two professional groups we hope to make the transition
to PHT as easy as possible.
Then came September 11, 2001, and our nation will never be the
This national tragedy planned and Perpetrated by fanatic religious
madmen shook us to our roots. But instead of weakening us, this one
brutal act against innocent civilians galvanized our nation. The na-
tion rallied behind our President and the United States and its allies
crushed the Taliban government that was harboring Bin Laden.
The war is not over but it will be and those who commit such evil
crimes against the United States are learning they can run ... but
they cannot hide.
While our nation was recovering from the attack and preparing for
the war on terrorism, the seafood industry faced difficult financial
times. People were staying home. Hunkered down by the TV to follow
the daily progress of the war. People were not going out to restau-
rants and they were not doing much traveling which is the lifeblood
of our industry.
This situation brought many of our members to the brink of bank-
ruptcy. Some of our members said their business was off by as much
as 80% for several months and some of them are not back to where
they were. We still have a long way to go. But we will survive.
Seafood inspections will be increased now that 400 or so more FDA
investigators have been brought on board to help protect the safety of
The import sector, which supplies nearly 70% of the US market, will
see more detailed inspections from FDA as they try to increase the
percentage of imports checked.
In this vein, we wonder when FDA and FWC will be able to curtail the
sale of seafood that never goes through a HACCP certified facility.
Our grouper dealers believe as much as 2 million pounds are sold
through the back doors of restaurants every year as well as millions
of pounds of other species such' as king mackerel, mahi-mahi and
tuna and swordfish. The legitimate seafood dealers who are required
to take internal temperature probes upon receipt of these species
must check all these species, according to federal law, for histamine
poison. There are no safety checks made, no records kept and no
taxes paid on backdoor sale of seafood. SFA has been aggressive in
trying to stop illegal sale of seafood products and will continue to
work hard in that area.
SFA has worked on so many different projects during this past year.
My e-mail box is filled almost daily and I spend many an hour at
liome in the evening keeping up with everything that goes on each
day. SFA is truly a professional fisheries trade association that doesn't
operate out of someone's back pocket. It's now been that way for 50
,Ken Haddad Is the new Executive Director of the Fish & Wildlife Com-
missioni Throughout his career he has been a "Keeper of the Flame."
.We hope that in his new position he will keep both his door and his
mind open to all points of view. We hope the seafood industry can
maintain his confidence that he always operates from a position of
sound science and honest goals.
There is still no NMFS Regional Administrator in St. Petersburg since
Bill Hogarth moved on to Washington, but we understand the an-
nouncement for the position has been posted and candidates are be-
ing interviewed. We hope whoever gets it will at least talk to us on the
issues, of the day. Currently there is no dialogue with the Acting Ad-
ministrator. There has been no effort on behalf of the Regional Office
to include us in his.or her process so consequently there is no repre-
sentative from the region at our 50th Convention. We would have had
an official from the Fish & Wildlife Commission but they are meeting
at the same time we are so their presence was not possible.
This is but a thumbnail sketch of what SFA does everyday. Our staff
in Tallahassee works on hundreds of problems every week. I salute
them for their dedication to our association and our industry.
I thank all of you for being here today. Thank you for supporting your
association and thank you for all the help you gave the entire seafood
industry this year and for the past 50 years.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Frankly Speaking In Franklin County
By Rene Topping
I come to you today to ask you residents who have lived here all your
life to join with those people who came to Carrabelle because they
saw that this was a lovely spot with a beautiful harbor. The town has
many who are working hard with those who came here from other
places to build such things as libraries and senior centers, churches
and places for the kids to play. To plant trees, shrubs.and flowers to
beautify our town. I have never wanted to do anything that might
harm Carrabelle-rather I have worked in every venture-be it plants
in the parks or helping to "Save our Lighthouse." I work part-time in
real estate, yet I don't want to see a house on every bit of sand or
buildings as high as the ones in Destin or Mexico Beach. And I do not
have it in for developers, some of whom are my friends.
That said-Here goes!
The day I found Carrabelle I found my new home. I exchanged the
desert for the trees and water. And if I sound sometimes downright
sentimental about this town-I am. You, who have lived here all your
lives, surely must have some of the feelings I had when I first heard
that the Carrabelle we love is just withering away from us.
But it doesn't need to!
We were sleeping when for the first time we began to see things that
opened our eyes, as we sensed there was something afoot. First it
was an old motel being torn down and in its place, a three-story clus-
ter of buildings that had too many apartments to be legal.
We shook our'heads but we did nothing about it. We should have
raised more questions way back then. But we slept on. Now we keep
one eye open like a cat. We are now always on alert.
Soon another group of condos were built on the site of Dr. Sands old
office and the old Marine Patrol office. The roof was raised to 45 feet
when the legal height was 32 feet. The County Planner said "OOPS.
We just have to let it slip by. It is already built."
We should have howled our agony then. But we didn't. We just said.
"Well, we have two areas with condos. That's not too bad."
Now we have a group of developers who want to build a project called
"Mariners Landing" and they are asking for a four-story set of condos
to be built on the banks of the Carrabelle River with a height of 72
feet. Four of the commissioners approved the concept.
Don't you see that if this development is approved whatever height
above the county rule, it will start a stampede of other developers
who with a 'Trust me" smile on their faces will ask for higher build-
ings and more density. We need to ask our commissioners to think
hard before they pass the ordinance as it now stands.
Carrabelle people, are you wide-awake now? Now that you have seen
the pattern. Today 72 feet-tomorrow the sky will be the limit.
I agree with Jim Lycett who spoke so eloquently when he said that
"Give it time and we will have condos on both sides of the harbor and
we will have to stop calling it the Carrabelle River. The only name that
will fit will be the Carrabelle cavern."
I agree with Ben Watkins who, although a land owner and developer
saying that he was in the best position to profit from.an open end
Ben Watkins (file photo)
ordinance, gave the Carrabelle City Commission some words of wis-
dom. He said the PUD Planned Unit Development can only be trouble
for the members of the commission if they don't put in some height
restrictions, density and put a few strings on what a developer can
Mr. Watkins also said he had mixed emotions. As a resident he sees
the value of the quality of living here, but he sees the other side of
construction without restriction is not the right thing for this little
So I say now is the time to do something. We all have an oar in this
ordinance and we must never.give up our quality of life here. With
buildings going up into the heights in some of the big cities, we will
lose all our view of the harbor.
Two of the commissioners actually said that they would approve any
height. So if you want to keep our town from becoming a Destin, you
will have to come in person and vote with your presence at the public
meeting the way we want our town to grow.
If there is no height restriction, the developers will go as high as the
commissioners will let them. And then as'Mr. Watson said, our town
will become a city with the rule of men rather than the laws.
