Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: October 18, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Phipps Ventures Claims They Are Not Trying
to Sell

POA Members Have Option To Buy

Resort Village For $20 Million

Board Task Force Formed to Ask Phipps Ventures
If They Would Sell the Resort Village

Members of the Plantation Own-
ers' Association were advised in
late. September that the gated
coipmunity had several options
available to it, including the op-
tion to buy the Resort Village for
$20 million.
The Resort Village property is lo-
cated in the middle of the Planta-
tion, consisting of about 53 acres,
plus a 24-room hotel, swimming
pool, wastewater treatment plant
and related drain fields and
ancilliary structures. The Board
of Directors of the Association fur-
ther advised its members that the
state and county had already
zoned and permitted three more
3-story hotels, a 325-seat confer-
ence center, a restaurant and Bar
S (3-story) and an exercise club. The
actual building permits have not
been applied for or obtained.
The Plantation Board of Directors
claim concern that the permitted
and planned commercial, restau-
rant and convention development
of the.53 acres would, if it oc-
curred, create traffic and security
issues and change the residential
character of much of the Planta-
tion. Thus, a "task force" of three
directors inquired of Resort Vil
lage Owner, Phipps Ventures, Inc.
if they would sell the propertytod
the Plantation, so the Plantation
could cause the property to be
developed residentially, subject to

Ventures reportedly purchased
the 53 acres from Dr. Ben
Jolinson for $6 million as it was
defined at the time. Now, a few
years later, the price has escalated
to $20 million.
The Board asked the members to
inform them on whether they
should purchase the Resort Vil-
lage or not. If "yes" the Board
would obtain a contract to buy
Resort Village subject to and con-
tingent upon member approval.
Despite the rising prices for real
estate on St. George Island, the
Board opined that the economy
and the real estate market on St.
George Island are uncertain. No
financing for the scheme has been
secured or committed, they ad-
vised their members. But, "the
members should assume the
worst case scenario, which is that
the entire costs of purchase and
development must be funded
upfront by members assess-
ments, and that land sales to re-
cover the costs will be slow, and
inadequate to repay the entire
cost," said themiemorandum.
This might go as high as $75,000
per household among the mem-
The Board asked the members to
advise them on a non-binding vote
concerning the purchase option.

The Inn at Resort Village (file photo)

S .POA covenants.
S Phipps Ventures..inc responded
't the inquiry indicating they are
not trying to sell the property, and
they did not want the property to
be' "put in play," but they would
sell for $20 million net. They gave
the POA Board of Directors until
October 21, 2002 to act on the
purchase option "opportunity," as
expressed in a mass distributed
letter to the members of the asso-
The proposal was discussed at the
recent annual meeting of the As-
The Board advised the members
that it would not enter into any
agreement with Phipps Ventures
that is not subject to approval by
the members by member vote, in
accordance with the Covenants
and the By-Laws of the POA.
The Board memorandum outlined
certain risks associated with the
option to purchase the Resort Vil-,
lage. These included the caveat
"Real estate development is highly
speculative," and the POA as a
homeowners' association is not
well suited to be a land developer.
The present Board consists of
part-time volunteers who have no
real estate development experi-
ence. Here is an appropriate place
to insert an observation on the in-
flated price: Years earlier, Phipps

The Board does not recommend.
for.or against the purchase op-
tion. They see their responIibilrlla
to develop each opti;',n and make
them known to the members.
The memo described in some
ambiguous terms a "negotiation
option" about terms outlined by
Phipps Ventures for their residen-
tial development in the Resort Vil-
lage, and "any additional subjects
you would have us consider."
Thus, if the members rejected the
purchase option, there would still
remain a possibility'of negotiat-
ing with Phipps Ventures to keep
the village one of a residential
character. Phipps proposed sev-
eral additional terms including
their agreement to build no more
hotels. The development would be
about 100 detached single-family
residences. Retail and food ser-
vice would be more limited and
the airport runway would be
shortened by 700 feet. During the
ten-year buildout process, Phipps
would not pay POA dues. Phipps
buyers would have their own as-
sociation and would not jpin the
POA for ten years, thereafter to
be decided by members of both
.associations. Phipps would con-
vert the existing 24-room inn into
12 ."ownership units". This
sounds like condos.

Coastal Petroleum Loses Another Round

State Does Not Have To Comnpenste

Coastal For Refusing To Allow Drilling

On Teasea

denial of a permit to drill off of St.
George Island amounted to a tak-
ing without compensation. The
Florida Constitution permits in-
dividuals or companies to seek
compensation for property ren-
dered useless by government ac-
tion. Several years ago, a process
was approved for the company to
obtain permits if they posted a
high surety bond to pay for any
possible cleanup, should it be
necessary. The bond went to over
$1 million.

In a Leon County Circuit Court, a
judge ruled last Tuesday, October
8, 2002, that Apalachicola's
Coastal Petroleum Company was
not entitled to compensation if the
State of Florida refused to allow
them to drill for oil a few miles off
df St. George Island.
The legal case involved old leases
held by Coastal Petroleum since
1941 covering an area from
Apalachicola, in state waters, to
the Tampa Bay area. Coastal at-
torneys argued that the state's

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Inside This Issue
12 Pages
POA Option to Buy Resort Village .....................1
Coastal Petroleum ...................... ..... ............. 1
Seafood Festival ..................................... 1, 2, 3
ABC School ................................ .............. ... 1
APTA ........... ............. .......... ............................. 1, 11
Editorial & Commentary................................... 4, 5
Franklin Briefs .................................... ..3, 6, 10
Bookshop ............ .............. ............. ............... 7
FCAN........................................................... 8
Saunders Case ........................................ .12

Apalachicola Water Work Back

On Track

By Sue Cronkite
Work is moving along again on
'Apalachicola's new water system
after the town woke up to empty
faucets Tuesday morning October
8. The water tank was drained,
schools closed, businesses and
residents were told to boil water
before using it, restaurants
couldn't serve meals, and tourists
and workers at local motels
couldn't 'take showers.
Ella Mosconis explained the situ-
ation to Mayor Alan Pierce and
commissioners at the regular
meeting of the Apalachicola City
Commission October 8, 2002. "1
hope. what happened with the
water break doesn't happen
again," Commissioner Jimmy
E liott said.
"It was not a'break," said. Mos-
conis. "The ground was soft and
when they scooped the dirt, the.
thrust blbckjust popped off. They
.'repaired it, then after everyone
left, it popped off again, and
drained the city water tank."
Commissioner Robert Davis said,
S"We need to be assured it won't
happen aiain." -'Mosconis an-.
swered him with, "You can't guar-
antee 'it won't happen again."
Elliott suggested that someone
stand watch.
"Are we looking at a temporary
fix?" asked Mayor Alan Pierce. He
suggested policemen check the
work area. "They cant tell if a
main's broken, the water will be
bubbling up."
"They are doing the tie-in today,
but last night it was not ready,"
said Mosconis. The area where the
water escaped was at Fifth Street
and L Avenue. Elliott asked if
somebody had been on the site'
could they have stopped the wa-
ter. He suggested some type.of
alarm if it should happen again.
"We're replacing all the water
mains," said Mosconis. "Most are
on the same side of the street."
City Attorney Pat Floyd said, "I'm
sure it's not the first time this has
happened, the city needs to be
compensated and the contractor
needs to be ready to handle
"We've got to weigh all sides,
sometimes accidents happen,"
said Mosconis. "David Wilson said,
when the water came on it blew a
line," said Commissioner Van
Johnson. Mosconis said accord-
ing to the agreement with the con-
tractor the city is to help find the
lines. "Many places we don't know
where the laterals are," said
Mosconis. "The contractor is will-
ing to use his labor and his time.
to do the repair."
According to Floyd the law is if
"you're not able to locate, there's
a shifting of risk, after they did
the temporary fix, they failed to
monitor it." Commissioner Mitch-
ell Bartley asked if the repairs
would hold up. "When they filled
in the hole today, they brought in
dry dirt," said Mosconis. Atty.
Floyd said a permanent solution
is needed. Mosconis said bricks
were against the thrust block at-
tached to the pipe, that dirt was
being moved some distance away,
not anywhere near the pipe and
the thrust block pulled away.

Donnie Walker told commission-
ers "The water's off at least once
a week in Highland Park. People
working on the water need to let
us know," said Walker. "When are
we going to get quality water?"
asked Walker. "We're replacing the
water system," said Mayor Pierce.
"We'll probably have a year or
more of this."
Mosconis said the sewer contrac-
tor, RKT,'has completed their
work. "We're getting ready to is-
sue final payment, so homeown-
'ers with unfinished repairs need
to let me know."
Com mrissioner Elliott said he
Would like a statement of a pen-,
alty for people digging down to cut
holes in sewer pipes to drain yard
water. "It's illegal," said Floyd.
"There's a criminal penalty for
malicious mischief."
Dick Clifton and Dan. Garlick
asked for a letter from the city on
parking at:a proposed motel at
Deepwater Marina where Water
Street curves into Avenue I.. De-
velopers asked for use of city
property for 88 parking places.
Mayor Pierce did not agree "un-
less they lease it outnght from the
city and pay us."
Garlick said Planning and Zoning
members asked for a written
agreement from the city on use of
the area for. parking. Webb said
not enough members were -pre-
sent for a Board of Adjustment
meeting, that those who don't at-
tend should be replaced.
In the attorney's report, Atty. Pat
Floyd said the trade of lots with
Al Mirabella is completed with the
exception of a title policy on'
Mirabella's lots. Floyd asked for
and receivedapproval for a settle-
ment with the Teets to include
"$62,000 plus interest, for loss of
riparian rights to Huckleberry
Creek, the view, and loss of ac-
cess to the creek," Floyd said since
the suit has been ongoing since
1995,- that the interest would
come near to being $100,000.
Police Chief Andy Williams asked
to advertise for a policeman. "One
went to the county and one went
to Port St. Joe," said Williams. "I
need one now, and close to the
Seafood Festival to fill the other
spots." City Administrator Betty
Taylor-Webb said she has 39 ap-
plications on file.
Commissioner Davis said he ob-
served Waste Management driv-
ers speeding through an alley in
presidential area. "Also, there's
,trash' in alleys on the hill, that's
been there two months," added
Davis. Webb said Waste Manage-
ment has cut out Saturday pick-
,ups. "We need the commercial
pickups on Saturday," said Mayor
A discussion was held on an
emergency ordinance on grease
traps, which are said to interfere'
with the city sewer system.
Mosconis said U. S. Filter is to
check on grease traps once a
month. Also reported was trouble
with shrimp getting in the pipes
at Donnie Wilson Seafood and cre-
ating a problem at the treat-p
ment plant. "The bugs don't like
shrimp," said Webb. Commis-
'sioner Davis suggested a code
enforcement officer.

