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First Florida Charter Technical High School in
Florida

ABC Charter Schools Move Forward

With Proposals For Middle, High

and Technical Schools

First Florida Charter Not-for-profit program to
operate four schools
The Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc. (ABC Schools) Board of
Directors voted unanimously (8-0) on Thursday, January 30, 2003 to
proceed and submit three new school charters to the State of Florida,
making it the first "Not-for-Profit" Charter School System to operate
four schools in the state, covering K- 12 and a Charter Technical High
School.
Now, the proposals go to the Franklin County School Board for re-
view and approval.
The ABC Schools currently are in their second year of operation. The
first school, ABC Elementary School opened in 2001. It was the only
Franklin County School to score above the State averages in Math in
Reading. Enrollment doubled to 128, which represented 10% of the
student population in the county.
In Thursday's, January 30th "Special Session" board meeting, ap-
proved was a 5-year Business Plan and the three new Charters (Middle
School, High School and Technical High School). According to the
business plan, ABC Schools will teach 432 students, or roughly 40%
of the County's student population.
ABC Schools CEO and Principal, Jeff Weiner explained:
"Our board of directors realized that it would take a savvy, creative
but, student outcome approach, similar to our first school (elemen-
tary) to satisfy the student diversity in Franklin County. The develop-
ment of the new schools provides a broad spectrum of educational
objectives, which demand high expectations from students.
"We (ABC Schools) will guide every child to reach his or tier own po-
tential and to graduate. Not only graduate, but also proceed on to
higher education, or with a quality diploma and an opportunity to
enter the workforce, from the get-go!
"The Technical High School serves this purpose. You will graduate
with an H'.S. Diploma, you will have positioned yourself for continu-
ing education, and/or you WILL have a job/trade skill! Our classes
our designed to show this student not only how to do a trade or skill.,
but to understand design, computer technology, budgeting and bid-
ding, and business plans. I would not be overestimating any student's
abilities by expecting once they complete their education and the re-
quirements for this trade or skill, that they will be able to open their
own company upon graduation!"
"Most importantly, in all out schools, we expect every child to be a
good citizen. We make sure we embrace every child's uniqueness and
encourage children to be a responsible adult in their future. It's OUR
responsibility!"
School Descriptions
The ABC School Board of Directors also approved a business plan for
the current and new schools at their January 30th meeting.
The elementary school's first year Annual Report highlights outstand-
ing student growth "more than a years worth of growth in a years
worth of time" and very clean fminancials. These sections of the Annual
Report were examined and audited by external consultants, Dr. Alex
Penn Williams and Skelton, Von Goeben et al., CPAs respectively.
Hence, the new schools are modeled on the academic & Operational
success of the elementary school.
.All ABC charter schools' will operate via the "Mini-District-Model"
(MDM) which allows the school's to leverage overhead costs and share
non-educational employees and services. Hence, the school's assis-
tant principal and teachers can solely focus on curriculum and the
educational and social outcomes of their students.
Both a liberal arts education and/or technical education have been
recognized throughout history for their broad benefits and their ap-
propriateness as a foundation for future learning. By focusing on a
liberal arts college preparatory program, and/or, a technical career
preparatory program, ABC School's achieve three important object
tives: (1) preparing students to successfully meet the educaliona
challenges of higher education; (2) providing students meaningful jotj
skills; or (3) preparing students to be well educated citizens in an
increasingly complicated world.
ABC Middle School
The ABC Middle School will serve students in sixth, seventh and er0gh t1
grades. The school will offer a challenging sequence of courses in
core academic areas and a variety of electives to allow student, toj
round out their education and become well prepared for any hiphi
school program. Students will select courses based on their inter-
ests, and guidance from parents, teachers and counselors. Students
will be challenged to achieve their goals for advancement.
The mission of the Middle School to provide broad access to an exem -
plary liberal arts education that challenges students to achieve their
academic potential and become well prepared for any high school
program.
ABC. High School
The ABC High School will serve students in ninth, tenth, eleventh,
and twelfth grades and will be designed for students who plan to
enter a community college, college or university. The school will have
the security of a closed campus, and a collegial atmosphere in which
class sizes are consistent and moderate, every student is known and
valued as an individual, and teachers have the opportunity to de-
velop more thoughtful relationships with students.
The mission of the ABC High School is to provide broad access to an
exemplary liberal arts education that challenges students to achieve
their academic potential in preparation for continuing education and
for taking on adult responsibility in today's world.
ABC Technical High School
The ABC Technical High School will serve students in ninth, tenth.
eleventh, arid twelfth grades and will be designed to assist students
in acquiring the necessary skills that will enable him/her to: (1) enter
an educational training program in a post-secondary college; (2) en-
ter an apprenticeship training program; or (3) gain satisfactory em-
ployment.
The mission of the ABC Technical High School is to provide broad
access to an exemplary liberal arts education that challenges stu-
dents to achieve their academic potential in preparation for continu-
ing education and/or to obtain meaningful job skills and for taking
on adult responsibility in today's world.
Governance/Administrative Structure
The Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc. is organized as a Florida
not-for-profit corporation. The governing body is responsible for all
ABC schools. The governing board will define and refine policies re-
garding educational philosophy, and oversee assessment and account-
Continued on Page 12


ABC Schools ........... I, 10
Tate's Hell HQ ................
Legislative Delegation .. 1
Woody & Marion Miley ....
.............................. 1, 10
Low Income Housing .... 1
Franklin Briefs ............. 2
Editorial & Commentary3,
Windmark..................... 4
Panhandle Players ........ 4


School Board .............. 5
Chinese Artist ............6
Lanark Village .............7
Eating, ya gotta love it 7
FCAN .......................... 8
Hazardous Weather ...... 9
Franklin Public Library..
.................................. 11
Apalachicola City ...... 12


Grand Opening Of The New Tate's

Hell State Forest Headquarters


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By Barbara Revell
The dedication of the new Division of Forestry Tate's Hell
State Forest Headquarters was held on January 23, 2003,
on one of the coldest mornings of the winter. Many people,
including city, county and state officials, gathered in the
cold for this important occasion and to see this long awaited
new facility.
Guests of honor included Representative Will Kendrick and
County Commission Chairman Cheryl Sanders. Speeches
were shortened because of tfle cold but everyone is ex-
ceedingly proud of the new headquarters.
David Core, District Manager for the Division of Forestry
said a special thanks to Forest Area Supervisor Tony
Millender for his efforts in the project. Millender has been
employed by the Division of Forestry for 29 years.
Rep. Kendrick stated, "I am glad to be home ... I have to
thank Tony Millender and Doug Dedrick for keeping this
project on the front burner."
Commissioner Sanders acknowledged the importance of
the cultural heritage of Tate's Hell. Kendrick and Sanders
encouraged the public's use of the lands.
The major function of the Florida Division of Forestry is
to protect and manage the forest resources in the State.
The office in Carrabelle is responsible for the management
of Tate's Hell.


Legislative Delegation Hears

From Citizens


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Representative Will Kendrick and
Administrative Assistant to Rep-
resentative Bense Qave Coley con-
ducted an informal hearing at the
Courthouse Annex Thursday
evening, January 30th Senator Al
Lawson was reported ill that
evening.
Mr. Kendrick opened the meeting
by giving a brief overview of the
coming Legislative Session sched-
uledto begin Tuesday, March 4,
2003. He informed the gathering
audience of the committees he
was appointed to, and announced
that the prospective prison sched-
uled for Carrabelle had been fully
funded in the Governor's budget.
This indicated that the 1500-in-
mate prison would be approved,
and provide 350 jobs to the
Carrabelle area, but the
Governor's budget had not yet
survived the Legislature.
He also remarked on the funding
reduction of the aquaculture pro-
Sram but it appeared that the
funding shortfall would affect.
tropical aquaculture more than
the other aspects of statewide
aquaculture others brought for-
ward concern for the solid waste
grants, especially important for
small counties. School Superin-
tendent JoAnn Gander asked


about the Chapman Restoration
grant. Others from Carrabelle in-
quired after stormwater relief as
well as the prison and the com-
mercial marina on Timber Island.
Mayor Alan Pierce inquired after
the Apalachicola water and sewer
system and the Veterans
Riverfront project. Joyce Estes
spoke in behalf of the economy of
Franklin County,, and the
Apalachicola airport in particular.
Lee McKnight inquired if the State
of Florida might provide financial
relief from the rising costs of liti-
ation connected with the Teats
lawsuit against the City of
Apalachicola. He argued the fair-
ness of the issue citing the State
of Florida as the principal party
at fault in the beginning. He also
pointed out that one city land-
mark, the Botanical Gardens,
were an eyesore and that a mod-
est amount of money could re-
store them.
President of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, Ms. Laura
Moody, raised concerns about the
closing of the State Library. Oth-
ers joined her argument, con-
demning the plan to relocate the
State Library.


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By Skip Frink (Carrabelle)
Tuesday night, January 28, the
second meeting of the forming
Habitat for Humanity group was
held at the new Franklin County
Courthouse annex, to appoint
committee chairmen and further
discuss the process of starting our
"affiliate" group to Habitat for
Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity, made fa-
miliar by its most famous carpen-
ter, Jimmy Carter, started in 1976
in Americus, Georgia. Through
volunteer labor and tax-deduct-
ible donations of money, land and
materials, Habitat builds and
renovates simple, decent houses
with the help of the homeowner
(partner) families. Habitat houses
are sold to partner families at no
profit, financed with affordable,
no-interest loans'. The homeown-
ers' monthly mortgage payments
go into a revolving Fund for Hu-
manity that is used to build more
houses for families in need.
Habitat is not a give-away pro-
gram. In addition to a down pay-
ment and the monthly mortgage
payments, homeowners invest
hundreds of hours of their own
labor-sweat equity-into building
their house and the houses of oth-
ers.
Consensus from the 50-75
Franklin citizens attending the
first meetings is that the first 2
homes to be built will be in the
locations of Carrabelle and
Apalachicola. Much organiza-
tional and preparatory work, ac-
cording t9 the Tallahassee Habi-
tat representative, must be done
before any construction starts, as
much as 18 months or more. That
was all the Franklin attendees
needed to hear: Our first year goal
is 2 homes completed, with
ever-increasing numbers each
year thereafter! The first task is
to find affordable land.
Billy Buzzett, of the St. Joe Com-
pany, volunteered to serve as in-
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first meetings, facilitate the legal


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21st Annual Charity Cookoff Plans


Nearing Final Stag
The Board of Directors, meeting.
Saturday morning, February 2nd,
on the 21st Annual Charity Chili
Cookoff for the first weekend in
March, continued their planning
for the popular regional competi-
tion and weekend celebration to
raise money for St. George
Firefighters and First Responders.
Auction items are needed, and
volunteers are asked to call
850-927-4173. A Jeep Rangler
with low mileage, and a book
value of about $11,000, has been
donated to the auction, which will


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start on Saturday morning at 11
a.m.
Selected auction items, including
area arts and crafts, will be pre-
viewed the night before the auc-
tion at the top floor of the island
fire department from 5-7 p.m.
Bidders may procure their bid
numbers and review the major
auction offerings. Admission is $5
for the wine-and-cheese event.
There will also a country store this
year complimenting the big tent
auction scheduled to begin at 11
a.m. Saturday morning.


The 20 Years Of Miley Time

A time when all Franklin County benefited from
having Marion and Woody Miley on board!


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By Eunice Hartmann
Writing about Marion and Woody
Miley is easy because they have
been so involved with the commu-
nity in their vocations and avoca-
tions. They are good people as the
saying goes. They are also at the
end of "their watch" and moving
on to retirement. Every newspa-
per in the area will be printing
some tribute to these folks. As is
typical of the Franklin Chronicle,
we want to try to let you really
know about these two people and
how much they have given over
the years to all of us.

