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Volume 11, Number 16 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER August 9-22,2002 Jackso
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Litigation Team Visits Eastpoint

Fishermen


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Retired judge Charles McClure told a small assembly of local fisher-
men on Thursday evening, July 25th, "You guys ought not to be in
front of a judge. You're trying to feed your family, you're trying to
provide the seafood industry for the State of Florida ... We feel like it
goes all the way from your fishing ... to the wholesalers, to the retail-
ers, and the restaurant business ... Everybody's affected by this..."
He was explaining that his research for building a case to seek dam-
ages from the State of Florida had to begin with the participation of
individual fishermen. He and Wakulla County fisherman Ronald Crum,
and a small number of other Wakulla fishermen, discussed the pro-
posed class action litigation being planned along with other aspects
of the net limitation law.
Ronald Crum expressed the introduction more explicitly. "I want to
introduce to you a fellow that will bring your civil rights back. That's
what we've lost in this country-your civil rights." The retired Judge
explained the process of the proposed litigation and the risks involved
along with alternate plans for different outcomes as the case might
climb the judicial ladder. He added, "It is not that the net limitation is
wrong, it is the way they're implementing it."
Mr. McClure was referring to the sometimes overzealous enforcement
of the administrative rules put out by the Florida Freshwater Conser-
vation Commission (FWCC) and the lack of standards in the enforce-
ment of particular aspects of the administrative rules.


Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Eastpoint Fisherman ..................................... 1, 2
ACF Stakeholders ..................................... 1, 10, 12
Pringle-Crum Appeal ............................................ 1
ARPC Economic Plan ............................... 1, 4, 5, 6
Franklin Briefs................................................. 2, 10
Editorial & Commentary ................................. 3
Apalachicola City ................................................... 6
Awesome America ............................................. 7
FCAN ...................................................................... 8
Dixie Theatre .................................................. 9, 12
Carrabelle ................................... .................... 9
Riverkeeper Evaluation of Tri-River Negotiation ... 11


In the Tri-River Negotiations ...

Stakeholders Hear Jargon And

Compact Legalities, Then Express

Some Dissatisfaction With Tri-River

Negotiation Process

Dr. Bob "Skip" Livingston Declares He Will Get
Involved
A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
-About 31 persons representing a dozen or more state agencies and
private entities met on Monday, August 5th, for another stakeholders
meeting dealing with the Apalathee-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin'
Compact. The meeting was held at the Northwest Water Management
District, chaired by Executive Director Douglas Barr, assisted by Gen-
eral Counsel Teri L. Donaldson, Department of Environmental Pro-
tection.
The agencies under the rubric "stakeholders" included representa-
tives from the media, Apalachicola Bay and River Keepers, the Sierra
Club, Gulf Power, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, and
Apalachee Regional, the Nature Conservancy, the Florida Freshwater
and Conservation Commission, Jackson County, City of
Chattahoochee, the Florida Farm Bureau, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, and
1000 Friends of Floridi. "
The agenda initially dealt with some of the jargon associated with the
negotiations and the process of research and deliberation, such as
the phrase "unimpaired data set." Doug Barr explained that the un-
impaired data set is used, in the beginning, for modeling the pro-
cesses of water flow, stripped of all human activities. In developing a
model, various scenarios can be programmed into the evaluation
scheme to help assess the impact of certain variables in the amount
and flow of water through the river systems. Up to now, the Florida
Steam" of negotiators have been using an unimpaired data set based
on information gathered from 1939 through 1993. Recently, with the
help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, new information about the
river system has been gathered from 1994 to 2001.
A second item on the agenda was a report by Teri L. Donaldson on
the legal framework for the negotiations, including an outline of some
aspects of the Compact and the relationship between the Compact
and an allocation formula. Other federal laws that govern the use of
water resources in the ACF basis were presented in a legal paper in
the Endangered Species Act.
During the discussion on legal framework, the representative from
Jackson County raised the question about the desire to see some sort
of issue statement, perhaps a matrix, that would identify the issues
and each state's position on that issue. Others seemed to agree with
the suggestion. Attorney Donaldson pointed out that because of the
dynamic nature of the negotiation process, it would be very difficult
to write accurate summary statements of differing views on various
issues and, if published, these might actually misrepresent positions
taken by the three states involved in the negotiations.
Continued on Page 10


Pringle-CrumAppeal Scheduled

For Oral Argument


The Circuit Court decision of
Judge Sauls, involving the Con-
stitutional issue of the
Crum-Pringle net, has been
scheduled for oral argument in
,.--- the First District Court of Appeal
on October 22, 2002.
The notice of oral argument was
The judge said, "We're saying that the U. S. Constitution guarantees released by the First District
you certain rights to pursue your course of living and to be able to Court of Appeal on July 24th. The
provide for your families and not be harassed by government ... Your Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
civil rights are being infringed upon-they're being violated-and those vation Commission and State of
who are disabled are not able to make a living throwing a cast net." Florida, are appealing a decision
He also pointed out that the press in some parts of Florida is still rendered by Judge Sauls in the
referring to a NET BAN. "The Constitution says it is a NET LIMITA- Circuit Court, Wakulla County,
TION..." he added emphatically. "It is ironic to me that the Depart- that ruled a rectangular fishing
ment of Commerce of Florida says (to the world) com on down to net did meet the requirements of
S Florida and eat Florida seafood. Yet, all the fishermen are out on the Florida Constitution, as
bond." amended, and was a legal net. The
Ron Crum presented a stronger, perhaps more militant stance. He Statorneys of the Attorney General's
said,'"We have to punishthe discriminators in this State to the point tourneys ofargu the Attorney General't is
that they do not do it againn' referring to highly selective enforcement a
without standards. Crum outlined some history involving the Federal illegal.
requirements that all state agencies were to establish review commit- The Pringle-Crum net is a much
tee supervising compliance with the American Disability Act and Equal smaller rectangular net conform-
Opportunity legislation. ing to the minimum 500--foot
The requirement was established in the early 1990s. The FWCC com- square footage but with a mesh
pletely ignored the requirement from 1993 to 2000, when it estab- ize larger than to inhesape Attor-
lished such a committee. This internal review recommended to the ingjuvenileies h to escape. Attor-
FWCC fishing gear that would enable fishermen to obtain equal ac- neys for Pingle and Crum have
cess to the fishing resource. The FWCC did not act on that finding consistently argued that this fea-
and disapproved rectangular nets with larger mesh that enabled ju- net limitationamendment by con-
venile fish to escape, thus preserving the intention of the Constitu- serng the mullet fishery instead
tional Amendment, that is-preservation. of destroying juvenile fish with a
\of net using smaller two inch mesh
Indeed, for short time, rules permitting fishermen to fire small can- net using smaller two inch mesh.
non from their decks, or piers, to throw a cast net into the water, were
recommended to those who could not throw a cast net. This FWCC The State has continued to argue
sanctioned "solution" was called too dangerous by the fishing com- the 2 inch mesh and other re-
munity responding to the proposal. quirements is to eliminate grilling
the fish, thus conforming to the
Continued on Page 2 Constitutional Amendment that is
intended to eliminate killing of
fish.


SJudge Sauls, in his written opin-
ion at the level of the Circuit
Court, determined that the net
.iwas a hybrid net of such design
that it did not fall within the usual
definition of a gill net. Judge Sauls
proposed a new categorization
based upon multiple "tests"
capped with the argument that
the net limitation did not ban all
nets.
,Pringle-Crum's attorney, Ron
Mowrey, has argued that the net
provides a viable alternative for
fishermen to continue to make
their living on the water within the
reqre ments of the Constitu-
tional Amendment. For a brief
time following the Judge Sauls
decision, the net was used locally,
but an order curtailing its use was
re-imposed until the appeal pro-
cess was over. However, the State
of Florida, through arguments by
Jonathan Gloucau and Charles
Selfer, assert that the fishermen
have no "right to fish".
Sandwiched into this issue is an-
other issue that thus far has re-
mained latent, but may arise to
form a new argument. That is the
assertion that the State of Florida
through the decision-making of
the FWCC, denied access to the
fishery by the aged and disabled,
perhaps violating their civil rights.
That matter is being examined in
a separate litigation plan that may
begin in Federal Court in a class
action lawsuit seeking damages
on behalf of the fishing commu-
nity throughout the State of
Florida.


The Apalachee Region, designated in the cut-out Florida map pre-
sented above, was designated an Economic Development District be-
cause of prolonged economic distress, evidenced by high unemploy-
ment and underemployment rates, slow economic growth and high
incidences of poverty.
As an Economic Development District, the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council (ARPC) is required to prepare and maintain a Compre-
hensive Economic Development Strategy, identifying the economic
strengths and weaknesses of the region, and outlining strategies to
improve the region. This is their guide for the long-range develop-
ment of the Apalachee Region, released in late July 2002.
The Board of Directors of the ARPC serves as the Comprehensive
Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDSC). They are the
authors of the 37-page report released in late July, now available
from the ARPC. Each member county has three representatives on
the Board, two of which are elected officials, and one an appointee of
the Governor. There are state agency representatives on the Board as
well. The ARPC operates a diversified array of programs and planning
functions related to regional planning and growth management, and
also a large variety of services that benefit local governments.
These programs include Intergovernmental Coordination Program;
Development of Regional Impact Program; Revolving Loan Funds;
Disaster Mitigation Program; Transportation Disadvantaged Program;
and Technology and Information Sharing Programs.
Publisher's Note: The digestion of any report, relying upon sta-
tistics primarily, is usually laden with statistical data that does
not make for particularly interesting reading-if one is looking
for entertainment. However, there are very few publicly available
economic studies that profile Franklin County, and our neigh-
bors, in.a more or less objective manner, in trying to assess our
economic status, and moreover, our economic future. Thus, we
decided to plow into the report and provide our readership such
a profile constructed by the ARPC, as one version of our futures.
Hopefully, this will also provide the current and newcomer popu-
lations with a background of the county and the region "with the
bark off', without the slogans and hype. Of course, there is al-
ways room for slogans and hype, but you can't eat slogans and
hype. Besides, this area is far from being the "Forgotten Coast."
Above all, in these data, there are direct, clear-cut implications
for the county government, school systems, general development
and the existing need for low-co.t housing.
This article is the first of two designed to distill the regional economic
development Report, containing important economic perspective on
Franklin County and other counties in this region. The report out-
lines five strategic issues starting with the (1) Lack of Economic Di-
versification in the region. Then, a second strategic issue of high eco-
nomic imnlicrtinns are (9.1 The limited Resonrrpe fnr Frnnnmi' n)evel-
opment. A third strategic issue is (3) Barriers to Labor-Market Entry
and Quality Employment followed by (4) Integration of Land and In-
frastructure Planning with Economic Development Initiatives. A final
strategy defined in the report, that may have limited implications for
Franklin County, is the (5) Emerging Technology and Telecommuni-
cations Assets.

Franklin County


The report contains an Appendix with letters from various communi-
ties of the Apalachee Region, as to their plans for economic develop-
ment strategies. County Planner and Director of Administrative Ser-
vices, Alan C. Pierce, wrote to the Executive Director of the ARPC on
June 24, 2002, about the county's goals. Portions of his letter are
quoted below:
"As a small rural community with limited technical and
financial resources, we have infrastructure and other
community-service deficits that have critical impacts on
the well being of our community. We are interested in the
development of a comprehensive community-based strat-
egy for long-term community planning, economic stabil-
ity and sustainability. We believe the following projects
are an essential part of this long-term strategy. The
projects are:
a. Eastpoint Sewer and Water District: expand wastewa-
ter plant capacity, $1,000,000.
b. Franklin County and City of Apalachicola: extend city
sewer and water to the county Industrial park at the
county airport, $500,000.
c. Pave Lake Morality Road near Carrabelle which is the
direct link between the state prison and US 98, $500,000.
d. Franklin County: Relocate Alligator Point Road which
is the only evacuation route for the Alligator Point Com-
munity, $7,000,000."

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Introduction And Background
Economic development, defined as activities or investments that bring
about economic growth or prevent economic decline in a community,
is crucial to preserving and enhancing the quality of life found in the
Apalachee Region.
Employment is the engine of local economies, helping to sustain and
encourage growth in local communities. Towards the end of the de-
cade, the Region is expected to see slight growth in the goods-producing
and government employment sectors of the economy (see Table ED- 1).
Table ED-I: Employmentfor Florida and the Apalachee Region (In thousands).
Change Change 2009' Change*
1980-1990 1990-1999 1999-2009
FLORIDA 1980 1990 1999
Coods-producing employment 870.2 1026.1 17.9% 1092.1 5.5% 1174.9 8.6%
Government employment 303.9 420.5 38.4% 462.5 9.9% 517.47 11.9%
Services-producing employment 2490.7 4072.9 63.5% 5420.2 33.1% 6865.5 26.7%
Apalachee Region 1980 1990 Change 1999 Change 2009" Change'
1980-1990 1990-1999 1999-2009
Coods-producing employment 17.1 20.7. 21.1% 20.4 -1.5% 21.9 7.%
Government employment 25.8 36.5 41.5% 43.9 20.3% 45.1 2.7%
Services-producing employment 64.8 100.5 55.1% 128.2 27.6% 161.9 26.3%
'Figure given is a projection.
Source: Florida Agency for Workforce innovation, 2002.
However, the largest growth is expected in the service employment
sector continuing a trend that has lasted since at least the 1980s.
With the exception of government employment, this growth structure
parallels national and state trends, which have reflected a general
decline in goods production and growth in the services sector.
Another indicator of the status of employment is the unemployment
rate. In 2001, two of the nine counties of the Region had unemploy-
ment rates within 0.5 points of the State rate (Table ED-2), four have
higher unemployment rates and four have lower rates. The low un-
employment rates in Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla Counties can be ac-
counted for by the presence of the State Capital in Leon County, which
Continued on Page 4









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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

August 6, 2002
Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders and
Commissioner Clarence
Williams.

Superintendent of Public
Works
Hubert Chipman noted that the
large amount of rain has also
brought more growth of brush
and debris especially along high-
way 98. The Commission voted to
send a letter to the Dept. of Trans-
portation about maintenance of
the road shoulders. Commis-
sioner Mosconis mentioned the
need for notices in the local press
about mosquito control and West
Nile Virus. Standing water is
prevalent throughout the county,
said Commissioner Putnal.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced the next
round of clam aquaculture work-
shops that will be offered to clam
farmers in Franklin County for
August 24, and 25th. The work-
shops will focus on sieving seed
clams, estimating numbers of
seed, stocking rates, building
"clam belts" and planting nurs-
ery and grow-out bags.
Mahan conferred with Woody
Miley about working together to
identify potential boater access
points around the county.

