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DCA's Waterfronts Florida

Partnership Program Designates

Apalachicola

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Volume 12, Number 20 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 3 -16,2003


(From left) Alan Pierce, Mayor of Apalachicola, Joe Parish,
Vice President, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce,
Anita Gregory Grove, Executive Director, Apalachicola
Chamber and Colleen Castille, Secretary of the Department
of Community Affairs.
The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced on Septem-
ber 18th designation of four new communities in the Waterfronts
Florida Partnership Program. Designees include the City of
Apalachicola, City of Melbourne-Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront, City of
Daytona Beach, and City of Crystal River-Kings Bay Waterfront. DCA
Secretary Colleen Castille presented certificates of designation to com-
munity officials at a ceremony held in Apalachicola.
"Many working waterfronts were once thriving centers of activity that
are now struggling to remain economically viable," said Secretary
Castille. "Bringing these waterfronts back to life will create a valuable
asset that can contribute significantly to a community's economic
health and image. The Waterfronts Florida Partnership program sup-
ports traditional water-dependent uses and promotes new waterfront
uses that protect natural and cultural resources."
Each community will receive intensive training, technical assistance
and a small planning grant to complete a waterfront revitalization
program. The assistance continues over a two-year period and the
grants reimburse a portion of the costs for preparing the plan. These
newly acquired resources will assist the communities in creating a
shared vision for the waterfront area and increasing economic activ-
ity in the area. Staff of the Waterfronts program work with communi-
ties in developing a vision by providing expertise and guidance in the
areas of land-use planning, environmental and cultural resource pro-
tection, mitigating the impacts of natural disasters and revitalization
of the traditional water-dependent economy.
The Waterfronts Florida Partnership program was created in 1997
and is financed with a grant from the Florida Coastal Management
Program, Department of Environmental Protection, made possible
through funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-
istration. The program addresses the physical and economic decline
of traditional waterfronts by providing technical assistance and train-
ing to designated communities involved in the revitalization of work-
ing waterfronts. Communities are selected every two years on the
basis of need in the areas of land-use planning, community vision-
ing, and economic revitalization.
For more information about the Waterfronts Florida Partnership Pro-
gram, visit .http://www.dca.state.fl.us/fdcp/DCP/waterfronts/
waterfront.htm.

Before the Florida Public Service Commission

PSC Approves Temporary Rate

Increase And Fireflow

Improvements For St. George

Water Management Services

The Public Service Commission in Tallahassee has provided public
notice that they have approved fireflow protection improvements,
depreciable life for the transmission main, and appropriate phase 2
revenue requirements for the St. George Island Water Management
Services, the water utility that supplies about 1,681 water customers
on the island. The Order will become final unless a petition is filed for
a formal proceeding objecting to the findings.

Case Background
The PSC released their opinion on September 8, 2003. The lengthy
document is excerpted for this report which contains a definitive his-
tory of WMSI activities just before and during the construction of the
new bridge to St. George Island.
For the year, ended December 31, 2002, the utility reported in its
annual report operating revenues of $914,481 and utility operating
income of $23,301. The utility's water rates were last established in a
rate case issued November 14, 1994.
On June 6, 2000, WMSI filed an application for a limited proceeding
to increase its water rates to cover the cost of building a new water
transmission main to connect its wells on the mainland to its service
territory on St. George Island. In its petition, the utility stated that it
was notified by the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) that
the existing bridge to St. George Island, to which WMSI's water main
is attached, was to be demolished and replaced by a new bridge with
an expected in-service date of March, 2003. Upon completion of
the new bridge, WMSI would have to make alternative arrangements
to provide service to its certificated service area. The utility's petition
sets forth its plan to construct a new main to be attached to the new
bridge, along with ancillary modifications to its system, and requests
an increase in its rates to provide funding for the proposed construc-
tion.
A customer meeting was held at the Franklin County Courthouse in
Apalachicola on September 12, 2000, in order to allow the utility's
customers the opportunity to comment on WMSI's petition. More than
100 customers attended, and 13 customers made statements. In gen-
eral, the speakers believed that the projected cost of the project was
excessive and that the utility should have planned for this contin-
gency in such a way as to avoid such a large rate increase. There was
also great concern over the utility's ability to provide fire protection.
WMSI originally requested that the Commission approve two tiers of
temporary increases, to be approved concurrently, described as Phase
1 and Phase 2. in its initial consideration of this matter. Phase 1
would cover preliminary costs and Phase 2 would cover estimated
total costs of the project. The utility then proposed a true-up, de-
scribed as Phase 3, which would set final rates after the project was
complete and all costs were verified.
By Order No. PSC-00-2227-PAA-WU, issued November 21, 2000 the
Commission found that construction of the new water transmission
main is justified, and that the prudent costs to be incurred by WMSI
in this project should be recovered through a three phase mecha-
nism. Further, the Commission found that replacement of the exist-
ing 8-inch main with a 12-inch water main is prudent, and that the
used and useful percentage for the new main should be 100 percent.
The Commission also approved the prudence of constructing a new
line from Well No. 1 to Well No. 4 in connection with the replacement
project. In addition, the Commission approved a Phase 1 increase
and deferred consideration of a temporary Phase 2 increase until the
utility filed more complete and detailed cost information. The approved
Phase 1 increase was 11.3 percent, or an annual revenue increase of
$82,707.
On May 14, 2003, WMSI filed a Supplemental Petition for Limited
Proceeding (supplemental petition), requesting revised rates for the
Phase 2 rate increase. In its supplemental petition, the utility stated
that numerous changes have occurred since the filing of the original
petition. First, the projected bridge in service date was changed from
March 2003 to October 2003. Second, the estimated capital cost of
the new transmission main and the other approved work on the main-
Sland has decreased. Third, WMSI has obtained financial support from
the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program administrated by the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Finally, WMSI's emi-
nent domain case was unsuccessful.
Continued on Page 12


At the St. George Plantation

Director Butterfield Claims

Plantation Board Violates State Law


Pattern of Legal Spending
Revealed
During the scheduled Board
meeting among five Directors for
St. George Plantation Owners'
Association, Inc., Director Donna
Butterfield claimed that the Board
has violated Florida Statutes 720
because five letters addressed to
the Board were not made avail-
able to her after three written re-
quests. The documents, ad-
dressed to the Board of Directors,
involved association paid legal
advice and have been withheld by
Treasurer Lee Sewell. Citing the
Board's intense and prolific past
of litigations, Ms. Butterfield
urged her peers to become in-
formed by abolishing the post of
legal liaison now occupied by Lee
Sewell, who refused to release the
letters but interprets them to the
Board.
The complaint is expressed in Ms
Butterfield's own words tape re-
corded by the Chronicle.
"I strongly object to the Legal Li-
aison having the sole responsibil-
ity for receiving and interpreting
and then passing along to the
Board of Directors what informa-
tion that person determines we
should have. There is no author-
ity, there are no guidelines for this
legal liaison that has been done
in the past by Mike Doyle, but he
was a lawyer. (However) I didn't,
approve of some of the informal
tion he withheld from us too...
This is getting to be a major, ma-
jor issue. I do not accept the legal
liaison interpretation of informa-
ElLi l


Lee Sewell
Treasurer
tion for the Board and I have writ-
ten several letters requesting cop-
ies of letters that have been ad-
dressed to the Board of Directors
and still have not received my cop-
ies. I am a member of the Board
of Directors. There were five let-
ters written in August, excuse me,
June by our attorneys of record,
Becker and Poliakoff (Fort Walton
Beach).
The letters were addressed to the
Board of Directors. I have re-
quested copies of those letters, in
writing, on three different occa-
sions. Florida Statutes 720 allows
me to have this information.
Along with that information, I
have asked for documentation
verifying over $11,000 worth of
legal expenses authorized by Mike
Doyle, to which absolutely no in-
formation has been provided. We
are currently in negotiations with
the Phipps Company We have
constantly had issues raised as
to what is our legal right? What
is their legal right? Does the An-
drew Jackson (agreement) carry
over to the new owners? And,
what I have been able to detail,
and this is background for my
motion, is that we've already
spent a lot of money on legal ex-
penses, and the information has
not been imparted to the group.
Therefore, we have no institu-
tional memory. When Mike Doyle
left, whatever he learned, he took
with him. For example, here is an
invoice (as she holds up the bill)
that says, "O.K. to pay per Lee and
Mike Doyle, work related to the
Ben Johnson agreement effective-
ness..." I sure would like to see
what we learned about the Ben
Johnson agreement effectiveness.
Then in January 2003 we hired a
different law firm, Novey and
Mendelson, and asked them to
give us a rendering on Resort Vil-
lage issues to the tune of
$2,475.00. I would certainly like
to know what we learned from
Novey Mendelson for $2400 re-
lated to the Resort Village.
"Mr. Doyle had a meeting at his
home, invited two legal firms, to
the tune of $3450. The letter from
one of the lawyers says, "Dear


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(Left) Director Donna
Butterfield and
Penny Sutton
Mike. I enjoyed meeting with you
and Bunny yesterday." There is
absolutely no documentation that
tells us what Mr. Doyle learned
from this meeting. However, the
invoice refers to it as the contract
with the Ben Johnson agreement.
I can go back to November of 2002
and cite a half-a-dozen different
areas that we are currently con-
cerned aboBut, because of the
structure of this Board has been
to allow one person, a non-lawyer
at that, to receive correspondence
from attorneys, interpret corre-
spondence from attorneys, and
withhold information addressed
to the Board of Directors is abso-
lutely untenable. I have filed a
complaint with the Board Presi-
dent on three different occasions.
I -m now awaiting a final answer
froni Becker and Poliakbff and if I
ao not receive the are currletters ad-
dressed to the Board of Directors,
then I am notifying this Board and
membership that this issue is just
too important. I will be filing a
complaint with the State
Attorney's Office claiming that
this Board is in violation of Florida
Statutes 720. I move that the ap-
pointment of a legal liaison as
currently being used ... be imme-
diately eliminated."
Ms. Butterfield pointed out that
there was nothing in writing de-
scribing the legal liaison nor du-
ties involved.
Lee Sewell moved to hire legal rep-
resentation for Phipps negotia-
tions. Dan Single. "This was the
lawyer and firm that came to us."
Sewell did not know their hourly
rate.
Donna Butterfield said, "...Based
on sub-section 720.303,
sub-paragraph 2, Florida Stat-
utes, provides that meetings of
committees that make final deci-
sions regarding the expenditure
of association funds are subject
to the same rules. "as the Board
with regard to meeting notice,
open meetings, and quorum-. Ac-
cording to this statute the RVA
Committee (Resort Village Com-
mittee) is not constituted accord-
ing to the Covenants, and there-
fore cannot take action. And, once
the Committee is reconstituted, as
I am assuming you will do, then
they must follow the same rules,
(on) meeting notice, open meet-
ings, quorum, etc."
ings, quorum, etc."


Director Russell Crofton
Continuing, she added: "The
problem is that this Board has a
committee that is functioning,
hiring lawyers and obviously tak-
ing stands, because that's what
negotiating is, with no input from
this membership, and no input or
direction from the Board. When
you constituted this committee it
was by e-mail because the Phipps
said they were not going to pay
their dues. That's an assumption
that this committee's responsibil-
ity is to get our dues. This com-
mittee is not even addressing,
according to their report, the is-
sue of dues. What are they ad-
dressing? What is their goal?"
Continued on Page 12


Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Waterfront Program .............................................. 1
St. George Plantation Board....................... 1, 2, 3
Movies to the Dixie Theatre.................................. 1
St. George Water Management .................1, 12
Tim ber Island .................................................... 2
Representative Boyd ......................................... 3
Editorial and Commentary ........................... 3, 4, 5
Croom Inc. ................................................... 5, 7
Second Circuit Court Report ......................... 6, 7
FCAN ............................................................... 10
North Florida Medical ...................................... 11
Business Card Directory .................................. 11



William E. Larrimore Sentenced In The

Death Of Louis Edward Blaske, Jr.


William E. Larrimore, charged
with first degree murder on Feb-
ruary 10, 2001 in the death of
Louis Edward Blaske, Jr., entered
a plea of no contest to a charge of
manslaughter with a firearm. The
Defendant Larrimore was adjudi-
cated guilty and sentenced to nine
years and three months in the
Department of' C6rrdctions with"
66 days credit for time served. He


is to pay $275 in court costs and
must forfeit his firearm. The
Grand Jury of the State of Florida,
formally indicted Larrimore with
the first-degree murder charge on
January 24, 2001. The Prosecut-
ing Attorney in this matter was
Willie Meggs. Larrimore's attorney
is Stephen S. Dobson II.


SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

In Apalachicola

Oct. 31st, Nov. 1 st & 2nd, 2003


Apalachicola City

The Apalachicola City Commission unanimously approved the 2003/
2004 proposed city budget at the special meeting last Tuesday, Sep-
tember 30th. The millage has been decreased 1/2 mil for the next
fiscal s,-as-'on makingit,,7..25,mil.per $ 1000 property-value. The rea-
son for the decrease is that property values have increased thus al-
lowing for the millage decrease Ihile still maintaining an overall in-
crease for the budget. The 2003/04 budget breaks down as follows:


Total General Government Expenditures:
Total Enterprise Fund Expenses:
The Special Reserve Fund
Grand Total:


$1,898,600
$1,993,500
$399,000
$4,291,100


Mayor7Elect Boyd "Sandy" Howze will be sworn in as the new Mayor
of Apalachicola at the next regular City Commission meeting, Tues-
day, October 7th, 2003 at City Hall.

