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Publication Date: July 12, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
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PERMIT #832320

Franklin l


Volume 11, Number 14 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER July 12 25, 2002

Fire In The Sky For 6th Of July

By Sue Cronkite
After heated arguments on the
ground, fireworks made a sizzling
return to the sky over Battery
Park in Apalachicola, not on July
4th this year, but on July 6th.
The sight of fireworks from a
barge off Battery Park after a
three-year spell of an "unlit" In-
dependence Day, was cheered by
local families, especially the chil-
Promoters Mark Rodgers and
Lorna Reynolds-Blaisdell received
congratulations in person and by
phone from citizens over the area
who'enjoyed the effort to bring
"Star Spangled" fireworks back to
"We are grateful to those who
made donations and the many
volunteers who made it possible
for us to have fireworks as part of
our celebration of our nation's
independence," said Rodgers and
Those who donated more than
$50 toward the costs included
Apalachicola State Bank, the Tin
Shed, Gibson Inn, Luberto's,
Betsy's Sunflower Boutique, Billy
Robb's Signs, Island Adventures,
Pearl Linen, Apalachicola Bay
Campgrounds, Harry A's Porch
Club, Coastal Building Supply,
Best Western Apalachicola, The
Hut, Lynn's Quality Oysters,
Rancho Inn, Leavins Seafood,
Buddy Ward's Seafood, Piggly
Wiggly, and Dan Garlick. Other
donations came from many other
individuals and businesses.

The spectacle in the sky was also
part of a Christmas in July Toys
for Tots collection, a celebration
in music, with games, crafts, a
rock-climb, moon walk, fun slide,
and food booths, serving barbecue
chicken and rib plates, hot dogs,
low country boil, cotton candy,
slushies and candied apples by
local church and non-profit
groups, including the Boy Scouts,
Cub Scouts, the Food Bank, and
others. Vendors from
Apalachicola, Panama City, Tal-
lahassee, and.Daytona sold belts,
leather goods, jewelry, and tee
The event began with the gather-
ing of motorcycles at the historic
Ft. Coombs Armory in downtown
Apalachicola. The cyclists then
took to the highways for a
209-mile drive in a motorcade to
collect Toys for Tots and dona-
tions for St. Jude's Hospital Can-
cer, Research Center. Riders who
returned to Apalachicola brought
more than 100 toys for the
Franklin County Toys for Tots
program. The toys donated are
brand new, and never opened, to
be given to needy children in the
county at Christmas time.

SBands who perform throughout
the day for Christmas in July fes-
tivities, including Stone Cold
Blue, Titanium, Heaven's Saints,
Crusher, Shady Lane Cowboys,
Apalachy, and Amazing Grace.
A portion of High Street (Fourth
SStreet) was closed off, but most
,people parked at the city ball park
near Battery Park, used back
When fireworks lit up the sky in
past years. "There were no traffic
problems," said Rodgers. "We
want to commend those who at-
tended for. leaving the grounds in
good shape; traffic was orderly,
there was no confusion," added
Rodgers and Reynolds-Blaisdell
said they were disappointed in
local participation, that they were
told by several city officials that
it couldn't be done, and when they
asked City Administrator Betty
Taylor-Webb for use of the band-
stand owned by the city and nor-
mally used during the Seafood
Festival, they were denied the re-
quest and told the bandstand was
in use at the time
A fireworks company, Pyro-
technico, from Atlanta, launched
about 17 minutes of fireworks at
a cost of $2,500. "The company
is the same that was used by Port
St. Joe and Mexico Beach and
they were fully covered by insur-
ance," said the promoters. In ad-
dition to the cost for fireworks,
other costs included $800 for use
of the barge and $620 for insur-
ance. In order to comply with state
and federal law the fireworks were
set off from a barge out in the bay,
more than 1,000 feet from the
John Gorrie Bridge, said Rodgers.
Tents were furnished by the St.
George Island .Yacht Club and
Kelley's Funeral Home, and the
bandstand was from the-Mexico
Beach Branch of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The barge came from Capt. Gary
Among motorcycle riders, were
some from Apalachicola, East
Point, Carrabelle and Mexico
Beach, said Reynolds-Blaisdell.
Plaques were given to Willie
Carroll from Eastpoint as the old-
est 'cycle rider; Pamela Barnes of
the Coombs Inn for having the
oldest motorcycle; Ann Marie
Brown, 8, for being the youngest
passenger who rode with her dad
Mike Brown, and to C. H. Porter
from Michigan for being the 'cycle
rider from the farthest away.
"Now that it's been done, we'll
begin to get ready for next year,"
said Rodgers. "Donations will be
appreciated." Those who wish to
add their names to the volunteer
list and to make donations to help
defer the cost of next year's fire-
works and Christmas in-July may
contact Rodgers at 653-2508 at
the Rancho Inn or Reynolds-
Blaisdell at Kelly's Fence Co.

Fishermen To File Litigation

Against The State
The suit will also address a wide
By David Grix range of topics relating to the
state's disregard for fishermen's
A class action lawsuit is being ini- civil rights. One of the focal points
tiated by fishermen who have of the suit will include the state's
been impacted by the Net Limita- refusal to adhere to The Ameri-
tion Act, which took effect in July cans with Disability Act. For
of 1995. The lawsuit will cover a years, the state claimed that they
wide range of citizens whose lives did not have to comply with ADA
have been affected by the state's policies. Fishermen then filed
attempt to create a total "ban" one complaint forms against the state.
net fishing. The affected class will resulting in Washington D.C.'s
include net fishermen, bait shop Office of Civil Rights Chief Con-
owners, disabled fishermen, res- pliance Officer, Kathryn Hawker
taurant owners and their person- Anderson holding ADA meetings
nel, and virtually anyone who between the commercial industry
have had their lives adversely im- and the state. At the two-day
pacted by the amendment. Re- meeting, the state admitted fail-
tired Circuit Court Judge, Charles ure to adhere to many of the ADA
D. McClure, will litigate the suit. policies.

Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Fishermen Litigation .... 1 Dixie Theatre ............ 4
ACF Negotiations ........ 1 Governor Stone .......... 4
Apalachicola Cityl, 5, 6, 9 Apalachicola Area Histori'
Fire In The Sky ......... 1 cal Society ................. 5
Franklin Briefs ......... 2, 3 Library Campaign ........ 5
Editorial & Commentary3 Jim Stefanko............. 6
Family Learning Program FCAN......................... 8
.................................... 4 Bookshop .................. 10
Won" M

First Stakeholder Meeting Held in Two Years

Riverkeeper Piesejt ,Critical Review

Of ACF Negotiation

Lack of Public Involvement Cited as One Major
Criticism of the ACF Negotiations
A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
Doug Barr, Executive Director of the Northwest Water Management
District, and one of the negotiators in the Apalachicola-Chatta-
hoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basis Commission, opened the stakeholder
meeting at the District's Headquarters in Havana on Monday, July 1,
2002 with about 32 persons nrepent

(On left) David McLain, Riverkeepers of Apalachicola,
prepares his critical review of the ACF Negotiation. The
gentleman with folded arms (right) is Douglas Barr.

The Florida "stakeholder" group represented diversified interests in
the current negotiations with Alabama and Georgia over the water
issues in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (ACF) river sys
teams, as part of the three-state Compact.
Representatives from 1000 Friends of Florida, Apalachicola Bay
Riverkeepers, Gulf Power, the Sierra Club, the Apalachicola Research
Reserve, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, elected
Representatives, the Audubon Society of Florida, Florida Wildlife Fed-
eration and the Nature Conservancy were present.
Eoug Barr and others spent the better part of the first two hours
discussing updated information on the flow regimes, some technical
issues relating to the allocation formula to divide up the water flow
and re-opening and opt-out provisions of the allocation formula should
that be necessary for Florida. The Compact was extended by the three
states last month, to July 17th. The next ACF Commission meeting
was scheduled for July 15, in Atlanta.
In the last ACF meeting in Tallahassee, "...We (Florida) came pretty
close to just walking away..." explained Barr. He referred to docu-
ments posted on the web sites of DEP and theACF as being "a little
bit outdated." He anticipated one section about the allocations for-
mula to be "changing in one fashion or another." The documents did
not represent any agreement among the States. He hoped that the
Stakeholder meetings would be held more often, "...assuming we get
past the extensions next week."

Problems in Apnlachicola?:

Call Betty Taylor-Webb

By Sue Cronkite
After hearing complaints from citi-
zens about getting help with
sewer, water, and garbage prob-
lems, the Apalachicola City Com-
mission announced at the July 2
meeting that City Clerk Betty
Tayldr-Webb is the new city ad-
ministrator and "the one to call."
As the city clerk becomes city ad-
ministrator, all departments ex-
cept police fall under her. "We're
doing away with the city clerk,"
said Taylor-Webb. "I'll be hiring an
administrative assistant." A sal-
ary increase, from $38,000 to
$40,000, goes with the new job,
creating an opening for the city
office's second-in-command.
"Operation of all departments re-
main the same," said Commis-
sioner Van Johnson. "Nobody
wants to take any authority away
from department heads or super-
visors." Mayor Alan Pierce empha-
sized that the move is to make
sure work is being done. "All this
does is put a person in supervi-
sion," added City Attorney Pat
Floyd. Under the reorganization,
water and sewer services are to
be contracted out, but when prob-
lems arise, the city administrator
is to be contacted.
Since the move establishes the
level of authority, "does she also
have the power to hire, fire, and
discipline?" asked Commissioner
Robert Davis. "She will only hire
in her department," answered
Mayor Pierce. "'The board does
any firing. The road department,
for instance, is controlled by the

superintendent who is ir charge
of operating the equipment."
Jerry Hall told the commission he
has several complaints. "I have a
problem with bills received for
service I don't get, water I can't
drink, sewer I can't use because
it doesn't work and garbage that's
not picked up." He said his worst
complaint is with Waste Manage-
ment. "I call to tell them they
didn't empty my dumpster," he
said "'If you try to Let them on the
weekend you get a recording.
Same with the water and sewer.
Who do we contact? Can you
please place somebody in charge,
and publish the numbers we can
get in touch. When the sewer
backs up, how do wve get some-
body to fix it?"
Mayor Pierce said if Waste Man-
agement doesn't do their job, the
city will find someone who will.
Pierce said the problems with gar-
bage collection has been going on
since last summer. Hall said, "the
people are not performing their
contract." Pierce said recent rains
really "bogged down the sewer.
New employees are trying to un-
derstand the system."
Ella Mosconis reported that 99
percent of the connections have
been made to homeowner sewer
pipes and that some problems are
to be expected, but it should be
operational with no problems
Bruce Hall of 238 Atlantic Avenue
near the Masonic Lodge said her

Continued on Page 5

Retired Judge Charles McClure, now a practicing attorney. -

In remarks made at Posey's Res-
taurant in Panacea on June 11th,
retired Judge Charles McClure
said, in part:
"Going into Federal Court is a
tough proposition. It's a fast track
court. They demand a lot from
you... They have very strict rules
and time frames that you have to
comply with."
"...Looking at it from the class
action suit, that means there has
to be a group of people who are
bonded together in the same pre-
.dicament ... I think it needs to
come from ladies and gentlemen
like you from different parts of the
State and not just Wakulla
County, Franklin County. We
need to spread out and I'm hop-
ing we can recruit some people to
be named as party plaintiffs
against the State of Florida and
whatever agencies we may choose
to be involved in ... I think the
Civil'-Rights suit and Equal Em-
ployment, ADA are things that the
Federal Court can decide because
they are superior to the state
courts, and they often can decide
things on Federal Constitutional
question, when it may override a
State Constitutional question.
That might be a shortcut for us
... So, I think that's the proper
place to be."
At the organizational Panacea
meeting, the retired Judge contin-,
ued, "Then, we're gonna have
some opposition. We gonna have
the sports fishermen raise the
sand. We're gonna have the State
agencies raising sand... We're
probably gonna. attract a lot of
opposition. The more opposition
you attract, the more time to have
to answer the different parts of a
particular lawsuit."
"...The State spends enormous
amounts of money and they have
an endless pocketbook that they
can spend in opposition to this
kind of thing and they have in the
He added, "If we win in Federal
District Court, you can count on
the State appealing that. If they
win in the Federal trial court, then
possibly you will want to appeal.
It's all according to how it turns
out. The avenue is to the U. S.
Court of Appeals, in Atlanta. From
there, to the U. S. Supreme Court.
It may be drawn for awhile. I think'
it will be on a fast track in terms
of the Federal District Court ..."

