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October 17 30, 2003
Lawsuit Alleges County Commissioners Failure
And Refusal To Redistrict Is Unconstitutional
Franklin County Commission Sued In
(File photos) From left, Commissioners Cheryl Sanders and Commissioner
Clarence Williams. Jimmy Mosconis
Concerned Citizens Move for Expedited Hearing M t:
As forecast by the letter of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County
last July, signed by Chairperson Jerry Thompson, and follow-up cor-
respondence from the Robert Rivas law firm (Tallahassee), a Franklin
County Citizens Group has filed litigation seeking redistricting of
Franklin County and other matters. The legal action was filed against
each of the Franklin County Commissioners in their official capacity
as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, seeking a de-
claratory judgment and temporary and permanent injunctive relief.
Each of the defendants, Eddie Creamer, Cheryl K. Sanders, Clarence
Williams, Jimmy G. Mosconis and Bevin Putnal is a duly elected mem-
ber of the Franklin County Commission. This is the governing body
of Franklin County, Florida, a unit of local government. The plaintiff
to the action is the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, a not-for-
profit Florida corporation organized "to defend the rights of all Franklin
County citizens to the equal protection of the law with respect to
voting rights." The legal action is being brought pursuant to the United
States Code, to enforce rights secured to the plaintiff by the Equal
Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States
The members of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. are resi-
dents of Franklin County and registered voters. There are members
of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. from each of the five
voting districts in the county.
The Plaintiffs are asking the Federal Court to establish and enforce
an expedited schedule for pleading, motions and a final hearing; to
enter a declaratory judgment that Franklin County's failure and re-
fusal to redistrict is unconstitutional; to render temporary injunctive
relief to require Franklin County to redistrict forthwith, or, failing
that, entertain other redistricting proposals. As a part of that request,
the plaintiffs also ask the Federal Court to render a declaratory judg-
ment approving and imposing new district boundaries and award
costs and attorney's fees to the plaintiff, and "...grant any other relief
the Court deems appropriate."
With respect to each county in Florida, the Florida Constitution pro-
vides that following each decennial census, the board of county com-
missioners shall divide the county into districts of contiguous terri-
tory as nearly equal in population as practicable and with one com-
missioner residing in each district shall be elected by law. According
to the Florida Constitution, to carry out the an above mandate, the
county commissioners shall from time to time fix the boundaries of
the above districts so as to keep them as nearly equal in proportion of
population as possible. The changes in boundaries of the districts
shall be made only in odd-numbered years.
Earlier, in the mid-1980s, another group of Franklin County citizens
sued Franklin County in Federal court alleging that the then-existing
system of electing County Commission members-at-large denied black
citizens an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.
They prevailed. A final judgment in that case was entered on June 2,
1986. The Judgment adopted and imposed a districting plan and
provided that no redistricting plan could be implemented without the
In a purely chance assignment, the current case filed last week has
been assigned to Judge William Stafford, (U. S, District Court for the
Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division). The same judge
that entered the final order in the 1986 litigation against Franklin
Since the imposition of the 1986 plan, the County Commission has
not redistricted Franklin County. Population shifts have taken place
within the county during those intervening years. For example, the
citizens of districts 1,4 and 5 are under-represented and the citizens
of districts 2 and 3 are over-represented. The "one-person, one vote"
standard required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment is begin violated, as alleged in the plaintiffs brief.
In the table below is a distribution of population by districts which
clearly shows the imbalances.
Distribution of Franklin County Population
(According to the 2000 Census)
4 5 Total
2514 2307 9828
Mr. Creamer Ms. Sanders Mr. Williams Mr. Mosconis Mr. Putnal
The members of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County have de-
manded that the Franklin County Commissioners undertake and
accomplish redistricting. A copy of the letter dated July 11, 2003
from chairperson Jerry Thompson was attached to the pleadings along
with the follow-up letter from the Rivas law firm. The pleadings state:
"The County Commission, acting under color of state law, continues
to fail and refuse to undertake and accomplish redistricting."
Blaming the Commissioners for delay in redistricting, the Concerned
Citizens, Inc. also argue in their brief that they are entitled to recover
the costs of this actions, including attorney's fees from the County.
In the 1986 litigation, that citizen initiative was reimbursed with
$10,000 from the County treasury.
Along with their pleadings, the Concerned Citizens through their at-
torney, Robert Rivas, have made a motion for an expedited hearing in
At press time, the process
servers for the Concerned
Citizens of Franklin County,
Inc. assert that Franklin
County Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis is evading them.
Each Commissioner, except
for Mr. Mosconis, was served
with process in the lawsuit on
redistricting by evening, Oc-
tober 9, 2003, along.with the
Franklin County Commission
itself. But, Mr. Mosconis was
"out-of-town" and not avail-
-F -a 1 able.
their lawsuit. The Federal Rules of Civil lroceaure permit a motion to
enter an order requiring the parties attendance at an expedited sched-
uling hearing to discuss ways to expedite the case. The motion seeks
only to have a hearing held to give the defendants an opportunity to
voice their objections and to give the Court and the parties an oppor-
tunity to discuss ways the Court could complete this case in a fair
manner within the necessary time frame.
Next year's County Commission elections are scheduled to take place
on November 2, 2004. The primary elections are scheduled for Au-
gust 31, 2004. On January 7, 2004, the Supervisor of Elections of
Franklin County is scheduled to begin making petition forms avail-
able for candidates who wish to qualify by petition to run in the Au-
gust primaries. Each such candidate is required to submit a written
statement of his or her intention to qualify by petition to run in a
particular district. This petition method, rather than qualifying by
the payment of a fee, is traditionally used by the overwhelming ma-
jority of Franklin County Commission candidates. The motion con-
tinued, "Only by being informed of the contours of the districts can
prospective candidate, make an informed decision whether to run,
and in which district he or she might qualify. Only if the district lines
are drawn can the prospective candidate properly seek only petition
signatories who are within his or her district. Thus, as a practical
matter, it is urgent for redistricting to be completed by January 7,
2004, the motion by plaintiffs concluded.
The motion for expedited handling of this case cited appropriate law
including Rule 16 of Federal Practice that states the court may "in its
discretion direct the attorneys for the parties and any
underrepresented parties to appear before it for a conference ... for
such purposes as (1) expediting the disposition of the action," and
several others. The Court may then enter a scheduling order that
limits the time frames involved in the litigation process. Such a sched-
uling order may cover not only the usual matters, but also "any other
matters appropriate in the circumstances of the case."
The complaint was served on each of the four commissioners by late
evening on Thursday, October 9, 2003. The fifth, Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis, was out of town and was to have been served on Friday.
County Attorney Michael Shuler called plaintiffs attorney Robert Rivas
(Tallahassee) late Thursday to advise Rivas that the County Commis-
sioners had called an emergency meeting for Friday, October 11th.
They held an executive session discussing the legal case with their
attorney, an exception to the Sunshine law to close the meeting to
the public in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege of confi-
The Jerry Thompson letter of July 11, 2003, which first advised the
Franklin County Commissioners of the pending action, emphasized
the desire of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. to work
with the Commission and not become adversaries. The letter stated,
"Members of our group attended the County Commis-
sion meeting on July 1, 2003, at which the subject of
redistricting was addressed. It is our understanding that
the Commission decided to request more Information,
and specifically the voter registration numbers, before
preceding with redistricting. Frankly, that seems like a
stall, because such numbers are totally irrelevant to the
County's obligation to redistrict. The Constitution and
the Florida Statutes do not refer to voter registration
records, but rather, they refer to population. In fact, re-
lying on voter registration information would be highly
suspect as such information may not accurately reflect
"Our group wants to work with the County, and not
against it in this restricting endeavor. On the other hand,
this group is not going to idly stand by while the redis-
tricting process continues to float. We are making avail-
able the resources of our group to assist the County in
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Raevyn Jefferson, Apalachi- cola. The King and Queen
cola, is the 2003 Miss will arriveby boat on the
Florida Seafood, chosen last first day of the 2003 Seafood
August at competition held Festival, Friday afternoon at
at the Apalachicola High 4 p.m., October 31, 2003 to
School. King Retsyo (oys- begin the three-day festivi-
ter spelled backwards) is ties.
Edward Branch, Apalachi-
October 31 November 2, 2003
Florida Seafood Festival Features
Country Music Legend John Conlee
Country music legend and Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee will
headline the entertainment at the 40th Annual Florida Seafood Festi-
val. This year's event will be held October 31 November 2, 2003 at
Battery Park in Historic Apalachicola.
Conlee, who is best known for his 1978 signature hit "Rose Colored
Glasses" will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the festival main stage.
Admission to the concert is the cost of Saturday's festival admission:
$5 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free.
John Conlee, considered a champion of the working man, will per-
form songs from his career which spans more than 30 years. Some of
those hits includes such titles as "Back Side of Thirty," "Lady Lay
Down,". "Before My Time," "Miss Emily's Picture," "Common Man,"
"Hit The Ground Running" and "Fellow Travelers." Overall, Coulee
has recorded 29 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them
charting in the top 20 or better.
During the past two decades, Conlee has devoted his career to sing-
ing songs for and about the common people. He is a gifted enter-
tainer, but he's not into the glitz and hype of the entertainment world.
He'd rather spend his "off the road" time working on his 32-acre farm
outside of Nashville, or engaging in his woodworking and gunsmith-
ing hobbies. Conlee was an early proponent of the Farm Aide Con-
certs which raised millions to aid the family farmer.
A champion of the working man and family values, Conlee will fit
right in with an image that the Florida Seafood Festival has worked
hard to regain over the past four years a return to the "hometown
festival honoring the working seafood men and women of the com-
According to Florida Seafood President Carl Whaley, the festival board
has agreed to continue to use local groups to prepare and serve au-
thentic regional seafood dishes and accompaniments. "We're trying
to bring back the old festival," says Whaley. "We want the festival to
mean something special to the local people we're supposed to be hon-
oring-the seafood workers."
Net proceeds from the sale of the food concessions will be distributed
in shares between the groups in the community that are serving food
and the Florida Seafood Festival. Last year, local nonprofit groups
made $42,000 for their efforts at the festival
Annually, the Florida Seafood Festival draws more than 10,000 to
this small coastal town. Hotel rooms fill fast and for nearly two weeks
prior to the event, the town and surrounding communities are burst-
ing with bustle and festival fever from visitors from across the coun-
The Festival officially opens on Friday, Oct. 31 at noon and admis-
sion is free' on that day. Friday's activities will include the annual
blessing of the fleet as well as the arrival of Miss Florida Seafood
Festival and King Retsyo (oyster spelled backwards).
On Saturday, November 1, the festival kicks off at 8 a.m. with the
annual Redfish run and, later in the morning at 10 a.m., a parade
down U.S. Highway 98. Festival organizers expect more than 100
arts and crafts vendors to set up in the park. Activities are planned
throughout the day, including oyster eating and shucking contests
and headline entertainment. Admission to the park on Saturday is
$5 with children under 12 free.
On Sunday, admission is free and musical entertainment continues
throughout the day until the Festival officially closes at 4 p.m. All
times are Eastern Standard time.
Non-profit Groups To Feed The Masses
More than 500 hardworking volunteers from more than a dozen
non-profit organizations throughout the Franklin County area will be
responsible for feeding an estimated 10,000 hungry seafood eaters at
the 40th Annual Florida Seafood Festival, October 31 November 2,
According to Whaley, there are 10 "festival" food and drink tents that
will be manned by 13 nonprofit groups and the net proceeds will be
split amongst the tents. Within each of the tents, Whaley says, it's
possible additional workers from other nonprofit groups may be work-
ing and will share in the proceeds accordingly. Last year, each tent
netted approximately $4,000 per tent. This year, the results are ex-
pected to be similar. "We're excited about the number of groups who
want to help bring back the festival of yesterday," says Whaley. "We
think it will once again make this a local family event."
This year's nonprofit groups involved in the effort include the Philaco
Club, Riverkeepers, St. James & Lanark Village Fire Dept, Capital
City Youth Services, New Life Tabernacle by the Sea, Carrabelle Chris-
tian Center, St. George Island Civic Club, Ministerial Alliance, ABC
Charter School, Bay Community School, Apalachicola Bay Chamber
of Commerce, Apalachicola & Carrabelle Masons.
Food tickets will again sell for $1 each.
Festival To Sponsor Scholarships
Starting this year, the Florida Seafood Festival will begin offering schol-
arships to graduating students at Apalachicola and Carrabelle High
School. The scholarships, funded through the Festival's Commodore
Program, will be awarded to two graduating seniors who have ex-
pressed an interest in continuing their college or trade school educa-
tion in a marine related topic.
Specific qualification criteria for the "Commodore Scholarship," will
be posted within weeks on the Festival's website at
www.floridaseafoodfestival.com. The initial grants will be for $500
each, but may grow in size as the Festival's Commodore Program
. continues to grow,
"We have always tried to honor the seafood industry and its workers."
says FSF Board President Carl Whaley, "We wanted to extend that
support to the children who will one day be making the decisions
about this industry."
