Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: August 8, 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Volume 12, Number 16 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER August 8 21,2003

Science Is Racing To Come Up With
Answers That Will Shape Commercial
And Recmeatinnal Fishing

In the last issue of the Franklin Chronicle, the Executive Director of
the Gulf of Mexico FlkIiCu'i Management Council asserted that a
conaortlon of environmental groups called the Marine Conservation
Network (MCN) was misleading the public with criticism of fisheries
management for each region of the U.S. The particular species at
Issue were shrimp, One management tool that might demonstrate
promise In saving the world's fisheries have been the "no catch zones."
The Issue here has been the sustainability of gag grouper, a species
very important to commercial and recreational fishermen in the Gulf
of Mexico, Interestingly, the latest issue of the Florida State Univer-
sity RESEARCH IN REVEW published a lengthy and balanced pre-
sentation of several points-of-vlew in this matter, ironically pointing
out that a growing number of recreational and commercial fishing
interests agree on the potential of "no catch zones" in the sea as a
management tool for the fishery. Two FSU researchers, Professors
Felicia Coleman and Chris Koenig are prominently featured in the
piece along with Apalachicola's Steve Rash, owner of Water Street
Seafood. Mr. Rash was quoted that spawning populations should be
protected, or the fishery will go away. "We'll all be out of business
then," he said. "In my opinion, anybody who doesn't see the wisdom
of protecting breeding populations of fish is a candidate for a sanity
The 20-page article, by Parker Neils, may also be found at the FSU
Research in Review website: http://www.research.fsu.edu/RlnR/
The Pew Commission, digested in the Franklin Chronicle in the issue
of July 11, 2003 supports the idea of "no catch zones" but embracing
all species, protecting the ecology of all marine life in a given area, not
trying to manage one species at a time-essentially the way things
are handled now. Such an ecosystem-based management plan would
call for familiar management tools (such as size and bag limits) but
would also emphasize habitat restoration, pollution control,
predator-prey relationships, climate changes et al in establishing a
fundamentally new management system for U. S. fisheries.
While the article may offer a review of the "no catch zone" as a new
tool to enhance sustainability of the gag grouper fishery, the piece
also sorts through the controversial history from both points of view
(Recreational and commercial) with a faint suggestion t 11,11 some com-
mon ground exists.
Given the continuing disputes involving fishermen over the so-called
"net limitation" Amendment to the Florida' Constitution, and the ten-
sions existing between fishermen and the Florida Freshwater Fishing
Commission enforcement personnel, finding some agreement on an-
other fishing issue is a welcome change.

County Assistance Needed in "Derailing A
Runaway Train"

McLain Strongly Objects To Rigid
5000 cfs Target in Recent Tri-State
Negotiations Over An Allocation


Stakeholder's Advice Sought
On July 22, 2003, Governor Jeb Bush announced signing a Memo-
randum of Understanding regarding sharing water in the Apalachicola
Chattahoochee- Flint river basin. He said, "I thank Governors Perdue
and Riley for their good faith efforts to reach this milestone in resolve
ing a series of complex issues that affect citizens in all three states."
He continued, "I am hopeful we can achieve a fair and equitable wa-
ter allocation for Florida that will meet the needs of our state, and
preserve the environmental and economic value of these waterways.
In doing so, we're protecting the future of Florida's panhandle reo
River Keeper Executive Director David McLain appeared before the
Franklin County Commission Tuesday, August 5th to ask for their
assistance in the tri-river negotiations. He strongly objected to
Georgia's refusal to include a criterion "Statement of Florida's Intent"
to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three governors
on July 22nd.
Continued on Page 2

Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Fishing................... 1
Franklin County School System 1, 4, 5, 9
Franklin County Library .... 1
Franklin Briefs ........... 2
Tri-Rivers ............... 1, 2
Editorial & Commentary..... 3
Visioning .......... .6
ABC Technical High School. ...... 7
Business Card Directory.............. 7
FCAN .................................... 8
Eastpoint Fitness Center ....... 8
Bookshop. ................... 10


Financial Management Practices
Review Of The Franklin County
School System
In the last issue of the Chronicle, only a summary table of the Review
was presented. The purpose of this state-mandated review is to im-
prove Florida school district management and use of resources and
to identify cost savings. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and
Government Accountability (OPPAGA) and the office of the Auditor
General are directed by state statute to conduct these reviews about
every five years.
Two of the most important provisions of the program are that it speci-
fies those districts scheduled to undergo a Best Financial Manage-
ment Practices Review each year ofa five-year-cycle and requires public
input during the review process and after the distribution of the final
Florida law directs that the Commissioner of Education adopt the
best practices to be used as standards for these reviews and estab-
lishes meeting the best practices as the goal for all Florida school
The best practices are designed to encourage districts to
use performance and cost-efficiency measures to evaluate programs;
assess their operations and performance using benchmarks based
on comparable school district, government agency, and industry stan-
-* identliy potential cost savings tl-iough privatization and alternative
service delivery; and
* link financial planning and budgeting to district priorities. Includ-
ing student performance.
In accordance with the schedule of Best Financial Management Prac-
tice Reviews in Florida law, the Legislature directed that OPPAGA
review the Franklin County School District during Fiscal Year 2002-03.
With 1,442 students in the 2001-02 school year, the district is the
fourth smallest district In the state. Located in Florida's Panhandle
approximately 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee, the district oper-
ates seven schools; two elementary, one middle/high, one elemen-
tary/middle/high, and three other types of schools including one
charter school. OPPAGA and the Auditor General's staff conducted
fieldwork and developed report findings and recommendations.
Currently, the Franklin County School District is using 65% of the
best practices adopted by the Commissioner, and at this time, is not
eligible for a Seal of Best Financial Management.
As provided by law, within 90 days after receipt of the final report, the
school board must
* decide by a majority plus one vote whether or not to implement the
action plan and pursue a Seal of Best Financial Management, and
* notify OPPAGA and the Commissioner of Education in writing of the
date and outcome of the school board vote on whether to adopt the
action plan. If the school board fails to vote on whether to adopt the
action plan, the superintendent must notify OPPAGA and the Com-
missioner of Education.
After receipt of the final report and before the school board votes
whether to adopt the action plan, the school district must hold an
advertised public forum to accept public input and review the find-
ings and recommendations of the report. The district must advertise
and promote this forum to inform school and district advisory coun-
cils, parents, school district employees, the business community, and
other district residents of the opportunity to attend this meeting.
OPPAGA will attend this forum.
If the school board votes to implement the action plan, the district
must submit two annual status reports, the first report no later than
one year after receipt of the final report and the second report one
year later.
After receipt of each status report,OPPAGA will assess the district's
implementation of the action plan and progress toward implement-
ing the Best Financial Management Practices in areas covered by the
plan and issue a report indicating whether the district has success-
fully Implemented the best practices.
If the school district successfully implements the Best Financial Man-
agement Practices within two years,; t will be eligible to receive a Seal
of Best Financial Management from the State Board of Education, a
designation that is effective for'five years. During the designation
period, the school board must annually notify OPPAGA, the Auditor
General, the Commissioner of Education, and the State Board of Edu-
cation of any changes that would not conform to the status Best Fi-
nancial Management Practices. If no such changes have occurred
and the school board determines that the school dis trict continues to
conform to these practices, the school board must annually report
that information to the State Board of Education, with copies to
OPPAGA, the Auditor General, and the Commissioner of Education.
A summary of report conclusions and recommendations by best prac-
tice area is presented below.
School Consolidation Options
Though not a specifed best practice area, OPPAGA examined school
consolidation options as a result of resident and district employee
suggestions that Consolidation might be used to address several chal-
lenges confronting the district.
In providing education to the children of Franldtin County, the dis-
trict faces several challenges, including declir.rl enrollment, limited
revenues, and maintaining small and aging s c ool faelittes, Rest-
Continued on Page 4


National Award

In an award letter from the national Young Adult Library Services
Association (YALSA) dated July 25, 2003, Eileen Annie Ball received
word that the Franklin County Public Library's TIGERS (Teens In
Gear Enjoy Realize Succeed) Program was selected by the Excellence
In Library Services to Young Adults Recognition Project as being one
of the top five winners in the country. This is the second
time the Franklin County Public Library has received this
honor. In 1996, the Franklin County Public Library received the iden-
tical national award for the WINGS Program. Along with Franklin
County Public Library-TIGERS, the other four listed by YALSA, a
division of the American Library Association, are as follows:
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland-Community Youth
Flint (Mich,) Public Library-Love and Sex: Making Choices
NewYork (N.Y.) Public Library-Langston Hughes: A Season on Staten
Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library-Teen Empowerment Project

TIGER students taking part in a group discussion and
workshop on tolerance, conducted by Elinor Mount-
YALSA selected a total of 25 outstanding programs nationwide as
winners of the fourth round of Excellence Projects. The top five are
slated to receive a stipend of $1,000.00 each. All 25 winners will be
included in the fourth edition of Excellence in Library Services to
Young Adults to be published in Spring 2004 and will be featured at
a special program at the ALA Annual Conference. Some of the other
library winners include: Austin Public Library (Texas), Berkeley Pub-
lic Library (California), Kearns Public Library (Utah). Duxbury Public
Library (Massachusetts), Francis W. Parker School (Chicago).
This prestigious award is the second recognition for TIGERS this year.
In April 2003, TIGERS received the highly acclaimed Florida Library
Association Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for outstanding
effort on behalf of youth in Florida.
TIGERS began in January 2000 as an enhancement to the library's
award winning WINGS Program. WINGS is featured as one of the top
five young adult library programs in the nation in Excellence in Li-
brary Services to Young Adults (second edition, Chicago: ALA 1997)
and has been serving as a prototype for after-school youth programs.
Reaching over 334 cumulative students, TIGERS has been providing
:career and life skills development, teen pregnancy prevention activi-
ties, academic assistance, cultural enrichment projects, and perfor-
mance based internships. TIGERS is made possible by funds con-
tracted through the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and is fiscally ad-
ministered by the Friends of the Franklin County Public Library.
Audra Caplan, YALSA President, commended the Franklin County
Public Library in her letter to Library Director Eileen Annie Ball stat-
ing that the prize winning Program is a clear indication that you are
dedicated to providing exemplary library service to young adults."