APTA Meets On The Point

By Rene Topping
'The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation met at the firehouse on
October 12. President Line Barn-
ett opened the meeting at 9 a.m.
The Treasurer, Bob Burnett, told
the members that they had a C.D.
in the amount of $23,000 and he
said that the interest on it was
now down to less than 2 percent.
He said .that at the last meeting
Bill Kembro who has an agency
with New York Life had said he
would research some other av-
Burnett said that Kembro had
suggested that the association
would pay an average of 6 per-

cent on some Government bonds.
He said that presently they were
8 percent. On questions, Kembro
told the members he would not
take any commission as he was a
member. The directors voted to
invest the C.D. with New York Life
and in Government-bonds. On
motion by Dick Waters, seconded
by Beth Hayes the move was ap-
Barnett then went on to commit-
tee reports. The first one is Beach
Erosion and he said in conversa-
tion with Alan Pierce, he had told
him FEMA are not going to
preapprove funding for beach

Continued on Page 9

Florida's Oldest Maritime Event

The 39th Florida Seafood Festival

Coming Up

November 1- 3, 2002, Apalachicola

'The 39th Florida Seafood Festival will be held at Battery Park in his-
toric Apalachicola November 1-3, 2002. The festival continues to
emphasize a "hometown festival" theme by featuring local groups pre-

S, .

Seafood Festival Midway 2001 (file photo)

paring and serving authentic regional.seafood dishes. As reaffirmed
by Festival President Betty Webb, "We're bringing back the old festi-
val. We want the festival to mean something special to the local people
we are honoring-the seafood workers."
Annually, the Florida Seafood Festival draws more than 10,000 per-
sons to this small coastal town. The festival opens officially on Fri-
day, November 1st at noon. Admission to the Battery Park grounds is
free that day. Friday's activities include the traditional blessing of the
fleet as well as the.arrival of Miss Florida Seafood and King Retsyo.
Retsyo is oyster spelled backwards.
This year's Miss Florida Seafood Festival is Amanda Faye Thompson
and her grandfather,is King Retsyo, George Thompson.

Continued on Page 3

ABC School Aims Toward 12


By Sue Cronkite
Will there be a middle school, and
a high school, in the future for the
Apalachicola Bay Charter School?
The answer is yes, if CEO and
Principal JeffWeiner's plans come
to fruition. Weiner. told ABC
School board members that if
work begins now on grant propos-
als, $1 million plus would be
available for facilities in Decem-
ber of 2003, with startups for the
schools by August 2004.
Board members approved going
after the federal grant funds, but
not without questions.. Board
Chairman Lee McLemore lauded
Weiner for his hard work and
dedication to the school, which is
in its second year and has 124
students kindergarten through
4th grade. Weiner said the school
is asking permission from the
Franklin County School System
to add a 5th grade for the 2003-2004
school term and can do that
"without any additional funds or
teachers." The school has two kin-
dergarten classes now,, but with
preschool enrollment down, only
one kindergarten class is expected
next year, he said.
Weiner said with the use of fed-
eral startup funds ABC has a
campus "totally constructed for
157 students, and we're under
budget." The 3rd grade "did great"
on FCAT scores, said Lee
McLemore, chairperson. Board
Member Dr. Nancy Chorba ques-
tioned whether "a pattern has
been set" by Weiner in that he
continues to "bring up money and
salary, and he resigned when the
school was half built to run for
the school board." On the agenda
was consideration of an offer for
a contract next year for Weiner.
In discussions on the suggested
revision of the original charter to
add a 5th grade and consideration
of a new second and third char-
ters for the middle and high
schools, Weiner told board mem-
bers that "there are no more
startup funds. If we hadn't had
the $383,000 startup money for
last year and the year before, we
wouldn't be in as good a financial
shape as we are now."
Weiner said he was told by Karen
Bennett of the- State Department
of Education, that new federal
grant funds of $76.5 million for
start-up costs and administration
for new charter schools are avail-
able. "There are 233 charter
schools in Florida now," said
Weiner, "next year's projections
are for 127 more." He said the
money'is in a pool and that if
fewer schools request the funds,
then there would be more for the
schools which do.

tions, approved by the board, was
that the ABC School include 6th
graders in the middle school cat-
egory with 7th and 8th graders,
and the high school include 9th
through 12th. "That's the state
standards," said Weiner. Board
members agreed that a charter
school including all grades is
something to "plan and hope for."
Chorba suggested a consolidated
school, with students from over
the county. In the principal's Oc -
tober report to the board, Weiner
said "since we do not currently
have a charter to the 12th grade,
this issue warrants consideration
now, not, later." At present 72,
Franklin County students attend
classes in Gulf County, said
Requests to form the two new
charter schools will be presented
at the November Franklin County
School Board meeting, said
Weiner. Copies of letters concern-
ing the request were distributed
to the ABC Charter School board
members. Weiner said the window
of opportunity is now, that "I'd
rather we have the money in
hand, even' if we decide later not
to build the schools," he said.
Board members agreed with the
request. Weiner said he will write
the grants.
The only major problem at the
ABC School has been with a lapse
in the school's health insurance
and a gap in coverage when the
insurance company went bank-
rupt and the school signed with
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, said
Weiner. "We agreed to pay for the
monthly individual coverage for
qualified teachers and CEO," said
Weiner, "which is $352 per month.
... The three teachers who pay
family contributions of $572
monthly simply can't afford it. I
recommend that we ask those
teachers to pay $300, leaving the
school to make up the additional
expense. We have the same com-
pany as the county, but we pay
more because of size. At the dis-
trict schools, teachers were pay-
ing a total of $275," said Weiner.

Weiner reminded the board that
one of the goals of ABC School was
to be 10 percent higher than the
district.."We want to provide
teachers better benefits," he said,
"one reason is because teachers
are undervalued by society."
SIn other business, new staff mem-
Sbers were approved by the board.
including Suzanne Bell, R. N., as
Spart-time; Shannon McKindrick,
teacher's aide for the Great Leaps
Program; Liz Andrews, bus driver;
and Beth White, art teacher.

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Noon Gates Open No Admission Charge
4 p.m. Blessing of Fleet/Arrival King Retsyo/Miss Florida Seafood
4-9 p.m. Musical Entertainment
10 p.m. Park Closes
8 a.m. RedFish Run (Gibson Inn)
10 a.m. Gates Open $5 Admission (kids under 12 free)
10 a.m. Parade (Avenue E/Highway 98)
11-1 p.m. Musical Entertainment -Twilight
1 p.m. Oyster Shucking Contest/Oyster Eating Contest
,2-6 p.m. Musical Entertainment KeepLocomotion, Billy Rigsby
6-7:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment King Cotton Blues
7:30-9 p.m. Musical Entertainment Southern Rock Allstars
9 p.m.-la.m. King Retsyo Ball Featuring Twilight
10 pm. Park Closes

1-4 p.m.
4 p.m.

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Gates Open No Admission Charge
Music Entertainment Various Local Bands
Festival Officially Ends


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Seafood Festival from Page 1
On Saturday, November 2, the festival kicks off at 8 a.m. with the
annual RedFish run and, later in the morning at 10 a.m.; a parade
down U.S. Highway 98. Festival organizers expect more than 100
arts and crafts vendors to set up in the park. Activities are planned
throughout the day, including oyster eating and shucking contests.
headline entertainment and later the King Retsyo Ball. Admission to
the park on Saturday is $5 with children under 12 free.
On Sunday, admission is free and musical entertainment continues
throughout the day until the festival officially closes at 4 p.m. All
times are Eastern Standard time.

More than 500 hardworking volunteers from more than a dozen
non-profit organizations throughout the Franklin County area will be
responsible for feeding an estimated 10,000 hungry seafood eaters at
the 39th Annual Florida Seafood Festival, November 1 3, 2002.
The volunteer effort, initiated two years ago by the Florida Seafood
Festival Board, is a continuing attempt to bring the festival back to
its community=based roots of nearly 40 years ago.
According to Festival President Betty Webb, there are 10 "festival"
food and drink tents that will be manned by 13 nonprofit groups and
the net proceeds will be split amongst the tents. Within eadh p f the
tents, Webb says, it's possible additional workers from other non-
profit groups may be working and will share in the proceeds ccord-
ingly.'Last year, each tent netted approximately $4500 per teift. This
year, the results are expected to be similar. "We're excited about the
number of groups who want to help bring back the festival, of yester-
day," says Webb. "We think it will once again make this a local family
This year's non-profit groups involved in the effort include Riverkeepers
& Philaco Club, Lanark Volunteer Fire Department, Capital City Youth
Services, Eastpoint & Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Departments,
Carrabelle Christian Center, SGI Civic Club, New Life Ministries, Bay
Community & ABC Charter School, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce and the Masons of Apalachicola and Carrabelle.
Food tickets will again sell for $1 each.

The' Seafood Festival will also feature the King Cotton Blues Band.
This popular Tallahassee blues band, made up of Vocalist Tony Young,
Guitarist Eddie Gooden, upright Bass Player Todd Bevis and Drum-
mer Tom Corbet got together in May of 1997. They debuted their first
CD that same year. A second effort "Ultra Blues" was released in
February of 2001. Since then, the band has played the regional club
circuit gaining momentum as the blues band with a "textured millen-
nium" twist.
King Cotton's style is based on the blues but they take the music to
another level by mixing old school feeling with a contemporary flavor.
often pushing the boundaries of what is considered blues. This gives
King Cotton a fresh, unique sound that is appreciated by all,ages.
The other headline act for the 39th Annual Florida Seafood'Festival
are national recording artists Southern Rock Allstar-s.
Members of the Southern Rock Allstars were the founders or:former
members of some of the most popular Sotitheih Rock groups includ-
ing Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and the Rossington Band. They toured
S and played sold-out shows throughout North America,.Europe and
Asia. .
Members of the band include the following: .'
*'Jakson Spires-Drummer. Vocalist and Writer. As a founding mem-
ber of Blackfoot, Jakson co-wrote "Highway Song" and "Train Train".
as Well as most Blackfoot material from 1975 till 1986.
Daie fmubek-Lead and Slide Guitarist, Vocalist and Writer Dave
founded Molly Hatchett, and co-wrote their classic tunes "Flirtin' With
Disaster", "Gator Country"' and "Beatin' The Odds", and other Hatchet
material. "
*Jay JllQngoi--Lead Gultar oe-'cP li?. \Wr %tet. Prodier and Engi-
neer Jav'was -charter memb1t bLtH'- Rosf'i'gtur Btfnd and Radio
Tokyo. : ". a.
Charles Hart-Bassist, 'ocalist and Engineer. In 1986 Charles
founded Cruize Control.
The headline acts for the festyial are scheduled as follows: King Cot-
ton Blues Band will play Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m. The
Southern Rock Allstars will play at 7:30 p.m.



October 15, 2002
Present. Chairperson
SEddie Creamer;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders and
Commissioner Bevin

S, SolidfWaste Director
SVdn Johnson requested payment
of $11,000 from the current Parks
and Recreation budget for equip-
ment to be used in Little League
7.4 activities that serves about 200
boys and girls annually, ages 7 -
13. The Board approved the re-
A. quest.

Public Hearing
Si The Board approved land use
c ange Irom cdiimeircal to resi-
dential and rezonin, cha.nfie
Y Irom C-4 Commercial-Residential
Mixed Use t R- I Single. Fathily
Residential, Lots 1-7, Blk X and
Lots 8- 1:3, Blk W, Unit 1 in Lana -k
Village. '

Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce; County Planner, gave
the Board a copy of a letter that
requested six-month extensions
for Department of Transportation
projects. These included: (1) Wid-
ening and resurfacing of south
Bayshore, (2) widening and resur-
facini or Patton Drive (3) resur-
facing of Water Street. David
'9 Kennedy, part-time county engi-
neer made the request because of
Miss Florida Seafood, Amanda Thompson, and King Retsyo (oyster spelled delays connected with sewer and
water construction in Apalach-
backward), her grandfather, George Thompson. icola and Eastpoint.

