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Franklin County Commission Workshop

Visioning And Comprehensive Plan

Revision Begins

County Commissioners Hear From DCA\ and
Citizens on StrAtegies
Franklin County Planner Alan Pierce, in his introduction to the work-
shop seeking to explore strategies for visioning and revising (he
county's comprehensive plan, opened his remarks in this manner:
He said,
"This is sort of an unusual situation here. Everybody is
probably in favor of the same thing. (We) just don't quite
know what that thing is. Today's opportunity is to listen
to people discuss the comp plan update-which is a re-
quirement-and then more broadly, visioning. How the
county ought to proceed for an opportunity for visioning.
As Commissioner Creamer pointed out this morning, the
comp plan itself is a vision. It just may not be as broad ...
to include as many issues as the citizens want in there.
The comp plan, by law, has certain elements ... there
may be other issues that people want to look at... The
comp plan certainly promotes a future view of the
county... We are looking to the comp plan update, to the
year 2020 ..."
Thus, Mr. Pierce concluded that there were two thrusts to the work-
shop held on Tuesday, November 19, 2002: (1) the statutory require-
ments in updating the comprehensive plan and (2) whatever elements
that the citizens think should be considered.
Franklin County's first comprehensive plan had been approved in
1989. The plan had shown coastal development. Now, in the last ten
years, and beyond that, the county has grown in the coastal areas
requiring a review for development. "We don't know how much. That
is up in the air. If there is to be growth in other areas, what sort of
planning or controls should the county propose to make sure devel-
opment grows in a logical, environmentally sound fashion."
The Department of Community Affairs has provided some focus and
$25,000 to the County. The county commission voted to accept the
funds. How those funds are to be spent is the discretion of the Board.
Some of that money will be spent, most likely, in hiring consultants:
some might be spent in paying for particular documents, or maps.
'information pieces. There will likely be a need for additional money.
Somebody needs to run the meetings, produce a document which
identifies the issues from the visioning process. Pierce recommended
that the' Board hire a facilitator who is familiar in-running a fair and
impartial meeting.
Charles Gauthier, Chief, Bureau of Local Planning, Department of
Community Affairs, addressed the Board and the citizens assembled
in the courthouse Annex. The Growth Management Act was passed
by the Legislature in the mid-1980s, and resulted in the early com-
prehensive plans. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the first generation-com-
prehensive plans were reviewed and later updated as conditions state-
wide changed. He spoke eloquently about the prospects for Franklin
County citing many aspects of the natural resources that needed plan-
ning for future years.

Gautier and the Department of Community.Affairs (DCA) have pre-
pared a tentative list of topics for the Visioning process that relate to
the comprehensive plan update. The list begins with the Workshop.
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Workshop
TOPIC: Franklin County Visioning and Comprehensive Plan Up-
date (November 19, 2002) Charles Gauthier, Florida Department of
Community Affairs; Franklin County Courthouse Annex; Time:
1:30 p.m.
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: The Franklin County Comprehensive Plan: Problems and
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
* TOPIC: The St. Joe Company's Franklin County Holdings and Con-
servation Planning Principles
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Natural Resources and Environment '
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Coastal High Hazard Area and Hurricane Evacuation
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Future Growth and Economic Development
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Transportation and Public Facilities
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Land Use
* Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Forum
TOPIC: Summarize Forums
He speculated that the time frame for completing the visioning arid
planning process might be reduced to 18 months.
"What I'm suggesting are three basic steps ... (1) The ini-
tial 6 month period'of time there would be two major
planning activities ... one would be a public participation
oriented visioning approach and complementing that, and
moving parallel to that, would be a gathering of technical
information and analysis..."
From January to June, the process would unfold. After some delib-
eration and public participation, through a series of community fo-
rums, "...might be the way to do it..." Gautier concluded. These would
be nighttime meetings, happening every two to four weeks, conducted
under the aegis of the County Commission.
A public facilitator and nighttime meetings are two elements crucial
to the process, Gautier explained. The County would do the selecting
of the facilitator although Gautier revealed that the St. Joe Company
has offered to sponsor a facilitator,' but Gautier cautioned that there
should be an "arms length" separation between the County and the
sponsor agency. Commissioner Mosconis asked "What strings are
attached to the $25,000 grant?" Gautier answered the Commissioner's
questions by explaining the second activity that would unfold in the
first six-month period.
The'second activity would involve the acquiring of technical informa-
tion such as population data and projections, the projected capacity
of the future land use plan.
During this initial six-month period technical data and analysis would
be assembled to support the plan update. The Department is offering
a $25,000 grant to prepare this data and analysis. "We anticipate
that this work will be accomplished through expenditure of the grant
funds by Franklin County supplemented by in-kind contributions by
state and regional agencies," Gautier said. Some of the areas to be
addressed are:
* Demographics and Population Growth
* Current Land Use and Future Land Use Needs
* Natural Resources and Environment
* Housing
* Public Facilities
* GIS Mapping
Natural resource information, public facilities information and other
data are needed for the comprehensive plan portion of the visioning
process. So, in response to the question by Commissioner Mosconis,
part of the technical assistance money would be targeted to the gath-
ering and putting together the technical information. Each forum
would deal with specific substantive topics requiring appropriate data
related to those forums, to be available for each forum as the calen-
dar unfolds. His major concern now is to get the process started.
"...We've got to get going fast..." adding, "I think we need to get to-
gether our game plan no later than mid-December..."
.The second major phase would begin next summer, taking another
six months. Again, there would be two major activities. One of them
would fall within the purview of Alan Pierce involving the assistance
of state and regional agencies, and that would also involve drafting of
the overall revisions to the comprehensive plan, including goals, ob-
jectives and policies and making appropriate changes. One of areas
of great interest is the St. James Island area, an area to us (DCA) that
appears to be under the most immediate development pressure that
you have. The St. Joe company has suggested that they would be

Continued on Page 10


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Visioning & Comprehen- County Republicans .... 4
sive Plan ............ 1, 10 ABC Schools ..........4, 5
Pompano ................. 1 Jeff Little .................5...
St. George Landscape Carrabelle Students .....6
Project ....................... Sweet Potatoes ............ 6
Franklin Briefs ........ 2, 9 Volunteer Firemen Dem-
Editorial & Commentary onstration ................7...
................................... 3 FCAN ........................ 8

The Floundering Of The "Pompano"

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Photo By Eunice Hartmann

By Eunice Hartmann
On Tuesday, November 13,2002
residents of Casa Del Mar In The
Plantation on St. George Island
woke to find their beach had a
new resident. A 40-ft. snapper
boat named "Pompano" had
washed ashore and became well
entrenched in the sand.
It seems that the captain and
owner Skip Moore, decided to
change his fuel filters before he
went through the Cut, not realiz-
ing how close to shore he was
until after he cut his engines and
proceeded with the job. He then
watched helplessly as the waves
washed him In behind the outer
sand bar. He finally was able to
restart the diesel engine but it was
too late'and he'was on the beach.
Bob Shiver, Plantation Security
Chief, was called Into action by
Jack Mosburg beachside resident.
Meanwhile the boat Captain ra-
dioed a nearby snapper boat for
assistance. Shiver -swam heavy
ropes through the surf to the
other boat hoping they could pull
out the "Pompano" but still there
was no luck in releasing the
sand's grip. The keel had been
ripped off during the beaching
and the resulting holes on the
boat bottom had to be repaired
before any launching could occur.
Russ Crofton, another beachfront
owner In the Plantation assisted
through out the whole process.
To further complicate matters the
"Pompano" had a load of several
hundred pounds of fresh grouper
from the past 24 hours of fishing
which was in need of refrigeration

Thomas C. Campbell

Chronicle Writer
Recovering From


Innovative Operation
Involves Transplanted
Thomas C. Campbell has been
recovering from surgery at the
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
within the last week after several
days for observation in the car-
diac intensive care unit. His op-
eration involved an innovative and
new procedure of transplanting
veins from his inside left arm and
chest area to replace other vari-
cose veins that were barely ser-
vicing his legs and feet. In a tele-
phone conversation, Mr.
Campbell knew the circulation of
blood to his.lower extremities had
improved. His doctors have pro-
nounced the new surgical tech-
niques as very successful in a
post-operation review.
He said he was resting fairly com-
fortably but was sore where the
surgery was performed. He said
that several friends had tele-
phoned and that he was very
grateful for their concern. He is
in Room 304 of Tallahassee Me-
morial. To reach him, call 850-
431-1111 and then dial in his
room number, 304. A very tenta-
tive checkout plan is Wednesday,
November 27th, when he plans to
be at home, 670-1792, Eastpoint.

and delivery to Water Street Sea-
food, Inc. The fisherman are a
supportive group around here
and some of them from Apalach-
icola arranged for a truck to come
down the beach last Tuesday and
saved the cargo of Grouper.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the
DEP examined the area and the
boat. The first course, of action
#iyas to have a fuel truck pump out
i ,e diesel fuel remaining In .the
Go'at to prevent any potential foul-
ing of the beach and water. Next
permission was secured from the
Florida Wildlife Commission and
Franklin County for trucks and
heavy equipment to drive down
the beach to assist in the rescue
of the "Pompano".
Wednesday November 20, the
"Pompano" was pulled off the
beach at high tide and floated,
between the sandbars overnight.
Finally a salvage boat arrived to
pull her out to sea and ultimately
to Apalachicola.
There is a sad note to all this
beachfront excitement, however.
It seems that the "Pompano" is the
only thing In the world that Cap-
tain/owner Otto "Skip" Moore has
to his name. He makes his living
from fishing the Gulf and lives on
his boat. He has no insurance and
now faces huge costs getting his
boat repaired let alone the costs
to get it off the beach. There were
no personal injuries during this
shipwreck and that is the good
side of the story.
The diesel fuel taken from the
"Pompano" will not be returned to
Capt. Moore. The boat will not be
released until all fees for towing
and repair are paid. It was uncer-
tain if the "Pompano" would be
sold or fixed at this writing.
The beach was restored to its
natural and as nearly previous
condition as possible. Some folks,
however, will blame the wreck of
the poor "Pompano" for the havoc
that Mother Nature's storms play
with the beach and sand each
year. Some things never change.

