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Volume 12, Number 23 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER Novemb


Redistricting


Franklin County Files


For Order Allowing


Redistricting Plan

Earlier Motion Seeks Dismissal of Concerned
Citizens Lawsuit
Through the legal services of Alfred 0. Shuler, father of County Attor-
ney Michael Thomas Shuler, a motion was filed before the United
States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in the 1986
case requested an order allowing Franklin County to implement the
changed County Commissioners district plan adopted on October 21,
2003 by Resolution.
The 1986 legal case involved an earlier redistricting plan finally ap-
proved by the Federal Court, that enjoined the County Commission
rom implementing any other plan for redistricting except that ap-
proved by the Federal Judge.
Under the 2003 plan, the Franklin County Defendant defined the
maximum population deviation at 6.1%. The average deviation among
the districts is 4.2%. Attorney Robert Rivas, for the 2003 litigation
plaintiffs (Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc.), plans to file
a motion to intervene in this recent action.
On October 28, 2003, the Defendant County Commission filed a mo-
tion to either dismiss or abate the Concerned Citizens, Inc. complaint.
Counsel Alfred Shuler alleged that the Concerned, Citizens complaint
filed on October 28th, was "unripe and filed prematurely."
"Article 8, Section I (e), Florida Constitution requires that
county commissioner districts be divided after each de-
cennial census into five contiguous districts as nearly
equal in population as practicable. The last decennial
census occurred in 2000. Franklin County received its
corrected census in 2002. 124.01(3)-Florida Statues
(2003) provides that the redistricting occur in an
odd-numbered year; to wit: no later than December 31,
2003. Read together, Florida's constitution and law re-
quires Franklin County to review the corrected 2000 cen-
sus during 2003, the first odd numbered year following
.receipt of the corrected 2000 census, and to redistrict in
2003 if appropriate. After the conclusion of 2003, there
exists ample time for the orderly preparation for the pri-
mary election, and the general election in November
2004."
The county also argued in its motion to the Federal Court that it
should not be required to litigate the 1986 case and petition for per-
mission to implement its recent redistricting plan at the same time.
Thus, they have since filed a motion requesting an order to allow for
the recent redistricting plan.
"2. Another action is pending. It appears from the face of
the complaint that there is an injunction entered against
Defendant in Case No. TCA-84-7262-WS of this Court
which forbids Defendant from implementing any redis-
tricting plan other than that set forth in that case. De-
fendant should not be required to litigate the above cap-
tioned case and petition or permission to implement its
redistricting plan at the same time."
"3. Redistricting in 2003, the first odd-numbered year
following Franklin County's receipt of the corrected 2000
census, allows adequate time for a request that the Court
lift the injunction against implementing any redistrict-
ing plan other than that adopted by this Court in 1986
in Case TCA-84-7262-WS. It appears from the Complaint
that Plaintiff is attempting to impose its own deadline on
Defendant, even though Florida Statues allows Defen-
dant until December 31, 2003."


Franklin County Health
Department Gets A $5,000 Treat


The Franklin County Health De-
partment got a Wonderful Treat
(but no tricks) on October 31st.
Florida's 2004 Chronic Disease
Health Promotion Education
Mini-Grant Awards were an-
nounced and Franklin County
received approximately $5,000 to
make Walking Track Enhance-
ments geared toward increasing
heart healthy physical fitness in
all Franklin County residents.
The mini-grant will provide signs
with physical fitness factoids to
be placed in local walking track,

"Intelligent Approach
to Conservation and
Development..."

Audubon Issues
Lifetime
Achievement Award
To St. Joe VP For
Conservation Lands

George Willson Honored
for St. Joe and Nature
Conservancy Work
Audubon of Florida has issued its
lifetime achievement award to St.
Joe Company's Vice President for
conservation lands, George
Willson. At St. Joe, Willson has
helped the public understand the
St. Joe Company's "...intelligent
approach to conservation and
development..." according to Eric
Draper, policy director for
Audubon of Florida. Mr. Willson
has sold 150,000 acres to state
and federal agencies for conser-
vation in the past five years. He
was honored for his work at St.
Joe since 2000 and his previous
work at the Nature Conservancy.


as well as pedometers for resi-
dents who join up to Walk 10,000
Steps A Day. Come on out and
walk yourself fit! Additional pe-
dometers will be ordered very
soon, and Franklin County resi-
dents are encouraged to come to
the Franklin County Health De-
partment and sign up to Walk
10,000 Steps A Day, (and sign for
a pedometer, one per customer,
please.)
The feedback from walkers who
already have their pedometers,
indicate that the immediate
knowledge of how many steps
were taken today, and the cumu-
lative miles walked so far makes
a huge difference in the desire to
continue the walking program.


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Redistricting .....................................
Health Department............................
Graduation Rates .................................
Future Vision .....................................
Franklin Briefs...................................
Editorial & Commentary ....................
Second Circuit Court Report ..............
Eating, Ya Gotta Love It .................
FCAN ..................................................
Business Card Directory.....................
Seafood Festival ..................................


Six Counties Receive EMS Grants
Totaling $110,000

Grant to Enhance Local EMS Service


The Florida Department of Health
(DOH) has awarded Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) grants to-
taling $110,000 to Okaloosa,
Suwannee, Liberty, Hendry,
Wakulla and Franklin Counties.
The grants will assist in the pur-
chase of equipment and supplies
to enhance and improve EMS in
the community.
"These grants encourage coopera-
tive efforts and support a service
essential to the health and
well-being of the community,"
said DOH Secretary John 0.
Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A. "Through
the continued investment in
Florida's public health infrastruc-
ture, our communities will be bet-
ter able to respond to the needs
of their communities and
visitors."
DOH Awarded:
Liberty County: $10,137.83 to
purchase medical supplies and
equipment and professional items
such as equipment carrying
cases.
Wakulla County: $7,346.55 to'
purchase necessary medical
equipment, radios and to provide
staff training.
Franklin County: $6,894.61 to
purchase medical equipment car-


State Average is 69 %

Franklin Graduation Rates

Among Lowest In Region

Franklin Rate at 72.8%
In comparison with surrounding counties, the graduation rate for
Franklin County School District for 2002-3 was determined by the
State Department of Education to be 72.8%. The State of Florida av-
erage was 69 %.
Liberty County led all 67 state counties with a high graduation rate of
90.7%. The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who
receive standard diplomas, such as GED diplomas, in four years.
In the region, Franklin County appears to have shown the largest
change since 2001-2, with 14.9 %. The largest degree of change how-
ever, occurred in Liberty County, with 19 % change since the 1998-99
school year, and 13.2 % in the 2001-2 school year. Wakulla County
reached within the top ten counties this year with a rate of 83.6%.
Over the recent years, Calhoun County appears to have been the
most steady, finishing with a 2002-3 rate of 87.8 % in recent months.
Table 1 (below) shows the distribution of graduation rates across vari-
ous regional counties and their degrees of change.


trying cases, cervical collar carry-
ing cases and other medical sup-
plies.
These grants were made possible
through the EMS County Grant
Program, authorized by Chapter
401, Part II, Florida Statutes and
funded by the Legislature annu-
ally. Funds for the program are
generated from a surcharge on
fines for major traffic violations.
All 67 counties are eligible to par-
ticipate. Last year, 62 counties
requested and received a com-
bined $4.5 million to improve and
expand emergency medical ser-
vices in communities. Applica-
tions for the current grant cycle
will be accepted until January 16,
2004.
Funds must be used to enhance
and improve EMS and can in-
clude: upgrading communication
systems; purchasing ambulance
or rescue vehicles; providing
training to EMS personnel and
first responders; purchasing
medical equipment and supplies,
addressing needs for responding
to mass casualty incidents, and
purchasing computer software
and computers for patient
records.


Table 1


The Visioning Process At St. James

Kent McCoy's Future Vision Includes

High Speed Magnetic Drive,
Desalination And Hydo-J-Thrust

Engines For Water Propulsion
New Technologies That Will Make St. James a
Bedroom Community to Tallahassee and Beyond
A little futurism is sometimes good for the soul, helping the mind and
spirit to soar. Some of the ideas contained in architect Kent McCoy's
remarks at the St. James visioning process may be a little far out for
some Franklin County residents, but the idea of a magnetic levitated
train has been visited before. Upon close examination, the notion of
high-speed rail travel is not such a revolution but the technology.
according to McCoy, has unfolded without much attention.
ber 14 27, 2003 His point, among many, is that the United States is one of the last
developed nations to adopt high speed maglev mass transit systems
but in McCoy's words, "...A long line of projects are coming on line in
the near future and will unleash a golden age of regional high speed
mass transit, primarily along existing U.S. and State right of ways
and regional scale utility easements. He cites some examples: The
40-mile Camden Sports Complex (Baltimore) to BMI International
airport. The Atlanta to Chattanooga Maglev Development Authority
already formed. The 92 mile California MAGLEV project throughout
................... 1 southern California.
................... 1 Here is a diagram of one such system. The magnetized coil running
................... 1 along the track, called a guideway, repels the large magnets on the
train's undercarriage, allowing the train to levitate between 0.39 and
............... 1, 4 3.93 inches above the guideway. Once the train is levitated, power is
............... 2, 4 supplied to the coils within the guideway walls to create a system of
.3 magnetic fields that pull and push the train along the guideway. The
............... 3, 4 electric current supplied to the coils in the guideway walls is con-
........... 5, 6, 7 stantly alternating to change the polarity of the magnetized coils.
7, 9 This change in polarity causes the magnetic field in front of the train
to pull the vehicle forward, while the magnetic field behind the train
................... 8 adds more forward thrust.
................... 9 Maglev trains float on a cushion of air, eliminating friction. Thus, the
................. 10 trains could reach speeds of more than 310 mph.
Several countries are using powerful electromagnets to expand
high-mass transit options called maglev trains. These countries in-
clude Japan, Germany, France, Holland, Australia and Italy.
Here is a map showing a commute network connecting St. James
Island, Medart, Crawfordville and South Tallahassee.