Continued on Page 6


Friday, November 1, 2002 ;

4:00 p.m.
4:00 p!m.
4 7 p.m.
7 9 p.m.
10:00 p.m.

Gates Open-No (Adnmi'ssion Ch arue
Bless-ini of the Flect
Aerial InKln R'itsv. :. M -s Flonda Seafood
Musical Enrtertauiment-Rencdade. Amy Lynnr'"
Musical Entertainment-Keep .
Park Closes

Saturdav, Nnvember 2 l20"0

8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
2 6:00 p.m.
6 7:30 p.m.
7:30 9 p.m.
9 p.m. 1 a.m.
10:00 p.m.

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RedFish Run (Gibson Inn) i
Gates Open $5 Admission (kids under 1I free)
Parade (Avenue E/Highway 98)
Arts/Crafts/Food Vendors Open
Musical Entertainment-Twilight
Oyster Shucking Contest followed by
Oyster Eating Contest
Musical Entertainment-Keep, Locomotion.
Billy Rigsby
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The Franklin Chronicle


Fishing Matters

There appears to be a crack or two in the seamless stone wall of
enforcement for certain rules of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FFWCC). The Governor recently appointed a new
head of law enforcement of the FFWCC, Colonel Julie Jones, who has
been meeting with representatives of the mullet fishing industry in
Wakulla County and elsewhere. The subject has been the use of a
fishing net two feet deep and up to 200 feet long for mullet fishing
that will allow juvenile fish to escape, and thus preserve the fishery
resource and still remain economically viable for fishermen to use.
Thus far, the Marine Patrol has continued to arrest fishermen using
this net although fishermen have argued in separate litigations and
briefs, that the net is legal and conforms to the intent of.the Constitu-
tional Amendment limiting net fishing in Florida in shore waters. The
net is also subject to litigation eing reviewed by the District Court of
Appeals in a case from Wakulla County.
Ronald Crum, President of the Wakulla Fishermen's Association, re-
cently wrote to Governor Bush:
Dear Jeb:
A clear sign that has no political repercussion would be
to support Col. Julie Jones, Florida Fish & Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, Law Enforcement Division in her
attempt to achieve enforceable regulations that will pro-
tect the environment and the civil rights of all citizens.
We need to know your response to this request.
Ronald Crum
Fishing For Freedom
Governor Bush replied to Mr. Crum's letter with this language:
October 10, 2002
Dear Ronald Fred:
I have always supported the commercial fishing industry
in Florida and recognize its importance to Florida and
our economy.
I certainly appreciate your support for the constitutional
net limitations and welcome your suggestions to fine-tune
our efforts in this area. Your continued willingness to
work with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion is appreciated. I trust that Colonel Julie Jones, Di-
rector of the Division of Law Enforcement at FWCC will
work to address the issues you raised.
Thank you again for bringing this issue to my attention.
Rest assured, we will continue to follow this issue and
look forward to a sensible resolution of the problem.
Jeb Bush
The response, while "politically correct", did not specifically address
the "issue" raised by Mr. Crum. But, the last paragraph referred to an
acknowledgment of "the problem" which may be considered by some
as "progress" in the fishermen's plight.
In the meantime, another fisher's organization, called the Southeast-
ern Marine Resource Harvesters Association, has come to public no-
tice in the continuing controversy involving the Net Limitation Amend-
ment to the Florida Constitution. Organized by Walter Pine in Titusville,
he is attempting to organize fishermen statewide and make them a
force to "get our rights back," so says his Association newsletter dated
March 2002. He writes, "I am trying to get equal access to the re-
soukGes-andireestablisbour rightto fish." Until recently he has worked
alone,, anthe says he..hasmade every,effort to include all fishermen
in what he is doing.,He acknowledges the work of others during the
timeAthe. fishernmens.-.protests have grown', .. .-i. -' .. ',: -.
He wrote, "I have asked the Governor to issue an Executive Order to
re-interpret the Net Limitation Amendment to give all Floridians equal
access to the fisheries. This means interpreting the amendment so
that all nets 500 ft2 or less are legal regardless of mesh size, material
used in construction, and design. I founded the federal investigation
of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission." However,
in reading deeper into the newsletter, one learns that Mr. Pine is also
attempting to start litigation against .the State of Florida: similar to
the plan advanced by the Wakulla fishermen under the leadership of
Ronald Fred. Crum. It would appear that both efforts are likely to
duplicate each other and certainly create the appearance of cleav-
ages between the. two groups.. This would be counter-productive. If
there is any time for unity, this is the time.
Tom Hoffer

Fishing For Freedom

We have been meeting with groups of citizens around the state to tell
folks the mission of FISHING FOR FREEDOM. That mission is "Stop
the Unnecessary Killing of Baby Fish; Defend the Environment
for all Citizens; Uphold the Constitution and bring the American
Flag back to Florida". We need your support to make sure that we
are successful. We support the Constitutional Amendment for a "Ma-
rine Net Limitation" but are against.the "political Net Ban".
We ask for the constitutional right to use the nets approved by 72% of
Florida voters that allow use of two (2) 500 square foot nets from a
boat and one (1) from the shore with unlimited mesh size so adult
fish will be harvested. The current rule by the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission, requiring nets with mesh size 2 inches or
less catch only small baby fish. The rule establishes a Mullet Gear
Rule and is directly opposed to the stated goal of the Net Limitation
Amendment, which is to conserve the marine resource for all citi-

1. Nylon Netting Non-Entangling-Florida Statute
2. Two (2) Nets from a Boat-Florida Constitution,
Article 10, Section 16.
3. Rectangular Nets-Florida Constitution, Article 10,
Section 16.
4. 500 square foot, open mesh-Florida Constitu-
tion, Article 10, Sectioni 16.
5. Separation between Nets-Florida Statute
These nets are-designed to possess catchability and selectivity and
are commercially viable while protecting the environment.

Protest Organized Against

Uni ievnuory Killing Of Juvenile Fish

On October 22, 2002 at 12:00 noon, Florida Citizens will be at the 1st
District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee protesting the unnecessary
killing and wasting of billions of juvenile fish. We are protesting to
bring the American Flag with all it stands for back to Florida.
In 1997 the 1st District.Court of Appeals approved a net regulation
set by the Marine Fisheries Commission that causes unnecessary
killing of baby fish. Prior to approval of this regulation by the 1st
DCA, an administrative hearing judge had ruled that by all evidence
presented it is unrefuted the net authorized by this regulation made
it clearly impossible for commercial fishermen to comply with.
The American Flag can't fly in Florida when courts approve regula-
tions that destroy our environment and put citizens in prison. The .
1st DCA upheld that the impact on consumers, food stamp recipi-
ents, Hispanics, African Americans and other minorities is irrelevant.
The, lst DCA did not require reports or'studies as to the impact on
fthe citizens of Florida or the environment! The Constitutional Amend-'
ment, "Marine Net Limitation" voted on by 72% of Florida Citizens
and Florida Statutes 470,025 require biological, sociological and eco-
nomic studies be completed before the regulation can be implemented;
this was ignored by the court.
The focus of our non-violent protest will include citizens with signs
declaring, "Bring the American Flag back to Florida"; "Stop unneces-
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Own Defense
By Rene Topping
At the end of the "trial" Terry
Saunders was able to tell his
story. His attorney Tom Klein
from PBA started out with the first
allegation. This was the damage
to a city patrol car.
Klein stated, "You have already
received discipline for the first
incidence on May 19,. 2002."
Saunderg: "Yes I have." Klein
"What was the condition that was
written in your file?" Saunders
said, 'That if the action was cor-
rected, as long as no other inci-
dent took place, it would be re-
moved from my file."
Klein continued, "Let us talk
about the second accident..Were
you ever informed that if you had
another accident, that you would
be disciplined again for the same
incident?" Saunders said, "No. I
was under the impression that as
long as I had no other disciplin-
ary action for a similar incident,
as a car wreck, they would take it
out of my file."
Klein: "After the first accident did
you ever apply for promotion with
Carrabelle Police Department?"
Saunders: "Yes." Klein: "What was
the response for your application
for promotion?" Saunders: "Six
months into my employment with
the city I was approached by the
chief and Lt. Renfroe to say that
they would consider promoting
me to sergeant." He went on to
say, "After that I basically kept on
about it. I wanted the promotion.
So periodically I reminded them."
'They said it would have to be af-
ter the one year probationary pe-
riod was over that they would con-
sider it."
Klein: "What impact did that first
accident have on your promotion?
Were you ever told the relation-
ship between the accident and
you not getting a promotion?"
Saunders: "They told me as long
as the reprimand was in my file I
wouldn't get it." Klein: "Based on
that fact you were disciplined yet
another time for not getting pro-
"Let's talk about the second acci-
dent. What happened? You were
there. None of us were there."
Saunders said, 'The chief had a

tionally, a display of thousands ot unnecessarily killed baby fishes
with a large marker over it stating "Rest In Peace-Babies Killed by
the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission". The protest
will begin at 12:00 noon and will end at 2:00 the time when Attorney
RonaldA. Mowery will argue in support of the order by the Honorable
Sanders Sauls. Attorney General Bob Butterworth has argued in sup-
port of unnecessary killing of baby fish and the position that citizens
are irrelevant.
We ask you to stand with us, join the protest and support protecting
our environment for all'Florida Citizens.
Ronald Fred Crum
Fishing For Freedom

Congressman Allen Boyd's

Statement On Iraq

On October 10, 2002 Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) voted
to give the President the authority to use force against Iraq, if neces-
sary. Congressman Boyd first voted for Congressman Spratt's (D-NC)
amendment which would have authorized the use of U.S. forces only
with U.N. Security Council approval. Unfortunately, this amendment
did not pass. The following is a statement Congressman Boyd sub-
mitted in the Congressional Record regarding his views on war with
"Mr. Speaker-I rise, today in support of giving the President the au-
thority to go to war with Iraq if necessary. I came to this difficult
decision only after considering the threat to our national security
that allowing Saddam Hussein to acquire long-range missiles and
nuclear weapons represents. While we should continue to seek a dip-
lomatic solution, inaction is not an option. I feel that we must give.
the president the option of using force to remove this threat to our
nation if diplomacy does not work.
No one in the United States wants another war with Iraq if it can be
avoided. However, we know that Iraq has, chemical and biological
weapons and is frantically working to develop nuclear weapons and a
way to deliver them to the United States. This presents a serious
threat to our national security and has the potential to destroy any
chance for peace in the Middle East.
I believe our first step should be to develop a new, tougher weapons
inspection resolution which would allow the U.N. inspectors unfet-
tered access to all sights in Iraq, including the presidential palaces. If
it is implemented successfully, the resolution would serve to disarm
Iraq and would not require an armed confrontation. However, as Presi-
dent Bush has noted, the track record of Iraq's compliance with U.N.
resolutions is abysmal and this time we must give him the tools nec-
essary to ensure that Iraq is truly disarmed.
In addition, I believe that before we use military force against Iraq
that the administration should work to reassemble the coalition that
was so successful during the Gulf War or like the one we developed to
combat terrorism. While we could defeat Iraq without a coalition, po-
licing and rebuilding Iraq will take years and we will need allies to
undertake this long and difficult task.
As one of us in this chamber who have worn the military uniform of
this great country, I understand the ravages and consequences of
war and do rot take this vote lightly. All diplomatic options should be
exhausted before the use of military force but I believe the option of
force must be available to the president as a last resort. Giving the
authority to use force does not mean war, it only gives our
commander-in-chief the maximum flexibility to protect our nation.
If it comes to war, many of our nation's sons and daughters will be
put in harm's way in order to protect our freedoms from Saddam
Hussein's reign of terror and to keep him from acquiring nuclear weap-
ons and the means of delivering them to the United States. I would
never send our young men and women into combat-unless' it was
absolutely necessary, and unless Iraq allows weapons inspectors into
the country with unfettered access, it will be necessary. Congress
should give the president the authority he needs to protect America
while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and
arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem before turning to military
force and this is why I will vote to give him the ability to eliminate the
threat to American security."