Marion
We sat on a couch in a living room
void of furniture. The 3 dogs and
a cat tumbled over us and vied
for our attention. Marion had gra-
ciously provided grapes, cheese
and crackers with ice drinks for
our 3:00 p.m. interview. Boxes
were scattered here and there but


a sense of order still prevailed.
Marion sighed about the state of
the house since I was a first time
visitor. Oddly enough the house
still seemed very much a home in
every sense of the word.
Woody and Marion began dating
when they were in 7th and 8th
rades. Something must have
een very special about these two
kids because they kept dating for
years until they got married.
"Then he left me," said Marion.
She planned her wedding one
week, got married and had a brief
week honeymoon and Woody, who
had left college to sign up for the
Army during the Vietnam War,
was shipped out to Vietnam for
13 months.
Marion worked at several jobs
while he was gone and over the
Continued on Page 10


Low Income Housing

Coming To Franklin County

Financed With No Interest, Free Labor


Volume 12, Number 3 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER February 7 20,2003


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and civil requirements of start-up
and to help with the selection of
committees and officers. New
committee chairmen are as fol-
lows:
* Development: Don & Pam
Ashley, developers: 697-8993
* Site Selection: Rose Drye, Presi-
dent of Prudential Resort Realty:
653-2555
* Family Selection: Mary Lou
Short (retired): 927-2569
* Construction: Mason Bean, Re-
altor/Builder/First Responder/
Jogger: 927-2382
* Family Support: Eunice Buck,
Prudential Realty: 927-4532
Next Habitat meeting will be Feb-
ruary 19, Wednesday evening, at
5:30 at the courthouse annex. At
that time the first committees will
report progress, officers will be
selected and further plans made.
Volunteers are needed! Any citi-
zen who would like to make an
offer of time and effort in any of
the areas in the list above is en-
couraged to contact that chair-
man at the phone listed, and to
attend the next meeting.
Cliff Butler, of Gulf State Commu-
nity Bank, volunteered to, open a
checking account for Habitat,
with a cash donation. It was
agreed to have 2 signatures re-
quired on all checks written.
Discussion ensued on the subject
of promotion of deductible dona-
tions from local businesses and
individuals. One, suggestion was
that someone with the capability
to print T-shirts could print Habi-
tat for Humanity shirts as a do-
nation. The shirts could be sold
and/or given to other donors as
incentives for their donations. A
BBQ outing hosted by a local
business would attract citizens,
and give the opportunity to meet
and talk to current members and
donate or volunteer. Other ideas
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The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

February 4, 2003
Present: Chairperson
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Clarence Williams:
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer and
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson explained to the
Board that during the January
21st meeting, the Board tabled a
decision on granting Waste
Management's request to amend
the contract that permits them to
collect waste in the unincorpo-
rated area of the county. The
amendment cleans up some of the
language to reflect the services
that the company is actually pro-
viding, and it furnishes a rate
sheet that informs the Board and
the public of the charges associ-
ated with the collection of special
and bulky waste. Residents will
still have the option of choosing
between once per week and twice
per week pickup. Also, they still
have the option of contracting
with another hauler if they so de-
sire. Van Johnson recommended
approval of the requested amend-
ment.
The term of the Contract will be
May 7, 2002 to May .6, 2007. In
the amendment, Section 3, the
Conditions for collections in the
unincorporated areas of the
county are as follows:


Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
moved a Resolution of Condolence
in behalf of the deceased astro-
nauts aboard the spacecraft de-
stroyed last Saturday, February
1, 2003.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported on a Janu-
ary 21st meeting at the
Governor's Office of Tourism,
Trade and Economic Develop-
ment's Economic Assistance
Meeting for shrimp fishermen,
associated business and workers
who are impacted by the current
economic situation.
Mr. Mahan provided an update on
the search for a boat ramp.
"...I did some follow ups with
some folks on the idea of building
a seasonal boat ramp at 8.5-Mile.
The feedback I received was
mixed, however, I was told that it
was the only site that might be
approved and that the on ly way
to find out would be to file a per-
mit request and see what hap-
pens. If the Board would like to
proceed with this, the next step
would be to enter into a lease
agreement with St. Joe for the
property and then file for a boat
ramp permit. Finally, I checked
with DEP on building a ramp at
the Old Ferry Dock in Eastpoint.
They said they would have great
concerns with putting a ramp
There due to the commercial oys-
ter bar that is close by."

Medical Matters
Dr. Shezad Sanullah addressed
the Board on special problems in
the operation of the Weems Hos-
pital Emergency Room, citing the
high cost of malpractice insur-
'ance. He proposed a plan for the
county to contract with physi-
cians in order to qualify for sov-
ereign immunity, a status that
would minimize possible litigation
costs and liabilities. Dr. Sanullah
; :


In the Contract; .
Section 3-Conditions:
.e. Contractor shall extend service throughout Franklin County for
the same customer charge to each commercial and residential cus-
tomer. Household garbage, shall be collected one time per week,
except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day when
the household g orbage will be collected the next week for those
customer scheduled for those days..
j. Contract6drwill not' be required to present a plan to the County
for collection of Dog Island waste.
k. Waste shall be delivered .to the Franklin Courty Central Landfill
except by special approval by County. County regulations at the
Landfill shall be strictly followed and fees paid.
1. The Contractor is not required to collect, asbestos, hazardous
waste, oil, tires, yard waste, white goods, bulk items, items requir-
ing special handling, materials prohibited from Florida Class I Land-
fills however the Citizens may arrange for collection of these mate-
rials;V .-ith Waste. Management in accordance with the schedIle of
fees:' "Attachment A".
o. ehe Contractdr myiy charge, in addition to the County-wide charge
for one day service, for additional Special Services requested by
the customer including, but not limited to, two times per week
service (in the area defined in "Attachment X), Contractor supplied
carts, back door or walk up service, removal of bulk items, etc. in
accordance with the schedule of fees in "Attachment A".
VI-Responsibilities of the Contractor:
1. Commercial and Residential Collection Service: The Contractor
shall establish definite collection days and type service for each
commercial and residential unit and shall not vary these collection
days without prior notice to the customer except for Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. The customers will sup-
ply solid waste containers unless the Contractor supplies the con-
tainers (carts) as an optional component of their service to the cus-
tomers. Yard Waste including shrubbery pruning, pine straw, grass
clipping and leaves shall be placed in a 'separate biodegradable
contain for collection by the County.
3. Residential Trash collection: The Contractor shall provide
curbside collection of household garbage, however Residential Trash
including;bulk items, white goods, tree trimmings, yard trash as
well as construction debris, roofing materials, tree limbs, tree trucks,
and stumps and other debris may be collected in accordance with
the schedule of fees in "Attachment Xl."
6. Frequency of Collection: a. Solid Waste: The Contractor shall
collect solid waste from the unincorporated areas of the County at
least weekly in compliance with the terms of this contract. b. Trash:,
Residential Trash including bulk items, white goods, tree trimmings,
yard trash as well as construction debris, roofing materials, tree
limbs, tree trucks and stumps and other debris may be collected
in accordance with the schedule of fees in "Attachment Xl."
WHEREAS the legal entity of Contractor for the Contract and Ad-
dendum will continue to be Waste Management, Inc. of Florida-
Panama City District, whose point of contact is Mr. RichardPayne,
District Manager, Waste Management, Inc. of Florida, 6319 E. Hwy.
22 Panama City, FL 32404. Phone 850-874-1019, Fax
850-874-1029.
Two Times Per Week Service Area
Residential customers residing on .Saint George Island, Alligator
Point and the areas adjacent to Hwy 98 may request Household
garbage service two times per week in accordance to the Fee Sched-
ule.
Fee Schedule
1. County wide residential customers receiving service one time
per week will pay $16.95 per month based on the 2001 2002
residential rate until April of 2003, at which time the rate will be
adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
2. Residential customers in the Two Times Per Week Service Area
may elect to receive two times per week service for $33.00 per month
for curbside collection or $45.00 per month for backdoor / walkup
collection and obtain an additional cart for $12.00 per cart per
month with the rates adjusted annually based on the CPI.
3. All residential and commercial rates are based on the out of
county disposal rate currently available at the Bay County Incin-
erator (January 1, 2003). Any change to the countywide rates due
to an increase in disposal and/or transportation cost must be ap-
proved by the County Commission and which approval shall not
be unreasonably withheld.
4. Asbestos, Hazardous Waste and Special Waste, as defined in
Florida Statues, and other materials not accepted at the Franklin
County Transfer Station' require Special Service and shall be law-
fully disposed of by Waste Management or other licensed contrac-
fotrs selected by the owner of such material. Fees to handle and
dispose of such material will be negotiated between the owner and
contractor. :
5: Household Hazardous Waste, including motor oil is accepted at
the Central Landfill, by the County Solid Waste Department for
processing at no charge to the County residents and will not be
collected by Waste Management.
6. Bulky waste including white goods, tree trimmings and yard
,trash are accepted,at the Central Landfill for processing by the
County at posted rates. Residential customers may request Waste
.Managemeit or other licensed contractors selected by the owner
to collect such'waste.,The fee for collection and delivery of such
waste by Waste Management to the County Landfill will be $25.00
per item for white goods (that the County accepts "as is"), $20.00
per item for household furniture (bulky waste) and $75.00 per hour
for collection of tree trimmings and yard trash in containers (with
a minimum of $20.00).


Dr. Shezad Sanullah
emphasized that he and other
physicians did not have any
claims against them, but never-
theless, they had to obtain mal-
practice insurance for protection.
The rising costs of this national
phenomenon are driving doctors
into early retirements or reloca-
tions, and would directly affect
the local Emergency Room avail-
ability. Commissioner Mosconis
moved and the Board approved a
special meeting involving physi-
cians, the County Attorney and
Mr. Mosconis to discuss options
available to them. Dr. Junjo of the
County Health Department
praised the staffs at the Weems
Hospital as well as the physicians,
emergency personnel and others
in recent emergency care.
Public Hearings
The Board approved land. use and
zoning changes for three tracts in
Carrabelle. All rezonings involved
changes to R- 1 single family resi-
dential. The tracts were previously
designated Forestry Agriculture.
The Board also approved a par-
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Road in Alligator Point by adopt-
ing a resolution abandoning the
road.
The Board adopted a Proclama-
tion designating February 16,
2003 through February 22, 2003
as "Disaster Resistant Neighbor-
hood Week."

Sumatra Cemetery
Doris Pendleton presented a copy
of a deed that demonstrated T.
Drew Branch did not own two
acres for the Sumatra Cemetery.
The Franklin County Attorney
plans to liaison with the Liberty
County attorney concerning a liti-
gation over a declaration on who
owns the cemetery.

Clerk
Kendall Wade announced that
Weems Hospital had "caught up"
on lease payments but had no
further information on the re-
ported bankruptcy of Centennial,
a leasee of the hospital that
sub-leased to DasSee.

County Attorney
Some discussion was made by the
Commissioners on the legal fees
paid to Attorney Thomas Shuler.
His bills were voted paid. A letter
from Lloyd Monroe, IV, was read
into the record, indicating his es-
timates for performing redistrict-
ing services, including for redis-
tricting "at Large" to be about
$75,000 for the County Attorney,
and additional estimated costs of
about $22,000 in the nature of
experts and others. There were
also to be additional fees of about
$13,000. The issue remains open.
Mr. Shuler will continue to look
into issues connected with a ref-
erendum on a possible sales tax.


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Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce, County Planner, gave
the Board a certified letter re-
ceived from DEP (Department of
Environmental Protection) regard-
ing a Notice of Intent to sell sur-
plus land. The state of Florida is
proposing to sell two parcels of
land on Timber Island. The Board
expressed an interest in the land.
DOT (Department of Transporta-
tion) does not want the county to
transfer the St. George Island
Beautification project to the Keep
Franklin County Beautiful, Inc.
Therefore, unless the Board does
not want the county to do the
project, Mark and I will have to
administer the project for the
county.


the Finance Office. This position
is going to require knowledge of
surveying and general engineer-
ing principles. Pierce recommends
the starting salary be $26,000,
The position, like all county posi-
tions would have a six-month pro-
bationary period. Since this is a
new position, the probationary
period will be for both the em-
ployee as well as the Board, since
the Board may decide for what-
ever reason that the position is
not as beneficial as intended. This
salary is less than what
Preble-Rish thought a tech could
earn in the private sector, but
there are more benefits with the
county.
The Board directed Preble-Rish to
submit a Boating Improvement
Grant to dredge the.:Eastpoint
boat ramp channel.
Mr. Pierce received a letter from
DEP Bureau Chief Paden Woo-
druff advising that if the county
does not spend some $8 1,000 of
DEP funds by April 30, 2003, the
county will lose the ability to use
the funds. The county is currently
going to spend some $25,000 of
the funds for the cost of remov-
ing the three houses it purchased
on Alligator Point. That leaves
some $55,000 left.


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funds in the following manner.
Even though I am opposed to as-
sisting the USACOE (U.S. Army
Curt Blair Corps of Engineers) on a re-design
Mr. Curt Blair updated the Board of a project for Alligator Point re-
on the efforts, of the City of vetment that was flawed to begin
Apalachicola's traffic safety cornm- with, the county can use some of
mittee to improve some of the the DEP funds to meet its share
dangerous intersections in town. of the re-design costs. The county
may be able to use the remaining
While the Board has authorized funds to improve a beach access
Alan Pierce to advertise for an area at the S-curve on Alligator
engineering technician he has
held off until he was sure all of Continued on Page 5
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Sportsman's Lodge Water And Sewer

Issues Continue...

