Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: July 11, 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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America's Living Oceans .....
......................... 1. 4.9, 10
Sopchoppy 4th of July...... I
Carrabelle 4th of July. 1, 12
Citizen Initiative on Redis-
tricting......................... 1, 5
Harriett Beach Hearing 1. 12
Franklin Briefs ................ 2
St. George Water Company 2
Editorial and Commentary 3
Charter Schools Proposals
Part I.......................... 3, 4


July 11 24, 2003

Sopchoppy 4th OfJuly Parade

Second Circuit Court Report
.................................... 6 8
Rummage Sale..................6
Business Card Directory ... 7
FCAN ................................ 8
Eating, Ya Gotta Love It .....
.................................. 8, 10
St. George News.............. 11
Progress Energy.............. 11

America's Living Oceans


A Think Tank Speaks

America's Living Oceans: A Report

To The Nation

Recommendations for a New Ocean Policy
Publisher's Note: The independent Pew Oceans Commission re-
leased their long-awaited report on the state of the world's oceans.
This comprehensive report, titled "America's Liting Oceans: Chart-
ing a Course for Sea Change, "is the result of a three-year stud\
of the oceans, first of its kind in more than 30 years. The 144-
page study is too long for digestion in these pages so we are pro-
viding excerpts from the Executive Summary, and some addi-
tional sections of particular regional interest to readers in the
Panhandle of Florida. The entire report is available on the web at
www.pewoceans.org. The reader should bear in mind that the
PEW report represents a point-of-view that does NOT have uni-
versal acceptance. In the interest of providing some balance to
their assertions, comments from the Southeastern Fisheries As-
sociation have also been included in this report.
America's oceans are in crisis and the stakes could not be higher.
More than half the U.S. population lives in coastal counties. The resi-
dent population in this area is expected to increase by 25 million
people by 2015. More than 180 million people visit the shore for rec-
reation every year.
Though a price tag has never been assigned to our coastal economy,
it is clear that it contributes significantly to the nation's overall eco-
nomic activity. Tens of thousands of jobs in fishing, recreation, and
tourism depend on healthy, functioning coastal ecosystems. Now,
thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment have either
been lost or are jeopardized by collapsing fisheries. Pollution and
sprawl threaten ocean-related tourism and recreation, far and away
the largest component of the coastal economy.
But more than jobs are at stake. All Americans depend on the oceans
and affect the oceans, regardless of where they live. Ocean currents
circulate the energy and water that regulate the Earth's climate and
weather and, thus, affect every aspect of the human experience. Our
very dependence on and use of ocean resources are exposing limits in
natural systems once viewed as too vast arid inexhaustible to be
harmed by human activity. Without reform, our daily actions will
increasingly jeopardize a valuable natural resource and an invalu-
able aspect of our national heritage.
In the midst of crisis, there are expressions of hope and signs of suc-
cess. Striped bass, severely depleted along our Atlantic shores, made
a striking comeback when given a chance. North Atlantic swordfish
recently did the same in response to lower catch limits and closed
nursery areas. Seabirds, kelp beds, and fish communities returned
to the coastal waters off Los Angeles after waste discharges were re-
duced. Proven, workable solutions to the crisis in our oceans exist
but such successes will remain the exception rather than the rule
until we chart a new course for ocean management.
The evidence that our oceans face a greater array of problems than
ever before in our nation's history surrounds us. Marine life and vital
coastal habitats are straining under the increasing pressure of our
use. We have reached a crossroads where the cumulative effect of
what we take from, and put into, the ocean substantially reduces the
ability of marine ecosystems to produce the economic and ecological
goods and,services that we desire and need. What we once consid-
ered inexhaustible and resilient is, in fact, finite and fragile.
The crisis confronting our oceans has many dimensions.
* Coastal development and associated sprawl destroy and endanger
coastal wetlands and estuaries that serve as nurseries for many valu-
able fishery species. More than 20,000 acres of these sensitive habi-
tats disappear each year. Paved surfaces have created expressways
for oil, grease, and toxic pollutants, into coastal waters. Every eight
months, nearly 11 million gallons of oil run off our streets and drive-
ways into our off waters...
* More than 60 percent of our coastal rivers and bays are moderately
to severely degraded by nutrient runoff. This runoff creates harmful
algal blooms and leads to the degradation or loss of seagrass and
kelp beds as well as coral reefs that are important spawning and
nursery grounds for fish. Each summer, nutrient pollution creates a
dead zone the size of Massachusetts in the Gulf of Mexico. These
types of problems occur in almost every coastal state and the trends
are not favorable. If current practices continue, nitrogen inputs to
U.S. coastal waters in 2030 may be as much as 30 percent higher
than at present and more than twice what they were in 1960.
* Many ec, '-'gically and commercially crucial fish species, including
groundfisl id salmon populations along the Atlantic and Pacific
Coasts, fac. overfishing and numerous other threats. Thirty percent
of the fish populations that have been assessed are overfished or are
being fished unsi t'inably. An Increasing number of these species
Continued on Page 4

Citizen Initiative

To Redistrict

Moves Forward

The St. George Island Redistricting Committee has announced the
selection of their plan #2, linking Dog Island, Alligator Point, and St.
George Island into what is now known as District 2 in Franklin County.
Their statement is as follows:
'This plan was selected by the St. George Island Redistricting Com-
mittee in order to join SGI with areas of like concern. Because we are
an island we experience the same problems that Dog Island and Alli-
gator Point share. Because we are a rental community we experience
the same problems as Alligator Point, St. Teresa, and the emerging
communities of SummerCamp and St. James Bay. Our population of
retirees shares the same concerns as those of Lanark Village. Based
on these criteria, we feel that we should be placed in District 2. We
realize, however, that we are expressing our concerns and that other
citizen bodies may disagree. We encourage each group of citizens in
Franklin County to draw its plans and subnrit them to the County
Commission. We are open to any other alternative that would divide
the county into fair and equitable population districts. When all is
said and done, fairness is essential."
Maps and verbal descriptions continued inside this issue on Page 6.
Interested citizens may contact Jerry Thompson at 927-2666, exten-
sion 120.
Continued on Page 5

Retaliation Against Reporter Fails

Attempt To Dismiss Volunteer From
Planning And Zoning Fails For Lack

Of A 2nd

A Report and Commentary (with an attitude) By Tom W.
The proposed dismissal hearing involving Franklin Chronicle reporter
Harriett Beach was the last official item on Tuesday's County Com-
mission agenda, July 1, 2003.
The proposal for the hearing had been made by Commissioner Eddie
Creamer at the June 17, 2003 meeting, and seconded by Bevin Putnal,
voted unanimously by the Commissioners.
The County Attorney, Thomas Michael Shuler, briefed the Board on
the procedures and the elements in the Franklin County zoning that
provide a basis for removing any member of the Planning and Zoning
Committee, a volunteer group serving without pay. Here are the listed
reasons for removal, quoted from the zoning code, and referenced to
the Board of County Commissioners just prior to the hearing.
"Any of the following examples or situations could be cause for re-
moval from office of a member of the Planning and Zoning Commis-
1. Four consecutive absences from regularly scheduled meetings of
the Planning and Zoning-Commission.
2. Mental or physical disability medically diagnosed which renders
the member incapable of performing adequately his/her functions.
,3. Conduct unbecoming a member of the Planning and Zoning Com-
mission such as to bring the Commission or Board into disrepute.

4. Conviction of any criminal act involving moral turpitude, habitual
il use of intoxicating beverages to excess or indulgence in intoxicating
""'- beverages during Commission meetings.
.'B 5. Failure to maintain residence in Franklin County.

Carrabelle--Smnill Town-Big

Celebrqtinn Of ThM Fourth

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle is only a small town
but we sure had a wonderful
Fourth of July. Even the weather
was great.
Sands Memorial Field was alive
with all sorts of games all day and
the youth of our town along with
the parents had a delightful,
happy time.
The Carrabelle Firefighters were
setting up the Fireworks out on
Timber Island and this year on
Davis Island. We had been prom-
ised a great show and no one went
away unhappy.
The City fireworks had been do-
nated to the firefighters by an
anonymous person. Fire Chief
Keith Mock had been sworn to
secrecy. As an adjunct to the
spectacular show, the private
shows on the river from a boat,
and also along the harbor, filled
in while the firefighters moved
along the major fireworks display.
The Tillie Miller Bridge was filled
with cars pulled up on both sides
of the bridge by 8:30 and they
cheerfully waited for the show to

start at "One half hour after dark."
That made it 9:30 p.m. but that
crowd was patient.
All along the harbor the crowd
was at least three deep. One fa-
vorite place was both parking
places at the C-Quarters. Several
groups of people set off small fire-
Gratefully, the mosquitoes and
yellow flies had been sent off by
the smell of the gun powder.
On time, the first salvos were shot
off Davis Island to start the show.
A private show filled in from the
head of the harbor.
Then the show from Timber Island
came on with some absolutely
beautiful displays. There was loud
noise as the fireworks echoed on
the river.
A boat near the C-Quarters
started to fill in while the
firefighters started to shoot the
second part of the show.
There were loud "OOHs and
AAHs" and applause from the
crowd. The happy conversation
was "Wow, did vou see that?"
Continued on Page 12

6. Use of bribery, or political pressure to secure advantages.
7. Incompetence or unwillingness to render satisfactory service or
any other action of a magnitude which would raise serious questions
about the ability of the member to render satisfactory service to the

. .

Rene Topping

Vicki Barnett

No specific mention of any of the 7 conditions was mentioned by the
County Attorney to the Board, nor were there any advocacy state-
ments made attempting to link the behavior of Harriett Beach to any
of the listed criteria. The numbered reasons, such as #1, #4, #5 or #6
could be demonstrated with evidence; the other listed reasons would
present a considerable task for any prosecutor, particularly item #3
bringing the Board into "disrepute"). Many persons had already told
Ms. Beach that they agreed with her conclusions; others thought the
criticism was humorous, including Commissioner Mosconis, who joked
about it at an earlier meeting.
Before the hearing began, Commissioner Mosconis reminded every-

Paul Johnson Harriett Beach
one in the courtroom annex that the Fourth of July was fast ap-
proaching "...the birthday of our country..." He added, the U. S. "...is
one of the oldest democracies in the history of the world. I guess the
point is, this is democracy in action up here..."
The chairperson of the hearing, Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, lim-
ited the time for each speaker addressing the Commissioners. Rene
Topping led the group reminding them of a Harry Truman quote: "If
you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen," referring to the ca-
pacity of the Commissioners to take public criticism. She also re-
minded the Commissioners of the restrictions upon the Congress in
the restricting of free speech. (Applause). Vicki Barnett (Alligator Point),
a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, spoke of Ms.
Beach's work, "...consistently prepared... is very analytical, detail ori-
ented, and fair-minded in her decisions..." "...To lose her from the P
and Z would be a loss... by the Planning and Zoning Commission...
and this community." "... Especially disturbing to me is the violation
of her First Amendment rights of freedom of speech by the County
Commission... No where in the Zoning Code does it state that mem-
bers of P and Z are not allowed to hold other jobs."
Gail Dodds addressed the Commissioners very briefly reminding the
Commissioners that Ms. Beach's piece did not reflect the view of Plan-
ning and Zoning. Interestingly, this observer of a recent Planning and
Continued on Page 12

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Present: C .tmiss.in ..
Bevin Pt..i. i'
Commissioner Ci .:. '
Sanders; Commisso,.ier
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Eddiee
Creamer and
Commissioner Clarec'i..'
The agended items for review and
approval of the minutes of the
previous meeting and approval
and payment of county bills were
made and seconded and ap-

ilerk of Court
'Kehdll Wade announced that
p, lr...-.. for the entire tentative
1-.ig o,- ill be p'id'l,10v available
-a-s ooit as the certified property
values Is received from the Prop-
erty Appraiser. At that time, the
village rate will be calculated. A
workshop to address the budget
Will be scheduled on July 29,
2003 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board
Room. The consolidated and au-
dited budget statement are avail-
able in the finance office at $1 per

Sheriff Varnes
The Sheriff addressed the Board
on three issues: leaking roof,
lightning problems at the jail and
new drug policies for the Sheriffs
office employees. Sheriff Varnes
had only one vendor willing to
provide estimates. Discussion
was held on previous review of the
lightning problems at the jail.
Eddie Creamer moved to direct
the Sheriff to seek estimates for
repairing the roof and solving the
lightning problems. The motion
carried unanimously.
The Sheriff introduced his new
drug policies Including random
drug testing. The sheriff acknowl-
edged assistance from other
sheriffs offices across the state.
Commissioner Mosconis com-
mended the Sheriff on the new
policy. The new policy includes
general testing requirements,
standards, specific requirements
and sampling procedures. The
Sheriff or his designee may au-
thorize random testing at any

Health Department
Paul Boisvert was introduced to
the Commissioners as the new
acting administrator of the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment. He explained that on July
14, he and his review committee

Paul Boisvert

will be interviewing a list of can-
didates for the administrator-
director position. After the inter-
Views, there will be a tentative
selection to be reviewed and ap-
proved by the Governor's office-
a process Boisvert estimated to be
about eight weeks total. He ex-
pects to be the acting administra-
tor through the end of September.
He added that the health depart-
ment, without a physician at the
department, they were no longer
able to provide primary care. How-
ever, Dr. Lewis and Dana Holton
have been contracted for primary
care for indigent patients. Appli-
cants will raise their needs with
the Health Department first, and
then a referral will be made to Dr.
Lewis or Dana Holton, physicians
assistant. Commissioner Bevin
Putnal raised his concern about
indigent care for members of the
fishing industries. Cheryl Sand-
ers was appointed the
Commission's representative to
the selection committee for the
new director. Commissioner
Mosconis raised a question about
the limited number of physicians
accepting workmen's compensa-
tion cases. Boisvert said he would
make inquiries and report back
to the Commissioners. Boisvert
also expressed an interest in
sharing janitorial duties with the
county when needed. Kendall
Wade expressed his interest in
assisting Boisvert on that issue
when needed.