call to the Carrabelle Medical Cen-
ter where Dr. Lewis worked. He
had a dog bite case. A child had
been bitten in the face. I hadjust
come on duty right after he re-
ceived the call. I went up there to
see what was going on. I was there
about twenty minutes or so and I
remembered that I had to go to
(not audible). A truck had pulled
in while I was inside. It was
slightly behind me on the passen-
ger side."
"When I came out I saw the truck
but I didn't see his tailgate was
down. It appeared at a glance that
he did not have a tailgate at all.
The tailgate hung down over the
bumper and did not have any
support cables. I backed up and I
heard a scraping crunch. I
stopped got out of my car and
walked around and saw what had
happened. I went over to the chief
in his patrol car."
Klein: "You basically disclosed the
fact that you had backed into this
guy's truck. Who called FHP?"
Saunders: "The chief called dis-
patch and they called FHP." Klein:
"So it's routine when an officer is
involved in an accident to call an
outside agency?" Saunders: "Yes."
Klein: You were never charged
by FHP? Nothing official? Did you
get any marks on your driving
record as a result of it?" To all
these questions Saunders re-
sponded with "No."
Saunders said, "The trooper that
investigated the accident came in
from Tallahassee, I believe. He
worked it. He said be didn't put
anybody at fault. He didn't issue
any citations. He said, and I
quote, 'This is an accident that
could happen to anybody.'" Klein:
"Do you know how much damage
was done to the patrol car?"
Saunders: "Very little."
Klein: "Let's talk about the
Michael Champion affair. You
were here and you have heard
Chief Jetton testify as to his rec-
ollections of the events. What do
you recall as to your contact with
Michael Champion and any deter-
mination you could or would have
made about him being drunk?"
Saunders said, "The entire time I
spoke to Michael Champion 1 was
a distance from him." Klein:
"Could you smell any alcohol on
him? Saunders: "No." Klein:
"When you were seated in the
patrol car and Mr. Champion was
leaning against it, what direction
was he facing?" Saunders He
was facing away from (inaudible)."
Klein: "Could you smell any alco-
hol from that advantage point?"
Saunders: "No, sir." Klein: "Why
were you seated in the patrol car?"
Saunders: "Because I was work-

ing off duty for the owner of the
IGA. (The IGA had been destroyed
by fire) He hired most of local law
enforcement to work security to
keep it from being looted. People
were coming into the store taking
things that did not belong to
Klein: "At any time in that evening
did Mr. Champion tell you he had
been drinking?" Saunders said,
"No." Klein: "Did Mr. Champion
ever go to sleep in his vehicle?"
Saunders: "He did." Klein said,
"Would you explain to the com-
missioners what conspired and
what conversations you might
have had." Saunders: He told me
that he and his girl friend had
been arguing and he had to stay
out of the house and he couldn't
come home till morning. I said
Just sit down here with me, I'm
on till six o'clock. You can stay
down here. So he basically sat in
his truck, I sat in my patrol car,
pulled up next to each other. He
fell asleep. I turned on the F.M.
radio and listened to good music
waiting for six o'clock when I can
'go home."
"At 5:30 Lt. Renfroe came on duty.
About 5:45 I decided to go home,
the sun was coming out, Lt.
Renfroe was out, the day shift was
out. I woke Mr. Champion, it's
about six o'clock. Go home and
go to bed. I'm going."
Klein: "At the time you woke him
up did you notice whether there
was any kind of alcoholic bever-
ages, any containers in his ve-
hicle?" Saunders: "I didn't." Klein:
"Did you see any?" Saunders: "I
never looked anywhere. I was sit-
ting in my patrol car. He was sit-
ting in his truck, I never saw any-
thing." Klein: "How was it you
woke him up?" Saunders: "Hey
Michael. Wake up." Klein: "He was
up when you yelled at him?"
Saunders said that he turned his
patrol car on and Champion
turned on his truck and Saunders
followed him east out of the park-
ing lot.
Saunders went on to say, "He was
four or five car lengths ahead. I
noticed that he swerved over into
the parking lane, came over
crossed both lanes of traffic and
hit the curb, and hit the pole his
truck turned sideways, which
made him hit his head on the side
window. He messed the truck up
real good."
Saunders went on, "At that point
I pulled up behind him, turned
on my overhead lights and called
dispatch I had a signal four, that

Continued on Page 12


The Franklin Chronicle


8 1 October 2002 Page 5


Lack Of Concern Threatens Life Of

Apalachicola Bay And River

A Report and Commentary By Tom Campbell
According to Executive Director of the Education Program at
Apalachicola Research Reserve, Erik Lovestrand, the attendance Oc-
tober 10, 2002, for the guest lecture "was disappointing." Less than
ten guests were there to hear "an excellent presentation" offered by
David McLain, Executive Director of Apalachicola Bay and River Keeper
(ABARK) from 7 to 8 p.m.
Slides and information were presented on "the State of Your River
and Bay." But even though the presentation was excellent, the lack of
interest by the general public was noticeable.
This same lack of concern appears to be threatening the current health
and state of the river and bay.
According to McLain, there are four priority threats:
1) Reduced fresh water flows
2) Increased pollution
3) Loss of flood plain habitat and
4) Unconstrained, non-sustainable growth.
McLain said that "estuarine ecology and biodiversity depend on fresh-
water flow." The drought of this year 2002, which is on-going, has
been the worst in ten years.
Upstream consumption of freshwater is ALSO A CAUSE of concern
regarding freshwater flows. There is a result of "highest salinity levels
in the bay in years." Those who love eating oysters raw on the half-shell
have noticed for some time now that the oysters are not as sweet, but
"higher in salinity levels!"
Red tide is a salt water originating event. Because of the higher salin-
ity levels, the risk of red tide is greater.
Six counties are united in the ACF water allocation fight, including
Franklin, Bay, and Gulf Counties. Negotiations have been extended
'until January, 2003. Partnered in the negotiations are ,Sierra.
Audubon, 1000 Friends, and TNC. Stakeholder meetings are on-go-
ing. Those interested are encouraged to get involved.
One of the main problems of the struggle for freshwater flow appears
to be the demand for more fresh water up-river around Atlanta and
the Alabama-Georgia State line. Nobody disputes the need for more
fresh water, but the demand on Apalachicola is unreasonable, and
another fresh water source needs to be found. Suggestions have been
made concerning the transforming of salt water into fresh water and
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There was an Eastpoint waste treatment capability upgrade.
Forgotten Coast Has Been Found
The new problem is that the "Forgotten Coast has been found." There
are out-dated comprehensive plans. St. Joe/ARVIDA is the largest
Already stressed infrastructure (roads, etc.) will be stressed even more.
Needed desperately are processes for rational, long-term planning.
According to McLain, ABARK "will continue to do our best to shape
Florida's proposal, for ACF water allocation. ABARK is seeking fund-
ing for major public education and outreach campaign tied to sus-
tainable growth."
ABARK will continue to lobby Congress on dredging. The organiza-
tion also hopes to sponsor and participate actively in citizen-based,
long-term community planning for the river basin; And the organiza-
tion will continue to exploit "partnerships" with six counties and other
environmental organizations.
All these efforts are meant to deal with the lack of concern by the
general public as regards to the current health and continued im-
provement of the Apalachicola River and Bay.

In Community Theatre, Please

Note: Heroes Come In All Shapes,

Colors and Sizes
By Tom Campbell
Like Valentine's Day cards, heroes come in all shapes, colors and
sizes. They come in scope from national to state to local.
When you work in community theatre, you find a great many small
heroes on the local level, who really don't expect any glory. They serve
because they are needed. That's what heroes do.
Working on the current community theatre project in Franklin County.
The Panhandle Players have discovered quite a few local heroes. At
the risk of overlooking some who are very important, here is an at-
tempt to name some of these heroes. If anyone is left out, who ought
to be here, please let the writer know and you will be most heartily
included in the next editorial. Certainly, no insult is intended.
The current community theatre project is a production of "The Ice
Man," a new play in two acts suggested by the life of John Gorrie,
M.D. No small task-considering that he is one of the city's "favorite
sons." Criticism is bound to come from every angle imaginable.
Barrie Watson was recommended for the part of Dr. Gorrie and "came
out of retirement and relative seclusion," because he was needed. In
fact, the play could not have been done without him. There was no
money to pay actors. There never is in community theatre. It's called
"amateur"-done for the love of it. Several actors were recommended,
but Barrie Watson was the only one'who could make the sacrifices of
time, energy and talent needed. Since he is rarely off stage during the
production, he is required to devote himself to many hours of sweat
and toil in learning lines. He was, needed and he stepped forward.
That's what heroes do.

Ms. Judith Henderson was asked to be Costume Designer, along with
Ms. Barbara Siprell, and they begai work immediately. They've done
a terrific job. What will be seen on stage are some magnificent cre-
ations of period costumes, made from "scratch," thanks to these la-
dies, and Penny's Worth, Good Willt;Tallahassee Little Theatre, and
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Ms. Dolores Roux is a successful businesswoman who didn't need to
take, on an extra load of memorizing a book of lines and cues, but the
director thought she was right for the part of Miss Winifred Kimball.
Added to this, Ms. Roux had known Miss Kimball personally. She
brings a real authenticity to the role. Good-naturedly, Ms. Roux has
plunged into memorizing lines and cues.
The Honorable Alan Pierce, Mayor of the City of Apalachicola, was
asked to play the "villain" in the play-an interesting role personify-
ing the evils of gossip and rumor. Many less courageous souls might
have shunned the prospect of being "in the political arena" and play-
ing a villain who deals in gossip, both Alan Pierce good-naturedly
stepped up to the challenge.
Wesley Chesnut, locally famous for his antiques, was called upon to
play the role of Dr. Alvan Wentworth Chapman. Chapman and Dr.
Gorrie were friends and Wesley Chesnut brings a great sense of fun to
the part. Needless to say, many of his beautiful antique furnishings
dress the set in a very attractive way.
These and others are doing a superb job in this community
theatre production, proving again what values theatre brings to the
These hearty souls don't make any money. They do it for the love of it.
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Wilderness Coast Libraries

Wilderness Coast Public Libraries (WILD for short) turns 10 years old
this October. The organization began as a cooperative among Franklin.
Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties for shared library services. Offering
a bookmobile that serves the three counties, a shared library auto-
mated system and grant and financial management services, WILD
assists the county libraries to be at their best.
Wilderness Coast Public Libraries helped Franklin County begin
countywide public library service in 1992, and library service there
has grown to two libraries, one in Eastpoint, and a beautiful new
building in Carrabelle. Wakulla County moved into a new building
and expanded their services in the mid 1990's. Jefferson County added
a new branch near their high school this year. All libraries have an
automated system and their collections are available for viewing on
the internet at www.wildernesscoast.org.
The additional state funding provides a technical manager available
to all three libraries. This person is kept quite busy as all libraries
have greatly expanded computer access to their patrons. Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries helps people bridge the digital divide by keep-
ing computers for the public up and running.
Wilderness Coast Public Libraries has plans eventually for wireless
computers to be used at the libraries. With the fast moving technol-
ogy of today, staying up-to-date is a challenge. We are up to it and
hope for another very productive 10 years to come. Please call Cheryl
Turner at 926-4571 if you have any questions.