Public Hearings
The Commissioners approved
land use and rezoning changes for
3.32 acres in Sec 10, T7S, R5W
land use change from Agri to Resi-
dential and rezoning from A-2
Forestry Agriculture to R-1 Single
Family Residential.
The Board also approved land use
and rezoning changes for a 1 acre
parcel at 241 Patton Drive, East-
point, land use change from Resi
to Comm and rezoning from r-1
Single Family Residential to C-4
Commercial Residential.

'Road Improvement :
S Jimmy Mosconis asked the Coim-
missioners to authorize $1000 for
road improvements on the road-
ways to the new charter school.
The Board approved the request.
Director of Administrative
Services
The Board approved a plan for the
Franklin County School System
to use the old Florida Highway
Patrol Station in Eastpoint as an
alternative educational facility.
Mr. Larry Troy and Mr. Jay Abbot
appeared before the Commission-
ers to ask the county to adopt
state standards for the construc-
tion and placement of docks
within the Apalachicola Bay
Aquatic Preserve. The Board took
the recommendation under ad-
visement after some papers de-
scribing the standards were dis-
tributed to the Board.
Ms. Barbara Rohr appeared be-
fore the Commissioners to discuss
an encroachment next to her
apartment in Lanark Village. Last
meeting, Mr. Alan Pierce, the
County Planner, spoke to the
Commissioners about the con-
struction of non-habitable struc-
tures such as gazebos, arbors and
pergolas in the courtyards in
Lanark Village. The Board di-
rected that Mr. Pierce receive in-
formation from the Lanark Village
Review Committee on the matter.
Mark Curenton and Alan Pierce
inspected the Village and counted
about 25 encroachments into the
courtyards that do not meet
Lanark rules. He conferred with
Village Assn President, Ms.
Bonnie Dietz, and consequently a
meeting will be held on Septem-
ber 9th to discuss the problem.
Mr. Pierce plans to attend the
meeting.
The Board approved Mr. Heath
Galloway to place fill on the 300
block of Gulf Beach Drive right of
way for the purpose of filling in a
depression behind six lots so that
a water line can be buried there
for the purpose of providing wa-
ter on the lots.
The Board approved the sending
of a letter of support for a turn
lane at the intersection of US 98
and Island Drive in Eastpoint.


end. of River Road in Carrabelle.
Gary Sanford is willing to provide
the land for a retention area, and
another Property Owner, Jim
Sanchez, is willing to provide an
easement for drainage if the
county will build and maintain it.
The county would design and ob-
tain a permit for the system.
Mr. Pierce provided the Board
with a copy of a letter addressed
to Ms. Jeanni McMillan, Owner of
Jeanni's Journeys, concerning
complaints about using her house
on a canal to load and unload her
business customers onto her
rental boats. The problem involves
multiple automobiles coming and
going and parking along Porter
Street.
The Commissioners approved the
ranking by the CDBG Selection
Committee of the only application
for CDBG grant writing and ad-
ministration. The Committee
ranked Roumelis Planning and
Development Services first and
recommended that the Board en-
ter negotiations to sign a contract
Sfor services.
The Commissioners directed Mr.
Shuler, County Attorney, to inves-
tigate the claim of Mr. Hurley
Booth, that he owns Lanark Reef,
also referred to as Jordan Island.
The land does not show up on
county land use maps. Attorney
Yonclas has submitted a deed to
the county indicating that the
land is owned by Hurley Booth.
The state has previously claimed
the land.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners voted to send a letter by
Alan Pierce and Mark Curenton
recommending funding Phase III
of the St. George Island Bike Path.
The Eastpoint Sidewalk Project
was ranked first by the Board. The
estimated start date on that
project is July 2003. The sidewalk
from the city limits of Apalach-
icola to Ned Porter Park was
ranked second by the Board, and
Mr. Pierce reported that this
project is now in the funding
schedule. The third project, Phase
III of the St. George Island Project
is not on the funding schedule.


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SThe letter .is to support funding
for the third project.
The Board voted to submit a grant
to build four tennis courts at Ned
Porter Park. The idea originated
with Ms. Janice Hicks. Mark
Curenton was directed by the
Board to hold a public meeting
discussing the grant request at a
date and time to be announced
later.
Mr. Pierce announced a new pro-
cedure for the approval of build-
ing permits in Franklin County.
This mainly eliminates the signa-
ture of the county planner and
building official who formerly veri-
fied the zoning on every applica-
tion.
Mr. Pierce spoke to the Board
about the updating of the com-
prehensive plan and related mat-
ters.
"This is my response to the
Board's direction at the
SummerCamp public hearing for
a 'blueprint' on how to update the
county's comprehensive plan. The
'blueprint' for proceeding with the
comp plan update has two parts:
content, that is what is going to
be updated; and then process,
how is it going to be done."
"Mark and I met with Mr. Charles
Gautier, DCA, and several of his
staff last week and I had a draft
of the content for the comp plan
update for the Board and Mr.
Shuler to consider, but yesterday
I,received a letter signed by four
groups asking for some different
language to be considered. All the
Board members have received the
letter by the four groups. At this
time I am not going to submit my
proposed language until I have
time to review the letter and my
language with Mr. Shuler."
"The process is a bit more com-
plicated, because it is going to
require a re-allocation of county
effort and resources. One reason
that the county comp plan is out
of date is that Mark and I have
both become so involved with
other issues that we did not have
time to continuously update the


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The Board approved the sending
of a letter to the Secretary of Ag-
riculture requesting that his dept.
make it a policy not to issue li-
censes to oyster houses until the
county issues a letter of no objec-
tion, and also requesting that the
dept. hold all oyster houses to the
same environmental standard
and public health standards be-
cause oyster houses in commer-
cial areas are being held to a
much higher standard than oys-
ter houses in residential areas.
The Board approved a request to
obtain a cost estimate through the
help of the county engineer to
design and permit a stormwater
system to relieve flooding at the


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plan. This is not unique to
Franklin County. DCA admitted
that other rural counties have
similarly out of date comp plans,
because the state stopped provid-
ing significant money for comp
planning in 1986, so many small
counties have not updated their
plans. However, now that the
county has a development that
proposes to expand the develop-
ment pattern of the county, it is
necessary to review the whole
comp plan and make sure it is
structured so that the elected of-
ficials and the residents know
what to expect over the next 18
years."
"DCA estimates that such a pro-
cess will take two years, which is
probably reasonable because it
took to the county three years,
from 1988 to 1991, to get the cur-
rent comp plan written and
adopted, and that included hav-
ing the Governor and Cabinet
approve it because we were des-
ignated an Area of Critical State.
Concern at that time."
"The update will not require Gov-
ernor and Cabinet overview, but
there is going to be more citizen
involvement this time, which will
take time."
"The Board is going to need re-
sources to update the plan. Some
of those resources will come from
the county, and some will be from
.agreements with other groups
who are willing to support the
county's effort. As an example,
DCA has a $10,000 grant that
should be available, and 1000

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Retired Judge McClure
Mr. McClure also discussed his meeting with the Governor's Assis-
tant Chief of Staff, trying to "get the government off the backs of the
fishermen." The judge pointed out that the Governor is the only Cabi-
net Member who has that authority under the Florida Constitution to
request an opinion on the fishing rules.
The Governor's aide asked, "Is there any standard that's been set?"
Mr. McClure's reply was "No. The Commission has not set any stan-
dard nor are they willing to at this point. They're going around, indi-
vidually, in a selective enforcement type approach and telling fisher-
men that their nets are legal. And, then they wait until they get out
on the water, and then arrest them."


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9 August 2002 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Letter To The Editor

Every year several beautiful species of birds return to the St. George
Island Causeway to nest and raise their beautiful chicks. These birds
are the Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, and Least Terns. Formerly a
species known as the Sandwich tern also nested there but sadly or
possibly joyously this species no longer returns to its former breed-
ing ground. The poor Sandwich Tern was either locally extirpated or
came to its senses and began to nest where people actually care about
its survival. Currently the Least Tern is listed as a threatened species
and might also become extirpated from the St. George Island area if
nothing is done to take care of the problems surrounding their nest-
ing site. I realize the construction of a new bridge is currently taking
place but that is a future solution. At the beginning of the nesting
season netting is placed along side the road to prevent chicks from
wandering onto the road, and that is a good solution, only the netting
is not maintained. A local organization is not doing its job in main-
taining the netting. The saddest part about this situation is the net-
ting is ignored either because it is not seen as important or the tour-
ists that invade Franklin County every year are just more important
than local wildlife. So, if the beauty of Florida's coastlines disappears.
do you not think the tourists are going to leave too? I realize that once
the chicks become fledglings there is really nothing that can be done
to keep them from the road; however, when they are chicks the, net-
ting is still being ignored and they walk out onto the road and are
killed. As I previously stated, this resulted in the loss of the Sandwich
Tern and now the Least Terns are becoming less and less noticeable.
The organization responsible for the maintenance of the netting keep-
ing the birds off of the road needs to do its job. Also those that speed
through the nesting ground need to be fined. What good is a speed
limit and warnings of fines if law enforcers are never present to catch
those speeding. As many times as I have been through the area I have
never seen a law enforcer there give a ticket or issue a fine and if the
laws are not enforced and an example is not made what will make
anyone take the warnings seriously? The organizations involved need
to begin to do their job or find someone responsible enough to take
up their slack.
Thanks,
Stacey Moore
Jacksonville, FL


Letter To The Editor

Before the Circuit Court for the Second Judicial Circuit with the Hon-
orable Judge Sander Sauls presiding on case 97-271, the Assistant
Attorney General walked over to plaintiffs Pringle and Crum sitting
with their Attorney Mowrey, to warn "If you raise issues of equal ac-
cess, opportunity, or civil rights I will immediately appeal this case to
the Federal Courts."
The case is a Declaratory Judgement to determine if a nylon rectan-
gular net 500 sq. ft. and with a mesh size larger than 2-inch stretch
is permitted within Article 10, Section 16 of Florida's Constitution.
The case was originally filed in 1997 but the same Assistant A. J.
Jonathan Glogau had appealed the issue for almost five years.
Crum, Pringle and Fishermen were facing a dilemma, do we raise the
American with Disabilities Act, Equal Employment & Opportunity
Laws and other Civil Rights Laws compelling the State of Florida to
achieve their goals of protecting our marine resources, but do it fairly.
The Assistant A. J. Glogau had made it very clear that he would stop
the case. Mr. Glogau would file a motion to Judge Sauls that civil
rights was a Federal issue and that the proper venue was the U. S.
District Courts. If Judge Sauls ruled with us against the state, then
Mr. Glogau would appeal to the First DCA in Tallahassee. Either way
we would be out thousands of dollars and at least two more years.
Finally we instructed Mr. Mowrey to not argue our civil rights.
The Honorable Judge Sauls ruled in favor of the fishermen (Plaintiffs)
with a 26-page order on the 11th day of February 2002,,:- .
The original case or cause of action raised equal-access and opportu-
nity issues, butwe didn't support or argue these issues. Judge Sauli
found it necessary in his oi-der to state on page 24. "It 'Ti also ell
settled that any constitutionally valid classification must apply and
operate equally and uniformly with respect to all within the regulated
class. LeBlanc v. State, 382 So.2d 299 (Fla. 1980); Loxahatachee River
Envtl. Control Dist. V. School Bd., 496 So.2d 930, app. En banc 515
So.2d 217 (Fla.App.4Dist. 1986); Renau v. State, 436 So. 2d 268
(Fla.App. First Dist. 1983); 10 Fla Jur 2d, Constitutional Law, Sec-
tion 399.
This means fishers in each species- fishery of the regulated class of
commercial fisheries must not suffer burdens or discrimination un-
equal to those borne in other fisheries. If the effect of a regulation or
rule operates unequally so as to discriminate against certain fishers
as opposed to all other fishers within thereulated classthen it does
not apply equally and is unjustly or oppressively discriminatory in its
application. If the commercial viability of a fishery is rendered infea-
sible by any interpretation and regulation this will constitute unjust
discrimination or oppression, in violation of due process and equal
protection.




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Likewise, if the use of cast nets is commercially unfeasible to certain
members of regulated class while other methods are commercially
feasible, the elimination of such other commercially feasible methods
constitutes unjust discrimination or oppression.
Finally, the sacrifice of fundamental rights can never be justified or
sanctioned merely to make it more convenient or easier for the state
to achieve a desired end. State v. Leone, supra. The exercise of funda-
mental rights must be without the fear and oppression of arbitrary
interpretation and the hobnailed boot.
With respect to any implication of constitutional issues concerning
the handicapped or physically disabled, the evidence herein does not
sufficiently establish any such status with respect to these plaintiffs
so as to implicate any matters concerning the operation and effect of
the Amendment's prohibitions of gill/entangling nets with respect to
any deprivation with respect to the handicapped, a suspect class,
under the deprivation clause of the Florida Constitution. This has
not been directly raised and merely hinting at or skirting around such
issues is insufficient. See, State ex. Rel. Board of Nursing v. Santora,
362 So.2d 116 (Fla. App. First Dist. 1978); 10 Fla Jur 2d, Constitu-
tional Law, Section 73."
The Attorney General's Office appealed the order to the First District
Court of Appeal with this statement in one of his briefs. "Neither the
due process liberty interest nor the equal protection right (treatment
of fishers in different fisheries) was even raised in Plaintiffs' com-
plaint. Plaintiffs' only allegations of discrimination address discrimi-
nation against 'women, aged informed (sic) and handicapped.'" The
court below dismissed this allegation out of hand saying that; "hint-
ing at or skirting around such issues is insufficient." [R. Vol. VIII. p.
1374, 36]
The Florida Marine Fisheries Commission (FWC) in 1999 stated that
there is no civil rights protection for the fishermen." The statement of
the FMC/FWC is that they are a constitutional agency and they can
do anything they want.
The fishermen agree, 72% of voters voted for resource protection,
28% voted to keep the large nets and not one voted for a Net Ban.
Today, fishermen are taking the advice of the Assistant Attorney Gen-
eral A. J. Glogau and taking the issue to the U. S. District Courts.
Case #97-271 will have oral arguments October 22, 2002 before the
First District Court of Appeals. Join us there and learn that without
representation you are not a citizen with rights.
Citizens are taking the ADA, Employment Opportunity, and other
civil issues to the Federal Courts. Maybe Mr. Jonathan Glogau will
get to argue in the U. S. Supreme Court!
Ronald F. Crum
President
Wakulla Fishermen's Association


ARCITO, Bristol, FL

Forest Service

Meeting Reveals

New, Unofficial

Caretaker For

Fort Gadsden.

