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Volume 11, Number 23 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER November 15 28,2002
39th Florida Seafood Festival Keeps
T raditions Alive More Color Photos On Page 2
Before the Franklin County School Board
ABC Schools Principal Weiner
Announces Expansion Plans For
New State Law Permits Historic Changes In County
A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
Principal Jeff Weiner of the Apalachicola Bay Charter Schools ap-
peared before the Franklin County School Board last Thursday
evening, November 7th, and announced an ambitious expansion plan
for the charter schools. The plans included new applications for charter
schools for a middle school and another for a charter high school. He
also plans to submit before his own charter school board a third plan
for a Charter technical career center (or vocational education center).
The charter school planning is facilitated by a new law-as yet un-
numbered-just signed in October by Governor Jeb Bush. The new
legislation introduces sweeping changes for individuals or groups to
start charter schools throughout Florida, providing for an applica-
tion process through traditional school districts, and certain safe-
guards for professionals and lay persons who might advocate changes
in the traditional education systems in various districts throughout
Florida. The legislation was based on Senate Bill 20-E passed in July
2002 and recently signed into law, as indicated above.
For example, the new legislation provides for action against existing
school districts should they seek reprisals against employees who
decided to form a charter school. If there is a basis for the determina-
tion of an unlawful reprisal by the existing school district, the injured
employee advocating a charter school within their system may be
reinstated in his or her job, a reinstatement of fringe benefits and.
seniority status, compensation for lost wages and benefits, payment
of attorney's. fees, and perhaps the issuance of an injunction against
the school district taking any reprisal. This particular section of the
new legislation makes it abundantly clear that the State of Florida
will allow deviant actions to establish charter schools even within a
given school district. Indeed, the entire law is a massive, bold and
legally strong attempt to drive a wedge into school districts that for
whatever reasons, cannot improve student performance and require
overhaul of their system of educating their young students.
A close reading of the legislation also reveals that a state university
may grant a charter to a laboratory school, and shall be considered to
be the school's sponsor, completely by-passing a local school board
review of the application process. Rumors abound that Florida State
University might be such a sponsor for a possible laboratory school
in Franklin County, or affiliated with such a school in Franklin County.
The new legislation specifically articulated five purposes of charter
schools, which by the way, are public schools.
* Improve student learning and academic achievement.
* Increase learning opportunities for all students with special em-
phasis on low-performing students.
* Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including own-
ership of the learning program at the school site.
* Encourage the use of innovative learning methods.
* Require the measurement of learning outcomes.
In a sub-paragraph of the new legislation, charter schools may also
fulfill the following purposes:
* Create innovative measurement tools.
* Provide RIGOROUS competition within the public school district to
stimulate continual improvement in all public schools.
* EXPAND the capacity of the public school system.
Mr. Weiner addressed the board by saying in the very beginning,
"Before I start, I just really want to say that I do appreci-
ate everything the Franklin County School Board has
done. I support the Franklin County School Board and
inevitably whatever I say, and as polite as I try to say it,
it's going to be criticized. And, criticism isn't a bad word.
But, I want to let you know that when I read my pre-
pared statement tonight, I have absolutely no intention
to cause harm, or discontent, towards the Board and
our intent is to help all of the children of Franklin County.
Jeff Weiner (file photo)
By Tom Campbell
Betty Taylor-Webb, President of
the Board in charge of the 39th
Florida Seafood Festival, said,
"Nine thousand paid to get into
the festival. Twelve and under
were admitted free. Friday and
Sunday gates were free admis-
sion. So the total for the weekend
was about 15,000." She said it
was "a good festival overall."
The young people certainly had a
good time, and an air of festivity
was every where.
Taylor-Webb said, "There were
probably a total of 80 vendors,
arts and crafts," as well as food.
All the non-profit groups "get their
fair share of the receipts."
She said that donations will be
made to both high schools. She
was pleased that it was "over all"
a success. There were no nega-
tive comments on stood, and the
games and carnival area were
Attending the 39th Annual Festi-
val for the first time as a "dis-
abled" person, gave this writer a
unique view. The "Blessing of the
Fleet" was scheduled for 4 p.m.
Friday, November 1, and it was
an experience just trying to find
a parking place. Several phone
calls were made to inquire about
renting a golf cart for disabled
transportation, but information
from a friendly person at the
Chamber of Commerce was that
"no golf cart rental is available for
the disabled in Apalachicola."
A search then began for the near-
est place to the dock to park, for
witnessing the blessing of the fleet
and the coming ashore of the King
and. Queen-Charles Thompson,
King Retsyo, and his granddaugh-
ter Amanda Thompson, Miss
Florida Seafood Festival. The
Sheriffs Department was very
helpful, one very friendly deputy
directing the inquirer to a spot
under the bridge near the
At 4:03 p.m., a crowd of approxi-
mately 600 had gathered as Rev.
Jeff Tate of the United Methodist
Church led the first of many
prayers. Then Chris Clark led in
singing "God Bless America."
"Amazing Grace" was sung as the
wreath was placed on the water
of the Apalachicola River for the
39th Annual Festival.
The "Blessing of the Fleet" was
preceded by a moment of silence
for "all our men and women in
service of our nation during these
perilous times," as spoken by the
Reverend Joe Knight of Trinity
Episcopal Church of Apalach-
Then began the prayer for each
vessel, individually: "Dear God,
We commend to your gracious
care this vessel-(then the name
of the vessel was spoken)-May
your blessings be on this good
craft and all who sail in her. Bear
her on with favorable winds and
deliver her from harm upon the
waters. Amen." Approximately 20
vessels were named in the indi-
vidual blessings, continuing the
A special'prayer was prayed for
all the fishermen, oystermen and
shrimpers, and all in service in
vessels in the area of the Bay.
The end of the blessing of the fleet
came about 4:40 p.m. As fate
would have it, the writer had been
directed to park his car directly
in front of the ramp leading from
the vessel where the King and
Queen of the Festival disem-
barked and came on shore. The
view of the festivities could not
have been better. The whole week-
end was picture perfect, and ev-
erybody appeared to have a good
"Thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of the
ABC Charter School. My name is Jeff Weiner and I'm the
CEO and principal."
"I'm going to read a brief prepared statement regarding
the ABC Schools proposed growth plans and when I fin-
ish I would be happy to answer any questions from your
Board or the public, if that's appropriate and that's de-
cided by your Board."