From Mr. Bob Allen to Eastpoint Water and Sewer
(EWSD) dated January 29, 2003
Bob Allen
Sportsman's Lodge
January 29, 2003
Betty-Taylor Webb
Eastpoint Water and Sewer District
This letter concerns the Sportsman's Lodge R.V. Park and
the $5,300.00 paid under duress January 6, 2003 for an
alleged 24 unauthorized R.V. connections. In EWSD's
letter of January 22, 2003 you referred to this payment
as a "debt satisfied". We do not consider this a debt owed
by Sportsman's Lodge, but the result of misinformation
by the Franklin County Health Department and one in-
dividual on the EWSD board..
In 1992 the Dept. Of Community Affairs, sued
Sportsman's Lodge and the 'Court ordered connection to
water and sewer when available. At that time $3,604.65
was paid to EWSD for sewer impact fees.
On May 15, 2000 we were notified funds were obtained
to extend the water system to North and South Bayshore
Dr. and that selected residents who signed on or before
July 31, 2001 would be exempted from the connection
fee. This "System Improvement" project 24-05 was ad-
ministered by Phillip A. Jones of Preble-Rish and the Rural
Utilities Service by the State and area staff of the USDA.
Rural Development. September 2001 Sportsman's Lodge
signed the "Water, Users Agreement" under the provision
of this project which authorized 14 acres Lodge and per-
mitted running lines to other portions of the property at
the owners expense, there were no stipulations or limita-
tions in that agreement as to usage or notification of
change of usage.
At the regular meeting of the EWSD board on Tuesday
July 17, 2001 water and sewer rates were approved. The
Rate Increase Worksheet from that meeting written and
produced by EWSD plainly shows that Sportsman's Lodge
was to be billed for 74 R.V.s and 1 Mobile Home.
The only documented proof provided by ESWD that 24
R.V.s were unauthorized was a 6 year old 1997 letter
from Alan Pierce. It has been neglected, that in 1998 there
was a meeting at Sportsman's Lodge where Mr. Allen gave
up two Mobile Homes for 24 more RV. Spaces to be per-
mitted by the Health Department. In 2001 according to
EWSD's worksheet they were aware of the 74 R.V.s num-
ber. According to the operating permits issued by the
Health Department, they were aware of the 74 R.V.s,
number. It should be impossible to believe such a docu-
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It was not until we requested and received an answer
from Alan Pierce as to why this 6 year old letter was used
as documented proof of 24 unauthorized R.V.s. that we
understood its use.
Mr. Pierce was given this letter by a member of the EWSD
board and was allowed to use the letter, there is no indi-
cation he knew what that letter was to be used for. It is
this misinformation that was used to allege an unautho-
rized act.
In Mr. Pierce's letter there are key words such as "he felt"
and "I did not think" and "I believe" which do not consti-
tute authority to demand $5,300.00 from someone. These
only constitute unsubstantiated allegations without proof
but no firm documented proof has been given, found, or
proved for any of the allegations against Sportsman's
Lodge.
Therefore we not only feel, think, and believe that the 24
R.V.s have been and are authorized we also offer com-
plete documented proof from EWSD's own papers and
the Health Department permits. Business procedures
should and must be done on documented facts and the
details of signed contracts. You cannot enforce require-
ments on a contract that are not written without first
changing that contract. Again: by the signed "Water Us-
ers Agreement" there is no stipulation, limitation, or stat-
ute of notification of change of usage or usage in general
in Lodge 14 acres.
The threatening and coercive actions of EWSD do not
adhere to either good public relations or good business
practice.
For now we will consider this point as a grievous mistake
and consequence of misinformation and ask on the
grounds given below that the $5,300.00,paid under du-
ress be returned in full within 5 working days from the
receipt of this letter.
1) 3,604.65 was paid in sewer impact fees by court order
in 1992.
2) The Water Users Agreement signed under Project 24.05
with the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District Engineer
does not stipulate or limit usage.
3) The EWSD approval of rates on July 2001 and the
Rate Increase Work Sheet show billing for 74 R.V.s.
4) The Health Dept. Operating Permits from 1999 to
present all authorize 74 RN's.
5) The Alan Pierce letter, which shows there is no proof
that the 1997 letter is a true representative of the present
agreement between the District HRS, and Sportsman's
Lodge. a '
Due to these documented proofs there is no legal or moral
justification for refusing this request. We request the
$5,300.00 be paid in full within 5 working days of the
receipt of this letter.
Also at this time we are willing to present these proofs to
the board and answer any questions at your convenience.
Respectfully submitted this day, January 29, 2003.
Bob Allen
Sportsman's Lodge
The letter of Alan Pierce dated January 17, 2003:
This letter is in response to your request that I explain
why I wrote the Health Department on Nov 6, 2002 and
asked them not to renew your license.
My letter of Nov. 6th did not ask for a blanket denial of
your URS permit. I asked that you be limited to 50 units
tntil the Eastpoint Sewer and Water District verified they
could handle more. My -letter was in response to a re-
quest made by Mr. George Allen, a District Board mem-
ber. The District is responsible for properly operating a
sewer system for which you are a customer. According to
Mr. Allen, the District had entered into an agreement with
you which, among other things, recognized that You had
an RV park with 50 spaces. Mr. Allen represented W Me
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February 7, 2003


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Mr. George Allen, representing the District, said he felt
my 1997 letter represented an understanding between
the District, HRS, and you at that time, and he wanted to
know had the understanding changed, I did not think
the understanding had changed so I used the letter as a
reference. Mr. Allen obtained a copy of the letter from the
HRS files.
I am aware of some of the difficulties the District faces,
and two of them are too much sewage coming to their
plant, and not enough money to pay for expansions and
maintenance. I wrote my Nov. 6th letter recognizing, the
District's plight. I believe that the county commission
wants the Eastpoint Sewer and Water District to operate
properly. My letter was not an attempt to put you out of
business, but it was an attempt to support the proper
Operation of the District. The District is in charge of its
system, and Mr. George Allen, as a District representa-
tive, believed you were contributing more sewage to the
system than you were paying for. My letter was an at-
tempt to have HRS and the District reconcile their records
so that your HRS permit would be consistent with what
YOU were paying the District.
I do not recall the details of the 1998 meeting your re-
ferred to, but your list of attendees did not include any-
one from the District. If the meeting did culminate in an
agreement to let you raise your RV park to 75, we all
were in error for not consulting with the District.
Alan C. Pierce
Director of Admin. Services


The Boyd Report

"The State Of Our Union"

By Congressman Allen Boyd
Each year Congress and the Nation call on the President to speak on
the state of our Union. This week, President Bush delivered a strong
address on a variety of issues. I was encouraged by the President's
commitment to continuing the fight against terrorism and keeping
the safety of the American people our number one priority. I was also
encouraged by the President's commitment to issues such as reform-
ing Medicare, giving seniors access to affordable drugs, developing
cleaner technology, and acting with compassion, to help America's
children, the impoverished and the addicted.
However, I am deeply concerned about the economic health of this
nation and the President's current plan to address our economic prob-
lems. As I have said, I am in complete support of the President's call
to protect our people and defend our homeland, but in order to truly
have national security, we must have economic security. The two are
so seamlessly intertwined that we cannot have one without the other.
The President stated in his speech, "we will not pass along our prob-
lems to other Congresses, other presidents, and other generations,"
but I fear that the economic policies of this Administration will do
exactly that. If we continue to act in such a fiscally irresponsible
manner, our children and grandchildren will be faced with the bill for
these reckless economic policies.
The Congressional Budget Office projected this week that the federal
government will run a $199 billion budget deficit this year. This defi-
cit figure does not include the costs of a potential war or the costs of
the President's economic stimulus/tax cut plan. The Bush
Administration's budget for Fiscal 2004, which will be released next
week, is expected to project a budget deficit of more than $300 billion
if the President's proposals are adopted.
Two years ago it was predicted that surpluses were large enough to
accommodate'substantial tax cuts, a major defense buildup, new
education programs, adequate funding of other priorities, and still
have enough left over to provide for unforeseen contingencies. Well,
the $5.6 trillion ten-year unified surplus projected just two years ago
is gone, and our public debt is growing to an unprecedented level.
Those who run businesses or households understand that you can-
not spend more than you take in, and you need to pay off your debts
before spending more money. The federal government needs to take a
lesson from American families and small businesses and follow the
same logic.
There is no doubt about President Bush's commitment to, and pas-
sion for, this country. However, Congress and the President need to
come together and develop responsible and ffective econonnmi noli-


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From: The Bivalve Bulletin (January 2003) Vol. VII, No.1;
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service
I L Imported seafood accounts for over 70% of the nation's supply. At the
same time, the U.S. exported $3.1 billion of fisheries products in 2001.
Nonetheless, seafood represents a significant trade imbalance. With-
out imports, the U.S. would not have a viable seafood industry. How-
ever, burgeoning imports of less expensive Asian products have re-
cently presented threats to productive, domestic industries. For ex-
n an area surrounded by ample, imports of cheaper Chinese crawfish are pushing prices of
es of wetlands and Louisiana crawfish down and putting harvesters and processors out
s o weans an of work. The most visible case is fish imports from Vietnam targeted
better place to live than to compete with U.S. farm-raised catfish. Concerns over basa and tra
frozen fillets include mislabeling and unfair prices. In the past year,
urse community is the Catfish Farmers of America brought their concerns to the Inter-
. An 18-hole golf course, national Trade Commission, which looks at the impact of imports,
and to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which investigates whether
ol, restaurant and bay imports are priced fairly in relation to their production costs. The
)rdable 370-acre commu- industry is currently proceeding with an antidumping case against
an worshiping-it's all Vietnam seeking high tariffs on imports as well as quotas.
ulf of Mexico. With nly The National Aquaculture Association has also joined the argument
ulf of Mexico. With only against foreign aqua-cultured products targeting broader issues, such
hese as inferior quality of Asian imports, the lack of water quality monitor-
ing and HACCP in processing, and the inadequacies of U.S. inspec-
tions on imported products.
The shellfish culture industry is not prepared to compete with large
volumes of Asian clams. Some industry observers contend that U.S.
companies have already lost significant sales in New York and other
teI states to frozen Vietnamese product. It has been reported that these
i clams are sold as 200-count bags, weighing 20 pounds, and deliv-
ians ered for 12 cents apiece. Yet, Vietnam is not in the Food and Drug
S Administration's list of certified shellfish suppliers. Currently, the
9Bav side U.S. only- allows Canada, New Zealand, and Chile to import mollus-
om Really, Inc can products. The federal regulatory definition of molluscs includes
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In Adjacent Gulf County

ARVIDA-St. Joe Close to Submitting

Development Application For

Windmark

DRI focuses on 1500 units and Golf Course Planned
2003 through 2015 on St. Joseph Shores
In adjacent Gulf County, the development of regional impact (DRI) for
Windmark, a new St. Joe project was presented to the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council in October 2002, According to the Janu-
ary 2003 report of the ARPC, the Windmark application for develop-
ment approval is expected to be filed sometime in February 2003.
The minutes of the October 2002 meeting contained the following:

Windmark DRI Presentation
"Charles Blume introduced Tom Beck of the consulting firm Wilson
Miller and John Hendry of the St. Joe Company, Project General
Manager of the Windmark DRI. Mr. Hendry explained that the devel-
oper, ARVIDA/St. Joe was close to submitting the Applicationi for
Development Approval (ADA) for the Windmark DRI in Gulf County.
Mr. Hendry shared several large-scale maps explaining that the 2000
acres runs from the edge of St. Joe Bay to the edge of Pampus Swamp
on land owned by the St. Joe Company. He noted that this land had
traditionally been timbered, been an open beach for many years, and
was locally known as St. Joseph shores. He explained that the project
would be a total of 1500 units; phase one would consist of 900 units
and would be built between 2003-2009; phase two would consist of
600 units and would be completed between 2010-2015."
"Mr. Hendry stated that the project would have 25,000 square feet of
office space, an 18-hole golf course, and 6 docks with no permanent
mooring on the docks. He explained that this would be a low-rise
development with a 3.5 mile public walkway which would give public
access to the beach with public parking at each end of the walkway."
"Mr. Hendry reported that this would be a public community not a
gated community and that the public would be encouraged to move
in and around the community, noting that the main idea would be to
become an environment completely accessible by foot. He shared
marketing photos showing homes that would be located 600 feet away
from the water's edge, with the intent of creating a strand between
the water's edge and the homes for the specific purpose of conserving
the natural environment. Mr. Hendry referenced the maps showing
planned roadways with trees, explaining how the low density and
low-rise development would create a beachfront not much different
from what exists there now. He noted that the golf course, would be
developed to the highest possible environmental standards."
"Chairman Sauls opened the floor for questions. York Shuler ques-
tioned how many acres would be taken up by the golf course. Britt
Greene of the St. Joe Company answered that in order to locate the
course on the upland area and avoid the wetland areas, the course
would take up approximately 130-150 acres. Dan Pennington of 1000
Friends of Florida questioned if the development would have public
water and sewer. Mr. Hendry replied that the development would link
into existing water and sewer systems of Port St. Joe, noting that the
Company and the City were currently working on capacity issues."
"Sally Malone, a St. Joe Beach resident stated that in her opinion if
Gulf County put the highway relocation on a referendum it would
fail. Jack Taylor questioned whether the newly relocated highway
would be two or four lane. Mr. Hendry answered that it would be a
two-lane highway in a four-lane right of way."
"Dan Pennington questioned if the developer had a financial strategy
for who would pay the road moving costs. Mr. Hendry stated that the
Road would be completely paid for by the St. Joe Company."
"Ms. Malone raised concerns that the highway relocation would elimi-
nate public beach access. Mr. Hendry stated that there was currently
no public beach access, explaining that people currently park beside
the road and walk through the dunes. He reported that the developer
hoped to make more permanent access, which would not destroy the
dunes,system or have negative impacts on the existing beach. Debbie
Light.ey questioned the cost of linking in the central water and sewer
of the City of Port St. Joe. Mr. Hendry replied that infrastructure
would be at the developer's costs, replacement due to a storm would
be at the developer's costs, and that storm surge issues would be
addressed during the DRI process. Kendall Wade questioned if this
had been presented to the Gulf County Board of Commissioners ..
Mr. Hendry replied that a presentation had been made over a year
ago, but not as detailed or of the magnitude of today's presentation."
"Mr. Pennington questioned if the developer would be addressing af-
fordable housing. Mr. Hendry explained that this would be addressed
in the DRI process and reported that the developer recognized that
this was a very important issue in Gulf County. Chairman Sauls
thanked the developer for the presentation land the public for their
comments.
The Windmark application for development approval is expected to
be filed sometime in February 2003. In the-meantime, the ARPC re-
ceived a letter from Ms. Sally Malone to be reviewed by the Council at
the January meeting. In part, Ms. Malone argues against the closing
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Apalachee Regional Planning Council
20776 Central Avenue East
Blourltstown, Florida 32424
Re: US 98 Gulf County, Florida
Dear Members:
I and most residents (more than 1000 have signed peti-
tions) in Gulf County are totally against giving this VALU-
ABLE and HISTORIC PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY and BEACH
to any entity. The St. Joe Co. covets this property and
has stated that they intend to close this road to the
public's use, tear it out and build a boardwalk 3 miles
long for the Public to walk to our beach. The St. Joe Co.
has never owned this property and has no right to "de-
velop it". Contrary to what you have been told, the trav-
eling public does now, at this present time, safely park
and walk to and enjoy this Public Beach.
Enclosed, please find pictures of a well-used public ac-
cess located about 200 feet west of the Windmark sales
office. Additionally, there are 3 or more well worn paths
leading directly to the beach. Please notice the picture of
the only area of U.S. 98 located at the foot of the bridge
in Highland View that is constantly washing out in just a
little storm. (See attached map)
Since the 1830s, when Florida was a territory, the PUB-
LIC has used the road and the BEACH adjacent to the
road referred to as State Road 10, later State Road 30,
and now U. S. 98 between what is now Highland View
and St. Joe Beach in Gulf County, Florida. This road is
certainly an historic treasure!, and in no danger of wash-
ing out for the next 100 years!
In fact, this road is so old that the FLORIDA DOT (De-
partment of Transportation) HAS NO DEED TO IT!! That
is why the Florida DOT is planning to execute a "Quit-
claim" deed to our highway to the St. Joe Co ...
There is however, an Official Survey Map done by the
State Road Department, signed by the State Highway
Engineer, "J. H. Dowling in 1938 and on file in the State
and District DOT Offices and in the Gulf County Court
House since that time. This Official Right of Way Map
shows a ROW.width of 100 feet each side of the centerline,
from where Windmark subdivision now is located to the
Yon's Addition Subdivision now referred to as St. Joe
Beach.
PLEASE do not approve of this give away of valuable public
property. In view of all the development in the panhandle,
we need all of the public property we now have and more!
No action was taken on the Windmark project at the last ARPC meet-
ing on January 28th. The DRI package is now expected about mid-
February 2003.


