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At Press Time

Cut-Off Of Water And Sewer Services

At Sportsman's Lodge Averted

Negotiations Between Attorneys Continuing
The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District maintained continuing water
and sewer service to the Eastpoint Sportsman's Lodge Monday de-
spite earlier correspondence advising owner Bob Allen that services
would be discontinued.
Attorneys for both the District and Mr. Allen have been in nearly
non-stop negotiation, reviewing the site, and the allegations concern-
ing all disputed charges to the Lodge and associated properties. Mr.
Allen had appealed to Governor Bush in last-minute correspondence
directed to Tallahassee, as Mr. Bush was preparing for inaugural fes-
tivities.
No information has been available indicating if sought-after interven-
tion by the Governor's office was accomplished. Mr. Allen's attorney.
Costin and Costin (Port St. Joe), and attorney Douglas Gaidry attor-
ney for Eastpoint Water and Sewer District, (Carrabelle) have been
negotiating and reviewing the controverted matters at press time.


January 10 23, 2003


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Sportsman's Lodge .. 1, 10 Small Pox ..................... 4
Christmas Dinner .... 1, 10 Humane Society ......... 4
"Year In Review" 1, 5, 6, 7 Eating, ya gotta love it. 7
Franklin Briefs ............ 2 FCAN.......................... 8
FSU Proposal ...............2 Florida Employment..... 9
Editorial & Commentary.. Bookshop ................ 10
.......................... 2,3, 4

Sponsored by the Franklin County Ministerial
Coalition

Christmas Day County-Wide

Dinner'
Food and Fellowship are the Keynotes
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A Capsule "Year in Review"
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Plan process that .... .T. n t ,e ,'
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ner Camp" progress to the :,,., .' ',.,. '. .... ae is hrtet's (Lato th
comprehensive Planr ..,u'. i e, lllwere i, iits Isisti'. i

Franklin County's first . n.- .'. .. ..,., ,i, e ",l '. in
1989. The plan had show r. '..- .' '..il "'.- ...i iW r,. I .,>' tnl-
years, and beyond that, the .county Ia,~ gOr w in the g astal areas.
requiring a review for development ;llan lPikeir',* '. .. Plaer. said,
"We don't know how much. That is up l tth .... I t 1hre is to. be
growth in other areas, what sort of :,.-7.. ,' ?,t r. o tols should the
county propose to make sure developmetrt gir s in a lgf.ralL en"vi-
ronmentally sound fashion.'
The Department of Community Aifairs las providd some focus and
$25,000 to the County. The county ca mmit iornt- '- oaept the
funds. How those funds are to be spen i at (the ,'J' rt,,re co the
Board. Some of that money will b, -,'-.no t likelV,, in. hiring con-
sultants. Some might be spent in 2, ,, a .r-. i documents, or
maps and information pieces. There ~ ii 1V b, a need for addi-
tional money. Somebody needs to run ,, .- ., produce a docu-
ment, which identifies the issues fr ln itr -.i..,on, process. Pierce
recommended that the Board hire a wfadllsiator, who is similar in run-
ning a fair and. Impartial meeting,
Charles Gauthier, Chief of the Bureau *-...' ;ss Planning, Department
of Community Affairs, addressednt i -,,:;-k the citizens assembled
in the courthouse annex. The Growth L."..j.. .-j,-r,,t Act was passed
by the Legislature in the mid- I'A and resulted in the early com-
prehensive plans. In the mid-to-late f19i90 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.
He speculated that the time frame for completing the visioning and
planning process might be reduced to 18 months.
"What I'm suggesting are three basic steps ... (1) The initial 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 gather-
ing 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.
Alligator Point
The continuing story for Alligator Point was erosion control. In Feb-
ruary 2002, county planner Alan Pierce told the Alligator Point Tax-
payers Association that the Army Corps of Engineers seemed more
interested in protecting the roads in the area than the environment.
In.the interim, some houses have been moved or dismantled. By June,
Mr. Pierce reported that the Corps of Engineers would spend up to $1
million on a project armoring a seawall.


In the matter involving the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District and '
Mr. Bob Allen, owner of the Sportsman's Lodge and' R.V. Park, and ".
alleged water and sewer violations, Mr. Allen has, on January 3, 2003,
sought intervention of Governor Bush. The allegations of water and i .
sewer violations were outlined in a letter directed to Mr. Allen dated .
, .. DecemberY 2, 2002 and served on him un December 6, 200q2.. -. ..
The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District advised Mr. Allen that they -'
planned to cut-off water and sewer services to his business on Mon-
day, January 6, 2003. According to Mr. Allen's letter of January 3rd. "-'
the Governor appointed the officials of the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
Service and therefore has some jurisdiction over that agency. Tied
into these matters has been the discontinued operation of a restau-
rant that enjoyed a high reputation for food service. The leasee of the
restaurant facilities, Ms. Carol McLeod, told the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer Board at a recently scheduled meeting that she closed the busi-
ness when informed by the Department of Business and Professional
Regulation that other alleged violations could result in high fines up
to $1000 per day if she did not respond to their alleged violations of i
water and sewer services. She closed the restaurant accordingly_.
The letter Mr. Allen addressed to the Governor is-reprinted below: .' 7 "
Friday, January 3, 2003
Jeb Bush.
Office of Govenor (sic)
Dear Sir, .
In 1974 my wife and. 1 purchased property in Eastpoint,
Florida, which is known locally as the Sportsman's Lodge
and RV Park. In our 28 years of residing on this property
and operating a business, we have paid taxes and utili- ..
ties in a timely. manner and tried to work in full
co-operation with county and, state officials, We have ,..-t .
labored to provide good professional service to our guest '
Florida.
In recent years we have been able to expand. our busi- -
ness from its original size and usage. In the process of
this expansion we have now been unjustly damaged and p -
threatened with action that could greatly harm our busi-
ness and reputation by one agency. It is for this reason .
we make plea to your office for immediate help.
The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District have officials ap-
pointed by the Governor's office and seem answerable to
no one else.
Recently we renovated an existing building to install a
restaurant into our Lodge complex, to serve our guest at
the lodge and the Eastpoint Area, A couple leased this
building in good faith and with their two children worked
many hours to renovate and meet all county and state ...
requirements. But the actions of one entity destroyed our ,
and their hopes and labor. During this Holiday season of
celebration the hopes of this family were crushed and
their and our life were dismal.
The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District informed the Li-
censing Board that this building was not authorized to
be connected to the Eastpoint Water and Sewer System;
at which point the Licensing Board ordered the restau-
rant closed for misrepresentation,
Efforts were made to communicate with Eastpoint Water 1 0 l-
and Sewer and to correct miscommunication, A request -
for a hearing after November 18th was never replied to.
Constantly the Eastpoint Water and Sewer has been bel- The second Christmas Day,
ligerent and uncooperative in resolving this issue, county-wide dinner for all of
Franklin County residents and
On December 2, 2002 a letter was delivered to me by the guests was staged in the
Sheriffs office, which made unsubstantiated allegations Apalachicola Armory on Wednes-
and demanded a total of fees and fines exceeding $17.000 day, December 25th, beginning at
dollars, and threatening to disconnect water service, we 11 a.m. and running through 2
have not been able to establish reasonable cont-act nor p.m. Turkey, ham, and all the
given fair opportunity to answer these false, allegations. trimmings were served in heap-
We can by documented facts show that all these allega- ing quantities to the hundreds
tions, are false and therefore the demands are unrea- who walked through the food lines
sonable. But at this time we have a more urgent need. amid the traditional bustle of
the threatened cut off of services is Monday, January Christmas decorations, including
6,2003, therefore we ask that the Oovernor's offers re- special singing performers, and
quest on out behalf that Eastpoint Water and Sewer Dis- the conversation of fellowship.
trict refrain from all actions against Sportsman's Lodge Additional boxes of holiday food
and R.V. Park until such time as we can fully plead our were also prepared and delivered
case or that the Eastpoint Water and Sewer can show to to shut-ins and others who had
an independent party from your office that these allega- working shifts during the holiday,
tions are true. including police, sheriffs depu-
ties, employees behind retail
Continued on Page 10 counters, emergency personnel
continued on Page 10 and hospital workers from one


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Eroded shoreline at Alligator Point
Eroded shoreline at Alligator Point


Political
The Franklin County Teachers Association, the Franklin Educational
Support Personnel Association, the Apalachicola Times and WOYS-FM
sponsored the first of two broadcast political forums for candidates
running for County Commission and School Board. A second forum
was staged at the Dixie Theatre, sponsored by the theatre, the Franklin
Chronicle and WFCT "The Coast" (105.5). Candidates running for
School Board (District #2) were: David Hinton (incumbent), David E.
Jackson and Cherry L. Rankin. Rankin and Hinton were forced into a
runoff in November. The winner was David Hinton in District #2.
Candidates for School Board in District #4 were Jimmy Gander (in-
"-cumbent) and Donald W. Wilson. The winner was Jimmy Gander.
Candidates for County Commission (Disrict#4) were Jimmy Mosconis
(incumbent), James T. Turner and Bobby Varnes. Incumbent Cheryl
Sanders (District #2) was running unopposed. The winner for District
#4 was Jimmy Mosconis.


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end of the county to the other.
*The Franklin County Ministerial
Coalition, or Ministerial Associa-
tion, is made up of churches from
SApalachicola, Eastpoint and St.
George Island. This year's event
was well organized with each
church furnishing food, toys and
clothing. Helping Hand Ministries
donated about 200 lbs. of food.
IAbout 160 meals were delivered
to those who needed them; about
650 meals overall were served in
the Armory. At this year's event,
toys and children's clothes were
given away in addition to boxes
of food. Many of the planning
meetings were held each month
with the help of Lucille and Bob
Baker of The Hut. There were vol-
Continued on Page 10


Second Radio Forum sponsored by The Dixie Theatre, 105.5
FM and the Franklin Chronicle.
Carrabelle
A new branch of the Franklin County Library system was opened in
Carrabelle in 2002. Guest author Connie May Fowler presented a
talk about her book "Before Women Had Wings" and the TV movie of
the same title.
On the heels of a dismissal case, the City of Carrabelle advertised for
open slots for police officers but initially there were few applicants.
The police department has been operated by Chief Jetton, Lt. Carl
Renfroe and Sheriffs deputies.
The City was also embroiled in a controversy involving a proposed
four story building to a height of 74 feet. Some claim that fire protec-
tion would be placed in jeopardy if building heights are beyond what
is normally approved for those located within county jurisdiction, a
height of 35 feet above grade.
A referendum has been proposed concerning a potential grant to elimi-
nate the use of septic tanks.
In a time frame of less than one year, the only grocery store in
Carrabelle caught fire in December 2001 and was completely rebuilt
and opened in late August 2002. The store is owned by Ben Willis
(Apalachicola) and the grocery business is run by a Lake City organi-
zation.
-And, by year's end, the City of Carrabelle has not yet resolved whether
the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District would consolidate with
Carrabelle City. Continued on Page 5


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POW 7 10.LnhIuarv 2003


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

January 7, 2003
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer; and
Commissioner Clarence.
Williams.
Kendall Wade raised a question
over the payments for outgoing
and retiring attorney for the com-
mission. Al Shuler. and incoming
County Attorney Tom Shuler.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced two wine
events. There will be a Wine Mak-
ers Workshop on January 21,
2003 at the Calhoun County,
University of Florida IFAS Exten-
sion Office in Blountstown at 6:00
p.m. (central time). The workshop
will be taught by Rodger Price and
Dr. Gerry Ford. The class is free
of charge. Contact 850-674-8323.
The First Annual Regional River
Valley Amateur Wine Competition
will be held May 1st, 2003, at the
W.T. Neal Civic Center. Blounts-
town. Winemakers will be able to
compete .for gold, silver and
bronze medals in up to 50 catego-
ries. The entry deadline is April
4, 2003, $8.00 per entry. Contact
Coordinator Logan Barbee,
850-674-8323.
A brief report by Mr. Mahan was
given to the Commissioners on
possible sites for a countywide
boat ramp, The Board asked Mr.
Mahan to review his list and make
a recommendation at the next
meeting.

