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Miss Florida


Seafood And Her


Court 2003

Raevyn Jefferson was chosen Miss Florida Seafood Satur-
day night, August 16, 2003, at the Apalachicola High School
auditorium, amid an overflow crowd of several hundred
spectators and boosters. She was also the winner of the.
physical fitness routine and winner of the talent portion
of the competition. The event was orchestrated by Amanda
Thompson, the 2002 Miss Florida Seafood, and Ed Tiley.


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Volume 12, Number 17 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER August 22 September 4, 2003


Good Tides Project With The
Franklin County School District
Getting Organized
According to a brief conversation with Samuel M. "Buddy" Streit, Presi-
dent of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, Sean Gibson is the
Interim Head of the "Good Tides" Grant project recently announced
by the Florida Dept. of Education. The first year budget is projected
to be $795,000.
Mr. Gibson is the local contact and facilitator for interviewing various
candidates for Operations Director, Project Director, Carrabelle and
Apalachicola Center Coordinators, project assistants, educational lead-
ers, technology personnel and a summer staff program. He has an
office within the Franklin County School District Offices, Apalachicola.

Continued on Page 9 /

The Seafood Industries

An Interview With Robert P. Jones,
Executive Director, Southeastern.

Fisheries Association


?obert Phillip Jones, Executive Director of the Southeastern Fisher
es Association has nearly forty years,experience in Florida fishingn
ssues,-administration and politics. He has held the post of Executi
directorr since 1964 including a bevy of problems involving the su:
ival of the Florida fishing industries, the managing df their annual
onventuon. lobbying the state legislature on bills affecting any as
)ect of Florida's fishing industries, publication of a monthly newsle
er. representing his industries before the federal Congress, and co
irdinating international interests to promote the Florida fishing in
lustries. He is a certified Seafood HACCP trainer, certifying over 70
individuals who process Florida seafood for your table'.
le is uniquely qualified to review and comment upon the problem
acing the Florida seafood industries.
Mr. Jones is also a former member of the United States Marine Corp
national staff of the U.S. Jaycees, a deputy tax assessor for St. John
County. and. at one time early in life, he maintained a successful
business as a masonry contractor performing all aspects o
home-building and masonry work. He has participated in a larn
number of professional roles such as his current membership in th
Florida Agricultui e Department's Food Safety Task Force or the Gu
of MexJco Fishenes Management Council.


Robert P. Jones


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Miss Florida Seafood. 1
Good Tides ....... 1, 9
Robert P. Jones..... 1, 2
Franklin Briefs........ 2
Editorial & Commentary
......................... 3, 4, 9
David Butler ........... 4
Second Circuit Court
Report ................ 5, 6
The Greene's Garden. 6
Carrabelle City......... 7
APTA ....................... 7
FCAN ...................... 8
Business Card Directory
Books.....hop.... ....... 10
Bookshop. .;........... 10


Many Problems
rig
veWhat To Do
r-
SWith The New
t-
o- Fishing Piers
n-
Committee Loosely
Formed
ris
At the Franklin County Commis-
sion Tuesday August 19th, Alan
s Pierce announced a timetable for
s completion of the new St. George
of Island Bridge. He also announced
e that the demolition of the old
e bridge, except for about 1500 feet
lf on each end, would begin in No-
f vember or December 2003. The
official turnover of those portions'
of the old bndge that would re-
main as fishing piers would oc-
cur next Spring 2004. At this,
time, the county has not made
any plans as to how to manage
the fishing piers. So, Mr. Pierce,
county planner, asked the Com-
missioners what they wanted to
do in management of the struc-
tures.
One or two Commissioners ex-
pressed views that that local per-'
sons might want to get involved.
The Commissioners asked Anita-
Grove to informally chair a com-
mittee to look into what other
counties-were doing on similar
matters and to perhaps develop a
plan. Alan Pierce also indicated
that the operator of the Pensacola
fishing bridge, Mr. John Locke
was interested in obtaining a lease
or concession to manage the St.
George Island bridge.


1. The contestants, pic-
tured with Raevyn Jefferson
(above) were Brittney
Eleanor Simmons, Sharon
Rachel Stone, Becca Lynn
Holton (Runner Up), Blythe
Campbell, Stephanie Ann
Jones, Alma Rosa Carranza
and Katie Galloway.


In a letter sent to Florida Gover-
nor Bush Tuesday; August 19, the
Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners voiced their con-
cerns about the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint water shar-
ing negotiations.
"We understand the impor-
tance of the ACF Commission
meeting July 21st in Colum-
bus, GA in seeking an equi-
table distribution of the sur-
face waters of the ACF Basin
while supporting the water
quality, ecology, and
bio-diversity of downstream


Each contestant performed
a favored "entertainment"
and participated in a "poise
and appearance" stroll
around the stage, all evalu-
ated by a panel of three
judges. 2. Among the enter-
tainers were the "Hot
Flashes" a group trained by
U.-i + + a


Florida interests. Further, we
re-affirm our documented
support for an ACF water al-
location agreement that mim-
ics historic monthly freshwa-
ter flows, since it has been
these historic flows that have
resulted in the sustained pro-
ductivity of our River and
Bay. We strongly urge that the
Governor and the Florida ACF
negotiating team seek public
understanding and endorse-
ment of emerging Florida
public policy alternatives,
consistent with Article XI of
the Tri-State Compact,


the picture are: June Gray,
Missie Quinn and Patricia
Perryman. The entire pro-
gram lasted two hours with
an intermission. Previous
winners were interviewed by
Ed Tiley. 3. 2002 Queen
Amanda Thompson did her
final walk following an ex-
haiustive dance'p routine shea


Florida's "Government in the
Sunshine" Laws, and the
Guiding Principles published
by the Florida negotiating
team in September of 2002,
This would include any pub-
lic policy decision to forego
negotiation and seek a solu-
tion through litigation, since
a bad agreement is more to
be feared.
Your consideration of this
subject is appreciated."
Sincerely,
Cheryl Sanders, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners


As to his current assignment, he recently told the Chronicle, "The
function of Southeastern Fisheries Association is to protect in every
legal means at their disposal the commercial fishing industry ... the
sole purpose is to solve problems. I consider myself sort of a fireman.
I go where the problems are. Someone needing some help with regu-
lations or anything, they call me ..."
He explained that the longevity of his organization is probably due to
the way the fishing interests are organized in the Association.
"... We are divided into sections by each species of fish. Those sections
* are composed of people in that particular line of work. So, when we
make a policy statement it's going to be based primarily of what those
people in that specific fishery want done. The arrangement with me
in 1964 was that I do not set policy whatsoever, and the Board of
Directors don't interfere with how I implement the policy."
Mr. Jones explained that the policies are established and discussed
mostly at the annual meetings. "We stay about 400 members strong
and about 90 percent of our members are in Florida." Bob explained
that the policies are codified in the minutes of the annual meetings.
He is also a lobbyist, but he added that there is a smaller role for
lobbying in the Florida legislature these days because of the net limi-
tation amendment to the Florida Constitution. "All of the checks and
balances that were there in the legislative process were taken away
from us in the Constitution." He was speaking about the reformation
of the FWC: "So, now we have a situation where you have seven ap-
pointed people who have no one to overview them ... They can change
any fishery regulation if they get four votes... This lack of due process
is the main reason why we fought the combination of the agencies
from day one. We wanted to be under Chapter 120. We wanted to be
assured that due process would be available to us just like any other
citizen..."
"In the Southeastern region, you have large Continental shelves. You
have abundant, fast-growing, small fish that are abundant because
of the estuarine environments you have down here. It's not like fish-
ing in Georgia's New England banks. We have such a diversity of
species. We are blessed with that."
A question was raised about the meetings of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWC) and the locations involved.
Sometimes, the subjects of their workshops, or inquiries, do not match
up with where the fishery is active. Mr. Jones acknowledged that
problem but also added that occasionally, when topics are planned
months in advance, the location schedules may not match the topic.
He added, however, there is a continuing frustration with the 2-5
minute time limits often imposed on speakers to the Commission.
He briefly reviewed the Association's challenge to the FFWC when the
investigations of Russell Nelson were conducted. Nelson resigned as
Executive Director of the FFWC shortly after it was revealed he had
used FFWC computers to access pornographic web sites. Jones added,
"We were more concerned with what information they (the FFWC)
had shared out of the sunshine on that tarp net issue. We wanted to
have access to any e-mails or anything else..."

Continued on Page 2


Usa .uuepuliiak
Joins Chronicle
Sales Staff


Lisa Szczepaniak comes to the
Franklin Chronicle with four years
advertising sales experience in
Michigan working for both weekly
county newspapers as well as the
Times Herald, a daily newspaper
in Port Huron, Michigan. She has
also successfully run two of her
own businesses: Angelic Gourmet
Catering and Lisa's Gardening
Service, a landscaping company.
Lisa has been living in the
Apalachicola area for four months
now. Prior to that, she has been
in Florida for a year traveling on
and living aboard a sailboat. Hav-
ing seen Apalachicola and the
surrounding towns she decided to
settle here and make it her home.
"I love this area. The people are
friendly and warm. While it is a
growing community, it still has
that small town charm and com-
fort. When I first arrived here in
April, it felt like coming home. And
you can't beat the fishin'l"


T h e re ig n o f M s. J e ffe rs o n r a m ,l n at z v ei au a .. . .. . . .. ..v e.. .
The reign of Ms. Jefferon very loud and positive re- offered to the high pleasure
began wil continue thcoronatiough sponse from the screaming of the audience. 4. Ed Tiley
the next year She will pre- crowd. (From left to right) confers with co-chairman
side, with King Retshe will over are Margaret Schumacher, Catherine Scott. Rachel
the Seafood Festival, held Linda Maly, Billie Padgett, Chesnut was the other co-
the first weekend in Novem- Linda Griffin, Bonnie Smith chair of the event.
ber 2003. and Rita Theis. Absent from

County Asks Governor Bush To Follow

Historic River Flows


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Franklin

Briefs

August 19, 2003
Present: Chairperson:
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner: Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner:
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner: Eddie
Creamer and
Commissioner: Clarence
Williams
U.S. Department of the
Interior
,Ms. Terry Peacock presented a
'$30,907 revenue-sharing check to
:the Franklin County Commission.
Commissioner Mosconis inquired
:about additional funds from the
;Department as Ms. Peacock out-
'lined a brief history of the
revenue-sharing plan through her
:department. Mr. Mosconis then
'moved that the Commissioners
:discuss the matter further
',through correspondence with
'their elected representatives.

