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Inside This Issue
10 Pages

ABC Schools ......... 1, 5 Editorial & Commentary
St. George Plantation .... .................................... 3
.......................... 1, 10 Library ...................... 3
SummerCarqp........... 1 St. George Bridge.......... 5
Visioning Report Alligator Point ............ 6
................... 1, 7, 9, 10 Carrabelle City .......... 6
Franklin Briefs ......... 2 Lanark Village ............ 6


ABC Charter School

Principal's Report, Recruiting Plans,

And Next Year's Budget Discussed

Transition Team Appointed


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March 21 April 3, 2003


The ABC Charter School Board of
Directors held their March meet-
ing at the school on Thursday.
March 13. 2003. at 6:00 p.m.
Jeff Weiner. Principal and CEO.
presented a budget bor the Fiscal
Year 2003-04. He also discussed
his recent decisions for student
applications, turning down 27
applicants for* various reasons.
Next year. he said. the Franklin
County School Board has ap-
proved the ABC enrollment at 157
students for next year. Those
turned down included
Sover-enrollment in particular
- classes, or because "they were
coming into kindergarten for next
year." An ad announcing the date
Sof registration will be published
in the near future (late March or
early April). There is the risk of
over-crowding certain classes
Next year. A'lottery will be held
for new students: not the continu-
ing student and this will occur
only if the numbers of students
exceed current capacities. Under
Florida law. siblings of children
Shave "first right in". board mem-
bers children have first right in.
returning children have first right
in none of which would be in the
lottery process. So. if we were to
exceed the capacity of a particu-
lar classroom program or campus
limitation, that particular class-
room, program would go into a
lottery. Mr. Weiner said he had not
yet firmed up a date.


In regard to teacher contracts for
the next academic year. Principal
Weiner reminded the Board that
he had full authority to hire the
teachers. This year's budget dic-
tated the hires, but President
Hank Kozlowsky raised the ques-
tion as to which principal would
finish out the academic year by
hiring the balance of teachers not
yet contracted. Mr. Weiner will
have left the job by May 31st.
Some discussion of the fourth
grade instructor occurred but as
of press time. Mr. Weiner has an-
nounced that Pat Schmidt has
been hired to teach 4th grade. Her
husband will also be employed as
a school social worker to interface
with families on educational is-
sues at the ABC schools begin-
ning in August 2003. Ken
Schmidt will be the first social
worker specifically employed to
enhance the family interface with
the school system in Franklin
County.
The President Kozlowsky urged
that all of the current teachers be
offered contracts for the next aca-
demic year. Other board members
expressed concern about the hir-
ing of a new principal indicating
"if we wait too long, the current
pool of candidates will be pretty
picked over." The Chairperson of

Continued on Page 5


Tensions Stir At Plantation Owner's Assn.

POA President And General

Manager Resign

"Present Circumstances" on the Board bring
Michael Doyle to the conclusion "...I cannot be
effective in achieving those objectives..."


Michael A. Doyle has resigned.
from the St. George Plantation
Board of Directors and as Presi-
dent of the St. George Plantation
Owners' Association, Inc.
Thom Bartlett. General Manager.
submitted his resignation this
week. No reason was given 'for
vacating the position.
Doyle's resignation was an-
nounced by Vice President Boyd
Ellison in an undated letter to
POA members. Doyle's letter of
resignation was dated March 3.
2003, and read as follows:
"When I was elected to be Presi-
dent of the Plantation in Septem-
-ber 2001. 1 expressed to the
members and the board my intent
to "help us all grow and nourish
an atmosphere of mutual respect.
understanding and civility in our
dealings with each other. Our
members are accomplished, intel-
ligent, and strong people. We all
care 'deeply about the Plantation.
It is inevitable that we will indi-
vidually approach the solution to
any issue from different starting
points."
"I believe that we can work to-
gether to resolve these differences
through a free discussion of ideas.
trusting that the best will rise to
the top. By avoiding personal at-
tack and disparagement. we can
look forward in a positive way to
the progress we can make for the
future, while avoiding criticism of
past decisions, or the people who
made them."
"A year later in the fall of 2002.
after I was reelected President. I
wrote the members that "I am
convinced that we can work to-
gether, for the best interest of the
Plantation, productively, and in
good humor, (in a way that is) re-
warding to us all."
"The present circumstances cause
me now to reluctantly conclude
that I cannot be effective in
achieving those objectives, or in
serving the Plantation as Presi-
dent and Director.
"My respect for honesty and fair
dealing tempts me to join in the
fight and rebut attacks on my fel-
low board members, and myself:
however, the existence of such a.
divisive battle by itself, even after
it is won, would constitute a net
loss. to me. to other directors on
the board, and to the Plantation.
Vindication is not worth that
price..
"'Therefore, pursuant to the
SBy-Laws, I hereby submit to the
Board and to the Secretary, my
resignation as President and Di-
rector. effective immediately."
Michael A. Doyle
March 3, 2003
The e-mail circuits among some
members were busy with mes-
sages of support. One read:


"As you may, or may not know
Mike. Doyle resigned as President
and Director of the POA Board
effective March 3, 2003. There are
rumors of other imminent Direc-
tor resignations. When the divi-
siveness is such that qualified and
willing members like this find it
impossible to continue it is time
to step forward. The letter below
is a statement of support for the
results achieved by the Board.
General Manager, Security Direc-
tor and their staff and express the
hope and expectation that the
Board can work together effec-
tively for all POA members.
"If you would like to support this
effort please forward this message
to all the Board members. Also
feel free to add any comments you
might have and forward to any
other POA members that you
think might be interested."
The draft letter apparently aimed
at supporting the Board has been
circulating among the members.
Thus far, it has been "signed" by
six POA members.
"March 7, 2003
To: POA Board Members: Donna
Butterfield: Boyd Ellison;, Flip
Froelich; Lee Sewell; Jim Matson;
Russell Crofton; Resigning Board
President Mike Doyle; and Gen-
eral Manager Thom Bartlett"
"Looking at the many fine accom-
plishments of this Board and the
General Manager for 2002 (total
operating expenses down 20%
lower than that already tightly
budgeted; significantly reduced
bank debt; capital improvements
totaling $190,000.00; no need to
draw against the line of credit for
the first time in at least 8 years:
an excess of revenues over oper-
ating expenses of more than
$570,000.00; oversights and con-
trols now in place to make it pos-
sible to continue in a state of fis-
. cal responsibility; timely commu-
nications with owners, and no law
suits), we know that POA mem-
bers are thankful for the count-
less hours of experience, exper-
tise and hard work that you have
generously donated on our behalf
to make this a reality. This was a
great team effort; this was obvi-
ously not the work of just one in-
dividual.
"As we are overjoyed with the re-
sults of your labors, we are
equally dismayed that we have
lost the leadership of Mike Doyle
and possibly other directors.
When situations are reached in
which responsible, qualified and
willing members find it impossible
to continue in their efforts to serve
the organization, it is time for the
members to rally in their support.
It is time to step forward and say
"enough"-these people have been
faithful stewards of our funds. It
is time to celebrate the accom-
plishments of our Board. General
Manager, Chief of Security and
staff.
Continued on Page 10


From the Department Visionir
of Community Affairs I


Department Of

Community
Affairs Approves

Summer Camp;

Issues Notice Of
Intent To Find The
Plan Amendment

In Compliance

If no petition is filed, the
Notice of Intent shall
become final agency
action
Franklin County Commissioner
and Chairman Cheryl Sanders
received notice from the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
within the last few days that the
plan amendment for Summer
Camp is "In Compliance". The
Department's notice of intent to
find a plan amendment in com-
pliance shall be deemed to be a
final order if no timely petition
challenging the amendment is
filed. Any affected person may file
a petition with DCA within 21
days after the publication of the ,
notice of intent.
The adopted Franklin County
Comprehensive Plan Amend-
ments and the DCA objections,
recommendations and comments
report (if any) are to be available
for public inspection Monday
through Friday, during normal
business hours at the Franklin-
County Planning and Building :
Dept, 34 Forbes Street, Apalach-
icola, FL 32320.


St. George Island |

| Motorcycle

Crash Kills Man
George Thomas McDaniel, 21,
was killed instantly on Thursday
night, March 13, 2003 at the en-
trance to the St. George Island
Plantation. He had come down to
the Island to be with friends and
decided to ride his 2003 Honda
motorcycle at about 11:00 p.m.
Upon entering Leisure Lane he
missed a curve in the road and
lost control sending him into a
tree and the cycle off in another
direction. He was not wearing a
helmet and there was no sign of
life as rescuers arrived on the
scene.


Also Embraces Sunrises and Sunsets


Here is one item Franklin vi- ond visioning workshop was Business Development and
sioning participants might held Tuesday night, March Recruitment. The "desired
all agree on. The sunsets and 18th, asking county resi- outcomes" and "Options"
sunrises are spectacular dents to prepare a vision for listed in the summary article
even when it is cloudy. The Franklin County on Growth were integral aspects of the
landmarks in the picture tell and Economic Development, discussions. This long list is
us this was a sunrise over They addressed. Viability of partially reproduced below.
Carrabelle taken from the the Seafood Industry,
Tillie Miller Bridge. The sec- Workforce Development and


Suspicious Death Synthesized Results of First Visioning

Brad Estes Dies Workshop


"Honeymoon Cottages,, "Island

Road Houses" or "Skinny Minis"
., T ," " "


Property Locations Changed to C-4, Mixed Use
Commercial-Residential
This is the artists rendition of the proposed five new buildings to be
erected on St. George Island in the vicinity of two restaurants that now
occupy the land. A contingent from St. George Island attempted to op-
pose the rezoning change for lots 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46, Block 10 West,
Unit 1 on the island from C-2 commercial to C-4 Mixed use, permitting
residents to live in the same building as their business. Those opposing
the rezoning argued unsuccessfully that business property was scarce on
the island, but Steve Watkins, representing the owners of the lots, said
that single family residential was the highest and best use of the prop-
erty under current economic constitutions-not C-2 exclusive Commer-
cial. These buildings will join the long line of "Skinny minis" already in
place. They have been characterized as "Island Road Houses" and "Hon-
eymoon Cottages" as well. All of the Commissions voted for the change
except Bevin Putnal who voted "Nay,"

Water, Sewage Complaints Clog

Apalachirola Meeting


By Sue Cronkite
Continuing troubles with
Apalachicola's new sewage treat-
ment system, and flooding frory
recent heavy rains led citizen
complaints at the March 11 meet-
ing of the Apalachicola City Com-
mission. As the city and employ-
ees of U.S. Filter struggle with
installation of the new water sys-
tem, they are continually plagued
with problems from the new


vacuum sewage collection system
recently installed.
"We will have a new water system,
with improved water service,"
Mayor Alan Pierce assured those
gathered. "And the sewer system
will work," he added. "'We just
have to remain calm and work it
out as we go. We've had almost 8-

Continued on Page 2


Summary Report Of The First

Visioning Franklin County

Workshop; "Issues And Options"

About 140 persons attended the first visioning workshop held on Feb-
ruary 18, 2003 at the Courthouse Annex beginning at 6 p.m. The
.workshop allowed participants to clarify what they wanted to retain
and change in Franklin County, to identify the critical issues to be
I addressed, to generate options for addressing those critical issues
and to discuss needed "next steps and responsibilities." This report
is intended to provide a basis for upcoming workshops but it does not
capture everything, or exactly what was said at the workshop. This is
a synthesized product.
The participants were divided into five groups to identify what they
treasure about and their desires for Franklin County. Ideas were writ-
ten on Post-it notes and the facilitators collected them and organized
them into categories. The categories were prioritized to determine
which ones to discuss first. Then the groups identified options for
how to achieve the desired outcomes. Over 800 comments were re-
corded. These were organized into the following categories: (1) Growth
and Economic Development, (2) Natural Resources, (3) Infrastruc-
ture and Public Services. Each of these categories was further subdi-
vided depending upon the responses received from the various groups.
overall, the outline was developed as follows:
GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Community Character, Appearance and Quality of life.
Land Use Planning
Growth Impacts: Concurrency, Impact Fees, Taxation. etc.
Affordable Housing
Regulation
Viability of the Seafood Industry
Workforce Development
Business Development and Recruitment
NATURAL RESOURCES
General Approach to Protection of Natural Resources
> Water Quality
Wildlife Habitat Protection
INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC SERVICES
Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Solid Waste
Road Construction and Maintenance
Public Safety (fire and police)
Emergency Management
Health Care
Public Facilities
Public Access to Beaches and Boat Ramps
Recreation
The web site created for the visioning process and containing tlhe
complete report is: http://consensus.fsu.edu/Franklin. The Chronicle
will publish this summary report of the "Issues and options" in serial
form in the upcoming issues, beginning with this issue.