Superintendent of Public
Herbert Chipman reported that
the heavy rains have created
many road and flooding problems.
Commissioner Putnal complained
about heavy truck traffic on

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beprov, ,I-.hava-.. 9s dtei ames
want d to) : .t.r'. e m ,, I :t'.-.., te tLtd e

There being n zd the, eafmt t..
the C ..m. .:.y,:,",-: .ges custm'-;;. to the
co mn e,' A :,: "n1.... i[rL u.k's :'.h.- iu,:ir -.-

enolid Waste Aionthdrl. ie-y.g,
Director Vabut se do not a esssed
the Bardon't, m carry thir
"For the accounts range fri af aew
a draft drelsii to e otlandlll f
Charge Pnotable .Tchanges are l
the re -isicls ted lid tee s raft top
safeguard ..: ,rdl -.cfii -mr .tlhat
pay Lneur .ria i-c.'t..i.; ill.vi', .'-,r1 g,-:*seflit
then policy oungoes frtom $500.00es tohe
end ofthe m rnitlhi ,..'-. ,it. ':e..,,. l bl
Most do, but ille become due
who. donT', samtime cany their

hepon receipunts rthe statement a fend
hundred dollars to th.t,,_vnd.i of
dollars per month 15th of the month.
The notable changes are:
1. The recu'.:'d deposit to open
an account goes from $500.00 to

3. They will charge 5% interest on
all accounts not paid in full by the
4. A $2,000.00 deposit will be re-
quired to reopen an account
closed for unsatisfactory pay-
The Board approved the above
recommendation subject to a re-
view of paragraph #3 by the
County Attorney.

Public Hearing
The Board amended Ordinance
97-19, Article IV, that governs lit-
ter control.

Extension Director
Mr. Bill Mahan addressed the
Clam Aquaculture Workshop:
'"The Basics of Handling & Har-
vesting Clams Workshop," held on
June 5th went well with 14 clam
farmers attending. One of the top-
ics discussed' at the meeting was
that a number of the farmers have
clams that are ready for market.
This is much sooner than anyone
thought the clams would be
ready, Usually clams take 14 16
months to grow from seed clams
to one-inch "little-neck" clams.
However, based on the farmer's
reports it only took 12 13
months for Alligator Harbor's first
crop of clams to mature. Now that
we have clams to sell the next step
is to develop and establish a local
market for our clams. So the
farmers are now contacting local
shellfish dealers and restaurants
to get a local market established."
Boater Education Signs: In an ef-
fort to educate boaters in Alliga-
tor Harbor about safe and proper
boat handling around aquacul-
ture leases, a "boater education"
sign has been placed on the main
corner posts marking the Alliga-
tor Harbor High Density Lease
Area. It is hoped the signs will
help eliminate some of the boater
problems that some of the clam
farmers have encountered.
ISSC's Biennial Meeting 2003:
"The ISSC meeting is fast ap-
proaching and I was wondering if
the Board would like me to go. The
dates of the meeting are August
2 8, 2003."
The Board approved paying ex-
penses for Mr. Mahan's attending
the ISSC meeting.

Public Hearing
The Board adopted an ordinance
involving the family law assis-
tance program. The program will
be offered to citizens of Franklin
County by the Office of Court Ad-
ministration by providing afford-
able informational family law
packets for citizens who represent
themselves in a family law mat-

ter. The program also provides
notarization of completed paper-
work and referrals. The Office of
Court Administration shall charge
for the information family law
packets and for notarization ser-
vices to cover expenses. The In-
formational packet shall range
from $5.00 to $20.00 depending
upon the type of legal packet re-

Appointment of Cheryl
Commissioner Clarence Williams
announced the appointment of
Chairperson Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders to one of the 40
directors on the Florida Associa-
tion of Counties Board of Direc-

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Wnrancl tie dser lboel! ttluit ir work
uftert Ie irencent lhteaT'y anis. Com-n
rmissbrnD Savrei:ers itessied con-

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i1.es1 iTrmaprsed. a," ti: e f"itrtt' Mr.
sAamo ,s agiresil t' 'S.-aWv '-.int v
nmiaeissim@i meeti on a

R vision fA ,-.at 'rtoint
Ste Faani
Allan Pler'e iinuriuodilwed Barry
omlte,. owner,. -.;. <.-'l I.' 'ai.nm-
miissiM Ierss. t0 l .'- -.*.' : .' lsiuised
site' plans fo' s \il,- 1@ i Point
Martinva Pilamminned 14titt 1imnelop-
menTmit. lPteree said::
"Thflke PUJID ,.li1i,7,i ',-,. a ,states that
'lilt .' ,li-.' I. ,it? r,.nis iirn' i rnanll ]1M ap-
(f. h,. iii,- i i :. ,. C1 f 'fi l.-: htltliti does
AMi state nlix w aaacaidevll Btsd top the
Master Pian are 6liteiltedL. The
a ,.ni n d .tn' f, i- i's.v,;,'' .,0 .',:..'Au .' meze
oft't rhe J = i "J- so.0. ]','- ll,: ,1 i. ,r .' lce
Wlite _n,..,!il ,e .. '.i .| -1 r-i0:,4!]'.- i-;i,-,- bty
(@nie', atidil a < ,:i. i, i. ,'- .'' rJ :r lin t
iIffiTce, not I-ri. ... i ",i :-.: -mrp.
amnd alitailke '.i,*c -i .r ir'.:. '' i he
lraiffli' paillternn (O titMe -if" :. If
line' E ,..o,,d wavta it .... :-r,' a re-
vised Master P lo it steeds to do
so) iti sao r. T.a.-' r, tlat the
officirial record refieAts ttthat2 a new
Master Fln tvs mow ito efflifact
"Another issue' Mr.. fhole wants to
ctl.#. isv the type ,o sewage dis-
posal ie is gptng to usler The PUD
O.,iLT.- at:e 5.t.a.-_s "i'tnp ical l i be
th.i i. rmiLrr i :7'1-i,." Hewants the
Board to iknow that dspos-3 "'nay
be ii' d':' :cn drain d"isi iirri-
gation,. or other methods ap-
proved y tthe E-'p r. o Enviiron-
mental Prtectioin.. Under no cir-'
:i.m r. :' -t: -i T p -a' rrin- r.r i n
be cdll'.'.'-.ei t:r dtspc.,d.' ',-' r :.istc-
water." Ifthe Board feels, -ht rtis
language is more than darifica-
tion then the PUD Ordmiance
needs to be amended, and that
can only be done -h.r..,t-- a. pub-
lic hearing."
Barry Pool informed the Board
that the new version of the build-
ing is larger, by 20 feet. There are
now 28 townhouse units instead
of 29. The Alligator Point Taxpay-
ers Association speaking through
Line Barnett did not have any
objection to the revised plans. The
Board approved the revised plan.

Risk Management
Mr. Paul Dawson appeared before
the Commissioners, briefing them
on the Risk Management A--s.o'i-
ates program of insurance involv-'
ing workers compensation and
other forms of insurance. He pro-
vided them with a list of refer-
ences and an information sheet
on their program. Commissioner
Mosconis urged him to make his
preparations for bid so the mate-
rials could be reviewed during the
budget process. Kendall Wade
urged the commissioners to wait
until the budgeting process was
completed before considering the
proposed program. The Board
decided to review the proposal
after the budgeting process.

Director of Administrative
Planner Alan Pierce recom-
mended that the Board change
the 9.5 acres owned by Mr. and
Mrs. Edgecomb to R-3, Rural
Residential, which is one unit per
5 acres. "Since the Edgecombs do
not own 10 acres they would only
be able to put one unit on the 9.5
acres, which is all they want." The
Board approved the Planning
Dept. to prepare the proper no-
The Board approved allowing the
Habitat for Humanity to utilize the
St. George Island Park from 5-8
p.m. on July 12, 2003, for a
The subject of water shortages at
Alligator Point was brought before
the Commissioners in the form of
a letter requesting assistance
from the County Board recently
received. The Alligator Point Wa-
ter Resources District has asked
the County to adopt certain ordi-
nances that would help alleviate
the growing water shortages. Mr.
Pierce did not read the letter in
total, so the text is reproduced
"This letter is to inform you of the
circumstances that exist within
the service area of the Alligator
Point Water Resources District. As
of this date, the District is oper-
ating under water use restriction
rules due to limited water re-
sources available in eastern
Franklin County. We hope to re-
move all of the restrictions, with
the exception of lawn irrigation,
when the summer demands are

lessened and additional supplies
can be located and put into pro-
duction. The new well field, north
of US Highway 98, completed in
2002, is producing approximately
25% of the anticipated volume
and it is doubtful additional pro-
duction will be realized from this
Short term demands are currently
being met by using the previously
mentioned restrictions, long term,
the outlook is less apparent, and
the impact on development for the
Alligator Point Water Resources
District service area cannot be
ignored. We ask that future
projects submitted for permitting
within the Districts service area

be reviewed with this informa toll
in mind.
While the District Is pursuing
ways to keep up with the de-
mands on the system, Franklin
County government can help in
several ways including the follow=
* Adoption of a Xeriscape Ordi-
nance that meets the provisions
of Chapter 373.185, Florida Stat-
* Develop and enforce ordinances
as required by Chapter 373.62,
Florida Statues for automatic
sprinkler systems.
* Establish and enforce county
wide rules that meet the provi-
sions of Chapter 373.609. Florida
Statues for enforcement of water
conservation rules set by water
authorities within Franklin
Lawn irrigation abuses currently
are the single leading factor de-
termining the ability of the Dis-
trict to meet the demands of our
customers. The issue is not
unique to Alligator Point, iL; hr.1
out Florida water systems are
struggling to meet similar de-
mands on water supplies,
Communities are deciding the
best use of limited water re-
sources may be to limit property
owners' ability to irrigate lawns
and to strictly enforce ,*:.'.iini
statutes. The District, In addition
to adopting water use policies, b.has
implemented a new rate structure
to help curtail high use and has a
continuing public awareness
campaign. It should be men-
tioned, abuses are not limited to
water taken .from our system,
there are, like many places In
Franklin County, those who have
their own wells and continue to
use water as if it is an infinite
supply. Future development in
the county will be linked to the
availability of potable water and
Florida Statutes are clear in the
counties role in conserving the
The Alligator Point W.1t,' r Re-
sources District is currently meet-
ing its obligations to provide po-
table water for its customers; we
are asking Franklin Cuunr.\' to
help us provide for the long term.
Please consider our limitations
when reviewing growth manage-
ment issues in and around Alli-
gator Point.
Robert Brooks, Manager"
Mr. Pierce was asked to review the
request further and report back
to the Commissioners at a later

The Board ri oved to carete a
Resoltiu til of 'r'l'rr i I ,.i, t. i'e
issued to Mr.. Ir 6tiirl, of the
Depatdmetit ufTi ,,-u1' i .-.' l .. ..
his work with ti, ';- iii,- r ,'' ,
and C(, i ''II I.I i I .. .
The Board recessed fr 2(Y th'ilh'-
ties eintil ihe planned disrmfssaM
hearing agansi tHarltrielt Beaeh' at
11:30 a.m. That report Is the soih'-
ject of a separate story reported
elsewhere In the Chronicle.

Kendall Wade, County
Mr. Wade asked the Commission-
ers to send a letter of support for
the North Florida Veterans Medi-
cal Center in Lake City. The in-
patient and long term care facili-
ties there have been proposed to
be reduced. The Board unani-
mously voted to send a letter to
oppose any reduction of services
for veterans.

County Attorney
t,11,,,I', rom Michael Shuler told
of a let-,vpr .-lnra to begin a zon-
ing pi'' :'-", small parcel of
land iii ',il-i'iAne from Lanark
J...,- ii,.-a has never been zoned.
Thx Board authorized the zoning
and land use process to begin.