Chronicle To Investigate
Plan To Bring Movies To The

Dixie Theatre


Tom Hoffer, publisher of the
Franklin Chronicle, met with Rex
Partington, owner of the Dixie
Theatre, Apalachicola; Friday,
September 12th, to discuss very
preliminary plans for possibly
bringing movies to the Dixie The-
atre.
Partington and Hoffer reviewed
blueprints of the Dixie Theatre
and other plans for the Eastpoint
Theatre as that project moves
through its phases. 'There are a
lot of things to carefully review in
bringing back movies to the
Dixie," Hoffer said. 'This is not
quite as simple as setting up a
16mm projector and running
movies on the white muslin sur-
face that forms a backdrop on the
Dixie stage."
The Chronicle is going ahead to
determine costs for stereo sound
and 35mm projection equipment,
speaker systems and screen ma-
terial to determine the technical
feasibility of the installation.
A contract with the Dixie Theatre
Foundation would be necessary to
iron out the myriad of details con-
cerning the addition of film pro-
grams at the Dixie, and help pay
for the projection and concession
equipment in the same instance.
Both Partington and Hoffer ini-
tially agreed that the prospects of
paying down the mortgages and'
generating some return for pay-
ing on the projection and conces-
sion equipment looked promising.
The Chronicle has conducted sur-


veys in the past year, ano is con-
tinuing surveys on the economic
feasibility of a theatre in Eastpoint
at the current time.
The plan for an auditorium at the
Chronicle 2.3 acre compound in
Eastpoint advanced some in the
last month with the completion of
a second building by Vulcan Steel.
The building will be used as an
archive and garage as the first
duplex is planned and permitted.
The Eastpoint Theatre project is
a part of three phases, with the
first phase construction of the
Chronicle editorial offices, followed
by one duplex. The remainder
duplexes are dependent upon
market forces and the sale of
other property.
"In the meantime," Hoffer reiter-
ated, "we publish two Chronicle
issues per month, although our
staffing has enlarged some with
the assistance of very capable
sales, writing and production as-
sociate personnel." Hoffer added
that there are still continuing
problems with the Dixie site that
will not be easily addressed,
"...and that includes seating in the
auditorium and parking, which I
consider marginal and a difficulty
affecting the risks involved." The
proposal presented to the Dixie
Foundation Board did not con-
template solving the seating prob-
lem, nor the parking problems.
Alterations would likely be called
for in the area that would be used
as a projection room, and espe-
cially for special air conditioning
with the newer arc lamps used in
35mm projection, among other
matters.


Chronicle Archive and Garage


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Timber Island Still On Agenda

For Sale To Board Of Trustees


The Timber Island tract in
Carrabelle is on the agenda of the
Board of Trustees, with the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet sitting as the
Board, for September 30th. The
St. Joe Company has bid $6.8
million for the purchase of the
48.93 acres.
On May 7, 1985 the Board of
Trustees approved an exchange
agreement with McKissack Prop-
erties, Inc., which conveyed into
state ownership approximately
49-acres of property on Timber
Island in Carrabelle, Florida, with
an approved value of $1,447,000.
In exchange, McKissack Proper-
ties, Inc., received property in
Dade County. At the same time,
the Board of Trustees approved a
lease to the Carrabelle Port Air-
port Authority (CPAA) for the
property received in the
McKissack exchange, less two
acres to be used for a Marine Pa-
trol station (FWC), which was later
increased to four acres. CPAA was
created by a special act of the
Florida Legislature (chapter
86-464, Laws of Florida).
Lease No. 3407, between the
Board of Trustees and CPAA, was
for a 30-year period with an op-
tion to renew for two successive
10-year periods. The purpose of
the lease was for CPAA to develop
the property into a seafood indus-
trial park. On April 21, 1987, the
Board of Trustees approved an
amendment to Lease No. 3407
and the amended Lease No.
3407-A, replaced and superseded
Lease No. 3407. Lease No. 3407-A
added 114,127.2 square feet of
sovereign submerged lands to the
leased area. On September 4,
1991, CPAA entered into a sub-
lease with Bevis and Associates,
Inc. and the Board of Trustees
approved the sublease on Octo-
ber 10, 1991. The sublease to
Bevis and Associates included
approximately 7.53 acres of up-
lands and 1.91 acres of sover-
eignty submerged lands.
Bevis and Associates manufac-
tures boats and operates a ma-
rine repair and maintenance ser-
vice on the leased property. The
original and amended lease to
CPAA contained a provision that
the lease would be subject to can-
cellation by the Board of Trust-
ees after the initial five years, if
the proposed seafood industrial
park had not been substantially
developed and at least 50 percent
of the property subleased by that
time, In October 1996, an audit
report by the Department of En-
vironmental Protection's (DEP)
Office of Inspector General recom-
mended that the Division of State
Lands (DSL) inform CPAA that its
performance was unsatisfactory,
and to give them a reasonable
time for the submittal of a formal
development plan complete with
*an amended Development of Re-
gional Impact (DRI), with engi-
neering and financial feasibility
studies, if needed. In February
1997, DEP informed CPAA they
had 18 months to submit the
documents recommended in the
Office of Inspector General's re-
port. CPAA did not comply with
this request, and on January 23,
2001, the Board of Trustees ap-
proved the termination of Lease
No. 3407-A between the Board of
Trustees and CPAA.
After discussions with the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
and the City of Carrabelle (City),
DSL determined it would be in the
best interest of the state to sell
the property, which has no man-
ager and is not conservation land.
The City Commission advised
DSL staff in January of 2002 that
they would like to see the state
sell, lease, or exchange the Tim-
ber Island property to help their
economy. DSL contracted with
Chandler & Associates, Inc., to
appraise the property for it's high-
est and best use. Chandler & As-
sociates, Inc., contracted with the
Genesis Group, Inc., to provide
surveys, area calculations, wet-
land delineations, conceptual de-
velopment plans, development
cost estimates, geotechnical
analysis and other studies. The
cost of the above services will be
reimbursed to the state by the
successful bidder, as provided .for
in the bid conditions and contract.
DEP advertised the Timber Island
state-owned property for approxi-
mately 60 days on a national com-
mercial real estate website called
Commrex.com and the DEP's
website.
Approximately 7,000 color bro-
chures were sent to commercial
real estate brokers in the south-
east. The property was advertised
for three consecutive weeks in
,both the Tallahassee Democrat
and the Apalachicola Times. The
property was advertised to be sold


as is, where is by sealed bid with
a bid minimum of $6.7 million.
The bid conditions disclosed that
bids received would be presented
to the Board of Trustees on Sep-
tember 30, 2003. The bid condi-
tions also provided an opportu-
nity for the state to negotiate a
land exchange at its discretion.
Bids were opened on July 29,
2003, and The St. Joe Company's
bid in the amount of $6.8 million
was the only bid received. The St.
Joe Company advised in their
cover letter dated July 28, 2003,
they would offer to exchange mu-
tually acceptable lands valued at
$6.8 million for the subject prop-
erty.
DEP staff is recommending ap-
proval of the $6.8 million bid
amount received from The' St. Joe
Company. If a land exchange is
negotiated, a separate item will be
presented to the Board of Trust-
ees at a later date. If no land ex-
change can be agreed upon, the
parties will proceed to closing for
the purchase of the property for
$6.8 million.
Randall C. Chandler, MAI, and
State-Certified General Appraiser,
appraised the property on Sep-
tember 6, 2002. Mr. Chandler es-
timated the market value in Sce-
nario A (41.40 acres) that ex-
cludes the four acres leased to the
FWC, that will not be sold, and
the 7.53 acres leased to Bevis &
Associates, Inc., to be $6,240,000.
The estimated market value for
the 7.53 acres, which are. sub-
ject to the lease with Bevis & As-
sociates, Inc., is $436,000 (Sce-
nario 1- Lessor responsible for
advalorem taxes). The property is
being sold subject to the lease
with Bevis & Associates but does
not include the four acres leased
to the FWC. The total estimated
market value for the 48.93 acres
is $6,676,000.
A consideration of the status of
the local government comprehen-
sive plan was not made for this
item. DEP has determined that
surplus land sales are not sub-
ject to the local government plan-
ning process.


Franklin County

Building And

Construction

Board Meeting

By Harriett Beach
The Franklin County Construc-
tion and Building Board met on
September 17, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Franklin County Court-
house Annex. The six board mem-
bers present were: John Hewitt,
Heath Galloway, Greg Prickett,
Ron Gray, Mark Housholder and
Chairman William Poloronis. Also
present were Franklin County
Attorney Mike Shuler and Build-
ing Official Robin Brinkley. After
the board approved the minutes
of the meeting last month, the
board began discussion on the
second item on the agenda.
A couple who purchased a home
on Alligator Point brought charges
against a contractor who signed
a certificate of occupancy for a
homeowner, who built the home
himself and needed to sell it. The
contractor did not pull any per-
mits, do any work on the home
nor had ever seen the home. An
employee of the Franklin County
Building Department prevailed
upon the contractor to sign the
certificate of occupancy for the
owner-builder. The purchasers of
the home described the home as
having many hidden defects and
as being poorly built.
Robin Brinkley concurred with
the home purchasers in that his
inspections of the work done by
the owner-builder revealed that
there were many hidden defects,
such as incorrect electrical wir-
ing, a broken sewer pipe, loose
tiles and Incorrectly installed
doors. The owner builder offered
to fix the problems but the new
owners said they did not want him
to do the work as they felt he is
x


not competent to do the work cor-
rectly. The board suggested a fi-
nancial settlement to cover the
cost of subcontracted repairs. As
the board needed more informa-
tion about the situation, they
tabled this item until next month.
The board discussed the permit-
ting of subcontractors in Franklin
County. The wording of the re-
quested ordinance was referred to
attorney Shuler to prepare it for
presentation to the Franklin
County Commission. As of the
date of the board meeting, attor-
ney Shuler did not have a draft of
the proposed ordinance.
Robin Brinkley discussed with the
board the changes made in the
worker's compensation system
and a need for a worker's com-
pensation workshop. He told the
board that he'would try to have
someone present for a workshop.
The time of the workshop will be
announced. As there was no fur-
ther business, the board ad-
journed.


Tumult, Confusion,

Surprise and Tedium

Mark St. George

Plantation

Homeowner Meeting
A Report and Commentary
By Tom W. Hoffer
The scheduled Board of Directors
Meeting at the St. George Planta-'
tion Owners' Association on Sat-
urday, September 20, 2003 began
at 10 a.m. and lasted until 5:15
p.m. with about one hour for
lunch.
After roll call of directors, the first
45 minutes of the meeting were
spent reviewing and amending
minutes of six previous meetings,
extending back to April 1, 2003.
Boyd Ellison, acting president and
presidor over the meeting said,
"We are very lax in our approval
of minutes." There were correc-
tions to all of the minutes, most
of these made by Treasurer Lee
Sewell, Ellison later exclaimed,
"Here we're relying on people's
memories, and I'm not real sure
... that we should be doing these
types of amendments to minutes
based on oral motions...
Director Donna Butterfieldifmnally,
said, "Obviously, we cannot let
this happen again. It is very un-
professional. But, I would like to
request our Secretary (Russell
Crofton) to write drafts and
present them to the Board, and
the Board accepts or amends the
minutes without other people
writing comments, sending com- ,
ments ... I don't want to have to
keep up with whose version do I.
have now... It's impossible to keep
track of all of this..." Thus, the
Secretary is to prepare a draft and
have it typed, and distributed as
soon as practicable following each
meeting. Corrections should be
marked on those copies and re-
turned to the Secretary.
Treasurer Lee Sewell moved to
establish an Alternative Revenue
Sources Committee to consider
alternative sources of revenue to
cover expenses and damages re-
lated to rentals and construction.
Director Flip Frolich was against
forming another committee and
instead preferred the matter origi-
nate with the Architectural Con-
trol Committee. That committee
'already exists. Nevertheless, the
Resources Committee was voted
to be established by the Board.
The Board also approved' a rec-
ommendation to charge a $200
fee for an application for a swim-
ming pool with fencing, and $300
for pools with enclosures. The
treasurer's report also included
the recommendation to add four
positions or "actions" for the next
budget year. This would add a to-
tal of $41,334 to the budget.
Where is the money to come
from?" asked Boyd Ellison. Lee
Sewell said there is a budget sur-
plus of about $56,000. This
moved Russell Crofton to speak
against the expenditure, the only
time in three meetings he has
opposed an expenditure. Director
Frolich moved that the proposal
he tabled until the new General


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(From left) Plantation General Manager Nick Mazzarell
Vice President Boyd Ellison.