Florida Seafood Festival Commodores are made up of business own-
ers and individuals in the community who contribute financially to
the festival in return for advertising recognition in the official Festival
Information Book, website advertising and various festival memora-
bilia items including tee shirts, exclusive Commodore hats and tick-
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Volume 12, Number 21
Page 2 17 October 2003
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle ,
October 7, 2003
Cheryl Sanders, Bevin
Putnal, Clarence Williams,
Jimmy Mosconis. Clerk of
Court: Kendall Wade
The minutes from BOCC meetings
of September 2, 16 and 22, 2003
were approved as written. A mo-
tion was made, seconded and ap-
proved for payment of the county
bills. Chairman Sanders an-
nounced that items on the agenda
would not be addressed in the
order as printed because several
of the people who were to appear
had not yet arrived. The agenda
would be adjusted according to
the availability of the speakers.
Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman reported on the
Signs have been placed on both
ends of Cemetery curve and 24th
St. as required by the State.
Currently no one is living on
Duvall Road and in spite of county
maintenance, vehicles with large
tires have torn up the road. BOCC
passed a motion to temporarily
close Duvall Road.
Turn lanes are needed at the junc-
tion of Hwy. 98 and Lighthouse
Road. A traffic study by the State
is necessary in order to determine
the feasibility' of creating turn
lanes. VMS cannot do this work
until the study is done.
Solid Waste/Animal Control/
Van Johnson submitted to the
Commissioners his written com-
pensatory time report for the pe-
riod from January 1 to Septem-
ber 30, 2003. The report covered
the Departments of Solid Waste
'& Recycling, Animal Control and
Parks and Recreation.
Proposed Land Purchase
:Gene Langston representing Ben
Watkins offered for sale to
Franklin County two lots across
from the new courthouse annex
building on Forbes Street at a-
price of $85,000.00 per lot. There
are also 3 other lots available that
SWatkins will give the county the
'option of purchasing at a later
-date. Commissioner Sanders
asked if the price was firm and
Langston assured her it was. The
Commissioners expressed inter-
est and will pursue the purchase
contingent on appraisal value.
The commissioners discussed the
acute shortage of parking space
for the many people coming to the
courthouse complex. The pur-
chase of additional adjacent land
would help the parking situation.
Kendall Wade, Clerk of Court and
custodian of county property is to
get more information concerning
this possible land purchase.
Mosconis made a motion, sec-
onded by Putnal to pursue the
purchase of the lots.
At 9:45 a.m. a Public Hearing be-
gan on a request to rezone lots 17,
18, 19 & 20, Block 5 West, Unit
1, located on St. George Island
from C-2 Commercial Business to
C-4 Commercial/Mixed Use Resi-
dential. This change will allow for
a second story above a business
to be used for apartments. Putnal
made the motion to approve the
change, seconded by Williams.
The motion passed.
At 10:00 a.m. a Public Hearing
began as a Notice of Intent to
adopt, "An Ordinance amending
Franklin County Ordinance 78-4
to allow limited motor vehicular
traffic on, over, across or through
the dunes and beaches in
Franklin County, Florida for the
Turtle Patrol; Establish beach
entry areas; Establishing weight
limits and restrictions upon such
Lee Edmonson, FDEP, spoke in
opposition to the Ordinance as
proposed by Franklin County At-
torney Shuler. Edmonson said
FDEP does not want to allow any
4-wheel vehicles access to or on
the dunes. Access to the beach
should only be between the dunes
at specific designated points. Al-
lowed use of ATV vehicles should
only be below the Mean High Wa-
ter Line of the beach.
Vicki Barnett, Alligator Point
Turtle Patrol, said the problem as
presented to the Commissioners
on August 19, 2003, was not that
of her ATV on the beach below the
Mean High Water Line, but that
of getting to and from her home
on a county road to the beach
access point. There is a County
Ordinance banning ATVs on
County roads. Contractor Ben
Withers had made a complaint
about Barnett driving her ATV on
County roads as she went from
her home to a beach access point
in order to do her Turtle Patrol
work. Attorney Shuler acknowl-
edged that the wrong Ordinance
had been prepared as there had
been a miscommunication be-
tween the Commissioners, Shuler
and the Fish and Wildlife attor-
ney. Barnett then introduced Fish
and Wildlife attorney, Elise
Matthes, who requested that she
and Edmonson meet with Shuler
after the BOCC meeting in order
to draft the proper Ordinance.
Shuler agreed to the meeting. The
Commissioners took no action on
the proposed Ordinance change.
Skip Chormicle and Patricia
Shuler made a request for ap-
proval of BOCC Chairman Sand-
ers signature on a EMS Grant.
The Commissioners requested
that the grant funds be spent on
more ambulances/equipment for
Franklin County. Patricia Shuler
told the commissioners that she
is ordering Fraiser ambulances as
they can travel better over the
county roads, and Striker stretch-
ers, which can support heavy
people. The commissioners ap-
proved the signature.
The Commissioners questioned
Chormicle about ambulance driv-
ers who do not honor the request
of patients to be taken to the hos-
pital of their choice. Chormicle
replied that the request is hon-
ored whenever possible. The times
it is not possible are whenever all
of the available ambulances are
out of Franklin County and if the
patient is not stable enough to
make the trip to a Panama City
or Tallahassee hospital. The am-
bulance drivers will then take the
patient to the closest hospital,
which is within Franklin County.
Chormicle and others are work-
ing on a form, which will explain
the hospital choice to the patient.
Franklin County Promise
Clarice Gross and Jim Baily ap-
peared before the BOCC with a
request for Board approval of the
Chairman's signature for
resubmission of the Title V Com-
munity Delinquency Prevention
Grant Application. The grant had
been signed earlier and submit-
ted but was denied with the re-
quest to resubmit it. The grant-
ing agency had revised the grant
time from nine months to one
year. Chairman Sanders had
signed before the regularly sched-
uled BOCC meeting the amended
grant application on contingency
of approval by the BOCC. The
BOCC approved the signature.
Airport Advisory Chairman
Ted Mosteller reported that the
Federal Environmental Protection
Agency has given the airport no-
tice that they must submit a plan
on how to handle fuel spills at the
airport fuel farm. The airport has
been given 14 to 60 days to sub-
mit the plan. Mosteller requested
that the BOCC search their back
minutes to see if there is infor-
mation as to who has a copy of a
plan. There is some memory that
there was a plan recorded but no
one knows where it is. The air-
port fuel farm must be moved as
the current location is such that
the fuel truck must park over a
water runoff drainage grate. The
BOCC discussed how much it will
cost the county to move the fuel
farm and who will advise them as
to the specifications of a new fuel
farm. Mosteller told the BOCC
that they needed a certified engi-
neer to draw up the plans.
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce introduced Seth
Blitch, who was appointed new
Director of the Apalachicola Na-
tional Estuarine Research Re-
serve in late March, 2003. Com-
missioner Mosconis was con-
cerned as to why Mr. Blitch had
been in Franklin County 6
months and was just now com-
ing to meet the BOCC. Commis-
sioner Mosconis told Mr. Blitch
that he wanted to see the Citizens
Advisory Board of the Estuarine
Research Reserve reactivated so
that there would be regular meet-
ings. Commissioner Mosconis
stated that there needs to be bet-
ter communication between the
BOCC and the Reserve. The
BOCC does not know what is go-
ing on at the Reserve. Blitch
thanked the Commissioners.
Pierce provided the BOCC with
copies of letters regarding the
complaint about a commercial
business in a residential area of
Magnolia Bluff, Eastpoint. The
BOCC had requested Pierce to
investigate the complaints. Pierce
told the BOCC that he found that
a resident of Magnolia Bluff
owned a painting company and
the paint crews would gather at
the home to get supplies, mix
paint and get their instructions
or the day's work. They would
leave their cars parked at the resi-
dence. Pierce told the BOCC that
the residence was located in an
R-1 District. The owner of the
painting company has retained
attorney Yonclas to dispute the
Pierce requested BOCC action to
approve a Policy for Building
Evacuation for County Facilities
and approval of a Policy for Prepa-
ration and Response to Bomb
Threats for County Facilities as
prepared by Link Barnett and re-
viewed by the Clerk of the Court
who serves as the custodian of
county property. Mosconis made
the motion for approval, seconded
by Putnal. Motion passed.
Pierce provided the BOCC a copy
of a notice from the U. S. Coast
Guard regarding an Army Corps
of Engineers Permit for an artifi-
cial reef. Pierce said that he pre-
sumed that this letter refers to the
future artificial reef that will be
created by the St. George Island
Bridge, but the letter does not
identify which reef. The reef, in
less than 65 feet of water, must
be marked in accordance to Coast
Pierce informed the BOCC that
the Apalachicola Bay Area Cham-
ber of commerce and the
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
are recipients of a VISIT FLA grant
for Rural Tourism Pilot Program.
The two Chambers will be shar-
ing a $25,000.00 grant.
Pierce informed the BOCC that
the CDBG ranking committee met
and reviewed the two applications
for surveying and engineering ser-
vices for the CDBG grant and en-
gineering services for the Bluff
Road Bike Path. The committee
ranked Preble-Rish Engineers
number one and recommends the
BOCC enter into negotiations with
them. If the negotiations fail, then
the BOCC would attempt negotia-
tions with the second firm, a firm
called DRMP. The BOCC directed
County Attorney Shuler to enter
into negotiations with the engi-
neering firm in order to speed up
the completion of the bike path.
A motion was made, seconded
and passed to pursue this.
Pierce provided the BOCC with a
copy of notice from DCA that Hur-
ricane Earl CDBG has been closed
out. This is the project that paid
for the cross drains in Eastpoint
and cleaning Big Ditch in
Pierce requested BOCC action to
sign a letter requesting the Florida
DOT to reconsider funding for the
St. George Island Bike Path. This
request does not commit any lo-
cal gas tax funds. Motion togrant
request was made, seconded and
Pierce provided the BOCC with a
copy of a letter he wrote at the
request of Ms. Janice Hicks at the
County Health Department for a
$5000.00 grant that the Health
Department is seeking for im-
provements for the various walk-
ing paths the Health Dept. has
helped to build around the
county. The improvements sought
are additional signs and some
Pierce informed the BOCC that
the county was funded for both
Florida Communities Trust (FCT)
applications which were the ac-
quisition of land on Alligator Point
and the acquisition of land on St.
George Island for a boat ramp.
The next step will be that a con-
tract will be sent down for the
Board to sign. The contract will
be between the county and FCT.
Before the county signs the con-
tract the BOCC will need to de-
cide if it wants to negotiate di-
rectly with the property owners or
whether to let FCT negotiate the
purchase price. If FCT negotiates
the purchase price, they will pay
for the appraisals. If the sales fall
through, FCT eats the cost of the
appraisal. If the county handles
the negotiations, the county has
to pay for the appraisal, and if the
sale falls through the county eats
the cost of the appraisal. Pierce
will recommend that the county
let FCT handle the negotiations
since it is their money anyway.
This issue can be voted on when
the contract arrives.
Pierce informed the BOCC that
the Planning Dept. has received
a letter from Mr. David
Brumbaugh, Health Dept. stating
that Mr. Fritz's lot on Bald Point
Road can meet the state stan-
dards for on-site sewage disposal
but cannot meet the county stan-
dards. Mr. Fritz's lot, by Mr.
Brumbaugh's analysis, is eligible
for an on-site sewage system to
be a minimum 50 feet back from
surface waters because the lot
was platted prior to 1972. At this
time, it is the county standard of
being at least 75 feet back that is
keeping Mr. Fritz from building a
house. Mr. Fritz can be about 63
feet back from surface waters, but
he cannot get back 75 feet. Mr.
Pritz requested that the BOCC
grant a variance for him. After dis-
cussion by the BOCC and attor-
ney Shuler, the BOCC was ad-
vised by Shuler to have Mr. Fritz
present his case to the Board of
Adjustment for a variance.
While Brumbaugh from the
Health Department was at the
speaker's podium, the BOCC
asked him what was the status of
the West Nile Virus in Franklin
County. He told the BOCC that
several birds had been found in
the county that tested positive for
the virus but there had been no
human infections. There had been
no recent findings of infected
Pierce provided the BOCC with a
copy of the notice about fishing
piers that was put in the local
paper. Pierce said he has received
replies from the notice that range
from the sophisticated to casual.
Pierce provided the BOCC with a
copy of a letter the Chairman
signed regarding a HUB Zone Ru-
ral Business Enterprise Grant.
Pierce provided the BOCC with
information regarding the rev-
enues being generated at the air-
port. The airport company, called
AIATC, with Mr. Bill Ruic as the
chief executive officer, is in the
12th year of a 20-year contract
with the county. The terms of the
contract currently require the fol-
lowing payments to the county:
Five cents per gallon of fuel pur-
chased: Approx. $300.00/mo; 5%
of rent from-33 T-Hangers:
Approx. $300.00/mo; Rent on the
parking lot: $150.00/mo; Rent on
Large Hanger: $1000.00/mo; To-
The current AIATC contract ex-
pires in 2012. Mr. Ruic would like
to make some more improve-
ments at the airport and in order
to amortize the payments he is
seeking a 10-year extension from
the end of his current contract
with the county which means he
would like an 18 year extension
from this year. No action needs to
be taken on information at this
Pierce informed the BOCC that
the St. George Island Beautifica-
tion grant continues to move for-
ward in its design and develop-
ment. This $100,000.00 grant is.
proposing to re-configure the
stqrm water pond on Island Drive,
which will require a $100.Q0QD,EP.,
permit, but more importantly the
BOCC will be responsible for
maintaining all the landscaping
that is done with this grant. The
design for the beautification is
being done by a committee from
the St. George Island Civic Club.