Grant Program Provides Funds

For Boating Improvement


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission is encour-
aging counties to apply for grants
to improve recreational boating in
their areas through the Florida
Boating Improvement Program
(FBIP).
FBIP provides competitive grant
funding to county governments
for enhancement of recreational
boating throughout the state. The
program receives funding through
a portion of fuel taxes.
Eligible projects include recre-
ational channel, marking, public
launching facilities and enhance-
ments to existing facilities,
aquatic plant control and other
local boating-related issues, in-
cluding education. Projects sited


in counties with poptilations of
100,000 or less and coastal coun-
ties' with a high level of
non-resident boating activity are.
given high priority. Grantees are
given approximately one year to
complete their projects.
Applications will be accepted from
Jan. 23 April 10. Municipalities
may apply cooperatively through
their county governments. This
week, all county administrators
were mailed electronic versions of
the program guidelines and the
application, which may be
duplicated and shared for use by
others. ,
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The Panhandle Players will hold
their annual meeting Monday,
February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dixie
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anyone interested in the perform-
ing arts in all aspects of a perfor-
mance: from being on stage as an
actor; out front as a director; be-
hind the scenes dealing with such
technical aspects as props, scen-
ery, costumes; spreading the word
of the performance via the media,
flyers; or preparing the playbill for
the performance.
The first item on ,the agenda will
be the election of the officers and
members of the Board of Direc-
tors for the year 2003. Informa-
tion on the upcoming and future
performances of the Players will
also be discussed at the meeting.
Individuals in attendance will
have the opportunity to indicate
the areas of their interest,
The Panhandle Players, a non-
profit community theatre organi-
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"To provide opportunities and
encouragement to all persons to
become involved with the various
facets of the theatrical and per-
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reorganization in the year 2000


the Panhandle Players see growth
in their membership either as per-
formers or "behind the scenes
workers". Individuals who "had a
part in a play" in their youth are
coming back to the stage of the
Dixie Theatre with the Panhandle
Players. Other individuals who
always wanted to be a part of the
theatre are also coming on board.
The Panhandle Players welcomes
one and all and encourages any-
one interested in the theatre to
come to the Annual Membership
meeting and let the Players find a
niche for youl!

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been selected by their peers. In
order to qualify at each school, the
teachers must have completed
three years teaching in the Dis-
# trict. These four teachers will
compete for the District Teacher
of the Year to be chosen by Feb-
ruary 19, 2003.
Apalachicola High School-En-
glish: Marilyn Reynolds
Brown Elementary School-Fifth
Grade: Lynn Clark
Carrabelle Elementary-Fourth
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Point that suffered damage from
past hurricanes."
The Board was also informed
about another letter from the
USACOE stating the estimated
cost of a design effort is $40,000.
so the county's share is $20,000.
The USACOE has given the
county until March 14. 2003. the
sign the enclosed agreement and
remit $20.000. If the Board
chooses it can use some of the
DEP funds for our local share.
Board action to turn this agree-
ment over to the County Attorney
for review with the intent to dis-
cuss it more fully at the Feb. 18th
meeting.
This would leave some $35.000
for improvements to the beach
access on Alligator Point. The
Board directed the Planning Of-
fice to pursue such project within
the scope allowed by DEP (Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion).
Mr. Pierce attempted to clarify the
record regarding the land swap
with the Harris Brothers. While
the county originally offered to
swap the Harris Brothers two
acres of land in exchange for their
work on the Eastpoint boat ramp.
the county was unable to provide
clear title in a reasonable time, so
the Harris Brothers gave the
county the land back and the
county paid the Harris Brothers
$20,000. which was the value of
the land. Now that the county has
gone through a process to clear
the. title, the Harris Brothers
would like to receive the land, and
return the money. So long as the
Board agrees that there was a
commitment from the county to
provide the land to the Harris
Brothers once the title was cleared
up, which is how the Harris
Brothers remember it. then the
Board can direct its attorney to
proceed with a land swap.
"Further I recommend the Board's
attorney send Mr. Curt Allen a
certified letter explaining that the
county was intending turn the
two acres over to the Harris Broth-
ers in exchange for work done."
This letter is intended.to make
,sure Mr. Allen knows that the title
is clearly with the county, and not
with him any more..
The Board asked the County At-
t6rney to research .the matter.
The Board directed the County
Attorney to research a request
from Mr. Chris Gardner regard-
ing Lot 20, Bay View Village. Mr.
Nick Yonclas representing Mr.
Gardner discussed the reconfig-


uration of the lot making the lot
less than one acre. This was done
after the county set the one-acre
rule.
Several meetings ago. the Board
directed that the roofing contrac-
tor that put the roof on the court-
house annex be contacted about
replacing the roof at the Sheriff s
Office. A similar roof on the jail,
which is called a PVC membrane
roof, would cost approximately
$70,000. A standing seam metal
roof would cost $80,000. While
there are some funds available
now, there is not enough money
at this time in any one budget to
cover this cost. The Board decided
to try to patch the roof until the
next budget cycle.
The Board is eligible to seek fund-
ing from the Florida Communities
Trust for money to purchase
property on St. George Island and
Alligator Point for public pur-
.poses. The FCT grant cycle usu-
ally opens in August but this year
it has been moved up to April. The
FCT grant application is fairly
specialized and very competitive.
"The Board could direct that Mark
and I do it. but there is clearly a
window of opportunity to buy
some land on St. George for a boat
ramp and I believe the county
' needs to give it its best shot." The
Board approved the recommenda-
tion.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that two grants have come to the
Board somewhat unsolicited.
Pierce said, "Almost eight months
ago I was called by the State Divi-
sion of Emergency Management
(DEM) to see if the Board was in-
terested in receiving some funds
to up-date the Local Mitigation
Strategy, which we are required
to do anyway. I agreed to accept
the money if we were going to have
to do the work anyway, and Fri-
day the grant documents came in..
The grant is called the
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assis-
tance Agreement, and it will pro-
vide the county some $72,000 to
update the LMS. The American,
Red Cross is interested in doing.
this work, but there may be other
groups also interested.
Preble-Rish is researching to see
how many other counties they'
currently serve is also receiving
funds, because it maybe some-
thing they are interested in doimg,,
and of course there may be other
,'people who have experience in
this type of work."
"At this point, as long as the
Board does not want to reject the
grant, I ask that you give me un-
til next Board meeting to get a
better understanding of the type
of work the grant requires, so I


can advise you on what type of
service the Board needs to seek."
"A second grant of $25,000 from
DEM has come in to Mr.. Tim
Turner to develop a county ter-
rorism plan and a continuity of
operations plan, meaning what is
the county going to do in the event
some actions strikes the county
and prohibits the county commis-
sion and the county court system
from functioning. The agreement
budgets $15,000 for the Terror-,
ism Plan and $10,000 for the Con-
tinuity of Operations Plan."
"Again, as long as the Board does
not want to reject the grant, I ask,
that you give me until next Board
meeting to get a better under-
standing of the grant. There may
some function of the court sys-


the FSU attorney on an issue ol
retaining part of the payment
until the whole project is com-
peted and accepted by the county.
Because FSU can not legally be-
gin their work until a contract is
signed, I ask the Board sign the
FSU contract contingent upon the
County Attorney getting a satis-
factory response from his FSU
counterpart.


No Easy Route

To New Franklin

School Buildings

By Sue Cronkite


emm at is prepacud to assistme i Whether school buildings should
county, because on Feb. 13' the be replaced or repaired was dis-
Court Administrator's Office has .cussed by the Franklin County
already scheduled a meeting be- School Board at a workshop on
tween the Clerk of the Court, the January 29. The board also ap-
County Judge, myself, Tim proved revamped salary sched-
Turner to discuss this issue. ules, which clarified how
Mr. Pierce also added, "By evi- non-instructional employees
dence of this report, the Planning,. would be paid.
Office has many, many projects "Salaries did not change," said
going. In addition, building per- School Supt. Jo Ann Gander.
mit activity is at an all time high. "There were some criteria set for
In the month of January, the movement from one level to the
county issued 90 building per- hext on performance-based
mits, which is almost double what work."
was issued last January, and on w".
one day alone this month we col- Dr. John Watson and Greg Kelley
elected almost $6,000 in revenues. 'of Clemons, Rutherford & Asso-
When I started with the county in. ciates presented findings on a
1988, we would not collect that spot-check of buildings and
much money all month. I am say- pointed out areas in need of re-
ing this as some proof, that while pair. Watson is an educational fa-
I intended to do most of the comp cilities planner and Kelley is an
plan re-write, and asked for an ;'architect with the Tallahassee-
additional position to do so, it hasp based firm.
become impossible for me to
spend more than a few minutes The school system has hired the
each day on any one issue." 'firm as a project management
"Mark C nt b th team to be in charge of renova-
"Mark Curenton is as busy with. Aion and construction projects.
various projects also. There is no Under the new setup Rolando
way that we can dedicate hours,' 'Gutierrez will still handle work
of a day for weeks at a time to projects under $500,000, with
generating the data and analysis Watson and Kelley's firm oversee-
that a comp plan update is going ing all construction and in charge
to require." of larger projects.


"However, it is not fair to 'say that
Mark and I are not going to.-be
involved in the comp plan.or 'vi-
sioning process. Mark and I will
still have to update the, Capital.,
Improvements Element, which-
fists all of the capital improve-
ments thecounty intends to un-,
dertake in the next ten years, and,
the Planning Office will provide.
staff support for much of the citi-'
zen effort behind visioning."'
"I have delegated many duties, '
but I want to assure the Board'
that we are all just as busy as we
can be, because, intended or not,,
the Planning Office has developed ,
into a broad based county admin-';,
istrative office."
Mr: FPierce alnudnice8d *to ".&he
Board that the first public work--;
shpp, of, the,comp plan update.
and visioning will occur on Feb.
18th at 6:00 p.m. here in the
courthouse annex.
Various groups, iAclIuding the
media, are receiving a more com-
plete packet by e-mail.
While the county does not yet
have a signed contract with FSU,
we are moving forward. The Scope
of Work is fairly well worked out,.
although I am sure there are is2-
sues that have been overlooked. I
have spoken with DCA, and they
are comfortable with the scope of
work, the schedule, and they are
supportive of the people involved
in the project. The county attor-
ney is waiting for a comment froirn


The' major gist of Watson and
Kellev's information was on how
the school system could qualify
for Special Facilities Construction
Account funds from the state.
'The school system would need to
set. in place a 2 mill tax levy for
capital outlay," Watson explained.
4t present the capital outlay dis-
pretionary funding is set at 1 mill.
'That is for buildings," said School
Board Chairman Jimmy Gander.
"We can't spend any of that money
for books or teachers." Under the
arrangement with Watson and
Kelley's firm a construction man-
ager is to be chosen. With the
present advertisement Kelley
would narrow the choice down the
a;list of three who would' make
presentations to'the board who
would then n'ake the decisi6in.
Kelley would give regular reports
to the board as to the progress of
a project.
"We would communicate with the
board; regularly, make sure those
involved are bonded properly,"
Said Kelley. "For instance, on the
field house project, you would
have the information and keep us
up to date," said Chairman Gan-
der. "My goal is for us to have the
finest: facilities in the state, in
,topnotchi condition," said Board
member David Hinton.
Board Attorney Barbara Sanders
asked Watson and Kelley if a con-
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how the system works. "For in-
stance," said Kelley, "if we de-
signed two tennis courts, then
we'd turn to the construction
manager, with us reviewing the
invoice, and giving regular up-
dates to you. It gives you one point
of contact."
Chairman Gander told Kelley to
recommend people in this area.
"The construction manager
should anticipate using local
people," said Gander. "So we won't
be getting a pig in a poke." Gan-
der said he thinks the firm has a
lot to offer, and asked that a re-
view be made on what is needed
to upgrade, the cost, and if any,
recommendations as to whether
to try to upgrade school buildings
or aim toward constructing new
ones.
New buildings hit a sort of dead
end as board members grappled
with the subject of declining stu-
dent numbers. Unless student
numbers or projections reveal
expected increases, it likely would
not be feasible to put up new
buildings. Watson said a mini-
mum of 400 high school students
would be considered for state
funding of a new building. At
present there are 355 stu ents
attending high school in Franklin
County.
Total attendance is 1,375, with
450 of those at Carrabelle, 323 at
Apalachicola High, 254 at Brown
Elementary, 161 at Chapman El-
ementary, 124 at the Apalachicola
Bay Charter school, 33 in the
Learning Center alternative
school, and 30 adult education
students. Any configuration for
new buildings would have to cen-
ter on one high school, two el-
ementary schools, with the
Chapman Elementary building
being used for administrative of-
fices and adult education, said
Watson Kelley said he would come
back with a report on whether it
is more feasible to renovate or
build. In the quick pass-through
made by Watson and Kelley, they
talked to staff members about
problems. He said information
gathered included the date the
building was constructed, the
square footage, and how many
students in what amount of
space.
The state will come in and help
upgrade school buildings, Watson
and Kelley explained, but there
are criteria which must be met.
"You could qualify for a special
facility on a 60-40 cost basis, with
the state paying 60 percent," said
Watson. "If the state sees that a
district is doing everything they
can to help themselves, they will
help you. We replaced every
school in Holmes County over 15
years. Some $616 million has
been given out to. districts. You
would need' to give as much as
you can out of capital outlay 6eri-
three years". .
Watson said the problem with re-
placing buildings in Franklin
County is that most schools now
are about half full. The state looks
at the age of the buildings. He said
if the district opted for new con-
struction the buildings would be
much smaller. "The state would
'look at merging schools," he said.
""The rule of thumb is to have 100
students per grade in order to of-
fer the basics, and that is not vi-
able with the present one K-12,
another high school and two sepa-.
rate elementary schools.
Watson said with Apalachicola's
127 students and Carrabelle's
-200 students in 9-12, there are
barely enough for one school.
Franklin has, been losing stu-
dents to Gulf and Wakulla coun-
ties and some to early admit to
college. "We have less than 400
students, which disqualifies us for
a new high school," said Hinton.