FROG Family Learning Receives

LSTA Funding

Franklin County Public Library Director Eileen Annie Ball is pleased
to announce that the-Franklin County Public Library has received a
2003-2004 LSTA Grant Award in the amount of $49,750.00.
FROG-SPEAK (Families Read On Grant-Specialized Programs Encour-
aging Active Knowledge) will enable the seamless continuation of the
established and notable FROG Family Learning Program.
FROG began with a tri-county LSTA (Library Services Technology Act)
grant in 1998 fiscally administered through the Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries. Providing vital services to children of all ages, FROG
in Franklin County focused on children's literacy while encouraging
parent involvement. The addition of Florida Library Literacy Grants,
, Department of Children & Families/Devereux Kids mini-grants, and
a 2001 pilot project from the Florida Governor's Literacy Initiative
fostered a branching out with a focus on educational and social de-
velopment of caregivers, and family strengthening activities.
During a press conference in June 2001, Franklin County Public Li-
brary was singled out of the select 25 Governor's Family Literacy
Initiative for Florida programs to receive special recognition from
Governor Jeb Bush for providing exceptional family literacy services
in this county that had "no public library prior to 1992." In June
2002, Marlene Moore, FROG Family Learning Coordinator, received a
special request to be a presenter at the Governor's new project train-
ing workshop.
Judith Ring, State Librarian, stated in the library's award letter dated
July 28, 2003 that competition for this year's LSTA funding was "very
intense." The Franklin County Public Library's FROG Family Learn-
ing Program is providing a wide range of services to 207 Franklin
County families. The current Florida Literacy Grant project ends on
September 30, 2003. Funding for FROG-SPEAK will begin on Octo-
ber 1, 2003 and be fiscally administered through Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries, FROG-SPEAK will provide a broad range of innova-
tive library based intergenerational learning programs.

FSU ropes challenge course with TIGERS participants.

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shoven twle .thibi s oilte' d to
Wlsber1, 2 iTi m oatM pert cat-
thepr.oe, and wofle the prplned
o n r"raoh s to reio nt uni-
The Board dctded to aworkinh
mnithe ob stell Galloway pointe
ou t that Individual homeowners
who ler te constructing n their own
hotimes would still be permitted to

construct their homes. The imple-
mentation date was to be Octo-
Countiyf Aorne< review .w,

ber 1, 2003 The motion to accept
thre proposal and place the plan
Into action diedrfor lack of a sec-
ond to the ws ton. reet nlh-
rThe Board decided to ask the
sue and report back to the Board

aThe proposalte por a Franklint
County Code Enforcement Board
wasalso to be consider ted in the
gthom would sbe pnerpmttemtoe

County Attorney's review.

River, ThKeeper ma t er
he Board in app the before the
Commission ners to re por t on the
gotiations, This r s the subject o
na separate st orey printed on page
w to ure ons deredn thepr an

one of this issue.

Kendall Wade announcedbthatethe
first public hearing on the bud-
get would t be eld on Septemberested
the Board ti on the status of the

Sumatra Cemetery and said that
Kondal Wo e motFoan.o ounty.

he was ready for closing on the

property. Another party has of-
fered to purchase the plots and
would then sel onhem to interested
parties through a third party com-
miCot Attoee. review
anir Methods. eTallahassee
Mick Savage brieled Commission-

ent Btare oa the certificate ofe

Su-mas rat mdry pand Unsageith

one tiuiaenc of A. s.

agamnat Wade Fanln County Corn-
hieastners ufor granting on the zon-

eg aold e all Scale Land Use
.0_t1n ,. on 'March 15, 2003 for a
:9ered tace purchase thel of land In Section
would then sell them to interested
paes through Airprt Road espartycom-

ar service for Franklin County. ,
T"e Mater ias to be held, in auey-ted
the re-ionng t one certiAfcate of
e ,, tural oe dtamined.a that
a concrete batch plant o Use
abult on threat Carrabellethe
A ogreap (oif fisoierned Franklin

siomeitt iawemsm npostied thof A. D.there
eeKIi, nr..e n il.T.. r Arnnons oand
gepeastand tlanortd In r brought suit

ast andl noFth @f Airport Road

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VinLanaiiv la ge.,D the asub
broit innseveral kties taad the

cobly lWacaiudonorelt d nssed
Wio hL tihk&a dumpWi=gW= w ffldpn
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iron in oseaverals o tim t tthe

acidoune ould dtioma..on

such as Alligator Point and St.
sonl ngekbillageldumpigwu not
St George Island, ut ihe IBsarga

brought up several times that eer

to put the garbage? The Board ap-
Pierce requested to prinvestigate and
report on some possible garbage collections.
Ones tJane uary 21, va2003nt te Boardve
toheard mandatory garbage collec-n from
Planninthos ad areasZoning the county,

mend the land use and zoning
such as Alligator Point and oed Stby
tGeorge Island, thaknot have a largest
collection of houses that gener-
icate garbage from esde obvious place

report on some possible solutions.
On January 21, 2003,sked the Board to tab
heard matter becommendati of onfrom
Planoverning anhow much aZonng to recom-
change for some land owned
the Gelgersl, knoxn as "Bay Vista
Subdsiobe returned to greutur, g
Piere asked the Baoard to table

now spoken with the Geigerf and
it Is clear that only 10 acres js in=
evolved, and it Is in section 11 and
14, Township 7 south, Rnge l5
west," said Pierce. The Board set
a public hearing to change 10
acres of land back to agriculture
from residential, which is the rec=
commendation of Planning and
Zoning. This will be a smal-scale
land use change.
Pat McWhInnie, 911 Coordinator,
has been investigating what corn=
pany will provide 911 service to
Franklin County since GT COM
is going to stop providing the ser=
vice in July 2004. At this time
Gulf, Franklin, and Calhoun
counties are all in the same pre=
dicament. So far only one corn.-
pany, called ESI, is interested, but
that company is only interested
in providing the 911 equipment t
At this time no company Is Inter-
ested in maintaining and updat-
ing addresses and phone nunt-
bers which is a big job in a county

h.rr as Band down atat assist
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arte ort drnmio te S*"' !ietir

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r :.' recommef l te e county
at and down ppayment t assis
Sild &,LT..'.Per6.lI The psirdanip-
t r:e- j',:j e,!:,.':.'.tl.',sfj not

ath Preble-:ish to do w~*o ap-
psrvedl by DEP for the degn and'' e

snke shriare reipie Point
state, an dthe fthr 5yiW irf the
! r! s- ,c h ll r, a.,..4 .- a L-.wis-
the s ..:.uiny : hi- t already been
award-Jft-r i -a *.,i gh al fhto dcost
of the Preble-Rish contra it is
is 9an c- u The county received
appro dmately +" i X, of. 0 o CIAP
funds, so the coun-t has its share
of the funds. ap-
The Board approved a resolution
for the Chairman to sign the Lo-
cal Agency Program Agreement
with DOT for the construction of
the Bluff Road Pedestrian/Bikse
Path. This is a required resolu-
tion, and does not speed up the
proposed construction oftihebiker
path, which last month D'OTr wch
would occur in 2005.
The Board approved modificaton
#1 tothe Agr element betwy been
and Frankl rin County on the ua ost

when the COOP Plan is due DCA
proposed this modificf the Peeationt and it
moves the due date back to June
30, 2004 The Chairmao sign e Lo-
the DOT for the on lastrction of
cause it was due back in toaia-
hassee before the Boianrd met
hassee before the Board m~etf.

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The Brad auclteeoBnl thie dhate-
noia t*e sigai eitracts and
suginitinig miaeftattein for the
$7l00A3X,,@@ ip-'i.-'r for work tin
Ea-st.ilpa' asnd Ianark Village,
Wcue u.iBeeiraing design work
has hben done, Debbie Belcher
still has It dear up some environ-
mental issues with the CDBG
people, and the county will also
need to contract out the construe-
tion supervision of the project as
weB as advertise for bids for the
construction. 'Debbie Belcher will
advise the Board shortly on the
timeline for these to be accom-
plished. Mark and I believe con-
struction could start in 3 to 4
months," reports Pierce.
The St. George Island Beautifica-
tion Project as proposed by the
committee working on the project
wants to have the stormwater
ponds In the middle of the Island
reconfigured. The Beautification

McLain Objects from Page 1

\motii other rl'ci,. VI an i '.nimplalned about the 5000 cubic feet
ver -.. :I' 2cf. .':::. ':.- : .:vrl downstream on the Apalachicola
? .- -: times. Her -. :' : .it in times of flooding, there would
be ltlle -ap -ity to control. but he asked that r nimiiji irM .
res the eo rdition of ite ;., at year. Then, salinity levels were at
an all time high, p edatior- ti the oysters were active in the Bay and,
as CnOue'iosr Bevi- Ptial pofited out, the red tide was prese@@nt
until fr@eshwter flows were restored,
Attached to ti overn O's statement was another mfemorandum conz
siting of a 4;^.11 from Dp, of Bnvironmental Protection Seere
ta"y iaid n-i ,!. -, rt-. a "'teent of intent. MeLaln called the Poo=

ductive estuarie ft in Anwiea,
MeLain pointed out one area of his concern, i! we have a 74 year
history of the flow that have kept the River and By so productive,
The 5000 te target is less than half of the average fow experienced
:I-_ ,ri,- !',.- and net mi the wet months/dry months alterations
experien ed in natu'ea;
Melamin called for a renewed. effort to incorporate the view of the
stalseholder and the statement of Secrete4y Struha' In a memoran=
dum to Douglas Bar one the Fiorida negotiators, MeLain wrote,
"T e ofgeolufn as without the clarifyng addendum from fl@e=
retaey Struhs is a s-itflnt h"alt and switeW thIs is most assuredly
not in Florida's inerst and diteetly violates much of the joint
du<,-:',;:. letter ofppo'rt to Gooernor iuwh,"
The compact among the tgree states is scheduled to expire August
21st unless ex3antend em ey omSetyal consent.