Weems Hospital
:Property Assessor Jimmy Harris
:appeared before the commission-
'ers, requesting formally that liti-
gation be started against the
leasee of Weems Hospital for un-
'paid back taxes and personal,
property taxes. Commissioner
Mosconis asked that litigation be,
'put off until the hospital leasee
would be afforded an opportunity
'to appear before the county com-
mission, perhaps with a plan to
;settle the dispute of.taxes. In the.
meantime, county attorney
IMichael Tom Shuler is to write.
'Michael Lake of Weems, Hospital
-advising him of a 30-day notice,
and' a request to appear at the
next county commission meeting
on September 2, 2003..
.The plan for litigation was. post-,,
,poned until the Hospital lease
,could be heard. An inventory of
the county's property at the hos-
pital would have to be completed
sometime within the next month.,
Mr. Harris was willing to accept
'the delay, if the -matter could be
'resolved without litigation.
Superintendent of Public
Works


cemetery curve, Apalachicola.
Mosquito Control Dewitt Polous,
Mosquito Control Director,
wanted the commissioner's per-
mission to purchase new equip-
ment and that was approved. He
was also authorized to advertise
for another full-time assistant af-
ter an explanation of his increased
workload due to regulatory re-
quirements.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson asked the Commis-
sioners, on behalf of the Depart-
ment of Animal Control, to file a
petition with the county court to
hear a case for custody for the
disposition of nine pit bull dogs
found neglected. He said, "...The
dept. recently took custody of nine
pit bull dogs after receiving re-
ports of neglect. After impound-
ment the local Veterinarian exam-
ined the dogs and reported that
they were malnourished, anemic
and tested positive for heart-
worms. The dogs also had frontal
scaring, which indicates that they
had been used for fighting pur-
poses."
The Commissioners approved the
request. The dogs would be put
down.

Will Kendrick
Representative Will Kendrick
made an unagended appearance
to receive a Leadership Award
from the Commission, presented
by his sister, Chairperson Cheryl.
He was honored for his legislative
work, helping the county's aquac-
ulture project, as well as restor-
ing aquaculture in the Dept. of
Agriculture; and for helping move
along the project for building a
correctional facility in Franklin
County. He spoke to the Commis-
sioners about remaining "fiscally
conservative;" repeating often the
fact that'the county had seldom
approached the full millage of 10
in. property taxes. He invited the
Commissioners to "revisit their
budget issues." In the next. legis-
lative session he said there would
be a new bill to repeal the law that
"gave roads back to the cotinties,"
which also included the burden
of maintaining them. He urged
those present to support the pro-
Sgrams through the Florida Asso-
ciatlon of. Counties. The ambu-
lance issue was of particular con-
cern to.him as he personally had
to deal with the requirement to go
to facilities in.thewest portion of
Franklin County instead of being
transported to Tallahassee where
his doctors were. 'EMERGSTAT
was also placed on the agenda for
the first September meeting as
this issue was related to the hos-
pital.


Division of Forestry
Brian Martin discussed the use
of herbicides along Highway 65
and throughout Franklin County.
He will appear again at the 2 Sep-
tember meeting.
SummerCamp
The 10:00 a.m. hearing for the
approval of "SummerCamp"
Planned Unit Development was
cancelled because the county
planner failed to advertise the,
meeting. Alan Pierce announced
that the new meeting was being
advertised for September 2, 2003,
at 10:30 a.m. in the courthouse
annex. The Commissioners ap-
proved of the change.

Air Methods of Tallahassee
Rick Savage requested a certifi-
cate of need for Franklin County
so they could continue to operate
air-evacuation services.
Director of Administrative
Services
The Secretary of Agriculture wrote
to the Board indicating that his
department will offer assistance
on maintaining County roads af-
ter State sanctioned logging.
The Board was informed that Mr.
E. G. Berger is interested in do-
nating to the Board three gulf
front lots on Dog Island for a pub-
lic purpose. The lots are Lot 7, and
Lots 4 and 4a, Block 1, Unit 3,
Dog Island Beaches. The lots are
mostly if not completely eroded.
Mr. Berger told me that he hoped
that the county would have some
public purpose, such as a park,
that these lots could be put to, or
if not that at least it would pre-
serve a point of access to the
beach for interior Dog Island lots.*
In exchange for the donation, he
would like recognition that his
donation have. a value that is at
least equal to the tfa value the
property appraiser has put on the
lots. Mr. Berger said he is doing
this as a gift to the people of
Franklin County. The Board ap-
proved the gift.
The Board was'informed that
Steve Jernigan, 'architect of the
Courthouse annex, and James
Rogers, annex contractor, met last
week and discussed several pos-
sible reasons why mildew is still
occurring in the building. The.
contractor and the architect are
both well aware of the county's
frustration and at this point they
both seem to be working together.
If the mildew problem is not
solved in the near future, both
parties have been informed that
further action will be taken by the
county.


Severalyears ago the Board was
awarded a small Hazard Mitiga-
tion Grant to place storm covers
over the openings of the Senior
Citizen Center in Carrabelle. For
several reasons, the project was
never done. Alan Pierce was con-
tacted by Miles Anderson, DEM,
who wants the county to complete
the project before the contract is
revoked by FEMA. The project
must be completed by September
30 at the latest. Because of the
County's tardiness, there is now
an emergency to get this project
done. The Board determined there
to be an emergency and accepted
the low bid of one of the three
companies that responded to
Miles Anderson, contingent upon
Miles Anderson accepting the low
bid and contingent upon Miles
Anderson re-instating the FEMA
approval for the project. The low
bid was from Architectural Prod-
uct Sales from Punta Gorda,
Florida.

Complaint

Against ATVs

On County

Beaches
By Harriett Beach
At the Franklin County Commis-
sioners meeting on August 19th,
Ben Watkins, contractor, made a
complaint about Vickie Barnett
driving an ATV on beaches and
roadways while performing her
duties as a monitor of the Sea
Turtle nesting activities on Alliga-
tor Point. As a volunteer in the Sea
Turtle program of the Fish and
Wildlife Service and the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion, Barnett has permission to
use an ATV to cover the miles ,of
ocean front beach that she is re-
spbnsible for monitoring. Watkins
pointed out that Franklin County
has an ordinance prohibiting the
use of ATV's on the county road-
ways, and Barnett is violating that
ordinance.
Since all of the beach access
points on Alligator Point are con-
nected to county roadways, there
is no other way to get to the beach
where the turtles are nesting with-,
out using a county road. Watkins
did not have any objection to
Barnett walking to the beach but
he did object to her using an ATV.
The Commissioners declined to
hear additional information on
Watkins' complaint at the August
meeting. The issue of ATVs on the
county roads will be reviewed and,
discussed at the September 2,
2003 County Commissioner's
meeting.


Interview with Bob Jones from Page 1


The Southeastern Fisheries Association has led its members into con-
formance with various processes and rules in food safety. Principal
among these procedures is the Hazard Analysis of Critical Control
Points (HACCP) method that was developed in the experience of
Pillsbury Foods making a scenario for processing food for the astro-
nauts. "Some fish will develop on their own certain toxic chemicals or
poisons. If that fish is allowed to rise in temperature above 70 de-
grees, somebody eating that fish will get sick. HAACP procedures are
to ensure that seafood served in restaurants is safe to consume. That's
why the sale of fish caught by recreational fishermen is illegal. If that
happens, there is no HAACP application, there's no record of the fish
having been caught; no record of sale, and no record of temperature
data, and so on..." The HAACP regulations are administrative, deter-
mined by the Food and Drug Administration and the Florida Dept. of
Agriculture Consumer Services, since 1987.
In the last session of Congress, the legislature passed a law requiring
the country of origin to be placed on the label. This was to involve all
meats, beef, pork, chicken, and fish. This was the first time such a
requirement was put into place. The move was considered to help the
domestic seafood industries. Labels would identify country of origin
on imported products. But this legislation 'appears to be in rough
waters. Now the U.S. House of Representatives exempted all beef,
putting the bill in a limbo status.
The long line grouper fishermen catch the bulk of red grouper. They
cannot fish except (with long lines for grouper) outside of 20 fathoms.
That's 120 feet. "There is a constant push from the Coastal Conser-
vation Association to ban all long lines... They did away with the pe-
lagic lines; those are the lines that float on the top. It is one long line
of very heavy monofilament with hooks spaced anywhere from ten
feet to 50 feet depending upon depth; It may be two or three miles
long. They fish in deep water ... The Federal Government turned down
theCCA proposal and there is no ban on red grouper long lines."
There is a persistent problem of the lack of commercial fishermen on
the Gulf of Mexico Council. Each state's governor submits three names
for Council membership. Jones added, "...The recreational fishermen
have more clout."
Mr. Jones is pessimistic on the chance of ever seeing a commercial
fisherman on the board of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission. The appointees to that board are "purely political."
Bob Jones feels that the commercial fishing industry comes under
the burden of "selective enforcement" most of the time. "If you have a
commercial number on your boat, you're a hundred times more likely
to be stopped than if you have a yacht... We have pledged to various
agencies to stop poaching, the sale of illegal fish, and to stop fisher-
men from going to areas that are closed. Certain sea areas are
off-limits; there, are also certain' seasons fishing is permitted. "We
supported the harvest of no egg-bearing spiney lobster ... We sup-
ported the closed season for spiney lobster and stone crab. We have
supported any kind of program that would set aside land and put
land in estuarine areas and state hands so it would be preserved. We
supported programs to stop pollution. Most recently, wewere involved
in trying to make sure that phosphate to be dumped in the Gulf of
Mexico was going to be in deep water, up to 200 miles."
He reflected for a moment on the other changes that have occurred in
the Florida seafood industry. "We used to have 200 or more commer-
cial boats in Key West harbor. Now, there's not one commercial boat
there in the whole harbor: Only yachts."
Florida has a 3-million area set aside without any fishing allowed. It
is a Marine Protected Area, long discussed in the shrimp Southeast-
ern Fisheries Association. Jones said, "The recreational fishermen
are those likely to complain about Marine Protected Areas as they do
not want any part of the ocean closed to them. ... They even have a
bill in Congress now called the Right to Fish act. It says there shall be
no laws enacted by any government that would prohibit the recre-
ational catching of fish in any part of the ocean unless it can be
proven that it is the recreational fishermen who are harming the re-
source."