Small Pox Planning
A representative from the County
Health Department briefed the
Commissioners on their plans to
handle small pox vaccinations
and procedures. A First Response
team for Franklin County has
been formed consisting of repre-
sentatives of the Health Depart-
ment, Weems Hospital, ambu-
lance service and others. The
team will be responsible for any'
initial treatments and surveil-
lance. The last systematic vacci-
nations for smallpox occurred in
the 1970s. The CDC in Atlanta
will release the vaccines only
when President iBush, signs, the
orden: ; . ,
Director Of Administrative
Services
The Board approved the Joint
Participation Agreement (JPA) to
accept a $100,000 grant from the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) for beautification to the
entrance to St. George Island. At
this time, the JPA is to Franklin
County, Mark Curenton and I
would both prefer to sublet the
grant to the Keep Franklin County
Beautiful Committee and let that
group work with the Island resi-
dents to design and install, the
improvements along Franklin
Blvd on the Island. The JPA can
be sublet with approval from Mr.
Gene Martin, DOT Production
Engineer in Chipley.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that the county has been notified
by FAA that the airport is in line
to receive $150,000 of federal
funds for improvements at the
airport. At this time the funds are
intended to fix the' collapsed
storm drain system around the
T-hangers. (The problem is it that
it might cost a lot more than just
$150,000. Additional funds might
be available in the future. This
notification is preliminary and it
will be some time before any offi-
cial action is needed by the Board.
The Board identified the funding
source for the demolition of
houses on Alligator Point and
then award the low bid. At this
time, the Bald Point Trust Fund
has generated some $60,000 in
interest. The low bid to remove the
two houses is $17,750. Unless the
Board knows of a more suitable
source of funds. I recommend the
Board allocate $17,750 of inter-
est dollars from the Trust Fund
to pay for the removal of the two
houses and to award the low bid
to Hayes Land Clearing.
"A individual has said she would
take one of the houses and relo-
cate it to another lot on Alligator
Point, but I believe FEMA rules
prohibit the county from keeping
a house in a flood zone, when we
were paid to remove the structure
from the flood zone, but I will
verify with FEMA," said Mr. Pierce.
There was a brief discussion on


the use of the limited amount of
limerock county has in stock.
With the closure of the Langwood
limerock mine, the county road
department must haul limerock
from the Cabbage Grove mine
near Perry. It takes approximately
four hours to make a round trip.
The county has received several
requests from realtors and mul-
tiple lot property owners request-
ing that platted county roads be
opened.. Such unlimited activity
by the county will deplete our
stockpile of limerock and will
make road maintenance much
slower on existing roads.


The Board directed the County
Attorney to provide guidance to
the Planning staff and the Plan-
ning and Zoning Committee on
what Policy 2.1 (c) of the Land Use
Element means. This is the policy
that has caused debate between
myself and the Commission on
the implementation of the require-
ment for a lot to be 100 feet wide.

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Alan Pierce
Alan Pierce reported the following
information to the Board on the
subject of visioning and the up-
dating of the county's comprehen-
sive plan. He said, "For the past
month, I have been meeting with
various groups, including DCA,
1000 Friends of Florida, ABARK,
APECO, APTA, and individuals
such as Don Ashley regarding the
path that Franklin County should
follow in completing three plan-
ning issues: comp plan update,
visioning, and a St. James Island
Overlay Plan."
"It is has been difficult to adopt a
strategy that addresses all of the
concerns everybody has had, and
so I have focused on the two is-
sues everybody had: which was
to get started as soon as possible,
and have one consultant respon-
sible for the overall project. To
that end, I have pursued contract-
ing with the FSU Planning Depart-
ment and the, Consortium for
Conflict Resolution because these
two groups are quasi -governmen-
tal groups and so long as they
could perform the functions, the
county would save time.by not
having to advertise for private
consultants, interview, rank, and
then negotiate a price. These two
groups also already have a work-
ing relationship as both are part
of FSU, so essentially the county
could have one contract with FSU
for everything."
'"The county commission has had
a scope of work described: DCA
has provided a framework for
what needs to be done on the
cpmp plan.,update, 1000 Friends
of lorida have provided a frame-
work for what should be in the
S,t.;,,ames :Island, Overlay plan,
and the visioning process is still
open to some adjustment because
until the public gets involved the
county will not know all of the is-
sues that need attention and reso-
lution. The FSU proposal ad-
dresses this scope of work."
"The county commission has been
awarded a $25,000 grant from
DCA, and I have verbal pledges of
another $25,000 from various
groups and individuals, and that
includes $10,000 from the county
that I have discussed with Ms.
Ruth Williams. However, the cur-
rent price tag for the complete
scope of work as proposed by FSU
is $147,500, The county commis-
sion needs to expect that St. Joe/
Arvida financially support this
planning work, because a lot of it
is being driven by their desire to
develop some of their land hold-
ings on St. James Island. So at
this time, the county has pledges
of $50,000 and needs $147,500
to complete the scope of work -as
proposed by FSU."


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Dr. Harrison Higgins


"I have asked Dr. Harrison
Higgins, FSU Planning Dept to be
here this morning Land to listen to
the Board discuss the scope of
work. Some of the preliminary
concerns have been that FSU
might treat this contract as an
i academic exercise and not pro-
duce the quality of work everyone
is paying for, or that the Board,
or its staff such as Mark and I,
will not be regularly consulted,
and so the product ends up not
fitting the county, and finally the
visioningg' component is perhaps
the part that has the most pub-
licity, and the Board needs to have
confidence. in the person selected
to facilitate the visioningg'."


There was nearly an hour of dis-
cussion on the FSU proposal with
Commissioner Mosconis raising
many of the unanswered ques-
tions and/or issues such as
"Where is the money coming from"
to pay the proposed fees? Finally,
Mr. Pierce decided to irtvite all in-
terested parties to meet with him
Tuesday afternoon to continue
work on the proposal with a view
of cutting costs and revising the
proposal more in keeping with the
county's needs. A special meeting
was scheduled for next week, 14
January 2003 at 1 p.m. in the
courthouse annex.

County Attorney
The new County Attorney, Mr.
Thomas Shuler reviewed the fol-
lowing legal matters for the com-
missioners:
(1) Public notice of the abandon-
ment of a road at Bald Point
scheduled for the first meeting in
February.
(2) The estate owning the Sumatra
Cemetery, Drew Branch. agreed
to turn over a deed to a Sumatra





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Billy Buzzett
Church.
(3) Playground equipment now
stationed at St. George Island was
conveyed to the County.
(4) On Redistricting, Mr. Shuler
will telephone Mr. Lloyd Monroe
to come address the Board about
redistricting.

Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade informed the Board
that the Centennial Corporation,
one-time leasee of the Weems
Hospital, has filed for bankruptcy.
DasSee Corporation is financially
connected with Centennial in re-.
gard to the lease of the Weems
Hospital. DasSee, owned by
Michael Lake, is behind in lease,
payments to the Franklin County'
Commission, according to Mr.
Wade, by three months payments,
or $15,000.


At The Cqunty
Commission Meeting

FSU Proposal For

Facilitating

County Comp

Plan Update

Commissioner Mosconis "'
Challenges Cost of the
Plan
Within a few minutes of distrib-
uting a FSU proposal to the
County Commission at Tuesday's
meeting, January 7, 2003,
Franklin County Planner Alan;
Pierce found himself between two
forces threatening the structure
of his plan to involve the univer-
sity in updating the county's com-
prehensive plan.
Following a challenge from Com-
missioner Jimmy Mosconis, con-
cerning the estimated cost of the
proposal ($147,500) Mr. Pierce
argued that the proposal would
involve an independent agency
instead of numerous consultants
hired to facilitate a review of the
current comp plan, and that the
nature of the academic consult-
ancy would likely produce a bet-
ter work product.
Then, the Head of the FSU De-
partment of Urban and Regional
Planning, Dr. Harrison Higgins
spoke of his concern about pre-
senting his proposal as a public
document, enabling any other
potential consultants to review it,


and possibly compromise their
ideas for competitive bidding,
should the Commission seek bid-
ders elsewhere.
The proposal, deemed by Com-
mission Mosconis as too highly
priced, consisted of six major
units. These were identified as (1)
Current Plan review and Evalua-
tion; (2) Consensus Building Pro-
cess; (3) Demographics and Popu-
lation Growth; (4) Technical Data
Assembly; (5) Goals, objectives
and Policies; and (6) Planning
overlay for St. James Island.
In Unit (1), the proposal has the
Dept of Urban and Regional Plan-
ning (DURP) reviewing the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs Au-
gust 2002 comments on the cur-
rent comp plan and to prepare a
summary of the recommended ac-
tions and changes needed to ad-
dress planning issues. The Con-
sensus Building Process (2) would
involve the FSU Conflict Resolu-
tion Consortium (CRC) that would
integrate input from residents,
property owners, business people
from the public and private and
non-profit sectors with current
and new data.
The consensus process would
seek to shape proposed comp.
plan revisions that'achieve the
common desires of the commu-
nity and to balance various inter-
ests. The County Commission
:.would have a leadership role at
the workshops. (3) Demographic
and Economic'Data and Analysis
comprise step (3) A final report
would be delivered by the end of
.May 2003. Both (3) and Techni-
cal Data Assembly (4) would cost
a combined $65,000 for this
analysis.
During the discussion of costs,
little information as to the bases
for the costs was given by the FSU
personnel speaking on the pro-
posal, especially the overhead
costs typically involved in such
proposals.
In the past, university overhead
costs have been calculated into
such grant proposals and have
been as high. as 65% of the total
cost of each grant project.
Whether the overhead costs might
be incorporated into the $147,500
was not announced, nor was any
information available indicating
whether university overhead costs
might be negotiated in the con-
tract.
Goals, objectives and policies (#5),
costing $10,000, were to be ar-
ticulated by the county, presum-
ably, but the role of the county
was often expressed as a princi-
pal player in the process, and
there iwas some concern' thdt a
consultant organization riig'ht
potentially impinge upon that
role, and end up "setting policy
for the county." The proposal au-
thor, Professor Higgins, denied
that his agency would assume
such a role..
The Planning overlay for St.
James Island (#6) would involve
the St. Joe Company ($45,000)
most directly.
The DURP would prepare a Plan-
ning Overlay for St. James Island
that upon completion could be
adopted as part of the Franklin
County Comprehensive Plan. The
Planning Overlay would include
a (1) Consensus Building process
for St. James Island, (2) Planning r
Overlay Area; (3) Demographics-
and Population growth; (4) Natu-
ral Resources Element; (5) Public
Facilities Element; (6) Natural
Hazard Mitigation Element; (7)
Economic Development Element
; and (8) updated goals, objectives
and policies.


