Title: Franklin chronicle
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Volume 12, Number 5


March 7 020,203

ABC Principal Jeff Weiner Does Not Accept
Contract for Next Academic Year

Jeff Weiner

ABC School Board Discusses
Principal's Position And Charter

Development In Special Meeting

Committee Established to Recruit New Principal
In a special meeting called in response to the planned departure of
Principal Jeff Weiner, Apalachicola Bay Charter School (ABC). on
Wednesday, February 26th, Hank Kozlowsky, Board President, cau-
tioned those in attendance that unexpected announcement about Jeff
Weiner was not going to place the ABC Schools in jeopardy.
Mr. Kozlowsky told the Board and visitors that the ABC Schools were
"Alive and well. "They were thriving, and in fact, they were going to
grow. He encouraged the Board to reconsider "what has been accom-
plished. Next year, there will be a Fifth grade ... This could be the
School's finest hour..."
On February 20, 2003, Mr. Weiner had addressed the Board and staff
with the following letter:
February 20, 2003
Dear Board Members of the Apalachicola Bay Charter
School., Inc.,
Thank you for your generous offer for employment, its
CEO/Principal for the 2003-04 school year. I have de-
cided not to accept your offer.
I knew when I accepted this position in May of 2001. I
was taking the helm of a "start-up" charter school, a'
school of parental choice. However, once I arrived I quickly
recognized that not only was I taking the helm of a start-up
school, but also in order for the school to be successful,
avid ultimately for the kids to succeed, I would need to
be a "visible" spokesperson for education reform in
Franklin County. I was honored to accept both responsi-
Believe me, this personal and professional endeavor has
had its rewards but at the same time generated its share


a Parent-Teacher

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Under the New Pavilion at ABC Schools

Continued on Page 4

inside This Issue
12 Pages
ABC Schools ............. 1, 4 FCAN............................ 8
Chili Cookoff 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 Riverkeepers ,............... 9
State's Bogus Report 1, 3 Apalachicola Library ..... 9
Franklin Briefs ............. 2 Apalachicola Fire........ 10
Florida Sued in Federal Ordnance Hunt ........... 11
Court........................ 1, 9 Philaco Contest........ 12
Lanark Water and Sewer7

When It Rains, It Pours,

21st Charity Chili Cookoff Grosses

$100,000 In the Rain

Bad Weather Does Not Deter A
Fund-er-Fun Raising!

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Day of Productive

Two-and-one-half year old Brian Rozelle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim
and Michele Rozelle, Woodville, got into the evacuation quickly
and easily, even before anyone could lift him into his stroller.

About 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Harry Arnold announced to the
Charity Chili Cookoff Auction crowd that a severe and dangerous
storm was tracked in the west, and headed straight for St. George
Island. He shut down the auction and urged everyone to evacuate the
island. As the people were filing out to their automobiles, Harry was
heard asking "How much? How much?" A salesman to the end, he
was offering auction items for "reasonable offers" as the evacuation
began. A downpour ended the day of the 21st Charity Chili Cookoff,
just as it had started, with a thick blanket of fog.
Harry and his helpers, including auctioneer Wayne Clark (Port St.
Joe), did not know at the time that the potential gross of the day's
fund-raising was still rising amid the rain-soaked environment.
The preliminary figures are astounding, just as the previous year
when rain poured from the skies. Thus far, the total gross is over
$100,000 with the auction generating about $44-45,000. Here is a
tentative list:
Continued on Page 11

Wakulla Fisherman Files

Lawsuit Against Florida In

Federal Court

Under the American Disabilities Act, Ronald Crum
Charges FWCC violates his Civil Rights
Plaintiff Ronald Fred Crum, Wakulla County fisherman, seeks pre-
liminary and permanent injunctive relief and costs and attorneys fees
for discrimination on the basis of disability. The action arises under
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in which Mr. Crum seeks
to use a viable rectangular net of the same material as cast nets for
recreational and commercial harvest of mullet and other fish. The
action is brought pursuant to the U. S. Constitution (Article XIV.
Section 1) that prohibits any state from enforcing any law which
abridges the privileges or immunities of citizens of the U.S.: nor de-
prive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of
law, and equal protection of the laws.
Under the present law governing fishing nets, Mr. Crum claims it is
almost impossible for him to handle the egal cast nets, which greatly
restrict his ability to earn a living. The State of Florida has violated
his rights through its agency, the Florida Wildlife and Conservation
Commission (FWCC). By enactment of Article X. Section 16 of the
State of Florida Constitution, and Chapter 370, Florida Statutes, and
the enforcement thereof, the Plaintiff Crum has been deprived of his
right to life, liberty and property. He charges that the FWCC through
its enforcement authority, is in violation of Article XIV. Section 1.
through its interpretation of Article X, Section 16, by enforcing a "ban"
on the netting of fishing in lieu of a limitation, thus the enforcement
policies of the State of Florida, by and through the FWCC. is in viola-
tion of the U. S. Constitution under Article XIV by- either threatening
to arrest the Plaintiff or arresting him for using a 500 sQuare fool
Continued on Page 9

Publisher's Note: In this
version of the arrested fish-
ermen tried in Collier
County, you will read of the
actual outcome of the ar-
rests initially reported by
the media office of the
FWC. The Judge found
them NOT GUILTY. He also
told the FWC to "Clean up
their laws." The fishing
community has been com-
plaining about this incon-
sistent enforcement for
years. This is the first time
an inconsistency has been
taken into the judicial pro-
cess and the fishermen vin-
dicated. It is also strong
evidence that the State of
Florida has embarked on a
campaign to unconstitu-
tionally uproot and deny
fishermen a way of making
their living from the sea,
and the eventual destruc-
tion of the Florida commer-
cial fishing industry. Yes,
this kind of behavior by
state employees is also con-
tributing to the cost of pre-
pared foods in restaurants
offering fish throughout the

Letter To The Editor

Collier County
Judge Declares Two
Net Fishermen Not


By Dave Grix
On Tuesday, February 25th,
Collier County Judge Eugene
Turner declared two net fisher-
men innocent of all charges, In
statewide-publicized netting
cases. The fishermen, Keith Ward
and Bob Nelson Nichols, armed
with their attorney James
Cummins of Inverness, entered
pleas of "not guilty."- Gummins;
offered no witnesses in defense,
stipulating that he and the fish-
ermen agreed that the FWCC facts
were true as presented. He sim-
ply asked the judge to compare
the FWCC's testimony with the
law. Cummins also chipped away
at the motive of each of the FWCC
officers, and proved to the judge
that most of the officers seemed
to focus on what the fishermen
"might do, could have been in-
tending to do," or "could possibly
do,"' with their larger federal nets,
The fishermen had sealed their
larger nets in their Trembley Mul-
let boats to be in compliance with
the law which declares that these
types of nets must be' "sealed,
folded or rolled, dry", and "not
ready for immediate use."
Florida's laws 'center around the
definition of "possession," and
possession is defined as, "being
available for immediate use." One
FWCC officer declared, "It would
take about ten minutes to be able
to use the nets which is an eter-
nity in the world of commercial
net fishing. In addition, one of the
fisherrhen had tied five 500
square foot nets together with slip
knots. Even though these nets are
legal in state waters fishermen are
not permitted to use more than
two nets at a time. The FWCC of-
ficers charged the fisherman for
having the nets tied together, but
Judge Taylor realized that even i
though it is illegal to use several
nets tied together, it was not ille-
gal to have the nets tied together
on the boat. All of the FWCC of-
ficers admitted that the fishermen
were never seen using their nets
and most went on to admit that it
was unlikely that the nets were
even used the day of the arrests.
When comparing the FWCC's tes-
timony with t the law, Judge Tay-
lor clearly found that no laws were
violated. Judge Turner also in-
formed the FWCC to "Clean up
their laws."
For years, commercial fishermen
have been complaining about be-
ing "targeted" by judicial FWCC
officers that do not follow the let-
ter of the law. These cases went a
long way in bolstering fisherman's
Personally, I would compare this
trial with an individual driving
down the road at 50 mph in a 55
mph speed zone and an officer
issuing a ticket to the driver be-
cause the vehicle "could" go 120
mph. Dave Grix, 2701 North
Ocean Drive. Singer Island,
Florida 33404. Telephone:
561-252-0550, or 561-842-7480
E-Mail FWCCBEATER@aol.com.

For another critical letter
about the FWC "reporting"
to State's media, see
Page 3 and the Open Letter
to Col. Julie Jones.

Publisher's Note: Here is a
case-study how the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conwsva-
tion Commission (FWC)
spreads misinformation to
the press of Florida,
to the rumors and failE-
hoods concerning the em-
mercial fishing idsty, In
December, 2002 the prom
release that folla screams
to the Florida media that
North Florida fishermen
were cited in the Naples
area for "a total of six net
limitation violations..."
Even the new head of the
FWC got caught up in the
euphoria bysaying, without
trial incidentally, that the
arrests were a "significant
accomplishment." When
the matter came to trial,
the County Judge in Collier
County determined that
the fishermen had not com-
mitted any illegal acts
whatsoever. Compare the
"official state press release"
with the actual outcome
and you will likely conclude
that the FWC is on a cam-
paign to discredit honest,
hard-working fishermen at
every turn. The Chronicle
telephoned the author of
this piece within days of its
release but he hung up the
phone when his conclusions
were challenged.

Net limitation violations:
December 19, 2002
Contact: Jim Huffstodt (561)
NAPLES-Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) officers cited two north
Florida commercial fishermen
Tuesday with a total of six net
limitation violations and seized
8,360 square feet of illegal nets
from boats working Fish Hawk
Creek in the Ten Thousand Is-
lands area.
Col. Julie Jones, FWC law en-
forcement chief, described the
arrests as a significant accom-
plishment in the ongoing battle
against illegal netters. She said
additional charges may result.
Bob Nichols, 47, of 823 Otter
Creek Rd., Sopchoppy was
charged with four second-degree
misdemeanor offenses for, net
limitation violations, according to
Jones. Jessie K. Ward, 35, of 50
Tall Pine Lane, St. Marks, was
also charged with two
second-degree misdemeanor of-
fenses for net limitation viola-
tions, she said.