Franklin County

Public Library

News And


By Judi Rundel
TIh-": ,sre still three weeks left for
-- Int grades K 6 to enjoy
the Franklin County Public
-"..':'-,1" Summer Reading Pro-
.rrinm Registration forms are
.' ,. Yl.ik. at the Eastpoint and
Carrabelle branches or stop in to
see Ms. Gladys at the program site
in the New Life Center on 8th
Street in Apalachicola. Pre-
schoolers can participate in the
Summer Reading Program on
Monday mornings from 10:00 -
10:45 in Eastpoint, and on Thurs-
day afternoons in Carrabelle from
4:00 4:45.
The FROG Family Learning
Program's summer picnic was
cancelled due to inclement
weather and will be rescheduled
for later this month.
The Franklin County Public
Library's FROG, WINGS, and TI-
GERS offer many programs that
are free and open to the public.
Registration, however, is required.
For information about upcoming
programs or becoming a program
volunteer, please call 670-4423 or

M g'^M'tC i

Phce |o. d R&'7:,r"-7f/

The St. (orge Island \Vatef Man-
agerren lCompnny has rmIiled it's
customers ihe 2002 Wate' Qual-
ity Report indicating th2at lit
drinking water has met all federal
and state requirements.
The management has announced
several system improvements tiat
will add to the cost of water on
the island, predicted by the conm-
pany to be a 56% increase over
current rates.
Water Management Services, Inc.
has been working for the past two
years to improve its water service
to St. George Island. These imrri
provements include the following:
a new 12" ductile iron water
transmission line attached to the
new bridge to the island; a new
deep well on the mainland at
Eastpoint; various plant improve-
ments such as a new aerator, high
speed drives, high speed pumps,
new generator, a new 200,000
gallon elevated storage tank, to-
gether with substantial improve-
ments to the administrative of-
fices on the island; and over
17,000 feet of new water lines to
enhance fire protection through-
out St. George Island.
These improvements are sched-
uled for completion in October
2003, at a total cost of approxi-
mately $6 Million. The company
has requested a rate increase
from the Florida Public Service
Commission to pay this cost. If the
increase is granted, the result will
be a 56% increase over current
rates, or a 67% increase over the
rates that were in effect when the
Commission granted the company
an 11% Increase when construc-
tion was commenced in the later
part of 2000.


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11 July 2003 Page 3


Letter To The Editor

1444 Blueberry Rd.
St. George Island, FL 32328
Tom Hoffer
Editor, The Franklin County Chronicle
P.O. Box 590
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Dear Tom:
I am writing to you about Harriett Beach's now famous, much talked
about article in The Chronicle.
I once had a journalism professor who, after giving out class assign-
ments, would dismiss us with these words: "remember this: just the
facts, edit out the attitude." Tom, as editor of this newspaper it was
your responsibility to edit the attitude out of Harriett Beach's article.
As passionate as I am about my right to freedom of speech and free-
dom of the press, I am just as passionate about the responsibility
that goes along with that freedom and in this case responsible jour-
nalism. The demeaning and ridiculing statements made in this ar-
ticle should never have been allowed. The remark about the outsid-
ers was uncalled for and insulting to the citizens of this County, and
unfortunately has further polarized Franklin County. Perhaps a bet-
ter place for Harriett's article would have been under "editorial com-
For as many kudos and compliments you say you have received, I
have probably received as many calls of dismay and disgust at the
insulting and disrespectful tone of this article. The lack of respect is
what troubles me the most. While I may not always agree with the
Commissioners, I have great respect for them and the tremendous
responsibility they carry. They are, after all, elected by the people of
this County.
And Tom, who are these "outsiders" that Harriett refers to? The elitist
intelligentsia who are going to save Franklin County from doom. This
is not the first time I have heard this from Harriett. In a letter written
to P&Z (and copied to the Commissioners) last March she says
"Franklin County is changing rapidly with intelligent people settling
in the County." She goes on to talk about the "Ah shucks, Old Boy
method of County Government, the dictatorial fashion of those who
run the county business making rules to serve their own interests
and egos. These comments seen by the Commissioners and employ-
ees at the Courthouse prior to the published article, and the com-
ment in her article about the "outsiders" is inflammatory and insult-
ing, not only to those people who are born and raised here, but for
those people who have moved into this County and become pro-active,
positive-thinking citizens in the community. Harriett has a right to
her opinions, but she crossed over the line of journalistic etiquette
and responsibility in her article, and you allowed it to happen. Per-
haps an apology should be forthcoming.
Come to think of it, Tom, the good ole boy, aw shucks people are why
I moved into Franklin County. I like the down home people who live
here, they're real people. What you see is what you get. I like going to
the grocery store and the clerk calls me by name. I like the freedom to
walk down safe streets. I like breathing clean air. And you know what?
I like my County Commissioners. I like Cheryl, Jimmy, Eddie, I have
never heard an unkind word from Clarence, and Bevin is as honest
as the day is long with a compassionate heart for humanity. They are
just'good folk, trying to do the best they can. Yup, I like Franklin
Mary Lou Short
American by birth!l
Franklin Countian by choice!

A Response To Ms. Short's Assertions

Dear Mary Lou:
At the risk of beating to death the issues involved with Harriett Beach's
commentary about the Franklin County Commission and others. I
" will happily respond to your critical letter. I welcome your comments
- although I completely'disagree with your conclusions. You have the,
right to express your views and the Chronicle has reprinted your let-
ter in full. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
Apparently, the solution to this issue would be to "edit out an atti-
tude." I'm sure you noted that the piece in the Chronicle by Harriett
Beach was clearly labeled "a report and commentary." This means
r that the writer would comment on whatever is reported..The thrust of
the piece was criticism of the Franklin County Commissioners, School
Board and supporting staff for failing to be prepared for an
all-important workshop about redistricting. The third formal oppor-
tunity to conform to state law by consulting the more relevant census
: and to reorganize the voting districts, is a subject that had been dis-
cussed at many meetings prior to the workshop, especially by Com-
missioner Jimmy Mosconis. Superimposed over your letter is the
not-very-subtle conclusion that the Franklin County Commission is
well beyond any kind of criticism whatsoever.
.Indeed, you are not alone in that myopic orientation. Even the drafter
a of the single criterion embedded in the zoning code that enables the
county to hold a dismissal hearing on the basis of speech that alleges
:, the county to be held in "disrepute" is similarly of the same orienta-
? tion. That is to say, the county commission is somehow immune to
i'. criticism in the execution of its duties.

850-670-1687 (OFFICE)
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*' e-mail: hoffer531 @gtcom.net

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July 11, 2003

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I have no apologies whatsoever in critically examining the local
government when the evidence points to malfeasance or misfea-
sance, or fails to carry out its responsibilities. That, my friend, is
also a responsibility of the county commission, which you seem
to conveniently overlook in your critical letter to me.
As far as the language of "disrepute" is concerned, the criterion so
stated is clearly unconstitutional and ought to be eliminated from the
county zoning code. We are looking into that matter, from a legal
standpoint since a simple declaration from a local judge would settle
the constitutional question.
That is also why the headline in our competitor's newspaper, "Com-
mission Upholds 1st Amendment," is incomplete and misleading. There
was no constitutional question raised with respect to the criterion in
the zoning code and the Commission did not rule on any constitu-
tional question. The motion by Eddie Creamer simply failed for lack
of a 2nd, and that was the end of the matter-period. The other Com-
missioners did not agree with Mr. Creamer's motion to dismiss Ms.
Beach in light of the testimony taken in her behalf, or perhaps on the
basis of her statement before them. Yes, many did cite her First Amend-
ment rights, but that specific question was not the factor that turned
the matter to resolution.
When Harriett's piece was reviewed for publication, I looked for any-
thing that could even come close to being defamatory or anything
that might be an invasion of privacy, keeping in mind legal defini-
tions and relevant court decisions. Previous decisions are very clear
that "insulting" or "polarizing" or "demeaning" or "ridiculing" state-
ments are completely protected under the First Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution. Your comments are attempting to redefine the situ-
ation without any evidence other than your assertion.
You are urging that such language ought to be an exception and
therefore prohibited. This is quite out-of-step with earlier legal
decisions. Indeed, in other cases involving criticism of government
or personalities, such critical language may be robust, aggressive and
perhaps even scurrilous and yet remain fully protected. In part, the
problem is one of definition. For example, what is obscenity? One
justice purportedly said, "I don't know what it is but I know it when I
see it." That did not solve many dilemmas on prohibiting such behav-
ior. Indeed, only in the area of obscenity has there been a separate
"test" to be applied to such speech to eventually help courts to deter-
mine whether it should be banned. In national security cases, per-
haps words or actions tantamount to shouting "fire" in an overcrowded
theatre may be proscribed, but Ms. Beach's criticism fell far short of
that dire circumstance. Did her writing "bring down" county govern-
ment so as to make it completely ineffectual. Of course not. In fact,
Commissioner Mosconis jokingly referred to the "tribes" motif during
the meeting prior to July 1st, with a slight laugh. Again, her critical
writing is completely protected by the U. S. Constitution regardless of
what you, or any other authoritarian might think. Fortunately, our
laws do not rely upon assertions as reasoned responses to questions
of this sort.
There is more to this matter that I would like to address since you
have raised it in your letter. That is the completely bald assertion that
I am criticizing or otherwise holding in contempt members of the county
commission. That assertion by you is completely false.
It is because I DO respect the institution of county government, that
this newspaper would sanction or otherwise promote critical reviews
of county government in order to promote better government
decision-making. If I did not care what happens around here, I would
not bother, and do something else.
As to your "journalistic etiquette" and "responsibility" concept, the
labeling of the commentary by Ms. Beach was a manifestation of re-
sponsibility to the readers-to advise the reader that the author was
going to comment on the report. Incidentally, the rhetoric from aging
journalism professors is not the only guideline we may follow, and I
have found that sometimes the platitudes from the classroom do not
always fit the mold of reality very well. If you attended more County
Commission meetings you might have a different attitude. And, how
might anyone "edit out attitude" in a commentary piece anyway? That
kind of "pseudo-sanitation" of an opinion piece would have left the
reader wondering what was really on Ms. Beach's mind,. Is that what
you look for in an editorial or opinion piece?
Just because we may fault the Commissioners on one thing-i.e. fail-
ure to redistrict in a timely fashion-does not mean we fault them on
everything. In fact, I find every Commissioner is a likeable person,
and I have seen more than once their attempt to genuinely help any-
one asking for their assistance.
I note that you did not challenge any of Ms. Beach's reporting in
terms of accuracy as to those observations. Indeed, Mr. Mosconis did
arrange for some of his neighbors to obtain asphalt and he was ver-
bally challenged on that by Commissioner Cheryl Sanders. The
so-called "workshop" on redistricting was completely unprepared and
in fact, the black leadership in Franklin County publicly rebuked the
Commission for their failure to be prepared, and I presume that also
included the paid school board. Would you call them "irresponsible"
for such public criticism uttered in the courtroom?
Tom W. Hoffer




-Four Years

iBy Rene Topping
hThe Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation will celebrate it's fourth
s ea birthday on Saturday, July 12
from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the
pCarrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Library. All are invited to
t A see how much the CLA has done
in these years.
The highlight will be a presenta-
* tion by William C. "Bill" Roberts
who was born In Carrabelle dur-
ing the duty of his father as a
lighthouse keeper, and lived there

There will be a silent auction of
many items donated by local mer-
1 chants and the members.

Thank You

Harriett Beach and The Franklin Chronicle wish to thank all the
people who spoke and wrote letters in support of their First Amend-
ment Rights and the right of Ms. Beach to remain a member of
the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Board.

The First Of Three Parts

Proposals For Three Charter Schools To

Be Reviewed By Franklin County

School Board

Proposals for three Apalachicola
Bay Charter Schools are sched-
uled for review at the Franklin
County School Board meeting on
July 10, 2003, to be held at the
school district headquarters in

Middle School
Part I
The ABC Middle School would
operate on a two semester
block-scheduling system, each
semester 18 weeks long.
The ABC Middle School will oper-
ate on what is known as a modu-
lar, flexible schedule, consisting
of four major blocks: Homeroom,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Explor-
atory Courses and Physical Edu-
cation. The major components of
the day are large blocks of time
known as "interdisciplinary stud-
ies," or "core" courses. In most
cases the team teachers are re-
sponsible for instruction in the
core academic subjects and ba-
sic skills. Each team arranges its
own schedule of time and subjects
within this block, and this ar-
rangement is flexible enough to
allow for changes when needed.
All sixth, seventh and eighth
grade students will participate in
all four major blocks.
The curriculum for the ABC
Middle School will offer a chal-
lenging sequence of courses in the
core academic areas (interdiscipli-
nary studies) and a variety of elec-
tives (exploratory courses) to al-
low students to round out their
education and become well pre-
pared for any high school pro-


All students study the following
topics: statistics, decimals, num-
ber theory, fractions, geometry,
ratio and proportion, percentages,
measurement, integers, probabil-
ity, perimeter, area and volume.
Classroom lessons are planned to
meet the requirements of the
Florida Sunshine Standards ob-
jectives. Homework is assigned for
practice of the skills taught in
class and should be expected on
a regular basis.

The sixth grade science program
will be based on an integrated
program. The Florida Sunshine
Standards requirements will be
met through a "hands-on" process
involving processing, inquiry, dis-
covery and the use of critical
thinking skills. The middle school
science department will divide the
Florida Sunshine Standards into
developmentally appropriate
grade levels. Sixth grade intro-
duces many topics that, in later
grades, will be developed more
in-depth. The year will start off
with a look at scientific methods
and several weeks of experiments
giving practical hands-on experi-
ences to our students. The cur-
riculum is then divided into two
parts: the Physical World and the
Living World.