DESIRED OUTCOMES AND OPTIONS
Overview:
The categories have been grouped under the topics of the 3 subse-
quent workshops:
March 18: Growth and Economic Development, Lanark Village
April 15: Natural Resources, Apalachicola
May 20: Infrastructure and Public Services. Lanark Village?
Continued on Page 7


i


Sometime after midnight on
March 8, 2003, Brad Estes, age
15, died at 430 Avenue A in
Eastpoint, Florida. He and an-
other youth had gone to this lo-
cation with George Donald Power
III, a 20 year old man.
A call was received by the
Franklin Couinty Sheriffs Office
that Brad-Estes was found dead
in the residence. A search of the
home was completed in the inves-
tigation and witnesses were inter-
viewed. An autopsy was per-
formed but results will not be
available for several weeks.
An arrest was made of one of the
residents of the house at 430 Av-
enue A. George Donald Power was
charged with tampering with evi-
dence and child abuse. He is free
on $30,000 bond.
Persons having any information
about this case or the events of
March 7th to the 8th are asked to
contact Lt. Ronnie Segree or in-
vestigator Sarah Marich at the
Franklin County Sheriffs office,
670-8500.








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Franklin

Briefs

March 18, 2003
Present: Commissioner.
Cheryl Sanders
(Chairperson):
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal: Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis:
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer: and
Commissioner Clarence
Williams
Before the general business was
conducted. Commissioner Sand-
ers had referred to some criticism
on the voting procedures exer-
cised by the Board of County
Commissioners. recommending
that they render their votes orally
or by raising their hands. The
Commission appeared to prefer
the voice vote.

Mosquito Control
Dewitt Polous. Mosquito Control
Director was approved to hire a
temporary employee in the mos-
quito control department for
spraying in the coming season.
Superintendent of Public
Works
Hubert Chipman asked for help
from the Commissioners in han-
dling a personnel problem stating
that grievances had been filed on '
behalf of one employee against a
supervisor and himself. The
Board approved, involving their
labor attorney and mediator in the
issue. Kendall Wade. Clerk. rec-
ommended turning the matter
over to the County Attorney ini-
tially and eventually scheduling
a formal hearing after the media-
tor makes a report to the Board.
if appropriate.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson asked the Board to
approve a $21,742.44 repair bill
on the landfill's Komatsu Trash
Compactor out of the tipping fee
fund. Repairs on the machine
consisted of fixing several hydrau-
lic leaks, replacement of the rear
u-joints and pinion seals, remov-
ing and replacing the transmis -
sion and all four wheels seals and
rebuilding the wheel hubs. The
Board approved the transfer of the
funds from the tipping fee funds
to the solid waste budget to cover
the cost of repairs. The Board also
approved moving $20,788.50
from the monies received from the
sale.of.recovered material to a line
item .transfer to Dog Island for
help in purchasing needed solid
waste equipment.
The landfill summer operating
hours will be, beginning April 1,
2003: 7:00 a.m. until 5 p. m. Mon-
day Friday, and from 9:00 a.m.
until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The
summer schedule runs April 1st
through September 30th.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported that this
year's National Shellfish
Association's annual meeting will
be April 13-17th in New Orleans,
Louisiana. The Gulf and South
Atlantic States Shellfish Confer-
ence will take place on June 16-19
in Key West. The ISSC Biennial
meeting will occur in Portland.
Oregon. August 2-8 at the Port-
land Marriot downtown. Ask Bill
Mahan. 653-9337 for details.
Mr. Mahan also reported that Bob
Allen has a marina site in the
Two-Mile area of Apalachicola
along U.S. 98 for sale.

Resolutions Adopted
Ellie Tullis, program manager,
Healthy Families, recommended
the adoption of a resolution des-
ignating March 20, 2003 as
"Children's Day" in Franklin
County. The Board also adopted
a Resolution naming March
24-28. 2003 as Juvenile Justice
Week, recommended by Ms.
Eileen Annie.
Ordinance on Glass
Containers
The Board sent back for review
and revision, a draft ordinance
prohibiting glass containers in or
on all public beaches, public
parks, or public recreational ar-
eas in Franklin County. Bevin
Putnal was the first to object to a
tentative penalty saying, "I don't
want any little old ladies sipping
tea out of their glasses arrested
for this." There followed 20 min-
utes of discussion with a final
determination that the ordinance
would call for a civil penalty with
staggered fines at three levels be-
fore becoming a misdemeanor on


the fourth citation. These aspects
of punishment and fines were to
be "cleaned up" before a final ap-
proval would be given by the Com-
mission. Signs would be posted
at appropriate locations warning
glass container users of the pro-
hibitions.
Franklin County Health
Department
Dr. Shakra Junjo announced that
she was leaving her directorship
of the county health department
this coming June and has ac-
cepted a new position in Tallahas-
see in a state health agency.


Dr. Shakra Junejo


Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce, Franklin County
planner, advised the Board that
Congressman Allen Boyd's office
called Friday to say that $1.5 mil-
lion dollars is in the federal bud-
get for the dredging of the
Eastpoint channel. The county
had asked for $2.5 million. While
it is not clear exactly when the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(USACOE) will' receive the funds.
I have called Terry Jangula and
told him.
The Board approved sending a
letter to DEP informing them of
the funds and requesting a deci-
sion on a disposal site now that
funds have been appropriated.,
There are continuing complaints
from flooding being created by St.
James' Bay golf course
stormwater system on lots below
St. James Bay. Mr. Pierce has
spoken to Mr. Bob Klein, St.
James Bay, and he says they have
had unprecedented torrents of
rain that keep washing out part
of the system. They have to stop
the flooding'by the end of the,
week. I have already contacted
DEP.
The Board received a packet re-
questing a change to the St.
George Island Development Order
for the creation of a multi-slip
dock on the East End. The Board
has a fee of $2500 for reviewing
DRI amendments. No funds were
submitted. The Planning Office
will contact DCA about this re-
quest, because there has never
been such a request submitted
before. The Planning Office will
also inform applicant of the need
for payment if this amendment
needs to be reviewed.
The Board discussed changing
fees in Building Department to
address:


1) the request submitted by the
Construction Licensing Industry
Board to begin issuing permits for
separate inspections of electrical.
plumbing, mechanical and roof-
ing.
2) proposal from the Planning Of-
fice to increase site prep fees from
$25 to $50 and require a site visit
by county personnel and property
owner or his agent before site prep
begins so the county can deter-
mine if wetlands are on site. or if
any proposed fill is going to im-
pact adjoining lots or county
roads.
The Planning Office is preparing
information for the Board to con-
sider in future regarding the es-
tablishment of a Code 'Enforce-
ment Board to deal with
non-building code violations,
such as illegal fill, and other zon-
ing code violations.
This may also develop into the
county getting back into issuing
occupational licenses.
Mr. Pierce reported that Chris
Clark, in his first week, has su-
pervised the installation of 3 00
feet of culvert in Highland Park,
identified two bottlenecks on
drainage in. Eastpoint, and evalu-
ated the flooding problem at the
end of River Road in Carrabelle.
Mr. Pierce reminded the Board
that Chris still does not have a
vehicle, and so he is, temporarily
using his own, and being paid
mileage.
Mr. Pierce provided the Board a
copy of letter from Small County
Technical Assistance Service say-
ing no funds are currently avail-
able to help with redistricting
costs.
Mr. Pierce presented a request
from Nick Yonclas to abandon
part of the plat of St. George, for
the purpose of replatting the prop-
erty consistent with county stan-
dards. The plat of St. George was
recorded in 1926, and is land sur-
rounding the plat known as the
City of St. George, which is located
between Eastpoint and Carra-
belle, in the yellow hill area. The
intent of the abandonment would
be to do away with the underly-
ing lot configuration and then cre-
ate a new plat of one-acre lots. The
state bought part of the City of
St. George, and Ms. Barbara
Sanders walked the county com-
mission through a partial aban-
donment about eight years ago.
This proposed abandonment is in
the same general area. The Board
set a public hearing contingent
upon County Attorney review.

Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade sought a budget
amendment and the acceptance
of unanticipated revenues. He
warned the Commissioners that
the county financial reserves are


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County Attorney
Tom Michael Shuler requested
advice from the Board about his
continuing work on
re-apportionment, a large issue
that has to be approved in 2003.
The Board approved the request.
He continues to work on the liti-
gation involving the Sumatra
cemetery although he informed
the Commissioners that the new
attorney for the son of Drew
Branch indicated there may be
some negotiation on the issue.
The litigation from Franklin
County's standpoint was to seek
a declarative judgment to deter-
mine if the cemetery was public
and who would control it. A rec-
ommendation has been made that
trustees be appointed to oversee
cemetery operations.


Apalachicola City
from Page 1

1/2 inches of rain in the past two
weeks. We need to take a new look
at our priorities."
Complaints were heard of flood-
ing in low-lying areas along the
Prado, ditches which filled to'
overflowing, places where install-
ers of water and sewer lines had
covered drain outlets, and raw
sewage backed up into commodes
at the Rancho Inn and the Red
Top, two weekends in a row. Dur-
ing and after the deluge of heavy
rain tourists waded through"
ankle-deep water to get to Papa
Joe's, the Hut, and other restau-
rants and businesses.
Ret. Coach Bill (Pop) Wagg6ner
and former school superintendent
C. T. Ponder brought pictures
which showed a lake around resi-
dences on an area along the
Prado. People still walked through
flooded sections in low-lying ar-
eas on the Hill due to the heavy
rains and slow drainage, several
residents and Commissioner Rob-
ert Davis emphasized. Some of the
problems could be solved by city
workers removing piles of dirt and
clearing out ditches and clogged
drainage pipes and culverts, said
City Administrator Betty
Taylor-Webb.
A statement by Mark Rogers, read
aloud by Jennifer Tobin, detailed
sewer and water problems suf-
fered at the Rancho Inn. "People
will not come back to a place

Continued on Page 3


The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the Bay
Area Choral Society, under the
direction of Dr. Tom Adams, in'
"SONGS OF AMERICA" at the
Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola, on
Sunday,, March 23, at 4:00 p.m.
EST. The'program will feature se-
lections from the musical, "Okla-
homa", and songs about Ameri-
can States and Cities, such as
"Chattanooga Choo Choo", "The
Yellow Rose of Texas", "By the
Time I Get to Phoenix" and
"Apalachicola".
In addition to the Chorus, there


will oe solos by Wesley Chesnut
Tamara Marsh, Gordon Adkins,
Cynthia Rhew, Royce Hodge, Vir-
ginia Harrison, and selections by
the Baykeeper Barber Shop, Quar-
tet. Accompanist will be Bedford
Watkins.
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored
by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501-(03 educational
incorporation in the State of
Florida. A $2.00 donation is re-
quested at the door for those not
holding season membership
cards. For further information,
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Sunday, April 27-12 noon to 4:00 p.m.


Admission is FREE both days




The 13th annual CARRABELLE RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL features

regional ARTISTS with original works and prints; authentic custom-
designed fine pottery, stained glass, sculpture, uniCue metal art,

woodcarvings, yard art, and more.