LVWSD Have Not
Yet Signed For

By Rene Topping
The regular monthly meeting of
t-he Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District, (LVWSD) was held
at Chillas Hall on November 19
at 2 p.m.
Two of the board members Chair-
man Jim Lawlor and Mike Hughes
were in attendance. The third
member. Jack Depriest, was un-
able to come because of illness.
Lawlor introduced Ben Watkins as
their attorney for the proposed
consolidation of the district with
Sthe City of Carrabelle. Lawlor ex-
plained that the City of Carrabelle
has sent a document for consoli-
dation complete with all the City
of Carrabelle commissioners sig-
natures. He said he would like to
have the attorney look over the

Continued on Page 4

At the November 21, 2002 St.
George Island Civic Club meeting,
Franklin County planner Alan
Pierce announced the availability
of $100,000 to beautify and land-
scape the median areas past the
new bridge, adjacent to Franklin
Boulevard. He recommended that
the club, or a citizens committee
organize to plan a landscape de-
sign for that area next to the new
bridge up to'Gulf Beach Drive.
There is no matching requirement
for the money to be furnished by
the Florida Dept. of Transporta-
tion. A preliminary plan has al-
ready been drafted, which Mr.
Pierce emphasized is quite tenta-
tive, consisting of 97 palm trees
lining Franklin Boulevard along
with a few pine trees.
Following his explanation of the
landscape. deal, audience mem-
bers steered Mr. Pierce's remarks
over a wide range of questions and
statements that provided high
interest in his remarks. He dis-
cussed the process, of road pav-
ing throughout the county as es-

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sentially a political process. A few
minutes were devoted to the ques-
tion of redistricting, indicating
that the odd number years, such
as 2003, was the legally required
time period in which to conduct
such a change.
He cited several growth pressures
throughout the island and
Franklin County community, in-
cluding the fact that of the ap-
proximately 3500.St. George Is-
land lots now available, about one
half have been builtout. Almost all
of the beachfront lots have been
This led into a discussion of the
"street ends" litigation in which a
Jacksonville Company has asked
for a declarative judgment in Cir-
cuit Court as to title to those
street ends, each worth roughly
the same price as a comparable
lot, or around 15 to 18 million
dollars. The problems and process
of a boat ramp were also dis-
cussed without any resolution
thus far, citing some problems
and restrictions on dredging.

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At the St. George Island Civic Club

County Planner Alan Pierce

Announces $100K Grant To

Landscape Tsland Entry

Money will be Available to Beautify Median

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The Franklin Chronicle



November 19, 2002

Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis and
Commissioner Clarence
After the monthly bills were ap-
proved, the Chair person Creamer
invited Judge Van Russell to come
forward to administer oaths of
office to Commissioner Sanders
and Commissioner Mosconis.
Then, Commissioner Creamer
called for nominations for a new,
Chairperson of the Franklin
County Commission. Commis-
sioner Cheryl Sanders was elected
Chairperson; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal agreed to serve as

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman, Superinten-
dent, informed the Board that a
new 12 inch road grader had ar-
rived and placed into service.
Alan Pierce referenced item #16
of his report to Commissioners
during the Superintendent's time.
He said, "At this time the county
road department is engaged in a
full assault on hauling the neces-
sary fill out of the spoil site to
build up the base of the airport
road. The good news is that the
fill material coming out of the spoil
site is good. The bad news is that
the volume of the fill necessary to
build the road to its current de-
sign is going to require constant
work by the county, and even then
the county may come up short on
its matching requirements, which
means the county may owe C.W.
Roberts up to $600,000 to build
the road as it is currently de-
signed. That $600,000 shortfall
will have to come out of county
gas tax money, as there is only
about $40,000 in the airport fund,
,unless the road can be
"Informally, the Board has been
advised by Preble-Rish that the
road could be built with less fill,
and with perhaps other deduc-
tions that would bring the project
closer to being completed for the
$1 million dollars the state is pro-
viding. However, URS has said the
road can not be redesigned.
Preble-Rish disagrees. The 'cur-
rent funding is as follows: The
county has a contract with. C.W.
Roberts to build the road for $1.5
million. There are 0.,13 million
worth of engineering and design
costs on top of construction for a
total of 1.63 million dollars cost
for the project. The state is pro-
viding 81 million dollars. The
county will owe $0.63 million if
C.W. Roberts does all the work.
Fortunately, the county road de-
partment is doing some of the
work, which is providing the fill,
worth $250,000, and doing some
other work, so the county will
probably only owe $300,000 un-
less the road is re-designed. There

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are two main areas to look at the
amount of fill, which costs the
county effort, and also C.W. Rob-
erts because they are charging us
to compact and move this tremen-
dous amount of fill, and a friction
coarse, which is a rock filled layer
only used on DOT highway
projects. Preble-Rish believes
both can be negotiated, but they
are not authorized to do either,
because URS is the engineering
firm of record. I recommend the
Board authorize myself and the
County Attorney to evaluate the
current contract with URS, and if
URS is unwilling to examine an
alternative design, then if it is le-
gally prudent, for the Board to
break the contract with URS and
assign the project to its county
engineering firm."
Jimmy Mosconis moved the
Board authorize the County Plan-
ner and the County Attorney to
evaluate the current contract with
URS and if URS is unwilling to
examine an alternative design,
then if it is legally prudent, for the
Board to break the contract with
URS and assign the project to its
county engineering firm. The
Planner and County Attorney are
to report back to the Board at the
next meeting. The Board ap-

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson presented several
estimates for fencing and lighting
recreational fields but inquiries by
Jimmy Mosconis and Bevin
Putnal led to postponing approval
of expending several thousand
dollars for the work, pending out-
come of questions about asking
for labor by the work camp per-
sonnel and related matters.
A personnel matter involving
docked hours for two of Van
Johnson's employees led to a dis-
cussion about docking hours gen-
erally. If an employee has been on
the job for less than 90 days, they
are not entitled to holiday pay.
There was a question whether the
personnel could use comp time,
or work the hours. The Commis-
sioners could change the county
policy. Kendall Wade reminded
the Commissioners that depart-
ment heads did not have the op-
tion to change the Commission's
policies. The Commission was the
responsible party to make any
changes in the personnel policies
not the department heads. The
Board approved a motion to pay
a second employee out of his
comp time.
The question persists concerning
payment for overtime hours
above 40 hours per week): Are
employees to be paid overtime or
through comp time? Probationary
employees are not generally en-
titled to comp time, nor overtime
within the first 90 days of employ-
ment. The Chairperson called on
the County Attorney who opined
that when there are policy "rules,"
"you have to follow them," or
"change them." He recommended
that the Clerk, Van Johnson, and
County Attorney meet to discuss
the problem in consultation with
a labor expert. The County Attor-
ney also said "...Legally, you're

better olf if you pay for the over-
time..." The Board approved to
conduct a "roundtable" on the is-
sue right after the meeting.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan informed the Board
that he invited John Gunter with
CACS to address the Commis-
sioners at 10 a.m. with an over-
view of the annual oyster resource
inventory recently completed in
Apalachicola Bay. He also pro-
vided a rough map of a property
for sale in the 2-mile channel area
with about 180 feet of frontage
along U. S. 98 and the 2-mile
channel. This might be available
as a possible boat-ramp. Mahan's
conference with DEP staff persons
on possible ramp sites for St.
George Island resulted in the
identification of sites on the left
and right-hand sides of the St.
George Island bridge.
Billy Buzzett of the St. Joe Com-
pany said a representative of the
Company could address the Com-
missioners on possible sites on
the mainland, perhaps near the
west end of Apalachicola. The
Company would need to consult
with the Dept. of Environmental
Regulation to coordinate possible
sites. He said, perhaps off St.
Vincent Sound might be a good
location for such a ramp.

