Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: August 23, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Officer Saunders Was Dismissed

By Rene Topping
It took just nine minutes at a special hearing on August 8 for three of
Carrabelle City's Commissioners to vote to dismiss officer Edward
(Terry) Saunders from his position on the Carrabelle Police Depart-
ment. Commissioner Phillip Rankin was unable to attend because of
illness in his family and Commissioner Edward Saunders recused
himself as the younger Saunders is his son.
Saunders will have 10 days to send in a written appeal from the dis-
The first time Edward (Terry) Saunders knew about the problems he
had was when he received a letter on June 27 from Mayor Wilburn
Messer who also acts as Commissioner of Police, to inform the'officer
that it was the mayor's intent to seek his dismissal from the Carrabelle
Police Department for "negligence, inefficiency, insubordination, and
conduct unbecoming a city employee of the city." It was to be in-
cluded on the July 11th meeting agenda. However, the matter was
not an agenda item.
The stated reasons in the letter were:
1. damage to city property, i.e., damage to a patrol vehicle.
2. failure to take DUI suspect into custody, but instead, allowing
suspect to continue to operate his vehicle, resulting in an automobile
accident and property damage (the flag staff at the Veterans Park).
3. failure to have DUI suspect tested by a certified Breathalyzer op-
erator using the county breathalyzer after a positive field test, but
instead, allowing the suspect to resume operating the vehicle.
4. using a city computer for non-official matter, i.e., communication
with others regarding personal matters.
5. making insubordinate comments to a superior officer, and
6. making libelous remarks to a third party about the police commis-
sioners and a superior officer.
The letter went on to say, "This matter will be heard by the Mayor and
the city commissioners. It will not be an evidentiary hearing and there
will be no cross-examination. You may bring an attorney or other
representatives. You may submit relevant information orally, in writ-
ing, or both. If the city receives no response from you it will proceed
on the best information it can obtain without your response. You will
have the right of appeal within ten days of a final decision.
This matter was not heard until August 1 at the regular meeting.
The attorney from the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
Thomas A. Klein, attended the meeting on August 1 and asked for a
meeting between him and City Attorney Douglas Gaidry. He felt that
there could be negotiation and eventually the commissioners voted to
have a special meeting on August 8 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County
Senior Center.
Klein wascalled to the microphone on August 8 and he began by
asking the commissioners if they had read the responses from
Saunders and also the exhibits to defend his actions.
The three commissioners answered that they had read all of the docu-
ments. The mayor called for a vote and Commissioner Raymond Wil-
liams made the motion, Commissioner Frank Mathes seconded the
motion and the mayor added his vote to dismiss.
Klein asked the commissioners to try to rethink their vote but no one
was ready to do that. He said "We are talking about a young man
here: things were said in anger and frustration, but they were said in
private, they weren't meant to be published. I have provided you with
affidavits, and as much information as we possibly can." He stated
that other people besides Saunders had used the city computer for
personal business and documents on some'of these had been sub-
His last plea to the mayor was, "Other than the charges in the letters,
there are some rumors around town that are not a part of the charges."
He went to "On behalf of Saunders and the City of Carrabelle that we
limit.ourselves to..." He was interrupted by Messer who 'said, 'The
way I feel is although it's public record, each commissioner has ev-
erything. But I don't think it's been published by no'commissioner. or
myself or none of the people in miy office and I mean that. If they do,
'' I'm going to prefer charges against them."
Klein said "Okay." Messer went on, "That's the way I see it. It is my
job to do that I was swore to do, and I won't lie to you, I'm a Christian.
Very Christian. I will not lie to you about nothing. When I was run-
ning, and I got 369 percent of the vote, I told the people that I was
going to carry out the laws of the city, to the best of my ability." Klein
again asked, Then, not withstanding the outcome of the meeting, I
would request that your honor to stop the rumors." The mayor said,
"If I find.out who did it. They'll be stopped."
Since the meeting, the Chronicle has obtained all the documents, evi-
dence and responses offered by Officer Saunders at this hearing.
They read as follows:
"Allegation 1-Damage to City Patrol Cars.
There is no dispute that Officer Saunders was involved in two minor
city. With respect to the first accident, Officer Saunders has already
been-disciplined for this event, having received a written for the same,
(See exhibit 1 which is a written reprimand signed by Mayor Messer,
Chief Fred Jetton and also Officer Saunders. The last paragraph said
'if you correct this action one year from date and no further incidents
occur, the reprimand will be pulled from the file.' This written repri-
mand has been in his personnel file for over a year and pursuant to
city policy it should have been removed. To raise this again as,a dis-
ciplinary issue constitutes Double Jeopardy,' which is prohibited."
"Regarding the second accident, officer Saunders, while backing up
his patrol vehicle in a parking lot had a minor collision with a parked
Struck. This resulted in a 'tailgate scratch' on the rear panel of the
vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the accident and
Officer Saunders was not charged with negligence or found to be found
to be at fault. Saunders was driving with ChiefJetton at the Carrabelle
Medical Center. Additionally, Chief Jetton informed Officer Saunders
that according to Mayor Messer, no disciplinary action would be taken."
"Allegation 2-Michael Champion-Alleged DUI Suspect.
On December 16, 2001, Officer Saunders was working, off duty as a
security officer for the IGA. At approximately 3 a.m. Chief Jetton who
was on duty for the city met with Michael Champion near the store
and told him he should not be driving his truck while intoxicated.
Chief Jetton did not apprehend Mr. Champion or prevent him from
driving. At approximately 5:00 a.m. Officer Saunders noticed Mr.
Champion was sleeping in his truck near the store. At 5:45 a.m. he
did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol but had merely
been asleep. Mr. Champion later stated that the accident occurred
because he had fallen asleep at the wheel. He made an affidavit wit-
nessed by Court Reporter Connie Butler that was in the documents
along with the response."
"Allegation 3-Nola Tolbert-Alleged DUI Suspect.
On the weekend of the St. George Island Chili Cookoff, Officer Saunders
stopped Ms. Tolbert's vehicle because she had exceeded the speed
limit while crossing the Carrabelle bridge. At the time of the stop Ms.
Tolbert did not appear to be drunk. Shortly thereafter, Deputy John
Marich arrived at the scene and administered a field sobriety test. He
concluded that Ms. Tolbert was alcohol impaired. Although Officer
Saunders disagreed with the deputy's determination because it ap-
peared as if Ms. Tolbert did not understand what she was being asked
to do. Nevertheless, he drove her to the Franklin County Jail.

While at the jail, Ms. Tolbert had a lengthy and intelligent conversa-
tion with Sheriff Bruce Varnes. Afterwards, Officer Saunders met with
S Sheriff Varnes and told him that he was considering charging Ms.
Tolbert with careless driving and not with DUI, Sheriff Varnes specifi-
cally told Officer Saunders that he thought that was the, appropriate
thing to do. If the highest ranking law officer in Franklin County
determines that someone is not under the influence of alcohol, the
lowest ranking officer should not be disciplined for agreeing with the
assessment. (This is backed up with a sworn affidavit taken from
Saunders on the 5th of August.)"
"Allegation 4-Personal Use of the Police Computer.
There is no dispute that Officer Saunders has used the Police Depart-
ment for personal matters. However there are no written policies pro-
hibiting the same and he has never been verbally told that this was
against policy. Additionally Lt. Renfroe, the computer administrator,
has installed games on the computer and sent personal e-mails, other
employees sheriffs deputies, family members and friends have rou-
tinely been allowed to use the computer. This allegation is unfair be-

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Volume 11, Number 17 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER August 23 September 5, 2002


This Issue
12 Pages
Officer Saunders. 1, 10
Civic Club ................ 1
Development Plan II
....................... 1, 4, 10
St. Geo Water Man. Co.
................................. 1
Seafood Festival Queen
Competition ....... 1, 11
Franklin Briefs...... 2, 3
Editorial & Commentary
....I............................. 3
Awesome America Part II
................................. 5
St. George Bridge........ 6
John Gorrie .............. 6
Aquaculture ............. 7
Sea Oats Garden Club 7:
FCAN ....................... 8
Carrabelle IGA ......... 9
Seafood Festival Queen
Competition Pictures 11
Bookshop ............ 12

At the St. George
Island Civic Club

Chris Floyd Talks

On Disaster

Services, Islanders:
Hear Proposal For

Island Comp Plan

In a double bill, the St. George
Island Civic Club hosted Red
Cross Director Chris Floyd and
Islander Kent McCoy, a landscape
architect on Thursday evening.
August 15th.
Floyd told the group about the
Capital Area activities observing
commemorations of the Septem-
ber 11th tragedies including the
forwarding of memorial cards to
ground Zero for memorial services
containing 40,000 signatures and
messages from northern Florida
persons and an additional 9000
cards from school children ex-
pressing their grief. He described
in detail one of the major Red
Cross activities in the Battery
Park area, devastated by the col-
lapse of the Trade Center build-
ings, affecting up to 40,000 per-
sons who could not return to their
living quarters. He concluded his
talk with descriptions of the new
Homeland Security Programs and
various exercises disaster teams
in the region have been rehears-
ing such as preparations for a ter-
rorist attack using smallpox.
Kent McCoy presented a brief
slide show as a way of introduc-
ing his topic, that being a "Wake
Up Call" to unbridled growth on
St. George Island, and the unde-
sirable byproducts of such
growth. The audience warmed up
to the examples of visual pollu-
tion, ugly utility and phone poles,
badly designed store fronts and
streets, and obnoxious billboards.
Many of the examples were
framed on St. George Island. "Like
it or not, major growth is headed
our way. With the bridge comple-
tion, an improving economy (a
debatable point), and the last of
Florida's buildable coastline in
developer's sites our little sand-
bar will be a certain, red hot item
for the looming growth machine"
said his handout distributed to
about 80 island residents. He
raised his questions thusly: "Will
this inevitable expansion be of a
quality we will be proud of? Will
we look back 10 years from now
with pride in our maritime village
or will (we) be aghast at what ap-
pears to be a hybrid of a Panama
City Beach style central business
district held hostage by a collec-
tion of anonymous, dreary sub-
urbs punctuated with Fort Lau-
derdale highrises?"
'His slides, which brought a large
,humorous response, demon-
strated the "beginnings of this sad
scenario already evolving... Some
examples: an entry way strewn
with billboards that doubles as a
used car lot, a central business
district without a hint of civic de-
sign or architectural controls,
quality landscaping or imagina-
tive street furniture. Must we live
with a dump on West Pine Street
that is a public disgrace? Do
street signs have to be 'tinny',
leaning and missing on every
other corner?" he asked.
The discussion that followed
among the islanders involved
comments on Mr. McCoy's design
- plan and the idea of incorporat-
Continued on Page 7