FOOD will include a variety of Seafood Specialities and Old-

Time Favorites. There will be MUSICIANS and MARITIME

EXHIBITS. The Festival site is located on scenic Marine Street

along Carrabelle's beautiful river harbor between U.S. Route 98 and

the Riverwalk and Pavilion.,


Come join us for a weekend of sun and fun!


Local Concerts Sponsored By The Ilse
Newell Fund For The Performing Arts

(left) Karl Lester and Bedford Watkins performed piano
and organ solos and piano duets at the March 9th Ilse
Newell concert series held at historic Trinity Church,
Apalachicola. The program featured works by Bach,
Scriabin, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak and Mozart. The
next concert will be held at the Dixie Theatre on Sunday,
March 23rd with the Bay Area Choral Society. The Dixie
Theatre is in downtown Apalachicola.

Songs Of America At Trinity

March 23rd


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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


21 March 2003 Page 3


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


Representative Will S. Kendrick-

Weekly Update

The 2003 Legislative Session began March 4. starting a two-month
process filled with many important decisions. During this session.
we will be focused on stimulating our economy by encouraging job
creation, working to make health care more affordable, and ensuring
that our schools and students are reaching their full potential.
On Tuesday, Governor Bush gave his annual state of the state ad-
dress. Speaking before the Joint Session of the House and Senate.
Governor Bush mentioned issues facing Florida this session but he
failed to offer or suggest any acceptable solutions to these issues.
Issues such as initiatives designed to improve teachers' salaries, higher
education or Bright Future Scholarships, increasing access to afford-
able health insurance, helping our neediest children in the Depart-
ment of Children and Families or providing relief to our seniors from
skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
Instead the Governor asked the Legislature to hold a special election
to ask voters to once again vote on the recently passed class size
amendment. House and Senate Democrats, in separate caucus meet-
ings agreed to unanimously vote against such a measure. The unani-
mous vote blocks the Governor's request to send the amendments
back to a $14 million "re-vote," House and Senate Democrats put the
will of the people first this week, and agreed to work toward finding a
way to fund the people's initiatives.
This week, the Florida House of Representatives will pass the most
significant prescription drug program for seniors in Florida's history.
Lifesaver RX is a bi-partisan program that will save low-income se-
niors an average of 40-60% off the retail price of their prescription
drugs,
Senior citizens whose income is less than $17,720 ($23,800 for mar-
ried couples) annually will qualify for the program. When enrolling
with the program, they will receive a discount card which makes them
eligible for the savings.
In the first year, we estimate that 100,000 seniors will take advan-
tage of the program, costing Florida only $11.6 million. Next year. we
expect the number to grow to 250,000 seniors, with the cost growing
to $26.2 million.
The majority of Florida's most prescribed drugs are on this list. For
example, the price of the frequently prescribed cholesterol drug, Lipitor.
will drop from an average of $115 for a month's supply of 20mg tab-
lets to $52-$65 depending on your income.
The Senate must approve this legislation before going to the Gover-
nor for his signature. Assuming that LifeSaver RX becomes law. I will
provide more information on how seniors can sign up.
This really is a positive moment for our seniors. For too long, low-
income seniors have. only been hearing promises from politicians.
Now, thanks to bi-partisan cooperation, Florida's seniors may finally
be seeing the relief that they so desperately need.
Florida is currently facing a budget deficit of $2 .- 4 billion. Even
without the class size amendment, we still would have a massive
deficit.
With the projected decrease of revenues, I am concerned about how
our state budget will impact many rural communities and families.
In the past, the state has passed unfunded mandates down to local
counties as a solution to tough times, This is not a solution for our
middle class and hard working families. Smaller counties simply don't
have as many resources as many of our larger counties, resulting in
higher property taxes or sales taxes to fund proposals. This Legisla-
tive Session, I will continue to fight any unfunded mandates on our
local communities; it's time that we stopped forcing new taxes and
higher fees on hard-working families.
Also last week, the House Higher Education Committee proposed
cutting the Bright Futures Lottery Scholarship Program. This pro-
gram uses lottery dollars to provide college scholarships to deserving
. students, and their proposal would nake it harder for deserving stu-
dents to get a college education. I disagree with any effort to eliminate
lottery scholarships and will fight efforts to cut Bright Futures.
This week, the House will begin consideration of reforming Medical
lyalpractice insurance. Many of us are concerned with the staggering
increases in medical malpractice insurance rates. This is particularly
troubling for rural communities, who are already struggling to re-
cruit new doctors. Among the issues that will be debated are limits
on lawsuits and mandatory reductions in insurance premiums.
Lastly, as our nation is on the brink of war, I encourage everyone to
pray daily for our President and the men and women of our military.
The coming weeks and months may be difficult for our state and
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From the St. George Island Baptist Church
Newsletter, March 2003

An Old Friend Passed Away


Today we mourn the passing of
an old friend by the name of Com-
mon Sense. Common Sense lived
in the United States but, appar-
ently, died of heart failure at the
beginning of the new millennium.
No one really knows how old he
was but it appears he was about
two hundred years old. It seems
he had always been around de-
voting his life to service in schools,
hospitals, factories, and commu-
nities. Always his activities were
without fanfare. Petty rules, po-
litical correctness, silly laws, and'
frivolous lawsuits held no power
over him.
During his lifetime, he is credited
with cultivating such valued life
lessons as "knowing when to
come in out of the rain." why "the
early bird gets the worm" and the
fact that "life is not always fair."
We are thankful for those gems
and many others.
He lived by simple, sound policies,
such as, "not spending more
money than you earn," that "par-
ents are in charge," and that
"sharing is more rewarding than
self indulgence." Oh, how we miss
him! Oh, that he was still around.


Common Sense experienced a
decline in health as liberal think-
ing infected him with the virus
that hard work should be penal-
ized, that laziness is acceptable
and that ambition and dedication
should not be rewarded.
In recent decades, his strength
waned as parental responsibility
was abdicated, school discipline
was cast aside, and excuses were
allowed to justify actions and dis-
count responsibility and consd-
quence. Finally, the will of Com-
mon Sense was broken as the Ten
Commandments became contra-
band and churches became busi-
nesses and social organizations.
The deterioration continued as
criminals began being treated bet-
ter than victims, as the sanctity
of life waned, and the notion that
God is obsolete. Common Sense
gave up the ghost!
Common Sense was proceeded in
death by his parents, Trust and
Truth; his wife, Discretion; his
daughter, Responsibility, and his
son, Reason. He is survived by two
step-brothers; My Rights and Ima
Whiner.


Franklin County Public Library

Frog Family Learning Program


The FranklinCounty Public
Library's TIGERS will be going to
Tyndall Air Force Base on Satur-
day, March 22, 2003 to enjoy the
annual Air Show. The Tall Tales
Storytelling Workshop Part II will
be presented to TIGERS at all
three program sites; Carrabelle on
March 24th, Eastpoint on March
25th, and Apalachicola on March
26th.
Story Hour at the, Carrabelle
Branch of the Library will begin
at a neW time, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m., starting Saturday, March
22, 2003.
The FROG FAMILY LEARNING
PROGRAM will host a Word Pro-
cessing Computer Class at the
Eastpoint Branch of the Library
on Monday, March 24, 2003. As
seating is limited, please register
early. At the Carrabelle Branch on
Monday, March 24th, Deby will


introduce Pilates-a ballet-like
stretching program-from 5:30
p.m to 6:30 p.m.
The Carrabelle Branch will host
a group discussion, "One Mother
to Another", on Tuesday, March
25th from 7:00p.m to 8:00 p.m.,
Light refreshments will be offered.
All programs offered by The
Franklin County Public Library
are free and open to the public,
Registration, however, is required.
For information about these and
other upcoming programs, please
call 670-4423 or 697-2091,
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary Advisory Board meeting will
be held on Monday, March 24h
at 5,30 p.m. at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Library. The public
is welcome to attend.


where they had raw sewage com-
ing up the drain while they were
taking their morning shower or
the smell of raw sewage in the
restaurant where they eat," he
stated. "Recently we woke up on
a Saturday morning with about
800 to 1,000 gallons of water and
human excrement in the garage
and most of the lower floor of the
motel, with toilets overflowing and
shower tubs with sewage backed
up in them. The next Saturday it
happened again. Then the water
went out. Motel guests couldn't
take a shower or flush a toilet. I
feel someone owes us a working
system ... We are just coming into
the rainy season and the
tourist-season. We will be hard
pressed to make it if every time it
rains we have to send the tour-
ists away."


Commissioner Davis said flooding
is "worse in the Hill area, some
people can't get in and out of their
houses." Mayor Pierce said the
Prado area has no drainage. "'Pipe
used to be between Prado and
Adams; pipe was taken out, but
the pipe's still there that runs
beneath Prado." Pierce said city
employees would "get out there
and shoot the grade." City Com-
missioner Mitchell Bartley sug-
gested city workers blow out the
pipe and get on the smaller areas
of flooding over the town. Webb
said there are lots of things city
workers can do.
Mayor Pierce said the flooding is
unfortunate, "but at the same
time we are able to see the prob-
lem areas, places where ditches
were filled in, dirt was put in al-


leys, and pipes shut off or moved.
We can get this fixed." Webb. said
a list would be made and mainte-
nance workers would get stuff out
of drainage areas. Davis said in
some areas there are no ditches.
Randy Lane, Baskerville-Donovan
project manager, transportation
and stormwater, said a map can
be put together, with areas
marked so that repairs can be
made. "We're trying for quality
and we get quantity," he said.
Mayor Pierce said the problem at
Leavins Seafood had been solved.
"There was an extra drain there
that the sewer system employees
didn't know about," he said. City
Engineer Ella Mosconis said "I'm
frustrated. I live here. I truly be-
lieve the problems are directly re-
lated to contractor installation.
error, not groundwater infiltra-
tion. I'm tired of it. I want it to
work."
"In some areas ditches are backed
up," said Pierce. "They can be
cleaned out. Look at this and don't'
put the Hill last,'" he added. "What
hasn't been addressed before,
address it now. Every time it
rains, we have the same problem. i
There's an alley filled up with dirt
between 13t" Street and 811
Street. We never intended to dis-
rupt the city when we put sewer
lines in, but we did." Commis-
sioner Van Johnson said, "We can
start tomorrow."
Engineer Mosconis asked for and
got approval for change orders,
which resulted from water system
employees not knowing where
water lines were, with deadlines
extended from September. 22 to
November 25. Mosconis said none
of the water system pipes are now
in use. "The estimated time for
switch-over is mid-July," she said.
"We should see a difference in the
water then."
City Manager Webb explained that
one bad problem was when a 25
horsepower motor on, a pump
burned out. "We had to replace
the motor," said Webb. "The
charge is going through U. S. Fil-
ter." commissioner Johnson re-
marked that James Long's house
wasn't hooked up. Webb said an
old gravity line was not hooked
up. She said pipe breaks at
Chapman and Apalachicola High
resulted in sand filtering in; the
ground collapsed, the pavement
dipped. "The School board is be-
ing asked to participate," she said.
Lee McKnight suggested system-
atic plans include doing some-
thing about potholes. "We can
patch pot holes with. asphalt,"
said Webb. A discussion was held
on asking if Chipley city workers
could bring down a machine they
bought for a day and work on pot-
holes, with the city furnishing the
asphalt. Webb was also instructed
to write a letter to Franklin
County asking about the current
paving schedule.
Webb reported on progress of the
work at Battery Park. Jim Silva
asked about using some old pil-
ings to stabilize the sea wall, but
couldn't find them. "We've got 25
new ones," said Commissioner
Mitchell Bartley. "We'll find the old
ones." Bartley said he would get
some cable to set off the baseball
park, where somebody is "doing
some infield driving, doing cart-
wheels. It's a hot-rod dirt track
now."
In a discussion of the need for
streetlights in areas over the city,
Commissioner Davis asked that
a complete list be made that can
be addressed later. City Commis-