At the last quarterly meeting put
on by the U. S. Forest Service for
the Apalachicola National Forest
area it was revealed that a new,
private "caretaker" organization
had exercised some effort in the
Fort Gadsden park in recent
months.
SThe quarterly advisory meeting
was held at the Liberty County
Courthouse on Friday, July 26,
2002, comprised of local office
holders and members of the pub-
lic.
The organization represented at
the quarterly meeting was the
Apalachicola River Indian Tribal
Organization, abbreviated ARCITO,
presented by businessman
Terry Suber, who is also of Creek
descent. Andrew Colan-inno, Dis-
trict Ranger in charge of the meet-
ing, acknowledged the work of the
small group of ARCITO workers
and thanked them for their ef-
forts. Mr. Suber spoke about his
group's work at the Fort.


August 9, 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
Proofreader ....... Michael Fallon
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
David Butler ................. Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona................. St. George Island

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Homeland

Security

On July 26th, the U.S. House of
Representatives voted on a bill to
create a new Homeland Security
Department (DHS). Congressman
Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) sup-
ported this bill. The new Home-
land Security Department will
have the primary responsibilities
of preventing terrorist attacks in
the United States, reducing the
Nation's vulnerability to terrorism,
minimizing the damage from pos-
sible attacks and coordinating the
recovery from attacks that do oc-
cur.
The department will be organized
into four primary divisions; bor-
der and transportation security;
emergency preparedness and re-
sponse; chemical, biological, ra-
diological and nuclear counter-
measures; and information analy-
sis and infrastructure protection.
Under the information analysis


Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
I have just finished an intensive 5 day and night investigation into
the doings at George E. Weems Memorial Hospital. With the perfect
cover an a patient there, I will now reveal to the entire county that
this is not the Weems Hospital about which, some years ago I said "if
I am unconscious please don't let them take me to Weems."
Would you be surprised if I told you that I have lived here in Franklin
County for just over 25 years and I have reported the ups and downs
of that little hospital, and here I am ready now to stand up and cheer
for the place it has become?
I have been to several of the Tallahassee Hospitals and I have never
before been treated so kindly, so caring, and oh, yes, I learned a lot
about this place as I talked to the various people who cared for me.
This group of caretakers work 12-hour shifts and you can bet that at
the end of a shift they are tired. But not one time did I have anyone
come to my bedside and be even a wee bit annoyed with me.
They all put on their happy face when they come to help you. Not one
had an attitude. We should all be happy that there are people like
these. It is no doubt that they are all dedicated in their duties.
The building is old but today it is so much better kept up than say 15
years ago. The things you have heard about this little hospital have
been swept right away and there is a renaissance due to the staff who
do the work.
So I would like to thank Pat Kelly, DON; Sharon, RN; Jauanita, RN:
Trish, RN; Gracie, RN; Judith, RN; Elisabeth, RN; Diane, LPN; Janet.
LPN; Joanna, PSA; Mary, Bobbie and Lilley; Phyllis, CNA; Juanita.
CNA; Dehareh, CNA; and last of all, the folks who took my blood Jen.
Ralph and Atef.
The food service tried hard to make some appetizing meals for me
and to them my thanks.
I am in your corner folks, you can believe it. I will change each de-
rogatory word they say to me. I will ask them if they have been inside
the place. Ladies and gentlemen who took such care and got me on
the right track, but more than that the true good you are doing for all
the patients. I will always remember your kindness.
Now a word to the people, and in particular Jimmy Mosconis, who
will choose the next people to manage the hospital. You haven't done
very well so far in youi choices. You have had some management that
started off all right but somehow each one seems to leave Franklin
County in the hole. Please choose carefully and.thoughtfully and with
the fact in mind that one by one people are going to hear about how
good this little place is. There 's a whole heap of good going on there
today. May God Bless all of the workers who are doing such a difficult
job.
P.S. If I missed your name it must be that I was asleep when you
came in.


and infrastructure protection di-
vision, the department would in-
tegrate and analyze all homeland
security intelligence gathered by
the CIA, FBI, and other agencies,
and assess U.S. vulnerabilities to
terrorism.
The Homeland Security Depart-
ment will combine 22 federal
agencies, with more than 170,000
employees, making it the third
largest department in the cabinet.
Major agencies to be transferred
to the new department include,
the Coast Guard, Transportation
Security Administration, Federal
Emergency Management Agency,
most aspects of the Customs Ser-
vice, and agricultural import and
entry inspection functions of the
Animal and Plant Health Ihspec-
tion Service. The measure also
abolishes the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, putting its
immigration enforcement and


border protection functions into
DHS, while citizenship services
would remain in the Justice De-
partment.


Correction
In the July 26, 2002 edition of The
Chronicle an article titled "New
Pastor At First United Methodist
Church of Apalachicola" was er-
roneously submitted with the by-
line of Tom Campbell. Correction
is here made with apologies for
the mistake, and should read:
"Writer and contact information:
Dawn Evans Radford
103 Whispering Pines
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Dawn_radford@hotmail.com
670-1315."


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on the following date:

August 12, 2002

If you have moved, had a change of address or married you will need to
update your voter registration to avoid confusion and delay
on Election Day.

Call the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office for information
on registering to vote and the nearest location to obtain application at
653-9520 or visit our website at www.votefranklin.com.

If your group or organization would like to sponsor a voter registration
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Strategic Economic Plan from Page 1

provides a source ot steady employment to residents ol these coun-
ties. Looking to the year 2010, unemployment rates are projected
to rise in all counties, but Gulf, Calhoun and Jackson counties
are projected to have much higher rates than the projected State
rate.
Based on current trends, the unemployment rates projected for fu-
ture years reflect changes in government employment, a mainstay of
the Apalachee Region. According to the Florida Statistical Abstract
(1998 & 2001), for the period 1996-1999, state government created
2,045 jobs in Leon County. However, for the Apalachee Region, over-
all, 117 government positions were lost during this period. Further.
Leon County accounts for 76 percent of the Region's government
employment.
One concern is the fact that the counties of the Region, with the
Table ED-2: Unemployment Rates.
1975 1985 1995 2000 2001 2005* 2010*
FLORIDA 10.7 6.0 5.5 3.6 4.8 5.5 5.3
Calhoun 8.2 11.2 4.6 5.1 4.7 6.7 6.7
Franklin 13.4 8.8 4.2 2.7 2.4 5.6 5.6
Gadsden 9.4 5.8 4.2 3.6 4.2 4.9 4.9
Gulf 10.4 10.7 5.6 7.3 5.1 7.8 7.8
Jackson 8.7 8.0 5.4 4.6 3.9 6.2 6.2
Jefferson 6.2 4.9 4.8 4.2 5.7 4.6 4.6
Leon 5.0 3.8 2.8 2.3 2.6 3.5 3.6
Liberty 15.7 8.0 2.2 2.9 3.2 5.4 5.2
Wakulla 4.6 4.9 4.4 3.2 3.2 5.2 5.2
*Figure given is a projection.
Source: The Florida Lone-Term Economic Forecast, Vol. 2, 1995 and 1999; Florida Statistical
Abstract, 1996 and 2001, Table 6.11; Enterprise Florida, 2002.

Table ED-3: Employment in Labor Force
County of Residence, 1990*.
Percentage
Employed Outside
County of
Residence, 1990
FLORIDA 14.5
Calhoun 38.0
Franklin 13.0
Gadsden 39.0
Gulf 19.0
Jackson 17.0
Jefferson 45.0
Leon 4.0 0
Liberty 49.0
Wakulla 61.0 z
61.0


*Percentages do not add to 100 due to percentage of workers working
Source: Florida Demographics and Journey To Work, 1990..


e lbaT ED-4: Averag 9


1987 1992 1999
Average Average Percent Average Percent
Earnings Earnings Change Earnings Change
Per Job Per Job 1987-1992 Per Job 1992-1999
FLORIDA $18,513 $22,969 24 $30,233 32
Calhoun $12,663 $16,194. 28 $26,117 62
Franklin $13,405 $15,273 14 $19,812 30
Gadsden $14,642 $17,242 18 $25,700 49
Gulf .$18,633 $22,059 26 $24,689 12
Jackson $13,738 $17,309 25 $23,460 36
Jefferson $12,164 $15,258 26 $21,231 39
Leon $17,066 $21,547 33 $30,031 39
Liberty $13,151 $17,493 23 $25,258 44
Wakulla $14,580 $17,962 23 $25,025 39


Source: Tlorida taistical Abstracrt 1990. 1994 and 2001., Table 6.18 and Table 6.02 (2001 version).

Carrabelle

Liahthouse


The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation is planning a "Celebration
of the Crooked River Lighthouse"
on Saturday, August 10th from
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Carrabelle
Public Library. The public is in-
vited toattend. The afternoon will
be a combination of exhibits both
educational and historical, a vol-
unteer/membership drive, and
fundraising. Knowledgeable mem-
bers will be present to answer any
questions about the past history
of the lighthouse or the future
plans. Refreshments will be
served.
The Crooked River Lighthouse has
recently received two assessments
on the restoration, one by Ken-
neth R. Smith, FAIA, an architect
who has assisted in several res-
torations and completed one, he
has also assessed all of the light-
houses in North Florida. The sec-
ond assessment was done by
Cullen Chambers, Lighthouse
Restoration Expert.
The estimated cost of restoration
is about $250,000. The Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association is in the
process of preparing grant appli-
cations and having fundraising
events. Donations may be mailed
to the CLA Restoration Fund, P.O.
Box 373, Carrabelle, FL 32322 or
for information call 850-697-
2585.


STAR

24 3111MM


exception of Leon and Franklin have a high percentage of their
labor force commuting to other counties for employment. Leon
County is the center of government employment and Franklin County
benefits from fisheries and related employment, increasing local em-
ployment opportunities. The 1990 Census (data from the 2000 Cen-
sus was not available at time prepared) reported the commuting pat-
Sterns of the Apalachee Region's labor force as shown in Table ED-3.
These higher-than-state percentages of commuters in seven of the
Region's counties appear to indicate that some counties do not have
economies sufficient to support their labor force.
Another concern is the quality of employment, often judged by sal-
ary. Table ED-4 shows that, all counties in the Region; with the ex-
ception of Gulf, Franklin and Jackson Counties, experienced increases
in average earnings per job above the State's increase. However, av-
erage job earnings for the region continue to be below the State aver-
age. Only Leon County's average was similar to the State's average.
This highlights the fact that the Region has not yet achieved parity
with the rest of the State.
As shown in Table ED-5, the Region also has low per capital income
relative to the State. Despite the gradual increase in per capital in-
come over time in the Apalachee Region, the high-income disparity in
per capital income between the Region and the State has not improved
as with average earnings per job, only Leon County has per capital
income similar to the State. This disparity is likely to continue with-
out changes in the structure of local economies.
Finally, the number of residents living below the poverty level and the
amount of transfer payments paid to the Region's residents are trou-
bling, as they indicate that poverty is a fact of life for many of the
Region's households. Table ED-6 shows the percentage of households
living below the poverty level in the Region's counties. Between 1989
and 1999 the number of households with incomes below the poverty
level decreased in six of the Region's nine counties increased in one
county and remained the same for two. However, all counties in the
Region continue to maintain percentages of households living
below the poverty level higher than State figures.
Transfer payments are government payments to individuals, includ-
ing unemployment, Social Security, veterans benefits, and food
stamps, usually on the basis of.-economic distress in a household.
Table ED-7 lists payments made to county residents in 1987, 1992,
1997 and 2002 as percentages of total income. Transfer payments as
a percentage of total income have fallen from 1987 to 1999 in seven
counties in the Region. However, six of the nine counties in the Re-
gion had over 20 percent of total personal income derived from trans-
fer payments in 1999. Benefits paid to retirees and veterans are not
disaggregated from these totals, but the Region does not have un-
usually high concentrations of either population. In this context, these
totals may serve as an indicator that a number of the Region's house-
holds are experiencing poverty and/or unemployment, with this num-
ber possibly increasing in the future unless addressed by policy mea-
sures.
To evaluate the need for income of persons in the Apalachee Region,
the relative level of prices in 2000 is shown in Table ED-8. Looking at
the price indices, it appears that in some counties, the index number
for all items has been depressed by the low index for housing and
health care. Other essentials, such as food and transportation, have
levels greater than the Florida index of 100. These indices indicate
the relative level of prices in the counties; to illustrate, food items in
the grocery store would cost less on average in Calhoun than in
Jefferson, which has a higher food price index number. These figures
speak to the need for some of the Region's residents to stretch in-
comes further to meet basic needs.


As stated previously, a significant percentage of the Region's house-
holds live below the poverty level. While prices in the Apalachee Re-
gion are lower than other areas of the State, the gap between prices
and the purchasing power connoted by the Region's income levels is
not great enough to indicate that basic needs can be met for a signifi-
cant percentage of the Region's residents. While employment and in-
come growth in the Apalachee Region appear to be growing at rates
similar to those seen at the State level, the disparities among the
counties of the Region are a concern, as counties do not appear to be
experiencing comparable economic growth and opportunity among
themselves and relative to the rest of the State.


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Table ED-5: Personal Income Per Capita.
1992 1995 Percent 1999 Percent 2002*
Change 1992- Change
1995 1995-1999
FLORIDA $19,797 $23,512 19 $27,781 18 $30,163
Calhoun $10,917 $13,374 23 $17,591 32 $16,649
Franklin $14,063 $11,373 -19 $20,203 78 $20,727
Gadsden $13,100 $15,497 18 $18,922 22 $21,172
Gulf $13,840 515,362 11 $16,931 10 $20,558
Jackson $14,268 $15,442 8 $18,438 19 $19,581
Jefferson $14,268 $16,560 16 $20,916 26 $23,202
Leon $17,962 $22,595 26 $27,748 23 $28,393
Liberty $14,186 $13,665 -4 $15,699 15 $17,335
Wakulla $14,718 $18,438 25 $25,740 40 $25,153
*Diu given care enlmuo or projcctlonmr
Source: Florida Statisical Abntrnct1987,1994 nd2001; Table 5.10.
Florid Trend 2002.

