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Stakeholders Meet in Tallahassee

"Skip" Livingston, Apalachicola

River Scientist, Offers Primer On

The System

Mixture of Science and Politics Continues ...


Volume 11, Number 19 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Apalachicola River Primer Editorial & Commentary
................................ 1, 9 .................................... 3
River Road Residents on Awesome America Part IV


Second Broadcast Forum From Dixie Theatre


...................................... 5
Carrabelle City .......... 6
FCAN.......................... 8
Bookshop ................... 10


Sewer ........................... 1
Eastpoint Water & Sewer .
................................. 1,2
Franklin Briefs ...... 2, 7, 9


River Road And Carrabelle Beach

Residents Say No To Sewer


Dr. Livingston's "Territory" is depicted, in part, from these
aerial views of the Apalachicola River taken in the mid-1980s.


He paused after positioning a slide
in the overhead projector, and
then Dr. Livingston said: "This is
the message I have for you. Over
the next 100 years, we could lose
it all, if the freshwater flows are
not maintained correctly..." Dr.
"Skip" Livingston was referring to
the Apalachicola River, .and the
importance of careful monitoring
of freshwater flow feeding
Apalachicola Bay. His talk, given
as part of the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochie-Flint River Florida
Stakeholders meeting on Friday,
September 6, 2002, provided a
broad overview of some 40 years
of research in river estuaries and
bays. The meeting took place in
Tallahassee at the Douglas Build-
ing.
Dr. Livingston was trying to im-
press upon those in attendance,
the stakeholders who have vital
interests in the river flows down
the Apalachicola, the very delicate
yet dynamic systems at work,
making Apalachicola Bay one of
the "most productive bays in the
world." His message was multifold
science and politics because the
entire range of questions about
sharing water with Alabama and
Georgia involves science and poli-
tics.
His talk began in this way:

Background
"...For the past 40 years, I've been
doing field research throughout
the southeastern United States. I
do it slightly different from most
scientists. I put together teams
between 30 and 80 people. We do


entire eco-system analyses with
all disciplines covered. Some-
times, for as long as 30 years..."
He then reminded his audience
that he was the only field scien-
tist he knew of that was on social
security, still doing research.
"I started out in the Florida Ever-
glades ... when I was a grad stu-
dent in Tallahassee. I tried to tell
people that the Corps. of Engi-
neers, with tax money, was de-
stroying the Florida Everglades ...
The Legislature thought this was
very funny ... We went to the
newspapers, and they thought we
were very funny ... And, now,
30,40 years later, we got an 8-bil-
lion dollar project to bring back
the system that will never be
brought back ... it's never going
to happen."
"The bottom line is that it is easy
to destroy these systems by with-
drawing water... It was a matter
of changing the water distribu-
tion... and it ended up destroying
half of the Everglades habitat. You
can add that to the destruction of
the Kississimme River by dredg-
ing... I just want to point all of this
out because I'm writing my fifth
book, to be called "The Trashing
of Florida..." I lived through all of
this stuff, and I knew how it hap-
pened. I knew where all of the
skeletons lie, and this state has
lost more habitat in a shorter time
than practically any place in the
United States.'
"There are very few bays and riv-
ers left, or even lakes for that

Continued on Page 9


By Rene Topping
A group of county residents who
live on River Road have allied
themselves with residents on
Carrabelle Beach in saying to the
City of Carrabelle that they would
like to say "Thank you-but no
sewer, please." Ms. Brenda
Barfield, a River Road resident
spearheaded the challenge to the
city when .she spoke at the Sep-
tember 5th meeting. All of the
residents had noted that there
was survey marks on their prop-
erty, apparently the places where
the sewer line to the house would
be run.
Many of them have signed a peti-
tion request that they did not
want the sewer and others wanted
to wait and see what the city
would finally use as tap on rate.
At a meeting in August Dan Keck
of Baskerville and Donovan had
said that the rates in Carrabelle
were $300 for a tap on and all
around the area the rates were
much higher. He said that the city
would have to raise the rates. He
had suggested that it could be set
at $2,500.
Barfield started off her request by,
saying "we (on River Road) under-
stand that DEP (Department of
Environmental Protection) and
the Department of Health both
want sewer systems and that is
understandable since many sep-
.tic tanks are old and don't meet
code. Since the majority of homes
on River Road are not very old,
this problem should not be as,
severe as some areas in Carra-
belle. In other words the citizens
of Carrabelle should be served
first."
She went on to say that if the
sewer system is put in on River
Road, residents would have to
close down their septic tanks and
connect to the system. She asked
when was the'city contemplating
putting in the system and just
how much would the tap on it be.
She also said that when the city
had extended water service that
they charged a' minimum of
$50.00 and now they are asking
$1,200 for a new tap on to get
water. She stated they paid 50
percent more for the water. "Will
it be the same thing with the
sewer?"
Sewer and Water Commissioner
Phillip Rankin said he thought
that the answer could come from
Robert Simmons of.Baskerville
and Donovan, who was the only
representative of that company.
Rankin also explained that the
$2,500. has not been yet ap-
proved. "Based on the tap on fees
for hook ups my understanding
is if you have a septic tank, you
have the option of going on with
the $50 tap fee."
City Clerk Beckey Jackson said
that if a person was coming off
septic and going on the sewer the
city would waive the $300 tap fee
and she said Rankin was correct
that they had not adopted the
$2,500 tap fee.


'During a-discussion between the
commissioners, Commissioner
Edward Saunders said, "I have no
problem with that as long as the
city residents were getting the
service first."
Barfield said that the residents of
Riier Road were mainly in the
county and she felt they should,
not be considered in a grant.
Simmons came to the microphone
and said, "There are four phases
that the grant is going to repay.
One of the earlier stages is the
vacuum system that is going on
now." He said that the contractor
was finishing the homes that are
now on city sewer which will soon
be put in operation. He added that
the second phase will be to take
city residents who are on septic
tanks and put them on the vac-
uum system. "That should con-
nect a majority of the people who
are city residents."
Simmons went on say that River
Road and Carrabelle Beach would
be the next phase. "We're calcu-
Slating 100 connections in both
those areas. The construction in
the city will be complete and al-
.-most everyone in the city will be
on the vacuum system prior to
construction." He went on to say
that he was unable to give an ex-
act figure as he was not a primary
engineer on this contract and said
that it would be better if the ques-
tions were put to Dan Keck.
Saunders asked "How many is
almost?" Simmons said he had nA
exact figures.
Audrey Messer was recognized
and she wanted to know who drew
up the plans. "Who told you where
to draw them?" Simmons said BDI
worked with the city. Messer said
"You worked with this board to
put.them on River Road and the
lighthouse property and on the
beach?" Simmons answered,
"Just on River Road and Carra-
belle Beach."
Messer remarked, "People in Car-
rabelle need the sewer as bad as
them people over there. I've lived
in Carrabelle all my life, and I live
in the city and so does she (point-
ing to' another resident). They
have ten houses to a block there."
When asked, "Where?", Messer
responded, "in Three Rivers."
Simmons said the second phase
would take in Messer's area. He
was quickly corrected by Jackson
who said 'They live in Three Riv-
ers and it is not going there."
There was more discussion on
areas in the city that are not in-
cluded in the second phase.
Rankin asked that the BDI revisit
Phase Two and requested that
Simmons refer the Three Rivers
area to Dan Keck, the engineer of
the entire contract.
At one point the matter of whether
River Road would be annexed by
the city there was a mutual cho-
rus of "No! we are not trying to
annex you in." The mayor then
slammed down his gavel and said
'That's it. Move on."


Moderator Karen Cox Dennis asked School Board Candidate
David Jackson (District #2) a question during the last
broadcast forum sponsored by WFCT "The Coast" (105.5),
Dixie Theatre and the Franklin Chronicle on Monday,
September 9, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jackson was
the only candidate appearing on the broadcast, receiving
a considerable amount of broadcast time in behalf of his
candidacy. The other two candidates in that race, Davidl
Hinton and Cherry Rankin did not appear at the Forum.
The primary results were unusually close for a school board
vote, putting Hinton and Rankin in a runoff for November.
Jackson's response was unusually strong, some speculated,
due to the exposure he received on the broadcast. The
official tally is charted on page two of this issue.
In the other District race (#4) for school board, candidates
Jimmy Gander and Donald Wilson did not appear at the
Forum.
Gander was re-elected to the school board from District
#4. Mosconis was re-elected to sthe Franklin County
Commission from District #4. Incumbent Cheryl Saunders
was unopposed in this contest.


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Citizen panelists (from left) Shirley Walker, Jean Rodgers
and Richard Harper prepare their questions for District #4
candidates for the County Commission Tim Turner and
Jimmy Mosconis. Candidate Bobby Varnes did not appear
on the program. Mosconis won the contest. The official
tally is published on page two of this issue. Another feature
of this broadcast involved the submission of several
questions from the audience.
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Eastpoint Water and Sewer

Tentative Millage Rate Adopted


"Substantial Completion"
Sept. 13th

The Eastpoint Water and Sewer
Board approved a tentative mill-
age rate of 4.5 mils, the same as
the previous year, passing with-
out objection. The board met at
the district office in Eastpoint on
September 12th. Also, the board
adopted the tentative budget for
2002-2003. A public hearing will
be held on September 26, 2002
for a final vote.
Project Engineer for Preble-Rish,
Inc, Philip Jones reported to the
board his review of the construc-
tion project in order to establish
a "punch list" for substantial
completion of the project and the
eventual end of the sewer mora-


Letter Due by Friday,


torium. Since last Friday, the
chloronator has been working
well, and he expected to issue a
"substantial completion" letter on
Friday, September 13th. When
these results are reviewed by rep-
resentatives from the Dept. of
Environmental Protection, and
approved, the sewer moratorium
would be lifted. When the "punch
list" has been created and con-
cluded by the contractor, the wa-
ter and sewer plant will be ready
for a "final completion" certifica-
tion.