Social Studies
In sixth grade Social Studies, stu-
dents experience a variety of op-
portunities' for learning, practic-
ing, sharpening and applying
thinking and other skills needed
to develop a life productive for citi-
zenship. At ABC Middle School we
believe that students need to de-

velop in the areas of self-aware-
ness, as well as in an awareness
of the world around them. In or-
der for these things to take place,
our curriculum will be shaped to
meet these needs.
Students may explore a survey of
the ancient civilizations all the
way up to modern day Canada,
Latin America and Europe. Geog-
raphy and map skills are incor-
porated into each unit. Students
actively participate in their own
learning through hands-on activi-
ties, cooperative learning and
other meaningful activities. Our
units are built to incorporate
other disciplines and to celebrate
our culturally diverge population.
Language Arts/Reading
The sixth grade language arts
curriculum will be one of explor-
ing connections essential to link-
ing student learning with litera-
ture; developing relationships be-
tween reader and writer; and
helping students connect litera-
ture to life, language and writing.
The writings offered are grouped
into collections providing for a
more integrated approach to
learning. Groupings may include
themes like Moments of Truth,
Unforgettable Personalities, Jus-
tice for All and Fact and Folklore.
Students will experience a cross
section of writing genres includ-
ing short stories, folk tales and
myths, drama and poetry. A se-
lection of novels will supplement
the regular text and students will
be encouraged to read daily.
Enhanced Reading
The sixth and seventh grade will
have Enhanced Reading Pro-
grams delivered during the stu-
dents' reading segment.


Language Arts
Grammar, usage, mechanics,
spelling and composition will be
heavily stressed in language arts.
Emphasis is placed on building
skills which will carry into the
eighth grade and then into high
school. Students are led to dis-
cover different generalization
rules of spelling and are tested
weekly. Identifying and manipu-
lating the eight parts of speech are
skills reinforced through Steps to
Good Grammar and Daily Oral
Language exercises. Correct me-
chanics and effective usage are
also strengthened through the
DOL program. Syntax is clarified
by emphasizing' sentence dia-
gramming. The Writing process is
refined not only in the language
arts classroom but also through-
out the curriculum. Prewriting,
writing,. revising and publishing
are important concepts that stu-
dents utilize weekly in respond-
ing to literature, composing jour-
nal entries, writing essays and
answering essay questions on

The seventh grade reading cur-
riculum will encourage the stu-
dents to read a variety of materi-
als for information as well as for
pleasure. Strong emphasis is
placed on the expansion of read-
ing vocabulary and on the devel-
opment of skills necessary for in-.

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Ocean Report from Page 1
are being driven toward extinction. Already depleted sea turtle, ma-
rine mammal, seabird, and noncommercial fish populations are en-
dangered by incidental capture in fishing gear. Destructive fishing
practices are damaging vital habitat upon which fish and other living
resources depend. Combined, these aspects of fishing are changing
relationships among species in food webs and altering the function-
ing of marine ecosystems.
* Invasive species are establishing themselves in our coastal waters,
often crowding out native species and altering habitat and food webs.
More than 175 introduced species thrive in San Francisco Bay alone.
Nearly one million Atlantic salmon escaped from farm pens on the
western coast of North America in the last 15 years. The species is
now successfully reproducing in British Columbia rivers and diluting
the gene pool of native species by hybridizing with Pacific salmon.
New species are regularly finding a home around our coastlines as
hitchhikers in ship ballast water or on ship hulls, escapees from fish
farms, and even as discarded home aquarium plants and animals. Of
the 374 documented invasive species in U.S. waters, 150 have ar-
rived since 1970.
In addition to these varied threats, climate change over the next cen-
tury is projected to profoundly impact coastal and marine ecosys-
tems. Sea-level rise will gradually inundate highly productive coastal
wetlands, estuaries, and mangrove forests. Coral reefs that harbor
exceptional biodiversity will likely experience increased bleaching due
to higher water temperatures. Changes in ocean and atmospheric
circulation attributable to climate change could adversely affect coastal
upwelling and productivity and have significant local, regional, and
global implications on the distribution and abundance of living ma-
rine resources.
These are just some of the signs that our interactions with the oceans
are unsustainable. Our activities, from those that release pollutants
into rivers and bays to the overfishing of the seas, are altering and
threatening the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems-from
which all marine life springs and upon which all living things, includ-
ing humans, depend.

The root cause of this crisis is a failure of both perspective and gover-
nance. We have failed to conceive of the oceans as our largest public
domain, to be managed holistically for the greater public good in per-
petuity. Our oceans span nearly 4.5 million square miles, an area 23
percent larger than the nation's land area. Similarly, we have only
begun to recognize how vital our oceans and coasts are to our economy
as well as to the cultural heritage of our nation. Finally, we have
come too slowly to recognize the interdependence of land and sea and
how easily activities far inland .can disrupt the many benefits pro-
vided by coastal ecosystems.
The foundation of U.S. ocean policy was laid in a very different con-
text than exists today. The principal laws to protect our coastal zones,
endangered marine mammals, ocean waters, and fisheries were en-
acted 30 years ago, on a crisis-by-crisis, sector-by-sector basis. Much
of what exists ofan ocean governance system in this country can be
traced to recommendations of the Stratton Commission-the nation's
first review of ocean policy in 1969. Driven by the need to ensure the
"full and wise use of the marine environment," Stratton focused on
oceans as a frontier with vast resources, and largely recommended
policies to coordinate the development of ocean resources.
Reflecting the understanding and values of this earlier era, we have
continued to approach our oceans with a frontier mentality. The re-
sult is a hodgepodge of ocean laws and programs that do not provide
unified, clearly stated goals and measurable objectives. Authority over
marine resources is fragmented geographically and institutionally.
Principles 6f ecosystem health and integrity, sustainability, and pre-
caution have been lost in the fray. Furthermore, the nation has sub-
stantially uilderinvested in understanding and managing our oceans.
The information we do have in hand is often underutilized. Plagued
with systemic problems, U.S. ocean governance is in disarray.

More than 30 years after the Stratton Commission issued its recom-
mendations, the state of our oceans and coasts is vastly altered. Al-
though some of the problems that were considered 30 years ago re-
main with us today, new environmental, economic, and policy chal-
lenges have emerged. These challenges exceed the capacity of today's
governance framework and management regimes. ....
Our perspective on ocean resources and policy has also changed over
30 years. We are increasingly aware that development activities can
change marine environments. We are learning more about complex
interactions in marine ecosystems and the need to maintain the di-
versity and resilience of those complex and adaptive natural systems.
Today, there is a clear sense that we must do a better job of protect-
ing the oceans if we hope to continue to enjoy their benefits.
The Pew Oceans Commission, a bipartisan, independent group of
American leaders, was created to chart a new course for the nation's
ocean policy. Our mission is to identify policies and practices neces-
sary to restore and protect living marine resources in U.S. waters
and the ocean and coastal habitats on which they depend. The Com-
mission was also charged with raising public awareness of the princi-
pal threats to marine biodiversity and of the importance of ocean and
coastal resources to the U.S. economy.
The Commission brought together a diverse group of American lead-
ers from the worlds of science, fishing, conservation, government,
education, business, and philanthropy. It secured the help of leading
scientists to determine priority issues and to write reports summa-
rizing the best scientific information available on those subjects. The
Commission organized into four committees to review the core issues
of governance, fishing,, pollution,, and coastal development. It also
investigated marine aquaculture, invasive species, ocean zoning, cli-
mate change, science, and education.
For more than two years, the Commission conducted a national dia-
logue on ocean issues. We convened a series of 15 regional meetings,
public hearings, and workshops to listen to those who live and work
along the coasts. From Maine to Hawaii, Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico,
we spoke with hundreds of citizens, fishermen, scientists, govern-
ment officials, tourism operators, and business leaders. Commission-
ers held a series of 12 focus groups with fishermen, including one in
Kodiak, Alaska, which is among the nation's oldest and largest fish-
ing communities. Believing that experience is the best teacher, Com-
missioners went lobster fishing in Maine, toured a pineapple planta-
tion in Hawaii to learn about ways to control polluted runoff, and
visited coastal habitat restoration projects in New York and South
By speaking with those who live and work along the coasts and around
the country, and by collecting the best scientific information avail-
able, the Commission learned a great deal about the problems facing
our oceans, the consequences to coastal communities and the nation
if we fail to act, and actions needed to overcome the crisis facing our
oceans. The Status quo is unacceptable. Future generations will judge
this generation on whether it shoulders its responsibility.

The fundamental conclusion of the Pew Oceans Commission is that
this nation needs to ensure healthy, productive, and resilient marine
ecosystems for present and future generations. In the long term, eco-
nomic sustainability depends on ecological sustainability.
To achieve and maintain healthy ecosystems requires that we change
our perspective and exterid an ethic of stewardship and responsibil-
ity toward the oceans. Most importantly, we must treat our oceans as
a public trust. The oceans are a vast public domain that is vitally
important to our environmental and economic security as a nation.
The public has entrusted the government with the stewardship of our

oceans, and the government should exercise its authority with a broad
sense of responsibility toward all citizens and their long-term inter-
These changes in our. perspective must be reflected in a reformed
U.S. ocean policy. National ocean policy and governance must be
realigned to reflect and apply principles of ecosystem health and in-
tegrity, sustainability, and precaution. We must redefine our rela-
tionship with the ocean to reflect an understanding of the land-sea
connection and organize institutions and forums capable of manag-
ing on an ecosystem basis. These forums must be accessible, inclu-
sive, and accountable. Decisions should be founded upon the best
available science and flow from processes that are equitable, trans-
parent, and collaborative.
To embrace these reforms and achieve our goal, the nation must re-
alize five priority objectives:
1. Declare a principled, unified national ocean policy based on pro-
tecting ecosystem health and requiring sustainable use of ocean re-

Continued on Page 9

School Board from Page 3

terpreting unknown words and
phrases in context. Interpretation
of literary elements and elements
of poetry is fostered throughout
the year in the forms of in-depth
novel studies, reader's theaters,
poetry projects, art projects and
other developmentally appropri-
ate devices. Skills of forming and
answering literal, inferential and
critical questions about literature
are also stressed.

Some of the topics of study cov-
ered are as follows: decimals, frac-
tions, estimation, statistics, se-
quencing, factorization, perim-
eter, area, volume, algebraic equa-
tions, integers, geometry, ratios,
percentages, proportion and prob-
ability, functions and graphing.

Life Science
Students in seventh grade will be
exposed to a wide variety of edu-
cational experiences in their ef-
fort to explore the living world
around them. They will spend the
year studying cells and heredity;
living organisms from bacteria to
plants; animals; human biology
and health; and ecology.
Throughout the year students will
use lab experiences to enhance
their studies by participating in
critical thinking and higher order
thinking skill activities.

Social Studies
The seventh grade social studies
curriculum will focus on world
geography. The five themes of ge-
ography are used to explore the
following regions: Africa, The
Middle East and Asia. Students
learn about the physical and hu-
man geography of these regions
through a variety of activities in-
cluding simulations, group pro-
jects, creative writing, research
projects, building models, drama-
tizations and guest speakers. Stu-
dents learn about global interde-
pendence through current events
and other activities. Students also
learn about the importance of the
role that humans play in manag-
ing and preserving natural re-
Enhanced Reading

The sixth and seventh grade will
have reading enhancement pro-
grams. Classes focus on the
learning of basic and advanced
skills in reading, writing, speak-
ing and listening. Vocabulary ex-
pansion is a major emphasis. Stu-
dents are encouraged to read in-
dependently through various
reading projects that will enable
them to explore topics of their own

Eighth Grade General Math
Eighth grade General Math/
Pre-Algebra tries to bridge the gap
between arithmetic and Pre-
Algebra and/or Algebra I.
Topics covered include:
1. Solving equations
2. Adding, subtracting, multiply-
ing and dividing integers and
3. Graphing
4. Ratios, percent and propor-
5. Adding, subtracting, multiply-
ing and dividing fractions
6. Geometry, area and volume

Florida Studies
The eighth grade social studies
curriculum is focused on Florida
and the American experience. It
provides a unique educational
vehicle to:
Promote the development of
democratic principles
Provide knowledge and an ap-
preciation of the history, geogra-
phy, economy, politics and values
of various cultures
Allow for the development of
knowledge and skills which en-
able students to analyze and in-
terpret content issues
Participate in democratic expe-

Language Arts & Reading
The eighth grade reading program
will be arranged in thematic units
of instruction, which employ a
variety of teaching methods and
assessment techniques. Themes
such as interdependence, family,
mystery, humor, heroism and
perseverance capitalize on stu-
dent interests and challenge them
to think critically.

Daily routines in language arts
will include Daily Oral Language
(DOL), journal writing, grammar
and writing techniques.