Brandt Rudzinski, agent for Mag-
nolia Ridge LLC, requested ap-
proval for a Sketch Plat of a sub-
division named "Lakes on the
Bluff on property lying in Section
25, 30 &36, Township 8 South,
Range 7 West, Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida. Rudzinski stated
that none of the lots contained
any wetlands. They have planned
buffer.zones between the cluster
development and the larger one-
acre lots. There will be no septic
tanks or wells on the lots. All
Board of Adjustment issues have
been settled on this property. The
BOCC was reluctant to approve
the request since Commissioner
Eddie Creamer was not present.
This subdivision is within Com-
missioner Creamer's District. The
BOCC approved the Sketch Plat
contingent on Commissioner
Creamer's approval when he re-
Fishing License Sales
Commissioner Mosconis re-
quested that the BOCC register a
complaint with the Fish and Wild-
life Service about the complicated
manner in which Fishing Licenses
are sold in Florida. The state has
made getting a license so difficult
that many who previously sold li-
censes will no longer sell them.
There is a phone number to call
Continued on Page 6
Happy Contest Winner Maps
Out His Trip
By Rene Topping
William Gregory (Greg) Daniels of
Carrabelle has the happy task of
planning a trip to Washington
D.C. after winning two nights with
air travel there and back when his
essay on his idea of a "Hometown
Hero" was judged one of the eight
His choice for his idea of a "Home-
town Hero" was David Butler, for
all the work he has put in to a
myriad of projects in Carrabelle.
The accompanying copy of his
essay will tell you all that David
has done and is doing.
Greg was one of eight people who
won a trip for four to Washing-
ton, D.C. in a contest that was
offered in IGA Stores all over the
He decided to take the trip in
April, 2004 at school break and
he will be able to add payment for
five more nights to give his family
a really great trip.
He said that his father William F.
Daniels was a Sgt. 1st class when
they lived on the base at Fort
Myer, three hundred yards from
Arlington Cemetery. His father
was honored as a member of the
"Old Guard". This is the unit that
stand guard over the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier. The men cho-
sen as guards must have an ex-
emplary background to stand this
Greg said ever since his daughter
was born it has been his dream
to take his family to Washington
and show them all the wonders
that are gathered together in this
country's capital city.
"This contest was like a gift. The
family kept urging me to send in
the essay. I am glad that I finally
did it," said Greg.
So in the third week in April 2004,
Greg, his wife Evie, seventh grade
daughter, Jamie and her cousin,
Katie Tindill will be starting their
vacation. He said he will get up
early each morning and have a
plan for that day and will not
waste a minute. He said he hopes
that his daughter and her cousin
will see why he is so patriotic
when the things they have only
seen on the T.V. will be right be-
fore their eyes.
Although he calls Carrabelle
home, due to the fact his father
was a full time military man, Greg
was born in Paris, France. He
added that when he was eighteen
he had some, papers to sign to
make a choice as to whether he
wanted to be French or American.
He. said. that ,was, real ,ep#sy
He said, "We all always came
home to Carrabelle for holidays
such as Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas. The only time we didn't get
home was when dad was on duty
in Hawaii for three years," he
added. We had lived in so many
places but that was the only one I
cried over when we were leaving.
What a place Hawaii was for a
Among the things Greg has al-
ready got on his list is the
Smithsonian, The. Spy Museum,
Space Museum, and Arlington. He
has promised himself to look at
the home tie live in next to Ar-
lington, called Fort Myers. He said
he was happy there, he even re-
membered the building was 12
stories high and his address was
1105 Tenza Terrace.
Other places will be the Lincoln
Memorial, The Mall with the re-
flecting pool, Congress and the
Senate, the White House, and he
will ride the Duck Boats on the
Potomac River. He is hoping the
cherry trees will be in bloom. He
said he is expecting a package of
"things to see," from the Washing-
ton Chamber of Commerce.
Some other places he has lived in
are Fort Leonard Wood, Port Gor-
don, Port Jackson and Fort Hood.
He came back to Carrabelle while
his dad was in Vietnam for two
tours. That was when he was in
the 4th grade at Carrabelle
His father and his mother, Patricia
Daniels, now live in Perry. He
served his country from 1957 -
1977. Greg is very proud of his
father. Greg is most patriotic and
he credits this to his dad served
in Vietnam under a flag that
stated "Our Cause Is Just." He
said he supports the troops in all
of the places they are serving. His
upbringing when he was a child
has made him understand those
Seeing and living in the Capital
was great and he is looking for-
ward to visiting the Vietnam Wall
Memorial. He said he will bring
back impressed names for any
one who has lost someone in that
war. As for him, Greg said, "It is
still a dream come true."
The Franklin County Drug Task
Force, a co-operative effort be-
tween the Sheriffs Office and
Apalachicola Police Dept.
searched an Apalachicola resi-
dence and arrested Marcus Man-
ning, age 26.
The search warrant resulted in
the seizure of 14 "crack cocaine
cookies" with an approximate
weight of 235 grams, and about.
20 grams of powdered cocaine.
Marcus Manning, resident at
66-8th Street on Friday, October
3, 2003, was arrested after 7:30
'p.m. onFriday, October3rd for,
trafficking of a controlled sub-
stance. He was also cited for two
counts in possession of parapher-
nalia, and two counts for the sale
of a controlled substance within
1000 feet of a church, a felony
crime. Bond was set at $75,000.
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"If I Were A Hometown Hero,
Who Would I Be?"
Without any hesitation or reservation, my selection would be David Butler.
This decision is not based solely on personal opinion, but eyewitness accounts
and factual evidence. With words I will attempt to print a vivid description of
the person I would choose to be if I were a "Hometown Hero."
David began his tenure as a "National Hero" in 1975, when he was commis-
'ioned into the United States Army. After serving our country for twenty years,
to include a tour of duty in the 1991 Gulf War (Desert Storm), he retired in
1995. at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. David's heroic behaviors did not
cease upon honorable discharge from our Nations Armed Forces, he only re-
duced his primary theater of operation to our hometown. David resides in the
Carrabelle, Florida area with his wife and two children, where he is currently
employed as Senior Vice President of the Gulf State Community Bank.
We are so blessed to live in a small town with a low crime rate and harmoni-
ous atmosphere. Opportunities to rescue damsels in distress, pull people from
burning buildings or other various disastrous incidents are for the most part
pon-existent in our community. David's heroism is displayed through his te-
nacious desire to enhance the status quo of our lifestyle. He is a genuine
"Hometown Hero" in every sense of the phrase. In reference to Merriam
Webster's Desk Dictionary, the second definition given of the word "hero" is: a
man admired for his achievements and qualities. Although our small town is
truly blessed we still have our shortcomings. This is where David comes in, he
has made it a personal commitment to address and correct as many of those
deficiencies as possible.
It would not be feasible to list all of David's "achievements or qualities," but I
will make an effort to mention a few. The one word that could be utilized to
describe David's qualities would be integrity. David's demeanor represents a
wholeness of honesty, loyalty, patriotism, high morals, character, values and
a yearning desire to make life better for the citizens within our community.
His involvement and affiliation with factions dedicated to promoting goodwill
and opportunity include, but are certainly not limited to; The American Can-
cer Society, The United Way, Carrabelle School (SAC) School Advisory Coun-
cil, Carrabelle (PRIDE) Partnership for Recreational Initiative and Develop-
ment Efforts. Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Keep Franklin County Beau-"*
tiful, Gulf Coast Work Force Development, The Carrabelle Recreation Com-
mittee, 1000 Friends of Florida, Apalachicola Bay and River Keepers, Toys for
Tots, School Supplies, American Legion Post #82, AMVETS Post #107, and
the list goes on and on. David has been involved in" many fund raising events
and yard sales ranging from funding local recreational opportunities to help-
ing a family that lost their dwelling and belongings in a house fire. On a recent
spring clean-up project at the one of the local schools on a Saturday, David
was one of the first to arrive and the last to leave. Only a small handful of
volunteers were present, less than a dozen teachers, students and parents.
Through David's influential leadership by example, we reached a successful
conclusion. For a small work force the results were phenomenal. When the
smoke cleared it was evident David and I were having a contest to se'who
could get the dirtiest. What's ironic is the fact, David's son and daughter do
not even attend this particular school, now that's above and beyond the call of
duty. Just a small example of one of this individuals many accomplishments.
David's position within the previously mentioned organizations ranges from
the upper echelon to the bottom of the trenches. He goes where the need is the
greatest and makes an effort to take up the slack on any areas of weakness.
Many citizens in our area have received great benefits from David's overwhelm-
Sing devotion to service. He has dedicated countless hours of his time and
Resources to improve recreational, educational and economical opportunities,
or just life in general for the residents of this ever blessed community. Having
been fortunate to work beside David on various projects. I've been able to
witness first hand the tenacious spirit and integrity that he applies to a given
task. This conduct is habit forming and contagious for those in the immediate
area. This man stands up for justice, equality and for what he believes in,
regardless of popular conflicting opinions at times. You can read David's heart
and intentions like a first grade basic reader. This man is obviously not seek-
ing any personal gain or return from his endeavors. His only reward is to
"Reap the Harvest of satisfaction." Knowing that he has made a positive differ-
ence and improved someone's life.
I've spoken with David on numerous occasions via telephone and in person.
While attempting to gather information necessary for the composition of this
essay, David was continuously trying to give someone else the credit or steer
me in the direction of other hero's living in our community with similar traits
and qualities. He had no clue that his reluctance to accept any recognition
was only reinforcing my decision and fueling my desire to stand firm on my
selection. It's very obvious that David doesn't have to do what he does, he
does it out of love for his community and the residents. There is no doubt in
my mind that a public opinion survey, poll or double-blind study on this topic
in our area would result in the majority of residents reflecting my own expres-
sions. David Butler meets and exceeds the criteria and qualifications for the
honorable and covetous title, "Hometown Hero."
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October 17, 2003
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Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
D avid Butler ............................................ C arrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins.............. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat Morrison ... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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Plantation Politics Continue Through Annual
Acting Presidert Boyd Ellison
Sends A Memo To Four Board
An Unknown Party Delivered the Memo "to Others"
While the Annual Meeting of the St. George Plantation Owner's Assn.
was held Saturday, October 11, 2003, with a lengthy agenda includ-
ing the election of two board members, and a rather "quiet" session
gaveled by acting President Boyd Ellison, political machinations con-
tinued as before. In this instance, the intercepted memo sent by Ellison
to the board members, excluding Donna Butterfield, warned them of
his perception that "Donna and her audience" are going to attempt to
make trouble at the meeting. Well, no such "trouble" occurred except
to contradict Mr. Ellison on some mistaken recitation of events about
legal memoranda. Yet, this memo reveals a mindset designed to ex-
,clude one of the duly elected board members at the Plantation in
defiance of the general membership. This has been the pattern of Mr.
Ellison's policies for sharing information for the last few meetings I
'have attended. Incidentally, "Donna's audience" includes bonafide
members of the Plantation association who are also frustrated with
the continued dissatisfaction of how our money is being managed
and spent. This is what Mr. Ellison calls "insanity," a "cesspool" of
argument, discussion and dialogue quite consistent with democratic
practice, except at the Plantation Board of Directors meetings. The
Board does not like anyone to disagree with them on any point what-
soever. Here is the memo:
Publisher's Note: Yes, there is more. Sometimes, developments
perfectly appropriate for a county newspaper cluster especially
when there are concerns about governance. This month, with
the redistricting issue at hand, there are also very local political
problems that also precipitate. Homeowner associations are be-
ing formed in Franklin County more often than many in our popu-
lation realize, and for the time being, we have reported on one of
the largest around here. This form of governance is rapidly grow-
ing across the United States with the Wall Street Journal esti-
mating that as many as 40 per cent of new developments are
using this form of local governance. There are associations in
Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and proposals for SummerCamp, just
approved by the Franklin County Commission. There are prob-
lems associated with this kind of governance for so-called gated
communities especially when it comes to individual rights and
property rights that are not readily discernible to the buyer of
property within their boundaries. There is very little state over-
sight thus far. I think it useful to examine these problems as they
occur and to track the successes as well as the abuses.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher
In the Aftermath of
the Annual Meeting
Donna Butterfield, Board mem-
ber of the St. George Plantation,
Board of-Directors duly elected in
2001, resigned from the Board,
effectivee immediately." She"
e-rraied other board members as
"The following announcement
will not come as a surprise
nor a disappointment to my
fellow board members. I have
fought the good fight and run
the good race and now it is
"I resign, effective immedi-
"My work is finished. I have
tried to sensitize the board to
its ethical responsibilities to
be open and honest in its de-
liberations and interactions
with each other and with the
members. I have failed. I have
tried, as best I could, to es-
tablish agreement on the
board as to the rules of the
"game" (how the business of
the association is to be con-
ducted) according to Florida
Statutes, By-laws, Cov-
enants, and duly adopted
standard operating proce-
dures. I have failed. I see no
possibility of succeeding in
those goals over the next year.
Thus, my resignation."
"My husband, Jerry, and I are
traveling to three countries in
South America, the Falkland
Islands and Antarctica soon
(it's summer there!) and are
considering a trip to Europe
or Asia in the spring. I want
to be full of hope, wonderful
expectations, adventure, and
peace for those trips."
Too Little, Too Late!
