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Volume 11, Number 18 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
A Useful Beginning For A Community Dialogue
First Political Forum Held in
Sponsored by the Franklin County Teachers
Association, The Franklin Educational Support
Personnel Association, the Apalachicola Times and
September 6 19, 2002
Marvin Thomas Lawsuit
Fisherman Sues Florida Fish And
Wildlife Conservation Commission
For Negligent Operation of Helicopter
FWCC Charged With Reckless Operation of
Helicopter by Bringing It Within 8 Feet of Thomas
Marvin Thomas wearing one of two hearing aids needed
after his confrontation with a FWCC helicopter.
Wakulla County Fisherman Marvin Thomas filed litigation against
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) on
Monday, August 26, 2002 for negligent helicopter operations. He is
seeking damages in excess of $15,000 for reckless helo operations
and a second count of negligent operation and training. The litigation
was filed in Circuit Court, Wakulla County.
Mr. Thomas was legally fishing in Dickerson Bay, Panacea, on Octo-
ber 16, 2000 when a FWCC helicopter approached the Thomas boat
about 11:45 a.m. FWCC Officer Sarvis instructed Officer Stout, the
pilot, to approach the Thomas boat. The Thomas brief charges that
the FWCC helo was operated at a dangerously low altitude, less than
30 feet above the water, eventually hovering directly above the boat at
about eight feet. While at this level, the officers used their loud public
address system. This activity caused Mr. Thomas to drop to the floor
of his boat, "suffering severe ringing, buzzing and excruciating pain
in his ears". He attempted to wave off the FWCC helicopter. The helo
hovered so low it caused rotor wash and flattened nearby grasses.
When the FWCC helicopter eventually left, Mr. Thomas navigated his
boat back to shore where two FWCC officers were waiting. He was ndt
detained but proceeded to obtain medical attention. He had suffered
a hearing loss in both ears, along with dizziness.
His litigation brief charges that he was well within a zone of danger
createdby the State's careless, reckless and dangerous operation of
the FWCC helicopter, and for that reason the injuries suffered by
Thomas were a foreseeable consequence of.the helo hovering at such
.a low altitude and using its public address systeri. Thus, Mr. Tho-
mas demands judgment against the FWCC for past and future medi-
cal expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and costs.
In a second count, the litigation also seeks damages for negligent
supervision and training of the operators of the helicopter, alleging
that the "agency failed to properly train and supervise the officers as
to the proper operation of a helicopter".
The plaintiff asks for a jury trial.
Inside This Issue
Marvin Thomas Litigation. 1 Franklin Briefs ......2, 11, 14
Lanark & Carrabelle Sewer Editorial & Commentary.....
................................... 1, 11 ............................... ... 3, 13
Broadcast Political Forum ABC School ................. 6, 7
................................. 1, 4, 5 Awesome America Part III
Bay St. George Nursing ........................... ... 9, 11
Homes Closes ................ 1, 8 FCAN.............................. 10
Chapman Elementary Grade
No Deal Made Between
Carrabelle And Lan ark
By Rene Topping
Although Lanark Village Water
and SeWer District (LVWSD) com-
missioners had written a letter to
the City of Carrabelle to go into
serious negotiation to have the
city take over that district, there
was no deal made at the end of
long discussions at the special
meeting held on August 22.
Negotiations have been held be-
tween Commissioner Jack De-
priest for LVWSD and Dan Keck
and Bill McCartney of Baskerville
and Donovan Inc (BDI). Depriest
was the first to speak at the meet-
ing. He said that he was speak-
ing for the LVWSD Board in that
the entire board had agreed that
consolidations of LVWSD with the
City of Carrabelle would be advan-
tageous for both parties.
He said that the district was prof-
itable. He added, "not only will you
gain a 500 customer base, which
you need it's going to be interme-
diate with your desire to take on
St. James Bay and give you con-
tinuity to that point."
Depriest went on, "if you think St.
James Bay will be a good deal,
we're a better one." He spelled out
that the district had 500 custom-
ers hooked up and paying. "Not
only that, the infrastructure is in."
He also said that there were other
benefits to Carrabelle because
combining administration, em-
ployment factors and equipment
needs would be a plus.
City Commissioner Ed Saunders
said, "Do you still have a finan-
cial emergency situation? "De-
priest explained that the emer-
gency Saunders was speaking
about was really a bookkeeping
problem based on a derivative of
depreciation." He assured the city
commission that, "the DEP (De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
section), and the auditing staff
looked at our depreciation, and we
feel that they totally outran it. So
last year the accountants went
through the records, and con-
tacted the state, and rectified the
Saunders asked Depriest ifthey
had an attorney working on it and
Depriest chuckled and said, "we
have three attorneys."
To questions as to how they would
manage a consolidation Depriest
said that the attorneys had said
that the county had created the
district by ordinance and he be-
lieved that the county commis-
sioners could give the charter to
Depriest said that the city had
service to Lake Morality road and
That included a nine-inch to that
road and a six-inch main which
is already servicing St. James.
Depriest said his take on the con-
solidation would be that the
LVWSD Board be no-more "we
want you to take our district to
become part of yours." He did
however say that when the. city
says all of it would go through
them, that the consolidation will
be done by using the applicable
statutes of the State of Florida.
Mayor Messer said that was so
and Water and Sewer Commis-
sioner Phillip Rankin asked Bill
McCartney if he would like to join
the discussion. McCartney said
that the board and BDI had been
talking on the idea for a year. He
said, "they do not have any liabili-
ties today but they do have some
long-term potential in terms of
cost and maintenance of equip-
ment." He added that this could
be more efficient and more cost
Eastpoint Fire Station Forum
A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
Several dozen citizens and politicians gathered at the Eastpoint fire
station last Monday evening for a two-hour political forum broadcast
over radio station WOYS FM.
Under the leadership of a single moderator, John Lee, candidates for
county offices and school board shared answers to a series of ques-
tions designed to help the electorate focus more closely upon the
issues in the 2002 campaign. The forum, for the first time, brought
the major candidates and offices into much sharper focus on issues
rather than the usual isolated manner of campaigning widely known
through Franklin County political history.
Through radio and newspapers, the electorate was better informed
because of such a forum that compliments the usual political rallies
and food fests so typical of politicking in the county. But, please don't
misinterpret my comment. The rallies and food fests, glad-handing, a
little back-slapping here-and-there, and convivial reunion and con-
versation are the stuff of American political life at the local level, and
this forum sparked that interest as well. Old friends and families
exchanged more than mere greetings as the loud din'at the conclu-
sion of the forum took over the auditorium.
This festivity has largely been absent from the county "forums" all
summer, since it has beenso terribly hot, or wet, and economic con-
ditions have not encouraged many exchanges of smoked mullet, fried
grouper, or hot dogs over a table of conversation until this evening.
Most everyone there appeared to approve the forum and the festivity.
What follows now is a recap of the questions put to each candidate
and their "major responses" (sometimes in summary form) with an'
appropriate amount of hyperbole as befitting the question, or the re-
spondent, as in the case of an incumbent. All of the answers are
strictly based upon an audio recording of the broadcast so there is
backup as to the accuracy of the quote. If there are no quote marks.
a summary of the answer, or a.portion of that answer, is given ..
indicates omitted content.
Initially, there are some very obvious conclusions one can easily make
in reviewing,the transcription of the broadcast. First, there is niore
than a "general concern" about the state of our schools in the Franklin
County system. Secondly, most of the candidates for county office, at
least, wants to bring in some compatible industry that can exist
along with seafood--but there appears to be only scant understand-
ing of the required infrastructure for such a move. One example has
been published in the Chronicle during the last two issues that in-
volve the Apalachee Regional Planning Council Development Plan,
almost a textbook approach in understanding the problems with the
regional and local "infrastructure" requirements. Our educational
institutions and the lack of low-cost housing were barely mentioned
as part of this infrastructure, nor did the candidates speak to the
problem about the lack of nursing facilities in the county, given the
closing of Bay St. George in Eastpoint. Importing industry into Franklin
County involves far more than just traveling and proselytizing future
industrial groups as the ARPC studies clearly demonstrate.
Most agree that "community involvement" will solve any of the prob-
lems of the Franklin County School system but none of the candi-
dates has explained just how one could motivate more parents to get
involved with their children's education.
Results Of School
From F To D
Released by the Florida
State Department of
The Florida Department of Edu-
cation announced on 23 August
2002 the results of school grade
appeals, listing Chapman El-
ementary with the letter grade of
Chapman had earlier been graded
as an "F" School. Education Sec-
retary Jim Horne stated that
"...the school grades were calcu-
lated based on the numbers re-
ported to the Dept. of Education
by the school districts... These
revisions are based on careful,
even-handed review of updated,
accurate data from the districts.
I congratulate the school faculty,
students and parents of those
schools whose grade improved as
a result of our review."
In the data transmitted by the
press release, Chapman Elemen-
tary School earned a final point
count of 290, with the finding in-
dicating "added 6th grade results"
was connected with the change in
Overall, in the appeal process, 27
additional schools earned the
grade of "A" and four fewer
schools received the grade of "F"
as a result of the review of appeals
of the 2002 school grades. In all,
59 schools will receive better
Earlier, it was reported that the
grade change had been a "C" but
those rumors were false.
State Survey Cites Conditions in Facility ministrative tribunalsought to
i mpose a $10,000 fine upon the
n T .rclar ha~m, frar Eimillr Phlrao
Bay St. George Nursing Home,
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) says
Conditions "in the facility constituted immediate
jeopardy to resident's health and safety..."
On Friday, August 23rd, the State
of Florida Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA) cited con-
'ditions in the Bay St. George Care
Center that "constituted immedi-
ate jeopardy to resident's health
and safety," said a letter ad-
dressed to Ron Cooley, Adminis-
trator. That same day, AHCA or-
dered an immediate moratorium
on admissions due to a large
"laundry list" of commissions and
omissipns in health care prac-
On the August 2, 2002, AHCA
drafted two administrative com-
plaints attempting to impose fines
of $20,500 against Senior Care
Properties, Inc. and the center for
violations of rules involving smoke
sensors, failure to store narcot-
ics in locked compartments, fail-
ure to provide care and services
in accordance with a plan of care
for certain residents, failure to
ensure that residents were free of
any significant medication errors,
failure to maintain effective pest
control program so that the facil-
ity is free of pests and rodents,
and failure to assist residents to
obtain routine and 24-hour emer-
gency dental exams.
In another two administrative
complaints issued by AHCA is-
sued on July 24, 2002 and July
30, 2002, AHCA charged that Bay
St. George Care Center failed to
provide comprehensive resident
care plans, and failed to ensure
that residents receive adequate
supervision and assistance de-
vices to prevent accidents. A com-
plaint filed before the agency's ad-
related in the 30 July document.
AHCA is the regulatory agency
responsible for licensing nursing
homes and the enforcement of all
applicable federal, state and ad-
ministrative rules governing
skilled nursing facilities under
Federal and State law. Bay St.
George is a skilled nursing facil-
ity, under a conditional license,
with 90 beds located in Eastpoint,
along Highway 98.
Beginning on Friday, August
23rd, 58 residents were removed
and relocated to other nursing
homes in the area, or resided with
their families after evacuation. By
Saturday afternoon, August 24th,
all residents had been relocated
and the nursing home closed
The owners, Senior Care Proper-
ties, Inc, and Harold Stewart, de-
cided to close the facility by Fri-
day, August 23rd, in the face of
the unanswered complaints and
charges made by AHCA, based on
extensive documentation from the
AHCA public file researched by
the Chronicle in Tallahassee. The
closure brought an end to weeks
of rumors concerning the future
of the home, whose history in the
last decade included two actions
in bankruptcy, one closed in the
early 1990s, and the other more
recently, in 2001.
The August 23rd
During a survey of the Eastpoint
Nursing Care Center, the Agency
determined that conditions pre-
sented a threat to the health,
safety or welfare of facility resi-
dents. Their report cited the rea-
sons for the moratorium on new
a. A record review of one resi-
dent revealed that the resident
was admitted to the facility on 18
April 2001 with diagnoses of
Alzheimer's disease and a trial fi-
brillation. The nurse's notes dated
August 12, 2002 revealed that the
resident was found by a nursing
assistant with ants in her bed,
body and hair. The physician was
notified and a drug (Benadryl) was
-ordered to be taken every 8 hours.
One day later, the Risk Manager
observed "ant bites from mid up-
per chest area halfway between
nipple line and nick line both pos-
terior and anterior up to the neck
line." Additional review of the
nurse's notes on August 15th at
9 a.m. revealed food in small bite
size amounts were found on the
resident's blanket. The report
concluded that the pocketing of
food and later spitting it out could
contribute to the attracting of
b. On a tour of the facility on
12 August 2002, in the morning,
revealed live ants in Rooms 115
and 133, around the exit door in
the residents' dining room, and in
the activity room. In the activity
room, many ants were seen in a
trail coming from the door up to
the couch along with many dead
ants piled up in the corner, esti-
mated at about 100 ants.
In another room, ants were seen
crawling along a window sill. A
dead frog was observed few feet
from an exit door. On the 21st of
August 2002, an interview with
the administrator revealed that
the facility no longer had a pest
control contract and had not
regularly sprayed since May 2002.