Continued on Page 8
Tape Recording Banned at Recent ACF Meeting
Chronicle Seeks Prosecution For
Sunshine Law Violations
The Franklin Chronicle reporter, Tom Hoffer, was late in arriving ali
Tuesday's (November 12) ACF (Apalachicola-Chattahoochie-Flint River)
Stakeholder Meeting at the Douglas Building, Conference Room A. in
Tallahassee and was informed by the DEP (Department of Environ-
mental Protection) General Counsel) Ms. Teri L. Donaldson that tape
recording of the meeting was prohibited. The topic under discussion
was agended as "Technical and Legal and Policy elements" for the
allocation formula currently under negotiation among the states of
Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Hoffer said he disagreed with the
counsel's statement, citing a violation of Florida's Sunshine laws in
an oral complaint in the office of David Struhs. the Secretary of the
A telephone call was made to the First Amendment Foundation. and
attorney Barbara Peterson, who confirmed, in her view. that a viola-
tion of the Sunshine statutes had occurred and advised Hoffer to
contact the office of Willie Meggs, State Prosecutor. A formal com-
plaint has been sent to that office describing the incident and re-
questing a formal investigation. The alleged violations are being filed
against David Struhs, DEP Head, Teri L. Donaldson, General Coun-
sel of DEP, and Douglas E. Barr, Executive Director of the Northwest
Florida Water Management District. The latter two individuals were
the organizers of the Stakeholder meetings designed to brief inter-
ested parties on the details of the negotiations among the three states.
The November 12th meeting was the 3rd or 4th such public meeting.
organized following some public complaints about the lack of infor-
mation about the negotiations. Information about the allocation for-
mula that will be used to ration fresh water supplies in the Apalachicola
River has been of vital interest to Franklin County citizens since the
legal and political discussions began over ten years ago.
PDw o V;Nombe'ir 2002
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
November 5, 2002
Putnal; and Commissioner
Superintendent of Public
Herbert Chipman. Superintendent.
asked the Commissioners permission
to purchase some equipment on a
GSA contract and the Board approved.
He also received permission to bid out
a mower. Kendall Wade added that he
received a letter from the City of
Carrabelle requesting some work. Mr.
Chipman said he already had commit-
ted to "opening up" Tenth Street for
them. He added that there was a con-
siderable workload already on St.
George Island roads. Commissioner
Sanders asked Mr. Chipman about the
wetlands near Tenth Street and she
was assured by Mr. Chipman that his
crews would stop short of any wet-
lands in that area. Commissioner
Mosconis cited several rains in Octo-
ber necessitated many pot hole repairs
throughout the county. Commissioner
Putnal asked Mr. Chipman about Wil-
derness Road. "It's a nightmare." he
exclaimed. "We're getting' some law-
suits" over the condition of the road.
Putnal said. "If somebody gets hurt.
we're in trouble..." He described a "big
hump" in the road. Alan Pierce.
County Planner, had been out there.
"If people would drive the speed limit
(35 mph) that hump is not as bad..."
He said the contractor is aware of the
problem. He reminded drivers about
the speed limit, and "They should not
have an accident, if they're driving the
speed limit." Pierce concluded. Mr.
Pierce explained that the contractor
was "doing all the road cuts at one
time. In two weeks that part of the
construction would be done. and ad-
ditional repair could be done then. The
Board decided to write a letter to the
contractor to make appropriate
changes in the road.
County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported on a Oyster
Post-Harvest Treatment Workshop
held on September 24th locally to
update the industry on a grant re-
ceived by the University of Florida-
IFAS from the U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture to study oyster PHT (Post
Harvest Treatment) options and to re-
ceive feedback from the industry on
short and long term PHT research top-
ics. An idea came out of the meeting
to take a Florida oyster industry bus
tour to Alabama and Louisiana to visit
a low-temperature pasteurization
plant and a hydrostatic pressure plant
chat are currently using these tech-
nologies to PHT oysters. The bus tour
is planned for January or February
Leslie Sturmer and Karen Metcalf
taught two workshops for Franklin
County clam farmers on October l utln
at the FSU Marine Lab. The topic was
the automated water monitoring sys-
tem that has been installed in Alliga-
tor Harbor. The workshop covered the
monitoring equipment. an introduc-
tion to water quality for clam farming
and the role of water quality in clam
Mahan also met with Tammy Sum-
mers at the Research Reserve about
locating a potential boat ramp sites
in the county. She recommended
bringing into the project Tom Franklin
(Department of Environmental Protec-
tion) who is responsible for reviewing
any proposed boat ramp permits or
sites in Franklin County. Mahan also
met with Dr. Bob Sweat. a UF re-
searcher who ha has been studying
boater access and related issues for
several years in Southwest Florida.
Beacon Hill Wellness
Bill Williams of the Center presented
some scenarios to the Commission-
ers concerning his organization's pos-
sible role in providing health care ser-
vices to Franklin County in light of the
closure, of the two nursing homes. As
a health care provider. Beacon Hill
Wellness Center could provide services
in assisted living, and outpatient re-
habilitative (physical and occupa-
tional. speech therapy services). "It's
going to be a complicated scenario ...
The CON (Certificate of Need) was sur-
rendered when that occurred (closure
of the homes)..." There is a legislative
mandate consisting of a three-year
moratorium remaining on a five-year
stay of any CON being issued. He
added that the County would be
needed to assist Beacon Hill to pur-
sue bringing "that CON back to life..."
He argued that offering just one ser-
vice 'would not enable Beacon Hill to
survive here. Citing their experience
in Gulf County. Mr. Williams spoke
about their working with various en-
tities to including the U.S: Dept. of
Agriculture "...to put these people
back to work." He asked the Board to
assign particular Commissioners to
work with Beacon Hill to develop a
program in Franklin County. "We
would like to come into -Franklin
County with your assistance." he said.
Jimmy Mosconis commented about
his visit to the Beacon Hill facility. He
cited the need to get our senior citi-
zens back into Franklin County and
also get the displaced caregivers back
to work. "We're committed to do what-
ever it takes to get those facilities back
Williams reiterated that his group had
the business plan and the assump-
tion of risks but it would take the
county liaison with the Agency for
Health Care Administration to obtain
another Certificate of Need. Commis-
sioner Mosconis volunteered to rep-
resent the Board in any needed liai-
son on this matter. Anita Gregory of
the Chamber of Commerce also spoke
-in behalf of the plan that was dis-
cussed. Commissioner Putnal cited
the need to contact Al Lawson and Will
Kendrick for assistance. Another rep-
resentative commented on the CON.