Table ED-6: Percentage ofHouseholds With Incomes Below the Poverty Level, 1999.
All All With With Feralt-Huladd Fetmals-Haded
Hou.lholds Households Children Childrse Houlsholds Households
.1989 (1999) Under s1 Under With Chlidrea With Chlldren
(1999) (1999) Under 11(1999) Under S
(1999)
FLORIDA 9.0 9.0 14.2 17.4 32.8 44.6
Calhoun 15.2 14.8 20 26.4 49.7 58.3
Franklin 23.3 11.8 16.8 26.9 38 66.3
Gadsden 22.0 16.4 23.3 31.1 43.3 53.4
Gulf 13.7 13.7 19.4 20.6 50 61.4
Jackson 17.3 12.8 18.9 27 39.3 55.6
Jefferson 17.5 13.3 18.6' 23.5 39.7 49
Leon 9.4 9.4 13.1 18 33 45.6
Liberty 13.7 16.8 21 21.6 50.4 57.7
Wakulla 11.1 9.3 13.8 20.7 31.1 53.8
Source: Florida Statistical Abstracr 1993, Tablei 5.50 and 5.51; C ris 20. Bureau of the Ccasus, 2000.

Table ED-7: Transfer Payments As a
Percentage of Total Income, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 1999.
1987 1992 1997 1999*
FLORIDA 15.9 18.4 15.6 15.2
Calhoun 29.6 33.0 27.0 25.1
Franklin 26.7. 31.3 25.8 25.7
Gadsden 22.2 30.5 22.8 22.0
Gulf 23.3 31.5 28.0 29.3
Jackson 26.8 32.0 26.8 27.2
Jefferson 21.0 25.0 19.4 19.0
Leon 12.7 13.0 9.9 9.7
Liberty 31.5 33.3 20.9 20.8
Wakulla 18.1 20.5 13.5 12.6


*Figures are not revised.
Source: Florida Statistical Abstract; 1991,


1994 and 2001, Table 5.39.


STRATEGIC ISSUE 1: LACK OF ECONOMIC
DIVERSIFICATION

Trends and-Conditions
Employment serves as the foundation of a healthy economy, and the
number and diversity of jobs in the Region are important indicators
of economic health. Tables ED-9 and ED-10 show the rates of job
creation and new business growth in the Apalachee Region from 1993
to 2000. During this period, the majority of the Region's counties
created iobs at a lower rate than the State, with four experiencing a
net job loss. Wakulla County experienced the largest rate of change
for jobs created in the Region. During this period, the Region's coun-
ties created new businesses at a rate greater than the State but four
performed below the State rate. Only Wakulla County created both
new jobs and new businesses at a rate greater than the State's rate.
Table ED-11 displays employment by sector in the counties of the
Apalachee Region. All counties show government as the sector
with the largest or second largest employment, as well as large
employment in services. All nine counties have a higher percentage
of employment in the public sector than the State average, ranging
from nearly 18 percent to over 41 percent, compared to Florida's 13
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Cherry Lowery


Lce Rankin

S For


School Board District


'As a lifelong member of the Franklin'
County Community, my experiences
have helped to shape the person I am
today. Having graduated from Carrabelle
High School, I have also been privileged
to have my six children educated in and
graduated from the same school district.
As a parent, I have taken an active role in
my children's education by being a
participant in various school and commu-
nity activities.


I see my role as a Franklin County
School Board Member as an effective
one. Bridging the gap between schools,
parents and community can only
strengthen our students' education. I
have to be aware of the different activi-
ties that may impact Franklin School
District 2. I am committed to working to
produce changes that will positively
impact the schools, parents and commu-
nity at large. I am committed to the
positive interests of the Franklin County
School District. -Cherry


Cherry Lowery Rankin is the daughter of the late Classie B. Luwery Chen-y was born in Carrabelle
and educated in the Franklin County School System. She is married to Rev. Phillip Rankin and is the
mother of five children and one foster daughter.
Husband, Elder Phillip H. Rankin Jr., Pastor of Carrabelle Love Center Outreach. graduated from
Wakulla High School in 1979 and has been employed with the Wakulla County School Board for the
past twenty-two years.
All six children were educated in the Franklin County School system:
* Kela graduated from Carrabelle High School (CHS) in 1995, attended Gulf Coast Community College and is
employed with the Department of Revenue in Tallahassee, FL.
* Solomon graduated from CHS in 1997. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from
Florida A&M University in April 2002. He is enlisted in the Army National Guard and is employed with the
Department of Juvenile Justice in Tampa, FL.
" Tamillia graduated from CHS in 1998, attended Gulf Coast Community College and is employed by the
Apalachicola Forest Youth Camp.
* Melissa graduated Valedictorian from CHS in 1999. She constantly maintains the Dean's Honor Roll. while
currently pursuing a Nursing Degree at Florida A&M University.
* Felicia graduated from CHS in 2000.
* Phillip III graduated from CHS in May 2002. He will serve in the United States Army beginning Fall 2002.
Cherry Lowery Rankin is employed by the University of Florida Extension Office as a Franklin County Family
Program Assistant. With her job, Cherry is able to be in the schools on a consistent basis.
PAST & PRESENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


* Carrabelle Love Center Outreach Youth
Department
* President, Franklin County Senior Citizens
Center Board of Directors
* CarrabelleYouth P.R.I.D.E.
* CHS PTO/SAC Committee
* Carrabelle Booster Club


* Helping Hands Ministries
* Franklin County WINGS and FROGS Summer
Program
* Franklin County Head Start Program
* Carrabelle High School Grad Nite
* Franklin County Jail Women's Ministry


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Table ED-8: Relative Level ofPrices, 2000.
Pric Index Rankof Transportation
All Items Florida's
67 Food Health Housing Personal goods
Counties ... ~' Care and services
FLORIDA 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
Caloun 91.52 60 96.91 77.99 83.71 95.61 103.70
Franklin 95.02 29 98.73 101.15 91.22 95.01 97.74
Cadsden 93.54 40 1013 83.13 86.23 98.25 101.06
Gulf 92.15 57 94.68 87.58 89.34 91.58 97.76
Jackson 90.95 65 101.58 78.58 84.00 93.20 97.61
Jefferson 95.19 27 104.58 89.67 87.87 97.46 101.64
Leon 96.49 19 100.56 97.94 92.59 98.81 98.43
Liberty 93.20 46 98.73 92.60 85.71 97.30 100.46
Wakulla 94.53 31 99.89 103.71 88.79 96.11 97.43
Regional 94.23 41.56 99.66 90.26 87.72 95.93 99.54
Average
Source: Florida Statistical Abstrac 2001,Table24.80.

Table ED-9: Job Creation. 1993-2000.


Number of Number of Percent
Employees, Employees, Change,
1993 2000* 1993-2000
FLORIDA 6,191,000 7,221,000 17
Calhoun 4,089 4,341 6
Franklin 4,303 4,388 2
Gadsden 17,501 19,286 10
Gulf 5,251 4,504 -14
Jackson 18,244 16,641 -9
Jefferson 5,310 4,355 -12
Leon 114,236 128,302 12
Liberty 2,162 2,141 -1
Wakulla 8,283 11,130 34
Source: Florida Statistical Abslract: 1990 and 2001; Table 6.11.


Table ED-1O: New Business Creation.
Number of Number of Percent Number of Percent
Establishments, Establishments, Change, Establishments, Change,
1988 1993. 1988- 1999 1993-
1993 1999
FLORIDA 345,045 384,727 10 424,089 10
Calhoun 226 219 -3 232 6
Franklin 220 259 15 302 17
Gadsden 617 626 1 597 .5
Gulf 197 213 8 255 20
Jackson 737 734 0 797 9
SJefferson 185 215 14 245 14
Leon 5,220 5,796 10 6,410 11
Liberty 71 92 23 90 -2
Wakulla 204 254 20 321 26
Source: County Business Pattems. respective years, Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce.


percent. In context ot the Region's poor job creation rates and
limited new business creation, this indicates that the Region has
an underdeveloped private sector to provide income and employ-
ment in the Region.

Excluding government, the three largest private employers in each
county in the Region are shown in Table ED- 12. These are mainly in
health care services, lumber-agriculture, and other services, with
several companies in the service sector. In several counties, these
companies employ significant percentages of the labor force in their
respective counties. However, despite the Region's gradual diversifi-
cation, the private sector in the Region's counties is still underdevel-
oped and could benefit from economic development'initiatives.
The economic benefits of natural resource-based industries in the
Apalachee Region are immense. Natural resource-based industries
employ thousands of people in the Apalachee Region and pump mil-
lions of dollars into local economies. To illustrate, the impact of tim-
ber and agriculture industries is shown in Tables ED-13 and Table
ED-14.
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While natural resource-based industries contribute much to the
Region's economy, they do not add value to products through pro-
cessing to the same extent as other industries, such as manufactur-
ing, and making employment diversity desirable. Also, reliance on a
few industries, especially if they traditionally pay low wages, can in-
hibit local economies and subject them to wider economic fluctua-
tions. In this type of situation, loss of a major employer or a natural
occurrence like an algae bloom in Apalachicola Bay will have adverse
impacts on local economies in the Apalichee Region.
This lack of diversity is aggravated by the degree to which utilization
of natural resources is affected by legislative restrictions, the break-
down of barriers to trade, or other factors, which may decrease fu-
ture employment opportunities in these industries. To illustrate, the
Net Ban Amendment, formally known as Article X, Section 16, of the
Florida Constitution, was approved by the voters of Florida to limit
the use of gill and other entangling nets in Florida waters. In addi-
tion, the breakdown of barriers to trade through treaties such as the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agree-
ment on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) means the Region faces increasing
competition from other countries involved in resource-based indus-
tries, potentially driving down prices and profits. The reduction of
tariffs through NAFTA and economic and market conditions like the
devaluation of the Mexican peso can create a situation in which the
Region's farmers lose competitiveness.
While natural-resource industries are a cornerstone of the Regional
economy, the challenge for the future is the utilization of these re-
sources in ways that will not be affected by scarcity, restriction of
access, or other factors. Three ways to meet this challenge are to (1)
diversify employment, (2) increase international trade to develop new
markets and (3) increase employment, and develop alternative means
of utilizing natural resources. These efforts would position the Re-
gion for greater economic growth and are key to ensuring the future
economic health of the Region.

Table ED-11: Percentage ofPmn iloyed by Sector, 1999


Agrlcultura Mining Construction Manufacturing Transportation, Wholesale
I, forestry, Communications e Trade
and fishing and Public
Utilities
FLORIDA 2.12 .08 5.00 6.65 4.64 4.97
Calhoun NA NA 5.65 5.47 1.43 4.86
Franklin 0.85 NA 3.43 5.06 3.59 5.88
Gadsden 12.84 NA 3.64 11.35 1.52 NA
Gulf 0.37 NA 1.69 4.11 6.07 4.44
Jackson 1.44 NA 3.75 5.54 2.70 3.44
Jefferson 7.43 NA 4.58 5.87 2.82 2.32
Leon 0.69 NA 3.65 2.00 2.38 2.48
Liberty NA NA NAA 5.52 1.62 NA
Wakulla 1.35 NA 6.13 13.85 3.76 1.62
Table ED-ll: Percentage of Employed by Sector, 1999 (cont.) .
Total 1999
Retail Trade FIRE' Services Other Government Employment"
FLORIDA 18.37 5.99 31.77 0.35 12.97 7,335,952
Calhoun 13.32 2.07 14.82 NA 23.72 '4,055
Franklin 24.07 6.14 17.99 0.49 22.18 3,062
Gadsden 11.42 t.28 10.61 0.06 33.96 15,508
Gulf 13.64 3.85 2030 0.22 35.88 3,556
Jackson 19.30 2.07 12.10 0.13 41.14 14,758
Jefferson 12.60 4.21 17.35 NA 33.33 3,015
Leon 16.25 3.96 25.19 0.24 35.94 150,059
Liberty 3.34 NA 2.78 NA 17.96 1,753
Wakulla 16.57 3.97 12.34 0.51 31.97 4,310
'F'nac, Isurance, and Real Estate.
"'Total ige and saltyjobs.
Source: Florid Statistical Abstlrac 2001, Table 6.02, 6.0. and 23.74.


International trade is increasingly important as countries move
toward a global economy. It is the consensus of many that "rural
counties, particularly those that rely on a single industry or eco-
nomic sector, are not likely to fare well in international competi-
tion with Third World counterparts that have cheaper resources,
land, or labor." Increased global competition may have negative con-
sequences for communities that are not prepared to create and ex-
pand new industries and markets.
International trade development is fostered by several programs: in
the Apalachee Region.


Table ED-12: Products/Services of Largest Private-Sector Employers, May 2002.
Products/Services Number Employed by Percent of
of Three Largest Three Largest Private- Sector Total Labor
Private-Sector Employers Employers Force
County
Calhoun Trucking, Extended Health 565 13
Care, Health Care
Franklin Seafood, Utility 66 I
Gadsden Mushrooms, Lumber, Printing 1,195 6
Gulf Telecommunications, Nursing 448 9
Home & Rehabilitation,
Hospital
Jackson Laundry Equipment, Highway 619 4
Contracts, Elevators
Jefferson Nursery, Nursing Home, Grocer 285 6
Leon Health Care, Truck/Taxi 5,375 4
Transportation, Health Care
Liberty Road Contractor, Lumber, Poles 320 15
Wakulla Gun Powder, Computerized 665 6
Statement & Invoice Billing,
:* Nursing Home
Source: Enterprise F orida, 2002.

Table ED-13:. Economic Impact ofTimber Industry, 1995.
Direct Employee Forest Value Added
Employees Impact Manufacturing Output of Forest
Payroll Manufacturing
(S Million) (S Million)
Calhoun 300 690 4.4 9.2
Franklin 0 0 0 0
Gadsden 800 1,280 11 25.5
Gulf 1,000 3,700 31 67.4
Jackson .700 840 15.3 33.6
Jefferson 100 220 2.1 4.4
Leon 100 190 2.0 4.2
LT i.. nn 7'n 7 n 14 7


Wakulla 0 0 0 0
Source: Florida's Forests Forever, Florida Department of Agricullure and Consumer Services and Florida Foresry
Association, 1997.