FWC Officer Joshua Caraker was
on water patrol with Collier
County Sheriffs Deputy Robert i
Marvin at approximately 7:30
a.m., when he observed crewmen
aboard two passing commercial
fishing boats untying nets illegally
connected to exceed the legal
500-square-foot limit.
Caraker said they came alongside
the first craft, captained by
Nichols, and ordered a crewman
to stop untying nets and prepare
for boarding. The second vessel,
captained by Ward, also drifted to
a stop nearby. The boats were
cruising Fish Hawk Creek about
three miles southeast of
During Caraker's onboard inspec-
tion of the first boat, a 22-foot
mullet skiff, he found six seine
nets with one-inch bar and
two-inch stretch still tied together
in the stern. He said the total net
measured 5,517 square feet.
FWC officers later discovered four
nylon gill nets with four-inch
stretch mesh aboard Ward's
27-foot mullet skiff and two
monofilament gill nets tied to-
gether on Nichols' vessel. Caraker
said the nets were illegal, since
the boat was in state waters and
headed inland away from federal
Lt. Craig Duval, who was recently
promoted to work in Collier
County after extensive service In
north Florida, was familiar with
both suspects from previous en-
counters in Wakulla and Franklin
Counties. He instructed the other
officers to conduct a second
search of both craft, which uncov-
ered hidden compartments con-
taining the illegal nets.
Both defendants were cited and
given notices to appear In court
at the Collier County Courthouse
in Naples. Two crewmen aboard
the vessels were not cited. Other
FWC officers assisting Included
Baryle Martin, Milton Mravic.
Brandon Ennis, Shelby Williams,
Felix Collazo, Scott Olson. Lt.
Wayne Maahs and pilpt Sgt. Chris

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Page 2 7 March 2003


The Franklin Chronicle



Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Present: Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis:
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; and
Commissioner Eddie

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan informed the Commis-
sioners that the post-harvest
treatment tour in Louisiana has
been canceled due to a variety of
He also reported on one facet of
post-harvest treatment options,
financed through a grant which
Allen Boyd was able to secure for
the Florida oyster industry to
study post harvest treatment op-
tions. The first batch of
Apalachicola Bay oysters was fro-
zen using a CO 2 tunnel and
blast-freezing chamber in
Apalachicola. The oysters were
frozen and shipped back to the
University of Florida's Seafood
Products Laboratory on February
10th for further testing.
Mr. Mahan also reported some
data obtained from the ISSC on
the subject of Vibrio vulnificus ill-
nesses and deaths for 2002. A
total of 27 cases were reported
from April through November. The
product origin of the cases and
numbers were as follows:
Louisiana (13); Texas (6), Un-
known (6), Louisiana /Virginia (1)
and Florida (1). The one case re-
ported from Florida oysters in-
volved eating a raw, shucked oys-
ter from a one-gallon container.
Also, two of the cases involved
eating steamed oysters. All of the
persons infected by the Vv had
pre-existing medical conditions
such as alcoholism, cancer, dia-
betes, ulcers, hematological dis-
ease, liver disease, etc.
U. S. Army Corps of
Robert C. Bridgers, Defense En-
vironmental Restoration Program
Manager introduced members of
his team performing the removal
of ordnance within the Camp Gor-
don Johnston site. The specialist
group is searching the 159,343
acres within the.,World War II
Camp Gordon Johnston sites for
live or expended ordnance. Their
intrusive investigations have lo-
cated live ordnance at two loca-
tions, and properly performed
appropriate demolition and dis-
posal of such materials. The
teams have found practice rock-
ets, practice and actual mortar
shells, training mines practice
and actual hand grenades and
expended cartridges. A separate
story on the search and finds is
reported elsewhere in this issue
of the Chronicle.

Sumatra Cemetery
County Attorney Thomas Michael
Shuler led a discussion on the
questions surrounding Sumatra
Cemetery, just over the county
line, north of Easpoint, on High-
way 65. Mr. Shuler opined that
his investigation indicated a liti-
gation aimed at a declarative judg-
ment as to the use of the cem-
etery by the present generation

was in order. He urged that the
County involve some families who
had interned loved ones into the
property so that.their standing
would reinforce the county's in-
terest in obtaining the judgment.
There is still a related question as
to whether the Sumatra Cemetery
is legally a public cemetery even
though there is evidence that
Franklin County had maintained
it from time-to-time in the past.
Doris Pendleton challenged Mr.
Shuler on matters about the title
to the cemetery property. Com-
missioner Mosconis raised the
question of legal cost and Mr.
Shuler estimated the "floor costs"
would be about 5-$6000, depend-
ing upon how rigorously Drew
Branch's son would contest the
litigation. The matter was left to
Mr. Shuler to communicate with
Mr. Branch's attorney, advising
him of the pending litigation. As
part of the litigation process.
Shuler said he would ask the
Court to appoint a committee of
trustees to oversee the operation
of the cemetery.

Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade asked for motions,
which were approved by the Com-
missioners, to make budget
amendments reflecting changes
in workman's compensation in-
surance, additional court reporter
services and other matters.

Public Hearing
The Board considered and ap-
proved a land use change for a
5.7 acre parcel, Lot 4, Emerald
Point Beach in Section 23, Town-
ship 8 South, Range 6 West, lo-
cated in Eastpoint from Rural
Residential to Residential. A re-
zoning change from R-6 (Rural
Residential) to R-1 (single family
residential) was also approved.
Director of Administrative j
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) site visit was
done last week, and they have
verified the conditions in the
county, and so areas where the
county is going to do in-kind
match, such as installing the cul-
verts on Ridge and Wilderness
Road can begin. Areas that re-
quire a contractor to be paid for
I work, such as Lanark Village can
not begin, because the county
does not have a contract, and will
not, for several more months, and
money the county pays now will
be considered in-kind match, and
will not be reimbursed by the
"In those areas where the county
is going to pay a contractor, the
best we can do is make tempo-
rary fixes with county equipment
and labor, but if we hire a con-'
tractor before we sign a CDBG
contract,, it is at the county's ex-
pense," Pierce said.
Preble-Rish needs a Resolution for
support from the Board for the
Florida Boating Improvement
Grant application to dredge the
Eastpoint channel and place
markers from the boat ramp out
Sto the main channel. The grant
will be turned in by April 10. The
Board approved.
The Apalachee Regional Planning
Council (ARPC) is willing to write
the FCT grant applications for the
Board if we allow the ARPC to
update our LMS (Local Mitigation
Strategy) for the funds available
from state, which is $72,260.
Most grant writers charge be-
tween $5,000 and $7,000 per FCT
(Florida Community Trust) appli-
cation, and the Board has at least
two good projects, which means
a private consultant would cost
between $10.000 and $14,000 for

the grant writing. The ARPC will
do it for free. Since the Board is a
member of the ARPC it has been
past practice to allow the ARPC
to do work without having to ad-
vertise for bids.
Pierce recommended that the
Board accept the ARPC offer as
they are qualified to do the LMS
update, since the wrote they origi-
nal LMS. And they are qualified
to write the FCT grants because
their staff person was a grant re-
viewer for the FCT for about four
years. The Board approved.
At this time, the ARPC does riot
believe the boat ramp request
suggested by the Board will be
competitive with the two other
Board projects, being the acqui-
sition of environmentally sensitive
land on St. George Island, which
can also have a boat ramp, and
the acquisition of environmentally
sensitive land on Alligator Point
for the purpose of re-creating a
beach on the Gulf side, and pro-
tecting an open shore line on the
Alligator Harbor side. The ARPC
will evaluate the boat ramp issue
farther but at this time I recom-
mend we proceed, "with the two
projects that appear to meet the
most FCT points. The Board ap-
proved-proceeding with the two
projects, and await further sug-
gestions for the boat ramp project.
Mr. Pierce added, "Since it will be
at least a year before the .county
would receive any FCT funds, the
Board may want to explore, once
again, the option of leasing the old
ferry dock landing from Helen
Sporhrer on St. George Island for
the summer."
The Board asked that Ms.
Sporhrer be contacted about
The Department of Transporta-
tion has decided to change the
speed limits on Highway 98. Their
letter stated, in part:
"The issues noted in your letter.
were reviewed, and the following
information is provided for your
reference. In an effort to provide.
assistance, the location in ques-
tion was recently reviewed and
presently we are in the process of
changing the area from the East
End of the bridge and causeway
to 55.m.p.h. The 45 m.p.h. speed
limit will begin at the east end of
the bridge and end just beyond
the crest of the bridge. The 35
M.P.H. speed limit will remain for
the west end of the bridge and
provide a graduated speed reduc-
tion for the 25 M.P.H. speed limit
starting at the end of the bridge
in Apalachicola. If you have any
questions concerning the
Department's actions relative to
this matter, you may contact Ms.
June Coates, District Traffic Op-
erations Engineer, toll-free at
1-888-638-0250, extension 692."
Their Franklin County Licensing
Board met last week and recom-
mends the county commission
begin a new permitting procedure
which is more consistent with the
building code, and which will help
regulate licensed contractors from
working in the county. Currently,
the county issues a general build-
ing permit for a new house, and
even though-there will be many
subcontractors working on a job,
such as electricians, plumbers,
roofers, etc., only one permit is
issued. The building code says
that separate permits should be
obtained by the individual con-
tractors for the work they do; that
is, an electrician should pull the
electrical permit, a plumber a
plumbing permit, a roofer would
pull the roofing permit. If this was
done, than the county building
inspectors would not do an elec-,
trical inspection unless a permit
had been obtained, and it could
only be obtained by a licensed

electrician. This is the way it is
done in most counties.
Currently, with only one general
permit being issued, a general
contractor, or a homeowner, may
hire an unlicensed sub and call
for an inspection and the county
has no knowledge who did the
work because we are called after
the work is complete. If a sepa-
rate permit was required, and
could only be pulled by a licensed
subcontractor, the county would
know who is doing what work,
and licensed contractors would
I know that they were competing
with other licensed contractors for
work, and not unlicensed ones
who most likely do not have the
proper insurance, and perhaps
skill to do the work. Mr. Shuler
has not reviewed this proposal
with the Building Department yet.
Board action to have Mr. Shuler
discuss this issue with the Build-
ing Department, and come back
with a recommendation.
The Board was informed that an
ad was placed in' the local paper
for an engineering technician. The
deadline for applying was Mon-
day. At this time only one person
applied, and that person meets
the standards recommended by
I Preble-Rish. This person is Chris
Clark, husband of Cindy Clark,
who maintains the county's web
site. Chris has work and educa-
tion experience suitable foe the
job, but he also has certification
from DOT on earthwork inspec-
tions, pipe placement, traffic sig-
nals, highway lighting and pave-
ment marking, and worksite traf-
fic supervision. He is also a li-
censed certified geologist.
I have informed Chris that this is
a trial position, for both him and
the county. He understands and
is willing to take the position for
the advertised salary of $26,000.
The probationary period runs for
six months, which will take the
Board past the budget workshops
this summer. If the Board likes
how the position. is working and
the person, the Board will need
to create a permanent position
during the budget. If things are
not working out, the Board does
not have to fund the position in
next year's budget.
I recommend the Board hire Chris
Clark, starting as soon as is con-
venient, and of course he must
pass the drug test. Mr. Clark was
scheduled to begin work on Tues-
day, March 5, 2003.

ABARK Spring



ABARK will convene its
semi-annual general membership
meeting on the evening of March
19th at 7 p.m. at the Eastpoint
Firehouse on 6th Street in
Eastpoint, just north of US 98.
There are several issues to be dis-
cussed, including an update by
the Executive Director on the
state of the River and Bay, our
advocacy efforts in the new
Florida legislature, the ACF wa-
ter allocation negotiations, and on
the Franklin County visioningg"
project for the update of the com-
prehensive plan.
As guest speaker for the evening
we are privileged to have Dr. Lance
de Haven-Smith, professor in the
FSU School of Public Administra-
tion and Policy and Associate Di-
rector of the Florida Institute of
Dr. de Haven-Smith is an expert
in the local Comprehensive Plan-
ning process and the options for
citizen involvement in comp plan

updates and implementation. We
can learn a lot from his presenta-
tion for the use of the tools of gov-

Beachfront Pi

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ernment in the protection and
reservations of our River and

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posed zoning change permitting more "shot gun" houses.. This one is
aimed to discourage the tall, skinny buildings to be placed on, the j
existing Finni's beachfront restaurant site.
The petition outlines three arguments against the zoning change. First. 1
there is already a limited base for commercial property, especially ,i
gulf front. Commercial property, secondly, produces more than prop-
erty taxes, including sales taxes, employee withholding taxes, user
license fees, etc. And, third, the "shotgun" house is a functional and ,
aesthetic disaster. The zoning change is tentatively scheduled to be
heard by the Franklin County Commission on March 18th.