The Board approved the appointment
of Mr. Mosconis in his role as liaison.
The Board approved rezoning of three
tracts of land on St. George Island,
all were changed to C-4 mixed use.
No one appeared from the public to
speak on the issue.
Continued on Page 6
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15 November 2002. Pane 3
EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
Letter to the Editor
November 11, 2002
Fishermen denied a jury of his peers, The case was stolen from
Last week Lamar Moore finally had his day in Court, only for Judge
Hess to cut it short. Back on December 7, 1998, Lamar Moore and
three of his fellow fishermen were legally mullet fishing when they
were approached by an angry Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Officer Tony Lee. While Lee was creatively writing cita-
tions, Mr. Moore was severely punctured in the ankle by a large sting
ray. The sting ray's barb punctured through Mr. Moore's ankle beside
his Achilles tendon causing a bad laceration with profuse bleeding.
FWCC Officer Lee- did not provide Mr. Moore with any medial care.
nor assistance and refused to allow him to be transported to the dock
for over two and a half hours, though Mr. Moore's wound was ex-
tremely painful and very serious. Moore brought suit against the FWCC
for their negligence in providing medical care and preventing Mr. Moore
from getting medical care and for negligently supervising and train-
ing their officers. As a result of the FWCC's negligence Mr, Moore's
wound became severely infected requiring him to be hospitalized for
three days, risking partial amputation.
A jury was picked for Mr. Moore's case on November 4, 2002. How-
ever, Judge Hess, never let the Jury render a decision. At the close of
Mr. Moore's case Judge Hess granted a directed verdict for the FWCC
despite Florida Supreme Court law clearly to the contrary. Now Mr.
Moore is faced with a costly appeal or never being able to have a jury
hear his story.
All citizens should be aware the opinion of this Court means that
FWCC (Marine Patrol) owes no duty to any citizen, even though de-
tained for "an extended period of time".
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association
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Delta Kappa, local chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society Inter-
national-Key Women Educators, met on Nov. 5th at Brown Elemen-
tary School to enjoy and benefit from a presentation by Dr. Helen
Nitsios and Dr. Shezad Sanaullah on the subject of osteoporosis. Af-
ter the presentation members had many questions on the subject
answered, as well as questions pertaining to arthritis and other bone
and joint problems.
For the past several years Delta Kappa has enjoyed making contribu-
tions of books, games, and personal gifts to the Tauton Family
Children's Home and its residents. This year the group will be adding
to the collection of books presented last year which became the be-
ginning of a library for the home. Anyone who would like to contrib-
ute to this project can do so by sending a check in any amount pay- i
able to Delta Kappa to Treasurer Patty Bouington in care of
Apalachicola High School, 1 Shark Blvd., Apalachicola, FL 32320.
One hundred percent of all donations will go toward the purchase of
books requested by the Tauntons based on the needs of their chil-
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol. 11, No. 23 November 15, 2002
Publisher ............................................... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .......................................... Tom Campbell
.......... Sue Cronkite
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jimmy Elliott
Sales...................................................... D iane Beauvais D yal
............ Tom W Hoffer
and Production Artist............................ Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader .............................. ................ Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ...................................... Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis ...... ..................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
David Butler ......................................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .............. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................ Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ......................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................ St. George Island
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From Shellfish Aquaculture (October 2002)
Vol. VI, No. 3
Clam production in Florida has exceeded-all expectations. In less
than a decade this emergent industry has gone from producing less
than 10 million clams a year to 150 million clams last year. From a
handful of growers, there are now over 400 industry members in the
state and the number of individuals who enter this business contin-
ues to grow. A number of spin-off businesses (hatcheries, bag suppli-
ers, wholesalers) have also developed in support of this production.
The economic "foot print" of the industry was recently captured and
estimated to have a $34 million impact to the state's economy. Clam
farming has become an important agribusiness.
So it was bound to happen sooner or later ... this year the industry
ran "head-on" into its first significant roadblock. Dockside prices are
down by 30% or more. Clams remain on the bottom unsold. The prob-
lems encountered may be simply a matter of supply and demand.
Clams can be found everywhere now, not just in Florida. Production
is on the rise in about every state along the Atlantic coast. This hap-
pens to coincide with an economic recession. Since clams are consid-
ered to be a luxury seafood item, detnand is on the downside. Is this
just a temporary obstacle? Or is it time to look to the future of this
With that in mind, local growers associations are starting to activate.
Now is the time for regional groups to unite to face common industry
challenges. A forum is planned in Tampa next month to introduce
growers to several successful agribusiness organizations. Further
development of local, state, and national markets for Florida cultured
clams needs to be achieved. Recent state funding allocated to the
Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing in the Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services will allow for the initiation of a
comprehensive advertising and promotional campaign this year.
In addition, finding ways to reduce production costs and increase
production efficiency is needed to enhance profitability for growers.
Can a cheaper clam be produced? The recently implemented
CLAMMRS Project, in which "real time" water quality monitoring sta-
tions have been deployed at major growing areas throughout the state,
will assist in this effort. Reducing production risk by utilizing USDA
crop assistance programs developed over the past few years for cul-
tured clams will allow growers to plan better for the uncertainties
that characterize fanning.
Just as timely is the need for awareness of the importance of this
industry. Here's a few examples of what some communities are, doing
in support of their shellfish aquaculture-based economy. In Septem-
ber, the City of Sebastian hosted its first Clam Bake. The weekend
event held at their Riverside Park attracted over 10,000 people, all
clamoring to consume clams steamed, raw, in chowder, and over pasta.
At the 33" Annual Seafood Festival held in Cedar Key this month, the
newly formed aquaculture association served clams under a banner
proclaiming We're USA's #1 Producer of farm Raised Clams!" This
boast is also proudly displayed on roadway signs entering the island
Public exposure was also gained in the September issue of Southern
Living Magazine in an article entitled "Welcome to Clamalot." The
upcoming issue of Florida Monthly Magazine will highlight clam reci-
pes by Chef Tom Thomas with DACS. In the national spotlight, over 5
pages of scrumptious clam recipes were featured in the September
issue of Gourmet Magazine.
Attention to each of these factors (industry unification, market ex-
pansion, optimizing production practices) is needed' to provide for
sustainability of the cultured clam industry, which has so quickly
grown to be an important source of economic activity in Florida's
The Northwest Florida Re-
gional Housing Authority
is now accepting applica-
tions for its Public Hous-
ing units in Carrabelle.
Applications are being
accepted for 1, 2, 3 and 4
bedroom apartments. For
15 & 24.