At yet another Consolidation workshop held on October 7, 2003, at
Chillas Hall, Lanark Village, the Carrabelle Water and Sewer District -
offered more than reasonable terms to the Lanark Village Water and -
Sewer District to consolidate the two Districts. Jim Lawlor, Chairman
and Dictator of the Lanark Village W&S District Board demurred.
Lawlor put forth his grandiose idea of selling Lanark Village water to
people outside of the LVW&S District at exorbitant prices. He sug- .
gested that the Village people could maybe then get free water and
sewer service. What hollow drama! At present the LVW&S District
cannot even provide service for those living within the District. Prom-
ises, Promises, PROMISES!
If this is such a great plan why has it not happened? Perhaps it is
poor management and lack of business skills. Lawlor, in the regular
LVW&S District meeting in March 2003, admitted that he has never
looked for funds outside of loans nor asked anyone for funds (grant
money). In March, Lawlor announced that outside grant seeking com-
panies would rush to save the LVW&S District, who at present can
barely pay their debt service. At the September meeting, there was no
grant money piled on the table.
It takes time to write grants and get grant money. Lawlor does not .
seem to know this. Perhaps he has an idea that some hidden money .
angel will swoop down and shower him with funds. The closest money
angel looks very much like the Carrabelle W&S District. Lawlor has
been verbally dancing around with his grandiose idea of a "free water
lunch" until it will be too late for the Lanark Beach area of the LVW&S
District to receive any service from Carrabelle W&S District. Carrabelle
is realistically prepared to provide the service with the next year, not
in some dim fuzzy vision Lawlor has of LVW&S District's never, never
Lawlor seems to want only partial consolidation in which he will dump
the sewage treatment problems and LVW&S District debts onto the
Carrabelle District, while he hangs onto the water well and water
sales. He has been using the higher water rates to compensate for the
unrealistic low sewage rates he is now charging the Village people.
Carrabelle is wise enough in good business practices to know that if
they acquire only the sewage treatment portion of the LVW&S Dis-
trict, they will have to raise the rates and charge for any new sewer
hook ups in order to make the sewage treatment pay for itself. If the
two Districts consolidate completely now, Carrabelle has assured the
residents of both districts that the water and sewer rates will be on
parity, which is lower than the LVW&S District rates. Carrabelle has
also told the LVW&S District that they have the grant funding to put
in the sewer hook ups in the Lanark Beach area at no cost to the "
homeowners. Lawlor does not seem to be able to understand this
information or have the ability to comprehend the needs of the LVW&S
District residents that he is supposed to be serving. Lawlor's ego and
fuzzy vision are speed bumps in the road for better service in the
Lanark Village-Carrabelle area. BAD BUSINESS!
A resident of the Lanark Beach area of the Lanark Village Water and
I Huge Yard Sale At SGI Methodist
. Church On October 18, 2003
S Gather up your shopping bags, it's that time of year again! Bargains
galore! For the past fifteen years the United Methodist Church on St.
George Island has held a gigantic indoor/outdoor yard sale as an
annual fundraiser to support its building fund. This year's event will
be held on Saturday, October 18, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00
: p.m. We will be selling some of the best barbecue you ever tasted. So
come join us for some shopping, and lunch at the Church that is
located just two blocks east of St. George Island's "town center" at
,201 East Gulf Beach Drive.
Butterfield Donations mary tbe r'-'tl'I to the Church or call for pick-up to Carlton
Donna Butterfield Ethridge at,(850) 927-2010. Volunteers would be very welcome. Event
.,... ., ,.. | : i- co-chairs Peggy Moore (850) 927-4039 or Lucile Pitcher (850Q) 927-
Trinity Episcopal Church will
present, for the third successive
year, a recital called "Cynthia and
Friends" on Sunday, October 26,
at 4:00 p.m. It will feature soprano
Cynthia Rhew and "friends" in-
cluding David Wingate, Wesley
Chesnut, Tom and Shirley
Adams, Gordon Adkins and oth-
ers. They will sing solos and du-
ets by Sigmund Romberg, Rich-
ard Rodgers, Vincent Youmans,
George Gershwin and other popu-
lar Hollywood and Broadway com-
posers from 1917 to 1949. As the
finale, the ensemble will perform
excerpts from Meredith Wilson's
hit musical "The Music Man."
Bedford Watkins will be accom-
This concert is free and open to
the public. Everyone is welcome.
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The Franklin Chronicle
EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
Franklin County Public Library
News And Happenings
By Eileen Annie Ball
The FROG Family Learning Program will host a Genealogy Workshop
at the Carrabelle Branch on Tuesday, October 21st from 5,30-6,30
p.m. Plan to join us for this special event. Call 697-2091 or 670-4423
or information on these and other FROG Family programs.
A WINGS Family field trip is planned for Saturday, October 24th.
Families from all three program sites will attend "Halloween Howl" at
the Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science.
The Franklin County Public Library's Advisory Board will hold its
monthly meeting on Monday, October 20th, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
at the Eastpoint Branch. This month's book club discussion will be
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The public is welcome to attend.
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG, WINGS, and TIGERS
offer many programs that are free and open to the public. Registra-
tion, however, is required. For information about upcoming programs,
become a volunteer tutor, or becoming a library volunteer, please call
670-4423, 697-2091, or 653-2784.
Franklin County Legislative
Delegation Hearing Set
Rep. Will S. Kendrick (D) Carrabelle, Chairman of the Franklin County
Legislative Delegation, announced today that the annual local public
hearing will be held on Monday, November 3, 2003 beginning at 5:00
p.m. in the Franklin County Courthouse Annex, 34 Forbes Street,
Rep. Kendrick, Rep. Allan Bense and Senator Al Lawson, who make
up the Franklin County Legislative Delegation, look forward to meet-
ing with citizens and elected officials in a town hall meeting to dis-
cuss issues of interest to both elected officials and the general public.
More specifically, the purpose of these meetings is to bring up local
issues AND any proposed local legislation.
"These hearings are valuable in making us aware of the concerns and
needs of Franklin County", said Rep. Kendrick, "We look forward to
hearing directly from our constituency as to how we can best be of
service to them during the Legislative Session which begins on March
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attend-
ees, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please let
us know of any special accommodations you may require by calling
my Tallahassee office at 8501488-7870.
Second Circuit Court Report Correction
In the September 8, 2003, Court Report printed in the October 3,
2003 Franklin Chronicle on page 6, the report on David E.
Mcanally was incorrect. The report should have read:
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. Defendant was present. Defendant's bond was
forfeited to the Department of Corrections and probation was ter-
Robert T. Mcanally: 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 was represented by Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a denial of the charges. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
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6th Visioning Workshop Summary
By Harriett Beach
The last in the series of six Visioning Workshops was held August 26,
2003, at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex. These workshops
have been designed to provide public input in identifying hopes and
concerns about the future of Franklin County that will be reflected in
the changes in the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan due to be
revised in 2004. The general concept of the participation process is to
seek broad consensus on as many recommendations as possible and
to clarify the concerns, where there are differences of opinion.
This 6th workshop focused on three areas:
A. Administrative procedures
B. Additional regulations
C. Resources needed to implement changes
The workshop participants reviewed the recommendations made at
the 5 previous workshops and added some refinements and addi-
tions. They then ranked the acceptability of the new and unranked
recommendations using the following scale: 5= Wholeheartedly sup-
port 4= It is good but it could be better 3= It has pros and cons or
neutral 1= Opposed.
The group first reviewed the recommendations for development re-
view procedures. Most of the following recommendations are from
previous community planning workshops Comments on the recom-
mendations from this workshop are listed as bullets under the rec-
ommendation. Changes and new recommendations are underlined.
The number at the end is the group's average acceptability ranking
based on the above scale.
Development Review Procedures
1. Seek public input before adding or changing zoning or land use
changes, and applicable densities. 5.0
2. Establish written policies, procedures and controls for land use
and zoning changes. 4.85
3. Provide the Planning and Zoning Commission with formal proce-
dures, guidelines and an attorney. 4.87
4. Establish clear guidelines for Board of Adjustments, in consider-
ing variances. (The BOA was designed to be an appellate entity, now
the BOA has become "first resort" instead of "last resort." Appealing
BOA decisions in court is expensive and difficult for the average citi-
The BOA needs to meet at a 'onvenient time, in the evening.
The County Commission needs to provide an external review of
the structure and function of the BOA. It should consider chang-
ing the process so appeals go through the County Commission,
another body or DOAH rather than directly from the BOA to court.
Possibly with the elimination of the BOA, adjustments can be
handled by the Planning and Zoning Commission (with attorney)
or County Commission.
5. Enforce existing laws and ordinances. 4.62
County needs to establish general rules and a mechanism that
would trigger enforcement action based on specific conditions.
Specify the enforcement authority of county staff, who can take
action on what violations and procedures for referral to the ap-
Enforce single-family development regulations.
Establish a set penalty schedule for code violations adequate to
Educate the public as towho to contact for enforcement of each
type of violation.
Establish a position and h'lir' a c olde -nri':r:-ic frit officer and
use them as a clearing h.u." '.'r "eemn : ac'i ... .o.ns. "
Provide on going enforcement of national fire code for new and
existing commercial properties.
6. Limit frivolous development applications. 2.79
7. -Provide a thorough pre-application process for development. 4.30
8. Consider using site plan review and other tools to encourage pre-
ferred land development patterns. 4.4
9. Hold all development regulation hearings, whatever the authority,
at night. 4.63
Recommendations for Existing Regulations
1. Review county use of gross acreage versus buildable acreage in
determining allowable densities. 4.85
Continued on Page 5
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Special Appeal to Friends of the Apalachicola River and Bay
Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper (ABARK) has just been the grateful
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better. We are struggling with a unique opportunity to hire a new program
planner with extensive engineering, technical and hands-on work
experience on your River and Bay. That skill set is critically needed now to
build the capacity of ABARK to deal not only with priority threats to our
resource, but to plan for risk management, education programs, NGO
water monitoring and restoration opportunities.
We have made significant progress in marshalling Florida Stakeholders in
our River and Bay basin to understand and to speak out persuasively on
key issues. Two such were the prolonged Apalachicola Chattahoochee
- Flint River Basin (ACF) water allocation negotiations and the introduction
by Representative Boyd and Senators Graham and Nelson of the "Restore
the Apalachicola River Ecosystem" (RARE) bill in the US House and
Senate to end the dredging on the Apalachicola River. We are now
working with several Florida counties located on the river and bay in
updating their comprehensive plans and assisting them understand the
needs to preserve and protect your River and Bay. Our goal remains
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The challenge now is to build on those successes and go from reacting to
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and extrcuting focused risk management, monitoring and restoration
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Visioning Workshop Summary from Page 4.
2. Create a County Dock Construction Ordinance to deal with county
issues, such as lighting, effect on neighbors, parking, etc. 4.75
3. Create a Lighting Ordinance. 4.6
A "dark sky" ordinance.
4. Create a Noise Ordinance 4.3
5. Improve a Sign Ordinance to address size limitations, promotional
signs and lighting. 4.6
6. Create an Impact Fee Ordinance. Insure fees go into a special fund
and that they are used for the intended purpose. 4.9
7. Consider higher height limits away from the coast. 3.1
8. Restrict new buildings on the beach to one story. 3.5
9. Establish minimum lot width for beach and waterfront lots in new
10. Require fire protection plans from builders where building heights
exceed local fire department capabilities. 4.4
11. Establish a surcharge for solid waste on construction permits.
12. Create a Code Enforcement Ordinance with sufficient and spe-
cific penalties. 4.75
13. Create a Concurrency Ordinance for healthcare, education, fire
protection, roads, public safety and infrastructure. 4.5
14. Keep new building height to the current standard of 35 feet above
the first floor. 4.4
15. Consider a PUD Ordinance to allow compact, clustered develop-
ment that provides for open space for single family units on a sewer
16. Specify where, what, and when infrastructure will be provided
and used to control population growth. 4.0
17. Establish a definition for Coastal High Hazard areas in the County,
which will resolve County and State interpretations. 4.7
18. Avoid and restrict development in High Hazard areas such as
flood plains and areas subject to storm surge. 4.58
19. Further define what a building official's duty is in the County
20. Give the County the right to walk/survey/inspect the property
for the purpose of verifying site conditions upon receipt of permit
21. Require that prior to any initial development (PUD or subdivision)
source of sufi
eloper must have or provide proof of a state approve
nt potable water and proof of a state approved loca-
tion and process for disposal of waste water (or concurrency letter).
22. Amend the Sea Turtle Light Ordinance to address all artificial
light sources that effect sea turtle nesting habitat, including fires.
23. Create a Landscape Ordinance that addresses clearing (including
trees) that aid in the retention of stormwater. Establish best manage-
ment practices, like those from the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
Program that may be applied in specified situations. 4.38
24. Create a Stormwater Management Ordinance for flooding and
I to address specific r-
:n structures that look good. developers will be willing to
build and that addresses water quality impacts on the bay.) 4.47
25. Establish an airport noise ordinance as per State Chapter 333.
26. Require a commercial business fire plan review and annual fire
inspection on existing properties (rental properties?). 4.87
Recommendations Regarding Resources
1. Hire a code enforcement officer. 4.9
2. Create a county-wide potable water and wastewater coordinating
group made up of representatives from all sewer and water districts
to develop a coordinated approach to water and wastewater manage-
3. Use current maps, data and proper studies for evaluation of pro-
posed development. Implement GIS for use by all county entities.