VOTE V/VOTE *VVOTE v VOTE V VOTE s VOTE V VOTE V VOTE V VOTE V VOTE V VOTE


I'm Lee McKnight,


Candidate For Mayor Of Apalachicola s
0
I-

O My grandfather was a Chesapeake Bay oysterman and fisherman in the
' .1890s during the Age of Sail. When I was a very much younger man he
would tell me stories of a twelve-year-old oysterman running before
storms in his sailing oyster boat or stories as a fisherman working on his $
u father's fishing schooner out of Norfolk, Virginia. "
> 0
' Years later, when I was stationed by the Navy in Norfolk I could see my
o grandfather's town through his eyes. That's called continuity and it makes I
' the difference between a community and just a place you live.

o S
> Today, in Apalachicola, we have oystermen and fishermen who tell the
W some stories and whose every hour on the job reinforces the continuity

of today's Apalachicola with a past that goes back over 150 years. 0


o Our community has been forced to a crossroads by the greed that turned
S the fishing village of Destin into a cesspool for the rich and greedy. The
i sense of community is gone replaced by rich folks with their half million ,U
> dollar seafront houses, golf courses, pollution and minimum wage bed >
S makers and burger burners-who can't afford to live there. .
o a

Which way do we go? Do we back down for the developers or fight to
o hold on to our historic community?
As your mayor, I don't backwater.

g As your mayor, I don't backwater.


Pd. Pol. Adv. for and by Lee McKnight


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EDrITORAL & COMMENTARY


St. George Island Zoning

A new zoning ordinance is being considered by the Planning and Zon-
ing advisory group that meets on the first Tuesdays of each month.
The stated intent in what was labeled C-4A (St. George Island Mixed
Use Commercial) is to provide for a pnixture of compatible commer-
cial and residential uses on St. George Island. There is already in
place a category called C-4 which among other things allows the owner
of a business to live in one level of the structure and operate the
business in other areas of the same structure. There is also a cat-
egory called C-2 that permits an owner merely to operate a business
commercially without living on site.
In recent days, a number of property owners have asked the county
to rezone their usage from C-2 to C-4. A few have said that a residen-
tial use of that property is a better and more effective use of the prop-
erty, and thus the County Commissioners have agreed and changed
the zoning to C-4. Now comes some others who are fearful that the
commercial district on St. George is fast disappearing, so they are
advocating a new zoning category called C-4(a), or C-5.
The main requirement attached to this new category is that the com-
bination of residence and business within a single structure would
be permitted "provided a minimum of 50 percent of the floor space of
a structure be used for commercial purposes." Most lots in the com-
mercial district are 25 feet in width and about 125 feet long; it usu-
ally takes two such lots to have enough room for setbacks and a
building.
There are also other requirements, some consistent with other cat-
egories, some new. But one wonders why. this new category is really
needed.
There are a number of businesses zoned C-2 that have owners living
in the same structure, presumably in violation of county zoning rules.
Most folks in the county planning office have admitted as much, but
nothing has ever been done about those violations..
We. look further beyond the stated reason to "save the commercial
district" as a means of justifying C-4(a) until our gaze stops on the
long line of "skinny mini's" or "Honeymoon bungalows." Begrudgingly
one or two persons familiar with the real reason for the new zoning
category admit that they expect C-4(a) would stop the construction of
those tall and narrow buildings. Keep in mind that the provisions of
the C-2 zoning rule have been violated often in the past years, but the
new category will solve that problem because it defines how much
space must be devoted to commercial uses; Keep. in mind that there
is a huge problem in enforcing such a zoning change, even if there
were a Code Enforcement provision.
If an owner should change their mind about leasing out their 50%
space for commercial, who is to know about that and how will they
know it? It is the status quo now and forever. Rumor has it that the
County Attorney is doubtful if such zoning can be made to apply to
only one area of the, County (St. George). but another person in the
Planning Office says that the county can make zoning rules for par-
ticular areas. Then there are the "hard cases,"... say of a professional
writer or journalist, who.uses the bottom two levels of his property as,
his library and archive and lives, on the third level. An answer comes
quickly from the planning department:
"He will have to have a business license." I mutter to myself, the last
time journalists were licensed in America was the colonial period and
there might likely be some Constitutional problems with that form of
revenue raising. Of course, in some banana republics and elsewhere,,
journalists may still be licensed but that is a far cry from. Franklin
County.
No, I don't think this new zoning category is worth the effort because
as Rachel Ward announced to the P and Z group last Tuesday, it will
be very difficult to enforce the rules; It would be better to review the
C-2 category and enforce those rules. But any enforcement will occur
with some cost to the county.
While this idea may be unsettling to those who dislike the "skinny
minis", why not simply allow the mixed use of tall and thin buildings
to exist side-by-side with other commercial businesses instead of
meddling with the.deyelopment landscape and inviting litigation along
the way. There have been some plans put forth in recent approvals by
thecounty that attempt to improve the architectural aspects of that
kind of development. Others argue that these structures are very
popular with transient visitors who do not have to drive all over the
business district during their stay at St. George. One business use
begets more business among the restaurants, souvenir shops and
watering holes. In this way, the "skinny, minis' would appear to en-
hance business on the island instead of making the commercial dis,
trict disappear, as is now argued -by the proponents of the C-4(a)
category.
On the other hand, the proponents would better spend their time to
develop plans to sewer the Island, an approaching problem of consid-.
erable magnitude that is by far more important to the life of St. George.
There could stand to be considerable improvement over the plats in
the commercial district, and perhaps enlarging that district by rezon-
ing other areas commercial so the lot sizes would be far more reason-
able for commercial construction. A 25-foot wide lot is a bogus size to
work with, and these are entirely too small for structures, parking,
and other needs. Send this flat balloon called the C-4(a) or C-5 cat-
egory back to the wastebasket.
Tom W. Hoffer
Publisher



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"The Honeymoon Cottages" on St. George Island