Jimmy Mosconis staged a political rally for friends and
supporters at Battery Park, Saturday, September 7th about
Noon. Some hundreds were served barbecued chicken and
ribs, a traditional offering for such rallies, and in keeping
with the political spirit of the season. Mosconis won
re-election to the Franklin County Commission from
District #4.


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Franklin

Briefs

September 17, 2002

Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders and
Commissioner Clarence
Williams
The final public hearing on the
budget will be held at 5:15 p.m.
on Monday, September 23, 2002
in the Courthouse Annex Board
Room.
The Fiscal Year end meeting will
be held on Monday, September
30, 2002, at 9:00 a.m., Court-
house Annex Board Room.

Solid Waste Director
Mr. Van Johnson requested ap-
proval from the Board to start
advertising to fill the two (2) posi-
tions budgeted for in the Solid
Waste Department's 2000/03 Fis-
cal Year Budget. The positions are
one (1) Mechanic and one (1)
Equipment Operator I. The se-
lected applicants will start work.
in the new Fiscal Year. ACTION
NEEDED: Motion authorizing the
advertisement of the two (2) bud-
geted positions in the Solid Waste
Department's 2000/03 Fiscal
Year Budget. The Board approved.

Budgeted Equipment
"I'm also requesting Board's ap-
proval to purchase the allocated
equipment for the Solid Waste
Department. The equipment is
one new knuckle boom truck and
one new bush-hog tractor. The
purchase will be made off the
Florida Sheriffs Association Pur-
chasing Program and/or the State
of Florida's Cooperative Purchas-
ing Contract. The equipment will
be ordered now and delivered and
invoiced in the new Fiscal Year."
ACTION NEEDED: Motion autho-
rizing the purchase of one new
knuckle boom truck and one new
bush-hog tractor from the Florida
Sheriffs Association Purchasing
Program and/or the State of Flor-
ida's Cooperative Purchasing
Contract. The Board approved the
request.


County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced an Oyster
Post-Harvest Treatment Work-
shop: Their will be a special oys-
ter industry meeting hosted by the
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Dealer's
Association to update the indus-
try on post-harvest treatment is-
sues related to Vibrio vulnificus.
Speakers at the workshop include
representatives from Congress-
man Allen Boyd's office, David
Hell, FDACS, Steve Otwell, Gary
Roderick, & Victor Garrido, UF -
IFAS and Joanne McNeely and
Paul Balthrop, FDACS.
The meeting will be held on Tues-
day, September 24, 2002 at 11:30
a.m. through Lunch. Emergency
Management/Franklin County/
UF-IFAS Extension Office, 28 Air-
port Road; Apalachicola, FL.


Official Tally, September 10, 2002


Public and regulatory concern for
persistent illnesses due to con-
sumption of raw oysters, particu-
larly for consumers at risk due to
compromised health, has culmi-
nated in federal mandates to ad-
vance use of post harvest treat-
ments (PHT) that could reduce the
risk. Known as the "ISSC Vibrio
vulnificus Risk Management for
Oysters," these mandates specify
measures in terms of actual
amounts of annual production
that should be processed by new
PHT over the next five years
(2002-2006). Failure to comply
could result in more stringent
regulatory consequences.
If you plan to attend the meeting,
please contact the Franklin
County/UF-IFAS Extension Pro-
gram Office at 850-653-9337 by
2:00 p.m. Friday September 20,


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be offered, one at 3:00 p.m. and
the other at 6:30 p.m. The topic
'"CLAMMRS" Clam Lease Assess-
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using Remote Sensing. These
workshops will focus on the moni-
toring equipment & station, how
to access the data, real-time and
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Department of
Transportation
Five representatives of the Dept.
of Transportation spoke to the
Board on scheduled projects, con-
struction and maintenance issues
and other traffic issues. They re-
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tatives prepared a list of sched-
uled projects for distribution
along,with names and telephone
numbers.

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District
George Allen, one of the directors
from the Eastpoint Board, re-
ported to the commissioners that
the moratorium on sewer hook-
ups was expected to be lifted in
about one month. A letter of "sub-
stantial completion" was issued
on Friday, September 13, 2002
(See story on page one of this is-
sue). Allen's appearance before
the Board was, however, to re-
quest an intervention in the con-
versations between the county
and the St. Joe company in order
to obtain access to a proposed
land purchase. Allen said that
even with the expansion of the
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20 September 2002 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY

Letter To The Editor


Citizens will kick off a campaign to bring the Flag of the United States
and everything it insures its citizens back to the State of Florida. The
Flag and Constitution has been defaced by the Florida Marine Fish-
eries Commission (FWC), Department of Administrative Hearings
(DOAH), and First District Court of Appeals(lst DCA).
October 3, 2002 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. at Hudson Park in Crawfordville, citizens will cook and serve
fish. The goal is to raise money for the legal defense fund at the'same
time informing the public on unrefuted evidence of civil rights abuse
by the State. Citizens will be carrying signs stating "Bring the Flag
back to Florida".
On October 22, 2002 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the 1st District
Court of Appeals in Tallahassee, citizens will be carrying signs stat-
ing "Bring the Flag back to Florida". Additionally we will have a dis-
play of thousands of unnecessary killed juvenile fish. It's time the
public witnesses the fruits of politically motivated special interest
laws.
At the end of the protest at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Ronald A. MoWrey will
participate in oral arguments before the Ist District Couit of Appeals
on the Honorable Judge Sander Sauls order, allowing equal access
for citizens and protecting the environment. Judge Sauls set the single
subject of the Marine Net Limitation to protect the environment by
S stopping the unnecessary killing and waste of marine resources. The
honorable judge removed hate and prejudice by ruling a limitation
allowing equal access and opportunity for all citizens.
In an attempt to help citizens understand the point of our.protest we
ask, judge me as a citizen and not as a commercial fishermen. The
1st DCA upheld a 1997 order of the DOAH violating everything.our
flag stands for.
In 1995 the FWC proposed rule 46-4.0081(2)(d) deleting the only fac-
tor making 500 sq. ft. seine nets commercially viable. The rule de-
letes the provisions that allow the use of large mesh to allow escape-
ment of juvenile fish. Rule 46-4.0081(1)(g) established prior to the
"'Net Limitation" allowed larger mesh to be used.
One need. always remember this is a Commercial Mullet Gear Rule.
Violation of this rule carries confiscation of property, fines with pos-
sible imprisonment, and then civil penalties of $2,500.00 to $5,000.00
fines with 90 day to life time revocation of rights to fish. Remember.
it's a Commercial Mullet Gear Rule.
The order of DOAH Judge Ella Jane Davis, Findings of Fact #2, states
the unrefuted evidence that the proposed rule amendment will re-
duce the "catchability rate" of a single such seine net for'many types
of fish and not be commercially feasible for mullet, excep'f possibly in
"roe season", and that a seine net as currently permitted.with larger
mesh in the wings only is commercially feasible Ifor mullet as well as
Other fish.
A judge allowing a law with horrendous penalties to be proiulgated
and enforced when it's unrefuted that it will not work, is a violation of
everything our flag stands for.,'.,
The FWC, DOAH, and 1st DCA participated in premeditated entrap-
ment to enforce a political goal. The state had obligations to deny the
gear rather than construct law to punish citizens:witl~atru no ppor-
tunity to comply.
We will protest in Crawfordville, Tallahassee, and take this and other
issues all the way to. the United States Supreme Court. Please join us
on our web site @www.nettally.com/fishingforfreedbnom'-.' '.-''
We support Article 10, Section 16 "Limiting Marine Net. Fishing" to
protect our environment. Please join us.
Thank you,
Ronald F. Crum
WFA, President


Growing Controversies At The

St. George Plantation

Publisher's Note: With the approaching annual meeting of the
Plantation Owner's Association, and several pending proposals
to be voted on, a slowly evolving dissent is also forming. The un-
signed letter postmarked from Cincinnati, Ohio provides some
perspective on-two proposals before that gated community. Per-
haps these matters have some relevance to other gated commu-
nities, the most recently proposed project for Apalachicola. Gated
communities and so-called Homeowner Associations are very
loosely regulated by Florida Statute. In the case of St. George's
Plantation, the board of directors are still wrestling with consid-
erable debt. Their solution was to bleed white the membership
with.high annual assessments, especially painful in a time of
economic recession while doing little to cut expenses..Indeed, the
directors have continued to build a bureaucracy that requires
more dollars to keep afloat. The annual propaganda mailed to
the membership claims a. modest 10% "below budget" "savings"
for 2002. The dissent letter is published here to demonstrate just
how wide the latitude may be in rule-making in these associa-
tions, and the necessity of remaining vigilant in protecting indi-
vidual rights. Stronger regulations are needed in the state over-
sight of these gated communities and stiffer penalties for misfea-
sance and malfeasance in office: Those who serve in municipal
governments have strict accountability under the law; the same
ought to also apply to directors ingated community associations.
Elections every so often is not a satisfactory system of account-
ability.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT
TO THE
St. George's Plantation Covenants & Restrictions


Homes placed on the rental Market January 1, 2003 and after:
Effective January 1, 2003 the occupancy of short-term, transient resort rental
. homes(as defined in 2001Florida Statutes, Title XXXIII, Chapter 509,
Lodging and Food Service Establishments) shall be limited to two persons
per permitted bedroom, plus two persons per home, excluding infants under
Sthe age of 24 months.. No rental home, regardless of the number of
permitted bedrooms,,shall exceed occupancy of 14 persons. Effective
January 1, 2003, owners of homes placed on the rental market shall provide
the Plantation Manager with a letter from the State of Florida Department of
Health, Franklin County Health Department, certifying that the capacity of
the on-site sewage disposal system is in compliance with the stated
maximum occupancy.

ExistingRental Homes: ,
Effective.September 15, 2003, owners i rental homes on the rental market ,
priorto. January' 12003 in St. George'sPBlantation shall have provided the
Plantation Manager with a letter from the State of Florida Department of
Health, Franklin County Heilth Department, certifying that the capacity of
the on-site sewage system is in compliance w ith the stated maximum
occupancy.