Many educators have heard the expression it takes a village to raise a child and in retrospect it
Stakes a community and beyond to create a school. A sincere thank you to the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners for its leasing of the building facility (formerly known as the
Florida.Highway Patrol Station) to the Franklin County School District. Another sincere thank
you to the Franklin County School Board for its approval of the Franklin County Learning Center
Educational Plan for the facility. Since August 26, I have been working diligently on an
Educational endeavor which was very much needed in the Franklin County School District. I wish
to thank all of you who have'assisldl'n, m this endeavor to open the Franklin County Learning"
Center.' A'heartfelt;thank you to Mrs.'Io:AnnGander,.Superintendent Franklin County, School, :
District; Mr. Mikel Clark, Assistant SNuerinteident, Frdnklin County'School District; Ms. Brenda
Wilson, Director of Administrative Servicest Ms. Nan Collis,Director ofSiecialIPrograms andi
Support Services; Mr. Terry St. Cyr, Director ofFinancial Services; Mr. Richard Key, Principal,
Chapman Elementary School; Mrs. Vera Banks, Principal, Apalachicola High School; Mr. Nick
-O'Grady, Principal, Carrabelle High School; Mrs. Anita Goodman Dillard, Principal, and Ms.
Susan Ruder, Guidance Counselor, A. D. Harris High School (Panama City, Florida); Ms. Patricia
Weber, Administrative Assistant, New Horizons Learning Center (Panama City, Florida); Mr.
David Meyer, Franklin County Schools Technology Resources Instructor, Mrs. Bertha Stanley,
Chapman Elementary School; Mrs. Charlotte Smith, Secretary to Superintendent of Franklin
County School District; Mrs. Jeanette Malone, Secretary to Curriculum and Instruction; Ms.
Karen Wert, Secretary to Special Programs and Support Services; Ms. Moma Smith, MIS
Contact for Franklin County School District; Mr. Gene Boone, Ms. Elaine Williams, Mr. Mike
Malone and Mr. Johnny Harris, Franklin County School District Maintenance/Transportation
Department; Representative Wll Kendrick, Florida House ofRepresentatives and The Bank;
Sheriff Bruce Vames, Franklin County Sheriffs Department; Mr. Tim Turner, Franklin County
Emergency Management; Ms. Lois Sanders, Ms. Charlie Mae Richards and Mr. Bobby Jones,
Chapman Elementary Custodial Staff; Ms. Loretta Davis, Ms. Joann Falk, Ms. Candy Gilbert
and Ms. Terry Hilton, Brown Elementary Food Service Staff Sergeant Dink Cook, Franklin
Work Camp; Mr. Stephen Stanley, Florida Power; Mr. "Lil Red" Sizemore, Apalach Building
Supply; Mr. KenFish, Taylor's Building Supply; Ms. Kim Horst, GT Cam; Mrs. CJ Ogles, Public
School Supporter/Volunteer, Mr. Mike White, Mr. Andy Brunson and Mr. Lonnie Vickery,
Parsons Brinckerhof Mrs. Janet White, Mrs. Deanna Vickery and Miss Skye Kennedy, Public
School Supporters; Ms. Lisa Thomas, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Mr.
Rob Harry, Livestock Advertising; Mr. Bob Bastian, Crystal Water Company; Mr. Larry
McDonald, Tallahassee Coca-Cola Co.; and Mr. Billy Dodd, my wonderful and dedicated
husband for always taking the time to support any endeavor I undertake. My sincere thanks go to
all of you and your support of public education in Franklin County. Go Ospreys!
Mrs. Pamela M. Dodd, Ed.S.
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Bevin Putnal raised a question
about the availability of another
engineer when Mr. Kennedy is not
available. Mr. Kennedy is available
to Franklin County for one day a
week, given current funding. Mr.
Pierce acknowledged that this has
been a reoccurring problem.
Putnal advocated finding a retired
engineer or other person with
similar qualifications to service
what appears to be a growing
backlog of projects requiring en-
gineering expertise. Pierce added
that there is not enough money
in the current budget to go out
and hire another engineer.
Kendall Wade added that some
review of the current finances
should be done to locate funds to
pay an engineer. Mr. Pierce and
Mr. Wade are to report back to the
Board on the result of their search
for funds next meeting.
A time extension for the contract
with C.W. Roberts to complete the
CR 67 Project at the request of
Preble-Rish Engineers was ap-
proved by the Board. The time
extension is until November 15.
The Board approved the purchase
of an airport tractor using the
state bid list instead of going for
separate bids contingent on a re-
view of the matter by the County
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that Mr. Palmer Philyaw and Mr.
Gary Montgomery have resigned
from the Board of Adjustment.
The Board needs to appoint one
new member and another alter-
nate who can be available if the
regular members do not show up.
No action was taken at today's
The Board reappointed the follow-
ing members to the CDBG Citi-
zen Advisory Committee: Robert
Benson, A. J. Taylor, Jim Philyaw
and Ms. Betty Webb. Commis-
sioner Williams reported that
Charles Watson Clark, also a con-
tinuing member of the committee,
was in intensive care.
Mr. Pierce announced that be-
cause of Mark Curenton's efforts
and those of the Road Dept. the
county has been notified that
flood insurance premiums will
now receive a discount of 100%up
from the previous 5%.
CDBG Grant-The Board had
agreed to hire Roumellis Plan-
ning and'Development for
services related to the appli-
cation for a CDBG Grant and
administering a CDBG grant,
if awarded. The county is
seeking $700,000. No funds
will be paid if the county is
not awarded a CDBG grant.
The Board approved the sign-
ing'ofrtwo contracts, one for
grant writing and the other
for administration.
Betty Roland of Roumellis
Planning and Development
appeared before the Commis-
sioners to discuss the pro-
posal, partially presented be-
Traffic Light-Mr. Pierce re-
ported that the Dept. of Transpor-
tation has written the Board in-
dicating that a traffic light is NOT
warranted at the intersection of
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Franklin County 2003 Neighborhood Revitalization CDBG
Preliminary Application Summary
October 15, 2002

The County will apply for a $700,000 Neighborhood Revitalization grant under the Florida Small
Cities Community Development Block Grant program. The proposed projects to be funded, with
rough budget estimates, are as follows.

Lanark Village drainage $165,000 CDBG
(includes $12,000 property
acquisition for easements,
surveys, title, appraisals)

Wilderness & Ridge Road

Paving Twin Lakes Road
Eastpoint water extension
on Twin Lakes Road
Water hook ups
4 low income homes
Sewer rehab, GulfTer.


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$292,000 CDBG

$ 90,000 CDBG
$ 4,500 CDBG

$ 35,000 CDBG
$ 32,500 CDBG
$ 56,000 CDBG
$700,000 CDBG

$ 22,000 FEMA?

$'5,000 County labor
$ 16,000 Contractor donated culverts
$80,000 County labor, rock
(estimated value of time & materials)

$ 5,000 Eastpoint Utility tap waivers

$ 500 Lanark Water & Sewer Dist.
$ 2,500 County labor, audit
$131,000 County & other

Options for remaining funds, if any:
1. Additional sewer rehab for Lanark Water and Sewer District, which would reduce leaks
2. Bear Creek Road water extension for Edstpoint Water and Sewer, which would provide a loop
DCA has tentatively set the application deadline at December 19, 2002. I have told Preble-Rish
staff that permit applications must be submitted by December 16, 2002.

county's concerns and that he
Building Inspector-A new hoped to be at the next county
building inspector, Chris Giam- commission meeting to give the
etta (Carrabelle) has been hired, Board an update."
effective November 1st. He has a
broad background in construc- Pierce also informed the Board
tion and is a licensed Master that he met with DCA Represen-
plumber. His employment is con- tatives on Friday, October 11, to
tingent upon his obtaining his learn more about visioning and at
provisional building inspector li- that time it appeared that Mr.
cense. Robin Brinkley and Rachel Charlie Gautier would like to
Ward had interviewed six appli- come to the November 19th Board
cants for the job. meeting for a workshop to discuss
Ageny P m with the Board the function and
Local Agency Program Certifi- structure of visioning. "At that
cation-Mark Curenton recom- workshop he plans to have a rec-
mends that the Board apply to ommended list of issues DCA
become a Local Agency Program wants the county to address in
Certification, a federal certifica- the comp plan update. He might
tion that if granted allows the also have a scope of work issues
county to have more control over willing to help pay to have up-
federal grants that are awarded dated."
to the county. Specifically, if the
county can receive Local Agency "The idea is for the county to be-
Program Certification, then the gin a visioning process, which
county can have greater control would bring citizen issues to the
and flexibility on selecting a con- forefront, and then tie those citi-
tractor for the Bike Path Project zen concerns together with the
to Ned Porter Park. The Board di- DCA concerns, for one comp plan
erected Mr. Curenton to apply for update, which would carry the
the certification. The Board also county till the year 2020."
directed Mr. Curenton to work on
a grant for plans and specifica- "There are two large obstacles to
tions to retrofit the county jail for successful visioning. One is gen-
modern purposes. rating the funds necessary to
hire a competent facilitator who
Mr. Pierce informed the Board will help make sure everyone is
that he received a telephone call treated fairly and issues are de-
from Mr. Charlie Gautier, DCA, bated, not personalities. Every-
and Ms. Kari Roth, General Coun- body is talking about money, but
sel, who were talking with St. Joe no contracts or agreements have
Representatives about Summer- been signed that actually provide
Camp. "From the tone of the con- any money. The second is the
versation it appears that St. Joe structuring.of a committee to help
is still working on the Coastal oversee the work. There is wide
High Hazard issue. Mr. Billy range of ideas of how the commit-
Buzzett said they were trying to tee should work, who is going to
address all of DCA and the be on the committee, what au-