Sv.iat will not pay for the $100
VTi' permit for the review of the
reconfiguration. Pierce asked,
"Does the Board want to pay the
$100 out of contingencies, or wait
for Commissioner Creamer to re-
turn?" The $100 is a reduction
from the normal $250 fee, The
Board deferred action on the pro-
posal until the August 19th meet-

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that would be affected by the
proximity of a con@rate batch
At an Administrativt Hearing
sheduled for 10i00 a.m, July m,
2009 before a Florida Admineitra.=
tive dJudge, Michael Shuler,
Count Attorney re-quested a
Hearing entinuance until Sep-
temberm, 00 so that all the con-=
efrnedf pAr Iiq could attempt to
wir- @l ut a itntlu ag-e&tlt
A proposed qit>lhinridl fell
through on Mondlay, August 4,
NO,8 Twelve Fr-anti County
eitueni spoke to the Com iesion-
er pending fi thIt b-,all initlirNy

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~B~i~mak 2UW BlB3gbe 2


Letter To The lAtor

I am puzzled. I am disappointed. I am do rt shokedt tAfter sit-
ting in on three hours ofthe CFr& o hfdget wrhop' last
Tuesday, the "big spenders" in the United States Senate have nothing
to worry about. As you know, Senator Edward Kennedy, the poster
boy for "big spending"', is getting up there in years and his supporters
were getting a little concerned about finding an able replacement.
Well, they can just find something else to worry about up on the hill.
A replacement Is right here in Franklin County, Florida, Mr. Eddie
The budget workshop is, for the most part, a great theatrical produc-
tion with all of the participants saying their prearranged lines and
the end result predetermined. Much like professional wrestling, the
outcome is known well before the gavel is struck. Only this time there
was a fly in the ointment. SenatorKennedy, oh, excuse me, Commis-
sioner Creamer had other ideas on this day. He had taxpayer money
to give away and he spent the better part of an hour trying to con-
vince the other members of the board to go along,
Here's the skinny. A department head presented his proposed budget
for next year, which contained a request for a 10% budget increase
over what he spent last year, and included a pay hike for most of his
department personnel. The pay increase requested? $4000,00 or
$3000.00 (based on the position held) per person for almost every
member of his department. A very expensive proposition considering
the end result would add hundreds of thousands of dollars to an
already ballooning budget. I thought to myself, this is going to be
good "theatre" because department budget requests are generally in-
flated to account for the "decision makers" cutting their requests. I
felt sure that this department head had little hope of getting every-
thing that he had asked for.
But even before the first line of the "play" could be spoken, Senator
Kennedy (OOPS, I did it again), Commissioner Creamer interrupted
the festivities by demanding that $4000.00 was NOT NEAR ENOUGH!
It needed to be $5000.00 and $4000.00 per person. And in re-
sponse to another (responsible) commissioner suggesting that we,
the taxpayers, couldn't afford that much of an increase in one year,
Commissioner Creamer stated that we could afford it this year and
we should do it this year. And if we could do more next year that
would be fine, too. His reasoning was that, unlike three other pan-
handle counties close to us, Franklin County was nowhere near the
legal tax limit that could be imposed on the property owners here.
So, for the better part of an hour, the commissioners did not debate
the acceptance of this years budget amount for next years budget.
They also did not debate a 10% INCREASE in the proposed budget.
They only debated the INCREASE of the INCREASE! They debated
the difference between giving the department head everything he said
he needed and asked for, versus giving him MORE than he said he
needed and MORE than he asked forl
For the record, Commissioner Mosconis was adamantly opposed to
the motion for the increase of the increase, Chairperson Sanders was
also opposed, Commissioner Williams sided with "Kennedy" and Com-
missioner Putnal cast the "tentative" deciding vote against the mo-
tion. So the motion to increase the increase failed to pass. But wait.
Creamer was at it again. A recess was called, Creamer got with the
department head and came up with an alternative to the alternative
increase to the increase (you think this is hard to follow, you should
have actually been therel. A compromise was struck and the deal
was done. And yes, in the end it was decided to give the department
MORE than was requested.
One might consider that, after an increase in this years budget for
the aforementioned department of about $350,000.00, the Board might
have considered debating the merit of ANY increase for next year.
Didn't happen. Not one word of debate. The 10% requested increase
was immediately and unanimously accepted with the only debate
centered on whether the increase would be increased.
Do not let this one example of unbridled spending mislead you into
thinking this was an isolated case. Not so. From 9 a.m. until the
lunch break at noon, each budget proposal was presented to the com-
mission by it's department head with an increase in funding requested
(anywhere from about 4% to about 31 %), and each request was ap-
proved with almost no discussion. Not ONE expenditure was denied.
For ANY department. For ANY reason. Every budget proposal was
approved without reduction.
It must be said that the budget process Is a difficult undertaking
under the best of circumstances. And the thousands of decisions
made in the course of this process are, for the most part, correct and
necessary. But the balance between the two components of the bud-
get "battle" is not in balance at all. All department heads are faced
with the reality that they will always have more needs than money.
And they are supposed to look out for the people who work under
their supervision. So they ask for equipment to do a better job, more
personnel to do a better job, better pay to hire better people to do a
better job, with the recurring theme being more, more, and still more.
This is part of their job description. Conversely, the ONLY check to
this never-ending need for more is our elected officials. The people we
elect to represent us. The people we elect to decide how much tax to
charge us. The people we elect to stand up for us, to be .there for us
when the budget battle is raging. We give them our checkbooks and
ask them to keep what they need, but not one dollar morel They have
accepted the checkbook but have rejected the concept of fiscal re-
sponsibility. If there is any question about this judgment, refer to
just five numbers. The 1998 budget, compared to the 1999 budget,
compared to the 2000 budget, compared to the 2001 budget, com-

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a to the budget. There eaf ument.^andingthne
been iorm t tAder the stewafdlW uQitihe auw snt o u.nty (lUn-
mission alt M -a-mfiAng rate.
At the workshop Tuesday there We tt fivR wsm niratoners, tthe
county attorney% the director of Finanee, tflE coifttdhe (2mnrttamil
his staff, there were d remns of county tlesf,ttev-reiaxwettnmitliy
all of the deparityt heads, there wereatnp sanit
were lots of people pst to ask the imniaittagivettienmanMs.
How many regular ettaens of the COUnty lmw t~Hr tflsre ailyttH o
sure the proper pending of taxpayer odill Wre iim att .
Thomas Jefferson, am others, Insiskal tbtt a "alll included along with outr constitution. irtIite we leti to ganthee
every citizen the right to certain protectJns aai~ ar ffnnmm afgm-
ernment. But Jefferson almost never sWal 'ig"rtit" w att a s ism-
cluding the word "responsiblities" alonggwitIbia it. Mattd af Shwme tifi
rights thing down but we may have forgrftem ilne Bpm[Biitty pantt
as it applies to our government. "We the "pali' aaltote limel .We
the people must demand that our electril e sen es taly lide
representative of us. Simply put, we AE ier S g met., gS t
involved and attend the meetings. Educate l t
and make your opinions known. And ifyses d~1ssitltie the neASt M
of budgets, we do have elections in Fran Cosuty n csi..
Richard Harper, Jr.
Proud resident and taxpayer of Franklin Comunty

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Franklin County
Humane Society

P.O. Box 417
Eastpoint. FL 32328

Dear Friend:
As a member of the community, we are asking you for your support.
We have accomplished many great things this past year. We have
found homes for over 250 animals. Many went out of Franklin County
and some even out of the state. The animals are spayed/neutered
and on heartworm/flea/tick prevention while at the shelter. Although,
we are a no-kill facility, occasionally, when an animal is seriously ill
we do have to put It down humanely. Funding gives us no choice in
this matter. If an animal comes in with treatable heartworm we try
and find a sponsor for the treatment of that animal.
We received a very nice grant this year, however, it came with stipula-
tions. One, it is only to be used for capital improvements to the facil-
ity and two, it is to be spread over 10 years. This year we put in
hurricane shutters. We will not have to evacuate animals through a
category three hurricane. We, also, have built additional dog runs.
We still need a roof over the runs to provide some shade. This will
have to wait until next year (unless we have a kind donor to supply
materials or a tarp, we have volunteers to build it).
We are so fortunate to have the two full-time and one part-time em-
ployees that work for modest pay and put in extra hours with no pay.
It is grueling work taking care of 50+ animals daily. They truly care
and are quite passionate about their "babies".
Our donations have been down in the last few months and we are
desperately in need of funds for food, medical, utilities and just day-
to-day expenses. We are asking you to make a pledge to pay a certain
amount quarterly, semi-annually or yearly, whichever is more conve-
nient for you. Please attach your first check and mail it to us at the
above address. Thank you very much for your kindness and caring.
T.J. Sellers
Acting Secretary Franklin County Humane Society
I, pledge $
() quarterly, () semi-annually or () annually. (Please check one)
The facility can always use: Feline Pine Litter, Purina Puppy/Cat/or
One Dog Food, sheets, towels, toys, treats, leashes, collars and kind
hearted, patient volunteers. We invite you to come and visit with us
Warm regards,
Your Furry Buddies