Manager Nick Mazzarella would
make a recommendation.
Ms. Butterfield complained, about
the submission of the final bud-
get. "I think it is imperative that
this Board be informed on a
monthly basis-cash flow and
expenses. It doesn't have to be
audited. We've got a $1.5 million
budget and I don't know what we
have spent in the last four
months. This is objectionable to
me." She said she had mentioned
this several times in the past but
nothing was done to provide
Board members copies of the bud-
get. "We received a financial state-
ment in January and then not
another one for five months,"
Butterfield added.
Boyd Ellison admitted that the
Board did not have an indepen-
dent auditor's statement to go
with the final audited statement
sent out to the association mem-
bership.
The Security report by Bob Shiver
did not contain many revelations;
security matters had been well
under control. There are no new
developments on the new bar code
system, an innovation that very
little has been published. When
the agenda moved to the General
Managers report, however, Direc-
tor Butterfield raised questions
about the $9,500 advanced to the
'manager. She was particularly
'incensed over money paid for.Mr.
Mazzarella's house rental ex-
penses. Ellison said that moving
.expenses traditionally included
-temporary housing. Director
Frolich was more concerned
about the pre-approved aspects of
any reimbursement; that is to say,
there were to be pre-approved es-
timates of moving expenses prior
to the commitment of funds for
moving. Ms. Butterfield said she
was mislead on some aspects of
the moving expenses." A person-
nel matter climbed into the dis-
cussioni but. Director Ellison did
'not want to discuss the person-
i nel matter at this meeting. Later,


Ms. Butterfield moved to
lish a grievance committee
after extended discussion tI
of the Board voted this dow
Sewell argued that their
nothing in the bylaws or
enants that prevented ar
grieved employee from cont
a Director about a grievan
the days following the me
General Manager Nick Maz:
fired Tony Shiver, who has
cated he will file a grievance
After lunch. Director Frolic
absent for the afternoon
Marsh took to the floor and
a speech in behalf of Lloyd S
"...a man of diverse skills.
vative, resourceful knowled
and well deserving as Em
of the Year, which I think h
won several times." Thei
Marsh sat down and the
continued their deliberation
new salary for Bob Shiver,
raised by $3,400 to equal
pay with that of the Genera
ager.
Ms. Butterfield consider
salary of the new General
ager "way too high but I
vote to equalize the salary
Director of Security." The
increase of the General Ma
had done what she had f


geable
ployee
he has
n, Mr.
Board
>n of a
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ize his
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ed the
Man-
would
of the
salary
manager
feared;


Frequent references were made
throughout this meeting, mainly
by Treasurer Lee Sewell, about
"SOPs", or standard operating
procedures, as if these were
"rules" or "policies" codified over
time, tantamount to some sort of
law of the homeowners associa-
tion that should not be tampered
with. Added to the tendency of the
Treasurer and others to withhold
documents from other Board
members, the control over the
operations of the association ap-
pears to be in very few hands,
operationally speaking.
Continued on Page 3


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(From left) Directors Flip Froelich and Donna Butterfield.


Franklin Republicans


Support Redistricting

Franklin Republicans believe in constitutional government and the rule of law.
The Board of County Commissioners believes in something else. Florida law
requires the County to redistrict based upon the federal census data. That data
indicates a distinct shift in population in the various districts of the county
over the past decade. Unfortunately, the County stubbornly refuses to perform
its constitutional duty to redistrict. Accordingly, Franklin Republicans support
the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County and submit the
following resolution in support thereof:











WHEREAS, the Constitution and Statutory laws of the State of Florida pro-
vide for the reapportionment of voting districts every ten years following the
Federal Census, and the Laws of the State of Florida commands and directs
the Board of County Commission of each County to apportion its voting
districts for fair, just and equitable representation; and

WHEREAS, the voting districts in Franklin County have not been apportioned
by the Franklin County Board of County Commission following the 1990 and
2000 Federal census; and

WHEREAS, the 2000 Federal Census determined that the voting districts in
Franklin County are not apportioned for fair, just and equitable representation
and it appears that the Franklin County Board of County Commission has
failed to apportion the voting districts in a timely manner resulting in unfair,
unjust and inequitable representation; and

WHEREAS, A Concerned Citizens Group has been formed by citizens of
Franklin County to pursue by all lawful means the apportionment of the
voting districts in Franklin County for fair, just and equitable representation;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Franklin County Republi-
can Executive Committee by those present does approve and affirm its support
of the Concerned Citizens Group for its efforts to apportion the voting districts
of Franklin County for fair, just and equitable representation.

Done this 15th Day of September, 2003

Ned Pooser, Chairman
Franklin County Republican Executive Committee


I


escalated the salary of the Direc-
tor of Security, along with other
escalating costs in the Plantation.
The Board also approved contract
provisions to allow the new Gen-
eral Manager to live in Gulf
County.
Only Flip Frolich, Lee Sewell and
Boyd Ellison were privy to the
terms and the negotiations with
-\ the new general manager. When
the Board was reviewing contract
.-A provisions at this meeting, they
\V'. did not have even a draft of the
contract until after lunch.
Ms. Butterfleld was moved to ob-
._ serve, "While I may favor the
changes, I don't think it is legal
to amend a contract that we have
a and not even seen. I move to table
this...
estab- There was no information as to
ee but who set the salary for the general
he rest manager, but in history, when
n. Lee Wayne Gleasman held the job the
e was salary was at $33,000. The esca-
Cov- lation has occurred over the years
ny ag- for no apparent reason, now at a
acting point, the salaries require servic-
ice. In ing a larger bureaucratic expense
meeting, without any input from the gen-
zarella eral membership. Thus, the bu-
s indi- reaucracy is being built and be-
:e. comes its own self-fulfilling need
only to be financed with continu-
:h was ing home and lot owner assess-
. Guy ments. Not even the entire Board
made was privy to the negotiations for
Shiver, the new general manager.
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In the afternoon -session, the
Board was still occupied with
matters dealing with the general
manager. They approved "binding
arbitration" in the event of a dis-
pute between the Board. and the
general manager. At this time,
Boyd Ellison distributed copies of
a draft contract with the general
manager with the caveat that
these were not to be released to
anyone else.
Ms. Butterfield made a motion:
"I move to amend paragraph H,
page 12, to clarify that we will
not reimburse the manager for
travel to and from his residence
and work."
Ellison: "I'm going to rule that out
of order. That is as standard as
you can get. No company or any
entity of any kind pays its employ-
ees mileage for traveling to and
from the job.
DB: "Well, I don't know of many
companies who are going to pay
for his rent while his family is still
up north either, Boyd. So, you
can't rule it out of order. You can
vote against it, but you can't rule
it out of order."
Ellison: "O.K. I'll rule it in order.
Is there a second?" "I call for a
second again. Third call for a sec-
ond.." "The motion does not (trail-
ing off)." The motion failed for lack
of a second.
When the legal liaison report was
to be given to the Board, Director
Donna Butterfield complained
about the lack of communication
between legal liaison and the rest
of the Board. These matters were
reported in a separate article pub-
lished in this issue of the
Chronicle -involving charges of the
Board Violating State Law. '
The question of whether commit-
tee meetings are to be open to the
membership or not was raised by
Ms. Butterfield when Lee Sewell
moved to hire an attorney to rep-
resent the Association to the
Phipps Venture interests. Ms.
Butterfield argued that Florida
Statutes did indeed require that
any committee that made final
decisions regarding the expendi-
ture of association funds are sub-
ject to the same rules as the Board
with regard to meetings to be no-
ticed, open meetings and quorum
requirements. Earlier, Boyd
Ellison said he believed that some
committees did not 'have to be
open meetings. Ms. Butterfield
pointed out that the Board ap-
proved $20,000 to be assigned to
the Phipps Venture committee,
thereby invoking the requirement.
She said: "The problem is that this
Board has a committee that is


functioning, hiring lawyers and
obviously taking stands, because
that's what negotiating is, with no
input from this membership, and
no input or direction from the
Board. When you constituted this
committee it was by e-mail be-
cause the Phipps said they were
not going to pay their dues. That's
an assumption that .this
committee's responsibility is to get
our dues. This committee is not
even addressing, according to
their report, the issue of dues.
What are they addressing? What
is their goal?"
"What I am upset about is that
this Board is allowing a commit-
tee to run rampant and what is
their authority?" What are they
negotiating? ... What are they.do-
ing and why aren't we privy to it?
Ellison: "Have you ever negotiated
a contract?"
DB: "Well, you know. The last one
I negotiated was for the entire
. State of Florida Blue Cross and
Blue Shield Health Insurance.
Yes, Boyd, I have. And you know
what? Even if you haven't, any-
body with common sense in this
room would tell you we are not
providing information to this
membership. We are not the Big
Brother. They have a right to know
what we're trying to do with their
property. How many damn law-
yers does Mike Doyle need to hire?
.. "I'm saying do it right..."
There was a motion on the floor
to advise a committee which has
not yet been constituted yet.
Ellison admitted that the Commit-
tee has to be reconstituted.
Lee Sewell moved the establish-
ment of a legal'committee not less
than two nor more than three
people approved' by' the Board,
with the chair to be the Director
and the legal liaisori, to be ap-
pointed after the annual meeting.
Butterfield asked, "What would
the legal committee do? Again,
we're getting ready to vote on
something that we don't know
what we're talking about."
The motion to establish a legal
committee was approved.
The Board also adopted a Reso-
lution identifying new procedures
for records inspections requests.
These were developed by Becker
and Poliakoff law firm, signed off
by Raymond F. Newman, Jr. of the
. firm. The "rules governing inspec-
tion and copying of association
records" as articulated by Becker
and Poliakoff are as follows:


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ST. GEORGE PLANTATION OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC.
RULES GOVERNING INSPECTION AND COPYING OF ASSOCIATION RECORDS

I. RECORDS DEFINED .
The official records available for inspection and copying are those designated by
Chapter 720, Florida Statutes, as amended from time to time.
II. PERSONS ENTITLED TO INSPECT OR COPY
Every Association member or the authorized representative of such member, as
designated in writing (hereinafter collectively referred to as "member") shall have
the right to inspect or copy the official records pursuant to the following rules.
III. INSPECTION AND COPYING
A. A member desiring to inspect the Association's official records shall submit a
written request to the Association at 1712 Magnolia Road, St. George
Island, FL 32328. The request must state with particularity the official
records requested, including pertinent dates or time periods. The request
must be sufficiently detailed as to allow the Association to retrieve the official
records requested. However, the Association is under no obligation to
retrieve any records requested and may, in the alternative, require the
member to inspect the official records as they are kept in the ordinary course
of business.
B. Inspection or copying of records shall be limited to those records specifically
requested in advance, in writing.
C. No member may submit more than one request for inspection and/or
copying of the same record in a sixty (60) day period.
D. No member may submit more than one (1) request for records inspection
and/or copying during any thirty (30) day period.
E. No member may request the inspection of more than fifty (50) records at any
one time,, nor shall the Association be required to produce records for
inspection exceeding 500 pages at one time. If the member's request
exceeds either of these limitations, the Association may provide records for
inspection in the order requested by the member up to the limiting factor,
and notify the member that the other records will be made available for
inspection at another inspection session upon receipt of another written
request of the member.

F. All inspection of records shall be conducted at the Association's office or at
such other location designated by the Association. No member may remove
original records from the location of inspection. No alteration of the original
records shall be allowed.
G. Records shall be made available for inspection by the Association on or
before the tenth business day subsequent to actual receipt by the
Association of the written request for inspection. This time frame may be
extended by written request of the member. The Association shall notify the
member, by telephone, in person, or in writing, that the records are available
and shall attempt to make the records available at a mutually convenient
time and date. The Association shall not be obligated to make records
available less than ten (10) business days after receipt of the member's
written request.
H. Inspections shall be conducted between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
I. If a member desires to obtain a copy of any record, the member shall identify
the record desired during the inspection. The Association shall not be
obligated to copy portions of records. The requested copies will be made
available within a reasonable time.
J. With the exception of copies of the recorded governing documents which
shall be charged at the actual costs for reproducing and furnishing same, a
member shall pay twenty-five (25) cents per page for letter or legal sized
copies, payable in cash, money order or cashier's check at the time the
copies are requested. The Association shall not be obligated to undertake
the photocopying of any* records until payment is received by the
Association. Personal checks will not be accepted.
IV. MANNER OF INSPECTION
A. No written request for inspection or copying shall be made in order to harass
, any member, resident or Association agent, officer, director or employee.
S B. All persons Jinspecting or, requesting copies of records shall conduct
themselves in a. businesslike manner and shall not interfere with the
operation of the Association office or office where the records are otherwise
inspected pr copic ,The Association may assign one or more persons to
n n I ; u pi r i .s l r ,rip i .. .: i ,': r ,


C. The Association shall maintain a log detailing:
i. The date of receipt of the written request for inspection
ii. The name of the requesting party
iii. The requested copies
iv. The date the member was notified of the availability of the records
v. The date the records were made available for inspection or copying
vi. The date of actual inspection and copying
vii. The signature of the member acknowledging receipt of or access to
the records. Every person inspecting or receiving copies of records
shall sign said log or a comparable receipt prior to the inspection or
receipt of copies.


The state law requiring access to
official records by the member-
ship of any homeowner associa-
tion do not limit the numbers of
records to be requested, nor place
limitations of time. At the St.
George Homeowners Association
there is now a 30-day limitation
upon individual members re--
quests for records. The new rules
also limit the numbers of pages
involved. The log requirements are
also bureaucratic, requiring four
separate documents. Some of
these rules are not reasonable
limitations.
Despite self-serving comments by
some Directors concerning "lis-
tening to the membership" and lip
service on openness and commu-
nication, this is a very strange


Boyd Staff Office

Hours In

Carrabelle And

Apalachicola

A member of Congressman Allen,
Boyd's (D-North Florida) staff will

be visiting Carrabelle and
Apalachicola on the 1st Wednes-
day of every month so that the.
people of Franklin County will
have the opportunity to discuss
in person issues which concern
them.
Congressman Boyd's staff has
been trained to assist constitu-
ents with a variety of issues re-
lated to various Federal Agencies.
It is important to the Congress-
man that his staff makes itself
available for those who are not
able to travel to either his Panama
City or Tallahassee offices.
Office Hours with Congressman
Boyd's Staff:
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Carrabelle City Hall
Carrabelle
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Franklin County Courthouse
Commission Room
Apalachicola


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much controversy involving this
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Rep. Boyd Joins Congressional

Veterans In Sending A Message To

President Bush

"Last week, you submitted a supplemental funding request of $87
billion to pay for our ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As
veterans of military service, we stand behind our troops 100 percent
and will provide them with the resources they need in order to make
sure we succeed in Iraq. The stakes for our troops and our national
security are too high for us to fall.
"However, we are concerned that as the Administration asks for addi-
tional resources for these ongoing military operations and additional
sacrifices from our men and women in uniform, the Administration
has paid much less attention to ensuring that these American heroes
receive the support and resources they and their families deserve.
"Although we appreciate the Administration's reversal of its decision
to cut the compensation of our troops deployed abroad by eliminat-
ing $75 a month in additional danger pay and $150 a month in addi-
tional separation allowance for military families, much more needs to
be done.
"We would hope that, in light of the ongoing sacrifices made by mem-
bers of our military, the Administration would finally drop its
longstanding objections to fully ending the Disabled' Veterans Tax
(concurrent receipt). Veterans who retire with 20 years of honorable
service and have been disabled while in the military should be al-
lowed to collect both their retirement pension and their disability com-
pensation. We urge you to join us in authorizing fall payment of both
retirement pay and disability compensation to half a million disabled
military retirees.
"In addition, almost 200,000 veterans are waiting six months or more
for an appointment at VA hospitals. We hope the Administration will
finally support bipartisan proposals to increase funding for the VA by
$1.8 billion and withdraw your proposals to increase premiums and
prescription drug copayments for veterans seeking to access health
care. Your Administration's new cost sharing requirements would force
hundreds of thousands of veterans who have served their country
honorably out of the health care system entirely.
"We hope that you will join us in making sure that all members of our
military-those serving on active duty as well in the National Guard
and Reserves-and their families have access to high-quality health
insurance through TriCare. In light of the increasing demands we are
making on our Guard and Reserve personnel in Iraq and elsewhere,
we believe they deserve access to health care and are hopeful the
Administration will reconsider its opposition to this proposal.
"Finally, we hope that you will use your influence to ensure that we
can expand the child tax credit to the 12 million children, including
the one million children in military families, who were left out of the
Republican tax cut bill. There is no reason why this extra help should
be denied to military families already struggling with the extra re-
sponsibilities asked of them due to our actions overseas.
"America's soldiers are fighting for our freedom overseas. Theyand
their families shouldn't have to fight the government to receive the
benefits they deserve. As veterans, we know that strong words in
support of our military and our veterans are a poor substitute for
strong action on their behalf.
"We hope that you will join us in our efforts to provide fair pay, good
health benefits, and a secure retirement for those who serve in the
military. Only then can we be sure that America will be able to con-
tinue to attract the best and the brightest to join the world's most
capable military force."