Taking Scouting To The Extreme! Letter To The Editor


When Troop 22 of St. George Island was established some 25 years
ago by Scout Master Larry Hale, no one knew that it would blossom
into the program it is today. Larry and Patricia Hale run the youth
sailing program most Saturdays (weather permitting) at "Seabase," a
7-acre parcel of land located near the Plantation Airport on St. George
Island. They have the largest youth sailing program in the Southeast,
and as a local judge once said "one of the only youth programs that
really and truly works in Franklin county and it doesn't cost the
taxpayer's a dime." Funds are raised by tax-deductible donations from
concerned citizens who like to see the progress made with helping
the young people in the community.
The program features teaching scouts and maintaining 16 ft. Hobie
cats. There are now 15 Hobies in our fleet and several that either
need parts or that are used for parts. Occasionally the troop kayaks
or practices archery, but mostly they sail. It gives the Scouts a sense
of freedom, while teaching them the importance of safety, responsi-
bility and teamwork.
The program is sponsored by the First Baptist Church on St. George
Island. Welcomes kids, boys age 11 to 18 and girls age 14 to 20, to
come, and join the meetings held Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the
'Scout Hut located behind the First Baptist Church on St. George
Island. During the weekly scout meetings the kids are taught a wide
range of skills as they work to earn merit badges. Subjects like land
and water navigation, map reading, first aid/CPR, ecology, econom-
ics, communications, and so on. They also go on several High Adven-
ture Trips .a year.
.One week in the summer they go to the mountains and do some
white water rafting, rock climbing, camping, and hiking. There are
weekend trips, like the one recently takes to Crystal River to snorkel
with the Manatees. In addition, Hobie Regattas are attended where
the kids race Hobies. Planned for the near future is a scuba diving
certification course.
The Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts are established Worldwide. This
is a time tested and true program teaching young men and women
from all walks of life the timeless values and skills that have shaped.
many leaders and professionals in the world today. The St. George
Island Troop was recently honored as the 2002 Chadesega District
Troop of the Year by the Suwannee River Area Council.
Whenever you think of Troop 22, most everyone thinks of the Youth
Regatta held the first Saturday in May. The biggest and best fundraiser,
the St. George Island Yacht Club hosts a Youth Regatta which at-
tracts hundreds annually. The idea is to get sponsors to donate money
for parts and materials to keep this program going. In return they get
a regatta T-shirt, and tickets to come down and watch the kids race.
The whole day is wrapped up with a delicious luau dinner and awards
ceremony. Adults are also encouraged to enter the race in the open
class with awards going to the top 3 positions. Please check out their
website @ www.scoutsaillng.com.
Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Boy Scout Troop
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August 07, 2003
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher
The Franklin Chronicle
Post Office Box 590
Eastpoint, Florida 32328
Re: Homeowners' Associations (Franklin Chronicle 25 July 2003)
SMr. Hoffer:
My wife and I just returned from a vacation in the Panhandle; the
area around St. Joe, Cape San Bias, Apalachicola and East Point. We
picked up local newspapers from those areas and discovered your
editorial on homeowners' associations (HOAs). As former resident
owner of a condominium unit in a condo complex in South County
St. Louis, we can empathize with your frustration in dealing with
your homeowners' association.
Judging by your article, Florida is no further along at protecting its
citizens from the idiocy and rampant abuses of the boards of manag-
ers of HOAs than is the government in Missouri. As unit owners, we
were de facto members of our condominium's homeowners' associa-
tion. We endured more than a decade of experience in dealing with
the absurdities of the HOA of our former condominium.
The well-guarded secrecy of association records and annual budgets
that fail 'to delineate expenses were, the norm. Reports required by
Missouri law accounting for the previous years expenses were no more
comprehensive than the proposed budgets. The annual spending of
more than $300,000 was usually reflected on a single 8 1/2 x 11
sheet of paper. In general, our HOA was operated clandestinely by a
loosely affiliated group of owners who maintained their positions'on
the board of directors via an election process which they controlled-
even to the collecting and counting of votes! The board's intentional
abuse to silence concerned owners who "squawked" at management's
various idiocies was also standard operating procedure.
We spent many thousands of dollars while in the process of trying
unsuccessfully to bring the board of directors of our HOA into com-
pliance with Missouri law. Along that frustrating road, we acquired
some astonishing information: Officers of Boards of Directors of HOAs
are not accountable for their official actions because the law provides
no criminal or civil penalty for statute violations; Judges view the
board officers as bungling business amateurs who are "trying to do
their best," thus are reluctant to hold theft to strict compliance with
the law. In general, HOAs are fat prey for unscrupulous people who
desire to steal from and control their neighbors, as well as contrac-
tors, insurance agents, accountants, and realtors who are not op-
posed to doing business "behind closed doors." Shyster attorneys lead
the bevy of buzzards picking the meat from the HOA carcasses.
Good luck with your HOA endeavors. We'll pray for your success.
Best wishes.
Sincerely,
Michael K. Broughton
Editor's Response:
Thanks for your informative letter. Many are not aware of the pitfalls
of the "gated communities" that the Wall Street Journal claims makes
up to 40 per cent of developed communities nationwide. These are
creatures of developers, and the degree of developer control will vary
from .project to project. Unfortunately, your characterization of their
legal status and how courts view them is generally correct: In Florida,
at least, the law governing these associations should be strengthened
with offenses defined and heavier penalties, including jail terms for
misfeasance or malfeasance. Locally, the County Commission desires
to maximize the distance between themselves and the gated commu-
nities because these mini-municipalities take care of streets, com-
mon area construction and the usual amenities found in legally orga-
nized towns with police forces and fire protection. In these last two
major expense items, the gated communities are "on their own." and
that is true of the Plantation on St. George Island. However, local
police may still exercise jurisdiction within the gated communities for
defined crimes, but not for operational omissions or commissions
connected with the operation of the 'gated community. Members have
to resort to their own attorneys and the thin law that may govern
operations such as the requirement in Florida that all documents
must be provided to the membership, when requested.


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By Judi Rundel
Caregivers and their pre-school
children are invited to enjoy an
hour with Ms. Judi in the "Magi-
cal World of Books" hosted by
Franklin County Public Library's
FROG Family Program. Story
Hour will be held once a week at
each of the three program sites;
Monday, 1:30 p.m. at the
Carrabelle Branch, Tuesday,
1:45 a.m. at the Eastpoint
Branch, and Thursday, 2: 00 p.m.
at the Apalachicola program site
in the New Life Center on 8th
Street (please note the time
change for the Eastpoint Branch).
The FROG Family Program will
also host a Family Nutrition and
Parenting Night at the Apa-
lachicola program site on Thurs-
day, August 21st, at the Eastpoint
Branch of the Library on Monday,
August 25th, and at the
Carrabelle Branch on Thursday,
August 28th. Mrs. Cherry Rankin
will be the guest speaker at this
special evening class which will
be held from 5:30 6:30 p.m. at
all three sites.
The Franklin County Public
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are free and open to the public.
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The President's Report: Southeastern

Fisheries Association, Inc.

By Grant Erickson
Publisher's Note: Each year at this time, the Chronicle reprints
the annual address of the President, Southeastern Fisheries As-
sociation as presented at their annual meeting in June. Grant
Erickson's remarks are not only instructive for the members of
the Association, given the complexities in today's regulatory en-
vironments, but a useful primer for the general public. The Florida
metropolitan press has provided a less than satisfactory over-
view of the Florida fishing industry, emphasizing the negative
side of commercial fishing. Indeed, the role of the State of Florida
has often been less than satisfactory, attributed to uninformed
panelists sitting on various commissions, or overzealous staff
personnel who advocate their own agendas at the expense of the
facts. The Chronicle published one such extorted view of events
in the arrest of Franklin County fishermen in Collier County,
when the FWC spread disinformation to the Florida Press. (See
Chronicle issue of March 7, 2003). Here, the reader can listen to
the views of the professional trade group that makes a living from
the sea and the attendant problems with which they cope. The
Chronicle also conducted an interview with the Executive Direc-
tor of the Southeastern Fisheries Association Mr. Robert P. Jones.
SFA is one of a very few commercial-fishing organizations that has
lasted for over 50 years. We have been through so many fights and
faced so many controversial issues that we don't even get alarmed
anymore when some group puts out a report or issues a press release
that the sky is falling and commercial fishermen have caught all the
fish in the ocean. We should be very proud that we are still standing
after so many misinformed and mean-spirited groups have tried to
destroy the Florida seafood industry. Well done SFA, well done.
This past year has been difficult for all of us in the business. We still
have not recovered from 9/11 and I don't know if we ever will fully
recover. I know as a nation we will never be the same.
The market has been less than robust, the imports continue to rise
and while all expenses dealing with harvesting shrimp and fish have
gone up, our prices are going the other way. In the shrimp industry,
most of the price decline for harvesters can be tied directly to the
importation of pond raised shrimp from Asia, particularly China and
to a lesser degree Vietnam.
We know we can't stop imports and have no desire to but we do be-
lieve that our domestic shrimpers should have more than a 10% share
of our own market and we intend to do whatever it takes to get more,
even filing an antidumping petition if that is what it takes.
The shrimp industry has come together to do whatever it can to stay
In business and later on this morning you will hear a report on that
Alliance. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is going through some grow-
ing pains but that is a very positive step in the formation of any group.
Southeastern Fisheries this year has been leading the way for Coun-
try of Origin regulations as that has been a policy of the association
for over 20 years. We feel the consumers have a right to know where
seafood comes from before they eat.it.. There are some high quality
imported shrimp and fishery products. They should be sold based on
their condition and they should be labeled. We think it is consumer
fraud to offer a customer local shrimp on the menu and serve them
black tiger shrimp from Asia instead.
'SFA testified in favor of Country of Origin regulations at a recent
USDA Listening Session in Orlando where over 90% of those in atten-
dance supported country of origin labeling.
Part of our testimony addressed the breading of shrimp wherein in
the past a processor could put some bread or spices on a shrimp and
sell it as a product of the USA. This is ridiculous and hopefully the
new USDA' regulations will,, prohibit: this type of practice. Breading
does not, change the form of the shrimp no matter howbig a loophole
those who do it would like to have. It's time to stop selling imported
shrimp as domestic product.
SFA has spent many, many man-hours protecting the longline grou-
per fishermen. As most of you know, the Coastal Conservation Asso-
ciation and the Chairman of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission,
Edwin Roberts, have been trying to ban longline fishing for over four
years. There is no data to support such a move and we were fortunate
that the National Marine Fisheries Service last year told the Council
in effect that the science was not there to ban the longlines. The issue
is not over but it has been elevated to the Secretarial level where
politics are ,somewhat less than at the Council level. Unfortunately
for us in the Gulf, there is not much commercial fishing representa-
tion on Fishery Management Councils in the southeastern United
States.
The makeup of the Gulf of Mexico Council is still an issue. We were
assured last year that efforts would be made to bring some kind of
balance to the Council and change it from being dominated by recre-
ational and charterboat interests. There are two charterboat owners
on the Council and not one person whose sole business deals with
domestic shrimp. As far as the shrimp industry is concerned, all we
can rely on is the rule of law and hope there are enough members on
the Council who will obey the law as written.
From our perspective, the Coastal Conservation Association has taken
over the appointment process. Here in Florida CCA was able to get
Governor Bush to recommend William Ward ps the number one pick
over Karen Bell, who has done a very honest jobb during her first term.
Usually, the Governor reappoints a person who has done a good job
to a second term but in this case it is our understanding that the
Chairman of the Fish & Wildlife Commission, Edwin Roberts, was
able to get to the Governor on behalf of William Ward so his name was
number one. As it turns out, Mr. Ward neglected to get all kinds of
permits or renew his corporation for a few years so his appointment
is very much in question at this time.
Our oyster industry also had a hard time this year. When the Gover-
nor submitted his budget to the legislature, he cut 53 of the 54 posi-
tions in the Division of Aquaculture and reduced their $4.1 million
dollar budget to a little over $100,000. The rationale by his staff was
there are plenty of inspectors in the Department of Agriculture so
they could pick up the slack. Right.
The Governor's staff did not realize they were about to destroy the
entire shellfish industry and that no Florida oysters or clams would
be able to be sold in interstate commerce. Needless to say, Grady
Leavins and Tommy Ward went into orbit and meetings occurred on a
regular basis.
Grady testified before a House Committee along with several others
and the Committee unanimously voted to put the money back in the
budget and save the oyster industry. We had a lot of help especially
from Senator Al Lawson and Representative Will Kendrick. The legis-
lators were very sensitive to the national ramifications and came
through in the highest tradition of public service. Of course, we couldn't
have brought any of this about without the support and help of Agri-
culture Commissioner Charles Bronson and Deputy Commissioner
Martha Roberts. By the way, Dr. Roberts will be our keynote speaker
at the award luncheon.