sioners granted an excused ab-
sence for Commissioner Jimmy
Elliott, who was called into active
duty due to the threat of war in
Iraq.
A like-kind exchange of funds to-
taling $306,750. from the State
of Florida and the Legislature to
buy land from St. Joe Company
to move forward with uplands dis-
posal, was approved. The com-
mission also approved the fire
department spending $6,416 for
equipment.
In a Planning and Zoning report
Michael Moron said permission
was given for Harry Arnold to de-
molish the old Jimmy Nichols
building in the Bowery. City Man-
ager Webb asked what should be
done about money owed by the
Gibson Inn and the Dixie Theater.
City Attorney Pat Floyd told her
to make contact and report back
to the Commission.
Atty. Floyd reported on frustration
with dealings with MediaCom.
"We're out of patience," he said.
"They still want to negotiate. I
wish we had an alternative
method for providing communi-
cation for our city." Mayor Pierce
said "it's a nightmare." Floyd said
there was a fairly good agreement
before, but MediaCom made
changes, that he would continue
to try to work with them.
Deb Belcher told commissioners
that the Community Development
Block Grant Project is being
closed out, pending the last
check.
"The work is finished," she said.
The city is eligible for another
grant for getting .started on the
next project, she said. "It has been I
written, and was turned in De-
cember," said Belcher. "The city
is to get the engineering done
ahead of time at their expense."
Commissioner Davis stated that
he'd like to see a listing of what
grants are available. "I'd like to see
us maximize our grant applica-
tions," he said. Belcher said she
has a fire department grant that
is to be turned in before March
30. Mayor Pierce said he under-
stood that there are four catego-
ries of community revitalization
grants available, and was re-
minded by Belcher that the city
can get only one of those a year,
and "with the exception of the eco-
nomic development grant. To get
it we have to fit a tight mold."
Among grants that are available
Belcher included grants for hous-
ing, neighborhood, sewer and
water, stormwater and commer-
cial revitalization. "We don't want
to get into street resurfacing, but
paving, yes," said Belcher. She
said she would come up with a
list of projects that might be
fundable with grants. Commis-
sioners approved closing a section
of Commerce Street April 26 for
the annual Boat Show, when
boats are to be displayed on a sec-
tion of Water Street.

FWC Will Meet

In Tallahassee

March 26- 28

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) will
meet at Tallahassee's Ramada Inn
North March 26-28. However, the
only item on the agenda the final
day of the meeting is an execu-
tive session, closed to the Dublic.


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School Board Holds Meeting At


Carrabelle
By Rene Topping
The Franklin County school
Board held their March 6 meet-
ing at the library at Carrabelle
High School with a complete
Board and Chairman Jimmy Gan-
der presiding.
The first thing on the agenda was
a report from School Attorney
Barbara Sanders On Line Scout-
ing services which had been
shown to Mike Clark. Sanders
said she did not see any problems
and thought it would be one op-
portunity for the boys to get their
names known. She said there was
no selling of information about
any of them. She said she would
get the contract. The board did
not take any action and it will be
on the agenda of the next
meeting.
The board approved the lease with
the Division of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicle.
The board approved final orders
for 3 students who had been dis-
ciplined at the last month meet-
ing after the attorney said it would
hold up one student and. she
asked them to approve.
The Executive Session will be held
at the Board room at Chapman
School on Wednesday, April 3.
Finance Officer Terry St. Cyr re-
ported on the Physical Education
building at Apalachicola High
School. He said he had notice to
proceed on July 29th of last year.
The original contract was for 150
days a couple of change orders
that amounted to 120 days addi-
tional delay. Rain days amounted
to 31 days. The finish was for April
30, Target date now is May 31.
Right up to finish of school.
In addition to that Orlando's of-
fice was extremely pleased with
the craftsmanship. Eldridge in
every phase of that contract in
every phase of the work had ex-
ceeded their expectations.
Jimmie Gander asked, "When the
project's completed do we have
someone who will inspect it and
will sign off on it." Sanders said,
"I know the answer for that. This
has been an AIA contract. The
architect is your representative.
and he has to recommend it is fin-
ished and then you will do the fi-
nal signing."
Gander said he had CRA and the
problem Is minor renovation and
maintenance. He said that the
board will have to sit down and
try to, prioritize these projects
across the whole school system.
"We need to let the construction
mari.from Peter Brown Company
take care of this with all the subs
and let them take care of it for us.
We are the final authorities on It
but they are doing the things that
we don't know how to do. Glad to
be out of this business."
Greg Kelley said "Hopefully the
services we are going to provide
for you will keep you from going
through what you are tonight."
They will go into every facility and
come up with a preliminary esti-
mate.
Sanders said that Peter Brown
Company has a contract with the
board for two years and asked for
a motion to sign. The Board ap-
proved. Each project will be a
*m a f


separate contract.
Joann Gander introduced Ms.
Delores Shepherd who will take a
Vice-Principal job with the School
Board. She said she was delighted
to have the "wonderful job." She
added "I cannot wonder why there.
was not lines and lines for it."
David Hinton asked for. discussion
on the School Policy on Alcohol.
Jimmie Gander asked Joann
Gander what her opinion was.
She asked Hinton after reading
the policy and he said, "Last year
on Page 26 we said no appeal.
Make sure that it was understood
in Level 1 and Level 2 procedures
did not apply." She said. "You
have a graded offense. If the of-
fense was bad enough we could
skip over all the procedures and
go straight to suspension."
Hinton said, "My position is that
last year, we replaced that with a
breach of things concerning alco-
hol could not be appealed before
the board had heard it." He asked
if the rest of the board thought
he was right and asked for a poll
of the board and to changing the
words. The board answered: Th-
ompson: Yes, Hinton: Yes, Mar-
tin: Yes, McKnight: Yes and
Jimmie Gander: Yes. The words
will be replaced.

At Alligator Point

Customer Survey

Of Water Services

By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Water Re-,
sources District (APWRD) in con-
junction with the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association (APTA)
have just finished a customer sur-
vey of the water service on the
Point. Tom VanderPlaats, Chair-
man of the Board of the APWRD
said that it is an extremely pro-
fessional document and congratu-
lated all of the APTA members for
their assistance.
Under the chairmanship of Linc
Barnett-the executive board of
APTA approved a motion to help
the APWRD with a long range


planning ol water resources until
the year 2023.
The motion to form the commit-
tee was timely as the District was
going through the process of
choosing an engineering firm. The
Northwest water Resource have
asked that the District form the
Master.
Rand Edelstein and Westi Jo
DeHaven discussed the matter
with Tom VanderPlaats Chairman
of the District and the other two
members Bunky Atkinson as to
the current and the future needs
of the customers. Ruth Hambrose
and Ken Osborne joined the other
two members.
On Saturday the newly formed
committee met with a represen-
tative of the APWRD to discuss
how the APTA members could
contribute to the Master Plan.
Three specific areas were identi-
fied as 1) Analysis Water Con-
sumption, 2) Fire Hydrant Study
and 3) Survey of customers.
The Public Safety Committee had
been working with Fire Chief on
a "Hydrant Placement Study of Al-
ligator Point and Bald Point" Ken
Osborne began collecting data for
the water consumption analysis.
Rand Edelstein worked very hard
on analyzing the level of water
consumption for the last eight
years.
On November 9, 2002, the Com-
mittee along with Linc Barnett, of
APTA, Fire Chief Steve Fling and
Board Chairman Kevin Gri fin of
the Alligator Point/St Teresa Vol-
unteer Fire department, and Tom
VanderPlaats met with Skip Cook
and Bill Leseman (Camp, Dresser
and McKee the project team hired
by APWRD). Rand Edelstein gave
an overview of water consump-
tion. Fire Chief Steve Fling and
Public Safety Chair John Murphy
presented the Fire Hydrant study
showing where the hydrants
would be placed and cost of new
hydrants.
Ms. DeHaven Chair of the APTA
Water resources Committee pre-
sented a draft of a customer sur-
vey and collaborated with Skip
Cook and Bill Leseman. The sur-
vey was created and was mailed
to all the 584 customers and 275
surveys were returned. Ms.
DeHaven said that 47 per cent
return was excellent. The final
document was sent to Skip Cook
and Bill Leseman.


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Ms. DeHaven said that she
wanted to express her thanks for
the greatfjob of getting out the
mail by Ruth and Joe Hambrose,
Juanita and Frank Gibson and
Linc Barnett. She called them the
"Ace-Envelope Stuffing/Mass
Mailing Team."
Ms. DeHaven said that some of
the Key finds were as follows:
Residents leading concern is a
"short supply of water if there is
a fire."
Over half are extremely or very
concerned about a shortage of
drinking water, Absence /improp-
erly located Fire Hydrants, Poor
Quality of water.
When asked to rate Alligator
Point's drinking water system
nearly three-fourths say, "Cus-
tomer service is good to excellent."
Customers say important charac-
teristics are: 1) Safe to drink, 2)
Taste, 3) Odor, 4),Customer Ser-
vice, 5) Color/Clarity, 6) Water
Pressure and 7) Price'
Our water is safe. Almost
three-fourths say Alligator water
ineets all federal and state stan-
dards.
Almost 80 per cent don't water
their lawns.
And 72 per cent with irrigation
systems either do not water or
water three days per week.
Alligator Point's Water resource
District customers say the biggest
problem is "Growth out-pacing
water supply and infrastructure."
Also growth is this community's
unique "character."
Tom VanderPlaats said that he
believes the water board will work
diligently to repair some problems
from the past. He and Ms.
DeHaven both once again ex-
pressed their congratulations and
gratitude for all the men and
women who volunteered their
time.



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CosrcinO e t ereIln


Construction On New St. George Island
Bridge Passes Three-Quarter Mark


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Construction on the new St.
George Island bridge is
nearly 80 percent complete,
according to a report from
the bridge's design-build
construction team. Bridge
construction has progressed
steadily from the north and
south ramps toward the
highest point of the bridge
where construction will near
completion over the channel
in Apalachicola Bay.
The bridge team has con-
structed and tested the
structural support for the
bridge, and is now complet-
ing the remaining bridge
decks (driving surface), The
next phase of construction
will be connection of the
north and south sections at
the high-level portion of the
bridge. "The St. George Is-
land bridge project has
reached a major milestone,"
said Florida Department of
Transportation District Sec-
retary Edward Prescott. "It's
remarkable to see the
amount of progress the
bridge team was made since
last summer."


In July 2002, the St, George
Island bridge team com-
pleted the pile driving opera-
tion ahead of schedule. The
team erected a total of 645
concrete posts (piles) over an
18-month period to support
the bridge's 21,500-foot
span across the Apalachicola
Bay. In January 2003, 'the
bridge team completed
placement of all low-level
bridge pier caps, which serve
as part of the foundation
that supports the bridge's
eventual driving surface.
The new St. George Island
bridge will be the longest
bridge in northern Florida
and the third longest in the
state, The estimated'
completion date for the
bridge is December 2003.
For additional details on fea-
tures of the new-bridge, as
well as pictures, information
abouf the bridge team,
progress reports, project
schedule and more, visit the
St. George Island bridge web
site at www. stgeorgeisland
bridge.com.


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News From

Crooked River

Lighthouse

Progress is being made in the his-
toric restoration of Crooked River
Liltiliu.-i On March 4, 2003,
,i.ll.i wIt Kenneth Smith from
Jacksonville spoke to the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
about lighthouse preservation
and restoration. Smith has de-
signed over 60 historic restoration
projects in Florida and Georgia:
Some of his restoration designs
include the following lighthouses:
St. Augustine, Ponce Inlet,
Anclote Key and Fowey Rocks.
Currently he is designing resto-
rations for the Amelia Island
Lighthouse and the Anclote Key
Lighthouse and those restorations
are in progress. Anclote Key light-
house is the "twin" of Crooked
River Lighthouse.
Mr. Smith showed slides of the
lighthouses in stages of restora-
tion and then the completed
project! CLA members were quite
impressed with the various
projects and are considering
Smith to do the restoration design
of Crooked River Lighthouse.
The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation invites all members of the
community' to participate in this
important historic restoration.
For further information you may
call Barbara Revell, 697-2054;
Mary Ann Shields, 697-2640 Qr
the Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce, 697-2585. The CLA meets
the first Tuesday of every month
at the Carrabelle Library at 6:30
p.m. ---


DEAR

"Mr. Ed"

MOBERLY.