The eighth grade integrated sci-
ence program will be a continua-
tion and expansion of topics cov-
ered in sixth and seventh grades.
Topics include astronomy, earth
science, electricity and magne-
tism, chemistry and genetics.
Hands-on activities are empha-

Continued on Page 12

Florida Ho'le ot Reprrc.en tui\ e
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T.,lahase,. FI 32399-1300
(850) 488.7870 ... .
Fax (850) 922-7588

Dear Friends:
Despite the many challenges we fac i,,,,. I i T, i ,. i ,r. ,.-, I..!
that District 10 received much need. 1 1,..- ... 1 i:. .1,
Over $20 million for new sc. ..1. .,
Over $73 million for road b .. .
Provided funding for Green r, -,. ., ,, ,- .,.-, ,-I
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State Representative
District 10

Committees: Agrtcuhrure Frnance &'- i ', -. ,, .
C.Agnrn.sli.u-eas,- ,
Agrculture ; ,

Protecting Bright Futures Scholarships

The 2003 Legislature voted to continue the state's highly popular

and successful Bright Futures Lottery College Scholarship

Program. Bright Futures provides a lottery-funded college

scholarship to all students who receive at least a 3.0 GPA in high

school and who score well on the college entrance SAT test.

LifeSaver Rx

Starting in January 2004, thousands of Florida Seniors will become

eligible for a discount of 40-60% off the cost of their prescription

drugs. The new program, LifeSaver Rx, will allow seniors with

incomes less than 200 percent of the poverty level to enroll in a

state sponsored prescription drug program that allows them to
purchase their medications at a signifint discount

Legislation was also passed creating the Sunshine for Seniors

program. This is a clearinghouse where seniors can apply for free

and reduced cost prescription medications from pharmaceutical


Medically Needy

The Medically Needy program helps Florida's sickest residents
with debilitating illnesses receive valuable medication and life

saving medical treatment.

The Medically Needy program helps about 1000 transplant

survivors, and 26,000 catastrophic illness patients, ranging in

age from two to seventy-two.

Committee Assignments

Agriculture Committee

Natural Resources Committee

Tax and Finance Committee

Agriculture and Environmental Appropriations Subcommittee

Public Lands and Water Resources Subcommittee

Need a Speaker?
If your club or organization needs a speaker this sumnier.
please call my office. I will be happy to address your group
about what occurred during this year's legislative session
and what issues are most pressing for District 10.


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Boundaries for District 1
Bounded on the West at the Apalachicola River, Bounded on the East
by CR65 beginning at the Liberty-Franklin line, to Teresa St. to Michael
Way to Wylonda St. to SR65, Continuing to CC Land Rd. to 6th Street
to U.S. 98
This boundary constitutes the Eastern Boundary for District 5.


All the districts would have their population distributed, as follows in
Figure 1 should Plan #2 be adopted.



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Boundaries for District 3

Bounded on the East by the Apalachicola River to Water Street
Water Street East to Commerce Street
Commerce St. South to Avenue E
East on Avenue E to Bayview Dr.
North on Bayview Dr. to Brownsville Rd.
East on Brownsville Rd. to 25th Avenue
North on 25th Ave to the Apalachicola River
All other areas west of the Apalachicola'River reside in District 4.

FWC Offers

Unique Hunting

In addition to regular and special
quota hunts, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) is offering sportsmen
some unique hunting opportuni-
ties for the upcoming season.
The FWC is providing sportsmen
mobility-impaired hunts, super-
vised youth hunts and track ve-
hicle and airboat hunts on wild-
life management areas (WMAs).
Applications are available from
FWC regional offices. The dead-
line period for getting applications
in for the random drawing is July
Mobility-impaired hunts are for
persons who require special
equipment. These hunts are not
intended for hunters who have
Florida Disabled Person Hunting
and Fishing Certificates, but
rather those who are permanently
confined to a wheelchair, persons
who require the use of mechani-
cal aids (crutches and walkers) to
walk or those with complete
single-leg amputations. Applica-
tions can 'be found online at
quotahunt/default.html begin-
ning July/9.
Another unique hunt is for hunt-
ers 8-15 years old. Two WMAs In
the North Central Region (Camp
Blanding and Andrews) offer op-
portunities for adults to take
young hunters on public hunting

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/20/03 Invoice No. 8888
Description of Vehicle: Make Oldsmobile Model 4-door Color Blue
Tag No No Tag Ye r 1984 State _FL Vin No. 1G3HY54CXKW304367
To Owner Lisa Florence Whitehead To Lien Holder: Auto Finance America
120 Michael Way 1450 Harrison Avenue
Eastpoint, FL 32328 Panama City, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/15/03 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida.Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 07/24/03 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
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

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Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Worship & Praise 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Hour" 7:00 p.m.
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Redistricting from Page 1

Boundaries for District 2 .. "
Includes Islands, St. Vincent, St. George, and Dog.
Bounded on West by CR67 beginning at the Franklin County Line
Continuing to Avenue D, East on Avenue D to 3rd St. East
South to Avenue C, East on Gray Avenue to 12th Street
South on 12th Street to Smith Ave. .
East on Smith Ave. to Mark St.
South on Mark St. to Owens Ave.
West on Owens Ave to 12th Street East "
South on 12th Street East to East Meridian Ave. -T '-St
East on East Meridian Avenue to 13th Street East -"- '" .
South on 13th Street East to U.S. Highway 98 ..
East on U.S. Highway 98 to Gulf Ave.-.,*o I
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Second Circuit

Court Report

By Harriett Beach

The Honorable Judge, Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Sean Desmond 1
June 9, 2003
All persons identified below are innocent until proven
otherwise in a court of law.

Michael Boone: Charged with lewd or lascivious battery on April 23, 2003.
Bond was set at $10,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defen-
dant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
September 8, 2003.
Glenn D. Buffkin: Charged with two counts of uttering and two counts of
forgery on May 3. 2003. Bond was set at $500.00. Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for September 8, 2003.
Tilden Lee Fichera: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on
February 19, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Alice Marie Joyner: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
on February 23, 2003. Bond was set at $500.00. Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant. Defendant stipulated to the lessor of the included offenses,
that of assault. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation and 50 hours of com-
munity service. Defendant is to pay $250.00 in court costs and is to have no
contact with the victim.
Robert Kevin Lee: Charged with passing five worthless checks over the sum
of $150.00 each on January 29, 2003. Bond was set at $2,500.00. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. All
cases against the defendant were entered on the Plea Docket for September 8,
James Delbert Lemmnond: Charged with grand theft on April 28, 2003. De-
fendant is incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant
entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for
August 11, 2003.
Tyrone Patterson Jr.: Charged with driving while license was suspended which
is a felony on January 11, 2003. Bond was set at $2,000.00. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Defendant did not appear in court and bond of
$2,000.00 was forfeited.
George D. Power In: Charged with tampering with physical evidence and
obstruction of justice. Bond was set at $30,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler repre-
sented the defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on March
25, 2003. Defendant stipulated to the lessor of the included offenses, that of
obstruction of justice. Defendant entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication
was withheld. Defendant was given I year of probation and 200 hours of com-
munity service and must pay court costs of $250.00.
John Sauers: Charged with one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling,
and one count of the burglary of a structure and one count of petty theft on
February 19, 2003. Bond was set for $5,000.00. A Public Defender was ap-
pointed to represent the defendant. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant
entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for Septem-
ber 8, 2003.
Jeromy A. Shiver: Charged with one count of trespass of a conveyance, one
count of petty theft, one count of possession of less than 20 grams of mari-
juana and one count of the possession of drug paraphernalia on March 13,
2003. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant stipulated to the
lessor of the included offenses. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and
adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given one year of probation on
counts 1,3 and 4 and 60 days probation on count 2 with 200 hours of com-
munity service. Defendant must pay court costs of $275.00 and $100.00 to
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Defendant is to submit to ran-
dom urine analysis. All sentences for all counts are to run concurrent.
Laura Trammell: Charged with possession of a controlled substance with the
intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church on January 31, 2003. Bond was set
for $10,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a
plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for September 8, 2003.

Odell Wade Dixon: Charged with felony battery on September 22, 2003. A
Public Defender was appointed for the defendant. Defendant entered a denial
of the charges. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003.
Kristen R. Edgecomb: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
June 23, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a denial to the charges. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003.
Jeffery S. Harris: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled sub-
stance on August 27, '2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger repre-
sented the defendant. Defendant admitted to violation of probation (condition
13), and was found not in violation of probation (condition 3). Current proba-
tion was modified to 31 days. Defendant was given 31 days credit for time
served and probation reinstated with drug treatment deleted as a condition
but 50 hours of community service work was added.
Allen Anthony Jones: Charged with the possession of a controlled substance
on February 8, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant. Defendant entered a denial to the charges. Case was entered
on the docket for July 14, 2003.
William B. Boyce: Charged with one count of criminal mischief, one count of
grand theft of motor vehicle and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defen-
dant. Defendant entered a denial to the charges. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for September 8, 2003.
Eddie F. Houston: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance. A Public
Defender was appointed for the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea docket
for July 14, 2003.
Arnold Robert Tolliver Jr.: Charged with two counts of the sale of a con-
trolled substance. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant admitted to violation of probation and was found in
violation of probation. Defendant was given 30 days in jail for each count with
17 days credit for time served. The current terms of probation were rein-
Mayson Page: Charged with culpable negligence. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant was released on his
own recognizance. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Michael Whitaker: Defendant was appointed a Public Defender. Defendant
was released on his own recognizance.

Tracy Ann Barton: Charged with grand theft on January 8, 2003. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 14,
James M. Brackin: Charged with possession with the intent to sell cannabis
and driving while under the Influence on January 19, 2002. Bond was set at
$8,500.00. Frederick M. Conrad represented the defendant. Defendant stipu-
lated to the lessor of the included offenses that of reckless driving. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was found
guilty of the reckless driving charge and is to attend DUI School. Defendant
was given 2 years of drug offender probation that may convert to regular pro-
bation if all conditions are met after one year. Defendant is to serve 500 hours
in community service and pay court costs of $295.00.
Mark Devin Creamer: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on December 19, 2002. Bond was set at $1,500.00. John Leace represented
the defendant. Case was placed on the Docket for July 14, 2003.
Valerie D. Croom: Charged with uttering a worthless check on August 29,
2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Defendant entered a plea of no contest. Case was entered on the Disposition
Docket for September 8, 2003.
Vickie Dee Cryderman: Charged with possession of controlled substance
and petty theft. Bond was set for $15,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler represented
the defendant. Defendant stipulated to the lessor of the included offenses,
petty theft. On the petty theft charge the defendant was given I year probation
to run concurrent with other probation. Restitution was reserved. Defendant
entered.a plea of no contest to the possession with intent to sell cannabis and
was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given 2 years of drug offender proba-
tion to continue with outpatient treatment with the first year at DISC Village.
Defendant is to serve 30 days in jail with 3 days credit for time served. Defen-
dant is to pay $295.00 court costs but cost of supervision was waived.
James Obie Dalton: Charged with driving while license permanently revoked
on July 22, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Barbara Sanders represented
the defendant. Case was entered on the Hearing Docket for August 11, 2003.
George Gainnie: Charged with passing worthless checks over the value of
$150.00 on February 12, 2003. John Leace represented the defendant. All
restitution and diversion fees have been paid and the Prosecutor dropped the

Gerald D. Glenn: .Charged with three counts of sexual battery by one in famil-
ial authority and two counts of lewd and lascivious assault or act on March
15, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defen-
dant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. De-
fendant was given 10 years in the Department of Corrections with 451 days
credit for time served and sentence is to run concurrent and coterminously
with a sentence in Gulf County. Upon release from the Department of Correc-


Huge Rummage

Sale In Eastpoint

On Taylor's Field

By Rene Topping
Don't miss out on July 18'at 9
a.m. when the Franklin County
Humane Society members open
their gigantic sale. Look for the big
tent on the east side of Taylor's
where the members will be dis-
playing some of the beautiful ani-
mals they have at the shelter.
The members are scouting all oyer
the county looking out for donated
articles to sell in order to get suf-
ficient to keep the shelter open. If
you have a few nifty things you
no longer need or want here are
some numbers to call: In
Carrabelle, Rene Topping 697-
2616, 697-2595, 670-8414 or
You can also drop donations at
the Humane Society Shelter on
County Road between the Land
Fill and the County Jail. Tele-
phone number 670-8417.
In the past three years the Hu-
mane Society have managed with
your help to keep the Shelter as a
No-Kill Shelter. If you love animals
please join us. if you want a pet
for life come to the sale and look
over our beautiful, healthy ani-


Families Needed

In This Area

World Heritage is seeking families,
couples or single parents (with or
without children at home) who are
adventurous, fun loving, respon-
sible, and most of all caring who
are interested in hosting a
high-school-aged foreign ex-
change student. By hosting a stu-
dent from another country, your
entire family will discover a world
of fun and an enlightening adven-
ture. Students who spend a se-
mester or year in the US are ful-
filling a lifetime dream. I Ameri-
can culture plays an important
role all over the world; the English
language is the international lan-
guage of our times. Share your
home for a year; enjoy a friend-
ship for a lifetime
To begin this exciting, cultural
experience, please call Ron
Piasecki, a World Heritage Area
Representative, 850-926-5049 or
World Heritage is a non-profit tax-
exempt public benefit organiza-
tion. World Heritage is officially
designated as an exchange visi-
tor program by the United States
Department of State and is fully
listed with CSIET.