Bids On County Road
Bids were received from C. W.
Roberts and Anderson-Columbia
and turned over to. the County
Engineer for evaluation, with a
report due at the next meeting.

Apalachicola Bay Oyster
A brief presentation by John
Gunter, shellfish biologist, was
made to the Board. He said his
group just finished their assess-
ment on the winter bars in the
Apalachicola Bay area. He ac-
cessed several sampling stations
on most of the major bars
throughout the Bay. These are
sampled throughout the year. The
table published here highlights
several bars. He called attention
to the extreme right side column,
bushels per acre that would have
the most interest for commercial
harvesters. "...One of the prob-
lems that we're in right now is the
Cat Point East Hole area is fi-
nally beginning to feel the effects
of this five year drought that we've
been in. So, that's the problem...
You lose a lot of the animals dur-
ing the summer months. This is
normal... Whether you have a wet
year, ...you always lose more dur-
ing the summer. It's more stress-
ful. Salinities are high. Tempera-
tures are hot. This year we've
probably 30 to 40 per cent of that,
area, as opposed to a normal'
summer when you lose about a
quarter... So, you can see, on the
table ... at Cat Point, last year...
we had 738 bushels an acre. Nor-
mally, that figure goes'up as the
year goes on because they get a
lot more food; temperatures drop
... This year we started the sea-
son-September at 427 bushels
an acre. So, you can see we've had

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an almost 35% drop there. How-
ever, you can also look back at the
data there, and you can see over
the years that this figure is not
necessarily unusual. These bars
go through a lot of cycles; they go
up and down, and most of the
time they're responding to envi-
ronmental conditions. In this
case, they're responding to some
extreme high salinities that we've
had over the past five years. Right
now we've got sea urchins and
scallops on these bars, which is
highly unusual ... I haven't seen
it in the last 20 years that I've
.been sampling out there.
Porter's bar has actually got hard
and soft corals growing on it...
450 bushels per acre is not a bad
figure, he said; it is an average..."
With regard to the St. Vincent's
dry bar, "...One of the reasons this
has done so well is because that
is where the only fresh water is
going right now. That is the only
section that is producing. ...
Eleven mile bar has also dropped
off. It's on the extreme western
end of the Bay. It's also feeling the
saltwater intrusion. It's not get-
ting any fresh water as well.
...Hopefully, with the river going
up, and if it will, stay there for a
little while, we can get some of the
predators out, get some food to
some of these animals on Cat
Point, and that bushels per acre
figure will go up. Now, we con-
tinue to monitor these things
throughout the year."
Bevin Putnal reminded listeners
that he had been working on the
Bay for almost 50 years. "I haven't
seen the Bay in the shape that it's
in NOW. ...You did have a lot of
oysters on Dry Bar ... but it is
being overworked, just like Cat
Point is being overworked.
...When you put all your boats in
one little area, you actually de-
stroy that bar and it takes a long,
long time to come back... What I
would suggest is this winter-just
for the winter months-open the
whole Bay and scatter your
boats... He said you can work
these places when the tide is low.
"That's going to scatter boats out
and you're not going to work any
particular bar ... Right now ... in
another two months ... Dry Bar
. will be like Cat Point. It will be
practically dead," Commissioner
Putnal concluded.
"I've talked to some old timers
that's oystered a lot longer than I
have...They say if you could get
the Bay-just this winter-the
whole Bay open, to scatter these
boats out, it would save our Bay."
Gunther responded: "...I agree
with you Bevin, the Dry Bar is
probably not going to be able to
sustain that kind of intense pres-
sure. It's different than the Cat
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Sample Oyster Mean Density Oysters Bags
Number Leng. (/ac)
Date Quadrat (n) (rmm) >50mm >75mm 1000o
(0.25m ) (/m ) (%) (%) M /m ) (/ac)















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44.9 355.2
46.2 319.2
51.3 198.0
45.8 242.4
49.1 205.3
51.1 264.0
44.9 403.6
50.3 301.6
55.3 181.6
52.6 229.2
52.9 '329.6
46.1 285.8
44.4 356.0
46.5 246.4
44.6 320.0
49.5 378.8
59.7 248.4
54.6 205.6
51.4 372.6
54.4 373.2
57.2v 495.2
59.2 287.6
57.9 205.8
60.8 186.1
49.4 273.4
51.7 282.4
47.6 362.4
61.1 557.6
54.8 307.2
43.5 281.6
-42.8 339.2
49.5 183.3
47.6 206.0
51.5 140.9
40.8 230.4
51.7 280.0
49.9 265.6
55.3 264.4
45.7 661.6
47.1 608.4
55.4 905.8

66.9 497.4
52.1 543.6
60.5 233.0
44.6 478.0
48.9 426.6
47.5 469..6
48.6 227.5
46.8 259.6
42.5 216.0
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29 November 2002 Page 3


St. George Island Volunteer Fire

Department First Responders

November 7, 2002
As you know, the island continues to grow and more people than ever
either live here or visit the island for recreational purposes. Because
of this, your St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department continues
to grow to meet the needs of the island. For 28 years volunteers from
your fire department have responded to fire calls to protect homes
and property, as well as provide service during natural disasters such
as hurricanes, tornadoes, and downed power lines. For 15 years vol-
unteers from the First Responder Unit have responded to .medical
emergencies, swimming accidents and automobile accidents, as well
as assisting the fire department with natural disasters and fires. We
are proud to have 16 Firemen and 12 First Responders (all certified).
many of which are cross-trained for both units.
This year we opened our new East End Firehouse to serve you better.
Our foam truck has been outfitted with the Jaws of Life, for automo-
bile accidents, and many more of the volunteers have been trained to
use this equipment In addition, we assist the other fire departments
in the county when they need us, just like they assist us in times of
need. We are growing and increasing our training and expertise all
the time. As always, we have ongoing needs for new equipment, con-
tinuing education and training, as well as equipment upgrades and
repairs. We continue to provide 24-hour emergency care and fire pro-
tection, as well as service to the community. o
We are starting our 20th Annual Hat Drive. Please participate. This
hat drive provides resources needed to meet our budget needs for the
upcoming year. Your donation of $100.00 will enable you to receive a
"special" fire department hat or visor, new this year, however, any
donation will be appreciated. Remember we are a non-profit organi-
zation, therefore, your donation is tax deductible. In addition, we still
have copies of the 'Treasured Recipes from St. George Island" cook-
book available for $21.95 which includes handling and delivery. They
all make great gifts for all occasions, especially Christmas, which is
just around the comer.
To all of you who contributed in the past "Thank You" and we hope
you will support us again. To all new residents or homeowners, "Wel-
come" and feel free to join in. Just ask a fireman or first responder.
how to get involved. The firemen and first responders thank you for
your assistance and stand ready to serve you at anytime.
Sincerely, Jay Abbott
Fire Chief/Board of Directors
Lee Edmiston Deputy Chief West End Station
Bob Bugusky Deputy Chief East End Station
W.K. Sanders Deputy Chief, First Responders/Board of Directors
Woody Miley, Chair.
Jayne Bamburg / Sec. Fred Bono, Treas.
S Ollie Gunn, Sr. /Harry Arnold
Bruce Dfye / Susan Ficklen

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Vol. 11, No. 24


From Southeastern Fisheries Assn., Inc.
(November 2002)

Benthic Habitat Symposium

A Balanced Approach On Issues

Over 300 scientists, administrators and government employees gath-
ered at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa during the week of November
11 15. The theme from Elliot Norse was bashing shrimp trawling.
but his radicalism was more than balanced by a wide variety of speak-
ers touching on all sides of the issue. Norse is a former scientist for
the old Center of Marine Conservation and has a bias against com-
mercial fishing. When he left CMC, he moved to Oregon, set up a
grant-receiving institute and went to work claiming that shrimp trawls
were like a bulldozer clear cutting the ocean floor. Radical.
NO discussions or papers were presented concerning the impacts
that the 850,000 sport fishing boats in Florida have on the benthic
habitat, Think about it! If these 850,000 boats only dropped their
anchors on coral or rock bottoms 10 times a year, there would be 8.5
million anchorings and potential damage to reefs. If the anchors were
dropped once a week, that would be 44,000,000 anchorings and po-
tential habitat damage. Most fishermen anchor many times during
the day when fishing, which could bring the total number of potential
habitat damage occurrences to over 100,000,000 per year.