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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


Civic Club Gets Only Part Of

The Story On C-4, C-5, C-2

Mary Lou Short, a volunteer member of the Franklin County Plan-
ning and Zoning Committee; advisory to the Franklin County Com-
mission, led a discussion of the proposed C-5 and "special district"
zoning classification being considered for the fourth time by P and Z.
Ostensibly, the purpose of the new zoning category is to "preserve the
integrity of the commercial district" on St. George Island.
Essentially, the requirement being discussed is to create a new clas-
sification for those structures that choose to have a business "down-
stairs" with residential living "upstairs." The space used for business
purposes must be at least 50 per cent of the total.
There are a few problems with this. First of all, it is a debatable point
whether the commercial district is disappearing. The "skinny minis"
or "road houses" used as residential are also commercial projects.
There appears to be a thriving business use of these structures. The
new category would require that 50 per cent of that building be used
for commercial purposes. The older C2 designation was for buildings
to be used for 100 percent business purposes; no residential use was
permitted. Yet, there are a number of violations of this category on St.
George Island because the category was not enforced. Indeed, the
enforcement of the per cent involved in C-5 was the chief drawback
presented to the Planning and Zoning Board by none other than Rachel
Ward of the Planning Department, a fact that Ms. Short neglected to
mention when she was proselytizing the members of the Civic Club.
As with C2, the new category C-5 would likely face similar enforce-
ment problems, and perhaps some litigation. The notion that the com-
mercial district is disappearing is a phony argument. It is not disap-
pearing. Indeed, having visiting populations nearby allows visitors to
walk to area businesses while parking their cars at the rented "skinny
minis." That also partially solves a parking problem as it relates to
those visitors and helps maintain the viability of the commercial dis-
trict. The real purpose behind the proposal for C-5 is to somehow
limit the development of the "Road houses," high and narrow build-
ings assembled close together.
Tom Hoffer
Publisher


Letter To The Editor


Publisher's Note: Here is a slice of the Apalachicola past. Clifton
M. Yarn returned to his home in North Carolina and wrote of his
recent visit to Apalachicola, He said, "...you will find a few of my
thoughts after returning home from a recent but much too short
of a visit to the second home of my youth. My plans are to visit
there again before years end and then in the summer of 2004."
Mr. Yarn is a retired military person who lived in Apalachicola
during the. 1930s.
Apalachicola, ah this I remember, the excitement that rose deep within
my breast as the old Trailways bus made its way across the five-mile
bridge that leads into the town I called my 2nd home. Apalachicola
has always had a special place in my heart. I often relive the memo-
ries of my youth that I keep close to the surface in the special cham-
bers of my heart and mind.
A few weeks ago it was to my great pleasure to be there again, if only
for a few days, but I have made a vow to return at least once a year
from now on, if only to relive those precious memories.
To my surprise and somewhat dismay I find that the old drawbridge
has been replaced by a new and higher bridge. I really missed the
sound of the horn that blew whenever the bridge would open to let
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the large shrimp boats through. So many times I would fish with an
old cane pole just to the right side of the bridge, I have a vivid picture
of the banana trees that were there at that time.
Gone is Rice Brothpr grocery store across the street from the theater,
I spent many joyful hours there, as my uncle Victor had the meat
market there. Also no longer in existence is Uncle Jim's pier and
shrimp boats.
Now as my Aunt Sallie use to say when the old folks would die off,
why do things have to change? Why can't things just stay the same?
Those are real thought provoking questions. If things didn't change, I
would still be a four-year-old playing in the sun bleached sand on
Mexico Beach, or maybe a nine or ten year old with a crab net looking
for crabs to boil in a large black pot at Uncle Otto's cabins on the
beach. Just the thought of it brings back the delightful smell of drift-
wood burning beneath the pot, and the taste of lemon butter on fresh
boiled crab.
I remember the fish fries that were held at the old Army Air Corps
base on the fourth of July each year. That was an annual feast that I
always looked forward to, and to the air show that always took place
at that time. A popular song of that day was Apalachicola USA. I still
remember the tune, and wonder if anyone is still around that remem-
bers the tune and words.
I can still see my mother and Aunt Bertha crying and hugging each
other at the announcement that World War II was over and the men
would soon be coming home. There have been many changes in the
world since those days of a by-gone era, some for the better some for
the worst, only in the days to come will we know.
If things never changed and they always stayed the same, well then
my children and grandchildren would not be, nor would they ever
know the pleasure of feeling the gentle waves wash over their bare
feet walking along the shore, or the savor of fresh salt air in their
nostrils, or the thrill of netting a crab and or just watching the sun
rise over a blue horizon. It's a changing world, things never stay the
same except for the memories that are etched deep in the hidden
chambers of my heart. I'll come back if only to renew the old, but
precious memories of my youth.
Clifton M. "Skipper" Yarn
7551 Southgate Rd.
Fayetteville, N.C. 28314


Letter To The Editor

September 15, 2003
Dear Mr. Hoffer,
Thanks for your complimentary newspaper but mostly for the most,
information I have had in regard to history, actions and perspectives
of the Plantation Homeowners Association since I purchased my sec-
ond home five years ago. I think your newspaper presented both per-
spectives on each issue. Twenty thousand dollars does seem a little
steep for newsletters. I have received one. By the way, I do have email
and would be happy to receive my newsletter via internet. When I
wrote a short note with my check to give my opinion about the im-"
mense assessment increase I received a scathing response from Lee
Sewell. I said to myself, well, I guess they don't want opinions. I also
think the contentious atmosphere is evident in the tenor and disposi-
tion of staff and homeowners when I visit my home.
I am sure many persons bought the dream of a place without the
stress of constant litigation and power trips. I loved the natural beauty
and the smiles and friendliness of the island residents. I purchased a
home after three days the first time I visited. I have heard only of
litigation and contention with more to come from P.O.A. I work for a
Board of Directors and there is a broad area between rubber stamp-
ing and micromanaging. I hope P.O.A. can find it. Your comments
regarding the growing bureaucracy of the P.O.A. and their "hiring


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I read on and here is the infor-
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The beta-carotene in the carrots
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out" what could be done by interested community minded persons or
those already knowledgeable are well taken. It does speak of ego run
amok. I appreciate your efforts on behalf of homeowners and espe-
cially those like me who are thousands of miles away and dependent
on the P.O.A. for information. Please keep us informed in the incisive
and articulate way you chose in your last newspaper.
Sincerely,
Jamie Kirk


Response To Jamie Kirk

Thanks for your letter about the Homeowner's Association. It would
appear that your response to a complaint about the continued high
assessments is consistent. The Board continues to ignore member
complaints. This year's budget has been distributed to the member-
ship in anticipation of the annual meeting, October 11th. When you
study that, you will find that the continued high level of assessment
is totally unnecessary but the Board has been conditioned to a con-
tinual flow of assessment funds that they simply cannot stop spend-
ing. This last Board meeting contains ample instances demonstrat-
ing that spending continues unbridled. They are building a bureau-
cracy that requires continued spending in order to maintain it. Even
Donna Butterfield, during the discussions of the pay raise for the
Director of Security, acknowledged that the escalated salary for the
General Manager "pushed the Board" into equalizing pay for the Se-
curity Director. These are, as Fred Friendly once articulated in a book
about American television, "circumstances beyond our control." Well,
not exactly. But removing these spenders from the Board, and im-
posing membership oversight at each and every Board meeting may
bridle this terrible tendency to create a bureaucracy that will cost the
membership well beyond what comparable associations provide their
gated communities. The chief spenders I have identified are Lee Sewell,
Rita Cutherson, Russell Crofton and Lee Madsen. Flip Frolich has
been to only one-half meeting I have attended, and absent from the
otheFs.
Tom W. Hoffer
Member


Love/Hate Game Over Water And

Sewer Service

For the last year, the boards of the Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District and the Carrabelle Water and Sewer District have been en-
gaged in a love/hate game of words, lies, half truths, deceptions, pro-
posals and "what if s". The endless meetings between these two dis-
tricts have produced nothing but empty words and verbal posturing
by Jim Lawlor, Chairman of the LVW&S District. Lawlor initially pro-
posed a consolidation between Lanark Village and Carrabelle Water
Districts but has been frantically backpedaling since then.
Dan Keck with Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. who is building the new
Carrabelle Water and Sewer Service brings a valid proposal to the
LVW&S Board to discuss and the LVS&S board will find some pa-
thetic reason not to respond. The last reason was really good! Lawlor
claims he sent a Letter of Intent to Carrabelle. The Carrabelle Com-
mission did not receive it. Others such as the Florida Northwest Wa-
ter District did receive the letter. Is the postal service between Lanark
Village and Carrabelle not functioning or does Lawlor not know how
to or want to communicate with the Carrabelle Commission?
The losers in this game being played by Lawlor and the LVW&S board
are the residents of the LVW&S District. Lawlor claims that a consoli-
dation between Carrabelle and Lanark Village will deny LVW&S Dis-
trict any representation. The residents of the Lanark District do not
have real representation now. The three member board is composed
of; Chairman Jim Lawlor, a resident of Lanark Village, Mike Hughes a
resident of Tallahassee. who owns' a RV Park'in the Lanark District
,and Fred Hart, a part time resident of Lanark Village, who has not
been here or attended a meeting since last March. Lawlor pretty much
runs his Water and Sewer District as he wishes. Printed minutes and
information concerning the LVW&S District are not available at the
public meetings. The public can hear only what information Lawlor
choosesto give out.
Service does not seem to be a high priority of the LVW&S District.
Lawlor has been talking about supplying water and sewer to the Lanark
Beach area but the reality is that LVW&S does not have the financial
stability, equipment, organization or interest in doing so. Serving the
Lanark Village apartment area of LVW&S District is Lawlor's top pri-
ority. Service to the Lanark Beach area is the lowest priority while
Lawlor's eyes sparkle as he talks about serving areas outside of his
District.
Carrabelle says they are prepared to service the Lanark Beach area
with sewer now and later water at a fair cost. The tiny 50 x 100 foot
lots in the Lanark Beach area are rapidly becoming developed. Nu-
merous wells are being drilled and septic tanks installed that are
close together. A sewer system is necessary to prevent the aquifer
from being polluted. Could we please have a competent, responsible
water and sewer district instead of this rinky-dink toy Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District.
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Challenge

Match Offered

For Take Stock

Scholarships

The St. Joe Community
Foundation Offers Match
For First $4,000 Raised
Franklin County Superintendent
of Schools, Jo Arm Gander,
Franklin County Take Stock in
Children Liaison and Program
Coordinator, Pamela Dodd and
Pamela Selton, Executive Direc-
tor of The St. Joe Community
Foundation announced a $4,000
challenge match to raise scholar-
ship dollars for Franklin County's
'Take Stock in Children" Program.
Now in its second year, Franklin
County's program is part of a
statewide initiative that, since
1995, has provided scholarships
and mentors to over 5,000 Florida
children. A public-private part-
nership of state government.
Business, school systems. social
service agencies, civic and private
citizens to pro-vide college tuition
scholarships to deserving stu-
dents throughout the state of
Florida, "Take Stock in Children"
provides a comprehensive plan for
success. Participating students
sign a contract prior to entering
high school, pledging to maintain
good grades and school atten-
dance, to stay out of trouble and
drug-free and to meet once a week
with a mentor, who along., with
the program's student advocate
and parents provide long-term
support to participants.
Upon graduating from high
school,. each student who has
honored the 'Take Stock in Chil-
dren" commitment receives a full
tuition scholarship to a Florida
college or to a vocational/techni-
cal school. Last year the program
came to Franklin County and
Dodd was appointed to oversee
the program, acting as liaison
between the school district, the
statewide organization, and the
newly formed "Take Stock in Chil-
dren" Leadership Council. Mem-
bers of the Council provide over-
sight of the program and also par-
ticipate it the selection of the
scholarship recipients, based on
strict and impartial needs based
criteria.
St. Joe Community Foundation
(STJQF) fu nd i ng comes primarily.
- rpa. sas (I d4 qcop unities,
like SummerCamp 7in Franklin
'County.- .
The St. Joe Company created The
St. Joe Community Foundation
(STJCF), formerly named North-
west Florida Improvement Foun-
dation, in 1999 to invest in com-
munity initiatives that pay
long-term returns on the quality
of life in Bay, Franklin, Gulf and
Walton counties. STJCFs unique
funding structure is based on
contributions to St. Joe that are
percentage of the proceeds from
new sales in specific communities
developed by Arvida and River
Camps. Contributions continue
each time the properties are re-
sold through deed covenants,
added by St. Joe at the initial sale,
requiring a transfer fee to be paid
to the Foundation each time a
property is subsequently sold.
The St. Joe companies-Arvida
and RiverCamps-and the prop-
erty owners who live in our neigh-
borhoods are partnering with the
community for the betterment of
the entire region. STJCF invest-
ments are based on building civic
infrastructure and providing on
going improvements in the region
through grants and initiatives
that promote teaching and learn-
ing and that create healthier com-
munities.