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the managers. Barney will meet
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Watson said the state would let a
district build toward a projected
500 students.
Board Member Katie McKnight
asked about land in the event
building is a choice. Watson said
the state would pay for the land
and school furnishings. "You'd
have to do your own water treat-
ment," he said. "They only require
1-1/2 mill for new buildings,
you'd keep the other half mill.
They don't take your maintenance
dollars. Assistant School Supt.
Mikel Clark said at present a mill
is worth $1.1 million. Watson said
Franklin is one of a few counties
in the state imposing less than 2
mills. Chairman Gander asked
that Watson and Kelley come back
with figures on renovation and
upgrading costs as compared with
new construction.


Watson and Kelley also prepared
a life/safety report which included
the age of the school buildings
and recommendations as to up-
grading. Board members agreed
that much of the repairs could be
done by Maintenance Supervisor
Gene Boone's crew. They sug-
gested razing the Physical Edu-
cation/Vocational Technical
building built in 1945, and restor-
ing the present administration
building, constructed in 1941, to
original condition for community
use.
Other improvements suggested
include putting locks on all elec-
trical access panels, making all
bathrooms handicap accessible,
abate asbestos where necessary,
make water coolers compliant
with Americans with Disabilities
Act requirements. When-the
buildings were constructed there
were different building codes.
Many of the suggestions tend to
be cosmetic, said Watson. "There
is nothing wrong with being in a
35-40 year old building." He said
the district should spend more
money on roofs.
"You're at a point in your county
where every school is 30 to 35
years old," said Watson. "They're
not all the same quality. As a irm
we'll give you the best informa-
tion we can, and you have to de-
cide," he said. "If you want to
abandon a building under 50
years old, you must do a Castaldi
analysis, which comes down to
whether you are pouring money
down a hole to repair that build-
ing."


Hymn Masters

To Sing At

Island Methodist

Church
Returning- to' the area after' two
years, the highly acclaimed south-
ern gospel singing' group the
"Hymn Masters," will offer two
performances at the St. George Is-
land United Methodist Church on
Saturday, February 22, at 7:00
p.m. and again during Sunday
morning worship services which
begin at 9:30 a.m. A buffet of light
finger foods will be provided by
members of the congregation at
the Saturday night session, which
is open to the public at no charge.
The church is located at 201 East
Gulf Beach Dr., east of the St.
George Island causeway. The pub-
lic is welcome at either perfor-
mance at no charge.
The Hymn Masters Quartet has
been singing gospel music for 27
years in North Florida, Alabama,
Georgia, and Tennessee, The min-
istry of the quartet is to uplift and
glorify the name of Jesus Christ
through their inspirational gospel
music. Our community is de-
lighted to welcome this dedicated
and delightful group, all of whom
live in Georgia.
Owner and manager of the Hymn
Masters is tenor singer. Sam
Simons, whose special touch and
smooth tenor voice and instru-
mentation show his love for gos-
pel music, bass singer is Bill Bass,
who has been with Hymn Masters
since they first began while bari-
tone Joe Salter sang for thirty
years with the Salter Brothers
Quartet prior to joining Hymn
Masters. Wayne McDonald is lead
singer for the group, He has been
in the ministry, preaching and
singing, for more than 30 years
and has sung with others groups
and performed in numerous
church concerts and musicals.
The Hymn Masters Quartet is
well-known for their old-fashioned
camp meeting style of singing.
utilizing their own unique blend
of harmony and style, which they
share with congregations at no
cost except a love offering to off-
set expenses. For more informa-
tion, please call the St. George
Island United Methodist Church
at (850) 927-2088.


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Renowned Chinese Artist At
Sea Oats Gallery


The schedule of art classes at the
Sea Oats Gallery. St. George Is-
land, began in late January and
continued well into February. The
series began in the new gallery
owned by Joyce Estes. a local art-
ist, with instruction and tutorials
from Henry Vvlvinkel. Lian Zhen.
Joyce Estes and Judy Soprano.
Last week, renowned Chinese
painting and watercolor artist
Lian Zhen from the University of
California taught several days in
the new gallery-classroom located
at 128 Pine Street on the Island.
Lian Zhen was a physician in
Canton Province. People Repub-
lic of China. until 1985 when he
immigrated to the United States.
He started sketching and paint-
ing since he was ten years old.
When he arrived in San Francisco,
he decided to pursue dual careers
in fine art and architecture. He
received a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of California
at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master
of Architecture degree from MIT
in 1996.
In 1992. he began to display his
paintings in one-man shows, and
eventually, developed an interna-
tional following. His paintings
hang in numerous institutional
and private collections including
the MIT Museum which has col-
lected 14 of his works. He has re-
ceived many awards in competi-
tions. At the University of Califor-
nia. he now teaches watercolor
outdoor sketching. He also
teaches watercolor outdoor
sketching nationwide and in
Canada. His book, Chinese Paint-
ing Techniques For Exquisite Wa-
tercolor was published by North
Light Books in October 2000. His
second work, Zhen Painting on
Animals (tentative title) will also
b'e published by North Light in
2005.
In Chinese Painting Techniques
For Exquisite Watercolors, Lian
demonstrates both Chinese paint-
ing and watercolor techniques.
Traditionally, Chinese artists de-
fine objects with lines rather than
surfaces. They mainly use ink to
paint. In his teaching, Lian dem-
onstrates his technique using a
Chinese brush, ink and colors on,
rice paper or silk as shown in the
demonstration conducted in the
Estes gallery. He presents Chi-
nese painting basics, then moves
into composition and basic paint-
ing techniques. Other chapters
include painting birds and fish.
His students explore new realms
of artistic expression in water-
color, as' they master every ele-
ment, of his, intriguing style,


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and from the panhandle region.
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Huthes were present. The third
corntmissionet. Jack Depriest was
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there was the Board's aIttbrhev.
Deh iWatkins. their enUineer Newt
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i l,.'iiii 1 Jim Lawlor tread the fi-
thante report and then wenht on to
AtV thairt they had the MeDonald
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steallty d'pr,.iihi caused us to
be in $1 .J w it.ii lit should have
been covered by reserve and we
are technically under the tinan=
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trict is making it's day t-. d.:iv busi-
ness without any deficit.
He also said all insurances had
been paid on property and other.
Lawlor called on Bill Rohrs, on
maintenance and told him that
the vehicle that they district had
bought form the Silaic for $1,200
and it was sent in to fix anything
the cost of the fix was $790 so
they have good a good vehicle for
just under $2,000. Rohrs said he
was still working on the inventory.
He said he had not been able to
make any progress on the Emer-
gency Control Alarm.
Engineer Newt Babcock said that
he was working with owners of
lots in the old Sea Breeze prop-
erty to get water and sewer in. He
also wanted to know how the
board felt on the expansion on the
areas noted in three areas near
the village. He said he would like
to bid on the job.
It will entail giving a bid in with
costs and also he would be work-
ing on getting grants for the dis-
trict. Mr. Watkins said that the
usual way he had seen was that
the bids would go out and the
board would choose three to ne-
gotiate with. They would number
1, 2 and 3. If they could not get
number one to negotiate down to
what they would go on to 2.
Mr. Watkins also said that they
could contract with their own
Engineer Babcock if they wished,
He added to Babcock you ran sub
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that you would be the prime con-
tractor. He told Babcock to meet
with him and he would ex-plain
the process.
LaWl6r said that the commission-
ers had n6t been elected at the
last time arid they will have to put
an adveitisement in the newspa-
pei fof anv6rne wh6 wants to take
their places. Lawlor said that for
ofie he would not wrestle anyone
fat his place.
Old iu*ifiess
Mr. Wittkih pr.ik. i the- Janu-
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engineerr Dan IKeek had explained
all of the sewer and water pro'lects
that they were working on. This
included the consolidation of
LVWSD and Carrabelle. Mr.
Walkins said, "Nothing was really
decided, nothing was done." He
reported that he had a meeting
with Baskerville and Donovan.
They wanted to know what the
status was on any consolidation.
He told them that he waited for
the board to tell him which way
they are wanting to go." He said
"The letter from the auditor gen-
eral did not make any difference."
The matter was not resolved and
Mr. Watkins said that if they want
to do something just let him
know. Mike Hughes said that he
that he felt that it might be best
for the district to consolidate but
they will work on the expansion
of their district.
The next regular meeting will be
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p.m. at the Franklin County
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By Xalese JHartmann
You can mash them,. smash and
bash them; boil, bake and eat
them raw if you choose. They are
a nice mild flavor that can tone
down other stronger flavors like
turnip, or Just to fl1 out a meal
with whatever meat you are serv-
ing. They are comfort food.
In our local markets we usually
see Russet potatoes which are
grown in the Northwest and avail-
able in markets year-round. Their
skin is a dirt brown but the flesh
is white and fluffy when cooked.
They are good for any way you
want to prepare them.
The round white potato is mostly
grown in the Eastern United
States. The skin is lighter and
thinner than the Russets and they
are noted for holding their shape
well after cooking which is impor-
tant for making potato salads.
The long white potatoes are grown
in California and are available in
the spring and summer months.
Their skin is light tan and are of-
ten used as baking potatoes be-
cause of their shape.
Round red potatoes are a late
summer early fall treat and have
a rosy tan thin skin. These are
commonly referred to as "new
potatoes". They are often cooked
with the skin on and served that
way too.
Now you already have more po-
tato knowledge than you want but
just complete your education
there are potatoes with a dis-
tinctly yellow flesh land they look
like they are already buttered.
There are also blue and purple
potatoes grown in South America
that have a nut-like flavor. These
are of course are specialty item,
but if you are into the exotic po-
tatoes the color is best preserved
by microwave cooking them.
The poor potato is often labeled
as fattening because of it's high
starch content. Remember that
starch (and sugars) have only 4
calories per gram weight. The
problem is what we' put on the
potato .... gravy, butter, sour
cream, mashed with both cream
and butter and on and on. If you
love potatoes but do not want the
extra calories you need to try
mashing them with chicken broth
out of the can or use one of the
light margarine or butter substi-
tutes like Butter Buds or I Can't
Believe It Is Not Butter Spray.
They taste pretty good and you
can enjoy your potato without
feeling guilty.
Potatoes have a fair amount of
Vitamin C and a very low fat con-
tent. The Vitamin C is located just
under the skin so if you peel the
potato out goes the Vitamin C. If
you boil the potato you have also
pretty much eliminated the Vita-
min C since it dissolves in water.
Luckily there are lots of other
sources of Vitamin C. Potatoes are
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Marlene

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Speak At AAHS

Marlene Womack will be the guest
speaker at the regular meeting of
the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society on Thursday, February
20, 2003, at 6 p.m. at the Raney
Carriage House.
A guest columnist for The News
Herald (Panama City) for a num-
ber of years, "Ms. Womack has
written historical happenings
about Bay, Gulf and Franklin
Counties for a number of years
as a guest columnist for the
Panama City newspaper, "The
News Herald".
A reception and book signing of
her latest book, War Comes to
Florida's Northern Gulf Coast, will
follow the meeting.
Society members will please take
note that the meeting has been
moved to 6 p.m. for the conve-
nience of this special speaker.