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A vtnqum e bLevnc of
acntlqmes, nautical, teams,
art, books an ctanij
more d, stdnctve accent
Pkotos cLrca 1900, of area
Lighthouses at St. Marks, St.
George IsLant, Dog Islantt,
Cape San BLas.
Postcarcts, cLrca 1900, ofol.
ExtremVeLy an'iqae nautitcaL
Ltems, arckltecttral stars,
tKrtle lamps ana mVcn
A Ltl48S es
CollectibLes ., i
Lookfjbr the blg tin shed on
170 Water Street alon. the
historic ApclackIcol River.
170 Water Street
P.O. Box 9
Apalacklicola, FL 32329
Lindatr & Harrn Arvtotl, Owners
S An artist friend now in his eight-
ies made a comment in conver-
sation recently and struck a
chord. He said, "Recycling hu-
manity is what's going on-
back into inventory. We place
emphasis on life here."
ably not. But a good thought.
beautiful and old objects-from a house built well over a hun-
dred years ago, to a man who was born in 1920. And other old items
of interest which have been preserved. The writer has reached that
age where he's feeling "preserved."
It's good some people enjoy helping preserve old objects and people.
Coming up with beautiful ways of preserving is creative and full of joy
The world needs more preservation of beauty, traditions and valu-
able items from the past.
More emphasis on finding and preserving beauty. Less emphasis on
violence and killing.
More emphasis on quality living. Less on making more money, just
for the sake of it.
More of helping to educate and serve each other. Less of taking ad-
vantage of each other.
When we've run out of the need for faster cars and brighter gadgets.
we will still need hospitals, doctors, nurses, good teachers, firemen.
public servants who actually want to serve their fellow men and women
in need, and not just get rich off them.
The American dream was never really about making more money. It
was about making money make a better life for everyone. Life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. And not just an empty happiness full
of things, but a fulfilling happiness day by day.
We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season.
There are many about us who need an encouraging word. Enjoy the
holidays with kindness and service. It will make you feel better-and
certainly some other folks will feel better too.
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The Franklin Chronicle
To Be Honored By
According to President David But-
ler of the Camp Gordon Johnston
Association, the group continues
to "'gain momentum." Much de-
pends on volunteers, but Butler
said he is confident their enthu-
siasm will "ensure tasks aren't left
He continued. "Linda and Tony
Minichiello, along with the mu-
seum volunteers, have worked
tirelessly to move. redesign the
displays in a larger facility with
multiple rooms... Please, visit the
museum on 302 Marine Street
and thank these dedicated volun-
Linda Minichiello. the volunteer
curator of the Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum in Carrabelle,
said that "once again someone
was watching.over us," as the new
location of the museum took
shape. "We had a wonderful re-
sponse from the Carrabelle com-
munity," she said. "with so many
people trying to help..."
The new location at 302 Marine
Street in Carrabelle opened in late
1943 or early 1944 as the Rex
Theater. At that time, 15-year-old
Eva Papadopoulas was the man-
ager for her father, Harry. Eva
said, "The salesmen used to come
to the school to see what movies I
wanted to order. We charged the
children nine cents ($.09) and the
adults twenty-five cents ($.25). My
mother used to parch peanuts at
the White Kitchen (the family res-
taurant) and sell them at the the-
ater for a nickel."
The museum is open and Cura-
tor Minichiello cannot wait for
"the reunion so that all of the vet-
erans and families" can see it. The
entranceway contains two exhib-
its, some photos and sign-in ma- i
trials. It also contains the large
mural, done on the computer by
Ann Kozeliski,, which shows the
soldiers marching through the
wilds of Franklin County back
when Camp Gordon Johnston
was active during World War II.
There are individual exhibit
rooms. One is a barracks room
with authentic bunk, closet, etc.
Room Two is the equipment room
with all equipment on display,
including field phones, eating
utensils, trays, etc. It also con-
tains the U.S. flag that flew over
the USS Arizona and the flag that
flew over the Marine Memorial.
Room Three is the war room. It
displays the Nazi flag and the
Japanese flags. Room Four is the
home front with magazines of the
day, ration books, etc.
The fifth and largest room is the
Camp Gordon Johnston Room,
containing photos, dog tags, etc.
It also contains memorial photos
donated by family members and
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Education, was happy to see the
museum. The county considers it
a tremendous asset for the school
children to be able to take the tour
through the museum, and for
teachers to do in-service training
there. Linda Minichiello teaches
both children and teachers about
the camp, World War II, and the
history of Franklin County.
It is a place that honors veterans
of this nation in a special way, but
especially those veterans of World
War II who trained in Franklin
According to the Amphibian, pub-
lished by the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association, "The mu-
seum is also offering assistance
to State Representative Will
Kendrick. Using World War II pho-.
tos showing the beaches during
the 1940's, (it is hoped) the
Florida State Legislature (will see)
that beach erosion is a real prob-
lem in Franklin County." A great
deal of the sand beaches that
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Nevertheless, the veterans con-
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15 November 2002 Page 5
Eastpoint Water And Sewer System
Water Board Votes To Apply For
House Bill 851 Funding
At their workshop-meeting last Thursday. November 8. the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer Board formally voted to apply for special funding
under the provisions of Florida House Bill 851 for a grant that could
lead to replacing all septic systems in Eastpoint with little or no cost
to individual homesteads.
The Florida Legislature created a new funding process for various
types of water projects through the passage of House Bill 851 (now s.
403.885 Florida Statutes) during the 2002 session. Any county, mu-
nicipality, water management district or special districts that have
legal responsibilities for water quality improvement, or management.
sewer systems or lake and river restoration projects may apply for
this funding. There are $30 to $35 million available each year but the
Legislature may supplement these amounts if revenues are available.
The project proposed to the Eastpoint Water and Sewer Board (EWSB)
involved installing sanitary sewer to areas currently not served. The
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project would be confined to Eastpoint and adjacent development
areas. Improvements would include extension and expansion of the
existing wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment plant
and disposal expansion. The total estimated cost of the project would
be $7,780, 000. The requirements in the grant are two: (1) Protection
of the public health and the environment, and (2) The implementa-
tion of plans for water quality improvement and water restoration.
The presence ofApalachicola Bay and its protected status as an "Out-
standing Florida Water" and the presence of hundreds of Eastpoint
septic tanks might make this particular grant application especially
attractive for funding. Moreover, the designation of Franklin County
as a rural area of critical economic concern" could enhance pros-
pects of funding the project through the House Bill 851 provisions.