The coming year is shaping up as the year of law enforcement. It
seems to us that the National Marine Fisheries Service is engaged in
selective law enforcement from the standpoint that they go full bore
after a commercial fisherman or vessel but have a blind eye to the
recreational sector. The fines being imposed on some of the fisher-
men whose boats violate a rule are draconian. At this point in time
they do not even have a valid fine schedule for recreational anglers so
they are getting a free ride. This must be changed.
SFA has asked NMFS for public information on their law enforce-
ment efforts over the past 20 years. Bob Jones has filed a Freedom of
Information Request with the Southeast Region so the process has
begun. We don't know how cooperative NMFS will be nor how much
getting the information we are after will cost, but we must find out if
we are being singled out for heavy law enforcement because we are in
the commercial fishing business. If we find out that we are then we
intend to go to the US Department of Justice and ask for a hearing
and an investigation of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Our organization has been for law enforcement since we were founded
in 1952. We set aside the 3,000,000 acre Tortugas shrimp sanctuary
and even gave the state of Florida their first offshore enforcement
vessel, the F/V Roy & Ricky. We still support law enforcement equally
applied to all user groups. We abhor selective law enforcement and
that is what we are getting today.
There are many more projects and issues that SFA handles on a daily
basis but let me just say that we are alive and well.
Thank you again for coming to our 51st annual meeting.
Grant Erickson
President


Upside Down Priorities

St. George Plantation Homeowners
Association Would Provide Rain
Plan For Charity Chili Cookoff

Subject To Many Strings...

A Proposal ThatShows the Colors of the Board of
Directors
An interesting document involving the St. George Plantation Owner's
Association recently surfaced that appears innocent enough on its
surface. But, further reading and thought reveals a side of the Plan-
tation Board of Directors that is far from ideal. As a member of this
association since 1976, 1 do not subscribe to their policies of charg-
ing a charity event made up of the labor of hundreds of volunteers
who provide health safeguards and fire protection on St. George is-
land. In fact, I am embarrassed and insulted that my association
would charge money for a rain backup plan for a charity event that
directly benefits the Association.and its members. Health and fire
protection on St. George Island is everybody's business, and for twenty
years, the Cook-Off, held the first weekend in March of each year, has
raised millions of dollars to buy fire fighting equipment and a fire
station.


The First Responder teams and the fire department are made up en-
tirely of volunteers who endure hours of training and remain avail-
able, on call, for any emergency.


Here is the memorandum
"DATE: February 18, 2003
SUBJ: Use of POA Firehouse
This will confirm that the Plantation Board of Directors:
has approved use of the POA firehouse building as a
backup facility in the event of inclement weather for the
Chili Cook-Off March 1-2, 2003 conditioned upon the
following:
1. Reimbursement be made to the POA Security Depart-
ment for the cost of four additional guards to secure:
A. The fence perimeter L
B. Seapine/Sandy Lane
C. Leisure/Seapine Road
D. Additional guard at gate
The incremental security cost to be reimbursed is $432.


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2. Provide a complete list of all cooks and tasters in ad-
vance of the function, Names not on the list would be
denied access to the Plantation.
3. Provide three portable toilets and remove them 48 hours
after the close of the festival.
4. Provide a team to clean up after the event to include
the parking lot, firehouse and the Seapine right-of-way
adjacent to the firehouse.
5. Reimburse the Plantation for any additional cleanup
required and for any other expenses incurred by the Plan-
tation staff and employees..."
These services should have been provided free of charge on behalf of
the Plantation association members, not for a fee. You may have noted
that the costs to use the Plantation fire Station involved far more
than $432 of overtime. The portable toilets, clean-up team, plus re-
imbursable Plantation "expenses" were the added costs.
Given the protections that the St. George Volunteer Fire Department
and First Responders have provided the island community, this policy
by the Board of Directors reflects a misguided, upside-down system
of priorities that is truly an insult to those volunteers. Officially, the
Cookoff organizers did not respond to this proposal.
In my opinion, this is a sign that the Board of d Directors should be
replaced with a new Board that has its priorities right side up.
Tom W. Hoffer
Member. 1976


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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge, Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Sean Desmond
July 14, 2003
By Harriett Beach
All persons identified below are innocent until proven
otherwise in a court of law.

Arraignment
Sammie Donavan Crum: Charged with one count of burglary with assault
therein, one count of battery and one count violation of an injunction protec-
tion on June 22, 2003. Defendant also has a new additional charge of aggra-
vated battery and violation of an injunction. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant and entered a plea of not guilty. The case
was continued to the October 13, 2003 Plea Docket.
Terri S. Gordie: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
June 16, 2003. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on July 9, 2003.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
Lakeisha Lemon: Charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement
officer on May 9, 2003. Bond was set at $2,500.00. John Leace represented
the defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on July 11,
2003. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
Thomas Michael Palmer: Charged with three counts of grand theft on April
21, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. A Public Defender was appointed for
the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
Tyrone Patterson Jr.: Charged with driving while license was suspended on
January 11, 2003. Bond was set at $2,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Capias and Bond Estreature was ordered and will be held until a
court date is set.
Robert Wayne Pritchett: Charged with driving while under the influence,
possession of cannabis and paraphernalia, possession of cocaine with intent
to sell and driving while license was suspended or revoked on May 29, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. On the
DUI charge the defendant's car was impounded for 10 days and the defendant
must attend DUI School, Level 1 and do 50 hours of community service. On
the charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, the defendant entered a
plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 6
months in jail to run concurrent with other sentences and after drug treat-
ment with 45 days credit for time served. Defendant is to pay $670.00 in fines
and court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to 2 years drug offender pro-
bation. On the charge of driving while his license was suspended or revoked,
the defendant was ad udicated guilty and sentenced to 45 days with 45 days
credit for time served and must complete independent inpatient drug treat-
ment and after care. The defendant must also pay $100.00 to Florida Law
Enforcement and $295.00 in court costs.
Willie Lee Smith: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on March
30, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the de-
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Eloy Torres: Charged with possession and driving while his license was sus-
pended or revoked on March 30, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Charles
E. Hobbs II represented the defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of
not guilty on June 2, 2003. The case was entered for Docket Sounding on
September 8, 2003.

Violation Of Probation Arraignment
James Stewart Amison: Charged with violation of probation because of a
charge of felony battery on July 9, 2003. The defendant is incarcerated. Rachel
Chesnut represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
September 11. 2003.
Vickie Dee Cryderman: Charged with violation of probation because of pos-
session of a controlled substance on January 8, 2003. Defendant was incar-
cerated. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Defendant entered a writ-
ten denial of the charges on July 10, 2003. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant admitted to violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was reinstated. As
part of the probation, the defendant was given 60 days in jail with 21 days
credit for time served to run concurrent with a current sentence of 1 year in
jail. Defendant also admitted to violation of probation because of petty theft.
Restitution was reserved.
Clifford M. Dykes Jr.: Charged with violation of probation because of posses-
sion of more than 20 grams of cannabis on June 8, 2001 and cultivation of
cannabis and possession of more than twenty grams of cannabis on Septem-
ber 16, 2001. The defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. The defendant entered a plea of denial. The cases were entered on
the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Horace A. Harris: Charged with violation of probation because of charges of
armed robbery with a firearm and a charge of shooting into a building or
dwelling on February 5, 1996. Bond was set at $3,000.00. Kevin Steiger rep-
resented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of denial. Case was entered
on the Plea docket for August 11, 2003.
Curtis Lake IV: Charged with violation of probation because of possession of
cocaine on December 12, 1997. The defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea docket for August
11,2003.
Joseph C. Cogburn: Charged with violation of probation because of two counts
of forgery and two counts of uttering a worthless check. Also the defendant is
charged with burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and dealing in stolen prop-
erty. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Cases were entered on the Plea docket for August 11, 2003.
Willie L. English: Charged with violation of probation because of the sale of a
controlled substance. Defendant wad incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant who entered a plea of denial. Case was entered on the Plea
docket for August 11; 2003. '
Erik Allen Tatum: Charged with violation of probation because of a charge of
burglary of conveyance and grand theft' ,Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a denial of the charges.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Joseph D. Rogers: Charged with violation of probation because of reckless
driving. Up until now the defendant had been unsuccessful ,in paying' the
terms of retribution. Defendant paid'everything.
Steve Allen Johns: Charged with violation of probation because of the pur-
chase of controlled substance. Defenliant was in'carberated: Kevin Steiger rep-
resented the defendant. Defendant entered a denial to the charges. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Donald Page: Charged with violation of probation because of a charge of the
purchase of a controlled substance: Kein Steiger represented the defendant.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
James M. Brachkin; Charged with the-violation of probation because of a charge
of possession of cannabis with intent to-distribute. Defendant entered a plea
of denial of the charges. Case wasenrtered on the Plea Docket for August 11,
2003. "
Nathaniel White: Charged with violatioti of probation because of the sale of a
controlled substance. Defendant was 'appointed a public defender to 'repre-
sent him. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.