Don't slumber away while your town is changed forever. It does not
have to happen Go for a walk around the town. Really look at it. Go
up on the bridge to watch the sun go down and then walk along the
river's edge and take in the mysteries of the harbor. The beauty of the
shrimp boats that look so bulky but turn into grand dames when
they put our their booms. Watch a pelican sitting high up in the mast
hitchhiking along with the fishermen. Sometimes we take our home-
town for granted while people who come from other places will tell
you it is unique in today's world. Look at it as if you were seeing it for
the first time.
I am not a person saying "Close the door to all developers." Qf course,
there will be construction. My only plea is get an ordinance that will
safeguard our town from being a Destin. It can be done without de-
stroying a way of life, not only for those residents who were born here
but also those of us who have adopted the town as ours. We cannot
survive with an open ended PUD with no restrictions. It should be a
give and take if we can only get the residents who agree with me to
come to the meeting, I believe we can persuade the commissioners-
it is their town too.
We come not to deny developers but to work side by side until we can
come to a conclusion that will satisfy all of us.
If so, give me a call and now that I have you wide awake, let us please
talk civilly to one another at the public meeting and keep the quality
of life in a Carrabelle that still will be a pleasant place for us to live
We have to all stand up for our town and the way to do that is to be
there, just as in 1984 and 1985, when we joined hands and hearts
and fought for our rights as Concerned Citizens. The public hearing
will be our last chance to give our views to the Commissioners on this
important issue. After that it will be too late.
Movie Rights Sold
Author Invited To Speak To
Panhandle Poets And Writers
By Tom Campbell
Author Patti Wilson Byars has
been invited to speak to the Pan-
handle Poets and Writers at the
regularly scheduled meeting the
last Wednesday evening in the
month, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library. Trea-
surer Dawn Evans Radford of the
local writers group arranged the
Patti Wilson Byars is author of
"Separate Fountains," in which
twelve year old Katie Jane Taylor
questions the social issues of the
south of the 1940s and 1950s,
such as segregated schools,
blacks having to ride behind the
white line on the Greyhound bus
and the separate water fountains
("Colored," "White Only.") The
Day 2002 At
Dr Nancy White To Be
By Tom Campbell
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rine Research Reserve at 261 Sev-
enth Street in Apalachicola will
celebrate Archaeology Day 2002
on Saturday, June 15, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Education Direc-
tor of the Reserve Erik Lovestrand
said that Dr. Nancy White will be
the guest speaker.
Dr. Nancy White of the University
of SouthFlorida,will, discuss the
Apalachicola Valley's rich cultural
history at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time,
and will be available for artifact
identification and consultation
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other ac-
tivities will include spear throw-
ing and a flint knapping demon-
For more information about this
event, please contact the Apa-
lachicola National Estuarine Re-
search Reserve at 850-653-
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Island First Responders
Two weeks ago, on Friday, May
31st, 16-year-old Matt Tichenor
from Birmingham, Alabama, was
floating about 50 feet from the
shore at St. George Island when
a small shark took a bite from his
left foot. He was rushed to Bay
Medical Center, Panama City
where doctors repaired the sev-
ered tendons in his foot.
This was the first report of a shark
Attack against anyone in the wa-
ters off of St. George Island, ex-
claimed Jay Abbott, a First Re-
sponder on the rescue scene.
Young Tichenor will be spending
the remainder of the summer
reading and playing video games,
and eventually will have to use
crutches in the next few months
as his foot heals.
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author shows how the Ku Klux
Klan controlled the political and
social environment of the town
where she grew up. "Separate
Fountains" stresses family values
and racial tolerance.
"Separate Fountains" can be pur-
chased at Barnes and Noble,
Books-a-Million, Borders, Dal-
tons, Waldens and all other ma-
Patti Wilson Byars is Adjunct In-
structor in the College of Educa-
*tion, Florida State University, Tal-
lahassee. The book was published
by Hillsboro Press/Providence
House Publishers, 238 Seaboard
Lane, Franklin, TN 37067. Byars
said she has just sold the movie
rights to the book.
The book takes readers to the city
ofJonesboro, Georgia, before the
-civil rights movement. Byars
opens the window to her family's
values-opposing the Ku Klux
'Klan when it was unpopular to do
so and treating African-Americans
with respect and dignity when it
was dangerous to do so.
There will be an opportunity to
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meeting on June 26 at the library
in Carrabelle. The public is cor-
dially invited to attend this meet-
Sought For Two
By Sue Cronkite
Franklin County School Board
closed the lid on parent and stu-
dent hopes that Denise Butler
might remain principal at
Apalachicola High School by ac-
cepting her resignation from the
school system at the June 6,
2002, meeting in Carrabelle.
When Eddie Joseph, replacement
until a principal is hired, asked
questions about the job he was
referred by-Board Chairman
Jimmy Gander to Supt. Jo Ann
Board member David Hinton
asked who would be in charge of
Joseph and how he would be paid.
Supt. Gander said Joseph will be
paid as acting principal until a
new principal is hired. Joseph
asked for a time frame as to when
a new principal would come in.
"Hiring or selection is from the
superintendent, not the board,"
Chairman Gander told him. '"The
board can't set a deadline."
Joseph asked about "everything
that goes along with that deci-
sion," and was referred to Supt.
Gander again by Chairman Gan-
der. "It's not possible for the board
to discuss each person's ideas,"
Gander said. Chapman Principal
Ina M. Meyer was also not recom-
mended for rehire for the fall
school term. The resignation, of
Lydia G. Countryman was ac-
As a security measure fences are
to be erected around areas of all
Franklin County Schools. Gene
Boone, in charge of maintenance
and transportation, outlined the
areas at each school, pointing out
that access to schools must be
from the front. The main reason
is to keep outsiders out and stu-
dents in, he explained.
The Apalachicola High School
lunchroom will be open next term,
said Nan Collins, food services.
Preparing meals in the Chapman
lunchroom worked as a system,
but "territorial problems with per-
sonnel" developed, she said;
Jay Abbott represented Jeff
Weiner, principal of the
Apalachicola Bay Charter School,
in asking about bus transporta-
tion for charter school students.
"It's the same kids who rode the
bus before," he said. "It's not a
private school." Board Atty. Bar-
ara Sanders told Abbott to check
the County-ABC contract on
funding for transportation. ABC
School is expecting 160 students
next school year, Abbott said.