Seafood Festival Royalty

The 2002 Miss Florida Seafood
Festival Queen,is Amanda Faye
Thompson (seated in fore-
ground). Her "court" includes
from left) Stacy Danielle Cox,
Katie Jean Marks, Samantha
Jill Elliott and Kara Jade
Watkins. The Pageant was held
at the Apalachicola High School
on Saturday evening, August
17, 2002. The evening program
was emceed by Ed Tiley, with
contributions from Pam Nobles
(choreography), Ted Mosteller
(sound), Mark Friedman (ac-,

Chronicle Writer


Tom Campbell has been in and
out of the Veterans Clinics and
hospitals at Lake City and Gaines-
ville over the past several weeks.
He is suffering from varicose
veins, an extremely painful con-
dition subject to some emergency
evacuations for surgery. In the
last week, he was evacuated again
by ambulance to the Lake City
facility after another bleeding oc-
curred. On Friday, August 16th,
Tom was transferred to the Vet-
erans Hospital in Gainesville for
evaluation of his condition. While
his condition appears to be stable,
he has been ordered to bed rest
with legs elevated most of the day.
His address is: Mr. Tom Campbell,
Bay St. Joseph Care and Reha-
bilitation Center, 220 9th Street,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456, Telephone:



Issue Tried

Before Judge


The St. George Island Water Man-
agement Company and the Flori-
da Department of Transportation
litigated a major issue in their le-
gal controversy last Thursday and
Friday, August 8- 9, 2002.
The issue centered on an inverse
condemnation question, involving
whether the State of Florida en-
gaged in an unlawful "taking" of
the water line belonging to the is-
land water company without com-
pensation. Water Management,
the owner of the island water com-
pany serving about 800 island
customers and commercial inter-
ests, argued that thedestruction
of the old bridge to the island, and
consequently, the water line from
Eastpoint to St. George, was un-
lawful without compensation.
Was this a "taking" by the state?
Evidence and arguments were
presented over the two days with
Attorney Nick Yonclas represent-
ing the water company. Judge
Steinmeyer, who is scheduled to
retire by December 2002, took the
issue "under advisement" and will
render a decision eventually.
If the Judge decides for the Water
Management Company, then the
question of damages would be
Currently, the Water Management
Company has authorization from
the Public Service Commission to
- charge a schedule of interim rates
pending construction of the new
Continued on Page 7

counting) Mr. and Mrs. Wesley ago. Miss Ashley Nicole
Chesnut, Gary Barber, Monica Richards also shared in hosting
Lemieux, Maryann Was-mund, the ceremonies and performed
William Scott, Catherine Scott as well. She was Miss Florida
and Rachel Chesnut. Better Seafood in 2001. Her grandfa-
Taylor-Webb furnished flowers their, King Retyso for 2001,
for the contestants continuing Ralph Richard) also made an ap-
the tradition started by her fa- pearance on stage. More pic-
ther, Buford Golden, 25 years tures of the pageant on Page 11.

Installment Number: 2

Apalachee Regional Development Plan

Authored by the Apalachee Regional Planning

The Apalachee Region, designat-. nditio
in the cut-out Florida map pr Trends and Conditions
sented above, was designated Th current economic develop-
Economic Development Disti ment environment makes the de-
because of prolonged economy velopment of human, physical,
distress, evidenced by high under and financial resources all essen-
ployment and underemploymei tial for economic growth. Nearly
rates, slow economic growth ar 50,000 economic development
high incidences of poverty. Thorganizations nationally compete
is the second article distiller for the 500 major industry relo-
theARPC Economic Plan for stations or start-ups that occur
region. each year. These organizations
The report, released in late Ju: and their host communities, com-
2002, outlines important ec(peting for industry against diffi-
nomic perspective on Frankli cult odds, make the development
County and other counties in th: of an integrated strategy utilizing
region. Five strategic issues we various types of efforts critical.
described in the report: One type of effort, the attraction
1. The lack of economic diversify of large companies, is pursued by
cation in the region, communities for the influx of rev-
enues and large number of jobs
2. The limited resources fothese companies provide. The
economic diversification in th Apalachee Region has available
region. large parcels of inexpensive land,
a mostly low-wage labor pool, and
3. Barriers to Labor Market En other attractive features to poten-
try and Quality Employmenttial employers. However, the abil-
.In n of Ld ad ity of counties of the Apalachee
4. Integration of Land and InfraRegion to compete for large-
structure Planning with Ecoemployer relocations is con-
nomic Development Initiatives strained by several factors. First,
5. Emerging Technology and Tele economic development organiza-
communications Assets. tons usually have few staff mem-
bers and limited budgets. Second,
In the last issue of the Chronicle business support services vary in
August 9th, the first strategic is their availability by county. Fi-
sue, the lack of economic diversi nally, many local governments do
fiction was discussed. The report not have the funds to provide ad-
demonstrated that all goverhmen ditional infrastructure and may
in the Apalachee Region was th, not be able to provide required
largest or second largest employ matching funds needed for avail-
ment sector as well as large em able grant programs. These fac-
ployment in services. All nine tors make the attraction of large
counties have a higher percent companies a component, not a
age of employment in the public( cornerstone, of an effective eco-
sector than the State average. Ir nomic development strategy.
sum, this indicates that the re. bus th
gion has an underdeveloped p Turning to small business, the
percentage of employment pro-
vate sector to provide jobs in the vided by small business in each
Apalachee Region. county is provided in Table
ED-16. All counties in the
STRATEGIC ISSUE 2: Apalachee Region report small
Limited Resources for businesses as a significant per-
Economic Development Continued on Page 4

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The Franklin Chronicle



August 20, 2002

Present: Chairperson
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer; Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis and
Commissioner Cheryl
Alan Pierce made some prelimi-
nary remarks concerning the elec-
tronic equipment installed in the
new courtroom annex building
and the auditorium where the
Franklin County Commission met
for the first time. He explained
that the chairs for the audience
had not yet arrived, and certain
tables were also delayed. A sepa-
rate microphone was provided for
anyone who wanted to address
the Commissioners but they had
to walk down to it to address
them. Each Commissioner had
their own microphone, and the
various dept. heads addressed the
Commissioners through their mi-
crophone off the "stage right." The
Commissioners were seated be-
hind a long desk and on a 6 to 8
inch riser platform at least 20 feet
away from the nearest audience
person. Clearly, the intimacy ob-
tained in the former meeting room
was lost, replaced by distance and
a public address system, making
the proceedings more formal and
distant punctuated by amplified
sound. Many of the Commission-
ers could not be heard very well
most of the time.

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Mr. Pierce, the County Planner,
said that there were still "bugs to
I be worked out of the system," and
his prediction held true about one
hour into the meeting as the fire
alarm went off unexpectedly. The
air conditioning was adjusted
closer to 72 degrees, and perhaps
lower as several persons shivered
through the last part of the meet-
ing. The annex is about 10,000
square feet of office space.

Children's Playground
Fund Raiser
Kim Norgien appeared to ask for
permission to use county property
to stage a portion of a fundraiser
on St. George Island for children's
playground equipment on Sep-
tember 5th. When the discussion
got around to the selling of beer,
Commissioner Creamer objected
to the sale of that beverage. It was
pointed out that the plan dupli-
cated the Chili Cookoffbeer sales,
in a privately-owned segregated
area. The Commissioners ulti-
mately approved the request sub-
ject to review by the County At-
torney and the drafting of a "hold
harmless" liability clause in the
agreement in the event that the
beer beverage sales should involve
any liability on the part of the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
Organization, the organization
willing to accept the liability.

Superintendent of Public

Hubert Chipman had nothing to
report except routine mainte-
nance progress. In response to
Commissioner Creamer's inquiry
of the other Commissioners, Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal raised the
matter of a 14 sales tax on the
November ballot, to be used only
for road repair and possibly am-
bulance costs. He wanted the
County Attorney and others to
review the matter in time for the
November voting. Kendall Wade
pointed out that itwould be at
least one year before such a tax
would take effect if approved by
the voters.
Thus, he cautioned the Commis-
sioners to leave money already
Appropriated in the new budget.
Other questions were raised
about the cities in the county al-
ready involved in participation
agreements with the County as
these might relate to the raising,
of additional taxes. The matter will
be further investigated by the
SCounty Attorney. Mr. Putnal em-
phasized that with the tax apply-
ing to everyone, "...even the tour-
ists would help pay for our
roads..." The Commissioners
unanimously voted to look further
:i into the proposal.

Solid Waste Director

Van Johnson said he would defer'
the recommendation for supervi-
sor pay raises until the Septem-
ber 3rd meeting.

County Extension Director

Bill Mahan reminded Commis-
sioners of the Clam Workshops
the weekend of August 24th and
25th at Alligator Point. He also
presented a model wording on the
proposed clam aquaculture "boater
education" signs to be installed at
Alligator Harbor. The signs were
approved contingent on a review

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zoning and land use change for,

lot 16 of Emerald Point Beach, a
5-acre parcel in Section 24, T8S,.
R6W, located at 525 Hwy 98 near
Eastpoint. The change was from,
Rural Resi to Resi Rezoning from
R-6 Rural Residential to R-1.
Single Family Residential.