Red Grouper Not Overfished
Depending on which "steepness" criteria is used and some other op-
tions, Gulf red grouper is not over-fished and as such would require
no draconian cuts as has been proposed by the Gulf Council. How-
ever, only 2 people with any professional knowledge of the industry
hold seats on the Council, so there will be little input from this sector
so close to being savaged. This will be a major decision by the greatly
unbalanced Gulf Council if they can overcome the bias of the anti-
commercial members and do the fair and right thing.
Roy Crabtree Tapped To Head Southeast Region NMFS
(National Marine Fisheries)
"From NMFS he cometh and to NMFS he returneth". Dr. Roy Crabtree,
saltwater division director of the FWC, has been tapped by NMFS
Hogarth to serve as Regional Administrator for the southeast region
with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Crabtree has been
very professional in all his dealings with the Florida commercial fish-
ing iridustry during his short tenure in Tallahassee. If Dr. Crabtree
can keep his door open TO EVERYONE and not be a puppet for CCA.
we might be in for a breath of fresh air at the NMFS regional office.
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Publisher ......................... ................... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................... Tom Cam pbell
......... Sue Cronkite
......... Barbara Revell
......... Rene Topping
........ Jimmy Elliott

Sales.................... ........................ D iane Beauvais Dyal
............ Tom W. Hoffer

Advertising Design
and Production Artist ...............;..........:.... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate .....:...... :. ................ Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation .......................... Andy Dyal
Proofreader .......................................... Sue Cronkie .
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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QPX stands for Quahog Parasite Unknown. It is disease caused by a
single-cell parasite that possesses characteristics of both a fungus
and an animal. QPX is thought to be a species-specific disease where
it is only infectious and fatal to the hard clam. It is not thought to be
a threat to other shellfish and marine organisms. QPX Is not a threat
to human health!
QPX was first documented in wild quahogs in Canada during the
1950s where it was thought to be the primary cause of a clam popu-
lation collapse. Since that time, QPX has been intermittently observed
in Massachusetts and New Jersey. and has cause sporadic mortali-
ties in both wild and cultured stocks. More recently, the parasite was
found in stocks from both Virginia and New York. This year the para-
site caused extensive clam mortalities at several farmsites along the
Eastern Shore and halted relaying of clams in Long Island Sound.
QPX has not been identified in Florida stocks!
The origin of QPX in waters is currently the subject of scientific de-
bate. Some believe that it is a recently introduced organism and is
spread throughout the range of the clam when infected animals are
transferred from one location to another. Others suggest that the or-
ganisms are routinely present in the sediment or water column in
clam-growing areas. In this case, the disease would not flare up in
clam populations until there was an extra environmental stress or
other factors where the individual clam is less able to counteract the
invasion of the parasite. QPX does not originate in shellfish hatch-
eries or nurseries!
At present the life history of the QPX organism is not known. Further.
the infectious form of this organism is not well understood. However.
several symptoms have been found in infected clams. Gross symp-
toms include decreased new shell growth, swollen, tan-colored re-
tracted mantle edges, and occasional 2-5 mm round yellow-tan nod-
ules in the mantle tissues. Some diseased clams unearth themselves
mad show mucus and sand granules between the swollen mantle edges
and shell edges. Microscopically, clams harbor the parasite most com-
monly in the mantle and gills. To date, QPX infected clams have ex-
hibited a high level of mortality. QPX-type symptoms have not been
observed in either farmed or wild Florida clams!
Source: QPX Fact Sheet. 2002. J.M. Hickey, D.F. Leavitt and R.
Smolowitz, Southeastern Massachusetts, Aquaculture Center. 5 pp.

"Retrospective" To

Reveal Kenniston Art
And Witherspoon
Inn Friday,

November 2'9
By Tom Campbell

The Witherspoon, a contemporary
inn, was once Captain Wither-
spoon's 19th Century residence at
94 Fifth Street in Apalachicola.
$This historic restoration is now a
tastefully furnished hideaway in
the historic district of downtown
Apalachicola, where guests can
enjoy the vaulted entrance hall,
featuring the art of F.W. (Ken)
An art exhibit has been an-
nounced, called "Retrospective,"
scheduled for Friday, November
29, to take place on the same day
that Santa arrives by vessel on the
Apalachicola River and officially
ushers in the holidays. Shops will
stay open late and wonderful holi-
day cheer fills the town.

Recently featured in The News
Herald Lifestyle Section, writer
Tony Simmons pointed out that
the inn is now owned by F.W.
(Ken) Kenniston, a former art pro-
fessor and Chairman of the Art
Department at Florida State Uni-
versity, and Sandra Kenniston.
The inn doubles as a gallery for
Ken's art-stark, vibrant, aggres-
sive paintings. "Some of the work
is dark, some dreamlike, some
like a haze of shared memory."
The entrance hall of the inn runs
through the center of the struc-
ture to a back door looking out
on a simple back yard with na-
tive plantings. The place evokes
quietude, peace and fulfillment-
a relaxing breath of fresh air away
from a hectic world. Very similar
to Kenniston's paintings, which
have a kind of mystic power.
Upstairs suites open onto a
shared balcony under a live oak
tree approximately 300 years old.
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chairs and watch the moon rise
over the First United Methodist
Church on the comer. The scene
itself is like a painting, changing
with the lights and shadows of day
and night.
Around dusk, Sandra is likely to
bring the guests a plate of home-
made garlic rolls, garlic butter and
slices of cheese-or some other
homemade delights. She loves to
cook. In the morning, guests find
fresh muffins beside the coffee-
pot in the stairway alcove.
Throughout the inn some
twenty-five paintings by Ken, col-
lected over the years from 1970's
to the present, are on display.
Many of his paintings are featured
in national and international col-
lections today.
Stop by for an afternoon art ex-
hibit called "Retrospective" on
Friday, November 29, 2002, and
enjoy Ken's art. You'll also enjoy
Sandra's hot cider and homemade
goodies for the holidays.
Apalachicola and the Kennistons
are waiting to welcome you with
smiles and special recognition.
For more information, phone
850-653-9186, or stop by the
Kenniston residence at 92 Fifth
Street for a friendly chat.

FCHS Joins


Nationwide In

Adopting Of A

By Rene Topping
The Franklin County Humane
Society will join in an all out ef-
fort to have adoptions of the shel-
ter animals. They will join paws
with Helen Woodward Animal
Center, The lams Company,
PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
1,050 pet adoption centers, for
"Home 4 The Holidays, 2002," an
event organized to raise aware-
ness of the joys of owning
shelter-adopted pets. Organizers
hope to link more that 250,000
dogs, cats, puppies and kittens
with loving adoptive family.
Leslie Taylor the Shelter Director
said, last year's "Home 4 the Holi-
days" was a tremendous success
with one hundred thousand ani-
mals matched with loving fami-
lies," she went on to say "We are
hoping to find homes for all of the
pets at our adoption center."
FCHS members will have a mas-
sive effort on Friday, November
29, 2002 starting at 2 p.m. they
will set up adoption tables and
exhibit the healthy animals who
are up for adoption.
Leslie also says. "If you miss us
on Friday afternoon and you are
interested in adopting a pet you
can visit the shelter on any Mon-
day through Friday or from 8 a.m.
to Noon on Saturdays. if you
would like to help us in Franklin
County Humane Soc-iety's "Home
4 the Holidays" you can find fur-
ther information by calling 850/

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The Franklin Chronicle

County Republicans Meet For

Post-Mortem On Election

Ned Pooser, Chairperson of the Franklin County Republicans and
Conservatives called the meeting to order at the Eastpoint Fire Sta-
tion on November 18th at 7:00 p.m. The county election results was
the chief topic for discussion using tabular data developed by Doris
Shriver Gibbs, the county elections supervisor.
While many counties in Florida voted in the Republican column dur-
ing the General Election for statewide offices, in Franklin County, the
largest votes went to the Democratic candidates for Congress. Gover-
nor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State Rep-
resentative for District 10 (Will Kendrick).
Yet, based on Table 1, there has been a steady increase in Republi-
can registrations since 1982. In recent years, the decrease in Demo-
cratic registrations has been on a steady decline, as reflected in Table
1. The number of independent registrations (no party affiliation) has
increased substantially since 1996, the figure has been considerably
less than one thousand such registrations. Given the dominance of
registered Democrats in Franklin County, the outcome of the election
along party lines does not appear to be much of a surprise.
Table 1

Number of Voters

Date Registered Democrat Republican | No Party

1980 5919 5714 174 31

1982 5153 4990 143 20

1984 5654 5360 258 36

1986 5431 5163 237 31

1988 5800 5435 310 55

1990 5744 5302 391 51

1992 6265 5804 405 56

i994 5938 5439 443 56

1996 7478 6469 745 264

1998 7628 6439 869 320

2000 7400 6029 1003 398

2001 7630 6116 1103 419

2002 7141 5630 1124 387

In 2001, more than 700 voters were removed during list maintenance
for no activity for two general election cycles.