Table ED-14: Economic Impact ofAgriculture, 1997.
Number Market Market Value of Number of Number of
of Farms Value of Livestock, Poultry, Non- Seasonal
Crops and Their Products Seasonal Farm
($1,000) (S1,000) Farm Workers"
Workers*
Calhoun 130 14,495 1,702 86 168
Franklin 19 139 D -16
Gadsden 290 85,452 7,181 1,259 1,127
Gulf 33 47 312 D D
Jackson 844 13,970 4,080 216 -567
Jefferson 342 5,883 48,439 169 290
Leon 243 1,345 2,118 24 120
Liberty 47 42 510 D D
Wakulla 88 498 2,564 12 62
'Workers who are employed 150 + days; ** workers wno are employed less than 150 daysyear.
D indicates information not given to avoid disclosure of confidential information.
Source: 1997 Census ofAgriculture Census Bureau, United States Department ofCommerce.


Another means of utilizing natural resources is through the develop-
ment of ecotourism, the "travel to natural areas that conserves the
environment and sustains the well-being of local people." Ecotourism
could provide the Region with a mechanism to preserve the numer-
ous unique natural features and relatively undisturbed natural ar-
eas identified in the Natural Resources of Regional Significance Ele-
ment, while keeping these resource areas in a productive use. Also.
ecotourism would highlight the natural, cultural, and historical ameni-
ties the Region has to offer, contributing to efforts to increase tour-
ism and business development in the Apalachee Region.
Current national and state trends in tourism are moving toward in-
creased interest in and visitation of cultural, natural, and historical
resources and away from theme parks. The Florida Department of
Commerce indicated that in 1994, thirty percent of American travel-
ers planned to take a nature-based vacation. In addition, the state
receives over 600 requests a week for information about Florida's
nature trails, with almost no marketing or promotional efforts. To
illustrate the economic benefits of nature trails, the direct economic
impact of the St. Marks Trail to Leon and Wakulla Counties has been
estimated at $789,000 annually, with secondary impacts almost dou-


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bling this figure. Ecotourism is a boon to communities, with low en-
vironmental impacts and high economic returns.
The Apalachee Region is well-positioned to take advantage of the
growth of ecotourism because of its beautiful historic downtown.
cultural attractions, parks, trails, and archeological and historical
sites. The attendance at State of Florida parks for the fiscal year
2000-2001 was 1,222,672.

Table ED-15: Visits to State Parks and Historical Sites in the Apalachee Region,
Fiscal Year 2000-2001
Facility County Number of Visitors
John Gorrie State Museum Franklin 5,633
St. George Island State Park Franklin 210,340
Constitution Convention State Museum Gulf 2,361.
Dead Lakes State Recreation Area Gulf 6,925
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Gulf 149,071
Florida Caverns Jackson 112,426
Three Rivers State Recreation Area Jackson 19,313
Lake Jackson "Mounds State Leon 42,170
Archaeological Site
Lake Talquin/River Bluff Picnic Site Leon 18,320
Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens Leon 120,254
St. Marks Trail Leon 239,445
Torreya State Park Liberty. 21,152
Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Wakulla 13,112
Site
Ochlockonee Rivqr State Park Wakulla 37,182
San Marcos de Apalachee State Historic Wakulla 24,891
Site
Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla 200,077
Source: Marketing ce, Bureau of Opeaional Servics, Florida Prik Service.


Publisher's Note: The ARPC report emphasizes the region's natu-
ral.resources as a unique economic advantage but in some in-
stantes, regarding cultural and historical landmarks integral to
ecotourism, there are still jurisdictional problems that compli-
cate successful exploitation of those resources. Take the Port St.
Joe site of the Constitutional Museum, Apalachicola's Ormond
House state park, and Fort Gadsden, on the eastern portion of
Franklin County, for example. The former two sites, visited by
thousands each year, are under state agency control and mainte-
nance. Fort Gadsden, an incredibly important landmark and park
in Florida history, is barely maintained by the U.S. Forest Service
in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The road leading to Fort Gadsden
is difficult to find and has had only marginal maintenance, as it
shoots west ofHighway 65. These historic sites, and others, could
be promoted together, perhaps aided with private development
(stores, hotels, etc.) that would help create destinations.

Regional Goals
Thus, facing the lack of economic diversification, the ARPC report
lists a goal of employment diversification. How? Increase growth in
the number of businesses and employment in sectors where the re-
gion has little employment. Again, how? First, catalogue the available
development conditions, and development incentives in the region.
Then, through the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic
Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc. and Opportunity, Florida, as-
sist local governments and other agencies in utilizing available in-
centives and programs designed to diversify employment, as in the
Florida Qualified Industry Program. Other,approaches include pro-
viding vocational curricula that reflects the current and projected
needs for training in the region, by involving business representa-
tives and Chambers of Commerce, along with the agencies mentioned
above. Another goal is to enhance international trade opportunities
by exploring the feasibility of specialty-crop production and process-
ing to add value to agriculture production. A third goal from the ARPC
listed the sustainable use of the region's natural resources, such as
ecotourism sites and activities, and developing public-private part-
nerships to ensure the development of ecotourism among other meth-
ods.
The second installment of the ARPC economic report will
be continued in the Chronicle issue of August 23, 2002.
SA complete copy of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strat-
egy is available'from the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, 20776
Central Avenue East, Suite 1, Blountstown, Florida 32424, Telephone
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By Tom Campbell
New Board Members were appointed by the Apalachicola City Com-
-missioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at City
Hall. All Commissioners were present, and, Mayor Alan C. Pierce di-
rected the meeting smoothly and in good order.
All the new board members were approved unanimously and they
are: P and Z-Denise Roux, Bruce Hall and Harrison Jones; BOA-
Sam Gilbert.
The City Commissioners approved of a special, workshop meeting for
Thursday, August 8, 2002, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The purpose is a
Recreation Board, Meeting, in order to get recommendations for grant
money for special projects. All interested citizens are urged to attend.
FRDAP Application I and FRDAP Application II-requests for grant
money will be dealt with.
The Police Department of the City had no report, as the Chief was
away on business attending a meeting in south Florida.
Baskerville-Donovan had no report as Ella Mosconis was not at the
meeting and had "nothing to report."
Private citizens recommended that along 12th Street "the ditch needs
to be filled in; it is dangerous." Commissioners agreed it would be
accomplished in "about 30 days."'
Also, it was pointed. out that the intersection of Avenue D and High-
Sway 98 in the city "is dangerous and needs to be fixed; somebody is
going to get hurt." Commissioners agreed there need to be signs placed
there.
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved unanimously. Ap-
proval of Bills to be paid unanimously.
The City Attorney announced that "litigation on the Teat Case has
been continued until October."
Lafayette Park trees that are dead need to be removed because they
are in danger of falling and, causing injury to persons or property. It
was agreed the city needs someone "to move the trees who is covered
by insurance." The light fixtures nearby are very expensive.
'Regarding grant money, a citizen pointed out that the city needs to
provide public bathrooms. There are more and more tourists, and
they are asking about restrooms.
Holes around Battery Park are collecting water and breeding mosqui-
toes. There is a need to declare an "emergency and accept bids re-
garding grants," so these hazards can be taken care of the Commis-
sioners agreed.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by the
Mayor at about 7:15 p.m.

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Beluga Cafe Hosts Grand Opening With Art
Exhibit By Artists Fortin & Sanders
'Chef Kathy Whittemore, owner of Beluga Cafe & Catering in Port St. Joe, will host
the opening of an art exhibition by artists Cherif Fortin & Lynn Sanders as part of
Beluga Cafe's grand opening.
Whittemore invited Fortin & Sanders to exhibit some of their paintings in the new
cafe. arid to 'hold the opening of their exhibition during the grand opening for Bel-
uga Cafe & Catering's new location.
The two-day celebration will blend an invitation-only Friday night party with a
public Saturday showing and book signing, Aug. 9-io at Beluga Cafe. 108 First
street, in Port St. Joe. On Saturday the artists will sign books and discuss their
work with the public at the cafe between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Eastern time).
A coffee table art book, called The Art of Fortin & Sanders, by Dr. J.P. Behrens. is
currently in production, and galleys will be available for viewing at the opening.
Fortin & Sanders will also sign copies of books that they have illustrated, which
include covers for the romance industry and a book of their own-the first illus-
trated romance called Passiou's Blood.


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Franklin District

Schools

Instructional

Prur ani UpJdel

August 6, 2002
By Mikel Clark
Assistant Superintendent/
Director of Schools
In facing the challenges of declin-
ing enrollment and its impact on
revenue, the district is working
diligently to provide for the needs
of our students in ways not pos-
sible in the past. As our district's
motto states, "Together we're
building a brighter future, one
student at a time".
Teachers, support personnel, and
administrators have been very
active in participating in training
programs in the district and many
have traveled to participate in
conferences and training pro-
grams out of the county. Our stu-
dents will benefit from the skills
and knowledge that our profes-
sionals have gained this summer.
District schools have expanded
offerings in this year's master
schedules. Special attention has
been given to providing technical
and advanced courses on the high
school level and more concen-
trated studies in reading, writing,
and mathematics throughout the
school system. Enrichment pro-'
grams are being offered at each
of the schools, with after-school
programs being expanded through
school-based initiatives. Music,
cultural arts, physical fitness ac-
tivities, and technology-based ac-
tivities are being planned and will
be presented to the superinten-
dent for submission for School
Board approval.
School district administrators are
continuing to work with Gulf
Coast Community College to ex-
pand our industrial/technical
program offerings in the district.
As of now, Introduction to Elec-
tricity and Introduction to the
Pipe Trades are scheduled for the
Gulf/Franklin Center. Transpor-
tation is not provided, but we con-
tinue to look for ways for this chal-
lenge to be addressed success-
fully. Business education and
culinary arts (foods) programs are
offered in the local high schools.
Some of the new features this year
include a special reading teacher
and a technology resource teacher
at Chapman Elementary School,
an expanded enrichment program
at Brown Elementary School, and
expanded advanced course offer-
ings at Apalachicola High School
andCarrabelle High School.
Currently. Advanced Placement
American History, Government/
Economics, and Chemistry are
scheduled to be taught iointlv


between Apalachicola High School
and Carrabelle High School
through the district's Interactive
Television System.
Advanced placement course offer-
ings this year include AP Lan-
guage arts classes, AP American
History, and AP Statistics. In the
mathematics and science areas,
offerings include Trigonometry/
Pre-Calculus, Physics, and Chem-
istry. Creative Writing is being of-
fered also. Through our web site
link and affiliation with Florida
Virtual School, the district is pro-
viding AP Calculus, SAT Prep,
Latin, AP Literature, and Micro &
Macroeconomics. Additionally,
computer technology courses be-
ing offered include XHTML, HTML
4.0, Web Design, and PC Support
(Business Support Applications).
Many of our district teachers now
have experience with the inte-
grated learning programs and
have benefited from additional
intensive training this summer.
These experiences will improve
utilization of the integrated learn-
ing systems that were Initiated
last year. The researched-based
programs in our system are pro-
viding opportunities for teachers
to help our students make signifi-
cant learning gains.
The district's Plan for Excellence
has been designed to support
each school's School Improve-
ment Plan. Community members
are encouraged to work with
school principals in the develop-
ment and implementation of the
plans. School volunteers and
mentors provide valuable services
to our students. Parents and oth-
ers are invited to contact the
schools to get involved in these
programs.


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P.O. Box 9
Apalachicola, FL 32329
(850) 653-3635
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/25/02 Invoice No. 7979
Description ofVehicle: Make Mercury Model Topaz color Blue
TagNo Y-110971 Year 1992 State FL inNo. IMEPM36X7NK613171
To Owner: Mirtis Karen Millender To Lien Holder: Cook Motor Company
802 Gray Avenue P.O. Box 836
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Apalachicola, FL 32320
*

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/18/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/22/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the-
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/23/02 Invoice No. 7974
Olds M lCutlass W
Description of Vehicle: Make Old Model Cutla Color White
'TagNo 38B918Y Year 1985 State AL VinNo. IG3GR4713FR360569
To Owner: Kenneth O. Fennell To Lien Holder:
6225 Walden Drive #146
Kinsey, AL 36303


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/17/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day front the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/22/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219



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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/22/02 Invoice No. 7973
Description of Vehicle: Make Buick Model 4-Door Color Gray
Tag No NoTag Year 1988 State FL VinNo. 2G4WD14W9J1481810
To Owner: Fabian Ceron Mejia To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 1003
Apalachicola, FL 32329


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/16/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/22/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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Barbara Revell in Paradise, pi

By Barbara Revell
What a wonderful country we live
in! I have always known this, but
after traveling to 35 states this
spring, my appreciation and love
for our country has deepened. The
beauty and diversity across
America is overwhelming.
For a number of years my hus-
band, Ben, and I talked about
traveling in the midwest and west
and finally this spring we were-


photographed by husband, Ben.

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goals when we left home was to
visit all of the states we had never
been to. We also wanted to see
"small town" America by staying
off of the interstates. We left home
with a sense of adventure and
what an adventure it was!
We had various reasons for select-
ing the towns we visited and for
' some we had no reason. Every
night Ben would plan out route
for the next day. We learned that
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tination with at least one motel
chain. However, some of the most
delightful places we stayed were
not chains. We did not confine
ourselves to Ben's plan and would
deviate from the plan. In general,
we traveled 250 to 300 miles a
day. For no particular reason we
decided we wanted to go counter
clockwise. Each night we had to
diligently monitor the weather
channel to make sure we could
go where we wanted.
We learned that one can read
about a place and see pictures of
a place, but to actually experience
it is something else. I have seen
pictures of Mount Rushmore for
many years, but to actually see it
was absolutely breathtaking!
Montana and Wyoming, to me,
always had a sense of romantic
mystique. I was not disappointed!
Cody, Wyoming is one of our fa-
vorites. We ate breakfast in Buf-
falo Bill's Hotel, called the Irma.
That was great! One could just feel
the history!
We left home on April 1, 2002,
heading west. We went through
lower Alabama, visiting Andal-
usia, Evergreen and Monroeville.