The application is due at the Department of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP) by November 15, 2002. From November to January 15.
2003, DEP will review the applications, and a list will be turned over
to the Legislature for additional review, along with the DEP assess-
ment, by March 1, 2003. The Legislature would consider water projects
as part of the appropriation process. Those projects included in the
final budget and approved by the Governor, will be funded after July
1, 2003. Projects will be administered through contractual arrange-
ment with the DEP.
A draft of the application was shown to the EWSB by Wilson Miller, a
professional consultant, in Tallahassee.
The project would protect the environment by protecting and elimi-
nating the public health hazard caused by septic tanks operating
within the previously described boundaries. The pollutant loading
would be reduced drastically on the groundwater and surface water
by redirection of untreated sewage to the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
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The customer cost to switch from septic tanks to a central sewer
system in Eastpoint would be about $8,000 $11,000. The House bill
851 would cover that cost for the individual homeowner.
On November 5th, the Franklin County Commission approved the
submission of a $300,000 grant request to the Dept. of Environmen-
tal Protection for funding under the same House Bill 851 for
stormwater improvements. Eastpoint has an approved stormwater
plan and according to Alan Pierce, County Planner, only communi-
ties with approved stormwater plans are eligible for funding.
Preble-Rish has begun to prepare for the county to receive funds to
implement the stormwater improvements identified in a 1988 study
Apalachicola Annual Christmas
Celebration Friday, November 29-
Santa Arrives By Boat
season ot hope and joy again.
By Tom Campbell Merchants will be open late and
Santa is scheduled to arrive by the sounds of carolers will echo
shrimp boat at 6 p.m. at the City through the streets, filling the
Dock on Water Street, across from evening with Christmas spirit.
City Hall in Downtown Historic Other events are scheduled, in-
Apalachicola on Friday, November cluding the afternoon art exhibit
29, 2002. According to Executive of "Retrospective," at The
Director Anita Gregory of the Witherspoon Inn, 94 Fifth Street
Chamber of Commerce, Santa will in downtown Apalachicola. Now
hear children's Christmas wishes owned by F. W. (Ken) Kenniston,
and carolers will sing. "Join us for a former art professor at Florida
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The Historic Apalachicola Christ- lery for Ken's art.
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Apalachicola on November 29- be "the big guy himself-Santa."
From 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., the For more information, contact the
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The Franklin Chronicle
from Page 2
Dink Braxton. former Commissioner
and resident of Eastpoint. appeared
before the Board to object to a pro-
posed land use change and rezoning
for some Eastpoint property. The pro-
. posal was to change the land use for
lots 1. 2. 3. 6. and a portion of4. David
Brown Estates in Eastpoint from resi-
dential to commercial, and rezoning
lots 1.2. 3. 6 and a portion of lot 4.
David Browing Estates in Eastpoint
Irom R-l single family residential to
C-4 Commercial residential. mixed
use. The Board denied the request.
The Board did approve land use
changes and rezoning for 1.36 acres
located at Patton Drive in Eastpoint
in Section 31. Township 8 south.
Range 6 west from commercial to resi-
dential. and rezoning of 1.36 acres
located at Patton Drive in Eastpoint
in Section 31. township 8 south range
6 west from C-1 commercial fishing
to R-lA single family subdivision tract.
Ted Moesteller. Chairperson of the
Committee. wanted to purchase a
tractor, mower and sweeper equip-
ment for the airport. The County At-
torney opined that the Commission-
ers could approve the purchase if con-
sistent with the County's bid policy.
The Board approved.
Director of Administrative
The Board approved a change order
in the contract with C. W. Roberts for
resurfacing CR67 to reduce the con-
tract price from $759.500 to
$759,375. The slight reduction was
created by Preble-Rish Engineers do-
ing some value engineering on what
needed to be done in order to stay
within the budget." In this case. the
bud get was that amount oil money
the county was getting from the state.
as the county did not put any of its
own road paving funds into this
The Board approved a Resolution in
support of the renovation of the old
jail. This resolution will be included
in the grant application that Mark
Curenton is preparing.
The Board approved the submission
of a $300,000 grant request to DEP
for Rinding. under House Bill 851 for
stormwater improvements in
Eastpoint because Eastpoint already
has an approved stormwater plan.
There is a competitive grant with
Preble-Rish has begun to prepare for
the county to receive funds to imple-
ment the stormwater improvements
identified in a 1988 study by
Baskerville-Donovan. Only communi-
ties with approved stormwater plans
are eligible for funding. The deadline
for the grant is November 15. 2002.
The Board approved the payment of
approximately $6,000 dollars of engi-
neering work on the Lanark Village
stormwater problem that associated
with the CDBG grant currently being
submitted. "The Board may recall that
any work the county pays for prior to
the submission of the grant generates
points on the application process. Ms.
Ruth Williams said there are funds
available to pay for some of the engi-
neering that is going to be done any-
way. and if the Board authorizes pay-
ment out of last year. she can utilize
some unused funds from last year."
Mr. Pierce informed the Board that
DOT has notified the county that it
appears that there will be a reduction
of federal funds coming to the state
this year. and therefore there will be
a reduction of work done in the Dis-
trict. "It is unclear exactly where the
cuts will be at this time." The DOT let-
ter said. "A significant factor in the
decrease in revenues flowing to the
Federal Highway Trust Fund is an in-
crease in gasohol consumption ... The
tax rate for gasohol is 5.3 cents per:
gallon less than gasoline, and 2.5
cents per gallon of gasohol tax is de-
posited in the General Fund (Note: not
the county general fund). Thus. for
every gallon of gasohol consumed the
Federal Highway Trust Fund receives
only 57 percent of the revenue pro-
vided by each gallon consumed of
The Board discussed participation
regarding the availability of Life Flight
service in Franklin County. that this
time it appears that Life Flight will
cease covering the County in Septem-
ber 2003. The Leon County Commis-
sion is taking a. role in organizing a
meeting to discuss the situation and
have invited the Franklin County to
attend. M r. Vince Long of the Leon
County Commission, 850-488-9962.
called me about the first meeting, but.
there will be a second meeting on No-
The County Commission and the
School Board are required to jointly
work on some school citing issues.