Early Childhood Services

A baby bed was presented to the
County by representatives from
Early Childhood Services and
Bay, Franklin and Gulf County
Healthy Start Coalition in memory
to Jo Ellen Whaley. Ginger Con-
rad and Frank Dean made the.
presentation to the Commission-

Final Plat "Blue Water Bay"
The Commissioners approved the
final plat for "Blue Water Bay"
subject to a review by the County
Attorney of various documents.
Jay Adams, Attorney, addressed
the Commissioners on behalf of
his client, Debbie Brett saying
that the dispute over easement
was a factua matter for a court,
not the County Commission. In
- his opinion, the easement in ques-
tion applied to an adjacent prop-
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New Physician
At the end of the meeting, a new
physician for the Emergency
Room at Weems Hospital was in-
troduced to the Commissioners.
Dr. David Pierce is under contract
with DatSee, the leasee of the hos-

Director of Administrative

Alan Pierce presented the list of
projects recommended by Plan-
ning and Zoning, and all were ap-
.proved by the Board except as
indicated below.
The Planning and Zoning Depart-
ment met in regular session on
August 13 and recommends the
A) On Critical Shoreline Applica-
* recommend approval for Alvin
Morris to construct a private
dock on Lot 1, New River Run
Subdivision, which is on the
New River.
* recommend approval for James
Brooks to construct a private
dock on Lot 1, Block 71, Unit 5,
St. George Island.
* recommend approval for Knut
and Barbara Rittweger to extend
a dock and move the boatlift on
Lot 20, Block 1, Carrabelle River
Subdivision, which is on the
Carrabelle River.
* recommend approval for Jason
Naumann to construct a private
dock on Lot 8, Pelican Bay Sub-
division, Alligator Point.
* recommend approval for Susan
Martin to construct a private
dock and boatlift on Lot 13, Bay
Cove Village, St. George Island.
* recommend approval for Lee Roy
Callahan to install four pilings
and a boatlift to an existing dock
at 245 River Road, Carrabelle.
B) There are two commercial site
plan approvals: The commission
recommends approval of a dry
storage boat building for Tim and
Christina Saunders at 275 Tim-
ber Island Road.
The Commission recommends
approval for a Dollar General
Store at 176 U.S. Hwy 98 in East-
C) On a request for a small scale
land use change and rezoning
from C-3 and C-4 to R- 1 for ex-
isting platted lots in Lanark
'Beach, Unit 1, Block E, Lots 1, 2,
3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, the commission
recommends approval. The Board
action would be to schedule a
public hearing.

D) The Commission tabled a re-
quest for more information for a
change from R-2 to C-3 for a RV
Park north of Carrabelle.
E) On a request for a small scale
land use change, rezoning, and
sketch plat approval, from C-l to
R- 1 a for R.T. Spohrer on a par-
cel in Eastpoint that was behind
the old Millender Trailer Park that
has now been bought by the state,
and is further described as in Sec-
tion 21, Township 8 south, Range
6 west, the Commission recom-
mends approval. The Board
scheduled a public hearing.
F) On subdivision plat approvals,
the Commission recommends
approval of:
* final plat for Tarpon Run Sub-
division, a four lot subdivision
in Section 18, Township 8
south, Range 5 west, also de-
scribed asbeing between East-
point and Carrabelle on U.S. 98.
sketch plat for Phoenix Harbor,
a 7 lot subdivision on the Bay
side of St. George Island, in Sec-
tion 29, Township 9 south,
Range 9 west, on property
owned by Helen Sporher.
sketch plat and PUD amend-
ment for Hidden Harbor on Al-
ligator Point, in Section 5, Town-
ship 7 south, Range 1 west.
Board action would be to autho-
rize a public hearing to amend
the PUD to add the additional
lots. The Board scheduled a
public hearing on Sept. 3, at
9:30 a.m.
The Board approved the chairman
signing the EMPA base grant for
approximately $103,000. This is
the state grant that funds the
Emergency Management Office.

Discussion was held by the Board
on the limitations of FRDAP ap-
plications. The County can only
have 3 applications at one time.
The Board currently has one ap-
proved, for the purchase of land
around Carrabelle for a recreation
complex. The County Commission
has directed the planning office
to apply for FRDAP grants for ten-
nis courts at Ned Porter Park in
Apalachicola and Vrooman Park
in Eastpoint, and also to apply for
a construction grant to build the
recreation complex in Carrabelle.
FRDAP rules do not allow for one
grant to cover to different sites,
so the county can not use one
FRDAP to build'tennis courts in
Apalachicola and Eastpoint. My
recommendation is to use county
funds and manpower to build a
tennis court in Eastpoint. A ten-
nis court can be built for approxi-
mately $10,000 to $15,000. At
this time there is only room for
one tennis court on county owned
property. There is additional land
at Vrooman Park but it is con-
trolled by either the Fire Dept. or
the Eastpoint Action Committee.
Board action is to specify which
projects are going to receive
FRDAP applications.
Late Monday afternoon Mr. Pierce
received a fax from Mr. Middle-
brooks where he is offering to
settle for $10,000 less than his
previous offer. He is now offering
to sell both house and vacant lot
for $81,000. FEMA is willing to
pay $68,250.00, so the County
needs to come up with $12,750.00.
"I recommend the Board take the
offer and pay the difference out

Continued on Page 3

The presentation of the baby bed in memory of Jo Ellen
Whaley, with Commissioners and friends.

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From the Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc.

Attorney General Candidate Resurrects Hate
Charlie Crist, who is running for Attorney General, has resurrected
the "Hate Campaign" waged by Florida Sportsman magazine and the
Coastal Conservation Association during the net ban debacle., His
television ad campaign claims he was the leader to ban most net
fishing. The fish belong to ALL the people, not just those with boats
and time to catch their own seafood. The only access the millions of
non-boaters in Florida have to THEIR resource is through the honest
labor of the commercial fishermen. Crist is trying to.capitalize on the
cultural genocide of seafood producers. The Attorney General candi-
dates should be there to serve all the people, not just their friends,
contributors and special interests.

Class Action Lawsuit Against Florida Gains
The Wakulla Fisherman's Association has retained Charles D.
McClure, a retired Circuit Judge, to initiate and litigate a class action
lawsuit against the state of Florida. This litigation is in addition to
formal complaints made to the Office of Civil Rights. The basis of all
these complaints is Florida treating commercial fishermen as
second-class citizens and the fishermen are right not to accept that
from their government. There is a newspaper clipping showing a
poster-sized reproduction of Ron Crum's Florida driver's license dis-
played in law-enforcement offices, with the caption "troublemaker."
WOWI Are we still in America?
The 500 square foot net with a little bigger mesh is what this issue is
all about. The FWC should work with the Florida commercial fisher-
men and solve the problem now. What the fishermen are asking for is
fair and could be easily granted by FWC rule if there wasn't such
mutual hostile animosity. Allowing the fishermen to continue to make
a living while at the same time sustaining the health of the marine
resource should be the goal of FWC instead of mean-spirited law en-
forcement that includes ow flying helicopters and aboatload of armed
agents making sure a mullet is not caught with a net that has a mesh
bigger than two inches. It's no wonder the fishermen resent this se-
lective law enforcement when they see so much backdoor sale of fish i
by recreational anglers that is clearly against state and federal law
and no effort is made to stop it.

Managing Fisheries By Default

"In a real sense, the fisheries management system is in disarray.
Management is increasingly exercised by the courts through litiga-
tion, by Congress through its annual appropriations and reports, and
by constituencies that seek redress through these forums. The re-
gional councils and NMFS, which were assigned this mission by stat-
ute, are being driven to management-by-crisis due to a range of prob-
lems: litigation related workload, court ordered on sanctioned dead-
lines, process deficiencies, policy mandates, regulatory delays, inad-
equate resources, deficiencies in data, analyses and science, and
trained relationships between the system's managerial partners and
their constituencies."
This direct quote is not from a fisherman but found on page xi of the
Executive Summary from a Report to Congress and NMFS by the
National Academy of Public Administration (July 2002). Federal man-
agement of the fisheries is in disarray and selective law enforcement
is rampant as can be seen in the difference in the amount of the fine
for a commercial fishing violation versus the amount of a fine for a
recreational fishing violation. The commercial fishing industry in the
southeast has been removed from the federal management process
in which they were supposed to share on an equitable basis at the
council tables.

Pilot Red Tide




A Pilot Red Tide Management Plan
for Gasparilla and Pine Island,
Sounds has been implemented for
certified shellfish processors of
hard clams from selected aquac-
ulture lease areas. The Division
and hard clam industry represen-
tatives reviewed the New Zealand
and State of Washington pro-
grams to manage shellfish areas
that experience hazardous algal
blooms that contain mari.n
biotoxins. If the pilot program
works, then the Department's
rules regarding shellfish harvest-

ing closures may be amended.
The pilot program consist-s of'
three components that involve
approximately ten certified shell-
fish processors:
* Closure of an entire Shellfish
Harvesting Area for red tide re-
Smains unchanged for the current
Florida Red Tide Contingency
* When a Shellfish Harvesting
Area is closed for red tide, the
Department may allow harvest of
hard clams from selected aquac-
Sulture leases within a specific
* zone under controlled quarantine
conditions at the Shellfish Pro-
cessing Plant Certification License
level. This option would not be
available if any Department-
collected red tide cell counts in the
specific zone exceed 200,000 cells
per liter.

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Franklin Briefs
from Page 2

Humane Society

Sponsors "Labor

Day" Parrot Head

Party And Fund

The 1st Annual Charity Event will
take place at BJ's Pizza on St.
George Island Sunday, September
1st starting at 3:00 p.m. Local
area sponsors include the Geor-
gian Motel in Carrabelle, Gulf
State Community Bank, and BJ's
Pizzeria. Custom T-shirts were
provided by Paul Gilday of Gilmar
Screen Printing in Carrabelle.
The Parrot Head Party, which is
being organized by Raymond
Finn, President of the Humane
Society will feature 4 top enter-
tainment acts from around.
Florida. Entertainment will be
provided by T. Scott Walker and
Cruz Control direct from Jimmy
Buffett's Margaritaville Grill &
Restaurant at Universal Studios,
Orlando, Florida. Also from Or-
landowill be Jon Johnson, one of
Orlando's premier solo artists
playing his unique blend of
Eagles, Pink Floyd, and Phil
Collins. Also performing will be a
great local group RENEGADE
with, Gary Kuhle and his fellow
bandits as well as solo artist
"Grace" with her unique originals
and amazing talent on the key-
All proceeds from the fund raiser
will be donated to the Humane
Society. In addition to the sale of
the specially ,printed FCHS'
T-shirts there will be an auction
for items donated by some of the
area's local businesses.
The Humane Society is looking for
volunteers who might want to
help with the event. For informa-
tion about donations or how you
can help, please contact Ray or
Linda Finn, Owners of the Geor-
gian Motel at 697-3410 in Carr-
abelle. Ray Finn is also the lead
guitar player for T. Scott Walker'
and Cruz Control and will be help-
ing to emcee the event along with'
Mr. Ed Tiley.