The Headquarters for the
FRANKLIN CHRONICLE
are now located in Eastpoint.
Telephone: 850-670-1687
Fax: 850-670-1685
Cell Phone: 850-228-4560
The Franklin Chronicle is now located at
33 BEGONIA STREET
(Next to Coastal Building Supply)
Mail should be addressed:
Franklin Chronicle
Post Office Box 590
Eastpoint, FL 32328


Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
There are some issues from 2002 that have not been resolved and in
my opinion need to be taken care of in the year just now.
Number 1 on my list is one for a my good friend County Clerk of the
Court, Kendall Wade.
After going to a planning and zoning meeting one evening I was de-
scending the steps on the side door of the courthouse. Apalachicola
was having one of those brisk winds coming straight onshore. Even
though I was cautiously making my way down the steps, close to the
side there was nothing for me to grab hold of when it almost toppled
.me sending me staggering down the steps, If not for the strong arms
of a kind gentleman I would have been injured.
Long ago when Pal Rivers was made Clerk of the Court I had already
discovered how unsafe the front steps were and I put in a request to
have a railing put either on each side of the steps or better yet right
up the middle, I told Pal at that time that, I am still a spring chicken
but I guarantee I will grow old here."
So I would like to have Kendall looking into a solution for the prob-
lem. Those steps are dangerous. Nothing so far has happened. But I
think I can guarantee that if some one slipped and went down and
was really harmed the victim would enter into a suit against the County
that could come to many times over the cost of making the steps safe.
As to Number 2:1 I would also like to weigh in on the side of the shrimp-
ers who are asking if there is someone who could pursue a grant that
would cover the cost of a Piece of land and the cost of a dock, that
could be just for the commercial fishermen. It worked In Apalachicola
and the fisherman's dock there is part of the attraction to the visitors I
to see a working dock.
When I came here in 1977 1 found myself down on the dock at the old
ice house when three boats came in overflowing with their load of
shrimp. I was just as excited as the men as the nets poured out their
load, Let some of us who are not relying on, having to make a living
from fishing to join our voices with these hard working men and
women. Surely, Baskerville and Donovan, Inc. can find some kind of
grant.
The third one is that you Carrabelle folks are going to have the chance
to enter your vote in a referendum. This gives the citizens a chance to
have a say in how our town will grow. All of the voters who live in the
town proper will be able to cast their ballot if they are registered
voters. Use this opportunity to have your say.
The Friends of the Franklin county Public Library are getting charged
up to start a building fund for a new library in Eastpoint. All library
enthusiasts should get behind this effort.
Another worthy cause is the effort of the Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation to save and maintain the wonderful old Crooked River Light-
house. They want to be able to show off the lighthouse but at present
it is in need of safety maintenance.
Camp Gordon. Johnston has come from the "Smallest World. War II
Museum." And now have much better accommodations in what used
to be the "Picture palace" in those days when the Camp was training
young men-to be soldiers. They are working towards a place that they
will own. Stop by and see what they have already achieved.
The city recreation committee also has done great work last year on
the Athletic Field. Indeed we have several wonderful clubs where the
kids can "hang out." I marvel at what the PRIDE club on C67 has
done in such a short time. The Timber Island Yacht Club spends
much time on fishing contests and the kids love it.
The Sea Oats Garden Club have kept on working in the little green
places that give a visitor a place to sit down and take in the view. The
"Little Lighthouse" welcome Park brings joy to the children and
grownups. The. red roses ar.e: fulfillingithe members' hopes.
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Publisher's Note: 2003, an odd numbered year, could be the
year of redistricting. This subject. while rather worn with Chronicle
readers and County Commissioners, is still "dead in the water'
with direction, until the Franklin County Commission decides to
forge ahead with redistricting. Normally, a review is required af-
ter each census, and for Franklin County. this review is seriously
overdue. Last year, the Chronicle asked Rene Topping to write a
review of an earlier redistricting evolution, which was eventually
accomplished, and this court-approved structure is the same that
remains today. Many county residents have forgotten those con-
troversial days, and the newcomers have seldom been familiar
with this history. So, given the fact that redistricting is overdue.
and that 2003 is an appropriate year for this evolution, we are
reprinting Rene's commentary on this subject in hopes that some-
thing wil be done to initiate a review of the situation and the
lopsided electoral districts involved. The burden is on the Franklin
County Commission to address this issue and I hope the Com-
missioners have placed this Resolution into Number One posi-
tion.
Tom W. Hoffer.
Publisher


Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
Shades of yesteryear! Why is it that Franklin County can't seem to
ever get redistricting right? Let us hark back to the 80's. to the cen-
sus of 1980 that was mortally flawed.
This short history will fill in the newcomers and remind the ones who
were here when it all was happening.
Every county is supposed to look at their district lines every 10th
year. It had been 30 years since Franklin had a redistricting.
In July of 1984, five black residents, Clifford Williams, Betty Louise
Williams. Bryant Hand, Eugene Banks and Clyde Ray filed a suit in
U.S. District Court to stop the county elections of 1984.
County Attorney Al Shuler answered the suit as he wrote back that
"negotiation was out of the question." The suit said that "if the board
would simply commit to pursue a single member district for elections
for the next elections 1986, they would take no action to stop the
elections."
The County Commission in. 1983 was made up of Ralph Kendrick,
Bill Collins, Admiral Brown, Harry Falk and Willard Vinson with Clerk
'of the Court, Lee Pal Rivers, (who had been appointed by Governor
Bob Graham in August following Bobbie Howell's Resignation after
27 years.) The issue raised by the black population was made pos-
sible by a change in the Federal Voting Act which was approved in
Congress and endorsed by President Reagan's signature.
The lawsuit stated in part. "The State of Florida and the County of
Franklin, FL, have a long history of discrimination and disenfran-
chisement of qualified black vote and denial to black voters and can-
didates of equal access to the political process. Under this form of
government and system of electing a (at large) county commissioner
not one black citizen in the entire history of Franklin County has ever
been elected to a seat on the County Commission."
It went on to say, "Franklin County needs to recognize there are two
Constitutions, the County and the United States."
The election of 1984 went forward on September after an agreement
was made that the elections of 1986 in District 2-3-4 would be held
as single member districts and in the election of 1988 District 1-5
would be held as single member district.
The black population was taking the Commission to court to be pro-
vided with a district in which they would be able to have a black
person run and have a chance at becoming a Commissioner. In 1984
the Commissioners all ran at large so. tle black community never got
a'plurality as was seeh in District 3 where Mabre'y won over Edwiarcl
(Ed) Tolliver. Previously, Tolliver had served as.mayor of Apalachicola.
The county commission was now Jimmy Mosconis, Harry Falk, Percy
Mock, Brent Mabrey and Willard Vinson. '
On September 13, 1984 another issue was exposed as it became clear
that if the lines were to be used as published, District 5 was now a
district that stretched from Alligator Point to Yent Bayou. It was not
"One man-one vote: it was one vote for two men."
Another issue was that Apalachicola had three commissioners while,
the east end of the county was being represented by two commission-
ers.
This was the birth of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County who
saw clearly that there was something terribly wrong with the num-
bers game. A meeting of residents was held at the "Old Gym" and the
vote was taken to fight the issue. It was agreed that an organization
called Concerned Citizens should be formed and Margaret Holton
was voted to be president. As the days went by, the Concerned Citi-
zens led by Margaret and Archie Holton became bigger and bigger
until their numbers were in the hundreds.
The Concerned Citizens went to all of the county meetings and re-
quested a new count. They were denied, So they made their own count.


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January 10,2003


Publisher ................................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .................. Tom Campbell
.......... Sue Cronkite
.......... Barbara Revell
.......... Rene Topping
.......... Eunice Hartmann
Sales Manager .................. Nick Hutchison
Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................ Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................ Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ......................... Andy Dyal
Circulation Associate ............................. Nick Hutchison
Proofreaders............................................. Eunice Hartmann
............ Barbara Revell
............. Sue Cronkite
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein...................................... Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................ Apalachicola
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
D avid 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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Starting at Alligator Point, "Margaret's Marauders" as they became
known, knocked on every door and with pen in hand they counted
the entire county.
After concerned citizens brought in their count they were asked to
draw what they thought was the correct line as to the count and the
line ended up in the middle of County Road 67. They were denied
again.
On behalf of the Concerned Citizens, three couples, Archie and Mar-
garet Holton. Carlton and Grace Wathen and Edward (Ed) and Marge
Kubicki served the county notice that they were entering into the suit
brought by the Black Community as interveners. The Concerned Citi-
zens was to be represented by Virginia Daire.
The "lines" problem was uppermost in many residents as the year
turned to 1985. Margaret Holton was busy keeping her "marauders"
on the job. In January she was before the' county commission. She
told them once again that the lines were incorrect.
February, March April, May, June, July marked the time of the citi-
zen census, checking up on the lists, drawing up maps and attending
each commission meeting. Holton received no help from the county
commission. They hoped that she would "Go away".
So at one meeting she told them clearly, "We are not going to go away."
She was asked, "If a census proved you wrong what would you do?':
She answered, "If it were true we would cheerfully accept it. We are
only looking for fairness."
In August the Concerned Citizens were asked to bundle up the cen-
sus and the maps to send to Judge Stafford.
1985 had seen the county reeling from a huge fire in June that jumped
U.S. 98 and burned over several hundred acres of land when a wind
change whipped up a holocaust. The huge fire swept across the for-
est burning all before it. Several houses were burned to the ground.
Violet Cadwell escaped by jumping into the St. George Sound when a
ball of fire enveloped her home.
From then it became worse. Franklin County endured the wrath of
two hurricanes in the late fall. Elena came in for Labor Day and just
when the road between Carrabelle and Apalachicola was fixed, a ong
came Kate.
But this was the year that the two issues were before Judge Stafford,
who had recognized the issue of both the Black population and the
members of the Concerned Citizens and he allowed them to enter the
case as interveners. The opposing attorneys were Al Shuler for the
County and Virginia Daire for the Concerned Citizens.
At one day of the hearing the Judge told the residents of Franklin
that they all should go back to their county as they already had plenty
of problems there. The final hearing and judgment came in 1986 in
February and the judge had ruled for the Single member district. He
said that the citizens had right on their side and accepted the census
numbers made by all those determined people who went through a
summer of counting heads. He ordered the lines to be drawn as were
shown by those numbers and the lines were established for a new
district east of the middle of Highway 67, that encompassed a small
part of Carrabelle, Lanark Village, St. Teresa and Alligator Point. Ed
Kubicki was elected to be the first commissioner from the new Dis-
trict 2.
For the first time, Apalachicola only had two commissioners and one
was Ed Tolliver and the other was Jimmy Mosconis. So you see it is
possible to fight, and win against a government when your cause is
just. And only if you could have the same stalwart workers who placed
their money and their honor on the line for "Fairness.". The judge
said that he understood the work that went into doing a citizen cen-
sus. He said that took it as presented and the census taken by the
citizens was straight and true. /
But here we are again with problems in redistricting. The commis-
sioners hired a firm to make sure that this time it would be got right.
But who could predict that it was now the most easterly district that
had been "Given" ,an "additional several" hundred constituents all
supposed tobe living in Mclntyre. Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
;,,looked into the overage and four that they were all males 'all your,
,and all injailr, Gulf County. ,
So the redistricting had to go back to the Federal Government and
now we must wait until 2003 to get the district lines settled. But
there is always so much going on in Franklin County. And it seems
"here we go again." The only commissioner left over from 1984 is
Jimmy Mosconis. And now he seems to feel that the best time to ring
in with a proposition for a new way of governing 'Franklin County
would be to make the motion after the crowd has gone. Such a propo-
sition should be on the agenda and give the public a chance to look
into it.
Mosconis made a motion to do away from the commissioner type of
government, to go to a manager type. "It won't cost the county any-
thing" he said. "We have the two people already on board." Have you
ever heard of a change in any government that didn't cost the popu-
lation any thing? Mosconis didn't get a second for his motion but I
think we have not heard the last of that motion. I am sure it will show
up again in 2002.
Good government comes from the vigilance of an interested popula-
tion. Apathy breeds an atmosphere of allowing governments to gov-
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In Response to Department of Community
Affairs Objections