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First District Court of Appeal

Judge Sauls Decision On

Pringle-Crum Net Reversed

Appeal Court Rules The Question Whether Hybrid,
Rectangular Net was a Legal Net Was Premature.
Plaintiffs Did Not Exhaust Administrative Remedies
Before They Sought Relief in the Courts
After months of waiting and a few preparing for deliberation, the First
District Court of Appeals has finally rendered a decision in the
Pringle-Crum net case. At the Circuit Court level, Judge N Sander
Sauls had determined two rules made by the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission (FFWCC) were unconstitutional, de-
claring a rectangular fishing net by fishermen Pringle and Crum to
be a legal net under the Florida Constitution. The First District Court
hearing an appeal initiated by the FFWCC said that the entire action
was not properly before the circuit court and reversed the Sauls deci-
On August 2, 1999, Pringle and Crum filed an amended complaint
for declaratory judgment in the circuit court. In the complaint, they
sought a declaration that a net they designed was legal under the
Commission's rules and Article X, section 16. They alleged that their
net which is constructed of three inch stretched mesh is a rectangu-
lar net, not a seine net, and is allowed under the rules. In the alterna-
tive, Pringle and Crum claimed that if the net is prohibited under the
rules, then the rules are unconstitutional because they violate the
due process and equal protection clauses of the Florida Constitution.
According to Pringle and Crum's complaint, the net is a permissible
net under Article X, section 16, regardless of the administrative rules.
The Commission filed a motion -to dismiss on the ground that the
plaintiffs had failed to exhaust available administrative remedies and
a motion to transfer on the ground that the trial court lacked primary
jurisdiction. These motions were denied and the Commission then
answered the complaint. In its answer, the Commission maintained
that the Pringle and Crum net was either a seine net subject to the
two inch mesh requirement of rule 68B-4.0081, Florida Administra-
tive Code or a prohibited gill net.
After a trial, the circuit court rendered its final declaratory judgment
on February 12, 2002. The circuit court found that the Pringle and
Crum net was allowed under Article X, section 16. Additionally. the
circuit court found that there was no rational basis for restricting the
use of the Pringle and Crum net and that prohibition of the net would
result in the complete deprivation of individuals' right to earn a liv-
ing. For these reasons, the court held that rules 68B-4.0081 and
68B-39.0047 were unconstitutional.
We conclude that this declaration was made prematurely. The plain-
tiffs did not exhaust available administrative remedies before they
sought relief in the courts and they offered no valid reason to be
excused from the exhaustion requirement. It is will established that a
constitutional challenge to an agency's rule must first be presented
to the agency and the administrative process exhausted before the
issue may be raised in the courts.
"[t]he doctrine of exhaustion of administrative remedies precludes
judicial intervention in executive branch decision-making where ad-
ministrative procedures can afford the relief a litigant seeks."
Moreover, under the doctrine of primary jurisdiction, the circuit court
should have refrained from exercising its jurisdiction. The issue raised.
in the complaint involves technical expertise in the area of fishing
gear specifications and prohibitions. Such expertise is outside the
ordinary experience of judges and juries, but within the special com-
petence of the Commission. Therefore, the Commission, not the cir-
cuit court, should have ruled upon the issue first.
InFlo-Sun, the supreme court explained:
The doctrine of primary jurisdiction enables a court to have the ben-
efit of an agency's experience and expertise in matters with which the
court is not as familiar, protects the integrity of, the regulatory scheme
administered by the agency, and promotes consistency and unifor-
mity in areas of public policy. Pursuant to the doctrine, judicial inter-
vention in the decision-making function of the executive branch must
be restrained in order to support the integrity of the administrative
process and to allow the executive branch to carry out its responsi-
ilities as a co-equal branch of government.'
Relief at the administrative level and not in the circuit court would
have been appropriate.
For these reasons, we reverse the decision of the circuit court and
vacate the declaratory judgment.

Publisher's Note: Reason and common sense demand some critical
response to this judicial opinion.
Point One: The so-called expertise on the FFWCC is a myth. None of
the appointments made to this Commission by the Governor have
useful experience in the commercial fishing industry. The fishing com-
munity has, from'time-to-time, asked for at least one representative
to sit on this commission. Instead, the Governor has appointed rec-

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rational fishermen, environmentalists, stockbrokers and other busi-
nessmen. Even in the Federal realm, administrative agencies see the
need for industry expertise in such areas as the Federal Communica-
tions Commission, Federal Trade Commission and others.
Point Two: The learned justices on this case ignored the evidence
concerning the lack of testing and evaluation on nets, and the rect-
angular net in particular. The FFWCC has been laggard in exhaust-
ing research on the rectangular net. There appears to be a prospect
of running the issues all over again through the administrative agency.
the FFWCC, and then back into the court system. We hope the fish-
.ing community will not become so discouraged to abandon their fight
against state discrimination in evolving and adopting a commercially
viable net while conserving the resource. The net in this case did just
that, conserve the resource by not killing juvenile fish. The 2-inch
mesh requirement kills juvenile fish causing fishermen to violate the
Constitutional Amendment. I agree with one aspect of the Court's
decision. The Justices appeared not to do their homework to recog-
nize that problem-dilemma. They are too worried over procedure in-
stead of fair play.

Open Letter
Fishing For Freedom
P.O. Box 672
Panacea, Florida 32346
February 28, 2003
Col. Julie Jones
FWC Law Enforcement Chief
Tallahassee, Florida
Col. Jones:
Following a quotation from a Net Limitation violations notice dated
December 19, 2002, prepared by Jim Huffstock (561) 625-5122 for
state wide distribution: "NAPLES Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) officers cited two North Florida commercial
fishermen Tuesday with a total of six net limitation violations and
seized 8,360 square feet of illegal nets from boats working Fish Hawk
Creek in the Ten Thousand Island area." The notice continued by
saying "Col. Julie Jones, FWC law enforcement chief, described the
arrest as a significant accomplishment in the ongoing battle against
illegal netters."
The two fishermen were Bob Nichols of Sopchoppy and Jessie Ward
of St. Marks. Nichols was charged with four second-degree misde-
meanor offenses and Ward was charged with two second-degree mis-
demeanor offenses. According to this report, FWC Officer Joshua
Caraker "observed" crewmen aboard two passing commercial fishing
boats untying nets illegally connected to exceed the legal 500-square
foot limit. Later Lt. Craig Duval, a recently promoted FWC officer from
the North Florida working in Collier County, who "was familiar with
both suspects from previous encounters in Wakulla and Franklin
Counties" ordered the other officers to conduct a second search of
both craft, which uncovered "hidden compartments" containing ille-
gal nets. A question occurs to me here, if Officer Caraker "observed"
crewmen untying illegally connected nets as the boats,passed, how
could a "hidden" compartment be discovered later containing the same
illegal nets? Caraker stated later in the report that the "nets were
illegal, since the boat was in state waters and headed inland away
from federal waters". Why would crewmen be untying nets if the boats
were headed in? Oh, and another question, the report states "FWC
officers later discovered four nylon gill nets with four inch stretch
mesh aboard Ward's 27-foot mullet skiff'. According to Florida Stat-
utes nylon nets are excluded as "gill nets" so how can they be discov-
All of this smells a lot like SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT! None of the
nets had been deployed or fished with and there were NO fish on
either boat; both boats were just launched and were headed OUT: Lt.
Duval (previously from Wakulla/Franklin Counties) just happened to
be in Collier County where these two "suspects" were going? HELP
ME PLEASE! The FWC "crew" who made this significant arrest in-
cluded FWC Officer Caraker, Collier County Sheriffs Deputy Robert
Marvin, Lt. Craig Duval,' FWC Officers Baryle Martin, Milton Mravic,
Brandon Ennis, Shelby Williams, Felix Collazo, Scott Olson, Lt. Wayne
Maahs and pilot Sgt. Chris Upton. This task force of 11 officers just"
happened to be at this location at just this time to make this signifi-
cant accomplishment, the arrest of two North Florida commercial fish-
ermen with SIX misdemeanor offenses for net limitation violations.
Col. Jones if this is an example of how you employ your officers how
much longer can the citizens of Florida afford you?
I want you to know that there isn't much good that comes of this type
of harassment and selective enforcement using made uo charges that
have no statutory basis and are simply designed to cause simple fish-
ermen time, assets and money. As you are surely aware by now every
one of the original trumped up 6 misdemeanor charges along with
the other 8 or 9 added later were dismissed by the Collier County
Judge on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at Ft. Myers, Florida. I wonder
what orders are being given to your enforcement staff or are they so
uneducated about the real laws that they just make stupid arrests
* with unsupported charges. I believe they may be receiving instruc-
tions to just arrest any commercial fisherman and use any charge,
substantiated or not, to support the citations and cause as much
harassment as possible for these Florida citizens. I have also seen
that the majority of the arrests that are posted on your web site are
members of the Wakulla Fishermen's Association. Your office reports
almost no other arrest made in any other location in Florida state-
wide, WHY?
Now I expect that you will publish a statewide news release to report
the findings against Ward and Nichols were dismissed by the Collier
County Court, just as you reported in a news release of their arrests.
I ask that you please provide our organization with a copy of the news
release when it is published. I am sure you will do this because you
have stated before that your intentions are to be fair and impartial in
the execution of your duties. I intend to provide a copy of this letter to
all news outlets represented at the press center in Tallahassee for
their information and use. Thank you for your attention to this inat-
Jerry W. Hendry, Coordinator
Fishing For Freedom

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ABC Schools are a Public Institution Subject
to the Sunshine Laws