DCA will provide $10.000 to assist the
county in doing the evaluation. "Mark
Curenton and I went to a meeting last
week at DCA and learned more about
it. At this time, I have agreed-for the
county commission that be the lead
agency since the state guidelines." If
the school board was the lead agency.
they would get the money, but then
the county would end up having to do
the work, because it affects the
county's comp plan, not the school
board's plan. The Board agreed to
being the lead agency and accept the
"For the Board's information, one of
the requirements is that the school
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boara oe given a non-voting seat on
the Local Planning Agency. Well. in
Franklin County, the County Commis-
sion is the Local Planning Agency. and
so it is unclear, how the school board
is going to be given a non-voting seat
on the county commission. It is pos-
sible that some other entity become
the Local Planning Agency. but at this
time the county commission has al-
ways preferred to retain that author-
ity. Some counties have delegated the
duties to the Planning and Zoning
Commission, or created separate
Planning Commissions and Separate
Zoning Commissions. but that would
take a reworking of the Franklin
County development process."
Mark Curenton was asked by Mr. Al
Starr, of the CDBG compliance staff
of DCA. what the county was doing to
collect the revolving loans that were
not being repaid. Mark could not give
him a satisfactory answer. Mr. Starr
provided Mark with a DCA memo stat-
ing the possibility that if the loans are
not repaid the county could be ineli-
gible for future CDBG funding, or the
county may be required to pay back
the delinquent loans.,
Mr. Pierce had a request from Mr. Billy
Buzzett, St. Joe/Arvida asking for the
Board to consider a small-scale
amendment for ten acres of property
near Carrabelle. The purpose of the
amendment would be to create some
affordable housing with sewer and wa-
ter available, approximately 26 lots
could be created. I told Mr. Buzzet that
the first steps to go to the Planning
and Zoning Commission in December
for a recommendation.
The county may be forced into issu-
ing occupational licenses for at least
the construction industry. At this
time, the state workmen's comp office
will not issue a workman's comp ex-
emption to an individual unless they
have an occupational license because
the county doesn't issue them, and
therefore they can't get a workman's
comp exemption from the state, and
therefore they can't get a county
contractor's license. Mr. Michael
Shuler and the Construction Licens-
ing Board is trying to figure out what
the best thing to do is.
The last item is to give the Board an
update on what to expect at the No-
vember 19th workshop when we have
the visit from Mr. Charles Gautier,
DCA. First, Board action to change the
starting time on Nov 19th to 1:30 in-
stead of 1:00, at the request of Mr.
Gautier. Board action.
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Date of this Notice 10/31/02 Invoice No. 8114
Description of Vehicle: Make GMC Model PK Color Green
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"I have spoken to a number of people
since that last Board meeting, and I
believe that things might be develop-
ing differently than how I have ex-
plained it to the Board. Primarily. DCA
is going to provide some funds to the
county, but those funds are going to
be tied to a comp plan update, not vi-
sioning. The Department supports vi-
sioning, but at this time their money
is going to be tied to getting the County
comp plan updated to meet new state
"While everyone has talked about vi-
sioning, the county still has not seen
any funds made available to do vision-
ing. Admittedly. I have not spent much
time asking, for funds partly because
I am afraid that if I become the lead
organizer for visioning I might end up
with a leadership role, and that is
something I do not have time to do.
nor do I have the skill, or the neutral-
ity on the some of the issues. Some-
body else needs to put together the
visioning process, and it is going to
take a paid consultant, or facilitator,
to do it properly, because it is going
to be a lot of work."
"Second, I am getting a such a wide
range of suggestions on how to pick a
visioning committee, and I have no
experience in what works, that I have
spent very little time evaluating the
possibilities. At this point, every op-
tion involves the county commission
selecting a limited number of mem-
bers from a Much larger group of ap-
plicants. and all I see that doing is
making somebody mad and under-
mining the validity of the visioning
effort. Somebody is going to feel ex-
"At this Point, my reaction is to work
on what we will have money to do.
which is the comp plan. and Use the
group that has previously been a
sounding board for comp plan
changes, which is the Planning and
"I am supportive of visioning, but I
want the process to be inclusive and
supported from the beginning. At this
time, I am Unsure of the best way to
proceed, and 1 am not at all opposed
if someone or group would just start
Billy Buzzett reported to the Commis-
sion that the St. Joe Company was
proposing a 90-unit sub-division to be
formally presented to the Board prob-
ably in the new year. There are two
problems currently under consider-
ation: (1) the availability of sewer and
water and (2) avoiding wetlands in the
development. Bevin Putnal reiterated
the continuing need of affordable
housing in Franklin County.
At the November 19th workshop. the
starting time has been changed to
1:30 p.m. David McLain addressed the
Commissioners about visioning. In his
view, "Visioning to me is a tough
word-I'm not sure what that means
I'm talking about citizen-based
goal-setting for the future of Franklin
County, and their participation in the
opportunity to do that. I think that's
more than a sideshow... Getting the
comprehensive plan has clearly got to
be the priority ... We put a goal on the
shelf out there and we work real hard
toward getting that goal, and we don't
have any way to implement it. That's
the frustration. So, we need to have
some way to get to that, and if that
isn't the comp plan. I don't know what
it is. It is not just an environmental
issue It is an issue involving every-
body the realtors association, the sea-
food workers and everybody else. But.
somehow, we need to address that:
call it visioning, or call it citizen-based
long term planning-goal setting. I
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Commissioner Mosconis said. "...I do
think this visioning thing can get too
'super-good' if you would ... in getting
things off track ... It may allow cer-
v.tain, special interest groups to come
in an undermine... So, I'd be careful.
Anita Gregory spoke to the Commis-
sioners about the lack of communi-
cation, and that a committee address-
ing economic development issues
might enhance the visioning process
on a regular basis. "I would like the
citizens of Franklin County to stand
up and say what they do want the
county to look like in ten years rather
than what they don't want. We have
these big meetings, and we aim all our
guns at these big developers ... And.
we don't every say what we do want."
Chief Judge, 2nd Circuit
Kendall Wade introduced Judge Bill
Gary to the Commissioners. The State
Court Administrator accompanied L
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him. Mr. Wade reported to the Cc
missioners about his meeting 1
INMOUN- week with the Judge and others c'
ns, acreage, cerning the entire courthouse a
Mluphy,NC their needs. Grant Laden present
draft plan for modifications to the r
and old courthouse facilities.
home. Easy. Commissioner Mosconis raised
lake in the question on whether the modification
g. Call now! could be embraced under next yet
budget as opposed to this year's bi
get. The Chief Judge said the origi
IT. VIEW, plans that they reviewed called
que$59,900 holding cells, judicial chambers w
covered boat a private restroom and other item
Save thou- none of which is now available in
a(800)628- finished Annex building. "What
public perceives and what we thou
we were getting were two differ
aterfrontlot! things," Judge Gary concluded
e-sachome- motion was made to involve Da
dtimeoffer. Kennedy, county engineer, to obt
co cost-estimates for the modification
9- both buildings and report to the C<
os-$249,9oov mission at the next meeting. I
arenvitaine Board approved.