County Commission To Hear Summer

Camp Revisions January 21st

Commissioners Could Accept St. Joe's Proposals for
Amending Current Comp Plan to Accommodate
Summer Camp Project
A Report and Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
The Franklin County Commission decided to hear the St. Joe
Company's formal response to the Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) objections to certain aspects of the Summer Camp plan at their
regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday morning, January 21st.
At the last Commission meeting, on December 16, 2002, Alan Pierce,
County Planner, informed the-Commissioners that this would be an
adoption hearing, and they could decide at this time to accept the St.
Joe Company's proposals for amending the current comprehensive
plan to accommodate the Summer Camp project.
In a December 24, 2002 press release, the Panhandle Citizens Coali-
tion, a lobby group, charged that the St. Joe Company "barrels ahead
toward January 21 adoption hearing..." "...ignoring calls from citi-
zens ... and others to wait until after Franklin County's Comprehen-
sive Plan is updated. At the last Franklin County Commission meet-
ing, Billy Buzzett, director of strategic planning, for the St. Joe Com-
pany, addressed the board about his company's responses to the
Department of Community Affairs "concerns" published last June
2002. At an earlier meeting, Buzzett filed a package of documents
that contained the St. Joe Company's responses and proposals to the
DCA comments.
The People's Coalition is a small lobby group comprised of 60 mem-
bers. Their press release states their purpose is to provide citizen
overview of the development process to ensure fiscal, ethical and en-
vironmental accountability and to "safeguard the cultural heritage of
the Florida Panhandle. Their Chairperson is John Hedrick, a Talla-
hassee Attorney. In an article about the group's composition and goals
from Florida Trend magazine online (December 2002), Hedrick was
quoted as saying St. Joe's sheer size makes it a focus of concern.
Hedrick has fears that the St. Joe Company will bring growth that
will cause congested highways, overcrowded schools and uncontrolled
sprawl that have plagued Orlando, where he grew up.
The coalition initially asked DCA to suspend approvals of projects for
a time, but this was rejected by DCA, citing their normal processes
for public involvement and regulatory decision-making that were al-
ready active, and in place. Thus rejected, the People's Coalition has
now pointedly tried to engage the St. Joe Company in public debate
over the Summer Camp issue and other development plans. The re-
cent press release from the People's Coalition states:
"Folks, this is still a big development which includes a
gated community of 499 dwelling units, 60 motel rooms,
and 35,000 square feet of commercial structures. The
St. Joe Company cards not about the concerns expressed
by the average citizens of Franklin County of the poten-
tial impacts of this project, but prefers to rush ahead
without proper planning and consideration, ignoring what
the citizens want for their community..."
"The difficulties citizens have had with the St. Joe Com-
pany do not stop with Summer Camp. The St. Joe Com-
pany strongly advocates for their projects but only under
intense public pressure have they been willing to work
with the community and only then minimally." said
Hedrick "Given they feel so strongly about what they have
proposed, Panhandle Citizens Coalition has have called
upon the St. Joe Company to engage us in-open debate.:
before a live audience with live television and radio with
questions from the audience and call-ins, on the propo-
sition that all St. Joe Company's current projects are what a'
the citizens of the Panhandle really want. This 'shadow
government', puppeteer behind the scenes, power behind
the throne, call them what you want, they have to be
held accountable to the citizenry and forcing them to
defend/sell their position in the face of organized citi-
zens who feel differently is the right thing to do. Debate
is healthy for democracy," said Hedrick
The St. Joe Company has had public meetings and sessions but the
People's Coalition charges them with merely "selling the public" on
the validity of their plans.
The Coalition says the public is saying "No sale," although this news-
paper has not received specific results of any public opinion poll con-
ducted under scientific procedures. There was one perfunctory straw
vote taken at a meeting held in Chillis Hall, Lanark Village some
months ago but such "surveys" are totally unscientific and unrepre-
sentative.
The Coalition adds: 'They are niot attempting to seriously discuss
and earnestly negotiate the composition of their developments with
the public who will be most affected by them...", a statement that
merely expresses their opinion, not one based on fact.
The process of official county review is in the forum provided by the
Franklin County Commission, not the hyperbole of an environmen-
tally oriented press release.
There is one point the Coalition does make well and that is hurricane
evacuation, but this has been a continuing problem years before the
St. Joe proposals. If the Coalition had really done its homework thor-
oughly, however, there might emerge a plan for the development of an
improved hurricane escape corridor across Tate's Hell replacing or
supplementing Highway 98, that could enhance evacuation and yet
preserve the area for St. Joe development and public enjoyment of
the environment. Part of that plan could easily embrace what the St.
Joe Company has already done in full cooperation with the State of
Florida by expanding public exploitation of the Bald Point area. and
the enlargement of the state park.
Of course, one would not expect such a lobby group to mention such
recommendations for the St. Joe Company, yet the future preserva-
tion of the Bald Point area is distinctly a credit to the St. Joe Com-
pany and the foresight of Florida government.
An earlier, improved plan, for the intersections of Highway 319 and
98, was a distinct step up despite the advantages this might accrue
to the St. Joe Company for Summer Camp. That intersection as it
now stands is dangerous. The revised plan was an improvement but
the public hysteria generated over it has now placed it on the shelf
until some accident or other happening might motivate someone else
to revisit the plan for the added advantage of the public safety.
The reviews involving the Comprehensive Plan will continue to move
forward, hopefully, perhaps addressing the hurricane evacuation prob-
lem that is well beyond the Summer Camp proposal.
It is quite easy to stir up public response to any development plan.
locally based as they might be, but it is quite another task to ask the
public to vision far beyond their own blinders.
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Summer Camp Revisions from Page 3

The county has encountered missed opportunities before due to lim-
ited visioning. If oyster aquaculture had been permitted to develop in
a mere patch of Apalachicola Bay years ago. the impact of the net
limitation amendment would have had much lessor impact, economi-
cally. Now, clam aquaculture is taking hold in the eastern end of the
county, joining a much larger state effort and a new industry that is
now generating substantial revenue while the industry grows. yet still
encounters its problems.
There may be another benefit of the People's Coalition in this local
issue and that is to stimulate public interest in getting more persons
involved in governmental decision-making. Attend the hearing on
January 21st, but beware of wild, groundless claims.


Publisher's Note: The reader is advised that the Franklin Chronicle
owns an equity interest in the St. Joe Company.


Smallpox: How Vulnerable Are We

To This Killer Disease?


By Eunice Hartmann
"Our government has no informa-
tion that smallpox attack is im-
minent, yet it is prudent to pre-
pare for the possibility that ter-
rorist who kill indiscriminately
would use diseases as a weapon."
said President George Bush re-
cently. This statement is what is
driving the government to vacci-
nate 450,000 individuals in the
first phase of a nation wide plan
to make our military, rescue
workers and medical profession-
als safe from smallpox.
So where does that leave you and
me? The general public will not
be mandated to take the small-
pox vaccine. In fact, smallpox vac-
cine for the public will not even
be available for a year. You can-
not go to your doctor and demand
to be vaccinated as there is not
approved process at this time to
accommodate that. It is not rec-
ommended that children receive
the vaccination unless there is an
outbreak and then there will be
an adequate safety period in
which children can be vaccinated.
You and I will not be protected un-
less there is a crisis situation.
Some of us received smallpox vac-
cinations as children which will
give us some protection. If you
have skin conditions or an im-
mune suppressed condition such
as HIV or rheumatoid arthritis
you will never be able to receive
the vaccine without special pre-
cautions being taken. Now if that
information isn't enough to raise
everybody's concerns. Consider
that nobody in the world has been
vaccinated against smallpox since


1972. The potential for a world
wide epidemic is very real.
How do you get smallpox? It is
spread through the air easily from
one person to another, or from
contact with contaminated cloth-
ing or bed lines or actual skin to
skin contact. It can take 12 to 14
days for symptoms including high
fever, extreme fatigue, a headache
and backache that will send you
to bed. There is also a blistering
of the skin. These symptoms
sound so similar to so many other
conditions such as flue that we
could become paranoid about ev-
ery sickness we get. It is consid-
ered vary contagious. Smallpox
has a 30% fatality rate. (remem-
ber the death rate for those who
receive a vaccination is 00000001
% which is so low it is infinitesi-
mal).
Having gotten your fear factor up
fairly high, I want to reassure you
that this is not an immediate
threat. At this point our Federal
and State Health departments are
working out strategic plans to,
keep us safe without exposing us
to unnecessary risk. According to
one report, Florida is the only
state that is fully prepared to re-
ceive and distribute medicine and
vaccines in the event of a
bioterrorist attack. It .is because
we have an emergency prepared-
ness systems which go into effect
when we are threatened or hit by
hurricanes, floods or a tornado.
The model is a good one and ap-
plicable to the potential of a
bioterrorist attack. That makes be
feel pretty good about our State.


Corrections

The telephone number for Chronicle reporter Thomas Campbell,
currently in-rehabilitation at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
is: 850-431-1127. Address: 1609 Medical Drive, 32308.
In the report by Eileen Annie, "Franklin County Public Library;
2002 Review and Reflections," 102 students received grant ser-
vices at the Eastpoint and Carrabelle Branches and the
Apalachicola Program Center-not 10 students as erroneously
reported.