WE LOVE ALL OF THE
WHIMSICAL ANIMALS
AND
BEAUTIFUL

WOOD CARVINGS
GRACING OUR
PLAYGROUNDS
AND
SCHOOLS!!!


THANK YOU
FOR BRINGING OUR
IMAGINATIONS TO LIFE
AND FOR SHARING
YOUR GENEROUS GIFTS
WITH US ALLIII


SINCERELY,

THE CHILDREN

OF

FRANKLIN COUNTY

T
The Apalachicola Parks Fund


ABC Schools from Page 1

the committee to recruit a new
principal announced that the
committee expected to begin iden-
tifying and perhaps interviewing
new candidates by April 1st. Re-
cruiting plans and advertising
were discussed before the group.
Some concerns were expressed
about the 4th grade and other
vacancies not being known to par-
ents of AlC students. $1000 was
approved by the Board of Direc-
tors for recruiting expenses, not
to include travel costs.
The question about whether the
incoming principal or the outgo-
ing principal should hire the 4th
grade teacher continued discus-
sion for another 20 minutes. Fi-
nally, a substitute motion was
made to allow the outgoing prin-
cipal to make the hire of the 4th
grade teacher. Because the
President's motion was still on the
floor, to allow the new principal
to make the hire, a vote on that
motion was held with all but one
(the President) voting NAY.
The budget for the next academic
year was presented.

This budget "assumes" no new
charters. Mr. Weiner explained
that in December, he presented a
master plan to the Board of Di-
rectors, and "shared administra-
tive costs". However, Mr. Weiner
explained, he and his accountant
could not ask the Board to ap-
prove next year's budget that was
identical to the December version.
"I don't know the Board's transi-
tion plan and I would be remiss
to give you a budget based upon
future growth of the schools that
-I am not sure you have agreed to
complete." And, second, "I won't
be here after May 31st." The Allo-
cation of shared services/person-
nel costs at $25,000 is intended
to assist shared costs in the event
the charter schools are opera-
tional. The Board of Directors
approved the budget unani-
mously.
Jeff Weiner asked for approval on
current teacher contracts so he
would advise the teachers the fol-
lowing day. The Board of Direc-
tors voted approval.,
The fund-raising project involving
a wine-tasting and silent auction
event was discussed. An ad for
this fund-raiser appears else-
where in this issue of the
Chronicle.
The Charters are "on hold" for the
final legal review as the principal
concludes the articulation agree-
ment, emergency plans, facilities
code election and revised manage-
ment team description and the
curriculum. The State Auditor's
audit completed. the ABC
Charter's portion of the district
audit. Jeff Weiner reports "We
came out very clean." The First
grade dinner theater is scheduled
for March 27th. The Enrollment
is as follows:
K= 13;K= 13; 1=22;2=21;3=
18; 4 = 19; 4 = 21. Total: 127.
Jeff Weiner recommended that the
Board form a "transition team"
comprised of two or three Board
members and others to begin im-
mediately. He also recommended
that a "lead teacher" be a transi-
tion staff member, to be able to
assist the new principal. The po-
sition could be paid. The group
would meet with Principal Weiner
each week to develop a transition
plan, to begin Mondays at 3 p.m.
President Hank Kozlowsky pro-
posed that Jeff Miller, an outside
consultant, address the Board on
charters and related matters. Mr.
Kozlowsky would telephone Miller
the next day to firm up plans.


Apalachicola's

Reserve

Welcomes New

Manager

The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection appointed Seth
Blitch as the new manager of the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve, one of four des-
ignated research reserves found
in Florida, and one of 25 in the
nation. Blitch brings with him the
same enthusiasm and love of the
natural environment as departing
manager of 22 years, Woody
Miley.


21 March 2003 Page 5


Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc.
Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2003-04


Income
3310 FEFP FL Education Finance Prog.
3311 FEFP ESE component
3354 Transportation
3391 a Public Educ. Capital Outlay
3405 Federal grants (local)
3440 Gifts, grants, & bequests
3451 Food services-student lunches
3491 Community fundraising
3720 Loan proceeds
3721 Temporary loan
Total Income
Expense
5100120 Salaries teachers
5100130 Salaries other certified
5100150 Salaries teacher aides
5100210 Retirement Instructional
5100220 Payroll taxes Instructional
5100230 Group Insurance-instructional
5100240 Worker compensation-Instruction
5100250 Unempl.compensation-instructlon
5100290 Instruction other
5100500 Instr. materials textbooks
5100510 Instr. materials supplies
6190700 Other pupil personnel services
6200510 Testing expenses standardized
6300310 Curriculum development services
6400330 Travel
7100310 Governance
7100320. Insurance fidelity
7100790 Board other
7200310 Personnel services
7300110 Salaries CEO-principal
7300120 Salaries -Assistant principal
7300160 Other personnel services
7300210 Retirement-school admin.
7300220 Payroll taxes school admin.
7300230 Insurance health/admin.
7300240 Worker compensation-school adm.
7300250 Unempl. compensation-sch.admin.
7300310 Legal services
7300350 Equipment maintenance
7300360 Equipment rental
7300390 Advertising
7300510 Materials & supplies office
7400610 Capital outlay library books
7400630 Capital outlay facilities
7400640 Capital outlay furn.fxtequip
7400643 Capital outlay hardware
7400650 Capital outlay buses
7400670 Capital outlay playground
7400671 Capital outlay ramps/sidewalk
7400672 *Capital outlay fence
7400673 Capital outlay clear land
7400675 Capital outlay parking lot
7400678 Capital outlay gazebo
7400680. Capital outlay- electrical
7400681 Capital outlay sewerlwater
7400682 Capital outlay materials
7400690 Capital outlay software
7S00160 Salaries business manager
7500220 Payroll taxes fiscal
7500240 Workers compensation fiscal
7500250 -Unemploymnt compensation-fiscal
7500310 Fiscal services
7500510 Materials & supplies -fiscal
7600570 Food supplies student lunches
7600590 Food & kitchen supplies other
7710310 Planning & evaluation services
7800160 Salaries bus driver
7800220 Payroll taxes trans.
7800230 Group Insurance bus driver
7800240 Worker compensation trans.
7800250 Unemploy. compensation trans.
7800390 School transportation
7800640 Transportation oil and grease
7900160 Custodial salary
7900220 Payroll taxes custodial
7900230 Insurance health custodial
'7900240 Workers comp. custodial
7900250 Unemployment comp. custodial
7900320 Insurance general
7900370 Telephone
7900380 Utilites water & sewer
7900430- Utilities electric
7900510 Janitorial supplies
9200710 Debt service principal
9200720 Debt service Interest
Total Expense

Allocation of shared services/personnel costs


Net Income


"I am grateful for the opportunity
to live and work in an area that is
so richly endowed with natural
resources," said Blitch. "I'm anx-
ious to get started and look for-
ward to working with the staff in
Apalachicola and the community
of northwest Florida."
Blitch, an eight-year veteran of
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP), spent seven
years running St. Martins Marsh
and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic
Preserves, and one year as man-
ager overseeing the Crystal River
State Buffer Preserve and Rain-
bow River Aquatic Preserve. Now,
as Apalachicola NERR manager,
Blitch will apply his varied expe-
rience to a new environment.
Seagrass and water quality moni-
toring, prescribed burns, exotic
plant and animal control, and re-
source restoration are tools of the
trade for preserves and estuaries
throughout Florida.
Among the specific activities that
Blitch will oversee at the
Apalachicola NERR are:



Proposed
BUDGET
Fy 03-04
683,984
8,395
21,125
40,192
31,000
21,600
30,250

836,546

259,574
60,300
14,688
15,229
26,266
48,000
4,448
2,457
10,000
4,000
1,000
1,000
2,000
500
1,500
1,428
1,020
60,000
32,717
3,000
7.261
8,880
1,232
756
500
5,000
2,000
6,000
3,000
5,000

1,200







6,000
1,000
33,000
2,581
399
56
12,000
1,100
21,600
3,060
19,828
1,629
8,880
1,662
378
18,724
20,269
1,607
1.990
189
14,850
1,700
6,550
16,000
7,150
42,000
25,915
860,073

25,000

1,473


* Development of a Geographical
Information System;
* Promoting research partner-
ships with regional universities
and agencies;
* Creating and implementing
school environmental education
programs, including in-the-field
learning:
* Protecting the Apalachicola Bay
nursery ground for commercially
and recreationally harvested spe-
cies.
Kacky Andrews, director of DEP's
Office of Coastal and Aquatic
Managed Areas, praised outgoing
manager Miley and recognized
Blitch's sincere desire to emulate
his predecessor.
Blitch is a native Floridian who
spent most of his childhood in
Ocala. He earned a BS degree in
Biology from the University of
Central Florida and is married
with two children. Blitch will as-
sume his position as Manager on
March 24, 2003. The Apalachicola
NERR is one of 25 sites designated
by the National Oceanic and At-
mospheric Administration as a
Research Reserve, and one of four
located in Florida.


0& M0 IPOA Resignations
'A T DINK? from Page 1


"We respect the right of every
W O S TBoard member and every owner
to voice his or her opinion in an
R appropriate, open and accurate
IAlPmeans of communication; how-
ever, we do hold to the hope and
Expectation that Board members
Av eu F will function as a team with the
goal of making decisions that are
in the best interest of all POA
members."
"As is frequently the case in life,
we find it easier to complain and1
use innuendoes to achieve what
e iwe want than to remember to
thank those who are working on
eee LC our behalf without the need for
ree r yLLC individual glory. We apologize for
the actions of some, and we thank
you all."
INSURED The Board of Directors held their
44 ft. lift Tree & Limb removal quarterly meeting Saturday.
Call John at (850) 670-8432 or 335-0580 March 15th. It lasted nearly 6.5
hours.


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Sheriff Bruce

Varnes Visited

APTA Meeting

On March 8th

By Rene Topping
Linc Barnett and members of the
Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion welcomed Sheriff Varnes to
their meeting of March 8. The
Sheriff was there to introduce
Deputy Jim Ward who came from
Lake City. and will be working in
the area from Ochlockonee Bridge
to Putnal's station. He will stay
at the new trailer the Sheriff has
installed after saying that the old
one was inhabitable.
The Sheriff went on to explain that
he has divided the county into-
four zones. Deputies will each. go
from zone to zone and he believes
they will soon all know all the
nooks and crannies in Franklin.
He also told the residents that he
had been allotted the financing for
four more deputies. He was some--
what disappointed when two of
them had to have permanent duty
at the courthouse. He said he had
lost four deputies to other places
as they could get up to $8,000 or
$9,000 a year that he can afford
to pay them. He has divided the
men into four squads.
After the regular meeting was over
the Sheriff said that his deputy
Robert Murray was going to give
them a talk on Neighborhood
Watch.
Elaine Burnett. wife of Bob
Burnett who died several weeks
ago brought in the treasurers re-
port, She also invited any friend
of Bob to a memorial for him on
March 15. A bonfire is planned on
the beach at sunset. Friends who
want to say something will be
welcomed. She also said that she
thanked the people for their re-
membrances and for the dona-
tions to the Cancer Fund and the
Turtle fund.
It was reported that the Pelican
Bay Yacht Club. and Marina had
just been sold.
Planning and Zoning member
Vicki B. Barnett said that the P&Z
had looked into permits for a too
small piece of land to build a home
are being sold for $12,000 and
people are using as a dock for
their boat. She said that the near
neighbors are no.t being notified.
They are trying to get an ordi--
nanrce that would ban this, She
said that they would have it ad-
dressed before the end of summer.
Ken Osborne said that in Naples
and Key West 5,000 boat owners
came to the meetings. He said that
they were questioning their ripar-
ian rights. He said if it is tried in
Franklin there will have to be at
least one public hearing.
Communications: Ann Maruszak
said that the newsletter may be a
little late as Beth Hayes has prob-
lems with her computer. She said
she has lost several of the articles
sent in for the newsletter and she
asks them to send her a dupli-
cate. Elaine Burnett said she had
the labels.
Public Safety: John Murphy said
that 2 fire hydrants had been do-
nated.
Membership Committee: Vicki
* Burnett reported that the mailing.
'of 343 renewal membership
brought in 258 renewals. She sent
out a second mailing and this
-brought in 85 members. She
asked should she send a third and
the members said it was not nec-
essary.
.Beautification Committee
headed up by Joann Deibel said
that the sign is not in good order
and she was told to get 3 bids and
choose the one she and her com-
mittee prefer. It was suggested
that the placement of the sign at
the junction of Bald Point Road
and Alligator Drive state it was
only from there that was Alliga-
tor Point. Ann Maruszak said that
she was trying to get members on
the bay side and she got a lot of
negative things like saying "you
people."
Barnett told the chairnian that
.she could pay out up to. $200 as
he can approve anything under
that amount. She said that they
would probably have to pay some-
one for maintenance. She is
Thinking of using shells as ground
cover.