An interview with the Environ-
mental Services Supervisor on 21
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September 3, 2002
Superintendent of Public
Mr. Hubert Chipman, Supt., re-
ported that recent rains have put
many roads in "bad condition."
Alan Pierce introduced a letter
from the City of Carrabelle re-
questing cutting River Road at
various points for the installation
of a gravity sewer system to serve
up to 124 customers. The Board
approved tabling the request un-
til it was known how many cuts
would be needed on River Road
for the installation.
County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced that the
Annual Fall Field Day will be held
at the University of Florida- IFAS
North Florida Research and Edu-
cation Center in Quincy on Sep-
tember 26, 2002 beginning at
8:15 a.m. This year's field day will
feature tours of row crops, veg-
etables, forestry and horticulture.
Pre-registration is required by
September 16th and there is a $5
registration fee. Additional info
available at 850-875-7100.
All certified Korean shellfish ship-
pers have been removed from the
Interstate Certified Shellfish Ship-
pers List effective August 26,
2002. The announcement came
from Ken Moore, Executive Direc-
tor of the ISSC, reporting of the
decision by the Food and Drug
Administration. As of that date,
all fresh and fresh frozen shell-
fish from Korea should be consid-
ered from unapproved sources.
Dr. Steve Otwellis offering HACCP
and Sanitation Control Proce-
dures training workshops in
Gainesville onSept. 10-12, 2002.
The HACCP training will be held
Sept. 10-11 and the SCP training
will be on Sept. 12. The cost for
the HACCP training is $150 and
SCP is $75. Additional informa-
tion frbm Zina Williams at
352f-392 A2 .i321e!.; i^ ,r : ir'q,..
The nex clam farming workshop
has been tenitat vely scheduled gr
Sept. 26 at the ESU Marine Lab,
Turkey Point. These workshops
will be on the automated water
quality monitoring that is being
done in Alligator Harbor near the
Mr. Mahan reported to the Board
that he has surveyed 84 county-
owned properties and 46 county-
owned access points for possible
use as a boat ramp. When he has
completed his review of county"
owned access points from Carra-
belle westward, he will meet with
staff members of the Research Re-
serve to perform a final evalua-
tion of any potential ramp sites.
Eddie Nesmith Road
On a motion from Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis, the Board ap-
proved renaming the road from
State 65 to the Fort Gadsden Park
the Eddie Nesmith Road in honor
of the late State Ranger who spent
many years researching Fort
Closure of Bay St. George
There was considerable discus-
sion about the closing of the nurs-
ing facility in Eastpoint. Some
speculated on re-opening the fa-
cility, and possible financing of
the facility through a proposed
sales tax, or bed tax. The County
Attorney, Al Shuler, was asked to
research the ownership of the
former Apalachicola facility.
Jimmy Mosconis moved the
Board to write a letter to the Leg-
islative delegation to find out the
circumstances for closure. The
The Board approved the adoption
of a county ordinance relating to
the zoning code, revising the Hid-
den Harbor Master Development
Plan, providing for the repeal of
conflicting ordinances, providing
for severability and an effective
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce, Director and Franklin
County Planner, explained a small
"mix-up" in names at the last
Planning and Zoning meeting in-
volving two plats called Tarpon
Bay and Tarpon Run.
"Through a mistake, I reported on
only one. I reported to the Board
on Tarpon Run, but later on when
the secretary to the Board asked
me about Tarpon Bay, I told her
that was the name I meant, not
realizing there were two Tarpon
subdivisions being, discussed at
the same meeting. The Planning
and Zoning Commission recom-
mended approval of both, so the
Board needs to approve both Tar-
pon Bay and Tarpon Run. Both
are small subdivisions, 4 and 5
lots each, but one is on Alligator
Point, and one is on US 98 be-
tween Eastpoint and Carrabelle.
The Board approved the revision."
The Board approved to have the
chairman sign the JPA with DOT
for $47,279.00 for the purchase
of tractor with sweeper, loader,
and mower attachments. The
county has asked for a local
waiver and has received it so there
is no local match. If bids come in
higher than $47,279 then the
county will either have to reject
the bids, or come up with funds,
or try to get DOT to increase the
The Board approved an amend-
ment to the agreement between
Florida Fish and Wildlife and the
Board extending the deadline for
completing the Battery Park Ma-
rina Project until Nov. 30, 2002.
"This is for information. The
Board currently has $75,000 for
land acquisition in the current
budget. If the Board can complete
a lease/purchase agreement with
St. Joe/Arvida before the end
Sept. 30 then the county's match
of $18,~00 for the FRDAfiinds
can coiie out 'fthi~g )a r's land
acquisffion finds:, The Board is
movir forward with the-acquisi-
tion of the Middlebrooks property
on Alligator Point. The county's
share for that acquisition is
$12,750. That also can come out
of this year's land acquisition
funds, instead of the Bald Point
Trust Fund, if the acquisition oc-
curs before Sept. 30. The point is
that the Board has two current
projects with county costs of
830,750, that if closed in time can
utilize current funds; If the acqui-
sitions occur after Sept. 30, then
the Board will have to use the next
year's budget, and only $50,000
has been budgeted for land acqui-
sition in next year."
Mr. Ken Bowman, Weems Hospi-
tal Maintenance Man, has asked
Preble-Rish Engineers to evaluate
the condition of several sets of
metal doors at the hospital, be-
cause some are in severe need oft
repair. Mr. David Kennedy advises
that the Board should direct
Preble-Rish to prepare bid pack-
ets to fix doors, because some of
the doors need complete replac-
ing as the metal frames are worn
out. The Board approved.
By Sue Cronkite
Seven people received raises in
the Franklin County budget work-
shop held Tuesday, September 3,
2002. Those included four em-
ployees of the Franklin County
Public Works Department, Hubert
Chipman, Larry Brown, Oscar
Sanders, and James Polous; two
supervisors in the Solid Waste
Department, Van Johnson, and
Fonda Davis; and County Librar-
ian Eileen Annie. The employees
are to receive a $2,000 adjust-
ment and $1,200 increase, total-
ing $3,200 a year.
Commission Chairman Eddie
Creamer asked that Commission
members look over the suggested
raises and offer feedback. Jimmy
Mosconis said "the building in-
spector got a $5,000 raise after
being certified, you take the
$1,200 and add $500 insurance,
and that's $1,700 more. We're
paying higher salaries than the
"It's a $3,200 total raise," said
Creamer. Mosconis countered
that the raises are "getting out of
sync with the local economy."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested a cap on pay hikes. "We
may wind up' with some making
$40,000 or $0,000-it could get
out of control. We could have a,
Librarian Eileen Annie, in charge
of the Eastpoint and Carrabelle
libraries asked that her salary be
looked at. "I have never put in for
an increase," she said. "A $5,000
raise would bring me to $10,000
less .than the Wakulla library di-
rector makes." Creamer asked if
administrative fees are included
in grants. "Does that contribute'
to your salary?"
Annie said administrative fees in
grants aren't an issue. "The
county gives roughly $71,000 a
year to run two libraries," she
said. "That's 57 percent of our
budget of $123,486 coming
through the county, the rest
comes from the state and from
grants. The lib ra is operated by
one person, volunteers work at
the front desk, grants come
through Friends of the Library for
Literacy, senior citizens, teens,
and children's programs." Annie
said she works about 65 hours a
week, that two years ago she went
back to school for a master's de-
gree in library science, and has
been with the library s' ten tei
years.- --- - - -.- --
'If we give those guys a raise, we.
ought to give her an adjustment,"
said Mosconis. "She's not making
as much as starting school teach-
ers." Doris Pendleton, County Tax
Assessor, suggested the county
took iat across-the-board in-
creases. Mosconis said when he
got on the commission, the county
had a zero-based budget. "We're
going to have to go back to that."
County Clerk Kendall Wade asked
for a salary increase for Bill
Moses, Courthouse Maintenance
employee. "He's been here ten
years, and hasn't had a raise. I'd
like him included," said Wade.
Creamer asked for a vote. "I'd like
the names, and amounts" said
County Treasurer Ruth Williams.
"The original six and Eileen," said
Creamer. Mosconis said he is op-
posed to pay hikes. Raises for the
seven, excluding Moses, passed
three to one. Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders abstained from
voting since her husband was one
of those given salary increases.
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Re-elect DAVID HINTON
"I am getting the job done."
Two years ago there were five "D"
schools in Franklin County. I said
this was unacceptable and we could
do better. I had plans that would
improve our school grades if elected.
I was elected, the plans were imple-
mented and the grades improved.
This year there is only one "D"
school. There is still much to do. A
vote for DAVID HINTON is a vote
for better schools.
"BETTER SCHOOLS ARE MY CONCERN."
All Candidates Invited
Date: September 9,2002
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Dixie Theatre
The public is also invited.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
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The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
6 September 2002 Page 3
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary is continuing its after-
school WINGS & TIGERS Youth
Programs at the Eastpoint and
Carrabelle Branches and the
Apalachicola Program Center in
the New Life Center WINGS, now
in its eighth year, is a nationally
acclaimed library based youth
program funded through a grant
from the Department of Juvenile
Justice; the Gulf Coast Workforce
Board funded TIGERS (Teens In
Gear Enjoy Realize Succeed) Pro-'
gram serves as a multi-faceted
enhancement project adding spe-
cialized youth field trips, work-
shops and performance based in-
ternships. Students between 10-
19 receive homework assistance,
and academic, career, computer,
life skills, cultural enrichment,
and special work readiness train-
ing. WINGS hours are 2:00 5:30
on Wednesday, Thursday and Fri-
day afternoons. TIGERS provides
services every day after school and
on Saturday for special projects.
For more information, call Library
Director Eileen Annie at 670-8151
or Youth Program Coordinators at
670-5250, 653-2784, 697-9216.
The J. Ben Watkins Foundation
donated 70 back packs stocked
with required school supplies to
students in the Franklin County
Public Library's WINGS & TIGERS
Programs. Youth program staff
distributed the packs to Carra-
belle, Eastpoint and Apalachicola
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elementary, middle and high
school students during the first
and second week of school. In
appreciation, youth wrote special
notes to Mr. Watkins thanking
him for his generosity and caring.
Saturday morning pre-school
story hour, sponsored by the
FROG Family Learning Programs,
is ongoing at the Eastpoint and
Carrabelle Branches of the Li-.
brary and the Program Center on
9th Street in Apalachicola. The
FROG Program is funded through
grants provided by the State Li-
brary Service Technology Act,
Florida Library Literacy, and the
Devereux Kids Foundation. Tu-
toring, parenting and life skills
workshops, computer and adult
education, GED training, and
family oriented field trips are pro-
vided for participants. Call
Marlene Moore, Family Learning
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information, as well as lists of up-
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Gorrie To Be
The Apalachicola Historical Soci-
ety and the Dixie Theatre will
present the Panhandle Players in
the premier production of"The Ice
Man" an original play by local
Author Tom Campbell. 'The Ice
Man", a play in two acts, is the
story of the inventor of the ice
machine, John Gorrie. Author
Campbell is thrilled that the Pan-
handle Players have decided to
produce the play.
Auditions for the play will be held
Monday, September 16 and Tues-
day, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Dixie Theatre in Apalach-
Characters include 4 females and
7 males. Two of the men's parts
are for young men ages 17 to ap-
proximately 28 years old. One of
'the female parts is for a young
lady approximately 15 years old.
In addition to actors, the Players
will need technical assistance in
the running of sound and light-
ing, set construction, a prompter
and an assistant director. Tom
Campbell, who will direct the play
feels that being an assistant di-
rector is the best way to learn the
art of directing. He encourages
anyone interested in the above
positions to attend the audition
and speak to him of their inter-
Rehearsals will begin Thursday,
September 19 and the rehearsal
schedule will be arranged with the
cast members in order to accom-
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October 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the
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September 6, 2002
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.By Sue Cronkite
Good news resulted in a round of
applause for Supt. Jo Ann Gan-
der at the August 6, 2002, Frank-
lin County School Board meeting.
Board members 'and a large at-
tendance of parents, teachers,
and other adults, gave hearty ap-
proval of the Board of County
Commissioners' action in leasing
the building, not being used by
the Highway Patrol, to the school
John Richards said he bad heard
that a fifth grade class at Brown
Elementary was to have 33 stu-
dents in it. Member Katie McKnight
said parents had mentioned class
size to her. Several people agreed
it was a point well taken, includ-
ing Board Chairman Jimmy Gan-
der and Assistant Supt. Mikel
Clark. Supt. Gander explained
that and classes which came up
that large would have an assis-
tant for the teacher.
"Last year's average was 18.7 stu-
dents," said Board Member David
Hinton. "With 30 and more stu-
dents, I don't see how that's im-
proving the schools." Hinton'men-
tioned a constitutional amend-
ment on the September ballot that
limits class, size to 18 students,
and noted that a class in Carra-
belle on food preparation has four
"We'll be better able to tell what
we've got after school starts,"
Supt. Gander explained. The
school year officially began Au-
gust 16. Principals Vera Banks,
Apalachicola High, Richard Key,
Chapman; Nick O'Grady, Carra-
belle; and Debra Huckeba,
Brown, explained that the size of
classes depends on how many
students are in which grades,
what is being taught, and the de-
mand for some classes required
to fulfill state requirement.
Chairman Gander asked about
networking between the schools.