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HURRY UP POTATO SALAD
4 cups frozen diced hash broioW'n
potatoes with onions and
peppers
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
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cover pan and bring to a boil. Re-
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minutes until the potatoes are
tender. Drain. Mix remaining in-
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Serves 6.
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There is an abundance of recipes
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CORRECTION: The recipe of
Sprite Delight contained a mistake
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You should not mix the cinnamon
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and sprinkle the cinnamon and
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/29/03 Invoice No. 8741
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Taurus Color Tan
TagNo 93507 Year 1999 S ateFL v__ in No. IFAFP52U4XA31156

To Owner: Franklin County Board of To Lien Holder:
County Commissioners
33 Market Street, Suite 203
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
01/23/03 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
$ 320.00 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 02/27/03 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.
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/30/03 Invoice No,. 8743
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model 1500 Color Red
TagNo V21BZZ Yea 1995 State FL VinNo. IB7HC16Y4SS183147

To owner: Arnuulso Monsidais Trujillo To Lien Holder: Lake Jem Autos & Marine
105 West Allison Court P.O. Box 905
Tampa, FL 33603 Plymouth, FL 32768


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


7 February 2003 Page 9


Hazardous Weather ... Take
Action
By Mike Stone, Public
Information Officer,
Florida Division of
Emergency Management


The basic ingredients that draw
so many people to Florida-sun.
surf and temperate climate-can
also generate many hazards.
While lightning, severe thunder-
storms. and tropical systems tend
to garner the greatest number of
headlines, secondary hazards
such as flooding, rip currents,
and even sunshine can claim lives
and cause millions of dollars in
damages.
Everyone should know what the
hazards are, how they can af-
fect you and your family includ-
ing having a personal plan of
action to deal with these haz-
ards.
This is what Max Mayfield. Direc-
tor, National Hurricane Center in
Miami, refers to as, "part of the
responsibility of living in para-
dise."
The 2002 hurricane season, while
slow to start,- produced a record
number of storms for Septem-
ber-eight named storms. Tropi-
cal Storm Isidore caused over $9
million in damages in the Pan-
handle and led to the drowning
of three people due to rip cur-
rents.
While flood and tornado related
fatalities declined in 2002, Florida
once again led the nation in light-
ning-related deaths. Again, many
of these incidents could have been
avoided if persons would heed the
advice of weather forecasters, and
by remaining alert to changing
weather conditions around them.
An example of one of the more
common, yet infrequently dis-
cussed, daily hazards that we face
as Floridians comes from the sun
in the form of ultra-violet (UV)
radiation. By taking some basic
precautions such as using sun-
screen containing a sun protec-
tion factor (SPF) of 15 or greater,
wearing hats, sunglasses, and
limiting extended outdoor expo-
sure during peak times (10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.), most of us can enjoy
all the outdoor activities Florida
has to offer by staying aware and
being prepared.
Please look carefully at the safety
actions associated with each type
of hazard and build a personal or
family preparedness plan. The
first and most important thing
any Floridian should do when fac-
ing hazardous weather conditions
is to remain aware and use com-
mon sense.


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
TALLAHASSEE
Bob Goree,
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Love Building-Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4509
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By Bob Goree, Warning
Coordination
Meteorologist, National
Weather Service,
Tallahassee
"It struck without warning."
How often is this the headline af-
ter a severe weather event? Too
often. But was there a warning?
Like the proverbial "tree falling in
the forest," a warning must be
heard to have any real effect.
The National Weather Service has
recognized for many years the
need for an "integrated warning
program." The concept is that an
effective .warning must have three
elements:] -, ***


* Forecast and Detection
* Communication
* Response
The forecast and detection of se-
vere weather is in the hands of'
the National Weather Service me-
teorologists. The response to"
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about communication?
NOAA Weather Radio is the "Voice
of the National Weather Service."
It is designed to solve the com-
munication problem. The beauty
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link between the National Weather
Service meteorologist and the
public.. When the meteorologists
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ers of weather radios can receive'


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FOR YOUR FAMILY

Buy a NOAA Weather Radio and test it weekly. (The National Weather
Service issues a test every Wednesday)
* Discuss the types of disasters that could occur,.
* Locate a safe room or the safe:areas in your home for each disaster.
* Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet one right
outside your home and another somewhere else in your community
(possibly at a child's school).
* Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members
can call and tell that person where they are.
* Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
* Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your
children know how and when to call 911.
* Check your insurance coverage flood damage is not usually covered by
homeowners insurance.
* Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit that
should include:
A three-day supply of food and water, a change of clothing, a blanket
or sleeping bag for each person and a First Aid kit that includes your
family's prescription medications.
Emergency tools: Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries,
work gloves and a fire extinguisher.
Important family documents in a fire and waterproof container, an
extra set of keys, credit card, and cash.
* Replace batteriesnot only in your smoke detector but also in your NOAA
weather radio in the Spring and Fall when Daylight Savings Time changes.
* Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes through your local
American Red Cross chapter.


placement to the Emergency
Broadcast System. The older sys-
tem was designed mainly as a
national attack warning system in
the 1950s and did not allow for
quick and easy transmission of
urgent messages such as tornado
warnings.
The Emergency Alert System
(EAS) allows broadcasters to route
warnings and other urgent emer-
gency messages quickly to the
threatened areas. As an example
if the National Weather Service
issues a tornado warning for your
town, because of the Emergency
Alert System you will be able to
see the warning on cable televi-
sion or hear it on your local radio
station-almost immediately.


NOAA Weather Radio is linked
into the Emergency Alert System.
The codes that the National
Weather Service uses for its warn-
ings will allow the System to prop-
erly re-disseminate warnings.
Weather hazards are a fact of life.
With more accurate warnings and
forecasts, and better commun-
ication with weather radios and
the Emergency Alert System,
tomorrow's headline may read,
'Timely Warnings Save Lives."


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that warning within seconds.
Best of all, you don't even have to
have your radio on to hear the
warning Thanks to built-in tech-
nology, most receivers sound an
alarm when a warning is broad-
cast.
Do you have an older model
weather radio? If so, you're miss-
ing out on some improved tech-
nology. It is called "SAME" or Spe-
cific Area Message Encoding. The
National Weather Service added
this .feature to the broadcasts a
few years ago. It allows for listen-
ers to set their radios to receive
only warnings that pertain to their
area. Now there are "second gen-
eration" radios available. They al-
low listeners to further limit their
alerts to warnings they are most
concerned about.
In 1975 NOAA Weather Radio was
designated by the White House as
the sole government-operated ra-
dio system to provide warnings
directly to the public. Since then,
the mission has been expanded:
NOAA Weather Radio now broad-
casts bulletins posted by emer-
gency management agencies for
threats such as serious hazard-
ous materials spills.
Now efforts by federal and state
agencies, local governments, and
broadcasters are helping expand
NOAA Weather Radio into areas
that lack coverage. The Florida
Warning and Information Network
program is a major part of this
effort.
Another link in the communica-
tion chain is the Emergency Alert
System. This' system 'is-,th'e',re-


Effective Warnings-NOAA Weather
Radio And Emergency Alert System


FLORI f0,MZflRDOUS


WEATHER WEEK

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Annually, Florida leads the nation in lightning
deaths and injuries.The central part of the state is
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T UESDD FEBRUARY 13

HURRIUfNES' $ FLOODING
Surrounded on three sides by warm tropical waters,
Florida is a magnet for hurricanes and tropical
storms. Additionally, sometimes due to tropical
weather and at other times due to cold fronts, the
state experiences excessive rainfall and freshwater
flooding.




ru EDNESD Y FEBRUARY Is
TORNDOES $ THUNDIRSTORMS
Florida leads the nation in thunderstorm activity as it
does in lightning.These storms can be accompanied
by tornadoes.

Today willbe the STEWID I TONflDO DR ILL
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ITHURSDAYs FEBRURRY SO

MflRINE HAZfR8
Among Florida's marine hazards are rip currents,
waterspouts, high winds and rough seas. Rip currents
are Florida's most deadly weather-related hazard.




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TEMPE TURt E XTREMESW

WILDFIRE
Florida is usually thought to have mild winters and
long rainy seasons, but when cold temperatures
plunge.southward, people unprepared are at risk.
When the summer rains do not arrive, our plentiful
sunshine makes our state a potential tinderbox.

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Paee 10 7 February 2003


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


The Mileys from Page 1

years. She has been a telephone
company representative before
the computer era made that an
easy job, a worker in a dental of-
fice and a realtor Marion was a
Tampa gal and moved 27 times
in the course of her marriage to
Woody. She says she loved every
place she has lived. Woody says
she doesn't know anybody who
isn't a friend. Marion learned early
on that "You don't worry about life
because it is not permanent." She
has a lot of sayings that make me
smile.
When Marion moved to St. George
Island she felt that her life as a
"beach girl" had just begun. It was
heaven and she could not get
enough of it. She soon was asked
if she wanted to manage The Vil-
las of St. George. A ob for her plus
free housing and right on the
beach. Couldn't be better. Marion
also taught dancing classes which
she loved. She is so up beat you
believe she would love any an
every job that came along.
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Marion did volunteer work with
the Seafood Festival and she was
a member of Philaco Women's
Club while being employed full
time. One of her greatest chal-
lenges and joys was during the
last 8 years while her grand-
mother, who raised her, lived in
the Miley home. Marion took lov-
ing care of her until she passed
on.
Returning to real estate proved to
be a timely move for Marion. She
always worked independently and
her business. Lighthouse Realty
of St. George Inc., was all
Marion's. She has seen 20 years
of real estate ups and downs on
St. George Island and surround-
ing areas. Getting rich quick was
never her goal, but Marion was
successful and she can well be
proud of her business accom-
plishments.,She has had associ-
ate realtors from time to time and
told a story of one of them selling
a house from under her, literally.
She and Woody were living in the
house and didn't think it. would
sell so rapidly. An associate
brought in customers but the
couple could not look at the mas-
ter bath as Marion was in the
shower at the time. They bought
the house.
Their own house is sold again to
customers who have bought
through Marion in the past and
always loved the Miley home that
Marion designed all nestled in the
bay reeds and palms.
It wasn't quite finished when the
Mileys, moved into their dream
house. Marion remembers having
one extension cord which she
switched from the coffeepot to the
fan, both essentials of their lives.
Peggy and Bill Rogers have bought
the Miley house and there is good
felling about this because the
Rogers are almost as much in love
with it as the Mileys. Lighthouse
Realty has been sold to associate,
John Strickland, who also is sell-
ing U.S. Cellular which actually
works in our area.
Marion and I talked of the emo-
tional stress of tearing away from
home and community. Her eyes
teared a bit and she shared that
she had sat on the end of her dock
the other day and cried for an
hour. Now there is a gal who
knows how to solve problems. Af-
ter that she continued to pack
boxes full of their 20 years on St.
George Island,

Woody
Woody freely admits he is 60, but
he doesn't look it or act it. It is
easy to transpose this man into
the child he likes to tell about,
himself. Woody loves animals; all
kinds but especially reptiles, al-
ways has since he was five or so
he says. His momma didn't share


that particular love at all, no sir.
So Woody couldn't have pet
snakes in or around d his house.
Sometime later a friend of
Momma's told her about the won-
derful snake collection young
Woody had under the friends
house. Woody grins when he tells
this tale. To solve this predica-
ment, young Woody was sent to
learn all about poisonous and
non-poisonous snakes. Once the
task of snake identification had
been mastered he had to let the
bad ones go and could only keep
the "good" ones. The snakes
moved back in.
Woody just loved to rescue ani-
mals too, any kind. For a while


he had several interesting bed
partners, pets, animals that is. It
was only a problem when his rac-
coon reached under his neck and
pinched the dog and then the
chase was on but it didn't seem
to bother the cat and the otter who
slept at the end of the bed.
The army and the war took Woody
away from college for the 4 years
he served. He had a very special
skill in decoding and in addition
to Vietnam he spent time away
from Marion in Okinawa. I asked
Woody what he learned from Viet-
nam. He told me he learned that
he was not a killer. He said what
he had to do as a soldier but he
was definitely not a killer of any-
thing. This was a revelation to a
tough Mississippi born, Tampa
raised redneck.
Following his tour of duty, Woody
finished his undergrad work and
earned a masters degree. His field
of study was biology and he still
can't learn enough about ft. He
had a job in Gainesville when the
opportunity to establish an envi-
ronmental education center and
develop protective strategies for


the Apalachicola River and Bay
area became available. An almost
overwhelming task for most
people, but not Woody. Woody
says he got the job because" he
was the only candidate who could
stay out two hours after dark in
these swamps" He started with
one employee, himself and now
has 34 covering the Apalachicola
River Estuary and Bay area. His
budget went from $8000 to well
over a million. His bosses now are
the DEP, NOAA, and Franklin
County. The funding for the
I myriad of projects which he di-
rects mostly comes from grants.
He is officially a State employee
who spends Federal funds
(grants). It gets complicated. His
only regret is that there wasn't
more money to develop more pro-
grams. He says he is not political
which he does not find a charac-
ter fault, but his position as head
of the Apalachicola Natural Es-
i tuarine Research Reserve is a po-
litical appointment.
I asked Woody what advice he
would want to leave for the future
of the Estuary to which he quickly
responded," Don't trade one eco-
nomical base for another". In
other words protect the River and
the Bay before you are tempted
to take short-term profits, with
development. "... If we loose the
fishing and oystering industry we
will become another Destin and
Miami Beach. We have those ar-
eas but there is no other area like
the Apalachicola River and Bay
system." Woody has always had
a passion for natural resources
and it shows in event thing he
does. His greatest legacy is that
in the 20 years he has been here
he has succeeded in protecting an
area that-will always be very vul-
nerable to environmental damage.


The area around Nick's Hole in the
Plantation on St. George Island
was available for buyers to de-
velop. Woody saw this as an eco-
logical tragedy waiting to happen.
He was able, after much work, to
convince the owners not to sell
this pristine area but to give it to
the State for protection from de-
velopment forever.
Marion says the day Woody met
Mason Bean and Bobby Howell
she knew he was "at home" be-
cause he fit in with the guys so
well. He was immediately drafted
into the St. George Island Fire
Department. He has served ably
as president of the Board. You
could always count on Woody.
Being the energetic volunteer he
is, Woody soon became part of the
"elite cooking team" comprised of
several of the guys, from the Fire
Department. This team of men
have a very strong bond with each
other that I cannot begin to de-
scribe. I did not know this but
Woody told me that they never
charge to cook for events and usu-
ally do this cooking for children's
groups who are fund raising. If
they do get a donation the money
is used to buy 'something for the
Boy Scouts or provide a scholar-
ship for a youth who needs one

Retirement
It's time they both say, time to
move on. The Mileys have a little
house on the bay in Yankee Town,
FL where his boat will take them
out fishing at every whim. It will
be different without the constant
demands on Marion and Woody's
everyday lifebut they are ready
to do the things they haven't had
time for yet. And "there is a need
for volunteers in the manatee pro-
gram on the Crystal River. An-
other retreat high up in the North
Carolina mountains near the Ten-
nessee border provides the lure
of hiking trails, fishing streams
and ponds. Marion wants to ex-
plore arts and crafts and learn all
sorts of new things. Together they
plan to.visit every national park
in the camper they plan to buy.
Woody says he might go back to
school and get his Ph.D. just for
the fun of it and maybe teach a
course or two at a nearby college
in North Carolina. Imagine hav-
ing the honor and privilege of hav-
ing Dr. Woodard W. Miley II as
your college professor sharing his
passion for biology, invertebrates,
the environment and life in gen-
eral.
Congratulations on a job well
done to both Woody and Marion.
Whoever follows you will have to
have very big feet to fill your
shoes! You will be sorely missed
but I guess it is time to pass the
baton.