Select Faculty Abandons School

Board Meeting When The Press

Shows Up

The Days of "Closed Door" Chats with Legally
Chartered Florida Entities are Over
A strange outcome followed the calling of a meeting of some ABC
school faculty and their Board of Directors. When a representative of
the Franklin Chronicle arrived on Friday afternoon, February 28th. to
"cover the meeting", some of the ABC faculty decided to "call off' their
meeting with the school board. The President of the School Board (or
Board of Directors) advised the Chronicle, reporter that the meeting
was called off because the press was there.
The meeting was a bonafide meeting subject to all the requirements
of a public body in charge of the ABC schools. More than two board
members were present, initially fulfilling the pre-conditions for a "pub-
lic meeting" subject to the Florida "Sunshine Laws." Unknown. or
perhaps "unrealized" by the small contingent of fleeing ABC faculty,
whatever matter was to have been discussed was also the public's
business-not the exclusive domain of the ABC faculty. The ABC
schools are public schools subject to the laws of Florida, aided with
taxpayer dollars to continue operations, chartered by the State of
Florida, and subject to public scrutiny as any other school board
The ABC Schools, also known as the Apalachicola Bay Charter schools.
have thus far performed well, demonstrating considerable promise in
educating Franklin County youth. New proposals have been advanced
to expand their programs. These are free public schools, and their
faculty have often been praised by their principal as a major resource
in the education enterprise. Indeed, this school has already brought
innovation to Franklin County.
There are larger concerns here, and that involves the behavior of a
few ABC faculty who did not want the press present as they dis-
cussed their concerns with their Board of Directors. Unfortunately.
this larger issue looms in the face of behaviour of the faculty who
abandoned the meeting at the last minute, blaming the press. Such
behaviour is hardly a model for public discourse, nor a behaviour
model to young, impressionable students who may look up to their
teachers as role models in this society. "We can't stand up by our-
selves to speak our minds in public, to become more responsible and
accountable for our speech and actions" is What that behavior seems
to be saying to our young students, and indeed the entire commu-
nity. Instead, the favored model seems to be hiding "behind closed
doors". The law of Florida ensures unfettered public access to any
meeting of a legally constituted school board with a few exceptions.
None of those exceptions were invoked.
There might have been a resolution to the problem, but some of the
ABC faculty had already abandoned their plan and left the.premises.
Aiding this behavioral syndrome is the notion held by some school
board members and some ABC faculty that the ABC Schools are.
somehow, their exclusive domain; that they "own" the school. Such a
thought is'absurd. But, remember, behaviour speaks much louder
than silence.
There are many ways of conducting discussions of sensitive issues,
besides simply closing them to the public. But, secret meetings with
an organized authority are anti-democratic and exhibit 'undesirable
traits of citizenship. The mechanism of "closed doors" regresses to
"good old boyism"' typical in many Florida jurisdictions decades ago.
This is hardly a good model for policy-making or decision-making in
our democracy. .
One ,of the toughest lessons .many learn in such a political envirori-
ment," n which a give-and-take process is at work, and there is a level
of tolerance for the other point-of -view/ is that the democratic pro-
cess is often messy, sometimes unorganized, sometimes embarrass-
ing, and yet always demanding the courage of one's convictions-
instead of the rumor-mongering once typicalfof Franklin County com-
munication patterns. To see this pattern reappear is decidedly
counter-productive, especially to a younger generation these 'teach-
ers are mentoring.
Those concerns are part of the 'larger perspective. A mark of profes-
sional maturity also includes the knowledge that school business is
also the public's business. This is nothing new.
I realize this ideal of public discourse seldom reaches such a goal.
but demonstrating the courage of one's convictions is a positive step
That can stimulate others to speak openly without fear or favor. No
one gained anything by trying to solve problems behind closed doors.
The Soviet system of secrecy may still continue in part of the world,
but we should not replicate such behaviour here. Indeed, if we are to
encourage our youth to "tell the truth", and exercise fully all of the
responsibilities of citizenship they should not fear but embrace open
discourse. In my view, some of the ABC faculty-not all-have some
lessons in citizenship to be learned.
Tom W. Hoffer
Publisher's Note: Asked for his take on the incident by the Franklin
Chronicle, ABC Principal Weiner stated, "I truly believe that the teachers
were not trying to skirt public scrutiny, and may not have even con-
sidered this aspect of the meeting. I don't want to see them hurt by
this, maybe it could have been better planned out."

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deficit will be the largest in American history. But, why is this impor-
tant? Why is this something that the American people should be con-
cerned about?
"First, a deficit occurs when our government spends more money
then it takes in. Whether it be funding programs that we can't afford
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56 26:01
25 26:02
56 26:15
52 26:16
56 26:32
59 26:43
61 28:27
40 28:55
49 29:06
66 29:18
47 29:30
27 30:16
56 30:48
23 31:20
21 31:22
32 31:22
49 32:50
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67 33:26
59 33:41
52 33:45
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By Nick and Barbara Yonclas
Fog, drizzling rain and temperatures in the 50's did.not dampen the
spirits of 66 runners and walkers as they started the .2003 Red Pep-
per 5K Run at St. George Island on Saturday, March 1, 2003, and
David Yon (Tallahassee), held off Mike Sims (also, from Tallahassee)
to win the overall race in-a time of 18:59. Sims finished second over-
all in 19:04, followed by the Island's favorite son Hobson Fulmer who
finished third overall in 20:01.
Jessica Stewart, 23, of St., George Island, was the overall female win-
ner in a time of 23:20, followed by Lisa Echeverri and Kristen Snyder,
both of Tallahassee, in times of 24:05 and 25:17 respectively.
Other top ton finishers were Dan Fortunas (Tallahassee), Dwayne
Maddron (Tallahassee), Jim Kinman (Macon, GA), Ace Haddock
(Carrabelle), Will Jones (Atlanta, GA), Frank Flynn (Tallahassee) and
Roger Pouyador (New Orleans, LA).
Equally impressive were the finishing times of certain senior run-
ners, including Apalachicola's Joe Whitesell, age 66, with a time of
29:16, Palm Bay's Lenny Romanik, age 77, with a time of 33:02, and
St. George Island's Mary Noel, age 69, with a time of 39:39.
Hobson Fulmer and Mary Ann Durrer were award winners for first
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Richard Corbett Assumes Fish

And Wildlife Post

Richard A. "Dick" Corbett of
Tampa is the newest member of
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC). On
February 5, Gov. Jeb Bush ap-
pointed Corbett, a real estate de-
veloper/investor to serve a
five-year term on the Commis-
Corbett, 64, will serve on the
seven-member Commission that
governs Florida's fish and wildlife
resources. He replaces Dr.
Quinton Hedgepeth of Miami
whose term expired in January.
Dr. Hedgepeth served 12 years on
the Commission.
Corbett and his wife, Cornelia, a
member of Tall Timbers Research
Station and the Red Hills Conser-
vation Program, currently
co-manage the 16,000-acre
Pinckney Hill Plantation in
Monticello. The north Florida
plantation has been family-owned
for nearly 80 years and is man-
aged for the preservation of fish
and wildlife.
Corbett, an Eagle Scout, said he
is an avid sportsman.

"I've fished and hunted since I was
8 years old in upstate New York,"
Corbett said. "This has helped me
develop an appreciation for our I
natural resources and a drive to
preserve our resources for future
generations to enjoy."
He graduated as president of his'
class at Notre Dame in 1960 with
a bachelor's degree in English and
history. In 1964, he earned a
master's degree in business ad-
ministration from Harvard Busi-
ness School.
The Corbetts have four adult chil-
dren. Corbett enjoys hunting,
fishing, diving, skiing and golf.
Corbett is on the board, of direc-
tors and board of trustees for
Tampa General Hospital as well
as on: the board of directors for
the Florida Council on Economic
Education and the Hillsborough
Education Foundation. He also is
active in various community pro-
grams and organizations, includ-
ing the Tampa Chamber of Com-
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7 March 2003 Page 7

Lanark Water

And Sewer

District Board

Gets A New


By Rene Topping
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District (LVWSD) were ap-
proved at the Franklin county
Commission meeting on February
18, on adding another member
and to approve the two hold over
members Jim Lawlor and Mike
Hughes. The third new member
is Fred Hart who answered the
advertisement in which the dis-
trict had asked for a new mem-
ber. Hart will replace Jack
Depriest who has been too ill to
attend meetings and had to re-
sign. Both Lawlor and Hughes
thanked Depriest for his work for
the district despite how he felt.
Hart was welcomed by the two
men who had voluntary kept their
two seats when there were no resi-
dents coming forward to be
elected. Governor Jeb Bush ap-
proved all of the three men.
Lawlor said that he wanted to
make some remarks before he
opened the regular meeting. He
said that he would like to thank
the villagers who had gone to the
meeting to give the men backup
at the county commission and
were there again in the afternoon
of the same day.
The members of the board do all
the day to day running of the Dis-
trict. They work unpaid and only
try to be doing what is best for
the District. He said the residents
should have representation at all
of the meetings.
Lawhon then said that between.
then and the next regular meet-
ing the board would arrange a
,workshop, which he added will be
public, with City of Carrabelle and
Baskerville and Donovan Inc.
(BDI) The meeting will be in
Lanark at the Chillas Hall.
He then went into a history of the
need for such a meeting. He went


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back to the beginning when Mike
Hughes went to look into rumors
that the City of Carrabelle had
made some moves through BDI to
buy out the LVWSD.
Lawhon said he wanted to bring
the residents up to date and as
one update stated that the board
has tabled the consolidation in-
definitely on the motion from Mike
The reason the City of Carrabelle
wanted to take over the ,LVWSD
was it was talking to St. James
Bay. a subdivision with just un-
der 600 lots and a Golf Course.
They had to cross the District with
their lines to service the project.
Lawlor said that they would have
to ask the district if they could do
it. He said that the district office
had a letter from their attorney
Ben Watkins, that said the dis-
trict was right when they said they
have to have another district's
-He said "We sent a letter to our
attorney requesting that he get in
touch with the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(FDEP) from the District saying
that we have service lines', and in-
frastructure on the south side
of U.S. 98, and we are very con-
cerned of another line being run
He said the engineers and main-
tenance people had said that it is
a touchy situation with all the
lines the district are needing to
put in. He added, "We are techni-
cally not in favor of it but with the
workshop everything can be dis-
cussed. The door is not closed."
He explained, I have always said
that when we put in the first lines
on the south of 98 that was when
the district's problems began." He
said that was when the rates went
skyrocketing. "We projected one
customer base we didn't have.
They took the motel 'and camp-
ground, trailer park sites to build
up a customer base. They had to
have it to get the loan." (ED. Note
"Neither Lawhon, Hughes or Hart
were on the board at that time.")
"Instead of having 172 customers
'we were going to get, we had 39.
The rates had to be adjusted be-
cause they were committed into
the loan."
Lawlor 'said. This is the same
scenario looking at Carrabelle,

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They are going into a multi-million
project based on customer base.
Empty lots are no good. We have
1,600 lots in our district but we
only have 542 customers.
He added, "St. James Bay is sup-
posed to have 600 customers but
until they build a house it's not a
customer. As to the prison, until
it is built it is not a customer."
Lawlor has always said that if the
developer of the project would put
in all the infrastructure, and
make sure Lanark District did not
have to pay one cent. He said he
would not want to go into any-
thing that would put the district
into debt.
Hughes said that in all the talk-
ing with the various people he said
he'told them, "if you could give
us something that we can't say no
to we'll be interested but don't
waste our time on something that
has to be negotiated."
Lawlor was asked about the
District's boundaries and he said
there are two ways of looking at
it. In about 21/2 miles from the
Catholic Church holdings to the
Gulf Waters to the St. Joe prop-
erty on the north. He added.the
schematic map, "It shows, us go-
ing from near Crooked River Road
and to Morality Road."
He said, "Six years ago we went
to the county commission with
the maps. All the unincorporated
land between Lake Morality Road
67 on the west county line on the
north and Alligator District line on
the cast was our district."
Member Hughes asked if the regu-
lar meeting could be called as he
had an appointment. Lawlor
called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the last meeting
were approved. Chairman Lawlor
read out the financial report. The
new member Fred Hart will take
over that job.
Lawlor said that the district had
received the wastewater permit
application. He said that they had
received a letter from State with
. two matters, it was turned over,
to the engineer and maintenance
who said there should be no prob-
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call in case of disaster or hazard.
The secretary has posted it.
Maintenence is working on a per-
mit for a Mr. Strickland who owns
three lots on Illinois street to get
the construction to enable the
District to service him with wa-
ter. Also to put in a service line
straight across to what was once
the Sea Breeze property. Also a
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Street where -people are clearing
the lots.
The Civic Club asked if they do
have a 10 year extension on some
land used for parking vehicles and
boats, Lawlor said that he will
have this put on the next regular
On new -business; Lawlor was
asked for the workshop on the
City of Carrabelle wanting to cross
the District lines and put in lines
going to St James Bay to be set
as soon as possible. It was set for
2 p.m. on March 4. There will also
be a workshop on consolidation
with Carrabelle to be held at 2
p.m. on March 11.
In open discussion at the end of
the regular meeting, Ken Keck
came to the front and spoke about
the St. James Bay project. He
stated that no-one else can serve
the project except City of
Carrabelle. He added that the
State would like to have fewer re-
gional facilities than package
wastewater facilities be built for
each project. The .State will put
in a new wastewater facility in
Carrabelle that will serve as a re-
gional facility, including the pro-
posed prison.
Keck said he welcomed questions
at any time. He went on to say
that if Lanark Village consolidated
.the rates would go down..
Some of the residents said that it
only seemed that way as they
would not get the same amount
under Carrabelle.
Keck said the more the residents
know the more they will see it is a
good idea for Lanark.
He said there was no way that any
other facility could come in and
serve them with water and sewer
without the board's permission.
When Keck said he felt it was a
win-win for Lanark a gentleman
in the audience got up and said
"There has to be a loser whenever
there is a winner."
Keck spent almost 3/4 of an hour
in answering questions. At the
end of the meeting, Douglas
Gaidry, attorney for Carrabelle,
said that the petitions for the wa-
ter and sewer, would not allow the
City to do even repairs and the
petition was turned down for that
and other phrases as to language.
It has been sent back to the City
and John Hedrick for changes.