To All Plantation Property Owners:
It has come to our attention that two proposed amendments that directly affect rental
homes in the Plantationi will be presented for a vote at the annual meeting on September
21, 2002. (See enclosure)


The only certainty in Franklin County

life is change-The Chronicle is now on

the move!-Details at a later date.


,.As a rental homeowner, and representing a number of other rental homeowners, I am
concerned about these amendments. In our opinion these changes would create a new
classification of property owner, one that is regulated and ruled differently than
use.
.FRem em er.n 9111- .eberswHoliv'pe imadentlyo n hhe isslaha^ use eir hoe s Cr pon
Reme'mbe-ring, 9/11 use


The following is a statement by Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North
Florida) commemorating the one-year anniversary of the September
11th terrorist attacks.
"Throughout the past year America has endured a great deal, and, in
spite of everything, we have endured it together. Together we wit-
nessed tragedy. Together we mourned. Together we prepared for war.
Together we prayed; Together we remember. We remember those who
lost their lives. We remember those who risked their lives to save
another's. We remember the families the innocent victims left behind.
We remember those who worked tirelessly during the, rescue and
clean-up. We remember our men and women in uniform heroically
fighting the war on terror, at home and abroad.
Today is a day to remain together, united in the spirit of honor and
patriotism, and to remember those whose lives were so greatly af-
fected and permanently altered one year ago. America is stronger
than ever, and the pride in our country and what we stand for will
continue to carry us through this difficult time."




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If you own a rental home, own property where you might build a home that you
anticipate renting or believe that you could ever sell your home, perhaps to someone who
would like to rent, these are amendments that could affect you.
A Precedent Could Be Set!
S1. Shouldn't ALL homeowners be required to be recertified by Franklin County
Health Department if anyone is?

2. Shouldn't ALL homeowners be limited to only 2 persons per bedroom if anyone
is?
J3'. What is the charge for recertification of septic tanks? What is involved?
4. Why would rental homeowners be discriminated against with additional rules and
Tegulatiohs? What will'the next rules, regulations and requirements be for rental
Some' .

If you agree, please vote NO to these amendments and instruct your proxy to do likewise.


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

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

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ATTENTION PLANTATION OWNERS
A group of concerned Plantation owners would like to bring to your attention grave
concerns we have regarding proposed Covenant amendments that may effect you, your
ability to use your property as you choose and the investment value of your property.
Because some of us received our meeting packets, with proposed amendments, only 10
days before absentee ballots need to be mailed for timely return, we have prepared this
mailing to encourage all owners to take the time to consider the.issues and vote.
Like the United States Constitution, our covenants should never be changed without
adequate thought and deliberation.-Our covenants restrict the use of our property and in
doing so, may affect the economic value and appreciation potential for years to come.
Yet, with little notice, we are once again asked to assent to even more regulation and to
consider a change in the way some Plantation property owners are classified and treated.
Although some in the Plantation lament the presence of rental homes, others delight at
the sight of families uniting from across the country to have a place to retreat from our
hectic and uncertain world. One thing is certain, the investment potential of our land and
the healthy appreciation of our resort property is squarely based on rental potential.
Proposal #3, "Limit on Number of Rental Occupants" opens "Pandora's Box" and invites
litigation. There is no rational relationship between the proposal and the harm it
allegedly addresses. First, although this proposal is based on septic tank capacity, there is
no suggestion or evidence of any septic problems in Plantation rental homes. Next,
although ostensibly premised on environmental protection concerns, this proposal limits
occupancy ONLY for those homes that are rented. Homes occupied by permanent or
seasonal residents can be packed with as many people as possible without ANIY concerns
about septic system capacity. Those owners can allow any number of people to use their *
property, so long as that use is free of charge. Please consider, do we really want to
venture into the area of regulating how many people one can invite to one's own home?
Or even more egregious, into the realm of privacy which involves choice of family size?
Our annual owner's fees are already too large. Our Board of Directors has reported a
significant decrease in Association debt. Before you cast your vote, please consider the
effect that more years of defending lawsuits will have on your annual assessment.
In addition, Proposal #6,"Requirement for an Architect to Prepare and Submit Plans"
requires youtriminmdiat6 attention. Without any explanation whatsoever, we are asked to
eliminate firoficodiideration, building plans competently and creatively generated by
teams'of desigiiersand engineers. Because of the remoteness of St. George Island and
the limited number of architects in the area, limiting the acceptability of building plans
only to those generated by an architect could increase the cost of building your home.
4gain ro llon 'at, plan are competently drafted, in accordance with Florida law, we
: should noi be in the business of telling owners what they can do with their own property.
SBonom line whether )ou currently rent or ever plan to rent out your property or are
simply concerned about the future value of your property, your vote is vitally important!

S Coastal Cleanup

Keep Franklin County Beautiful needs volunteers to participate in
the Flonda Coastal Cleanup 2002 on Saturday, September 21, 2002.
All participants will receive cleanup supplies as well as a Keep Franklin
County Beautiful f-shirt. To volunteer, please call 927-4326. If you
would like to clean up on the river, please contact RiverKeepers at
670-5470. Boats will be provided for volunteers to participate in the
cleanup: Riverkeepers will be sponsoring a festival at Lafayette Park
in Apalachicola after the cleanup from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Lots of food
and fun for everyone. We need your support to help Keep Franklin
County Beautiful..


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Pae4* 0Speme 02 OALYOND ESAERTeFrnlnChoil


By Rene Topping
About forty Lanark Villagers at-
tended the regular meeting of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District meeting on September 17
at Chillas Hall,
Commissioner Jack Depriest, who
has been acting as negotiator for
the village with the City of
Carrabelle engineers Bill
McCartney and Dan Keck tried to
answer all their questions.
He said, "My report is pertaining
to the consolidation of our district
with the City of Carrabelle Sewer
and Water Department. That will
mean that we allow them to take
over our district under consolida-
tion. That would mean that the
City of Carrabelle would operate
this district just as it was their
own district."
He explained that the residents
find themselves possibly with a
small drop in the rates. The rates
will be tied to Carrabelle's rates.
As they are outside of the city they
would pay the city basic rates.
Carrabelle has a rate of $28.00


for sewer and water, our rate is
$48.00. "Under the tentative
agreement in consolidation, and
I say tentatively, we will pay what
Carrabelle pays plus 25 percent
surcharge, you would be paying
$35,00."
He did say that the City of
Carrabelle is most probably going
to have to have a rate increase and
then the amount would still be
basic rate for Carrabelle plus 25
percent.
Board Chairman Jim Lawlor said
"At this time nothing has been
officially approved. So we are
looking for your input."
Depriest continued to take ques-
tions most about the rates. He
said, "I think it probably is a good
idea." He went on to talk about
the grants a city can have, say-
ing, "If they got into trouble the
state comes along. If we got into
trouble the state will slap our
hands and say go find the money."
(A full report of this meeting will
he in the next issue.)


Republican Candidate Tom McGurk appeared briefly in
Franklin County last week, at the Republican Party
Executive Committee meeting held at the Eastpoint fire
station on Monday evening, September 16, 2002. He is
Republican candidate for District #2.


Nursing Home
Information
Available From
Medicare
Making a decision about nursing
home care for you or your loved
one can be difficult, but Medicare
offers information about Florida
nursing homes to help make an
informed decision.
Visit www.medicare.gov and click
the "Nursing Home Compare" link
or call 1-800-MEDICARE to learn
more about specific nursing
homes. "Nursing Home Compare"
evaluates homes by quality mea-
sures related to the type of stay,
whether temporary or long-term.
Information on each licensed
nursing home in Florida is avail-
able. Also, ask for copies of
.Medicare's "Guide to Choosing a
Nursing Home" publication.
Visiting a nursing home fre-
quently is always the best way to
judge the quality of care in a
home. These tools provided by
Medicare are another good source
in the decision-making process
and for conversations with nurs-
ing home administrators
Florida Medical Quality Assur-
ance. Inc Medicare's healthcare
quality improvement organization
in Florda. is currently workinga
\vith nursing homes on a ne\v ini-
Liative to improve care in -nursinu
facilities.
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Lanark Villagers Coming Closer
To Consolidation


Become an American Red
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The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross is seeking to
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We will donate $2.00 a month for
every Spirit Account we open.
That adds up to $24.00 annually.
It doesn't sound like much, but it
will grow.
Think about it. If we open 200
Spirit Accounts to benefit the public
schools in our community that adds
up to approximately $4,800 every
year. Not bad,
The Community Spirit Account
is our way of helping bring needed
funds to our public schools. What
does this new checking account
mean for you?
It Gets You A Lot For Only $8.00
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month gets you unlimited checking.
That's right. No minimum balance
requirement or per check charges. And,
after your $2.00 tax-deductible*
donation each month, your


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costs you only $6.00 a month. Plus,
you get special personalized Spirit
checks at no additional cost, and a
GSCB ATM card. Also, choose from
any of our other checking account
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Spirit Account:
* VISA@Check Card**
* Gulf Line Telephone Banking
* Gulf Link Online Banking
* Overdraft Protection**
* Electronic Bill Paying
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Review Of Franklin
County School
District Begins
The Florida Legislature's Office of
Program Policy Analysis and Gov-
ernment Accountability (OPPAGA)
staffers examined the Franklin
County School District's opera-
tions in part by conducting a fo-
rum for the public at Brown El-
ementary School, Eastpoint, Mon-
day night, September 16, 2002.
All school districts are required by
the Legislature to undergo a re-
view every five years to determine
ways to improve district efficiency
and effectiveness. These practices
cover virtually every aspect of
school district operations from
food services to transportation to
central office, administration.
A final report will be delivered to
the School Board in March 2003,
and the district has up to 18
months to respond to the review.
Locally, a petition directed to the
Office of Program Policy Analysis
is being circulated among the vot-
ers requesting a shorter time
frame for the school's response to
the report.
OPPAGA has established the
Community Input Hotline for
those interested in providing com-
ments on Franklin County schools.
That number is (800) 877-3470.
More information on these re-
views, as well as previously com-
pleted school district reviews, can
be found on OPPAGA's website at
http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/.
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) 487-
3804.