* If cell counts in all water
samples fall to 5,000 cells per li-
ter or less in the entire area, the
Department will collect shellfish
meat samples for toxicity testing
and the entire Shellfish Harvest-
ing Area will be reopened if results
of all samples are <20 Mouse
Units per 100 grams.
"Controlled quarantine condi-
tions" consist of specific and strin-
gent shellfish area identification,
harvesting, handling, facility and
testing requirements.
For additional information, con-
tact David Heil at 850-488-4033
or heild@doacs.state.fl.us.

of the interest of the Bald Point
Trust Fund. The amount Mr.
Middlebrooks reduced his offer by
is the amount that I suggested it
might cost him to remove his
house at his expense if it was
The Board approved a change or-
der for courthouse annex. All the
individual items had been ap-
proved but the Board never ap-
proved the total amount. The
change order is for $9,871.74,
which is less than 1% of the
The Board approved directing the
chairman to sign the contract
with Dr. Gomez for the purchase
of his house on Alligator Point for
$97,500, which is the amount of
FEMA funds available.
At the last Board meeting Mr.
Pierce suggested to the Board that
existing personnel in the Build-
ing Department receive additional
compensation. "After reviewing
the situation, I believe the Board
is going to need to create an ad-
ditional building inspector posi-
tion. I believe that without an ad-.
ditional person I am not going to
be able to shift enough duties to
Rachel Ward so that the Comp
Plan can be updated on time. Call
it what you like, there is a need.
for a courthouse annex manager,
and there is an increasing load of
interlocking projects in the
County, of which the various
projects on Alligator Point are an
example. I believe the Board will
be better served if I shift current
planning and zoning responsibili-
ties to Ms. Ward, which means
she will not have time to do many
inspections or plan reviews. I rec-
ommend to the Board that the
building permit fees be increased
to raise the projected revenues of
the Building Department from the
current $200,000 a year to
$250,000 a year. With this addi-
tional revenue I ask that the
Board still allow for salary adjust-
ments for Robin Brinkley and
Rachel Ward, and to hire a build-
ing inspector. The Board would
vote on the salary adjustments at
the budget workshop, but it prob-
ably needs to indicate now that it
is willing to raise building rev-
enues so that the finance direc-
tor has confidence to change the
revenue side of the County bud-
get. Building permit fees have not
been raised in over eight years,
and. overall Franklin County per-
mit fees are much lower than the
surrounding Counties. In every
-year for the past fourteen years
the County Building Department
has substantially provided more
revenue than projected. In some
years the budget estimated a rev-
enue, and the actual revenue was
higher by $75,000. All monies re-
ceived by the Building Depart-
ment are submitted to the Board,
and so additional revenues are
available to the Board." The Board
authorized the Building Depart-
ment to raise fees through a Reso-
lution adopted by the Board,
which is the way the fee schedule
is set by the Board.


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For Adults Only!

Education Encore, a program of Lifelong Learning on the Campus of
Gulf Coast Community College, Gulf/ Franklin Center, has opened
registration for the Fall term. These non-credit classes are for adults
over 50 and offer a wide variety of topics.
The classes will meet on six consecutive Wednesdays, September 18
through October 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $60 for the
term, whether you attend one class or all three.
Participants may choose one class per time period. 8:30-9:30 a.m.:
Computer Basics &.Beyond, Watercolor, Bird Watching, Oil Painting
or Genealogy; 9:45 10:45 a.m.: Computer'(cont'd), Watercolor (cont'd),
Local History, Oil Painting (cont'd) or Refuse To Be A Victim; and 11
a.m.- noon: Internet & E-mail, Basic & Digital Photography, Journal
Writing, Golf or Yoga.
Several instructors are well known in the area. Dr. Wayne Childers'
course on local history will focus on history of Gulf and Franklin
Counties from the end of the Pleistocene period to present; St. Vincent's
Wildlife Biologist, Thom Lewis will help identify local and some mi-
grating birds; and Apalachicola Massage Therapist, Kathy Jansen
will teach the art of Yoga. Published author Dawn Evans Radford will
give instruction on Creative Journal Writing and professional Gene-
alogist, Laura Moody, will hold classes on Genealogy for Beginners.
An informational reception will be held at GCCC Gulf/Franklin Cen-
ter at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, to meet the instructors
and learn more about the classes.
Registration forms may be found at the local banks, libraries, and
Chambers of Commerce in Apalachicola, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach
or register at the Gulf/Franklin Center in Port St. Joe. Office hours
for registration are Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4
Laura Moody

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on a wide variety of health and financial matters of interest to older
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sides articles on personal health concerns, you'll find coverage of
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benefits and patients rights, plus the latest information on financial
issues like reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance, Medicare,
Medicaid, and HMOs. You'll also learn about helpful web sites and
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ing reliable, timely information to help older adults, caregivers and
professionals in the aging and disability field better understand se-
nior health care options. It was founded by a group of forward-looking
individuals including Arthur Flemming, former secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare, Esther Peterson, consumer advisor to four
U.S. Presidents, and James P. Firmnan, now President of the National
Council on the Aging (NCOA). In 2002 USHC became a program of
USHC staff has applied its knowledge of senior issues, gained by serv-
ing a local membership for many years, to publications that have
been acclaimed nationally. USHC publishes books, special reports
and this newsletter. It is also developer and publisher of Eldergames.
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For more information about USHC, contact Charles Mondin, Direc-
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Boyd Staff Office Hours
In Carrabelle And Apalachicola

A member of Congressman Allen Boyd's (D-North Florida) staff will
be visiting Carrabelle and Apalachicola on the 1st Wednesday of ev-
ery month so that the people of Franklin County will have the oppor-
tunity to discuss in person issues which concern them.
Congressman Boyd's staff has been trained to assist constituents
with a variety of issues related to various federal agencies. It is im-
portant to the Congressman that his staff makes themselves avail-
able for those who are not able to travel to either his Panama City or
Tallahassee offices.
Office Hours with Congressman Boyd's Staff
Wednesday, September 4, 2002
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Carrabelle City Hall
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
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centage ol total private employ-
ment. One of the reasons for the
high percentage of small busi-
nesses in the Region, is that they
generally require fewer incentives
and infrastructure for their pro-
motion. Clearly, initiatives to ad-
dress economic development con-
cerns in the Region should incor-
porate measures to promote small
business development.
While they provide a significant
share of employment, small busi-
ness owners may have difficulty
establishing and expanding their
businesses. Entrepreneurial
problems cited by the local eco-
nomic development community
and local small business owners
include the inability of some lo-
cal entrepreneurs to put personal
funds into their businesses.
undercapitalization, lack of
knowledge regarding national and
state economic trends likely to
affect their business, and lack of
business skills such as business
planning. In addition, small busi-
nesses, especially those seeking
capital to begin operations. may
have difficulty getting loans from
banks because of the higher risk
involved in these transactions. An
empirical analysis of the lending
practices of banks in the
Apalachee Region is made difficult
by the fact that banks do not re-
port information on business
lending based on size of business
to the federal or state government.
However, increased access to
capital is seen by many in the eco-
nomic development, business.
and banking communities as an
important factor in encouraging
regional business development,
job creation, and economic
Several local programs exist to
assist entrepreneurs with busi-
ness planning and capitalization.
Two small Business Development
Centers (at Florida Agricultural &
Mechanical University in Talla-
hassee and at Gulf Coast Com-
munity College in Panama City)
serve the Apalachee Region and
help entrepreneurs with business
planning and locating capital.
Furthermore, there are several
public financing programs in-
tended to provide gap financing
when the private sector is unable
to do so. These programs include
the microlending programs of
Community Equity Investments,
Inc. (located in Pensacola and pro-
viding capital to a 16 county area
that includes the Apalachee Re-
gion); First Florida Finance Capi-
tal Corporation (which provides
SBA 504, fixed asset financing);
Rural Economic and Community
Development of the United States
Department of Agriculture (which
provides business loan guaran-
tees); and the City ofTallahassee's
Revolving Loan Fund Program.
In addition, the ARPC operates
two Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs).
The larger fund is funded by EDA
and the smaller fund which is
designated primarily for micro-
lending is funded by, the ARPC.
Both RLFs operate as sources of
capital for businesses in the
Apalachee Region. The ARPC's
RLFs accept more risk in their
lending portfolio than local banks,
meaning entrepreneurs can ac-
cess capital more easily. While
these programs have assisted
business owners in the Region, as
a whole, small business start-ups
appear to lack the training and

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Table ED-16: Small Business Establishments and Employment, 1999*.
Small Business Percentage of Total Small Business Percentage of
Establishments, Private Employment, Establishments, Total
1993 1993 1999 Private
Calhoun 168 70.54 225 96.98
Franklin 200 63.60 300 99.34
Gadsden 477 34.92 571 95.65
Gulf 170 30.51 251 98.43
Jackson 529 42.81 774 97.11
Jefferson 187 75.45 238 97.14
Leon 4,381 49.71 6,095 95.09
Liberty 69 52.44 88 97.78
Wakulla 184 50.20 316 98.44
Small business is defined as firms with 49 employees or less.
Source: County Business Patterns, U.S. Census Bureau, 1998.

Table ED-i 7: Educational Attainment of Persons Aged 25 and Over, 2000.
Graduate or
Less than Some High High School Some Associate Bachelor's Professional
County Total 9th grade School Diploma College Degree Degree Degree
Calhoun 8,884 12.8% 18% 38.6% 18.6% 4.3% 4.7% 3%
Franklin 8,202 8.1% 23.6% 36.4% 16.2% 3.3% 6.3% 6.2%
Gadsden 28,932 11.2% 18.1% 35.9% 17.8% 4% 8% 4.9%
Gulf 9,527 8.6% 18.8% 37.1% 20% 5.2% 6.6% 3.5%
Jackson 31,771 11.2% 19.7% 32.7% 18.6% 5.1% 7.9% 4.9%
Jefferson 8,911 10.4% 16.4% 32.2% 19.6% 4.5% 11% 5.9%
Leon 137,537 3.1% 7.8% 18.9% 20.3% 8.2% 24% 17.7%
Liberty 4,828 9.9% 24.6% 40.4% 14.7% 3% 4% 3.4%
Wakulla 15,211 6.3% 15.3% 34.9% 21.8% _,5.9% 10.1% 5.6%
Source: Census 2000, U.S. Bureau of the Census; 2000.

capital necessary for stability.