Create a common data base.
By Rene Topping
Calhoun County-The Lewis
Family: They will give their 11th
Annual Benefit Gospel Music
Concert. This will benefit the
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.
Tickets will be on sale at Chris-
tian Supply and Blount Insurance
in Blountstown and Hinson In-
surance in Marianna. Tickets are
$7.00 in advance and $10.00 at
the door. Children 12 and under
will be free.
It will be held on October 31, No-
vember 1 & 2. The St George Civic
Club has volunteers to man the
apple dumpling/funnel cake
booth to earn a major portion of
the club's yearly budget during
this weekend. Manley Siler will
chair this event for the fourth con-
secutive year and his vice chair
person will be Celeste Wall who
has done this 3 years in a row. So
mark your calendar and bepre-
pared to have a great time for a
Port St. Joe-The American Can-
cer Society: will have THE FIRST
ANNUAL 2003 CHRISTMAS BALL
of Gulf and Franklin Counties on
Saturday, December 13, 2003 at
the centennial building in Port St
Joe. Doors will be open at 7 p.m.
For more information or to let
them know if there is anyone they
need to add to their list contact
Brittney Black at 1-800-785-9205,
Eastpoint-The Franklin County
Public Library Advisory Boar&d will
meet at the Eastpoint Branch Li-
brary at October 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Lanark Village-There will be a
meeting on November 10 at 6:00
p.m. to have a discussion of the
consolidation of the City of
Carrabelle and the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer Services.
4. Hire more staff for the Planning Dept. to handle the new develop-
5. Establish a general renuirernent for future owners or identified
entities to retain response
design features such as I
' for continuing functioning of as-built
ng and stormwater requirements and
not allow, for example, some developer to put in a swale that will
wash out in the first big storm. 4.07
The workshop concluded with the following comments from the par-
The County Commissioners should be presented with these
recommendations. They asked for our input and we want a re-
sponse: yes, no, or no response.
The County Commissioners need a reasonable amount of time
The community worked hard and wants assurance that the
products will be considered.
The products need to be publicized and we want to know when
the recommendations are going to be presented (to the County
Commissioners) so we canbe there.
All of the recommendations from the six Visioning Workshops will be
presented to the County Commissioners prior to beginning the work
of revising the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan in 2004.
Will Kendrick Takes Over As
Executive Director Of Senior Center
By Rene Topping
Will Kendrick is like a sea captain poised to be off on a journey. The
ship is the Franklin County Senior Center and it has somehow got
stuck in the doldrums. So he has taken on the captain's work and he
is ready to steer a new course.
He is full of the plans for getting the Franklin County Senior Center
out of its doldrums.
He is excited with the challenge. He says that he can put some of the
plans into action very soon. One thing he would like is to have the
Center cook the meals at the Center.
He said that he can remember when the tables would be filed with
seniors who would be full of jokes and conversation and he wants it
to be that way again.
Another memory was when they got a crowd of older people and took
them down to the Burnt Bridge to do some fishing for catfish.
One of my memories is when Will graduated. I could see the resolve in
his eyes. Like his father, he wanted to be able to help all the people in
Will was for many years a member of the school board and also acted '
Then in the year 2000 he put himself up for election to the Florida
State House as a representative. Some of the people did not think he
could do it but he never stopped. He said, "I have walked the walk," of
those folks who come from the 7 rural counties. He was reelected in
He said that he is at home here with people he has watched getting
older and he said he is committed to those he calls "my people." He
thinks he can give them reasons to live.
He believes that his almost 25 years at banking will stand him in
good stead to pull up the Center finances.
One of the newer plans is to ask for volunteers to go out and find the
single woman or man who is living without much company.
He believes that there are a lot of people who have time to spare and
would like to do good, works in bringing them out of their shells.
Other plans are to put together a dinner and pay for that then they
can play bingo. He said, "I want to made it FUN for FUNDS. Maybe a
Golf Tournament now that the St James Golf Course is opened."
At 43 he is a very stable person and he will follow through any plans.
He said "I just got a great opportunity."
I believe that the Franklin County Senior Center is in good hands and
he will take the "ship" out of the doldrums. So if you want to step
aboard the ship the captain will bid you welcome and you might be
able to join in his FUN for FUNDS and get the ship shipshape. I wish
him good sailing.
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Carrabelle And Lanark Workshop
Gurnut dtL Yet A utlii Workshop
By Rene Topping
After a workshop that lasted two
and one half hours the majority
of the residents of Lanark Village
Water & Sewer District present at
the meeting indicated they were
in favor of consolidating the wa-
ter and sewer service of the
Lanark Village W&S District with
that of the Carrabelle District.
The workshop held at Chillas Hall
in Lanark Village at 6:00 p.m. on
October 7, 2003 was chaired by
the Carrabelle Mayor, James (Jim)
Brown. Five Carrabelle Commis-
sioners were present: Dr. Ed
Saunders, Frank Mathes, Phillip
Rankin and Raymond Williams.
Dan Keck representing
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc., Engi-
neers for the Carrabelle District
was present as a resource person.
The LVW&S District was repre-
sented by two of the three-mem-
ber board: Jim Lawlor, Chairman
and Mike Hughes. Fred Hart the
third member was not present.
Also representing the LV&WS Dis-
trict was attorney, Mike Pelecki,
engineer, Newt Babcock, and of-
fice manager, Mickey Majerus.
Tom Bryant was introduced as
the mediator for the workshop
and Marc Neihaus, an engineer
from a Tallahassee Water and
Sewer Utility, served as scribe to
provide a written record of the
proceedings and to assist with the
questions and answers.
Bryant began the workshop by
stating what he hoped would be
the "Expected Meeting Accom-
1. To develop a clear understand-
ing of the issues at hand.
2. To review the advantages and
disadvantages for both utilities.
3. To review the financial plan for
4. To moderate the questions and
answers from the workshop par-
ticipants and audience.
5. To provide a written summary
for the public.
Bryant stated the reason for the
workshop was to explore the fol-
1. To share the Lanark Village
Utility service area and resources
with the Carrabelle District;
2. To make available the use of
Lanark Village W&S District's
spray field and treatment to the
3. To have the Carrabelle District
assume the Lanark Village Dis-
trict operations, maintenance,
debt service, and associated rev-
enue for both the water utility and
waste water utilities combined.
The advantages of consolidation
of the utilities are:
1. Lower rates because of the
economy of operation that will
have a common operation and
maintenance work force and a
larger customer base.
2. A good foundation for planned
3. A potential for a larger/highly
4. Reduced redundancy.
5. Larger financial base.
6. A new highly efficient waste-
water treatment facility.
The disadvantages of a consolida-
tion is that Lanark Village might
be dependent on Carrabelle for
rates, expansion and revenue.
Jim Lawlor told the group that he
was "more inclined to have the
City of Carrabelle take over only
the..wastewater and not the wa-
ter." Saunders from Carrabelle
asked Lawlor, "Why would you
want to keep the water?" Lawlor
answered, "The Lanark District
has a good supply of pristine wa-
ter that recharges. And also the
board will keep some autonomy."
Keck told the group that the
LVW&S District wastewater plant
is in need of repair and there will
have to be an influx of $260,000
to take care of just the wastewa-
ter treatment system. He went on
to say, the LV District will have
to guarantee 160 new customers
in addition to the 181 existing
customers as it will take over $2.2
million for this service. With a
complete consolidation of both
water and sewer, the 160 new
customers will be offered a waste-
water hook up and no tap fee. The
lines will go to the homes and the
septic tanks will be closed at no
cost to the customer."
The Lanark Village District has a
total outstanding debt of more
than $950,000.00. Keck said that
when he found out the Lanark
Village debt was more than he
expected, he had to adjust the rate
for Lanark Village to'take the ex-
tensive Lanark Village debt into
consideration. For the first two
years the Lanark Village rate will
be 30% higher than Carrabelle's,
but lower than the current Lanark
Keck offered two options. First
Option:.If Carrabelle District con-
solidates completely with Lanark
District, then for b lli %at't-r and
sewer the Carrabelle basic rate
will be $28.61 with a rate of
$36.49 for 4,000 gal. and $50.97
for 8,000 gal. For both sewer and
water, Lanark basic rate now is
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Franklin Briefs from Page 2
to complain to the Fish and Wild-
life service but no one answers the
Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade reported that the
Child Support Docket was so
crowded that there is a need for a
Hearing Officer. This will cost the
county $29,400.80 per month to
hire an Officer to thin out the
Wade also said there is need to
transfer money in the budget be-
cause of unanticipated expenses
incurred by a first-degree murder
trial. Wade asked for a motion to
transfer the money. Motion was
made, seconded and approved.
Wade requested a resolution to
accept unanticipated revenue of
$291,320.72 from the state of
Florida, FDOT. Money is to go into
the LOGT road-paving fund. Mo-
tion made, seconded and passed.
Wade requested a resolution to
accept unanticipated revenue of
$176,297.17 from the State of
Florida Small County Outreach
Program for county road #67.
These funds are to go into the
LOGT road-paving fund. Motion
made, seconded and passed.
Wade requested BOCC pass a
resolution declaring this National
Epilepsy Month. Resolution
Wade advised the BOCC that a
new cap was placed on top of the
old courthouse where the old cap
had been taken off. Also the leaks
were patched that had allowed
pockets of water to collect in the
walls. Now that the roof leaks
have been fixed, the whole court-
house needs to be cleaned and the
windows sealed to prevent water
from coming in. Alan Pierce sug-
gested county engineers, Preble-
Rish, submit specifications for the
cleaning of the courthouse and
sealing of windows so that BOCC
can advertise for bids to do the
job. Motion was made for the en-
gineers to draw up the specifica-
tions and Wade to advertise for
bids. Motion seconded and
Wade announced that Senator Bill
Nelson will hold a town hall meet-
ing at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in
the old FCBOCC room across
from the Clerk's office.
Thomas M. Shuler requested a
;resolution and signature from the
'BOCC that Franklin County
,adopt as public the currently pri-
vate roads in Whispering Pines
Subdivision Phases I and II. The
BOCC in a previous meeting had
agreed to accept the roads. The
motion was made, seconded and
Shuler told the BOCC that sev-
eral weeks ago, he had sent out
requests for proposals to survey
and plat the Sumatra Cemetery.
He sent the request to two sur-
veyors, Edmond Brown and
Truman Roddenberry, for time
and cost to plat the Cemetery.
Shuler has heard back from
Edmond Brown for $3800.00 to
cover a boundary survey of the
Sumatra Cemetery, survey of the
existing plots and creating a grid
or platting for new plots. Shuler
asked for authorization to engage
Edmond Brown to do the survey
work. Shuler reported to the
BOCC that the Sumatra churches
have opted not to handle the sell-
ing of the new plots. One indi-
vidual requested the purchase of
all the plots in the Cemetery. The
BOCC did not want one individual
in control of selling the plots. Af-
ter discussion about who would
handle the sale of the plots,
Kendall Wade suggested that Rob-
ert Hill, Clerk in Liberty County
might be able to put a committee
together to handle the sale of the
plots for Franklin County.
Shuler announced that Mr. Lake
of Weems Memorial has made a
second $10,000.00 payment on
the past due taxes on Weems
Shuler told the BOCC that he has
not received any response from
the property owner of Lanark Reef
to the recommendation about the
sale of the land. The County is still
waiting on the owners to make a
Shuler told the BOCC that the
Carrabelle Sewer Project which
the BOCC had approved at the
last meeting subject to an agree-
ment. Shuler has drafted the
agreement but is waiting for the
Carrabelle attorney to return to
town. When the attorney returns,
Shuler will get the agreement fi-
nalized for the BOCC approval.
The. final hearing of Ammons vs
Franklin County will occur Octo-
ber 24th and 25th in Apalachi-
cola. The administrative proceed-
ing will be on the land use rezon-
ing for the concrete batch plant
The final issue presented by
Shuler is a complaint by Tom
Lewis that the county had created
a flooding problem on his prop-
erty on St. George Island. The
county does not admit to any li-
ability but went out to the prop-
erty over a month ago and low-
ered the grade on one of the roads
so that the water could drain off.
The property owner claimed that
this did not cure the problem and
is now requesting $20,000.00 in
damages instead of $12,000.00.
Shuler requested from the BOCC
direction about what action he
should take on this matter. BOCC
asked Shuler if he knew the sta-
tus of the county insurance
against such claims. BOCC
passed a motion allowing Shuler
to meet with the property owner
and to explore the status of the
county insurance. The BOCC dis-
cussed the nature of a possible
Chairman Sanders called for any
other business the BOCC should
discuss. Commissioner Putnal
stated the county is being pres-
sured into rezoning itself out of
the seafood business. Wade said
that The Federal and State gov-
ernments have legislated so that
it is running every seafood per-
son out of the business. Putnal is
concerned that Carrabelle is go-
ing to zone the shrimp industry
out of Carrabelle. He suggested
that the county make land avail-
able for oyster houses and other
seafood industry business. Pierce
told the BOCC that P&Z had rec-
ognized the problem last year and
suggested that the Seafood busi-
ness be located in agricultural
property. Mosconis suggested
that maybe the St. Joe Company
would have land suitable for re-
locating some of the seafood busi-
Commissioner Sanders told the
BOCC that they should be think-
ing of what they want in the way
of State legislation that will help
the county. She also announced
that she heard that as of last week
Carrabelle was going to annex the
Prison land into the City of
Commissioner Sanders asked
Billy Buzzett, representative of the
St. Joe Company, about the sta-
tus of the 8-1/2 mile property for
a boat ramp. Buzzett replied the
St. Joe Company was ready to
move forward with this. The
BOCC also said that they are con-
cerned that the land the State of
Florida is buying from the St. Joe
company will become inaccessible
to the Franklin County residents
for recreation, hunting and fish-
ing. Buzzett replied that St. Joe
Company can make public access
to the land a condition of the sale
to the State. Buzzett suggested to
the BOCC that the vast holding
of land on the western side of
Apalachicola, owned by the St.