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Murder Over

Drug Money

By Eunice Hartmann
James Kevin Harless admitted to
killing his grandmother, Mamie'
Elizabeth Robison on January 26,
1994, by stabbing her in the neck.
She was killed by her grandson
in her Carrabelle home nine years
Earlier, the victim had told the
Sheriffs department that she was
afraid of her grandson Harless. A
subsequent autopsy performed by
Dr. David T. Stewart, M. D. re-
vealed the cause of death to be
from an incised and stab wound
to her neck. An investigation re-
vealed that Ms. Robison was mur-
dered in late January 1994, but
for 9 years the Franklin County
Sheriffs department could not
prove Harless's involvement in the
case. Harless's whereabouts on
the evening of the murder were
established to be near the mur-
der scene but he denied any ih-
volvement to law enforcement of-
ficers. A polygraph exam was ad-
ministered three days after the
murder, and as a result of the
exam, he "was found to be un-
truthful in his answers..." accord-
ing to Captain John C. Turner, the
investigating officer in 2003.
According to Turner, the defen-
dant Harless implicated himself
in this murder on several occa-
sions by admitting his involve-
ment in the murder to fellow in-
mates while being incarcerated at
various facilities. On two occa-
sions, Harless has confessed to
Captain Turner that he killed his
grandmother with a knife but he
refused to give details concerning
the killing.
On October 30, 2002, Harless
gave a detailed confession stating
his sole responsibility for. the
murder of his grandmother. Dur-.
ing the interview, which was vid-
eotaped Harless stated he went to
the victim's residence for the pur-
pose of obtaining money for crack
cocaine. He entered the house by
using a key that he had stolen the
previous day. During the incident,
the victim pleaded for her life stat-
ing, "Don't do it. Don't do it." In
addition to the killing, Harless
admitted he took money from the
victim's counter top.
James Kevin Harless admitted to
killing his grandmother Mamie
Elizabeth Robison on January 26,
1994 by stabbing her in the neck
leaving the murder weapon lodged
in place as she died in her
Carrabelle home.
The 83-year-old victim told the
Sheriffs Department earlier that
she was afraid of Harless and that
her fear was well founded. Dur-
ing initial investigations Harless
denied any involvement though
he was seen in the area of the
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a public meeting on Thursday, March 13, 2003
at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse
Annex in Apalachicola. The purpose is to gain
public input on the proposed site for the St.
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volvement to remand him in jail
at that time. When he was appre-
hended he was given a polygraph
test which he failed. However, it
was still not enough to charge
Harless with his grandmother's
In October of 2002 while incar-
cerated in Wakulla County Jail on
an unrelated charge, Harless ad-
mitted the killing and asked for
Capt. John C. Turner of the
Franklin County Sheriffs depart-
ment. Harless gave Capt. Turner
a post Miranda detailed confes-
sion. Harless claims he was after
money for crack cocaine. He had
planned to steal from his grand-
mother in that he had stolen her
key the previous day. He evident(y
entered the victims home, took
money from her counter and
when she objected he killed her
in the bathroom of her home.
Mr. Harless has been in and out
of jail for the past 9 years, not ex-
actly on the "loose" apparently.
While in these various jails,
Harless was said to openly admit
the killing to other inmates. Dur-
ing this time the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department's Capt. John
Turner was building a case
against Harless.
When Harless was once again
apprehended by the police in Tal-
lahassee, he was turned over to
the Franklin County Sheriffs
Dept. and confined to the County
Jail pending a Grand Jury Indict-.

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Carl Petteway

Dies In Alabama

Funeral services for Mr. Carl
Guess Petteway Jr., age 65, of
Eufaula, Al, were held Tuesday,
February 25, 2003 at I P.M., from
the Washington Street United
Methodist Church in Eufaula. The
Rev. Richard Shafer and Rev. Roy
Bateman officiated and burial fol-
'lowed in the Memory Gardens.
Cemetery with Kent Funeral
Home of Eufaula directing. Mr.
Petteway died Saturday, February
22, 2003 at Southeast Alabama
Medical Center in Dothan, Al, af-
ter a brief illness.
Born August 3, 1937 in Gulf
Hammock, Fl., Mr. Petteway was
the son of the late Carl Guess Sr.,
and Myrtle Keith Petteway. His
wife of 39 years, Susie Janes
"Jane" Turner Petteway, preceded
him in death in 1998. He had lived
in Eufaula since 1995 coming
from Apalachicola, Fl, He was a
1959 graduate of Florida State
University with a BS degree in
marketing. He retired from Florida
Power Corporation as District
Manager in 1994 after 35 years
of service. Mr. Petteway was a
member of the Eufaula Rotary
Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, a
volunteer with the Barbour
County Literacy Association and
was given the 1997 ""Roger
Deming" Volunteer of the year
award.. He was a member of the
Washington Street United Meth-
odist Church where he served as
treasurer, a member of the Young
at Heart and a member of the Ven-
tures in Faith Sunday School
class, Mr. Petteway worked part
time with the Eufaula Tribune as
a writer and covered the Colquitt
County Commission Meetings for
the River Rambler. He was a mem-
ber of the Barbour County Repub-
lican Executive Committee,
served on the Fendall Hall Board
of Directors, was a member of
Woodmen of the World, a volun-
teer with the Eufaula Parks and
Recreation Department and an
announcer for the Eufaula Pee
Wee Football Association. Mr.
Petteway was awarded the
Eufaula Tribune Good Citizen of
the Year Award in 1998.
Survivors include a son and
daughter in law, Carl Guess
Petteway, III and wife Brandi of
Williston, Fl.; two daughters and
sons in law, Kathryn "Kathy"
Gilmore and husband Wayne and
Karen Cumbie and husband Jeff
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ter In law, Keith and Naomi
Petteway of Ormond Beach, Fl.; a
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and Arthur Sandlin, Williston, Fl.;
6 grandchildren, Erin Glover,
Hannah Cumbie, Jay Cumbie, -
Sydnie Petteway, Turner
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Date of this Notice 02/20/03 Invoice No. 8634
Description of Vehicle: Make Buick Model Somerset Col, Maroon
TagNo F26PGC Y 1986 State FL vinNo. 1G4NJ27U0GM231549
To Owner: Judy Rice To Lien Holder:
148 15th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

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7 March 2003 Page 9

Riverkeeper Update

The State of the Apalachicola: YOUR River, YOUR Bay
This time last year we alerted friends of the Apalachicola River and
Bay to the critical threat of significant reductions in freshwater flows
into our River and Bay -a veritable "death sentence" to this unique
natural treasure. This letter is an update on that continuing situa-
tion and an appeal for your support in protecting and preserving this
special resource that is Florida's largest river.
We'll talk about:
* What makes this River and Bay such a unique resource?
* What is the status of the threats and what are we doing about
* What can you do to help protect and preserve the Apalachicola River
and Bay?

Why You Should Care: A Unique Resource At Risk
Apalachicola River and Bay is one of the cleanest estuarine systems
to be found today in our country, a Class II waterway. which means
the abundant seafood and shellfish obtained from its waters are prime
for human consumption. If you're a lover of great seafood, you prob-
ably know that first hand already. The Bay produces 13% of the
nation's oysters along with commercially significant annual crops of
shrimp and crab. This natural habitat "nursery" of the Apalachicola
River and Bay estuary spawns a rich variety of freshwater and salt-
water game fish, plus being the birthplace for a billion dollar offshore
seafood industry. This pristine, productive estuary has been recog-
nized by the state as Outstanding Florida Waters, by the federal gov-
ernment as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and by the United
Nations (UNESCO) as an International Man in the Biosphere Reserve.
Presently, the Apalachicola watershed is ecologically healthy, sup-
porting a wide range of bio-diversity, However...

The Threats: What's Happening And The Impact
The Apalachicola River was named the fifth most endangered river by
American Rivers in 2001, and was the only Florida river so desig-
nated again in 2002. Why so?
* Unprecedented reductions in life sustaining freshwater due to his-
toric upstream withdrawals in Georgia and Alabama lead the list of
very real threats. Without the adequate freshwater inflows that have
historically nurtured the exceptionally productive estuarine system.
salinity levels rise and the delicate balance of the entire eco-system is
radically altered. Salt water based predators of the oysters invade,
natural catastrophes such as the salt-water based Red Tide are more
likely, the whole food chain is altered and the rich bio-diversity can
* Explosive local development pressures with potential pollution from
uncoordinated coastal residential and commercial sprawl, malfunc-
tioning and non-compliant wastewater treatment plants, follow close
behind. Along our "Forgotten Coast" and along the 1-10 corridor in
the northern reaches of our Apalachicola Basin, large scale residen-
tial and commercial developments are being planned in a fundamen-
tally un-coordinated way, without necessary state and local govern-
ment oversight or adequate consideration of environmental and in-
frastructure impacts;
* Progressive loss of life spawning, floodplain habitat due to ruinous
dredging that impacts the entire eco-system, both River and Bay. As
with the Tri-state competition for an equitable allocation of freshwa-
ter. flows, upstream interests campaign for continued attempts by the
Corps of Engineers to maintain a 9'x100' channel for commercial barge
traffic by dredging, which results in an unnatural slurry of sand pro-
gressively filling in floodplain, plus in-banks deposit of dredged spoil
choking the creek and tributary "veins and arteries" of the natural

ABARK: Action Plans And Progress
PROGRAMS/PROJECTS: The following are the on-going ABARK
projects and activities, by priority threat to the Apalachicola River
and Bay:
* Threat # l: reduced freshwater flows.During 2002 we made signifi-'
cant progress in opening the ACF Water Allocation negotiating pro-
cess to people most directly affected by the final outcome. In Febru-
ary, with the endorsement of the six riparian Florida counties on the
River, ABARK presented to the FDEP General Counsel a detailed as-
sessment of the January 14 Florida Proposal with specific recom-
mendations for necessary change. That proposal was subsequently