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In post and beam construction, the loadbhe caring '
poles iend ll the way to the roof. About 4s.1
support the ru ituie. Fl'Led tola ethL It .n .I.u ,u
literal. Normal%. he rool I N'.lo IN plaGed ,n
top ot the structure before ihle l\ci ii ... as .11
n erected since thee are not hIod bearin,_e

In the closer construction view. the
-bridging in the roof %stem is interlaced
i th 2\ bridging the 2\8 rafters
'supporting a cement tile roof eighing
1000 Ibs per square The total weight on
the root couple\ is about 39.000 lbs. or
nearly 20 tons

* 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 list. Post and Beam
construction is the best anti 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
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* 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 the
case of wood cedar-shake shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level; one-half bath stubbed out in the loft area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level lot which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-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.


Of St. George Island, Inc.

Please call 850-927-2186 and

leave a message. Alternative-

number: 850-670-1687. Listed

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tions, the defendant is to be in community control followed by 3 years sex
offender probation. Defendant must register as a sex offender and have no
contact with his children until they are 18 and no contact with any child
under 18. Defendant is to consent to sex offender counseling. Defendant must
pay $295.00 in court costs and civil judgment.
Michael E. Gloner: Charged with four counts of forgery on January 26, 2000.
Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defen-
dant admits to violation of probation and was found in violation of probation.
Defendant was given 6 months probation to terminate when restitution has
been paid. Defendant was also charged with three counts of uttering a worth-
less check on November 11, 2002, and seventeen counts of uttering a worth-
less check on November 20, 2002, four counts of uttering a worthless check
on December 31, 2002, three counts of uttering a worthless check on January
7, 2003, and seventeen counts of uttering a worthless check on February 6,
2003. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was given 18 months in the
Department of Corrections with 210 days credit for time served followed by 6
months probation with inpatient treatment followed by 3 years administrative
probation. Defendant must pay $295.00 in court costs. Cost of supervision
was waived as was $22.00 on the restitution.
Marylyn J. Hatcher: Charged with 14 counts of uttering worthless checks on
July 3, 2002. Bond was set at $14,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the de-
fendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty on
all counts. Defendant was given 3 years probation with 90 days in jail to be
served in 15-day increments during probation if approved by the Sheriff. Jail
time must be completed within 18 months. Defendant was ordered to pay
restitution of $2,576.10 at the rate of $75.00 per month unless the defendant
Is in jail.
Kenneth R. Jackson: Charged with grand theft on July 27, 2000, with grand
theft of a motor vehicle on August 3, 2002, grand theft of a motor vehicle on
August 26, 2002, three counts of burglary of a conveyance, two counts of
grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of petty theft and one count of
criminal mischief on April 22, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. John Leace
represented the defendant. Cases were entered on the Plea Docket for July
14, 2003.
Steve Allen Johns: Charged with purchase of a controlled substance on De-
cember 20, 2002. Bond was set at $2,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was given 2 years drug offender probation and 200 hours of com-
munity service with drug screening and treatment as directed. Defendant is to
pay court costs of $295.00 and $30.00 a month for the cost of supervision.
Johnny Jones: Charged with resisting officer with violence on December 8,
2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Defendant was sentenced to two years administrative pro-
bation to include jail and to terminate November 29, 2005 with 68 days credit
for time served. Defendant is to pay the cost of supervision and the civil judg-
James Delbert Lemmond: Charged with possession of a controlled substance
and driving while his license was suspended or revoked on September 22,
2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August
Charles Stacey Logue: Charged with burglary with assault therein and sexual
battery on January 9, 2003. Bond was set at $50,000.00. Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on Novem-
ber 10, 2003.
Alvin Glenn Martina Jr.: Charged with criminal mischief and trespass after a
warning on March 6, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler
represented the defendant. Defendant stipulated to the first charge and the
Prosecutor dropped the second charge. Defendant entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to one-year adminis-
trative probation to terminate after all conditions have been met and to run
concurrent with any active sentence. Defendant is also to do 50 hours of
community service or pay $10.00 per hour. Defendant is to pay $295.00 in
court costs and $1,580.00 in retribution to the victims.
Connie F. Massey: Charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft
on November 9, 2002. John Leace represented the defendant. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003.
James David Oakes: Charged with driving while under the influence (3d de-
gree felony) on January 4. 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger

represented. the defendant. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding Tor
September 8, 2003 and on the Trial Docket for September 10. 2003.
Donald D. Page: Charged with the purchase of a controlled substance on
January 12, 2002. Bond was set at $1,500.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was with-
held. Defendant was given 2 years in drug offender probation and 200 hours
of community service. Cost of supervision was waived but the defendant must
pay $295.00 in court costs.
Horace Powell II: Charged with grand theft on August 13, 2002. ,Bond was
set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant did not
appear in court and the bond was forfeited to the court. Court issued a war-
rant to arrest the defendant.
Josephine Sapp: Charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on De-
cember 23. 2002. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld. Defendant was, given
3 years probation and 200 hours of community service and must pay $295.00
in court costs. Cost of supervision was waived.
Monica Scott: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on April
13, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defen-
dant. Case was entered for Violation of Probation Hearing on July 14, 2003.
John Robert Spann Jr.: Charged with grand theft on March 1, 2002. Bond
was set at $1,500.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant is
still incarcerated in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Case was moved to August
Thomas C. Tarantino: Charged with dealing in stolen property on October
16, 2001, charged with three counts of uttering a false document on January
24, 2003 and two counts of burglary of a structure. Defendant was incarcer-
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ated. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. All cases were entered on
the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003.
Gary Dwayne Taunton: Charged with battery of a Law Enforcement Officer
on May 18, 2000, and grand theft on December 23, 2002. Defendant was
incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to
being in violation of probation and was found in violation.of probation. Proba-
tion was revoked. Defendant sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail with
167 days credit for time served to be followed by 3 years probation. Cost of
supervision was waived but defendant must.pay all civil costs. On the second
charge, the defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail with credit for 168
days for time served followed by 3 years probation. Defendant must pay $295.00
in court costs. Once all costs and restitution is paid the regular probation
may convert to administrative probation.
Donald R. Taylor: Charged with petty theft on June 5, 2002. Defendant is
incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to
being in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Proba-
tion was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 6 months with 72 days credit
for time served followed by 6 months probation. Defendant also entered a plea
of no contest to the charge of driving under the influence and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentence to 5 months with 39 days credit for time served
followed by 6 months level 2 DUI probation and 5 years Drivers License sus-
pension. Defendant also admitted to being in violation of probation for the
DUI charge and was found in violation of probation. Defendant was sentenced
to 6 months with 72 days credit for time served. The sentences are to run
concurrently. Restitution Hearing is scheduled for August 11, 2003.
Hoyt Wayne Wehunt: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on September 27, 1999. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant
admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation of pro-
bation. Probation was reinstated and modified. Defendant was given 90 days
in jail and is to report by 5:OOPM June 13, 2003. Community service hours
were deleted.

Joseph E. White: Charged with uttering a worthless document, resisting an
officer with violence and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 1, 2003.
Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Freddie Woullard: Charged with aggravated battery with intent to do great
bodily harm on April 30, 1997. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. No
bond had been posted. Defendant did not appear in court. Court revoked the
release on own recognizance order and issued a warrant for violation of com-
munity control and an arrest warrant.

Clay William Bailey: Charged with aggravated battery with intent to do great
bodily harm on May 30, 2002. Bond was set at $2,500.00. Kevin Steiger rep-
resented the defendant. The Prosecutor dropped the charges.
Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with driving while license was suspended (felony)
on June 15, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest. A pre-sentencing investi-
gation was ordered. Case was entered on the Disposition Docket for July 14,
2003 at 1:30 p.m.
Brandon Robinson: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,
reckless display of a firearm and discharging a firearm in public on Septem-
ber 4, 2002. Bond was set at $11,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the de-
fendant. Defendant stipulated to the lessor of the included offenses, that of
displaying a firearm in public. Prosecutor dropped the other charges. Defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was
sentenced to one-year probation at the Salvation Army and is to pay court
costs. Cost of supervision was waived. Defendant is to have no contact with
firearms or the victim. This sentence is to run concurrent with the defendant's
sentence in Bay County.

Walter Ray Robinson: J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Payment
on the case was made May 14, 2003.

Willie Fred Baucham: Found guilty at a jury trial of resisting an officer with
violence on May 14, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger repre-
sented the defendant. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered. Having found
the defendant guilty, he was sentenced to 7 months in jail with 163 days
credit for time served to be followed by 2 years probation and 150 hours of
community service. Cost of supervision was waived but defendant must pay
for $295.00 in court costs.

Terrance Holt: Charged with violation of probation by battery of a law en-
forcement officer on August 2, 1997. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to being in violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was terminated. De-
fendant was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 67 days credit for time served.
Defendant must pay the civil judgment.
Sonya Starr Murray: Charged with violation of probation by driving while her
license was suspended (felony) on November 23, 1999. Bond was set at
$1,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Defendant admitted
to being in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation.
Probation was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in jail
with 96 days credit for time served. Defendant must pay the civil judgment.

Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
. 2002. Defendant is incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Filed for a statement of particulars.
Brook J. Vonier: Charged with aggravated battery with intent to do great
bodily harm on March 19, 2003. Rendi Katalinic represented the defendant.
Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the charges. Motion was denied. Case was
continued until July 14, 2003 at 2:30PM.
Randal L. Sullivan: Charged with battery. J. Gordon Shuler represented the
defendant. Court stipulated that the defendant must pay $1,800.00 to the
victim. Restitution Hearing scheduled for August 11, 2003.
Alejandro L. Murrillo: Charged with, aggravated battery with a firearm and
aggravated assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Defendant is incarcerated.
Alexander Dombrowsky represented the defendant. Defendant entered a mo-
tion to continue the case. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for Sep-
tember 8, 2003.
David Brian Keith: Charge with aggravated battery. Defendant filed a motion
for early termination of probation. Motion was granted.

Eating, Ya Goffa Love Ifl



By Eunice Hartmann
It is hard to get motivated to cook
pot roast when it is 90 degrees
outside even if you have air con-
ditioning, Somehow it does not
tickle the taste buds like it does
in October. Cooking on the grill is
one solution and dinner from al-
ready prepared foods is another.
Salads are usually a good substi-
tute for hot veggie.
BUT ... and this is essential for
your families health ... If you are
bringing salads to a picnic and it
Is hot outside be sure the salad,
particularly if it is made with a
mayonnaise dressing, is kept cold.
No kidding around, do not let it
sit out in the warm air at all. Trust
me you will not like the illness it
can cause!! Think safety and
never take chances with mayon-
naise-based dressing or foods
with eggs.
Here are some tasty ideas and
recipes for the good 'ole summer

Ham Delight Sandwich

2 slices bread
1-2 slices ham or lunch meat
1-2 slices cheese
1 slice pineapple
1 tablespoon honey mustard
Spread honey mustard on both
side of bread. Pile ham slices,
pineapple slice and cheese on one
slice of bread so that the pine-
apple is in the middle. (Make sure
you pat the pineapple dry with
paper towels before putting it in
the sandwich). Top with other
slice of bread. Serves 1. **You
could spread the outside of each
slice with a light margarine and
grill in the fry pan or toaster oven
or a change of pace to a regular
grilled cheese sandwich.

No-Bake Cherry Cheese

1-1/4 cups graham cracker
1/4 cup butter or margarine (can
use lite)
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese soft-
ened (Can use lite)
1 cup confectioner's sugar (pow-
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipping (heavy)
cream-chilled (can use cool whip
reg. or lite)
1 can cherry pie filling
Combine cracker crumbs and
melted butter and press into an
8x8 inch pan or glass dish; chill.
Beat the cream cheese until fluffy;
add confectioner's sugar and va-
nilla then beat until smooth.
Whip cream or use cool whip and
fold into the cream cheese mix-
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11 July 2003 Page 9

Ocean Report from Page 4
2. Encourage comprehensive and coordinated governance of ocean
resources and uses at scales appropriate to the problems to be solved.
a. The regional scale of large marine ecosystems is most appro-
priate for fisheries management and for governance generally.
b. Coastal development and pollution control is most appropri-
ately addressed at the watershed level.
3. Restructure fishery management institutions and reorient fisher-
ies policy to protect and sustain the ecosystems on which our fisher-
ies depend.
4. Protect important habitat and manage coastal development to mini-
mize habitat damage and water quality impairment.
5. Control sources of pollution, particularly nutrients that are harm-
ing marine ecosystems.
The Commission recommends the following actions to achieve these
Governance for Sustainable Seas
1. Enact a National Ocean Policy Act to protect, maintain, and re-
store the health, integrity, resilience, and productivity of our oceans.
2. Establish regional ocean ecosystem councils to develop and imple-
ment enforceable regional ocean governance plans.
3. Establish a national system of fully protected marine reserves.
4. Establish an independent national oceans agency.
5. Establish a permanent federal interagency oceans council.
Restoring America's Fisheries
1. Redefine the principal objective of American marine fishery policy,
to protect marine ecosystems.
2. Separate conservation and allocation decisions.
3. Implement ecosystem-based planning and marine zoning.
4. Regulate the use of fishing gear that is destructive to marine habi-
5. Require bycatch monitoring and management plans as a condition
of fishing.
6. Require comprehensive access and allocation planning as a condi-
tion of fishing.
7. Establish a permanent fishery conservation and management trust
Preserving Our Coasts
1. Develop an action plan to address non-point source pollution and
protect water quality on a watershed basis.
2. Identify and protect from development habitat critical for the func-
tioning of coastal ecosystems.
3. Institute effective mechanisms at all levels of government to man-
age development and minimize its impact on coastal ecosystems.
4. Redirect government programs and subsidies away from harmful
coastal development and toward beneficial activities, including resto-