Joe Company, could be set side
for the seafood industry.
Chairman Sanders asked for com-
ments from the floor. As there
were no comments she adjourned
the BOCC meeting at 11:00 a.m.
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p48.00 for 4,000 gal and $64.00
or 8,000 gal. While the Lanark
rate would be 31.5% more than
Carrabelle's, it will still be 30%
less than what it is now. After 2
years the rates will be on parity.
With option one, the LV District
residents will have a sprayfield,
pond and pump improvements
valued at $260,000.00, the use of
the new highly efficient Carrabelle
wastewater treatment plant val-
ued at $775,000.00, and new
water and sewer service to LV Dis-
trict residents valued at $2.2 mil-
lion. There will be no tap fees for
hook ups to the 160 new custom-
ers in the LV District because of
the Carrabelle DEP grant.
Carrabelle will assume the
$950,000 debt of the three loans
owed by the LV District that must
be paid by 2016-2020.
Second Option: Carrabelle as-
sumes only the wastewater treat-
ment facilities for Lanark Village,
then Carrabelle will only assume
$680,000.00 of the Lanark Village
District debt. Lanark Village Dis-
trict must guarantee 160 new
customers by 2005 and there will
be a hook up fee of $2,500 to the
160 new LV customers, which
must connect by 2005. The LV
'District rate will remain the same
until 2 years after the wastewa-
ter expansion is complete in 2007
then will be on parity with
Carrabelle. If LV District does not
consolidate, then the hook up fee
for LV residents will be in excess
of $3,500.00 so the burden of ex-
pansion in the LV District will be
on the new customers in Lanark
Raymond Williams said he did not
understand why LVW&S Board
was so hesitant to accept the
Carrabelle offer. LV District attor-
ney, Pelicki, who resides in Talla-
hassee answered Williams by tell-
ing him, I'm a very cautious per-
son, being an attorney and Ex
Public Water Service Commis-
sioner. I like to take small steps. I
think we should only make a
small step with the consolidation
of the wastewater first. We can see
if the services are good. If that
works out and we see we have a
good relationship with Carrabelle,
then at a later time we can look
at the water. We want to be con-
trolling our destiny." Williams re-
plied that he has never heard of
Lanark Village and the City of
Carrabelle having any trouble.
Bill Shiver, residing on Hwy 98 in
the LV District, said that he
thought that a regional water and
sewer plant is in theory a good
idea, but he is concerned that the
LV District residents will be re-
linquishing all of their autonomy
and would have no voice. Keck
replied that Baskerville-Donovan
and the City of Carrabelle are
thinking of something like a 5
member Water and Sewer Board
composed of 2 members from
Carrabelle District, 2 members
from Lanark Village District and
I independent member.
Dan Husk from Lanark Beach
asked, "if you have a good well and
septic tank what happens then?"
Bryant answered by saying, "in
Leon County, the customers are
able to keep their septic tanks but
when a tank went down they have
to go on the sewer." He added, "We
have the intention to serve the
Lanark Beach area with wastewa-
ter service." Lawlor cut in saying,
"Carrabelle's going to serve it!"
Bryant replied to Lawlor, "Well, if
we could agree on that as a group
of people we could agree now. We
don't have the funding so we can
extend both the sewer and water
at this time. Dan Keck has put
together a package that is awe-
some and so it is a possibility."
Keck told the group that
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. has
explored sources of funding and
is looking at a 23 million-dollar
grant for the water system. Lawlor
asked why Carrabelle does not
currently have the grant money
to serve new customers in Lanark
Beach with water? The reply was
they can but the problem is the
Lanark Village District debt struc-
Lawlor asked, "You get sewer only,
you will still hook up these
(Lanark Beach) people at no cost?"
Murmurs from the audience who
had been listening carefully re-
plied, "Oh no, $2,500.00!" Lawlor
became argumentative and said,
"You told us that you have grant
money to cover every lot between
Maryland (not a boundary Street)
and Idaho on the east." Keck pa-
tiently replied 'That is true. Ex-
cept for thetap fee."
He went on to explain that if they
waived the tap fee they would
have to raise the rates in Lanark
and they are not going to do that.
Lanark's rates are not sufficient
to cover the wastewater operation,
maintenance and debt service. "If
LV District gives up only the
wastewater portion, you are giv-
ing up a loser. How is Carrabelle
going to make up the difference?
Two ways, one is tap fees.
Carrabelle's tap fee is $2,500.00.
The other is, Carrabelle needs to
increase the customer base to get
it to work financially. Lanark will
have to guarantee 160 customers
in 2 years."
Eileen Benson, Lanark asked if
there was a time that this offer
would go away. She said that this
issue has been before the LV W&S
District Board for two years and
she wonders if it will go over to
Bryant said that he believes that
the Lanark Board is coming close
to a decision. Lanark has missed
the boat several times. But the
date is January 2005 that all the
construction has to be done and
then the offers will evaporate.
Several residents were worried
that the water from the LVW&S
District well will go elsewhere and
not to the LV District residents.
The answer was that the residents
would get their water from the
nearest well which is the LV Dis-
Members of the audience asked
what were the legal actions that
must take place for consolidation.
They pointed out that they had
voted for the creation of the
LVW&S District and they should
be able to vote for the consolida-
tion. The Board of County Com-
missioners has been involved in
making appointments to the
LVW&S District Board and would
probably be involved again in link-
ing the two Districts. A contrac-
tual agreement between the two
Districts can spell out the details
of a consolidation with a com-
bined Board of Commissioners.
Bob Benson, resident of Lanark
asked "Why is the LVW&S Board
so reluctant to go all the way? The
LV Board talks about lots of
things but gives no details. At the
rate we are going, maybe my
grand kids will see a consolida-
Bill Strickland said, "The window
is gigantic now and it is most
timely. It seems that this has just
been a wrangling affair. The fo-
cus should be on yes or no!"
Lawlor replied that he, "is still on
the fence." Lawlor would not take
a vote. Someone from the audi-
ence asked, "What do we have to
gain from consolidation?" Lawlor
replied, "a 55% reduction in
Carrabelle suggested another
Workshop to keep the dialog go-
Iing with the Lanark Board. Lawlor
agreed to attend another work-
shop on November 10, 2003 at
6:00 p.m. in Chillas Hall, Lanark
Village. The workshop before a
frustrated audience was ad-
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EDITORAL & COMMENTARY
October 21st Workshop On Redistricting
The Franklin County Commissioners will apparently take up the is-
sue of redistricting at their October 21st meeting at the Courthouse
Annex in Apalachicola. I hope that this agenda item will not be "too
little, too late," as they have had ample time since the earlier letters
on this issue were received and distributed to each individual com-
missioner. They clearly have been dragging their feet on this issue
and the "record" of that foot dragging is clear. The Chronicle asked
them point-blank at the close of one of the meetings what they were
going to do about redistricting only to be met with a stonewall of
silence. There are indications that the county attorney or other coun-
sel hired by the Commission will move to dismiss the lawsuit by Con-
cerned Citizens citing the proposed workshop scheduled for October
21st. If the Judge should buy that argument, the whole proceedings
would be reduced to a sham. In my opinion, the litigation is what
stimulated the Commissioners into doing their Constitutional duty
In the first place. This issue has come up many times in the past and
now it is time to act, and act responsibly.
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about the Department of Community Affairs and the Waterfronts
Florida Partnership Program.
Secretary Colleen Castille said, "Many working waterfronts were once
thriving centers of activity that are now struggling to remain eco-
nomically viable." This statement of fact proves that the Net Limita-
tion has taken jobs. This a violation of the United States and Florida
Constitutions. She said, "The Waterfronts Florida Partnership Pro-
gram supports traditional water-dependent uses and promotes new
waterfront uses that protect natural and cultural resources."
In 1994 people like Secretary Castille saw no need to protect the most
traditional and water dependent culture of them all. The small coastal
fisherman. These are the people that were the first in providing eco-
nomic stability to coastal communities. Their criminalization by con-
stitutional amendment destabilized many coastal communities. The
urbanite like Secretary Castille doesn't consider commercial fisher-
men to be part of all the people of the state much less traditional. A
working waterfront to Secretary Castille is boat yards, condos, jet ski
rentals, marinas, all the things that destroy the waterfront environ-
mentally. The small coastal net fisherman impacts the environment
the least of all. Fishermen live with the mosquitoes, they don't build
cities on top of them.
When Secretary Castille was a Governor's cabinet aid I called to get
help. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had
broken the law when they ignored the constitutional method of net
measurement. Her response was, "We did this and you have to live
with it but if you can get support from the Coastal Conservation As-
sociation someone might listen. "Commercial fishermen asking the
C.C.A. for help is like a black man asking the Ku Klux Klan for sup-
port. To her only certain cultures rule the waterfront.
It is a proven fact that nets can be regulated environmentally to pro-
vide jobs for the professional fishermen, support workers, and pro-
vide locally caught seafood for the consumer. This will cost the State
nothing and revitalize many waterfront communities. The people voted
for it, state statute demands the benefit of all. State statute 370.025
says "resource belongs to all, is to be managed for all, that no one
user group gets lion share of resource, social and economic impact to
be considered, and management shall be fair equitable." Why can't
the Department of Community Affairs consider fishing communities
part of the working waterfront?
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local buffer regulations and case". ,.
studies of cost effective buffer use.
The workshop began at 8:30 a.m.
with Kelly Finch, Biologist/Project
manager, US Army Corps of En-
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tion. Debra Segal, Senior Wetland
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talk on the Functions Wetland '
Buffers Provide and Determining
Effective Buffer Width.
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viable buffers that have been prof-
itable and appreciated in value
over the life of the development. I
The presentations ended with
Franklin County Planner and Di-
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Alan Pierce who told the group ,
about existing Franklin County --
The last event of the morning ses-
sion was a panel interaction with
the audience. This exchange be-
tween the panel and the audience
produced an informative question
and answer session. Panel mem-
bers were: Kelly Finch; Debra
Segal; Jennie Myers; Alan Pierce;
Dan Garlick, Garlick Environ-
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well as from nearby States. There
was a good mix of municipal and
state employees as well as private
planners and developers from the
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"Always ... Patsy Cline" remains
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The 'Dixie' began its rich history
back in 1913 and is now one of
the Big Bend areas most valuable
The 2003 production of "Always
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Edwards returning to reprise her
role as Patsy. In fact, most of the
original cast will be back at the
'Dixie' for this special run. Marc
Grove, Roy Schultz & Dixie
Partington will be joined by Dixie
Theatre Company member Karl
Lester at the piano and Dan
Cantwell on guitar. All these tal-
ented professionals round out the
cast to make this production of
"Always ... Patsy Cline" the best
Folks may remember seeing Linda
as Truvy' in the Dixie Theatre's
2000 Summer Season production
of "Steel Magnolias" as well. Karl
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'Dixie' productions including
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October 17, 18, 24 & 25 (Friday
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p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Phipps Ventures, Inc. owner of the
Resort Village property within the
boundaries of the St. George Plan-
tation, has submitted their plan
amendment to Franklin County
Planning and Zoning.
In sum, Phipps Ventures pro-
posed to amend the Future Land
Use Map designation of the 54.28
acres to Mixed Use Residential. A
Notice of Proposed Change to the
St. George's Plantation Develop-
ment of Regional Impact is being
submitted concurrent with a
Comprehensive Plan amendment.
The Notice proposes the following
changes to the Development Or-
(1) The current development
order allows 18,750 square
feet of commercial and con-
ference center development.
Phipps Ventures proposes to
delete the Beach Club and
Conference Center facility
and the three story building
for food and beverage service
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Pnop R 91 7 Ortnhr 2003
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
By Harriett Beach
The first of a series of workshops
to discuss the development of St.
James Island, the eastern portion
of Franklin County, was held Sep-
temberO30, at 6:00 p.m. at Chillas
Hall In Lanark Village. St. James
Island is a 49,000 acre area be-
tween the Carrabelle and
Ochlockonee Rivers. The St. Joe
Company owns approximately
40,000 acres of this land. This
series of workshops will give the
residents of St. James Island the
opportunity for residents, agen-
cies and others to express their
hope and concerns about the fu-
ture development of this area.
Billy Buzzett, representing the St.
Joe Company, welcomed the ap-
proximately 75 workshop partici-
pants and presented background
Information to the group.
The future of this area will be de-
termined in part by the provisions
of the Franklin County Compre--
hensive Plan, the proposed St.
James Island overlay map and
policies, land development regu-
ations, economic forces and by
what the current and future prop-
erty owners choose to do with
their properties. The St. Joe Com-
pany Is working with Miller,
Sellen, Conner and Walsh, a plan-
ning company from Orlando,
Florida. This firm will design
plans for the St. Joe portion of St.