What a treat and wonderful way
to start our journey! Standing
outside the Courthouse in
Monroeville I could picture Atticus
Finch walking into the courthouse
and arguing his case.
Then it was on to Natchez, Mis-
sissippi. Ben had watched the
construction of the Parkway
Bridge over the Tennessee River
while he worked in Cherokee, Ala-
'bama, in the early sixties. He de-
cided then that one day he would
ride the Parkway and we did. We
rode the Parkway from Natchez to
Nashville. Natchez Trace Parkway
is absolutely beautiful and quite
peaceful. It is 450 miles of a lazy
curving road. No stoplights, no
billboards and a speed limit of 50
mph. It was springtime when we
left Natchez with azaleas and dog-
woods in bloom. By the time we
went through Nashville it was
winter! Going between seasons
occurred throughout the trip as
we zigzagged across the country.
The Parkway is one of the high-
lights of the trip. At this point in
the trip I was wishing I could re-
member more about history!
From Nashville we went north. We
went to Goodletsville where we
saw an historic fort and home.
The period docents were quite
nice, and the lady of the house
showed me how to spin wool.
Then it was lunch at Betty's Hill-
side Cafe in Dunmoore, Ky. We
enjoyed talking to Betty who told :
us how important Saturday night
racing is in Dunmoore. All around
we could see people working on
their cars and revving their en-..
gines!
We spent a couple of nights in
Jasper, Indiana, where we almost
did not get a room because of a
big fishing tournament that week-
end. It was fun to see all the fish-
ermen and their boats. We stayed
somewhere a couple of days once
a week so we could rest and "do"
laundry.
In Bloomington, Indiana, we wan-
dered the campus of Indiana Uni-
versity. There was a student pro-
test of some kind. The students
had seven or eight tents together.
They had heat because there was
a smokestack coming from one of
the tents with smoke puffing into


the air. Ben was impressed with
Bloomington and I thought it was
a great town!
The next adventure was Chicago!
Ben dreaded going into Chicago
but I had never been. The traffic
was every bit as bad as Ben had
anticipated! We went into Chicago
on U.S. 41. We did not linger in
Chicago, but did get to see the
University of Chicago and Soldier
Field. Leaving Chicago, Ben de-
cided he could get out faster on
the Interstate. I have never, ever
seen so many trucks! The trucks
were bumper to bumper. The
economy must be alive and well,
at least in Chicago! As we were
leaving we observed a gridlock
going into Chicago and wondered
how long the drivers had to wait.
It was enough to give a type "A" a
heart attack! Ben was one happy
man to be OUT of Chicago! He
said, "The drivers are fast, furi-
ous AND crazy"!
In South Bend we visited the cam-
pus of Notre Dame. We were im-
pressed with the golden dome and
the campus in general. It has a
very studious atmosphere. We
spent the night in South Bend
and this is where we learned that
just because one motel of a chain
is great does not mean they all
are! We were quite disappointed
with this one. For the rest of the
trip we asked to see a room if we
had any doubts.
From South Bend we ventured
into Michigan. Michigan was
greatly The Eastern Shore of Lake
Michigan is wonderfully We defi-
nitely plan to re-visit. Next time
we will spend at least a week ex-
ploring Michigan. It is one of my
favorites.
The gentleman at the Welcome to
Michigan Center was most gra-
cious; He managed to find out
that it was our wedding anniver-
sary and that I love lighthouses.
As we were leaving he gave us a
2002 calendar of Michigan light-
houses as an anniversary present.
Much to my delight I was able to
:see several of Michigan's lights.
We stayed in St. Ignace, Michigan,
at a wonderful motel on Lake'
Huron. All of the rooms in the
motel were on the waterfront. We
were excited to see snow. Little did
we know we would see snow much
of the trip!
Patriotism was evident every-
where we went. Near Sault St.
Marie we saw round bales of hay
stacked neatly with "God Bless
America" painted on the hay in
red, white and blue Throughout
the trip American flags were fly-
ing from the humblest of abodes
to the mighty mansions.
Ben and I can now say we have
.been to Paradise! We have pic-


tures to prove it! That's Paradise,
Michigan, anyway. I enjoyed ob-
serving signs and names of busi-
nesses along the way. A sign on a
cabin on Lake Huron outside of
Paradise: "Mother's Other Place"!
Our first stop in Wisconsin was
Green Bay. We are avid football
fans so we wanted to stay as close
to Lambeau Field (home of the
Green Bay Packers) as we could.
Since this was the middle of April
we didn't think there would be a
problem. Much to our surprise
there was no room at the inn. We
were usurped by a Monster Truck
Championship Series! We were
able to find a room a couple of
miles away, however. We did wan-
der around Lambeau Field. Again,
we could feel a sense of history.
We thought about going to the
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,
but decided it was not worth the
entrance fee. Instead we had a
great meal at Brett Farve's Steak-
house! If you are ever in Green
Bay we recommend it. The prices
are reasonable and the decor
most interesting! In one room an
artist had painted the walls with
famous Packers from over the
years including, of course, Vince
Lombarli. In another room there
is a life-size photo of the hand-
some Brett Farve.
From Green Bay we headed to
Janesville, Wisconsin, because
my mom lived there as a child.
While wandering around Janes-
ville we- found an interesting cafe
where we decided to eat lunch.
Much to our delight there was live
music! What a treat! Two gentle-
men comprised the band. They
played and sang calypso music.
The Proprietors, Robert and
Gloria, and the other diners
"made a fuss" over us folks from
Florida. It was a beautiful day and
when I said, "We brought the
warm weather with us" they
clapped and cheered. We lingered
a little longer than usual and the
musicians played a little longer
than usual! It was interesting to
note that Janesville was promot-
ing Arbor Day for April 26 because
in Florida, Arbor Day is in Febru-
ary. Of course, they must plant
trees later in northern states.
In Oshgosh, Wisconsin, some homes
still had Christmas decorations
(in April!) I have heard and read
of people who leave their decora-
tions up after the holidays, but I
had never seen them. Oshgosh
was not the only town that still
had holiday decorations.
At the motel in Dubuque, Iowa,
we saw construction workers tail-
gating outside their rooms. Is this
a bit of Americana?
We saw beautiful farmland land
throughout the trip but it was
strikingly beautiful in Iowa. Just
like in a picture book!


TALLAHASSEE TRACT


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Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600

0 150 300 450 600 750 Feet

Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District


1. District Intent
The MR-1 district is intended to be located
in areas designated Mixed Use-A, B. or C
on the Future Land Use Map of the
Comprehensive Plan, in close proximity to
more intensive non-residential uses.
including commercial and office uses; and
to residentially compatible public facilities
such as schools, parks, and transit
facilities. The MR-1 district shall provide
for a wide range of residential housing
types. The maximum gross density allowed
for new residential development in the
MR-I district is 16 dwelling units per acre.
while the minimum gross density allowed
is 8 dwelling units per acre, unless
constraints of concurrency or
preservation and/or conservation
features preclude the attainment of the
minimum densities.


Lighthouse

Realty


This property is a "developer's
dream!" There are no comparable
properties this size within the city
limits.

Listed exclusively with Marion Miley,
LIGHTHOUSE REALTY of St.
George Island, Inc., [850) 927-
2821. 61 West Gulf Beach Drive,
Suite C., St. George Island, Florida
32328.


2. Principal Uses
(1] Community facilities related to residential uses, including
religious facilities, police/fire stations, and elementary, middle,
and high schools. Other community facilities may be allowed in
accordance with Section 18.1 of these regulations. (2) Day care
centers. (3) Golf courses. (4] Multiple-family dwellings. (5] Nurs-
ing homes and other residential care facilities. (6) Passive and
active recreational facilities. (7) Single-family attached dwellings.
(8) Single-family detached dwellings. (9) Two-family dwellings.
[10) Zero-lot line single-family detached dwellings.


We had breakfast one morning in
a hometown cafe in Cambridge,
Minnesota, a small town off the
main road. It was like the good ol'
cafe days where many locals meet
before starting their workday. The
locals politely eyeballed us new-
comers!
Cambridge is a small town off the
main road. It was quite a clean,
orderly neat town. The main street
had the old-time look with the old
stores still operating. Discount
stores certainly have not de-
stroyed this small town ... yet.
For years we had noticed that In-
ternational Falls seemed to have
the coldest reported temperatures
so we decided we would go there.
Before going we carefully moni-
tored the weather channel to
make sure we could get in and
out!
The roads to International Falls
were good with very light traffic.
Ben was happiest when-there was
no traffic in sight ahead or behind.
Much to my delight, Ben did the
driving the entire trip.
In International Falls we stayed
at the Holiday Inn. We had a great
time in the dining room where the
food was good and the staff was
exceptional. Our waitress for an
evening meal provided outstand-
ing service and allowed us to take
her picture.
While in International Falls we
decided we wanted to see a little
of Canada. At the border we went
through a humongous paper mill.
I mean huge! Coming back
through security on our return to
i the States a most unusual thing
happened to us. The customs of-
ficer was sitting in his office and
asked questions as security offic-
ers are to do. He asked us where
were we from and Ben told him
Florida. The next question was,
"What were you doing in
Canada?" Ben told him we were
just looking around.. Then the
officer asked, "If you are from
Florida, why don't you have a
Florida (license) tag?" Ben told
him that we do have a Florida tag
and explained the University of
Florida vanity plate. Then he
wanted to know what part of
Florida were we from. Ben said,
"We are from NW Florida about 50
miles SW of Tallahassee. At that
point the officer came out of his
office to the van. He said that he
had been to Tallahassee several
times and in SW Tallahassee on
Leisure Lane. Leisure Lane is
about 1/4 mile with two or three
houses. NOBODY has ever heard
of Leisure Lanel Ben said, "You
may know my sister, she lives on
Leisure Lane. When Ben told him
his sister's name he said that
Ben's sister and husband were his
wife's aunt and uncle! It could not
happen, but itdidl, .


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Tim Jordan, Lic. Real Estate Broker:
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P.O. Box 556, Panacea, FL 32346
ASSOCIATES: Marsha Tucker: 850-570-9214 Jerry Peters: 850-566-4124
Mike Gale: 850-567-2227 Janis David: 850-570-1145 Gene Maxey: 850-509-6857
Linda Peters: 850-566-4156 Jacki Youngstrand: 850-933-4671
Josh Brown: 850-567-9429 Mike Friedman: 850-566-6601 Debbie Kosec: 850-566-2039
Carole Dunn: 229-336-8807 Mike Delaney: 850-524-REAL
Call us for a complete list of properties. Beach rentals & sales.
web address: www.obrealty.com e-mail: obr@obrealty.com


FRANKLIN COUNTY


WATERFRONT HOMES


* Alligator Point! Bayfront! Alligator Point! Fish from the back deck of this 2BR/1.5BA, CHA, fully
equipped kitchen. Great view! Great buy! Just $230,000. 140FWH.
* Gulf Front! Large beautiful lot near Bald Point State Park Preserve within Coastal Barrier Act
designation. The surf, sand and sea oats provide a serene setting for your dream home. Possible
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up.& down. Large storage area. Great room with full deck, screened undereath,with 2 car carport
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* Carrabellel Great Fishing Get-away! Avenue G, 3BR/2BA doublewide mobile home, 24x44,
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9 August 2002 Page 9


1s Carrabelle Policeman Faces


IXIE

THEATRE



"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas"

Refreshing Good Time At Dixie

Theatre August 9-11 and 16-18

Ensemble Scores Another Triumph
By Tom Campbell
What a. refreshing way to have a good time at the theatre! "Uh-Oh.
Here Comes Christmas" at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola trans-
ports the audience on a fast-paced flight to Scrooge country with a lot
of laughs, music, songs and holiday fun for the family along for the
ride.
Kalon Thibodeaux is a charming entertainer whose Scrooge is de-
lightfully entertaining from start to finish. This is the actor's debut at
the Dixie Theatre but he will probably be back because his talent is
enormous. He has performed in over 100 stage productions and has
directed, taught and written for theatre for over fifteen years. He is
now attending University of New Orleans studying drama and is ac-
tively involved in New Orleans area theatre.
Near the beginning of the play with music, Cleo Partington announces,
"My role is executioner," and she proceeds to lead the audience to
laughter. Poinsettias everywhere should be put on full alert that her
terrorist activities may lead to life-threatening situations, but through
it all, she, the flowers and the audience get surprised with life and
exhilaration.
Randy Thompson's tale about a brown lunch sack and a note will
move the hardest heart. This actor's talents seem to grow with every
performance and this is certainly one of his best, demonstrating that
a father's love can be strong, deep and long.
Among many moments of power and comic genius, one of George C.
Hosmer's stands out near the beginning of Act II when he illustrates
how hearing the bell-ringing of another kid at Christmas can lead to
wondrous discoveries. "Seeing my own reflection in a glass" can open
up magic, and his performance moved the audience powerfully. The
Salvation Army will be more deeply appreciated during future. Christ-
mas holidays.
Dixie Partington's performance has many brilliant moments, and one
of the strongest is her discovery of a gnarled tree away in the back-
woods somewhere that has been decorated by some people with items
like strings of popcorn and cranberries that can provide feasts for the
wildlife in the area. The simplicity of the generous act far out in the
country makes a powerful statement about loving life and finding
beauty all around in little things.
The company comes togetherin beautiful, ensemble moments
throughout the play, such as the Jewish and Catholic wedding. The
whole company demonstrates in a funny way how religions can rise
to new peaks of compassion and rejoicing, rising above conflict and
killing. Somebody should find a way to get the lesson to the Palestin-
ians and Israel and help them learn it. Maybe then there might still I
be hope for peace in the area.
The play is full of great fun. Throw yourself into the holidays early
and see the beauty all around. Performances Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, August 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17 and 18. Friday and Saturday at
8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Box Office Hours are: Wednesday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
Friday and Saturday: 2.- 5 p.m. and 7 8 p.m. For reservations and
information, phone 850-653-3200. The show is "pure delight!"


Boyd Votes To

Protect InvestLoirs
On July 25th, the House of Rep-
resentatives overwhelmingly
passed tough corporate reform
legislation that creates a strong,
independent oversight 'board and
increases civil and criminal pen-
alties on corporate wrongdoers.
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida), voted in favor of
the House-Senate conference re-
port on corporate reform, which
passed in the House by a vote of
423-3. The conference report will
likely be passed in the Senate at
some point and sent to the Presi-
dent to be signed into law.
One aspect of the conference re-
port calls for the creation of a
Public Auditing Regulatory Board,
which will end the self-policing
practices of the accounting pro-
fession and give the board inves-
tigative and disciplinary powers
over audit firms, subject to SEC
review. Also in the conference re-
port are new corporate responsi-
bility standards, including hold-
ing CEOs accountable forhonest
bookkeeping, barring wrongdoing
officers and directors from mov-
ing company to company, prohib-
iting corporations from making
insider loans to their executives,
requiring timely reports when cor-
porate insiders dump stock, ban-
ning CEOs from selling stock dur-
*ing blackouts, and requiring real
time disclosure of financial infor-
mation.
Additionally, the conference re-
port imposes tough criminal pen-
alties for corporate wrongdoing.
This includes criminal penalties
for securities fraud and for alter-
ing, destroying, or failure to main-
tain documents, while also giving
shareholders adequate time to
pursue securities fraud. The con-
ference report provides whistle-
blower protections to employees
of publicly traded companies, pro-
tecting them when they disclose
information or otherwise assist
criminal investigators, federal
regulators, Congress, supervi-
sors, or parties in a judicial pro-
ceeding in detecting and stopping
fraud. Finally, the conference re-
port includes a provision that will
ensure that civil penalties and
fines will go to compensate vic-
tims of securities fraud, includ-
ing employees of failed corpora-
tions that held securities.