Cailowner Porter Street Ramp
slip!Gently Nick Yonclas represented R
ngmeadows Bloodworth in a proposed settler
eationallake for the Porter Street boat ramp acc
llentfinanc- issue on St. George Island. The p
ties involved in the controversy cc
not reach consensus regarding
*Lakefront reopening of the ramp as a public
ps,pool,spa/ cility. Upon measurement of the a:
-completion there was a strip of land north of
county right-of-way. Who owns t
land? It's not part of the canal nc
it part of the right-of-way asserted
< Yonclas. Mr. Bloodworth has a le
s. reat job of land from the original develop
g.State Ap- The county has barricades block
983-9855. access to that property.
Bloodworth seeks to have the ba
cades removed. The County Attor
concluded that the identified land
also dedicated to the county ye
earlier and not private prope
Therefore, the barrier would rem
.. Thus, the Commissioners reaffirm
their earlier decision to erect the 1
ast Mr. Shuler announced his retirement
on- as county attorney effective January
nd 2003. He has served in this capacity
:d a since 1959.
"On the matter of single member dis-
tricts," Mr. Shuler said, "I believe we
the need to advise attorney Lloyd Monroe
ons to address the Board ... He is the one
war's who handled that for Washington
ud- county..." The Board formally invited
nal attorney Monroe to address them on
for the procedures he followed in Wash-
vith ington County to return the district
s- patterns to allow for at-large candi-
the dates to the County Board.
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the By Tom Campbell
rea. The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
:hat forming Arts has scheduled two
tr is exciting concerts coming soon to
Mr. Apalachicola. This is the Seven-
ease teenth (17th) Annual Season for
per. the Ilse Newell Series.
Mr. Announcement was made: "The
-rri Concert Series is pleased to
ney present, as its first orchestral con-
was cert, the Philharmonic Strings.
rty. Under the direction of Dr. David
ain. Ott, the fifteen professional string
med players hold a variety of advanced
bar- performance degrees and orches-
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Lssifie d whether the identified property is
county property or not.
Network Clerkof Court
Kendall Wade reported on the status
of health insurance for county employ-
d ees. The Sumatra Cemetery Commit-
s an audience tee also made an appearance before
the Commissioners. They have been
investigating whether the Sumatra
new papers! Cemetery is public or private property.
The first question, according to the
Liberty County Attorney present at the
call the meeting is the existence of a deed.
ease call the paper County Attorney Shuler (Franklin) has
not located a deed to the Sumatra
-385-0830. cemetery in his legal research. Absent
a deed, the next question involves the
procedures for burial in the Sumatra
cemetery. If burials were open to the
TanningBeds/Misc for Sale public at large at some point in the
past, then the cemetery becomes a
WOLFF TANNING BEDS "public cemetery" in the opinion of the
WOLFF TANRLE NING AtHePaents Liberty Countyattorney. A court could
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1305 www.np.etstan.com cemetery. The Board moved and ap-
proved a motion to ask the Liberty
County attorney to work with the
Franklin Briefs Franklin County Attorney to research
from Page 6 ,the issue with a view of seeking the
from Page 6 declarative judgment.
tral experience." The Philhar-
monic Strings will perform No-
vember 24, which is the Sunday
before Thanksgiving Day. Perfor-
mance is at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday,
November 24, at Historic Trinity
Episcopal Church in Apalach-
Based in Fort Walton-Destin, this
will be the Philharmonic Strings'
first appearance east of Panama
The second performance sched-
uled soon is The Annual Christ-
mas Concert. This will return
Merel Young to the podium to con-
duct the Bay Area Choral Society
and soloists in John Rutter's
"Magnificat," and other seasonal
choral works. Performance is at
4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December
8, at Trinity Church.
Admission donation for each con-
cert is two dollars ($2). Children
must be accompanied by an
adult. Interested patrons support
the series by making
Chairman of the Ilse Newell Con-
cert Series is Eugenia Watkins.
For further information, please
Filled With News
By Rene Topping
In a regular Carrabelle meeting the
Commissioner's reports have been
sort of very bland, with most of the
Commissioners Saying "No report."
On November 7 it was far from that.
Mayor Wilburn (Curly) Messer started
off saying, "Last week there was a
write-up in the paper about me, and I
resented it pretty much. Anyway, I am
going to make a statement tonight, I
always thought that Mary Lou was one
of my best friends I ever had in
Carrabelle. She was a hard worker. If
I have ever done anything to vandal-
ize her I want to apologize right now.
And that is all I am going to say." (This
was in reference to an editorial in the
He went on to speak about problems
in the Carrabelle Police Department
with the suspension of officer mark
Savage. Savage is still in his proba-
tionary year. In Florida. a policeman
has what is known as The Policeman's
Bill of Rights. The officer can ask for
a hearing before three members of law
enforcement from other agencies.
The officer chooses one person, the
mayor chooses another and then
those two choose the third member.
A Chief of Police is not protected un-
der this law.
The three hear evidence, and do their
own investigating the incident. When
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ABC School Plans from Page 1
"Sixteen months ago, you granted us a charter in a 3 to 2
vote. You asked serious questions, because this was a
serious issues, and new to Franklin County. I stressed
then, and I will again today two VERY important points.
First, this is about what is best for the kids as well as
giving, parents choice in education under the law. And.
second, charter schools are public schools, free, and ours
are open to any Franklin County child. To stress this
point that we are public schools, because there is still
VERY MUCH MISCONCEPTION, and for illustrative pur-
poses only as a matter of fact and law, if we were ever to
close every pencil, every book, every classroom, even the
11.35 acres we sit on would today would revert back AU-
TOMATICALLY to the Franklin County School district
because we are a free public school."
"We do need to work together for our kids! And, this is
why I am here today. We truly are dedicated. We are im-
passioned and we are prepared to go all the way and
help these kids. We want to give you as much notice as
possible, the purpose of me speaking tonight, and ex-
plain our plans. Give you our timeline and why our
timeline seems to be so short."