James Island. Jim Sellen was in-
t~oduced as the Planning firm rep-
resentative working on the St.
James Island Overlay map.
Buzzett told the group that St. Joe
will utilize the input from this
workshop and the reports from
the other Community Planning
Workshops, site analysis, prin-
ciples from other successful com-
munities and more to develop a
proposed overlay map and poli-
cies for St. James Island. He went
on to tell the group that "St. Joe
has committed to constructively
Involve the public in a series of
meetings and workshops during
the overlay development process.
In a power point presentation,
Buzzett reviewed the aims of the
St. James Island design work-
shop. He said, "On January 29,
2003, the St. Joe Company com-
mitted to the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners to pre-
pare a plan for St. James Island.
In order to prepare the plan, the -
St. Joe Company agreed-to par-
ticipate in public forum and to
receive public input. After receipt
of the public input, the St. Joe
Company agreed to develop a
pjan. Rather than develop a plan
privately, The St. Joe ,Company
decided to conduct public work-
shops and to build a plan layer
by layer." He told the group, "Our
goal is to apply design principles
raised by the public that respect
the unique quality and history of
the area: use land efficiently; pro-
tect and restore natural areas and
ecological processes important to
people, fish and wildlife; preserve
clean and natural flow in area
streams; protect and create eco-
nomic opportunities; provide for
a fair share of the region's new
jobs; include ample housing,
schools, public infrastructure and
facilities and transportation
choices; and preserve and create
cultural opportunities throughout
the county. This plan must be
completed by January 10, 2004.
The elements of the plan must
Include demographic and popu-
lation growth, land use, natural
resources, public facilities, hous-
ihg, natural hazard mitigation
and economic development." As
the status of the plan evolves the
community must be informed.
The effect of the overlay plan is
conceptual and until such time as
a subsequent comprehensive plan
amendments) are adopted, the
existing underlying future land
uses continue to apply. The over-
lay serves to guide future land use
The objectives of this workshop
1. To create opportunities for con-
versations between the citizens of
Franklin County and The St. Joe
2. To incorporate local knowledge
Into the design proposal.
$. To provide a design and plan-
hing process that provides a.posi-
tive model tor planned growth and
conservation for other parts of the
county, region and the state.
4. To apply community design
best practices that satisfy local,
regional, state and national poli-
cies and laws intended to protect-
land, water, species-atlisk and
5. To use the design workshop to
maximize interaction and com-
munication between government,
citizens, community design pro-
fessionals, and other interested
6. To disseminate the results of
the design workshop to as wide
an audience as possible.
The dates of the design workshops
are scheduled for: October 16',
October 23, October 30 and No-
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* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
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seven foot wide folding doors opening into twin par- cov
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ings, fireplace in every room and a great covered '- i- $72
porch with beautiful landscaping. Beautifully well
kept and only $397,000. MLS#97474. "New Look, Same People"
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with two storage rooms, 10' ceilings, elevator, dock with boat
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The Franklin Chronicl4.
St. James Workshop from
vember 6, 2003 all held at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village at 6:00 p.m.
The date of a summary forum is
to be announced. A meeting on
the Comprehensive Plan Update
will be held November 20, 2003.
The results of the six Visioning
Workshops held between January
and August, 2003, and the St.
Joe's Proposed Overlay of St.
James Island will be presented to
the Franklin County Commission
in January 2004, for review and
possible adoption, modification or
decision not to adopt it as part of
a Comprehensive Plan Update
Buzzett introduced Tom Taylor,
Associate Director of the Florida
Conflict Resolution Consortium,
who facilitated the group partici-
pation in exploring what is the
desired future for St. James Is-
land. With help from Hal Bardall
and Jennie Lane, Taylor passed
out post-it-note paper to each
person in the group. The group
was asked the following four ques-
tions: What are the hopes of the
larger community for St. James
Island? Which Community Plan-
ning Process issues apply to St.
James Island? What special St.
James Island Comp Plan policies
are needed? What else do you
want considered in the Overlay
Map and Policies?
The audience replied to these four
questions by reading aloud the
answers they had written on the
post-it notes. The notes were col-
lected and organized into the vari-
ous categories pertinent to ques-
tions. The audience then dis-
cussed the various suggestions.
The pattern of ideas that grew out
of the group discussions for a de-
sirable future for St. James Island
were as follows:
GROWTH AND ECONOMIC
* Community Character, Appear-
ance and Quality of Life
* Land Use Planning (Use, Den-
sity, Policies for PUDs and Spe-
cial Areas, etc.)
* Growth Impacts (Concurrency,
Impact Fees, Taxation, Displace-
* Affordable Housing
* Viability of the Seafood Indus-
* Work Force Development
* Business Development and Re-
* Conservation and Stewardship
(education, planning and coordi-
* Water Resource Protection
(waste, storm and potable water,
* Fish and Wildlife Habitat Pro-
tection (corridors, buffers,
seagrass rules, vistas)
Drinking water Supply and
Wastewater Treatment (Sewage)
Solid waste (garbage)
Road Construction and Mainte-
Public safety (fire and police)
Emergency management: pre-
vention, evacuation and response
Health Care and Emergency
Public Access to Beaches and
The group discussed critical chal-
lenges to consider in the planning
of St. James Island. The discus-
sion generated a list of 17 areas
of concern, such as: Does St. Joe
Co. plan to relocate Hwy 98? What
kind of governing entity is
,planned for St. James Island? Will
the resources developed on St.
James Island be private or avail-
able to the general public? How
do we get the local and regional
regulatory bodies to recognize our
desires for St. James Island?
What is the carrying capacity of
St. James Island in terms of den-
sity and protection of natural re-
The group then turned their at-
tention to what they wished to see
on the overlay map of St. James
Island: Conservation areas, habi-
tat corridors and greenways, de-
velopment areas, Village Centers,
waste treatment facility sites,
wellfield protection areas and
transportation facilities. The.
group added the following:
1. Public access to all aquatic
2. Recreation areas
3. Utility easements'
4. Marine facilities
5. G.F & A trail and archeological
and historical sites
6. Potential wetland mitigation
7. Bay recharge zones
8. Areas of water impairment
9. Industrial and Developed
10. Coastal High Hazard zones
and the Critical Shore Line Dis-
11. Medical, and EMR facilities
12. Water and Sewer franchise
13. Preserves and Conservation
14. Soils and topography
15. 100 year flood plain areas
16. Predominant vegetation of St.
17. Hurricane evacuation routes
Before the group finished the
meeting they discussed what
overlay policies should guide the
project. The group focused on eco-
nomic development, cultural re-
source ,protection, community
character, sustainable energy de-
velopment and public Involve-
ment with accountability from the
developers. After three and one
half hours of discussion, the
group planned to resume their
work at the next Overlay meeting
at 6:00 p.m. on October 16, 2003
- at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village.
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Judith Lovin and Ken Sizemore
return to the Dixie Theatre with
'"The Folk Revival," music from the
1950's, 1960's and 1970's, with
a special Tribute to Johnny Cash.
Performance is Sunday, October
12 at 3:00 p.m. Admission is
$10.00 and no reservations are
Judith Lovin and Ken Sizemore
are truly artists for whom singing
is the most natural expression.
They are versatile performers
who, having found their own best
style, wisely stay in this niche.
Their Individuality deliberately
marks their choice and presenta-
tion of material so the songs are
of a piece, without being repeti-
tious. Ranging from the timeless
to the timely they present a pro-
gram that cuts across lines and
limitations. Their repertoire
ranges from folk, MOR, Country
Classics, Show Tunes, 50's Re-
prises, Bluesy Ballads and Social
Statements to their own shining
collection of well- written original
songs. All in all this creates a fine
sense of balance between per-
formers and audience.
Both Judith and Ken have varied
and interesting musical histories.
The perfectly matched vocal tim-
bre, the subtle yet striking har-
monies, all come together in this
partnership of two polished pro-
fessionals who bring you strong,
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Apalachicola Swears In New Mayor
By Lisa Szczepaniak
Boyd "Sandy" Howze was sworn
in as the new Mayor of
Apalachicola Tuesday, October
7th at the regular City Commis-
sion meeting. His first order of
business was to require that all
police department grant fund ac-
tivity be incorporated into the
city's general ledger accounting.
Mayor Howze cited an indepen-
dent auditor's report dated Janu-
ary 31, 2003. The 51-page report
recommended better oversight
and control over the grant expen-
"I looked at the Independent
auditor's report, at this time I
would like see a motion made to
place the monies and over-sight
to do with the grant's and police
department under Miss Webb,
bring it down stairs: More specifi-
cally, I would recommend all po-
lice department grants be moved
downstairs to the city office for
them to be incorporated in the
city's general ledger and the grant
activity be monitored as detailed
in the auditor's report. That in-
formation is found on page 50,
that's what the auditors are ask-
ing for and I think we need to com-
ply with that request."
After asking for the motion, the
mayor was asked to be more spe-
cific. Commissioner Robert Davis
wanted to be reassured that the
commissioners and the police de-
partment still maintained over-
sight, and the only thing city hall
would be involved in was the ac-
counting process, not the decision
making process of where and how
the grant monies will be spent.
The motion was seconded and
In his out going comments Mayor
Alan Pierce expressed his appre-
ciation for the support of the com-
munity he received over the last
four years and urged the people
of Apalachicola to make their
voices heard: It's been interest-
ing, I've learned a lot over the last
four years, ... We've made a lot of
accomplishments over the last
four years all with the people's
support. It's been somewhat
stressful at times, but we have a
new sewer system on line, its go-
ing to make a difference in
Apalachicola. We have a new wa-
ter system on line... The rate in-
creases have been painful but
hopefully you all see the results
of that... We have to continue to
keep the Downtown area alive and
economically strong for tourists
as well as locals. We want resi-
dents coming down here.
"It's difficult to keep that balance
going but I encourage you all to
do that... We want everyone com-
ing down, using the downtown
area like they did in the past ... I
encourage and support the rede-
velopment of downtown Apalach-
icola because it would be better
for the city than going out along
98. Development means also the
opportunity for some annexation.
The city has started annexation
projects on property we're buying.
We hope that annexation will lead
to a reuse for city sewer, and some
development for residential sub-
division... and increased tax base.
There hasn't been much annex-
ation in the last 100 years in the
city of Apalachicola, it can be done
and be beneficial for everybody...
And with that, I "d like to thank
everybody. It's been interesting,
I've learned a lot of things being
an elected official. Maybe I'll get
to be an elected official again
someday, but that's for you all to
Before Alan Pierce departed the
meeting he was presented with a
plaque of appreciation for his ser-
vice to the city as mayor by Com-
missioner Mitchell Bartley who
was also sworn in for a new term
as City Commissioner.
(From left) Mitchell Bartley and Alan Pierce.
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:
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By Harriett Beach
Amid cheers and wild applause,
Essie Wyles from Apalachicola
was crowned Mrs. Franklin
County Senior Queen. Eleven
contestants lined up to compete
for the crown and title in the first
Franklin County Senior Pageant
held Friday, October 3, 2003 at
7:00 p.m. at the Carrabelle High
School. The pageant began with
the presentation of each contes-
tant and her sponsoring business
or organization. The contestants
then presented a group dance
routine coached by Pam Nobles
Dance Studio, which was followed
by the talent and evening-wear
The contestants and their spon-
sors were: Bonnie Stephenson,
NPA Club; Marie Buster, Wicked
Willies; Julie Surber, Harry's
Lounge and Package; Nancy
Mack, Judy's Fashions; Eary
Worthey, Cook's Insurance; Kan-
sas Norris, Seacrafters, Inc.;
Cydell Wilson, Hog Wild BBQ; Rita
Millender,. Parramores Marine
Systems; Mary Lee Matarazzo,
C&C BBQ; Frances Brinkley, Pan-
handle Produce; Essie Wyles,
Harbor Breeze. Escorts for the
contestants were: Phillip Rankin,
Chris Giamette, Mike Mock,
Jimmy Harris and Gerrard
Will Kendrick, Director of the
Franklin County Senior Center,
was the Master of Ceremonies.
Rene Griffin assisted Mr. Kendrick
at the podium. During the
evening, Jack Zurawka provided
lively piano tunes and Evelyn
McAnally sang for the audience.
Judges for the event,were Janice
Wise, Paul Parker, Van Johnson,
Anita Gregory and Monica Moron.
Bonnie Segree assisted the
judges. While the contestants
were changing costumes, Cherry
Rankin, President of the Franklin
Country Senior Center, Board of
Directors, invited the audience to
'help themselves to a full table of
delicious food and sodas that had
been contributed by several of the
The talents presented by the con-
testants were poetry reading, line
dancing, dance routines, joke tell-
ing, and singing which brought
enthusiastic applause from the
audience. After all the enjoyable
presentations and evening-wear
modeling the judges tallied their
score cards and announced the
following winners. Essie Wyles,
crowned Mrs. Franklin County
will represent Franklin County
Seniors at county events. Mrs.
Wyles, from Apalachicola, sang a
gospel song for her talent. First
runner up was Cydell Wilson, Hog
Wild BBQ, who performed a
dance routine. She won a gift cer-
tificate from Julia Mae's Seafood
Restaurant. Second runner up
was Bonnie Stephenson, NPA
Club, who instructed and led
Mary Ann Shields and Carol
Zurawka in a line dancing rou-
tine for her talent. She won a gift
certificate from Judy's Fashions.