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Cleaning Coastal Waters
1. Revise, strengthen, and expand pollution laws to focus on non-
point source pollution.
2. Address unabated point sources of pollution, such as concentrated
animal feeding operations and cruise ships.
3. Create a flexible framework to address emerging and nontradi-
tional sources of pollution, such as invasive species and noise.
4. Strengthen control over toxic pollution.
Guiding Sustainable Marine Aquaculture
1. Implement a new national marine aquaculture policy based on
sound conservation principles and standards.
2. Set a standard, and provide international leadership, for ecologi-
cally sound marine aquaculture practices.
Science, Education, and Funding
1. Develop and implement a comprehensive national ocean research
and monitoring strategy.
2. Double funding for basic ocean science and research.
3. Improve the use of existing scientific information by creating a
mechanism or institution that regularly provides independent scien-
tific oversight of ocean and coastal management.
4. Broaden ocean education and awareness through a commitment
to teach and learn about our oceans, at all levels of society.
This nation must decide how it will choose to meet the crisis in our
oceans. Fundamentally, this is not a decision about us. It is about
our children, and actions we must take to bequeath them thriving
oceans and healthy coastlines.
This is our challenge. To meet this challenge, the nation must sub-
stantially increase its investment in understanding and managing its
oceans. We need a much greater financial commitment to strengthen
governance and management infrastructure, to improve our scien-
tific understanding of marine ecosystems and human impacts, and
to educate all Americans about the oceans.
If properly executed, this investment will be paid back manyfold in
the form of abundant living ocean resources for centuries ahead.
Without this investment, we risk further decline in ocean ecosystem
health and serious consequences for hunian well-being far into the

The Pew Oceans Commission
The Pew Oceans Commission was funded by a grant from the Pew
Charitable Trust, which supports nonprofit activities in the areas of
culture, education, the environment, health and human services,
public policy, and religion. Additional funding was provided by the
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,
and Oxford Foundation.
The Pew Oceans Commission includes:
The Honorable Leon E. Panetta, Chair
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Description of Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model Sunfire Color Black
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Ocean Report from Page 9
John Adams, Natural Resources Detense Council
The Honorable Eileen Claussen, Strategies for the Global Environ-
The Honorable Carlotta Leon Guerrero, Ayuda Foundation
The Honorable Mike Hayden, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Geoffrey Heal, Ph.D., Columbia University
Charles F. Kennel, Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The Honorable Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Oregon State University
Julie Packard, Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Honorable Pietro Parravano, Pacific Coast Federation of
Fishermen's Associations
The Honorable George E. Pataki, governor of New York
The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., mayor of Charleston
David Rockefeller, Jr., National Park Foundation
Vice Admiral Roger T. Rufe, Jr. (U.S. Coast Guard, Retired), The Ocean
Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., COSI Columbus
Marilyn Ware, American Water
Pat White, Maine Lobstermen's Association

Reaction to the PEW Report
The Executive Director of Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc,
Mr. Bob Jones, took issue with much of the PEW report. In a separate
communication to the Chronicle, quoted with permission, he said:
"There is much to be discussed about the Pew Report. They are pro-
posing to scuttle the existing fish management system in favor of one
where their folks would be in control. It is a power exercise aimed at
stopping as much fishing as they can, both recreational and com-
mercial. They hope to set aside at least 5% of the ocean as a no fish-
ing zone and they do not want any commercial fishing person to be
involved in any of the management of the fisheries. The Pew Trustees
are elitists by and large who feel they know what we, the working
class, need for our own benefit."
In the Southeastern Fisheries Association newsletter, Mr. Jones added:
"As is always the case, Pew detailed some of the abuses occurring in
parts of the world, but neglected to tell any of the success stories in
the United States. This is a tactic using half-truths to smear and,
denigrate opponents. The report, as far as most people who have read
it can determine, never uses the word recreational fishing. Here in
Florida, recreational fishing takes the major share of all the food fish
"The Pew Trust is a billion dollar 'charity' that has long been opposed
to most commercial fishing. The funding for Pew comes from the pro-
ceeds of the Sun Oil Company. The Commission releasing this report
was chaired by Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff for President
Clinton. Members sitting on the Commission never heard the real
story of commercial fishing in the southeastern part of the United
States. It seems the Pew Report would like to have a single agency in
charge of the oceans and appoint a Czar to decide who lives and who
"Bottom line is the United States has done a good job in protecting
the fish resources in most of the waters under its jurisdiction. Our
US industry has sacrificed production on highly migratory species
while other nations refuse to reign in overfishing occurring in their
waters. The Pew Report could have been written without holding any
meetings or spending any charitable dollars by just going to the
websites of several of the environmental groups where the same song
could have been cut and pasted. The report boils down to stopping
overfishing (commercial), stopping pollution (yea, right), stopping
Coastal development (not in a hundred years) and establishing Ma-
rine Preserves throughout the United States inshore and offshore
waters (don't bet on it)."
FishNet USA
Sponsored by fisheries co-op and many other fishing industry enti-
ties, FishNet USA is a newsletter providing another perspective on
fisheries issues. One such issue was entitled 'The PEW Commission-
a basis for national ocean policy?" The newsletter editors reviewed
drafts of the PEW report and criticized it on the basis of limited refer-
ences, beginning with the three authors of the report. They discov-
ered that these authors were also recipients of past PEW Fellowships
and that well over a third of the 179 references cited in the report,
had been funded by the PEW funds of the references published since
1995, almost half were already connected to PEW by previous fund-
ing. The following item concluded the FishNet newsletter, indicating
that the PEW trust has attempted to influence public opinion before.
Here is the text of that item, boxed:

Pew And Ocean Issues
One of Pew's initial efforts to influence public opinion on ocean
issues was spearheaded by the Pew funded SeaWeb. On its web
site, SeaWeb describes itself as a "project designed to raise aware-
ness of the world ocean and the life within it. Early in its exist-
ence, SeaWeb commissioned a public opinion survey to deter-
mine which ocean issues would best "engage the public interest.'
The introduction to the results of the survey, which was con-
ducted for SeaWeb by the Mellman Group, stated 'Americans be-
lieve the ocean's problems stem from many sources, but oil com-
panies are seen as a prime culprit: In fact, 81% of Americans
believe that oil spills are a very serious problem. This is followed
by chemical runoff from large corporate farms, (75% very seri-
ous), improperly treated water from towns near the coast (69%),
contaminated seafood (65%), and trash, oil, and chemical runoff
from streets (65%)."Overfishing evidently wasn't considered 'a very
serious problem and had to be lumped in with 'the loss of critical
species" to make the cut as a meaningful indicator of trouble.
But in an article on the poll in SeaWeb's November 1996 monthly
update, the only specific threat to the oceans mentioned was over-
fishing. Along with three paragraphs of vague generalities was
this statement: "71% (of respondents) agree that overfishing is
threatening the health and stability of the marine environment.
Nothing about oil spills, runoff, contaminated seafood, or any of
the other real problems identified by respondents in the survey,
only overfishing. (this information was originally printed in a col-
umn by N. Stolpe in Commercial Fisheries News) Evidently the
Pew myopia about what's really going on in the oceans isn't a
recent development.

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Declining Coastal Health

According to popular wisdom, rapid population growth is the biggest
threat to the coastal environment. It's a classic case of trying to put
ten pounds of potatoes in a five-pound sack. Or is it? At first glance,
national statistics appear to confirm that perspective. Coastal coun-
ties cover 17 percent of the land area of the United States. Coastal
watersheds, as described by the department of Agriculture, repre-
sent just 13 percent of the nation's acreage. By any measure, the
coastal zone is a small part of the country, but it is home to more
than half of America's citizens. Moreover, today's coastal populations
are just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next 15 years, 27 million
additional people-more than half of the nation's population increase-
will funnel into this narrow corridor along the edge of the ocean.
Coastal population growth is not the whole story, however. It is actu-
ally a short chapter in a much longer book. Runaway land consump-
tion, dysfunctional suburban development patterns, and exponential
growth in automobile use are the real engines of pollution and habi-
tat degradation on the coast. Some large coastal metropolitan areas
are consuming land ten times as fast as they are adding new resi-
dents. Across the country, driving has increased at three to four times
the increase in population. If today's land consumption trends con-
tinue, more than one quarter of the coast's acreage will be developed
by 2025-up from 14 percent in 1997.
These trends are a prescription for severe ecological damage. Abun-
dant research on rivers and estuaries confirms that when impervious
surfaces cover more than ten percent of a watershed, the rivers, creeks,
and estuaries they surround become biologically degraded. If today's
growth trends continue, many healthy watersheds will cross that
threshold over the next 25 years and the U.S. will experience sharp
and irreversible declines in the health of coastal waters. If we are to
protect coastal ecosystems, reconfiguring and containing growth in
the nation's metropolitan regions is not just an option. It is an over-
riding necessity.
Efforts around the nation to reform development patterns, embodied
in such movements as Smart Growth and the New Urbanism, offer
solutions to the coastal management challenge. However, the linkage
between land-use changes and coastal ecosystem performance is not
well understood, nor is it adequately integrated into these broader
movements. A large-scale public education campaign targeting local
officials, state and federal regulatory agencies and representatives,
and the public is a necessary ingredient for success.
Many opportunities exist for implementing change. At the local level,
citizen activists are promoting better growth patterns through im-
proved zoning and public investment policies. States such as Mary-
land, Florida, and Oregon, continue to refine statewide planning pro-
cesses in order to achieve growth that is more efficient. Reauthoriza-
tion of federal transportation, coastal zone management, and water
quality legislation is forthcoming. All of these arenas offer the pros-
pect for coordinated policy revisions that protect coastal ecosystems.
The potential for positive change is enormous, and the momentum is
building. Now is the time to add the cause of coastal ecology, and the
voices of coastal protection advocates, to the call for land-use reform.

Cooking from Page 8

paper and place in the freezer.
Just before it is frozen cut into
squares, re-cover and return to
freezer. Remove the number of
squares you need for dessert and
keep rest in freezer for future hun-
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the squares about 20 minutes
before serving.

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2-9 Inch cookie crumb crusts
1-14 oz can sweetened condensed
1-6 oz. can frozen lemonade con-
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1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 container frozen whipped top-
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lemon zest or fresh mint leaves for
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Combine the condensed milk,
lemonade concentrate, lemon
juice and vanilla extract in a large
mixing bowl; beat on medium
speed with an electric mixer until
well blended. Stir in the lemon
zest and gently fold in the
whipped topping. Spoon lemon
mixture into the crumb crusts;
garnish as desired. Cover pies and
eeze until ready to use. Allow 20
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areas where the number of hunt-
ers and the hunting areas are rig-
idly controlled to provide an opti-
mum learning experience and
maximum safety. These hunts are
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plicants exceeds the number of
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ning July 9.
Wildlife management areas in the
southern part of the state offer
hunters an unusual challenge
because of their open-marsh
landscape. Hunting these areas
requires special vehicles, and the
FWC has established quotas on
the number of vehicles allowed.
Permits to operate track vehicles
on the Rotenberger, Everglades
and Holey Land WMAs are issued
in two random selections. Track
vehicles that were included in the
2002-2003 random selection and
did not receive a vehicle permit
will be included in the first ran-
dom selection. All other track ve-
hicles will be included in the sec-
ond random selection.
Applications for permits to oper-
ate airboats on the Everglades
and Francis S. Taylor WMAs also
are available from FWC regional
offices. Like the track vehicle per-
mits, airboat permits are issued
in two random selections. Air-
boats that were included in the
2002-2003 random selection, but
did not receive an airboat permit
will be included in the first ran-
dom selection. All other airboats
will be included in the second ran-
dom selection.
A quota hunt permit will be re-
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water WMA Hutton Unit in the
Northwest Region. There are
seven two-day hunts available,
and the quota is two groups per
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06/27/03 at theirequest 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
$ 360.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

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11 July 2003 Page 11

Nine Islanders Earn Emergency Medical

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By Sue Cronkite
Rumors of a shopping center go-
ing up just inside Gulf County on
West Highway 98 have recently
been dispelled-it's not a
.WalMart, but an operations cen-
ter for Progress Energy, the par-
ent company for Florida Power.
Mike McDonald, company execu-
tive, recently showed site plans
and an architect's drawing for the
new Odena Operations Center to

Apalachicola Rotary Club mem-
bers. 'The project consolidates 20
employees from the two operation
centers, Apalachicola and Port St.
Joe, into a new operations center
,in Odena," said McDonald.
The new Progress Energy build-
ing is on the north side of the
highway on a 10.5 acre parcel of
land that was purchased in 2001,
said McDonald. Approximately
6.5 acres is being developed, to
include the operations center,
employee parking, water well,
waste water treatment, a material
storage yard, company vehicle
parking, a combination retention/
fire suppression pond and access
roads, McDonald told Rotarians
at a recent luncheon meeting at
The Hut in Apalachicola.