The Shelter is now a "No Kill" facility

Humane Society Has Funding Turn-

Around For 2002

Bequests and Voluntary Donations Bring Total
Income to $119,860.57


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Leslie Taylor, facility director, is shown in the middle of the new kennels.


ness plan was developed over the
past year, outlining six primary
fund-raising events throughout
the year, beginning in 2003 with
the "Art for Arf" fundraiser in
January followed with the Bow
Wow Ball on February 22nd.
There are now about 960 mem-
bers of the Society. A recent so-
licitation from corporate sponsors
brought $5,300. The Society has
a new web site as well, called
"Myfurrybuddies.com" which
identifies all the corporate spon-
sors are listed.
While County funds are still cru-
cial, Mr. Finn points out, "What
we're doing now is implementing
programs that should have been
implemented ten years ago. Now
that we have additional funding,
we're doing what should have
been done many years ago but
was not possible because the
money was not available. It costs
about $150,000 per year to run
that facility with qualified staff, for
medicine and additional care."


There have also been a number
of new improvements to the Shel-
ter. There is a new fence system
going in at the present time to
help the security, and to help seg-
regate adult animals from
younger ones. In January, new
hurricane and security shutters
will be installed throughout the
entire facility with new washing
and drying machines. A large gen-
erator is planned for purchase to
provide power in the event of a
major category storm.


dogs that are ideally suited for
those security tasks. If we could
obtain a grant, our goal would be
to hire a qualified person to train
the dogs.-and perhaps obtain con-
tracts for these -trained animals
on a regional basis."
Those readers who may have an
interest in donating to the
Franklin County Humane Society
may contact the Shelter by tele-
phoning 850-670-8417, or writ-
ing the Franklin County Humane
Society, Post Office Box 417,
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Mr. Finn related a story of a badly
injured dog that had been run
over by a car recently. "We had a
4opg with two legs and a hip that
was broken. Now, we're not going
to let that dog die. That was a big
medical cost, but the animal was
worth it. Now, he's recovered and
has a nice home after his adop-
tion from the shelter."





















Volunteer Kam Marxsen
holds a puppy.
holds a puppy. ,


Seven-year-old Stephanie is also a volunteer at the shelter.


In a dramatic turn-around in fi-
nances, the Franklin County Hu-
mane Society has gone from defi-
cits to expanded income. A num-
ber of much needed facility im-
provements have been made, cre-
ating an attractive future for the
shelter and care and placement
of animals.
In an interview with Humane So-
ciety President Raymond Finn
(Carrabelle), the success story
was told to the Chronicle, both in
anecdote and for the first time, in
a profit-and-loss statement pub-
lished as Table 1 (below). As indi-
cated in the table, total income
reached a record $119,860.57 of
which $68,813.63 was from con-
tributions to the society, aided
with a $30,000 bequest from the
Mary Laney estate. Mr. Finn.
President of the Society, recently
announced that another large
donation has also been made for
salaries and maintenance


of the shelter not included in the
Table 1 statement.
Holding a series of fund-raisers
throughout the last year, such as
the Bow Wow Ball, or the Art for
Arf Labor Day show, accounted
for $27,322.94 of the income to-
tal. The improvement in finances
is underscored by comparing to-
tals for the fiscal years ending 9/
30/01 and 9/30/00 showed se-
verely decreased revenue. The last
year was especially troublesome I
when the budget was axed by
$28,323 by the Franklin County
Commission annual budget.
The dramatic increase in net in-
come is depicted in the last row
of Table 1, $36,195.60 in contrast
to the previous two years, 2001
and 2000. Raymond Finn said,
"We want to thank the citizens of
Franklin County because without
them and their generosity, this
would not have happened. Mr.
Finn pointed out that a new busi-


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"We've improved accounting pro-
cedures too," Mr. Finn added. "We
have a fabulous Board of Direc-
tors, knowledgeable in business
and fund-raising." Susan Bickel
is Vice President, Mary Ann
Durrer is Treasurer and Accoun-
tant; Rene Topping is the Secre-
tary of the Society. Van Johnson,
until recently, was also one of the
Board of Directors. "Dr. Hobson
Fulmer also a Board member, has
also been very generous because-
he cut his rates substantially in
order for us to implement a spay
and neutering program. Every
animal that comes into our facil-
ity gets spayed or neutered before
they're adopted, period," Finn
emphasized.
Along with the issuance of a profit
and loss statement, so donors
know the financial posture of the
Society, Finn added: "...We are
also a NO-KILL facility. We've had
no animals put-down since the
formation of the new Board of
Directors. Last year, we've
adopted out 127 animals and al-
most 140 animals have been
spayed or neutered."
Mr. Finn also told the Chronicle
that the Board is in the process
of developing a grant, perhaps
teaming up with the Sheriffs of-
fice, to develop a training program
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and drug interdiction. "Right now,
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River Negotiations
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called a meeting on dredging
the Apalachicola River, held in Columbus, Georgia on short notice.
The meeting was attended by Franklin County Commissioners Cheryl
Sanders and Bevin Putnal who spoke "forcefully" about the destruc-
tive impact of inadequate freshwater flows into the Apalachicola and
estuary. The Riverkeeper organization was also present to convey a
list of criticisms, advocating an allocation formula based on historic
flows of the river system. There the matter rests for the time being.
Despite the change in policy exercised by the Department of Environ-
mental Protection concerning the staging of more stakeholder meet-
ings and public involvement, in early November when Chronicle pub-
lisher Torn Hoffer attended such a meeting, he was told by the Gen-
eral Counsel for DEP that tape recording was not to be permitted in
the stakeholder meeting. Shortly thereafter, the Chronicle filed a com-
plaint, citing a violation of the Florida Sunshine laws, which was in-
vestigated by Wayne Hicks, a member of Willie Meggs' investigative
office. The alleged violations were filed against David Struhs, Head of
DEP, Douglas Barr, Water Management District, and Teri Donaldson,
General Counsel for DEP. No announcement.about the outcome of
the Hicks investigation has been made public.
In early 2002, and after 12 years of dispute about sharing the water
from the Apalachicola. Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, the states of
Alabama, Florida and Georgia announced that they had agreed, ten-
tatively, to share the water. The agreement reached by the three states
would, if finalized, allocate water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
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the barrier island. Did the State ot Florida unlawfully "take" without
compensation for the water line connecting Eastpoint and the island
by destroying the old bridge and water line? The cost of installing a
new water line by the private utility constituted inverse condemna-
tion argued the privately owned water company. There was no prop-
erty right in the old water line and the court ordered the reinstalla-
tion of a new water line at the private utility's expense. The likely
outcome of this case is that the Island residents will have their water
rates substantially increased, and that indeed is what has happened.
Through volunteer efforts and the glue that holds together Franklin
County, the St. George Island Pavilion was finished and dedicated in
late October. More gated communities emerged in Franklin County,
similar to the largest one on St.George Island called the Plantation. A
gated community is privately financed, and the subject of some con-
troversies in 2002 because of the escalated costs of living there. Now,
annual assessments on homeowners are $2350 each, in addition to,
their property taxes. Upwards of 20 or more Plantation homes are
currently on the sales market, leading real estate prices for Island
housing. Other gated communities have since opened for business.
And, as of mid-December 2002, the new, wide St. George Island bridge
is one year away from completion according to a story published in
the December 28th issue of the Chronicle.
The ownership claim of beachfront, or "street ends" by a Jackson-
ville, Florida, developer was still pending by year's end. The litigation
sought a declarative judgment as to who owned the street ends. Alexis
Marketing Company claims ownership of real property on the island,
described as the-strip of land about,four miles in length shown as
"beach" on the plats of St. George Island unit no. 1 and unit 3. The
litigation is still pending into 2003.
In the gated "community" on the island, known as the "St. George
Plantation" the Board of Directors is still trying t6 get out from under
massive debt. They claim that the annual budget is down'by 10 %
but annual assessments for homeowners and lot owners have not
changed much since the first ones at $2350 were imposed last year.
A great deal of the budget goes to feeding the administrative bureau-
cracy the .Board has created since then including highly paid admin-
istrators and increased office and security gate staff.
The continuance of an airport serving only a handful of property owners
is an expense that could be modified' if the Board exercised a little
vision. While these assertions may seem a little harsh, the opinion of
one previous Treasurer still has a resonant ring. He charged some
Directors with irresponsible behavior; that is a matter of public record.
As the Chronicle editorialized at the beginning of last year (11 Janu-
ary 2002) "Now is the time for strong involving leadership and the
practice not only to listen carefully, but to make decisions that will
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A barge on the Apalachicola River.


In June 2002, the Franklin County Commission sent a letter to Gov-
ernor Bush complaining that the negotiations had been ongoing but
without much public participation, as provided for in the Tri-State,
Compact established in 1998. Moreover, the closed nature of the pro-
ceedings have resulted in flawed "Florida" proposals that lack public
input into the development of an initial water allocation formula, and
reciting a number of other criticisms of the proposals. The county
commissioners, in their letter, sought to involve the Governor in the
process, repeating the charge that the Head of the negotiation team,
' Secretary David Struhs had not given Franklin County representa-
tives an audience on the matter.
By September 2002, Dr. "Skip" Livingston, while attending a stake-
holders meeting at the Department of Environmental Protection,
shared his 40 years of research on the Apalachicola River. His com-
mentary specifically outlined the problems of withdrawing fresh wa-
ter from the Apalachicola system, a subject of great importance to the
question of the allocation formula for sharing the river water.
At the first stakeholder meeting held in t-.'o years (Jul' 20021. the
SApalachi-cola Riverkeeper organiaiaon procL limed aA,.Isto of( .l icms
of the negotiations thus lar and identifline recommendations armd
the DEP responses thereto. The criticism got sharper near the end ol
Jhe year.

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The St, George Water Management Co. and the Florida Department of
Transportation litigated a major issue in their legal controversy in
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The city plans a new three-story brick city hall, expecting to receive
$700,000 in two phases. Work is moving along on the new water
system despite the incident of empty faucets when the water tank
was drained in early October 2002.
Columbia Bush, wife of the Governor, came to Apalachicola in late
February to rededicate the Raney House following a restoration based
on a grant written by the late George Chapel. He was assisted by
Laura Moody, current President of the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society.
The story of the Raney House is interwoven with the lives of the Raney
family and the cotton port of Apalachicola in the early 1800s.
The Video-Camera-in-the-Toilet legal case was filed against
Apalachicola Times manager John Lee in late February 2002, by former
employees of the Apalachicola Times and. the Apalachee Publishing
Company. The lawsuit is about the installation of a pinhole lens video
camera in the restroom of the Apalachicola Times and discovered on
or about February 26, 1998. Those suing Lee and the Times newspa-
per are: Jessica Paterson, Debra Elliot a Cynthia Nations. The case
continues into 2003 with depositions being taken as of November
2002. In April 2002, Lee's attorney filed a motion seeking to "enlarge
time" in order to, respond to the complaint. .By May 2002, the
Apalachicola Times attorneys filed requests for the production of docu-
ments from the plaintiffs, including a long list of documents such as
tax returns, diaries, notes, memoranda.
In October 2002, Leon County Circuit Court ruled that the State of
Florida did not have to compensate Apalachicola-based Coastal Pe-
troleum even if the State of Florida refused to allow the oil company
to drill for oil a few miles off of St. George Island. The legal case in-
volved old leases held by Coastal Petroleum since 1941. Coastal ar-
gued that the state's denial of an oil drilling permit amounted to a
taking of their property without compensation.