On a suggestion from Board Mem-
ber Hinton the board approved
putting a notation with travel re-
quests on whether the travel is
funded or not funded by the
county school system. Among
other items approved were stu-
dent transfers to Port St. Joe
middle and high schools. A reso-
lution on a Franklin County Dis-
trict School mission statement
was approved. Agreements on
hearing and visual impairment
services with Wakulla County
School; plans, including the
Franklin County Schools Plan for
Excellence (Mikel Clark), Exten-
sion of School Improvement Plans
(Brenda Wilson), and OPPAGA
(Terry St. Cyr), were also ap-
Board Member Katie, McKnight
said she didn't understand the
"Take Stock In Children" program
and Supt. Gander said she would
get a state representative to speak
to the board. A request for Colins,
to ask for a community technol-
ogy grant was approved. The
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A table at the meeting had been
set up with a plaque titled Pledge
of Civility and a large notebook
containing background materials
on meeting items, including min-
utes from the previous board
meeting. When concern was ex-
pressed by members of the press
about background of actions on
the agenda, Supt. Gander said
press packets would no longer be
provided, that members of the
press would be charged for those
copies in the future.
Supt. Gander said she would ask
Atty. Sanders to check on the
school system's obligation, that
reporters have access to the in-
formation daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. 'We didn't change policy,"
she said. "It's expensive to make
copies." Charge for copies is be-
ing researched, said Supt. Gan-
der. "We're trying to be in line with
other public agencies."
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By Tom Campbell
Want to stay young? Take a lesson from Artist John Ficklen of St.
George Island and stay busy with projects you thoroughly enjoy. He
gets up at 4:30 in the morning to work on model ships and airplanes
he is building from scratch. And each work is fantastically beautiful
Ficklen said he "just turned 61," but he looks more like a young fifty.
His eyes sparkle with excitementand his love of life bubbles out in
ways wondrous to behold.
The work he was currently absorbed in was what be calls "Abstract
art-a Victorian Steam Launch." The vessel employs a working steam
engine and is perfectly handcrafted.
He gained international acclaim as an aviation artist. "I love my model
airplanes," he smiled. His work is in collections all over the world.
"God gave me good hands," he said. He never studied. "It's a gift." He
built his first boat at age 5 or 6.
One of his paintings that sold quickly was the "Model P51 Mustang,"
aircraft flown by Chuck Yeager during World War II. Pictured is a
copy of the "sold-out print" by John Ficklen. It was painted about
1982-for "myself-he is a hero of mine." The copy of the sold-out
print is all that's left now. Original and numbered prints are all over
"I have a weird obsession with steam engines and toy steam engines,"
he said. "I'm always looking at garage sales and flea markets for min-
iature steam engines. Every time I find one I put it in a boat. ... It's a
piece of abstract art-I totally made it up. The steam engine works. It
was hand built. The whistle works, the little boiler. You burn fuel in
it. ... It's (the boat) made of fiberglass. ... My impression of how a
Victorian steam launch should look. I'm going to try to keep this one.
I sell them, you know. The last two I did, I put over in the Grady
Market-pretty healthy price tag on them and man, they were gone in
two weeks. So-I'm going to try to keep this one. ... Started working
on it last week."
He has sailboats, mahogany boats, marine paintings, working in oils
and acrylics, limited edition prints. All over the world he is recognized
as an aviation artist.
He graduated from University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1963.
Went to Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. I was a Navy Carrier
Pilot five years. Got out of the Navy and went to work for Eastern
AirLines. With them till they closed the doors on that place. I was a
Captain... Been married to Susan for forty years," His wife Susan is
now in real estate, working with Collins Real Estate.
"We bought this house down here in 1984. We were living in Marietta.
Sold that house dnd moved down here. ..." '
Born in Kentucky because his father was in the Air Force and moved
around, John Ficklen's family is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. His
father was a World War I pilot.
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be a yearlong celebration, according to Ficklen. He plans to be very
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search involved. I sold it to a fellow in New York. ... I built another
that won "Best In Show" in National Competition. Then I found some
more information-so I built another about six feet. It won "Best In
Show" in National Competition. The museum ... over in Charleston,
S.C., they bought it."
He continued, "This is the model of the attack submarine Atlanta,
going to the San Diego Aerospace Museum out there."
He has a big project-a cockpit mock-up-engine, seat, fuselage, etc.
"This airplane first flew in 1929-originally it had a Model A engine in
it. His son sells the plans to it. Been about 2,000 of them built. Next
year is the "100th Anniversary of Flight." December 17, 2003. There
will be a world celebration-yearlong celebration of Flight-and my
father was a World War I pilot-between him and me-we've been in it
for 85 years. That's kind of a milestone. So-to celebrate flight... to
celebrate manned flight-I am building this airplane-made all the
parts... I have a friend who has a place on the island, and he has a
machine shop in Bainbridge-he's doing the welding for me, because
I don't weld. But I make the parts and he does the welding for me.
And I'm going to fly this airplane in 2003-to celebrate flight-and
SI'm leaving Apalachicola Airport and I'm going to fly around this coun-
Stry, and I'm going to spend the night at a grass strip in every state in
this country. That's my plan."
He has antique pieces from World War I, altimeter from the type of
plane his father flew included.
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He plans to fly his plane in September of 2003,'so he has "about 14
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Southern Blockade-Runner he has built. "All of it is my passion. ... I
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He points out, "B-10 Bomber-1934-America's first modem bomber."
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14 June 200C2 Page 5
I High School
Welcome, and thank you all for
attending this special night, hon-
oring the graduates of AHS, we
.couldn't have done it without your
.love and support. First, I must
give honor to God for blessing me
and getting me through eighteen
long years. We've waited a long
time for this night to come, but
all good things must come to an
I would first like to welcome ev-
eryone and thank you for coming
As I look across the crowd, I see a
lot of familiar faces. Faces of those
who have stood by our sides
- through thick and thin. These are
the faces of family, friends, teach-
ers and especially parents, people
who have never once doubted us,
yet encouraged and believed in us.
Over the years we have grown an.
appreciation for them andqto them
we owe a special thank you.
To the underclassmen, who will
now begin their jobs as leaders,
keep the course. Don't let anyone
tell you that you can't do it. Those
who are against you can't make
you fail. It is up to you to make or
break your future. Hopefully your
ending to high school will be as
happy as mine has been.
To my class, we finally made it,
although there might have been
people along the way who doubted
that we could actually succeed.
By sitting here tonight we have
proven them wrong. Yet sitting
here in our blue cap & gowns, in
front of an audience full of family
and friends, anticipating the
words "you may turn your tas-
sels," was not the easiest goal to
Without a doubt the class of 2002
has definitely been through its fair
share of trials and tribulations.
Fortunately, I can stand here to-
night and say even though it
wasn't easy to achieve it was by
far the most enjoyable experience
that I have had. I feel like we can
ultimately call it a success.
Surprisingly there are many as-
pects of high school that I will
miss. I will miss the sports, being
on the field with some of my clos-
est friends, working together try-
ing to defeat our opponents. Shar-
ing well-earned victories or con-
soling each other after difficult
losses. I will miss my classmates
and friends, some of whom I might
not ever see again.