The large operations building is
to include 7,800 square feet of
office space, 3,600 square feet of
material storage area, 1,800 feet
of bay space for fleet services, and
5,400 square feet of covered truck
bay parking. "The office space will
support 17-line and service crew
members, a district manager and
a customer services representa-
tive," said McDonald.
Customer service is expected to
grow in the near future, said
McDonald, 'Therefore the build-
ing has the potential to house five
to ten additional employees." In-
cluded within the pre-engineered
metal building will be a storm
room, a large conference/meeting
room, small conference room,
break room, and locker room, and

a storage bay with separate meter
and tool rooms.
Also in the building is to be a fully
equipped fleet services bay, said
McDonald. The building is being
constructed in accordance with
parent company corporate guide-
lines for space layout and size,
furniture and building finishes,
he added.
'The storage yard area will be par-
tially paved with asphalt," said
McDonald. "The balance of the
yard will be paved with an ex-
posed gravel base." Concrete
transformer pads and pole racks
will also be provided in the stor-
age yard, as well as an emergency
generator, he added.

Ollie Gunn holds a plaque presented to him for long service
on the Chili Cookoff Committee.

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time on St. George Island three
nights per week, at four hours per
night, from January through May.
The instructors were Emergy-
Stat's Fred Heitzman, Dr. Dan
Finley (Gulf Coast College) and
Charles Schultz (EmergyStat).
The class of new EMTs consisted
of: Rev. Mike Whaley, Lynda
Adair, Barbara Garrison, Patsy
Smith, Sharon and Bob Bogusky,
Curt Spangler, Sabrina Webb and
Fire Chief Jay Abbott.
But, the long training sessions
were augmented with another
80-hours of training in a kind of
internship consisting of emer-
gency vehicle operation and emer-
gency room duty at Bay and Gulf
Coast medical centers.
Susan Ficklen got the ceremonies
started with help from Jay Abbott
and Alice Collins, who told an
abbreviated but very entertaining
resume of the fire department
fund raisers that have led to fi-
nancing fire and EMT training.
Ollie Gunn and Harry Arnold were
honored for their long time dedi-
cation to the department. Three
volunteer firemen, Dave
Armentrout, Ben Bloodworth and
Bud Hayes received training ear-
lier this year in a firefighting
course taught in Apalachicola.
W.K. Saunders was also singled
out for special recognition. The
mascot, Mandy the Dalmatian,
was also photographed with the
group of certificate winners.
Marilyn Walker, an astute and
informed EMT instructor was
among the earliest instructors
who trained the early First Re-
sponders, was similarly honored.

Panther Deaths

Are A Mystery

Wildlife officials and the Seminole
Tribe of Florida are awaiting lab
test results, hoping to learn the
cause of death of three Florida
panthers on the tribe's reserva-
tion in Hendry County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) re-
covered the carcasses of an adult
female and two-year-old panther
kittens between June 13 and 16.
Scavengers had fed on the car-
casses, and decomposition was
severe. FWC panther biologists
found no signs of fighting or foul
play and arranged for necropsies.
FWC researchers examined two of
the carcasses at the agency's
Wildlife Research Laboratory at
Gainesville. Disney's Animal King-
dom assisted the FWC by offer-
ing the services of its-pathologist,
Dr. Scott Terrell, for examination
of the most intact carcass at that
FWC biologists said the cats ap-
pear to be a family, and may have
contracted a fatal disease, such
as pseudorabies, from feeding on
the same prey animal. However,
they said that's just a theory at
this point.
A virus causes pseudorabies, also
known as Aujeszky's disease. It
causes respiratory, nervous sys-
tem and reproductive problems
and frequently death in hogs. It
is usually fatal to cats.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is
working closely with the FWC to
learn more about what happened
to the cats, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service is standing by to
assist in case the cause of the
cats' deaths turns out to be a
cause for concern.

(From left) Jay Abbott, Fire Chief of the St. George Volunteer
Fire Department, Susan Ficklen and Jane Bamburg.

The island group represents the
spirit of volunteers giving long
hours of training to their commu-
nity, exploited in times of great
need when 911 calls are executed.
The fund raising through the Chili
Cookoff has financed cardiac

monitors and defibrillators for use
by trained Island volunteers and
others throughout Franklin
County. The financing of these
rescue efforts comes from
fund-raising, not tax dollars, ex-
cept for some communications

Seven of the nine new Emergency Medical Technicians receiving their certificates Thursday
evening, June 26, 2003, and their Dalmation mascot, Mandy.

(From left) Ollie Gunn and Realtor Alice Collins muse over
the history of the St. George Volunteer Fire Department
and the Chili Cookoff. There are a hundred stories and
recollections that have stimulated fond memories of the
early days of the Island Fire Department clearly
demonstrating the profound capacity of the island
community to help itself through VOLUNTEER ACTION.
This is a story that is a MONUMENT to community action
in the public interest.

W.K. Sanders

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Harriett Beach from Page 1
Zoning meeting, in which a tape recording was made, reflected con-
siderable dissatisfaction with the County Commission as indicated in
a "list of concerns" since transmitted to the Franklin County Plan-
ning Office, and thence to the Commissioners. This list certainly re-
flects the views of the Planning and Zoning Board in a collective sense
and is reproduced below:

List of Concerns

1. Commercial short term Transient Rental Homes in Residential
Zoning categories.
2. The capacity of the rental homes and its over occupancies vs. the
aerobic system not being able to keep up with the excess.
3. Lights on docks.
4. Water and Sewer availability for new subdivisions in the County.
5. Occupational license' and or Business license'.
6. The need for a Code Enforcement Board.
7. The need for a representative from the Planning & Zoning Commis-
sion Board to present the report to the Board of County Commission
to give relief to Alan.
8. Well issues and growth in Alligator Point and the need for a new
9. A need to appoint at least one At-large Member, one Real Estate
Member, and one Science Member and the need for reappointment of
Gayle Dodds, Tony Millender, and Mary Lou Short.
10. The wrecked trailer issue in the County in its entirety.
11. The need to have workshops for the dock issues and a general
workshop for Planning & Zoning.
12. The need for the Board of County Commissioners to pay more
attention to the concerns of The Planning & Zoning Commission.
One may carefully note #12 which says that the P and Z committee
seeks Commissioners to pay more attention to the P and Z Commis-
Donna Butterfield volunteered a comment on Jimmy Mosconis' pa-
triotic necktie, and reminded the Commissioners about the right of
free speech in Franklin County. Linc Barnett said he did not think
the hearing seeking the dismissal of Ms. Beach "...was an appropri-
ate remedy for the issue...". He agreed with his wife's statement that
board members have a legal remedy available to them should they
seek redress for the writing. (Another comment: As public persons,
each potentially defamed person would have to prove identification in
the Beach piece, and clearly demonstrate the defamatory nature of
the writing. In fact, no one was identified in Ms. Beach's writing,
contrary to the opinion of Mary Lou Short, in her letter to the Editor,
published in this issue on page three. Ms. Beach referred to the com-
missioners in a collective sense, and that precludes specific identifi-
cation of any particular party-a requirement in any defamatory ac-
tion taken to court) .
Paul Johnson, representing himself, said he has attended several P
and Z meetings in the past, commending Ms. Beach, "I think she is a
great asset to this county...". David Alderston, speaking for himself,
did not "have an opinion on the action you should take..." "Reporters
have a responsibility to not affect fhe content of the matters that they
write about. It is traditional among reporters to stay out of political
bias (? his voice trails off on the tape) ... Commentary is entirely ap-
propriate and recommended,, but actual participation is a separate
matter..." (Comment: Mr. Alderstein's opinion is generally followed
throughout journalistic enterprise but when the reporter clearly la-
bels the subject and the volunteer role is different, there appears to
be little conflict of interest. Ms. Beach served as a volunteer on P and
Z; she wrote about the County Commission on the subject of a redis-
tricting workshop.)
Harriett Beach also addressed the county commissioners. Here is the
text of her statement.
'TO: The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners
I have served on the Planning and Zoning Board for over two years. In
that time, I feet that I have made a positive contribution to Franklin
County. When I began writing for the Franklin Chronicle in April, 2003,
the Editor of the paper, Tom Hoffer, and I agreed that I would not
report on any Planning and Zoning activities.

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I was assigned by the Franklin Chronicle to cover the Redistricting
Workshop held by the Franklin County Commissioners on June 3,
2003. 1 attended the public workshop, recorded the activities of that
workshop and wrote the workshop article that appeared in the June
13,2003 issue of the Franklin Chronicle. My article reflected as hon-
estly as possible the behavior of the elected officials and their admin-
istrative aides as they appeared before the audience. The Redistrict-
ing Workshop had no connection to the activities of the Planning and
Zoning Board.
Should you remove me from the Franklin County Planning and Zon-
ing Board for writing the newspaper article, my attorneys have ad-
vised me that you will be violating my Freedom of Speech and Press
rights. As an American citizen in Franklin County, Florida, I have the
right to hold a job as a reporter and serve on the Planning and Zoning
Board. In the week that we Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, it
is sad that my Constitutional First Amendment Rights are threat-
ened by the Commissioners of'Franklin County.
Harriett E. Beach"

School Board from Page 4

sized. Students will be required
to keep an up-to-date science
notebook containing all class
work, class notes, homework, lab
activities and handouts.

Enhanced Reading
The eighth grade will have En-
hanced Reading Programs deliv-
ered through a reading class,
which involves reading and ana-
lyzing literature, independent
reading, writing, speaking and
language study. Since these skills
are important for students for the
rest of their lives both personally
and in the business world, great
emphasis will be placed on their
To be continued in the next issue
of the Chronicle on July 25, 2003.

(From left) Commissioners Clarence Williams, Eddie
Creamer and Jimmy Mosconis, during the hearing.

FWC from Page 10

Hunters submitted approximately
50,000 requests for regular
nine-day and special quota hunt
permits during the June 1 11
application period. Data entry into
the computer is in progress. The
drawing will take place approxi-
mately July 29. Hunters will re-
ceive either a quota hunt permit
or a rejection notice. Hunters who
receive rejection notices also will
receive instructions for reapply-
ing for other areas that may still
have permits available.
Eddie White, FWC's quota hunt
coordinator, said there appears to
be some confusion about the
choice numbers used on quota
applications by hunters eligible
for the preference drawing.
"If you used the choice numbers
from your preference rejection
notice instead of the choice num-
bers from the 2003-2004 quota
application, contact the quota
hunt office at (850) 488-8573,"
White said. "You may wind up
with hunts other than those you
thought you were applying for."
Hunters who have not submitted
regular nine-day and special hunt
applications should do so as soon
as possible. Applications received
after June 11 are processed in
first-come, first-served order for
permits for areas that do not
reach their quotas during the ran-
dom selection. Information about
when hunts reach their quotas is
available from FWC's Web site,
Click on "Hunting," then "WMA
Quota Hunt Information."

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George Island

Children in our community as
well as those vacationing in the
area are invited to participate in
"Lighthouse Kids: Shining God's
Light," a Vacation Bible School
program offered at St. George Is-
land United Methodist Church
during the week of July 14th.
Children ages 4-12 are encour-
aged to attend this program,
which will run Monday through
Friday, July 14 to 18, from 6:00
to 9:30 p.m. each evening at the
Church Fellowship Hall, located
at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on St.
George Island. Dinner will be
served to the children each night
and on Friday a special Dinner
and Vacation Bible School presen-
tation will be provided for the chil-
dren and their families.
Lighthouse Kids will explore God's
light through Bible and mission
stories, fun crafts, recreation,
music, and much more. Children
will discover God's light in the
most amazing ways-each day
will be filled with. fun, time with
others, light learning experi-
ments, new songs, and dinner.
There is no charge for the Vaca-
tion Bible School, and advance
registration is not required. For
more information, please call co-
ordinator Mary Lou Short at (850)
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/25/03 Invoice No. 8884
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model Cavalier Color Red
TagNo NoTag Year 1989 State FL VinNo. 1G1JC1119KJ183445
To Owner: Mark Allen Cumbie To Lien Holder:
603 10th Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/14/03 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 07/24/03 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
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Carrabelle Celebration
from Page 1

t was about 3/4 of an hour be-
bre the last loud salvo said "End
)f the Show."
for one, had a delightful night
md I am full of praise for the per-
son who gave Carrabelle a Fourth
f July Birthday to America on
this great day.
thanks to all the adults who gave
part of their holiday to play with
the children.
thanks to the firefighters for the
work they did in setting up the
reworks. Our firefighters are very
professional and there was no
accident. Thank you for giving the
time to your town, Carrabelle.
I have no idea of how many were
watching the show but as we left
for home we saw long lines of cars
going west and east out of town.
I heard someone who was elderly
saying, 'That.was as good as when
we celebrated in 1976."

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/20/03 Invoice No. 8877
Description ofVehicle: Make Chevy Model S-10 Color Red
Tag No El9WBZ Year 1985 State FL VinNo. 1GCBS14E3F2264860

To Owner: Jay'L. Thompson
P.O. Box 1141
Carrabelle, FL 32322

To Lien Holder:

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/14/03 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
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 07/24/03 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
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