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


"We've seen the positive impact
that 'Take Stock' has had in
Walton and Bay Counties," said
Selton. "And we've heard from
students there who say if it
weren't for their scholarship they
would not have had the chance
to further their education. We.
consider this an important invest-
ment in the future and we hope
others will agree and join with us,
the Franklin County School
Board, and the '"Take Stock" Lead-
ership Council to make these
scholarships available."
"With support from Franklin
County's Take Stock in Children
Leadership Council and the gen-
eral community, we hope to meet
and exceed The St. Joe Commu-
nity Foundation's challenge-
match grant," said Dodd. To be-
come a sponsor or mentor, please
contact Pamela Dodd at 670-
1744.


By Rene Topping

Blountstown, FL-Early Educa-
tion and Care, Inc.: will have a
meeting at the Neal W. T Civic
Center, at 12 p.m. C.S.T. on Oc-
tober 6, 2003. Further informa-
tion regarding the meeting or
agenda, contact Early Education
and Care, Inc. at 850-872-7550
ext. 2305.
Apalachicola,' FL-Lunch with
the Elephants: Wednesday, 12
p.m. on October 8, 2003 the chil-
dren are invited to come to the
Hendels Ballfield and bring lunch
for -themselves and the Elephants.
Bring a treat of apples, water-
melon, bread, carrots, lettuce or
oranges and get your free tickets
to the Walker Bros, Circus. This
event is sponsored by the
Apalachicola Department, Jr.
Cops. Further information on
tickets for the CIRCUS Call 653-
9755 or 899-9755. **Buy your
tickets early and save $2.00.**
St. George Island, FL-Meetings:
Dates to remember St. George
Civic Club meets every third
'Thursday of every motith'. Every'
-Tuesday at' 7:30 p.m.' s' Bingo.
"Second Tuesday Franklin. County
Planning and Zoning meeting is
at 6:30 p.m. at ,the Courthouse
Annex. October 16th: Annual
Beach Party for the St. George
Civic Club.
Wakulla-Wakulla Chamber of
Commerce:. October 3rd: Golf
Tournament, Wildwood Country
Club.
Carrabelle, FL-The members of
the Red Hats Tate's Hell's Angels
Chapter: from Eastpoint, Alligator
Point, Lanark Village, Carrabelle
.will gather for a social dinner at 6
p.m. on October 6th at "Harbor
House" in Panacea, Wakulla for
an evening of companionship and
fun. If you want to join in the fun
just show up at the restaurant.
Membership is free to all.
Carrabelle, FL-Sea Oats Garden
Club: meets every second Thurs-
day of each month except July
and August. The next meeting will
be held at the Parish House at the
Episcopal Church at 6:30 p.m. on
October 8th. Jane Howlan will be
the speaker and will show her
mosaics. Please come if you are
interested.


Fund-Raiser For

Litigation

of the

Franklin County

Redistricting Issue,
Contributions to the legal fund seeking litigation
against the Franklin County to Compel Redistrict-
ing are being sought now. Those contributing $100
or more shall receive a one year free subscription
to the Franklin Chronicle, upon request.
Please send your check or money order to:
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc.;
Post Office Box 990; Eastpoint, FL 32328.

NAME:

MAILING ADDRESS:

CITY: STATE: ZIP:

AMOUNT ENCLOSED:

I hereby request a free one-year subscription to
the Franklin Chronicle.

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ARPC Recommends Crooms, Inc. Be

Redesignated As Franklin County

Community Transportation

Final decision to be made in November by CTD.
Every three years, the Commission for the Transportation Disadvan-
taged (CTD) requires that the designated official planning agency in
each service competitively procure the Community Transportation
Coordinator (CTC) by sealed proposals as required by Florida Stat-
tites. The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) began the re-
view by advertising a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified agen-
cies; last spring Crooms, Inc. and Trumpet Coach, Inc. from Franklin
County responded with applications. A selection committee selected
Crooms, Inc. The final report read, in part, Crooms, Inc. "coordinated
transportation experience outweighed the offerings of Trumpet Coach,
Inc." Thus, Crooms, Inc. is recommended as the Franklin County
Community Transportation Coordinator for a three-year period be-
ginning January 1, 2004. A final decision will be made in November.
The Committee recommendation included a plan be required within
90 days of the recommendation outlining steps to be taken to develop
and maintain a contingency account in which to strengthen the fi-
nancial base of Crooms, Inc., in the amount of four months of operat-
ing funds. The plan would be reviewed along with the six-month pro-
bationary evaluation. If a substantial difference is not apparent to
the committee, the committee will recommend that the CRC designa-
tion be re-evaluated by the Commission for the Transportation Dis-
advantaged.
A Selection Committee was chosen that included three members of
the Local Coordinating Boards and three ARPC staff members. The
committee consisted of Walter Cadwell, Chairman (Fla. Department
of Transportation), Lisa Spikes (Agency for Health Care Administra-
tion), Jim Brown (Fla. Department of Education/Vocational Rehabili-
tation), Dollie Reed (ARPC-Finance Officer), Van Bailey (ARPC-Staff
Assistant/TD Secretary) and Vanita Anderson (ARPC-TD Coordina-
tor). Ms. Vivian Daniels served as the alternate for Mr. Brown. The
Selection Committee acted on behalf of the ARPC and was composed
of individuals having technical and planning experience with coordi-
nation of transportation disadvantaged services. All members were
dedicated to this process and were willing to attend the meetings.
Meetings were scheduled to review the proposals, hear presentations
from the proposers and to negotiate contract terms with the lead
proposer in each county.
Franklin County Process ..
MPT.Lnders,.-ri repI_.rte-d that tv.u agencies responded to the letters of
interest and quaIliication: for Franklin County: Crooms, Inc. and
Trumpet Coach, Inc. Both companies were found to be qualified to
continue in the competitive procurement process. The companies were
given an opportunity to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP)
submitted by the Apalachee Regional Planning Council. On August
1, 2003, both companies submitted proposals.
The score sheets we're totaled and ranked. Crooms, Inc. ranked first
with an average score of 134.2 and Trumpet Coach, Inc. ranked sec-
ond with an average score of 96. The Committee discussed each pro-
posal.
The committee reiterated concerns regarding Trumpet Coach, Inc.
included a lack of experience with coordinated para-transit transpor-
tation, operators and vehicle inventory. The committee questioned
the financial stability of Crooms, Inc., especially after 13 years as the



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CTC.
Mr. John Croom, Executive Director of Crooms, Inc. made the last
presentation regarding his proposal for the Franklin County CTC.
Annette Critton, Office Manager and Larry Lane, CPA accompanied
Mr. Croom. Mr. Croom explained his proposal in detail. He stated
that the rate structure and rates were the same with the exception of
an additional waiting surcharge. Mr. Croom. said that he would be
looking at opportunities to work with the CTCs in Bay and Leon Coun-
ties to compensate for the wait time. Discussion ensued regarding
the need of a financial base in cases of emergencies or unusual events.
It was suggested that Mr. Croom look at reducing the number of trips
arranged with the operator by providing the trips in-house. Crooms,
Inc. was recognized as having received an award for their provision of
service to the transportation disadvantaged.

Discussion
Following the last presentation, the committee discussed each pre-
sentation and made the following recommendations.
Regarding the Franklin County CTC Selectioni The committee dis-
cussed the options before them. Crooms, Inc. offered experience and
an understanding of coordinated para-transit service, Trumpet Coach,
Inc. (TCI) offered corporate experience, a willingness to provide a com-
munity service and a rate of $.24/mile less than Crooms, Inc. It was
determined by a majority vote that the recommendation would be for
Crooms, Inc. to continue as the CTC for Franklin County.

Background
Croom's, Inc. was organized in 1990 as a private, non-profit organi-
zation to provide transportation services to the, transportation disad-
vantaged population of Franklin County. Croom's, Inc. is the present
Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) of Franklin County,
located at 133 Highway 98 in Apalachicola, Fl.
Croom's, Inc. provides intra-county and inter-county para-transit ser-
vices to ambulatory, wheelchair, and stretcher passengers. The types
of services currently provided include reservation, subscription, and
demand response. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week.
Croom's, Inc. complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the
Americans with Disabilities Act, and all other applicable federal, state,
and local requirements relating to handicapped accessibility. User
guides are provided to all riders. User.guides provide riders with in-
ormation on accessing services, cancellations, no shows, complaints
and grievances. They are available in Braille for the visually impaired
and the Florida Relay Service is utilized for the hearing impaired
The CTC currently has 5 full time and 3 part time drivers. The office
staff consists of 3 full time employees and 1 part-time employee. All
potential drivers must undergo pre-employment drug screening and
receive negative results before hire, and once hired, enter into the
random drug screening administered by FirstLab. All drivers must
also receive criminal background screening and possess a positive
driving record. All drivers are trained in safety compliance, and pro-
vided information on passenger assistance, passenger sensitivity train-
ing, drug awareness, the proper use of lift equipment, one and two
man stretcher operations, tie downs, etc. Employee meetings are held
quarterly to keep employees abreast of vital information, changes,
and to provide refresher courses. Meetings are also held at random at
the CTC's discretion.
Croom's, Inc. has one sub-contractor (Croom's Transportation, Inc.)
and one coordination contractor (Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council, Inc.). The CTC monitors these contractors annually to en-
sure that the terms and conditions of the contract are fulfilled.
Croom's, Inc. has been providing coordinated transportation services
since 1996. Prior to the implementation of the coordinated system,
different providers within the county provided trips in an unrestricted
manner. Coordination has proven to be the most cost-effective ap-
proach in the provision of transportation. Agencies are made aware
of the benefits of coordinated transportation when making arrange-
ments fbr their clients. It is less expensive to the sponsoring agency
whenever trips are coordinated as opposed to solo travel.
When a call is made to arrange for transportation services, the caller's
information is entered into the computer. Manifests are prepared,
trips are dispatched and drivers are assigned the appropriate vehicle
(according to the riders] needs). Trips are coordinated based on rid-
ers appointment times] and locationss. Th 'CTC multi-loads'all co-
ordinated trips whenever feasible.
Franklin County is a very rural, densely populated area. Due to the
distance to specialized medical facilities, most trips are coordinated
within a two (2) hour time frame. All riders are provided a courtesy
call the evening prior to their appointment informing them of their
scheduled pick-up tinfe. Riders are instructed to contact the office if
they are not at home to receive the call or if they do not have a tele-
phone.
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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Sean Desmond
Court Reporter, Steve Jacobson
September 8, 2003

All persons identified below are innocent until
proven otherwise in a court of law.

Arraignment
Robert T. Baucham: Charged with child abuse on July 3, 2003. Bond was set
at $ 1,000.00. Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger,
Public Defender. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12,2004.
Antonio R. Franklin: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis
on July 1, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was not present in
court. Attorney Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a
written lea of not guilty on September 4, 2003. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for January 12, 2004.
Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on
July 22, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present in court
and represented by a Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for December 8, 2003.
Richard Wayne Murray: Charged with solicitation of armed robbery with a
firearm on July 3, 2003. The Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was
present in court with a Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest. Adjudication was withheld. The defendant was placed on
two years probation, is to undergo evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction
and receive treatment if recommended. Defendant must pay $275.00 in court
costs and have no contact with Frank Sheridan.
Edward J. Prince: Charged with possession of a controlled substance and
represented by a Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for December 8, 2003.
Erik Andrew Thompson: Charged with felony battery on July 22; 2003. Bond
was set at $5,000.00. Matthew K. Foster represented the defendant. Defen-
dant entered a written plea of not guilty on July 31, 2003. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for December 8,, 2003.
Michael F. Whitaker: Charged with grand theft on May 18, 2003. A summons
to appear could not be served and the defendant did not appear in court. A
warrant for capias was ordered and any bond is now in estreat (forfeited).
Kevin Steiger, Public Defender represented the defendant.
Frederick R. Wilsey: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on May 29, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court
and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for December 8, 2003.