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Governor ----

R-,ui n,,ints

Three FWC

Commissioners

Governor Jeb Bush notified three
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commissioners (FWC)
Wednesday he has reappointed
them to serve five-year terms.
Bush reappointed the current
Chairman, John D. Rood, and
Commissioners H.A. "Herky"
Huffman and David K. Meehan,.
all of whom served on the former
Florida Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion (MFC). Their terms were to
expire in August.
Rood, 47, of Jacksonville, is the
founder and chairman of a devel-
opment, investment and manage-
ment company. He holds a
bachelor's degree from the Uni-
versity of Montana. Rood's com-
bined service on the MFC and
FWC dates back to 1998.
Huffman, 65, of Enterprise, is a
semi-retired real estate broker
and developer and President of
Realty Vestors. He also serves on
the board of directors of Pinnacle
Bank. Huffman has served four
years. since his initial appoint-,
ment to the MFC.
Meehan, 55, of St. Petersburg, is
an insurance and financial indus-
try executive. He earned his
bachelor's degree from Florida
State University and has served
four years on the FWC since his
initial appointment to the MFC.
FWC Commissioners receive no
pay for their services.


Termination

By Rene Topping
Police Officer Edward T.(Terry)
Saunders, JR. received a letter in
July from Mayor Wilburn Curly
Messer to notify the officer he was
to face termination at the regular
public commissioners meeting to
be held on August 1. Until then
he was placed on administrative
leave.
The officer sought help from the
Florida Police Benevolent Associa-
tion, Inc. which calls itself 'The
Voice of Florida's Law Enforce-
ment Officers." He received his
answer in the way of letter signed
by Thomas Klein, Assistant General
Counsel directed to Carrabelle
City Attorney Douglas Gaidry in
which he introduced himself as
being retained to assist the officer.
The letter read in part: "Your let-
ter contains 6 enumerated rea-
sons for the proposed action but
makes no reference to any inves-
tigative report or supporting docu-
mentation. My initial concern is
that the city by acting hastily, may
breach Officer Saunders' consti-
tutional and statuary due proces'i
rights and needlessly subject it-
self to civil and possibly criminal
liability. Therefore my first re-"
quest is that a final decision as to
Officer Saunder's employment-
until a thorough investigation has
been completed."


"Secondly, Officer Saunders is
entitled to know the identity of his
accusers and the substance of
their allegations. Therefore in ac-;
cordance with Chapter 119, and
section 112.533, et seq., Florida
Statutes, (The Policeman's Bill of
Rights) I am requesting a copy of
any and all documents related to
the investigation of Officer Saund-
ers. This request includes but is
not limited to, any Investigative
reports, accident reports, insur-
ance statements whether tran-
scribed or tape recorded, city
poncy ana procedures, or photo-
graphs, which are related to the
allegations made against Officer
Saunders. I shall also appreciate
your notifying me on the identity'
of any witnesses the city is rely-
ing on to support its allegations."
So far, the allegations against the
officer have not been revealed
publicly. This letter was read out
to the meeting and Steve Mears
said that this was a unique event.
In Carrabeile, the officers are
hired on at a public meeting
which makes it mandatory that,
the officer has to be terminated
at a public meeting. He added that'
99 1/2 of the cities and counties
in Florida do not use this method.


Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
that he thought that if the Mayor
(who is also Police Commissioner)
Douglas Gaidry and the attorney
from the PBA could meet together
during the coming week and a
public hearing could be held on
Thursday, August 8 at 6 p.m., it
might be easier. The PBA attor-
ney said that he felt that there
seemed to be a lot of people who
had come to speak for Saunders.
The meeting was approved.
Under the Policeman's Bill of
Rights there has to be a hearing
where three regional law men sit
as a board. The accused officer
chooses one, the city chooses one
and the two choose a third. There
has to be a thorough investiga-
tion of the allegations and the of-
ficer is allowed to face his accus-
ers.
The public hearing will be held at
the Senior Center on August 8 at
6 p.m.


It Was Just A

Plant Stand-

Or Was It?

By Rene Topping
It was just a bench with a cover
over it for Dennis Delmain to dis-
play his plants outside of his
building. Normally the applicant
for such a project has to bring a
sketch of the project with sizes,
he will also have to show on a map
the location and that the zoning
is approved for that type of busi-
ness to get a permit. Delmain was
at the August 8 meeting of the
Commission.
Delmain did not know that at his
first,presentation before the city
commission, so he was told to
have a sketch of what he wanted
to do on' the agenda for the next
meeting. The paperwork de-
scribed it as a plant stand and
Flea Market, but Delmain said he
had dropped the Flea Market.
This was his second appearance
before the commission and this
time he looked as if he would get
his permission on a motion to give
a permit by Commissioner Ed
Saunders. The motion was sec-
onded but before a vote could be
taken it seemed that Mr. Delmain
had further problems.
The building in next to the Love
Center Church and Delmain
found himself in. problems with


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the congregation. There is a wall
of sandbags that Delmain said
was placed to keep a ten foot bank
between his property and that of
the church from eroding. He was
first asked in a sweet way by
Minnie Fitzgerald who was con-
cerned about the wall giving way
and a child could be hurt or there
could be damage to the church
itself. She said, "Mr. Delmain, this
is not personal, and I say every-
thing with a loving heart. But it is
the wall that was built. We've got
twelve to fifteen kids. All the time
I am in the parking lot I fear. As a
mother and a grandmother I
would like to have something
more secure, more stable to be
built. We have to watch the kids
from the highway but they should
be able to play on the sides and
in back. I don't know what the law
is but I'm just a mother and it's
scary to me."
Delmain said that the bags have
cement and rebar in it and it is
stable. Ms. Fitzgerald said, "We
have had some of the dirt break
away.
Hampton May, a deacon in the
church said that he had gone per-
sonally to inspect the wall. "I am
here to state my own opinion. I
don't know construction, I'm not
an engineer but I do know the
sand bags are only a temporary
fix and whatever is on the inside
will come out. so I am going to
suggest to the board and the
mayor to come and see for them-
selves. We have soil erosion and
as this is only a temporary fix,
eventually it is going to wash out.
You can't stop Mother Nature.
When it happens the wall will col-
lapse and .God forbid anybody
being in the church. Because I am
quite sure, forewarned and fore-
told, and I would hate for some
children to be in the church col-
lapse and somebody is maimed
and hurt."
He went on to say, "he was not
supposed to undercut somebody
else's property line and he was
supposed to make sure there was
no endangerment to the public."
"The wall was supposed to be fixed
and it has not been done. Don't
take my opinion, go for yourself
and look."
Delmain said that the wall has
been inspected and it has just
been inspected again last week.
Gaidry said he had not seen any
plans. The mayor said that he felt
there should be a fence at the top
of the wall. Delmain says he has
an architect seal on it. He said he
had never heard of having another
inspection after that had been
done.
Raymond Williams said that he
would second Doc's, Commis-
sioner EdSauriders motion that
the plant stand can be approved
provided it is built to Southern
Builders standards whatever they
are.
May again stated that he would
like to see a concrete wall. The
vote was 2 for 2, 1 Commissioner
Phillip Rankin abstained from
voting. So the motion failed.


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Under commissioners reports
Commissioner Raymond Williams
asked for a letter to Royal Ameri-
can on behalf of Jimmy Crowder
in.relation to repairs to be made
by Royal American.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson said
the City Hall has a new technical
computer from DCA along with all
manner of software for planning,
as a reward for the city for work-
ing with DCA on a survey.
In other unfinished business:
Resolution 05-2002 calling for the
City of Carrabelle amending the
Capital improvement Schedule of
the Comprehensive Plan was ap-
proved.
The commissioners approved au-
thorization for the mayor to ex-
ecute a Certification Statement for
the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (FDEP) to
justify advance payment of
$600,000 to be placed in the es-
crow account at Capital City
Trust.
Commissioners heard a State--
ment of Understanding between
the City of Carrabelle and the
Capital Area Chapter of the Red
Cross. After hearing the short ex-
planation given by Ronda Swords,
the commissioners voted to table
for more information. Swords said
there would be a meeting at the
Carrabelle Library on August 6 on
disaster.
Commissioners approved Modifi-
cation #2 -department initiated by'
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) for Grant Award Agreement
# 02DB-89-02-29-02-co3.
Commissioners approved the only'
bid for interim financing by THE
BANK for $181,000 approved at
3.34 percent for seven months.
Barry Woods was approved on his
permit to build a 286 x 4 feet
walkway with a 26 x 6 terminal'
platform in Bayou Harbor.
Under New Business:
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce was approved to use the
Pavilion and a portion of SE Cave
B for the Carrabelle Riverfront
Festival for April 25, 26 and 27,
2003.
The Streets and Roads Depart-
ment was approved for the follow-
ing equipment for a total of
$4100.75
a. Five (5) lawnmowers at $511.36
each
b. Three (3) weed eaters at
$309.99 each
c. Two (2) hedgers at $295.99
each
d. Five (5) service kits for
lawnmowers at $8.00 each
The following, bills were pdid:
City Attorney $2,272.00.
Baskerville and Donovan pay re-
quests Aug. '02 Invoice # 67584 -
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Julie Jones, 45, Director of the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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agency's Division of Law Enforce-
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FWC Executive Director, Ken
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ficer and investigations supervi-
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rank of captain before moving to
Lake City to assume the regional
director's post.
Jones brings a unique blend of
executive and law enforcement
skills to the law enforcement
director's position. She has faced
off with armed outlaws deep in
Florida's Everglades, worked
under-cover investigations,
diplomatically resolved disputes
among resource users and admin-
istered a variety of FWC pro-
grams.
Another factor that enabled Jones
to top 26 other applicants for the
position is the fact that she has
worked in four of the FWC's five
administrative regions..
Jones is the second woman in the
history of the FWC (and the pre-
vious Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission) to head a division.
Perhaps, only one other state,
Montana, has ever had a female
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The FWC, with more than 700
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ABC School
Students Write
Poetry Anthology

Teacher Dawn Evans
Radford Edited Book For
Her Students
By Tom Campbell
A book called "Apalachicola, Oys-
ters, and Ladybugs Too" was writ-
ten by Apalachicola Bay Charter
School Third-Grade Students and
edited by Dawn Evans Radford,
their teacher. Radford had stud-
ied and taught in North Carolina
universities, then "moved back to
the land of my childhood, friends
and family." She said, "I accepted
a job teaching in a public school.
With no little trepidation, I set out
in the fall of 2001 to face the
mob-sixty little people, grades
K-3 ... and teach them Spanish
and creative writing."
The anthology is "the original
work of the third-grade class,
writers eight and nine years of
age."
Here is one sample, among many
poems offered.
Apalachicola
A beautiful city,
Perfect.
A perfect city, I say,
aLive with energy.
As we walk through the
City fog,
Her beauty is here.
I am ready to have fun.
Come play with me, please.
O Oh, we'll have fun. We will
Love this city. Apalachicola.
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Center on the termination of Po-
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Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
Friends of Florida might very well
have a similar grant available. St.
Joe/Arvida has previously made
a commitment to assist in a vi-
sioning effort, and I believe that
their commitment could be ex-
tended into the comp plan update.
There may be other parties who
also want to contribute resources.
There also may be the possibility
.of a legislative appropriation be-
cause of the state resources at
risk in Franklin County."
"While the Board could decide to
hire consultants to update the
plan, which is the direction the
Board started in 1987, 1 believe
the Board will be better served by
directing its own staff to do much
of the work, which is what finally
happened when the Board hired
Mark and myself in 1988. I be-
lieve it will be impossible for the
Board to hire consultants to di-
rect such a large evolving project.
The costs could easily exceed any
budget if consultants are expected
to go to the numerous public
meetings this comp plan update
is going to generate."
"I ask that the Board consider the
following proposal: through agree-
ments with various groups and
entities, the Board needs to gen-
erate at least $100,000 for a two-
year effort to update the plan. The
basic breakdown could be
$10,000 from DCA, $10,000 from
1000 Friends, $20,000 of county
funds, and $60,000 of other
funds. The funds would be con-
trolled by the Board."
"A portion of the funds over the
two-year period would be used to
pay for additional personnel to do
some of the work that is currently
being done by the existing Plan-
ning and Building employees, so
that Mark and I can have the time
to do the comp plan update. It is
my desire 'to move Ms. Rachel
Ward into a Zoning Administra-
tor position, where she would as-
sume all the day to day planning
and zoning matters, and hire an
entry level building inspector.
With Rachel Ward as Zoning Ad-
ministrator, Mark and I would
have the time for the comp plan.
Mark would continue to be the
main grant writer, and I would
continue to perform administra-
tive services for the Board. Mark
and I both would keep our respec-
tive planner titles because those
titles will connect us to the comp
planning effort."
"I present this idea for the Board
to consider. There may be better
ideas the Board may think of, so
I ask that the Board not vote on
this today, but think about it."
"At next Monday's budget meet-
ing I will be asking, the Board to


set aside $20,000 as its share of
the comp plan update, so that it
can be available in next year's
budget."