Regional Goals and
Policies (#2)
Thus, the goal is to create jobs
and retention, developing a re-
gional database of sources of capi-
tal for small business and ex-
panding the marketing program
for the ARPC Revolving Loan
Fund. The plan also seeks to im-
prove the flow of information to
businesses to inform them of op-
portunities for startup, expansion
or relocation in the region. Local
governments are encouraged to
identify, establish, or designate a
lead economic development orga-
nization. Training for these orga-
nizations is available through the

Barriers to Labor-Market
Entry and Quality
Trends and Conditions
In the Apalachee Region, barriers
to labor-market entry and qual-
ity employment have been noted
previously as they relate to em-
ployers, particularly lack of em-
ployment diversity and low aver-
age income from wages. To bal-
ance this picture, a discussion of
these barriers as they affect eco-
nomic development is required.
Major barriers in the Apalachee
Region include the education lev-
els of the labor force; the special
needs of women, particularly fe-
male heads of household; and the
availability of affordable housing
near job centers. These barriers

may contribute to the high per-
centage of residents in the Region
that live below the poverty level.
The earnings of the labor force
are, to some degree, related to
educational attainment. The edu-
cational attainment of persons
aged 25 and over in the Region is'
listed in Table ED-17. The edu-
cational attainment of the labor
pool determines the type of emr
ployment potential employees
may pursue and the compensa-
tion they are likely to earn. Over
the past 20 years, the opportuni-
ties for a person with a high
school education or less to obtain
a well-paying job have greatly di-
minished, with income disparities
likely to occur between persons
of different educational back-
Another barrier to obtaining qual-
ity employment is the special
needs of women. As seen in Table
ED-6, households headed by
women are more likely to be liv-.
ing below the poverty level, espe-
cially if they include young chil-
dren. The quality and availability
of employment for these women,
likely the sole wage earners in
their households, is key to rais-
ing their families' incomes above
the poverty level.
A final barrier to attaining qual-
ity employment is the lack of
affordable housing located near
job centers. Table ED-3 showed
high percentages of the labor pool
commuting to work in some coun-
ties of the Region, with five of nine
counties having 38 percent or
more of the workforce leaving
their respective counties to find



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employment. These commuting
patterns place personal burdens
on workers .and act to limit em-
ployment if a worker does not
have adequate transportation.
These commuting patterns also
have negative effects on resident
county revenues, as workers gen-
erally spend their incomes near
places of employment for conve-
Initiatives toaddress the barriers
to employment outlined above
would contribute to the economic
health and prospects of the Re-
gion. Greater incomes from em-
ployment result in higher amounts
of disposable income, which in-
creases personal prosperity and
the likelihood that more dollars
will circulate through local econo-
mies. These benefits will be real-
ized by increasing educational
and employment opportunities
available in the Region and mak-
ing them more accessible to the
labor force.

Regional Goals and
Policies (#3)
Thus, the goal under the strate-
gic issue 3 is to develop a
well-trained labor' force by coor-
dinating with the Workforce In-
vestment Act Programs aid other
vocational and educational pro-

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Table ED-18: Components ofMillage Rate, 2001.

County Government
Calhoun 10.0000
Franklin 5.5730
Gadsden 10.6400
Gulf 6.3575
Jackson 8.5050
Jefferson 10.0000
Leon 8.5700
Liberty 10.0000
Wakulla 9.7500
Source: County Profiles; Enterprise Florida, 2002.

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grams in the Region to comple-
ment economic diversification ef-
forts. Vocational programs should
coordinate with business, indus-
try, community development cor-
porations, and economic develop-
ment of vocational curricula, as-
sessing sites and locations of
available programs to see if any
service gaps exist. The ARPC can
act as a clearinghouse for educa-
tional and vocational resources
including programs, grants and
funding information.

Integration of Land and
Infrastructure Planning
with Economic
Development Initiatives
Trends and Conditions
Proper land use and infrastruc-
ture planning, a benefit to any
community, is particularly impor-
tant to the Apalachee Region. To
illustrate, in Liberty County,
which includes the Apalachicola
National Forest, the federal gov-
ernment owns 51 percent of the
land in the county. When the
holdings of state government and
large corporations are factored in,
only 12 percent of Liberty
County's land is available for de-
velopment. This figure does not
account for development suitabil-
ity issues, such as land use des-
ignation and the carrying capac-
ity of the land, which may further
reduce the total land available for
development. Additionally, avail-
able land may not be served by
centralized water and sewer infra-
structure or adequate roads. The
State mandates concurrency, the
provision of adequate services to
an area before development
occurs. Therefore, appropriate
locational decisions regarding
development and infrastructure
placement are an essential com-
ponent of economic development:
Infrastructure and other services,
such as adequate transportation
systems, are crucial to develop-
ment in the Region. New or ex-
panding industries may have a

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need for land that is not currently
being served by infrastructure, or
may demand greater infrastruc-
ture capacity than is present.
These conditions may restrict the
type of development that can be
attracted to, or expanded in, the
Region and influence location of
development within the Region.
These limitations contribute to
development disparities between
the Apalachee Region and other
areas of Florida, resulting in fewer
employment opportunities and
smaller economies for the coun-
ties of the Region.
The high capitalization needed for
infrastructure installation often
exceeds the available fiscal re-
sources of local governments. The
tax base in counties of the
Apalachee Region usually cannot
support the costs of providing new
infrastructure for several reasons:
lack of industry; smaller tax rev-
'enues from land used in silvicul-
ture; and low housing values.
Governments' ability to garner
revenue through property taxes is
limited by a 10 mill statutory cap
on the millage rate. A mill is an
assessment of $1.00 for every
$1,000 of taxable assessed prop-
erty value. As Table ED-18 illus-
trates, many of the Region's gov-
ernments are currently assessing
at or are close to the maximum
rate, limiting their ability to com-
pensate for future revenue short-
ages through an increase in prop-
erty taxes. As revenue from fed-
eral grants declines in a climate
of fiscal austerity, governments
are being forced to cut expenses
and capital improvements, or de-
velop new funding sources.
By directing growth through in-
creased densities and careful
planning of infrastructure devel-
opment, local governments may
be able to overcome the apparent
lack of land and infrastructure for
some types of development, spur-
ring economic development in the
area. In addition, in the Apalachee
Region, the majority of the public
facilities for development, such as
water systems, sewer systems,

The Franklin Chronicle


23 August 2002 Page 5

At Mount Rushmore. Barbara is pictured at
this frame.

By Barbara Revell
As we continued our journey
across America we stayed in awe
of the diversity and the beauty of
this country. It was fascinating
and we never knew what was just
beyond that curve in the road!
We left International Falls on the
18th day of our trip ready for a
new adventure! We just did not
know what the adventure would
be! Our goal was to arrive in North
Dakota by nightfall.
Traveling west through Minnesota
was not very exciting. This is the
first part of the trip that the scen-
ery was the same, mile after mile.
It got a little more interesting af-
ter lunch, however. We had been
incredibly lucky or this weather
until this point. It became quite
dark for early afternoon, the wind
was roaring, and it was getting
cold. We stopped in Hawley, Min-
nesota, to replenish our beverage
supply. The clerk was extremely
nice and recommended C'Mon
Inn, a motel in Fargo, North Da-
kota, where we stayed. We
checked in about 3:30 and it was
so windy it literally blew me down
the sidewalk. The temperature
continued to drop and by early
evening the snow was really com-
ing down.
The next morning, snow was still
on the ground and it was quite
cold. The two doors on the pas-
senger side of the van were fro-
zen shut and no way could we
open either door Ben was eager
to get back on the road again so I
managed to get in through the
driver's side. We decided the back
roads would be too icy so this is
one of the times we did get on an
Interstate. I saw a sign that read;
"Depressed Wheel Tracks." I
thought about it and realized they
were saying that there were ruts
in the road!

the bottom of

After about 50 miles, with no sign
of any serious icing we turned
south on a county road. The road
was straighter than any road I
have seen and went on for miles
and miles. Ben noted that quality
of the roads changed from good
to poor to medium from county
to county. (Ben is a retired civil
engineer from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and made
numerous observations about the
roads on our trip.)
We went through a beautiful small
village in a valley with rolling hills
and covered in snow. I saw an ad
for living snow fences ... trees!
We went through Verdon, South
Dakota ... population: 7, as in
seven! There was actually a sign.
proclaiming the population. I
thought, "Well, it will never be on
the map!" Much to my surprise,
it was. We wanted to see the small
"towns" and this had to be the
In the previous installment I said
that we had various reasons for
why we decided to stay in which
town. In South Dakota we stayed
in Mitchell because that is the
home of Mike Miller, former Uni-
versity of Florida basketball star.
It is also the hometown of George
McGovern, a former senator.
When we checked in to the motel
Ben strode up to the counter and
loudly proclaimed, "We have come
to stay in the hometown of George
McGovern and Mike Miller. All the
employees laughed except the
poor, little, young clerk who prob-
ably never heard of either! George
McGovern, ofcourse, was a sena-
tor from South Dakota and a
former presidential candidate.
Mike Nliller was a lamous basket-
.ball star. atthe University of
Florida who now plays for the
Orlando Magic.

Awesome America

Ben in the Long Branch Saloon, Kansas City.

Ben does not really like "tourist
attractions", but in Dodge City
even he could not resist being a
tourist! We visited the fascinating
Boot Hill Museum. We decided we
would have a beer in The Long
Branch Saloon! The saloon be-
came famous when it was fea-
tured in the Gunsmoke series.
They still have the piano that Miss
Kitty played.
In the Boot Hill Museum we also
saw The City Drug Store, an old
bank and an old print shop Ben
was fascinated by a wonderfull
display of antique guns. Outside,

Elect James T. "Tim" Turner

Commissioner, District #4 Franklin County Commission

An open letter to the voters:
Franklin County is where I have lived for
most of my life. This is a very special and
unique place that I frequently call Paradise.
Karen and I plan to retire and live the rest
of our lives in this county. I am very con-
cerned that poorly planned development,
infrastructure problems, and high taxes will
be the result which will force working class
people to leave our county by the time we
reach retirement age. Development in our
area is necessary; however it needs to be
properly managed.

Our way of life is being threatened and we
don't have four more years to wait and see
what will be the outcome. I have taken a
hard look at the problems we face in our
county over the last few years.

* Our hospital needs help. We have some great
medical professionals in our county that need a
good facility to work in. Our county is attracting
retired people who will increase the demand for
health care.

* We need a grant writing team that will work for
the best interest of the county. We lose millions
of dollars each year because we don't have a
grant writing staff working for us.

* We need to make public meetings public. Lets
hold public meetings at a time and place in which
the working public can actually attend.
* We need a serious plan for water, sewer, pub-
lic parks, recreation and education. We need to
address the needs of our greatest resource, the
For almost three years I have been the Emergency Man-
agement Director for Franklin County where I write and
review emergency plans, as well as respond to emergency
calls. My wife and I attend the Assembly of God Church
in Apalachicola. We have been active in church work for
more than 25 years. Karen and I have founded and cur-
rently direct the Helping Hands Food Program. Last year
Helping Hands distributed almost 1.2 million pounds of
food for the elderly, needy and commercial fishermen dur-
ing the red tide event of 2001.