LVWSD from Page 1

He also said that a November
workshop on consolidation was
canceled until January 2003 by
the Baskerville and Donovan Inc
(BDI) engineers. He said that the
LVWSD commissioners would not
do anything on the approval or
non-approval until that workshop
has been concluded.
Lawlor went on saying "We still
have a district to keep going." He
asked the advice of the attorney
on remaking a lease for 10 more
years on the property owned by
the district and used to keep boats
and R.V.'s safe. Watkins said they
could do it if they so desired.
Board member Mike Hughes
made a motion "That it would be
in the best interests of the Asso-
ciation and the District to table
until the consolidation issue is
either approved or not. Lawlor
seconded and it was approved.
Lawlor said, 'There are issues in
the audit, for example, there is no
total list of all the district's as-
sets." Lawlor also said that they
need to get quotes on bonding for
their secretary. Hughes said he
would look into it. The board also
has to keep a monthly record of
water usage that is not billed. he
said one of the examples is the
Fire Department use each week
for flushing hydrants and other
The district has been able to take
advantage of their ability to go to
Starke where cities and districts
can get used vehicles. They have
obtained a blue truck for $1,200
and $700 dollars to fix a few re-
Hughes reported "The binder on
liability insurance for board mem-
bers has been completed"
Lawlor wanted to discuss other
alternatives to have the district if
the board members wished to still
continue working and not going
into consolidation. He placed
three resolutions of expansion
they could do on several sides. He
said that the district's engineer
Newt Babcock said it could be
done for a cost analysis of
$582,000. Another way would be
to spread out to Lanark Beach
and that would be estimated at
Mike Hughes asked to table for
more information and made the
motion to table, Lawlor seconded
the motion. Babcock also spoke
on getting a grant that would en-
able them to seal the manhole
covers in Gulf Terrace. He said
grant writer Frank Kemp is work-
ing on the application.
Under new business Lawlor offi-
cially talked on the multiple paged
letter from City of Carrabelle and
signed by all City Commissioners.
There was a small group of villag-
ers attending the meeting and one
of them "What if we don't want
it? (The Consolidation.)" There
was discussion that the people
had in 1973, asked for the dis-
trict to be made. Therefore they
said that the people would have
to have another referendum to
have it stay a district.

Mr. Watkins said that according
to his information the Franklin
County Commission had been the
entity that made it a District in
1973 and at that time the people
were polled. He said the Franklin
County commission was the only
one to say. if it should remain or
The next meeting of the LVWSD
board will be 2 p.m. December 17,
at Chillas Hall.

ABC Schools Seek Community


By Sue Cronkite
Apalachicola Bay Charter School
took another step toward obtain-
ing startup funds for a new middle
school, high school, and voca-
tional school. The first of a series
of meetings seeking information
from parents and residents of
Franklin County on what they
want and expect from the new
concept in school operation was
held by Principal and Chief Op-
erating Officer Jeff Weiner and
board members at the Commu-
nity Center building in Battery
Park an November 21 at 7 p.m.
The meetings were to continue
Monday night November 25, then
December 2, with the final meet-
ing in the series set for December
12. Paperwork for the charter ap-
plications is to be finalized and
turned in by January 9, said
Weiner. Those present also asked
that parents send -letters to
Weiner at the ABC School con-
cerning the proposed Charter
School applications.
Members of the audience said
they believe there are lots of
people out there who would like
'to have their say, and letters are
a chance to be heard. Letters
* should be sent to Weiner at ABC
School, 1 Bay Avenue, Apalachi-
cola, FL 32320. ABC school phone
number is 653-1222. -Part of the
process of applying for startup
funds for the three charter
schools is seeking a response
from residents'of the school area.
Among parents, board members,
and officers of the school were
several residents of Gulf County,
including a "scout" for other par-
ents who wanted to know more
about the school concept, if it was
successful so far, and if Gulf
County students would be able to
attend in the future. There are
now 72 students from Franklin
County attending Gulf County
schools, said Weiner. The process,
-according to those at the meet-
ing, is for parents and students
to ask for a transfer, then the re-
quest is processed through the
Franklin County and Gulf County
School boards. Weiner said
though the question is premature,
"it shows something positive hap-
"Where the ABC school is right
now," said Weiner, "is 161 stu-
dents in elementary school, K
through five. There is a limitation
on the number of students we can
serve." When Weiner asked
"hWho-,wants all of it, high school,
llege prep, general education,
and vocational tech students
ready for college when they leave
high school?" all hands went up.
Weiner and others agreed that the
demand for growth of the charter
schools is there, the need is there-
"We are going ahead with the ap-
plication," said Weiner. "Money to
get things started is available Dec-
23, 2003. We intend to break
ground for middle, high and tech
school." Weiner and ABC board
members recently talked with of-
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about sponsorship. Under the
sponsorship the university would
share information and programs
with ABC schools.
"Owners of the ABC School are the
children," Weiner told those gath-
ered. "The board will submit the
information we get from YOU."
Facilities would open up, school
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startup funds applications is ex-
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should take, from the
parent-student standpoint-
Should curriculum be high, av-
erage, median, across the board,
toward college-bound students? A
show of hands favored across the
board and college bound.
Weiner said school should be a
chance for every child. "What
about in depth? Middle school? If
we said why not specialize in spe-
cial education, would it interfere
with a broad-based outlook?
What do most' people want? A
consensus was that the goal
should be to take a child wher-
ever he or she is and move toward
college, be- flexible with the child
and have some one-on-one teach-
ing if at, ail possible, and match
the child to his or her learning
"That's a positive hope," said
Weiner, "to look at each child's
learning style." A member of the
audience asked about middle
school students switching
classes. According to the new law
there can be no more than 20 stu-
dents to a classroom. "Tonight we
want you to dream," Weiner told
those gathered. The board is here
to listen to your dreams."

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A member of the audience asked
about plans for the physical plant
for the extended charter schools.
Weiner said the size of classrooms
and buildings would be faced as
the demand goes up. "How does
the majority feel?"' asked Weiner.
"Let's bring in as many kids as
want to come.
"For middle and high school stu-
dents, what about sports, a sta-
dium?" questioned a member of
the audience. Under the new law
charter school and home-
schooled children are allowed to
participate in present extracur-
ricular county public school pro-
grams. Weiner said the ABC
schools wouldn't have to build a
"How many students are we talk-
ing about?" an audience member
wanted to know. "We anticipate
300 to 400 students," said Weiner.
"We didn't have an idea of the
number when we started with the
elementary school-everyone who
applied the first year got in."
In answer to the question on how
many students it takes for the
new schools to be "fiscally viable,"
Weiner said that after the meet-
ings a feasibility study will be
made-we need your input. We
can get done what the public de-
Weiner said the meetings are for
fact-finding and speculation. The
audience voted not to exclude
anybody. The present ABC school
is located on 11.5 acres, a gift
from the St. Joe Company. Fur-
ther discussion on the proposed
high school centered around vo-
cational and technical courses.
with an aim toward finding where
a child's interests are, with some
students expected to be geared
toward college and some toward
technical school, some classes
together and some split off, sepa-
rating out to different tracks, but
with the basic education exten-
sive enough whichever direction
students take.
"Students have to have a good
general education for them to suc-
ceed in vocational tech," said
Weiner. "They have to have a good
general education to succeed in
college. The school will have to set
the standards for what is needed-"
Those in the audience agreed
that, in addition to a sound basic
foundation in the ninth through
12 lh grades, elective courses are
needed. "Make a want list, include
a computer tech program, data

processing, building trades, con-
struction, electricity, plumbing,
mechanics, air conditioning, cos-
metology, paralegal, dental assis-
tant, nursing, automobile, aquac-
ulture" said Weiner.
A member of the audience urged
consideration of education in con-
struction trades- "We can't find
help,"' she said, "We've looked for
a electrician and can't find one
here. Can we design the school to
fit the needs of the community?"
Weiner said the ABC schools
would have one board of director
running all the schools. "We
would share the resources. There
will be time to narrow it down. We
have to start with two or three
maximum, education that would
benefit this community, and take
into consideration its growth."
Weiner said there is the argument
that 50 percent of high school stu-
dents stay in the community. "We
want them to be viable in the com-
munity." A member of the audi-
ence stressed the fact that a stu-
dent educated in auto mechanics
or refrigeration could move any-
where with the skills.
Weiner said applications for the
three new charter schools must
be submitted by January 14,
2003, with the money expected in
December. "We would then break
ground the next May, and if we
don't break ground we won't get
to keep the money." In answer to
the question whether the schools
are too great an undertaking,
Weiner answered: "It's not too big
if the board wants to do it. We're
not missing a beat with the el-
ementary school, we won't do any-
thing to jeopardize it."
Agreement among those present
at the meeting was that they want
"the best and most for the kids in
Franklin County." Weiner said he
is 99.9 percent sure that with the
applications, the schools will be
able to get the startup funds. He
said the job of the board is to bal-
ance the budget, that a certain
number of students would be re-
quired for the school to stay open.
"The plant we have now is very
low debt service," he said. Dean
Vail is the ABC school business
In answer to a question on hoxe.
many students it would take to
make the schools feasible, Weiner

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"We'll do it step by step like we're
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"We will do what's right in a cau-
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would be taken away without out-
side fund raising and grant w-it-
ing. "The school needs to grow.
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expected, for a better grasp on
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for a better understanding of how
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The Franklin Chrmnirel

Carrabelle Students Picture Our

Gulf Coast

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Betty Roberts (on left) and Mary Ann Shields holding one
first prize.
Photo By Rene Topping

. e

Senior Center patrons look over the artwork

By Rene Topping
Eighty-six students from Carra-
belle High School participated in
the art contest "Our Gulf Coast"
sponsored by the Carrabelle Art-
ists' Association and The Carra-
belle Lighthouse Association.
Many of the entries were excellent,
making judging difficult. The con-
test was judged by Mary'Ann
Shields CLA, Betty Roberts CAA
and Rene Topping represented the
Franklin Chronicle.
Some of the students pictured the
Crooked River Lighthouse, others
chose to picture shrimp boats and
yet others idea was the cabbage
palms that grow wild here. Mana-
tees and Dolphins, all manner of
birds and sunsets were favored by
some others.
Winning entries from Grade 1
through Middle School are as fol-
First Grade-Mrs. Cook 1st
Place: Deborah Dempsey, 2nd
Place: Ally Millender, 3rd Place:
Steven McAnally, Honorable Men-
tions: Jesse Cameron and Marilyn
Second Grade-Mrs. Cumbie 1st
Place: Katie Wood, 2nd Place:
Danny Hernandez, 3rd Place:
Shelby Meyers, Honorable Men-
tions: Carla Lewis, Stephanie
Marxsen and Chena Segree.