"I'm disappointed; we ought to go
ahead and bite the bullet and do
that." Principals O'Grady and
Banks assured Gander that some
classes and information for
classes is being shared by com-
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David Jackson, Donald Wilson Jimmy Gander, David Hinton Cherry L. Rankin
Political Forum irom rage I
There were some misunderstandings, or incorrect statements made,
extending from the amount of money in the county-budget to the
status of the Chapman Elementary School, grade-wise. That prob-
ably is not too surprising since many interpersonal networks through-
out the county still rely upon rumor, the actual "first source of news"
in Franklin County.
Interestingly, the concept of consolidating the school system is still
alive among some of the candidates. Also those who are not so per-
suaded have shown some latent negative signals in the their responses.
Some of the candidates have not thought through their planning quite
thoroughly enough; others have. The reader can review their answers,
and perhaps seek expanding answers at the next forum, scheduled
for WFCT at 6:30 p.m. at the Dixie Theatre, on your dial at 105 "The
Coast," Monday, September 9th, the night before the primary on Sep-
FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
District #2: David C. HINTON; David E. JACKSON; Cherry L. RANKIN
District #4: Jimmy GANDER; Donald W. WILSON
Question: What is your reaction to the migration of students to
alternate schools and how would you deal with this?
JACKSON: Referring to an article published in the Tallahassee Demo-
crat, Mr. Jackson said the problem was "attitude." "We had to change
our attitude in public schools.'We had to make the students feel like
they were wanted. We had to make the parents feel like they're
wanted..." JACKSON felt this was the beginning in the right direc-
tion. "We have to change our whole way of thinking whenever it comes
to public schools...
WILSON: "...I think, to get to the bottom of (the problem of children
leaving our schools) we gonna have to have numerous workshops
made up of the teachers, the parents, administration, to examine...
First of all, we've got to define the problem. "He recommended a com-
mittee study of the reasons why the migration occurred, but empha-
sized that the students needed to be "proud of their school..." "...With
the help of the teachers ... we can find out what the problems actu-
GANDER: "Education has always been a part of,our family. That's
the reason I'm seeking that office. I'believe a school system is run for
the children..." He cited his eight years of experience '...in working
out a lot of the problems." "I've managed your money like my money.
I've managed the school's business like my business. To answer that
question, I can only look at it from a businessman's point-of-view. It's
competition, and we've got to offer a better product than the compe-
tition offers." Mr. Gander also added that recently republished school
grades indicated that Chapman Elementary School did not receive an
"F" grade, but a "C."
HINTON: Citing a press release that was published in the Tampa
Tribune, About 59 schools in the state of Florida were mis-graded
and Chapman was one of them. He related to the audience that his
contact with Alligator Point constituents indicated the out-migration
of students there was not because of the quality of Franklin County
Schools but for matters of convenience. Many worked in Tallahassee
and sending their students to Wakulla was more convenient. He also
blamed a lot of bad publicity and a lot of negative thinking by cer-
tain people in the countt"
RANKIN: Citing her own experience with her children, they wanted
to go to the Wakulla system because of the sports programs. She also
cited the lack of participation from the parents of the school children.
"I did some research myself in Wakulla, Gulf and Liberty Counties
and I found out that's what it's going to take-getting involved with
the school system. Parent involvement. They get involved. They know
what's going on with their kids, and they'stay involved." (Applause).
Question: Do you have any specific plans either to expand on
existing programs or new plans to increase community involve-
have the tee-shirts. I like the tee-shirts; the t-shirts look good... But,
in the future the Franklin County School Board cannot wait until the
last minute... It goes back to community involvement." He recom-
mended distributing a letter the last day of school that spring, or
news releases to the local media through the summer as a warning of
WILSON: "A uniform dress code would be fine, but it would need to
be done on the school level... It needs to be well advertised; it needs to
be researched; it needs to have parental participation... This seems
to be' the biggest problem that we have in this county, that we don't
have parent participation. ... We have got to have numerous work-
shops to hear from the parents (and) teachers to see what would be
the best for the students. I would be in favor of a uniform dress code.
but let each school have their own dress code."
Question: School Board members are paid nearly $20,000 a year,
yet local schools say they don't have enough money. Would you
support a pay cut for board members, or would you be willing to
donate a portion of your pay back to.the school system ... ?
HINTON: Mr. Hinton has been returning a portion of his pay back to
the school system ever since he announced his goals two years ago.
"...I have contributed a portion of my school board salary to the school
system in the form of scholarships, awards at graduation, help in
putting the sign up on front of Carrabelle School and in those areas.
So, I'm in favor of school board members supporting the schools with
their salary income."
RANKIN: "...Yes, I think it would be a great idea..."
JACKSON: "I'd like to make a deal with the people. If my two oppo-
nents would just go on back to the house, I'd donate the whole check
back to the Franklin County Schools...(loads of laughter).
WILSON: He mentioned that he had donated money to the youth
programs in earlier years. I'd be willing (to donate) whatever the board
decided to do.
GANDER: 'That's a real interesting question because the salary of
the Franklin County School Board (and all school boards) is set by
the Legislature. This year, there is going to be an open-session meet-
ing in November and the five board members that are elected to serve
are going to set their salary. I would be willing to set that salary just
as low as anybody on the board wants to..."
Question: If you could have one wish for the school system in
Franklin County what would you do to make one sweeping im-
provement? For the incumbent, I will ask what have you done?
RANKIN: "First of all, I would let all the teachers know that they have
my love and support.... Encourage the students. Going door to door
and encouraging our parents..."
WILSON: "I would implement soccer for one thing. There are a lot of
girls participating now. We need a track program in the county; we
also need weight-lifting. You do have to have a good strong booster
club to keep them going..."
GANDER: "I would like to see a lot of things added ... We don't have a
lot of people to teach these athletics ... We don't have the funds to
hire a wrestling or track coach ..." His hope is that the implementa-
tion of the live-video classes between Carrabelle and Apalachicola go
on-line so that some of the advanced courses could be offered.
HINTON: "Every student should be involved in some extra-curricular
activity ... I would support any activity that would increase leader-
ship training for the students ... I think that we need to diversify in
order to get more kids involved. We also need to be concerned with
minor sports ... such as tennis ... volley ball."
RANKIN: "We have the resources and the kids ... We need to keep the
kids and parents motivated ... There can be different types of sum-
Each candidate had up to three minutes for a closing statement before
FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSION CANDIDATES
District 4: Jimmy G. MOSCONIS; James T. TURNER; and Bobby
District #2: Incumbent Cheryl K. SANDERS is running unopposed.
Jimmy Mosconis led off the three candidates for District 4, Franklin
County Commission. Each candidate was permitted a 1 minute in-
troduction. The other two candidates were James 'Tim" Turner and
Question: Increased development is creating a number of issues
for the seafood industry, increased pollution, etc. Do you have
plans that would be more supportive for the fishing industry?
MOSCONIS: Mr. Mosconis reviewed recent history involving the des-
ignation of Franklin County as an Area of Critical State Concern.
Franklin County "was kind of an experimental part of that" designa-
tion. Pursuant to the designation, a committee reviewed the prob-
lems dealing with Apalachicola Bay. The Carrabelle waste treatment
process was not functioning well. "It was very inadequate. In
SApalachicola, some rehabilitation work was being done in their sewer
system..." The answer to the question was unfinished, "I'll get back to
TURNER: "Increased development is a real concern to me... Cur-
rently there are a dozen or more of large scale to small developments
under way right now ... "His concern was based on encroachments
WILSON: "First of all, I' think the biggest problem we haveis that our
resources are spread too thin... We're running' entirely too many schools
...We need to look at consolidating our high schools ... The time has
come where we will have to free up the money in order to offer a
GANDER: "Consolidation is an issue. I don't know that it is an an-
swer to improving community involvement... "I can't pull a rabbit out
of a hat. That's a tough question."
HINTON: "...I think that question is asked more often than any other
question. What can we do to get the community involved? We
need to let the kids know that the community is supporting them.
Give them positive feedback. School Board members need to support
our community with their decisions, and I will continue to support
student advisory councils or any other PTO group. If we do that with
a positive attitude, we will begin to see some positive attitude. "You're
not going to get the community involved when you start making nega-
RANKIN: "We need to offer some kind of incentive.:. We have PTO...
(We should) provide workshops. Some of the people are intimidated...
If we provide a workshop to help these people, and motivate them....
to give them credit for the things they are doing. The elected officials
get the credit... and the teachers and volunteers are actually building
this program up."
JACKSON: He cited his leadership role with an athletic boosters or-
ganization in support of Carrabelle athletics,.. "...I can tell you for a
act that trying to get somebody involved and working as hard as you
can for the last two years, we've had three active members of the
Carrabelle Athletic Boosters ... This past year we raised $15,000 for
the athletes at the Carrabelle High School..." "I don't know if there is
an answer to get parents involved..." He articulated his business ex-
perience in attracting and holding customers indicating a similar
approach to the problem might work in the school system. "I believe
it all boils down to attitude. ...Franklin County has to change the
attitude of the way the students (and parents) think and the actions
that they take..." ...When I walked into the Carrabelle School, it was
like I wasn't wanted in that school, and the information that I gave
them wasn't wanted in that school ... And, that's where it all boils
down to attitude..."
Question: How do you feel about the dress code all over Franklin
County? Do you support a strong code, why and how, and why
GANDER: "That goes back to the previous questions about commu-
nity involvement. The dress code at Carrabelle High School is the
direct result of community involvement... That was a decision that
was made by the SAC Committee (Student Advisory Committee) at
Carrabelle High School. I support that decision because ... we had
parents that were involved ... and that is what they came back with..."
He also supported the recommendations regarding tee-shirts.
HINTON: "If we determined that the dress code would be in the best
interests of our children, I would certainly support a county-wide
proposal on a uniform dress code." He felt that since the recommen-
dation was made by the Student Advisory Council, the school board
had little choice but to approve the recommendation. 'That's the only
way to get community involvement is to support that, when they do
make tough decisions."
RANKIN: Generally, Ms. Rankin said she would support the recom-
mendation but if it would create a division or create a cleavage by
forcing a decision upon parents and students, she would reconsider
the matter. ",..Some people felt like this was something that they HAD
to do, and they had to do it right away versus (having) time for the
parents to have an influence..."
JACKSON: "I don't have an opinion either way... With the school board.
everybody waits till the last minute. All of the complaining I heard
was that the school board waited till the last minute, three weeks
before school started, and then they told the parents that thev had to
JACKSON: "...Pass the State FCAT testwith an 'A'... There is so much
money we could be receiving just by raising the FCAT test by one
grade level... If all of the students in Franklin County could pass the
State FCAT test, that would.tell me that the administrators, the teach-
ers and the students are doing what they're supposed to do... You
have to think positive..."
WILSON: "The one thing I would like to see is one county high school
... and middle school. I think that's going to be the answer to the
future of this education in Franklin County. We're going to have to
get serious about it and have a consolidated high school and middle
GANDER: (Incumbent) "When I came on the school board, there were
no school resource officers. There were no administrative assistants
in the schools. The principal was kind of a one-man-show. I sup-
ported school resource officers ... I feel that, in conjunction with the
new off-campus alternative school ... is going to make the biggest
difference as far as the safety in the school, and teachers being able
to teach without disruptions..."
HINTON: Mr. Hinton reviewed his'goals of two years earlier and "...I'm
proud to say that those things are being implemented at the present
time... One of them is the additional reading and math opportunities
from.elementary through middle school. Each student is involved in
one extra period of reading and math, in addition to the regular pro-
gram. I've seen results of that already. One class at Carrabelle School
had an average gain for the class was a year and a half. You will see a
change in the FCAT scores; this is not an overnight thing.' Bobby
Bowden did not have a national championship his first year at FSU..."
Question: Should there be increased athletic programs at the
schools? And if so, how would you go about it?
JACKSON: "...I don't know that there is an answer toward improving
athletics." He recited his own experiences as an "athletic booster"
with two others. "I don't even believe consolidation would improve
athletics in Franklin County ..." He lamented the shortage of athlet-
ics in the Carrabelle area. "Once we get a good coach, we need to get
rid of the politics and get that out of the Franklin County school
system... Whenever the school board ... will get out of the school ad-
ministration... let the principals run the schools, I think that's when
athletics will change in Franklin County."
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The Republican Executive Committee endorsed Tom
Warner for Attorney General.
on wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. He thought,
under the current rate of development, there would be a 30 % in-
crease inpopulationin the next five years. '"hat's a tremendous in-
crease when we don't have the infrastructure in place to take care of
the people we have now. We need more than just the seafood industry
but we need to protect what we have here."
VARNES: "I'm for development, to a certain extent. You can't have
development like St. Joe's trying to do now... You can't'have that
development and seafood too. That's the reason you've got your com-
prehensive plan. It controls it. Development is coming, you can't stop
it. But, you've got to control it."
Question: Would you support a 14 sales tax to raise more rev-
enue for roads?
TURNER: "I possibly would support a 1~ sales tax if there is strict
accountability for the funds. Before I would accept the sales tax, I
would look into other grant programs such as FEMA (Federal Emer-
gency Management Administration) ... When we have storms in our
area we can get millions of dollars of grant money through FEMA :...
with few matching funds. There are ways of paving the roads in our
county without taxing..."
At the "Tim Turner" Political Rally.