ST JAMES ISLAND HAS A 37%
COMMUTING TALLAHASSEE
FULL TIME POPULATION-15
MINUTES COMMUTE BY MAGLEV
WITH STOPS IN SJI- MEDART-
CRAWFORDVILE AND SOUTH
TALLAHASSEE


St. James Overlay Workshop


By Harriett Beach
The forth St. James Overlay work-
shop was held on October 30,
2003, at Chillas Hall in Lanark
Village. A group of about 30
people gathered to discuss future
transportation issues and eco-
nomic growth in the St. James
Island area. Billy Buzzett repre-
senting the St. Joe Company
served as facilitator for the work-
shop. Alan Pierce was present to


represent the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Department
and to serve as a resource person
for the many questions asked by
the group.
Areas of discussion centered
around: where were the best av-
enues for new limited access
roads, the need for medical facili-
ties and emergency services for a
projected increase in the resident
Continued on Page 4


Graduation Rates of Florida School Districts, 1998-99 to 2002-03
1998- 1999- 12000- 2001- 2002- Change since Change since
99 00 01 02 03 1998-99 2001-02

BAY 55.9% 65.9% 68.3% 70.3% 76.6% 20.7% 6.3%

CALHOUN 83.5% 90.4% 86.8% 86.8% 87.8% 4.3% 1.0%

FRANKLIN 71.2% 63.2% 65.8% 57.9% 72.8% 1.6% 14.9%
GADSDEN 46.0% 50.7% 51.0% 52.4% 48.1% 2.1% -4.3%

GULF 80.0% 83.0% 81.5% 83.8% 87.8% 7.8% 4.0%

BERTY 71.7% 72. 70 82.0% 77.5% 90.7% 19.0% 13.2%

WAKULLA 76.2% 73.7% 72.5% 81.2% 83.6% 7.4% 2.4%

STATE 60.2% 62.3% 63.8% 67.9% 69.0% 8.8/o% 1.1%/









Pa1e 2 14 November 2003


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

November 4, 2003
Present: Chairperson
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Eddie Creamer and
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis.

Courthouse Parking
Before the Board undertook their
agenda, Clerk Kendall Wade in-
troduced Chris Clark who re-
viewed a parking proposal for
employees working at the Court-
house and Courthouse annex.
There are 58 full-ltmne persons
workingin both buildings; 16
working in the annex. The idea is
to assign specific spaces for em-
ployees, and make available ad-
ditional spaces for the public. The
Board also agreed to purchase
some additional land from Ben
Watkins.

Resolution To Mr. Graham
The Board agreed to send a spe-
cial Resolution commending U. S.
Senator Bob Graham for his ser-
vice to the State of Florida as a
U.S. Senator.

Superintendent of Public
Works
Hubert Chipman received ap-
proval from the Board to purchase
two pickup trucks and a farm
tractor.


LanarK Village area, "We would be
traveling about three miles down
county roads ,,, We would patch
the road and then we would also
suggest d~lhi'. I vr'I l.tv that e-C
tire leIgilt l i. I l %.liltrlr
raised the question it the Lanark
Water and Sewer has @been con-
tacted ('imrir, ,i,.,g thor route-.
Simmonll -'.al tji t Mike? Hughs,
a board member, has ridden the
entire route and he seemed reeep-
tive to the route," They haik not
officially approved this \\'wri-iit ri
We're still wv lkitni. with them to
do that."
Commissioner SanderS wXas vey
reluctant to get involved With thei
approval process without the ap=
proval of the Lanark W ter arid
Sewer entity. He also expressed
concern about 'p.iiSlii e, She
asked why not run it do\\n high-
way 98? Simmons said that the
request was made by Jim Lawlor
for the alternate route. The high-
way 98 route may be a little more
congested, in their minds., We do
have DOT and DEP permits in
hand now. At the present time,
there are discussions about the
Lanark and Carrabelle systems
merging, and Commissioner
Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson presented for the
Board's review and consideration
a draft policy governing the ex-
penditure of Parks and Recreation
funds toward youth sports teams
or individuals selected to partici-
pate on youth sports teams or in
special events or activities. At
present, the Board does not have
any written policy governing this
expenditure.
Mr. Johnson left the policy state-
ment with the Board and the
Board Counsel until action at the
November 18th Board meeting.
The draft proposal reads as fol-
lows:


DRAFT Board of County Commissioners
Franklin County, Florida

Title: Youth Sports Teams or Individual Funding
Date Adopted: November 4, 2003
Effective Date: November 4, 2003
Policy Superseded: N/A


It shall be the policy of the Board of County Commissioners of Franklin County, Florida,
that a program to recognized and support Franklin County's youth sports teams or
Individuals is hereby established, and that funding may be available to such teams or
individuals provided that they qualify as a "youth sports team or individual."
This is part of the Boards effort to keep the youth of our community busy and off the streets
in fun, supervised environments and hopefully to build self-esteem and deter unacceptable
behavior. The program will be administered by the County Parks & Recreation Director
or his designee and will be funded from the Parks & Recreation Youth Program Support
line item budget.
A. Objective !
1. This Policy is established to provide the following:
a. Finanpial assistance and support for youth sports,teams. slcted or
invited to participate in a State or National Championship tournament.
b. Financial assistance and support for individuals selected or invited to
participate on an all-star team, or in a special event or activity op the
State or National level.
c. Temporary and nonrecurring funding. for youth sporting events, i.e.
local tournaments.
B. Procedures
1. Youth sports teams or individuals requesting funding from the Board of
County Commissioners at any time during the fiscal year shall first submit
their requests in writing to the County Parks & Recreation Director or his
designee for full review and evaluation. The request must include certified
documentation establishing the legitimacy of the team or event.
2. The County Parks & Recreation Director or his designee is authorized to
develop forms and procedures to be used by youth sports teams or
individuals when submitting requests for funding.
Page 1 of 2

Mr. Bill Mahan presented two
publications to the Board. The
first was a four-page leaflet on fire
ants with the goal of using natu-
ral enemies for fire ants instead
of insecticides. Two effective natu-
ral enemies of fire ants have been
developed as biological control .-
agents. These are (1) Thelohania ..--- .
fire ant disease and (2) decapitat- -_ --_ _-'__ S._____ .
ing flies. Mahan also presented a a
second publication, "Understand- 4 J / f
ing Fisheries Management" in-
cluding an analysis of the 1996
Sustainable Fisheries Act. For
additional information, please
contact Bill Mahan, 850-653- 1714 Highway 98


Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. Carrabelle, FL 3232
Mr. Robert Simmons, accompa- Call 850-697-2050
nied by Carrabelle Mayor Jim
Brown, requested permission to
use county roads to install a por-
tion of the new force main and
reuse main going down highway
98. He said the request was origi-
nated by the Lanark District,
wanted to relocate the proposed or visit our website
pipeline to the "back roads of the


Youth Sports Teams or Individual Funding

3. In carrying out the provisions of this Policy, the County Parks & Recreation
Director or his designee will establish a process for evaluating requests,
including the criteria described below.
4. Funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
a. In the event that a youth sports team is selected or invited to
participate in a State Championship tournament the maximum funds
allotted for each team shall be $2,500.
b. In the event that a youth sports team is selected or invited to
participate in a National Championship tournament the maximum
funds allotted for each team shall be $5,000.
c. In the event that a individual is selected or invited to participate on an
all-star team, or in a special event or activity on the State level the
maximum funds allotted for each individual shall be $250.
d. In the event that a individual is selected or invited to participate on an
all-star team, or in'a special event or activity on the National level the
maximum funds allotted for each individual shall be $500.
5. The Board of County Commissioners will be informed regarding
programmatic
activity by way of the County Parks & Recreation Director bi-monthly report.
C. Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation of funding requests shall include, but not be limited to, a reviewof the following:
1. Applicants must have participated in a City, County, or School Athletic
Program during the year in which funding is sought.
2. Applicants must document the legitimacy of the team or event.
3. Team participants or individuals must be 19 years of age or younger.
4. The requested funding must support post season activity, e.g. tournament
play, awards banquets associated with extraordinary performance.
5. Analysis of the impacts to the team and/or community if the funding is not
approved.
6. Availability of funds.
Page 2 of 2


Cheryl Sanders did not want to
thrust the County into that ar-
rangement until the merger was
well settled. The Board decided to
continue evaluating the problem
by asking the Carrabelle engi-
neers to meet with the County
Road Department and report to
the Commissioners at the next
meeting.


St. George Island Water
Management
Nick Yonclas appeared as Attor-
ney for Water Management, Inc.
the supplier of water to the St.
George Island community. His
purpose was to advise the Com-
missioners of on-going discus-
sions among multiple parties that
may lead to a formal request of
the Commission that the County
donate some property for a new
water tower. Mr. Yonclas reiter-
ated that his remarks were merely
to alert the County Commission-
ers of an opportunity to help lower
costs for St. George Island resi-
dents. He then reviewedcsome his-
tory of the water company's ex-
pansion as the new bridge was,
erected. As a part of the upgrad-
ing of the utility services, along
with the newwater line on the new
bridge, is an increase in fire flow
pressure recently approved by the
Public Service Commission. Tied
into these changes are plans for
a new water tower, arid a rate in-
crease to pay for the $5 million
cost of the water line on the new
bridge.
He also explained the Office of the
Public Counsel that is mandated
to "protect the interests of the
public" in all dealings before the
Public Service Commission. This
watchdog entity is chartered to
safeguard the public interest "...to
protect the rate-payers," Mr.
Yonclas added. The Office of Pub-
lic Counsel has objected to tear-
ing down the old water tower, and
instead, recommended that an-
other tower be constructed. The
problem for everyone was the cost


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of the land for the new tower, es-
timated to be between $500,000
to $750,000. Thus, the Public
Counsel has chosen to take the
lead in solving this matter, seek-
ing a donation of land by a pri-
vate person, the county, or the
state of Florida. The site for the
new water tower is currently be-
ing investigated and reviewed. If
the county would be interested in
donating the land, the result
would be lower rates for water.
The donation would assist greatly
in avoiding the cost of the land
and result in lower rates. The sec-
ond.reason why the County ought
to consider the donation of land
is that the work of the volunteer
fire dept. would be enhanced con-
siderably due to the increase in
water pressure. "We're not asking
for anything now; we're just ad-
vising the county of these ongo-
ing discussions." He concluded,
"This is not our deal-It is
everybody's deal-to keep water
rates low and enhance fire pro-
tection."
Richard Harper, in-coming Presi-
dent of the St. George Island Civic
Club spoke briefly, endorsing the
deliberations that have been con-
ducted among the various parties
involving the new water tower. Mr.
SHarper did point ,out, however,
that the islanders in the Civic
Club did not favor giving the wa-
qter company land for tie new


tower, out rather lease the prop-
erty to the water company on a
long term basis.

Bid Opening
One bid, submitted by Poloronis
Construction Company, was
opened for the construction of a
design-build 60' x 60' commercial
hanger at the Apalachicola Air-
port. The bid was turned over to
Ted Moesteller, chairperson of the
Airport Advisory Committee.

Insurance
Commissioner Bevin Putnal re-
quested information on employee
insurance options from Gary Bar-
ber, agent.