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thority they will have, and so on.
I know of many interested people
who have already contacted me,
and my concern is that the pub-
lic will think it is critical to be on
the committee, and the Board will
be unable to narrow the commit-
tee down to a manageable num-
ber. The committee itself is not the
public, and the committee will not
be coming up with answers. The
citizens who want to participate
will generate the issues and the
answers, the committee to a large
degree will only assist the public.
At this time, the only Board ac-
tion necessary is to agree to hold
a workshop on November 19th at
1:00 to listen to Mr. Gautier and
others. The Board approved.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
October 8, 2002. Ms. Rachel Ward
was the staff person for this meet-
ing. The first item considered by
the Commission was dock per-
mits. The following docks were
recommended by the Commission
and approved by the Board.
A). recommend approval for pri-
vate dock and boatlift for Ronald
Schlitt at 351 East Bay Drive,
B) recommend approval for Bruce
-& Judith Irvin to construct a pri-
vate dock on Lots 28 & 29, Block
U, Unit 1, Lanark Village.
C) recommend approval for Dr.
.Jones Phillip to construct a fish-
ing pier at 2556 US 98 in Lanark
D) recommend approval for Will-
iam Vester to construct a private
dock and boatlift on Lot 1, Cara
Bay Estates, St. George Island.
E) recommend approval for Bobby
Boone to construct a private dock
on Lot 1, Block 62, Unit 5, St.
George Island.
F) recommend approval for
Clifford and Sally Brody to con-
struct a private dock on Lot 4,
New River Run Subdivision,
G) recommend approval for Will-
iam and Beatrice Hubbard to con-
struct a private dock on Lot 2,
Driftwood Subdivision, Lanark
H) recommend approval for John
Horvath to construct a private
dock on Lot 6, Alligator Point Sub-
division, Alligator Point.
The Commission tabled several
items concerning subdivisions,
but did approve the preliminary
plat for Palmetto Village, a 23-lot
subdivision lying next to Magno-
lia Ridge Phase Two in Eastpoint.
"I received a request after the
meeting from a Commission
member as to whether the county
was being consistent with the in-
terpretation of the lot width, I have
asked Mark Curenton to investi-
gate this issue, and he has pro-
vided the minutes from April 16,
2002 County Commission meet-

ing where the Board discussed
this issue. I have not had time to
respond to the Commission mem-
ber, but it appears the Board is
being consistent. The issue In-
volves the width of lots that are
on a curve or a cul-de-sac. The
Board approved the preliminary
plat for Palmetto Village.
The last item discussed was the
issue of rental houses and
whether there should be some
county guidelines on occupancy.
There was a great deal of debate
during the meeting, with no ac-
tion. The discussion will be con-
tinued at the November meeting.
Separately, Ms. Barbara Sanders
requests the Board require rental
houses to provide parking for the
renters on private property. Ms.
Sanders says that large accumu-
lations of cars in neighborhoods
parked on the side of the road is
not what residential zoning is all
about. The Board decided to wait
until their November meeting on
the subject.

Imaging System
Doris Pendleton, Property Ap-
praiser, appeared before the Com-
mission to request a transfer of
funds from the general fund to the
mapping fund. The Board ap-
James Harris (Tax Collector),
Doris Pendleton (Property Ap-
praiser) and Ruth Williams (Fi-
nance Officer) appeared before the
Commissioners to request con-
solidation of providers for an im-
aging system used by all three
depts. This would involve elimi-
nating requests for bids from 'a
myriad of providers that might
present compatibility problems in
software application and hard-
ware. Jimmy Mosconis moved the
Board to approve the request pro-
vided that the auditor and county
attorney review the proposal.
James Harris provided an ex-
ample of the problem. The county
has contracted with one provider
for a number of years and has
their hardware. If problems de-
velop with software provided by
someone else, the older provider
would not provide service to solve
any problems that might develop.
The Board approved the request.
The county attorney is to review
.the process.

Artificial Reef
Scott Vascavage (Tallahassee) ap-
peared before the Board and
briefed them on a proposed arti-
'ficial reef through OAR, (Organi-
zation of Artificial Reefs). A work-
shop was proposed to include
area shrimpers who are affected
by the project location. Vascavage
also requested that the county
obtain the permit. OAR is not al-
lowed to hold permits for such
work. Mason Bean, on behalf of
boating interests on St. George
Island, asked the Commissioners
to allow some of the rubble from
the old bridge be sent to the is-

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land for use in the proposed boat

Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade presented two pro-
posals for renovation of one meet-
ing room in the new courthouse
annex. One was for the installa-
tion of a wall and the second was
for furniture, both connected with
the future move of Judge Russell
into the new facility. The total ex-
pense would be $25,350, with
$17,950 going into the new wall.
Wade said the wall costs could be
paid out of the current budget for
courthouse maintenance. The
furniture could be paid for out of
reserve contingency. The Chief
Judge Gary (Tallahassee) wants to
be informed of the decision of the
Board right after this meeting. Mr.
Wade reminded the Commission-
ers that the new courtroom an-
nex was ajoint effort: money came
from Article 5 (judicial sources)
and Franklin County taxpayers.
About $700,000 flowed from Ar-
ticle 5 funding. The building and
furnishings are valued at about
$1.1 million.
Alan Pierce noted that Judge Gary
visited the facility last week and
expressed some concern about
the lack of a witness chair, and a
cell-block. Wade recommended
that the Board approve the re-
quested funds and ask Judge
Russell to work out a final deci-
sion with Judge Gary. Commis-
sioner Mosconis continued to op-
pose the request. The courtroom
was designed to be shared with
the County Commission, "...it was
a joint project," Wade reminded
the Commissioners. Wade pointed
out that the chief judge could or-
der the Commission to fund the
request, "...He could say, or or-
der everybody out of the build-
ing..." Wade realized that.the di-
lemma was probably "not good
planning," but ... Mosconis had
also talked with Judge Gary. He
said he was not going to'make any
quick decisions even though he
expressed some reservations
about the courtroom layout. The
Commissioners continued the
discussion for another 30 min-
utes. Finally, Cheryl Sanders
moved to accept the recommen-
dation from Kendall Wade. The
Board approved the expenditure.

Firemen Catch the Heat
Commissioners noted with dis-
may the full page announcement
from a Firemen Association
Headed by Steve Fling comprised
of county fire-fighting organiza-
tions, and advocating an increase
in "fire taxes." These are currently
about $42 annually. The Associa-
tion advocated increasing the fees
to $70 annually. The ad appeared
in the 4 October issue of the
Franklin Chronicle.

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Project Facilitator for FROG Family Learning'Proje.i .- '.
LEAP-FROG, approximately 10 hours per eek itil .
6/30/03 contingent on grant funding, to orgjjrie mfafm, -.-
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parent and child activities, maintain detailed reiorT4S a;t -
evaluations, promote community support. %olrniiteetis'. ~ind
involvement. Criteria: college degree and/or apprvnopia ., '
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other library and project staff. Background screening and
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Dale of this Notice 10/04/02 Invoice No. 8227
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Van Color White
Tag No VXX303 Year 1983 state CO n No. 2B7KB33W8DK392170
To owner: Harvey L. Robinson To Lien Holder:
2 Logan Avenue
Steamboat Springs, CO

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/'2,02 at the request of APD. that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 11/17/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
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Eastpoint, FL 32328
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Phoh offer valid on a 2-year service conunmer agreement of $35 And higher. Offer expires
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mdy apply. USFCharge of U.52 will be added. All service agreements wMlbect to an Early
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according to primary line's cumnt pr rate min.
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* Gulf Frontl Large beautiful lot near Bald Point State Park Preserve within Coastal Barrier Act
designation. The surf, sand and sea oats provide a serene setting for your dream home.. Possible
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A Salute to Volunteers

St. George Pavilion And Rest Rooms To Be Dedicated October 24th

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On Thursday, October 24th, be-
ginning at 6 p.m. at the St. George
Island Pavilions, the dedication of
.the public facilities will begin. The
construction of these facilities has
been ongoing since 2000 when
plans were first devised.
Funding came from the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, and
the Florida Recreation Develop-
ment Assistance Program.
Most of the donated labor origi-
nated with volunteers from the St.
George Island population with
additional help from some volun-
teers from Apalachicola.
The following persons participated
in the construction of the pavil-
ion, rest rooms and walkways or
provided other services over the
last two years: Mason Bean,
Dominic Baragona, Wayne Tho-
mas, Bob Harper, Charles
Brannon, Melvin Marsh, Nick
Yonklas, Charlie Pfeifer, Frank
Holtom, Steve Kiesler, Jim
Howard, Ray Moody, David Cox,
Gordon Adkins, Cole Nelson, Greg
Prickett Builders, Paul Cowan,
Ulrich Construction, Dr. Mike
Wilder, Tony Johnson, Bob Day,
Emory Morris; Kent McCoy, Josh
Wolfmagan, John Workhagan,
Bobby James Roofing, Roland
Goyette, Richard Harper, Jimmy
Crenshaw, John Law, Mike Creel,
Sellers Tile, Darrion Johnson, Jim
Butzer, Billy Blackburn and Willie
To those persons, and any others
who may have been, accidentally
omitted from the listing, the
,Franklin County community and
future users of the facilities, owe
a great debt to the volunteers who
provided the sweat. muscle ,4a j
considerable risk-taking lespe-.
cially when climbing ladders ajnd
working on the top of each unit)

in order to complete the project I As to the celebration on Thurs-'
Perhaps as an expression u: ap- day. October 24th-. the sc:,ial hour.
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Pa.e 10 18 October 2002


The Franklin Chronicle

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Franklin Briefs
from Page 6

Insurance Rates
Gary Barber appeared to present
a new rate structure on health
and dental insurance from Blue
Cross-Blue Shield. The proposed
increase is 9.2 percent. The Com-
missioners expressed concern
over the rate increases. The Com-
missioners requested a two-
month delay in order to have ad-
ditional time to consider the rates
and competitive companies.

County Attorney
Tom Shuler recommended that a
letter drafted last week, intended
to be sent to Bob Allen, property
ovner, concerning some poles he
erected on his property close to
the lot line of another property
owner, to be held until Mr. Allen
was given an opportunity to ad-
dress his side of the story before
the Board. At the last meeting,
Frank Venable complained that
Mr. Allen had authorized a build-
ing to be erected inside of the ten-
foot setback. Allen conveyed a
message through his son, Michael
Allen, who was covering the
County Commission meeting for
WOYS Radio, that the pole, were
part of a fence Allen was erect-
ing. The retort brought a court-
room of laughter, even among the
Commissioners. The county attor -
ney recommended having Mr.
Allen present his side of the story
instead of the county sending him
a "demand" letter that he remove
the poles.
Tim Turner Versus Alan
Tim Turner appeared before the
Commissioners to ask them to
reconsider two decisions made by
County Planner Alan Pierce. "In
one regard, Mr Turner is a de-
partment head, because upon
activation of (an) emergency situ-
ation, Mr. Turner reports directly
to the Board, but in other regards,
he is an employee under my gen-
eral supervision as directo-r of





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administrative services," said Mr.
Pierce. Pierce explained that he
had allowed Turner to work four
days a week, 10 hours daily, pre-
viously. Now, Mr. Pierce wanted
Mr. Turner to return to five days
a week "like all other courthouse
employees. Further, I believe that
from an administrative stand-
point that the daily affairs of
emergency management should
be run out of the courthouse an-
nex, with the airport building left
for EOC operations." Mr. Turner
asked the Board for permission
to continue working four days a
week. Chairperson Creamer
spoke to the issue, indicating that
the Board seldom usurped the
authority of a supervisor, and the
issue ended with that pronounce-
ment. Mr. Turner raised a second
question concerning the move-
ment of the EOC to the court-
house annex. Mr. Pierce cited roof
and plumbing problems as the
conditions contributing to his de-
cision not to fully maintain the
airport facility year around. Mr.
Turner and his secretary could
move into the courthouse annex
and her availability might contrib-
ute to the emergency manage-
ment workload in areas not pre-
viously taken up, such as mitiga-
tion activities. The EOC would still
be used during emergencies. Mr.
Turner responded that the county
"never maintained the (airport)
building." He cited his past bud-
gets showing that maintenance
funds came from Emergency
Management Budgets. Commis-
sioner Creamer reiterated his po-
sition again, using an illustration
in another department. "Alan is
his supervisor. He wants him in
this back office I don't think
we should go against Alan's
wishes where he wants Tim to
work ... where the\ could work
closely together.. Mr Turner
continued his argument for stal-
ing at the EOC. citing the need to
monitor and maintain the com-
puter systems at the airport Mr
Pierce countered with his ,:.bser-
tration that \ith two per-onn in
emergency management t. more
work could be accomplished if the
employees were at the courthou-se
anne.\. particularly in areas where
little has been accomphlihed r,-




date, such as mitigation. The con-
clusion is that Mr. Turner will
move his office to the courtroom

Van Lewis
Mr. Lewis asked the Board to
adopt a policy of allowing speak-
ers three minutes at the end of
their meetings. No action was
taken on his request. He summa-
rized a ten-page paper on the sub-
ject of toxic spraying for mosqui-
toes. Papers were distributed to
the Commissioners and press.