August 8, 2003

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Tthe St. mfar ge s Bmstitif m nsysfteei (ffr peoEn B itm t tixa. l iaffimany
hisntila nt n m -er aesuBnlieBs. Those eatthie innntheathp lthu coane
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gmhiafl coammnitty,
Gtraited, imany of us have *surrendered soe igss to am ai.a-
tihion on the premise that the Association will see tthe esit tteest
afalBl, not just a few commiuted to a power trip, or being allse i cal
upon large sums ofmoney for their personal agmerndas.
The Plantation Directors, unlike those who typicasy ocbuy munmnici-
pal or county positions of responslbilhty, do iot ewm take an oath of
office, to remind them of their rn ponsibi aes to all,, lid adding vocal
minority. Note here that the ambi guilty thanot of tall mem-be
gets a little slippery and loose as the treasury begms to gmw
Those who do not agree on all aspects of Tuintg the association
have very little recourse. Even now. Board menears are sometimes
reminded about "team playing"as the distancebetweenTeam player"
and cabal can become but a few blended steps between those con-
cepts. There appears no room for dissent nor differences of opinion
on the Board.
To those who complain about how the Association is being run, there
are the usual stock responses. "Run for the Board yourself, or wait
until the election cycle. The problem is that not all of the Board mem-
bers are elected at once but on staggered terms. The second problem
is that the frequency of elections may be years, after the damage
through malfeasance or misfeasance has been done. The By-laws of
the St. George Island Plantation Owners Association do not provide
for any immediate relief to a Board out-of-control, or a Board consist-
ing of a cabal. The By-laws of the St. George Island Plantation Own-
ers Association do not provide for any immediate relief to Board out-
of-control, or a Board consisting of a cabal except for a somewhat
ambiguous, brief statement providing for removal of a board member
without cause. Most members of the Association are probably not
aware that this provision exists in the By-laws. However, due process
for such removal is not spelled out clearly, and the question of "with-
out cause" might be subject to considerable debate. Above all, the
Board should not have any vote in this matter so as to prevent a
Board from expelling a dissenting member.
When you buy into a gated community in Florida, you have to accept
whatever covenants that exist at the time. Even those folks who were
first buyers must put up with increasingly restrictive changes over
the years, with little recourse but to accept those changes. There
needs to be some mechanism that will strengthen the tie between the
Board and the membership and make the Board more accountable to
the membership. That is why I am advocating a change to the By-
laws to permit recall of any Board members so voted upon by the
membership, even if this means the entire board. There can be provi-
sions for an interim Board should that be necessary.
As it now stands, the membership is being bled through the highest
assessments in the Association's history, and the prospect of having
even higher property taxes is looming closer.
The Individual Board members are quite aware of the complaint about
high assessments and accountability but they are continuing to turn
a deaf ear to these complaints. Instead, there appears a never-ending
penchant to continue spending, building a bureaucracy, and ignor-
ing the financial context that also impinges upon the members of this
Tom W. Hoffer

Library Inventory Project And Book Sale
The Wilderness Coast Public Libraries is assisting Franklin County
Public Library staff in conducting a full inventory of the library's col-
lection. Carrabelle Branch inventory has now been completed. Be-
cause of the large volume of materials and the limited working space,
the Eastpoint Branch is currently closed and will remain closed until
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 12:00 noon. A book sale will be held all
this week outside of the library in Eastpoint-weather permitting. A
large variety of used books will be offered for sale. The Carrabelle
Branch will remain open. For further information about hours and
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Franklin County School Review from Page 1
dents and district employees suggest thatfciool consolidation might
be used to address these concerns.
In 1987, the Franklin County School Board established a committee
to study the feasibility of a consolidated secondary school. The com-
mittee issued its report in 1990, recommending that the board con-
struct a new consolidated school for grades 9-12 at a location mid-
way between Apalachicola and Carrabelle. The committee also rec-
ommended that the board levy the maximum capital outlay millage
and for three years commit the full amount to constructing the school.
.These recommendations were not implemented.
The review identified the opportunities and challenges associated with
the following three consolidation models:
1. consolidating school-based administrative functions of two nearby
2. consolidating two schools on the west side of the county by closing
one; and
3. consolidating students in a new school facility.
This information is provided to assist the district in assessing the
.advantages and disadvantages of consolidation. In determining
whether to consolidate, the board should consider many factors, in-
cluding district need, public input, and district priorities. If the board
chooses to consolidate schools, it would be able to reduce costs and
redirect the funds to other priorities, such as putting more money
into the classroom or addressing the physical plant deficiencies iden-
tified in our review.

Management Structures
The Franklin County School District is using 12 of 14 of the manage-
ment structures best practices. The district has clearly defined roles
and responsibilities for the school board and superintendent, its or-
ganizational structure is clearly defined, financial oversight is in place,
and principals have clearly assigned authority. Student enrollment is
accurately projected and the district makes efforts to actively involve
parents, guardians, business partners, and community organizations
in decision-making and activities. To meet the remaining best prac-
tice standards the district should expand its strategic plan to include
operational programs, revise the plan to clearly identify and prioritize
goals and measurable objectives, and clearly specify the resources
needed to accomplish them.

1. The roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent have
been clearly delineated, and board members and the superintendent
have policies to ensure that they have effective working relationships. / I
2. The board and superintendent have procedures to ensure that board
meetings are efficient and effective. 1
3. The board and superintendent have established written policies and
procedures that are routinely updated to ensure that they are relevant
and complete. /
4. The district routinely obtains legal services to advise it about policy and *
reduce the risk of lawsuits. It also takes steps to ensure that its legal
costs are reasonable. /
5. The district's organizational structure has clearly defined units and lines
of authority that minimize administrative costs. /
6. The district periodically reviews its administrative staffing and makes
changes to eliminate unnecessary positions and improve operating
7. The superintendent and school board exercise effective oversight of the
district's financial resources. I
8. The district has clearly assigned school principals the authority they
need to effectively manage their schools while adhering to district-wide
policies and procedures. /
9. The district has a multi-year strategic plan with annual goals and
measurable objectives based on identified needs, projected enrollment,
and revenues. -
10. The district has a system to accurately project enrollment. /
I1. The district links its financial plans and budgets to its annual priorities
in the strategic plan and its goals and objectives; and district resources
are focused towards achieving those goals and objectives. /
12. When necessary, the district considers options to increase revenue. /
13. The district actively involves parents and guardians in the district's
decision making and activities. /
14. The district actively involves business partners and community
organizations in the district's decision making and activities. /

Performance Accountability System
The Franklin County School District is using one of the three perfor-
mance accountability best practices. The district reports to parents
and taxpayers on the performance and cost-efficiency of its major
educational programs and, though not currently reporting the same
information for its operational programs, is expected to do so when
the data becomes available. To meet the remaining best practice stan-
dards and increase its accountability, the district needs to substan-
tially improve program-level accountability systems, conduct evalua-
tions based on need, use these evaluations to modify programs, and
report more performance information to the general public.

1. The district has clearly stated goals and measurable objectives that can
be achieved within budget for each major educational and operational
program. These major programs are -
Vocational/Technical Education, English for Speakers of Other
Languages Education, Facilities Construction, Facilities
Maintenance, Transportation, Food Services, and Safety and
Security.' /
2. The district formally evaluates the performance and cost of its major
educational and operational programs and uses evaluation results to
improve program performance and cost-efficiency. /
3. The district clearly reports on the performance and cost-efficiency of its
major educational and operational programs to ensure accountability to
patents and other taxpayers. /

1. District administrators use both academic and nonacademic data to
improve K-12 education programs. /
2. The district provides effective and efficient Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) programs for students with disabilities and students
who are gifted.
3. The district provides effective and efficient programs to meet the needs
of at-risk students [including English for Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL), Title I, and alternative education]. a
4. The district provides an appropriate range of accelerated programs (such
as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual
5. The district provides effective and efficient workforce development
programs (such as vocational-technical, adult basic education, and adult
high school programs). /
6. The district ensures that schools use effective planning and evaluation
processes to improve student outcomes, including school improvement
plans and other data driven processes such as the Sterling process.
7. The district ensures effective progression of students from kindergarten
through grade 12 that maximizes student mastery of the Sunshine State
Standards and prepares students for work and continued education $
8. The district's organizational structure and staffing of educational
programs minimizes administrative layers and processes. /
9, The district ensures that students and teachers have sufficient current
textbooks and other instructional materials available to support
instruction in core subjects and to meet the needs of teachers and
students. /
10. The district has sufficient school library or media centers to support
I 1. The district utilizes instructional technology in the classroom to enhance ,
curriculum and improve student achievement.

12. The district provides necessary support services (guidance counseling,
psychological, social work and health) to meet student needs and to
ensure students are able to learn.


Educational Service Delivery
The Franklin County School District is using 4 of the 12 educational
service delivery best practices. The district provides an appropriate
range of accelerated programs, effective and efficient workforce de-
velopment programs, and ensures that students and teachers have
sufficient current textbooks and other instructional materials. To meet
the remaining best practice standards and ensure the performance,

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efficiency, and ettectiveness of its educational programs, the district
needs to establish a systematic process for using data to make school
improvement decisions, and establish mechanisms to improve the
identification and placement of ESE students. In addition, the dis-
trict needs to improve its oversight of the school improvement plan-
ning process and revise outdated curriculum guides. Finally, the dis-
trict needs to keep school libraries open during school hours and
keep teachers informed about how to integrate available instructional
technology into their regular curricular activities.

Administrative And Instructional Technology
The Franklin County School District is using seven of the nine ad-
ministrative and instructional technology best practices. The district
acquires technology in a cost-effective manner, provides professional
training for technology use, maintains a dependable standards-based
infrastructure, uses technology to improve communications, has poli-
cies and procedures outlining the appropriate use of technology, has
system controls in place, and meets the technological needs of ad-
ministrative and instructional personnel. To meet the remaining best
practice standards, the district should improve its assessment of tech-
nology training and technical support needs, include these needs in
the district technology plan, and increase access to on-site technical

I. The district has a comprehensive technology plan that provides
direction for administrative and instructional technology decision
making. / 5-7
2. The district acquires technology in a cost-effective manner that will best
meet its instructional and administrative needs. / 5-9
3. District and school-based staff receive professional development
training for all technologies used in the district. / 5-9
4. The district provides timely and cost-effective technical support that
enables educators and district staff to successfully implement
technology in the workplace. 5-10
5. The district maintains a dependable, standards-based infrastructure
employing strategies that cost-effectively maximize network and
Internet access and performance. / 5-13
6. The district uses technology to improve communication. / 5-13
7. The district has written policies that apply safe, ethical, and appropriate
use practices that comply with legal and professional standards. V 5-14
8. The district has established general controls in the areas of access,
systems development and maintenance, documentation, operations, and
physical security to promote the proper functioning of the information
systems department. V 5-15

9. The information needs of administrative and instructional personnel are
met by applying appropriate project management techniques to define,
schedule, track and evaluate purchasing, developing, and the timing of
deliverin, IT rnrotr s an nl services retnestedr



Personnel Systems And Benefits
The Franklin County School District is using 10 of the 11 personnel
systems and benefits best practices. The district generally recruits '
and hires qualified personnel; maintains a reasonably stable work
force; provides staff development programs for instructional employ-
ees and school-based administrators; has implemented a system for
formally evaluating employees; and, generally ensures that employ-
ees who fail to meet the district's performance expectations are re-
moved from contact with students. The district also has implemented
appropriate policies and practices for providing substitute personnel.
It uses cost containment practices for its workers' compensation and
employee benefit programs, and maintains an effective collective bar-
gaining process. Although the district is using the majority of the
personnel best practices, to use the remaining best practice it needs
to better focus technology training to increase classroom use and
provide sufficient job training for non-instructional staff.