Calendar Of

Events And

Meetings In

Carrabelle Area
By Rene Topping
David 1Butler of Gulf State Bank
had set himself out on an ambi-
tious task of making a calendar
of events and meetings in the
Carrabelle Area. He called for a 1
meeting of representatives of the
various organizations in the area,
at the Carrabelle Branch of the
library on November 18 at 4 p.m.
Those who came were Sheila
Hauser, Carrabelle Area Chamber
of Commerce; Mary Aman, Happy
Homemakers; Cindi Giametta,
Senior Center: Rene Topping,
Franklin County Humane Society;
Aileen Benson, Lanark Village
Association; Barbara Revell,
Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion, David Butler, Gordon
Johnston: Charles Curran, Attor-
ney; Charlotte Griffith,. Franklin's
Promise Coalition; and Jennifer
Edwards, Juvenile Justice.
David Butler asked that each one
of the representatives give in their
information and any other orga-
nization they belonged to and the
days on the calendar were soon
filled In with events and meeting
times and places. He asks that
any organization wanting to be a
part of this calendar to call him
at 697-3395.
He also said that if this goes well
he may spread out into other
parts of Franklin County.


Second Grade-Mrs. Wade 1st
Place: Ryne Fisher, 2nd Place:
Jillian Robinson', 3rd Place:
Sammy Fontaine Kitts, Honorable
Mentions: Briar Johnson, Rockie
Poe, and Brittany Ashley.
Third Grade-Mrs. Morris and
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Prizes will be distributed to the
winners on October 28 and they
-will be shown'at school all day.
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Socioeconomic Panel
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
convene its Socioeconomic Panel
(SEP) to review available social
and economic information on red
grouper and yellowedge grouper
stocks and to determine the so-
cial and economic implications of
the levels of acceptable biological
catch (ABC) recommended by the
Council's Reef Fish Stock Assess-
ment Panel (RFSAP). The SEP may
recommend to the Council total
allowable catch (TAC) levels for
the 2003 fishing year and certain
management measures associ-
ated with achieving the TACs.
Ifi addition, the SEP will hear pre-
sentations on bioeconomic mod-
eling. Dr. Wade Griffin of Texas
A&M University will discuss the
details of his bioeconomic model
and results of a bioeconomic mod-
eling evaluation of the Texas
shrimp closure. Dr. John Ward of
the National Marine Fisheries
Service will present his research
on multi-species bioeconomic
models. Dr. Lee Anderson (with
Mr. Dohoon Kim) of the Univer-
sity of Delaware will present his
bioeconomic model for red grou-
per and yellowedge grouper.

The SEP meeting will begin at
8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Decem-
ber 11, 2002 and conclude at 4:00
p.m. on Friday, December 13,
2002. The meeting will be held at
the Hilton Tampa Airport
Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue,
Tampa, Florida. A report will be
prepared by the SEP containing
,-': their conclusions and recommen-
dations. This report will be pre-
sented for review to the Council's
*Reef Fish Advisory Panel and
Standing and Special Reef Fish
....... Scientific and Statistical Commit-
tee at meetings to be held on the
k. week of January 6th, 2003 in
Tampa, Florida and to the Coun-
cil at its meeting on the week of

January 13th, 2003 in San Anto-
nio, Texas.
The membership of the SEP in-
cludes economists, sociologists,
and anthropologists from various
state fishery agencies throughout
the Gulf, the National Marine
Fisheries Service and universities.
They advise the Council on the
social and economic implications
of certain fishery management
A copy of the agenda can be ob-
tained by calling 813-228-2815.
Actions of the SEP will be re-
stricted to those issues specifi-
cally identified in the agendas and
any issues arising after publica-
tion of this notice that require
emergency action under Section
305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens
Act, provided the public has been
notified of the Council's intent to
take action to address the emer-
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council is 1 of 8 Regional
Fishery Management Councils
that were established by the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
servation and Management Act of
1976, as amended. The Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council prepares fishery manage-
ment plans that are designed to
manage fishery resources to the
200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of
This news release, and other
Council news releases, can be
viewed at the Council's web site
at http://www.gulfcouncil.org.



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Burglary At The

St. James/

Lanark Fire


By Rene Topping
The St James / Lanark Fire De-
partment had their premises en-
tered in the early hours of Novem-
ber 5. Fire Chief Bud Evans said
the safe had been jimmied and
that had been emptied out. Its
contents were strewn across the
floor in front of a desk. That is,
all except the $1,500 receipts
from an event to make money.
Evans said that he found the door
to the firehouse had the lock bro-
ken. He said that he thought some
one had jimmied it with a tire iron.
The burglary was reported imme-
diately to the Franklin County
Sheritl and deputies came. Evans
said they carried off some books
that were in the safe to see if the
thief, or thieves, had left any fin-
Evans said, "It's a darn sorry set
of affairs when you come into the
building and see all this mess.
Then when you count it up you
Set angry. I hope the deputies can
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little tish and he will wag happily
and no more Itching or sickness
due to food allergies.
Usually sweet potatoes are given
additional sweetness such as
brown sugar and spices to doll
them up. Somehow an already
sweet veggie needs more sweet-
ening which isn't good on the calo-
rie scale which does run a little
high naturally since about a cup
has 463 calories with no doctor-
ing up.
One of the most appealing things
about cooking sweet potatoes is
that they are easy no matter what
you do. Prick the skin and bake
for 45 min. at 3500 in a regular
oven. Remove from oven, place on
plate, split and add butter, salt
and pepper. Microwave Is faster
but the same general procedure.
Prick the skin (this is to keep it

from exploding from the steam
generated In the cooking process,
very messy!) Use about 7 heat
level 5 minutes for one potato or
7 minutes for 2 and continue to
increase the time the more pota-
toes you add. Placing a microwave
safe dish underneath with a pa-
per towel will catch any leakage
of juices. You can boll sweet po-
tato in water just like white regu-
lar potatoes. Peel and cut into
cubes cook about 10 or more min-
utes until a fork can move
through easily but they are not
Here are a couple of new recipes
for cooking sweet potato:

Sweet Potato Latkes
2 (or more) sweet potatoes peeled
and shredded.
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The Franklin Chronicle

29 November 2002 Page 7

Volunteer Firemen Demonstration

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On November 6th the
Franklin County Volunteer
Firemen had a demon-
stration of the difference
between a forty feet ladder
to that of an eighty-five foot
ladder mounted on a fire
engine. They had' hoped that
they would have had the
Franklin County Comm-
issioners, but not one of
them came.
When the forty foot ladder
was placed on the side of the
home of Allan Feifer it was
positively demonstrated
that the ladder did not even
come up to the second floor
of that home. Whereas the
ladder on the truck slid up

and could easily reach the
highest spot on the building.
There was also one more
thing that was obvious, it
would be difficult for any
fireman to bring out an
unconscious person on that
forty-foot ladder. On the
truck ladder it would be
much easier to make the
rescue as it was much more
Alligator Point Fire Chief
Steve Fling said that he
would renew his pleas to the
commissioners to change
the MSBU from $42.00 to
$70.00 for any home in
Franklin and hopes that the
citizens will approve that by
calling their commissioner.

St James/Lanark Fire Chief
Buz Evans and some of the
firemen from Lanark Village
FireHouse admire the
almost new ladder truck.
The Chief is especially proud
of the vehicle he bought
from an ad on the internet
for a minuscule number of

Alligator Point

To Have A Live-in


By Rene Topping
Linc Barnett, President of the Al-
ligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion (APTA) announced at the
regular meeting on November 9.,
that Sheriff Bruce Varnes will
have a deputy whose duty will be
mainly on Alligator Point. Deputy
Connie Bowers will live on the
Point when she reports for her
first duty as a deputy on Novem-
ber 15.
Barnett said Bowers has already
made herself known as she has
-- made her rounds and has already
suggested to him several things
that would make her more effec-
tive in her job. He said that she
had noted that cars were parked
in several of the homes when no
owner was there. She suggested
that if the residents each had an
Alligator Point Resident tag on
their car. She said that nonresi-
dents are using the driveways as
a parking lot and a way to th;
beach, John Murphy said, "I vwill
work with Connie on ways to get
the tags to the owners." There was
discussion about what kind of tag
and price. Barnett suggested that
Murphy and some others on the
Safety Committee.