Another example of a grievance
that may be listed in the lawsuit,
is that in 1994, Florida voters
overwhelmingly voted for The Net
Limitation Act. The state however,
has been trying to create a "ban"
on all net fishing. The cast net is
a prime example of the state tak-
ing away what few rights that
commercial fishermen were left
with after the amendment passed.
Historically, the cast net has been
described in law as a "cone
shaped net." Six years ago, the
Supreme Court of Florida pro-
vided a definitive measurement
for "cone shaped nets." The state
then arbitrarily decided to call the
cast net a circular net, resulting
in a reduction in the size of the
Cast net allowed, and inflicting
further restrictions upon fisher-
men without any reason to do so.
Ignoring their constitutional
boundaries, the FWCC claimed
that they were autonomous and
could "do whatever they wanted
to." Even today, FWCC Officers
have admitted that the cast net
law is wrong, yet are still arrest-
ing fishermen using legal cast
nets, because they are being "told
to do so."
Ronald Crum, President of the
Wakulla's Fishermen's Associa-
tion, who is helping McClure with
the statewide lawsuit, claims that
over 15,000 individuals may even-
tually sign-up to be. listed as a
plaintiff. There will be a $150 fee
for those who feel they have been
impacted by the Net Limitation
Act, and feel they have standing
in the lawsuit.
McClure will hold statewide meet-
ings to sign-up potential plaintiffs
for the suit.
Crum stated, "We are not trying
Sto change the game (The Amend-
ment), we are just trying to par-
ticipate in it (Live within its

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Thomas Of Pristine Oyster Pleads "No

Contest" To Worthless Checks

Doug Barr
"I can't share anything with you as to where the individual states are
on the extension." Then, Mr. Barr turned to some technical issues
described in that morning's agenda. The first had to do with the elimi-
nation of "augmentation caps" that limited releases of water for
state-line flow.
Barr said, "...These caps looked less and less attractive, frankly. They
were 'kicking in' more times that we had understood ... I think every-
body knows we have a 55 year period divided up into normal rainfall
years, wet years and dry years. The augmentation caps were intended
to be kicking in when things were drying out. We found ... they were
'kicking in' in normal years. That is to say, flows were being pulled
back at stateline, releases (of water) were being cutback at times when
they should not have been..."
Last week, the Florida technical representatives indicated to the other
states that these augmentation caps were not looking as attractive as
they did at one time... "We told them at that meeting that we were
going to stop modeling.. doing any further work with the augmenta-
tion caps." Barr explained that augmentation caps were put into the
formula so that the reservoirs were not pulled out too fast as we got
into drier periods. As the system dries out, that results in less water
at the state-line, he said. He also mentioned that the U. S. Corps. of
Army Engineers agreed with the decision to eliminate augmentation
caps but Barr reiterated "...There's an awful lot of operational bag-
gage, so to speak, that we had to put into the formula in order to
make the augmentation caps work." The other states seemed to agree
to stop modeling with augmentation caps. Barr emphasized that all
of the states have not agreed to eliminate the caps-yet.
Whitesburg is downstream from metro Atlanta as a long-term gaug-
ing station. It is the only station available downstream where "...you
can aggregate all withdrawals and demands; everything that's going
on north of there. It just integrates everything because its downstream
of all the withdrawals and its downstream of all the returns ...
Continued on Page 7

Bill Thomas

On June 17, 2002, Pristine Inter-
national Seafood Founder Fred
(Bill) W. Thomas pleaded No Con-
test in Franklin County -Circuit
Court to felony charges of worth-
less check writing. He has agreed
to pay restitution in all cases, will
serve five years on probation, and
perform 100 hours of community
service. He began a 30-day sen-
tence in the Franklin County Jail
two weeks ago, Monday.
Pristine was based in Panacea but
also had an oyster-shucking plant
in Apalachicola. The Company
opened in Carrabelle in 1998 and
in 2001 moved to Panacea em-

playing up to 100 employees at
one time. The share of stock
traded over-the-counter was re-
cently listed less than 1 .
The worthless checks involved in
the plea were written to Robin
Seafood Co., Inc. Southern Can
Distributor and Weifings, Inc. in
Apalachicola. The total restitu-
tions owed to R and A Oyster Co.,
Inc. is $55,682.95 according to
the plea agreement. Thomas' at-
torney is Stephen P. Glazer. Tal-
lahassee. The case was pros-
ecuted by Assistant State Attor-
ney Adam Ruiz.


Page 2 12 July 2002

A -c. ..- -



July 2, 2002
Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer:
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Clarence Williams:
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal and Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman requested the
Board approve the purchase of
vehicles through state bid prices.
to be coordinated by Gulf County,
and the Board tentatively ap-
proved the purchases subject to
a review of the purchase proce-
dures by the County Attorney Al
Shuler. Chipman made a second
request to purchase another ve-
hicle through Jackson County.
The Board approved.

Kendall Wade requested authori-
zation to purchase mowers and
the Board approved. He asked the
Board to approve the inmate con-
tract with the State of Florida
subject to a review of the agree-
ment by the County Attorney. the
Board approved.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson, the Director. an-
nounced a meeting on June 1 in
Pensacola. called by the Dept. I:'
Environmental Protection, on the
subject of landfill monitorir.g He
also provided the Board with a
report on Animal Control for the
period July 1, 2001 to Jure 30.
2002. 898 and 299 dogs and cats.
respectively, were impounded b\
Animal Control, issuirig41, .-ar n-
ings and 29 citations ltota,-in
$1200.They investigated 38 bite
cases and atteh'ded two danaer-
ous dogs. .' .' :
County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announcedwinners :,
the Tropicana Public Speakin
Contest held on May 28th at
Chapman Elementary School Au-
This year's Eighth Annual 4-H
Tropicana Public Speaking Con -
test for 4th, 5th & 6th graders was
held on May 28 at the Chapman
EleS= -Schooul I tor.vinhml
'Th -rs it- I h 7 '4&fi '5'Ith
Gra.flDivisionr were First Plate-
Sara*a'acrd Second Place-Katie
Brannan and Third Place-Alan a
Hutchins. The winners in the
Sixth Grade Division were First
Place-Jesse Whitfield, Second
Place-Haley Wood and Third
Place-T.J. Carroll.
This year's 4-H.County Camp was
held the week of June 17 21 at
Camp Timpoochee. Franklin
County had five 4-H'ers attend the
camp including one Councilor-
Jessica Williams. Jessica has
camped at Camp Timpoochee for
the past seven years and this year
she attended Camp Councilor
Training and was selected to be a
Councilor at this year's County
Camp. Our Annual 4-H Marine
Science Camp will be held next
week and we will have three
Franklin County 4-H'ers attend-

The Board approved the merger
of two special line items of $2000
for the eventual purchase of a new
computer system for Extension.

Public Access to the Water
Jimmy Mosconis made a motion
to ask Bill Mahan to survey and
identify locations for a boat ramp
to enable the public to have ac-
cess to the Bay. The Porter Street
canal property owners addressed
the Board on their objection to
,non-owners using their canal.
County Administrator Alan Pierce
reported to the Board that he
would be seeking Board support
for two potential ramp sites. one
would be an improvement of the
existing ramp on the east side of
Franklin Blvd. and the second
would require acquisition by the
Franklin County of part of the old

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Roger Burke

ferry dock area across from Harry
A's. Woody Miley recommended
the acquisition of the old ferry
dock because the improvement of
that area could be permitted as
maintenance of an existing facil-
ity. The major problem with the
boat ramp is where it is to be lo-
A number of private landowners
from St. George Island. voiced
their concerns and complaints
about public use of their private

Clam Workshop held at Ed Ball Marine Lab, Turkey Point.

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(Left) Leslie Sturmer conducting Clam Workshop.

Three "Handling Seed Clam"
Workshops were held last Friday
and Saturday at the FSU Marine
Lab for county's new clam farm-
ers. The sessions were limited to
eight people per workshop so they
could get lots of "hands-on" work
with the clam seed. Twenty-one
farmers attended the workshops.
Due to the interested expressed
by farmers who couldn't make the
workshops this weekend, addi-
tional seed clam workshops will
be scheduled for some time in


Workshop on Summer Camp
Charlie Gautier of the Florida.
Department of Community Affairs
addressed the Board of County
Commissioners speaking to a "few
context-setting remarks" con-
cerning the Summer Camp pro-
posal. Their concern included
what he described as ver-y
"open-ended" non-residential
uses under the county's compre-
hensive Dlan.