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3. The district provides a comprehensive staff development program to
improve student achievement and to achieve and maintain high levels of
productivity and employee performance among non-instructional,
instructional, and administrative employees. /
4. The district's system for formally evaluating employees improves and
rewards excellent performance and productivity, and identifies and
addresses performance that does not meet the district's expectations for
the employee. /
5. The district ensures that employees who repeatedly fail to meet the
district's performance expectations, or whose behavior or job
performance is potentially harmful to students, are promptly removed
from contact with students, and that the appropriate steps are taken to
terminate the person's employment.
6.. The district has efficient and cost-effective system for managing
absenteeism and the use ofsubstitute teachers and other substitute
personnel. /
7. The district maintains personnel records in an efficient and readily
accessible manner.
8. The district uses cost-containment practices for its Workers'
Compensation Program. /
9. The district uses cost-containment practices for its employee benefits
programs, including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance,
disability insurance, and retirement. /
10. The district's human resource program is managed effectively and
efficiently. /
11. For classes of employees that are unionized, the district maintains an
effective collective bargaining process.

Facilities Construction
The Franklin County School District is using 13 of the 24 applicable
facilities construction best practices. The district communicates with
the community regarding its construction program and five-year fa-
cilities plan; appropriately collects and uses construction funds; ef-
fectively designs construction; has a project management process;
requires appropriate inspections; retains professionals to assist in
facility planning, design, and construction; minimizes change orders;
and, conducts comprehensive facility orientations prior to use. To
use standards and ensure the remaining best practice performance,
efficiency, and effectiveness of its construction program, the district
needs to improve its planning, training, and contractual oversight
activities in three ways. First, officials need to engage in long-term
planning by more accurately forecasting what projects they plan to
fund over the next five years. Second, officials overseeing the district's
construction projects need Florida Building Code training to ensure
proper oversight of construction projects. Third, the district's legal
staff needs to ensure that construction contracts include language to
controls costs and ensure quality projects are completed on time and
within budget.

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Franklin County School Review from Page 4

8. The district approves and uses construction funds only after determining
that the projects) are cost-efficient and in compliance with the lawfully
designated purpose of the funds and the district's five-year facilities
work plan.
9. The district develops thorough descriptions and educational
specifications for each construction project.
10. The architectural design fulfills the building specification needs as
determined by the district. /
11. New construction, remodeling, and renovations incorporate effective
safety features. /
12. The district minimizes construction and maintenance and operations
costs through the use of cost-effective designs, prototype school
designs, and frugal construction practices. /
13. The district has effective management processes for construction
projects. /
14. District planning provides realistic time frames for implementation that
are coordinated with the opening of schools. /
15. All projects started after March 1,2002, comply with the Florida
Building Code. /
16. The district requires appropriate inspection of all school construction
17. The district retains appropriate professionals to assist in facility
planning, design, and construction.
18. The district follows generally accepted and legal contracting practices to
control costs.
19. The district minimizes changes to facilities plans after final working
drawings are initiated in order to control project costs. $
20. The architect recommends payment based on the percentage of work
completed. A percentage of the contract is withheld pending
completion of the project.
21. The district conducts a comprehensive orientation to the new facility
prior to its use so that users better understand the building design and
22. The district conducts comprehensive building evaluations at the end of
the first year of operation and regularly during the next three to five
years to collect information about building operation and performance. N/A
23. The district has established and implemented accotintability
mechanisms to ensure the performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of
the construction program. N/A

24. The district regularly evaluates facilities construction operations asked
on established benchmarks and implements improvements to maximize
efficiency and effectiveness.


Facilities Maintenance

The Franklin County School District is using 10 of 22 facility mainte-
nance best practices. The district obtains customer feedback to Iden-
tify program improvements; regularly review the maintenance orga-
nizational structure; has complete job descriptions and appropriate
hiring and retention practices; has an annual budget with spending
limits; maintains a reserve fund balance for one-time expenditures;
minimizes equipment costs; provides staff with sufficient tools; con-
tains energy costs and has an energy management system; and, regu-
larly assesses the potential for contracting and privatization. To use
the remaining best practice standards and ensure the performance,
efficiency, and effectiveness of its facilities maintenance services, the

district needs to develop a maintenance and custodial accountability
system; develop written maintenance and custodial operating proce-
dures; improve school conditions; improve maintenance and custo-
dial employee training; and project short- and long-term maintenance
costs. It also needs to fully implement the comprehensive work order
and inventory management system; establish policies and procedures
to meet health and safety standards; and ensure proper project per-
mitting, inspection, and compliance with the current Florida Build-
ing Code. During the course of this review the district began taking
corrective action to improve its operations and is working with a firm
to help it address pressing maintenance issues.

1. The district's maintenance and operations department has a mission
statement and goals and objectives that are established in writing. /
2. The district has established and implemented accountability
mechanisms to ensure the performance and efficiency of the
maintenance and operations program. /
3. The district obtains and uses customer feedback to identify and
implement program improvements. V
4. The district has established procedures and staff performance standards
to ensure efficient operations. /
5. The department maintains educational and district support facilities in a
condition that enhances student learning and facilitates employee
productivity. /
6.- The district regularly reviews the organizational structure of the
maintenance and operations program to minimize administrative layers
and assure adequate supervision and staffing levels. /
7. Complete job descriptions and appropriate hiring and retention practices
ensure that the maintenance and operations department has qualified
8. The district provides a staff development program that includes
appropriate training for maintenance and operations staff to enhance
worker job satisfaction, efficiency, and safety. /
9. The administration has developed an annual budget with spending limits
that comply with the lawful funding for each category of facilities
maintenance and operations.
10. The district accurately projects cost estimates of major maintenance
projects. '/
11. The board maintains a maintenance reserve fund to handle one-time
expenditures necessary to support maintenance and operations. /
12. The district minimizes equipment costs through purchasing practices.
13. The district provides maintenance and operations department staff the
tools and equipment required to accomplish their assigned tasks.
14. The district uses proactive maintenance practices to reduce maintenance
costs. /
15. The maintenance and operations department identifies and implements
strategies to contain energy costs.
16. The district has an energy management system in place, and the system
is maintained at original specifications for maximum effectiveness. /
17. District personnel regularly review maintenance and operation's costs
and services and evaluate the potential for outside contracting and
privatization. /
18. A computerized control and tracking system is used to accurately track
work orders and inventory. I ___
19. The maintenance and operations department has a system for
prioritizing maintenance needs uniformly throughout the district. /
20. District policies and procedures clearly address the health and safety
conditions of facilities. /
21. The school district complies with federal and state regulatory mandates
regarding facility health and safety conditions. :
22. The district is aware of and prepared for the permitting and inspection
requirements of the Florida Building Code. /


The Franklin County School District is using 15 of the 20 transporta-
tion best practices. The district effectively organizes and staffs the
transportation department; efficiently recruits, retains, trains, su-
pervises, and assists bus drivers and attendants; efficiently supplies
fuel; maintains secure facilities and a sufficient parts inventory for
vehicle maintenance; ensures regular bus routes and activity trips
operate in accordance with established routines; provides efficient
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on buses; and has explored the prospect of student transportation
privatization. To use the remaining best practice standards and en-
sure the performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of its transporta-
tion program, the district needs to examine current bus routes and
the number of courtesy riders; develop a bus replacement schedule;
improve vehicle maintenance records and review; monitor program
expenditures and compare them to the annual budget; and develop a
transportation program performance accountability system.

1. The district coordinates long-term planning and budgeting for student
transportation within the context of district and community planning. /
2. The district provides regular, accurate, and timely counts to the Florida
Department of Education of the number of students transported as part
ofthe Florida Education Finance Program.
3. The transportation office plans, reviews, and establishes bus routes and
stops to provide cost-efficient student transportation services for all
students who qualify for transportation. /
4. The organizational structure and staffing levels of the district's
transportation program minimizes administrative layers and processes. /
5. The district maintains an effective staffing level in the vehicle
maintenance area and provides support for vehicle maintenance staff to
develop its skills.
6. The district effectively and efficiently recruits and retains the bus
drivers and attendants it needs.
7. The district trains, supervises, and assists bus drivers to enable them to
meet bus-driving standards and maintain acceptable student discipline
on the bus.
8. The school district has a process to ensure that sufficient vehicles are
acquired economically and will be available to meet the district's
current and future transportation needs.
9. The district provides timely routine servicing for buses and other district
vehicles, as well as prompt response for breakdowns and other
unforeseen contingencies. /
10. The district ensures that fuel purchases are cost-effective and that school
buses and other vehicles are efficiently supplied with fuel. /
11. The district maintains facilities that are conveniently situated to provide
sufficient and secure support for vehicle maintenance and other
transportation functions. /
12. The district maintains an inventory of parts, supplies, and equipment
needed to support transportation functions that balances the concerns of
immediate need and inventory costs. __
13. The district ensures that all regular school bus routes and activity trips
operate in accordance with established routines, and any unexpected
contingencies affecting vehicle operations are handled safely and
promptly. /
14. The district provides efficient transportation services for exceptional
students in a coordinated fashion that minimizes hardships to students.
15. The district ensures that staff acts promptly and appropriately in
response to any accidents or breakdowns /
16. The district ensures that appropriate student behavior is maintained on
the bus with students being held accountable for financial consequences
of misbehavior related to transportation. /
17. The district provides appropriate technological and computer support
for transportation functions and operations.
18. The district monitors the fiscal condition of transportation functions by
regularly analyzing expenditures and reviewing them against the
budget. /
19. The district has reviewed the prospect for privatizing transportation
functions, as a whole or in part.