As we walk out of here tonight
(with our.heads held high) pro-
ceeding on to bigger and better
goals in life that we will have to
overcome, I hope that none of my
fellow classmates forget what
made us such a unique class. We
will always have the memories of
the years we have spent together,
regardless of good or bad.
Now we must put high school be-
hind us and look towards our fu-
ture. Some of us are off to college,
some to the armed forces, and
some are still not quite sure what
they want to do. I promise you this
that each one of us has the abil-
ity to succeed. It may not come
quickly or easily but hang in
We are and will always be
Apalachicola High School's gradu-
ating Class of 2002. Thank you
and God Bless.
Before we move forward into a
better tomorrow, we must not for-
get where we came from. I must
look back and reminisce on all the
wild and crazy things from our
younger years. Just yesterday we
were babies, crawling our way into
the seventh grade. We had the
worst reputation, we were known
as the "outcasts" of the school, we
drove some teachers to quit, we
never could keep a sponsor, and
we always disagreed on every-
thing. We started with many and
ended with a handful of students,
but we did it together. They said
we wouldn't make it, but look at
Young men and women, who hold
the future in the palms of our
hands, leaders of tomorrow, we
have set goals, and reached for
the highest stars. We hunger for
knowledge and the secrets of life,
and we thirst for success and ac-
complishment. Time is ticking, as
each minute passes, we're one
step closer to the final answer. So
sit back, buckle up and hold on
tight as we drive on the road of
success into a place called the
journey of life. We know it's not
going to be easy, but it's not go-
ing to be hard forever. We will pass
people along the way such as
teachers, parents, and friends
who will help and inspire us, but
When you get lost, let your heart
be your guide and your mind w~il
soon follow. Remember never to
give up. Don't forget I love you and
will miss you all. To my mommy
dearest, you're my best friend.
personal doctor, and my right
hand, I love you always. To daddy.
may your soul rest in peace.
You're my heart, when I lost you.
I stopped breathing, because I'm
a daddy's girl, and you couldn't
separate us. I know he's watch-
ing over me, and it's made me
stronger, and I have to make him
proud.. much love daddy. Over-
all, thanks to the loving teachers,
community, family, friends, and
to a wonderful principal who has
-been behind me 110%, who's al-
"ways been there and believed in
me. That means a lot to me and
I'll never forget you. You know
who you. are. Thank you and
Bobby Gerald Babbs
Cecil Ray Babbs
Rachel Verdell Benjamin
Brandt Nicole Brannan
Joshua Chadd Cadwallader
Brittany Ann Chipman
James Curtis Chisholm
Amanda Mae Cone
Tiffany Nicole Garrett
- Allison Whitney Hickman
Amber Charlene Holton
April Renee Hutchinson
Phillip Anthony Jackson, Jr.
Jackie Allen Scott Lee
Wanda Gabrielle McKenzie
Heather Danielle Mock
Anita Carol Nichols
Gini Elizabeth Perez
SPhillip Howard Rankin, III
Cynthia Christine Sanders
Brandon Scott Segree
Richard Allen Shiver
John Donald Christopher Strange
Rhetta Jane Strange
Brian Lee Taylor
Bruce Lionel Taylor
Evie Lorraine Wheeler
The Chronicle wishes to express its continued appreciation
to Ms. Cybil Kemper of Apalachicola High who helped us
with graduation information and copies of the speeches.
Similarly, we also appreciate the help of Ms. Sonja Buffkin
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and Salutatorian Amber Holton.
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14 June 2002* Page 7
Graduation Spring 2002
And so it is finally here ... the beginning of the rest
of your lives. By walking at your graduation you
have reached a milestone that many 18 year olds,
across America will not reach this Spring. It is a
night of mixed emotions for you, for your parents,
and for me.
How appropriate, my class of 2002 that we be to-
gether ... tonight... here. We first met each other
in A-22. You know the room ... it used to leak ... it
had 2 doors ... and everything on the teacher's
desk was fair game. You drove everybody crazy.
You were so wild at lunch that I offered to take the
boys to my room for lunchtime. I announced to
you that we would have at Bad Boys Lunch in my
room ... you thought that was so cool.. We'd watch
sports, bring the cafeteria food to my room ... and
taught Alan how to make egg salad sandwiches.
Remember the paper ball blizzards?
In. between, we talked about history, current
events, and life. You talked to me about your girl-
friends and boyfriends, your parents and each
other. I taught you sign language ... whatever we
could do to keep you interested and excited about
When I became your principal, you felt I was your
I personal administrator, You complained to me
about everything .,. How many conversations did
we have? I know your parents extremely well ...
raising you has definitely been a joint effort. We've
been together when you got your class rings and
when we waited Ln the emergency room praying
for friends to live. Whether we have disagreed or
Snot, Fli avealways felt that your parents knew I
Scared what happened to you.
S But you can't leave yet. I still have things to tell
you ... here are some of them:
No matter how well you plan and no matter how
much you want it ... you will never all be together
again. Take a good long look at everyone and ev-
enrthing and commit it to your memory and to your
The most important job you will ever have is to be
a parent. Even if you have no biological children,
you will be a role model for some child-maybe a
niece or a nephew ... or maybe just the kid next
door. Remember that the children are always
Life is not always fair. Sometimes rotten things
happen to good people and they don't deserve it.
Sometimes scoundrels seem to get off scott free.
Difficult times are tests of your character and your
faith. It does no good to scream at the world or tell
people off. I hope you have learned that when life
throws you a curve ball, you need to pick yourself
up,_dust yourself off and hold your head up high.
Character is who you are when nobody is looking.
-Riches are not measured in mboetary terms. A
fancy house, a big bank account and titles do not
automatically mean happiness. There will always
be someone smarter, better looking and richer than
you. But, it's okay. Some people chase money and
fame all of their, lives never realizing that life is
enjoyed in a million small ways every day.
Some of you can't wait to leave here. But, I can
assure you of some things that you will discover.
You will never see a prettier sunset than we have
over our.bay. You will never see stars any clearer
than you can in our sky. You will never find people
any nosier ... or any warmer than you will in your
own home community. You will discover that the
kids who grow up in Apalachicola, have a bond
with each other that keeps them connected when
they leave here. You will meet many people
throughout your life and they will not all under-
stand what was special about your childhood. They
will not understand what kind of relationship you
had with your high.school principal. I will forever
owe you the food fight I promised.
You and your fellow students have brought me
more joy than you can imagine by making me part
of your lives. We graduate tonight but all of you
kids are part of me for always ...