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Photo By Bob Topping
The discussion also enveloped
into discussion that the house
numbers should be on each
house. The' task of making the
signs has been transferred from
the Sheriffs office to the Franklin
'County Road Department.,
It was also, recommended that
owners secure a Property Owners'
card from the Sheriffs office. This
is necessary for owners to be able
to got back to their homes after a
hurricane. Vicki Barnett said, "I
called the Sheriff and they sent
me a form. I faxed it back and two
days later our cards were deliv-
Murphy 'and Steve Fling volun-
teered to work on it.
Another item was the study Fling
has made on how many hydrants
are needed to fully give protection.,
Fling said that there are 40 exist-
ing hydrants, He said that he be-
lieved 3i more would be suffi-
cient. Tom Vanderplaats said that
the Water Department have set
aside $10,000 to buy some hy-
drants. He showed on the map
where most urgent ones should
be placed. He said that would
need 10 hydrants. Fling said that
the 10 was doable, saying, We
could call it Phase one. It would
do worlds of good. Getting the oth-
ers would be a long term plan."
There was another discussion on
Hidden Harbor development.,
Barnett said that the developer
would be responsible for hydrants
in that area.
Fling was asked why the Alligator
Point Fire department did not got
any grants from PEMA. Fling said,
"We apply each year but they go
by need. We don't have the call
load of the other Franklin County
Departments. He said Eastpoint
had more calls and they will use
their money; for breathing appa-
Barnett asked Murphy and Joe
Hambrose to get Lip a time line
for getting the hydrants in. APTA
will be giving money for the
needed hydrants.
Fling was asked about the Life
SFlightbeing stopped in last Sep-
tember. He said that the hospital
had to close it up to outside coun-
ties who were the main use of the
helicopter. He said that there were
two options One. Raise funds
through an MSBU and the other
would be to have the counties
agree on 1/2 per cent raise in
sales tax. He also told the mem-
bers that the helicopter cannot fly
a patient who weighs more than,
275 pounds. A public meeting of
the Water Board was to be held
from 1-3 that afternoon and
people would be asked for their
comments. They are hoping to
have St. Joe Land development as
to just what they are envisioning
in the area. The Consulting Firm
of will be there to answer ques-
Ken Osborne and Don Monroe
asked to be heard on the money
the Association was going to in-
vest In government bonds and
asked the group to revisit their
motion at the last meeting.

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Bob Burnett suggested that orga-
nization would revisit the motion
as it had a 45 day for the associa-
tion to take action and that was
nearly up. He asked for a 45 day
Don Monroe made the motion sec-
onded by Frank Gibson to extend
the time and the men come back
at the next meeting with specific
options. Motion was passed
Fling spoke on the demonstration
of the ladder demonstration of
just how high a forty foot height
and compared it with the 85 foot
ladder on the newly acquired St.
James\Lanark vehicle. He added
there were 62 homes in the dis-
trict that could not be covered by
the forty foot ladder. (This is cov-
ered in pictures and story-Try-
ing To Convince the County Com-
The next meeting of the APTA will
be held December 14.


By Eunice
The Seafood
once again a
hand made q
ing $4800 fo
land Volunte
and First Res
the St. Geoi
have donated
their various
This year's qi
FISH'IN" and
Adams of Wc
auent Islan

Cook 4-6 large sweet potatoes by
baking In micro or oven or boil-
ing. (Removal of skin is easier af-
ter cooking) Remove skin and dis-
card. Place the sweet potato in-
sides in 9x9 baking dish. Mash
while still warm but not hot.


1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh gin-
2 Tablespoons Tupelo Honey
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes or Cre-
ole seasoning to taste. Go slowly
as ginger will develop Into a hot
flavor as it cooks
Mix thoroughly.
Place In 3000 oven for 45 min or
until bubbly.
Serve with pork tenderloins or any
other meal that needs a KICK!

The GQuilting Goes On
Adams, Marge Bachmann, Robin
Hartmann Baker, Vilma Baragona, Frannie
Festival is over and Beman, Cathy Buzzett, Caryl
Festival is over and Collier, Jane Cook, Judy
another one of a kind Crawford, Jeanne Crozier, Jane
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designed by Shirley Adams, was
encircled by a row of multicolored
fish and enhanced with appliqued
squares depicting fishing related
scenes and the center piece of The
St. George Island Light House.
Hues of bright blues provided a
nautical back ground for the quilt.
The diligent quilters working on
"GONE FISH'IN" were Cathy

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Sweet Potato from Page 6
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cloves (and
or nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice,
Mix together making a batter.
Heat corn oil In a frying pan until
a drop of batter sizzles when
placed in the pan. It Is now hot
enough to use for cooking. Add a
generous tablespoon of the bat-
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will flatten out like a small cookie.
When brown on one side(about 5
minutes) flip over and brown the
other. Remove and place on pa-
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as a aide dish to meats or as an
appetizer. Serve for lunch or for
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Can be done ahead .and reheated
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Spicy Smashed Sweet
(one of my original recipes)

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Franklin Briefs from Page 2

"Some of those areas wanted to
remain open during the winter
months might not meet the water
quality standards."
Mr. Gunter was willing to meet
with the oystermen, anytime.
Copies of his report are available
from The Shellfish Environmen-
tal Assessment Field Office,
Apalachicola, FL 850-653-9440.
Director of Administrative
Mr. Pierce read the County
Attorney's letter to the
Apalachicola Regional Planning
Council regarding revolving loans
made due to damage caused by
flooding in 1994 and earlier. The
county designated $500,000 of
the $1.7 million in grant funds for
low-interest loans to those suffer-
ing damages due to flooding. The
county and ARPC agreed that the
management of the loans would
be performed by the ARPC for
$50,000. The agreement would
end upon the repayment of all the
Thirty-two loans were made un-
der this program. Four of the
loans have been paid off and five
of those are current in their pay-
ments. Two loans are delinquent,.
Sixteen are in default, four bor-
rowers have declared bankruptcy
and one has died. The County
Attorney ended his letter by call-
ing upon the ARPC to collect for
the loans.
Commissioner Mosconis raised
the question as to who will ulti-
mately be responsible for the
money? Speculative discussion on
the issues followed without any
specific resolution.
Alan Pierce reminded the Board
that at the last meeting the Board
listened to several people describe
the possibility of re-opening one
or both of the nursing homes in
the county. I have spoken to Mr.
Bill McCort, Agency for Health
Care Administration (1-850-488-
5861) and he has spokeri'with his
general counsel. Because Mr.
Stewart surrendered his certifi-
cate of needs for the nursing
homes without making any effort
to put the certificates in an inac-
tive status, the Agency can not
resurrect the certificates by them-
selves. Mr. McCort said he be-
lieved it would take legislative ac-
tion since the legislature enacted
a moratorium. He thought it was
certainly possible that the legis-
lature would look favorably on
Franklin County's situation.
The Board voted to contact the
Franklin County legislative del-
egation about the Certificate of
Need (CON) for the nursing

Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that bids will be opened at Decem-
ber 17th meeting for the removal
or demolition of two houses on
Alligator Point the county pur-
The Board was also informed that
an advertisement for county at-
torney was placed in the local
paper. "It is my intention that ei-
ther the Clerk or myself will in-
form the Board at the next meet-
ing, December 3, of the number.
of applicants. The Board will then
have to decide if they will inter-
view all the applicants or set up
some sort of screening commit-
tee." The Board approved inviting
a labor attorney be present.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that no local gas tax money
was used on CR 67-that was not
correct. Some $183,000 of local
. gas tax money has been used. "My
error was that while Preble-Rish
did negotiate the price on the job
down to the amount of funds
originally budgeted for that job,
the original budget did include
some $646,000 of state funds,
and some $183,000 of county
The Board approved the contract
with DCA for the school siting is-
sue discussed at the last Board
meeting. The contract is only for
$6,000, instead of the $10,000
DCA has originally told us would
be available.
In order to improve our score on
the recent FRDAP applications to
build a sports complex in
Carrabelle and a tennis court
complex at Ned Porter Park, the
Board adopted the following reso-
lutions that have been prepared
by Mark Curenton.
The Board renewed for another
five years, or until June 30, 2008,
a lease between the county and
the United States of America, oth-
erwise known as Tyndall Air Force
Base, for the use of the tower at
the Apalachicola Airport.
Mr. Larry Witt submitted plans for
three houses on a piece of land
known locally as "Lanark Reef," I
have told the Building Depart-
ment that a permit can not be is-
sued for those houses, as there
currently is no zoning for "Lanark
Reef', as the property does not
show up on the county zoning
map. I have spoken with Mr.
Michael Shuler, and he has been
speaking with Mr. Nick Yonclas,
representing Mr. Witt's client,
about whether the land is really
land, or is it state submerged
land. It appears that the land is
not state submerged land. At this
point, I suppose the county must
go through the process of apply-
ing some land use and zoning cat-
egory to it. Unless the Board has
some other idea, the Planning and,
Zoning Commission will hear a
request for land use and zoning
when Mr. Witt provides us with a