I would like to thank

all of those that

supported and voted


for me during my

campaign for County

Commissioner. Let's .

continue to work

together to make

Franklin County a better place to live.


Sincerely,


Tim Turner


A LOCALLY O WNED NEWSPAPER


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Awesome

America

Part IV

By Barbara Revell
On the way to Oregon we passed
through South Bend, Washing-
ton, where we saw a sign: "Oyster
Capital of the World"!?? Appar-
ently they never heard ofApalach-
icola!
We went through Astoria, Oregon,
which is a wonderful town on a
hillside on the coast. We thought
maybe we would stay in Seaside,
Oregon, but it was very crowded
and the streets quite narrow. We
decided to venture on down the
coast to see what we might find.
What a wonderful treat to find
Oceanside, Oregon! Things do
have a way of working out for the
best!


We checked in to a. non-chain
motel, House on the Hill, which
is, a very special place. It is in an
outfof-the way place and we were
most fortunate to find it! It is very
definitely on a hill and on the
beautiful, mysterious Pacific
Ocean. The Proprietors, Shane
and Scott, are delightful, so full
of energy and enthusiasm. 'As
conversations go when one meets
new people, it was soon discov-
ered, in this remote area of Or-
egon, that not only did Shane
White know where Franklin
County is, he shares part inter-
est in some land on St. George
Island. Shane, his sister along
with his great grandmother, Helen


Baines inherited the property
from Shane's great grandfather,
Clarence Baines.
House on the Hill is truly a "get-
away" place and deliberately does
not have telephones in the rooms.
We liked it so much we stayed
another day. Scott even did some
shopping for us. Our room had a
kitchen and we were not prepared
for cooking. Scott was going into
town anyway and brought us ba-
con and eggs. We were "hungry"
for our own breakfast. Nobody
cooks bacon and eggs as good as
we do! Scott also gave us some of
his delicious homemade bread.
On the second day of our stay,
Scott delivered some wonderful
bathsalts to the lady of the room,
ME!
We left House on the Hill to con-
tinue our fascinating journey,
wondering what would be around
the next bend in the road! For
most of the trip we had no desti-
nations. There are folks we
planned to see in Burbank, San


Diego and Taos, New Mexico so
we wanted to work in these places
in our wandering around.
Before leaving Oregon we saw sev-
eral lighthouses including Ya-
quina Bay Lighthouse and Haceta
Lighthouse. At Yaquina Bay Light-
house it was cold, windy and rain-
ing. I wasn't the only lighthouse
"nut" out there taking photos!
Soon we arrive in California and
travel through the Redwood For-
ests. In the first town there were
huge boats (dry-docked) that are
now gift shops. Not a bad idea for
someone in Franklin County!
-The next day there is another
lighthouse I wanted to see, Point


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Cabrillo. This one was a little dif-
ficult to find. We wound round
and round in a pleasant neigh-
borhood and saw wild turkeys in
one yard, a fawn in another. We
finally found the lighthouse and
it was worth the search.
I was able to convince Ben to go
in to San Francisco and not just
fly through on the interstate as
he had so many big towns. We
decided we wanted to see Nob Hill,
Fisherman's Wharf and China
Town..What a struggle it was driv-
ing in San Francisco! We could not
find a parking place anywhere. We
wanted to look at a map so we
could find our way ... no place to
park. The one person I asked di-
rections from couldn't speak En-
glish. We got a glimpse of Fisher-
man's Wharf and just happened
to go through China Town. If I ever
go to San Francisco again it will
not be in a car!
Rural California was more relax-
ing and we saw lots of farms ...
broccoli, asparagus, grapes, cher-
ries and cows. In Gilroy they grow
garlic ... garlic groves?? What does
one call a field of garlic?
When we began our journey we
wanted to see small town Amer-
ica. Kettleman City, California is
a very small town. They do have a
post office, however. We know this
because I wanted to buy some
stamps. We arrived at the post
office a little after 9:00 a.m. ... post
office doesn't open until 9:30!
We continued traveling the
backroads and found it quite in-
teresting. Between Kettleman City,
and Burbank we saw thousands
of oil wells. The oil wells go on and
on for many miles. There were
also many vineyards and we even
saw oil wells in the middle of
grapes!
Our friends, in Burbank, Fred and
Mary, made reservations for us at
a hotel near their home. Ben
wasn't going to stay with anyone
on this trip. He does like his own
space.
Fred is a WWII, friend of Ben's
whom he hadn't seen in many
years. We had some good home
cooking at their house and then
they took us to The Castaway for
cappuccino. Fred persuaded us to
stay another day by offering us a
tour of Hollywood the next day.
We did not plan to go to Hollywood
but could not turn down this of-
fer!
We had breakfast the next morn-
ing at the hotel and were we ex-
cited! We were finally going to have
grits instead of hash browns!
Wrong! I guess one has to live irn


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TO ST GEORGE
ISLAND |
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TO CARRABELLE APALACHICOLA
SU.S. HIGHWAY 98
236 Highway 98 at
Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
850-670-1211


After breakfast Fred arrived and
we went to Hollywood! We saw
most of it from the car and that
was enough for us. Fred took us
past Universal Studios, Walt
Disney Studios, ABC, CBS,
Warner Brothers and CNN. We did
wander around on the Walk of
Stars and took photos. I stood on
Jack Nicholson's star. From there
we went to the Hollywood Bowl
and the Rose Bowl! I never
thought I would ever see the Rose
Bowl! Maybe one day we will get
to watch a football game INSIDE
the Rose Bowl?
The landscaping was beautiful in
and around Hollywood and yes,
there were lots of roses outside
the Rose Bowl. The landscaping
was wonderful at the hotel, also.
There was a gorgeous atrium with
lots of lush greenery at the hotel.
There was, what we call bird of
paradise, actually three stories
high. Incredible!
In San Diego we visited my only
uncle, aunt and cousin. I hadn't
seen my aunt and cousin in over
40 years. We had an enjoyable
visit and my uncle took me to
Cabrillo National Park so I could
see the Old Point Loma Light-
house. We saw many lighthouses
on .the trip but this was the first
one that was open. The light in
this one was extinguished in 1841
so it couldn't be seen by ships be-
'cause of fog and low clouds. An-
other lighthouse was built at the
bottom of the hill on the other
side. The keeper and his family
moved to the new lighthouse. The
. "New". Point Loma is still an ac-
tive light with tight security so I
could only see it from a distance.
Therewas a "neat" VW cruise-in
while we were at the lighthouse,
"i'hich:'added a little extra inter-
est.
From San Diego our next "real"
destination was Taos, New Mexico
Where a dear friend lives. It took
us a week to get to Taos, however
we were finally going east and felt
like we were on our way home!


We traveled through the Califor-
nia desert and stayed in Barstow,
California. Not much in Barstow!
So we continue traveling through
the desert. We noted that -the
mountains from a distance looked
the same as the mountains in the
northern states, however, these
are quite barren.
We passed through a very small
town named Baker, population
600. Whatever is the reason for
Baker it appears to be nothing but
gas stations, restaurants and fast
food.
From Baker we start climbing rap-
.idly going from 2,000 feet at 9:05
a.m. to 5,000 feet at 9:40 a.m. We
noted that eastern California and
western Nevada is a vast waste-
land. Miles and miles of nothing!
I cannot imagine the pioneers
trekking through the desert and
over mountains!


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the South to know how to cook
grits because these were cold, dry
and practically raw!


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home we visited a wonderful In-
dian Reservation. I went on a tour
of the Reservation guided by.a
delightful young hostess. Later
Jeanne and I went to a casino on
the Reservation and played the
slot machines. We really did not
know what we were doing, but it
was fun! I wanted someone to take
a photo of us but the managers
were adamant, almost hostile: "No
photos!" They said it was for se-
curity reasons. We then visited Kit
Carson's house. That night
Jeanne and I had dinner at a su-
perb Mexican restaurant. It was
another great day on our trip!
When traveling through eastern
New Mexico and western Okla-
homa it was exceedingly dry. It
was rather sad and we sympa-
thized with the ranchers.
Now we, are beginning to "smell"
home! In Oklahoma we saw an
authentic cattle drive. Traffic was
stopped so the cattle could cross
the road.-Just like in the movies!
In Arkansas, Ben surprised me by
taking me to Fayetteville, which
is one of my favorite towns'. As so
many towns, Fayetteville is grow-
ing and about to become too
crowded for me! Fayetteville is,still
a nice town even if it is Razorback
Country!
The next stop turned out to be
Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After trav-
eling many miles and staying in
many motels/hotels, we have
learned what to ask for when
checking in. Ben wants an easy
chair or sofa. We stopped at one
motel and they did not have an
easy chair, but the clerk was most
gracious and referred us to the
motel next door. It was wonderful
to be back in the south where
,folks are friendly and actually
speak to one another!
Our next stop was Vicksburg.
Mississippi. I particularly wanted
to go to Vicksburg because the
son of a long time friend opened
a seafood restaurant there. Rusty
was raised in Crawfordville and
his late father, Ralph Larsen, was
from Carrabelle. Rusty worked as
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We left Vicksburg on a beautiful
day with lots of sunshine. We were
really getting excited now because
we knew we would soon be home.
We actually approached home
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We went through Las Vegas as we
did in other large cities. Ben got
on the interstate and went as fast
as he could! I did get to see
Caesar's Palace ... from the inter-
state!
The canyons in Arizona were ab-
solutely spectacular! Awesome!
The strata goes from horizontal to
vertical and all points in between!
What incredible geology. North-
west Arizona was one of the high-
lights of the trip.
In Cedar, Utah I spotted a light-
house in the middle of town ... big
as a regular lighthouse and no'
water anywhere We went to Bryce
Canyon and while the views were
beautiful it was just as beautiful
outside the park.
Then it was on to the Grand Can-
yon: Wowl Unbelievable! Spec-
tacularl And ... Scary! AWESOME!
We spent the night in Kayenta,
Arizona. The motel was one of the
best we stayed-in ... nice decor,
wonderful shower, lots of light and'
plenty of-towels., By then we had
become experts on motels!
Of course, we "had to do" the Four
Corners ... Utah, Nevada, NM and
Montana! Stood in four states at
one time!
We finally arrived in Taos and
checked in to a motel. I heard
some noise outside and thought,
perhaps, it was kids playing. I
looked out the window and there
were Indians in full regalia danc-
ing! They danced about 15 min-
utes. A bystander told me it was
being filmed for a commercial!
Pleasant surprises just kept hap-
pening.
I spent the next day with my
friend, Jeanne Burdick. Jeanne
moved from Lanark Village to
Taos and loves it! She showed me
the marvelous sights and sounds
of the unique and wonderful town
of Taos. Most of the buildings are
adobe style and the town appears
to be a Mecca for writers, artists,
musicians and intellectuals. The
artwork, general and Indian, was
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Notes On

Ctili-belle City

ReptLinber 5th
Meeting

By Rene Topping
Beckey Jackson said that Diane
Langston had said it looks as if
they will have a good closeout on
the Riverwalk Project.
No Commissioner Reports.