Airport
Ted Mosteller, Chairperson of the
Apalachicola Airport Committee,
reported on the Spill Prevention
Control and Countermeasure
Plan for the Apalachicola munici-
pal airport. Mr. Mosteller also pre-
sented a letter to the Commission-
ers asking the Legislative Delega-
tion for help in procuring 1200
acres near the airport. The letter
provides a short history of the air-
port, and a specific request for
assistance.
Rep.Will S. Kindrick,
Rep. Allan Bense,
Senator Al Lawson


The Board approved the proposal
for the Spill Prevention Control
and Countermeasure Plan.

Land-Use Transmittals
Alan Pierce reported that "yester-
day I received a letter from Mr.
Wilder, representing Phipps Ven-
tures." He read the letter. "...Please
remove the Resort Village Com-
prehensive Plan Amendment
Transmittal Hearing from
tomorrow's agenda... until further
notice. We are discussing several
modifications with a committee
for the St. George Plantation
Owner's Association and need
additional time to reach agree-
ment on some issues..." No fur-
ther action by the Board was
taken.
The "Soundings" is a parcel of
land between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle, represented by Dan
Garlick. The land-use Transmit-
tal was approved.

Director Of Administrative
Services
A request from St. James Bay was
made to post speed limit signs on
the Crooked River Road of 35

Continued on Page 4

November 03, 2003


Dear Legislative Delegation,

The Apalachicola Municipal Airport was built in 1941 as an Army Air Gunnery School for
WWII. In 1946 the War Department deeded it to the county as Surplus property designating
AAF as an AP-4 Airport. It was stipulated that the county maintain and improve the airport.
Over the years the county has struggled in this endeavor. Today, the airport is perceived with
great potential, having three runways and some 1200 acres. An Industrial Park and Commercial
park are designated and many plans are on the books. Infrastructure is needed. Many jobs are
promised, which are sorely needed in Franklin County.
Help is needed in several areas, but two are of utmost priority. The foremost (because the
subject land is reportedly currently on the market for sale) is that in order to accommodate
certain jet aircraft and even some smaller corporate type jets, a runway extension is a must. Also,
with the local military air traffic from Tyndall AFB, etc., a longer runway would be beneficial as
an emergency Military landing field. We currently have on the books, a runway extension that
would extend into undeveloped private land. Much of the land is wet lands, but there is
adequate acreage for future development and a five thousand foot runway 13/31 extension. This
property borders the North-West edge of the airport and consists of some 1800 acres. The
acquiring of this property into the airport assets would help preserve and protect (from noise
sensitive development, etc.) the airport as well as to protect some of the sensitive parts of the
property. It is essential to Apalachicola Municipal Airports future that this property not be sold
into non-compatible airport uses. The reported asking price for this property is $1000 per acre or
$1.8 million.
The second priority project is the rebuilding of the storm sewer on the Western side of the
tarmac. This system is eroding and is collapsing. There is danger that a plane or vehicle may
collapse the storm sewer. The estimated cost of this rebuilding is over $900,000.
Both these projects are in the JACIP program with FDOT and the FAA. But even if they were
somehow funded, the magnitude of the matching funds makes them cost prohibitive to the airport
and county at this time.
Apalachicola Municipal Airport is a sleeping giant, serving as a regional airport for several
counties and often serves as an alternate for both Panama City and Tallahassee. Even our
Governor has, on occasion, used AAF as an alternate when Tallahassee was weathered in. As
you know, this area of Florida is on the edge of exploding development, and we need to be
prepared. Apalachicola Municipal Airport is seen as playing a crucial role in the areas future.
We humbly ask for Legislative help for money beyond our means at this time, (before this
property gets away from us) to help us preserve, improve and protect this very valuable asset in
the Florida Aviation System.
This requeit .&as unanirnou p approved bY the Airport AJd isory Comminee on Monday October
27g". I'll ioe prdleenrmeg etin, fcer r.'. Uthe Ci.arl Ct-nTro '.In tomono, N.-.'em',ber 4', at the
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EDITORIAL &COMMENTARY


Saint George Island
Volunteer Fire Department
First Responders
P.O. Box 682
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Business: 850-927-2753 Emergency: 911
October 30, 2003
Dear St. George Island Property Owner:
As you know, the island continues to grow and more people than ever
either live here or visit the island. Because of this, your St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department continues to grow to meet the needs
of the island. For 29 years volunteers from your SGI Fire Department
have responded to fire calls to protect residents, homes and property
as well as provide service during natural disasters such as hurri-
canes and tornadoes. For 17 years, volunteers from the First Re-
sponder Unit have responded to medical emergencies, swimming ac-
cidents, and automobile accidents as well as assisting the fire de-
partment with natural disasters, fires and missing persons. We are
proud to have 18 firemen and 14 first responders, which includes
one paramedic and 10 EMTs. Many of these are cross-trained for
both units.
This year our East End Firehouse continues to be used by the com-
munity as a meeting place. We have added seven (7) new EMTs to our
first responder unit, their training paid for by the department. On the
Island we have responded to 190 total fire and rescue calls. In addi-
tion, we assist the other fire departments in the county when they
need us just like they assist us in times of need. We are growing and
increasing our training and expertise all the time. As always, we have
ongoing needs for new equipment, continuing education and train-
ing, as well as equipment upgrades and repairs. This year, due to
newly mandated requirements by Insurance Services Office, Inc.
(ISO-540.), we will be pursuing funds to purchase a ladder truck for
the island. This equipment is necessary due to the increasing num-
ber of tall structures on the island whose upper floors cannot be
reached by existing equipment. We continue to provide 24-hour emer-
gency care and fire protection as well as service to the community.
We are starting our 21st Annual Hat Drive. Please participate. This
hat drive provides resources needed to meet our budget needs for the
upcoming year. Your generous donation of $100 will enable you to
receive a fire department hat or a visor, however, any donation will be
appreciated. Remember we are a non-profit organization; therefore,
your donation is tax deductible. In addition, we still have copies of
"Treasured Recipes from St. George Island" available for $21.95 (in-
cludes shipping). They make great gifts for all occasions, especially
Christmas, which is just around the comer.
We are asking your assistance in insuring your house has three (3)
inch minimum reflective numbering that is vis ible from the street to
make it easier for the fire department or medical personnel to locate
you in, an emergency.
To all of you who have contributed in the past "Thank You" and we
hope you will support us again. To all new residents or homeowners
"Welcome" and feel free to join in. Just ask a fireman or first responder
how to get involved. The firemen and first responders thank you for
your assistance and stand ready to serve you at any time.
Sincerely,
Jay Abbott, Fire Chief
W.K Sanders, Deputy Chief, First Responder Unit
Lee Edmiston, Deputy Chief, West End
Bob Bogusky, Deputy Chief, East End


If you want the "Company Party Line,"
Read "Soundings"

A Message From The Acting President,

Now President, Boyd Ellison

Occasionally, there are absolutely bald assertions published in the
Plantation's propaganda newsletter that simply beg for a response. In
the latest issue of "Plantation Soundings" the newly elected President
installed by his cabal group made some statements that cannot be
left unchallenged. One of these is this:
"You may have heard or read some of the discussion from
members about the level of assessments set for the last
two years. While it might be regrettable that some mem-
bers find these assessments difficult to live with, the facts
are that the Plantation could not continue to operate
under any Board of Directors or any set of operating poli-
cies without these levels of assessment. The only alter-
native would be to sell assets or continue to operate on
borrowed funds, both of which are shortsighted and would
only postpone the inevitable. The truth is that our as-
sessments as a percentage of our property values are
going down, and as the Plantation builds out, the addi-
tional revenue provided by new construction should al-
low the present level of assessments to be held steady or
even decrease slightly while still maintaining responsible
fiscal policy."
Whew, what a mouthful. Let's examine these statements closely.
With regard to the Plantation living with the present level of assess-
ment, I suppose so, given the unbridled spending habits of the Board


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ot Directors. In the last few months, only Donna Butterfield offered
useful cuts in expenses. The Board was about to spend $50,000 on
an "assessment" of the condition of the current clubhouse without
the slightest challenge until Ms. Butterfield questioned this proposed
expenditure. The Treasurer Lee Sewell was blindly passing along a
recommendation to create a bike path along Leisure Lane "because it
was recommended by a few homeowners," again without the slightest
pause for consideration of the legal liabilities involved and the ex-
pense of duplicating other bike paths. Ms. Sewell "hired" a legal firm
without knowing the hourly rate of that organization. Ms. Butterfield
raised the question of legal bills incurred by Mike Doyle and others
when meetings were held on the subject of past actions involving the
Ben Johnson agreement. There is still no answer as to what that
money paid for from anyone connected with the meeting held at Mike
Doyle's home. These are unaccounted for expenditures.
While the Board has reduced the debt, and they are prone to take
credit for this, the membership is being bled white with high assess-
ments that enable them to willy-nilly drag out their shopping lists for
continued expenditures, including $20,000 budgeted for the monthly
propaganda newsletter called the "Plantation Soundings." It is pos-
sible to live with lower assessments but the Board's spending habits
are considered invincible because they have created a bureaucracy
that requires high assessments to feed itself, The classic example of
this is the formation of a separate office housing the Architectural
Control Committee, which has added to the payroll with a new hire.
Among many landmark milestones the ACC claims for the past year
is 22,550 cubic yards of fill they have approved. This seems like the
Vietnam body count that was regularly reported over the domestic
network TV newscasts years ago. Now, just contemplate this for one
or two seconds-what IS the impact of 22,550 cubic yards of fill,
except to say that the Architectural Control Committee is revising the
natural habitat found on the island. Any environmentalists out there
that are enraged?-probably not.
Then, the President has introduced a new criterion for assessing the
Board's decision-making. It is called "Assessments as a percentage of
our property values..." He says the assessments are therefore'it going
down." Gee Whiz. Here we have a new spin on the highest assess-
ments in the Association's history. They are actually going DOWN,
DOWN, DOWN, he says. This is a nonsense criterion made up at the
last minute without any sense to it except to attempt to mask the real
problem. The assessments are going up just like the annual budget.
If you don't believe me, check the annual budget. A record total fig-
ure, and a record total revenue. Is the membership going to allow the
Board to get away with these spins? This policy is an insult to our
intelligence.
Note too, the uncertain statements of the Board of Director Ellison
and Sewell about the maintenance of these high assessments. At the
Annual meeting, Ms. Sewell could not bring herself to acknowledge
that the assessments would go down. Things would remain "stable"
or "steady". This too is nonsense, and fiscally irresponsible. There are
alternatives, and one of them is to reduce the assessments, Boyd.
Another is to sell the airport and turn the strip into a boat ramp, and
location for employee housing, and a clubhouse fitting for 800 lots.
As to Reserves, there is a real question if these are really needed,
given the provisions for emergency assessments in the bylaws. Why
bleed the current membership in building up a million-dollar nestegg
when it may never be needed for emergency purposes? There is a
built-in assumption of need promulgated by Ellison and Sewell al-
most constantly, without any explanation therefore. The Plantation
got into its debt problems due to road expenses, over-spending, and
litigation-not hurricanes nor natural disasters. The Board simply
wants a large pot of money to spend; it is that sirnple.
The new General Manager's list of accomplishments in his first two
months of employmenfwere impressive. Then, Nicholas J. Mazzarella,
resigned. Why? No answers immediately forthcoming. There are many
rumors. Too much micro-managing. Promises made by the Board
were not kept. Fragments of the hire began to creep into the recent
Board of Directors meetings. The salary was escalated to $63,700 by
unknown persons, requiring 27.1 households of homeowners, or 59.5
of lot owners based on $2350 per house or $1070 per lot. With FICA,
and retirement throw in, another 25 homeowners and/or lot owners.
According to the Board's fiscal policies, we are expendable. The Board
takes responsibility for building that bureaucratic requirement so
high that it will take continued high assessments to keep the pay
schedule. Actually, only three Board members were directly involved
in the actual hiring of Mr. Mazzarella, and various promises made to
him. Does this association actually need a so-called "professional
manager"?
The past contains little precedent for this as the Board has been re-
luctant to allow the General Manager complete authority a :'profes-
sional" would require. Only three managers ago, the salary was in the
$30,000 range. The Board has changed that. What score should they
now have as a result of this resignation? How will they explain these
matters to the membership? Will there be another "spin" an this situ-
ation? Dare we stay tuned?
Tom W. Hoffer, Association Member