written request for such. I imag-
ine this will take place in Janu-
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission did not have a meeting
in November as it did not have a
quorum. Part of the reason for not
having a quorum was that the
Commission is short two mem-
bers-a seafood dealer represen-
tative, and a seafood worker rep-
resentative. The Board appointed
Joseph "Smokey" Parrish and
Steve Davis as the worker and
dealer representative.
Because there was no quorum, no
action was taken on any of the
items on the agenda. The Chair-
man called a special meeting for
Thursday, November 21, to deal
with these items, and there will
also be a December meeting.
The Board approved a final plat
for Magnolia Ridge subject to re-
view by the County Attorney. This
was Phase II. The Board also ap-
proved Phase I of St. James Bay.
162 lots have been sold. ,
Two stop-work orders were issued
in Lanark Village. One has been
modified to meet the restrictions
of the Village, and a permit has
been submitted for review by the
Lanark Village Review Committee.
The other stands without any ef-
fort by the property owner to com-
ply. Board action to direct County
Attorney to review situation in-.
cluding obtaining the necessary
survey to see whether the illegal
structure exceeds the boundary
of the property, which the resi-
dents of Lanark believe to be the
The Board approved a DCA con-
tract for $25,000 when it is re-
ceived for work related to the
comp plan update. DCAwants the,
Board to sign the contract as soon
as possible so that the money is
committed by DCA and not taken
back by the Governor.
Preble-Rish is unable to provide
additional engineering assistance
at this time. If the Board desires,
Preble-Rish will prepare and place
an.advertisement for an engineer-
ing technician with the kind of
drainage skills and training they
think we need, and will even par-
ticipate in the selection of a quali-
fied person who would then work
directly for the Board. Preble-Rish
still wants to be the engineering
firm for the county, and be avail-
able on a hourly basis for work
that the county requests. It
should be possible to hire a quali-
fied engineering technician, with
drainage experience, design skills,
and familiarity with basic engi-
neering principles for $30,000 to
$40,000 full time, if such a per-
son is available in this area.
Commissioner Mosconis stressed
the need for a full-time engineer.,
The Board approved the advertis-
ing of the position.

The Board passed a resolution to
be submitted with Eastpoint
Sewer and Water District applica-
tion for $500,000 of funding un-
der House Bill 851 for improve-
ments to the Eastpoint sewer sys-
The Board received a letter from
FSU President D'Alemberte, with
endorsements from professors at
the Turkey Point Marine Lab, sup-
porting the modifications that St.
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The Franklin Chronicle

Visioning and Comprehensive Plan from Page 1

willing to support a county process tat \ woutl provide planning lo-
cus on St. James Island. There arc a lot of things ',. .. :. nur't
now. \e have a pending, almost complete, land acquisition at lald
Point. We have the possibility of further acquisition by the sate lreli
the St. Joe Company along the Crooked River area. I think \you suamt
putting those pieces in place and you start looking at habitat .nd
wetland conditions between them and pretty soon you have udlcavs
about conservation potential. You start assessing better the'
Ochlockonee Bay area and that south shore. So, that s'conld ix\
months might be a planning focus on St. James Island.
The final phase, the third phase, would be the formalities of the Plan
amendment process. These would be drafted and transmitted to the
State for review, and then you would have four months to adopt the
changes, given the recommendations or comments about the plans.
Thus, in summation, the three phases of the 18 month ordeal would
begin with public participation and data collection, the second phase
would involve drafting and St. James island, and the final 6 months
would involve "...a formal plan update process."
The next step in the workshop appeared to be a discussion on hiring
a facilitator. Commissioner Mosconis put forth a plan to advertise the
position, interview candidates in December and make the hiring de-
cision for work to begin in January. He recommended $5000 as pay-
ment for the facilitator. Charles Gauthier opined that the work could
be more on the order of 10 to $20,000. Commissioner Mosconis ex-
claimed, "...Hold a moment, Charlie.... Ya gotta have some money
(left over) to print this thing." Gauthier said, "You have about 40 hours
Work per session, think it through, line up speakers, work through
how participation will happen and advertise it, have follow up work.
SWe could be looking at 8 times 40..."
Alan Pierce volunteered, "...That person is going to be their own see-
retary. They're going to document what was said. They're gonna pro-
duce ... minutes of some sort of format..." Either this person will be
hired to do the job or you're going to be drawing from.county staff.
which I don't mind doing, but we're stretched so thin..." Commis-
sioner Mosconis persisted in his view: "I disagree with Charles... I
think we can do this a lot cheaper than 10 or 20 grand. ..." The ten-
sions between Commissioner Mosconis and the county planner ap-
peared to be rising. From the Mosconis point-of-view, additional work
would be imposed upon the planning office to conduct and manage
the comp plan review. To the County Planner,, the workload already
present in the planning office is too burdensome to take on an addi-
tional role of being something short of a facilitator lest the other func-
tions of that office suffer.
The workshop then turned to the audience for their comments. Ex-
cerpts are presented below:
Link Barnett: "...I tend to agree that Alan is not going to
be able to manage this process by himself. I would sug-
gest to the commissioners that we form a citizen advi-
sory group made up of 7 to 9 people who would
project-manage this activity, working with Alan, and work-
ing with the facilitator"'...They would be responsible for
developing the plan..."
Barnett also added: "...I think there are a lot of organiza-
tions who would like to financially contribute,as good
citizens ... APTA is going to be addressing this issue at
its December meeting to see if we can contribute some
money. We're not looking for anything out of it. We feel
this is a worthwhile cause. We understand that the County
does not have all the money to do this..."
Barnett and Commissioner Mosconis traded comments concerning
the role of the citizen advisory group with an emphasis on the pro-
cess of the visioning and comp plan update, not as an advisory group
from the standpoint of advice on substantive issues.
David McLain of the River Keeper organization also addressed the
Workshop. He supported the citizen advisory group advanced by Link
Barnett. The role of the facilitator is still critical; somebody who has
done this before.
Janet Bowman (1000 Friends of Florida): Supported the proposal '
advanced by DCA including the special interest area of St. James.
Ken Osburn (Alligator Point): He reinforced a view advanced earlier.
that is not to allow special interests to dominate the hearings. He also

supported the concept ol a citizens advisory (Committee similar eo
Link Barnett.
Ted Mosteller called upon the Board concerning zoning issues pend-
ing. Commissioner Mosconis advanced an idea of advertising for a
facilitator but .omitted a potential salary until they are interviewed.
He repeated the idea that low-cost housing was a latent issue linger-
ing throughout Franklin County. "The working class people in this
county can not afford that."
Janette Windham expressed her concern about piecemeal develop-
ment. She cited revetments that are allegedly damaging the shoreline
of St. George Island. Sandra Allen said she finally agreed with some-
thing Commissioner Mosconis said, and that was the high prices lor
land in the county. "Our seafood industry is just about bottomed out.
There's not much of a seafood industry anymore." "Our local people
are being run out." She cited the great need for jobs and salaries that
are appropriate to the cost of living. "We need good jobs with futures..."
John Ashley commended the DCA for trying to summarize a way for-
ward, and the Board of County Commissioners who are committed to
the workshop. "The money issue needs to be addressed fairly and I
think you can get some additional support. Having returned from
an international conference, he cited the general theme heard through-
out the ii.- l ii,.' "Sustainable development." This involved commu-
nity values, comiiiunity involvement, historical and cultural values
that all needed to be put into this equation called sustainable devel-
Alan Pierce commented that he did not foresee many large-scale
changes in the forthcoming months. one of the things the county is
wrestling with is the increase in second homes. "Most of our develop-
ment is driven not by people living here, but by those who do not live
here. How we calculate that into the comprehensive plan and the
infrastructure is going to take considerable effort."
Barbara Sanders recommended that a scope of work also be described
in any advertising for a facilitator.

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cil and Refuge,
This year's campaign is being conducted Novemblx-r through Decem-
ber. Sheriff Bruce Varnes is the C' i...r-r L.. DARE Officer Sgt. Rob-
ert Murray is helping with the United Way. Last year 810,080 was
raised. More than $15,000 was allocated./Mrs. Sf. :'- Hartley and
Mrs. Patti McCartney have been recognized for their special efforts in
raising money on St. George Island. Through their efforts, more than
$5,400 has been raised in the last few weeks.
A non-partial committee of volunteers determines where the funds
are distributed to help people. Any resident of the county may be on
that panel. Contact United Way of the Big Bend (850) 414-0844.
Please send donations to: United Way of the Big Bend; Franklin County
2002 United Way Campaign; Post Office Box 129; Eastpoint, FL 32328.



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