"Our proposals today are based on newly enacted legis-
lation from the July session and signed into law last
month. Therefore, everything I put forth will be based on
this new statutory law. The dates on our timeline are
under new mandate, and I do not want you to feel that I
am condescending you. I do not want you to feel that I
am telling you the law. I'm just trying to bring you abreast
of the situation that has very rapidly progressed and I
apologize if you are already aware of the law."
"As it stands today, we will be submitting to your board
on January 13th, 03, two new charter applications, one
for middle school and one for high school to open August
2004. I will be making a recommendation before our next
ABC School Board meeting that we look seriously at sub-
mitting a third charter application on January 13th, 2003.
That being a charter for a technical career center. In other
words, what we traditionally grew up calling a vocational
educational school, also if at all possible to open August
"The new law states that the "district school board shall
by a majority vote approve or deny no later than 60 cal-
endar days after the application is received." This means,
by March 13, 2003, I will gladly be available to answer
any questions during this 60-day period, administratively,
Mrs. Gander or via the Board. And, (I) will request to
appear midway at your regular February Board meeting
to answer specific questions pertaining to the submitted
charters. The new law goes on to state that the (if) the
district board votes not to grant the charter or the Board
fails to act on the application, an applicant, meaning the
Charter School, may appeal now to the State Board of
"The law states "the applicant-which is us-has thirty
days to appeal." I absolutely hope we can work together
and we do not need to appeal. However, with all due re-
spect, if we do need to (appeal), we will be prepared to file
an appeal immediately."
"The new law states that the State School Board has 60
days to respond to an appeal-if necessary-and the Dis-
trict School Board "shall implement the decision of the
State Board of Education." The decision is not subject to
the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act."
"It's our opinion that the only way the District Board-
you-could say no to our charters would be if there were
legal basis to do so. Our understanding that the only
legal basis for denying these charters would stem from
academic or financial accountability issues. And, we are
proud of ourselves on both of these issues. Further, we
understand Dublic monies move with the child and the
loss of funding is NOT a justifiable basis for denying any
charter application. This movement of funding is the ba-
sis of "School Choice," the backbone of charter legisla-
"If there were to be an appeal and, again, I hope ,,, (this)
will not be necessary, the appeal would be completed
statutorily by May 15, 2003, and we would hope to break
ground for all school's shortly thereafter."
"Our governance structure would be as follows, one Board
of Directors under our current 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit
status will operate all schools. The new law states "No
organization shall hold. more than 15 charter schools
statewide." Under this structure, each school would be
eligible for Federal startup funds. These funds would not
come from your District and are not applicable for your
"The new law states "there can be no more than 12 char-
ter schools in each district with fewer than 50,000 stu-
dents." All schools would be constructed in May 2003
and would be open and ready for August 2004."
"In closing, I would like to reiterate, with all respect, we
are dedicated to these projects. We are impassioned."
"We will be holding public-meetings throughout the en-
tire process, and we have every expectation to complete
them on time, with your full cooperation, and in full com-
pliance with current law. In Florida today, public educa-
tion is about giving parents a choice. It is healthy. Com-
petition is healthy, and only the kids will reap the ben-
"And, now I'm open to questions from the Board or the
audience, if fit by the Board."
There were no questions from Superintendent Gander, no questions
or comments from Board members David Hinton, George Thompson.
Jimmy Gander, Kate McKnight or Teresa Martin.
Thus, with the proposals being considered by the Apalachicola Bay
Charter Schools, their Board of Directors, and the Franklin County
School Board, a historic change in the establishment and operation
of Franklin County education is now in the beginning stages.
This opportunity for change is now in the hands of individual citi-
zens, organized groups willing to become a sponsor, or the Franklin
County School District itself to create a system that will eliminate low
performance scores, out-migration of students and retread leader-
The new legislation puts this power into the hands of new sponsors
backed with the legal power of state government. Those who insist on
clinging to the old, unproven traditional methods and operations will
simply be swept away with the debris of Franklin County school his-
tory and the sorry record of low scores, out-migration and slovenly
administration. This is an opportunity whose time has come for
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they come to a conclusion they will
send it as a recommendation to the
City where the commissioners can ei-
ther follow that recommendation or
not as they choose.
The mayor told City Attorney Douglas
Gaidry that he had given him his
choice for the board and so the hear-
ing should be able to be started very
soon. The suspension of Savage leaves
the City with only the department's
Chief Fred Jetton and Lt. Carl Renfroe.
Messer said in answer to a query that
the city has asked for help from the
Commissioner Edward Saunders
asked Messer if the mayor is intend-
ing to go into everything In Savage's
file. The Mayor said "Yes." Gaidry said,
"They will have to do the investiga-
tion." Saunders remarked that the
police department is out of control. i
The mayor said, "How do you figure
that?. He accused Messer in an inci-
dent when a police car was sold with-
He said, "Even you yourself. you.took
it on yourself to say how much it was
sold for. You had no right doing that."
The mayor asked, "What are you talk-
ing about. They have all to be bidded
on." Saunders said, '"We're talking
about a city police car. I have some
information here and I am going to
give you the benefit of the doubt. The
car was set out for bids and adver-
tised in the on January 14. Now you
tell me how the vehicle was sold on
January 18th." The two men ex-
changed angry words and Saunders
finally said "You have Renfroe going
and taking property out of the prop-
erty ..." Commissioner Raymond Wil-
liams cut across his words and said
that the commissioners should get
back on the agenda for business.
Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
that he had been told by Bill
McCartney of Baskerville and
Donovan (BDI) that he has obtained
a small grant in order that most of
the homes in the Three Rivers Subdi-
vision can be served with sewer.
Williams reported that Vicky
Summerhill had turned in her resig-
nation as Assistant City clerk and he
wanted to upgrade Melinda Renfroe
to that position. He will advertise for
the open position.
Commissioner Frank Mathes said that
he had found the man for a position
on the Carrabelle, Roads and Parks
Department. City Clark Beckey Jack-
son said that there had been 15 ap-
plications and four of the people had
turned up at the meeting. Mathes
announced that his choice was Will-
iam Massey and said he had all of the
tools to take over maintenance on the
vehicles on both the Water and Sewer
department and the Roads and Parks.
Mathes said that Massey has many
years of experience.
Jim Lycett spoke to the commission-
ers saying he was checking on
progress that had been made on the
two referendums, one on the Project
Under development (PUD) the other
on the expansion of the water and
sewer to outlying areas. He made note
of the fact that the Coastal Coalition
organization had followed all the rules
and the forms for signatures had been
certified by Doris Shuler Gibbs.
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