Citizens Ask For


By Rene Topping
Jim Lycett spoke before the
Carrabelle City Commission on
September 26 to ask for a refer-
endum on two issues that have
disturbed many of the citizens of
Lycett opened his remarks by say-
ing "I feel privileged to stand be-
fore you today with over 130 peti-
tions signed by a cross-section of
Carrabelle relating to two critical
issues of the moment. First off, I
would like to express my gratitude
to everyone who signed a petition
and also those who worked so
hard to collect so many signa-
tures. I would also like to thank
the Panhandle Coalition and Mr.
John Hendrick, who provided free
legal assistance, advice and guid-
ance crucial to the success of the
petition drive.
We, the petitioners, feel that the
citizens of Carrabelle should be
able to vote in a public'referen-
dum on two major issues affect-
ing the future character and fi-
nancial obligations of our city.
One involves the building code
and the other our water and sewer
development. I would like to read
a summary of each.

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schools in our community that a
up to approximately $4,800 ever
year. Not bad.
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Our hope'is that this board will
follow state law with regard to ref-
erendum procedure including, if
necessary, the use of the random
sampling procedure with all due
haste. Our goal is not to obstruct
the decision making of this coun-
cil but rather to determine the will
of the people in order that the
council can act accordingly. We
once again urge immediate atten-
tion to this issue so that both
building and water and sewer
plans do not have to hang in
Lycett then began to read the
summary of both petitions. Start-
ing with the one in regard to the
water and sewer he said, "This
proposed amendment to the
Charter of the City of Carrabelle
if adopted, repeals the City Ordi-
nance #296 adopted on July 11th,
2002, which relates to Planned
Unit Development and adopts the
Franklin County building regula-
tions in effect as of January 1,
2002, prevents weakening of this
amendment unless pursuant to a
vote of the electorate and allows
strengthening at any time;
amendment specifically made ret-
roactive to September 3, 2002;
provides severance clause."
The second amendment.had
much of the same language but
was "If adopted, shall prohibit the
City of Carrabelle from providing
additional sewer or water service
outside the city limits be it directly
as a service or indirectly through.,
including but. not limited to, any
other company, provider, author-
ity or utility except pursuant to a
vote of and only after all existing
customers within the city limits.
of Carrabelle have been provided
with these services."
Lycett said that should the refer-
endum be approved by the com-
munity all of the actions taken for
each referendum would have to
be undone.
Lycett presented the petitions to
the mayor. The originators of the
petitions are hoping for the city
to have a citywide referendum In
the early 2003. City Commission-
ers accepted the petitions but took
no action at the meeting. The pe-
titions have been sent to Franklin
County and to the state.



rlf State


APTA from Page 1

erosion, only after a disaster. He
also said that the Corps of Engi-
neers (CORPS) would maybe do a
passive groin.
Dick Waters, Chairman of Beach
Erosion, suggested that as many
of the resident's houses are di-
rectly on the beach it would prob-
ably be a good time to put up sand
fencing which has proved to work.
Residents will be allowed to put
one up from November 1 until
May when turtle nesting begins.
It was suggested that a workshop
be either at the next meeting or
special meeting to bear a Mr.
Folks on what plants to use. Wa-
ters reminded the members that
they have to apply for a no charge
permit from the Department of.
Environmental Protection (DEP).
Vicki Barnett who is also known
as the Turtle Lady, said make
sure the fence is straight and if it
falls down, to please, put it back
up to help the turtles.
Joe Hambrose said that Inner
Harbor seems to be clearing and
he will check with Debbie Holton
to see what is going on there as
to the construction.'He also men-
tioned the 2052 acres the state
has just bought to add to Bald
Point State Park. He said Bonnie
Allen, Bald Point Park Ranger, will
have maps in the near future.
Membership stands at 285 and
there are nine people who are new
to the Point. The membership
committee will send an invitation
for membership:
On Public Safety, Fire Chief Steve
Fling said that each hydrant
would cost $21,000 and every
house which is in 1,000 feet of a
hydrant will get a better rate with
their fire insurance. Barnett said,
"Could the two committees, Pub-
lic Safety and Water Resources
meet together and report at the
next meting."
Barnett reported on-Public Safety
that Sheriff Varnes had told him
he hopes to have a deputy on the
Point before the end of the year.
Barnett said that he knew it might
be difficult to have a deputy liv-
ing on the Point. He said if some-
one wants to he will see what can
be done to find him an inexpen-
sive home.
The commissioner was also asked
questions on the debris that is
piled in several places on Alliga-
tor Drive and 370. She said that
the big boom truck has been sent
for repairs and the debris will be
taken care of as soon as possible.
On Water Resources, Rand
Edelstein has written an histori-
cal article on the supply over the
last ten years. The committee are
circulating a survey to see what

customers want. They are also
looking at the platted lots that are
left on the Point for built out. The
Alligator Point Water Board will
meet on Saturday October 19 at
10 a.m.
Joanne Deibel spoke on the Wel-
come- Garden that needs a total
renovation. It has to be dug out
and the oyster shells be replaced
with top soil. She has estimates
of #00 to 600 on a new sign. She
formed a committee from mem'-
bers who said they will help and
she will report again by the De-
cember meeting, commissioners
corner. Commissioner Sanders
said that the edging of 370 is un-
derway Then the Road Depart-
ment will seed at the proper time
and then again in the spring the
edges will be cut.
Planning and Zoning Vicki
Barnett said that they are talking
about the short-term rentals on
Alligator Point and St. George. The
issue is that a four-bedroom
house which should only be
rented to eight people sometimes
has twenty people in residence.
This is a matter for the septic
tanks. The other main issue they
are looking into is the selling of
small lots on the water for a dock.
Thy cannot build a home so there
cannot be any sanitary. The mem-
bers feel it is inappropriate, and
the members will have more dis-
cussion at later meetings.
Fire Department Steve Fling had
put copies of an ,advertisement
asking for help in getting the
MSBU fee to $70 dollars a year.
He pointed out that it did notneed
to be countywide and Alligator
Point could agree to have the $70
fee even if others did not.
This raised a heated debate as
Commissioner Sanders said that
she felt Fling should have notified
her before the advertisement ap-
peared. Her first knowledge came
from a telephone call from Chan-
nel 6 and she was not aware of it.
She added that she had always
been supportive and felt hurt that
he had not called her.
Fling did say that all monies ex-
cept a small administrative money
that is sent up by the .Alligator
Point taxpayers comes 'back to
their fire district (which included
St Teresa).
All of the fire chiefs have banded
together to try to get the fee up to
$70 and use that money for a lad-
der truck in each department.
Bonnie Allen of Bald Point State
Park has invited the residents on
November 7 from 11-2 for music
and dancing and a Low Country
Boil. United way Fund Chairman
Shirley Hartley made her yearly
appeal for the United Way.
An announcement was made by
the poll workers that people are
ready to vote on the amendments

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Lanark Water
Board Split On


By Rene Topping
Commissioner Jack Depriest pre-
sented a resolution from the City
of Carrabelle at their meeting on
October 15, that would start the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District, (LVWSD) on their way to
consolidation of their district with
Commissioner Mike Hughes said
he thinks that the consolidation
is a good move but will not sign it
untilhe has liability insurance for
the commissioners.
Chairman Commissioner Jim'
Lawlor said he is not satisfied with
'the explanations of the outcome
of consolidation. He asked if there
was no other alternatives. He is
worried about the rates going up.
Meanwhile Commissioner Jack..
Depriest who has done all of the
negotiating with Bill McCartney
and Dan Keck of Baskerville and
Donovan, (BDI) on behalf of the
City of Carrabelle was in favor of
signing the resolution right there.
The attorneys in the firm of Th-
ompson, Crawford and Smiley,
who have worked for LVWSD for
more than a decade advised the
members of the board that they
felt that they would not be effi-:
cient in the law of consolidation
and suggested an attorney, Mark
Lawson, who can advise and walk-
the board members through the
complicated process of consolida-
tion. However, at this, their final
meeting, they advised the mem-
bers not to sign until the attor-
ney they choose had looked over
the resolution.
Depriest had suggested that the
board choose. Ben Watkins. as
their attorney sayingthat Ben was
a person who would help the
members to make the right deci-
sion. The other twoagreed and he
will be their attorney from now on.
In the end the resolution went
unsigned for the time being.
Depriest said "I have confidence
in the people we are dealing with.
If I didn't think this was the best
for us I would not be taking this
time." He went on to say that it
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Saunders frobi '"
Page 4

is a traffic accident and then I
immediately called for Lt. Renfroe
because he was the one on duty
at that time." Klein: "What was the
condition of Mr. Champion after
he had the-wreck?" Saunders:
"Surprisingly good-reference the
Klein: "Immediately after the ac-
cident he told me hewanted to go
home because he had been drink-
ing. Prior to that at any time did
he signify he had been drinking?"
Saunders: "No." Klein: "Did you
see with your eyes or detect with
your small any complications this
man was drunk prior to this acci-
dent?" Saunders: "No."
Klein: "Did you hear Chief Jetton
testify he made some promises to
Mr. Champion? Did you hear
those comments from your patrol
car?" Saunders: "No. I didn't."
Klein: "Did you ever hear Chief
Jetton tell Michael Champion that
he shouldn't be driving-he was
drunk?" Saunders: "I didn't get
that information until a few weeks
ago. Fred told me at the City Hall.
He said he had stopped him and
told him not to drive."
Klein: "O.K. Let's get on to the
Tolbert issue. You are not disput-
ing Deputy Marich was accurate
in the field test." Saunders: "No."
You are not disputing that she
was intoxicated, are you?".
Saunders: "Oh, No." Klein: "What
happened at the county jail be-
tween you the Sheriff?" Saunders:
"At the jail I had a chance to
evaluate her further off the road
and in a closed environment.
where I could pay close attention
to her. While I was observing her
I noticed that her speech had
cleared up, her balance ,had
cleared up, and. she was walking.
and standing just like any other
sober person. She was carrying on
an intelligent conversation with
the sheriff. And I had spoken to a.
correction officer who had told me
she was a school teacher that it'
was a shame she would lose her
job." Klein: "This correction .of-
ficer, was he a Franklin em-
ployee?" Saunders: "Yes. That's
when I spoke to the sheriff, I called
him aside, and I asked him. I said,
sheriff, I don't think she is really
that intoxicated, and I don't think
I really think I have anything here
to put her in jail for. He said, that's
. a good idea. As a matter of fact I'll
tell her I talked you into it.",
Klein: "You have had an opportu-
nity to read Deputy Marich's affi-
davit prior to this hearing? How
would you clear up the discrep-
,ancy between your affidavit and
the bohe of Deputy- Marich?:'"
Saunders: "The only thing I saw