Apalachicola High School
2002 Legislative Session Highlights
Will S Kendrick
Fair Lending Practice Consumers seeking high-cost-loans will
have more protection thanks to the legislation that I introduced
this session. House.Bill 1471 which passed as the Fair Lending
Practice Act is designed to protect homeowners from falling so far
into debt because of bad loan arrangements that they lose their
Military/Dependent Education Benefit Children of Florida
veterans who die or are disabled during service in Operation
Dear Friends:. ced during the 2002 Enduring Freedom will receive the same educational benefits as
te man challengewe fauel ta DistmCt of the children of other war veterans. This legislation provides college
'tesite man chm hapr 10o tel poUt jects.Som o
espgxlive Session, 'm hapdg for local pro cts tuition to the surviving sons and daughters of Operation Enduring
rec ved much needed u Freedom veterans who were Florida residents as of October 7,
these include r ch construction for our rural 2001.
Over S13 million for school constu
oUer s. in fo road building and improvement
Counties. mi. n foir oad bildi neag an eVan in Front Porch Florida Grants More than $2.6 million is available to
Over for t m aoney ostoric pr Florida's disadvantaged communities to reinvigorate
Seceaon space as we so p roects. neighborhoods. The Front Porch Florida program is a grass roots,
our communites.n fo ater and waste bottom-up revitalization initiative that empowers residents to
Over 52.5 milo filled our. cnstitutionally resolve neighborhood problems. These grants help communities
The Florida Legislature also ls bring economic, educational and social services opportunities to an
mandated tasks to: create a seam area to help forge solutions to local challenges.
e..rie uated school code to en through
te Floridal ani dergart NEED A SPEAKER? If your clul
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-Postsecondary)' ab reate, aChie 1 1 this summer, please call m\
Reorgazco t.ndarhc Floa 't inaet to cdership and Council for Competitive Commerce ,,fhic isill be pp to address
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Officer who ."'I O cf a '- during this N'ear's legislative
accountabty for ouratent our Fiscal Responsibility Council session ands hat issues are most
,for theo opportunity o e daonP t hesitate to c General Government Appropriations ,rcssing for District 10.
Thank you nYnthe State Capitol. Select Committee on Florida's Economic Future
office with your s or Procedural & Redistricting Council
In your service, r-- -------------------
S, I Keeping in Touch with Representative Will S. Kendrick (District 10)
I For information about legislation: Call 800-342-1827 or log onto www.leg.state.fl.us
S Staff: Laura Jersey, Chief Legislative Assistant; Shirley Beckham and Judy Ross, Executive Secretaries
Visit or call my offices with ony concerns or questions
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by Tuesday, June 25, 2002. Please indicate the category in which you
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Gas Stations and Convenience Stores For Sale and
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ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE. Do you earn $800 in
a day? Your own local candy route. 30 Machines and
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MATTRESS CLEANING & SANITIZING BUSI-
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**FAST CASH**FOR HOMEOWNERS $15,000
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ates subject to change without notice.
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Florida is always proud to show-
case its impressive list of water-
way statistics- 1,197 miles of
coastline, 12,000 miles of rivers
and streams and more than 7,700
lakes-and its designation as
Fishing Capital of the World. Un-
fortunately, there is a related set
of statistics that casts a shadow
on the sunshine state. Last year
there were 54 boating-related fa-
talities in Florida;. 27 of these
people died of drowning. This sta-
tistic is particularly alarming be-
cause many of these deaths could
have been avoided.
"Most of the boating fatalities are
totally preventable ifpeople would
MORTGAGES, REFINANCE OR PURCHASE NO
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KILL LAKE WEEDS- Proven Aquacide pellets de-
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any depth. Certified and approved for use by state
agencies. For facts and a brochure call (800)328-
9350. Aquacide Company, or write: Aquacide Com-
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DIABETES? PAIN Free testing. Get all your
diabetic testing supplies at little or ho cost to
you. Medicare, BCBS, GHI, etc. Pharmacy
GOVERNMENT POSTAL JOBS. Up to $47,578.
Now hiring. Full benefits, training, and retirement
For application and info. (800)337-9730 Dept. P-
335. 8am-l.lpm/7 days.
DRIVER-O/O avg. S.95 cpm. Plenty of freight and
miles. $1,000 sign-on bonus. Lease purchase. Heavy
demand requires more contractors. Call Elaine or
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just wear life vests," said Capt..
Richard Moore, a boating safety
expert with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion. "We have to convince people
to do what's smart and start wear-
ing life vests anytime they are on
He said Father's Day provides an
opportunity to give Dad some
new, effective lifesaving equip-
ment. Moore suggests a modem,
Coast Guard-approved, inflatable
life vest would make the perfect
Father's Day gift for any dad who
boats or participates in water
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF PROPOSED AGENCY ACTION
The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to is-
sue a formal determination of the landward extent of waters of the State (File
No. FD- 19-0196980-2) to ALPFLA Development, LP, c/o Randall L.
Armstrong, The Phoenix Environmental Group, Inc. for the property located
in Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 1 West, Franklin County. The site is
located off State Road 370, east of Alligator Point. The Department's file on
this matter is available for public inspection during normal business hours.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the
Department of Environmental Protection, Wetlands Evaluation and Delinea-
tion Section, Mail Station 2500, Room 530, Twin Towers Office Building.
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. Persons whose sub-
stantial interests are affected by the above proposed agency action have a
right pursuant to Section 120.57, Florida Statutes, to petition for an adminis-
trative determination (hearing) on the proposed action. The petition must con-
tain the information set forth below and must be filed (received) in the
Department's Office of General Counsel, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, within 21 days of publication of this no-
tice. A copy of the petition must also be mailed at the time of filing to the
formal determination petitioner at the address indicated. Failure to file a peti-
tion within the 21 days constitutes a waiver of any right such person has to an
administrative determination (hearing) pursuant to Section 120.57. F.S.
The petition shall contain the following information: (a) The name and ad-
dress, and telephone number of each petitioner, the petitioner's name and
address, the Department's File Number and the county in which the project is
proposed; (b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of
the Department's action or proposed action; (c) A statement of how each
petitioner's substantial interests are affected by the Department's action or
proposed action; (d) A statement of material facts disputed by petitioner, if
any; (e) A statement of facts which petitioner contends warrant reversal or
modification of the Department's action or proposed action; (f) A statement
of which rules or statutes petitioner contends require reversal or modification
of the Department's action or proposed action; and (g) A statement of the
relief sought by petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wants the
Department to take with respect to the Department's action or proposed ac-
tion. If a petition is filed, the administrative hearing process is designed to
formulate agency action. Accordingly, the Department's final action may be
different from the position taken by it in this Notice. Persons whose substan-
tial interests will be affected by any decision of the Department with regard
to the formal determination have the right to petition to become a party to the
proceeding. The petition must conform to the requirements specified above
and be filed (received) within 21 days of publication of this Notice in the
Office of General Counsel at the above address of the Department. Failure to
petition within the allowed time frame constitutes a waiver of any right such
person has to request a hearing under Section 120.57, F.S., and to participate
as a party to this proceeding. Any subsequent intervention will only be at the
approval of the presiding officer upon motion filed pursuant to Rule 28-5.207,
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envelope processed with our sales material. Call 24
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DIVORCE $175.00* COVERS children, property
division, name change, military, missing spouse, etc.