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Carrabelle City
Council: Mariner's
Landing Progress

Continues

By Skip Frink
During the Planning and Zoning
Board portion of the March 6.
2003 meeting of the Carrabelle
City Commission, City Attorney
Douglas Gaidry reported that he
had approved the latest
"mylars"-changes on building
plans and that work on the project
can continue. Mariner's Landing
is the once hotly contested bid by
a developer to challenge county
ordinances on building height re-
strictions and construct the tall-
est building in Franklin county on
Carrabelle harbor. Last fall the
city commission voted to change
existing planning/zoning proce-
dures to PUD (Planned Unit De-
velopment) so that any project, of
any size or shape, can come be-
fore the commission and be ac-
cepted or denied by their 5 votes.
The meeting was called to order
at 7 p.m. by Mayor Wilburn
(Curly) Messer. First order of busi-
ness was approval of 5 requests
to pay bills amounting to over
$96,000.00. All approved without
discussion.
Commissioner Saunders an-
nounced that we will have a dock-
ing of the cruise ship Niagara
Prince on the afternoon of Thurs-
day, April 3, on Carrabelle's
deepwater harbor. The ship is
approximately 180 feet and car-
ries over 90 passengers. The
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
will coordinate reception.
Mayor Messer remarked that
there had been complaints con-'
Scerning the Carrabelle Junction's
popular free Wednesday night
music jam sessions, related to un-
licensed service of beer and wine.
The mayor visited the owner per-
sonally and informed the council
that "the man showed me a li-
cense".
Unfinished Business Items:"
Mr. Johnny Jackson's request for
closing a portion of East Owens
: Avenue in Sun and Sand Village
was approved.
Approval of low bid for the CTST
sidewalk project, $154,000.00 by
Haines and Son from McAlpine,
Florida. High bid was $264,300.00.
.- Approval of City Clerk Becky
Jackson's request to postpone the
deadline for sewer easements into
April.
With Fire Chief Keith Mock's rec-
ommendation. a change order
was added to the current demoli-
tion of the old water system, to
remove all old non-functioning
fire hydrants. City savings
$3000.00.
Lengthy discussion ensued re-
garding the Panhandle Coalition
petitions on the subject of exist-
ing customers of the water and
sewer system, who feel that future
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sewer system should have citizen
participation. In February the City
Commission voted to put the pe-
tition request on a ballot and have
a vote. Attorney Gaidry opined
that due to "ambiguities" in the
language of the petition, the su-
pervisor of elections referred him
to Tallahassee counsel whose ad-
vice is that Carrabelle either do
nothing, put it to a vote, or go to
court to resolve. Jim Lisette, for
the petitioners: Gaidry is being
"obstructionist", the language in
the petition is "plain." "This prob-
lem is being made a lot more com-
plicated" by Mr. Gaidry. Mayor
Messer: cost of a vote to the city
would be $2000.00. Lisette: the
city has spent "three to four hun-
dred dollars already" in opposi-
tion, in addition to "I don't know
how much money" Mr. Gaidry has
spent in opposition. More debate,
then the mayor gaveled an end to
the discussion. Commissioner
Raymond Williams moved, and
the mayor seconded, that the
commission rescind its February
decision, and take no action on
i the Panhandle Coalition petition.
i The motion passed.
In another contested subject, the
commission voted to approve a
i motion to submit a proposed fran-
chise area for water and sewer to
the Franklin County commission.
This means that Carrabelle would
have an exclusive right to control
water and sewet service, and
would bar any outside competi-
tion. Pat Maier, of the Panhandle
Coalition, was recognized by the
mayor and commented that this
move "...will end up in court."

New Business:
49 acres of land on Timber Island
to be sold by the State: David
Butler suggested that the city ask
the state to grant the land to
Carrabelle. Commissioners voted
to take no action. Voted to get cost
information before joining the In-
teragency agreement to build ten-
nis courts at Carrabelle and
Apalachicola High Schools. Voted
to send a letter to the County re-
garding fixing the parking lot at
the Post Office, on County Road
67 (Tallahassee Street) side, for
water drainage. Approved voice
mail system for after-hours emer-
gencies, $1730.00. Approved
internet access for Carrabelle VFD
on a regular phone line, not a
high-speed line.
Lastly, City Clerk Becky Jackson
read the text of the resolution for
Carrabelle's joining the state in
the DEP's "Save the Beaches" ini-
tiative to ensure that the state
fully funds the S30 million project
over 2003 and 2004. A motion to
NOT approve the resolution was
passed.
Public Comment: ,
George Maier made the comment
that as "a public citizen" making
a "public comment, it's a pretty
sad thing, I think. You've got the
citizens doing the best job they
can to bring the petition to you to
let you act on. I thought last
month you did the right thing.
And to sit there and just totally
ignore that, what's the citizens of
this country supposed to do?
You're going to sit there as a group
and just throw it out. That's my
comment". Mayor Messer, "Any-
body else? I close this meeting at
nineteen minutes of nine".


Dan Keck Gives

Lanark Villagers

A Powerful Offer

By Rene Topping
The Lanark Villagers congregated
at Chillas Hall on March 11 to
hear what Dan Keck Engineer was
going to say to try to persuade
them to accept consolidation with
Carrabelle on their sewer and
water district. They half filled the
hall by 2 p.m. and Jim Lawlor
called the audience to the begin-
ning of the meeting.
He started by telling the residents
that they would only be answered.
on the consolidation of the two
districts. On Tuesday March 4
they had a meeting on whether
the district should give permis-
sion to crossover their sewer pipes
on the way to the St James Bay
Golf and Home subdivision. He
said the audience should confine
their questions to the people, who
had come to this meeting.
The Lanark Village Commission-
ers Lawlor, Mike Hughes, and.
Fred Hart, Attorney Ben Watkins
were introduced and than Lawlor
i called on Dan Keck to introduce
the people from Carrabelle. There
was Carrabelle City Commis-
sioner in charge of water and
Sewer in Carrabelle. Jim Plexico
of Department of Environmental
Protection who is overseer to the
grants that would be needed for
the consolidation. Angle Jay of
Baskerville and Donovan (BDI)
Douglas Gaidry, -Attorney for
Carrabelle.
Keck began his talk with a large-
scale project plan with all the
projects to the east of Carrabelle
and out to St James Bay. He said
"Why is consolidation good for
Lanark Village."
He said the state is wanting to do
away with package plants and
build' more of a regional Utica
Carrabelle will be serving the pro-
posed prison, and now is extend-
ing out east to St. James Bay.
Keck said that he is talking with
Arvida on their SummerCamp.
He said that there could be sev-
eral ways in which Lanark Village
would be able to work with
Carrabelle as the city can obtain
a grant of $2 million as 85% wit!h
the other 15% from small city
grants. There would be no cost tc
the city. Keck did however sa3
that if Lanark Village does nol
choose consolidation only a city
can ask for a loan. Jim Plexicc
said that is the way the state does
it and if consolidation does not gc
through the money is just re-
turned to the state.
He pointed out that the arrange
mentwould take in the land nov
owned by the District but have .
loan against them. The lance
would go to the county.
Keck told the villagers, if they dic
not consolidate he believed thai
very soon the rates should havw
to be raised 5.0%.
He said "The $2 million is direc
beneficiary to Lanark. Village. Th(


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dation."
When Rob asked if the board
could stay on and look after com-
plaints Keck said he had looked
into it but could not be assured
that they would be legal.
Plexico said, "This is a reimburs-
able grant and expenses have to
come out of it." One of the resi-
dents said well we all know
Carrabelle is not doing this be-
cause they love us." There was a
burst of laughter.
Keck said, "The plan will be the
controlling document." Plexico
added, "After the project is ap-
proved and bids are taken it is still
not until the ground has been
turned until money will be spent."
He also said that the project esti-
mate is more than we thought. He
said the money will come in 85%
and the rest will be a small com-
munity grant.
The residents pushed for a board
or someone to look out for them.
Lawlor said when the district is
dissolved there will be no board.
Keck asked, "What are you trying
to protect yourselves." Bob said,
Well, all we need are clean water
and sewer and good operations on
the facility." p
At this point one lady was leaving
and Keck said "don't leave I'm just
getting into rates." He went on to


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rate for Lanark Village to be on a
par with Carrabelle residents. He
added that he knew some of the
villagers went away for a month
or so and they have set a reduc-
tion of 40% each time they go
away a month or longer.
This meeting was a workshop and
Lawlor said that the District has
kept itself running by Inripact fees
reconnects and late fees otherwise
they would be running at a defi-
cit.
Lawlor told the people that the
board cannot vote on anything as
it is a workshop. He advised the
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GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Community Character, Appearance and Quality
of Life
Desired Outcomes:
Franklin County is a showplace of traditional small town and rural
community values and heritage, thriving in a modern world: and also
improves services schools, healthcare and roads
Economic development, environmental protection and preservation
of community character work together for an enhanced quality of life
Preservation of regional cultural heritage, Public properties, his-
toric lifestyles, e.g. a fishing village, hunting, etc.: a living museum-
the real Florida; Oysters and beer.
Like to scale/size of the county, not too many people to know those
you interact with: laid back slow lifestyle, generous, courteous people.
no traffic jams
Strong sense of place/ authenticity of a "real" community. "Old
Florida"
Being able to leave doors unlocked and know your neighbors/low
crime rate,
The air, the river and other water areas systems are untouched by
chemical or commercial pollution and overuse and our ability to ben-
efit from them
Plenty of open space, good schools, good health care, facilities, clean.
uncrowded, beautiful beaches, scenic highways and rivers, turtles.
manatees, fish. dolphins, and sea grass, no RV parks
Maintain and improve upon a tradition of raising children in a na-
tional environment. Allowing them to learn to appreciate nature, fish-
ing, hunting, boating, discovery at beaches, skiing, etc.
Quality, natural resource based tourism
Local restaurants (not franchises)
Don't let the focus on tourism/short term rental lower the quality of
life for permanent residents (esp. on SGI).
* That it does not turn into Disney/Orlando or a South Florida envi-
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* The natural surroundings and beauty of the area has been left un-
touched, with no high rise structures or T-shirt shops: views of the
gulf, few (large) billboards
* The ability to see the stars in our dark sky
* I treasure the lack of sound/noise pollution
* Treasure ability of people to prevent government from polluting with
mosquito control
* That it stays like it was 75 years ago when I was born
Options:
* Create community vision
* Revitalize the City of Apalachicola.
* Preserve the historic districts, scenic vistas and skylines; possibly
develop historical district with emphasis on seafood industry with a
working waterfront
* Educate the public about historical, natural, cultural and archaeo-
logical resources of Franklin County, that includes a site interpreta-
tion, i.e. WWII, Ft. Andrew Johnson, pre-Columbian archaeological
sites
* Build traditional housing on many vacant lots throughout the his-
torical district of Apalachicola
* Create architectural design codes/ordinances
* Provide tax incentives for historic preservation
* Create comprehensive landscape plan (guidelines for natural vs.
imported vegetation) including education and incentives
* Implement Sylvan tree ordinance to regulate clear-cutting of virgin
lands
* Roadway/highway design standards that better match the commu-
nity
* Eliminate the big garage construction (prefab metal buildings).
* Use dark sky measures to limit light pollution and light trespass
from artificial lighting that limits 'star gazing' opportunities, is dis-
ruptive to wildlife and degrades wildlife habitat. It also degrades our
quality of life-we like it rnral!
SKeep business areas attractive, not malls
SKeep 98 along the waterfront
A water-front that is not filled by condos, motels, hotels
SLimit density
SReasonable population control
Change outdoor sign regulations to limit proliferation of signs: no
billboards
' Slow speed areas in community.
' Keep having community groups doing beach and area cleanup -
helps communities know each other
* Provide public access to water planning,