The following businesses and or-
ganizations contributed to this
first Miss-Mrs. Franklin County
Senior Pageant: Carrabelle High
School, Nick O'Grady, Michael
Moron, Earl's Oyster Bar, Special
Occasions, Sign by Design, Pam
Nobles Dance Studio, Carrabelle
Florist, Gilmar, Great Wall,
Carrabelle Junction, Carrabelle
IGA, Marshall's Pizza, Julia Mae's
Seafood Restaurant, Gulf State
Bank, Laurie Lackey, Judy's
Fashions and Wicked Willies. All
proceeds from the pageant will go
to the Franklin County Senior
By Harriett Beach
PFC Atkinson Edwin (Ted) Pooser
V, C Co. 3/325 AIR, 82nd ABN
Division suffered shrapnel
wounds in the legs when a gre-
nade was thrown from a crowd of
Iraqi citizens into the midst of U.S.
Military personnel. Ted Pooser is
the son of Polly and Ned Pooser
who reside on the Ochlockonee
River in Franklin County.
Ted Pooser was wounded on Tues-
day, October 7, 2003, 7:00 p.m.,
Iraqi time as he was working in a
military detail training Baghdad,
Iraqi police cadets. They were dis-
persing a crowd of civilians when
a grenade landed a few feet from
Pooser. The hot shrapnel tore into
his left knee and right leg. Pooser
was immediately transported to a
Military Hospital in Baghdad and
then to the Military Hospital in
Landstuhl, Germany. At this time
the extent of his injuries are still
The 26-year-old Pooserjoined the
Military in August 2002 and
trained at Fort Benning, and Fort
Bragg. He is planning to stay in
the military and wishes to enroll
in WAFT, Warrant Officer Flight
Training to pilot Kiowa Helicop-
ters. Pooser was with the first
battalion sent into Kuwait and
then on the long march into
Baghdad. He was originally on a
4 month mission which was ex-
tended to 6 months, then 8
months and now to one year.
At this time Ted Pooser's parents
are having difficulty finding out
information about their son and
the extent of his injuries. A call
from the U.S. Army to notify them
that their son had been a casu-
alty is the only information they
* have received from the military.
They were only able to discover
through a retired military cousin
of the senior Pooser, that Ted had
been transported to Germany for
treatment. Once they located Ted,
they have been able to talk to him
PFC Pooser's parents said anyone
wishing to send cards to their son
may send them to their address
and they will forward the mail to
Ted when they find out where he
will be located for further treat-
ment. Ted's mother, Polly Pooser
is a Speech Therapist for Franklin
County Schools and his father is
a retired Attorney for the State of
Florida. Mail for Ted Pooser may
be sent to: 261 Rio Vista Dr.,
Sopchoppy, Florida 32358.
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By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation, (APTA) was short sev-
eral members, who despite the
inclement weather, were faithful
to their Seminoles.
The paid members are now 329.
President Dick Waters who is the
chairperson on Beach Erosion
thanked Franklin County Com-
missioner Cheryl Saunders for the
Becky Cummins said that the
road across from the R.V. Park is
eroding and there is a big hole.
When she went for her daily walk
she saw some visiting people had
taken the barricade to cover the
hole down over the rocks to use it
to prop up their fishing rods. She
asked them to bring this barricade
up before dark.
She went back at 8:00 p.m. and
the people had gone and left the
barricade down on the rocks and
also left some dirty diapers and
other trash. She called for a
deputy to bring up the barricade
but no one answered the call.
Steve Fling said call 911 and there
will be a record that you had
called. During regular office
hours, ask for the Sheriff.
He also said that the Marine Pa-
trol were out ticketing fishermen.
They took all their fish.
Development: Joe Hambrose
October 6 at the Board of Adjt
ment (BOA) approved a reqi
for variance for 31 ft. into the c
cal habitat zone. It was for an
tension of a home that was c
1000 feet. Alan Pierce said t
there will be problems.
Communications: Ann Maru
zuk will have a survey in the r
newsletter to see how people
the website. Ken Osborne told
members he was going to use
website when he has an off
message to all members.
Vicki Barnett:will be sending
the renewals on November 8.
president is thinking of an
crease in the dues.
Public Safety: All car decals h
been sent out to members. T1
are some 80 -100 decals left c
The members said that t
should be sold for $5.00 eacl
Cheryl Sanders said that
Franklin commission had b
sued by the Concerned Citiz
The Commissioners met in
Executive Meeting and they h
a plan. It will be on the age
for October 21.
Alan Fieffer reported to her
an aide for the Commissioners
check into MediaCom bring
T.V. to the houses on Bald I
She said she has ordered
signs for Mardi Gras.
P and Z: Vicki Barnett repo
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a lot on the water that is just
small for a home but they
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scaping, a gate on the dock, and
a light under the dock at night.
She also told the members that
they will have 30 days to appeal
the person who has been granted
a variance of 31 feet into the criti-
cal habitat. Cost will be $200. Joe
Hambrose said that if the grant
of 31 feet into the critical habitat
stands there are at least 50 60
homes that would go for a vari-
There was lively interchange be-
tween Ken Osborne and Linc
Barnett. In the end they settled
on the people who had been to the
visionary meetings to make lists
of what they would like to give to
St. Joe. They will have more meet-
ings on October 16 and 23rd.
At the next meeting on November
8 the speaker will be Billie Buzzett
from St. Joe, The meeting will
then be turned over to allow the
members to bring their lists and
vote on what they would like to
have on an APTA position paper
the members can take to the fi-
The next APTA meeting will be
held on November 8.
Update On The
By Skip Frink
the The Franklin County Tourist De-
velopment Council (TDC) an-
nounced the schedule of public
rted meetings leading up to the final
has public vote on the tourist tax.
will The Tourist Development Council
iem- is composed of appointed
ules representatives of government
and- and business throughout the
county. In a series of meetings
since late summer, the group has
decided to propose the maximum
2% tax amount (on all transient
rental lodging, a tax which will be
paid by tourists) and that the
projected $500,000.00 income
will be divided 60-40 between
infrastructure improvements and
promotion. At issue is whether to
include the entire county, or just
some portion. This group will
write a recommendation to the
County Commission, which will
decide whether to go to a public
vote on the tax.
Resort Village from Page 7
and develop 18,000 square
feet of commercial develop-
ment on 2.28 acres,
(2) In Residential Develop-
ment, Phipps Ventures pro-
poses to delete 3 hotel/inn
buildings with 90 rooms.
They also plan to redevelop
existing 24-unit hotel build-
ing to 12 condominiums.
They also propose to develop
84 single-family residential
units on 52 acres and no
more than 8 residential units
above commercial, for a total
of 104 residential units.
(3) There are also ancillary
recreational and support fa-
cilities, remaining in conjunc-
tion with the residential de-
The Phipps Ventures Planning
Document says "The Mixed Use
Residential Land Use Category is
the appropriate land use category
to accommodate this develop-
ment. Further, this land use cat-
If voted in, the TDC will allocate
the tax funds, subject to Franklin
County Commission review.
The meeting schedule is as fol-
October 14: in Apalachicola-
Uses for the tax; October 28: in
funds; November 11: in
Apalachicola-Review draft of re-
port to County Commission; No-
vember 17-30: location varies-
Public hearings; December 1-
Review input; revise report; De-
cember 9-Finalize report and
ordinances; December 16-
Present report and ordinance to
commission; January 2-Request
for ballot to Supervisor of Elec-
tions; Jan Feb: location varies-
Public education meetings; March
9 -Presidential primary ballot.
All TDC meetings are open to the
public, and meeting details are
announced in advance.
egory is specifically intended to
apply to Developments of Regional
Impact." The definition of the
Mixed Use Residential Land Use
Category in the Franklin County
Comprehensive Plan is as follows:
Mixed Use Residential shall
mean that at least 50% of the
net land available for devel-
opment shall be used for resi-
dential or recreational pur-
poses. This category of land
use shall provide for develop-
ment that is primarily resi-
dential in nature but which
also may include supporting
categories of land uses oth-
erwise described in this plan
such as conservation, recre-
ation, historic and archeologi-
cal, commercial (including re-
tail, office, commercial/tour-
ist and hotel/motel uses) and
residential uses (including
single-family and multifamily
residences). This category is,
designed for and is limited to
developments such as devel-
opments of regional impact
(DRIs) approved pursuant to
Chapter 380, Florida Stat-
utes, or planned unit devel-
opments (PUDs) created by
ordinance of the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners. The density
shall not exceed 4.3 dwelling
units per acre. The location
of these lands is depicted on
the Future Land Use Map
All structures shall conform
to the appropriate standards
established in the Franklin
County Zoning Ordinance,
the Critical Shoreline District
Ordinance, the Flood Hazard
Ordinance, or the Coastal
Construction Code Ordi-
The St. George Plantation Devel-
opment of Regional Impact Devel-
opment Order was originally ap-
proved on September 20, 1977.
That development order autho-
rized the development of 831 resi-
dential units, a 27-acre airport, a
30 40 slip marina, and 200 acres
of commercial on approximately
1200 acres. The development or-
der also authorized one additional
single family lot for each acre of
the 200 acre commercial alloca-
tion that is not developed for com-
Continued on Page 14
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One thing that was agreed upon at the St. George Plantation Owners'
Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2003, was the
recognition of exemplary service to the Association by the Director of
Security, Bob Shiver, pictured here holding a plaque presented to
him by Acting President Boyd Ellison. Two new Directors were elected
to the Board: Rita Culbertons and Larry Taylor. The tally for voting
was as follows: (1) Rita Culbertson, 216; (2) Larry Taylor, 176 votes;
(3) Thomas R. Day, 151 votes; and (4) Robin Cooper, 119 votes. Boyd
Ellison was elected by the Board as the new President of the Associa-
tion at a meeting following the Annual Meeting. The schedule of events
began at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and lasted through 3 p.m. when
votes for Director were tabulated. A report of the meeting will be pub-
lished at a later date.
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(File photo) Franklin County Commissioners in Courthouse
Lawsuit from Page 1
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Florida Seafood Festival from Page 1
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Resort Village from Page 11
Subsequent changes and moditfi-
cations to the original develop-
ment plan over the past 16 years
have resulted in the following au-
thorized development: 1,374 resi-
dential units, a 27 acre airport,
and 54 acres of commercial on
approximately 1200 acres.
The proposed Comprehensive
Plan amendment applies to an
.approximately 54-acre portion of
the St. George's Plantation Devel-
opment of Regional Impact known
as the St. George Island Resort
Village. In the original Develop-
ment Order, dated September 20,
1977, this property was desig-
nated as part of the Plantation
Commercial Area. Paragraph
3.B.(v) of the order, related to the
Plantation Commercial Areas,
stated that the "two commercial
areas shown on Exhibit 'A' shall
include one or more high quality
resort hotels or motels, together
with such affiliated uses as may
be appropriate or desirable, such
as tourist shops, restaurants, rec-
reational amenities and similar
activities." The paragraph further
Because the specific plans for
these two areas are indefinite,
these areas shall not be re-
zoned at this time. Rezoning
of these areas shall be
granted upon final approval
of the plans by the Board,
which approval shall not be
unreasonably withheld. Con-
dominiums and multifamily
residential structures shall
not be allowed in any of the
areas shown by Exhibit "A"
without the prior consent of
the Board. Before develop-
ment is commenced in the
commercial areas, plans and
specifications for the site
clearing and construction
shall be submitted to the
Board for review and ap-
proval. Upon such approval,
the specific area in question
shall be rezoned to allow the
requested land use.
Since the Board had not approved
specific plans of development for
these properties at the time the
Development Order was ap-
proved, the land use designation
remained Residential on the Fu-
ture Land Use Map.
Subsequent to the approval of the
original Development Order, the
other approximately 146 acres
originally designated commercial
have been developed as single
family and multi-family residen-
On October 3, 1996, the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners approved a specific plan
for development of Phase I of the
St. George Island Resort Village
Property (Tenth amendment to
the St. George's Plantation Devel-
opment of Regional Impact Devel-
opment Order). Phase I consists
of approximately 9.6 acres of the
a approximately 54 acres. Phase I
of the Resort Village authorizes a
one-story Beach Club and confer-
ence center with a total of 14,750
heated and cooled square feet (in-
cluding 300 square feet of retail
space, 6,000 square feet of exer-
cise/club space and 325 confer-
ence seats); a three sfory build-
ing for food and beverage service
with a total of 4,000 heated and
cooled square feet; four hotel/inn
buildings with a total of 66,000
heated and cooled square feet (in-
cluding 114 hotel/inn suites); the
advanced wastewater treatment
facility authorized by DEP permit
number FLA010069-001, includ-
ing not more than 5 acres of sub-
surface absorption beds to be
constructed adjacent to the Sub-
ject Property but within the Re-
sort Village Property; and various
recreational and support activi-
The Future Land Use Map was
amended to show these 14.6 acres
as "Resort," with the remaining
acreage staying "Residential."
On March 4, 1997, the Tenth
Amendment was amended to in-
clude additional environmental
To date, the following develop-
ment has occurred within Phase
I of Resort Village, consistent with
the amended Development Order
* Building D: a 24-unit motel
* Building G: Wastewater treat-
ment facility (current capacity is
30,000 gallons per day)
* All absorption beds
* Swimming pool and pool house
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