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Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River
Compact Dissolved

Negotiations For Equitable
Distribution Of River Surface

Waters Failed

Three Earlier Federal Cases Revived After Stays;
Florida and Alabama Have Intervened


In late August, Florida sent Geor-
gia and Alabama a counter pro-
posal and recommendations to
extend the tri-river negotiations
but Georgia responded that the
Florida proposal was unaccept-
able and chose not to extend the
compact. The Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint river com-
pact, signed in 1998, was there-
ore dissolved.
The Apalachicola Bay and
Riverkeeper Organization (ABARK)
has asserted for some time that
no agreement was far better than
what they called a "fatally flawed
agreement" which Florida Gover-
nor Bush was being asked to sign.
The flow regime that Georgia pro-
posed was a flat-line 5000 cubic
feet per second at the Florida-
Georgia stateline without any of
the seasonal variations found in
nature, a flow less than one-half
of the lowest monthly median flow
experienced in the Apalachicola


River in the past 75 years when
records were kept. ABARK con-
cluded that the practical effect of
Georgia's rejection "has been a
virtual death sentence to one of
the most productive rivers and
estuaries in America."
Thus, the three Federal District
Court cases formerly stayed have
now been revived with Florida and
Alabama intervening in each case.
A Federal Appeals Court in the
11th District upheld Florida's
right to intervene, concluding that
Florida had a legally protectable
interest in the quality and quan-
tity of water in the Apalachicola
River and Bay. Florida has also
moved to change the venue to Ala-
bama. ABARK expects this fun-
damental interstate issue of an
equitable allocation of water
among the three states will be
settled in the U. S. Supreme
Court.


The Boyd Report

The Iraq Supplemental Spending Bill

By Congressman Allen Boyd
Before the war with Iraq began, many people, including myself, ques-
tioned the President's policy leading up to the invasion of Iraq. There
was a serious debate among the American people and congresss over
the need to go to war, and how we should go to war if it proved neces-
sary. When I was asked to vote to give the President the authority to
go to war, my preferred option was to give him that authority only if
he secured a United Nations Resolution before the invasion. If that
was not possible, I wanted him to return to Congress to seek autho-
rization before going to war with Iraq without the support of the United
Nations. Unfortunately, that position was not adopted by the House
of Representatives, and I supported the resolution authorizing the
use of force without these conditions, primarily because I believed it
was vital that we give the President the option to-use force based on
the intelligence information he and his administration had access to.
Today, the United States is the world's only superpower. However,
throughout our history we have always worked to develop military
and economic alliances in support of our international policy goals.
Prior to the first war in Iraq in 1991, we assembled an impressive
coalition of European and Arab countries to defeat Iraq. Our troops
fought side by side with over 138,000 troops from twenty-five coun-
tries to liberate Kuwait. Today, because we did not lay the ground
work for the development of a new alliance to liberate Iraq, we only
have about 21,000 troops from allied nations working with us. With
the adoption last week of an $87 billion supplemental appropriations
bill we Isve suffered the consequences of turning our back on this
long-standing tradition. Not only have many of our traditional allies
refused to commit troops to assist us, but we must also bear the
financial burden of the war and occupation alone.
Like many of the people of North Florida, I am troubled by the policy
we adopted in Iraq and with the massive size of the administration's
supplemental request. First of all, this appropriations bill will push
the deficit well over $550 billion next year. As a fiscal conservative, I
would have preferred that the government make sacrifices to pay for
it, so as not to add to the debt that our children and grandchildren
will have to repay. Secondly, I have concerns about the reconstruc-
tion elements in the bill. Prior to the war, members of the
administration's national security team assured the American people
that Iraqi oil would pay for reconstruction. Despite this claim, none
of the reconstruction money was requested as a loan by the adminis-
tration.
However, having served as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam, I also
know it's essential for our troops in the field to have the equipment
they need to do their job. Having stated my reservations about this
policy and how we became involved in Iraq, I strongly believe we can-
not leave our soldiers in Iraq without the tools they need to get the job
done quickly and get home safely. As a member of the Appropriations
Committee, I have worked very hard over the past few weeks to de-
liver a fair and workable bill that will secure the safety of our troops,
and almost seventy-five percent of the funding in this bill goes to the
US military. The bill ensures that every soldier in Iraq will have the
latest body armor. It ensures that equipment that was worn out or
damaged during the invasion will be repaired. It ensures that our
military personnel will continue to receive eminent danger pay and
family separation pay, easing the financial burden faced by many of
our brave men and women in the Florida National Guard. Finally, it
will help ensure that our troops in Iraq have access to potable drink-
ing water.
The consequences of not approving this funding would be far worse
than pressing forward to finish the job without it. While I disagree
with how the reconstruction funds are provided, if our troops are
going to be successful with this policy it is vital to restore the basic
economic and political infrastructure in Iraq. Without it, the country
will continue to slide into chaos and become a new safe haven for Al
Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
That is why I call on President Bush to seek help from our traditional
allies for a lasting, multilateral solution to this problem that includes
their meaningful participation in key decisions. We can no longer just
go it alone. The faster and surer that Iraq is rebuilt and develops a
functioning political system, the faster we can get our North Florida
troops home and ensure that their sacrifices produce lasting peace
and freedom in that nation.





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The Franklin Chronicle


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


Franklin County Public Library

News And Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library's Advisory Board will meet on
Monday, November 17th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This month's meet-
ing will be held at the Carrabelle Branch and the public is invited to
attend.
The Library's Eastpoint and Carrabelle Branches will be closed Thurs-
day, Friday, and Saturday, November 27, 28, and 29 for the Thanks-
giving Day holiday. There will be no WINGS, TIGERS, or FROG pro-
grams held during that time.
The FROG Family Learning Program's popular yoga class, held on
Monday and Thursdays, will now start at 4:30 p.m. Part 2 of the
Genealogy Workshop will be offered on Tuesday, November 18, from
5:30 6.30 p.m. at the Carrabelle Branch of the Library,
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,
becoming a volunteer tutor, or becoming a library volunteer, please
call 670-4423, 697-2091, or 653-2184.


Hospices Throughout Florida To Honor

Veterans During Hospice Month

Hospices throughout Florida will honor the state's veterans and rec-
ognize for their service to our country during Hospice Month in No-
vember. Observances honoring our nation's heroes will be conducted
in various communities with many of them scheduled on or near
Veteran's Day on November 11. Ceremonies will take place at veter-
ans' health-care facilities and veterans' fraternal organizations
throughout the state.
This year's Hospice Month theme, which includes honoring veterans,
was supported by the Hospice Veterans Partnership of Florida, a part-
nership of the Florida Hospices and Palliative Care organization and
state veterans' organizations. The Partnership is dedicated to improv-
ing end-of-life care for all veterans. -
Current world events remind us that soldiers in combat situations
face the grim realities of death in a way not easily understood or
encountered by most Americans. Their experiences greatly influence
how they view death and the type of care that is most beneficial for
them at the end of life.
Hospices, by caring for thousands of dying people and their families
each year, are experts at end-of-life issues. Staff at VA medical cen-
ters, who have cared for and learned from veterans, are experts in
caring for the complex needs of veterans. Veterans are best served
when hospices and VA facilities work together in partnership4o iden-
tify and address their various needs. Last year, hospices in Florida
cared for more than 72,000 patients and nearly a quarter of them
were veterans. Florida also has more veterans over the age of 65 than
any other state,
In addition to paying tribute to veterans, Hospice Month recognizes
the family caregivers of veterans and other patients, as well as hos-
Spice volunteers and staff who unselfishly care for those in the final
stage of life. For more information about hospice care in Florida or
the Hospice-Veterans Partnership of Florida, contact Florida Hospices
and Palliative Care, the statewide organization of hospice providers,
at (850) 878-2632.


Franklin Briefs from
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mph, -and also the Board needs
to set speed limits for other St.
James Bay roads which will be-'
come county roads upon comple-
tion of construction. St. James
Bay requests the Board authorize
speed limits on interior roads of
either 23 or 27 mph. The odd
speed limit is Intended to catch
driver's attention. St. James Bay
representatives say it is a fairly
Common tactic in other golf course
Communities. The Commissioners
approved the speed limit propos-
als.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board'
'that Mr. Doug Barr, Northwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Executive Director, wants the
Board to know that Sen. Lawson's
Natural Resource committee
meeting about water being di-
verted out of river basins has been
'scheduled for.Nov. 17th, 6-8 p.m.
Central time, at the Gulf Coast
campus in Panama City. The pur-
pose .of diversion is to provide
water for South Florida.
The County received e-mail from
The Department of Transporta-
tion (DOT) stating that the DOT
is scheduling Phase III Bike Path
on St. George Island for design in
2005, and construction in 2008.
No county funds are involved.
Update on acquisition efforts on
Alligator Point. "At this time, Lots
I and 2 can be acquired for the
taxes, and I have given the county
attorney the information on the
owners. The county already owns
Lots 3, 4 and 5. Lot 6 will also
sell for taxes, if that includes the
$80 of back taxes. I told the owner
the county would pay the back
taxes. Lot 7 wants to negotiate a
better price. I told the owner the
Board might direct the County
Attorney to negotiate but I did not
have the authority. Lot 8 and 9
have notified me that they are not
for sale," said Mr. Pierce.