Additionally, his review brought
him to a conclusion that the
county comprehensive plan was
outdated. Commissioner
Mosconis stated that the county
had more control over the com-
prehensive plan than the Dept. of
Community Affairs. He used an
analogy about erecting a 40-story
building. "In Franklin County,,we
make that decision. You don't
make that decision. Our plan just
has to be framed to comply with
state law. Not DCA law. State law.
So,:we have a lot of latitude here;..
I want you to explain (how) our
comp plan is out-of-date..." Cheryl
Sanders interrupted by saying,
'This comp-plan was developed in
Franklin County, especially for
our natural resources. I'm scared
that if you're promoting .changes
in that, you're promoting devel-
opment more than. you are our
natural way of life." Moscconis
added that his 20 years of service
on the Board of County Commis-
sioners involved the first compre-
herisive planning in the region.
ahead of Bay county. He.pointed
out to the seven-year employee
representative Gautier that
Franklin County even received.an
Award for Comprehensive Plan-
ning in the 1980s. Gautier agreed
with Mosconis. Gautier pointed
out that under state statutes com-
prehensive plans should be up-
dated every seven years. The
county's plan was adopted in
1990,,but, according to Gautiern
2000 was the time that revisions
be made. "Now is the time to look
ahead and anticipate what's go-
ing to happen next," he said.
Bevin Putnal retorted in response,
"There's really no way to kno6
(what is to happen in tih fif
ture)..." 'Things are changing
thev'r canign. a -
eluded. L- aIff dft0i it
of critical comments about the
' "cot rt's cutefitplah' 1a d'tie pro-
posal for summer camp. Some of
these are addressed- in the spe-:
cial inset furnished by'"Billy
Buzzett of St. Joe.
Billy Buzzett presented the'St. Joe
truncated response to the DCA.
concerns. These are reprinted

Billie Buzzett

biscugsion continued on the .
Summer.Camp topic including'
the' question whether the Camp :
was in a high hazard area.
Billy Buzzett indicated that Sum-
mer Camp was not in the high'.:,
hazard area, in the view of St. Joe.
Their studies include a voluntaryv
evacuation plan, anid' another'
study that indicates Summier"
Camp was not in the coastal high
hazard area. These data Vw'oul d be'
presented in the hearings in th"
project. There would be 499 resi-
dential units on 784 ac re He }'
proposed a public hearing fQr pas'-,
sage of the amendment to the
Comprehensive Plan and the PUD.
(site plan) on July 16, and AuuLIst
6, respectively. After extended dis-
cussion concerning the limited
time available to all parties, the
Board approved the proposal to
agenda the Comp Plan amend-
ment (July 16) and the PUD;
(Planned Unit Development, site
plan),,August 6,2002. Cheryl
Sanders argued against having
the hearings so soon. Bevin
Putnal said "A public hearing is
not pushing the issue. That's
when we find out the details."

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The Franklin Chronicle

SummerCamp Comprehensive Plan Amendment Issues Bevin Putnal moved to apply for
Response To DCA Concerns. limited state assistance to help
Concern 1 The amount of residential and non-residential development is unclear. the County amend its comprehen-
Solution: Limit residential development to 499 sinole-familv units, and non-residential sive plan. The Board approved.

development to 25,000 (heated/cooled) gross square feet of commercial and
active recreation development, sixty hotel rooms, and ancillary non-residential
development Delete reference to allowing 1 residential per gross acre.
Concern 2 Many of the potentially allowable non-residential land uses are not
environmentally suitable for the area.
Solution: Limit non-residential uses to passive and active recreation, restaurant, lounges,
retail sales, personal and professional services, hotels, motels, and community
facilities and services (excluding water and sewer treatment plants).
Concern 3 There is no commitment to serve SummerCamp by a central wastewater
treatment plant.
Solution: Commit that all development in SummerCamp shall be served by central potable
water and a central wastewater treatment plant, which will be located off-site on
other lands owned by the developer or an affiliate and as determined by the
jurisdictional agencies.
Concern 4 The amendment does not adequately protect wetlands and the 50-foot landward
buffer adjacent to waterbodies and wetlands.
Solution: Commit to establish conservation easements in conjunction with review of
wetland impacts by permitting agencies to protect wetlands and the 50-foot
landward buffer adjacent to waterbodies and wetlands, while allowing for roads,
utilities, and recreational crossings.
Concern 5 The SummerCamp site is located within the Coastal High Hazard Area.
Solution: SummerCamp is not in the Coastal High Hazard Area for Franklin County
pursuant to State Rule 9J-5.003(17), F.A.C. which defines the Coastal High
Hazard Area as the Category 1 Hurricane Evacuation Zone as delineated in the
Apalachee Bay Region Hurricane Evacuation Study Technical Data Report For
Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, and Jefferson Counties, Florida (March 1997) (Plate 3-2).
In the future, work with the County to ensure the County's Coastal High Hazard
Map and .related plan policies are revised and updated to be consistent with the
aforementioned study; however, the plan revisions will not prevent the County
from choosing to evacuate any areas not delineated in the Category 1 Hurricane
Evacuation Zone.
Prepared a DRI level hurricane evacuation analysis, which demonstrated no
regional impact. Commit to a project specific hurricane preparedness and
evacuation plan based on the provisions of Rule 9J-2.0256(5)(b), F.A.C.
Concern 6 There is no stormwater study to address water quality issues from converting
agricultural lands for development.
Solution: : Conduct a stormwater study; commit to use of native vegetation and The Florida
Yards and Neighborhoods Program, as recommended by the Department of
Environmental Protection.
Concern 7 It is unclear whether the development site is environmentally suitable, given its
location adjacent to the Alligator Harbor.Aquatic Preserve.
Solution: Additional data and analysis will be developed to demonstrate the site is suitable
for this low-density residential resort and to determine any additional land use
controls that may be necessary to address concerns regarding the Alligator
Harbor'Aquatic Preserve.

SConcern 8


SConcern 9

It is unclear how shoreline development, such as docks and piers, will be
constructed to avoid impacts to the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve.
Shoreline development shall be limited to one community dock and boat-launch
area provided they would not be located in an area with seagrass beds. Private
docks will be restricted in conjunction with regulatory review and approval of the
community dock. Community piers shall be permitted in accordance with all
applicable regulations.
Provide justifications for the realignment of U.S. 98 and the reconfiguration of the
U.S. 98/U.S. 319 intersection.and amend Traffic Circulation Map No. 3.

Solution: Provide additional data and analysis, Including prior communications from the
County urging intersection realignment, will be provided to support the need for
the realignment based on safety and other public benefits. Given its scale,
S Traffic Circulation Map No. 3 heed not be amended to address the relocation and
Concern 10 Adequate information has not, been submitted to demonstrate a need for
additional residential development capacity on the County's Future Land Use
Solution: Provide a vacant lands analysis; which supplements the previously provided
second-home analysis and justifies the need for additional residential
development in the county for a resort community, which will primarily consist of
seasonal residents.

Concern 11

.Demonstrate consistency of the amendment with the scenic road designation of
U.S. 98.

Clinton Dubose, the CEO of
Emergystat, appeared before the
county commission. They were
working on the problem how to
cover the county needs when one
ambulance is committed to a
pickup. Bevin Putnal described a
situation in which a patient had
waited a long time before being
moved, and losing considerable

Administrative Services
Alan Pierce recommended the
Board send Commissioner Sand-
ers and Chairperson Creamer to
a two-day meeting in Gulfport,
Mississippi on July 29-30 to learn
how to implement and manage a
$106,000 CIAP grant that the
county received or unspecified
projects on Alligator Point. The
monev is intended to be used for
long-term stabilization of Alliga-
tor Point. The Board approved the
Representatives from the Army
Corps of Engineers came to the
Board meeting to talk about the
Alligator Point revetment. Mr.
Pierce had planned for a work-
shop on the subject but not all
parties were present. Roger Burke
and Steven Carter, planner, solic-
ited "some degree of support" from
the County so they could proceed
with the project. The project
would be about 2700 feet long and
consist of a vinyl sheet wall that
would be seaward of the existing
revetment. The road would still be
eligible for repair, if needed. Mr.
Pierce is interested in extending
the revetment and somehow con-
vince FEMA to "take the road
back" (be willing to repair same).
If handled expeditiously, the
project could probably be con-
structed before the next hurricane
season, the representatives
Preble-Rich recommended, and
the County Planner agreed, to
approve the low bid of
$236,462.86 for the CDBG drain-
age project to Tri-State Roadway
Specialties, Inc. The Chairman
signed the Notice of Award and
Notice to Proceed.
Mark Currenton recommended
and the Board approved the pro-
curement procedures for select-
ing'a CDBG consultant. '
The Board received a copy of the
Poole Engineering report on the
crosswalk for Bald Point. The
Road Department is working on
installing it.

Solution: Provide additional data and analysis, which will show that SummerCamp's site
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12 July 2002 Page 3


Letter To The Editor

"Not being able to fish is like losing a part of me, like a leg or an arm."
"In a way it's like a death, something in me has died."
This statement is the first paragraph in a handbook titled Fishing
Family Handbook". A guide for coping with the Net Ban, published by
the University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, In-
stitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Also in cooperation with
Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. The front
page ends "Working to Keep Florida Working".
This publication was given to fishing families in June 1995. Amend-
ment III, that later became Article 10, Section 16, Florida Constitu-
tion, "Limiting Marine Net Fishing" was implemented in July 1995.
The publication addressed shock, confusion, anger, guilt, and other
issues that fishing families coping with a Net Ban dealt with.
The Fishermen were told; shock-If you can't believe the net ban is
true, you are probably in shock. You can't accept that the loss is real.
You may keep on doing things as you always have. Mortgage-Pay-
ments-if you miss a mortgage payment you have defaulted on your
contract and your lender can start to foreclose on your home. Take in
a tenant-use the rent money you get from them to help make your
mortgage payments. Rent your house to someone else-and rent a
cheaper place for your family to live. Sell your house-and buy or
rent a lower price house. Move in with friends or relatives and rent or
sell your house.
Fishermen were told to cut expenses at home-learn to clean, repair,
and restore household items yourself. Appliances and furniture-buy
furniture at an auction, garage sale or second hand shop. On en-
ergy-walk more or ride your bike, drive less. You'll save gas and
improve your health. Transportation-walk or ride a bike Instead of
driving. It's good for you! On children-learn to say "NO" to your chil-
dren. Buy or make children's clothing with built in growth features.
Insist that children do some sort of work, beside regular chores, as
soon as appropriate, so they can earn some of their spending money.
Buy basic gifts or supplies when prices are reduced, e.g., after Christ-
mas or Easter. Entertainment-Cut your recreation cost way down
with activities and games at home. Your family will grow closer. En-
tertain at home, simply give up extra TV cable connections. Insur-
ance-don't buy insurance you do not need. Carry only replacement
value insurance or home insurance. Gifts and donations-make gifts
instead of buying them and donate time instead of money to chari-
ties. Many mail order houses offer unusual items at low prices. Prac-
tice self-sufficiency when feasible and teach children to be indepen-
dent, re-discover the simple things such as waxed paper, Vaseline,
baby oil, baking soda, basic water softeners, etc. Save waxed paper
liners from ready to eat cereal boxes.
This guide was intended to help commercial fishing families to cope
with a "Net Ban". The handbook is very lengthy with these being only
a few offerings. The handbook is clear that a "Net Ban" will bring
about stress and depression effecting the health and economic sta-
bility of fishing families.
The fishing families of Florida are uniting in a.class action lawsuit to
prove that on Nov. 1, 1994, 72% of the voters voted to "Limit Rather
than Prohibit Net Fishing" in Florida. The fishermen contend that
July 1995 the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission with the support
of State Government, implemented a "Net Ban" causing mental and
physical harm to some while causing death to others.