Education
Before the calendar year ended, parents, teachers and students packed
into a crowded meeting room at Chapman Elementary School on
December 16 to discuss merging Chapman and Apalachicola Middle
Schools. Under the leadership of the Chapman Advisory Group Presi-
dent, Ms. C. J. Ogles, the meeting presented information and opinion
on (1) whether or not to relocate Apalachicola Middle School and cre-
ate a K through 8 center and, (2) if so, WHEN such a K-8 center
would be created. The turnout of teachers, students and parents
moved Ms. Ogles to exclaim how pleased she was with the high inter-
est. The matter is to be presented to the School Board early this year.
In late December, amid the controversy stirred by the School Board
setting their own salaries, the Board offered teachers a 2% salary
increase and support staff a 4 % pay increase. The complete pay step
tables were published in the Chronicle issue of December 27th along
with comparisons of fringe benefits with other adjacent counties.
Two other controversial issues in Franklin County education emerge
during 2002: (1) The Franklin School grades and low FCAT scares
and (2) the non-continuance of Principal Denise Butler as Principal
of Apalachicola High School. In early June, then Commissioner of
Education Charlie Crist announced school grades. Chapman Elemen-
tary was designated "F" initially, and after an internal appeal, the
grade was re-evaluated "D".
A "C'" report was issuedby two school districtofficials prematurely
which later turned out to be false. "
The Florida Department of Education announced on August 23rd the
results of the appeal to be "D". The Brown elementary school earned
a "B" grade, down from an "A" in 2001. Earlier, in February 2002, a
Senate Appropriations Committee Report shows Franklin County
ranked 64 out of 67 counties, but this was revised to 58th in 67
counties and reported as such in the Chronicle.
These low performances, based on FCAT scores, are likely to have led
to some "out-migratioh" of students to adjacent counties, a matter
that encouraged the Franklin School Board to discourage requests
for more transfers to school in counties adjacent to Franklin, such as
Gulf County. Among counties adjacent to Franklin, their ranks were
as follows: Gadsden, 66th in 67 counties; Leon, 8th in 67 counties;
Liberty; 9th in 67counties; Wakulla, 2nd in 67 counties and Gulf, 8th
in 67 counties.
Continued on Page 6
Franklin County School Board, from far left, Charlotte
Smith, Secretary; JoAnn Gander, Superintendant; Mikel
Clark, Assistant Superintendant; Teresa Martin, Board
Member; Katie McKnight, Board Member; Jimmy Gander,
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Jeff Weiner, Principal of ABC Schools at a parents meeting.


New classroom at the ABC School campus.


The Apalachicola Bay Charter School made enormous strides in 2002
first by receiving a gift of 11,34 acres of land in west Apalachicola,
and then erecting a complete campus during the summer of 2002 in
time for fall classes. Charter schools are public schools that operate
under a performance contract with the school district. The land was
given to the ABC school by St. Joe Arvida. By November 7th, Princi-
pal of the ABC Schools, Jeff Weiner, announced an ambitious expan-
sion plans for the charter school to include a Middle School and a
High School. Yet another plan involves the creation of a charter tech-
nical career center for vocational education. Ground-breaking for the
first of the new facilities would be scheduled for mid-Spring 2003.

Development
The Chronicle presented excerpted segments from an extensive
Apalachee Regional Development strategy plan in August 2002. The
study was a very useful, but seldom read, economic study that pro-
filed Franklin and surrounding counties in trying to assess our eco-
nomic status and moreover, our economic future. The excerpts con-
tained direct clear implications for the county government, school
systems, general development and the existing need for low-cost hous-
ing. The Chronicle would send you copies of those issues (2) upon
receipt of a stamped, pre-addressed envelope containing postage of
$1.75 for two issues. Our address is in the masthead.
The major story under the rubric of "development" involved the St.
Joe company and "Summer Camp," development near the:junction
,of Highway 319;and 98. A separate editorial-commentary on this sub-
ject that update the situation is contained elsewhere in this issue.

Nursing Homes
In 2002, twenty nursing homes in Florida have closed, including two
in Franklin County. Rural closings such as Eastpoint and Apalachicola
homes have caused families to look as much as 50 miles away to find
a facility that could take their family member. 150 beds in the county
were removed from the nursing facilities list since January 2002. The
most recent was the Bay St. George Nursing Home in Eastpoint. The
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) cited conditions in the
Bay St. George Care center that constituted immediate jeopardy to
resident's health and safety. Against Bay St. George, there was a long
list of offenses forcing closure. The owner, Harold Stewart, has since
discarded licensure and despite no other homes available in Franklin
County, under current law, a certificate of need cannot be resur-
rected when it has been surrendered. Most likely, State action by the
Legislature will have to be applied for on a simple but lengthy process
all over again.
A private home may reapply to the Agency for Health Care Adminis-
tration for a new Certificate of Need early in 2003.

Fire Protection
The Franklin County Fire Fighters, a lobby group, received,some re-
lief from their financial troubles when the County Commissioners
voted 4 to 1 to revise the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) to
the basic rate of $42 per single family residence in late February
2002. But, by the month of October, the need for additional funds
was generated due to the growing number of houses requiring acces-
sibility to fire fighters because of above average heights. The tax, MSBU,
funded various volunteer, municipal fire department ,throughout
Franklin County since 1988. At that time, structures were limited to
about 40 feet above grade. But, after 1988, when building elevations
over 40 feet were allowed, the structures were not accessible with fire
fighting equipment. Studies of the situation resulted in new recom-
mendations for an increase in the MSBU fee to $70 per household,
which would allow fire departments to purchase new equipment with
ladders that would reach taller buildings. While the arguments re-
main the same, the County Commission has not increased the MSBU
tax.

Economy
Two events commanded limited attention in the Franklin business
community this year: The Florida Enterprise Zone Program, and the
news of expanding aquaculture sales. A workshop sponsored by the
Apalachicola Chamber was held in September outlining the program
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Environment
From the weather standpoint, Franklin County was lucky again in
2002, escaping major storms although water spouts and tornadoes
were spotted. Isidore (Sept-Oct 2002) left minor damage in Franklin.
An environmental group, the American River Organization, on April
2, 2002, named Florida's Apalachicola River as one of the nation's
Most Endangered Rivers for 2002, caused by repeated dredging and
flow manipulations carried out by the U. S. Army Corps. of Engi-
neers, an organization that answers only to Congress, not by indi-
vidual states.
To end the dredging has been the watchword of Senator Bob Graham
and Representative Allen Boyd for many months, although Ms. Marilyn
Blackwell of Wewahitchka and others from that area, were among the
first to point out the problems of dredging the Apalachicola. She was
joined later by the Apalachicola River Keeper organization in their
public relations campaign who have moved into a fourth issue:
So-called uncontrolled growth a seeing byword to gain press coverage
lately, especially in the metropolitan press of Florida.
Closer to home, campers and residents voiced complaints over pro-
posals at Camel Lake and Wright Lake sites advanced by Ranger Andy
Colanino in February 2002. "We are going to shift responsibilities for
the Fort Gadsden Historic site from Recreation to the Heritage Pro-
gram by June 1, 2002..." according to a Colanino memo to his super-
visor Marsha Kearney. The U.S. Forest Service has done a minimal
job of supervising the Fort Gadsden site, one of the most significant
historical sites in this northern region. The site has all but ignored in
Forest Service management plans. They "have not encouraged visita-
tion to Fort Gadsden" ignored the prospects for ecotourism in this
economically depressed region.


The St. Joe Company was a part of the multi-party agreement result-
ing in the acquisition of 2800 acres into the Bald Point State Park in
October 2002. The St. Joe company expressed an interest in linking
existing and future St. James Island communities with Bald Point via.
trail and greenway connections. The Department of Environmental
Protection has agreed to work with St. Joe during the development of
the Bald Point Unit Management Plan to link the existing park into a
regional park and greenway concept xiLith future area developments.

Fishing Issues
In early 2002, the economic consequences of closing Apalachicola
Bay were still being felt among families earning a living from the sea.
With funds provided by the Florida Baptist church and others, the
fishing families incurred substantial debt during the time the Bay
was closed. The economic effects of Red Tide still lingered. By the end
of February, the spector of Vibrio Vulnificus pervaded programs in-
cluding post harvest treatment of oysters, the need for financing post
harvest treatments, increased education to consumer who want. to
eat non-treated raw oysters and the development of market plans for
post harvest treated oysters.
By far, the most visible fishing issue was the judicial treatment of the
Crum-Pringle fishing net for mullet in which Judge N. Sanders Sauls
ruled the net Constitutional and in conformance with the "net limita-
tion" Amendment to the Florida Constitution. The hybrid net con-
serves the mullet fishery by not killing juvenile fish, allowing them to
escape and continue to build up the resource. Under the rules en-


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Ron Crum addressing Cedar Key fishermen as Michael
Fallon records his remarks.

forced by the State of F'lonaa, the fishermen instead are forced to use
nets with a two-inch mesh or smaller, which in fact caused them to
kill juvenile fish, in violation of the Constitutional Amendment im-
posing a limitation.
A hybrid net was devised by Ray Pringle and Ronald F. Crum that
allowed these juvenile fish to escape but the net also enabled the
fishermen to continue earning a living by capturing mature fish al-
though not in the enormous quantities fished in the period before the
net limitation went into effect (1995).
The court case argued before the First District Court of Appeals sought
to uphold a lower court decision the Pringle-Crum. net was legal and
conformed to the requirements of the Amendment. The final decision
of the Court of Appeals is expected to be released soon. Cameras and
tape recorders were banned at the Court of Appeals arguments and
the Chronicle obtained a videodisc copy of the arguments and tran-
scribed the contents.
By mid-year, a class action lawsuit was being planned by fishermen
who have been impacted by the net limitation. The litigation would
cover a wide range of citizens whose lives have been affected by the
state's attempt to create a'total ban on net fishing. Retired. Circuit
Court judge Charles D. McClure is representing the various inter-
ested clients. His employment was marked with a brief review of the
process the litigation would take in remarks made at Posey's Restau-
rant in Panacea on June 11, 2002.
In a separate investigation by the Office of Civil Rights Chief Compli-
ance officer, Kathryn Anderson, holding American Disability Act meet-
ings between the commercial fishing industry and the State of Florida,
the investigation focus was to determine if the State of Florida failed
to comply with the ADA requirements, thus violating the civil rights
of the fishermen but the numerous claims were dismissed. The deci-
sion fulfilled the requirement to exhaust administrative remedies, thus
allowing litigation to be filed in Federal or State courts. The adminis-
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Year in Review from Page 6

trative decision was made on November 15, 2002.
By year's end, the strategy originally contemplated by the fishermen
was being changed. An individual action would be filed in Federal
Court against the State of Florida, alleging a violation of Civil Rights
due to the net limitation enforcement.
Also subject to some controversy are the Federal appointments to the
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The appointment of two
sportfishing attorneys upset the Southeastern Fisheries Association
along with a shrimper aquaculturist.