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withdrawn. In June, ABARK met with FDEP Secretary to advocate lor
resumption of open Florida Stakeholders meetings to provide an open
forum for resolving issues and developing a sound, publicly supported
Florida negotiating position for the ACF Water Allocation negotiations.
On July 1, monthly Florida Stakeholder meetings were resumed. In
September, the Florida negotiating team published a set of guiding
principles that reflected the long-term interests of the 6 riparian Florida
counties. Due to the recent elections of new governors in Georgia and
Alabama the negotiations deadline was extended for the thirteenth
time until July 30, 2003. We continue to work with our Tri-State
Conservation Coalition partners in Georgia and Alabama to secure
an equitable distribution of freshwater in the ACF basin. ABARK will
continue its leadership role in the issue resolution process in pursuit
of the Florida negotiating principles that have been published. Advo-
cacy initiatives with the Florida legislature and appointed state offi-
cials will be the key.
* Threat #2: explosive development pressures. ABARK has conducted
extensive public education and outreach to let Floridians know about
the potential impact of unconstrained development on our environ-
ment and way of life. We recognize that a policy of "no growth" cannot
be sustained and is probably not in the region's long-term interest.
We have, therefore, taken a leadership role in advocating for a pro-
cess of active and informed, citizen-based long-term planning. Our
upper river River Steward, .Chad Taylor, had a central role in a
year-long Visioning process in Jackson County called "Imagine Jack-
son", the products of which are now being implemented, ABARK has
worked in partnership with 1000 Friends of Florida and others to
initiate such a citizen-based planning effort in Franklin County, which
has just now obtained County Commission approval for a year-long
process. ABARK will be actively involved with public education and
outreach in a series of public meetings on the goals, objectives, and
options for citizen involvement. The goal will be to ensure the
citizen-based planning processes in the Apalachicola Basin broaden
the ownership of the Basin's future and result in environmentally
sound public policy.
* Threat #3: progressive loss of habitat. ABARK will continue to fight
for the cessation of ruinous USACE dredging on the middle reaches
of the Apalachicola River. We will continue to lobby for support of the
special legislation introduced jointly by Florida Senators Graham and
Nelson in the Senate, an'd by Rep. Boyd in the House side of the US
Congress. In addition, ABARK will renew monitoring of the illegal
filling of jurisdictional wetlands, and seek to provide better public
understanding of the function of wetlands. ABARK will continue re-
search on establishing credible metrics by which to measure the im-
portance and economic value of wetlands habitat for bio-diversity and
the entire eco-structure.
1. Join ABARK-ABARK has more than doubled its membership over
the past 18 months. Be a part of this growing voice for the Apalachicola.
When grant funding from corporations is tight (as it is NOW), our
successes in recruiting new members and retaining old has a direct
impact on grant-giving decisions..
2. Make a Donation-Consider supporting the plans and programs
of ABARK with an annual monetary donation. You might even con-
sider,a monthly contribution, to provide dependable, long-term sup-
port. Your return on your tax-deductible investment will be in ABARK's
substantive advocacy programs, well planned and managed to achieve
clearly defined environmental goals and objectives for the protection
and preservation of the Apalachicola.
3. Keep in Touch-ABARK is a volunteer organization with members
in 22 states and one foreign country, but a paid staff of only 2! There
are multiple opportunities throughout the year that are dependent
on the willing support of volunteers who dedicate their time and tal-
ent to the organization's continued success. We maintain a growing
database of potential talents and would love to add your interests to
that group.

Apalachicola Has Its Own

"Marion The Librarian"

Nadine Kahn now on board as Librarian

By Eunice Hartmann
New programs, new directions
and new thinking are bringing the
Apalachicola Municipal Library
into the 21st Century. Nadine has
come to us via a brief time in
Maine and before that Atlanta,
but she has ties to our area from
way back in her early childhood.
An Anthropology major, with an
English minor plus 5 years expe-
rience in records management
gives Nadine excellent preparation
for being a librarian. She also has
plans to work on her master's
degree in Library Science.
The children's program on Satur-
day mornings at 10:00 is a new
outreach to stimulate young read-
ers. Volunteer Dawn Radford, a
published author, reads several
books with similar themes to the
children. Following a snack, a
craft project following the book
theme is planned each week. A
parent must accompany partici-
pating children. This is the first
time such a program has been
provided by this library for
Apalachicola children.
Nadine has written and received
3 grants which will increase the
library's ability to serve its con-
stituents. The Libri foundation
provides a grant which uses
matching funding and the library
ends up with about 70 new or
classic children's books, The Top-
per Foundation from Port St. Joe
provides for an increase in book
purchases focusing on African-
American heritage and Sanborn
Maps which are to early platts of
this area. The Florida Humanities
Council Grant is providing a ver-
bal history originally told in 1998-
99 by the people who have lived
in this area all their lives. These
now digitalized stories titled
"When I was young..." will be part
of a scrapbook of the times, the
individual telling the story. They
will be available for all you his-
tory buffs when completed.
Would you be interested in a book
discussion group? That is another
idea Nadine wants to promote so

let her know of your interest. If
you just want to keep up with
your reading while sunning on the
beach try one of the extensive col-
lection of current audio books.
The Board and the Friends of the
Library have generously contrib-
uted their time and money for the
library activities and are very sup-
portive of Nadine's new ideas.
Nadine hopes to establish link-
ages with all the local organiza-
tions to coordinate or enhance
activities of both group's program-
ming. She wants the library to be
an integral part of the community.
There will have to be an addition
made to the existing library build-
ing in the hear future. The State
also has some ideas of recreating
the square on which the current
library is located back to its his-
torically correct form. The State
owns 4 of the corners on the
square including in front of the
Episcopal Church but not the li-
Sbrary corner which belongs to the
city. It will be a topic for further
Apalachicola Municipal Library
has extensive local history re-
sources and is one of the few li-
braries designated as a historical
deposit As many stored books are
being reviewed the volunteers are
finding rare children's books, fam-
ily history books and many his-
torical photographs of this area.
The library "wish list" includes a
scanner, so if you upgrade yours
consider making a donation of it
to the library.
Incidentally, April is Amnesty
Month for those of you who have
library books in your possession
that need to be returned. No fines
in April.
Nadine expressed thanks to Irma
Barber for setting a good pathway
to follow as she explores the many i
possibilities to get you involved
with the library in as many ways
as possible ... But just taking out !
a book is a good start.

Contact: David McLain, Executive Director, P.O. Box 484, Eastpoint. From County Commissioner Clarence Williams
FL 32328.

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Special Recognition at the Cookoff accorded to
Woody Miley, Harry Arnold, and Ollie Gunn.

7th Annual Sylvester Williams

Scholarship Banquet Scheduled For

March 8th

As a commissioner here in Franklin County for the past six years. I
have always made It a commitment to help improve the education of
our-thldirerr.: One of the ways I accomplish this is by providing schol-
arships each year to graduating seniors. Establishing the Sylvester
Williams Scholarship Board, who's mission statement is 'Honoring
the past while building the future, we initiated the Sylvester Williams
Memorial Scholarship Banquet, named in honor of and dedicated to
the memory of one of my sons. The funds generated from banquet
tickets are used for these scholarships.
The 7th Annual Sylvester Williams Memorial Scholarship Banquet
will be held Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Apalachicola High School
Cafetorium at 4:00 p.m. This year's theme is, "Continuing to pass the
torch that lights our children's future." Our keynote speaker will be
Charles Barfield, a native Apalachicolian, and now an attorney in
Orlando. We will also honor unsung heroes of our community, as well
as recognize recipients of previous scholarships.
On behalf of our board, I extend a special invitation to you to attend
our banquet. As a concerned member of our community, I know you
share my conviction that education is important for our children,
thus your support of the banquet provides you an opportunity to
.help us "continue to pass the torch." Tickets are available for $15 per
couple, $10 for individuals and $3 for children. I look forward to count-
ing on your support. If you have any questions, please direct them
towards our board president, Elinor Mount-Simmons at 653-9093 or
contact me at 653-8202.

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Crum Sues Florida in Federal Court
rectangular net in excess of the mesh size of said-nets allowed. Thus.
he is unable to pursue his life's activity of a and commercial recre-
ational/harvest of mullet and other fish in Florida waters.
Plaintiff Crum alleges that he is discriminated against by the State of
Florida, and its named agency, for its failure to make reasonable
modifications in its policies, practices, or procedures where such are
necessary to afford such goods, services, facilities, privileges, advan-
tages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Mr. Crum
alleges of that such accommodations and modifications would NOT
fundamentally alter the of such goods, services, facilities, privileges.
advantages or accommodations.
If the plaintiff Ronald Fred Crum cannot successfully participate in
the RECREATIONAL or commercial mullet fishing mullet fishing in-
dustry by using a viable rectangular net, prohibited by the Florida
FWCC, and due to his own physical impairment by Plaintiff cannot
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major life activities.
By prohibiting the use of a viable rectangular net, the Defendant has
failed to make mullet Fishing accessible to the Plaintiff or to offer
accessible arrangements for participation by the Plaintiff or to offer
accessible arrangements for participation by the Plaintiff. Defendant's
prohibition constitutes discrimination under 42 U.S.C. 12.
If the Plaintiff is not permitted to use a viable rectangular net, he will
be forced to fish with substantial pain and significant physical disad-
vantage in his profession of mullet fishing. The Plaintiff is entitled to
a temporary restraining order and preliminary permanent injunction
requiring the Defendant to permit the Plaintiff to fish for mullet and a
permanent injunction requiring the Defendant to permit the Plaintiff
to fish for mullet with a viable rectangular net.


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Burned out shell all that's left of the Tobin family's Bay
Shore Drive home in Apalachicola after a fire February
20, 2003, took the life of Chris Tobin and his children
Kenzie, almost three, and Myra, nine months.

Family, Friends Gather To Mourn

Fire Victims

You are a mist that appears for a little while then


By Sue Cronkite
Memorial services were held Fri-
day, February 28, in Lafayette
Park in Apalachicola for Christo-
pher Hallett Tobin. 24. and his
children Mackenzie Gloria and
Myra Elizabeth who died when
their home was destroyed by fire
on February 20. Kenzie would
have been three years old on Feb-
ruary 22, and Myra was nine
In the rubble of the house on Bay
Shore Drive, Suzanne Davis
T6bin, wife and mother, found one
of Kenie's birthday presents not
burned in the fire. A photo album
was found, with the cover burned,
but pictures inside mostly intact.
Some of the children's dolls and
toys and Chris' *guitar were
burned, but not destroyed, in the
Suzanne searched for items be-
longing to her husband and chil-
dren, trying vainly to find her
wedding ring that had been in'a
cup on the window ledge in the
kitchen- Chris' wedding ring was
discovered, and some jewelry of
Suzanne's. It was almost as if
Suzannet as seeking her family
in the rubble. "They're gone," she
repeated over and over.
Suzanne. had met Chris at the
Seafood Festival as he worked
setting up rides for the carnival
owned by his parents Dorothy
and Hal Tobin, of Tallahassee.
The cotplesettled.in Apalachicola
and began their family. At the
time of the tragedy Suzanne
worked at the ADalachiCola'S~tate

-James 4:14

Bank and Chris at the Rancho
Inn. A fund was set up at the bank
to help cover funeral costs.
A large gathering of family and
friends, still in shock from the.
tragedy, gathered at Lafayette
Park for the memorial service.
Suzanne chose the park for the
service because the gazebo was
where she and Chris were mar-
ried September 3, 2000, and he
had proposed on the pier, where
she scattered the ashes, all that
remained of her family, into
Apalachicola Bay.
Tables held a display of photos of
Chris and Suzanne's wedding and
pictures of the children among the
flowers as family members and
friends expressed their love and
loss and read poems to celebrate
the three lives in an effort to bring
closure to a tragic event.
Survivors include parents and
grandparents Hal and Dorothy
Tobin of Tallahassee; grandpar-
ents Edward and Carol Davis of
Eastpoint; great-grandparents, j.
C. and Gloria Barnwell of
Monticello and Clarence and June
Davis of. Havana;, and an uncle,
Taylor Davis of Eastpoint; Chris'
sisters Susan and Jennifer and
their children Bryce and Abigail.
A benefit concert for Suzanne is
being held. Saturday, March 8, at
Harry A's on St. George Island,
from 5 p-m. to 9 p.m. The $5 door
charge will be donated to the fund.
, Bands include King Cotton Blues,
Grace McCuin, and others.