Public Hearing
A hearing was held for public
comment on a proposed ordi-
nance number 298 to increase the
compensation for the mayor and
commissioners .-Pat Maier came to
the microphone to question the
raise. She was against any in-
crease.

Commercial Review
The next item on the agenda was
Dennis Delmain on his fourth at-
tempt before the commissioners
to add and construct a plant
stand at Block 48 (16) Lots 1,2,3
and 17 Kelley's Plat in C-1 Zon-
ing. It was approved without any
change in the sketch he had of-
fered twice before. Raymond Wil-
liams said that he would make the,
motion to approve provided that
the plant stand was built to cur-
rent Southern Building codes.

Unfinished Business
There was only one bid to be
opened on a contract between the
city and a company dealing with
refuse. Waste Management was
the sole bidder and Roy Cody said
that his bid was on the same
terms and fees as his past con-
tract. Cody said that the contract
also will only go up to consumers
price index and has a 5-year re-
newable.
Commissioner Phillip Rankin
asked about the carts that the
company provide being in bad
condition. He was told that the
company will fix that problem.
Motion was made by Commis-
sioner Edward Saunders sec-
onded by Mayor Wilburn Curly
Messer to approve the bid pro-
vided that the City Attorney Dou-
glas Gaidry had looked it over for
language.
Mark Curenton who was ap-
proved on renewal of Community
Rating Annual Certification, on
motion by Commissioner Raymond
Williams, seconded by Commis-
sioner Frank Mathes.
The commissioners approved a
Statement of Understanding be-
tween the City of Carrabelle and
the Capital Area Chapter of The
American Red Cross on motion by
Commissioner Raymond Williams
seconded by Mathes.
David Butler made a request on
behalf of the AMVETS Post 107
asking the city to deed to the
Amvets the McKissack property
on River Road next Bridge Marina
previously deeded to the Ameri-
can Legion Post 169. There is no
building on the property and the
proposal would be that the
Amvets could build a post for
meetings. This will be tabled for
more documentary information
until the next city meeting.
Discussion on rates for sewer tap
on'fees ON FEES got some lively
discussion. Roger Bugbee brought
up the fact that there was still a
lot of homes inside the city limits
that were not on the sewer. He
said the grant was for the disad-
vantaged and they needed to at-
tend to that. Jackson said that all
of the $300 fee will be waived.
Billy Kersey said he knew of many
in the city that did not have sewer.
Bugbee said BDI had told him
that each sewer connection would


cost around $4,000. He said the
city did not know how many tap
on fees and also did not know how
much the total of cost of the
project would be. The question
was asked how many years the
sewer system was guaranteed and
the answer was one year.
The problem of developers of va-
cant land will put down payment
on buying tap fees at $300. How
long they have to build the houses
has not been mentioned. The city
needs to say from this day forward
to another future date there will
be no more reservations. It was
pointed out that if the .charge on
tap on fees is too low, rates will
increase, taxes will increase. It is
a disservice to the citizens when
the people with vacant land can
get tap on fees for $300 and the
other people who are paying fees
and taxes are paying for them.
Motion was made to have a mora-
torium of three months from the
date of the meeting on any pre-
paid tap on fees unless someone
needs to have sewer as they are
ready for it. The motion was
passed unanimously.
New Business
Ben Withers Inc was approved to
repair the lamppost at the corner
of Ave. B and Marine Street at a
cost of $1,530.00.
Beckey Jackson was approved to
purchase twenty (20) curb bump-
ers for the Riverside parking lot
at a cost of $18 each total of $360.
The commissioners disapproved a
request from The Panhandle
Citizen's Coalition to adopt a
pause for planning and develop-
ment for at least one year.
Commissioners approved the
Sunshine One-Call of Florida on
utilities.
Commissioners approved Joint
Participation Agreement between
City of Carrabelle and Florida
Department of Transportation,
(FDOT) for grant: funds of
$230,000 to build T-Hangars at
Carrabelle-Thompson Airport.
A motion from Commissioner Ed-
ward Saunders for a "Sept. 11
Grievance Day" to honor the ci-
vilians and the military who gave
their lives that day died for want
of a second.
An item to discuss the possibility
of hiring a Streets/Road Depart-
ment employee.was'tabled.
A motion was made to hold the
next meeting on September 26
was approved. The city clerk will
advertise the change.

Ordinances
First and 'second reading of Ordi-
nance 298 to raise the s.ilaries .of
the' commissioners by .200
mofinthly'at"a total yearly of
$2,400. The mayor/commissioner
will be increased by $250 each
month to a yearly total of $3,000
was approved.

Resolutions
(1) A resolution 06-2002 autho-
rizing the mayor to negotiate and
execute a joint participation
agreement with the Florida De-
partment of Transportation to
provide 100% grant funding to
construct T-Hangers at the
Carrabelle Thompson Airport.











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(2) A resolution authorizing the
mayor to borrow funds that will
be tax-exempt for interim financ-
ing for the construction of the
Community Traffic Safety team
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funded by the Florida Department
of Transportation upon comple-
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Field Trip To

Crooked River

Lighthouse

By Rene Topping
September 5th was a fine day for
a field trip for 64 children from
the second and third grades of
Carrabelle Elementary School to
visit the Crooked River Light-
house.
The sun glinted off the top of most
windows of the ancient lighthouse
as Barbara Revell, President of the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
-tion, (CLA) and Sheila Hauser
from the Carrabelle Area Cham-
ber of Commerce waited to give
the children the guided tour.
No one can be allowed into the
interior of the structure at this
time and until the CLA can get rid
of the lead paint that covers the
inside and do some repair work
on the structure the inside can-
not be seen.
As the school bus driven by Kan-
sas Norris came to a halt at the
driveway to the lighthouse it
swiftly emptied out 64 students
who came bounding around the
bend. You could hear the light-
hearted chatter as they came in
sight.
They were filled with questions
about the lighthouse. One small
boy asked, "Why can't we go right
up to the top?" Ms. Revell gave
them the reason. He then said,
"What is lead paint?"
Ms. Revell explained that was a
paint which had been used until
the late seventies when it was
banned as it was toxic. She said
that the people who were renovat-
ing the lighthouse will have to re-
move it. He still looked puzzled
and said "What does renovating
. mean".' .......-
.Sixteen ot the children were.from
two second grades. One was
taught by Jane Wade and Ms.
Cumbie had the other sixteen.
Marion.Morris has 32 children in
her third grade. They were accom-
panied.by an aide, Jeannie Wood.
The grounds of the lighthouse
were nicely cleared and the chil-
dren stood around Ms. Revell.
They will do a report on the field
trip, probably some pictures will
come out of the young artists.
To make a finale of the trip, pic-
tures were taken with the children
grouped under the lofty structure.
Ms. Revell said that she had never
seen so many children who were
on such good behavior and who
listened to her and asked good
questions -and seemed to have
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Summer

Celebration

Fans of a fun-filled "summer" day
on beautiful St. George Island
can't miss this! October 5, 2002
at 9:00 a.m. kicks off an entire
day to compete, celebrate, dance
and enjoy the sand, sun and
beautiful gulf water! The entire
event benefits the St. George Is-
land Family Park Development
Project.
Music Festival is presented by
Michelob Light beginning at 1 p.m.
(ONLY $5.00 minimum dona-
tion-kids 12 & under FREE).
Lineup includes:
Travisty,
Wakulla,
Crooked Shooz,
King Cotton, and
HEADLINER: SUNPIE BARNES
AND THE LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS
Beach Activities are presented by
Lin Lea's and the Tin Shed and
include:
* The SGI COOKING CREW 5K
RACE (entry fee $15-includes
t-shirt) & 1 Mile Fun Run /Walk
(entry fee $5-kids 6 & under
FREE)
* The CENTURY 21 /COLLINS
VACATION RENTALS BEACH
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
($20 per player, 1st place $300
CASH prize, amateurs)
* FAMILY SANDCASTLE BUILD-
ING COMPETITION (FREE, fun
prizes and award ribbons)
* SKIMBOARD COMPETITION
($10 entry fee)
The St. George Island Family Park
Development Project is a partner-
ship project between caring resi-
dents of the island, volunteers,
Franklin County Parks and Rec-
reation and Keep Franklin County
Beautiful. A beautification project
has already begun with new pub-
lic bathroom facilities now com-
plete, picnic pavilions erected and
landscaping in progress. The
funds from the Endless Summer
Celebration will complete another
much-desired accent-the con-
struction of a playground for resi-
dents and visitors to enjoy for
years to come!