We strongly support that if the "Will of the People-Limiting Marine
Net Fishing" had been implemented, the fishing families would not
have experienced such horrors.
The handbook clearly indicates the contempt, prejudice, and hate
the political establishment had for fishing families.
The fishermen are asking equal access and opporumty for 'l ci1i-
zens in implementing the "Marine Net Limitation". We will be asking
.the Federal Courts to defend our civil rights and at the same time,
punish the State with awards for damages.,
We would like to thank the privately owned local free press for the
opportunity to present our issues. If allowed by this editor, we will
discuss conservation, civil rights, and Net Ban V Limiting Marine Net
Fishing as pertaining to our lawsuit. We invite interested parties to
attend and join our cause.
Do not hate us before you hear usl
Ronald F. Crsm.
WFA, President

A Friendly Reminder
If you received a Chronicle survey concerning the proposed movie
theatre in Eastpoint, please return the questionnaire as soon as
possible. Your help is critically important to the project. Thanks.
Tom W. Hoffer

Phone: 850-927-2186
850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)

Vol. 11, No. 14

July 12, 2002

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

Sales.......................... ................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associates Andy Dyal
............ Michael Fallon
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Circulation Assistant ......... Loretta Davis
Proofreader ............. ........... M ichael Fallon
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein......................................... Alligator Poirt
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson Eastpoint
Pat Morrison. St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island

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Shrimping And Sanctuaries

By Jim Lycett
The latest fad amongst the most
bellicose environmental groups
desperately seeking traction in the
waterworld is the idea of marine
sanctuaries. No different they say
from the idea of national parks
and the only way in their minds
to protect valuable marine areas
and help rebuild stocks. As a PR
ploy this sounds great, especially
to the vast majority of the public
that has no first hand knowledge
of the offshore environment:
simple, easy to understand, and
a "if you're not for this you must
be anti-environment" no brainer.
The problem with sanctuaries is
that it is too simplistic. It is a one
size fits all solution that is not
appropriate for every user group.
For long lived fish types (grouper
and snapper) it may have merits,
but for a resource like shrimp
(more akin to mosquitoes with a
yearly cycle) offshore sanctuaries
are a senseless proposition that
has no basis in science and no
stock rebuilding component.
I will use the Florida west coast
from the keys to the panhandle
as my example. In trying to ex-
plain the process of shrimping
one has to understand what a
shrimper "sees". The best analogy
I can come up with is to drain the
Gulf of Mexico and "see" the bot-
tom the way a shrimper does.
The sea floor is made up of great
swaths 6f forests and meadows.
SThe forests are the rocky, danger-
ous, and rough areas that are
undraggable to shrimp trawlers.
The meadows are sandy "islands"
or ridges where you can safely
trawl for shrimp. Shrimpers call
these "bottoms" or "pieces" and
have colorful names for them
such as the shotgun, the boot the
desert or the ice cream to describe
each one. The important point
Here is that the forest area makes
up 80% or more of the sea floor
Sand shrimpers can only drag on
S20% of the bottom.
One then has to break down the
20% available for dragging. Many
of these bottoms only have eco-
nomically harvestable shrimp on
them one or two months of the
year as shrimp move across them
travelling from inshore estuaries
to deeper water.
During the summer months, vast
regions of the eastern gulf are
covered with a kind of unrooted
grass that gums up the nets so
badly one is unable to drag, re-
moving these areas from shrimp
harvesting. The grass is usually
followed by a plague of jellyfish
That stops trawling in its tracks.
SOther factors such as weather,
shrimp prices, and the price of
fuel add to the determinants of
how much trawling goes on. The
key point is that maybe 5% of the
sea floor on the west coast of
Florida can be considered tradi-
tional shrimping grounds; places
where you are likely to see shrimp
boats working any time of the
The bottom line: 80% of the waters
are already sanctuaries as far as
shrimping is concerned.
Stock replenishment is often cited
as a reason for sanctuaries but
with regards to shrimping it
doesn't apply either. First, shrimp
stocks are not endangered or un-
healthy according to the latest

science and secondly, above all
factors, the environment deter-
mines the size of the shrimp
population. Experts say that
shrimp eggs ride the tides and
currents from offshore to the riv-
ers, bays, and estuaries of the
coast. Once inshore, rainfall, tem-
perature, water quality and salin-
ity, and weather events become
the sole determinants of popula-
tion every year.
Shrimp on the Florida west coast
already have what could be called
sanctuaries. For shrimp, the most
helpful and beneficial action is
providing near shore areas that
shrimp can grow without being
molested. The Keys not only have
an out of bounds nursery area but
a nine mile buffer zone around the
most southern keys. Little if any
dragging occurs in Florida Bay. No
dragging is allowed in any rivers
on the west coast. Tampa Bay
permits only ten boats to shrimp.
Charlotte Harbor allows only one
25 foot net to be pulled. The three
mile net ban requirement of only
two 25 foot nets has significantly
reduced shrimping effort in places
like Apalachicola Bay.
Bottom line: Sanctuaries as shrimp
stock rebuilders are a non-starter.
Lastly is the idea of enforcement
of such sanctuary zones. In every
commercial and recreational ma-
rine fishery there are too manv
laws and too many laws that are
not enforced or worse, enforced
selectively. There are not enough
law enforcement personnel to do
the job and the punishment for
infractions is a joke. Honest fish-
ermen struggle to survive and
lawbreakers get rich. Sanctuar-
ies might ease the consciences of
land lubbers and greenies but the
enforcement dilemma will multi-
ply logarithmically.
As is so often the case, what makes
good environmental press makes,
bad fishery practice. Are there
ways to make shrimping better
and more environmentally
friendly? Absolutely! Are vast
tracts of offshore waters roped off
for so-called sanctuaries the way
to do it? Absolutely not!

Project Alternatives In Summer Camp Proposals

Two alignment alternatives were developed and presented in the first
public hearing at Lanark Village last month. Both alternatives pro-
vided a relocated U.S. 319/U. S. 98 intersection that improves safety
compared to the configuration of the existing intersection. In both
alternatives, the intersection is moved further to the northwest and
the existing curve on U. S. 319 is flattened. U. S. 98 intersections U.
S. 319 in a "T" and U. S. 98 traffic turning onto U. S. 319 is required
to stop at a stop sign.

Franklin Briefs from Page 2


Alan Pierce is not expressing exasperation during the July
2nd County Commission Meeting. He was "nursing" an
aching tooth.

Sewer System Money Down

The Drain?
Two Sundays in a row, June 30 and-July 7, Apalachicola's new
multi-million dollar sewer system suffered a major breakdown in the
area surrounding Bruce Hall's home, forcing commodes to overflow
and pushing sewage into backyards. Speculation is that the system is
too small for the area it is to serve and that engineering flaws are at
the root of the problems which began long before the contractor, Mor-
ris Plumbing, filed for bankruptcy and RKT Plumbing was hired to
complete the contract. The RKT work is almost finished. U. S. Filter's
Project Manager David Blume told commission members July 2 that
his employees are not experienced in operating the air vacuum sys-
tem and will "need some training."
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recommended ,the Board accept
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The County also accepted a check
from the St. Vincent Refuge for an
additional $33,000.

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Sumatra Cemetery is that the title
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Kelli Pitts Tells Governor About

Franklin's Family Learning Progr

Marlene Moore FROG Fam o

Franklin County Public Library, Kelli Pitts and her brother
Kyle Wyman were invited guests at the Governor's Mansion
in Tallahassee on June 18, 2002 where Governor Jeb Bush
announced the 2002 winners of the Governor's Family
Literacy Initiwtget, Awards. Ms.i Pitts was given an
opportunity to disepsthbe: benefits: of- a:family learning
program helping three: generations of her family. Ms. Pitts
gave a FROG Fanily Learning Program tee-shirt to the
Governor. As one of the successful grant recipients of last
year's 2001 Florida Governor's Family Literacy Initiative
Awards, Ms. Moore received a special invitation from Lesa
Kramer, Florida Literacy Coalition Grant Administrator, to
take part in the statewide training and technical assistance
program for literacy providers. Ms. Moore highlighted the
successes of the FROG Family Learning Programs and
focused on the challenges, importance of flexibility, and
recruitment and retention strategies. The Franklin County
Public Library was recognized by Governor Jeb Bush at
last year's press conference for its family literacy projects
in this county that "did not have a public library until

Governor Jeb Bush announ-
ced the annual winners of
the Governor's Family Literacy
Award. This year, 15 public and
private non-profit education and
community organizations will re-
ceive family literacy grant awards
totaling more than $700,000.
Each organization was eligible for
up to $50,000 per program.
Carnival Cruise Lines also an-
nounced a very special gift of $1.2
million in support of family lit-
eracy in Florida.
'Today, more than ever, literacy
is the key to opening up the doors
of opportunity and achieving suc-
cess in life. If we are going to en-
sure that all our children are'
reading at grade level by 2012
then we must ensure that parents
are able to read to them at home,"
said Governor Bush. "These lit-
eracy programs have made a tre-
mendous difference in our com-
munities and neighborhoods.
They are dedicated to helping
families understand that the
home is the child's first school,
the parent is the child's first
Also during the event, Carnival
Cruise Lines announced a gift of
$1.2 million to continue family lit-
eracy grants and to assist with the
distribution of "I am a Reader"
kits, through the Governor's Just
Read, Florida! initiative, which is
committed to meeting the goal of
ensuring that all Florida students
read at or above grade level by
"Carnival Cruise Lines is proud
to respond to the Governor's chal-
lenge to Florida business leaders,"
said Bob Dickinson, President,
Carnival Cruise Lines. "Carnival
is committed to assisting parents
and teachers to see first-hand the
wonders of increased parent in-
volvement in education. We be-
lieve family literacy and the "I am
a Reader" Kits do so in a positive,
fun and important-way."
Governor Bush's Just Read,
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state to meeting the goal of en-


"Fables of

Aesop" At
Dixie Theatre


Troy Cox Stars as Actor,
Artist and Stage
By Tom Campbell
"The Fables of Aesop," the Youth
Stage Production at the Dixie The-
atre, proves the classic tales as
entertaining as ever. Back in the
1930's, this writer thoroughly
enjoyed hearing them read over
and over by both Mother and Fa-
ther. The cast at the Dixie The-
Satre has just as much fun.
Adapted and directed by Rex
Partington, the Producing Artis-
tic Director of the Dixie, the cast
NT of six play all the parts and tickle
the imaginations of all the chil-
S dren of all ages. Troy Cox plays
the Storyteller and Hoppy, Felix
Antonio Ruiz, Mr. Tortoise and
Winter Wind, Paulette Mihale,
Miss Hare and Country Mouse,
Celeste Elliott, Foxy and City
Mouse, Andrew Butler, Chief and
am Peter Pigeon, and Elizabeth
Kilbourn, Angelina Ant.
Karl Lester on Piano and Randy
Thompson as Stage Manager
complete the ensemble and it all
adds up to polished, professional
Speaking with Troy Cox after the
Show turned out to be a delight
Also. Cox is the Stage Manager for
the Dixie Theatre Productions for
F 1 the Summer Season 2002. He has.
been a professional actor since
1995 when he began to work for
Disney in Orlando.
Cox is also a Painter/Artist and
said he is "very happy to be spend-
ing his summer with Dixie The-
atre in the beautiful Panhandle."
He graduated high school in
Moberly, Missouri. His father was
in the Navy, so "we traveled
around a lot."
He auditioned for the part of a
gangster in one of the Disney
Dr the

during that all Florida students
read at or above grade level by
2012. The program uses re-
'earch;-based methods that em-
phasize the hce important com-
ponents of reading: fluency. com-
prehension, vocabulary, phonetic
awareness and phonics. For more
information, visit the Governor's
homepage at www.myflorida.com
The Governor's Family Literacy
Initiative is administered by the
Florida Literacy Coalition, which
provides training and technical
assistance statewide for literacy
providers. For more information
on the Governor's Family Literacy
Initiative, visit www.myflorida.
com com>. To volunteer as a literacy
tutor, contact the Florida Literacy
Coalition at 1-800-237-5113.