Boyd Report from Page 3

or cutting taxes and losing needed revenue, if you cut the amount of
money that is coming in, but continue to spend at the same levels,
you will end up with a deficit. That is why a balanced budget is so
important, to avoid deficits. Again, why is this important, and how
does it affect the daily lives of Americans? One good reason is be-
cause of the interest we, the taxpayers, pay on the deficit.
"The amount we spend paying interest alone to service our debt
amounts to a debt tax equal to over $2500 for each taxpayer, and this
tax cannot ever be repealed. In my opinion, paying interest on the
federal debt is one of the most wasteful forms of spending. This is
money that could be used to pay for a prescription drug plan, for
education programs, for bulking up our military, for building roads
and so much more. It is frustrating to know that nearly 18 percent of
the federal budget will go towards paying off interest, meaning that
roughly 18 cents of every $ 1. 00 paid in income tax goes toward
interest on the national debt. In the President's FY04 budget released
earlier this week his estimates show'that his policies will result in an
additional $105 billion in spending on interest over the next five years.
This will place a huge burden on taxpayers, and that is why we should
care about deficits.
"The Administration's budget institutionalizes the return to deficits
as far as the eye can see. The budget projects a $307 billion deficit
this year, and this figure does not include the cost of a potential war
in Iraq. The Administration also projects that we will have to borrow
$1.1 TRILLION over the next five years to pay for the economic pro-
posals outlined in his budget, and we can reasonably presume that .
the outlook continues to get worse after 2008. Deficit spending should
not be the norm, and the fact that in two years we have gone from a
$5.6 TRILLION surplus to a $1.1 TRILLION deficit indicates to me
that Congress and the President need to do a better job of identifying.
what is important to the American people, and then reordering our
spending and tax policy to reflect those needs.
"Budgeting is prioritizing, and our priorities and challenges are many
homeland security, national defense, and strengthening the economy.
We will only do harm to our country, our economy, and our citizens,
if the federal government continues to borrow and spend with no
regard'for the burden it places on taxpayers and generations to come.
We must remember that with this type of fiscal irresponsibility we are
forcing our children and grandchildren to pay a steep price for the
deficit spending of today."


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Pictures from happier times adorned tables and stands in
the gazebo at Lafayette Park where a memorial service
was held for Christ Tobin and his daughters, Mackenzie,
who would have been three on Saturday,.February 22, and
baby Myra, nine months.

Florida Owns
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Freshwater Fishing License Regardless Of

If you're a Florida freshwater an-
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tier, now I S yLn t,^-' LU UUY -1
five-year freshwater fishing li-
cense. During March and-April,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) has
a special deal for resident anglers
buying a $61.50 five-year fresh-
water fishing license.

Participating anglers will receive
more than $60 worth of fishing
tackle and magazines. Purchases
of lifetime licenses and five-year
combination licenses that include
freshwater fishing privileges are
also eligible for this promotion. In.
addition, the package will include
special deals and rebate offers. In
effect, you get five years' worth of
freshwater fishing virtually for'
Sponsors providing free stuff in-
clude the FWC, Bass Anglers
Sportsman Society, Bass Pro
Shops, Bullet Weights, Central
Florida's Polk County Visitors and
Convention Bureau, Costa Del
Mar, Culprit Lures, DOA Lures,
Florida Media, "Florida Wildlife,"
Hover Lure, Gary Yamamoto
Baits, Seminole County Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau, Mustad
Hooks, TruTurn International
Hooks, U-Neek Fishing Group
and Woodies Rattlers. Sponsors
who provide coupons or special
offers include the following: Allen
Lures, the Big Bass Record Club,
"Florida Sportsman," the Interna-
tional Game Fish Association,
Larsen's Publishing, Lee Fisher
Nets, Luhr-Jensen, Millennium.
Twist, Shakespeare/Pflueger,
SnagiProof, Southern -Bass-frails -
and Tyger Leader. .
Licenses are available at tax col-
lectors' offices or from an online
vendor (such as eAngler.com,
where a $1.95 surcharge applies),
or through FWC's instant license
number (call 11888-FISH-
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applies to these credit card trans-
actions). Anglers can start fishing
right away, and an attractive plas-
tic license along with the bonus
package will arrive in the mail
within six weeks. Five-year and

:lifetime licenses automatically
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occur before the license expires,
and you save the administrative
and convenience fees that you'd
otherwise pay with annual license
renewals. Anglers can set the ac-
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after they make the purchase if
their current license has not ex-
Long-term license revenues are
important to the FWC, because
they ensure a stable funding base
for fish and wildlife conservation
in Florida. The law provides for
the FWC to use $12 of the $60
five-year license fee plus interest
each year for conservation, and
the money cannot be diverted to
other uses. In addition, each' of
the five years, the Federal Aid in
Sportfish Restoration Program
counts the licensed angler, so the
state recovers an additional $20
or so in federal money from taxes
paid by anglers on fishing tackle
and motor boat fuel purchases.
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The Vote

While Floridians consider which
design should represent Florida
on the state's commemorative
quarter, to be minted next year,
one of the proposed designs
flaunts Florida's bragging rights
as the "Fishing Capital of the
Just look at the numbers. More
than 700 world-record fish
catches came from Florida's wa-
ters. That's seven times more than
any other state. In fact, that's
more than any other country.
That's the kind of record that at-
tracts I million visitors to fish
alongside Florida's 2.1 million
resident anglers. Multiply the
number of anglers by the days
they fished and it totals 48.4 mil-
lion fishing days.
Florida is the world's number one
recreational fishing destination,
because it's the best place in the
world to fish.
"Florida's abundant freshwater
and saltwater fishing opportuni-
ties, year-round access to the
state's waters, generous bag lim-
its and careful scientific manage-
ment by the FWC staff entitle the
state to claim the Fishing Capital
of the World title," said FWC Com-
missioner John Rood.
Florida's most sought-after fresh-

Anglers who wan to battle a \r-
tual sea monster can I1sh ollshore
for a giant marlin or tarpon or an\
one of dozens of other rnarine spe-
cies around Florida. Near-shore
waters olfer their own opportune.
ties for -snook. sea trout, redfish.
snapper. cobia. mackerel and doz-
ens ofl other species.
Fishing pours $5.5 billion into
Florida's economy and supports
75,000 jobs, and in a state with
1,200 miles of coastline, 12,000
i miles of rivers and streams and
7,700 lakes, there's plenty of room
for growth.
Regardless of which proposed de-
sign appears on the Florida quar-
ter, the state is the indisputable
Fishing Capital of the World.
To take a look at the Fishing Capi-
tal of the World quarter design
proposal, along with the other
proposed designs and to vote for
your favorite, visit www.
myflorida.com on the Internet or
send your vote in writing to the
Governor's Office of Citizen Ser-
vices, The Capitol, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399.

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7 March 2003 Page 11

A Preliminary Report

Sites At Former Camp Gordon

Johnston Searched For Live Ordnance

Live ammunition, grenades and land mines
already discovered and destroyed in two sites

EE/CA Geophysical Summary

The Army Corps of Engineers.
Defense Program Restoration
Manager. and his staff appeared
before the Franklin County Com-
mission to convey a preliminary
report on their initial findings in
their search for live ordnance at
the former sites of Camp Gordon
Johnston. The team members in-
cluded Roland Belew of the Corps.
Don Silkebakken. Tim Bahr of the
Florida Dept. of Environmental
Protection and representatives of
the county community such as St.
Joe Company, St. James Devel-
opment and Florida State Univer-
The two areas that have been pre-
pared for intensive search and
funded for research are desig-
nated "Area B (West 54 acres)"and
"Area B (East, 44 acres)" These are
respectively areas of the Marine
Laboratory run by Florida State
University and the St. Joe
Company's location for summer
camp. In Area B, West, the inves-
tigators found six fused training
mines, practice grenades and
High explosive grenade frag-
ments. In Area B, East, the teams
located practice grenades, prac-
tice mines and more high explo-

sive fragments. Don Silkebakken
informed the Commissioners in
the period from March 2000 to
mid-April the Army excavated by
hand eight high explosive items
which were blown and disposed.
The team's second purpose in
appearing before the county com-
missioners was to alert Franklin
County personnel about the more
visible aspects of the survey, in-
dicating that Highway 98 and 319
are likely to be affected with tem-
porary flow interruptions. Bro-
chures and related classroom
materials are to be distributed
along with local displays and ex-
hibits, and a web site. Anyone in
the area of the old Camp Gordon
Johnston is advised to contact
911 if they discover unknown ob-
jects that might be unexploded
ordnance, and not to pick up any-
thing unknown and potentially
The chart published below shows
the Project Area designation (far
left column) and a description of
the former use when the Camp
was in operation. The Potential
ordnance is described in the 4th
column from the left.

Chili Cookoff from Page 1
Country Store .... ... ............................. $765.
Art Preview (Friday Nite at the Firestation) ...... $1300.
Dominic's Chili.... ..................... ........ $1700.
Drinks ..................... ... ................ $3500.
BBQ sandwiches.. .................................. $965.
Kabobs ................. .....................................$1380
G um bo .............................................................. $948.
5K Run ........................ ............................... $890.
Auction Registration........................................... $427.
Funnel Cakes.... ........................... .... $1032.
H ot D ogs ............................... ................. ......... $362.
Auction ... .... ............................... $44,000.
Professional Cookers ....................................... $3800..
Corporate Sponsors ........................... $35,000.
5K Run Sponsors ... .................... ......... $1700.
Pre-sold Sponsor Items .......................... 3-$5000.
The grand winner in the professional chili competition was Bob Hall,
whose team was "Chef Boy-R-Bob Chili" from Taylorville. Illinois.
Bob qualifies for the World Championship competition in October. He
won $400 at the 21st Charity Chili Cookoff on Saturday. March 1.

The other professional chili winners were as listed:
Second Place-$200
Name: Roy Geigel
Team Name: Cowpokes Chuckwagon Chili'
From: Appleton, Wisconsin
Third Place-$100
Name: Wes Carlson
Team Name: Black Coyote Chili
From: Loves Park, Illinois
Fourth Place-
Name: Calvin Nolan
Team Name: Tobasco Jac's
From: Ft. Pierce, Florida
Fifth Place-
Name: Dean Fulton
Team Name: Team Ego
From: Tallahassee, Florida
Miss Chili Pepper-Terri McNeill, El Fuego Maker
Mr. Hot Sauce-Gary Austin, Atlanta Parrothead Club
Just Because Award-Friends of Roy "Bubba" Hobbs
Best Booth-Racing Good Chili
Showmanship Award-Tallahassee Parrothead Club
Hi Yield Award-Chet Murzyn, Sunshine Painting, Eastpoint, Florida
This award (Hi-Yield) goes to the team that raises the most amount of
money through chili and other food sales. They raised over $2,000
and won this award for the 3rd time in three years.
This competition and judging were coordinated by Lee Edminston.

Winners of the 2003 Chili Crock Pot Competition:
1st Place: Carolyn Urton, Three Lakes, Wisconsin
2nd Place: Christine Slauson, Alden, Iowa
3rd Place: Gary Folgeman
This competition was coordinated by Eunice Hartmann.
Fun and frivolity are a distinct part of the charity Chili Cookoff, with
want-a-be clowns and actors dress their part for a day's exposure to
about 5-8000 persons who braved the cold winds and very moist
atmosphere to be :'out-and-about." A brief montage of photos may
convey the endless tomfoolery, aided and abetted with libations and
most likely tasteless humor. Rain-or-shine, the Cookoff has gener-
ated for 21 seasons now, a day's worth of celebration and chili con-
sumption all in the name of charity. The proceeds will go to finance
fire protection and First Responder protection on the island and in
Franklin County.