VARNES: "You start talking about raising taxes, you have to be care-
ful. People don't want to hear you raising taxes. I could see a 14 sales
tax because that would put approximately $1 million in the county
for one year. That would do a lot of roads. I would consider a 14 sales
MOSCONIS: "Well, I think that question may be a little misleading,
Mr. Moderator ... The fact is that we have the money to pave roads
right now. We're waiting on the City of Apalachicola and the City of
Carrabelle to finish their infrastructure... It doesn't make any sense
to spend any money on roads until they get through with this infra-
structure ... It may be premature to say we need a 14 sales tax for
Question: If elected, is there a specific path or item you would
like to see accomplished during your term as county commis-
VARNES: "I'd like to see a comprehensive plan updated and suitable
for development and seafood ... I would like to protect our seafood
industry, our bays and rivers and I would like to see more jobs brought
here... The people need good jobs that you can retire on. I believe
they're out there. We iust have to reach out and bring them to us..."
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TURNER: "We need desperate work on our comp plan, I feel. The
basic plan is there. However, given the last decade, we increased 23.3
% in growth in our county in the last ten years ... This year, I predict
that you could see a 50% increase if it continues on the current scale
that we're going now. Our comp plan is not designed to handle this
'excessive growth. I think that we need citizen groups involved in
making our comp plan work as well as environmental specialists ...
We need people at the state, federal and local levels involved in this
process. We don't need developers to build our comp plan..."
VARNES: "I like the comp plan we've got right now. I know that we
have to update it. It's designed right now to control development and
seafood... (Summer Camp) and the comp plan need to be designed so
you can have both of them. ...Don't have it so you can develop up and
down the coastline with big development because if you have that,
Question: Would you favor a moratorium on development?
MOSCONIS: "As I started to say...a lot of those issues are being ad-
dressed in the things the county did back in'the mid-80s. Things
take time. I'm telling you. Being in private business ... and on the
board of county commissioners, it is frustrating as heck. I like to get
things done now. The government doesn't work that way. I get crossed
up a lot of times with people in government because the government
has its own pace ... These issues are being addressed... Apalachicola
and Carrabelle have brand new collections systems now. This runoff
by the city should be past, shortly." .,
TURNER: "I'd like to see community involvement and pride taken in
Franklin Courty again. I'd like to see programs for the elderly that
have a number of special problems. We help them in a lot of different
ways already through private industry in the county but I'd like to
see more community involvement. For health care, I'd like to see that
addressed. I'd like to see the comprehensive plan also rewritten with
community involvement along with environmental specialists that
know what they're talking about... I'd like to see our plan developed
that would benefit developers and the local people. I'd like to see in-
dustry brought to Franklin County that paid meaningful wages with
benefits to help the local people."
Question: Do you have a specific type of industry that you would
like to see brought into Franklin County?
VARNES: "That question has come up many a time politicking. You
start naming business that could come in and you've got a bunch of
them. I'd like to see fiberglass boat company come in here. I'd like to
see a company coming in making air conditioners...."
MOSCONIS: "I agree with that... I got a call in 1986 about a work
camp in Franklin County. That is a good example of clean industry
that is compatible with the seafood industry. There's 80 some jobs
out there and it fits well in the community. It's given some opportuni-
ties to local people. We're always looking for clean industry that is
compatible with seafood... I think we're on the right track. At the
airport, now, they're putting in a new commercial park out there ...
there's an opportunity possibly for a seafood freezer plant that will
export-import seafood, perhaps becoming a hub..."
TURNER: "We're surrounded by a tremendous amount of wood prod-
ucts. Why couldn't we use some of those wo9d products to the benefit
;of the local people and put in Industry such as manufacturing of
furniture, cabinets, doors, any kind of building materials ... window
manufacturing, autoproducts and assembly-type plants. Fiberglass
Manufacturing is also a possibility with no environmental impacts."
[ Question: With a ballooning budget. are there areas where spend-
ing in.the county can be better controlled?
S9OSCiONIS: "If you don't pay taxes, the government r ill take y-our
home, your land, your business ... I'Ve always applied that same sen-
ousness when I went to spend your tax money. I've had a lot of heated
debate in the last 20 years at budget time ... it's a serious issue. I
know where the tax money comes from. You people in this room know
too. You have to make government accountable ... just like I have to
Sbe accountable in my business."
STURNIER: "I'm at a disadvantage to that one since I'm not the incum-
bent and I don't know who much money we've got to work with in the
budget. However, I think we need to look at every aspect of the budget
and see if there are ways to cut costs. In Emergency Management,
one of the biggest problems I had last year is that I had too much
money at the end of my budget year. I had to spend. It caused me a
problem; I used the money to benefit the community..."
VARNES: "The money right now is, over a billion dollars. If I.were
elected I would spend the taxpayers money like I was spending my
own money. I wouldn't misuse it."
Question: Do you support impact fees upon developers in the
TURNER: "Yes sir, I do. I don't think it is fair for developments to
move into our area on a large scale and cause the infrastructure
burden be placed on our local taxpayers. A percentage should be set
aside to relieve the burden on local taxpayers..."
Question: Should the county purchase more property for future
VARNES: "Yeah, I do ... The county and state has been buying land to
protect our bays and rivers, our lowlands, our swamp lands ... So. I'd
be for it."
MOSCONIS: "John, we have purchased property occasionally for dif-
ferent needs ... Let me clear up something. The County is not in the
water and sewer system business. The cities and Eastpoint water
and sewer district are. Of course, we help them when we can... We
recently bought a piece of property in Lanark Village for example...
We try to look into the future (but) we're not in the land buying busi-
ness now... A good example is when we put in Porter Park out near
TURNER: "Yes sir, I think we should set aside some land for possible
land grant from the federal and state governments. I'm not sure if we
would have to purchase it if we were to approach them in the proper
way and use this land to provide affordable housing for HUD, low
interest loans, and the projects (such as) Habitat For Humanity ...
I've talked to Mr. Dean about this project and he says HUD money is
available to do this. I would like to see it happen in Franklin County
because of the development I see coming ... I don't know of anybody
that works in the capacity that I do that can afford it. We need to
work on affordable housing for our people that live here, and the
children of the next generation that plan to live here."
Question: (Paraphrasing) What are your plans on the Compre-
MOSCONIS: "It's more a technical issue. You have to understand the
comprehensive plan process is a mandated State of Florida (process)
... We had a comp plan before Bay County ... We had ours in place
before they did. We're probably a year-and-a-half away to two years
from updating our plan..."
TURNER: "I think we should take a pause and look and get some
information from other areas before we proceed with development..."
VARNES: "I'll have to go back where I stand. You can't have big devel-
opment and seafood. I'm for development ... but we gotta equalize it
(with seafood interests)."
MOSCONIS: "Our comprehensive plan and county ordinances are
designed for that (to protect seafood interests). We have a real slow
growth posture in this county ... Slow growth low density ... As time
goes by, they'll have to be tweaked a little bit."
TURNER: "I think it is the responsibility of the County Commission
to stand up with these fishermen. The fishermen in our community
are not being treated fairly by the Marine Fisheries Commission or
the state ...
VARNES: "I feel we need the seafood industry ... They bring a lot of
dollars in ... The county board ought to be more concerned about our
Old friends (left) Bonnie Segree and Pam May (far right) ,
reminisce with former teacher Jean Gander (center).
MOSCONIS: "...As a county commissioner you have to know how to
navigate through the bureaucracy because now-and-then a bureau-
crat may come down. You know, the law is not equally delivered to
everybody ... The County Commission has been 100 % responsive to
the (seafood) industry."
Question: Is it the responsibility of the County Commission to
increase libraries throughout the county? I
TURNER: "I would like to see more libraries ..."
VARNES: "I'm for the libraries..."'
MOSCONIS: "Yes, it's been more successful." He cited the successes
of the Literacy Program conducted through the library. "If you don
have books. you don't have education, you're not going to have very'
smart people in your soc-.iet ...
Question: \ ohiat do \ou think i5 the most pressing issues inr
Franklin County at the present time?
MOSCONIS: "Development, development and development..." ...
Things are not so doom and gloom here. We do need affordable hous-
ing; that's something we're working on..."
TURNER: "There's something more than development, in my opin-
ion. ...The environment is a problem. We also have a problem with
the needs of the elderly in our community, children in our commu-
nity, and drugs. ...We can create all the educational institutions... (but)
if we don't clean up the drug problem in our community'we're not
going to have a 'next generation' that will need these things. We need
to help the elderly. The elderly know we've got a development problem I
but they're problem right now is paying their light bill and eating...."
At the Bobby Varnes Rally.
Each candidate .for the County Commission was allowed to make a
closing statement for about two minutes.
Ms. Cheryl Sanders who is running from District #2 unopposed made
the following remarks:
"I thank the people from District 2 in Franklin County
for allowing me to represent them for another four years.
Four years ago I stood before them and I made commit-
ments not promises. The people have undoubtedly liked
my work. I'm the voice of the people. ...Just remember
this. It is not about me ... but the people. With people
working together with our elected officials communicat-
ing, we can make Franklin County bigger and better ...
S We are fishermen and we're proud ofthat ... Franklin
S County, working together, to make things happen. I ap-
preciate the opportunity to serve another four years...
Will Kendrick and Bruce Minnick then addressed the audience.
Minnick was a substitute for Bill McBride, the Democratic candidate
for the Democratic nomination for Governor. No other spokespersons
nor candidate nominees were present at the forum for either the Re-
publican or Democratic ticket. Will Kendrick made the following re-
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to thank you for the honor
of serving you in the House for the last two years. Two
years ago when I stood up before you, it was simple what
I wanted to do. I wanted to represent your issues and
your concerns and take them to the Florida House. As I
sit here before you tonight, that is exactly what I have
done. We've worked on everything from Red Tide from
Tallahassee to Washington, and believe me they could
care less up in those areas, but I can tell you once Will
Kendrick left, they knew what Red Tide was and they
knew where Apalachicola was because you'd be surprised
at the E-mails...we got. Unfortunately, we did not get the
attention of those who carried, such as the Governor and
the President of the United States. I want to thank the
people of Franklin County for standing behind me on
The traditional cookout at the Turner Rally.
You know, we've heard a lot tonight about education ...
Each county in the state got less than 2% increase over
what they got last year...
Franklin County gave me the school board experience
for 14 years and I was able to take that to the Florida
House. ... It is obscene what happened during the last
reapportionment process. As most of you know, I lost
part of Franklin County-everything from Apalachicola
River back west, they took away from me. They took over
60% of Wakulla County away from me. They took a quarter
of Jefferson County away from me. So if you go back and
look ... every county that Will Kendrick did 80% of better,
Will Kendrick had part of that lost to him during this
reapportionment process. That is.no accident. That hap-
pened on purpose...
But, I can tell you Will Kendrick will be as strong as Will
Kendrick was two years ago, and representing issues and
concerns of this county. I will continue to fight for public
education. I will continue to fight for elderly care ser-
vices. I will continue to fight for those oystermen and
those shrimpers and the seafood workers as well as other
members in the agricultural communities throughout the
Jawbowing at one of the local Political Rallies.
All Candidates Invited
Date: September 9, 2002
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Dixie Theatre
The public is also invited.
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"I support your (ABC Model), parent involvement."
David Hinton (FCSB incumbent)/August 29th Apa/achkio/a T-imes, 2002
"I think if we have a more positive attitude about our schools, we will solve this problem much quicker.
David Jackson (FCSB candidate)/August 29th Apa/ach/ico/a -imes, 2002
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ABC SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF:
Mr. Weiner has a B.G.S. degree and is completing his Masters, in Educational Leadership. He
attended law school at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In 1988 he was awarded a U.S. Small
Business Person of the Year by the United States S.B.A. He has 11 years of educational experience
in the United States and abroad.
Mrs. Trainer has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in primary and
elementary education. She has 12 years teaching experience.
Mrs. Lee has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is completing her Masters of
Science in Early Elementary Education. She is certified in elementary education. She has 3 years
CHIMENE JOHNSON-FIRST GRADE
Mrs. Johnson has a Masters of Science in Education. She is certified in early and elementary
education. She has 17 years teaching experience.
LISA EVANS-SECOND GRADE'
,Mrs. Evans has a Masters of Arts in Education. She is certified in elementary and middle school
education. She has 4 years teaching experience.
SHIRLEY THOMPSON-THIRD GRADE .
Mrs. Thompson has a Bachelor, of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in elementary
education. She has 11 years teaching experience.
VALERIE CLAYTON-FOURTH GRADE
Mrs. Clayton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. She is completing her Masters
degree In Elementary Education. She is certified in computer education, Journalism and English.
She has 16 years teaching experience,
JO ANNE ARDIRE-FOURTH GRADE
Mrs. Ardire has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in elementary
education and special education. She has 3 years teaching experience.
LEE WINZLER-ESE/GENERAL EDUCATION
Mr. Winzler has a Masters of Science in Education. He is certified in ESE and elementary educa-
tion. He has 28 years of teaching experience,
Mrs. Vallone has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is certified to teach music. She has 24 years
Mrs. Schoelles has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is certified in art education. She has 10 years
Ms. Miranda has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in elementary
education. This is her first year teaching.
TRACI MOSES-AFTER SCHOOL COORDINATOR, LIBRARY, AND SOCIAL SKILLS
Mrs. Moses has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in elementary
education. This is her first year teaching.