Plea Docket
Tracy Ann Barton: Charged with gran I theft on January 8, 2003. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and adju-
dication was withheld. Defendant was given 5 years probation with 300 hours
of community service work and no contact with the victim. State Attorney
Office will do the restitution order for $4,385.00. Defendant must pay $295.00
in court costs.
Barbara Jane Brown: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon on'July 28, 2002, and one count of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon on December 17, 2002 Bond was set at $2,500.00. Kevin
Steiger, represented the defendant. Cse was entered on the Docket Sounding
for August 11, 2003 and Trial Docket i:.r August 13, 2003
James E. Cooper: C h argued v.ith battery on a law enforcement officer on Janu-
ary 28, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Charles E. Hobbs II represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 2 years probation with the condition of 15 days
in jail to begin August 1, 2003 by 6:00 p.m. Defendant must pay $295.00 in
court costs and have no contact withithe victim.
Mark Devin Creamer: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on December 19, 2002. Bond was set at $1,500.00. John Leace represented
the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for September 8, 2003.
Wade Odell Dixon: Charged with felony battery on September 22, 1999. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked and com-
munity control was terminated. A new 3 year probation was ordered with the
same conditions re-imposed, p1 us ten days in jail. Defendant must report by
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Kristen R. Edgecomb: Charged with dealing in stolen property on May 11,
2003. Defendant is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections.
John Leace represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in
the Department of Corrections with 65 days credit for time served to run
concurrently with a current sentence. Also charged with one count of the sale
of a controlled substance on June 23, 2001. Defendant admitted to violation
of probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was termi-
nated. Defendant was given 1 year and 1 day with 207 days credit for time
served. All outstanding financial obligations were reduced.
Eddie F. Houston: Charged with violation of probation because of the sale of
a controlled substance on May 8, 2001. Kevin Steiger represented the defen-
dant. Defendant admitted to being in violation violationof probation and was found in
violation of probation. Probation was modified and defendant must perform
50 hours community service work.
Kenneth R. Jackson: Defendant is incarcerated in the Florida Department of
Corrections. John Leace represented the defendant. Defendant was charged
with grand theft on July 27, 2000. Defendant admitted to being in violation of
probation and was found in violation of probation and adjudicated guilty.
Probation was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 60 months with 397 days
credit for time served in the Department of Corrections. All of the defendant's
outstanding financial obligations were reduced to a civil judgment. Defendant
was also charged with the grand theft of a motor vehicle on August 3, 2002.
Defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 60 months with 397 days credit for time served in the De-
partment of Corrections. Restitution was reserved. Defendant must pay court
costs of $295,00. Defendant charged with the grand theft of a motor vehicle
on August 26, 2002. Defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated
guilty and sentenced to 60 months with 322 days credit for time served in the
Department of Corrections. Restitution was reserved. Defendant must pay
$295.00 in court costs. The defendant is also charged with burglary of a con-
veyance, two counts of grand theft of motor vehicle, two counts of petty theft
and criminal mischief on April 22, 2003. Defendant entered a plea of no con-
test, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 60 months with 322 days credit
for time served in the Department of Corrections. He was also given 90 days
jail credit for time served. All the sentences to the Department to Corrections
are to run concurrently. Restitution was reserved. Defendant must pay $295.
00 in court costs.
Anthony Allen Jones: Charged with violation of probation by the possession
of a controlled substance on February 8, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated.
Charles E. Hobbs II represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to being
in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Defendant
was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail with 266 days credit for time
served. His financial obligation was reduced to a civil judgment..
Clarence Lowery: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of deal-
ing in stolen goods on September 29, 1992. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Steve
M. Watkins II represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to being viola-
tion of probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was re-
voked. Defendant was sentenced to 2 days in jail. Defendant must report to
jail by July 25, 2003 at 6:00 PM. Defendant was also charged with the cultiva-
tion of cannabis on July 2, 1999. Bond was set at $5,000.00. A civil judgment
was imposed.
Connie Massey: Charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft on
November 9, 2002. John Leace represented the defendant. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
Horace Powell II: Charged with grand theft on August 13, 2002. Bond was
set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant did not
appear in court. Capias was ordered and the surety bond was forfeited.
Joseph Glen Putnal: Charged with aggravated assault with, a-deadly weapon
and resisting an' officer with violence on January 2, 2002. Bond was set at
$5,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case was entered on the
Violation 'of Probation Docket for August, 11, 2003 at 1:30 p.m.
Thomas. C. Tarantino: Defendant was incarcerated in the Florida Depart-
merit of Corrections. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Charged
with dealing in stolen property on October 16, 2001. Defendant admitted to
being in violation of probation and was found In violation of probation. Proba-
tion was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 24 months with 225 days credit
for time served in the Department of Corrections. All outstanding financial
obligation's were redu'ced'to civil judgment. On January 24, 2003, the defen-
dant wda charged: with two counts of 'uttering worthless checks. Defendant
entered'd plea .of no contest and'was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sen-
.tenced-to 24 months with 225 days credit for time served in the'Flqrida De-
partment of Corrections and must pay court costs of $295.00. Defendant was
also charged with two counts of burglary of a structure. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 24 months with
225 days credit for time served in the Department of Corrections and must
pay court costs of $295.00. He is to serve 2 years probation as: a 1st year
felony drug offender upon his release from the Department of Corrections. If
he requests placement in inpatient drug treatment. Department of Correc-
tions should do so without a further Court order. All of the above sentences
are to run, concurrently and are to be concurrent with the sentence in a Gulf
County case.
Donovan J. Taylor: Charged&'with robbery arid'battery upori'aperson 65
years ol .age orolderonr November 12, 2002. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Plea'Docket for September 8, 2003.
Brook J. Vonier: Charged with grand theft and aggravated battery with intent
to do great bodily harm on June 1, 20024 Rendl Katalinic represented the
defendant. A motion was filed for a continuance. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for August 11, 2003.
William Robert Johnson: Charged with trespass of an'occupied structure on
May 3, 2002, charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude on January 12,
2001, and charged with burglary'of an occupied dwelling. Defendant was in-
carcerated. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Cases were entered
on the Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.,

Docket Sounding
Noah H. Goodson: Charged with one count of resisting an officer with vio-
lence. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case was' entered for Docket
Sounding for September 8, 2003. Defendant was also charged with two counts
of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence
on July 14, 2002. Charles E. Hobbs II represented the defendant for these
charges. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on September 8, 2003.
Morris Roland Schoelles: Charged with DUI with serious injuries and prop-
erty damage of $5,000.00 and driving while license was suspended or revoked
and causing property damage of $5,000.00 on September 7, 2002. Bond was
set at $1,500.00. John Leace represented the defendant. Case was entered for
Docket Sounding on October 13, 2003.

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Disposition
Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with driving while license was suspended (felony)
on June 15, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty and
sentenced to 3 years probation which may terminate early if all conditions are
met. Defendant must pay $295.00 in Court costs.

Violation Of Probation Hearing
Monica S. Scott: Charged with violation of probation because of possession
of a controlled substance on April 13, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to being in violation of
probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked.
Defendant was sentenced to jail for 11 months and 29 days with 186 days
credit for time served. All the financial obligations are reduced to a civil judg-
ment.

Hearings
Sean Patrick Fitzgerald: Charged with Murder in the First Degree on Janu-
ary 24, 2001. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant. Case was sched-
uled for Jury Trial on July 21, 2003.
John D. James: Barbara Sanders represented the defendant. Motion was
filed for the defendant's curfew to be modified. Court ordered that Monday
through Friday curfew be waived and the defendant must submit within 24
hours to the Salvation Army Corrections Department who will make a written
report.
William T. Romeka: Steven P. Glazer represented the defendant. A motion
was filed to terminate the probation. The motion was granted.

Jury Trial
Sean Patrick Fitzgerald: Charged with Murder in the first degree on January
24, 2001. Barbara Sanders and Steve Seliger represented the defendant. Pros-
ecutors for the State were Sean Desmond and Eddie Evans. The defendant
dropped his claim of self-defense and entered a plea of no contest to the lessor
of the included offenses, that of murder in the 2nd degree. The defendant was
adjudicated guilty. A pre-sentencing investigation was waived. The defendant
was sentenced to 30 years in the Florida Department of Corrections with 910
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Garden

Changes With

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By Rene Topping
When Gerald and Edith Greene
came to the Carrabelle area they
settled down in a small home at
111 Connecticut Street, on Lanark
Beach.
The first thing they wanted to do
was to put a flower garden in front
of their home.
Gerald had left a pretty garden
back there in Georgia, near At-
lanta. where everything grows. So
he got out, tilled up the soil, and
started to plant. To his disap-
pointment they all died. He even
went to Quincy to get some mush-
room soil and still they all died.
So he decided he would never be
able to have a pretty garden.
Edith however was not giving up.
She said "Why don't we get some
silk flowers and plant them. There
are lots of them that look quite
real."
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Michaels stores, and off the road
!they went. Gerald said that she
filled the truck with flowers.
They couldn't wait to get home
and the first thing after unload-
ing they planted the flowers. The
neighbors came to~.see, ..
There was-a lot of banter about
an "overnight garden."