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FWC Concludes

Ft. Myers Metig

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) ad-
dressed a variety of fish and wild-
life issues during its three-day
meeting in Ft. Myers.
Perhaps the Commission's most
noteworthy actions were approval
of a set of measurable biological
goals for manatee recovery and a
decision to postpone downlisting
manatees from "endangered" to
"threatened."
The manatee recovery goals, to
serve as benchmarks in evaluat-
ing and developing manatee pro-
tection measures, include achiev-
ing, with a 95-percent confidence
level, that:
* the average annual rate of adult
manatee survival is 90 percent or
greater,
* the average annual percentage
of adult female manatees accom-
panied by first or second-year
calves in winter is 40 percent or
greater, and
* the average annual rate of popu-
lation growth is equal to or greater
than zero.
The Commission had planned to
consider the downlisting decision
during Thursday's session but
decided to delay consideration to
give interested parties a chance
to review and comment on a re-
fined biological status review of
the species and to allow time for
a re-evaluation of the listing pro-
cess. Also, executive director Ken-
neth Haddad said the Commis-
sion could use the delay to at-
tempt to build a consensus
among stakeholder groups and
avoid further polarization.
Commissioners coupled the delay
with a decision to ask federal au-
thorities to defer to the FWC to
spearhead manatee management
decisions and protection mea-
sures and.explore deferral by fed-
eral courts.
Another imperiled species on the
Thursday agenda was the Miami
blue butterfly. The FWC approved
an emergency executive order,
declaring the butterfly to be an
endangered species. FWC staff
recommended a May deadline for
completing a biological status re-
port concerning the species and
a panel of experts to review the
report. As with the manatee and
other imperiled species, develop-
ment of a management plan is a
required element of the listing
process.
In other action, the FWC voted to
approve a rule to prohibit impor-
tation of any deer or elk into
Florida, except as provided by the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services. The
rule's purpose is to clarify FWC
law enforcement officers' author-
ity to search game farms and
hunting preserves to prevent in-
troduction of chronic wasting dis-
ease into Florida.
Commissioners also approved a
rule to permit primitive camping,
year-round, on any portion of the


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Also, the FWC approved addition
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Regarding marine fisheries is-
sues, the FWC approved a rule to
manage and protect blue land
crabs in Florida. The rule:
* prohibits harvest of blue land
crabs July I Oct. 31 each year
to protect the crabs during
spawning migrations,
* prohibits harvest, possession,
purchase or sale of egg-bearing
female blue land crabs, allows
harvest of blue land crabs only by
hand or by the use of dip nets,
* prohibits use of bleach or other
chemical solutions for harvest of
blue land crabs,
* prohibits the daily harvest or
possession, at any time, of more
than 20 blue land crabs per per-
son, and
* prohibits harvest of blue land
crabs from state parks and from
the right of *way of any federal,
state or county-maintained road,
whether paved or otherwise.
The FWC also approved a rule to
continue to allow only 30-foot
minnow seines, cast nets and
landing or dip nets in the inside
waters of Martin County at all
times. Use of other seines in the
inside waters of Martin County is
prohibited.
In other action during the
Wednesday session, the Commis-
sion approved a draft rule to man-
%age harvest effort in the commer-
cial ballyhoo fishery by establish-
ing a 10-box daily commercial
vessel limit; a closure to commer-
cial ballyhoo fishing with lampara
nets in August each year, a
lampara net endorsement for
qualifying fishermen and a sub-
sequent five-year moratorium on
new endorsements, and a maxi-
mum vessel limit for commercial
ballyhoo bycatch and non-lam-
para-net-caught fish. The FWC
will conduct a final public hear-
ing on the proposed rule in March.


The FWC also reviewed and dis-
cussed a draft rule to clarify that
the current net-transit rule ap-
plies to persons operating vessels,
prohibits possession of more than
four seine nets per vessel and
regulates use of auxiliary vessels
(small boats without motors
towed by another vessel) for trans-
porting nets. FWC staff was di-
rected to conduct an additional
public workshop on this issue and
prepare a re-draft of the proposed
rule for further Commission re-
view in March.
In addition, the Commission ap-
proved, for final public hearing in
March, another draft rule to re-
organize and update special ac-
tivity license regulations. Com-
missioners also considered a
stock assessment of the silver
mullet fishery and discussed
management options to reduce
silver mullet harvests on Florida's
Atlantic coast. The FWC will re-
view a draft rule to manage silver
mullet in March.
Commissioners also discussed
federal saltwater fisheries man-
agement issues.
Friday, Commissioners and the
executive director selected art-
work for the 200304 waterfowl
and wild turkey stamps from a
pool of entries. Winners were Paul
Bridgford of Des Moines, Iowa, in
the waterfowl category and Rich-
ard Timm of DeBary, Fla., in the
turkey category.
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FDA strictly aeimes cooking. About 2 years ago. supposedly cooked"
clams from China entered the country. This product was merely heated
enough to shuck them, resulting in several reports of illnesses. The
newly formed East Coast Shellfish Growers Association is encourag-
ing anyone to obtain a copy of some sort of documentation (invoices.
receipts, and tags, if any) that would prove frozen clams from Viet-
nam are in the U.S. marketplace so that regulatory action can be
initiated.
As a counter point, a recently released seafood industry report scoffed
at the notion of protectionism. The report questions with higher labor
and capital costs and more stringent regulations, will U.S. producers
be able to compete with imports? Rather, the report advises that U.S.
producers will need to be more technically efficient, make quality
paramount, and learn how to market their product.
(Sources: SeaFood Business Magazine; The Catfish Journal. 2002
Annual Report on the United States Seafood Industry; H.M. Johnson
& Associates, Jacksonville, Oregon; East Coast Shellfish Growers
Association Web Site, http://gseacademic.harvard.edu)


Grouper Longlines May Not Be Banned

From the Southeastern Fisheries Association
(January 2003)
First indications from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun-
cil (GOMFMC) meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, are that NMFS
will not forward to the Secretary of Commerce a recommendation
from the Gulf Council to ban longlines. The science is not there to
take such action against this fishing sector. Regulators have savaged
the commercial fishermen in the Southeastern United States over
the past few decades. Maybe this decision not to follow a scorched
earth agenda is a sign the governing pendulum is swinging back to-
wards the middle. The anti-commercial fishing cults know that the
only way they can muster the political support to stop a specific com-
mercial fishing sector is to somehow manipulate the science to show
that the fish resource within the sector they want to ban has col-
lapsed; is in danger of collapsing or will collapse unless a "conserva-
tion ethic" is implemented which mean stop commercial fishing. Hope-
fully the government has recognized the modus operandi in the longline
dispute and is determined to let science and not hatted prevail.


Franklin County Public Library,


The Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners has rec-
ognized the month of February
2003 as Franklin County Library
Appreciation Month. This honor
is in keeping with Governor Jeb
Bush's designation regarding the
important role libraries play for
residents seeking information
and knowledge on every possible
subject.
The Governor's Proclamation
dated October 28, 2002, states:
"...our libraries are a cornerstone,
of Florida's educational system,
providing programs for children,
families, adults, and elders to en-
rich their understanding of the
world; ... libraries provide resi-
dents of Florida access to impor-
tant research about health. eco-
nomics, the environment, and
&ountless other subjects to sup-
port better living conditions and
to help our residents live more
productive and fulfilling lives; ....
libraries support a competitive
workforce with basic literacy pro-
grams, computers and other re-
sources to help people learn to
find, evaluate and use informa-
tion they need for jobs, health,
and recreational needs;-the ex-
pansion of electronic networks
linking libraries and their re-
sources allows information to be
more easily accessed by library
p.sers."
In a review of records over the past
ten years in the Franklin County
Pulblic.Library's history, statistics
indicate that in a given week in
January 1993-the library's first
year-there were 68 visitors to the
one room Library now known as
the Eastpoint Branch.
January 2003 records show that
on just one day alone-at the same
Eastpoint Library Branch-now
grown to three small rented and
crowded storefront units-there
were 75 visitors (in four hours)
using library resources. The newly
constructed Carrabelle Branch
serves the public in a more spa-
cious setting and offers the use
of a stunning Meeting and Light-
house Room overlooking the
Carrabelle River.
Carrabelle Branch hours are
Tuesday 11:00 7:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 5:00 p.m. and Saturday
11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Hours in
the Eastpoint Branch are Tues-
day, Wednesday, Thursday 12:00
6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 7-00
p.m.
The Library offers a wide range of
books, audio books, videos,
records, reference materials, pub-
lic access computer use and
internet service, and interlibrary
loan services in connection with
the State Library of Florida. Vol-
unteer staff at both branches pro-
vide invaluable assistance tc
the Library Director and Library
Assistant.
The Franklin County Public
Library's FROG Family Learning
Program is planning special pro-
grams for adults and families dur-
ing Franklin County Library Ap-
preciation Month in February.
Saturday Wonderful Hour o
Stories for Pre-School Children &
Caregivers: Carrabelle Brancd
from 1:00 2:00 p.m.; Eastpoini
Branch from 10:30 11:30 a.m.
Getting a Healthy Start to the
New Year in a Gentle Way: Yoga
with Deby from 5:30 6.30 p.m
on Monday at the Carrabelh
Branch; Walk 'n Talk at,10:0(
a.m. on Mondays and Wednes
days at Carrabelle Branch
Journal Writing with Dawr
Radford-Adult Learner Work
shops: Carrabelle Branch, Febru
ary 6h from 6:00 730 p.m.; Pro


gram Center-New Life Center;
Apalachicola, February 12,h from
6:00 7:30; Eastpoint Branch,
February 13th from 6:00 7:30
p.m.
* Math Review for the Adult
Learner: Carrabelle Branch on
February 12th from 6.00 7.00
p.m.
* Stress/Money Management
Workshop: Eastpoint Branch on
February 26th from 6:00 7:00
p.m.
* English as a Second Language
with Christina Quintanilla-Slotin;
Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in East-
point Branch
Highlighted programs in February
for youth in the Franklin County'
1 Public Library's WINGS and TI-
GERS Programs include:
* Poetry Slam with Elinor
Mount-Simmons
* Juvenile Justice Week Art, Mu-
sic & Writing Contest
Field Trips as part of Florida
State University's Seven Days Of
-Opening Nights Events-An
Evening of Classical Ballet,,
Swamp Gravy, Alonzo King's Con-
temporary Ballet, Canada's Cir-
que EOS.
The Franklin County Public
Library's Advisory Board Meeting,
will be held on Monday, February
17th at 5:30 p.m. in the Eastpoint
Branch of the Library. Immedi-
ately following the meeting, the
Friends of the Franklin County


EDITORIAL


AND


COMMENTARY



A Plea to Act on Recommendations
Concerning Imported Shrimp

Gulf Fishery Council Calls On

Federal FDA


In late January 2003, James
Fensom, Chairperson of the Gulf
of Mexico Fishery Management
Council, called on the Federal
Government's Food and Drug
Administration to act on recom-
mendations of the Gulf Manage-
ment Council in regard to im-
ported shrimp.
At its January 13 16, 2003 meet-
ing, the Gulf Council considered
various problems facing the
shrimp fishery in the Gulf of
Mexico. One of the major prob-
lems that has been reported is the
upsurge in importation and sale
of aquaculture (pond-raised)
shrimp coming from foreign coun-
tries that art treating their aquac-
ulture ponds with powerful
banned antibiotics to prevent
shrimp loss from, disease, in or-
der, to extend the grow-out period
to increase volume and to produce
larger size shrimp that would yield
the highest currency return.
These antibiotic treated shrimp
are being refused entry into many
major markets, such as the Eu-
ropean Union, Canada, etc., then
as a last reason, upon reaction,
shipments art: being diverted to
the U.S, entering our non-
restricted upon access system
with minor or no inspection of the
imported product. The Council is
concerned that these chemically


Public Library will join the Boara
in a monthly Book Discussion.
This month's feature is From A
Buick 8 by Stephen King. PotLuck
Supper is suggested. Extra cop-
ies of this book are available at
the library.
All library programs are offered at
no cost to participants but regis-
tration is required. For informa-
tion on these and other programs,
please call Annie at 670-815 1,
Carolyn at 697-2366. For FROG
Family-Learning Programs call
Malene'at 67014423. F6r WINGS
arid 'TIGERS call 670-5250,
697-9216 and 653-2784.


i altered shrimp are being dumped
I into the market and sold at
I submarket prices to consumers
who are unaware the shrimp pur-
chased (dining out or home use)
is unsafe for human consump-
tion, thereby, jeopardizing the
ability 'of the shrimp fishery in the
Gulf of Mexico to fairly compete
in the U.S. fast-food and retail
markets.
Based on our concerns, the Gulf
Council voted unanimously to re-
spectfully request that the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
consider our recommendations to
(1) Devote all possible resources
to prevent the importation of
chemically tainted shrimp known
to be detrimental to human
health, (2) Reduce the tolerance
level for tainted shrimp to match
the level used by the European
Union, (3) Improve the, analyzing
process to detect prohibited
chemicals in seafood, (4) Increase
the level of inspections of im-
ported shrimp into the U.S. at the
Port of Entry and cold storage
holdings, (5) Require foreign gov-
ernments to certify that shrimp
shipments exported to the U.S.
meet all US FDA requirements,
and (6) Evaluate and enforce the
standards appropriate for the use
of sodium tripotyphosphaies in
foreign and domestic processing.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) is one
(1) of. eight (8) regional fishery
management councils that were
established by the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act of 1976. The
Council is responsible for man-
agement of marine resources in
the Gulf of Mexico through the
development of Fishery Manage-
ment Plans. Such plans must
consider not only the biological
needs of these resources, but also
the problems faced by its man-
aged fisheries and the impacts of
measures oil users and the envi-
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ability to assure that the schools student performance standards are
met or exceeded. The governing board, in consultation with the CEO/
Principal, will be responsible for the over-all management of the school.
to include creating/adjusting the curriculum and developing an an-
nual budget. The governing board management policies are based on
the "Carver Model of Trustee Management." The governing board hires
the CEO/Principal of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. Inc. The
CEO/Principal must demonstrate business and academic acumen.
The CEO/Principal is responsible for all ABC Schools.
There are nine directors. of which four are officers. Officers are se-
lected annually at the ABC board retreat Board members serve sta.l-
gered three-year terms. Polices are reviewed and modified yearly at
the board retreat, or may be amended if an immediate need would
arise. All board members that leave the board are invited to serve as
'Emeritus Members" on the ABC Advisory board. The advisory board
has no authority. The purpose for the advisory board is, to serve as an
extension of the board and school for marketing, fundraising. and
in-kind services, as well as, networking and marketing opportunities.