GINA TARANTO-AFTER SCHOOL COORDINATOR, COMPUTER LAB, AND PE
Mrs. Taranto has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is-certified in elementary
education. This is her first year teaching.
ELIZABETH KIRVIN-SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
Mrs. Kirvin has a Masters of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology. She is licensed and
certified. She has 8 years experience as a speech 'and language pathologist.
ELAINE KOZLOWSKY-CERTIFIED READING SPECIALIST
Mrs. Kozlowsky has a Masters of Science in Education. She is certified in elementary education and
K-12 reading. She has 32 years teaching experience.
DEBBIE THOMAS-OFFICE MANAGER
Ms. Thomas has 6 years of business and office experience. This is her first year with the school.
DEAN VAIL-BUSINESS MANAGER
Mr. Vail has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He was a C.P.A for 27 years with a major
international accounting firm. This is his second year with the school.
GEORGE AND ELIGIBLE APALACHICOLA STUDENTS.
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Donny Wilson (FCSB candidate)/lnterview with Jeff Weiner, Sept. 2, 2002
"Franklin County children also deserve the best."
Jimmy Gander (FCSB incumbent)/April 2, Apalachico/a Times, 2002
"I support the ABC Charter School."
John Lee (Editor, Apalachicola 7Tmes) Interview with Jeff Weiner, August 31, 2002
"The ABC School is vastly different than Chapman Elementary."
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Nursing Home from Page 1
August indicated he was not
aware of the cessation of pest con-
trol. A maintenance request log
revealed that a resident com-
plained of finding ants in his or
her bed on May 12, 2002. On July
9th 2002, ants were reported on
a resident's bed. On July 30th,
2002, another resident's bed was
"full of ants." Exit doors in all ar-
eas of the building, on 21 August
2002, were observed to have dead
bugs accumulating in the corners,
indicating ongoing pest control
Centers for Medicare and
In response to the state agency
survey cited above, the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid (Atlanta)
communicated with Mr. Ron
Cooley on August 23, 2002 in-
forming him "the survey found
that your facility was not in sub-
stantial compliance with the par-
ticipation requirements, and that
conditions in your facility consti-
tuted immediate jeopardy to
resident's health andsafety. Based
on the survey findings, the agency
recommended a Civil Monetary
Penalty of $6000 per day effective
August 22,2002 be imposed. Sec-
ond, that there be a denial of pay-
ments for new admissions effec-
tive September 9, 2002, and third,
a termination effective September
The facility was advised they may
waive their right to a hearing and
if so, the waiver must be com-
pleted in writing within 60 days
rom the date of the notice. If a
hearing is waived, the fine amount
would be reduced by 35%.
The Medicare provider agreement
will be terminated on September
13, 2002 if the immediate jeop-
ardy to residents' health and
safety is not removed by that date.
The nursing home has ten days
to submit a plan of correction.
Complaints of August 2,
In Count I, dealing with the fail-
ure to provide care to attain
well-being of the residents in ac-
cordance with the comprehensive
assessment and plan of care, a
resident was observed in a room
alone, reclined in a geri-chair with
the upper body leaning out of the
chair to the right side, and head
tossed backward. The resident
was making audible choking
sounds, appearing to be strug-.
gling to breathe. Staff was called
and promptly repositioned the
resident, rolling the resident into
the hall outside of the room, leav-
ihg the resident alone without an
assessnrent of tie resident's res-
piratory status, no \vtal signs ob-
tained and no suctioning attempt.
Over the next two hours, the sur-
veyors made multiple observa-
tions of the resident and the resi-
dent remained unattended and
unobservable from the nurse's
station. These observations were
made between July 16 and July
In Count II, during the same in-
spection period (July 16 July 18,
2001), a resident was being given
medications by a licensed practi-
cal nurse, stating that the patient
was to receive 300 mg orally twice
a day. But, the medication was
not in the medication cart. Later,
the physician's orders were re-
viewed, and they stated that the
resident was to receive the same
dosage once a day.
In Count III, the AHCA Surveyors
conducted their inspection be-
tween July 16, and July 18, 2001.
A resident had many ants under,
and on his or her bed and had
sustained several bites on the
right inner arm and right outer
In Count IV, based on the inspec-
tions of the same time frame as
counts I through III, the facility
was charged with failure to assist
residents in obtaining routine and
24-hour-emergency dental care.
One resident's teeth were ob-
served to be coated with heavy
scale material and stained with
gums red and inflamed. The clini-
cal record did not contain any
evidence that the facility had ac-
curately assessed the dental con-
dition of the resident. Another
resident's teeth were coated with
heavy scale material with gums
inflamed. The resident's breath
was foul and teeth were stained.
The record showed a program of
daily oral care but the resident
had not received a dental evalua-
tion since March 19, 1998.
In a fifth Count, inspectors con-
ducted an interview with the Di-
rector of Nurses and the Assistant
Director of Nurses on July 16,
2001. Both revealed that the fa-
cility had been transferring resi-
dents from their sister facility over
the past few months. (This prob-
ably refers to the closing of the
Apalachicola Nursing Facility
Owned by Senior Care Properties
in 2001.) They expressed concern
that the staff levels in the Bay St.
George Care Center were riot suf-
ficient to care for all the residents.
Moreover, in the documentation
reviewed for this story, there was
no indication why the administra-
tive complaints were not formal-
ized until one year later.
The other administrative com-
plaint under the same date, Au-
gust 2, 2001, also involved infrac-
tions discovered in another return
inspection of July 23 and again
on September 5, 2001. In the first
Count (1) the facility had not
tested their fire alarm system in
two years. In a follow-up survey,
32 smoke detectors failed the sen-
sitivity test. In a second count, the
facility failed to store narcotics in
separately locked and affixed
Complaints Filed in July
An inspection conducted in the
Bay St. George Care Center in
May 2002 revealed that three resi-
dents had experienced falls but
there had riot been a formal as-
sessment of fall risk status and
no individualized plan of care to
prevent future falls for any of the
three residents. In April 2002, a
resident complained of daily pain
but the written plan of care for
this resident did not show a plan
- to address Dain or start a pain
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management program. A second
count in this filing also alleged
falls among certain residents
without any planning to prevent
Twice in the last 12 years, Senior
Care Properties, Inc. had volun-
tarily filed for bankruptcy under
Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy
Court for the Northern District of
Florida. The first petition was filed
on June 12, 1991 and a final de-
cree was issued in late November
1993. A second voluntary petition
was filed under Chapter 11 on
July 8, 1999 with a final Decree
issued on April 3, 2001.
During the period when a case for
reorganization of debt is being
made, the Bankruptcy Court re-
quires the debtor to file monthly
financial reports. The Chronicle
obtained one issued for Decem-
ber 2000 for the 30 day period.
This is reproduced as Figure 1
The net monthly payroll in De-
cember was reported to b.e
$142,563.80, with $20,931.82
paid for payroll taxes. Total cash
disbursements for December
amounted to $269,550.64 with a
cash balance of $25,627.76 with
receipts for the month totaled
$269,719.10. not leaving a large
amount of cash for emergencies,
or hefty fines at $6000 daily. Dur-
ing the period ofthe Chapter 11
proceedings through December
2000, well over $5 million had
been disbursed, including about
$2.5 million added to the local
economy through payroll salaries.
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MONTHu( FINANCIAL REPORT FOR BUSInZSS
FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING 12/01/00 AND ENDING 12/31/00
Name of Debtor: Senior Care Properties, Inc Case Number 99-70497TLH4
SDate of Petition: 07/08/99
MONTH PETITION TO DATE
1. CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD $25,459.30 $4,595.83
A. Cash Sales
Less: Cash Refunds
Net Cash Sales
B. Collection on Postpetition A/R 268,796.98
C. Collection on Prepetition A/R
D. Other Receipts (Attach List) 922.12
(If you receive rental income,
you must attach a rent roll.)
3. TOTAL RECEIPTS 269,719.10
4. TOTAL CASH AVAILABLE FOR
OPERATIONS (Line 1 + Line 3) $295,178.40
A. U.S. Trustee Quarterly Fees 20,000.00
B. Net Payroll 142,563.80 2,565,320.81
C. Payroll Taxes Paid 20,931.82 840,288.91
D. Sales and Use Taxes
SE. Other Taxes 83,571.45
F. Rent 5.200.00 10,200.00
G. Other Leases (Attachment 3) 3,273.28
H. Telephone 2.723.38 38,009.16
I. Utilities 9.964.79 199.939.02
J.. Travel & Entertainment 6,185.06
K. Vehicle Expenses 1,897.20
L. Office Supplies 3,344.51
M. Advertising 368.14
N. Insurance (Attachment 7) 12.568.16 267.137.94
O. Purchases of Fixed Assets 33.644.11
P. Purchases of Inventory
Q. Manufacturing Supplies
R. Repairs & Maintenance 1,132.45 33,866.67
S. Payments to Secured Creditors 40,750.45 615,698.29
T. Other Operating Expenses 33,715.79 701,503.26
6. .TOTAL CASH DISBURSEMENTS 269.550.64 5,424,247.81
7. ENDING CASH BALANCE
(LINE 4 LINE 6) $25,627.76 $25,627.76
I declare under penalty of perjury that this statement and the
accompanying documents and reports are true and correct to the
best of my knowledge and belief. Dated this qf_-day of 'T-qr ,
Signature: Title: Director of Accounting
Signature: C-uQ s T ^ Title: Director of Accounting
Print Name: Charlene Holton
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Tuesday you will make a decision that will affect many children
the rest of their lives. It is an important decision that needs to be
considered carefully. There are three good candidates asking for
your vote for Franklin County School Board District Two. Now
you must decide which one is the best choice. Let us look at
some of the thingsthat should help you decide.
Qualifications-Which candidate has the education
and leadership skills?
Experience-Which candidate has the most experi-
ence in education and leadership?
Platform-Which candidate has provided a list of
goals they wish to accomplish and how they intend
to implement them?
Record-Which candidate has a proven record of
getting the job done?
If one has evaluated the candidates carefully then there is only
one logical choice-DAVID HINTON.
Keep David Hinton on the
Franklin County School Board
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Alan Pierce in his position as head
of the county engineering depart-
ment recommended, and received
approval for, increases in Engi-
neering and Planning and Zoning.
The salary increases, and funds
for an additional employee, are to
be funded by recent increases in
building permits. Robin Brinkley
would go to $36,000; Rachel
Ward, $35,000, and $23,000 for
an additional employee as a build-
ing inspector. Pierce said a rear-
rangement of duties for other
employees would help free up
himself and Mark.Currenton, and
help get more people "out in the
field." He said Brinkley, as Build-
ing Official, now receives $28,000
and that Ward does zoning work
and is a certified building inspec-
tor, and has worked for the-county
The first public hearing on bud-
get decisions will be held on Mon-
day, September 9, at 5:15 p.m. at
the meeting room in the new
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
6 September 2002 Paee 9
By Barbara Revell
(On April 1, 2002, Ben and Bar-
bara Revell began a journey that
would take them to 35 states.
Their goal was to see small town
America traveling the backroads.
This is the third of four install-
Our journey has been fantastic to
this point. Every day the scenery.
is different and beautiful. There
was no way the trip could get any
better, but it did!
We especially wanted to see Cody,
Wyoming, so when we left Mount
Rushmore we headed in that di-
rection. Wyoming is a wonderful
state to travel through. There is a
noticeable lack of billboards.
We found the roads to be quite
red! We had never seen a red road.
There was a man at the next rest
area who looked local and being
a curious person I just had to ask
him about the red road! He said
they use scoria when making the
roads. He said scoria is what is at
the top of coal mines and is called
overburden. He said it is not good
for anything else so they use it in
the roads. Learn something new
every day. I won't forget the red
We won't forget the formidable Big
Horn Mountain either. Little did
we know what we were getting
into when we first saw the moun-
tain. It was quite an experience
crossing Big Horn. I am not sure
I want to do that again! I cannot
imagine how the pioneers did it.
To call this mountain "big" is an
understatement. It is gigantic.
There was snow everywhere. The
snow capped Ponderosa pines
were resplendent! I asked Ben,
"How can the Swiss Alps be bet-
ter than this?" Ben, who has seen
the Swiss Alps, replied, "The
Swiss Alps aren't as interesting!"
The geological history is evident,
astounding and beautiful. The
State of Wyoming was thoughtful
enough to mark the different pe-
riods and we saw pre-Cambrian,
Cambrian, Mississippian and
We crossed a creek named Ten-
sleep. Interesting name. We went
through huge, breathtaking cliffs.
I said, "I can't believe anyone
would build a road through this!"
Ben, "Why would anyone
At the bottom of the mountain we
found an interesting small town
named Tensleep. Population: 311
.. great town! In the old days
there was a Sioux Indian Camp
near Casper, Wyoming, and to the
north was another Indian Camp.
The Indians measured the dis-
tance in sleeps and it took ten
sleeps to get from one camp to the
other. Thus, the name Tensleep!
In Worland, Wyoming we saw
freight cars loaded with Coors
beer traveling down the railroad
track. If you have ever wondered
where kitty litter is manufactured,
one place is Worland, Wyoming.
Actually, I never thought about it
before but found it interesting.
Cody was everything we expected
it to be. It has an historic mys-
tique about it. The roads in town
are notably wide with diagonal
parking which was great! We had
a great meal at the Sunset Res-
taurant. The folks were friendly
even though they were very busy.