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dent and negligence claims. Auto, Med., Malpractice,
Wrongful Death, etc. A-A-A Attorney Referral Ser-
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ATTENTION DIABETICS little or no cost
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A new, compact vest remains flat
until it becomes wet. Then a cyl:,
inder releases carbon dioxide and
automatically inflates the vest.
The vest floats the accident vic-
tim face up in the' water. It is the
ideal lifesaving device for a per-
son who is unconscious in the
water. A less expensive manual
version,, which requires the
wearer to pull a cord for inflation,
is also available.
West Nile Virus
Course At GCCC
The Lifelong Learning Office, in
collaboration with the Health Sci-
ences Division of Gulf Coast Com-
munity College, will present a
class regarding the West Nile vi-
rus and other health concerns on
June 12, 2002 from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. in the Student Union build-
ing on campus, room 244.
Dr. Jack Peterson, Public Health
Entomologist, will instruct mem-
bers of the community concern-
ing the risk factors pertaining to
West Nile Viral (WNV) Encephali-
tis. The history of WNV in the
U.S.A. and identifying major re-
search objectives will also be ad-
The cost of the course is $6.50
and is approved for NU, EMS, PT
and RC. For additional informa-
tion, call Sherrie Whitley at 872-
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Closer To Reality
The Florida Bass Conservation
Center (FBCC) moved one step
.closer to reality June. 5 when Gov.
Jeb Bush signed the: state budget
giving the Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) $6
million to modernize the Richloam
Fish Hatchery in Sumter County.
The $3 million from the state, also
enabled the FWC to receive an
additional $3 million federal grant
to start the project. The FWC es-
timates the cost of the new state-
of-the-art bass production and
research facility and visitor's ceih-
ter at $15 million. It hopes "to
obtain supplemental funding
through public and private part-
'herships. The $6 million will cover
:the initial expansion phase.
The Florida bass, "Micropterus
salmoides floridanus," is a unique
subspecies .of largemouth black
bass, native only to central and
south Florida. It is characterized
"by faster growth and greater po-
tential to reach trophy size, as well
as being a more challenging op-
ponent for anglers than its north-
ern cousin. In addition, Florida is
home to Suwannee and shoal
basses, which are unique adap-
tations of the black bass.
Fostoria Glass, American Pat-
tern #2056, for eight persons,
clear glass dishware housed in
cherry cabinet. Extensive set
priced at $2000. Must be seen
to be appreciated. Please call
850-385-4003 for appoint-
Tea-cart of solid walnut with
fold out leaves and silverware
drawer, mounted on two wheels
and shelves made by Amana,
Iowa furniture makers. $375.
Please call 850-385-4003.
"Antiques and old toys cheerfully
bought and sold."
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/03/02 Invoice No. 7728
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Ranger Color Maroon
TagNo 2CH9434 Year 1990 stateAL VinNo. IFTCRIOA1LUB56398
To Owner: Joseph Gardner Johnson, Jr. To Lien Holder:
10954 Oak Farms Lane
Irvington, Alabama 33544
You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
05/24/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713,78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 06/27/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
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Crum-Pringle Answer Brief from Page 1
3. Whether identical issues were previously litigated between the par-
ties so that collateral estoppel applies?
Collateral estoppel is a defense which applied to prevent
parties from relitigating matters which have already been
litigated. The state argued that the findings in an earlier
"rule challenge" case should be binding on the parties in
the present proceeding. The earlier case was an admin-
istrative hearing, brought by Pringle and Crum challeng-
ing the FWCC's authority to adopt the two-inch seine
rule. They also challenged the factors and analysis taken
by the FWCC in adopting the rule, specifically was com-
mercial viability considered as required by Millender, 66
So.2d 882 (Fla 1986). In the present appeal, Pringle and
Crum argued in their answer brief that any findings re-
garding the net and its use in the administrative case
cannot be used to bind the parties in the present case
because the issue in the administrative case was the
agency's authority-not the constitutionality of the rect-
angular net. The issues in either proceedings were not
identical. Indeed, the nets involved in the two cases were
completely different nets.
4. Whether there was substantial competent evidence for the Court
below to find the rectangular net was not a gill net and was Constitu-
The holding by Judge Sauls was that the Crum-Pringle
net was not a seine net, not a gill net, and not an entan-
gling net. It is a hybrid net. The State, through their at-
torneys Jonathan A. Glogau (Assistant Attorney General)
and Charlie Shelfer (Deputy General Counsel, FWCC)
argued that the net was a gill net and therefore prohib-
ited by the Constitutional Amendment limiting net fish-
ing. Mowrey and Watts argued that the Constitutional
Amendment does indeed provide for other kinds of nets.
They also argued that a single factor "...cannot deter-.
mine the classification of a net." An expert witness es-
tablished a three-part test to determine whether a net is
a gill or entangling net: (1) construction, (2) use and (3)
resultant catch. The testimony established that the fish
caught in the Crum-Pringle net were not gilled.
5. Whether the Court below correctly found that rules and interpre-
tations of the Agency (FWCC) are not rationally related to a legitimate
state interest and are unconstitutional?
The answer brief argued that any restrictions on making
a living must bear a rational relationship to a legitimate
state purpose. If not, the restrictions are a violation of an
individual's due process rights.
"The court did not hold fishing to be a fundamental right,
or require a compelling state interest to justify restric-
tions on it. The lower court did require a rational rela-
tionship to a legitimate state purpose and equal treat-
ment." But, Mowrey and Watt point out that the fishing
rules do require commercial fishermen to use nets larger
than two inches, and require some commercial fisher-
men to use gill, entangling nets and nets over 500 square
feet in area. Commercial mullet fishermen are prevented
from earning a livelihood by being restricted to seine nets
under two inches while other fisheries ... are required to
use nets with greater than two-inch stretched mesh. As
a result, the answer brief argued, mullet fishermen can-
not earn a living, have been singled out, and have been
deprived of the use of their restricted species endorse-
"The rules in place now restrict fishermen the use of a
two-inch seine net, a net found to not be commercially
viable, or a cast net which has physical limitations. The
seine net also causes the unnecessary killing of juvenile
fish which is prohibited'by the Amendment and regula-
tions. Fishermen are required to use nets which violate a
harvesting rule, while a rectangular net which is com-
mercially viable and allowed tnder the amendment is
prohibited. The regulations make no sense."