Violation of Probation Arraignment
Brian J. Albert: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of grand
theft on June 22, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant appeared in
court and was represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant en-
tered a denial of the violation of probation charge. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for November 10, 2003,
Michael James Anderson: Charged with violation of probation by burglary of
a structure on January 19, 1998. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was
present and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant entered
a denial of the violation of probation charged. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for November 10, 2003.
Ruby Diana Ayalla: Charged with violation of probation by a charge of grand
theft of a motor vehicle on October 28, 1999. Defendant was incarcerated.
Defendant was not present but was represented by Public Defender, Kevin
Steiger. Prosecuting Attorney was Adam Ruiz. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for October 13, 2003.
Dennis Lake Beebe: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of
grand theft'on September 10, 2001, Defendant was present and represented
by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant entered a denial of the violation
of probation charges. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 13,
2003.
Stephen B. Bryant: Charged violation of probation by felony fleeing or at-
tempting to elude on January 31; 2003. A Public Defender was appointed to
represent the defendant. Defendant entered a denial of the charges. Case was '
entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with violation of probation by a charge of driving
while his license was suspended (felony) on June 15, 2002. Bond was set at
$1,000.00. Defendant was present and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public
Defender. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for December 8, 2003.
Michelle Massey: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of bat-
tery of a law enforcement officer and one count- of resisting an officer with
violence on March 6, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
not present but was represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant
entered a written denial of the charges on September 4, 2003. 'Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
David E. Mcanally: Charged with violation of probation by felony fleeing or
attempting to elude on November 22, 2000. Bond was set at $886.01. Defen-
dant was present and reeset and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defen-
dant entered a denial of the charges. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
November 10, 2003. Bond was forfeited and defendant sent to the Depart-
ment of Corrections. Probation to be terminated. Defendant was also charged
with two counts of the sale of a controlled substance on May 31, 2002. Bond
was set at $5,000.00 for each count. Defendant entered a denial of the charges.
Case was entered in the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Jason Newton: Charged with violation of probation by nine counts of uttering
a false document on July 1, 1999. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant
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tion on his own recognizance. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for Octo-
ber 13. 2003.
Elizabeth Owens: Charged with violation of probation by the possession of
more than 20 grams of cannabis on January 19, 2002. Bond was set at
$2,500.00. Defendant was present in court and a Public Defender was ap-
pointed. Defendant entered a denial of the violation of probation charges. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Thatcher W. Shivley: Charged with violation of probation by possession of a
controlled substance on January 31, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. De-
fendant was present in court and represented by Kevin 'Steiger, Public De-
fender. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found
in violation of probation. Defendant was found to be in violation of probation
and probation was modified to add the condition of in-patient drug treatment
and defendant is to enter a treatment facility within 14 days.
Timothy Shawn Ward: Charged with violation of probation by battery on
June 12, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court
and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant admitted to
being in violation of probation and probation was revoked. Defendant was
sentenced to 49 days in jail and was given 49 days credit for time served.
Defendant also entered a plea of no contest to a battery (minor misdemeanor)
charge and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given credit for time served.
Freddie Woullard: Charged with violation of probation by aggravated battery
with great bodily harm on April 30, 1997. Defendant was incarcerated. Defen-
dant was present in court.and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender.
Case was entered on Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
James Watson: Charged with violation of probation by possession of alcohol
by a person under the age of 21. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was
present in court and a Public Defender was appointed to represent the defen-
dant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.

Plea Docket
James Stewart Amison: Charged with violation of probation by a felony bat-
tery on July 9, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court and represented by Rachel Chesnut. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation and
community control were revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 18 months in
the Department of Corrections with 67 days credit for time served. Sentence is
to run concurrent with another sentence. Defendant's outstanding financial
obligations were reduced to a civil judgment. Defendant had a weapons charge
that he entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 65 days with 65 days credit for time served. Defendant was
also charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer and re-
sisting an officer with violence on July 6, 2003. The State announced a Nolle
Pross (will not prosecute) on the charge of battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer. On the charge of resisting an officer with violence, the defendant entered
a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced
to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with 64 days credit for time
served. This is to run concurrent with the above sentence. Defendant was also
charged with reckless driving, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudi-
cated guilty. He was sentenced to 2 days and given credit for 65 days of time
served. Defendant must pay $295.00 in court costs.
Christopher Shondell Bass: Charged with being in violation of probation by,
felony fleeing or attempting, to elude and driving while his license was sus-
pended or revoked on January 10, 2000. Defendant was incarcerated. Defen-
dant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender.
Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation was revoked. Defendant was given 2 years in
community control followed by 2 years of probation.
Rudolph Bates: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a controlled
substance on February 2, 2002. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was
present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Hearing Docket for October 13, 2003.
Michael Boone: Charged with lewd or lascivious battery on April 23, 2003.
Bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present and represented by at-
torney, John Leace. Case was reset for the Plea Docket for November 10,
2003.
William B. Boyce: Charged with violation of probation by criminal mischief
and grand theft of a motor vehicle on May 2, 2002. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public
Defender.- Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation on the first
charge and was found in violation of probation. Probation was terminated and
114 days time served revoked. Any outstanding restitution owed by the defen-
dant is to be paid as partof the probation. On the second charge of grand theft
of a motor vehicle, defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and
was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked and defendant
was sentenced to a new 4-year term of probation with in-patient treatment.
Defendant must pay restitution for the first charge and testify truthfully in a
co-defendant's case. 'All previous conditions are imposed. Defendant was also
charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on July 10, 2002.
Defendant admitted to the charge and was given the same sentence as the
above charge. Defendant had another charge of aggravated battery with in-
tent to do great bodily harm on May 30, 2003. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest to a lesser charge of (battery-felony) and was adjudicated guilty. He
was sentenced to 4 years probation to run concurrently with the above proba-
tion sentence and to complete in-patient treatment and is to testify truthfully
-in a co-defendant's case. Defendant must pay $275.00 in court costs.
Wesley W. Branch: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on April 18,
2002. Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Pub-
lic Defender. Case was entered on the Plea docket for October 13, 2003.
Glenn D. Buffkin: Charged with two counts of uttering a false document and
two counts of forgery. Bond was set at $500.00. Defendant was present in
court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. The case was contin-
ued and entered on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
Mark Devin Creamer: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on December 19, 2002. Bond was set at $1,500.00. Defendant was present in
court and represented by attorney, John Leace. Case was entered on the Docket
Sounding for November 10, 2003 and Jury Trial on November 12, 2003.
Sammie Donavan Crum: Charged with burglary with assault therein, bat-
tery, violation of an injunction of protection and aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon on June 22, 2003. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Defendant entered a plea on August 25, 2003 and was sentenced at that time.
James Obie Dalton: Charged with driving while his license was permanently
revoked on July 22, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Defendant was present
in court and represented by attorney, Barbara Sanders. Case was reset on
Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.
Lucille Geter: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a controlled
substance on May 8, 2001 and the sale of a controlled substance on October
31, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and
represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was
revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 2 years in the Department of Correc-
tions with 384 days credit for time served. The sentence for the second charge
was the same for the first and to run concurrently.
Billy Ray Hill: Charged with one count of dealing In stolen property and one
count of driving while his license is permanently revoked. Bond was set at $
1,000.00. Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger,
Public Defender. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the lesser charge of
grand theft in the first count and in the second count was adjudicated as
guilty as charged. Defendant was given 2 years drug offender probation with






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curfew and is to have no drugs or alcohol. Defendant must also submit to
random tests for drugs and alcohol. Defendant must pay $275.00 in court
costs. Defendant was also charged with driving while his license was perma-
nently revoked and leaving the scene of an accident with damage to property
on August 8, 2003. The defendant entered ea of no contest to the charges
and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was given 2 years drug offender
probation to run concurrent with the above probation and with the same
conditions. On the second count, the defendant was given 6 months of con-
current probation and must pay $275.00 in court costs. The defendant had
been transferred from Liberty County.
Robert Kevin Lee: Charged with uttering a false document on June 26, 2003
and passing five worthless checks over $150.00 each on January 29, 2003.'
Bond was set at $2,500.00. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was not
Present in court and was represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. De-
endant was also charged with dealing in stolen property on May 27, 2003
and grand theft of a motor vehicle on May 29, 2003. All cases were entered on
the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Carlos Mason: Charged with a sexual act with a child under sixteen years of
age on April 1, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court and represented by a Public Defender. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest of battery on a child and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Department of Corrections with 192
days credit for time served. This is to be followed by 2 years probation. Defen-
dant must pay $275.00 in court costs and $2,861.03 to the Franklin County
Sheriff s Office for transportation costs and is to have no contact with the
victim.
John Sauers: Charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, burglary of a
structure and two counts of petty theft on February 19, 2003. Bond was set at
$5,000.00. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on September 8,
2003. Rachel Chesnut represented the defendant. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Roy Lee Simmons: Charged with violation of probation by a charge of arson
on October 24. 1996. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defendant. Defendant admit-
ted to being in violation of probation. Probation was revoked. Defendant was
given 48 days in jail with 48 days credit for time served. Probation was termi-
nated. Defendant's outstanding financial obligation was reduced to a judg-
ment.
Donovan J. Taylor: Charged with robbery and battery on a person 65 years
of age or older on November 12, 2002. Defendant was present in court and
represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defendant. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for October 13. 2003.
Jennifer Marie Tomlin: Charged with uttering a forged instrument on July
15, 2002. Defendant was in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public
Defender. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the charges. Adjudication
was withheld. Defendant was given 2 years probation and must pay $275.00
in court costs. Defendant must pay restitution in the amount to be deter-
mined by the Judge.
Laura Trammell: Charged with the sale or possession of a controlled sub-
stance with the intent to sell within 1,000 ft. of a school on January 3 1. 2003.
Bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present in court and represented
by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to a
lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance. Adjudication was with-
held. Defendant was given 2 years probation with drug offender conditions
and with curfew and random drug testing. Defendant must pay $275.00 in
court costs.
Johnny Lee Williams: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled
substance on June 6, 2002, and one count of retaliation against a witness on
July 18, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court
and represented by attorney, Charles E. Hobbs 11. Defendant also has a new
case in which he entered a plea of not guilty. All cases were entered on the
Plea Docket fQr January 12, 2004.
Mitchell Scott Yander: Charged with violation of probation by aggravated
assault on May 12, 1998. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present
in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant admit-
ted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation.
Probation was revoked. Defendant was given 237 days in jail with 177 days
credit for time served. Defendant's outstanding financial obligation was re-
duced to a judgment.
Glenn Suddeth: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance. Defendant
was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for October 10, 2003.

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Noah H. Goodson,: Charged with two counts of resisting an Officer with vio-
lence and two counts of battery on a Law Enforcement Officer on July 14.
2002. Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Pub-
lic Defender on one count of resisting an Officer with violence. Attorney, Charles
E. Hobbs 11 represented the defendant on the other charges. All charges and

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Second Circuit Court from Page 6

cases were entered on the Docket Sounding for October 13, 2003 and the
Jury Trial Docket for October 15, 2003.
William E. Larimore: Charged with murder in the first degree on February
10, 2001. Bond was set at $1,000,000.00. Attorney, Stephen S. Dobson H
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for Septem-
ber 22, 2003.
Alejandro Murrillo: Charged with aggravated battery with a firearm on Janu-
ary 27, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court
and represented by attorney, Alexander Domrowsky. State announced Nolle
Pross (they would not prosecute). Defendant was also charged with aggra-
vated assault on a Law Officer on-February 27, 2003. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest to a lesser charge of resisting an Officer without violence.
He was adjudicated guilty, and sentenced to 193 days in jail and given 193
days credit for time served.
James David Oakes: Charged with driving while under the influence (third
degree felony) on January 4, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was
present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Case is to
be transferred to and refiled with the Franklin County Court.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Motion was entered for a Hearing on October 13, 2003 at 2:30 PM.
Willie Lee Smith: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on March
30, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and
represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. The state announced it would
Nolle Pross (not prosecute) this case.
Eloy Torres: Charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving
while his license was suspended or revoked on March 30, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and represented by attor-
ney, Charles E. Hobbs II. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the first
charge and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with
162 days credit for time served, to be followed by 2 years of felony drug proba-
tion. He is not to use alcohol or drugs. He must pay $275.00 in court costs.
On the second charge he was given 180 days in jail with 162 days credit for
time served. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

Case Management

James Kevin Harless: Charged with murder in the first degree on February
7, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and
represented by attorney, James C. Banks. Case was placed on the Case Man-
agement Docket for October 13, 2003.

Disposition

Billie Jo Byrd: Charged with the purchase of a controlled substance on De-
cember 20, 2002. Defendant was present in court and represented by attor-
ney, John Leace. Defendant had entered a plea of no contest at an earlier
date. Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 9 months in jail with
69 days credit for time served. The jail sentence is to be followed by 3 years
probation and submit to drug and alcohol evaluation and must complete drug
in-patient treatment. Defendant is to use no drugs or alcohol and must pay
$275.00 in court costs. Defendant was also charged with driving while under
the influence, driving while license was suspended or revoked and giving false
name and no information. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the charge
of driving while under the influence at an earlier date. Defendant was adjudi-
cated guilty and given I year of probation to be concurrent with probation
after jail time. Defendant's license is to be suspended for 6 months. Defen-
dant must do 50 hours of community service work, attend DUI School and
pay a $670.00 fine. On the charge of driving with a suspended or revoked
license and giving a false name, the defendant entered a plea of no contest to
counts 1 and 2. Defendant was adjudicated guilty and given 10 days jail time
to run consecutively with jail sentences for the above charges. Defendant is to
be placed on probation for I year to run concurrently with the above probation
time but consecutively for each of the two counts. Defendant license is sus-.
pended for 5 years, must attend DUI School and pay a $1170.00 fine.
Valerie D. Croom: Charged with uttering a false document on August 29,
2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Defendant did not appear in court and an order of capias was issued and the
surety bond is in estreat (forfeited).