20. The district has established an accountability system for transportation,
and it regularly tracks and makes public reports on its performance in
comparison with established benchmarks.


Food Service Operations

The Franklin County School District is using 2 of the 11 food service
operations best practices. The program is organized to succeed and
is in compliance with state and federal inspection requirements. To
meet the remaining best practice standards, the program needs to
update its procedures manual and training activities to ensure that
food service employees are well-prepared to do their jobs. To promote
efficiency and effectiveness, the food service program needs to im-
prove its overall planning, budgeting, and accountability system by
developing performance measures, setting performance goals, and
comparing performance to these goals during the school year. To be
financially self-supporting, the program should adjust some procure-
ment and storage practices, reduce the number of kitchen employ-
ees, and increase student participation.

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approved the plan to increase
rates in three phases to cover the
cost of a new water transmission
main which is required by the
construction of the new bridge to
the island. The first phase in-
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The Commission is currently
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to authorize a second phase rate
increase of approximately 50% at
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2003. If its request is approved,
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The Franklin Chronicle

Franklin County

Community Planning

Workshop 5

Development and Land Use Special Issues

Summary Report of July 15, 2003 Workshop
By Tom Taylor and Harriett Beach
The Franklin County Community Planning Process is designed to
engage property owners, interested citizens, business interests, re-
sponsible government agencies and others in shaping plans that ad-
dress common and conflicting hopes and concerns. The goal is to
efficiently involve all interested groups in issue identification, plan-
ning and productive problem solving; not just presenting positions at
public hearings. The focus will be on recommending changes to the
Comprehensive Plan. Other constructive suggestions from the pro-
cess participants will be referred to the County and appropriate groups
for implementation. In this way, this process can contribute to an
integrated approach to creating the future that the people of Franklin
County want.
The process began with four community visioning/problem-solving
workshops. The Community Issues and Options Workshop was held
February 18 and the Growth and Economic Development workshop
was held March 18, the Natural Resources Workshop was held on
April 15 and the Infrastructure and Public Services Workshop was
held on May 20. It was determined that supplemental workshops
were needed. The workshop that this report summarizes was held
July 15 and dealt with special issues related to development and
land use. There will be a workshop on August 19 to address the
County's development review and enforcement processes.
The results of these workshops will be used by County planners and
the FSU consulting team to propose plan updates. In the fall, work-
shops will begin to shape an overlay plan and policies for the conser-
vation and development of St. James Island (Eastern Franklin County).
The St. Joe Company will use this input to prepare a proposal. These
proposals will both be reviewed at public consensus seeking work-
shops in January 2004. The proposals will then be submitted to the
County Commission with the consensus workshop reports for fur-
ther refinement and adoption. The general concept of the participa-
tion process is to seek broad consensus on as many recommenda-
tions as possible and to clarify the concerns, where there are differ-
ences of opinion. Those who can not attend the workshops can pro-
vide input on the web (http://consensus.fsu.edu/franklin/) and at
local libraries. The Commission will review consensus items and ex-
ercise their responsibility to consider the recorded concerns of all
interested groups and make difficult decisions on the non-consensus
Alan Pierce, Franklin County Planning Director, welcomed workshop
participants and provided an overview of the community planning
process. Tom Taylor, the workshop facilitator, explained the work-
shop purpose, agenda and guidelines. Everyone in the audience in-
troduced themselves.
Three small group topics were presented and explained.
A. What, if anything, is needed to encourage quality communities?
B. What changes, if any are needed in housing density standards?
C. How can impacts of high occupancy, short-term rental houses be
The participants chose and met with the small group they were inter-
ested in. The small group sessions began with clarification of their
topic. Next they shaped possible solutions and then sought consen-
sus on policy recommendation or clarified alternatives when there
was not consensus on a recommendation. After a break, each small
group shared their recommendations. Additional refinements were
offered in the full group and then everyone ranked the acceptability
of the recommendations.
Group A discussed quality communities and refined an initial list of
desirable community characteristics. They next reviewed land use
and utility maps and identified areas for possible planned unit devel-
opmenr,,PUDs. The group read over the PUD policies in the current
Comp Plan, which are as follows:
OBJECTIVE #11 Innovative land use development patterns, includ-
ing PUDs, mixed-use, and cluster zoning shall be permitted and en-
Policy 11.1 Mixed-use residential developments should be planned
to include recreation, associated commercial, and, as appropriate,
conservation or historic uses.
Policy 11.2 Mixed-use residential developments should be designed
to provide their own infrastructure and services, such as roads, wa-
ter, and sewer services, if not located along existing public utility
Policy 11.3 Gross residential density within a mixed-use residential.
development shall not exceed 4.3 residential dwelling units per gross
Policy 11.4 Associated commercial uses are permitted within
mixed-use residential developments so long as these activities are
compatible with adjacent land uses and adequately buffered. Such
uses may include office, tourist commercial, and hotel/motel uses.
Policy 11.5 All residential and other structures shall conform to ap-
plicable standards established in the Franklin County Zoning Ordi-
nance, Critical Shoreline Ordinance, Flood Hazard Ordinance, Coastal
Construction Code Ordinance, and, if applicable, other standards
adopted by a county PUD ordinance or DRI development order.
Policy 11.6 The location of all mixed-use residential lands is mapped
on the Future Land Use Maps.
Policy 11.7 Any commercial, conservation, recreation, or historic
lands located within a mixed-use residential development shall meet
other applicable standards contained in this plan to the extent they
are not inconsistent with the intent and policies for mixed-use resi-
dential development.
Policy 11.8 Mixed-Use residential developments shall be limited to
those developments that have received approval as a DRI pursuant to
Chapter 380, Florida Statues, or as a PUD pursuant to County ordi-
Policy 11.9 The total number of dwelling units developed within a
cluster development shall not exceed the number of dwelling units
normally allowed on that parcel of land under the Franklin County
Zoning Ordinance.
Policy 11.10 The mixed-use residential land use category shall be
applied to the property controlled by the Green Point DRI Develop-
ment Order. In addition to the restrictions described in the Land Use
Policy 2.2(e), the following restrictions shall also apply to the Green
Point site:
-Residential development in the southern watershed shall be lim-
ited to a maximum of 90 dwelling units. Lakes in the southern water-
shed shall be bermed along the southern edge to the extent neces-
sary to maintain the integrity of the open space buffer between them
and St. George Sound. The 18-hole golf course shall also be located
out of the southern watershed.
-A minimum of 100.66 acres of wetlands shall be preserved as con-


servation areas and an additional 4.5 acres shall be created.
-The cost of connecting Green Point to the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
District, including capital costs for laying collection and gray-water
return lines and improvements to the treatment plant and incremen-
tal operating costs incurred by the District, will be the responsibility
of the developer and shall equal all such costs reasonably attribut-
able to and needed to accommodate the impacts of the Green Point
-The stormwater management system for the site shall be a state of
the art system which exceeds the design and performance require-
ments of Chapter 17-25, F.A.C. (or an acceptable updated regulation)
for discharges to Outstanding Florida Waters, Class II Waters and
Aquatic Preserve, if any such waters will be impacted by the projects
stormwater management system. Stormwater discharges shall not
cause a violation of applicable water quality standards or loss of ben-
eficial uses of the receiving waters. The stormwater management plan
shall contain a comprehensive ground and surface water manage-
ment program, and an integrated pest management and nutrient
management plan. The comprehensive ground and surface water
monitoring program will require the developer to institute a water
monitoring program which will test for the presence in ground or
surface waters of any fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides applied to
the project. Fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides which cannot be
analyzed in the laboratory will not be applied on site.
-The area south of US 98 shall be left undisturbed with the use of
those areas limited to boardwalks, trails, and walkovers permitted by
any applicable 'regulations. Other similar passive recreational uses
may be allowed with the concurrence of the DCA, Apalachee Regional
Planning Council, Franklin County and any other permitting agency
with jurisdiction over such use.
The group identified and sought consensus on possible PUD refine-
ments, which were further refined in the fall group.
1. Encourage walkability.
2. Do suitability analysis for where PUDs are appropriate e.g., areas
in high hazard areas with large percentage of wetlands.
3. Assure connection of green spaces.
4. Integration of parking and road networks.
5. Delete 11.8 (requirement that to be a PUD a project must be a
6. Create a PUD procedure ordinance with standards.
7. Provide a max/net density per acre to limit the amount of trans-
ferred density.
The full group ranked the acceptability of these PUD recommenda-
tions using this scale: 5 = Wholeheartedly Support; 4 = Good; 3 =
Pros and Cons; 2 = Serious Concerns; 1 = Object
5 4 3 2 1 Average
12 21 1 0 0 4.32
Group A also developed a list of provisions a special area plan could
address for existing communities that have multiple owners (PUDs
are generally for areas in single ownership).
* Designation of areas for public facilities e.g. trails, access, etc.
* Special conditions for allowable land uses.
* Special development standards: e.g. height, setbacks, design, etc,
* Require storm-water master plan.
* All characteristics of quality communities listed above, except medi-
* Include neighborhood open space and commercial in the area.
* Consider current and potential population-carrying capacity.
* Have a specific area for transportation.
* Address potable water and waste water treatment.
The group ranked the acceptability of these special area consider-
ations using this scale: 5 = Wholeheartedly Support; 4 = Good; 3 =
Pros and Cons; 2 = Serious Concerns: 1 = Object
5 4 3 2 1 Average
5 19 12 0 0 3.81
Group B discussed housing density standards and reviewed a list Of
pros and cons about allowing higher density of housing in Franklin
County. They then refined the list and added the following possible
criteria for determining where higher density may or may not be ap-
propriate for consideration. The acceptability ranking for density stan-
dards was done by the full group.
1. Proximity to existing or approved central water and waste treat-
ment systems (but not near spray fields).
2. Proximity to schools and community service areas.
2a. Proximity to secondary housing.
3. Proximity to existing commercial areas.
3a. Proximity to existing industrial to limit high density.
4. Where clustering requires preservation of sensitive areas.
5. Infrastructure (including public services), or approved plans for
such infrastructure should proceed development.
6. Do not put high density in coastal high hazard areas or areas
subject to flooding.
7. Retain low density along waterfront (including bay, rivers and other
water bodies).
The full group ranked the acceptability of density criteria this scale:
5 = Wholeheartedly Support; 4 = Good; 3 = Pros and Cons; 2 = Seri-
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The small group next discussed, refined and offered possible options
for addressing higher density. In response to discussion during the
plenary, the whole group agreed that 1 and 2 were best addressed
through 4 and did not require a separate consensus ranking.
1. la. Change zoning for certain areas to limit density.
lb. Change zoning for certain areas to increase density (address
through #4).
2. Add new additional zoning categories to address lower and higher
3. Code enforcement officers, and better enforcement.
4. Seek public input, such as a public hearing, before adding or chang-
ing zoning categories.
5. Establish written policies and implementation procedures for land-
use and zoning change request.
The full group ranked the acceptability of density related actions us-
ing this scale: 5 =Wholeheartedly Support; 4 = Good; 3 = Pros and
Cons; 2 = Serious Concerns; 1 = Object