Much to our delight, the hostess
was an FSU grad, Jan Wilbur. She
and her husband moved to Cody
after living in Broward County,
Florida, for 30 years. Someone
who knew something about our
part of the country. I was quite,
curious why someone (anyone)
wants to live in such cold, isolated
country. She said they like it be-
cause it is out of the "rat race".
It was snowing the next morning.
This was April 27! We ate break-
fast at the wonderful Irma Hotel.
This hotel was built and owned
by Buffalo Bill. It is quite old and
has an aura about it. There were
a few cowboys eating there also.
Even though it was snowing we
thought driving would not be a
problem. However, north of Cody
the snow was falling thickly and
suddenly we could not see the
road! We turned around, care-
fully, and started back to Cody.
On the way back we spotted a
deputy and Ben waved to him. We
talkedito him about whether we
could get through if we turned
around again. He was "extra" nice
and called around to see what the
road conditions were. He was ad-
vised that the roads were pass-
able. So, we turned around again
... when we got to the place where
the road was so thick with snow
and ice ... the snow and ice were
gone! What a difference 30 min-
Cody was everything I expected
and more. If it weren't for the
We were in and out of snow all
morning but no more trouble with
the road. We made a short day of
it because we were getting near
Yellowstone Park and we wanted
to start the next day in the park.
Another wonderful small town,
Gardiner, Montana, is at the north
entrance to the park. We liked
Gardiner so much we stayed two
nights. Our motel was in a great
location with a fabulous view.
We had breakfast in a local res-
taurant and wondered if we would
ever have grits again! The break-
fast was OK, but the interesting
thing was that four young men
(25ish) came in and were trying
so hard to look like cowboys. I
called them "faux" cowboys. They
looked as if they had just stepped
out of a costume shop! We saw
quite a few real cowboys on the
trip, but these just didn't cut it!
Soon we enter Yellowstone Park.
Up until now Yellowstone was just
a picture in a book, something I
learned about in elementary
school. No longer is it just a pic-
ture in a book. Yellowstone Park
is awesome! This was our lucky
day! The literature informs that
one may not see ANY wild ani-
There is still snow on the ground.
We see bison on both sides of the
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Elect James T. "Tim" Turner
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For almost three years I have been the Emergency Man-
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* Completed Computer Programming course at Gulf
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* Currently enrolled at Kaplan College completing a
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road. Soon we saw several people
on the side of the road, obviously
looking at something so we
stopped. I asked someone what he
was looking at and he said, "griz-
zly bears!" We could not believe
we were actually seeing grizzly
bears! Some of the people were
going dangerously close to them
to get photos. I took mine from a
long way away!
As we continued into the park we
saw an eagle, ducks, baby bison
and thermal pools. We arrived at
01' Faithful about 30 minutes be-
fore she was due to "blow" again.
As we waited I never felt more like
a tourist! There were a lot of
people there, considering it is
April. We agreed we would never
'go to Yellowstone in July! Well,
Old Faithful "blew" just about at
the predicted time!
We saw elk, a coyote, more elk and
then lots and lots of bison just
casually walking down the road.
We could have touched them, but
I didn't dare. Park Officials make
sure that everyone knows that
bison are DANGEROUS! I believe
Wild animals are not the only
thing dangerous in Yellowstone.
The roads are treacherous! We
had planned to see the Grand
Tetons but after coming out of
Yellowstone Park I had had
enough of mountains! So, instead
of seeing the Tetons we ventured
on to Butte, Montana.
Sometimes while traveling in
Montana it felt like we were in the
middle of nowhere ... going a
where! The scenery, however, is
spectacular. The ranches appear
to be miles and miles a part ...
We went through another small
town, Lahood, Montana. The only
business in town was a saloon! I
liked the names of some of the
towns: Opportunity, Deer Lodge,
Phosphate, Gold Creek. In Drum-
mond there was a sign, "World
Famous Bull Shippers"!
We reached Idaho on April 30 ...
another time zone change. We
stopped in Sinelterville for ice. In
front of the store was a live (LIVEI)
bait vending machines I took a
photo for proofl
We stayed in Cour d Alene, Idaho.
Spring had arrived in Cour d
Alene and the flowers were mag-
nificent! Our observation of Cour
d Alene was that the people are
different from what we were ac-
customed to. Nobody speaks and
the drivers were discourteous. We
saw road rage between a motor-
cycle and a car. Well, on to Wash-
US Hwy. 2 from Cour d Alene to
Wenatchee, Washington is a good
road with beautiful farms along
the way. At this point I realize that
the United States of America is
absolutely stunning when seen as
In Coulee City there is a beauti-
ful lake. There were yellow wild-
flowers everywhere. There are
huge rocks in the fields and the
farmers farm up to the rocks.
There were cliffs and bluffs sur-
srounding a beautiful valley. The
apples are in blossom! What a
treaty We pass miles and miles of
apple orchards. It was the week
of the Apple Blossom festival in
We visited the beautiful Ohme
Gardens in Wenatchee. These gar-
dens sit high on a rocky bluff. 60
years ago the Ohme family de-
cided to transform a barren "hill"
into a garden and it is magnifi-
' cent. The Ohme Gardens are in-
formal and emphasize greenery.
According to information provided
by the gardens, "the evergreen
trees and low growing plants have
been blended with the existing
rock formations to create effects
varying from the lush growth of
rainforest to the variegated pat-
terns of analpine meadow. Where
there was once nothing but sage-
brush and dust, there are now
shaded, fern bordered pools with
trickling water. The once brown
slopes are now covered with a pro-
fusion of greenery, the weathered
rock formations emerge from
carpe-like plantings." Even Ben
who is not as interested in gar-
dening as I am enjoyed these gar-
We found Wenatchee to be too
"touristy" ...and just who are we
to say! The next town, Leaven-
worth, was definitely "touristy"
but I loved it! It is a delightful
Bavarian village. Maybe one day I
can go back. This part of the
country would be a wonderful
place to re-visit.
I got to see Seattle the same way I
did Chicago and Denver. On the
interstate at 75 MPH! As I said in
the last installment, Ben was not
going to linger in ANY large city. I
was able to note that Seattle looks
just like all the pictures I have
ever seen ... foggy and rainy.
SWe thought we would stay in Ab-
- erdeen. We went through the town
twice trying to decide where to
stay. The town appears to be eco-
nomically depressed and rather
dirty. So, we decided to continue
west and what a delightful spot
we found in Ocean Shore, Wash-
ington and we see the Pacific
Ocean for the first time We stayed
at the Polynesian Inn with a room
on the water. We liked it so much
that we wanted to stay another
day, however we could not get the
same room the next night and
decided to travel south to Oregon
.where we have another delightful
Ben at Ohme Gardens
from Page 1
effective with grant funds that are
ineligible for now from state and
the federal government. He said
"it will be a win-win situation." He
then went on to say "with St.
James Bay, and the potential of
the prison coming on line, it would
place Carrabelle in a regional wa-
ter and sewer arena and in the
long-term it would be best for the
citizens of Carrabelle and area."
Depriest said that "the consolida-
tion of the wells of the city and
Lanark was of primary impor-
tance to the Northwest Water
Management District." He added
that it seemed that consolidation
would have in time been manda-
Christine Saunders asked, "if the
city takes over the LVWSD will the
city be extending its limits to that
area?" Mayor Messer said "yes
and no. But it won't take in
Lanark. He was queried how fur-
ther the city limit would go and
the Mayor refused to answer.
Saunders persisted, "Once you
consolidate the water and sewer,
does it [Lanark] have to be incor-
porated into the city?" There was
a chorus of "no's" from the city
Keck again took the microphone
saying that BDI have evaluated
the assets and liabilities of the
LVWSD in regard to the wastewa-
ter plant. He said that they had
come up with a plan to incorpo-
rate Lanark into a regional waste-
water treatment concept.
As to projected operating cost and
maintenance he said that the to-
tal expenditures are about $265,000
annually, They had decided on a
rate structure of comparable to
135 percent the rate in Carrabelle'
limits at this time as the city has
to be made whole and cover all
the cost of the acquisition.
Keck then went straight on to re-
quest that the city commission-
ers set the rate at 135 percent of
the city's rate in perpetuity In re-
turn for the city consolidation.
He added that the city would have
to cover about $70,000 per year
of the debt service the city would
have to take over with the con-
Depriest asked if the 135 per-
cent takes into consideration the
$750,000. Keck said, yes." and
Depriest said it was superfluous
to the district's current needs.
Depriest then said that the
LVWSD Board .had decided we
would work on the 125 percent
from Statute 180, Chapter which
states that we will not be charged
more that 125 percent of the city
Keck said that the $750,000 was
extra funds and would provide
capital improvements that would
directly benefit Lanark such as
improvements to the spray fields
and holding ponds. Depriest re-
'plied, "we aren't taking any more
customers unless you take on the
,St. James Bay. Basically the
$750,000 would become an asset
He added that "I thought that was
what we were going to negotiate.
I did not know it was going to be
put out here as a done deal. We
aren't going to enter into any
agreement that does not follow the
There was a long discussion of the
future needs of St. James Bay and
the necessity to serve them
through the Lanark system to
avoid having to have an expensive
water tower as well as the status
of the well on the St. James prop-
Rankin said, "there needs to be
more clarity to this and called for
more discussions. Depriest final-
ized the discussion by once more
making the point that "if we
(LVWSD Board) cannot enter into
an agreement based on statute
law that is 125 percent, your
numbers have to work with that,
that's how we stand. We don't
need $750,000 in infrastructure
work to keep doing what we have
been doing. Meetings are fine. But
a point of reference is needed. Our
point is 125 percent as provided
in perpetuity. There was a little
more discussion and meeting will
be held with LVWSD and BDI.
It also will be talked about in
Lanark Village at Chillas Hall on
September 17 at 2 p.m.
Alternative Adult School
from Page 3
puters. "We have three classes
from one school to another," said
O'Grady, "history, government
and chemistry. Trig would be
After discussion, the Franklin
District Supplemental Academic
Improvement Plan was approved.
Substitutes were listed, and ap-
proved, but no additional names
given. Positions approved in-
cluded Apalachicola High, class-
room teachers Joseph Hayes and
Barbara Matty, and Carrabelle
High, David Williams as Athletic
Director, Head Football Coach;
William Pierini, Alternative Edu-
cation, Performance Based Drop-
out prevention program; a leave'
of absence for Christine Hinton;
Charles Wilkinson, as Middle
School ESE Teacher; and Kenneth
Manwaring, Science and Physical
Among the items approved were
student transfers with two stu-
dents to Wakulla County, two stu-
dents to Port St. Joe High, and a
student with dual enrollment,
early admission to Gulf Coast
Community College. Resolutions
included a proclamation to cel-
ebrate the American Character,
district participation in APEC
Chapman Principal Key asked for
Board approval for putting tele-
phones into teachers' rooms. "I've
got them in, but it occurred to me
that you might want to know
about it," he said. "If you don't
want them, I can have them taken
out." The 'Board approved Key's
Hike At $2,000
By Sue Cronkite
A new millage rate of 7.75 per-
cent and a new budget of
$1,407,500 were tentatively
_ adopted by the Apalachicola City
Commission on September 3,
2002. Two public hearings were
held, one on the new budget, and
one on a Mediacom Ordinance for
2002-2005. Adoption of the mill-
age rate for taxes was included in
the regular meeting.
Mayor Alan Pierce said that there
were some large expenditures last
year. 'We had budgeted $60,000
and spent $160,000,"he said.
When asked by Lee McKnight if
some of the legal fees could be
recovered, City Attorney Pat Floyd
said it is not automatic. "People
might be less inclined to sue if
they had to pay legal fees," said
On the second reading of the
Mediacom Ordinance, Pierce said
it is a non-exclusive franchise to
install, maintain, and operate a,
cable system, Atty. Floyd an-
swered a query from the audience
that the recent cable rate increase
is covered by federal law. Pierce
said that's the way it is, "until
someone comes in and competes."
In a report on progress of the
sewer system, Ella Mosconis said
installation is 95 percent com-
plete. "'The existing system is al-
ready abandoned," she added.'
"The contractor has asked for 29
days extension to do things Mor-
ris Plumbing didn't do, such as
repaving Veterans Park parking
lot." Commissioners approved the
extension. "The water system will
be easier," said Mosconis.
Larry Hatfield asked for city ap-
proval of an easement endorsed
by Planning and Zoning of an
overhang on the D Street side of
the Rivermark Project on the lot'
adjacent to the office building of
Atty. Barbara Sanders on High-
way 98. Hatfield said a new side-
walk would be installed under-
neath a wood deck on the second
level. After looking at the
engineer's drawings, commission-
ers confirmed the Planning and
Zoning action and approval of an
encroachment agreement with a
"hold harmless" clause
Jim Woodall spoke on behalf of
Manatee Partners, developers of
a 15-lot subdivision on Melanie
Lane near Breakaway Lodge.
Woodall said he learned that the
DEP would not allow connection
to the city water system "until the
water project is in place and bet-
ter quality water ensured."
Woodafl aid he understood there
is a connection moratorium.