The Board approved a prepa6al-
from Preble-Rish for the desIgn
and engineering servicestof' the
Bluff Road bike' 'pa-th-1h the
amount of $15,000. Mark
Curenton recommends accep-
tance. This is being paid for by
state funds.
In the process of beautifying St.
George Island with the $100,000
DOT beautification grant, the
group handling the beautification
has developed a design that turns
the rectangle drainage basins on
Island Drive into more natural
shapes. Since the county is the
sponsor of the project, DOT is not
opposed to changing the shape of
the basins, but DOT would like
for the county to take over the
maintenance of them. I recom-
mend the Board take over the
maintenance of the basins be-
cause this will then allow the
county to control drainage into
them, which means we might be
able to direct other Island storm
water to them. The Island group
who has been working on the
beautification grant also recom-
mend the Board take the basins.
The Board approved.
The Board approved Golden Acres
plat, as It was filed before the
Planning and Zoning Commission
adopted its policy about wetland
delineation.
The Board approved Certification
form and reports prepared by Mr.
Michael Moron, SHIP Administra-
tor, for past fiscal years. Reports
are a required part of receiving
SHIP funds.

Fishing Piers And
St. George Island Bridge
"There is a great deal of variations
in proposals. There are five pro-
posals: Pensacola Fishing Piers,
Island Adventures, Rex Penny-
cuff, Charles Pennycuff, and


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all the proposals are open to
modification and negotiation, be-
cause there are some unknowns
such as how many people really
will pay to fish; how much insur-
ance is the county going to require
to be carried; is the county going
to fund any of the improvements
necessary, such as gates and
fences, buildings and septic sys-
tems, etc. What about lights, both
for safety or night fishing? Are
vehicles going to be allowed on the
bridge? Some of the proposals
only want to run one end of the
bridge. In essence, there is a lot
more unknown about this than is
known."

Eastpoint Zoning

Publisher's Note: County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce specifically in-
vited current owners of Eastpoint
seafood businesses, and former
owners, to discuss before the
County Commissioners their par-
ticular problems involving the
C-1 zoning category. This zoning
classification encourages seafood
processing and docking and
landing facilities with provisions
for commercial fishing boats,
support facilities including ware-
housing and storage. The zoning
exempts residential uses, hotels
and motels.

The County Planner, Alan Pierce,
considered the viewpoints of sev-
eral property owners on the sub-
ject of rezoning property on the
Eastpoint waterfront. At least five
owners eloquently spoke on the
issue. The Commissioners urged
an informal, ad hoc group be
formed to explore opportunities
for rezoning. Alan Pierce volun-
teered to, gather up different
points of view and present them
at the next Board meeting.
Those who presented their views
to the County Commissioners in-
cluded Buford Flowers, John
Carroll, Lynn Martina and James
Miller.
Buford Flowers: "....Lived in
Eastpoint all my life. Been in the
seafood business. I've depended
upon seafood for my livelihood,
It's been good to me and my fam-
ily. But, today, the seafood indus-
try in on a decline, to my sadness.
I loved it the way it was. But, it's
no longer that way. To get to the
point, I own three hundred and
seven feet on the channel in
Eastpoint, with a seafood house.
I no longer run the seafdod house;
I rent it out. I can rent a house
for more money than I can get for
my seafood plant. My taxes and
insurance plus the State sub-
merged land lease taxes, I can't
Seven collect enough rent on the
property with the present zoning
to pay the taxes, insurance, and
all the expense. If I raise the rent,
the dealer that I have in it would
have to leave.
So, this is the situation we're in
in Eastpoint. When the zoning
was put in place, I was 100 per-
cent for it, to protect the seafood
industry. But, if you ride through
Eastpoint today (in 1985, we had
25 dealers along the waterfront).
Today, I think the number is down
to about five. And, you see all the
dilapidated buildings, the prop-
erty owners can't afford to keep
em up. If they tear 'em down, they
can't replace them with the
present zoning. It's time that we
had some help. I don't say 'send
all the seafood people out', be-
cause I'm one of 'em. But, at least
make it so the land can be used
for other things beside seafood.
Thank you."
John Carroll: "In the past, I was
San oyster dealer. But, meanwhile,
I sold out to my daughter. She had
the headache of it. I've always
been an environmentalist ...
Things have arisen to where we
can't do that no more. The busi-
nesses havreore apart, dropped
and we just asking for help. I origi-
nally submitted a proposal ... to
change from C-1 to C-4. I'm want-
ing it now. If we leave it at C-1 ...
with provisions of land use-if we
can use it for other than seafood
business-it would be feasible. I


know Mr. Jimmy Harris. He's en-
joying collecting all this tax money
but we can't get nothing in return.
We can't sell our property because
nobody wants to go into the sea-
food business... With your help in
reclassifying this property, it
would help us tremendously. This
is a photograph I've taken of busi-
nesses that have been closed.
They're no longer in business.
And, they will not reopen as sea-
food business ... These are just
11 of the businesses that are
gone.
Lynn Martina, Mr. Carroll's
daughter. "I took on his headache.
He was so fortunate to get out
when he did. With all the changes
that we've gone through, it's re-
ally hard to stay in the seafood
business today...
"My Dad and my Mother bought
the property as an investment to
help them when they did retire.
They have retired. Now they have
this property that they're paying
the high taxes on and they can't
do anything with. My property, my
business is about 50 to 100 feet
from theirs that is in operation. I
am still in the seafood business.
I'm gonna stay as long as I can. I
have about 50 families that rely
on me. With all the changes we've
gone through with workman's
comp, it's been hard to stay in
business. Hopefully, I've won that
battle, now I'll go on to the next
one, because there will be another
one..."
James Miller: "I've been here
since 1945. My family has been
in the seafood business all these
years. I've been in the container
business. None of my family is in
the seafood business anymore.
I'm not in the container business
anymore due to the fact of the loss
of seafood plants. In 85 oyster
houses in the State of Florida. To-
day, there ate eleven. What I call
an oyster house is where they
shuck, packs and ships oysters. I
own land adjoining Buford Flow-
ers. I bought it for retirement...
We need help in order to get other
employment and other things that
we can do with our land other
than actual seafood. I would not


sell my property if I knew it was
going to harm this Bay. My
granddaddy, my Great Grand-
daddy and our whole family has
been here (even) before the power
companies came through... We're
asking the County for help."
"Most of all we want to help our
community grow. And have some
way to have other incomes ... I
may not be bringing the questions
out right. I know what's in my
heart. I just don't how to put it
out..."


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and transitory population; oeach
access, marina facilities and re-
gional sewer and water utilities.
Buzzett told the group that now
is the time to plan for easements
for future roads and bike paths
with buffer zones throughout the
area. When there is planning in
advance of the development, the
impact of the development will be
more positive than negative. In
parts of the country where devel-
opment has not been planned in
advance, the development tends
to produce unpleasant living con-
ditions and slum areas.
The group, in their discussions,
stressed the need to retain the
natural beauty of this part of
Franklin County. They felt it is
important to preserve scenic vis-
tas along Hwy. 98 and .to plan
other scenic corridors throughout
.he area. Preserving and increS-
ing the park areas for recreation
for the current and future popu-
lation is a necessity. Granite Bay,
with deep water on the
Ocklockonee River was identified
as the most ideal spot for a
marina.
Buzzett told the group about the
proposed Sacred Heart Hospital
that is being planned on the
Franklin/Gulf County line. This
facility will have emergency ser-
vices in addition to a 50 bed medi-
cal unit. Many in the group felt
that the proposed facility was too
far away from St. James Island
and the residents of this eastern
part of Franklin County need a
medical facility right here on St.
James Island. It was noted that
home health care is rapidly be-
coming unavailable. In addition to
a medical facility more ambulance
service should be planned for the
proposed population increase.
The group also identified the need


to increase the number of secure
hurricane shelters on St. James
Island.
When the group discussed the
need for regional water and sewer
utilities, not all in the group felt
that that was necessary. There
was a discussion about compost-
ing human waste products and
not using sewer facilities. Most in
the group felt that septic tanks
should be phased out and re-
placed by efficient waste treat-
ment plants. The majority of
workshop participants were' in.
favor of regional water and sewer
facilities. The question was asked
about how water and sewer dis-
tricts are created and who has the
authority within the county. Su-
san Poplin, Planner for the De-
partment of Community Affairs
told the group that there must be
short term as well as long term
plans for serving an area with
water and/or sewer and that there
must be a schedule to show how
the proposed facility plans to do
so. The proposed facility must
present a financially feasible plan.
As the group talked about what
the future of St. James Island
might be, Billy Buzzett introduced
landscape architect, Kent McCoy.
Mr. McCoy had worked on the
plan for a new town in Australia
that incorporated high-speed
maglev mass transit systems. He
said that now is the time to plan
for such futuristic transportation
modes to serve St. James Island
for a 15-minute commute to Tal-
lahassee. McCoy projected a St.
James population between
340,600' to 375,000 people by
.year 2075. These people will need
all of the services discussed in the
four St. James Island workshops
plus many other services. Many
of the infrastructures discussed
by the group will be obsolete by
the year 2075.
The group concluded the discus-
sion by 8:00 p.m. The next work-
shop to discuss future growth and
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Second Circuit

Court Report

By Harriett Beach
The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Schneider
October 13,2003