Vacation Bible

School On St.
George Island
Children in our community as
well as those vacationing in the
area are invited to participate in
"Jesus to the Rescue," a Vacation
Bible School Program offered at
St. George Island United Method-
ist Church during the.week of
July 15th. Children ages 5-12 are
encouraged to attend this pro-
gram, which will run Monday
through Friday, July 15 to 19,
from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each
evening at the Church Fellowship
Hall, located at 201 E. Gulf Beach
Drive on St. George Island. Din-
ner will be served to the children
each night and on Friday night, a
special spaghetti dinner will be
provided for the children and their
The program will focus on world
hunger and will introduce Stan-
dard Publishing's all-new Vaca-
tion Bible School course "Jesus
to the Rescue!" Rescue "teams"
will help children explore some of
the Bible's most daring real-life
rescues and explain how Jesus
comes to the rescue of those in
need today. Children will also dis-
cover how they can become res-
cuers for Jesus. On Wednesday
evening, the St. George Island Vol-
unteer Fire Department and First
Responder trucks will be on dis-
play while Firemen, First Re-
sponders and a Sheriffs Deputy
provide hands-on demonstrations
and discuss safety precautions.
There is no charge for the Vaca-
tion Bible School and advance
registration is notjrequired. For
more information,- please, call
Mary Lou Short at (850) 927-2569.


shows and got the part because
he was "good with a gun." He had
had safety with weapons training
and was comfortable with a gun.
Cox said he started painting early
in life because "my brother and I
competed" with our drawing. The-
atre and art have become pas-
sions with him. His favorite meth-
ods of painting are oils, acrylics,
watercolors and pencil (graphite).
He said he is currently working
on a portrait of Dixie Partington,
Jerry Hall and their black Lab
In August, Cox plans to go to Los
Angeles "with friends." He will
pursue his career and education
on the West Coast. Meanwhile, he
is "having a lot of fun at the Dixie
Theatre." He continued, "Rex
Partington is a jewel. He is pas-
sionate about the theatre and de-
lightful to work with." Yes, and yes
again. How fortunate for Franklin
County that the family Part-
ingtons decided to "re-create the
Dixie Theatre!"

Congressman Boyd

Responds To
Appellate Court
Congressman Boyd (D-North
Florida) released the following
statement responding to a federal
appeals court ruling in San Fran-
cisco, CA stating that the Pledge
of Allegiance is an unconstitu-
tional endorsement of religion
because of the phrase "under God",
and that it cannot be recited in
"There are a lot of things we as a
nation are currently experiencing
together. We are experiencing a
war on terrorism. We are experi-
encing the greatest renewal of
patriotism we have seen in gen-
erations. We are about to cel-
ebrate, together, the 226th birth-
day of this great nation. We are
not, however, about to sit back
and accept the kind of blatant
lack of respect for tradition and
patriotism that was shown today
with this ruling.
Our children stand with pride ev-
ery morning in their classrooms
and recite the Pledge of Allegiance,
and in doing so, they are learn-
ing each day about the values and
freedoms that this country was
founded on. Why would anyone
attempt to take that valuable les-
son away from our children? I was
deeply disappointed in hearing
about this outrageous decision."

"A Tenor On

Broadway At

The Dixie Through

July 21st
Beginning on Friday July 5 and
running through Sunday July 21,
the Dixie Theatre will be ringing
with the songs and music of
Broadway. The musical highlights
of the last five decades will echo
through the streets of Apalach-
icola. Replacing the earlier sched-
uled "Billy Bishop Goes To War"
is "A Tenor On Broadway." Tony
Partington will be joined by Pia-
nist Karl Lester to give you an
enchanted evening of music from
the Great White Way."You will be
hearing familiar favorites such as
"On The Street Where You Live"
from "My Fair Lady," "So in Love"
from "Kiss Me Kate" as well as
songs from Rodgers & Hart,
Steven Sondheim and many
more. The night will be enriched
by the addition of fascinating tales
and inside. stories gathered
through \years-of thtatriea'l icpe--'
ri-nces,. some, funny, sqm. ~,ad,,
sor.ebawdv.-Don:t miss-:A.Tenor
On Broadway" July 5 21 at the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola.

Stone" Schooner

The 1877 Gulf Coast Schooner,
"Governor Stone", owned by the
Apalachicola Maritime Museum,
Inc. has just completed a two-year
restoration. "This project has been
financed in part with historic
preservation grant assistance pro-
vided by the State of Florida,
Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Historical Resources and
assisted by the Historic Preserva-
tion Advisory Council." Since her
restoration, the "Governor Stone"
has appeared at the Fourth An-
nual Apalachicola Antique and
Classic Boat Show held April
27th, the Battle of Mobile Reen-
actment held May 4 as part of
Mobile's Tricentennial celebra-
tion, the Pirate's Cove Wooden
Boat Show held in Josephine, Ala-
,.bamaon May;,5th,: and the Gulf
'Cboa'f Wooden Boat Show, spon-
- sored- by the Biloxi--Maritime & -
Seafood Industry Museum, on
May 18th and 19th.

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The United States Department of
Agriculture has announced that
the 2002 Wildlife Habitat Incen-
tives Program (WHIP) signup
will end Friday, July 19, 2002.
Signups will be taken at your lo-
cal USDA Service Center. The
emphasis of WHIP is to promote
wildlife habitat and its manage-
ment on private lands using a
variety of proven management
techniques such as prescribed
burning, habitat manipulation,
wildlife food plots, forest buffers,
and others. The primary goal in
Florida is to enhance or restore
native habitat and to emphasize
conservation efforts that benefit
rare, threatened or endangered
species or ecological communi-
ties, such as longleaf pine.
Interested participants must own
or lease a minimum of 40 acres
and must be willing to maintain
any installed practices for at least
two years after installation.
Cost-share funds per contract are
generally limited to $20,000 each.
Applicants will be prioritized
based on wildlife management
For further information on the
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Pro-
gram (WHIP), contact your local
Natural Resources Conservation
Service at (850) 674-8271 or come
by our office at the USDA Service
Center located at 17413 NW
Leonard Street, Blountstown, FL
32424. To signup or learn more
about WHIP, speak to Brian
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Ths TFrankliun ChroniceP


12 July 2002 Page 5

Moody Remains
At Helm Of

By Sue Cronkite
Laura Moody was retained as
President of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society at the annual
meeting of members July 6 in
Benedict Hall of Trinity Episcopal
Church. Other officers include
Judith Henderson as Vice Presi-
dent. Bill Greer, Treasurer, and
Shirley Taylor, Secretary. Lynn
Wilson-Spohrer goes into a two-
year term on the board of direc-
Moody announced that the Raney
House is to be open for visitation
by tourists and townspeople on
Friday and Saturdays from 1 to
4 p.m. Tour guides include Ken
Mansuy and Jewel Meacham,
with Bill Greer as a "floater" to fill
in when needed. "We need more
volunteers as tour guides," said
Moody. 'Thirteen to fifteen people
normally go through the Raney
House on those days," said
Moody announced that the His-
torical Society is now in its 45th
year. Greer said the organization
began as "one person, no meet-
ings and prospective members
were to pay $3 a year if they
wished." The group remained that
way until 1970 when Mayor
James Daley and several local

people decided to reactivate it,
said Greer. "So we have 35 years
in continuous service."
Beginning in September, meeting
times of the Historical Society are
to be held monthly on every third
Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Car-
riage House- beside the Raney
House. Dr. Wayne Childers, a
well-known local Historian, is to
speak at the meeting.
A major project, the Ilse Newell
Concert Series begun by George
Chapel in honor of Ilse Newell is
to remain under the direction of
Eugenia Watkins, who is also
Chairperson of the Ilse Newell
Fund. "We're planning a new type
of concert to offer," said Watkins.
The popular concert series at-
tracts audiences from over the
Panhandle area. 'The series was
able to make a $5,000 contribu-
tion to the Raney House restora-
tion and refurbishing project,"
added Watkins.
"In addition to Florida Parks Ser-
vice funds of $150,000, the His-
torical Society has spent $60,000,
which brings the amount spent in
excess of $200,000 on the Raney
House project," said Moody. The
Raney House is owned by the City
of Apalachicola, which is consid-
ering bids for a new roof on the
Carriage House beside the Raney
Rangers at the Ormand House
and Gorrie Museum refer tourists
to the Raney House, said Moody.
"More Fever Man books are
needed by the Gorrie Museum."
she added.

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Lynn Wilson-Spohrer reported
that an offer had been made from
the Northwest Endowment Chari-
table Trust of the St. Joe Com-
pany to donate money for a sprin-
kler system and garden plants for
the Carriage House. 'The board
turned down the offer," said
Moody, "'because of the strings
attached. The Trust wanted to
dictate even what kinds of plants
and would not pay if the project
was not done exactly to their
Wilson-Sporher said Peter
Rummel, Head of the St. Joe Com-
pany, told her the company would -
be at arm's length on the project.
Greer suggested a new look be
made at the contract by the Ways
and Means Committee. John Lee,
Bill Sporher, and Gordon Atkin-
son were named as a group to
contact St. Joe about loosening
strings on the donation, turn their
findings over to the committee,
and report back to the Historical
The meeting area of Benedict Hall
held a display of antique clothing
owned by Anne Knight.
A bronze plaque was presented to
the group by Mrs. Moody which
was received for restoration work
on the Raney House. At the end
of the meeting a commemoration
to Mrs. Moody was presented from
Lynn Wilson-Spohrer and post-
humously from George Chapel.