that was different where he said
that we agreed on her sobriety,
which is true. My affidavit did not
come out right. It says in my affi-
davit that I disagreed with his
conclusion which is not actually
the truth." Klein: Who wrote
your affidavit?" Saunders: "You
did." Klein: 'Tell these guys how
your affidavit got prepared."
Saunders: "I spoke to him while
he (Klein) was writing." Saunders
went on to say, "What I exactly
meant when it was said that I dis-
agreed with his conclusion was he
made his conclusion, his conclu-
sion was fine, mine was not. That
is where I disagreed with him.l
did not disagree with his conclu-
sion. I disagreed where I feltmore
observations were necessary."
Klein: "Will you tell these commis-
sioners and Mister Mayor why it
is you did not write Nola Tolbert
for a DUI that night." Saunders:
"Basically I was trying to cut her
a break. I thought that she was a
teacher, I didn't want to wreck her
Klein: "Did Mrs. Tolbert have any
kind of accident 'that evening.
Saunders: "No." Klein: "Did you
ever learn she had an accident
after the fact?" Saunders: "A week
later." Klein: "Do you have any-
thing to do with that particular
accident-the one that was one
week after?" Saunders: "I was first
on the scene. At the time I was at
the Easy Serve, chief and I was
near his personal vehicle talking
when a person came running up
and said there's a gold Lexus, all
over the road, high speed through
town. She gave me the first three
letters of the tag I knew exactly
who it was. So I got in my patrol
car and took off trying to catch
up where she might be."
"As I rounded the corner by the
Express Lane I saw heavy smoke
in the air. Her car was in the west-
bound lane. She was heading east
and she had hit head on a Mr.
Everett who was in the westbound
lane heading west."
Klein: ."Let's go on to allegation
number 4, the personal use of the
computer. Actually this will apply
to allegation 4, 5, 6 and 7. At any
time did you authorize Lt. Renfroe
to intercept your electronic con-
versations?" Saunders: "No. I
didn't." Klein: "Did you ever give
him any permission whatsoever
to monitor what you were doing?"
Saunders: "Each officer has an
account and each user account
is protected by a password that
only the officer knows."
Klein: "At any time did you dis-
close your password." Saunders:
"Never. No, I take that back. One
time I disclosed my password but
the very next day when'I got on
the computer and changed it. I
put the password on there for a

reason. I did not want my per-
sonal business being everybody
else's business." Klein: "Did you
personally intend your E-mail
messages to be communicated to
third parties?" Saunders: "No."
Klein added, "Other than who
they were addressed to."
Saunders said. "That's why I have
a second password on my unit.
My user account has password,
my E-mail has a password. Ev-
erything I do has a password."
Klein: "Other than yourself are
you aware of any other Carrabelle
police and staff that use the com-
puters for their own personal
use?" Saunders said, "I have a
whole list-Carrabelle' P.D.,
Franklin County Sheriffs Office,
Civilians." Klein: "Is it fair to say
that it is fairly common practice
for people to use it for personal
use." Saunders: "Absolutely."
Klein: "There's no written policy
against that?" Saunders: "There
is no policy written or'oral."
Klein, Allegation 5: "You are a6-,
cused of making insubordinate-
comments about a superior of-
ficer. How is it-we are talking
about the letter to Renfroe. Would
you tell the commissioners how
that ended up into Lt. Renfroe's
possession?" Saunders: "Basically
what happened was I was ap-
proached by a gentleman known
as R.J. (next inaudible) a mutual
friend of all the crowd. Everybody
knows he is a good guy. He came
up one day and told me that I
needed to watch my back because
Carl was spying on everything I
did on the computer. I said, how
can that be? He told me that the
Lt. has put-a program on the com-
puter that logs every keystroke
made on that computer. Prior to
that I found some things in my
recycle bin on Key Log, a place
where you put deleted message."
"Once I found that I researched
to find out what Key Log was. It
was just as he said it logs key-
strokes, saves passwords and
there were several sites that called
it a spy program. When I was told
it is there I wanted to test it. Find
out if it was there Basically I
wrote a letter. addressed 1t to Lt.
Renfroe and figured well if R.J's
playing ajoke on me and there is
nothing there Carl won't see it. I
felt I had some things I wanted to
dump off and then I wrote it and
deleted it. I didn't know for a fact
the program was there. I saw
some things in my recycle bin that
weren't mine. I didn't know how
they got in my recycle bin."
Klein: "Did you ever intend to have
this letter as something to be sent'
from you to Lt. Renfroe in an offi-.
cial capacity?" Saunders: "No."
Klein: "Have you ever heard other
members of the Carrabelle Police
Department complain about their
superiors who work for the city?"

Saunders: "All the time." Klein:
"Have you ever heard them use
vulgar language?" Saunders: "All
the time. I don't believe if there
are many police officers who don't
swear. And I know the Carrabelle
P.D. are among the best."
Klein: "Were you ever able to de-
termine looking at the Key Log
Program whether or not Lt1
Renfroe accessed your personal
account on AOL?" Saunders: "On
AOL? No." Klein: "I'm sorry. Ya-
hoo." Saunders: "On my personal
E-mail, yes. It shows up in the
207 pages that the city gave to me
and I gave to you."
Klein Allegation 6: "You are ac-
cused of making libelous remarks
about Lt. Renfroe and Mayor
Messer. At any time, this is in the
chat room, did you identify the
town, Mr. Mayor or Lt. Renfroe?
Give any specifics to the folks in
the chat room." Saunders: "On my
user profile all it says is FL mean-
ing I am from Florida. They don't
:know my real name. At no time
did I ever say the word Carrabelle.
I never said Renfroe. I never said
Curly Messer. 'I never said Mayor,
I said policeman. They say that I.
made these remarks about Carl
Renfroe and the mayor. Not true."
Klein: "Did you ever specifically
identify yourself as an officer in
the Carrabelle Police Department
in your profile?" Saunders: "Not
in my profile." Klein: "Did you ever
tell anybodyin the chat room that
you were a police officer on the
Carrabelle Department?" Saun-,
ders: "At one time I told'them I
was a police officer butit never
came up that \I wa a police of-
ficer from the Ciry of Carrabelle.
Except for 'one time someone
backed into my profile under my
name claiming to be me saying I'm
a police officer from the City of
Carrabelle, come and get me you
SF's. He went on to say that on that
date he was in Pensacola. So
someone with my password went
in as me and tried to pick a'fight."
Klein said, "One last question. We
have already submitted to the
commission 'and Mr. Gaidry Ex-
hibit 7, "can youjust identify what
that exhibit is and why we have
submitted it? Saunders (reading
from document): "This is a case
",4 load and these are all cases we
have worked. Lt. Renfroe periodi-
cally goes up to the jail for the
radio dispatchers log and brings
it back to the office. He highlights
the cases that Carrabelle P.D.
handled and puts them on this
chart. Now this chart is from April
23 to June 24. All the cases we
have had. On the day I got the let-
ter for termination I asked Lt.
Renfroe why did he put Key .Log
on the computer. He told me he
said he had received a complaint
- :that I was sitting in' the office do-
ing nothing, That I was sitting in

the office all night long. So I got
this log to show who was doing
what." Klein: "What are the ones
in X's?" Saunders: "Those are my
calls." Klein: "How many calls
have you responded to?"
Saunders said 49. Klein said,
"How did that number compare
with the other officers responses?"
Saunders: "The chief answered 46
calls, Officer Savage 45 and Lt.
Renfroe 36." Klein: "I have no
more questions."
Gaidry said, "I have a few. Do you
have your package so that you
can refer to page 131 about Key
Logger when you identify the
Mayor, page 130 where you talk
about Carl Renfroe and refer to
him as Lieutenant." Saunders:
"Let me make a correction. I said
I did not refer to the Mayor but
the Police Commissioner."
Gaidry then went to Allegation 1:
'The letter you got of reprimand
on the first accident said if there
are no incidents in the year it will
be pulled from your file. The sec-
ond one was an incident, was it
not? An incident occurred when
you damaged a squad car that
cost somebody to repair."
Saunders said, "It hasn't been
fixed." Gaidry: "Well someone will
have to repair it. According to this
letter if you went a year and had
no more incidents they would pull
it, but there wassan incident and
they were not obliged to pull it.
That was the condition, wasn't it?"
Saunders said, 'There was noth-
ing in writing. No disciplinary ac-
tion was taken.." Gaidry: "But
there was an incident."
Gaidry said, "When you were talk-
ing to Champion, ChiefJetton tes-
tified he was leaning on your car.
Where was he leaning?'"
Saunders: "On the front drivers
side." Gaidry: "Where were you?".
Saunders: "Sitting in the car."
Gaidry: "You said it was about ten
feet. Saunders said, "it might have
been as close as three feet."
Gaidry: "At no time, did you talk
to him so that you could smell
alcohol on his breath." "No, Sir."
Gaidry: "So you believed Cham-
pion when he told you he was just
tired. You made a judgment call.
You didn't hear Fred Jetton when
he said, 'Tell him to go home. He
shouldn't be driving?' At the ac-
cident was his speech clearer than
it was before." Saunders said, "His
speech to me seemed the same."
Gaidry said; "Now on the Tolbert
matter you let her off light be-
cause you did not want to tag her
with something that might cause
her to lose her job. Had you let
her blow and had she blown over
.08 would her license have been'
immediately suspended?" Saunders:
"Yes it would." Gaidry: "She would
then have not been on the road
that week later when she had a

head on collision when she was
drunk again." Saunders: "There
is no guarantee about that."
Gaidry: "If she had been she
would have not been there with a
license. She would have been driv-
ing without her license."
'Saunders said, "I believe the law
is not black and white, there are
gray areas that is why the law
gives us options as to how to en-
force the law."
Gaidry then turned back to the
chat room after some questions
on who was identified such as
the mayor and Carl Renfroe.
Saunders said that he had once
called the mayor police commis-
sioner and said Carl Renfroe but
'never identified the town. After
another barrage of questions
Klein said, "I believe that Officer
Saunders has identified himself
as a police officer." Gaidry said,
"You will agree there was some
pretty tough language." Saun-
ders: "Yes." Gaidry: "You will agree
it was language unbecoming a
police officer." Saunders: "No, Sir."
Gaidry said, "And the language
that was used in the letter to Carl
.Renfroe. A chat room is public
and you say you have expectancy
of privacy." Saunders said "Why
would I not have expectance of
privacy? I have my own account
and password." Gaidry said, "De-
spite the fact that you feel the Key
Logger is some way unfair when
it is used because it logs what the
people are doing when using a
public computer." Saunders: "You
dpn't understand, there are per-
sonal accounts on the city com-
puter-Renfroe uses it, adminis-
trative staff use it, the chiefs kids
use it, any deputy that walks in
from the street."
On the claim of insubordination
Saunders said, "That was not
true. I was never insubordinate."
Gaidry: "You did not say those
things about your superior offic-
ers? Saunders: "Yes I did."
Gaidry: "And you are not insub-
ordinate?" Saunders: "Do you
know the meaning of insubordi-
nate?" Gaidry: "I have no more
After that Saunders was asked by,
Commissioner Phillip RankiA on
user accounts. He assured the
commissioner it was no extia cost
the city.
Klein then said that he had re-
searched the word insubordina-
tion in case law and its legal defi-
nition is "the willful disobedience
to a lawful order."
Klein said. he rested. The written
closing arguments will be heard
on October and at that time the
.commissioners will make their fi-
nal decision.


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