Flotilla 15
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Apalachicola was established and in
training by April 2002. Instruction in approaching and docking pro-
cedures, the use of VHF marine radio, man overboard drills, treat-
ment for hypothermia, shock and burning vessel approach techniques
were demonstrated.

Festivals and Personalities
In April 2002, Franklin County representatives, Dept. of Forestry
workers and just friends gathered at the site of the Dwarf Cypress
trees to take part in the Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Trees Board-
walk dedication. The special area was set aside by the Buckeye Cellu-
lose Corporation, now one of the most unique features of the Tate's
Hell state forest. Many of the trees are over 300 years old but have
never grown more than 6 feet tall. Ralph Kendrick spent most of his
adult life in the woods in various occupations. All three of his chil-
dren took part in the ceremony dedicating this part of Tate's Hell
State Forest to the elder Kendrick. Will Kendrick and Cheryl Sander
both have embarked on political careers. The oldest sister Lucretta
Bloodworth said that she leaves all the politicking to her brother and
sister. In early February 2002, John Gorrie was proclaimed a "Great
Floridian" as Katherine Harris proclaimed six new "Great Floridians"
in a ceremony at the Capitol. Dr. Gorrie, an Apalachicola resident,
was recognized for his patented machine that made ice artificially.
Laura Moody, President of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society,
accepted the award.
On St. George Island, the 20th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff gener-
ated more than $90,000 during a very rainy weekend-the first in
March 2002.


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Exterior of the new branch of the Library in Carrabelle.


Eating, ya gotta love if! My friend Iris from Eastpoint
shared this recipe from her Aunt
Gladys over in Sunny Hills which
calls for regular SPRITE. It too is
*a winner!


Sprite Delight


Cooking With

Soft Drinks

By Eunice Hartmann
It sounds pretty weird initially but
when you look at the ingredients
on the can label it makes sense.
Well, sort of! I recently tried a re-
ally good barbecue made with
regular coke. My daughter-in-law
says this is the best I've made. I
have forgotten where I clipped the
recipe from or I would give the
author credit.

Cola Barbecue
1 2-1/2 pound boneless chuck
roast, trimmed
2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 cup cola carbonated bever-
age
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
6 hamburger buns
* Combine roast and chopped
onions in a 4 quart slow cooker.


* Combine cola and next 7 ingre-
dients; save 1/2 cup for later.
Pour remaining mixture over
roast and onion.


Cook, covered on HIGH 6 hrs.
or until roast is very tender. Drain
saving 2 cups cooking liquid (just
in case you need it later) shred
roast. Keep warm.
Combine reserved 1/2 cup cola
mixture with ketchup and butter
in a small sauce pan; cook over
medium heat, stirring constantly,
just until thoroughly heated. Pour
over shredded roast, stirring gen-
fly. (if it is too dry, use some of
cooking liquid you saved.after the,
meat cooking)
Spoon onto buns and serve with
what ever else you like such as
potato salad, chips, pickles etc.
i Serves 6.


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Coat a 9x13 pan with non-stick
spray.
2 pkg. refrigerator crescent rolls
2 Granny Smith apples
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup regular SPRITE
peel, core apples, slicing into 8
pieces each
roll one apple slice in each cres-
cent roll
lay in the pan lengthwise
melt 1/2 stick butter and mix
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S* pour the SPRITE around the
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Happy

Homemakers

Club Of

Carrabelle
The Club meets on the second
Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the
: Yaupon Garden Club Building in
.Carrabelle. Our President is Mary
Aman and our telephone number
is 697-2702.
Our most interesting meeting in
2002 was given by member Ann
Garriss of Lanark Village. She
talked about a place known as
"Noah's Ark" near Atlanta. Mrs.
Garriss said it takes care of all
manner of animals and birds that
are injured or abandoned.
'"Noah's Ark" runs on donations,
but has no taxpayer number. Mrs.
Garriss had a video about the
place. It made us all want to see
it ourselves personally.
Usually once a year, we have Bill
Mahon from the Extension Ser-
vice to give us a talk. These have
been most interesting and in-
cluded samples of various seafood
meals.
Our only fund-raiser is selling a
cookbook made up a few years
ago. It has a color cover of our
famous "Smallest Police Station in
the World" on the cover.
It originally sold at $6.50 and now
it is sold for $5.00. On the funds
%\e raise we donate to Carrabelle
and St/Lanark Volunteer Fire
Departments, Hospice, Camp
Gordon Johnston and the Library,
etc.
If you would like to come and see
if you might like to join us we will
give you a hearty welcome.


I've Learned...

From: The First Baptist Church of St. George Island "The
EnCourager" (January 2003)
...That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the
faster it goes.
... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
...That money doesn't buy class.
... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacu-
lar.
... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be ap-
preciated and loved.
... That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I
can?
... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting
that person continue to hurt you.
... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you
miss.
... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because
tomorrow he may have to eat them.
...That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
... That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little
fist, that you're hooked for life.,
... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the
happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
... That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is
requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.



Masonic0VA Eye

Care Programn

Air Force Colonel Joseph F.
Molinari, O.D., M.Ed., who is cur-
rently director of Vision Care Ser-
vices of Tallahassee Veterans Ad-
ministration Outpatient Clinic,
will present a program dedicated
to primary care in patients that
possess vascular eye disease (dia-
betes and hypertension) glau-
coma, and other vision threaten-
ing diseases.
Dr. Molinari has been involved in
eye care prevention programs for
over 25 years. He has authored
more than 90 scientific papers
and articles, and authored chap-
ters in ophthalmic texts and pre-
sented over 160 papers to eye'care
physicians and technicians all
over the world. Dr. Molinari has
been recognized and has received
more rewards that this article has
space to enumerate.
Dr. Molinari will present his pro-
gram on Thursday evening, Janu-
ary 16, 2003, at Apalachicola
Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. This
will be a family oriented covered
dish supper. For more informa-
tion contact Bill Lunsford, pro-
gram chairman, at (850)
670-8028.


Timber Island Yacht Club


By Flo Coody
Timber Island Yacht Club is a
civic organization dedicated to the
children of the area.
Timber Island Yacht Club began
with children in mind. In the sum-
mer of 1995, several Carrabelle
residents proposed hosting a fish-
ing tournament for area children,
and Timber Island Yacht Club was
born. As it has been the eight
years since its inception, the first
Timber Island Yacht Club Fish-
ing Tournament was held at
Pirate's Landing Marina on Tim-
ber Island in Carrabelle owned by
Christina and Tom Saunders. The
event has grown to include more
than one hundred children.
Children under the age of sixteen
years are anxious to compete each
July for prizes in seven categories
of fish. Three children in each
category are awarded trophies,
tackle boxes, and rods with reels,
but each child who enters is a
winner receiving a participant's
trophy, a commemorative tee
shirt, and a free lunch.


The Boat Parade of Lights hosted
by Timber Island Yacht Club each


December is a joy to the child in
each of us. The Boat Parade was
begun by June and Richard
Saunders in 1993. When the
couple moved to North Carolina
several years ago, Timber Island
Yacht Club was asked to manage
the event. The first parade saw
five boats display their holiday
lights on the Carrabelle River.
Thirty-one boats registered for the
2002 Parade of Lights. The river
sparkled with the reflection of
thousands of lights glowing on the
boats.
In 2001, Timber Island Yacht
Club presented its first annual
scholarships to graduating se-
niors at Carrabelle and Apalach-
icola High Schools.. This very
worthwhile endeavor has been
funded by mackerel tournaments
held each year in May.
Timber Island Yacht Club is proud
of its accomplishments and the
participation of the area's busi-
nesses in sponsoring its events.
Community participation and the
hard work of active members of
the Club ensure the success of
each project benefiting the youth
of Franklin County.


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The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce will host the 7th An-
nual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sam-
pler on Sunday, February 2,
2003, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Chefs
from all over the Apalachicola Bay
area will display their most) cre-
ative dishes at the historic Fort
Coombs Armory located, on' 4th
Street and Avenue D in
Apalachicola. Participating res-
taurants' include: Apalachicola
Seafood Grill, Caroline's, By
George Bistro, Chef Eddie's Mag-
nolia Grill, The Owl Cafe, Finni's
Grill & Bar, Blue Parrot, the
Gibson Inn, the Red Top Cafe,
That Place On 98, Juice & Java
By The Sea, St George Island
Gourmet and Tamura's Cafe
Floridita.
In addition to a fantastic selection
of food from our area's most tal-
ented chefs, there will be a silent
auction featuring weekend ac-
commodation packages, gift cer-
tificates and much, much more.
Tickets will be available at the
Chamber office for $35.00 each.
Call (850) 653-9419, or email us
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If you would like to purchase tick-
ets, stop by the Chamber office
or mail a check to: Apalachicola
Bay Chamber, 99 Market Street,
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Trio

Internazionale

Concert At
Trinity

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the an-
nual concert by the Trio
Internazionale at Trinity Church,
Apalachicola, on Wednesday,
January 19, at 4:00 p.m., E.S.T.
The Trio, composed of Martha
Gherardi, violin, and Luciano
Gherardi, contrabass, former
members of the Caracas Sym-
phony Orchestra, and R. Bedford
Watkins, piano, Professor Emeri-
tus of Illinois Wesleyan; Univer-
sity, have been playing together
in concert for thirteen years and
have developed a. loyal audience
who were invited to request favor-
ite compositions to be performed
on this year's concert. Among
these are "The Blue Danube
Waltz" by Johann Strauss and the
Ravel "Bolero." Also to be per-
formed are works by American
composers Aaron Copland.,
Stephen Foster, Louis Gottschalk,
George Gershwin, and others.
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored
by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501-(c) 3 educa-
tional incorporation in the State
of Florida. A $2.00 donation is re-
quested at the door for those not
holding season membership
cards. For further information,
call 850-670-8088.