Mayor Pierce told Woodall that the
new water system would not be
in place within 60 days. "We've not
been told we are under a morato-
rium," said Mosconis. Mosconis
said the developer should pay
connection fees for the water taps
up front. "He needs to specify
what taps he's reserving and what
portion of water line." Atty. Floyd
suggested the developer draft a
letter to the DEP and the city sign
as a joint request. Lots are to be
sold in the development, with
buyers building their own homes.
"If we don't get our money up
front, those lots could sit out there
for years," said Pierce.
Wadell said developer of the
former Dr. Photis Nichols property
fronting.on Highway 98 wanted an
agreement for fee or price of build-
ing water lines in the subdivision
and turning them over to the city,
a rebate. 'The only rebate I'm in-
terested in is one we can turn
back to the people, that's whose
paying for the new water system,"
said Commissioner Van Johrson.
On Battery Park stormwater
project, Mosconis reported that
only one bid came in, from Fisk
Co. for $36,613. The bid was ap-
proved contingent upon the city
receiving the funds from the Wa-
ter Management District. "There's
an additional $20,000 worth of
pipe the city is buying," said
Atty. Floyd said trial in the Teet
case is to start October 4.
Chris Bentley will be handling the
trial, "and John Pelham will be
there too,"' he, added.
Laura Moody asked about the
absence of blue and white hospi-
tal signs and was assured by
Pierce that signs will be put up.
commissioner Jimmy Elliott
asked that a flag be put up at the
foot of the bridge where the
marker and monument stands.
"The historical sign has' about
historicaled out," said Elliott.
Pierce asked assistant city admin-
istrator Michael Moron to get cost
estimates. It was suggested and
agreed that a ceremony be held
September 11 to dedicate and put
a plaque on the flagpole donated
Sby Eddie Cass at Veterans Park.
Littering on Lafayette Park pier
was pointed out, as was a big hole
at Avenue Eight and Sixth Street
where one side of the road at been
torn out. A bathroom was sug-
gested for Lafayette Park. When
asked about rules on dogs, Pierce
said dogs in the park must be
controlled by voice or leash, that
dogs are allowed, but that people
ought to clean up after them.
Police Chief Andy Williams said
that policemen worked overtime
last week, but "we'll still be using
radar, buLt with no o\vertnie "
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
6 September 2002 Page 13
To the So-Called Panhandle Citizens Coalition
Thanks But No Thanks
Shadow Organization Attempts to Stir Up Controversy
Now comes the Panhandle Citizens Coalition comprised of letterhead
and some concerned citizens who want to supplement the natural
forces inhibiting development. That natural force against progress,
change, innovation perhaps, and certainly manifesting "delay" is
American bureaucracy and overhead. The Panhandle Citizens Coali-
tion, made up of unnamed citizens, some running for local elective
office, wants a one-year moratorium on St. Joe development in the
panhandle, and Summer Camp in Franklin County, in particular.
They cite some very obvious examples adding further to delay and
review of Summer Camp such as the outdated comprehensive plan
already noted by the Franklin County Commission. The Dept. of Com-
munity Affairs is already involved, along with other agencies, on de-
veloping a timetable for updating the plan.
Whatever plans the Panhandle Coalition may add to this bureau-
cratic process are unknown, except they are calling for a referendum
in every county, and providing draft resolutions to various county
governments. This is simply redundancy that is unneeded, and in-
deed, likely designed to clog the process with more bureaucratic machi-
nations. The Franklin County government is well aware of the citizen
concern over Summer Camp and the numerous environmental con-
cerns already identified in the DCA review of the current comprehen-
sive plan. Adding more to this bureaucratic process is simply waste-
ful when these major concerns have already been expressed, noted
and promise to be acted upon, given the abnormally long process-of
review and approval already in place.
If the Panhandle Citizens Coalition were to function as "watch dog",
that would be a useful role. But to promote referenda when represen-
tative government is already deliberating the problem is a redun-
dancy that could potentially waste taxpayer dollars. We agree with
Secretary Steve Seibert who last week rejected the Panhandle Citi-
zens Coalition arguments for a one year moratorium, indicating state
law already provides for growth planning and citizen involvement.
Why formalize a process that is going to take well over one year to
evolve anyway? Also, whether the Panhandle Citizens are actually
advocating the "public's views" remains very much to be seen. I think
they have an obligation to reveal more about their letterhead group
and how they know "the public's views..."
Tom W. Hoffer
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From the Inside
Caring Professional Services Prove: "Healing
SBy Tom Campbell
You never know what the future
holds for you and it's best not to
Make any assumptions. Good
health is one of the easiest bless-
ings to take for granted, but when
it flies away, what desolation is
2002 has turned out to be a chal-
lenging year for this writer. Bleed-
ing varicose veins started to be a
problem in January, 2002. A rup-
tured vein in the right leg was re-
moved surgically in March. Com-
plicated by diabetes, the healing
took until May, 2002.
Then in June another vein rup-
tured, this time in the left ankle.
"It was like an eruption from a
volcano-the vein shooting blood
straight out about 12 inches in a
SThe vein was removed in surgery
at Gainesville, Veterans Hospita,
Returning home on July 5, the
writer's surgical wound became
S infected. Antibiotics were used for
about two weeks, and then bleed-
ing occurred in a vein next to the
surgical wound. Back in Lake City
Veterans Administration Hospital
on August 12, the writer was still
in pain and was sent again to
Gainesville V.A. Vascular Center.
Finally, on August 21st, the doc-
tors agreed the infection was gone
Sand the bleeding stopped. Strict
Sbed rest with feet elevated above
the heart was ordered. Anemia,
venous insufficiency and diabetes
were problems which were being
Then came the opportunity to wit-
ness a nursing care and rehabili-
tation center from the inside. On
August 21st, the writer was trans-
ferred to Bay St. Joe Care and
Rehabilitation Center on 9th
Street in Port St. Joseph. The doc-
tors, nurses and staff are friendly
S.aid professional and appear to be
genuinely interested in providing
the very best services possible. Dr.
Oksaden and Wound Care Spe-
Scialists Trezia and Carol Ann be-
'A gan to work "healing magic". They
.are angels of mercy assisting the
: ; .- ',
"It will be slow," the doctors have
said, "...like watching the grass
grow." Healing is slow because of
the venous insufficiency, diabe-
tes and anemia, but all are slowly
improving. Emphasis on slowly.
Healing is divine, and so is get-
ting over the pain which has been
interise. Take care of your health
while you have it.
All along the way from January
to August, 2002, there have been
"angels of mercy." To name a few:
Kat, Marylee, Pat, Social Worker
Chris St. John at Lake City V. C.,
Dr. Thomas Hoffer, Nurse Linda,
Father Joe Knight and Kay
Wheeler of Trinity Episcopal
Church in Apalachicola-and oth-
ers in the community of believers
too numerous to name here.
At Bay St. Joe Care and Rehab
Center: Admissions Director Jo
Golson, Director of Nursing
Maridel Reynolds, Cindi, Kristie,
Barbara, Betty, Ruth and many
others were compassionate.
On Thursday, August 22nd, word
was out that Bay St. George Care
Center was closing and would be
"transferring 22 residents from
there to St. Joe." The new resi-
dents began arriving some on
Thursday, others on Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday. The Bay St.
Joe staff was busy "around the
clock, moving some of the old pa-
tients to new rooms, to make
space for new, patients." Some
married couples were arriving
from Eastpoint, so rooms had to
be arranged to accommodate
couples, moving some single
males to roommate status. The
reasons for Bay St. George Nurs-
ing Care in Eastpoint closing in-
clude insects in the bed of a pa-
The St. Joe nurses and staff seem-
ed a little overwhelmed at first as
the population grew to capacity-
a total of 120 residents where be-
fore there had been 98.
Someone asked, "Are you going to
get additional staff, to help care
for the additional residents?"
The nurse smiled, "We are going
to be working overtime for sure."
_, ~ :!/ /
Demands on staffs energy, time
and patience accelerated Imme-
diately. Having heard and seen
some real horror stories about
what can happen in homes where
staff has no commitment to jobs
and no compassion for residents,
questions came to mind as to the
quality of care. Would the care-
givers be sincerely dedicated?
Even though nurses and staff at
St. Joe were challenged with
"overload", there have been so far
very few complaints. These are
dealt with in an orderly fashion.
Usually, they are from the type of
person who would find something
to complain about even if they
were staying at a luxury hotel, fed
by a 5-star chefs restaurant. Ad-
ditional staff were interviewed at
Bay St. Joe ahd eventually hired
after careful screening.
Most of the nurses and staff at
Bay St. Joe and Rehab Center
work very hard at being good
care-givers. They keep making
jokes-even laughing-no mater
how tough the tasks. They work
hard to give the resident and fam-
ily the peace of mind, security and
wholesome attitude necessary for
It's no fun being sick and in pain,
but if you have to go through it,
be sure you've got friends who
care and are active in the caring.
At Bay St. Joe, they have found a
way to serve that contributes to
making healing divine. The gift is
looking for the good. The alterna-
tive-yielding to a negative, com-
plaining attitude; which only com-
pounds the ugly everywhere.
Choose to look for the beauty.
There's the challenge.
S ^ har may touch you the most
S VV about this wonderful place
is rhat so little has been touched .
!h at all. Here atWindMark Beach;"
Sthe timelessness of Old Florida is
Thoughtfully recalled. From authentic j
coastal architecture, to the unspoiled,
shell-strewn beach and abundance
S of wildlife Indeed, it's all these things
that make living bere so special.
WindMark Beach. Located on an
i. undiscovered part of Northwest
Florida's Gulf Coast.
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F-to over $5oo,ooo.
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A LOCA LLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
from Page 2
Mr. Pierce provided the Board
with a revised building fee sched-
ule. The fee schedule will raise the
revenues to $250,000 from the
current $200,000. The significant
changes are raising the estimated
cost of construction for commer-
cial structures and houses on pil-
ings from $75.00 a square foot to
$100.00 a square foot. There were
other increases for fireplaces, hot
tubs, and for docks, and board-
walks. "If the Board wants to be
consistent with Wakulla and Gulf
Counties, then it should raise the
cost of a single-wide mobile home
to $100 and a double-wide to
$200. The proposal raises the fees
to $75 and $125, for single and
double." The following table is for
Single Double Triple
Current Franklin County
$50 $100 $100
Proposed Franklin County
$75 $125 $125
Gulf, Wakulla County
The Board approved all proposed
This is the revised schedule for
proposed development permits
handled through the Planner's
Office in the Courthouse Annex.
The Schedule of Fees is applied
after the total valuation is deter-
mined in Figure 1. In Figure 1,
the fee schedule is in the right col-
The Board tabled a request from
Dell Schneider for an easement for
a sewer line to go under the
Carrabelle River, .under the
county boat ramp, under the end
of Timber Island Road, and
emerge within the right-of-way of
Timber Island, and then travel
down the Timber Island Road ap-
proximately 1000 feet where it will
enter private property. The sewer
line will become part of the
Carrabelle sewer system. The
county needed more detailed in-
formation on how much area the
easement would occupy.
Porter Street Boat Ramp
The Porter Street Boat Ramp is-
sue was a final item on the
agenda: Alan Pierce said he re-
ceived the following letter from
Ronald M. Bloodworth concern-
ing the current status of the is-
sue. No formal action was taken
on the issue at this meeting.
Re: Porter Street Boat Ramp
Please be advised that I cannot
accept your assumption that the
property within my lease appears
to be given to the county in the
past. You must provide a deed to
same if you claim my lease to be
Furthermore' I want to point out
to you specific provisions in the
dedication documents of Unit 5
and Unit 4, accepted by the
* Aerobic Sewage Treatment Systems
Septics Coastal Hauling
Florida Coast Guard units were
busy last weekend with cases in-
volving boaters in distress or de-
siring medical attention in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Florida small-boat station crews
and cutter crews responded to
several distressed boaters as well
as a flight crew temporarily lo-
cated in Destin, Fla.
At about 11:15 a.m. Saturday,
Coast Guard Group Mobile, Ala.
received a call that the 54-foot
fishing vessel Eagle Express was
disabled and two of the crew-
members were dehydrated due to
prolonged sea sickness.
Gerald Hargrove and Richard
Henebry were among the 13
Crewmembers aboard the Eagle
Express, located about 42 miles
south of Pensacola, Fla.
Coast Guard Cutter Bonito was
diverted to assist at about 11:30
a.m. and a Coast Guard HH-65
Dolphin rescue helicopter was
launched from Coast Guard Sta-
tion Destin at about 12:30 p.m.
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n the Blue Ridge mountains minutes from Asheville, NC! Resort amenities
include guarded gate, private airstrip, fitness center, tennis courts, swim-
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2 New Luxury homes on the 4th fairway, each features: 3+ Bed., 2+ Car
Garage, Fireplaces, Stone & Hardwoods, Soaring Ceilings. .