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project Area Description/Former Usage Approx. Potential Proposed % of Area for Actual
)csignation Size OE Contamination Survey Test Geophysical Surveyed
(Acres) Acreage Survey Acreage*
A Bazooka Range 50 2.36" Practice and HE Rockets 2.3 2.2 2.56
B Grenade Court 98 MklAI HE and Practice Grenades 2.3 2.3 2.86
C Barracks and Dump 1 2.36" Practice Rockets & Land Mines, Various 0 0 0.1
D Boat Dock I HE Projectiles' 0 0 0
E Artillery Impact Zone 1,730 105 and 155mm HE Projectiles 2.4 0.14 4.01
F Dog Island 1,923 4.2" HE and White Phosphorous Mortars, 4.5" 2.4 0.12 4.94
G Alligator Point Gunnery Range 250 37mm Cannon and HE Rockets, 4.2" HE and 2.3 0.92 5.51
White Phosphorous Mortars, 4.5" Rockets,
Bangalore Torpedos
H Red, White, and Green Beaches 53 .. Mines, Bangalore Torpedos, Various 2.3 4.3 4.99
I Harbeson City 347 HE Grenades, Various 2.3 0.66 3.11
1,J2,J3,J4 Special Training Areas 1,2,3,4 460 HE Grenades, Various 2.3 0.50 4.16
K Dump 160 Various 0 0 1.57
L Eastern EOD Cleared Sites 3,692 None 0 0 1.03
P Off-Post EOD Cleared Sites 1,733 None 0 0 0
1 Contingency Sampling .,' .. 30 .
TOTALS .. 8,764 4 .. ,.."'- 48 6 0.98 34.04
HE High Explosives
Contingency sampling acreage may be distributed throughout investigation areas based on field
Areas D and P are not planned for geophysical investigation unless additional evidence of the presence of
OE is obtained..
Areas M, N, 0, and Q will not tIe geophysically investigated due to ASR recommendation of No Further
Action or FUDs ineligibility.
*Excludes data that was screened as unuscable during processing effort.

Eating, You Gotta Love If!
I .

Eastpoint, Florida:
The Barbecue
Center On March
22, 2003
By Eunice Hartmann
The Ultimate Ribs Barbecue
Sauce competition in this area.
They are hot, sweet mild and burn
you up style, but each contestant
has to have his own original recipe
BBQ sauce. The ribs are provided
by the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire
Department. Unfortunately regis-
tration is over but the eating part
of this fun event is yet to happen.
You gotta to be there March 22 at
the fire hall. After the competition
the ribs will be sold for everyone
to enjoy and to make money for
the fire department. You can't lose
with this deal.
I really tried to get a "secret" recipe
but nobody in Eastpoint, would
utter a word about their recipe so
I have to give you some of my own
The first "secret" BBQ recipe is to
purchase 3 or 4 or more different
BBQ sauces from the grocery
store. Get a hot, smoked, etc. Mix
them together and add a little
water to thin and you have your
own BBQ recipe. Your friends will
be amazed!
The next "secret" recipe is another
easy one. but you have to do a bit
more mixing and adding of spices.

"Good-Stuff BBQ"
1 large bottle cheapest catchup
2 Tablespoons powdered mustard
3 Tablespoons Soy sauce
3 Tablespoon Worcestershire
1 small can 6 oz, tomato paste
I 1 cup water or more to
consistency you like
Mix in a bowl and spread on your
chicken, ribs or cook with a fresh
brisket of beef for 5 hrs slowly,
You can add more or take out
some if the taste doesn't please
- you.
Here's to you BBQI


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Subject Of FWC


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) is
seeking input from hunters and
other stakeholders, in a series of
public workshops concerning
deer management.
"We have initiated a review of our
deer harvest regulations and a
process for determining hunters'
preferences," Commissioner John
D. Rood said. "Our goal is to pro-
vide the types of recreational op-
portunities hunters want, while
maintaining a healthy, productive
deer herd."
Seven options to maintain or im-
prove the quality of Florida's deer
population are under consider-
ation to replace the state's cur-
rent deer bag limit two deer per
day, with a minimum of one
5-ihch antler.
Options are:
Change nothing,
Establish a bag limit of two deer
per season and retain the 5-inch
antler requirement,
Establish a bag limit of two deer
per season and require that one
of them have at least one
three-point antler and the other
have at least one 5-inch antler,
Establish a bag limit of three
deer per season and retain the
: 5-inch antler requirement,
Establish a bag limit of three
1 deer per season and require that
one of them have at least one
three-point antler and the other
two have at least one 5-inch ant-
Establish, in specific counties
only, a two-deer per season bag
limit and require that both of
them have at least one three-point
antler and to select participating
counties based on landowner and
hunter preferences, and
Allow landowners or groups of
landowners with at least 2,000
contiguous acres to ask the FWC
to establish, on their land only, a

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Philaco Announces 4th Grade Essay

Contest Winners
What would vou wish for if you had three wishes? That was the topic
selected by 4th grades in three elementary schools as part of the
annual 4th Grade Essay Contest sponsored by Philaco Woman's Club
ofApalachicola. Philaco Education Program Chairman-Shirley Hartlev
is delighted to announce the contest winners as follows:
ABC School: First Place: Erin Chapple
Honorable Mention: Caitlin Trainer. Kara
Richards, Sarak Sizemore. Austin Lee.
Brooke Harper
Brown Elementary: First Place: Shelby Hunnings
Honorable Mention: Morgan Yunick. Holly
Peacock. Ethan Bamburg. Wesley Bellew.
Shane Hartsfield
Chapman Elementary: First Place: Twoyne Sanders
Honorable Mention: Adam Joseph, Bran-
don Jones. James Winfield,
Morgan Golden, Dalin Modican
Awards were presented recently to students at each of the schools.
First Place winners received $25 gift certificates for books from
Amazon.com and each school Library also received a $25 Amazon.corn
certificate for books in honor of those students receiving Honorable
Mention. All participants in the Essay Contest received laminated
book marks made and donated by the Franklin County Literacy Pro-
Criteria used to judge the entries included originality and creativity.
structure, and visual presentation. The intent of the Philaco Club
essay project is to encourage and reward good writing skills of el-
ementary school students.
Projects of the Philaco Woman's Club Education Program include
providing tutors for area elementary schools, book donations for school
and public libraries, and scholarships for two students at Apalachicola
High School (AHS). Philaco also sponsors an AHS student participant
at the annual Hugh O'Brien Leadership Conference and offers a read-
ing club for its-members. For more information please contact Shirley
Hartley at 927-3154.


Honorable Mention: Left to right, Holly Peacock,
Philaco representative Dawn Radford holding
certificate for Shane Hartsfield (not pictured),
Morgan Yunick, Ethan Bamburg and Wcsley Becllew

Left to right: Bertha Stanley, Teacher; Twoyne
Sanders, First Place Winner; Dec Shepherd,
Principal; Patti McCartney, Philaco Woman's Club


Left to right: Valerie Claython Teacher; Erin
Chapple, First Place Winner: Maureen Crowe,
Philaco Woman's Club Representative


Left to Right: Laura King, Teacher: Shelby Hunnings,
First Place Winner; Dawn Radford, Philaco Woman's
Club Representative


Honorable Mention: Left to right, Brooke Harper,
Austin Lee, Kara Richards, Sarah Sizemore, Caitlin

Deer Man. from Page 11

The deadline for expressing pref-
erences is April 9.
A secondary issue to be discussed
during the workshops is the split
general gun season in the North-
west Zone. The Commission
wants to determine if hunters
would like to continue with the
current format or eliminate the
split and have one continuous
72-day general gun season, begin-
ning Thanksgiving Day.
The FWC frequently conducts
public workshops on a variety of
subjects to keep abreast of Flo-
ridians' attitudes and opinions
concerning the agency's manage-
ment of fish and wildlife re-
Disabled persons who would re-
quire special accommodations to
take part in the workshops can
make arrangements by contact-
ing Cindy Hoffman at (850)
488-6411 at least five days in ad-
vance. Hearing or speech-
impaired persons needing assis-
tance should call (850) 488-9542
to make arrangements.

two-deer per season bag limit and
require that both deer have at
least one three-point antler.
Interested persons can download
surveys to express their prefer-
ences from the FWC's Web site at
www.floridaconservation.org be-
ginning in March, or they can
complete surveys at one of the
workshops, or they can request
surveys from the FWC's regional
Workshops are scheduled to take
place: March 11, 6 p.m., at the
Chipola Community College Arts
Center, 3094 Indian Circle,
Marianna; March 17, 7 p.m., at
the Columbia County School
Board Administrative Complex
Auditorium 372 W. Duval St.,
Lake City; March 19, 7 p.m., at
the International Game Fish As-
sociation Fishing Hall of Fame
and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream
Way, Dania Beach; April 2, 7p.m.,
at the Rowan Agricultural Com-
plex (Marion County, Extension
Service) Building Auditorium,
2232 N.E. Jacksonville Rd.,
Ocala; and April 3, 7p.m., at the
Lake Mirror Auditorium, 121 S.
Lake Ave., Lakeland.

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Honorable Mention: Left to right, Dalin Modican.
Brandon Jones, James Winfield, and Adam Joseph.
(Not pictured, Morgan Golden)

Daring Tales Of

Valor In Area Book


By Sue Cronkite
Flipping through the pages of
time, area historian Marlene
Womack told about the part
people of Apalachicola and
Franklin County played in World
War II, at a meeting of the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety on February 10, 2003.
Army Air Corps flyers practiced
flying over water from the
Apalachicola Airport. Coast
guardsmen and local boatmen
helped .rescue the few who sur-
vived a German submarine's tor-
pedo attack on the British tanker
Empire Mica in the Gulf of Mexico
just off Cape San Blas.
Historical material gathered by
Womack in her new book War
Comes to Florida's Northern Gulf
Coast and her weekly column in
the News Herald adds greatly to
the recorded history of the coast,
from Panama City to Lanark,
where the U. S. Army's amphibi-
ous training center, Camp Gordon
Johnston was located.
When British tanker Empire Mica
was torpedoed by a German sub-
marine just off Cape San Blas on
June 29, 1942, Apalachicola resi-
dents sprung into action. When .
Coast Guard Lt. Elgin Wefing,
learned of the tragedy, several
Apalachicola residents were gig-
ging flounder in the West Pass
area. At first Joe Thompson
thought Sand Island was on fire,
but Belton Tarantino told him the
fire was out in the Gulf.
R. J. "Dick" Heyser volunteered
use of his 32-foot Countess, and
Wefing, Heyser, Thompson,
Tarantino, Coast Guardsmen
Wade Grant, and W. L.
McCormick, sailed within the
hour to aid in rescue efforts. They
were joined by W. F. Randolph,
head of the Coast Guard Auxil-
iary, and John Hathcock, auxil-
iary member, in Randolph's Sea
The dramatic story and many oth-
ers are told in Womack's book
which may be ordered through
the Franklin Chronicle's Book-
store for $40, plus $5 shipping
and handling.
In other business, Laura Moody,
Historical Society president, pre-
sented copies of the articles of
'incorporation and bylaws for the
non-profit corporation. Regular
scheduled meetings are monthly
on every third Thursday at 7 p.m.
at the Carriage House beside the
Raney House.

Apalachicola Postpones
City Meeting
The regular meeting of the
Apalachicola -City Commission
was postponed until next Tues-
day, March 11, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.
The note on the door stated that
the city regretted any inconve-
nience of the postponement.

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