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

ARRAIGNMENTS:
Marvin Ray Benjamin Jr.: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was represented by Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger who filed a written plea of not guilty for the defendant.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Stephon Eugene Cargill Jr.: Charged with the possession of a controlled
substance with the intent to sell or deliver, driving while his license was sus-
pended or revoked and resisting an Officer without violence on August 6,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was present with his Attorney, John
Leace. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
January 12, 2004.
William Goggins: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
August 27, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was represented by Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger who filed a written plea of not guilty. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was present with her At-
torney. Charles E. Hobbs II. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January
12, 2004.
Jerry Miles Hicks: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 22, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was present in court with
Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty for the defen-
dant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Travis N. Jones: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on August
22, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated and was present in court with Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty for the defendant.
Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 18 months in the Florida
Department of Corrections that is to run concurrent with another sentence
for violation of probation. He was given 51 days credit for time served.
Willie Carr Lake: Charged with retaliation against a witness on July 18, 2003.
Defendant was not present in court but was represented by his Attorney,
John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Robert Kevin Lee: Charged with four counts of passing worthless checks
with values of over $150.00 on September 3, 2003. Defendant was incarcer-
ated and was not present in court but was represented by Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger who filed a written plea of not guilty on all counts. Case was
.entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Charles Ricky Moore: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance (can-
nabis) on August 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated but was present in.
court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of no contest for
the defendant. Defendant was adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to two
years of drug offender probation and is to pay court costs of $275.00. Defen-
dant must not use drugs or alcohol, must submit to random testing, obey a
curfew and submit to substance abuse evaluation. Defendant was also sen-
tenced to 60 days in jail with 53 days credit for time served that is to run
concurrent with a sentence for violation of probation. Cost of supervision was
waived.
Wesley Carl Seay: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and the
sale of a controlled substance on September 3, 2003. Defendant was incar-
cerated but was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who
entered a plea of not guilty for the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for January 12, 2004.
Eric Lee Starr: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on August 14,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated but was present in court with Public De-
fender, Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of no contest for the defendant. De-
fendant was adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to 2 years probation and
must pay court costs of $275.00 plus restitution to the victim. Restitution will
be set by an agreement or hearing within 60 days. Cost of supervision was
waived.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENTS:
Tracy Ann Barton: Charged with \ olation of probation by a charge of grand
theft on January 8,'2003. Defendant was released on her own recognizance
on August 29, 2003. Defendant wv.as present In court Miih Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger who entered a denial for the defendant. Case was entered on the
Violation of Probation Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with violation of probation by a charge of
resisting an Officer with violence on December 28, 2002. Defendant was in-
carcerated and was not present in court. Defendant was represented by Pub-
lic Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Marvin Ray Benjamin Jr.: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of
a controlled substance on September 31, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated.
Public Defender, Kevin Steiger filed a written denial for the defendant. Case
was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Billy Michael Carter: Charged with violation of probation by the burglary of
an occupied dwelling and a lewd and lascivious assault or act on November 6,
1991. Defendant was incarcerated and was not present in court but was rep-
resented by Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Violation
of Probation Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Vickie Dee Cryderman: Charged violation of probation by the possession of a
controlled substance on January 8, 2003. Defendant was released on her own
recognizance on August 17, 2003. Defendant was present in court and a Pub-
lic Defender was appointed to represent her. Court agreed to modify her pro-
bation to allow the defendant to attend church on Sunday and Wednesday
evenings. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for No-
vember 10, 2003.
Tammy Douds: Charged with violation of probation by four counts of uttering
a false document on August 13, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated and was
present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a denial of
the charges for the defendant. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a
controlled substance (cannabis) on Jahuary 23, 2002. Defendant was incar-
cerated but was present in court where she was represented by Attorney,
Charles E. Hobbs II. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12,
2004.
Justin D. Howard: Charged with violation of probation by aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon on June 4, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated but was
present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a denial of
the charges for the defendant. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Travis N. Jones: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a con-
trolled substance on April 8, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated but was present
in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in violation' of probation. Probation was
revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 18 months in the Florida Department of
Corrections with 461 days credit for time served. This sentence is to run con-
current with another sentence for a felony charge. Any outstanding financial
charges were reduced to Judgment.
Charles Ricky Moore: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a
controlled substance (cannabis) on January 23, 2002. Defendant was incar-
cerated but was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defen-
dant admitted to being in violation of probation and probation was revoked.
Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to a new term of probation,
which is two years of drug offender probation with 60 days in jail with credit
for time served. This sentence is to run concurrent with the defendant's sen-
tence for another felony charge.
Ricardo Rivera: Charged with violation of probation by resisting an Officer
with violence on September 5, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated but was
present in court with his Attorney, John Leace. On October 2, 2003 the defen-
dant entered a written plea of not guilty. In court, defendant admitted to being
in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Defendant's
probation was modified and reinstated. Defendant was given 60 days in jail
with 39 days credit for time served. Defendant also entered a plea of no con-
test to a charge of driving while his license was suspended or revoked. Defen-


dant was adjudicated guilty on this charge and sentenced to 60 days in jail
with 39 days credit for time served. This sentence is to run concurrent with
the sentence for the above felony charge. Defendant.is to pay the court $195.00
on December 4, 2003.


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PLEA DOCKET:
Courtney Joseph Bell: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a
controlled substance on November 6, 2002. Defendant was rearrested on Au-
gust 1, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin
Steiger. Case was entered for a Violation of Probation Hearing on December
11, 2003.
Doug Everett: Charged with grand theft on July 22, 2003. Bond was set at
$3,000.00. Defendant was present with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case
was entered on the Docket Sounding for February 9, 2004 and Jury Trial on
February 11, 2004.
Terri S. Gordie: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
June 16, 2003. Defendant's bond was set at $1,600.00. Defendant was present
in court and represented by Public Defender, Kevin Steiger who entered a plea
of no contest or the defendant. Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was
given 2 years probation and must pay court costs of $275.00. Defendant must
pay restitution that will be set by agreement or a hearing within 60 days. Cost
of supervision was waived.
Deneen C. Harrell: Charged with grand theft on August 15, 2001. Bond was
set at $2,500.00. Defendant was not present but the attorney for the defen-
dant was present. Capias was ordered but is to be held until November 10,
2003.
Lakeisha Lemon: Charged with two counts of battery on Law Enforcement
Officers on May 9, 2003. Defendant's bond was set at $2,500.00. Defendant
was present in court with Attorney, John Leace. The state requested that
pretrial release be revoked which was granted. No bond was set on the new
case. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Christopher Michael Mckee: Charged with violation of probation by a sexual
act with a child under sixteen years of age on April 20, 1999. Defendant was
rearrested on July 30, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation
and was found in violation of probation. Defendant was reinstated to proba-
tion but the probation was modified to include an evaluation for substance
abuse.
Jim Cameron Mount: Charged with violation of probation by driving under
the influence (a felony) on February 24, 2002. Defendant was rearrested and
incarcerated on July 17, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Attorney,
J. Gordon Shuler. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket
for November 10, 2003.
Thomas Michael Palmer: Charged with three counts of grand theft on April
21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated but was present in court with Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to all three
counts. Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given 2 years probation
and must pay $2.425.00 in restitution. Once the restitution has been paid the
probation may become administrative. At least $102.00 should be paid monthly
on the restitution.
Benny Ray Stroops: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under the age
of 12 on June 23, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated but was present with
Attorney, Charles E. Hobbs II. Defendant is to be re-evaluated and the case is
to be continued on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Duane A. Topham: Charged with violation of probation by one count of driv-
ing while his license was suspended (felony) on April 20, 2002, one count of
dealing in stolen property, two counts of burglary of a conveyance and one
count of burglary of a structure on September 13, 2002. Defendant was rear-'
rested on August 6, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender, Kevin Steiger. Cases were entered for Violation of Probation Hearing
on November 10, 2003.
Rufus E. Townsend Jr.: Charged with violation of probation by the posses-
sion of a controlled substance on May 13, 2000. Defendant was rearrested on
July 31, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin
Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found
in violation of probation. Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to
60 days in jail with I day credit for time served. Probation is to be terminated.
Defendant must report for jail on October 17, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. All of
defendant's outstanding financial obligations are reduced to Judgment.
Joseph E. White: Charged with one count of uttering a false document, one
count of resisting an Officer with violence and one count of possession of drug
paraphernalia on January 1, 2003. Defendant's bond was set at $1,000.00.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET:
Brian J. Albert: Charged'with violation of probation by one count of grand
theft on June 20, 2001 and one count of grand theft on June 22, 2001. Defen-
dant was rearrested and incarcerated on August 8, 2003. Defendant was
present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to
being in violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Proba-
tion was revoked and the defendant was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was
sentenced to 30 months of drug offender probation, is to use no dihugs and,
must submit to random drug tests, evaluation and treatment as recommended.
Defendant's curfew and previous conditions of probation were reimposed. Cost,
of supervision was waived ; '
Ruby Diana Ayalla: Charged with violation of probation by the grand theft of
a motor vehicle on October 28, 1999. Defendant was rearrested on August 20,
2003 and incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was
found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked and defendant was
sentenced to 63 days time served with 63 days credit for time served. All
outstanding financial obligations were reduced to Judgment.
Michelle Massey: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of bat-
tery of a Law Enforcement Officers and one count of resisting an Officer with
violence on March 6, 2000. Defendant was rearrested and incarcerated on
August 12, 2003. A bond was set at $7, 500.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found to be in violation of probation. Probation
was revoked and the defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 120
days in jail with 68 days credit for time served. The sentence is to run concur-
rent on each count. Any outstanding financial obligations were reduced to
Judgment.

Freddie Woullard: Charged with violation of probation by aggravated battery
with intent to do great bodily harm on April 30, 1997. Defendant was rear-
rested and incarcerated on August 9, 2003. Defendant was present in court
with Public Defender,, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation
of probation and was found in violation of probation. Community Control was
revoked and the defendant was sentenced to 24 months in the Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections with 454 days credit for time served. All outstanding
financial obligations were reduced to Judgment. The State Attorney's Office
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PAYMENT DUE ON CASE:
Brad Simmons: Charged with battery. On April 14, 2003 the defendant was
assessed $295.00 court costs and told to pay the same by October 13, 2003.
As of this date the defendant has not paid or appeared in court. Capias was
ordered.