Action 5
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In discussion group C, which addressed the impacts of high occu-
pancy, short term rental houses on Franklin county, a list of consid-
erations was first generated. The group then proposed possible ac-
tions to address the problems. They then presented the following list
of options to the full group for consensus ranking.
1. Establish requirements for parking, septic tank/sewer, water, solid
waste, road capacity on a per bedroom rather than per structure ba-
2. Limit advertised/permissible occupancy to the number of people
specified in the Department of Health septic tank permit design.
3. Require a bed tax for short term rental and use funds for addi-
tional facilities and services.
4. Tax short term rental with tax permits at a commercial property
tax rate rather than residential.
The full group ranked the acceptability of actions related to resort
units using this scale: 5 = Wholeheartedly Support; 4 = Good; 3 =
Pros and Cons; 2 = Serious Concerns; 1 = Object
5 4 3 2 1 Average
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This is the third and final installment of excerpts from the Apalachicola
Charter Schools proposals currently under review by the Franklin
County School Board. Because of earlier commitments, the Franklin
County District requested a delay for their review of the three propos-
als initially submitted to that Board in May 2003.
The ABC Technical High School will strive for a 100 percent gradua-
tion rate and will be designed for students who plan to enter a com-
munity college, four-year college or university. The ABC Technical
High School has researched and defined the requirements for admis-
sions to numerous community colleges, four-year colleges and state
public and private universities throughout the nation. The ABC Tech-
nical High School graduation requirements will meet or exceed these
admission criteria. The ABC Technical High School shall ensure, pur-
suant to Section 1002.33 (a) 5, Florida Statutes, that established re-
quirements for a diploma will meet or exceed Florida State and/or
Franklin County school district graduation requirements. All regula-
tions set by the Florida State Department of Education or the Franklin
County School Board regarding yearly subject loads, time, obliga-
tions, attendance, prerequisites, etc. will be followed.
At the end of each academic year, students who have made satisfac-
tory progress in their subjects are promoted to the next grade level.
In cases where promotion is questionable, parents will be notified by
the school in advance and a cooperative effort will be made by all
involved to ensure successful completion of the grade.
The ABC Technical High School will operate on a two semester block-
scheduling system; each semester is 18 weeks long, Semester grades
of 70 and above are passing. Credit is awarded at the end of each
semester. Numerical grades are recorded.
The ABC Technical High School will operate on what is known as a
modular, flexible schedule, consisting of three major blocks:
Homeroom, Interdisciplinary Studies and Exploratory Courses. The
major components of the day are large blocks of time known as "in-
terdisciplinary studies," or "core" courses. In most cases the team
teachers are responsible for instruction in the core academic sub-
jects and basic skills. Each team arranges its own schedule of time
and subjects within this block, and this arrangement is flexible enough
to allow for changes when needed. All ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth
grade students will participate in all three major blocks. The ABC
Technical High School will have stated promotion policies by grade
and 28 required credits for graduation. The following table shows e
graduation requirements for the school.
The curriculum will focus on Florida's grade level expectations in terms
of knowledge and skills to be learned. The curriculum will be perfor-
mance-based in keeping with Florida's Sunshine State Standards.
Results, rather than processes, will be emphasized. The standards
allow teachers to focus the planning and delivery on student perfor-
mance at each level.

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English 4 units World LIt/Comp 9, British Lit/Comp 10, American Lil/Comp 11,
ESOL: ESOL I, 11, III, IV Advanced Lit/Comp 12, Advanced LIt/Comp 12
American Lit and Unit of Regular
English may be used to fulfill this
Math 4 units Concepts of Algebra, Applied Problem Solving, Applied Algebra,
Applied Geometry, other upper level Technical Math or College Math
Science -4 units Physical Science, Biology, Applied Biology/Chem II, Applied Physics
Principles of Technology or Tech/Science and/or College Prep
Social Studies 4 units World Geography, World History, U.S. History,
Foreign Language- 2 units 1 unit requirement in Spanish, French, German (additional courses
recommended), Workplace Spanish
Health/PE 1 unit Personal Fitness (1/2), Health (1/2)
Technology/Career Prep (TCP State TCP Diploma Seal: 4 units required 3 units in ONE Academic
Seal) Career Major arind 1 unit in an additional TCP Course
Electives 1 unit required from Up to 10 unit electives are possible including departments of Fine
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for any grade of 75 and above.
The final GPA on a student's permanent record will be computed
through spring semester of the senior year. The GPA for students
transferring to the Apalachicola Bay Charter High School will be con-
verted to the 4.0 scale.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher to be consid-
ered an honor graduate. Cumulative GPAs will be computed through
the end of the senior year to determine which students will be honor
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of college level courses and
exams for secondary school students. AP allows students to enroll in
courses that prepare them to take an examination in a specific area
such as Statistics, Calculus, English, Government, Biology; Chemis-
try, Economics, U.S. History, French, Spanish, Studio Art and Music
Upon completion of each study program, students are required to
take the AP exam. If the score on the AP exam is high enough, stu-
dents may exempt a college course at certain colleges and/or univer-
sities and receive college credit. Students enrolling in AP courses must
have an exceptional academic record in the subject area.
The curriculum will emphasize an interdisciplinary model of teach-
ing and learning during daily basic instruction. This model more clearly
approximates the way individuals learn in the real world and it al-
lows students to connect new and old ideas and/or to construct their
own meaning from gathering information.
Cross-disciplinary processes and abilities have been identified as stan-
dards under Goal 3 in the document, "Florida's System of School
Improvement." Goal 3 standards will be part of the technical school's
instruction and assessment.
Teaching teams will develop schedules based on need within the time
allocated to interdisciplinary studies. The teams will help students to
understand how to connect what they are learning by linking subject
matter thematically or through specifically designed projects and pro-
grams, by teaming with community faculty who have special knowl-
, edge or expertise or by using other effective instructional approaches.
The core curriculum taught during interdisciplinary studies time in-
cludes mathematics, language arts, reading, social studies, science
and foreign language. Special services may be provided during this
time. Within each core department, there may be some electives of-

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Cumulative academic grade point averages (GPA) will be computed
from all subject areas. The scale will be on a standard 4.0 scale. The first technical subject to be offered will be five courses in Ma-
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Concrete design using computers.
Language Arts/Reading
The Charter School will strictly adhere to the new Charter Law de-
scribing the reading curriculum and differentiated strategies that will
be used for students reading at grade level or higher and a separate
curriculum and strategies for students who are reading below grade
Those reading at grade level or above will use the SRA Reading Pro-
gram. This curriculum is grounded in scientifically based reading
research and consistent with effective teaching strategies. Students
reading below grade level or "at-risk" will use the SRA Horizon Pro-
gram. The SRA Reading Mastery Program will be used for ESE stu-
dents. Both curricula are scientifically based and consistent with ef-
fective reading strategies for "at-risk" and ESE readers respectively.
A number of literature courses would be available including World
Literature, British Literature, AP Prep English Literature Advanced
Composition and English to Speakers of Other Languages.

English Electives
English Electives includes basic reading and writing, directed stud-
ies for gifted students, journalism applications and a writer's work-
There will be offerings in Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Cal-
Science offerings will include biology, statistics, chemistry, physical
science, physics and principles of technology.
Electives to include Human Anatomy, Oceanography.
Social Studies
There will be the usual offerings of Economics, Government, Politics,
U.S. History, European history and world topics.
Foreign Languages
French, Latin, German and Spanish will be offered.
Health and Physical Education
A number of special courses such as Health, Physical Conditioning,
Lifetime Sports and Recreational Games will be offered.
Personal, Interpersonal and Social Skills
The curriculum is closed out with a ration of personal, interpersonal
and social skills courses such as Peer Facilitation, Social Skills and
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Franklin County School Review from Page 5

1. The program has developed strategic or operational plans that are
consistent with district plans, the program budget, and approved by the
district. /
2. The district and program are organized with clear lines of responsibility
and in a manner that provides the food service program sufficient
authority to succeed.
3. Program management has developed training designed to meet basic
program needs as well as improve food services, both based on a needs
assessment. V
4. Program management has developed comprehensive procedures
manuals that are kept current.
5. The district performs sound cash and account management. /
6. District and program management optimizes its financial opportunities. /
7. Food service program management has developed comprehensive
performance and cost-efficiency measures that provide management
with information to evaluate program performance and better manage
operations. /
8. At least annually, the program inspects and evaluates its operational
components and the system as a whole, and then takes action to initiate
needed change. /
9. District and program administrators effectively manage costs of the
food services program and use performance measures, benchmarks, and
budgets on a regular basis to evaluate performance and use the analysis
for action or change.
10. The food service program and district complies with federal state and
district policy. ]

. 11. The district conducts activities to ensures mat customer neeus are met
d actst, to :mn services and fot^ nialitynv where needed.