Land Use Planning
Desired Outcomes:
* We need serious growth management that is environmentally friendly
with enforcement and incentives. Also, the guidelines for future growth
(i.e. the comp land use plan) should be backed by science, accessible
(on the net) and easily understandable by the public: ... '..,


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* ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND 160 MPH WINDS AND A 20-FOOT STORM SURGE.
* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built to last. Post and Beam
construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing on a pile of sand. 2100 square feet heated
and cooled. One of the last homes built on St. George Island by Mason Bean.
* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
chair accessibility to the living level. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest
weather.
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* CUSTOM-MADE BOOKCASES.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50 years (when built. 1989): no fire hazard here as in tihe
case of wood cedar-shake -shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design: impervious to the harshest salt-inlested Gull winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level: one-half bath stubbed out in the lot area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans: concrete loundalion already,
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study. bedrooms and third level loft which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry ahom e-average loads.
* HEAT PUMPAND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation: None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.


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* Sustainable growth-balance of population increase, economy. en-
vironment and quality of life-don't sell our heritage and pristine en-
vironment for property taxes
* Development is offset by equal amount of conservation areas
* A future with responsible growth (not an oxymoron)
* Do it right the first time; as DCA said "there aren't many, if any
second chances"
* Challenge-to accept that in order to preserve what we love about
our county we will not have all the "things/infrastructure/services/
conveniences" that we want. Quality is more important than quantity
* Responsible development which does not change the rural charac-
ter of the county
* Preservation of green space
* Communal Space
* The coastline is preserved, over development prevented
* The scenic quality of the US 98 route needs to be protected as devel-
opment occurs.
* Undeveloped land is preserved (it is not "blighted" and does not
need to be developed)
* Preservation of existing landscaping in developments
* Development is property planned with buffers for habitats i.e. wet-
lands, wildlife crossings, etc,
* Landscaping conforms to our plant zone and is not changed to
someone's vision of what Florida looks like. We should not look like
South Florida
* Protect floodplain to prevent homes from flooding
* Prevent the wrong type of development that can ruin Franklin County
* No big houses, like condos: many homes on St. George Island are
increasing the number of bedrooms-these are large homes: many
used as vacation rentals, these homes are on septic tanks-this is
more density than this island with septic tanks can tolerate. This
must be stopped-these are like lots of mini-motels on residential
lots and residential zoned areas
* Minimum development (larger lot sizes).
* Variety in housing-not all expensive beach homes
* We want dark skies-please limit light trespass
* Limited non-resident development
* There is minimal wastewater treatment that can deplete wildlife
habitats and populations with adverse affects on commercial and rec-
reational fishing, hunting, and natural resource based activities
Options:
* Conduct poll of citizens attitudes about growth
* Create a committee to assure concerns of the public are addressed
in developing the comp plan
* Conduct carrying capacity analysis water, schools, roads
* Scrutinize cumulative development e.g. avoid under 10 acre aggre-
gate development
* Clustering development, minimizing impact on natural areas
* Limit condos and cluster homes to specific areas, also type and # of
stairs
* Keep density low, maintain R-1 for residential,, avoid clustering for
residential buildings. The housing on St, George Island needs 2 sepa-
rate categories of zoning R-1 single family residential and R-2.
short-term rental,
* Limit rentals with restrictions. Resort homes are being used as com-
.mercial endeavors, but only pay property taxes based on R- 1 zoning.
I believe they should develop a zoning category for resort rentals and
a separate tax rate.
* Keep height restrictions at 35' above'first finished floor, no high
rises: prevent a Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach area re: heights
* Limit building heights to two stories or total height restrictions
* Limit square footage with regards to property acreage
* Lots must be 100 ft. or more
* Increase building setbacks
* Minimum size lots/acre maintained, maintain residential density
at I unit/acre on St. George
* Improve placement and operation of septic tanks; encourage devel-
opment away from water ways
* Maintain existing (low) density land use: unless reliable utilities are
provided
* For future, no more skinny, mini shotgun houses on SGI.
* Limit development in coastal areas
* Contain commercial property development/clustering
* Consolidate commercial Development on Hwy 98. Since Hwy 98 is
the only East West Highway through the County, allowing commer-
cial development along Hwy 98 could cause a serious traffic/safety
problem. I am hopeful that commercial districts will be developed so
that we do not have a line of commercial strip malls along Hwy 98.
but instead have commercial districts located in the interior part of
the county, north of Hw\v 9%. and not along .the, coastal highway. The
East Coast, and Crawfordville are perfect examples as to why this is
an important issue,
* Preserve defined business district on St. George Island, do not re-
zone to residential
* RV parks are not under the county permit or planning control. RV
park do not have easements and they can have 25 units per acre in
areas zoned residential for one acre lot. My desire is that this be
changed to protect homeowners from the spot zones. This item maybe
be under controlled development.
* Add residential/commercial zoning
* Provide airport zoning
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Visioning from Page 7

* Limit ability, to change comp plan i.e. by granting variances
* Control rental unit occupancy (maximum. parking limits)
* Limit type of development such as owner occupied vs. rental
" Improve or rewrite subdivision ordinances
" Limit size of subdivisions
* Limit condo and town home development
" Limit lots in county
* Require open spaces in residential areas
* Prevent clear cutting for subdivisions
* Provide. sell. and develop unbuilt lots
* Define what's reasonable to build on
* Provide incentives for good development
* Simplify the comp plan and make it and an executive summary-
available, with maps.
* No cluster homes around wetlands without septic or low density
* Include airport in comp. plan
* Limit changes to current zoning
* Create a lighting ordinance

Growth Impacts. Concurrency, Impact Fees,
Taxation, Displacement, etc.
Desired Outcomes:
* Make groxyth pay for itself
* Adequate infrastructure, developers pay impact fees for new roads.
schools, fire protection, etc.
* Minimize general tax payers subsidizing infrastructure costs for ,
development
* Protect the rights of the people being taxed out of their homes
* Avoid having to close health care facilities because they couldn't
pay property taxes
* Don't let property taxes dictate land usage. Keep low density
Options:
* Conduct full cost accounting (true cost/ benefit ratios) evaluation
of future developments, rather than just listing benefits of develop-
ment
* Establish strict concurrency management requirements: infrastruc-
ture (roads, sidewalks, schools, fire protection, police, solid waste.
drinking water, waste water treatment, stormwater, medical. power,
utilities) must be in place before development impacts occur
* Recapture tax savings on agriculture land converted for develop-
ment it is unfair to those with vacant land zoned residential or com-
mercial who may pay higher tax for years.
* Identify where the $1.1 billion tax base is being spent? Look what


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 03/05/03 nvo,,ice No. 8560
Description o Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model 4-Door Colo Black
Tag No No-Tag Year 1986 State FL VinNo. IGBL69YOGX238075
To Owner: Ester J. Pool To Lien Holder:
8824 NW Kelly Road
Altha, FL 32421


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
03/01/03 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
S 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 04/10/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will'be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
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Eastpoint, FL 32328
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Wakulla County is doing with their much smaller budget.
* Implement large scale and small-scale regulation fee schedules
* Require a fire protection plan by developers
* Use impact fees to fund better code enforcement
* Incorporate a "bed tax" for motels, hotels and rental houses

Affordable Housing
Desired Outcomes:
* Encourage social diversity and maintain it through affordable hous-
ing
* Affordability and cost of living for residents in on/off construction.
seafood and other industries
* Affordable housing in appropriate locations; in Carrabelle housing
is next to the sewer spray field
* Affordable taxes, rising taxes may run current residents away
* Affordable land, some citizens and their families cannot afford land
now, this needs to be addressed in the comp plan. Keep housing that
is here affordable instead of building "affordable housing"
* Define affordability
* Assure diversity of housing, including enough that is affordable
Options:
* County/public development of affordable housing; for the seafood
workers, service workers, seniors, common folk, etc.

Regulation
Desired Outcomes:
* We need to address code enforcement. The best comp plan will have
no impact if the Board of Adjustment, P & Z, and the commission
ignore enforcement.
* Protection of land use and resources compliance with teeth; enr
forcement of comp plan '
* Adequate enforcement of penalties for those who damage the area *
* Quality housing assured through zoning and code enforcement.
Public regulatory agencies that work,
* Adequate funding for code and permit enforcement officers
* Current maps, data, etc. and proper studies are used for evaluating
proposed development
* Accountability of public officials and offices to comply with comp
plan rather than public/political pressure
* Public participants in government help control process of develop-
ment. That, ability is protected' and increased
* Enforce buffer zones
* Sign ordinance, landscape ordinance, incorporation of SGI
* Property owners in Franklin County are protected from the intru-
sive effects of. their neighbor's lights and dock lights that shine on
their property.
* People in Franklin County enjoy the stars at night and because of
the decrease in the cumulative glow from unregulated lighting.
* As a coastal community, we responsibly control direct and cumula-
tive lighting as much as can safely be done because of nesting endan-
gered sea turtles and sea birds.
* Private Single Family Docks are better regulated
* At this time, there are not county standards or guidelines to ad-
dress the building of docks.
* There has been a sudden increase in the number of docks being
built on very small pieces of unbuildable land. This creates a parking
problem as some lots have no space for parking and the owners of the
dock must either park in the street or in neighbor's yards. This also
changes the land use for that property from residential to recreational
since there can never be a residence built on the property. This is
done without having to obtain a legal land use change and impacts
all adjacent homeowners who bought property in residential neigh-
borhoods.
* At this time there are no standards for length of dock and they are
becoming longer and longer and are posing a threat to nighttime fish-
ermen. .
* The numerous docks with multiple bright, unshielded lights have
become a nuisance to neighbors.