Market Analysis
Located in Northwest Florida. Franklin County is one of the most
rural and pristine in the states. The Federal and State government
own most of the land. Franklin County had a population of 11.057
based on the U.S. 2000 census. Eighteen percent of the population is
minority. Both the economic and academic levels of the county resi-
dents are in the lower fifth of all Florida Counties. One thousand two
hundred (1.200) students attend the traditional Franklin County
School District. Currently 128 students attend the ABC elementary
school, or 10% of the student population. The traditional Franklin
County School District's students test scores collectively place them
in the lowest fifth of the state. ABC students tested, ranked in the top
ten-percent.
Aside from the traditional Franklin County School District there are
two smaller faith based elementary schools in the county. Numerous
students (30-60) leave the county for k- 12 education. While the county
is an "old" county, not fully accepting of development and growth.
new growth is on the way, particularly through the St. Joe Co. and
continual development on St. George Island. Repeatedly, persons with
school age children and desiring to build in the county, state their
concerns about the state of the traditional Franklin County School
system.
The schools will serve the entire school district and shall be open to
any kindergarten to twelfth grade student residing in Franklin County
and any students who are covered by an inter district agreement.
Transportation is and will continue to be provided outside of a 2-mile
radius from any ABC school location. By year eight, ABC Schools will
be educating approximately 432 Franklin County students, concludes
the business plan.
The ABC elementary school is in its second year of operation and has
doubled enrollment. Therefore, at least 10% of parents/guardians of
Franklin County school age population are aware and have embraced
the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc. program and "school choice'
in general. Moreover, there are many current parents/guardians with
children above the age 11 desiring charter middle and high school-
ing.
Experience with the Elementary School enrollment (more than dou-
bling by year two to 128) gives us "real world" insight to the predict-
ability of projected enrollment figures for the new ABC Schools.
While in general, Franklin County was resistant to the original ABC
Elementary School, enrollment figures conclude that this "resistance"
was more about "resistance to change" than anything else. That be-
ing the case, enrollment figures for the new ABC Schools are realis-
tic. Enrollment parameters are based on current student enrollment
figures and articulation.

Specific Admission and Recruiting Plans and Policies.
The Business Plan emphasizes that the schoolwill adhere to a policy
of nondiscrimination in educational programs/activities and employ-
ment and will strive affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for all.
The school will strive to be representative of the demographics of the
Franklin County student population.
The elementary, middle and high school's programs have been care-


Apalachicola City Hall To

Revert To Warehouse


By Sue Cronkite
Restoring Apalachicola city hall to
how it was as a three-story cot-
ton storage warehouse is poised
to begin as architect Rick
Barnett's proposal was accepted
at a special meeting February 4,
on how best to spend the
$700,000 historic preservation
grant.
"The good news is that the state
has funded a three-story build-
ing," said Mayor Alan Pierce. "The
bad news is we won't be able to
finish the top floor." The
multi-year project is to be funded
by a -istoric Preservation grant.
"It will be at least a year and half
before we can begin to finish the
project," added Pierce, "so we
need to do what we can with
money in hand."
Architect Rick Barnett said he is
to begin a conceptual design and
document part of what do under
the grant. In a discussion on
whether the stucco could be re-
moved, Barnett said the stucco
looks to be in good shape. "The


Secretary ol the Interior has strict
guidelines on how to restore the
building. You can put a new brick
facade on this building."
City Administrator Betty
Taylor-Webb said the point of the
special meeting is to negotiate
cost, to authorize the architect to
begin a sort of road map. "Fees of
the architect are part of the
grant," said City Atty. Pat Floyd,
with fees based on the construc-
tion. The city is to authorize
$2,500 to plan use of space up-
stairs.
Barnett is to begin documentation
of the building. "I need to hire a
historian," he said. "I'll get a feel
for what to do with the third floor.
Right now the building is a
two-story city hall with a proposed
third floor upstairs." Mayor Pierce
asked if the restored building
would have a pine plank floor. "It
will be as much like it was as is
possible," said Barnett.
Commissioner Robert Davis
asked if the upstairs is left as a
shell, how likely is that the city
could get funding later to finish
,it. "'You should be able to get fu-


fully'crafted as a unified, coherent and challenging curriculum, which
progressively builds each student's foundation of knowledge and
mastery of skills. Therefore, admission will be two-fold. The schools
will limit enrollment via admission agreements between each ABC
School ensuring for student articulation. These seats will be guaran-
teed and not affected by the subsequent enrollment process, if neces-
sary. Where at any time articulation does not fill any grade, class-
room, program, or building the school will enroll any eligible student
who submits a timely and completed application. However, if the ap-
plications exceed the capacity of any program, class, grade level, or
building applicants shall have equal chance of being admitted through
a random selection. The school may give enrollment preference to a
sibling of a student enrolled in the charter school, to a .child of an
employee of the charter school, and to a child of a member of the
governing board of the charter school.

Charter Schools Are Free
Many do not realize that the ABC Charter Schools are free. These are
PUBLIC schools. For more information, please call 850-653-1222.
By Thursday, February 6, 2003, a letter and the approved Business
Plan will be forwarded to the Franklin County School Board and Su-
perintendent JoAnn Gander.
Between February 6 and 16, the ABC School Administration will be
available to discuss any ways or opportunities that the ABC School
and Franklin district may cooperatively work together, beyond or in
lieu of, submitting the three approved charters on the 17th of Febru-
ary. After these are submitted, the ABC Schools plans a public meet-
ing on February 27, 2003, and. will be available to meet with the
Franklin County Board at anytime. The 60-day time line for Board
approval will begin on February 17th.
During the 10 days between 6 through 16 February the ABC admin-
istration will be proofing the charters, and conferring with Florida
State University on the prospects of an FSU-ABC Charter School spon-
sorship arrangement.
In upcoming Chronicle issues, the business plan, including financial,
will be presented along with teacher recruiting plans, staffing plans,
facilities and operating budgets. To date, the ABC Elementary School
has successfully secured seven-year term loans from two of three
local banks for $390,000.


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ture restoration grants," said
Barnett.. "This building is real
important as a part of Florida his-
tory. It is one of only two cotton
warehouses left in Florida. He
said that later on the city should
be able to get a grant for an el-
evator and an air conditioning
system.
Taylor-Webb said she had held a
meeting earlier with James
Waddell on the Bay Colony water
service, that he is paying $86,000
up front for water and sewer con-
nections. City Engineer Ella
Mosconis said the service corre-
sponds with the city's vacuum
system, that documentation
should be approved contingent
upon city review, so that Waddell
can proceed with application to
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection for permits.
Jerry Weber, of the Battery Park
Marina committee, asked for a
completion date on spoil removal
at the park. "If it doesn't get done
before spring rains, we'll have a
disaster," he said. Weber asked
about beautification with grass,
logs, and gravel walk paths. He
was reminded by Mayor Pierce
that the area is used for the an-
nual seafood festival. Commis-
sioner Mitchell Bartley told him
that a price range for electricity
on the long dock will be gotten as
soon as the mud is hauled away.
Taylor-Webb said pilings would be
put in place, that some additional
dredging will be required in low
areas-to get rid of the sludge.
Mark Friedman said he has a boat
.slip, had moved his boat in order
for the work to be completed, and
has been paying slip rent here and
in Port St. Joe for four months.
He was told to get with the
harbormaster to resolve the issue.
Commissioners okayed a procla-
mation by Galthana Parmenis of
the Red Cross on designation of
February 16-22 as Hazardous
Weather Awareness Week. "The
month of February is Disaster
Resistant Neighborhood Month,"
she said.
Rory Cassidy with Waste Manage-
ment told the commission that the
company has caught up with
trash pickup. "We've had another
truck in the area," said Danny
Payne. "In 2001 we picked up 786
tons of yard trash and in 2002 we
picked up 1,130 tons. That's 30
percent more. Lee McKnightrcom-
plained to Cassidy, Payne, and
Connie Ingram of Waste Manage-
ment about his garbage pickup
being skipped. "Garbage was
strewed across my yard and my
neighbor's," he said.
Randy Merritt discussed a request
for qualifications on the contract
with U. S. Filter, that specifies the
rate stay the same, at $115,000
at six months, with the annual fee
being $230,000. He said money
not spent for repair, maintenance
and chemicals would be reim-
bursed. Taylor-Webb said some'
work is a joint effort by U.S. Fil-
ter and the city.
A flathead minnow is presently in
the spotlight, John Safranzski of
U. S. Filter told the commission.
"We put the little fish in a bottle
and see if it survives," said
Safranzski. "We're addressing the
problem," he added. "How long
does the fish have to live?" asked
Mayor Pierce. "An average of five
days," said Safranzski. -The cold
weather could be the trouble."
Safranzski said lift station six is
having problems, that a yard was
flooded at 24th and Bobby Cato.
Mosconis said it would probably
cost about $40,000 to repair the
lift station. "On repairs to lifts four
and five one cost $50,000 and one
cost $35,000," she said.
Taylor-Webb said a letter from
Mark Currenton stated the county
is getting about $6,000 to study
school buildings and asked that
someone from the city be put on
a committee for that purpose.
Mayor Pierce said the county is
to resurface Water Street.


Mosconis assured that the work
would be coordinated so that wa-
ter lines won't be disturbed. Pierce
said the county is saving the gas
tax money and the city will be
asked for a list of priorities on
what improvements are needed.
Engineer Mosconis gave a report
on the storm water project in the
absence of Randy Lane,
Stormwater Project manager with
Baskerville Donovan. She said the
Battery park project is completed,
that replacing lines will be com-
pleted about the end of Septem-
ber. "'Lots of utility lines have
been hit," said Mosconis, "be-
cause we didn't know where they
were." New wells and the new
storage tank are to be put in ser-
vice in May and that about half of
the town has been done, she
added.
Assistant City Administrator
Michael Moron, in the Planning
and Zoning and Board of Adjust-
ment Report, said Curt Blair had
requested a change in setback to
make two buildable lots 50 ft. by
30 ft, out of a 60 ft. by 100 ft. lot-
He said Charles Chafin wants to
open an art gallery at his Benign
Boat Works building and was re-
minded that any business in that
area must be water dependant.
Moron said the Planning and Zon-
ing Commission asks permission
to review all permit applications.
Atty. Floyd said it would be okay
if they wanted to "do a
comment-type thing, but not to
vote on. the applications, that
would change procedure." Floyd
said the city could give them a
copy and let them have input-
Taylor-Webb said that the P& Z
members' authority is limited to
permits within the historical dis-
trict, but that it would not pose a
problem as long as their review
does not hold up city applications.
Moron said the group wants in-
put from the public on a tree or-
dinance. 'They're trying to save
old trees," said Moron. "'If they
can't save them, they want them
replaced." He asked for a budget
to run advertisements, but com-
missioners told him the idea
would be better served with pub-
lic service announcements that
the public is invited to P&Z and
BOA regular meetings for input of
ideas. Moron also said they are
planning to meet more frequently
than once a month. Meeting times
will be posted at City Hall.
A proposal was accepted and con-
firmed that the owner of the
former Dr. Nichols property on
Highway 98 be allowed to turn it
into six lots, keeping the house
in back, with two lots facing High-
way 98 and four facing the "big
ditch."
Atty. Floyd said in his report to
the Commission on the U. S. Cel-
lular tower lease, is at $2,000 for
the first-three months, with an
option for another three months,
so the lease-would go to $6,000
until the tower construction is
completed. "Once they start us-
ing the tower the lease would be
$1,000 per month, plus 15 per-
cent of their increase per year,"
said Floyd.
Floyd said he has spoken with a
MediaCom representative and
that the unsigned agreement had
been on Bruce Gluckman's desk
in New York about six months.
"They've raised my cable bill
twice," said Commissioner
Bartley. Floyd reminded those
gathered that the rates are set by
Congress and regulated by the
State of Florida.
The commission approved Police
Chief Andy Williams hiring Adrian
Joseph as a part-time, temporary
employee.


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