Dogs, Cats and

Humans Enjoyed

The Party

By Rene Topping
A happy group of animal lovers
crowded the premises of the
Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic on
April 29, to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Owner, Dr.
Hobson Fulmer DVM. The guests

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were invited to feast upon hot
dogs and hamburgers with all the
trimmings, topped off by a suc-
culent display of chocolate des-
serts created by Chef Eddie,
Owner of Magnolia Grill in
Apalachicola. There was also food
for the dogs who brought their
humans to enjoy the day.
According to Dr. Hobson and his
staff, "The event was a huge suc-
cess. We wanted to invite all the
community and especially our cli-
ents to come and help us cel-
ebrate." The doctor continued,
"We also wanted to give back
. something to those that have sup-
ported us all these years and to
let the people see how far we have
come in the last twenty years."
He reminisced on his first days in
Franklin County saying, "I started
with two part-time employees and
primitive equipment and now we
have modern lab equipment,
x-rays, laser, electrocardiogram
and ultra sound. Pardon me for
bragging, but you won't find a
better equipped clinic, or one
more committed to the highest
quality pet care in North Florida."
All of the staff, feline, canine and
human were put to work to en-
sure that everyone who came had
a good time. Guests were greeted
by a wonderful feline who had
taken up a position on the front
desk. She had her purr machine
oh high and enticed everyone to
stroke her beautiful fur. A canine
assistant named "Bro" who is a
black retriever was a great actor
as he lay comfortably stretched
out on the examining table as the
doctor demonstrated his newest
piece of technology.'
Meanwhile, another canine assis-
tant, "Maggie," a golden retriever,
kept moving from room to room
to visit with the guests.
Doctor Fulmer thanked all who
came and then spent several
hours showing off the ultra
sound. "Bro" did not seem to be
embarrassed by humans as the
machine revealed all he had un-

der that thick black hair to small
crowds of people.
Fulmer explained to the onlook-
ers the pictures of the heart and
liver, kidneys and intestines and
explained the workings of the or-
He said that with this tool he will
be able to see without doing a
more invasive technique in tak-
ing care of heartworms and other
problems. In another room an-
other piece of technology, the elec-
trocardiogram, was demon-
A tool that Fulmer said he used
frequently, was the laser which
was being demonstrated by
Beverley Ryan. She carved the
initials of the person watching to
show that the tool can be gentle
as it only penetrated to the outer
skin of a ripe peach.
And for those people who like to
get an up close view of some of
the parasites that make their pets
unhappy was demonstrated by
another member of the staff, who
was showing how they looked
under a microscope.
The crowd made their way to the
cages in the hospital area where,
along with the patients several
kittens and puppies from the-
Franklin County Animal Shelter
were on display. Those little crea-
tures tried their wiles on the visi-
tors to try to get a permanent
home. They received a lot of love
but no takers.
Becky Raulerson with the Novarts
Pharmaceutical Corporation and
Frank Ball with Hills Pet Food,
were on hand to give away free
samples and door prizes and to
answer any questions the guests
might ask.
Dr. Fulmer said that there was no
official count but he said he
thought that around 75 human
guests attended and about one
dozen dogs. One guest was heard
saying, "Doctor Fulmer should do
this every year. It was great fun."

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/21/02 Invoice No. 7868
Description of Vehicle: Make Olds Model 4 Dr Color Gray
Tag No FR381V Year 1983 State FL vin No. IG3AY69YXDX350211
To Owner: Lisa Carmen Bentley To Lien Holder:
39 Bull Street
Eastpoint, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/16/02 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The,vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the dale of .
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the aboverdate of notice in the'amount : .
$ 278.00 plus storage charges occurring at thl rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 07/25/02 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
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'The same system has worked in
Eastpoint for 14 years; it had bet-
ter stop this soon, we're getting
tired of it."
Mosconis said the company in-
stalling the new sewer system.
RKT, is on call 24 hours a day.
"Also David Blume with U. S. Fil-
ter, and the city is on call. Jim
Clark, RKT Superintendent, told
me if we need him, call him."
Ricky Lichardella told the com-
mission he knows of "at least 20
houses with open drains for rain
runoff to go into the city sewer
system. The grates are covered
with round hardware cloth on a
PVC pipe." Lichardella said he is
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$250,000 to match a Florida State
grant of like amount and that al-
lowed a seemingly impossible
dream to build a new library in
Carrabelle, Florida be realized.
However, the cost of some fur-
nishings, window blinds and
many other large and small items
was not covered in the original
So, another "Memorial Brick"
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have your name or that of a friend
or family member inscribed on a
brick and placed in the "Flagpole
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The brick campaign will continue
until approximately October 1,
2002. If you missed the first en-
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like to purchase additional bricks,
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with the remaining expenses will
be greatly appreciated.
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The Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
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scheduled a series of public work-
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shrimp fishery in the northwest
region of Florida. This is a con-
tinuation of the statewide man-
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the FWC is seeking public input
on the status of the fishery, al-
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law, skimmer trawls, and other
northwest region shrimp manage-
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The FWC encourages participa-
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Monday, Jul" aIY :
Pensacola r i*J-tor'Coellige', ... '-
100 College Blvd. .::
Building 62 Room 250
Tuesday, July 16
Niceville City Hall
1st Floor
208 N. Partin Drive
Wednesday, July 17
Gulf Coast Community College
Student Union Building
Conference Room
Panama City
Thursday, July 18
Port St. Joe Fire Station
404 Williams Ave.
Conference Room
Port St. Joe
Anyone requiring special accom-
modations to participate in the
workshops should advise the
agency at least five calendar days
before the workshop by contact-
ing Cindy Hoffman at (850)
488-6411. Hearing or speech-
impaired persons should contact
the agency by calling (850)
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Apalachicola City
from Page 1
frustration is with "the people who
made the system."
"I understand the frustration,"
said Mosconis. "The main prob-
lem is getting away from the old
system and onto the new vacuum
system, which was somewhat
water logged. We're trying to be
responsive. There are a list of
things to be done. Those who have
things to be corrected, call
670-9070. Make sure you're on
our list. I hope by the next com-
mission meeting we're off the old
system and on the new one.
Bruce Hall said her problem
seems to be because she's at the
end of the line. "I'm not going to
pay the same as a person at the
beginning of the line. What were
we thinking when we put this
thing in?"
Mayor Pierce said excessive
ground water caused the recent
problems. "Water shouldn't seep
into PVC," said Hall. "Sometimes
it does," countered Mayor Pierce.

PaiJe 6 12 JIlv 2002


The Franklin Chronicle

Jim Stefanko One Of 61 Survivors Of

Hobson And Wasp Collision in 1952

176 Men Went Down With The Broken USS Hobson


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By Tom Campbell

Imagine being in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hobson in April of
1952. You have just completed a long, tiring 28-hour shift and been
relieved. You go below, have a shower and get into your bunk. Sec-
onds later, a grinding of metal and terrible shaking of the ship and it
literally splits in two, bursting and belching you.into the dark Atlan-
tic Ocean along with fuel oil and debris. You are under water and
thinking that this is the moment of your death.
Somehow, miraculously, you manage to hold your breath and swim
upward in the black ocean. You don't know how, but soon you are on
the surface and able to breathe air, gasping and belching ocean water
with fuel oil all over you and around you in the water.
You don't know until later what has just happened, but you are alive.
What had occurred was this. Three darkened ships, part of a force
bound for the Mediterranean to relieve units of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
plowed at 25 knots through the heavy swells of the black mid-Atlantic
night. First of the three was the 27,100-ton aircraft carrier Wasp,
Pacific veteran of World War II. Running about 1,000 yards astern,
acting as pickets on either side, were two destroyer mine-sweepers,
the Rodman and the Hobson. The Wasp was engaged in routine night
flight operations, her pickets were standing by in case any of the
carrier's planes crashed into the ocean.
Suddenly the wind shifted and the Wasp, to get her remaining planes
safely aboard, made a ponderous turn into the wind. The Hobson,
her bridge somehow unaware of the change in course, steamed straight
ahead, many of the crew of 236 asleep in their bunks. This conflict in
compass headings bore disaster.
As described in a terse message sent to Atlantic Fleet Headquarters
by the Wasp's captain: "At 10:38 p.m. the Hobson crossed the bow of
the Wasp from port to starboard and was struck amidships ... The
Hobson rolled on her port side and her keel dug deep into the Wasp's
bow. All Wasp engines were backing at emergency speed at the time...
The Hobson broke into two parts and sank four minutes later along-
side the Wasp, then dead in the water."
Amid the clang of alarm bells, the sound of planes overhead, and the
thin cries of oil-soaked swimmers, searchlights flicked on aboard the
Wasp and the Rodman, and a shower of life jackets, rafts and
whaleboats dropped frantically over their sides.
Hauled up from the water, Apprentice: Seaman James, McIntyre was
pulled into the safety net on the Wasp, as a photographer snapped
the photograph. Like other survivors, McIntyre made a last minil. e
escape clad only in his shorts. "For anyone who':stopped to get ,:,
wallet or watch or rub the sleep from his eyes," said an officer on the
Rodman, "it was too late:"
James A. Stefanko, FA, USN, from Masontown, PA, was also one of
the 61 survivors, fuel-oil-soaked, who were pulled from the black water
of the Atlanta Ocean. His only wound was that his Achilles heel on
his right foot was almost cut in two. It was later put back together
and healed but left him with a limp which he has to this day.
On the night of Saturday, April 26,1952, the USS Hobson went down.
carrying 176 naval men with her.
Sitting on his porch in Eastpoint, Jim Stefanko has a beautiful view
of the bay with St. George Island in the distance. He came to Eastpoint
22 years ago, he said. He was Building Inspector for the City of
Apalachicola from 1982 until 1997. He and his wife Veronica (he calls
her Vern) have four children (three still living) and seven grandchil-
At the time of the collision, he had been in the Navy about two and a
half years. His duty was Fireman Apprentice (FA). "I was a Boilerman.
Boiler Tender-Striker." His job was "running the boilers." He was 19
years old at the time of the incident. He was born in Youngstown,
Ohio, in March of 1933.
"I had worked about 28 hours straight through," Stefanko said. "Put-
ting the boiler room back together (one had been down) and standing
my watches, you know. And I was tired, I'll tell you. ...About ten o'clock,
Apalachicola City
from Page 5 -

I guess. McManus (the other watch) came down. He said, 'Boy. you
look like you're about ready to drop over.' I said., 'I am.' He says-
with the ship shaking like it is-We just went on flank speed-about
as fast as we could go-doing about 35 knots. The carrier was turn-
ing into the wind and we had-She was on standard speed and we
were on flank-just as hard as we could go-doing about 35 knots,
and the whole ship was just trembling. And he said, 'I can't sleep with
the ship shaking like this. I've never been below when we were on
flank before, and-where my bunk is-it's almost impossible to stay
in your bunk.' You almost had to be holding' on! So he said, 'Go on up
and go to bed. Just come down to stand your muster in the morning
at eight o'clock.' So I did-or-was going to."
He continued, "I just went up and took a quick shower and hit the
bunk. I wasn't in my bunk five minutes when this happened. I wasn't
asleep yet. And-when it hit-we had 22,000 gallons of fuel oil un-
derneath our compartment. Well, that ruptured, and-you didn't even
have a chance to get a breath. The bunks were three high-you know-
with footlockers underneath them. If either of the two buddies had
been in their bunks -- they were on watch-they would have been
crushed. The overhead collapsed and it came down immediately. The
ship was rolling. ... It came up enough so that I could squeeze out of
my bunk. ... The whole compartment was flooded with fuel instantly.
And the only way I could have got out was to go all across the ship
and then all the way forward...up a ladder-There were about 55 men
in there. There is no way in hell I'd ever been able to make it. When I
got out of my bunk there was somebody kickin' me and trying' to get
out of his bunk, and get out of there-like everybody was trying' to do.
I just figured I was dead and that was it. But the Lord-I guess it
wasn't my time to die. ... As the ship rolled over, she split -right there-
and me and somebody else got washed out of my compartment and
two cooks right on the other side of the bulkhead -- two of them got
out of their compartment. They were just washed out. So the four of
us got washed out that one hole and she closed up and went on,
down. ... I thank my God every day. I figure I have lived 50 years on
borrowed time. ... I had cut my Achilles tendon damn nearly in two.