1 Luxury condominium: 2 Bed., 2 Bath, Fireplace, Breakfast Room,
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If your idea of paradise is to be in an area surrounded by
miles of rivers, thousands of acres of wetlands and
unspoiled forests you'll find no better place to live than
St. James Bay. This new golf course community is
located in picturesque Carrabelle. An 18-hole golf course,
two tennis courts, swimming pool, restaurant and bay
access will all be part of this affordable 370-acre commu-
nity. Fishing, bird watching or sun worshiping-it's all
within walking distance of the Gulf of Mexico. With only
161 lots available in Phase One these
beautiful sites will go
fast--so call us to
today! Contact Freda White
T or Raymond Williams
county February 12, 1960. It is
clearly stated that "'the dedication
to the perpetual use of the Pub-
lic, the Streets, Boulevards,
Drives, Avenues, Alleys, and Ca-
nals as shown hereon, reserving
unto itself it's heirs, successors,
assigns or legal representatives
the reversion, or reversions of
same, whenever abandoned by
the Public or discontinued by
The county has committed a bla-
tant violation of the Public's rights
to the Porter Street Canal by the
blocking of ingress and egress of
such. This action also constitutes
abandonment of this property by
I have discussed with Leisure
Properties, LTD in detail the re-
version of a section of the Porter
Street right-of-way South of the
Canal. The same will be surveyed
for legal description within ,the
As Mr. Creamer and Mr. Shuler
will attest, I have tried a diplo-
matic approach for a solution. I
was not even afforded the com-
mon courtesy of a return phone
call last Friday, August 30th,
If you refuse to honor the dedica-
tion documents on Unit 5, this will
be my final attempt to settle this
I am prepared to pursue legal av-
enues to protect my rights as well
as those of the Public and my fel-
Ronald M. Bloodworth
*Refer to table for fee
RADON (Sq. Ft. of House) x .01=
TOTAL PERMIT FEE:
$1,000.00 and less No Fee unless inspection required in
which case a $25.00 base fee.
$1001.00 to $50,000 $25.00 for first $1,000, $4 for each
additional thousand or part thereof to and
$50,001 to S100,000 $266.00 for first S50,000 and $3 for each
additional thousand up to and including
$500,000 and up $1,666.00 for the first $500,000 and $2 for
each additional thousand or part thereof.
Mobile Homes $75- Single Wide; $125 Double Wide.
Moving of buildings other than $200.00
Demolition of buildings or structures $100.00
Where work, for which a permit is required by Franklin County is started prior to
obtaining said permit, the fees herein specified shall be doubled. The payment of
such double fee shall not relieve any person from fully complying with the
requirements of Franklin County or the Florida Building Code.
Reinspection $50 for failure to have any structure or segment of such structure
ready for inspection when such inspection has been requested by a Builder,
Contractor, Sub-contractor or Owner.
The helicopter crew hoisted the
two aboard and transported them
to Pensacola Regional Airport
where they were transferred to
Escambia County EMS at about
The Bonito proceeded to tow the
Eagle Express ashore before be-
ing relieved by a good Samaritan
vessel, the motor vessel Fishin
Also, Sta. Destin received a report
at about 9:15 a.m. today that
Patty Beary, 49, was having diffi-
culty breathing while inbound on
the fishing vessel Sweet Jody, 5
miles south of Destin, and re-
quested medical assistance.
A Coast Guard 47-foot motor life
boat was on scene at about 9:30
a.m. with Okaloosa EMS aboard.
The sea state proved too rough to
transfer the medical personnel so
the motor life boat escorted the
SweetJody to Fisherman's Wharf.
Upon arrival at the pier, Beary,
who apparently felt better, de-
clined the medical attention.
The Bonito is an 87-foot patrol
boat from Pensacola. The Dolphin
rescue helicopter and crew are
from Coast Guard Air Station New
Orleans, but are temporarily lo-
cated at Sta. Destin to respond to
search-and-rescue cases during
this busy recreational boating
(SEIS) For Shrimp
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold scoping meetings to receive
comments on a supplemental en-
vironmental impact statement
(SEIS) for Shrimp Amendment 13
and for the rebuilding program for
A series of scoping meetings will
be held to determine the scope of
issues to be included and to iden-
tify the significant issues related
to the considered actions. During
the development of Amendment
13, the Council will consider ad-
ditional issues and management
measures to deal with any prob-
lems identified during the scoping
The SEIS will also include an as-
sessment of the impacts on the
biological, physical, and human
environment, as well as the
shrimp fishery and other fisher-
ies. The potential that impacts on
endangered or threatened species
and marine mammals within the
Gulf of Mexico will also be ana-
The purpose of Amendment 13 is
to establish definitions of maxi-
mum sustainable yield (MSY),
optimum yield (OY), the overfish-
SpAecL lizing ies
A ~viqite blend of
antique es, naRticaL items,
art, books and vtMan
more dlstinctve accent
Photos circa 1900, of area
lighthouses at St. Marks, St.
George Island, Dog Island,
Cape San Bias.
Postcards, circa 1900, of old
Extremely nqu.e rnautcal
items, archltectu al stars,
turtle lamps and mutch
Co llectib les | "
Lookfor the bfg tin shed on.
170 Water Street along the
historic Aptlachicola River.
170 Water Street
P.O. Box 9
Apalacklcola, FL 32329
Linda &L Harry Arnold, Owners
Franklin Schools Forum Scheduled For
FEE SCHEDULE FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMITS
ON GRADE (heated area x $75.00 =
ON PILING (heated area x $100.00=
COMMERCIAL (Square Ft.x $100.00=
ROOFS OF WOOD SHAKES/SHINGLES, TILE COPER IR METAL
ADD: (heated area x $3.00)=
FIREPLACE: (heated area x $2.00) =
HOT TUB (heated area x $2.00) =
EXTERIOR WALLS OF BRICK, WOOD SHINGLES, CYPRESS, JUNIPER,
CEDAR, REDWOOD, STUCCO OR STONE: x $1.50 =_
PORCHES ON GRADE (Sq. Ft. x $30.00) =
PORCHES ON PILING (Sq. Ft. x $35.00) =
DECKS ON GRADE (Sq. Ft. x $20.00) =
DECKS ON PILINGS (Sq. Ft. x $30.00) =
GARAGES, & ENCLOSED SHEDS (Sq. Ft. x $30.00) =
OPEN SHEDS & CARPORTS: _(Sq. Ft. x $15.00) =
TOTAI, VALUATION (BASE + ADDED VALUE) =
The Franklin County public
school system is being reviewed
as part of a statewide initiative to
identify ways school districts can
improve the efficiency and effec-
tiveness of their operations and
save funds, The review is sched-
uled to begin October 2002, with
a final report delivered to the
school board in March 2003.
This review is part of a process
first initiated by the state in 1997
to instill public confidence in the
state's school system by improv-
ing school district management
and use of resources. Prior to
2001, reviews were voluntary. In
2001, the state legislature passed
the Sharpening the Pencil Act,
which expanded the program by
requiring all school districts to
undergo a review on a five-year
Under these reviews, funded by
the legislature, the Florida
Legislature's Office of Program
Policy Analysis and Government
Accountability (OPPAGA) exam-
ines school district operations
using the best practices adopted
by the Commissioner of Educa-
Commercial Fishermen Meet At
Riviera Beach For Litigation Prep
Representatives, of the Wakulla Fishermen's Association and retired
Circuit Judge Charles McClure met with fishermen from the Rivera
Beach area to discuss their legal fight against the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission and to raise money for the litiga-
tion. The meeting took place at the Riviera Beach City Hall on Friday,
August 23rd. Ron Crum, Panacea, told the gathered fishermen that
the proposed litigation could give them back their civil rights. Judge
McClure said that the goal was not to overturn the constitutional
amendment limiting net fishing but to make the state interpret and
enforce net laws uniformly.
Ron Crum, President of the Wakulla Fishermen's Association, has
been pushing for a new interpretation of what constitutes a gill net.
In a ruling this year, Wakulla County Circuit Judge Sander Sauls
approved the use of a rectangular hybrid net that.Crum says can be
effectively used to commercially harvest mullet. Up to the present
time, the FWCC has approved only a net with two-inch mesh but
Crum argues that nets of all sizes can cause fish to be caught by the
gills. The smaller mesh size merely snares smaller fish-juvenile fish-
that tend to be about six inches long, smaller than the 11-inch size
that are commercially harvestable.
ing threshold, and the overtished
condition for managed shrimp
stocks in the Gulf. Amendment 13
may also include alternatives to
require vessel monitoring systems
(VMS) on shrimp vessels fishing
in the exclusive economic zone
(EEZ) of the Gulf, as well as al-
ternatives to improve bycatch re-
porting and'to further reduce
bycatch in the shrimp fishery.
The Council will develop a SEIS
to assess the impacts of possible
actions as discussed herein how-
ever, the scope of the alternatives
to be developed will not necessar-
ily be limited to the following is-
sues. The Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Man-
agement Act (M-SFCMA) requires
the Council to establish defini-
tions for MSY, OY, the overfish-
ing threshold, and the overfished
condition for the stocks that are
managed. The Council submitted
proxy definitions for these param-
eters as part of its Generic Sus-
tainable Fisheries Act Amend-
ment in 1999 however, only the
definitions of the overfished con-
ditions were approved by the Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS). Consequently, revised
definitions are being developed.
The Council has also established
some relatively large permanently
and seasonally closed areas to
shrimp trawling, namely the
Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary and
the cooperative Texas Closure. To
enhance enforcement of these clo-
sures and to potentially collect
better effort data from the shrimp
fishery, the Council is consider-
ing requiring VMS on shrimp ves-
sels in at least some portion of the
EEZ. Section 303 (a)(1l) of the
M-SFCMA requires the Council to
establish a standardize bycatch
reporting methodology to deter-
mine the type and amount of
bycatch occurring in the shrimp
fishery. The Council has proposed
such a methodology under
Amendment 10 to the Shrimp
FMP. The.Council is now consid-
ering ways to Improve this report-
ing methodology. Section 303
(a) 11) of the MSFCMA also re-
quires the Council to reduce
bycatch to the extent practicable
and to reduce the mortality of
bycatch that cannot be avoided.
Consequently, the Council is con-
sidering additional measures to
reduce bycatch in the shrimp fish-
The results of several analyses
indicate that the red snapper re-
source in the Gulf of Mexico is
overfished such that the stock
biomass is below the level needed
to sustain a harvest at the maxi-
mum sustainable yield (MSY).
Therefore, the stock needs to be
rebuilt based on the 1998 Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) National Standard Guide-
lines. In May 2001, the Council
submitted to NMFS a regulatory
amendment to the Reef Fish Fish-
ery Management Plan (FMP) that
modified the current rebuilding
plan and was consistent with
NMFS guidelines. NMFS has sub-
sequently determined that the
actions taken by the Council have
an environmental impact suffi-
cient to warrant a SEIS rather
Than the environmental assess-
ment that accompanied the ini-
tial regulatory amendment.
In order to develop a SEIS,
scoping meetings are needed to
solicit public input on the envi-
ronmental impacts of the rebuild-
ing plan. Alternatives to the plan
for which input is being sought
include definitions for maximum
sustainable yield (MSY), optimum
yield (OY), the minimum stock
size threshold (MSST) (below
which a stock is considered to be
overfished), and the maximum
fishing mortality threshold
I.(MFMT (above which a stock is
considered to be undergoing over-
fishing). The proposed SEIS also
considers alternative rebuilding
plans that will rebuild the stock
within 31 years or less and are
based on various rebuilding strat-
egies. The SEIS will also include
an assessment of the impacts on
Sthe biological, physical, and hu-
man environment, as well as im-
pacts to the red snapper fishery
and other fisheries. The potential
impacts on endangered or threat-
ened species and marine mam-
mals within the Gulf of Mexico will
also be analyzed.
Becausejuvenile red snapper are
a component of the shrimp trawl
bycatch and through Shrimp
Amendment 13 the Council will.
consider further bycatch reduc-
tion measures, the scoping meet-
ings for red snapper will be held
immediately following the scoping
meetings for Shrimp Amendment
13 to the Shrimp Fishery Manage-
ment Plan (FMP). The Shrimp
Amendment 13 scoping meetings
will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the fol-
lowing locations and dates and
the red snapper scoping meetings
will start immediately following
Monday, September 30, 2002
NMFS Panama City Laboratory
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408
Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Franklin County Courthouse
33 Market Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council is 1 of 8 regional
fishery management councils that
was established by the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act of 1976. The
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Manage-
ment Council prepares fishery
management plans that are de-
signed to manage fishery re-
sources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Safety Check At
IGA Store In
The Florida Highway Patrol &
the Franklin County Sheriffs
Office will host a Child Safety
Seat Check at the IGA Store in
Carabelle this Saturday, Sep-
tember 7, 2002, from 10:00
a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Parents can
come by the newly rebuilt IGA
Store in Carabelle to the Child
Safety Seat Check to have their
child's car seat checked for proper
installation by a team of Certified
Child Passenger Safety experts.
For additional information, call
Kim Hackler, FHP/Office of Pub-
lic Affairs (850) 413-7662.
tion to determine ways to improve
district efficiency and effective-
ness. These practices cover virtu-
ally every aspect of school district
operations from food services to
transportation to central office
OPPAGA will hold a public forum
at H.G. Brown Elementary
School, 85 School Road, East-
point, Florida, on Monday, Sep-
tember 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., for
comments about Franklin County
schools. In addition, OPPAGA has
established the Community Input
Hotline for those interested in pro-
viding comments on Franklin
County schools. That number is
(800) 877-3470. More information
on 'these reviews, as well as pre-
viously completed school dis-
trict reviews, can be found on
OPPAGA's website at http://
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION,
CONTACT: David Summers, Chief
Legislative Analyst, OPPAGA,
(850) 487-9257 or Jane Fletcher,
Education Staff Director, OPPAGA,
(850) 487-9255, FAX (850)