Airport Advisory Committee
Ted Mosteller asked the Board for
permission to seek FDOT funding
for the following projects. The
Board approved.
We are seeking permission to pur-
sue 100% FDOT funding for the
following projects from the exist-
ing JACIP Program:
1. Tractor with Sweeper, Loader
& Mower equipment ($47,279) (to
be used for maintenance of air-
port runways/taxiways/ramps
and grounds, etc.).
2. 60 x 60 Maintenance Hanger
(Apx. $102,000) (to be leased to
AIATC for aircraft repair).
3. 60 x 60 Commercial Hanger
(Apx. $120,000) (to be used for
security of airport maintenance
equipment, etc).
4. 60 x 60 Corporate Hanger/Of-
fice space (Apx. $120,000) (to be
leased).
Except for #1 which is on State
Bid and funds have already been
committed, the projects (#2, 3 &4)
if funding should be approved by
FDOT will be bid.
In other airport business the
'Committee expressed concern
and wished the Commission be
informed of these other items:
Funding for storm sewer repair/
renovation from state and federal
sources. A request of in excess of
a million dollars was not approved
by this past Legislature for this
project. The problem is increas-
ing detrimentally for safety and
usefulness of the airport. Some
expressed an air of emergency
proportions.
Request of the City of Apalachi-
cola to extend city sewer to air-
port facilities. Especially since the
airport has extended to the city
the use of airport land for three
new water wells. The FAA does
require fair market return for any
and all airport land.
Request that The Corps of Engi-
neers be responsible for the addi-
tional costs of larger piping un-
der the new entrance road for
dredging operations purpose.
The problem between Art Little
and AIATC concerning his air-
plane. We understand that each
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Professor Robert "Skip" Livingston
The State of Florida does publish summaries on their web site, but
another person pointed out that web sites also represent the
point-of-view of the sponsor, not all three state's positions on a given
issue. Others spoke in behalf of the summary matrix as a tool for
negotiations that could easily set agendas and help inform an unin-
formed public.
Later, Mike Donavan of the Apalachee Regional Planning Council,
expressed some concern about the resolution of the negotiations in
the event those matters had to be returned to Federal Court. "What
do we have to lose?" he asked. Teri Donaldson, DEP Counsel, ex-
plained that the federal system would likely assign a special master
to resolve the problems among the three states and that there was
great concern as to.who that special master would be. Such uncer-
tainty seems to be driving Alabama, Florida and Georgia, to continue
the Compact, lest an unknown master might omit what has been
done thus far, since the early 1990s.
While some research has been completed, no political outcome has
been approved by any of the states involved, after uncounted millions
of tax dollars have been spent. When the negotiations were initially
established to create the Compact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
was the organizing agency, with an estimated budget of about $13
million. Then, as each state assumed their responsibilities in the ne-
gotiations, pursuant to the Compact, itself a creature of Federal Law,
the budgets have reposed with each individual state, not often esti-
mated nor audited for public consumption.
Ms. Donaldson expressed some concern about the uncertainty of the
outcome of employing a special master to settle matters among the
three states. She also mentioned that not every negotiation could be
conducted in public. That concept of "confidentiality" may be the
undoing of the whole enterprise in the end. Public exposure would
put the process into a continuing spotlight of accountability for the
publics of each state, and provide a framework of continuing review
of various state positions, and perhaps attendant challenges among
the constituents of those states. This was manifested near the end of
the current meeting when the Jackson County representative brought
forward an idea of meeting with a group of Southeastern Georgia
persons who "had similar interests among those in Northern Florida."
This seems to be saying that previously negotiated positions, some
ivithout public exposure, have revealed different points-of-view among
dissatisfied constituents. This recommendation might be on the
agenda of the next "stakeholders" meeting.
The final cap to the concern with the lack of progress in the negotia-
tions was lifted by Science Professor, Dr. Robert "Skip" Livingston,
who had sat quietly in the audience until the last half of the meeting.
"...I want you all to know that I've kept quiet ... because we've been
working ... on the scientific end. This is the end of my quiet..." He
added, "...You ought to start looking at the science because the scien-
tific end of this is very clear on what the water needs of this system
are ... (secondly) .. If there is legal action the only way you win a legal
action is with objective, scientific data ...


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Please Help Re-Elect




DAVID HINTON

for


School Board District 2


Qualified Professional Experienced


District Two Voters,
Two years ago I asked for your vote and you so graciously supported me. In my campaign I
emphasized several goals and I would like to inform you on the progress toward those goals.
Goat One: Discipline-The student code of conduct was- revised with more emphasis on removing
unruly students from the classroom. An alternative school was implemented.
Goal Two: Attendance-Increased student responsibility and consequences were placed in the
code of conduct.
Goal Three: Quality Lessons Each Day-Teachers are required to teach the Sunshine State
Standards in every lesson.
Goat Four: Additional Reading and Math-Students in elementary and middle schools are
engaged with the "Success Maker" program which provides an additional period each day in
reading and math.
Goat Five: Vocational Training-Planning is underway for Gulf Coast Community College to
provide vocational instruction in building construction. This will be the first comprehensive
vocational program in Franklin County.
Goal Six: Safety-Safety plans have been developed at each school. A recent contract was let for
repair and construction- of fencing at each school.
Goal Seven: Community Involvement-The School Advisory Committee has been active in school
improvement. Recently the School Board approved the SAC request for a uniform shirt to be
worn at Carrabelle High School.
In addition,, I have worked with the District Administration to improve our financial stability.
After many years we have finally been able to operate with an acceptable fund balance. At the end
of the 2000 -2001 school years we ranked number five in the state in improvement for that area.
This year's audit was the best in recent history.
The District has developed a five-year Strategic Plan in cooperation with-outside consultants.
Along with this we recently contracted with an architecture firm to provide expertise needed to
maintain facilities and infrastructure to higher standards.
Finally, at my encouragement, the School Board participated the Florida School Boards
Association's five month training program which. resulted in the Board's designation as "Master
School Board," the first ever in Franklin County.
Again I thank you for the confidence placed in me two years ago. Schools are beginning to make
small improvements. The foundation is being laid for major improvements iq the future. I want to
continue working toward-making Franklin schools better for our children. Please help with your
vote and support.
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Apalachicola Bay And Riverkeeper

Group Releases Issues And Concerns'


David McLain


David McLain, Executive Director of the Apalachicola Bay and
Riverkeeper Group, released a list of six issues and concerns, with
some commentary. These are as follows:
1. Absence of opportunity for meaningful public participation by the
Florida citizens most directly affected, in the "development and
modification" of the initial ACF Water Allocation Formula (per Ar-
ticle XI of the Tri-State Compact).
Recommendation: Continuation of series of Florida Stakeholder
Meetings with structured, issue-resolution agendas; urge joint fed-
eral agencies to participate. Seek broad constituent "ownership" of
any Florida proposal.
DEP Response: Decision to conduct monthly Stakeholders meet-
ings on a preannounced agenda, soliciting public response and
explaining Florida negotiators' positions on selected topic areas.
2. Proposed flow regime that establishes as "acceptable" flow levels
that are at or below the minimum flows experienced in the
Apalachicola in the past 50 years.
Recommendation: Early establishment of Scientific Review Panel
with initial tasking to provide "best science" assessment of the im-
pact of proposed flow regime on "water quality, ecology and eco-
nomic health" of the Apalachicola River and Estuary; publish re-
sults broadly and adjust as required.
DEP Response: The Florida negotiators are relying on hydrologic
models for determining desired freshwater flows. (NOTE: Detailed
and different scientific assessments need to be undertaken, fo-
cused on the effects of proposed freshwater flows on water quality,
ecology, bio-diversity, and economy of the River Basin and Estu-
ary. How can any flow regime be proposed without scientific as-
sessment of the impact?)
3. Upstream water consumption due to unconstrained growth con-
tinues; drought conditions "mask" and become the excuse.
Recommendation: Exploit the ACOE "unimpaired flow" modeling
to insist on mandatory, graduated prices for upstream water con-
sumption effective immediately.
DEP Response: Florida has scrupulously avoided state sovereignty
issues, such as HOW Georgia will achieve the flow regime targets
eventually agreed to.
4. Current conservative implementation of the ACOE Water Control
Plan is resulting now in severe reductions in freshwater flows in
the Apalachicola River and Estuary... ,
Recommendation: Use the results of the Scientific Review Panel's
impact assessment to gain ACOE recognition of adequate in-stream
flows for water quality, ecology, and local economy as a legitimate
demand for water and adjust their releases from the reservoirs
accordingly. Seek Florida congressional delegation support as re-
quired.
DEP Response: Really, nothing can be done till we have a Water
Allocation Formula agreed to. The Corps of Engineers is waiting on
that agreement to update their Water Control Plan (WCP). (NOTE:
It is critical that Florida use all means available to seek recogni-
tion in Corps of Engineers guidance documents such as their WCP
of the legitimacy of downstream claims to ACF freshwater flows.
5. The detailed performance measurements for a policy of adaptive
management are not now established.
Recommendation: Pre-determine/negotiate "triggers" for adjust-
ing an approved water allocation formula to adapt to significant
changes from the conditions/outcomes/assumptions used to de-
velop water allocation rules in the agreement.
DEP Response: DEP feels there is unacceptable risk to identify
"bail-out" conditions which Georgia could use to their advantage
to reduce their commitment to a long-term agreement.
6. Georgia currently has both a negotiated path and a litigation path
to pursue their objectives; 2'"bites at the apple" and a deterrent to
good faith bargaining in the negotiations.
Recommendation: Secure the best, most experienced legal advice
possible on Eastern water rights to prepare Florida's contingency
for litigation. Consider Eastern Water Wars Specialists' Joe Dellapina
of Villanova and Jerry Sherk of DC.
DEP Response: Sec. Struhs agreed with the concern, as he had
introduced it in the press earlier, and agreed to pursue this recom-
mendation with his staff.




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SIXIE
S THEATRE

Dixie Theatre

Youth Stage

Workshop

Successful With

Aesop Fables

By Tom Campbell
According to Liz Sisung, Work-
shop Coordinator for the Youth
Stage Workshop at the Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola, a group of
approximately fifteen young
people ages 8 to 15 attended the
five-day session and it was "very
successful." She said she hopes
the program will expand next
year, involving even more young
people. "The future of theatre is
in the minds of young people."
Students were introduced to
many facets of acting and theatre.
Assisted by Troy Cox, Felix Ruiz,
Paulette Mihale, ,Elizabeth
Kilbourn and Andrew Butler, the
participants were "led through the
play production process.


f7. ,Stakeholders from Page 10


Livingston reviewed his background, working with lawyers around
the United States in hundreds of legal cases.
SNext month, he reported, he and his peers will be reviewing all"...the
Water proposals that are being put on the table..." before the National
.Oceanographic and Atmosphere Administration "...with regard to our
model, first for the oysters in Apalachicola Bay, and second, we will
'be monitoring all the major populations in the lower end of the river
and the bay ... shrimp, blue crab ... so we will have a solid, scientific
data base that will tell you how much water you will need ... We
already know that for the oysters. This precisely is the kind of infor-
mation I knew we were going to need in 1972, when I started these
studies of the river ... as it dominates the entire river and bay system
..." Dr. Livingston added, "I want to make it clear to you all that I am
now getting involved. I have been ignored ... I'm telling you that the
power is in the data and we hold the data (Florida) and the model. By
the way, I also hold a handful of the best environmental lawyers in
the country.
He repeated, "...The bottom line is that it should be done and based
on science. It should be done and based on the people who are de-
pending on this bay, and I'm talking about just about everybody in
C the Apalachicola valley in one way or another. It should be dependent
on a very fair and open method of dealing with allocations, and we've
been waiting for years to get the allocation so that we can put it in our
model ... our model will be able to determine whether or not any
allocation will be proper. Secondly; we may be doing our own alloca-
tions because we've become a little tired of waiting... That allocation
model will be based mainly on the scientific data for the lower river
and the bay, which is where the main commercial interests are ...
Dr. Livingston's findings are aboi' to be published for the scientific
Community in book form and h6 aid he would make the relevant
chapters available when the work is "in press." The work will closely
examine the Apalachicola RiverSjmitem and explain why it is so pro-
Tef a se m ductive. "If the drought is prolonged, by taking out water "from above"
Techniques ofacting, stage move- (in Georgia) it will push the bay dver into a non-productive phase,
ment, and improvisation were which, at a certain point in time; becomes permanent. That is, the
some of the topics covered by the oyster bars disappear; the entire system changes. We know how to do
participants, leading up to the fi- that, and we know what that point is .."
nal day's presentation of the play
-"The Fables of Aesop," script ar- For his personal point of emphasis, he added, "I've been working this
ranged by Rex Partington. system for over 30 years. My guts are into this ... So, I'm declaring to
rent and rn r r ou now that I am involved." He warned that the allocations "are
tParents and fires b were treated going to pass scientific muster", not only from us but from all federal
to three fables by Aesop on the agencies which are going to be dependent upon the studies we are
Spinal day of the workshop, Satur- doing in the next few months. There are over 50 papers, reviewed by
Tortoise" was told by Cast Mem- peers in scientific journals on the Apalachicola River system. "...I'm
Tortoise" ty Pr t Me- tired of waiting, so I'm going to start moving out..."
bers Stephaney Provenzano,
Deanna T. Simmons, Anna Mor- In January 2002, the three states seemed to reach some agreement
ris and Ashley Webb. on a tentative proposal from Florida, but in March talks nearly stopped.
Ashley Doyle, Tareava Jones, In May, Georgia agreed to meet water flow requirements at a moni-
Whitley Williams, James Doyle. touring station in Whitesburg, Georgia, a proposal that broke the im-
Chanara McKinney, Samantha passe.
Creamer and Shelby Malvestuto Plans were announced on Monday, August 5, by the ACF and Ala-
told the delightful tale of"The Ants bama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Compact Commissioners and the
and the Grasshopper." Federal Commissioner, to hold a series of joint public sessions to
he it Mouse and the Country discuss issues involved with negotiating water sharing agreements
'The City Mouse and the Country for the two basins. These State-Federal Informational sessions will
Mouse and a well-coordinated address a series of topics including the water control plan develop-
sented by Thomas Provenzanoe- ment process; hydropower; environmental matters and unimpaired
sentflows. At least one session will be held in each of the three states. A
Loismay Provenzano, Hilary session on water control plan development is tentatively set for Sep-
Stanton, Grant Malvestuto, John tember 9, 2002, and another on hydropower for October 2nd, and
Evans, Jessey Krehl, Sydney another on environmental considerations in the last half of October.
Randall, Cassi McFarland. Dates and locations to be announced later.
Demetrius Miller, Taureen Tolliver
and Thammon Thomas. Additionally, Florida will conduct more stakeholder sessions. Basic
concepts of modeling will be discussed on September 6th. On Octo-
After the performance there was ber 7, the discussion will involve basic tools to construct an alloca-
a reception sponsored by Piggly tion formula. On November 12th, the elements of a fair and reason-
Wiggly of Apalachicola. able. allocation formula to meet Florida's needs will be covered. The
For further information, phone entire schedule and locations of the meetings will be announced when
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