He said they were doing night maneuvers at the time. "'No lights, no
kind of lights." They were in a convoy of 68 ships going to the Medi-
terranean. Anti-submarine warfare is what it was. We were doing
night maneuvers -no kind of lights. And the aircraft carrier turned
into the wind to pick up planes that were flying. To me that would be
some kind of trick, trying to land an airplane on a. carrier deck with
no kind of lights-other than a few signal lights that they give them --
for high or low, you know. That's quite a trick in the daylight, you
know. Let alone trying' to do it at night with no lights."
He continued, "The captain on there, never made Admiral-on the
carrier-yet, he had absolutely nothing to do with this accident. He
had made his turn, and he was in emergency back-down, when they
hit him."
"One of the radarmen-a participant on the bridge-and the Presi-
dent of the Association now (Memorial Association of the Hobson
Memorial) was the Radarman First Class, was in charge of the
radarmen up there. ... At one point, one of the radarmen-said he
abandoned the set at fifteen hundred yards. That's how fast those
ships were closing. You take two ships doing forty miles an hour, on
a collision course, you know, and in a very short-very small area, it
doesn't take long to get there. I guess that would be 70 miles an hour,
wouldn't it? Well, he abandoned the set at 1500 yards."
"When they made this turn, with the carrier-well, we (Hobson) were
out of place. ... It was the Captain's error. It was poor judgment. I
guess he thought he had a 'race horse' there and, he would outrun
her-the carrier. But he didn't. It was poorjudgement. And he drowned.
He got off the bridge, all right, but he drowned. .."
"I talked to a couple of chaplains and a couple of priests, over the
years, because it bothered me. Because they didn't have any such
thing as rehab where you went and talked to counselors, and that
sort of thing. You lived with what you knew, and got over it the best
way you knew how. That's all. But they said, 'You were probably spared
for a reason.' And you may never know the reason. Maybe one of your
grandchildren, or great-grandchildren-or something down the line
will do something very beneficial for mankind. So-you know-I've
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ithe association started and going. I was one of the 61 survivors."
They still considered this one of the "worst peacetime Naval disasters
in modern times." So he donated about 250 dollars to the effort. ("A
lot of money back. then.")
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date of the disaster. The Hobson was constructed in Charleston in
1941, and that was her home port.
Comdr. Edward P. Brennan (ret.) executive secretary for some time of
the Hobson Memorial Society, said the society was formed for a two-fold
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the lives that were lost in the service of their country.
2. That each year from now on, the society will convene this day at
the site where the marker is erected.
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of the dead.
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the home port and the memorial service is always in the same place
every year. "It's quite a touching service,"' said Jim Stefanko. "I'm on
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12 July 2002 Page 7

Riverkeeper Criticism of ACF from Page 1

Up in metro Atlanta, they withdraw at one place and return the water
some place else, further downstream. Whitesburg is the station where
all of that can be figured out." While Alabama withdrew their concern
for a flow requirement at Whitesburg in favor of another at Colum-
bus, Georgia recommended a new flow requirement at Whitesburg.
In return for that (proposal), we (Florida) would drop the annual re-
turn percentage on the return wastewater flows and we would also
not include in the allocation formula a flow requirement at Peachtree
Creek. Instead, we would have a flow requirement at Whiteburg.
This was intended to replace the percentage returns that we had had
in the January 14th document-58% annual return average. It would
appear that a flow requirement at Whitesburg would be better. In
answer to a question from Lee Edminston, Apalachicola Research
Reserve, Mr. Barr did not think that the flow, expressed as cubic feet
per second (CFS), would go below 750. The goal along the river length
is to be 5000 CFS, taking into account the number of users along the
river, taking out water, and returning water with varying CFS. The
three states have to agree on an allocation formula that would allow
for varying uses, coupled to varying CFS.. Even the measurement of
these flows is critical as these must be uniformly and systematically
Another question about "...the whole picture" was raised expressing
some uncertainty about how any formula would accommodate dif-
ferent uses and users. Indeed, in the example of the flow discussion
based on highly technical considerations, the dilemma posed in de-
veloping an allocation formula requires a mechanism to translate tech-
nical matters into political decisions.
The reaching for a tri-state agreement in sharing river water is indeed
a political decision, or a series of political decisions, supported on a
labyrinth of scientifically determined uses and needs. The problem is
compounded when counting up the number of communities and other
entities on the rivers (such as electric power generation) that use and
return water to the river in highly varying ways, yet trying to main-
tain a minimum average flow all the way to the end, the Gulf of Mexico.
The addition of a monthly flow requirement at Whitesburg is a sub-
stitute for annual percent return requirement and an allocation for-
mula flow requirement at Peachtree Creek.
Unimpaired flow data, which is data without the returns, the with-
drawals, the effects of the reservoirs and other aspects, is placed into
the modeling process. Initially, the studies conducted on the river
have been using unimpaired flow data from 1939 to 1993. The U.S.
Corps of Engineers and the state of Flonda are in the process of ex-
tending the data set up to 2001.'
However, the data from each year has to.be determined nominally by
the states as to whether this constituted a wet year, a dry year. or a
"normal" year. "We have our views on it. Georgia put some alterna-
tives together for the others to consider, ".said Barr. "We are not near
to closure on that," he concluded. With regard to monthly withdraw-
als and returns, the matter is not the same. "Metro Atlanta has pro-
posed some changes not to the amounts but how those withdrawals
and returns are distributed through the months and the years. Cer-
tain assumptions aie made with regard to the models we're using
right now. They are suggesting that there's a better way of doing it....
It seems to me that their approach focuses on the dry years..." Barr
explained that this criterion is highly technical, yet it is one of those
...matters that keeps rumbling in the background. "...to see if we
can come up wifh a uniform approach..."
Barr then turned to a discussion of an automatic re-opening of the
allocation formula, and an "opt-out" provision of the allocation for-
mula. He saw some risk in this approach, if he had characterized the
problem or situation correctly. The risk is that one or more states
may, after a period of time, having gotten the beiefits.of ah allocation
formula, want to "opt-out" of the agreement.
Dave McLain, Apalachicola Riverkeepers, responded to Barr's state-
ment by stating that there were no performance indicators or objec-
tives that reflect the overall status of water resources, or the natural
systems that depend on them. That, to the Riverkeepers, was the key
fallacy. "If you don't have some performance indicators in that agree-
ment, so that you have some way to measure with certainty an agreed
upon set of measurement points, then it isn't just a matter of not
needing the flows, it is a matter. f what are the criteria by which we
chose to go forward on adaptiv1nanagement."

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Three years from the effective date was allowed to develop such a list.
Adaptive management is provided for in the draft proposal, but there
are no goals, no data collection reporting plan nor a real mechanism
for implementing the need, said McLain. He read the recommended
language to be inserted in the drafted statement. Copies of the docu-
ments were distributed to everyone in attendance. He also proceeded
to define "adaptive management based on those recommendations.
McLain argued that criteria agreed upon in advance of a problem
would lessen the chances for an "opt-out" or abandonment in the
future. Doug Barr added some discussion concerning the sensitivi-
ties of the risk requiring careful deliberation.
McLain's argument for placing more specific criteria into the adaptive
management process engendered some support from the Sierra Club
representative notwithstanding an on going concern among others
that too much specificity in criteria might unravel a large n.Amber of
scenarios with conditions from the other parties. But, it appears to
this observer that there is a danger in ambiguity as well, perhaps
indirectly creating more bureaucratic layers in the form of commit-
tees designed to "work out solutions to difficult problems of defini-
In looking over the vast distance these negotiations have covered since
the early 1990s, a great deal of science has been accomplished, but
yet there are no final political decisions about water allocation reached
among the three states.

Complicating the process of reaching agreement is change: changing
needs and uses of water directly conditioned by changes in demands.
The most visible concern presently are the projections for water needs
by the City of Atlanta, a growing population center. The "opt-out"
provision, as discussed in general terms during the meeting, carries
with it the high risk ofjeopardizing the yearsof work in negotiations
and the compact itself, chartered under Federal law.
Another observer said. "I'm my'stified why w.e don't know right now
what are the agreed upon scientific cntena-Ioreive me-this has been
going on.lor.years and \ears-thatuwe don't have areedupon USGS
-_type critena (Li S Geological Servcel "' It seems to me there ought to
be scientifically defined characteristics of what \e (Florida) want, to
achieve the system..."
David McLain presented a truncated review of the ACF chronology
and detailed assessment of the negotiations. He began his review by
saying that "...We're dealing with four states, really. The State of Ala-
bama, the State of Georgia, the State of Florida and the State of At-
lanta. The State of Atlanta and Atlanta's growth is really what we're
talking about."
His organization decided to seek consensual validation on the criteria
to be developed in response to what he called "a flawed proposal"
made by Florida a year earlier-a proposal that was eventually re-
called for revision. Six counties that bordered. on the Apalachicola
River, (Liberty, Calhoun, Gadsden; Jackson, Gulf and Franklin) re-
viewed the proposal from Riverkeeper and endorsed it. In the pro-
posal were eight criteria, and suggested new language. At least twice.
Riverkeepers sought a meeting with Secretary Struhs, Department of
Environmental Protection, the chief negotiator for Florida in the com-

pact, but without success. Even the ombudsman for DEP did not
produce a meeting with Secretary Struhs, ... but the first stakeholder
meeting in two years was scheduled for July 2002. Secretary Struhs
agreed to circulate future draft allocation formulas for review and
The letter from the six county commissions did not achieve a hearing
before Secretary Struhs and others, so another letter was addressed
to Governor Jeb Bush. This draft was published in the last issue of
the Chronicle (June 28, 2002). The letter has requested the Governor's
personal intervention into the process including addressing the rec-
ommended criteria from Riverkeepers.
The evaluation criteria, discussed at today's stakeholder meeting for
nearly two hours, included flow regimes and to a far lesser degree.
monitoring and adaptive management.
McLain emphasized that the compact laws included public involve-
ment in- two parts: (1) the validation.of the formula and (2) the devel-
opment of the initial water allocation formula and any changes. "We've
been concerned about that," McLain said.
"We felt, for good and cogent reasons, perhaps, Florida chose to go to
technical meetings, and the technical meeting was they met in Geor-
gia and we never had any visibility in that-until whenever the con-
clusion came and we had a meeting in Atlanta, or Montgomery or in
Tallahassee. There was no involvement in terms of public participa-
tion. The people who were directly affected by that outcome were not
able to make any kind on input into that negotiation. So we thought

Continued on Page 10

The List Of Riverkeeper Criticisms

In "Abbreviated Form"

06/15 meeting in Montgomery; no change
Negotiations extended yet again to 07/15
Sought intervention by DEP Ombudsman
No meeting with Sec. Struhs yet, BUT:
-First Stakeholder meeting in over 2 years 07/01
-Sec. Struhs promise to "circulate future draft allocation
formulas for review and comment"
Letter from 6 County Commissions to Governor Bush ap-
pealing for his personal involvement