Violation of Probation Hearing

Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with burglary of a dwelling on June 8, 1999.
Attorney Alexander Dombrowsky represented the defendant. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket fqr December 8, 2003.
William Foster Wright: Charged with violation of probation by shooting into
a building or dwelling and aggravated assault with a firearm on February 24,
1995. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and rep-
resented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation. Probation was revoked and a new term of probation
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Hearings

Shawn V. Brown: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, pos-
session of less than 20 grams of marijuana, driving while his license was
suspended or revoked and driving while under the influence on May 18, 2003.
Defendant was present in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public De-
fender. Defendant made a motion to modify his pretrial release. The motion
was granted. Pretrial release was modified. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for November 10, 2003.
James Obie Dalton: Charged with driving while his license was permanently
revoked on July 22, 2002. Surety Bond was set at $1,000.00. Defendant was
present in court and represented by attorney, Barbara Sanders. Defendant
entered a motion to suppress. The motion to suppress was reset for the Octo-
ber 13, 2003 Docket at 2:30PM.
Tilden Lee Fichera: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on
February 19, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present
in court and represented by Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant en-
tered a motion to suppress. Motion to suppress was denied. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for October 13, 2003.

Quinnella Griggs: Charged with 2 counts of the sale of a controlled substance
with the intent to sell within 1000 feet of a convenience store on August 21,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was in court and represented
by Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a motion for pretrial
release. Bond was reduced to $2,500.00, which is $1,000.00 below the
$3,500.00 total. Defendant is to stay away from the Burger King. Defendant
entered a plea of not guilty. Case is entered on the Plea Docket for December
8, 2003.
James Delbert Lemmond: Charged with grand theft on April 28, 2003. De-
fendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court and represented by
Kevin Steiger, Public Defender. Defendant entered a motion for pretrial re-
lease. Bond was reduced to $7,500.00.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with driving while his license was suspended
(felony) on January 11, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,000.00. Defendant
was in court and represented by attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Defendant en-
tered a motion to reinstate bond. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and
adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given 24 months of probation and
is to make diligent effort to obtain a valid drivers license. This probation is to
run concurrent with any other probation and can be transferred to Palm Beach
County. Cost of supervision was waived but the defendant must pay $275.00
in court costs. Citations for safety belt and other violations were subsumed.


Plea

William J. Larimore: Charged with first degree murder on February 10, 2001.
Surety bond was set at $100,000.00. Defendant was present in court and
represented by attorney Stephen S. Dobsdn II. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest to. a charge of manslaughter with a firearm. Defendant was adjudi-
cated guilty and sentenced to 9 years. and 3 months in the Department of
Corrections with 66 days credit for time 'served. He is to pay $275.00 in court
costs and must forfeit his firearm upon an order prepared by the State's
Attorney's Office. Prosecuting Attorney was M. Schneider.


3 October 2003 Page 7


Croom, Inc. from Page 5

The CTC has two (2) valid Medicaid Provider numbers. One number
is assigned for public (ambulatory) transportation, while the other
number is for private (stretcher and wheelchair) services. Medicaid
and other agencies' trip requests are supervised by call intake per-
sonnel. Callers are screened for Medicaid eligibility through ACS, the
Florida Medicaid eligibility system. Information from callers is retained
in the CTC's database. Croom's, Inc. utilizes scheduling and routing
software through CTS, which retains all information on riders, pro-
vides manifests, routing slips, schedules, and reports, as needed.
CROOKS. INC.
INCOME STATEMENT
FOR THE FIVE MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2003
Year to Date -


REVENUES
40101 NON SPONSORED GENERAL PUB
40102 MEDICAID
40103 SENIOR CITIZENS FC
40104 FUEL TAX REFUNDS
40107 TRANSPORTATION DISADV
40112 SCHOOL BOARD
40115 MEDICAID CO-PAYS
40116 FAREBOX-TD
TOTAL REVENUES
OPERATING EXPENSES
50101 OPERATOR WAGES
50102 OVERTIME
50103 DISPATCHER
50104 ADMINISTRATIVE SALARIES
50105 SECRETARY
50106 BILLING CLERK
50107 INTAKE WAGES
50108 TRAINING
50214 FICA TAXES
50215 UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES
50216 WORKERS COMPENSATION
50299 EMP DRUG TEST/SCREENING
50303 ACCOUNTING
50305 MAINTENANCE
50401 FUEL AND LUBRICANTS
50402 TIRES
50497 UNIFORMS
50499 OFFICE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE
50502 TELEPHONE
50599 ELECTRICITY
50601 PHYSICAL DAMAGE INSURANCE
50603 PUBLIC LIA. AND PROP. INS
50605 STAFF HEALTH INSURANCE
50703 TAXES
508 PURCHASED TRANS. SERVICES'
50901 'DUES, SUBS, ETC
50902 TRAVEL AND MEETINGS
50906 FINES AND PENALTIES
51210 CTS-DATA PROCESS SOFTWARE
51212 LEASE & RENTALS
51213 STORAGE
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES
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GRANT EXPENSES
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70103 DISPATCHER WAGES
70201 OPERATOR WAGES
TOTAL GRANT EXPENSES
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separate entity. He is a 1956 graduate of East New York Vocational
High School, Brooklyn, New York, and worked in New York City until
1961. He served in the United States Army and a helicopter crew-
man, and was awarded two flight medals and the Purple Heart. Fol-
lowing his Army service, he resumed his transportation work in New
York until founding Croom's Transportation, Inc. in Apalachicola.
Croom's Inc. was founded in 1990 in which he performs the required
functions of the Community Transportation Coordinator. His group
has received numerous awards including Small Business of the Year,
Juvenile Justice Community Service Award, State of Florida Com-
mission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Rural CTC of the Year
(2000).


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construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing qn a pile of sand. 2100 square feet heated
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* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
chair accessibility to the living level. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest
weather.
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50 years (when built, 1989); no fire hazard here as in the
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* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level; one-half bath stubbed out in the loft area.
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* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
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* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-average loads.
* HEAT PUMP AND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
Augered pilings were installed in
this house instead of driven
pilings. Forty-one 8x8" poles
extend from the ground to the roof
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Published

Works by two local writers, Julian
Roberts of Carrabelle and Dawn
Evans Radford of Eastpoint, have
been accepted for inclusion in the
inaugural issue of the Red Hills
Reader. Roberts' poem, "Sunset
on Red Clay Hills," and Radford's
short story, "Georgia Motel," and
poem, "Vocational Education,"
will appear in the anthology, due
for distribution in early October.
The Red Hills Reader is published
semi-annually by the Thomasville
Cultural Center of Thomasvllle,
Georgia. The literary magazine
seeks and promotes poetry, short
fiction, memoirs and literary re-
views written by new and emerg-
ing writers of north Florida and
south Georgia. All prose and po-
etry chosen for publication in the
Red Hills Reader are eligible for
yearly best-works awards of $500.
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members of Panhandle Poets and
Writers, a writers' group dedicated
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Nice One Acre Lot-on Mill Road in Carrabelle. One lot away from New
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IRS AUCTION: Mountain Land. 4 tracts in Haywood County,
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Open House

Friday, September 26, 2003


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 09/18/03 Invoice No. 8960
Description of Vehicle: Make America Model SUV Color White
TagNo D745174 Year 1986 State_ ___ inNo. 1JCWL77286T062139

To Owner: Robert C. Wells __ To Lien Holder:
1258 Arran Road
Crawfordville, FL 2327


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/14/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/20/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 09/11/03 invoice No. 7841
Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan Model 240 Color White
TagNo V62NTL Year 1993 state FL__ VinNo. JN1MS36POPW313898

To Owner: Tracey Lee Wade To Lien Holder:
1644 NE 162 St.
Ocala, FL 32113


You and each of'you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/11/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below; They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTl NI I,' SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 7113,78

You and each of you are hereby notified that ot) 10,'I tt'0 l I :.Ot 00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at ; I aunchio
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint. FL From the pnvcc!d \\ ill first he paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs ii.ii. c~t .cf y) tihi, sale Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Coturt,
You and each of you are urged to make Saltisl'tcllot\ mflgmelUs lo play all
charges and take possession of the said vehilc, in s!tieo I hlrtin o a release of the
vehicle you must present personal indcntificatiom, drivel '! icConse and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc,) at the itt ~ d hh NIo\ ind pay the
charges.
SHADE TRE IK lO~ Nm\;
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, VL 32328
(850) (,70-S <19


i.


IMMEDIATE OPENING

The Franklin County Public Library is seeking part-time Program
Resource Specialist for FROG Family Learning Project, FROG-
SPEAK, until 9/30/04 contingent on grant funding, to assist in the
overall facilitation of multi-faceted learning projects. Must main-
tain detailed records and evaluations, conduct outreach, promote
community support and involvement, be adaptable and flexible.
Criteria: college degree and/or appropriate administrative/man-
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families, other library and project staff. Knowledge of the area a
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until filled. Pick up application at library branches. 670-8151 or
670-4423. Drug free workplace.

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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


3 October 72003 -. Pno I11


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date o this Notice 08/26/03 Invoice No. 8364
Description of0Vehicle: Make Ford Model Bronco Color Blue
TagNo No Tag Year 1997 state FL__ VinNo. U155LDC9100
To Owner: Ronald Quellette To Lien Holder:
90 10th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/17/03 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 325.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 09/29/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the


vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


The BUSINESS CARD DIRECTORY in the Chronkcle pages is an
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insertions. Send your business card or copy to: Franklin Chronicle,
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Jeff Lawson, Community
Development North Florida
Medical Centers, Inc.

North Florida

Medical Center
The North Florida Medical Cen-
ter held an Open House on Sep-
tember the 5th to introduce the
public to their federally quali-
fied health center in Eastpoint.
The company opened the clinic
at the Point Mall in Eastpoint
in May of 2003, and now serves
about 3000 active patients from
all over Franklin County.


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 09/18/03 Invoice No. 8378
Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan Model 4 Dr. Color Silver
Tag No No Tag Year 1988 State ,vin No. IN4PB22S4JC823703
To Owner: Dennis R. Hughes To Lien Holder:
99 Ave. C, Apt. 1
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/31/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/06/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Tom Brocato
house.


in his "posturing" clinic during the open


The open house was well at-
tended with close to 80 citizens
and medical professionals com-
ing to check out the clinic.
Attendees enjoyed great food,
free postural assessments from
Local Physical Therapist Tom
Broccatto and free blood sugar
assessments from staff mem-
bers from Bay Memorial Hospi-
tal.
The North Florida Medical Cen-
ter currently employs 1 physi-
cian and 5 staff members with
plans to add a new provider in
the near future.
The addition of the new pro-
vider will allow the center to
take new patients.
The center's current physician,
Nancy Chorba, specializes in
Family Practice Medicine.
She has been practicing in
Franklin County since 1996.


Patricia Perryman serving
meatballs.





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Dr. Nancy ra (center) greeting guests.
Dr. Nancy Chorba (center) greeting guests.


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Paoe 12 3 October 2003


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Skimmer Net Workshop


By Harriett Beach
The Franklin County Commis-
sioners held a workshop on Sep-
tember 2, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at
the Franklin County Court House
Annex to discuss Skimmer Net
issues in the Commercial
Shrimping industry. The audience
was composed of about 35
shrimpers and several people rep-
resenting Florida State interests
such as: The Seafood Commis-
sion, Marine Patrol, and State
Forestry. Commissioners Bevin
Putnal, Clarence Williams, and
Jimmy Mosconis attended the
workshop that Commission
Chairman, Cheryl Sanders, pre-
sided over.
Many shrimpers spoke out
against the use of Skim Nets that
the State of Florida had autho-
rized last year. Florida Skim Nets
legally must not exceed a perim-
eter of 56 feet. Skim Nets are very
efficient and can take three times
more catch than methods in cur-
rent use. There is less "by catch"
with a skim net. The majority of
the shrimpers who spoke out were
concerned that the greater effi-
ciency of the Skim Nets would
deplete the white shrimp popula-
tion in Apalachicola Bay. They
predicted that the white shrimp
would be gone in from one to three
years from over catching. They
pointed out the Apalachicola Bay
is a unique shallow bay that the
Skim Netting would not only over
catch but would tear up the bot-
tom of the bay.
Ralph Richards suggested that
instead of 6 ft. round nets the
State go to 4 ft. round nets. He
went on to say that Franklin
County is one of the few counties
that have white shrimp. Over
catching will deplete the white
shrimp. He would rather have a
smaller shrimp catch consistently
over the years than a big haul that
depletes the breeding shrimp. A
shrimper from Carrabelle said,
"Can we afford to take the chance
of messing up the bay with Skim
Nets?"


Those in the audience who are
using the Skim Nets said that the
Skim Nets take mostly juvenile
shrimp and the larger breeding
shrimp are not found in the loca-
tion where the Skim Nets are
used. In the 10 year study done
by the Florida Seafood Commis-
sion, they found that while the
Skim Nets do scour the bottom in
shallow water, they have less "by
catch," do not lose many shrimp
in the sweep, and they must pull
the tail bag more often. Skim Nets
are more efficient at catching ju-
venile shrimp. The County Com-
missioners requested copies of the
studies done on Skim Netting in
Florida.
While most in the audience were
against the use of Skim Nets sev-
eral said that they would like to
try out Skim Nets to really see for
themselves how well they worked.
Many who were concerned about
depleting the shrimp population
in the bay said that if others were
going to "get rich quick" by over
catching, then they might as well
get Skim Nets and get their share
of the money to be had before the
shrimp completely run out.
In other issues discussed by the
group, the representative from the
Seafood Commission said that
there has been money allocated
for the needs of the shrimpers but
it must have further approval be-
fore Fish and Wildlife can dis-
burse it.
Brian Martin from the Division of
Forestry spoke to the group about
the need to do spot herbicide
spraying to kill off the invasive
exotic plants that are crowding
out the native plants in Franklin
County. He said that the spray-
ing would be done only in the
uplands and only in small spots.
The spraying would only be done
in dry weather so that there would
be no run off that would carry any
spray residue into the bay. The
shrimpers reminded the group of
the near disaster several years ago
from indiscriminate spraying that
killed off many of the breeding
shrimp.