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!The "'creature" is coming home to
the black lagoon for a reunion
with his ladylove of nearly 50
years.
Ben Chapman, Gill-Man from the
classic film, is the featured guest
of Creaturefest Nov. 8-10 atWak-
ulla Springs State Park, about 15
miles south of Florida's capital
City. The mysterious black lagoon
featured in several film produc-
tions including the Creature and
Tarzan series is actually the
"world's largest natural spring.
"Creature From the Black La-
goon," a 19.54 production, will be
featured along with other films of
Director Jack Arnold including
"Revenge of the Creature," 'Taran-
tula," "Monster on Campus" and
"It Came from Outer Space."
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The creature's "love," Actress
Julie Adams, has shared the
screen with other leading men
including Charlton Heston, Elvis
Presley, John Wayne and Jimmy
Stewart. However, her enduring
friendship with creature Chap-
man, has lured Adams out of re-
tirement for this public reunion
with the Gill-Man at the black
lagoon.
Ginger Stanley who currently re-
sides in Orlando, Fla. created the
now-legendary underwater ballet
sequence in the original film. As
Stanley swims across the surface,
her silhouette casts shadows on
the creature who mimics her ac-
tions.
Festival sponsors, the Tallahas-
see Film Society and Friends of
Wakulla Springs, recommend
bringing a radio for FM sound and
a lawn chair. Three ticket pack-
ages are available.
The $50 VIP package is limited to
65 persons perPnight. Tickets are
still available for Sunday night
Nov. 10 (the evening before the
Federal Veteran's Day observance
which creates a three-day week-
end for many workers.) The VIP
package includes-after-hours
park admissions for all three days
including access to all movies;
twilight river cruise of filming lo-
cations of Tarzan and Creature
movies; Creature banquet at
Wakulla Lodge with Chapman,
Adams and Stanley; special show-
.ing of "Creature From the Black
Lagoon;" and access to
meet-and-greet tables with per-
formers and memorabilia dealers.
The $12.50 Weekend Pass in-
cludes after-hours park admis-
sion to all three days of
Creaturefest, including access to
all movies; access to meet-and-
greet tables and memorabilia.
dealers; and twilight river cruise
of filming locations for Tarzan and
Creature movies. The $6 Day Pass
($4 for 12 and under) includes
after-hours park admission for a
single day of Creaturefest; access
to that day's film presentations;
and access to the meet-and-greet
tables and memorabilia dealers.
For tickets' write tallahassee
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www.creaturefest.com. For more
information on the Tallahassee
Film Society go to www.talla-
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area information available from
the Tallahassee Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau, 1-800-
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Eye Disease

Forum

Afir Force'Colonel Joseph F.
Molinari, O.D., M.Ed., who is cur-
rently Director of Vision Care Ser-
vices at the Tallahassee Veterans
Administration Outpatient Clinic,
will present a program dedicated
to primary care posses vascular
eye disease (diabetes and hyper-
tension) glaucoma and other vi-
sion threatening diseases. Dr.


Molinari has been involved in eye
care prevention articles and
authored programs for over 25
years. He has authored more than
90 scientific papers and articles
and authored 3 chapters in oph-
thalmic texts and presented over
160 papers to eye care physicians
and technicians all over the world.
Dr. Molinari has been recognized
and received more awards than
this article has space to enumer-
ate. Dr. Molinari's program will be
presented on Thursday evening,
September 26, 2002 at Apalach-
icola Masonic Lodge, at 7 p.m.
This will be a family oriented cov-
ered dish supper. For more infor-
mation contact Bill Lunsford, Pro-
gram Chairman, at 670-8028.


Enterprise Zone

Workshop

A workshop about Franklin
County's expanded Enterprise
Zone has been scheduled for
Tuesday, September 24, at
3:00-6:00 p.m. It will be held at
the Camellia Hall (behind the
Coombs House Inn Annex) on 5th
Street. The workshop, hosted by
the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce, will give an overview
of the Enterprise Zone Program.
Participants will also be given the
opportunity to speak with a rep-
resentative from Opportunity
Florida about specific projects.
Call the Apalachicola Bay Cham-
'ber of Commerce to sign up at
(850) 653-9419, or e-mail at
chamberl@digital exp.com.


Recital

Trinity Episcopal Church in
Apalachicola will present a recital,
"Cynthia and Friends" on Sunday,
September 29, at 4:00 p.m.
Cynthia Rhew, soprano, will
present solos from sacred, secu-
lar, and operatic literature. She
will be joined by David Wingate
in a duet, and by "friends" Merel
Young, Randy Mims, Gordon
Adkins, Susan and Dewitt Gallo-
way and Shirley and Tom Adams
in selections from The Gilbert and
Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pin-
afore". R. Bedford Watkins will be
accompanist for the recital, which
is free and open to the public.

Research Reserve
To Host David
McLain Of River
Keeper And Roger
Martin, Coordinator
'Da\d McLain ol the Apalachicola
Bay and River Keeper-organiza-
tion will present a guest. lecture
at the Research Reserve, 261 7th
Street in Apalachicola on October
10, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Roger Mar-
tin, volunteer coordinator, will also
participate in the presentation.
McLain will talk on the Apalach-
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


20 Senem he 2002 A Pcar


Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
Eastpoint Water and Sewer capac-
ity due to the new drain fields, the
district would soon reach capac-
ity again, and additional land was
needed. The Board made a formal
commitment to assist the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer Dis-
trict to purchase the 49 acres. The
vote was unanimous.
Forest Area Supervisor
Tony Millender presented his an-
nual fire report. This report cov-
ers activities for the protection of
45,949 acres for which the county's
assessment was $ 1,378.47 from
July 1,2001 through June 30,2002.
The Fire Control Agreement is
carried out primarily by six (6)
forest rangers, two (2) senior for-
est ranger and two (2) O.P.S. fire
tower lookouts, located at East
Bay, St. James, and Carrabelle
tower sites, under my direct su-
pervision. The Division of
Forestry's prorated fire control ex-
penditure for fire protection for
the past fiscal year was
$75,769.90 which included
$1,378.47 from your county and
$74,391.43 of state and federal
funds.
The division responded to nine-
teen (19) wildfires during the year.
burning 788.5 acres.
A total of 280 verbal authoriza-
tions (permits) for legal outdoor
'burning were issued during the
year involving 71,033 acres in
Franklin County. Smoke Manage-
ment and Outdoor Burning Au-
thorizations continue to become
more important as more people
move into Franklin County. We
are looking closely at any burn-
ing requests near major high-
ways, hospitals, nursing homes,
and other smoke sensitive areas.
Burning permits are issued only
when we are satisfied the smoke
would not create a hazard.
The Division of Forestry assisted
eleven (11) individual landowners
with fire-line plowing and burn-
ing assistance on theirproperty.
A total of $2,585.00 was collected
from fire-line plowing and burn-.
ing assistance.
Seven (7) rural volunteer fire de-
partments are operating in
Franklin County in the commu-
nities of Alligator Point, Dog Is-
land, St. James/Lanark, Carra-
belle, St. George Island, East-
point, and Apalachicola, with


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Al Shuler, Coun
some trucks being provided by the
Division of Forestry. The volun-
teer Fire Assistance Federal fund-
ing administered by Division of
Forestry, was submitted for St.
James/Lanark, Dog Island,
Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and Apa-
lachicola fire departments on Au-
gust 5, 2002.

County Attorney
County Attorney Al Shuler re-
ported to the Board of County
Commissioners two litigations.
The lawsuit of Mr. Meeks to com-
pel land use and rezoning of.his
property in Carrabelle is before
the judge. "That's really some-
thing in the nature of an aDpeal
before this Board... I filed a re-
sponse and a motion to dismiss
and we are awaiting ... to see if
the judge is going to call a hear-
ing ... or whether he's just going
to decide it on record that he
has..." On the other litigation, the
county attorney had a conference
with the group that is seeking the
beaches and street ends in front
of St. George Island Gulf Beaches
units 1, 2 and 3... "He wants to
try to compromise that so we'll
wait and see if he can come up
with something that can be ac-
ceptable to the Board and to the
public," said Mr. Shuler. "The
broad concept that he broached
to me is that they would give up
their claim to the beach part,
which is the area between the last
row of houses on the beach and
the water ... in return for us (the
county) giving them the street
ends and cul-du sacs in units 1,
2 and 3, on the beach... And, they
would divide some of those lots
with us (the county)." Attorney


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Shuler added, "...the Board can
be thinking about that; call me up
and let me know what you think
about it..." The County Attorney
was not making a recommenda-
tion to the Board at this time.
Director Of Administrative
Services
The Board deferred action on a
request from Baskerville-Donovan
Engineers on behalf of the City of
Carrabelle to trench the south
lane of River Road for a gravity
sewer line to serve some 120 cus-
tomers. The trench will be filled
in, patched, and then the entire
road overlaid with new asphalt,
although the Engineer, Mark
Flammia, could not say how long
it would be between patching the
road and the overlay being put
down. Some Board members ex-
pressed concern that the River
Road residents did not want sewer
services.
Mr. Dick Barnhardt, St. George
Island, has been following the
nursing home situation and
asked that Mr. Pierce pass on the
following information. He sug-
gests that the Board pass a Reso-
lution requesting our legislative
delegation introduce legislation
during the upcoming session for
counties such as Franklin County
to receive a waiver or an exemp-
tion from the current moratorium
on nursing homes opening up if
all of the nursing homes in the
county have closed. The legisla-
tive action may be necessary be-
cause it is possible that Mr.
Stewart let his Apalachicola nurs-
ing home license sit inactive so
long that it may not be eligible to
be re-activated. The Board ap-
proved a written inquiry to be di-
rected to the county legislative
delegation.