Flow Regime
-Important improvement over May 25 Draft
-Flows linkedto water storage levels
-Frequency, duration of low flows for "non-drought"
conditions still a problem
-5000 CFS minimum guaranteed; enough?
-Lake Lanier tapped for 750 CFS only
-Flint River = "Georgia responsibility"
Recommendation: Changes Needed

Interbasin Transfers
-Any future inter-basin transfers into Lanier would be
"solely for Georgia's use"
-Intra-basin transfers (such as from Flint to Atlanta) are
not addressed.
Recommendation: Corrective language

Consumptive Demand Management
-Demand caps not quantified nor imposed
-Individual state responsibility, to meet flow targets
-Only Atlanta's requirement specified
-Difficult to measure withdrawals for agriculture
-Assign responsibility to new Scientific Panel to develop
plan for measuring consumption throughout ACF Basin

Water Conservation Management
-As with demand caps, water conservation is left to signa-
tory states through state and local means
-Releases for navigation prohibited, but still enabled by
too many loopholes
-Have states report all water conservation measures un-
dertaken during drought relief
Monitoring & Adaptive Management
-ACT Committee created to monitor, however,
-Performance indicators not ready for 3 years
-Adaptive management allowed for, however,
-Management objectives not clearly established
-Public "Stakeholder" not soon enough
-Dependent on COE Water Management Plan

1i Recommendation: Add

S Public Involvement

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A Stakeholder speaks in
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important words

* Assessment:
-ACF Committee procedures within 180 days will include
"procedures for public participation and access to the in-
-Elsewhere, however, the proposal says ACF Committee
will report to the public "on or before the 10th and 25th
anniversaries" of the agreement
-Too little, too late
* Recommendation: Add words to fix

* Assessment:
No clear indicator of non-compliance
-No prompt process for remedial action
-Only signatory states can bring suits
-Monetary damages for lost revenue not allowed
-Dependent on reliable, redundant monitoring by
impartial agent or agency (and funding)
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/26/02 Invoice No. 7883
Description of Vehicle: Make Honda Model CRX Color Yellow
Tag No Year 1988 state FL vin No. JHMED936XJS003605

To Owner: Glen T. Farmer To Lien Holder:
106 Edisto Drive
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You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/15/02 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 vehiclewill 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 occuring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78:

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
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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
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
bate of this Notice 06/21/02 Invoice No. 7867
Description of Vehicle: Make Buick Model 4 Dr. Color Gray
TagNo Year 1988 state .. ViiiN. 2G4WD14W1J1439342
To Owner: Virginia Allington To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 449
Eastpoint, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
:06/15/02 at the request of FCSO/APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Fldrida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 07/25/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
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Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850> 70-8219

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/03/02 Inice N,: 7900
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge modell _PKColor White
Tag No 15TE168 ,1978 State FL in N. D24BE8S285705

To Owner: Robin M. Curley To Lien Holder:
4894 Lone Mt. Rd. #162
Las Vegas, Nevada '

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/28/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
Possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
to, ing. rToage and c:,ti lithe .efi-F'.7.rTF ',idl'.ituL i f.: i Il dji' ...
Impound free Cof pi 1or lien. Pj) meni b thetIl'3b-e J.ire of notice in Ot"*aroltnr -.-
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of$ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/08/02 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
P.O. Box 971
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12 July 2002 Page 9

town they lived in came to them
with a license. She was very emo-
tional and distraught because,
she said, she and her husband
aren't wanted in Apalachicola.
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott said.
"a person's got a right to put any-
thing they want in their window."
Davis said "he can't have that
there as long as he indicated he
is doing business." Mrs. Trotter
pointed out that Ed Miller did a
book on steamboats and that
Trotter painted 30 pictures for the
book. Pierce told Mrs. Trotter that
what was in the window "attracts
people to your house. It's on the
edge of an area zoned residential.
In the Planning and Zoning hear-
ing you were denied."
Jerry Webber told commissioners
that it's "been brought to my at-
tention, that the city is using an
area at the end of 8th Street as a
dumping ground." Taylor-Webb
said the city is not dumping there.
"That's illegal," she said.
"We're responsible-it's on city

property-I can tell you it's get-
ting there other than by bicycle
or wheelbarrow," said Mayor
Pierce. A member of the audience
said she had seen lots of buzzards
on the spot.
Jerry Webber said he had brought
a petition addressing concerns of
many residents north of Avenue
G. 'These citizens are willing to
form a committee," said Webber.
"We all know that it's been called
The Hill, but that's changing and
we would like the same services
and concerns as the central his-
toric district of the city."
"We're making an effort," said
Pierce. "We dug up the barn area.
Abandoned cars anywhere else
would be picked up. I'd like to see
more maintenance in this area.
The city will provide equipment
and manpower and people in the
area to get up with Betty, get or-
ganized, and we'll try to clean up
the right-of-ways." Webber said
much of the debris and trash are
in the alleys.

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Dateof this Notice 06/28/02 invoice No. 7876
Description of Vehicle: Make Chrysler Model New YorkerColor Red
Tag No ear 1988 StateFL vin No. IC3BU6630JD160119
To Owner: Jimmy Wade To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 1311
Carrabelle. FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/22/02 at the request of CPD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/01/02 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
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Apalachicola City from Page 6




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Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600

o 150 300 450 800 750 Feet

Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
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more intensive non-residential uses.
including commercial end office uses; end
to residentially compatible public facilities
such as schools, parks, end transit
facilities. The MR-1 district shall provide
for a wide range of residential housing
types. The maximum gross density allowed
for new residential development in the
MR-I district is 16 dwelling units per acre.
while e minimum gross density allowed
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Taylor-Webb reported on the pro-
posed Battery Park renovation.
She said the only bid received was
from Harris Brothers at $20,000
for dredging and $5,000 for bulk-
head. "We're ready to start work
on it," she said.
A discussion ensued on choosing
a contractor for the Carriage
House roof. With the different
kinds of roofs discussed, it was
decided to contact an architect to
see which is best for the building.
Payment for the Carriage House
roof would come from. reserve
money, said Taylor-Webb.
In the Planning and Zoning re-
port, a new subdivision to be lo-
cated on the former Dr. Photis
Nichols property was discussed.
The annual agreement with De-
partment of Corrections/
Franklin Work-camp to lend 13
inmates to the city was approved.
The Planning and Zoning Board
is supposed to have seven mem-
bers, but had been operating with
five. There are now four vacancies.
Those currently on the board in-
clude Frank Cook, Leon Blood-
-worth, and Martha Pearl Ward.
The Board of Adjustment has an
opening for two members.
Taylor-Webb said she has a list of
eight names of people who would
like to serve on the boards. Lee
McKnight stated he would like to
serve on the Board of Adjustment.
Mayor Pierce gave him a look and
McKnight said, "I know, I'm con-
tentious." McKnight received the
appointment and Dean Vail was
appointed to the Planning and
Zoning Board.
Chief Williams said he'd like to fill
a position on the recreation board.
"Right now we're into the summer
program," he said. Also, he said
"We still have speeders. We got
136 last month. I'd like to extend
it another month." Commissioner
Davis suggested extending the
crackdown on speeders through
the summer. "Using three people,
we can go through August," he
said. The city is to be reimbursed
for the extra police work through
a grant.
David Bloome, Project Manager
for U.S. Filter, was at the commis-
sion meeting, with the agreement
which was to be signed June 3
on operation of the new sewer sys-
'tem. "It's a good contract," said
City Atty. Pat Floyd. "U.S. Filter
is to staff the water department.
There won't be any city employ-
ees." "As long as it is the basics of
the contract," said Mosconis.
Following the statement that
there are no funds available to do
landscaping in Veteran's Park, the
strip of land between the Grady
building and the river, "We're look-
ing for the next phase," said:
Mayor Pierce. "There's no sprin-,
kler system, nolights, few trees."
N ii

Commissioner Jimmy Elliott sug-
gested trees being planted in the
area in memory of persons who
served their country in time of
Roger Martin, with Apalachicola
Bay and Riverkeepers, said a fes-
tival is to be held Sept. 21, begin-
ning at 2 p.m., at Lafayette Park
on Coastal Cleanup Day. "We're
inviting people from churches,
schools, and Boy Scouts; we'll bus
people from Lafayette Park to
Grassy Creek. A small auction will
be held as a fundraiser. It'll help
us clean up and a great way to
get our kids involved," said Mar-
tin. "It may become an annual
event," said Commissioner Elliott.
"The normal way to handle this
is for you to come to me and I
approve it, then come before the
board," said Taylor-Webb.
Atty. Floyd said trial in the Wanda
Teet case that had been sched-
uled for July 29, has been moved
up to September or October.

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What to do about city encroach-
ment with street right-of-way on
property at 22nd Avenue and Ellis
VanVleet Street owned by Al
Mirabella and his mother came up
for discussion. "Is there a way we
could trade property we own-in
greater Apalachicola, block 263,
lots 1 and 30, for lots 18 and 19
in block 236?" asked Mirabella.
Atty. Floyd said a survey showed
a fire hydrant, water valve, and
street paved within boundaries of
the Mirabella property.
Commissioner Van Johnson said
held like to see a survey of stop
signs and for the city to start trim-
ming overhanging limbs on 8th
and 9th streets.
"We're approaching the budget
season," said Commissioner
Davis. "We need to meet to set the
tentative millage, it will probably
take about 10 to 15 minutes." The
meeting was set for noon, July 16.
Commissioners agreed to rear-
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The new restrooms in the Pavilion complex at the end of Franklin
Boulevard are now open. Even before the complex was completed, a
plague commemorating the project was erected. However, in the opin-
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Riverkeeper Criticism from Page 7
public involvement was being bypassed and should not have been."
He cited today's meeting as a "great step" in returning to increased
public participation.
With regard to flow regime, McLain disagreed with the earlier conclu-
sion that Georgia would retain responsibility for the Flint River flows.
"Well, I would differ ... the Apalachicola River is much dependent
upon, (the Flint) particular in drought regions," McLain said. A change
in that criterion is needed, he concluded.
McLain continued to work through the balance of the criteria, identi-
fied by topic in Figure 1, indicating recommendations for corrective
At the conclusion of McLain's remarks and criticisms, among the
comments were those from the DEP attorney, who defended Secre-
tary Struhs' concern for public involvement. This "defense" appeared
to this observer a very strange response, particularly in light of the
continued attempts of Riverkeepers to obtain an audience with the
DEP head on these very specific and definitive objections to the Florida
role in the tri-state and river negotiations.
The delays in calling stakeholder meetings is evidence enough that
the State of Florida is dragging its feet in involving the public at the
stages identified. While transforming technical matters into political
action is not an easy task for any team of negotiators, the
pressure-cooker of coming elections will add more heat to this fire.
Overlooking the involvement of downstream interests could easily
complicate the outcome of this year's elections in Florida. Even Sec-
retary Charles Bronson was savvy enough to pay attention to the,.
demands that he fire his chief aide when major seafood dealers and
Franklin County began to complain about his behavior at an
out-of-state meeting. Bronson rallied to the Franklin county's demand
for action.
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