Of that first garden, Gerald said,
"I didn't know what I had done. I
had begun to make the first dis-
play. I am handy with woodwork
and I was soon making animals
and all manner of people in wood."
He said that the neighbors and
other people have stopped and
asked if he will sell his animals.
He said he told them he did the
woodwork for his pleasure and the
people who came by to look.
One of their first displays was
when one of their daughters in
Georgia was presented with 40
Florida Flamingos on her 40th
birthday. Edith came home and
bought 60 pink flamingos and
planted them in the garden. She
chuckled as she said, "I got her
that time."
They got into a habit of buying
something.new on each travel.
One was some beautiful, over-
sized butterflies which Edith ..
loved. Soon they were doing dis-
plays for Christmas, Easter. and in Carrabelle. The Dalmatians
Thanksgiving. This attracted were featured in this years display
people from all over Franklin but each dog had his head right
County and as far away as Talla- down in the "Headlong Dalma-
hassep. tians."
One year Edith made a tree out The little Dutch Girl and boy are
of poinsettias. They had a troop posing in the front of the house
of wooden soldiers, and being a and Flqrida Bears are moving in
Vietnam Veteran Gerald made from the side of the yard. There
them march in a new formation are lighthouses along the other
each year, one time, when the side.
"101 Dalmatians" was on at all the Easter always has a large display
cinemas, Gerald made a few Easter always has a large display
cinemas, Gerald made a few of Easter eggs made by Gerald.
Thanksgiving always has it's por-
tion of turkeys.
The couple said that they do it
"Just for the fun of it."
Each year brings more things to
place in the yard. Now comes the
question. I asked it as so many
before had asked, "Where do you
keep all these things? I was ush-
ered out to the back and they
p~~pointed out that one shed has the
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flowers, another has the animals.
Sheds for each season you see.
All organized.
Between the seasons you will see
the Spring flowers and the Sum-
mer flowers growing in a garden
where the flowers stay alive They
both agreed that it was hard work
to keep It going. Gerald said 'The
neighbors will come over and ask
when we are going to change it.
They let me know if I left some-
thing out."
There is another side to this
charming couple. Just as they
share their gardens with every-
body Gerald is Mr. Fix-it for the
people who need a little electrical
fix or some carpentry. He says
that makes him feel good. Edith
said when they first came here she
used to have a dinner for those
people who were alone on Thanks-
giving. She sat 18 people down
one Thanksgiving.


Edith keeps track of her husband
when he has gone on a Fix-it Job.
She sends a code out on her cell
phone when lunch is on the table
or visitors have come to call.
When asked how long he had
been doing the displays they said
it was 10 years. How long will he
keep it up? He answered that with
a grin and said, "As long as I can."
Edith told me of one fix-it job for
a lady neighbor who was alone
and had some problems. He said
that she insisted' that he got paid.
He told her he gotjoy out of doing
it. He never takes pay. She asked
him to take away a large sack of
shells and guess what ... that is
the makings of another story.
They made dolls and animals and
boats out of them. Each a perfect
piece.
That's the kind of neighbor that
we all wish to have.


wooden Dalmatians and a little,
neighbor boy came up to him and
said, "When are you going to make,
the other Dalmatians?" He hated
to disappoint his little friend but,
he had to say "No."
This was the first year they cel-.'
ebrated the Fourth of JuIl. They'
did it with 72 flags. Surely the'
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C.-rdi belle City

Council Meeting
Augi-t. 7.,2003

By Skip Frink
Seems like yesterday ... Jesse G.
Smith and his wife Debbie made
the trip to Hollywood and ap-
peared on the Tonight Show to
talk about the World's Smallest
Police Station. The phone booth
attraction, which still stands on
Highway 98 next to the real es-
tate office all these years later, still
commands the attention of tour-
ist cameras year-round.
Jesse and the late Police Chief
Marvin E. Braswell were honored
by Warren Roddenberry of the
State Highway Patrol for their
years of service to Carrabelle. Ac-
cepting plaques as the first order
of business at the meeting were
Chief Braswell's daughter Sonja,
and Jesse Smith. The men had
served 25 and 26 years, respec-
tively.
Unfinished Business:
Gulf State Bank was awarded the
contract to finance a tractor as a!
capital expenditure, at the rate of.
2.25% fixed. Runner-up was The
Bank, at 3.57%.
Mayor Messer and City Attorney
Doug Gaidry executed the mylar,
the formal document to recognize
Pristine Lakes subdivision devel-
opment. There was a request from
Andy Durham, from Pristine
Lakes, that the city install 5200
feet of 6" water pipe with hy-,
drants, and that the city collect
the $750 tap fees. Comments
from Jim Brown, candidate for
Carrabelle mayor, Paul Osterbe of
Osterbe Plumbing, Dan Keck of
Baskerville-Donovan, Doug
Gaidry and Roger Bybee, led to
the conclusion that only the 409'
portion of pipe which runs from
existing city water main to the.
development would be consid-
ered. The City voted to arrive at a
figure of reimbursement to the de-
veloper (percentage of the tap fees)
as lots are sold.
Paul Osterbe requested that the
city approve 1/2 mile of 8-inch
water main, with hydrants, to run
from Carrabelle Beach to Crooked


River Lighthouse. His request was
tabled.
Mr. and Ms. Mike Preston had
multiple questions concerning
sewer hookup at 204 Mark Street,
which all seemed to be answered
to their satisfaction.
The council voted to acquire title
to the American Legion property,
which currently has an unclear
deed. Then the use of the prop-
erty can be decided.
Dan Keck, of Baskerville-
Donovan, announced that the
Water Sewer Demolition project is
now completed, with a little
money left over.
Approved a computer for the Wa-
ter/Sewer Department at a cost
of $1579, plus printer.
Renewed the Mediacom lease for
a 5-year period, increased city
income to $700.
Approved the acquisition of 54
acres of land near the water plant
to be used for the Carrabelle Wild-
life Park. Money to come from a
Florida Communities Trust grant.
The new airport hanger project is
ready to go out to bid.
Council approved the plan to
build a prison within city limits.
Ordinance 124 calls for "no
prison" unless the city council
approves.
New Business:
* Raymond Williams was appointed
to serve as representative of
Carrabelle City government to the
newly-forming TDC (Tourist De-
'velopment Council). The body,
,composed of citizens from
:!tourism-i-elated businesses or
government elected officials, is
chaired by Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders. Skip Frink, Chamber
president, is Carrabelle's other
representative. The TDC will ap-
portion the new incoming funds
Which will come as a'result of the
"bed tax," to be considered on an
upcoming public ballot. The tax,
'if enacted, will only apply to over-
night accommodations used in
the county, and has been calcu-
lated to earn upwards of
$500,000.00 per year. EHaving
people on the TPC from all areas
of the county will assure that
funds are divided equitably, with
Sthe ultimate goal of improving our
Forgotten Coast.
Becky Jackson, City Clerk, ac-
cepted appointment as represen-
tative to serve on .the task force
for the Local Mitigation Strategy
updating process.
Dell Schneider's request to rezone
and change land use of a parcel
located next to the airport was put


in process (rezoning hearings,
DCA review). He wishes to change
20-25 acres from I-1 Industrial to
C- Mixed Use Commercial, for an
RV park.
Cheryl Garry and Vera Snider re-
quested permission to "turn
around" 2 lots on Block A of Sun
& Sand Village to face NE 12
Street instead of Owens Avenue.
Tabled.
Approved contract agreement be-
tween City of Carrabelle and
Southern Water Services.
Chose low bid of 4 bids for two
work trucks for the W/S Dept.,
under the FDEP loan. Proctor and
Proctor was the successful bidder,
providing a GMC Sierra fully
belled and whistled. Keith Mock,
Fire Chief, reviewed details of all
4 bids.
Promoted Jim Moore to Assistant
Water/Sewer Supervisor.
Approved the junking of a 1978
Ford Fire Truck, gasoline engine,
and one mower.
Officer Mark Savage requested
$300 to attend training classes in
Orlando. City police commis-
sioner Ed Saunders, not hearing
officer Savage's answers from the
extreme back of the meeting
room, requested that he come for-
ward. Officer Savage came to ap-
proximately midpoint in the room,
and an adversarial Q&A ensued.
The council finally voted to send
him.
Approved City Clerk Becky
Jackson's attendance at the FACC
Career Development Institute in
Altamonte Springs, Fl. on 10/
12-17 for $800.
Ordinances:
Second reading and passage of
Ordinance 305, rezoning 4.5
acres in Section 20, Township 7
South, Range 4 West and section
29, Township 7 South, Range 4
West, Carrabelle, Franklin
County, Florida, from R- I Single
family Residential to R-4 Multi-
Family Residential.
The "Julia Mae's" ordinance, 306,
did not appear. 306 was to change
3.54 acres from C-1, Mixed-Use
Commercial to R-4, Multi-Family
Residential.