Thus, Pringle and Crum ask the appeals court to uphold the final
order of Judge Sauls in the declaratory judgment action, and to::re- :
ject the state's claims that the issue. Pnmarn' Jqrisdicton. CqoUat,.;
eral estoppel and deference do not apply to this case. In effect, the
Appellees ask that the findings and ruling of the lower court be up-
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
meeting on June 6 was reminded
by City Clerk Beckey Jackson that
it is near Budget time again for
the City of Carrabelle. Commis-
sioners have chosen two work-
shop meetings that will be held
on July 18, and July 26, both at
6 p.m. at the City Hall. Also, the
regular meeting will be held on
July 11 at the Senior Center at
On pay requests, Baskerville and
Donovan INC. were approved on
three requests: The April 2 Invoice
67424 for $25,518.48 for a Sani-
tary Sewer System, and April 2 In-
voice 67323 for a $1,000
Riverwalk Park, April 2 Invoice:
67324 for $8,350 for a Downtown
Streetscape Phase 11. On item 9
on the agenda May 01, on Invoice
66975 for Sidewalk Project, and
May 25 on Invoice 67506 for
$4,875. for Sidewalk Project.
On Item 12, the commissioners
approved payment of invoices
from 11/29/01 to 5/29/02 foro
$338,087.92 for engineering ser-ui
vices on a Small Disadvantaged
Royal American Construction,
Company Payment #10 for
$150,934.00, Ban Withers Pay
request 5 for $54,059.01
In Other Business: there was no
public comment on Item 2 in a
public hearing on a proposed Or-
dinance Number 296 to rezone
the "J PUTNAL,TRACT in RIVER-
SIDE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION"
consisting of 5 adjoining parcels
in Unit 1, Block 278. City Clerk
Beckey Jackson said she had sent
out cards and they were all signed
with only one objection. Commis-
Dennis Delmain asked permis-
sion to construct A PLANT STAND
IN BLOCK 48 (16) LOTS 1, 2, 3
and 17 Kelly's Plat in C I zoning.
Commissioners requested he re-
turn the next meeting with a
Barbara Bonewitz of Mediacom;
asked for a workshop to discuss
their expiring contract also to per-
mit residents to take part in a
Public Hearing. No date has yet
been fixed for the workshop.
Waste Management contract was
tabled to July 11 on their con-'
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County Public Library Carrabelle
Branch for exemption from pay--;
ing for water and sewer for the
Library was heard. The commis-:
sioners denied the request as the
Library in a county building.
Cheryl Sanders came to talk
about a bill in excess of $700 for
water. She had talked to Commis-
sioner Phillip Rankin and she said
the city has placed a water meter
on land belonging to her sister
and is 2 1/2 acres from her land.
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The commissioners voted to tear
up her contract and the bill con-
ditional on advice of the Attorney
'who was not at the meeting:
A report was given on the progress
of the sidewalk in the Carrabelle
High School area. There will be
further discussion on July 11.
Dan Keck of BDI asked for ap-
proval for Amendment 1 on the
Disadvantaged Small Community
Grant SG54120 for an estimated
amount of $2,745,680. There will,.
be subsequent amendments to
the grant agreement increasing
the amount from $2,745,680. to
$15,934,976. Bill McCartney of
BDI said it was the biggest grant
approved. Commissioners ap-
Keck also asked for approval on
Amendment 4 to the Clean Water
State Revolving Loan Agreement
CS12054910for an estimated
amount $6,786,884. subsequent
amendments to the loan agree-
ment will be required increasing
the loan amount from $6,786,884
to $19,181,695 which was ap-
The commissioners also approved
SAmendment 5 to the Escrow
Agreement. McCartney said the
escrow will make the payments on
Change Order Number 3 was ap-
proved to pay Royal American
Construction Company $51,608.44
on the Sanitary Sewer Collection,,
A title search will be undertaken
on Lot 1, Block 57(D) owned by
the City to insure clear title for a
future property swap with First
Baptist Church of Carrabelle.
A first and second reading of Pro-
posed Ordinance 296 of the City
of Carrabelle amending the zon-
ing code to add Planned Unit De-
velopment (PUD) and providing an
A first and second reading of Pro-
posed Ordinance of the City of
Carrabelle rezoning "J Putnal
Tract in Riverside Heights Subdi-
vision" consisting of 5 adjoining
parcels located in Unit 1, Block
278. The City of Carrabelle,
Franklin County from R1 Single
Family Residential to R2 single
family mobile home residential
changing the City of Carrabelle
zoning map, and providing for an
Under New BusinesS: Commis-
Ssioner Raymond. Williams was
named the commissioner to at-
tend a Florida League of Cities,
'Annual Conference on August
15-17 in Boca.Raton. Next meet-
Sing July 11.
Red Cross Helps
On the afternoon of June 6, the
home of Jeffery Martin and
Malinda Stokes in Carrabelle and
their children was destroyed by
fire. Disaster Action Team Cap-
tain Gathana Parmenas arrived
shortly after the fire had been ex-
tinguished to help the family. Af-
ter determining what the families
needs were, the Capital Area
Chapter of the American Red
Cross was able to provide finan-
cial assistance to purchase $575
in needed clothing and $135 to
The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross is constantly
on call to help individuals and
families who suffer from disasters.
If you would like- to help the
Stokes family and others in
Franklin County who may lose
everything to a home fire, please
make your Financial contribution
Single Family Fire Fund
Capital Area Chapter
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By Rene Topping
County Planner Alan Pierce was
the speaker at June 9th meeting
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association (APTA) He did not
bring them good news. He said he
had heard from the Army Corps
of Engineers (CORPS) had told
him that they have decided to put
in a sea wall out from shore some
71 feet at one end and 21.at the
other. He said he was caught by
surprise when he got a single
piece of paper with the sketch of
what they were going,to do. They
did not want to talk about Sand
webs and groins, or any other so-
lution to protecting the road.
They will,back up the vinyl pan-
els with a concrete cap with 1,000
truck loads of sand. That is
21,000 tons of sand. They then
will plant grass on the top. They.
will spend $1 million dollars on
the project. Pierce said it is a sort
of take it or leave it offer as they
will not spend the money in any
other way than in armoring the
seawall. He said that he did not
want to second guess the county
but he believed the county com-
mission will have to take it.
He said that Steven Carter who is
in charge of the project will meet
with the residents either on July,
2 or July 18. No date or time and
place has been set at this time yet.
Rand Edelstein said that he was
sure that even the Corps would
have to get permits from Depart-
ment of Environmental and the U.
S. Game and Fish. He said that
US Game and Fish will look at the
project critically for damage to
Pierce said that FEMA had cut off
all money for the road since the
residents had turned down mov-
ing of the road. He wondered
whether it would be a good idea
or a bad idea to get in touch with
Edelstein said that if they put the
sea wall out into the ocean, the
two wings of the revetments com-
ing back to the shore will raise the
erosion on either side.