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Mr. Pierce presented a deed to Mr.
Middlebrooks' property on Alliga-
tor Point to the Board. The Board
bought a house and a vacant lot.
FEMA paid for the house, and the
county bought the vacant lot with
un-used land acquisition funds
out of the current budget. The
Board approved authorization to
advertise for bids to demolish or
remove the house. Total acquisi-
tion cost was $81,573.00.
Mr. Pierce presented a lease be-
tween Board and St. Joe Timber-
land Company for 88 acres of land
for the proposed Carrabelle rec-
reation complex. The lease signed
by the chairman is a regular lease
for 25 years, with a payment of
$3000 per year. This particular
document does not have an op-
tion to buy. The lease was sub-
mitted to the county Thursday af-
ternoon and had to be post-
marked to Tallahassee on Friday.
The chairman signed the lease as
submitted, on the assurance from
Mr. Brian Duke, St. Joe attorney,
that a separate option to buy con-
tract would be submitted shortly.
The lease of 25 years is the mini-
mum acceptable to the state; the
total lease payment of $75,000 is
the funds available to the county
from the FRDAP and required
county matching funds. The
Board accepted the lease, and
authorized the finance office to
pay $250 a month as the lease
requires.
The Board approved, a previous
resolution renaming all of the'
Brickyard Road after Mr. Eddie
Nesmith. Since such a renaming
will require existing residents
along the road to change mailing
addresses, the planning office rec-
ommends that just that portion
of the road leading into Fort
Gadsden State Park be renamed
Eddie Nesmith Road. Approved.
The Board has received an invoice
from Preble-Rish for the beginning
of engineering work on the design
of Twin Lakes Road. "1 have held
off asking the Board to sign the
contract with Preble-Rish because
I did not think there was funds
available in this year's budget.
The finance officer informs me she
can pay part of the money out of
the remaining engineering funds
this year, and so she asks that if
the Board wants to use up some
of this year's funds, to go ahead
and sign the contract so she can
pay the invoice." The contract is
for $47,300.00, and it is this work
that will be part of the county's
contribution to making the Twin
Lakes Project eligible for CDBG
funding. The Board approved the
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SAE Inc. has offered to study the
lightning problem at the jail and
sheriffs office. They offer to spend
approximately 89400 to study
and analyze the situation. This
cost does not include construc-
tion to actually fix the problem.
Action was deferred until a con-
ference with Richard Ples-singer
could be arranged.
Mark Curenton asks that the
Board direct him to apply for
re-certification of the county un-
der the Community Rating Sys-
tem program. This program cur-
rently provides a 10% reduction
in property owner's flood insur-
ance premiums because of the
county's efforts in minimizing
flood hazards and warning own-
ers of risks. It takes Mark approxi-
mately two weeks to complete the
re-certification requirements. The
-Board approved.
Mark Curenton did submit two
FRDAP applications on Friday.
Both requested waivers of the
county match, and both asked for
the maximum funding of $200,000.
One project was the construction
of four lighted tennis courts and
Ned Porter Park, and the other
was for the construction of the
recreation complex at the
Carrabelle property leased from
St. Joe.
The Board approved the replace-
ment of one member on the Con-
struction Licensing Industry
Board. Mr. Ralph Dietz has re-
signed for health reasons, and the
Licensing Board would like to
move Mr. Ronald Grey from alter-
nate to full member to replace Mr.
Dietz.
The monthly Planning and Zon-
ing Commission met in regular
session and recommends the fol-
lowing action:
A) After lengthy discussion, the
commission recommends the
Board adopt an ordinance prohib-
iting the issuance of a building
permit to construct a dock or sea-
walls on undevelopable residen-
tial properties. "I am not opposed
to this procedure, but there are
some situations in the county,
where a house on one side of the
road might own the land on the
water side of the road and own it
specifically for the purpose of
building a dock or fishing pier."
Mr. Larry Joe Colson is interested
in having the County Planning
and Zoning Commission grant
conceptual approval for non-con-
troversial docks before state and
federal permits are obtained. The
county commission would not act
until after the state and federal
permits are in hand. Mr..Colson
says that because of the monthly
meeting and the fifteen day clos-
ing of the P and Z agenda, some-
times it takes six weeks to get
county approval after the months
of waiting for the state and fed-
eral permits. The Board deferred
action on the proposal.
B) The Commission recommends
action on the following' dock per-
mits: The Board approved.
* recommend approval for Charles
'Bennett to construct a private
dock on Lot 10, New River Forest
Subdivision.
* recommend approval for Glen
Williams to construct a private
dock and seawall and dredging on
a private canal on Lot 38, Holi-
day Beach, Unit 1, Alligator Point.
* recommend approval for Larry
and Carole Simmons and Carlton
and Nancy Ingram to construct a
private dock on Lot 9, Pelican Bay
Subdivision, Alligator Point.
* there was no recommendation
on the request from Mr. Jimmy
Meeks to construct a private dock
and boat lift on property lying on
the Crooked River and further
described as lying in Section 8,
Township 7 south, Range 4 west.
The commission was tied 3-3 on
this request.
C) on commercial site plan review,
the commission recommends ap-
proval of a site plan for Pearl Linen
to build a metal building at 191
Hwy 98, Eastpoint. Approved.
D) on the following rezoning re-
quests, the commission recom-
mends the following:
* approval for James T. Demonia
to rezone Lots 1-9, and 22-25,.
Block 1 East, Unit 1, St. George
Island, from C-2 to C-4. There is
an existing building on some of
these lots, and the owner wants
to be able to put apartments up-
stairs. This action is to agree to
hold a public hearing.


* approval for Mahr Development
Corp. to rezone lots 1,2,and 3,
Block 9 west, Unit 1, St. George
Island from C-2 to C-4. Request
submitted by Samuel Gilbert.
Approved.
* approval Sailfish Investments,
Ltd. to rezone from C-2 to C-4 lots
4 and 5, Block 9 west, Unit 1, St.
George Island. Request submitted
by Samuel Gilbert. Approved.
* approval for Rocky and Pam
Moore for a small scale land use
change and rezoning for Lots 1,
2, 3, 6, and less 49 feet of lot 4,
on Patton Drive in Eastpoint from
R-1 to C-4. This is Mr. Willard
Vinson's old house. This action is
to agree to hold a public hearing.
Approved.
* denial of a request by Mr.
Quentin Herndon to rezone 10
acres of land from A-2 to R-2
north of Carrabelle at the inter-
section of Jeff Sanders Road and
CR 67, in section 22, Township 6
south, Range 4 west.
E) on subdivision plat approvals,
the commission recommends the
following:
* approval of the final plat for
Sandbar Point, a subdivision
north of Apalachicola in Section
27, Township 8 south, Range 8
west, request submitted by Jimmy
Waddell.
* approval of the final plat for
Whispering Pines, Phases 3 and
4, a subdivision in Section 29,
Township 8 south, Range 6 west,
in Eastpoint, request submitted
by Neal Bolton.
* approval for a sketch plat for
Palmetto Ridge, a subdivision
next to Magnolia Ridge Phase 2
in Eastpoint, request submitted
by Garlick Environmental. All the
above in (E) were approved by the
Board.


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Auctions


ABSOLUTE AUCTION: Naples Bath & Tennis
Club. Naples, FL, October 22nd. Tennis/Health
SClub. conference/restaurant facilities. J.P. King
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ABSOLUTEAUCTION: BocaGrande(Gasparilla
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National Estuaries

Day Celebration

Coming Up

The Research Reserve in Apa-
lachicola will be hosting the pub-
lic on Friday, October 4, 2002 for
:National Estuaries Day celebra-
tions beginning at 2:00 p.m. un-
'til 6:30 p.m.
Activities include sidewalk art
Drawing, button making, touch
Itaiks, oyster tonging game and
*boat tours (for those 8 years or
:older). At 5:00 p.m. a scavenger
.hunt will be staged. At 5:30 p.m.
door prizes will be awarded to
:adults, and at 6:00 p.m. cash
prizes will be awarded to creative
contest winners.
All parking will be in the public
boat, basis at Scipio Creek with
foot traffic entering through the
front gate only. Only children ac-
companied by an adult will be
'admitted. Large groups can be
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Childers

By Laura Moody
The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society is honored to announce
that Dr. Wayne Childers will speak
at their meeting Thursday, Sep-
tember 26, 6 p.m. at the Carriage
House. The Carriage House is lo-
cated on the grounds of the Raney
House Museum on Market Street.
Dr. Childers, Author, Historian,
Anthropologist and Archaeologist
has just written, a book on the
Inquisition that is currently be-.
ing edited at the University of
Florida. This book includes ar-
ticles on Dog Island and St. Jo-
seph. He has the knack of mak-
ing history come alive and inter-
esting (and some time, amusing)
even with topics such as Tristan
de Luna and the settlement of
Florida 1559-1561. At this time
he is undecided on a topic; how-
ever, it is sure to be enjoyed by
the audience.
The public is invited to this meet-
ing and it is suggested to arrive a
little early, as in the past seating
has been at a premium for one of
Dr. Childers' speeches.


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St. George Island
S United Methodist Church
JJ announces
S CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
.Z SUNDAYS AT 11:20A.M.
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Skip Livingston
from Page 1
matter, that remain in their natu-
ral states due to a wide variety of
problems.
One of the systems ... that re-
mains intact... is the Apalachicola
system, one of the last alluval sys-
tems in the country that still flows
the same way it always has. And.
it still has wetlands that have re-
mained protected..."