Meet the Candidate
Community Rally
Saturday, August 24th
Battery Park, Apalachicola
3 8 p.m.

I need your vote for
County Commissioner, District 4

* We need clean industry in our county that will
provide good jobs with benefits for the people
of our county.
* We need to create equity on all county jobs.
Our people deserve the same rate of pay the
workers in neighboring counties receive.

* We need accountability for public officials if
they violate the public trust. They were elected
to work for us.

* These objectives will never happen without
an effort on the part of your elected officials. If
you want meaningful change in your county only
you can make that happen. Vote for and elect
James T. "Tim" Turner, HE WILL WORK FOR

* Graduated from the first senior class of Apalachicola
Hi&h School in 1974.
* Completed Emergency Medical Technician Training at
Gulf Coast Community College in the early 80's.
* Completed Computer Programming course at Gulf
Coast Community College in the. mid 80's.
* Graduated from Southwest Florida Criminal Justice
Academy in 1989.
* Graduated from Sarasota Fire Academy in 1991.
* Graduated from Florida State Fire College in 1995.
* Since 1989 completed numerous Emergency Manage-
ment and Law Enforcement Courses.
* Currently enrolled at Kaplan College completing a
Bachelors of Science degree in 16w studies.
* Environmental Health Specialist for the State of Florida,
this knowledge will allow me to be able to help protect
the natural resources in our area.


the frequent change in time zones.
We thought we were checking in
about 3:00 p.m. I was quite sur-
prised that the motel clock read
2:00 p.m. Another change of time
... Mountain time ... we had just
gotten accustomed to the Central
Time Zone! It really did not mat-
ter unless we did not-want to miss
the "free" breakfast bar.
The next morning the dining room
was filled with firemen. We
thought maybe they were there for
a meeting; or, training, We soon
learned that thc-\Lwere,on the way
to fight a wildfire in Bailey; Colo-
rado. .

While we were in Mitchell we vis-
ited the famous Corn Palace. The
Corn Palace was built in 1905 for
the "Corn Belt Exposition". Each
year it is redecorated with thou-
sands of bushels of corn, grain
and grasses. Very interesting!
From Mitchell we ventured on to
Nebraska where we stayed in
Grand Island. Why Grand Island?
When Ben graduated from the
University of Florida he was of-
fered a job in Grand Island and
he wanted to see what he missed!
Not much!
On the spur of the moment we
decided we wanted to see more of
Kansas than we had before. We
decided that Dodge City would be
a good destination for the day. On
our way we traveled the Rainforth
Road through Blue Hill and Red
Town. I love some of these names!
In Smith Center, Kansas, I saw a
sign that I particularly liked: "Eat
out more often. The wife you save
may be your own"!
In Russell, Kansas, we actually
heard the noon whistle blow. First
we thought it was a train and
looked everywhere for the train.
No train! We finally realized that
it was the noon whistle ... haven't
heard one in years. In Laurel,
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of Boot Hill was a 1903 Santa Fe
Locomotive which is a "must see"
for railroad buffs.
In Kansas we saw much more
cattle than we expected. I guess
we thought it would be all wheat!
On our way to Colorado the next
day we went through Garden City,
Kansas. When we came over a hill
outside the. town, one could see
the entire town! All of it! This was
the first time for me to see some-
thing like that. Garden City has a
population over 25,000 people so
it is not exactly a small town.
Colorado is another state I have
always wanted to see. In Granada,
Colorado, we saw fields and fields
of migrant workers who appeared
to be planting seeds by hand. In
Lamar we saw a store named
"Loaf 'N Jug" and a bar named
Booze Palace! Leaving Lamar we
went down the "wrong" road, how-
ever there are no "wrong roads"
on this trip. Every road is an ad-
venture! On this "wrong road" we
saw ostriches and a miniatui-e
horse farm.
Ben wanted to rest before he tack-
led driving in Denver so we stayed
in Pueblo, Colorado. We got "lost"
trying to find the motel we se-
lected, but actually it gave us a
chance to see more of the town.
One of the challenges, as we zig-
zagged through the country, was

Florida farmers should adopt cer-
tain commonsense business prac-
tices as the globalization of trade
creates cost reduction pressure
on producers of goods, products
and live species around the world.
The Food and Drug Administra-
tion has increased the sampling
of imported shrimp and crawfish
for the presence of chlorampheni-
col. FDA took this action because
low levels of chloramphenicol
have been detected by some states
(including Florida) and other
countries in imported shrimp and

Continued on Page 10

There seemed no practical offbeat
road to go north through Colorado
Springs and Denver, so we got on
1-25. Well, I can now say I have
been to Denver, but what I saw
was from the interstate at 70
m.p.h.! Ben was not going to dally
in any big town. My one consola-
tion is I did get to see Mile High
Stadium where the Denver Bron-
cos play. Ben decided that al-
though Colorado is not all that
populous they all live and drive
on 1-75 through the Pueblo/Den-
ver/Ft. Collins corridor. He
doesn't think anyone works or is
home watching television. They
are out running up and down the
He said all he got to see was the
car in front and the cars on the
right and left.
Now, we are on to Wyoming, one
of the states that, to me, always
had a romantic mystique about
it. When we arrived in Cheyenne,
the winds were dangerously high.
I asked a couple of truckers what
they thought about the wind and
they said, "Well, its not going to
get any better"! They did think we
would be safe in our van so we
ventured on. We went through
some wide-open ranges ... inter-
esting to drive through but not to
live! There was a noticeable lack
of trees in this part of Wyoming.
At this point it began to "sink in"
truly how far away from home we
We spent the night in Torrington,.
Wyoming, which is a town we
liked. Ben observed, "All the good
ol' days are not gone if you go to
the right place!" Torrington was
like a step back in time.
From Torrington we return to
South Dakota on our way to
Mount Rushmore. We spotted a
bison! It's exciting to see our first
bison. We just did not know how
many more we were going to see!
We went through Custer, South
Dakota, which is another town we
particularly enjoyed. Custer is an
old fashioned western town with
many businesses still on the main
street. Custer has not changed
their wonderful town with mod-
ern architecture.
The scenery along the mountain
road leading to Mount Rushmore
is stunning. The rock outcrops
and trees are gorgeous! It is a
winding road and around a curve
suddenly one can see Mount
Mount Rushmore ... what can I
say? It was overwhelming and
breathtaking. One can see a thou-
sand pictures and never capture
what it is to see in person. Awe-

From "Florida
Aquaculture" (August

HAB Seminars

Bring Info To

Seminars were recently held in
Cocoa and Port Charlotte to bring
information to clam producers on
harmful algae blooms (HABs) and
their impacts. HABs pose a very
real problem for producers on
both Florida's east and west
coasts. Macroalgae (drift algae)
can cover crops and result in oxy-
gen poor environments. Red tide
algae exist throughout the state,
but are a chronic problem for pro-
ducers on Florida's southwest
coast. Long-term closures have
been devastating to the industry.
Speakers for the seminars were
invited to give the practical results
of their 'experience studying
harmful algae blooms. These
seminars were funded through a
grant from the USDA Risk Man-
agement Agency enabling us to
bring in speakers from other
states. The goal of the program
was to bring additional informa-
tion to clam producers to better
enable them to deal with HABs
and their impacts.
Producers with questions about
red tide closures and manage-
ment of shellfish harvesting ar-
eas should contact John McDowell
at 850-488-4033 or mcdowej
@doacs.state.fl.us. For informa-
tion about the workshops or con-
tact information for any of the
speakers, contact Karen Metcalf
at the same phone number or
Regularly-updated red tide infor-
mation may be found on www.
FloridaAquaculture.com and
clicking on "Red Tide Informa-
tion". Technical bulletins and
links to FMRI are also available
on this site.


Breakfast And

Bake Sale

August 31st
The Methodist Men of St. George
Island United Methodist Church
will sponsor a Family Pancake
Breakfast on the Saturday of La-
bor Day Weekend, August 31st,
from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For
a donation of just $5.00, you will
be served a plate of steaming hot
pancakes and sausage, complete'
with juice and coffee, at the
Church Fellowship Hall located at
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on St.
George Island. To add to your gas-
tronomic pleasure, the United
Methodist Women will sponsor
their traditional mouthwatering
Bake Sale throughout the morn-
ing, providing many delicious
pastries for purchase or to top off
your breakfast. Visitors and resi-
dents alike are cordially invited to
Funds raised from this event will
help support the Church's build-
ing fund. For more information
please call 927-2088.

Real Estate News

Prudential Real Estate Affiliates
recently recognized Jeff Gallo-
way, Realtor, Prudential Resort
Realty St. George Island office as
2nd place winner of Residential
Gross Commission Income, and
as 2nd place winner of Closed
Residential Units in the State of
Florida for the second quarter of
2002. Jeff was competing with
2,667 Prudential agents in Florida
Rose Drye, President/Broker,
Prudential Resort Realty, recently
announced that the St. George
Island office was awarded a cer-
tificate of achievement by Pruden-
tial Real Estate Affiliates in rec-
ognition of placing first in the cat-
egory of Residential Gross Com-
missions, 2nd quarter, for the
entire Southern Region. The of-
fice was competing with 150 other
Prudential Real Estate Affiliate
offices in the same size category
throughout the 12 state region.

From "Florida
Aquaculture" (August

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than 21,500 feet across
Apalachicola Bay.
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John Gorrie

In view of the long, hot days of
summer, 2002, the citizens of
Franklin County can be more
thankful than ever to John Gorrie,
M.D. He was "an early pioneer in
the invention of the artificial
manufacture of ice, refrigeration
and air conditioning," according
to research reported by George L.
Chapel of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, Inc. Chapel
reported, that Gorrie lived 1803-
1855, and was granted the first
U.S. Patent for mechanical refrig-
eration in 1851.
Chapel continued, "Reportedly
born October 3, 1803, in Charles-
ton, South Carolina, of Scots-Irish
descent, he was raised in Colum-
bia, S.C. He attended the College
of Physicians and Surgeons of the
Western District of New York, in
Fairfield, New York, from 1825 to
-A copy of George Chapel's pam-
phlet, "Dr. John Gorrie, Refrigera-
tion Pioneer," is available at the
John Gorrie State Museum at 46
Sixth Street in Apalachicola, FL
32329-0267. Phone is 850-653-
The 200th Anniversary of John
Gorrie's arrival in this country is
approaching. It is also the 170th
Anniversary of his settling in
Apalachicola as a young doctor
(that year was 1833). Those who
appreciate air conditioning will
certainly be happy to celebrate the
accomplishments of this pioneer.
Since his records and papers were
burned in a fire in the 1860's,
there are only a few facts known
about him, reported in several
sources, some of which disagree.
Among the sources are "The Fe-
ver Man, A Biography of Dr. John
Gorrie" by V, M. Sherlock, copy-
right 1982 byV.M. Sherlock, Pub-
lished by Medallion Press, Post
Office Box 12432, Tallahassee, FL
32308. Another is "Appendix to
The Congressional Record, Re-
marks of Hon. Claude Pepper of
Florida, Senate of the United
States, Tuesday, May 14, 1940."
Another is "The -Ice Man" by
Winifred Kimball, a typewritten
manuscript, Apalachicola, Florida.
Copies deposited in Library of
Congress, Gorrie Museum and
University of Florida Research Li-
brary, Gainesville, FL.