ARRAIGNMENT:
Deidra Ahrent: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on Augtst
21, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant entered a written plea of
not guilty on September 10, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Attor-
ney, John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Antoine F. Benjamin: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty on September 24, 2003. Steven P. Glazer represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Thomas M. Blackburn: Charged with the sale and possession of a controlled
substance with the intent to sell within 1000 feet of a store on August 28,
2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present with no attorney.
Arraignment was reset for November 10, 2003.
Edna M. Chambers: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Au-
gust 25, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present and a
Public Defender was appointed. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Christopher Josh Cooper: Charged with resisting an Officer with violence
and battery on September 3, 2003. Bond was set at $7,500.00. Rachel Chest-
nut represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January
12, 2004.
James E. Cooper: Charged with tampering with physical evidence on August
23, 2003. Bond was set at $1,500.00. Defendant was present with Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Kerry S. Creamer: Charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled sub-
stance and one count of the sale of a controlled substance on August, 21,
2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00..Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was
entered on.the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Mark Cumble: Charged with the grand theft of a motor vehicle on August 9,
2003. Bond was set for $ 1,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Frederick Estes Jr.: Charged with grand theft on September 4, 2003. Bond
was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender,
'Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.
Richard Stacy Flowers: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance
on August 21, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Michelle Holmes: Charged with grand theft on August 25, 2003. Bond was
set at $1,000.00. Defendant did not appear in court and the surety bond was
estreated and capias ordered.
Andrew Dwitte Hutchins: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance
and trafficking in a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Bond was set at
$20,000.00. Defendant entered a written plea of no contest"on October 1,
2003. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 21, 2003.
Claudia L. Hutchins: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
August 25, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present in
court. Public Defender,, Kevin Steiger was taken off the case due to a conflict.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Henry Albert Lee: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant entered a written plea of
not guilty oh September 30, 2003. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Wesley Buck Lee: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant entered a written plea of
not guilty on September 10, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Attor-
ney, J. Gordon Shuler. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12,
2004.
Robert Brad London: Charged with robbery by sudden snatching on August
29, 2003. Bond was set at $1,500.00. Defendant was present in court with
Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.
Eltont(R. Moore: Charged with nine counts of writing worthless checks over
theift'e .of $150.00. each on,September 18, 2003. Defendant entered a plea
of hot guilty on October 3, 2.003. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. All
cases vqrq grtered on the Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.
John D. Shiver: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on Au-
gust 21, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant was present in court
with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2003.
Tammy Shiver: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and the
sale of a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defen-
dant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
February 9, 2004.
Charlene Y. Simmons: Charged with obtaining or attempting to obtain a con-
trolled substance by fraud on September 2, 2003. Bond was set at $10,000.00.
Defendant was present in court and a Public Defender was appointed to rep-
resent the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Defendant's cur-
few was adjusted to 1 0:00pm. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for Janu-
ary 12, 2004.
Grant Monroe Snider: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled
substance (cannabis) on August 21, 2003. Bond was set for $15,000.00 for
each count. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on September 17,.
2003. Defendant was present in court with Attorney, J. Gordon Shuler. De-
fendant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld. Defen-
dant waived pre-sentencing investigation. Defendant was given two years pro-
bation and must pay $295.00 in court costs plus $100.00 to the Florida Dept.
Law Enforcement. Defendant is to use no drugs, submit to random testing tor
drugs and is to spend 60 days in jail with 2 days credit for time served. Defen-

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Second Circuit Court from Page 5
dan-t is to report to the jail on October 24, 2003 by 6:00 p.m. Time served can
'be done on weekends and is to be completed within the first 210 days of
-'probation. Probation may terminate early. Cost of supervision is reduced to
* $15.00 per month. The State announced that they would not prosecute on the
second count of the sale of a controlled substance (cannabis) on August 21,
2003.
Timothy Bryant Stripling: Charged with felony driving while under the in-
fluence on September 8, 2003, Bond was set at $15,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler
represented the defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on
September 10, 2003. On October 10, 2003, the State declared nolle prosequi
and the case was transferred to County Court.
'Kenneth E. Suggs: Charged with three counts of passing worthless checks
each over the value of $150.00 on September 10, 2003. Bond was set at
$1000.00 for each count. Defendant was present without an Attorney. He is
to hire an Attorney. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12,
2004.
Marshall L. Sweet: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Au-
gust 21, 2003. Bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present in court
with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.
Miriam Tipton: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled substance
and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance on August 21, 2003.
Bond was seat $ 10,000.00 for each count. Defendant was present in court
with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.


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Candise R. Whiddon: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on September 7, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Hattie Sue Wilson: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 25, 2003. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on September
17, 2003. Defendant was present in court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs 11.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT:
George Frederick Cargill: Charged with violation of probation by trafficking
in cocaine and conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to sell on March
23, 1996. Bond was set at $ 10,000.00. Defendant was present in court. The
State Attorney's Office recommended that probation be terminated. The Court
agreed to this and the outstanding financial obligations were reduced to a
Judgment.

PLEA DOCKET:
Wesley W. Branch: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on April 18,
2002. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for December 11, 2003.
Glenn D. Buffkin: Charged with two counts of uttering a worthless document
and two counts of forgery on May 3, 2003. Bond was set at $500.00. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest to two counts of a lesser charge of Petty theft (pass-
ing worthless checks) and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given one
year of probation for each count and must submit to random testing. Defen-
dant must pay restitution and $195.00 in court costs that are due December
11, 2003. The State announced they would not prosecute on the two counts of
forgery.
James Oble Dalton: Charged with driving while his license was permanently
revoked on July 22, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Defendant was present
in court with Attorney, Barbara Sanders. Defendant entered a plea of no con-
test and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given 2 years of probation,
must pay $275.00 in court costs and riust not drive.



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Tilden Lee Fichera: Charged with the possession of a controlled substance
on February 19. 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Case was entered for Docket Sound-
ing on November 10, 2003 and Jury Trial on November 12, 2003.
Donovan J. Taylor: Charged with one count of robbery and one count of
battery on a person 65 years of age or older on November 12. 2002. Defendant
was present with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of
no contest and adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given 3 years pro-
bation and is to have no contact with the victim. Defendant must pay $275.00
in court costs and restitution to the victim. Sentencing is concurrent for each
count. Cost of supervision is waived.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET:
Dennis Lake Beebe: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of
grand theft on September 10, 2001. Defendant was present in court with
Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of
probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was reinstated
with all of the original terms.
Jason Newton: Charged with violation of probation by nine counts of uttering
a false document on July 1, 1999. Defendant was present in court. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
Glenn L. Suddeth: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a con-
trolled substance on September 31, 2001. Defendant was present in court
with Public defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation
of probation and was found to be in violation of probation. Probation was
revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail and is to report to the jail
on October 20, 2003 by 6:00 p.m. Probation will terminate after the jail sen-
tence is completed. Any outstanding fines will be reduced to a civil judgment.
James Raymond Watson Jr.: Charged with violation of probation by posses-
sion of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age on August 6, 2002. Defen-
dant did not appear in court and bond was revoked and an order of capias
was issued.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARING:
Rudolph Bates: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a con-
trolled substance on February 2, 2002. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant ad-
mitted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation of proba-
tion. Probation was reinstated to the current term.

DOCKET SOUNDING:
Noah H. Goodson: Charged with resisting an Officer with violence on July 14,
2002. Defendant was present in court with attorney, Kevin Steiger. State will
announce nolle prosequi.
William J. Goodson: Charged with one count of resisting ,an Officer with
violence and two counts of battery on a Law Enforcement Officer on July 14,
2002. Defendant was present in court with Attorney, Charles E. Hobbs II.
Court found the defendant competent to proceed with the court action. Defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld. Defendant
was given 3 years probation and must pay court costs of $275.00. Defendant
must stay away from the victims (officers). Cost of supervision was waived.


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MLS#96172. $109,000.
Nice One Acre Lot-on Mill Road in Carrabelle. One lot away from New
River. Bush hogged with canopy of trees left. MLS#95915. $32,500.
Carrabelle-Two 1+ acre tracts, located on Ryan Drive in Riverbluff
Subdivision. Good location, city water and sewer available. MLS#95765.
$38,500 each.
Beautiful Waterfront! -1.36 Acres located between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle. 102' of Bayfront with gorgeous views of the Barrier Islands
including St. George Island! MLS#97298. $195,000.
Prime Commercial Property!-2 City lots (.81 acres total) on corner of
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FRANKLIN COUNTY WATERFRONT LOTS/HOMES
* Gulf Frontl Large beautiful lot near Bald Point State Park Preserve within Coastal Barrier Act
designation. The surf, sand and sea oats provide a serene setting for your dream home. $399,000.
Possible owner financing. 39FWL.
* Hidden Harborl Alligator Point's newest Gated Subdivision! Lots are bayfront, creekfront, and
bay to creek! All are 1 +/- acres w/beach access, canoe launch and community pier. Lots starting at
just $155,0001 45FWL.
* AlligatorPointi 3BR/2BA home on Gulf Drive w/ unobstructed view of gulf. A great value w/ large
screened porch, outside shower, storage room, large corner lot and much more! Just $299,000.
143FWH.
* Alligator Point! Custom built by William Solburg! 2 story on pilings with over 3300 sq. ft. of living
space. Gourmet kitchen with custom maple and mahogany cabinets/corian counter tops, convec-
tion and Jenn-Aire ovens, island bar, kitchen comes with 2 double sinks. Casablanca fans, 4BR/
3.5BA, grand sized utility room, hardwood and ceramic flooring throughout. 3 decks, screened in-
ground pool. All on the most exclusive lot on the beach. A must to see! $1.9 million. 144FWH.
* "Simple Addition" on the Beachl Gorgeous beachfront 1300 sq. ft. CHA, 2BR/2BA, w/ large
(200 sq. ft.) screened porch, 700 sq. ft. open deck, completely refurnished in 1996, metal roof, well,
fish cleaning table, screened under house storage area. All of this on large fenced beach front lot.
Must see! Just $750,000. 145FWH.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


14 November 2003 Page 7


Second Circuit Court from Page 6
HEARINGS:
Marvin Ray Benjamin Jr.: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
October 31, 2001 and the sale ofa controlled substance on August 21, 2003.
Defendant is incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a motion for pretrial release from jail
or.reasonable bail. Pretrial release was denied.
Kerry S. Creamer: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and the
sale of a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00.
Defendant was in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant filed a
motion to modify release conditions. Motion was taken under advisement.
Jerry Miles Hicks: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 22, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was represented by
the Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant filed a motion for pretrial re-
lease or reasonable bail. Court stipulated to an agreement between the State
Attorney's Office and the Public Defender.
Corey D. Vause: Charged with felony driving while license was suspended or
revoked, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to sign a summons.
Defendant filed a motion to modify the probation conditions. Defendant was
present in court. Probation was modified to allow the defendant out after cur-


few or on business if it is documented with the information of where the de-
fendant is going and with whom. The defendant will be able to visit with a son
in Santa Rosa County and can also work double shifts.
Brook J. Vonler: Charged with grand theft on July 1, 2002, and aggravated
battery with intent to do great bodily harm on March 19, 2003. Defendant
was present in court with Attorney, Rendi Katalinic. Case was continued and
entered on the Plea Docket for November 10, 2003.
James Obie Dalton: Charged with driving while license was permanently
revoked on July 22. 2002. There was no need for a hearing as the defendant
had earlier entered a plea of no contest to the charge and was adjudicated.
Charles Stacy Logue: Charged with burglary with assault therein and sexual
battery on January 9, 2003. Bond was set at $50,000.00. Attorney, Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant. Defendant filed a motion to continue.
Case was entered for Docket Sounding on January 12, 2004.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
2002. Defendant is incarcerated. Defendant appeared in court with Public
Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant filed a motion in limine (not allow a state-
ment) and a motion to declare the Florida rule of evidence a violation of due
process. Motion to declare the Florida rule was denied.
Horace Harris: Charged with violation of probation by armed robbery with a
firearm and shooting into an occupied building. Defendant was rearrested on


June 4, 2003. The violation of probation charge was withdrawn by agreement
between the State Attorney's Office and the Public Defender.
Preston Wayne Smith: Charged with grand theft. The defendant was present
in court. Defendant made an oral motion to modify the probation at the
defendant's request. Court allowed modification of the probation to permit the
defendant to bow hunt.
CASE REVIEW:
William B. Boyce: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on
July 10, 2002, criminal mischief and grand theft of a motor vehicle on May 2,
2003, and aggravated battery with great bodily harm on May 30, 2003. Defen-
dant is incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger. The Court asked the Public Defender to check to see if the
defendant is on the waiting list for Tallahassee area inpatient treatment.