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 03/04/03 Invoice No. 8555
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model Luina Co,lor White
TagNo 5051 Year 1990 state GA vinN. 2GWN14T8L9173256
To Owner: Suzanne Fahlstrom To Lien Holder:
285 Lakemoore Dr. NE Apt D
Atlanta, GA 30342-3870


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/28/03 at the request of FCSO/APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the dale of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occoring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 04/03/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock. the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration. etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Planning and Zoning Commission need written procedural
guidelines
* There are currently no legal, ethical, or procedural guidelines for
the Planning and Zoning Commission to follow. As a member of the
Commission, I consider this a very serious matter, The Commission
is made up of untrained volunteers and since we have no attorney
available to us, it is imperative that we have written guidelines so
that we may function appropriately and with confidence.
Franklin County Board of Adjustment (BOA) policies and proce-
dures need to be reviewed and refined
* According to the Franklin County Zoning Code, the BOA was de-
signed to be an appellate entity regarding compliance with require-
ments of the Zoning Code, The only appeal to a ruling by the BOA is
through the filing of a petition with the Circuit Court within 30 days
of a decision by the BOA. Because of the difficulty in appealing any
decision of the BOA, it has commonly become an entity of the "first
resort" rather than the "last resort". Specifically, it is frequently used
for "controversial" development permit/applications issues to circum-
vent the normal process flow, which should properly first go to the
Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission for review/com-
ment and then to the Franklin County Board of County Commission-
ers for approval/disapproval. This improper use of the BOA essen-
tially provides as by-pass around the authority of the elected Franklin
County Board of County Commissioners when a developer or other
person believes it is in his/her interest to attempt to obtain a favor-
able variance ruling prior to presentation to planning and zoning and
the county commissioners. With regard to variances from the Zoning
Code, the Code requires that to legitimately be considered for a BOA
approved variance, the applicant must show a "hardship" condition
exists. On a number of occasions, the BOA has considered and ap-
proved variances that do not meet the hardship "litmus" test. As an
example, a developer wants to divide a parcel of land into five lots to
. maximize his/her profits but can only achieve four lots following the
Code, The developer immediately requests a variance from the BOA
to get his/her five lots. For all intents and purposes, there is no real
appeal process to a BOA ruling for the average citizen of Franklin
County. In order to appeal a citizen must hire an attorney to file a
petition with the Circuit Court, and it must be done within 30 days of
the BOA's ruling. As a practical matter, this appeal process deprives
the average citizen of his/her ability to appeal, regardless of how nega-
tively they may be impacted by the ruling. Considering the power
that the appointed members of the BOA have over the citizens of
Franklin County and the finality of their decisions, there are no for-
mal training processes or experience/knowledge requirements estab-
lished for appointment to the BOA to ensure that those rendering
decisions have the skill sets to be able to properly perform their func-
tions.
* Variances are a rare occurrence
Options:
* Enforce existing laws and ordinances
* Provide code enforcement with sufficient penalties
Identify who is responsible for enforcing property encroachment
Hold county government accountable for enforcement
Hire a County Code Enforcement Officer. There is already a demon-
strated need and with the increase in development, this need will
become more critical. Surrounding counties have Code Enforcement
Officers and have utilized different and creative methods of obtaining
funding for this vital position.
More staff for plan department to handle new development
Require strong EIA for development
Limit frivolous applications
Provide for a thorough application process
Enforce single family regulations
Ban pesticides/fertilizers enforcement
Limit rules
Revamp the county board of adjustment last resort
Provide planning and zoning commission with guidelines-legal guide
Regulate dock construction to protect fishing
Revise standards in building codes (height) (setbacks)

Viability of the Seafood Industry
Desired Outcomes:
Preservation of commercial fishing, shrimp and oyster industry
Protection of the habitats that support the seafood industry-namely
salt marshes, oyster bars, and sea grass; these habitats act as nurs-
ery grounds for the livelihoods of many in Franklin County
Perpetuation of the commercial sport fisheries
Preserve the waterfront of Apalachicola for fishing/marine related
activities.

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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/28/03 Invoice No. 8551
Description fVehicle: Make BMW Model 528 Color Black
Tag No G43GAK Year 1986 State -FL in No. WBADK7305G9651224
To Owner: Melissa Sapp Ward To Lien Holder: Southpon Salvage LLC
7000 Highway 77
Panama City, FL 32409


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/24/03 at the request of FHP/FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 265.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.001 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 04/01/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Visioning from Page 9

* Maintain the historical heritage of the local people that make ihis
community what it is. a national treasure: replacement by service
industry for the sake of unskilled jobs is unacceptable
* I like seafood. the people that work in it. and the environment that
supports it.
Options:
* Survey what people in industry want
* Develop high environmental standards (habitat and water quality).
rather than cheaper standards: regulations in sync with appropriate
bio-processes
* Prevent excessive recreational use of marine resources
* Resolve water compact with AL & GA
* Maintain viable access to water. harvesting, off loading, working
waterfronts
* Set aside existing waterfront (undeveloped property)
* Maintain fishing village as is, do not redo. preserve fishing houses
and docks
* Provide tax breaks and grants for the seafood industry. Federal and
State
* Establish a fishermen's "protections plan" ("support net" offering
benefits, insurance, day care. maintenance of vessels. etc.) Ensure
local residents can afford to stay in the industry and Franklin County
* Create a cooperative for the seafood industry
* Establish a fishing industry enterprise area or zoning category
* Increase aquaculture development funding
* Change/enforce regulations of shrimp boats changing (discharging)
oil into the bay


Work Force Development
Desired Outcomes:
* More and better jobs for young people
* Adequate, quality staff to meet the needs of business owners
* Diverse economy and job opportunities, not just low paying service
jobs
* Economic development that is natural resource based and provides
job opportunities that are not predominantly at minimum wage.
Options:
* Establish vocational, trade or technical school/center
* Establish a 'living wage' law
* Develop job opportunities and training programs
* Retain jobs in the local economy at living wage
* Require occupational licenses

Business Development and Recruitment
Desired Outcomes:
* Sound diversified economy
* Clean industries
* Nature-based economic development
* Local shops and restaurants (no "big box" stores like Wal-Mart)
* Industrial park areas
Options:
* Plan for economic development
* Establish a "Franklin County Development Corp."
* Develop commercial area north of 98 not along 98
* Develop the state government support industry
* Manage tourism
Develop railroad to provide tourism
Encourage eco-tourism
Utilize St. George Island Bridge to develop "Ecotourism"
Develop the FSU Marine Lab as centerpiece for improved education.
nature-based economic development and conservation
Attract environment friendly industries
Support local businesses
Offer economic subsidies to enhance competitiveness
Provide zoning for cottage industries.
Encourage affordable restaurants
Promote better health/human services and schools as incentives
f:r economic development

The Visioning Product will be continued in the
next issue of the Chronicle.
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FWC Meeting from Page 3


The FWC rarely uses executive
sessions, but Commissioners find
them necessary and in the public
interest when they consult with
attorneys regarding pending liti-
gation.
The meeting will convene at 8:30
a.m. all three days. Wednesday's
(March 26) agenda includes rule
proposals and issues concerning
wildlife and land acquisition.
Thursday's agenda concerns har-
vest of marine species.
Commissioners plan to spend the
bulk of Wednesday morning sort-
ing through regulation proposals
for wildlife management areas,
wildlife and environmental areas
and one public use area. In addi-
tion, they will consider a staff rec-
ommendation to acquire the
71-acre Outlawlessness Produc-
tions, Inc. parcel as an addition
to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife
Management Area.
Another staff recommendation for
consideration on Wednesday's
agenda is to delay any further
actions for reclassifying three spe-
cies as endangered, threatened or


species ot special concern. The
recommendation is not to reclas-
sify the peregrine falcon,
red-cockaded woodpecker or
Panama City crayfish until listing
issues are resolved.
Commissioners also will hear a
staff report Wednesday concern-
ing free-ranging domestic cats
and will discuss FWC policy on
their management.
In addition, Commissioners will
consider rewording,some of the
agency's manatee protection rules
to reflect changes in statutes.
Newly appointed Commissioner
Richard A. Corbett will take the
oath of office and assume his post
on the Commission early Wednes-
day.
On Thursday, Commissioners wil
consider final action on marine
fisheries regulations to manage
commercial ballyhoo (a popular
baitfish) harvest. The proposed
rules include a daily commercial
I 0-box vessel limit and an Augus
closure for qualified lampara ne
ballyhoo fishermen, a five-yea


Public Evaluation of First Visioning Workshop

Some Visioning Participants Rate

Workshop Highly

48 Responses from 140 Participants Given Below
A two-part evaluation of the first visioning workshop has been re-
leased by the project-directors at FSU's Department of Regional Plan-
ning and the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium. The first por-
tion involved scaled items (1-10) with a 10 indicating strongest agree-
ment with accompanying statements, and a lower average (0 = a total
disagreement) indicating disagreement. The second portion consisted
of 24 statements made by some of the participants, providing a quali-
tative reaction to the first workshop. This workshop was titled
"Franklin County Community Issues and options" held on February
18,2003.
The assessment of the workshop overall averaged above 7.36 indicat-
ing most observers gave it a favorable rating. The facilitators gener-
ally were also highly evaluated by those filling out the evaluations.
Most were satisfied with the outcome of the first workshop.
Here are the scores and the statements:

Franklin Co. Community Issues and
Options Workshop
2-18-03

Evaluation Results
(Averages on a scale of 1-10)
INSTRUCTIONS: PLEASE USE A 0 TO 10 RATING SCALE WHERE A
10 MEANS TOTALLY AGREE AND A 0 MEANS TOTALLY DISAGREE.
PLEASE PLACE YOUR RATING IN THE SPACE TO THE LEFT OF EACH
QUESTION.
1. Please assess the overall workshop. .
8.45 The ground rules for the workshop were clearly stated.
8.31 The objectives for the workshop 'were stated at the outset.
7.35 All of the participants fully agreed with the objectives for the
workshop.
7.00 The objectives for the workshop were fully achieved.
7.36 The background information was very useful.
8.06 The agenda packet was very useful.
2. Please tell us how well the facilitator(s) helped the partici-
pants engage in the workshop.
8.62 The parties followed the direction of the facilitator.
9.09 The facilitator made sure the concerns of all parties were heard.
8.59 The facilitator helped us, arrange our time well.
8.88 Participant input was documented accurately.
3. What is your level of satisfaction with the workshop?
8.52 Overall, I am very satisfied with the workshop.
8.39 1 was very satisfied with the services provided by the facilitator.
7.63 1 am satisfied with the outcome of the workshop.
4. What progress did you make?
7.91 1 know what the next steps following this workshop will be.
6.87 1 know who is responsible for the next steps.
Additional.comments on the evaluations were as follows:
5. Do you have any other comments that you would like to add?
I want to see all comments published
This is an extremely challenging project. I haven't participated in
one like this before, I will wait to see how it progresses before making
suggestions
Please balance growth and development with existing resources
I don't feel that attending future meetings would be worth while. I
do not think this was a productive workshop. I feel that a well-designed
questionnaire would get more information from a wider variety of
people, not just the more outspoken people.
Good start
Reasonable growth with sound planning for environment and qual-
ity of life. Public services cost public funds. City services such as
sewers often increase development.
Good process using facilitators
A good first step-as the reporter on the local newspaper, I am in-
terested in taking part and helping the process succeed
Thanks for your help. I look forward to more participation
Really believe we have perhaps set a bad precedent by allowing
non-Franklin citizens -to participate on equal level-with Franklin
County Citizens
I would like to see the collected issues we brought up compiled and
on the website within 2 weeks
Does Franklin County want to grow? Limit growth to a yearly %.
growth must pay for growth, "Growth for the sake of growth is the
ideology of the cancer cell"
The county is very fragmented (socially, economically, geographi-
cally, politically, old/new, young/old, schools) How do we develop a
sense of commitment within such a community that expressed itself
in terms of "what's in it for me and mine?"'
Suggest uniting written comments as to participants vision for the
record and on workshop topics
* More helpers to write group-comments to speed process up.
Franklin Co. needs elected officials and the attendant and less pro-
vincial. County officials, to be more effective in representing and pro-
tecting the county and not so protective of their personal interests.
St. Joe is not a GOD!!! The county has control do not give it away.
When given the choice of pleasing 90% of the voters only make mad
one no voting concern, I would please the 90%
According to the tenor of our concerned citizens of our workshop.
I county and city government officials are not making decisions that
reflect citizens' opinions about development, services enforcement and
planning. This needs to be addressed and balanced in order that these
people will trust this process of issues and options.
A good session, though I think a lot will depend on how well the
input is synthesized and analyzed, and provided to the powers-that-be.
In other words, how effective at shaping the future will this be?
Our group discussion was dominated by 3 people. This does not
seem to be an organized or efficient way of gaining information.
Need a committee to assure concerns of public are'used to develop
comp plan
Somewhere in this process, can we determine what % are natives of
Franklin County and what % vote in Franklin County?
Establish volunteer committees
Encourage better news connections


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moratorium on new commercial
ballyhoo lampara net permits af-
ter initial allocations and vessel
limits for commercial ballyhoo
harvest with other gear.
The FWC also will consider ap-
proval of a federal consistency
rule for swordfish that establishes


"a daily one-fish bag and
on-the-water possession limit per
person for recreationally har-
vested swordfish and a recre-
ational vessel possession limit of
three swordfish.


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