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/31/02 Invoice No. 8737
Description iof Vehicle: Make Ford Model Aerostar Color Tan
TagNo E15YCB Y,,ear 1989 state FL. VinNo. FMDA31U6KZC23849
To owner: Mary Margaret Stefanko To Lien Holder:
534 Brownsville Road
Apalachicola, BL 32320


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/25/02 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.000 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
Yobi and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/30/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
; P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/20/02 Invoice No. 8723
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Caravan Color Green
Tag No U20XNI Year 1996 state FL vini No. 2B4FP2536TR532428

To Owner: Linda Mitchell To Lien Holder:
519 Highway 98
Eastpoint, FL 32328


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/13/02 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle wil be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occuring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/16/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above willbe sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/27/02 Invoice No. 8733
Description of Vehicle: Make BMW Model 3181 Color White
Tag No FR590V Year 1984 State FL_ v.No. WBAAK7403ES'70254(
To Owner: Cynthia H. Dalton To Lien Holder:
9101 Circle 647D
Bushnell, FL,33513


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/10/02 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing;-storage-and-cost-. The vehicle will be soldaitfter 35 days from' the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/23/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
SP.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/27/02 Invice No 8731
Description of Vehicle: Make GMC Model PK Colori Blue
Tag No G08ZTD ,ear 1985 state FL in No. IGTGC24M7FJ507351

To Owner: Steve A. Johns To Lien Holder:
General Delivery
Eastpoint. FL 32328


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/20/02 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
- impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
S 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/23/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the.
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219



CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes,713.78 (3): (b),. FieNuo.
Date of this Notice e 12/20/02 voice No. 8724
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Corolla Color White
Tag No No Tag ear 1986 state FL Vii No. JT2AE82L7G3334118

To Owner: Connie Massey Ti Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 311
Carrabelle, FL 32322


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on.
12/15/02 at the request of CPD 'that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 278.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per.
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/23/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title. registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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2002 Year End Report

Building Permits

For R-1 Homes

Reach 170

St. George Island Leads
Count with 82

The Franklin County Planning
Department-released the building
permit count for 2002 at
Tuesday's County Commission
Meeting. In 2002, the dept. issued
82 permits for R-1 (single family
residential) dwellings with 82 lo-
cated on St. George Island.L
Eastpoint had 24, and Alligator
Point followed in third position
with 21. Carrabelle obtained only
6 permits in 2002, down consid-
erably from previous years. The
total R- 1 permits for Franklin
Countywas 162. Overall, 871 per-
mits were issued at the Planning
Office including only 2 for
multi-family dwellings with the
implications for small-unit rent-
als are likely to remain limited in
the county. Undoubtedly, many of
the R-1 dwellings are likely to be
second homes.
The breakdown of R- 1 dwelling
permits by location is as follows
in Table 1.

Table 1


Total R-1 Dwellings:
St. George Island
Apalachicola
Lanark Village
Dog Island
Eastpoint
Carrabelle Area


162
82
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7
7
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News from Florida agency for workforce
innovation p


Florida Employment And Unemployment

November 2002 "

Susan Pareigis, Director, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.
released the preliminary November 2002 and revised October 2002
Florida employment and unemployment estimates.

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Florida's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in November, down
slightly from October's revised rate of 5.2 percent, and 0.6 percent-
age point lower than the year ago rate of 5.6 percent. It was the sec-
ond consecutive month that the unemployment rate was lower than
the year ago rate. November's unemployment rate was the lowest since
September 2001 when it was also 5.0 percent. Out of a civilian labor
force of 7,745,000, there were 385,000 unemployed Floridians. The'
U.S. jobless rate was 6.0 percent in November, 1.0 percentage point
above Florida's rate.
Initial claims for unemployment compensation continued to decline.
falling by 21.7 percent over the year to 40,902 in November 2002.
This was the second successive month .that initial claims have de-
creased over the year, an additional indication that Florida's job mar-
ket is improving.:

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Not Seasonally
Adjusted)

In November 2002, Alachua and Monroe counties tied for the state's
lowest unemployment rate (2.3 percent), followed by Okaloosa County
(2.8 percent). Hendry County continued to have the state's highest
unemployment rate (9.0 percent), despite dropping significantly from
its seasonal peak of over 20 percent in August. Hardee County fol-
lowed with 8.0 percent. Gulf County recorded the state's largest
over-the-year decline in joblessness, falling by 2.8 percentage points
from 7.2 percent to 4.4 percent. The counties with the largest
over-the-year declines in unemployment experienced more layoff ac-
tivity during 2001 than they have so far this year. Since November
2001, unemployment rates in 57 of Florida's 67 counties (85 percent)
decreased, nine increased, and one was unchanged. Over three-fourths
of Florida's. counties had unemployment rates at or below the na-
tional average in November 2002.


STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
NOVEMBER 2002 (PRELIMINARY)
'" '" '. RELEASED 12/20/02
UNEMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT
RANK COUNTY RATE L.S.A. RANK COUNTY RATE L.S.A.


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HARDEE '
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GLADES
ST. LUCiE
MIAMI-DADE
SBAY
PKEECHOBEE
INDIAN RIVER
HAMILTON
HIGHLANDS
BROWARD
PUTNAM
UNITED STATES


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n ,N l N dA,~tlCdIl Alligator Point 21 16 POLK 5.5
City of Carrabelle 6 17 CALHOUN 5.5
At mlUieS oCrr 18 OSCEOLA 5.4
A /Lguiie ven0t of The breakdown for the remaining 19 MARTIN 5.4
A A e leaof 709 building permits is as follows 20 PALM BEACH 5.4 4
an mses, nItLcaLIte ms, (Table 2): 21 BREVARD 5.2
rnw e, coLLect~es,22 JEFFERSON 5.1
t e. 23 WASHINGTON 5.1
art, books taV mwVan .... Table 2 24 VOLUSIA 5.1
25 DUIVA, 5.Q
m ore- -c stwnctdwe; cccewt ..... ... : .... I N26 s.N ,
Meces M ti am y,-, -...,, -.r ; 2 FRANN .-', , A. -
...-.... .. ... Mobile Homes 76 2~g 'CITRUS .8.
Additions/Alterations 128 28 GADSDEN 4.8
Photos Crca' 1900, of area Commercial 19 29 -DIXIE '4.8
lg hthomses atSt. Marks, St. Docks, Seawalls, Etc. 60 30 ORANGE 4.7
George Islanvd, Dog Islancd, Repairs 59 32 BAKERSC 4.
Cape San Blas. Electrical 123 33 GULF 4.4 1
Swimming Pools 57
Postcards, drca 1900, of oL4 Storage 32 L.S.A. = LABOR SURPLUS AREAS (DURING 199
Apalachlco[a. Site Prep 95 LEAST 6.0%)
Other 58 1 = ENTIRE COUNTY QUALIFIED
Extre meLly qu-ae rnatlca Total 709 2= PANAMA CITY IN BAY COUNTY
LteVs, arSCtCtvriToLt StarS, 3= MIAMI, MIAMI BEACH, AND NORTH MIA
items, iarcitetrat stars,4,. .4= DELRAY BEACH, RIVIERA BEACH, AND
ttrtle lamps wandt micth PALM BEACH COUNTY
more!

A tl S & Table 3 presents data showing trends in the increase of R-1 dwellings
C, since 1997.
Colectibles . Table 3
Total Perzimits: 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
i R-I Dwellings: '170' 125 1 102 86 68
W Rl I' Mobile Homes: "84 66 73 98 91
Lookjbr the bio tin shed on. Alan Pierce, Franklin County Planner, informed the Board of County
170 Water Street alo01 the Commissioners that the permit sales totaled $245,144.29, a record.
Re The 'fees collected in 2000 were $205,264.01 and for 1999,
kstoric Apatlachicot River. $157,208.57.
170 Water Street
P.O. Box 9
ApaLachI.cola, FL 32329
(850) 653-3635
LLncta & Harry Arnoldt, Owners


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/20/02 Invoice No. 8726
Description of Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model Firebird Color Gray
:TagNo NoTag Year 1986 _tate_ __vinN. IG2FS87H2GL217111
To Owner: Justin or Sherri Spells To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 176
Eastpoint, FL 32328


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/14/02 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/23/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all.
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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SEMINOLE
MARION
HERNANDO
GILCHRIST
PINELLAS
LAKE
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SUMTER .
HILLSBOROUGH
LEE
LEVY
ESCAMBIA
COLLIER
SUWANNEE
CLAY
HOLMES
CHARLOTTE
MANATEE
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LIBERTY
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BRADFORD
ST. JOHNS
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OKALOOSA
MONROE
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4.0
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)9-2000 HAD UNEMPLOYMENT RATES OF AT



tMI CITIES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
D WEST PALM BEACH CITIES


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Sportsman's Lodge from Page 1
We are willing to show proofs in a co-operative atmo-
sphere and resolve this matter. We request time and a
forum in which to do that.
The threatened cut off these services is Monday January
6, 2003, therefore, we request immediate response, be-
cause disconnection of water and sewer services to our
30 plus Motel rooms and 74 R.V., sites and 1, mobile
home will effectively damage and bring hardship to eld-
erly residents and families with young and infant chil-
dren. It will also effectively damage the revenue, reputa-
tion, and viability of our business and livelihood.
Apparently only your office has any jurisdiction over
Eastpoint Water and Sewer; so we respectfully submit
our request that water service not be disrupted and an
adequate amount of time and co-operation be given to
present our case.
Respectfully,
Bob Allen, Sportsman's Lodge and R.V. Park


Selected Apalachicola Bay

Chamber Of Commerc

Calendar Of Events 2003

Jan. 19: Art For Arfs Humane Society Benefit (850) 653-2828
Feb. 2: 7th Annual Forgotten Coast's Chef Sampler Fort Coombs
Armory (850) 653-9419
Feb. 22: Bow Wow Ball (Benefit for Humane Society) (850)
927-3167
March 1: St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff & Auction; St.
George Island Volunteer Fire Dept 927-2753
April 5: Antique Car Club Race; Panama City to Apalachicola (850)
234-2890
April 26: Historic Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show:
Downtown Apalachicola (850) 653-9419
May 3: 11th Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes; (Benefits
Historic Trinity Church) 653-9550
May 10: Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Spaghetti; Supper
6th Street Eastpoint (850) 670-8146
Oct. 9-12: Wildflower & Birding Festival St George Island/ St.
Joseph Peninsula (850) 229-9464
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: 40th Annual Florida Seafood Festival; Battery Park
Apalachicola Phone 888-653-8011
For more information call (850) 653-9419 or visit our website at
www.apalachicolabay.org


Apalachicola City

E First Meeting In

New Year

...,:, By Rene Topping
On January 7 at the first meeting
of 2003 Mayor Alan Pierce re-
o-p- rted to the audience that Com-
missioner James J. Elliott will not
be able to attend the city meet-
ings for some time ahead. Elliott
is a member of the National Guard
and has been called for duty. This
will be the third time that Elliott
has laid down his civilian duties
to put on his military uniform and
go. His first was in Vietnam and
the second was in the Middle cast
In Desert Storm.
All of the other commissioners
Robeit L. Davis, Van Johnson,
John M. Bartley along with the
Mayor were present.
The first issue was to hear archi-
I tect Rick Barnett who was there
to talk about the City Renovation
of City Hall, one of the oldest
buildings in Apalachicola, Pierce
had said that the city had been
'. given a state grant of $100,000
to be used to remake the build-
ing as it was when built and that
was with brick and had a third
floor. He told Barnett that he was
concerned that the city would
start a project knowing that the
$100,000 would not be sufficient.
"I don't want the city to start a
project that they will not be able
to finish and will not be an asset
to the city."
Barnett said that he would like to
,come and take a closer look at the
building, take measurements,
J look into the stability etc. and
then come back to the next meet-
ing. Barnett said that he would
break it up into phases but the
mainthing was that the roof and
7 windows are done. He said, in a
reference to fees, that he and his
partner will be in the fee curve.
City Clerk Betty Taylor Webb will
meet with him sometime next
week.
Under Department Heads reports
Michael Boyington reported that
one of his workers had to resign
from the job as his wife did not
want to come and live here. How-
ever he said that the other worker
and family are settling down.


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Betty Taylor Webb reported that
she would be finalizing the work
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that the historic signs are up. The
Street Department building was
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