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NOT ALL ISLAND HOMES

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STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.


FOR SALE

SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION


In post and beam construction, the load-bearing
poles extend all the way to the roof. About 41
support the structure, spliced together at various
intervals. Normally, the roof system is placed on
top of the structure before the eterinor \ alls are
erected since these are not lojd beanng.


* THE HOUSE: 2,100 square feet, heated or cooled, with cathedral living area, study, kitchen, four bedrooms
and three bathrooms, and sun deck. There is enormous rental potential with this design, permitting separate
area for the landlord.
* ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND 160 MPH WINDS AND A 20-FOOT STORM SURGE.
* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built, to last. Post and Beam
construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing on a pile of sand. 2 I11. square feet heated
and cooled. One of the last homes built on St. George Island by Mason Bean.
* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
chair accessibility to the living level. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest
weather.
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50 years (when built, 1989); no fire hazard here as in the
case of wood cedar-shake shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
-.TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level; one-half bath stubbed out in the loft area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already'
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-average loads.
* HEAT PUMP AND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
Augered pilings were installed in
this house instead of driven
pilings. Forty-one 8x8" poles
extend from the ground to the roof
.in a classic post-and-beam design,
the recommended mode for any
island construction on sand.


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Three bedrooms with master baths + a loft upstairs could 'be
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the 2nd floor, screened-in porch overlooking the river from
the first floor. Home has 1080 sq. ft. carport under the house
with two storage rooms, 10' ceilings, elevator, dock with boat
lift, central sound system, and an irrigation system with well.
$869,000.00.
* Commercial-Prime commercial property located in the
middle of downtown Carrabelle,,3000+ sq. ft. total 1500 sq. ft.
rented upstairs apartment. $395,000.00.
* River-Two beautiful one acre lots on the New River. Short
distance to the Gulf by boat. Deep water. $245,000.00 each.
* One Bayfront Lot-49 x 138 lot on the Bay, located in St.
James. Spectacular view. $275,000.00.
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Tastes Like Celery

But What Is It?

By Eunice Hartmann
Celery Root, Celery Knob, Celery
Rave or Celeriac, call it what you
want. It is not the bottom or root
of the celery you use for your sal-
ads, it is a root grown for it's own
value. I have to wonder who first
dared cook and eat celery root as
it is a gnarly dirty looking bulb.
Most unappealing! However, if you
like the taste of celery you will
enjoy celery root. It is in the mar-
kets in the fall and is associated
with holiday fare in some families.
Celery root has about 40 calories
per cup and is high in potassium
and phosphorus. It is not some-
thing you would select because
you specifically want certain nu-
trients though. it is more nutri-
tionally dense that the stocks of
celery which are mostly water.
Taste, we are going for taste here!
I have been asked many times
what I do with "it" as I have stood
in grocery check out lines. First
of all I scrub it, then cut off the
extraneous little roots and place
in a pan of water that just covers
"it". Bring to a boil, cover letting
the celery root simmer for nearly
an hour. Test with a steak fork
after. 40 minutes. You want the
fork to slide in easily but the root
should not be mushy. When
cooked, remove from water and let
cool thoroughly. Peel off the skin
and other outer parts leaving a
celery colored ball. You can let this
cool in a covered dish for several
hours or overnight in refrigerator.
I slice the celery root into 1/4 inch
rounds. Set aside while you slice

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Located on two lots and 4200 total square feet, 2100
downstairs and 2100 upstairs with a deck. Great
views and opportunities. MLS#97736. $769,000.


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across from the beach on St. George Island. This
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18th Season

use Newell Concert-Artist Series

Begins November 23rd

Named. in memory of Mrs. Ilse Newell, the concert series is beginning
its 18th season on November 23rd with the Sing Joy Trio. Vocalists
Belinda Dudley, Sharon Tascot and pianist Susan Conrad are fre-
quent performers in the Tallahassee area. Ms. Dudley and Ms. Tacot
have had extensive experience as soloists with opera companies, civic
chorale groups and symphonies. Ms. Conrad is well known a's a pia-
nist and teacher. Their program consists of selections of opera, spiri-
tuals and Broadway tunes. All concerts in the series will begin at
4 p.m.
DECEMBER 7, 2003
The Annual Christmas Concert
The Bay Area Choral society will present Christmas songs, including
such favorites as Twas the Night before Christmas and Silver Bells,
under the direction of Dr. Tom Adams. This will be followed by an
audience sing-along and will conclude with Advent and Christmas
choral works, directed by Eugenia Watkins. This concert will be pre-
sented at the Dixie Theatre.
JANUARY 18, 2004
The Trio Internazionale
Martha and Luciano Gherardi and Bedford Watkins will be joined by
talented young violinist, Maranda Monroe, vocalists Cynthia Rhew
and David Wingate who will perform opera duets, and Dr. Dale Olsen,.
FSU Professor of Ethnomusicology.
FEBRUARY 15, 2004
A Medley of Instruments
Aisha Moughrabi, violinist and fiddler, received a B.A. in Music at the
University of Chattanooga, attended the Vanderbilt School of Music
and has done additional studying, performing and teaching around
the country, before moving to Apalachicola a few years ago where she
continues to perform and teach. Dr. Leo Welch, guitar, performed for
us several years ago while completing his Doctorate at FSU. He has
returned to FSU as Assistant Dean of the School of Music. He and
Deanna Bertsche will perform music for guitar and flute. Dr. Bedford
Watkins will perform music on the recently completed Ruhland
organ.
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FEBRUARY 29, 2004
A Medley of Instruments and Voice
Danielle Hurt, soprano, graduated from DePauw University and re-
ceived a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Butler Univer-
sity. She has performed roles in The Magic Flute, Cosi fan Tutti, The
Bartered Bride, and other operas, and is a member of the Indianapo-
lis Symphonic Choir and Opera Ensemble. She teaches voice and
serves as Director of Music at First Baptist Church, Cumberland,
Indiana, where violinist Tom Watkins, a frequent performer on the
Ilse Newell Concert Series, is minister. They will be accompanied by
Tom Adams on flute and Bedford Watkins on harpsichord and piano.
MARCH 14, 2004
Voces Angelorum
Vdces Angelorum, Voices of Angels, was formed in 2000 by founder
and director Charles Witmer, presently director of Music at Grace
Lutheran Church, Tallahassee. It is an all-volunteer auditioned com-
munity women's chorus from the Tallahassee area. They are dedi-
cated to masterfully performing classical music of excellence. In 2002
the Angels were chosen to perform, as one of the best community
choruses in the state, for The Florida Conference of American Choral
Directors at Lake Mary. They will sing many styles of music from the
1500's to more recent American composers such as Randall Thomp-
son and Gwyneth Walker.
MARCH 28, 2004
The Bay Area Choral Society
For its second concert this season, the Bay Area Choral Society will
perform the fourth concert under the direction of Dr. David Nott,
retired from Illinois Wesleyan University where he was Professor of


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Voice and Director of Choral Activities. For this concert, Dr. Nott chose
to repeat the Mozart Requiem, which he first performed with this
group in 1998.
APRIL 18, 2004
The Concert in the Park
The Panama City Pipes and Drums and the Flynn Highlanders, a
Scottish dance group, were so popular in their debut concert in
Lafayette Park last year that we were urged to invite them back this
year
Admission Policy
Because we are concerned that no one be prohibited from attending
for financial reasons, we are maintaining our modest admissions do-
nation of $2 for each concert (a donation of $1 is requested for chil-
dren over 5, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.) Since
this admission cannot fund the series, we are dependent on inter-
ested patrons to support the series by making tax-deductible dona-
tions. Use the attached coupon to make your donation and help keep
beautiful music in Apalachicola. All contributors will be listed in the
concert programs and be invited to attend a reception following the
February 29 concert. A gift in the range of $50 to $99 entitles the
donor to a membership card which will admit one person to each
concert. A gift of $100 or more provides a family membership card
and $200 or more designates you as a Sponsor.
Write to: Mr. VWlliam Greer, P. 0. Box 342, Eastpoint, FL 32328.
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Check should be made payable to the Apalachicola Area Histori-
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The Junior Service League of Port
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16th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
EST. The concert will feature 'The
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piece jazz band out of Panama
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leans Style favorites. Paul Gant
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dinners and tea starting at 1:00
p.m. So make your plans now to
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Remember to bring lawn chairs,
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sic. Everyone is welcome to at-
tend. No rain date is scheduled.
For additional information con-
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Pictorial Highlights Of The 40th Annual Seafood Festival


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The Florida Seafood Festival
is a celebration of the sea-
food industries and the sea-
food that abounds in the
northern Florida waters and
those fishermen who har-
vest it from the sea. Once
each year, during the first
weekend of November, the
fishing communities salute
the men and women who
harvest seafood that pleases
our tastes. This year, the


gates opened at noon in
Apalachicola at Battery
Park.
The blessing of the fleet oc-
curred at 4 p.m. followed
with the arrival of the King
and Queen of the festival.
Musical entertainment be-
gan at 6 p.m. at Battery
Park. On Saturday, Novem-
ber 1st, the Redfish run was
conducted, and gates to the


midway were opened at 10
a.m. Arts, crafts and food
vendors opened at the same
time.
Musical entertainment flour-
ished from 2 p.m. through
the John Conlee show later
that night,
On Sunday, gates opened at
10 and the Festival officially
ended at 4 p.m. Saturday's
gate count exceeded 9000


paid admissions.
King Retsyo is Edward
Branch, a third generation
local fisherman, oysterman
and shrimper. He is a Mason,
member of Lodge 76 and a
retired City of Apalachicola
employee. Raevyn Jefferson
is the 2003 Festival Queen,
a junior at Port St. Joe High
School.
The 2003 Seafood Festival


Parade on Saturday morning
consisted of more than 80
units. The units were led by
the Port St. Joe Naval Jun-
ior ROTC color guard, drill
team and Apalachicola Po-
lice department. Parade
Marshall was Fonda Davis,
followed by the "four pi-
rates" and King Retsyo, Miss
Florida Seafood Festival and
her Court. Other local units
included the Pam Nobles



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dancing units, the Apalachi-
cola High School Band, local
fire departments, the Love
Center Christian Academy,
and many politicians.


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