One lady whose home is next to
that of Dr Gomez that is being
proposed for demolition soon, said
that she will be one of the people
who will suffer erosion when a
storm comes in.
Burnett said there will be good sea
wall, good fishing no beach." It will
continue to haunt us for many
years." Pierce said that the Point
did not want. to challenge FEMA. '
"Those people who turned the i
FEMA down sure cut us off from
APTA has a 50 year log on the ero-
sion on the Point-In fact there are
spotty records as far back as
1850. The evidence reveals that
when you try to armor you do '
more damage than good.
Line Burnett said "We preferred
the beach renourishment and the
Corps came up with an idea to
harden the shorelines. But the
first priority is to secure the road
;on Alligator Drive.
ISo it now looks as if the Point is
going to get a revetment that will
protect the road with an offshore -
revetment with 2.7 acres of grass
on the top of all that sand from
the Apalachicola River.
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Hosts Two Artists "At Work" And In
By Tom Campbell
Jean Collins of The Sea Oats Art
Gallery on St. George Island was
happy and very pleased over the
Memorial Day Weekend, as she
welcomed two artists who were
"busy at their work," while onlook-
ers watched with great interest.
Each artist also had works on
exhibit in the Art Gallery.
The Art Demonstration and Sale
featured Woodturner Bob Fincher
with-his portable lathe, and
Oil and Acrylic Painter Kelly
Kelly Kennedy-Rysavy, who re-
sides in Tallahassee and St.
George Island, works in "Original
Oil and Watercolor." Her work is
held "throughout the United'
States in private collections as
well as resort hotels in Costa Rica
and the Bahamas," according to
i The unique texturing on the can-
vas "creates an ornate tapestry
Where the viewer is compelled to
I reach into the surface and touch
the figures," according to one
critic. Kelly Kennedy-Rysavy said,
"Viewers should enjoy art without
having to ask what is or is not
acceptable... I want to create an
environment with the canvas
where the viewer can feel comfort-
able yet intimately drawn into my
Bob Fincher is a woodturner, as
well as a fine art painter who
works primarily in oils and acryl-
ics. Bob has called the "Sunshine
State of Florida" home for over 30
years. Bob is a graduate of Florida
State University. He loves "all
music from the classics to coun-
Bob currently spends his time
mostly "at the lathe, seven days a
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week," he said, "in an attempt to
capture the soul of the tree in the
wood that enraptures our lives."
He said, 'The lathe gives the tree
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PUD from Page 1
The Mayor said, "Now hold on.
There are 80 percent of the people
who are 100 percent for this. It
will make 30 to 35 jobs in a year.
And I am talking to the people in
Lycett said that we need to have
a referendum and let the people
decide. He said, if 80 percent of
the people are for it like Curley
said, the people will have decided
and the developers will not have
decided. The people would have
decided what the town will look
The mayor responded, "If you own
your own land and want to go up
1,000 feet-I say, Brother go to
it," and added, "I'll be fine with it
as long as the building doesn't fall
on my house."
The Mayor also turned down any
referendum saying it would be a
waste of money and it would only
be a way to just slow down the
Lycett said, "If you let one per-
son, one applicant to have a four
story development you are never
going to be able to stop somebody
else to build a four story building
in Carrabelle because they would
be suing you if you didn't give
them the same treatment."
He ended saying to the commis-
sioners, "Gentlemen, Carrabelle is
in the middle of a gold rush. De-
velopers are fixing to strip mine
Carrabelle if we let them. What-
ever decision the commissioners
make on PUD's in the next two
months will determine the qual-
ity of life here long after you are
Ben Watkins said that he never
spoke out at meetings but he had
something to say. He said "I have
mixed emotions. 1 moved here
Because I liked the idea of what
we have." He spoke against the
current wording of the proposed
ordinance saying that, with an
open ended ordinance, Carrabelle
will shift from a city governed by
laws to a city governed by men."
He went on to say that a man once
told him "We moved to Destin and
then we destroyed the very thing
that had brought us there."
He cautioned the commissioners
that if they approved this ordi-
nance with no restrictions, they
would be looking for trouble.
Pat Maier was the last speaker
and she was heckled by two
women in the audience. One said
"Go Home." Maier responded say-
ing that apparently the "Civility
Resolution time must be over."
(She was referring to a resolution
asking people to maintain "Civil-
ity for the month of May" which
was read by City Clerk Beckey
Jackson at the May 2 meeting.
Maier too, had the concerns of the
other two speakers. She said that
"If developers can be dealt with
on a case by case you will have to
allow all they want." She asked
that there be a workshop held so
that everyone could be heard.
There will be a public hearing but
no date has been set. The next
regular meeting will be held on
July 11th at 7 p.m. at the Senior
from Page 2
Commissioner Johnson sug-
gested that animal control ordi-
nance needs to be consistent with
the county ordinance. Motion car-
Issues Food Appeal
America's Second Harvest of the
Big Bend, the largest charitable
food distribution organization in
the Big Bend Community is join-
ing with Apalachicola Mayor Alan
Pierce, other government officials
and concerned citizens proclaim-
ing June 5th "National Hunger
Awareness Day." The campaign is
being launched to address the
recent, dramatic rise in demand
for hunger relief in the Big Bend
and the nation at large. Individu-
als of diverse backgrounds from
rural, suburban and urban areas,
and from all walks of life have
experienced first-hand the hard-
ship of feeding a family on a lim-
ited income. Others are food-relief
workers or volunteers who have
witnessed rising numbers of chil-
dren, seniors and families turn-
ing to food pantries, soup kitch-
ens and other hunger-relief pro-
grams to make ends meet. And,
others are victims of disasters.
Cindy L, Wagner, Executive Direc-
tor of America's Second Harvest
of the Big Bend, and President of
the Florida Association of Food
Banks outlined ways individuals,
companies and organizations can
join the effort to raise and distrib-
ute more food, "We need more
companies to donate food prod-
ucts. We need money to pay for
transportation to get that food to
where it is needed most. And we
need volunteers to help us solicit,
sort and move the food through
our system," said Wagner.
Last year, America's Second Har-
vest of the Big Bend distributed
more than 675,000 pounds of
food to member agencies in
Franklin County. Today, the rap-
idly increasing demand for food
assistance is far outpacing cur-
rent supplies, An additional one
million pounds of food are needed
during 2002 to meet this demand.
"The problem is widespread," said
Wagner. "Eighty five percent of our
member agencies report that re-
quests for food have increased
over this time last year, and we
are experiencing fewer donations
America's Second Harvest of the
Big. Bend is asking the citizens
and leaders of our communities
to join with us in our resolve to
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