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For Voting

By Rene Topping
The members of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association (APTA)
gave approval at their meeting in
August for the slate of officers to
be sent out to those living at Alli-
gator Point and who own property
out of town who cannot get to the
September 13 meeting. The meet-
ing will be somewhat social as
there will be refreshments served
and soft drinks along with coffee.
Dick Waters said that the erosion
design has been approved. The
Corps of Engineers, (COE) will
supply 200,000 cubic yards of
Apalachicola River Sand. Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) and COE will share the re-,
sponsibility of the beach
renourishment. The proposal is
that Alligator Point will be a Pilot
Program. The first phase will start
in June 2004. He said to keep
expectations low. Since the pro-
gram started there has been sev-
eral houses taken down and the
project will have to be lengthened.
Ann Maruszak said that the sand
is a fairly close match to the Alli-
gator Point beaches.
Allan Feifer said that the project
has to have 100 feet more to go to
(hip Morrison Road.
When people started to discuss
the color of the sand Joann Deibel
said "The more we talk about it
there will be less opposition on the
color of the sand."

Franklin Commission
Joe Hambrose said that the com-
mission failed to approve a mo-
tion that licenses will be required
for some contractors because of
lack of a second.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders,
and advised him to be at the next
commission meeting on Tuesday,
August 19th.

Public Safety
Steve Fling said that the Sheriff
had a new deputy for Alligator
Point, He also said that the pieces
of military ordinance that are
landing on the beaches are not to
be picked up. There is a possibil-
ity that they would get hot and
ignite. Don't touch it but put a call
in to the 911 number.
The decals for the cars will be
ready for delivery next weekend.
Cheryl Sanders said she has a
lead as to where she can get a new
Alligator Point sign. It would be
put up near the communication
tower. It was suggested that the
sign read Alligator Point Commu-
nities.i
She went on to answer some
questions from the members: The
Visioning meeting will be held in
the Commission Room on August
19, 6:00 p.m.
The St. James Overlay meeting
will be held sometime in Septem-
ber.
On the topic of getting the En-
forcement Code Officer she ad-
vised members to send e-mails

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on the Planning and Zoning
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She said that since the houses
have been demolished there is still
debris such as fiber glass on the
Gomez House, and concrete and
a pile of other debris. There are
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It was brought up that where My
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Steve Fling on the Fire Depart-
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August so30th

The Methodist Men of St. George
Island United Methodist Church.
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from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 am. For
a donation of just $5.00, you will
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sage complete with juice and cof-
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located at 201 East Gulf Beach
Drive on St. George Island.

Visitors and residents are cor-
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The Grant application contained
the following budget narrative
form that breaks down the first
year funding. The Boys and Girls
Club of the Big Bend President
(BGCBB) will receive $7,200. The
Project Director of the entire op-
eration is budgeted at $45,000.
Each site supervisor or coordina-
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are paid as indicated in Figure
One.

EDITORIAL &

COMMENTARY

Letter To The

Editor

Fishing For Freedom
P.O. Box 672
Panacea, Florida 32346
Maybe the FLAG is coming back
OR how the FWCC screwed up
again!
Approximately a year ago FWCC
officer Pierce stopped, arrested
and charged a Wakulla County
fisherman with a number of
charges while on the near shore'
waters at Panacea. After a num-
ber of delays the case was set for
trial on August 18, 2003 in the
Circuit Court in Crawfordville, In
my opinion, the FWCC had failed
so many times to obtain convic-
tions in the County Court they
decided to ,elevate the level of
charges to a felony in an effort to
try the case in the Circuit Court.
Officer Pierce originally filed five
counts against Mr. Nichols how-
ever two were withdrawn the
morning of the trial leaving three
to be decided by the court or jury.
The State Attorney presented wit-
nesses whose testimony about the
3 remaining charges were heard
by the Court and jury. When the
State Attorney concluded, the
Judge asked for matters to be
heard prior to the Defense pre-
senting a case. As a result of mo-
tions to dismiss made by Mr.
Nichol's attorney, the Judge dis-.
missed 2 of the 3 charges because
there was no statutory basis for
them to begin with. The third'
charge was given to the jury and
after the defendant testified and,
final testaments by both attorneys
the jury was charged and sent to
decide. The jury returned! to the
Court room 18 minutes after they
departed! They took less than 15
minutes to elect a foreperson and
decide NOT GUILTY. No one in the
courtroom was surprised by that
decision and in my opinion' that
included the State Attorney.
This is the first time charges al-
leged by Officer Pierce have been
either dismissed or to have no
statutory basis. This is a pattern
by a number of law enforcement
personnel hired by the FWCC and
in almost every case that is taken
to trial has been won by the de-
fendant. This should be message
to the FWCC Managementi-Their
officers are either totally incom-
petent, just simply stupid or they
have an agenda other than fair.
and Impartial enforcement of the
laws. I will add this warning to
local fishermen: LOOK OUT,
THEY LOST ANOTHER COURT
CASE AND WILL SOON BE
LOOKING TO RETALIATE
AGAINST YOU!
During my 20+ years of military
experience I witnessed this type
of activity by those in charge (read
I have a gun) in a number of coun-
tries but never would have be-
lieved it would happen in America.
If the law enforcement arm of the
FWCC isn't stopped I am afraid
someone is going to lose their life.
We have repeatedly asked the
head of the FWCC and Law En-
forcement to let us assist them
and have been either ignored or
told to go away. "We can do any-
thing to you we want to and you
can't do anything about it" is their
usual attitude. The citizens of
Florida should be aware, you are
next.
Jerry W. Hendry, Coordinator
Fishing For Freedom


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Budget Narrative Form


(3)
(2) FTE (4)
ACCOUNT TITLE AND NARRATIVE POSITION AMOUNT
Personnel: BGCBB President direct contact with students and staff of $7,200
the 21st Century Grant providing direction and support. Position will
work with Franklin County staff, students and community/school district .10
staff to ensure resources are used efficiently and. effectively.
.Personnel:. BGCBB Operations Director-direct contact with the Site $6,000
Coordinators and staff. Position will workwith Franklin County staff,
students and community/school district staff to ensure resources are .10
used efficiently and effectively.
Personnel: Project Director- directly responsible for student acceleration $45,000
towards program goals ard development/implementation of program
grant..Community relations and collaboration with Franklin County 1.0
Schools. Will directly supervise site coordinators and oversee all
subcontracts. Position will work with Franklin County staff, students and
community/school district staff to ensure resources are used efficiently
and effectively..
Personnel: 'Center Coordinators directly responsible for all student $82,500
outcomes Will supervise all staff and' resources at each Site and' 3'.0
ensure student progress is exemplary. Position will work with Franklin
County staff, students and community/school district staff to ensure
resources are used efficiently and effectively.
Personnel: Project Assistant work with students and staff on all $25,000
aspects of the grant operation. Assist daily with teaching curriculum and 1.0
strategies, enrichment scheduling, resource logistics and data entry.
Personnel- Educational Leaders these staff will act as "school '$66,045
teachers" ensuring that the academic content of the program is linked to 6.0
the regular school day. They will link the staff and students of each site
with the Franklin school.staff and programs to ensure. continuity and
accountability. They will also ensure that sound instructional strategies
are employed throughout the program.
Personnel: Technology, Recreational, and Enriclment Leaders these $70,762
staff are responsible for the direct service delivery in each area of 9.0
content for the 21st Century Students: computer lab; fitness, health and
recreation; and music and the'arts.
Personnel: Summer Program Staff responsible for the direct service 15 $55,680
delivery in the summer 10-week program in each area of content for the
21t Century Students. Some of these staff will act as "school teachers"
ensuring that the academic content of the program is linked to the -
regular school day. They will,link the staff and students of each site with
Sthe FrankliR County school staff and program's to ensure continuity and
accountability. They will also ensure that sound instructional strategies
are employed. Others of these staff will be responsible for the direct
service delivery in each area of content for the 21st Century Students:
computer lab; fitness, health and recreation; and music and the arts.
Total Fringe Benefits- Health Insurance and Retirement are calculated $62,380
on full-time personnel only. Other fringe benefits are social security,
FICA, unemployment and Medicare.
Total Travel includes continuous site visits for the Program Director and $11,946
Assistant as well as mandatory Federal and Regional school meetings.
Travel expense is also included for the evaluation of student progress
by a professional.
Total Equipment: Coniputer lab set up for all sites and necessary $139,215
hardware and software for student applications; other equipment for the
four 21st CCLC sites includes those necessary for the academic and
enrichment activities.
Total Supplies: Student supplies for direct operations of program. $8,882
These include student portfolios, arts and crafts supplies, and
educational games.
Total Contractual: These services will provide special and enrichment $165,594
services to students and families, and allow all students' access to the
Good TIDES Centers. Reading Rescue, Thomas Kelly Software, and
Parman Consulting will assist in the design, implementation and
evaluation of the 21CCLCP, Also our contractors will assist in identifying
and supporting participation of public school students in the Good
TIDES Centers. In addition, they will assist in identifying, training and
recruiting certified teachers and other staff, as well as volunteers from
the community, for employment and assignments in the 21 CCLCP.
BGCBB partners and collaborating agencies in the Good TIDES
Centers have been carefully selected to ensure that students have the
best exposure to quality enrichment, health and fitness, educational,
and life skill programming available. Funding is also included to
subcontract with the Franklin School District for three School District
Principals at 30 minutes daily to ensure the students are properly
enrolled in the program and will receive direct guidance in the after
school program.
Total Other: Enrichment and field trips for students and professional $4,000
staff development.
Indirect Costs:

Accounting & Auditing $ 9,000
Human Resources (background checks, drug tests, etc.) 10,711
Insurance 15,144
Training/Technical Assistance 10,000

Total Indirect $44,855
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