Cost Control Systems
The Franklin County School District is using 18 of the 22 Cost Con-
trol Systems Best Practices. The district regularly examines financial
services' structure and staffing; has adequate financial information
systems; appropriately examines and controls expenditure processes;
has adequate internal controls and promptly responds to internal
control weaknesses; receives an annual internal audit and ensures
that audits of internal funds are performed timely. It also reviews
cash management activities, banking relationships, and investment
performance; has effective cash, debt, and risk management policies
and procedures; ensures that capital outlay purchases and debt
financings meet strategic plan objectives; monitors compliance with
risk management laws; prepares written cost benefit analyses for in-
surance coverage; takes maximum advantage of competitive bidding,
volume discounts, and special pricing arrangements; and has poli-
cies and procedures to effectively manage inventories. To meet the
remaining best practice standards and improve its cost control sys-
tems, the district should perform a risk assessment of its operations;
establish budget planning processes that tie the district's strategic
plan objectives to budget development; establish a comprehensive
procedures manual that addresses all finance-related activities; and
establish written procedures that promote ethical financial manage-
ment practices and provide for confidential reporting of suspected

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1. The district periodically analyzes the structure and staffing of its
financial services organization. /
2. Management has developed and distributed written procedures for
critical accounting processes and promotes ethical financial
management practices. /
3. The district has adequate financial information systems that provide
useful, timely, and accurate information.
4. District financial staff analyzes significant expenditure processes to
ensure they are appropriately controlled. /
5. The district has established adequate internal controls. /
6. Management proactively responds to identified internal control
weaknesses and takes immediate steps to correct the weaknesses. /
7. The district produces an annual budget that is tied to the strategic plan
and provides useful and understandable information to users.
8. Management analyzes strategic plans for measurable objectives or
measurable results. .1
9. The district ensures that it receives an annual external audit and uses the
audit to improve its operations. "
10. The district has an effective internal audit function and uses the audits to
improve its operations. 16 /
11. The district ensures that audits of internal funds and discretely presented
component units (foundations and charter schools) are performed
12. The district periodically reviews cash management activities, banking
relationships, investment performance, and considers alternatives. "
13. The district has established written policies and procedures and
periodically updates them to provide for effective management of
capital assets. / _
14. The district ensures significant capital outlay purchases meet strategic
plan objectives.
15. The district has established written policies and procedures and
periodically updates them to provide for effective debt management. /
16. The district ensures that significant debt financings meet strategic plan
objectives. /
17. The district has established written policies and procedures and
periodically updates them to provide for effective risk management /
18. District staff periodically monitors the district's compliance with
various laws and regulations related to risk management. /
19. The district prepares appropriate written cost and benefit analyses for
insurance coverage. .
20. The district has established written policies and procedures to take
maximum advantage of competitive bidding, volume discounts, and
special pricing agreements. /
21. The district has established written policies and procedures and
periodically updates them to provide for effective management of
inventories. '
22. The district periodically evaluates the warehousing function to
determine its cost-effectiveness. N/A /

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The arrival of August can make a
fun-loving Floridian a bit melan-
choly. Fall is on the way in, and
the prime days for sunning and
beaching are on the way out. But,
Florida is a year-round recre-
ational paradise, and when one
outdoor activity winds down, an-
other one just kicks into gear. For
thousands of Florida sportsmen,
the promise of fall conjures up one
idea-hunting season.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) is
ready for hunting season with
newly printed regulation hand-
books, new wildlife management
area brochures, established bag
limits and hunting dates for
2003-2004 hunting seasons and
a full schedule of hunter safety
All of this information is available
.on the FWC Web site at
www.floridaconservation.org un-

der "Hunting." Handbooks are
also available at most locations
that sell hunting licenses, or as a
last resort, hunters can call (850)
488-4676 to receive a copy by
While brushing up on rules and
regulations, late summer is also
a good time to consider taking the
FWC hunter education course.
Hunter safety certification is re-
quired for anyone born July 1,
1975 or later. Fall classes fill up
quickly when people realize they
must complete the class before
they can purchase a license.
Safety Information and schedules
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Pleaded And

Sentenced For

Second Degree

M urder ., .;: '

By Harriett Beach
Sean Patrick Fitzgerald, 38, was
charged with First Degree Mur-
der (Capital Felony) of Dan L.
Shearer on January 22, 2001 on
St. George Island, Franklin
County, Florida. Sean Desmond
was the prosecutor for the state
and Barbara Sanders represented
the defendant. Before the jury
trial scheduled for July 21, 2003
before Judge Janet E. Ferris of the
Circuit Court of the Second Judi-
cial Circuit Court, the defendant
entered a plea of self-defense.
On July 21, 2003, a Venire of over
200 potential jurors was called for
the jury selection. The potential
jurors in groups of 21 were put
through the Voir Dire process. On
July 22nd before the selection
was finished, the court took a re-
cess during which the defendant

changed his plea from
self-defense to no contest to a
charge of Second Degree Murder.
Judge Ferris adjudicated Fitz-
gerald guilty of second-degree
murder. The jurors were dis-
missed and the Sentencing Hear-
ing was scheduled for July 23,
At the Sentencing Hearing, the
Prosecution described the death
of Dan Shearer as being perpe-
trated by 25 stab wounds with a
three-inch kitchen knife and
kicks to his head. Prosecution
also described how the defendant
attempted to cover up the mur-
der by washing his clothing,
cleaning up the blood and hiding
the victim's body in a neighbor's
storage shed.
The victim and defendant shared
an apartment and they both
worked for the same construction
company. The defendant reported
for work the day alter the murder
and told his employer he did not
know why the victim did not re-
port for work. The employer noted
that the defendant had a bad cut
on his leg and insisted that he
seek medical treatment for the
cut. On the second day after the
murder when the defendant again
reported for work, employees of
the construction company be-
came suspicious about the
victim's disappearance and began
looking for him. The son of the
employer found where the body
had been hidden.
On the night of the murder the
Prosecution reported that the vic-
tim and defendant had been
drinking large quantities of vodka
as they played cards with friends.
After the friends left the apart-
ment, the defendant claimed that
the victim attacked him because
he thought that the defendant
was responsible for his being
robbed earlier that day by a ac-
quaintance of the defendant who
had been given access to the
apartment. The victim was also
angry with the defendant about
his dog, which was allowed to def-
ecate in the apartment.
After almost threehours of testi-
mony from prosecution witnesses,
and friends and family of the vic-
tim, the 6 foot 5 inch tall, 38-year-
old defendant, Sean Patrick
Fitzgerald softly said he was sorry
for what he had done. Judge
Ferris sentenced Fitzgerald to 30
years in prison with 910 days
credit for time served. At the end
of the sentencing the friends and
family of the victim wept.



For Slate Of

Officers' And

Four Directors

By Rene Topping
The following names were an-
nounced by the election commit-
tee of the Alligator Point Taxpay-
ers Association, (APTA) at the July
12th meeting.
President Ken Osborne: First Vice
President Linc Barnett; Second
Vice president Dick Waters; Trea-
surer Bill Kimborough; Secretary
Beth Hayes.
For Four Directors: DOC Carr;
Jim Cummins; Camilla Godfrey;
Ruth Hambrose; Ann Mazsurak;
Paul Parker; P.J. Thomas. Nomi-
nation from the floor: Liz Hurley;
Ruth Hambrose: Vicki Barnett:
Juanita Gibson: Rudene Moon
and Beth Haves.

Line Barnett reported that the
sand had washed away near
Clements and the county needs
to fix it before the road is lost.
Communication: Ann Mazsurak
has been putting things that are
of important information on the
Web Page as they come up.
Line announced that there are no
shelters in Franklin County.
People are advised to call the Red
Cross when a hurricane is near.
They will tell you if and where
shelters are open. They don't al-
ways open all shelters.
The Down, a quarterly newsletter,
at the Point sent 319 copies,
142 to Tallahassee; 99 in Florida,
and the rest to addresses in other
states in the U.S. at a total cost
of $95.05
Public Safety John Murphy said
that Deputy Sergeant Robert
Murray his made up fliers. The
Block captains will each have
meetings. They are a model Neigh-
borhood Watch.
Water Board Tom Vanderplaats
said that the board has got all the
permits. He said the residents did
"Real Good" over the Fourth of
July in conserving the water.
There were only a few people who
had violations.
Joann Deibel said that the Wel-
come Garden will be mowed. She
said she is going to get an "Adopt
a Road." This may make people
thinking about trash on the road-
sides. She thanked Bob
Mensching who has volunteered
to mow the roadsides and picked
up a lot of trash.
Line reported on the workshop
held on Tuesday July 8th. They
discussed the short-term rentals
need to have a receptacle for
trash. It is also a problem on St.
George Island. Building strip
malls on 98 was also discussed.
A PUD such as Summer Camp
gives the developer more options.
This was a long discussion.
Vicki Barnett said Summer Camp
will be holding a public hearing.
The date will be advertised.
Line read out a long list of issues
they will want to talk over with
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders. 1)
Boat Launch on Alligator Point
and 2) paved access, 3) Erosion
at the Clement house on Alliga-
tor Drive, 4) Mitigate the erosion
of the sand away from shore. 5)
Where Dr. Gomez home was taken
down there is large piece of fiber-
glass on the site that needs re-
moval, 6) Speeding on Bald Point
Road, 7) 2 metal markers need
replacing, 8) Bonnie at the Park
said the recycling bin is filled with
construction matter. Line said
that Van Johnson does have an
ordinance' and a State law. It
might be better to get curbside
recycle. There should be a
dumpster at every construction
site. Rand Edelstein said that the
landfill benefits from recycling.
The sea wall is breaking down and
it is dangerous. Parked trucks are
the problem, Why did they not
take away the septic tank and
pipes and wires?
Vicki Barnett ended the meeting
on a good note. She said that out
of 76 on a turtle crawl 38 got to
Next meeting will be held on Sat-
urday August 9th.

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