-Some researchers believe that the
most reliable reporting can be
found in "'John Gorrie: Physician,
Scientist, Inventor" by H. Marshall
Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.S., Jackson-
ville, FL: Reprint from The South-
ern Medical Journal. Journal of
the Southern Medical Associa-
tion, Birmingham, AL, Volume 28,
Number 12, December 1935,
Pages 1075 1082.
There are other research sources.
A complete bibliography available
upon request.
These and other sources were
used in the writing of the new play
"The Ice Man"'. An effort was
made to tell Gorrie's story as re-
alistically and logically as pos-
sible, trying to show the person-
ality of the man. Dr. Alvan
Wentworth Chapman was John
Gorrie's friend and said that
Gorrie was "a brilliant man who,
for some reason, rarely laughed."
Perhaps he was acutely aware of
the frailties of all men and women,
and found little to laugh about in
this world. He certainly had
trouble trying to get the money
needed for the manufacture of his
ice machine. That was a gargan-
tuan undertaking.
Nevertheless, John Gorrie in-
vented a method of manufactur-
ing ice. He was a pioneer in air

conditioning and mechanical re-
frigeration. He devoted his life to
the service of his neighbors. These
were the gifts of an obscure coun-
try practitioner-gifts to a world
not always appreciative, at first,
but in the end, immensely ben-
efited. We today have also ben-
efited during this long, hot sum-
mer in Apalachicola-blessed by
the manufacture of ice and air
As the 200th Anniversary of his
coming to America approaches.
we can joyfully celebrate and say,
"Thank you, John Gorrie, for your
service to your community and
the world in bringing cool air. We
surely need it."

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emphasized several goals and I would like to inform you on the progress toward those goals.
Goal 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.
Goal 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
Goal 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 in 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 in the future. I want to
continue working toward making Franklin schools better for our children. Please help with your
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Exceed $99 Million In 2001
Florida producers of aquaculture products reported sales in 2001 of
$99.5 million dollars in a survey conducted by the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is 16 percent higher
than the $86 million reported in 1999 and is the second highest sales
year since the survey was first conducted in 1988, when sales for
1987 were $35 million. Sales of aquaculture products reached a high
of $102 million in 1997. The increase in sales in 2001 from the previ-
ous survey reflects significant increases in sales of aquatic plants.
other fish (mainly hybrid striped bass), and shrimp; moderate in-
creases were reported in sales of catfish, tilapia, and live rock.
Sales figures in this report represent farm gate sales of aquatics pro-
duced by Florida growers and exclude harvest from open waters or
the wild. Sales also exclude the value of imports and purchases from
other Florida producers for immediate resale.
There were 684 active operations in 2001 (531 of which reported sales).
using 7,014 acres of land and water surface. Of the 153 producers
without sales in 2001, 68 had just begun operating and/or expect to

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AQUACULTURE Value of Sales Florida, 2001
Producers % of
Total With Net Sales Total
STotal Sales
Tropical Fish 170 160 $42,424,000 42.6
Aquatic Plants 39 38. $21,320,000 21.4
Clams" 336 231 $18,263,500 18.4
Shrimp 13 8 $7,404,000 7.5
Alligators 21 14 $3,253,000 3.3
Other Fish2/ 28 18 $3,197,000 3.2
Catfish 48 36 $1,300,000 1.3
Tilapia 35 24 $979,000 1.0
Other Aquatics 3 23 19 $799,000 0.8,
Live Rock 7 7 $577,000 0.6
v Includes clam seed
2/ Hybrid Striped Bass, Koi, Largemouth Bass, Bream, and Carp
3 Crawfish, Eels, Snails, Turtles, Crabs, Frogs, and Oysters
The leading segment of the aquaculture industry in Florida (in sales
volume) continues to be tropical fish, which accounted for almost 43
percent of total sales. Aquatic plants now rank second, accounting
for 21 percent of total aquaculture sales, exceeding sales of clams,
which accounted for 18 percent of total sales.
Of the 684 operations, 319 (47 percent) used less than three acres of
land and/or water. Over one half of these are clam producing opera-
tions, which operate on small amounts of leased acreage. Another
150 (22 percent) used three to five acres. There were only 25 opera-
tions using over 50 acres of land and/or water.

AQUACULTURE Size of Operation
Florida, 2001
Acres in Number of Percent
Operation Operations of Total
less than 3 319 46
3 to 5 150 22
6 to 19 130 19
20 to 49 60 9
50 to 99 19 3
100 or more 6 1
Total 684 100

The Florida aquaculture industry is characterized by many small
businesses, in which the owner/operator and family members or part-
ners provide much of the labor. Labor data was reported by 651 op-
erations. Clam farmers reported working an average of 26.7 hours
per week; tropical fish operators worked an average of 47:7 hours.

AQUACULTURE Labor -Florida, 2001
Farms Workers
Unpaid 305 476
Paid full time 156 1,036
Paid part time 222 520

Overall, operators worked an average of 30.3 hours-per week. A total
of 476 persons worked without pay on 305 of the operations. There
were 383 operations (or 55%) reporting no paid workers during 2001.
The 301 operations with paid workers employed 1,036 full-time and
520 part-time workers.

2002 Annual
Reunion Notice
The annual Noma Community
Reunion will be held in the Noma
Town Hall building on Saturday,
August 31, 2002. The town hall
will open at 10:00 a.m. and lunch
will be served at 12:00 noon.
All past and present residents and
their friends are cordially invited
to attend. People planning to at-
tend are asked to bring a well-
filled basket of their favorite
dishes. Also, please bring tea, if
that is the beverage you prefer.
Soft drinks, ice, cups, plates, and
eating utensils will be furnished.
This gathering, held on the Sat-
urday before Labor Day, strength-
ens the bonds of friendship and
lets us relive memories of the past,.
renew our ties with the land that
once nourished us and walk
among the graves of our dear de-
parted kinsmen.
Anyone desiring additional infor-
mation may contact Nora Edgar-
ton at (850) 263-3200.

Road Closure In
Avenue "I" in Apalachicola will be
temporarily closed Wednesday,
August 14, at the intersections of
4th and 5th Street for approxi-
mately 3 weeks. During the clo-
sure, the St. George Island bridge
team will install a stormwater fil-
tration unit designed to enhance
water quality by removing float-
ing debris that previously drained
into the Apalachicola River.


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Sea Oats Garden Club Members
are working diligently to help
beautify Carrabelle. They recently
installed a small lighthouse in the
Welcome Park in an effort to make
the eastern entrance into Carra-
belle more attractive.
Dick Whatley, retired civil engi-
neer, donated his time and ser-
vices to build the attractive light-
house. Many community mem-
bers contributed to the installa-
tion of the lighthouse. Mayor
Messer provided city employees to
assist as well. The mayor was
present for the installation, as
were many garden club members.
Elizabeth Dedrick, president of
the garden club said that the
group will continue to work on the
park. They plan for a Welcome to
Carrabelle sign and planting sea
oats. Dedrick also stated that the
garden club is most appreciative
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Local students will return to
school soon, and some may not
have the school supplies they
need unless you are willing to
Every year Gulf State Community
Bank collects school supplies for
area children.
Supplies can range from note-
books and pens for older students
to construction paper and paste
for the younger kids.' '
Once the supplies have been col-
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the schools, where they will then
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Donations of school supplies can
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Inverse Condemnation
from Page 1

bridge and placement of a water
line on the new bridge. It is specu-
lative at this point, but if the
Judge should rule that an unlaw-
ful "taking" occurred, and he as-
sesses damages and the state
would not appeal, the outcome
might affect the future rate struc-
ture for island water customers.