Study Implications
Livingston's perspective is impor-
tant because he is the only scien-
tist who has mobilized others into
teams, researching the Apalach-
icola estuarine system and river
from the Gulf of Mexico to the
highlands north of the Georgia-
Florida border.
He related some history of other
river systems that have died, such
as Pensacola Bay, that "...lost all
of its oysters, lost all of'its grass
beds ... it is simply a mess..." He
is determined that a similar fate
not be repeated with the Apalach-
icola system, and at times has
taken rather vocal and demon-
strative actions to keep the river
from being dammed, or other
steps to preserve this natural sys-
tem still in a pristine state for the
most part. His experience with the
Apalachicola system began in the
early 1970s when he got together
with a group of oystermen and
others from state and federal
agencies. "This was one system we
were going to plan for and do it
right."
One crucial element is the flow of
freshwater down the Apalachicola
River, and the current delibera-
tions over how three states may
decide to "divide" the water yet
maintain suitable flows down-
stream to service the needs of
communities and the Apalach-
icola Bay. "We have to look at the
entire system, not just the Bay,
not just the river, and then deter-
mine how it works..." He said he
has devoted most of his profes-
sional life to the e study of the river
and the estuary, but Dr. Living-
ston has also studied the Ever-
glades, and other river systems,
having published over 50 peer
reviewed articles, over four books,
with three more on the way. The
scientific approach, including the
observation of phenomena under
controlled conditions with all
variations taken into account, has
been most of his work. The
tri-river deliberations are the po-
litical "counter-part" in the delib-
erations among the states of Ala-
bama, Georgia and Florida; per-
haps the most difficult part in the
final analysis.. This mixture of
politics and science is a consid-
erable challenge fpr the' negotia-,
,tors among the there. states' ef-
- forts to reach an.apreement.
From a scientific standpoint, the
studies of Dr. Livingston and oth-


ers are critically important in un-
derstanding how the Bay works
in producing oysters, shrimp or
crab seafood products. This is a
complex set of problems com-
pounded with vastly different
models in the biology of the sys-
tem contrasted with more physi-
cal aspects of river flow. "River
flow is not only bringing nutrients
in but flow is keeping down these
blooms ... which are destructive
of the Bay. Salinity keeps out the
predators. Every one of the spe-
cies in that Bay depends on a dif-
ferent set of characteristics of all
these variables mentioned. It is an
extremely complicated thing, to
try to figure out what happens
when the river flow will change.
The bottom line is: if you're going
to keep this Bay ... the freshwa-
ter flow.has to be maintained."
Now, that also becomes a politi-
cal problem since the demands
continue upstream, from ex-
ample, with Atlanta's needs for
water pulled out of Lake Lanier.
Stakeholder Meeting
The stakeholders were presented
a large range of interrelated sub-
jects that are important to the
three-river deliberations at their
meeting, beginning with surface
water hydrology presented by Lee
Wilson. He also spoke to the pro-
cess of modeling surface water
with a more definitive explanation
of the Apalachicola-Chatta-
hoochie-Flint river model and its
software presented by Jerrick
Saquibal of the Northwest Water
Management group. Dr. Graham'
Lewis, a former Ph.D. student of
Dr. Livingston, discussed an
Apalachicola Bay salinity model
just prior to Dr. Livingston's talk
on the Bay's ecosystem models.

Fresh Water Flow
'There is one unifying, uniform
characteristic (of the Apalachicola
River system) and that is fresh-
water flow. A complete system
that interacts almost continu-
ously ... Most of out main estua-
rine and coastal productivity is in
alluval systems." Dr. Livingston
referred to the Chesapeake Bay,
"...one of the most productive sys-
tems in the northern hemisphere.
Now they have lost most of their
productivity. They're down in oys-
ters, their blue crab fisheries are
failing. That is because of poor
planning, poor management, not
very good research, and of course
politics, greed and everything else
that goes into the;thing..." He con-
tinued. "...Ultimately, every or-
ganism is where it is because it
eats something. I'm talking about
animals. If you understand what
and how it eats ... you can un-
derstand how these systems
work. Most scientists don't do this
because it is tedious work." He
* went on to explain that his' forth-
.coming books will, for the first
time, explain how these river syS-
tems work. "...(There)..we put all
the dimensions, physical, biologi-
cal, chemical ... together statisti-
- cal measures are used...


Modeling
"So far, we've been hearing about
linear models. All physical mod-'
els are linear. Biological systems
are not linear ... which is why
many of our models are imper-
fect..." He reiterated the accumu-
lation of data over a long period
of time when using non-linear
modeling. "One of the reasons
Apalachicola Bay is so productive
is because it is very shallow. That
increases the productivity of the
plankton. But the river flow itself
keeps stimulating the system ..
This cleans out the Bay and helps
the Bay. That is just one facet of
the non-linear function ... the role
of freshwater flow and how much
I


Water ... they need. The system is
very complex..." He explained that
in order to manage the system,
one has to manage the fresh wa-
ter flow...
But complicating the matter,
you have to do it for different spe-
cies which have very different
ways of acting..." Livingston and.
his teams have gathered data over
the years. "We have lots of info on
every species ... We're going to
look at how those organisms re-
lated to fresh water inflow due.to
the river, and where is that point
when the fresh water inflow
reaches a certain level, this
doesn't work any more..." He used
an historical example to illustrate
his point that when freshwater
flow has been blocked (perhaps by
a dam) the fisheries disappear.
And, the fresh water flow is im-
portant not only in terms of quan-
tity but also in terms of quality
and timing..."The organisms are
still adapted to that river, regard-
less of high variability. The river
flow is the key..." He also dis-
cussed other factors or variables
that affect Bay productivity, such
as predation. "Higher salinity lev-
els kill off- oTwers The big time
predators come in and eat these
guys. The only thing standing be-"
tween them is the river. The river
brings in the nutrients; the river


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brings down the salinity and we're
at the point where we're pretty
much able to figure out why..."

Some Findings
One of Dr. Livingston's conclu-
sions, based on his research and-
that of others, places the flow in
the river as a habitat variable, and
is therefore a controlling factor for
biological organization of the
Apalachicola estuary. The reduc-
tion of peak Apalachicola River
flow rates in the Chattahoochee
and Flint Rivers would eventually
threaten and destroy natural
biota that depend upon such ex-
changes. The delivery of nutrients
and dissolved organic matter are
important to the maintenance of
the estuarine productivity. There
are direct links to the estuarine
food webs and freshwater dis-
charges.


Carrabelle City

Commission Hears

Saunders' Side

By Rene Topping
All five Carrabelle City Commis-
sioners were seated at the long
table on Monday, September 16
at 6:30 p.m. but only four of them
would be sitting in judgment of
Terry Saunders. The fifth Com-
missioner, Edward Saunders was
the younger Saunders' father, who
recused himself from voting but
claimed the right to speak.
The business took on all the trap-
pings of a trial as the two attor-
neys Douglas Gaidry City Attor-
ney for the prosecution and Tom
Klein, Saunders' defense attorney
from the Police Benevolent Asso-
ciation who were there to put on
witnesses and cross-examine the
others.
There was an opening statement
made by each of the attorneys and


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case against Saunders and he
would go first.
Klein asked if he could make his
closing statement a written one
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missioners before 5 p.m. on Tues-
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same way. But if necessary the
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day evening as the decision has
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missioners agreed that Klein
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Gaidry made the first opening
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there had been a lot of untruths
and when he had finished he
would have made the case that
the commissioners were right in
their Judgment to terminate.
Klein said in his opening state-
ment that he was going to answer
the allegations and he felt that
dismissal was too harsh.
From there on for approximately
two hours the following witnesses
were summoned to the front of the
room to testify and be cross-ex-
amined.
Donnie Fitzgerald who witnessed
on the police car he bought.
Lt. Carl Renfroe who testified on
several of the allegations. He was
cross-examined.
Police Chief Fred Jetton was wit-
ness to several of the \incidents
.and he too, was cross-examined.
Lastly, Terry Saunders took the
stand in his own defense. He un-
derwent some heavy cross-exami-
nation from Gaidry. There was
one lighter piece of evidence when
the word insubordination was
spoken and what was the mean-
ing of the word. (Some of the
meanings of the word insubordi-
nation are unruly, aggressive,
rambunctious, restless, stub-
born, rebellious, disobedient, in-
surgent, mutinous, and sedi-
tious.)
Gaidry told the commissioners
that the commissioners could
have another meeting. Klein of-
fered a waiver of the 14 days
Saunders has and the commis-
sioners then said that the next
meeting at which the closing
statements will both be heard and
the decision will be made will be
on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the
Senior Center.


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(126) Shipwreck and Ad- Apalachicola have become
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Pierre Viaud From 1768, the machinations of contro-
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shipwreck near Dog Island, Popham is the first phase of.
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Interest Earned
Total Revenues
Trans Other Funds

Total Revenues -
and Balances:

EXPENDITURES:
Salaries Operation
Salaries Admin
Payroll Taxes
Retirement
Group Insurance
LUbility/WC Ins
Utilities
Communications
Travel
Education
Fuel
Miscellaneous
O&M Water
O&M Sewer
Auditing/Accounting
Laboratory Services
Long-Term Debt-FHA
Debt Service Reserve
Other Long Term Debt
Total Expenditures
Reserves

Total Expenditures
and Reserves:


BUDGET SUMMARY

EASTPOINT WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003


General
Fund

250,000


Debt
Service


78,850


230,000
200,000
20,000
15,000
8,000
5,000
162,000
18,000


4,500


Total

328,850


230,000
200,000
20,000
15,000
8,000
5,000
162,000
22,500


658,000 4,500 662,500
0 139.850 139,850


908,000


130,000
60,800
13,500
,13,500
28,000
30.000
40,000
3,600
1,000
1,500
3,500
2,500
30,000
55,000
5,100
9,500
123,850
16,000
42,400
609,750
298,250


223,200
















123,850


S123,850
99,350


908,000


223,200


1,131.200


130,000
60,800
13,500
13,500
28,000
30,000
40,000
3,600
1,000
1,500
3,500
2,500
30,000
5S,000
5,100
9,500
247,700
18,000
42,400
733,600
397,600


1,131,200


THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE
OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.


NOTICE OF PROPOSED


TAX INCREASE



The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District has tentatively

adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy.


Last year's property tax levy:


A. Initially proposed tax levy .............................. $163,888


B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment

Board and other assessment changes...... ........ $ 18,919


C. Actual property tax levy .............. ............. $144,969


This year's proposed tax levy..................... .... $170,073


All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing

on the tax increase to be held on



Tuesday, September 24, 2002

5:05 p.m.

at


Eastpoint Water and Sewer District Office

40 Island Drive

Eastpoint, Florida

32328



A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax

increase and the budget will be made at this

hearing.


(192) Vivian Sherlock's bi-
ography of John Gorrie,
The Fever Man, is available
once again after being
out-of-print for more than
a decade. This is the story
of John Gorrie, young phy-
sician who invented an "ice
machine" that many argue
was a forerunner to air con-
ditioning dozens of years
later. His cooling device was
developed to provide relief
to his sufferingyellow fever


MEMO


patients. A museum in
Apalachicola to this day
marks the work of John
Gorrie just across from his
last resting place in Gorrie
Square, down from Trinity
Church. This book tells
what is now known about
Dr. Gorrie, his work and his
ice machine. Paperback,
New, 151 pp. Bookshop
price = $10.00


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