PSC Approves Water Rates from Page 1

Since the net effect of the above mentioned changes substantially
reduced the total project cost, WMSI requested the inclusion of fire
flow protection improvement measures in its supplemental petition
for limited proceeding. Fire flow protection is an issue of great impor-
tance to the utility's customers, as communicated at the customer
meeting. The overall rate increase requested in the supplemental pe-
tition is designed to generate annual Phase 2 revenue of $472,951
above the expected revenue from the previously approved Phase 1
rates, or an additional increase of 50.2 percent.
This Order addresses the utility's request for the inclusion of the
fireflow protection improvements, request to use a different service
life for the new transmission main and approval of the Phase 2 rate
increase.

Fire Flow Protection Improvements
As discussed above, the primary purpose of the utility's request for
this limited proceeding is to allow the utility to recover the costs asso-
ciated with the replacement of its water transmission main on the
mainland to its service territory on St. George Island. The capital cost
for the transmission main replacements, including other improve-
ments required on the mainland, was initially estimated by the utility
to be $6,223,334. In its supplemental petition, the utility's revised
estimate for the transmission main is $4,935,646. The utility attributes
this savings to its decision to reject bids for the bulk of the transmis-
sion main construction, and to negotiate separately with suppliers
and installation contractors to achieve a better price.
As noted in Order No. PSC-00-2227-PAA-WU, the customers, includ-
ing the St. George Island Fire Chief, voiced their concerns at the cus-
tomer meeting about the utility's current ability to provide fire pro-
tection. They stated that the utility does not currently have sufficient
water and pressure available to provide fire protection to the entire
island. In our Order, we noted that while increasing the main to 12-inch
pipe would greatly increase the volume and pressure of the water
delivered to the island, the ability to provide adequate fire flow pro-
tection would be limited by the size and layout of the distribution
system.
In its supplemental petition, WMSI indicated that, given the new
12-inch main to the island, fire flow protection could be substantially
improved by installing the following components: (1) 17,700 feet of 6"
and 8" mains in the distribution system; (2) a new 200,000 gallon
elevated storage tank; (3) high speed service pumping; (4) an emer-
gency generator; and, (5) other plant miscellaneous improvements.
The new elevated storage tank will provide water pressure of 65 psi
throughout the system, compared to the maximum pressure of 43
psi provided by the existing elevated tank. Further, the new tank,
combined with the additional and enlarged distribution lines and high
speed pumps, will provide the fire flow reserve requirement of 500
gallons per minute on a sustained basis of 4 hours. This is a capabil-
ity which the utility currently does not possess. The emergency gen-
erator is a back-up power supply and the other miscellaneous plant


improvements are categorized as, electrical, chlorinator, and spare
arts. The utility's estimated cost for the fire flow improvements is
1,150,829.
WMSI stated in its supplemental. petition that the SRF loans were
approved based on cost estimates made prior to WMSI negotiating
reduced prices for construction of the 12-inch transmission main to
the island. If WMSI does not utilize the remaining SRF funds, it would
lose access to $968,128 of funding at a debt cost of just more than 3
percent. Further, the utility stated that, according to DEP, it is un-
likely that funding would become available to them in the future,
given budgetary cuts and the existence of governmental projects com-
peting for SRF loans. As such, the utility believed that it was prudent
to proceed with these improvements and amended its contract with
Boh Brothers (the contractor for the 12-inch transmission main) to
include the fire flow improvements.
After reviewing the utility's application and additional data pro-
vided by the utility, we find that the utility has shown that the
inclusion of the fire flow improvements is prudent. Based on our
analysis, the estimated costs provided by the utility are reasonable.
We note that the final costs incurred will be audited by the Commis-
sion in 2004 and trued-up in Phasie 3 at the conclusion of this limited
proceeding.

Depreciable Life For Transmission Main
Rule 25-30.140, Florida Administrative Code, establishes guideline
'average service lives for water and wastewater plant. The rule also
allows a utility to petition the Commission for average service lives
different from those provided for id the guidelines. In such a case, the
rule requires that the utility provide justification for its proposal, which
can be in the form of historic data, technical information, or utility
planning for the affected accounts or sub-accounts.
In WMSI's supplemental petition, the utility proposed that the Com-
mission establish an average serce life of 20 years (or a 5% depre-
ciation rate) for the portion of the!transmission main attached to the
St. George Island bridge. This portion of the main is cement-lined
ductile iron pipe, much of whichill b'e exposed to air and seawater,
in an area with frequent hurricar esi The average service life for duc-'
tile iron piping is 40 years for Clajs A and B utilities, and 35 years for
Class C utilities, pursuant to Rule 25-30.140, Florida Administrative
Code. This life equates to depreciation rates of 2.5% and 2.86%, re-
spectively. There is no distinction made in the rule between pipe laid
in the ground and that exposed:toair and seawater...
It is intuitive that pipe suspended from a bridge would be subjected
to more adverse environmental conditions than buried pipe. Thus,
one would expect that pipe suspended from a bridge would experi-
ence a somewhat shorter life expectancy than underground pipe. On
the other hand, we are not convinced that a 50 percent reduction of
the guideline life, from 40 years' t 20 years, as the company pro-
poses, is warranted. We have considered the manufacturer's estimated
50-year life expectancy of pipe installed underground compared to
-the 40-year Class A and B utility-guideline life per rule. Given that
the existing suspended'pipe, at 28 years old, is only showing signs of
corrosion and deterioration, not failure, we find that a reasonable
alternative life would be 35 years (or a 2.86% depreciation rate). This
life is equal to the Class C guideline life. This life is only applicable to
the transmission main on the bridge. All of the remaining amounts
recorded in Account 331, Transmission and Distribution Mains, shall
continue to utilize the 40 year 'guideline life, pursuant to Rule
25-31.140, Florida Administrative Code.

Phase 2 Revenue Requirement
Irk its supplemental petition, the utility requested an annual revenue
requirement of $568,549 for Phase 2. The utility's estimate of addi-
tional revenue requirement was accomplished by using a formula
which included factors for the total projected expenditures for the
transmission main and fire flow improvements through Phase 2. These
expenses included the interest rate applicable to construction financ-
ing, depreciation and property taxes on the new construction, rate
case expense for the limited proceeding, and regulatory assessment
fees (RAF) associated with the increased revenue. In its response to
our staffs data request, the utility revised some of the factors, result-
ing in a re-calculated revenue requirement:

WMSI Revenue Calculation Based in Part on 20-Year Transmission


Main Life
Cost of Project Transmission Mains and
Fire Flow Improvements
One-half Year Depreciation
Net Cost

Average Depreciation on Net Cost at 4.23%
Interest on Net Cost at 3.46% "
Personal Property Tax on Net;Cost at 1.25%
Rate Case Expense
Subtotal
Gross-up forRAF at 4.5% ,
Total Additional Revenue


Percentage Increase


$6;086,474

($128,.628)
$5.957.,846


0
0
$10.436
10436
558221,
$568. 657


50.2%


We have reviewed the in'formationi'submitted by the utility in support
of its calculation and find that the 'calculation is reasonable, with
minor adjustments as discussedtlbelow.

Cost of Project "
In Exhibit B, Schedule 2 of the supplemental petition, WMSI detailed
the completed and projected expenditures for the main replacement
and fireflow projects by contract and year. In its July 11, 2003 re-
sponse to our staffs data request,-the utility provided additional de-
tails and support for its total projected cost of $6,086,474. We have
reviewed the documentation provided, and find that WMSI's cost es-
timate is reasonable.
Accordingly, we find that the utility shall not be required to post se-
curity for the increased revenue for Phase 2, but is required to file
reports with the Commission no later than 20 days after each monthly
billing. These reports shall indicate the amount of revenue collected
under the increased rates.


In summary, the appropriate rate increase for Phase 2 is a 42.1 per-
cent increase in both base facility and gallonage charges, resulting in
the rates depicted in Attachment A to this Order. The approved Phase
2 rates are effective for service rendered on or after the stamped ap-
proval date on the tariff sheet, pursuant to Rule 25-30.475(1), Florida
Administrative Code, and are held subject to over-collection with in-
terest pending the final decision in this docket. The Phase 2 rates
shall not be implemented until our staff has approved the proposed
customer notice, and the notice has been received by the customers.
The utility shall provide proof of the date notice was given within 10
days after the date of the notice. The utility shall not be required to
post security for any potential over-collection of any rate increase
because of the true-up provision which will occur in Phase 3. Pursu-
ant to Rule 25-30.360(6), Florida Administrative Code, the utility shall
file reports with the Commission no later than 20 days after each
monthly billing after the increased Phase 2 rates are in effect. These
reports shall indicate the amount of revenue collected under the in-
creased rates.
This Order addresses the Phase 2 temporary increase in water rates,
which will be trued up in 2004 in Phase 3 of this proceeding. The
Commission has previously allowed temporary rates to remain in ef-
fect when a delay, in what might be a justified rate increase, would
result in an unrecoverable loss to the utility. See Order No.
PSC-99-1883-PAA-SU, issued September 21, 1999, in Docket No.
980242-SU. Therefore, we find that the approved temporary rates
shall remain in effect pending approval of the final rates in 2004. The
utility is authorized to collect the temporary rates after our staffs
approval of the proposed customer notice and the revised tariff sheets.

Four-Year Rate Case Expense Reduction
Section 367.0816, Florida Statutes, requires that the rates be re-
duced immediately following the expiration of the four-year period by
the amount of the rate case expense previously included in the rates.
The reduction will reflect the removal of revenues associated with the
amortization of rate case expense and the gross-up for regulatory
assessment fees, which is $10,436. The decreased revenues will re-
sult in the rate reduction as shown on Attachment A to this Order.
The utility is required to file revised tariff sheets and a proposed cus-
tomer notice to reflect the approved rates. The approved rates shall
be effective for service rendered on or after the stamped approval
date of the revised tariff sheets pursuant to Rule 25-40.475(1), Florida
Administrative Code. The rates shall not be implemented until our
staff has approved the proposed customer notice and the notice has
been received by the customers. The utility shall provide proof of the
date notice was given no less than 10 days after the date of the no-
tice.
If the utility files this reduction in conjunction with a price index or
pass-through rate adjustment, separate data shall be filed for the
price index and pass-through increase or decrease, and for the re-
duction in the rates due to the amortized rate case expense.
' Therefore, the water rates shall be reduced as shown on Attachment
A to remove $10,436 in rate case expense amortization, grossed-up
for regulatory assessment fees. The decrease in rates shall become
effective immediately following the expiration of the four-vear r~tp
case expense recovery period, pursuant to Section 367.0816, Florida
Statutes. The utility shall be required to file revised tariffs and a pro-
osed customer notice setting forth the lower rates and the reason
for the reduction no later than one month prior to the actual date of
the required rate reduction.
Based on the foregoing, it is
ORDERED by the Florida Public Service Commission that the peti-
tion of Water Management Services, Inc. for approval of a temporary
rate increase for Phase 2 is hereby granted as set forth .in the body of
this Order. It is further
ORDERED that the temporary rates and charges approved for Phase
2 shall be effective for service rendered on or after the stamped ap-
proval date on the revised tariff sheets, pursuant to Rule 25-30.475
(1) Florida Administrative Code, and held subject to over-collection
with interest pending the final rates established in Phase 3 of this
proceeding. It is further
ORDERED that the Phase 2 rates shall not be implemented until our
staff has approved the proposed customer notice, and the notice has
been received by the customers. It is further
ORDERED that the utility shall provide proof of the date notice was
given within 10 days after the date of the notice. It is further
ORDERED that the utility .shall file reports with the Commission,
pursuant to Rule 25-30.360(6), Florida Administrative Code, no later
than 20 days after each monthly billing once the Phase 2 rate in-
crease is in effect. These reports shall indicate the amount of revenue
collected under the increased rates. It.is further
ORDERED that Attachment A to this Order is herein incorporated by
reference. It is further
ORDERED that the provisions of this order determining the prudence
of fireflow protection improvements, the appropriate depreciable life
for the transmission main, and the appropriate Phase 2 revenue re-
quirement, issued as proposed agency action, shall become. final and
effective upon the issuance of a Consummating Order unless an ap-
propriate petition, in the form provided by Rule 28-106.201, Florida
Administrative Code, is received by the Director, Division of the Com-
mission Clerk and Administrative Services, 2540 Shumard Oak Bou-
levard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850, by the close of business on
the date set forth in the ""Notice of Further Proceedings" attached
hereto. It is further

ORDERED that this docket shall remain open pending action on the
utility's request for permanent rates, which will be addressed in Phase
3 of this proceeding.
By ORDER of the Florida Public Service Commission this 8th Day of
September, 2003.
/s/ Blanca S. Bayo
BLANCA S. BAYO, Director
Division of the Commission Clerk
and Administrative Services
Go to the Commission's Web site
http://www.floridapsc.com or fax a request
to: 1-850-413-7118, for a copy of the order
with signature.


St. George Plantation
Violates State Law from
Page 1


"What I am upset about Is that
this Board is allowing a commit-
tee to run rampant and what is
their authority?" What are they
negotiating? ... What are they do-
ing and why aren't we privy to it?
Ellison: Have you ever negotiated
a contract?

Butterfield: "Well, you know. The
last one I negotiated was for the
entire State of Florida Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Health Insur-
ance. Yes, Boyd, I have. And you
know what? Even if you haven't,
anybody with common sense in
this room would tell you we are
not providing information to this
membership. We are not the Big
Brother. They have a right to know
what we're trying to do with their
property. How many damn law-
yers does Mike Doyle need to hire?
"I'm saying do it right..."
There was a motion on the floor
to create a committee which has
not yet been constituted yet.
Ellison admitted that the commit-
tee has to be reconstituted.
Butterfield's motion to end the
legal liaison was defeated by Boyd
Ellison, Rita. Culbertson, Lee
Sewell and Russell Crofton.
James Madson and Flip Froelich
were absent from the meeting.


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