Civic Club
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ing the island into its own city.
McCoy advanced his or the idea
of creating a web site for the is-
land to be owned by the Civic Club
that would contain the island's
own "Comprehensive Plan", to be
more widely available for com-
ment and criticism. An ad hoc
committee is to be determined by
the executive board of the club
with volunteers asked to submit
their application. Others sug-
gested that the Franklin County
Commission become involved in
this process since the county-
wide Comprehensive Plan was
currently undergoing revision,
stimulated by the DRI hearings for
the St. Joe company's Summer
Camp project.
The discussion following McCoy's
presentation reached into wide-
ranging'but related topics includ-
ing comments that the island's
diverse population has never de-
veloped a uniform and consistent
plan of political agendas nor has
there been enough population to
meet the minimum criteria for
establishing a city of St. George.
Others were not sanguine about
imposing another layer of govern-
ment between them and the
county, a condition that contrib-
uted to the discontinuance of a
similar plan in Eastpoint years
ago. The suggestion and ap-
proaching need of sewering the
island, at a cost of about $40-50
million brought scant attention
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Saunders from Page 1
cause it constitutes disparate treatment of Officer Saunders in that
he has never been given notice that this was prohibited conduct and
other personnel have not been disciplined for the same conduct."
"Allegation 5-Making Libelous Remarks to Third Parties.
Related to allegation 4, there was no dispute that Officer Saunders
used the Police Department computer to type an unpublished letter
to the supervisor, Lt. Renfroe. In the unpublished letter. Officer
Saunders 'vented' his personal frustrations with having Lt. Renfroe'
as his supervisor. However this letter was never finalized, published
sent to anyone, or intended for reading. Rather, it was deleted from
the computer shortly, after it was written."
Earlier it had been rumored that Lt. Renfroe, the computer supervi-
sor, had installed a Microsoft 'Spy Program' (also known as 'Key Log-
ger') on the Police Department computer so that he could monitor the
activities of his subordinates. It is also possible that the program has
been secretly installed on the city's data base as well. The "Key Log-
ger" Program has the capability of deciphering personal "passwords."
eavesdropping and recreating all computer activity connected with
the network. It is possible for a program used to access pornographic
sites and anonymously send derogatory e-mails under another user
"Aside from the material breach of Officer Saunders' right to privacy.
the deleted letter was in fact recreated using the 'Key Logger' Pro-
gram. in short, Lt. Renfroe would have had to override Officer
Saunders' password and recreate a deleted word processor file to ob-
tain this letter. Insubordination in legally defined as the intentional
disregard a lawful order. Officer Saunders' personal comments and
feelings, although offensive were never spoken or delivered to Lt.
Renfroe. Officer Saunders never disobeyed Lt. Renfroe's lawful order.
hence officer Saunders was never insubordinate."
"Allegation 6-Making Libelous Remarks to Third Parties.
Related to allegations 4 and 5, there is no dispute that Officer Saunders
used the Police Department to access a computer "chat room" (also
known as 'Lay it Low') which he operates out of his home. Again. Lt.
Renfroe recreated various, "chat room excerpts" from using the "Key
Logger" program. There is likewise, no dispute that Officer Saunders,
in private, vented his personal about his superiors about his supervi-
sor and the mayor. However, at no time did he ever reveal the name of
the town he lived in, the identity of his employer, his own identity, Lt.
Renfroe's last name or the name of the mayor. Rather he was anony-
mously known as "Naughty-T" he made vague comments about indi-
viduals who could not have been known to international internet users.
Libel is legally defined as the publication of defamatory statements.
which injures the reputation of another, Officer Saunders' personal
comments and feelings, although offensive, were sufficiently vague
that they did not injure the reputations of Lt. Renfroe or the mayor.
This is because their identities were never made known to third par-
ties. Common sense would dictate that if every employee were fired
for making derogatory remarks about their employer there would be
no employees. As such, Officer Saunders should not be disciplined
for his vague private opinions."
"There was one more allegation that was sent days before the first
meeting on dismissing was held.
This was number 7: and was Vulgar Language and Inappropriate
Related to allegations 4, 5, and 6, there is no dispute that Officer
Saunders used profanity and vulgar language and made inappropri-
ate remarks, under the assumed chat room identity of Naughty-T.
However those comments were private, personal, and never were made
in his official capacity, as a police officer.
Again, the chat room excerpts were the work product of Lt. Renfroe's
computer 'Spy Program' and were not intended for publication.
In considering whether Officer Saunders conduct merits discipline,
two obvious questions need to be asked: "Was Officer Saunders en-
titled than expectation of privacy when he made these comments?
Second, "Have other employees used vulgar language and made in-
appropriate remarks about their supervisors or elected officials?"
Again, the common sense answer is 'Yes.' Although the language and
remarks were admittedly vulgar and offensive, they were made as

personal and private opinions of a citizen. As such, this conduct is no
more subject to the profanity or off-color jokes uttered by any other
city employee."
"In summary, Officer Saunders has provided this response in an el-
fort to officially respond to the pending allegations. No regrets having
made various comments out of youthful frustrations and any hurt or
embarrassment they may have caused you."
Saunders Attorney Thomas Klein said that Saunders has 10 days to
use his legal right to appeal the decision and he will appeal.

Development Plan from Page 4

solid waste facilities, and road-
ways, are located within or adja-
cent to incorporated areas with
discernible downtown. These
areas serve or have served as cen-
ters of commerce and community
activity. The reuse of existing fa-
cilities may also concentrate de-
velopment where infrastructure
already exists, and have the ad-
ditional benefit of preserving his-
toric buildings and downtown ar-
eas. These planning efforts should
be complemented by the develop-
ment of additional funding sources
for local governments to enable
them to provide necessary
infrastructure in a well-planned
Regional Goals and
Policies (#4)
Thus, the regional goal is to inte-
grate land use planning and eco-
nomic development programs to
assure that development is di-
tected to those areas which have
in place, or agreements to provide
the land and water resources, fis-
cal abilities, and the service ca-
acity to accommodate growth,
irecting new development to ar-
eas that have underutilized infra-
structure and service capacity.
Local governments should con-
sider the adoption of impact fee
ordinances for developments cre-
ating a need for new public facili-
ties, according to the ARPC. The
report also recommends a greater
degree of planning for public fa-
cilities throughout the Region.
Local governments are also en-
couraged to incorporate economic
development activities into their.
local comprehensive plans. Closer
"tracking" of downtown develop-
ment and redevelopment plans
including ARPC assistance to en-
courage adaptive reuse of histori-
cal structures in downtown areas
especially for applications to the
Main Street Program of the
Florida Department of State. This
policy has particular relevance to
Apalachicola in Franklin County.

Frank lin hoi

Development Emerging
Technology and
Trends and Conditions
Many economic development and
business professionals have
stressed the importance of tele-
communications in the "New
Economy", characterized by a
national shift of workers away
from manufacturing and into ser-
vices, a sector that is growing at
an unprecedented speed through
the use of computer power. En-
hanced telecommunications can
bring a brighter economic future
to rural communities, but also
"spell disaster for those commu-
nities who are not prepared." With
lower population densities, fewer
businesses demanding technol-
ogy services, and less funding for
infrastructure improvements, ru-
ral areas are often in danger of
being overlooked by private pro-
viders of technology services.
In the Apalachee Region, Leon
County has a telecommunications
infrastructure that is far above
the norm, spurred by the pres-
ence of both the State Capital and
major universities. As the seat of
state government, Tallahassee is
the site of more than half of
Florida's computer power. Also,
the presence of Florida State
University's Supercomputer Com-
putations Research Institute led
to the creation of Tallahassee
Freenet, a community-based elec-
tronic network offering Internet
and World Wide Web access. Tal-
lahassee has more than 450 Lo-
cal Area Networks (LAN) and a
Metropolitan Area Network (MAN),
which is a fiber-optic cable encir-
cling downtown. This infrastruc-
tuire allows businesses to network
dispersed computing sites and
use videoconferencing and other
The availability of telecommuni-
cations infrastructure has /'sig-
nificantly influenced location de-
cisions for industries such as
telemarketing, financial services,
mail-order retailing, and ... pro-
cessing operations," as companies
relocate or grow where infrastruc-
'ture and skilled workers are avail-

able. Tallahassee is recognized as
being in a competitive position for
this development. The remainder
of the Apalachee Region is served
by local telephone companies, but
their distance from the service
centers of major long-distance
companies in Tallahassee can re-
sult in higher charges for services.
Lacking a strict definition, high-
technology industries are usually
classified as those that devote a
high percentage of resources to
research and development and
those that heavily utilize scien-
tific, engineering, or technical
employment or processes. The
national shift to a "New Economy"
has brought growth in these in-
dustries, primarily in information
services and management.
Looking at a broader perspective,
the Region's technology and tele-
communications infrastructure,
combined with its educational fa-
, cilities, present the Region as a
likely candidate for growth in
high-technology industries. The
presence of Florida State Univer-
sity and Florida Agricultural &
Mechanical University position
the Apalachee Region for the de-
velopment of high-technology in-
dustries clustered around their
facilities, including the National
High Magnetic Field Laboratory,
the Supercomputer/Computa-
tions Research Institute at Florida
State, and numerous technology-
based programs enjoying a na-
tional reputation. The idea of
"clustering" holds that an area
with universities or firms in a par-
ticular industry can achieve a
critical mass in the industry, as
more firms in the industry are
attracted to the area by the spe-
cialized expertise, suppliers, and
the available labor pool with
needed skills. This type of critical
mass would hold benefits for all
counties in the Region, as new
employers and firms are attracted
to and expanded in the Region.
Also, greater private-sector invest-
ment in technology infrastructure
in the Region would occur, as
companies demand more and bet-
ter services and other companies
invest in infrastructure to supply
* this demand. Finally, the Region's
workers would 'have more skills
to offer employers, increasing
employability and wages.
Regional Goals and
Policies (#5)
Thus, the regional goal is to en-
hance telecommunications ca-
pacities. The policy calls so for in-
creasing access to telecommuni-
cations technology by agencies
and individuals in the region. Lo-
cal governments should support
outreach and education efforts
focusing on emerging technolo-
gies, with assistance to be pro-
vided by the ARPC,ineluding pos-
sible grant funding or grant-

writing expertise. The ARPC calls
upon vocational programs in the
Region to coordinate with busi-
ness, industry and local commu-
nity networks to develop curricula
that increase technological lit-
eracy and expertise of the regional
labor force.

Foreign Practices
from Page 5
Chloramphenicol is a potent,
broad-spectrum antibiotic drug
used only at therapeutic doses for
treatment of serious infections in
humans. Due to the unpredict-
able effects of dose on different
patient populations, it has not
een possible to identify a safe
level of human exposure to
chloramphenicol. Therefore, Fed-
eral regulations prohibit its use
in food producing animals,
animal-feed products and food for
human consumption.
Following the appearance of koi
herpes virus in Europe and the
United States during the late 90's,
the Indonesian Government re-
cently reported a serious disease
outbreak among koi carp and
common carp (Cyprinus carpio)
occurring in Indonesia, having
started in the area of Blitar in East
Java in mid-April. Since then, the
disease has spread rapidly
throughout Java Island, causing
very high mortality (80-90 per-
cent) in both common carp and
koi carp, with ar estimated loss
of more than $5 million. Prelimi-
nary investigations conducted by
the Fish Health Officers from the
Indonesian Ministry of Marine
Affairs and Fisheries, suggest a
viral infection based on the pat-
tern of outbreak and the clinical
signs characteristic of koi herpes
These recent discoveries of
chloramphenicol and koi herpes
virus are clear signals that Florida
producers should be vigilant
when importing from unfamiliar
sources. Use commonsense when
importing: purchase from famil-
iar sources or thoroughly investi-
gate the seller before buying, de-
velop product specifications that
include drug or disease prohibi-
tions, frequently visit the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (http://
web.doacs.state.fl.us/), FDA (http:/
/www.fda.gov/) or USDA-Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Ser-
vice (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/
vs/aqua/aquaphis.html) web
sites for drug and disease alerts,
and contact Dr. Denise Petty of
the Department's Division of Ani-
mal Industry for current aquatic
animal health information and as-
sistance (407-846-5200 or pettyb
@ doacs. state. fl. us).


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
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County Commission District #4 Candidate ... on Quality of Life

I was born and raised here in- ;.

Franklin County. My grandfather,

Captain George Mosconis settled

here in 1910, a fisherman from

Greece. For nearly 100 years my

family has worked in the fishing .

related industries-it's our family


Serving as your county commis-

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