St. Joe Company Presents
Development Plans For
St. James Island
By Harriett Beach
People have been asking the question, "After 'SummerCamp,' what
else does The St. Joe Company plan to develop in Franklin County?"
Billy Buzzett, representing The St. Joe Company, answered this ques-
tion in the fifth St. James Island workshop held in Lanark on Novem-
ber 20, 2003. Approximately 40 people, mostly from Alligator Point,
Billy Buzzett opened the workshop by displaying a map of St. James
Island with all the areas that had been developed, or were to be held
in conservation, marked in color. The areas for potential development
were left blank. Buzzett told the group that he would indicate in the
blank areas marked for development, the ideas The St. Joe Company
Planners had proposed. With colored markers, Buzzett drew in the
various communities planned for St. James Island. As Buzzett drew
in the information, the workshop participants discussed the merits
of the planning decisions.
First off, the boaters in the group wanted to know where there were
to be new marinas. Timber Island and Granite Bay on the Ochlockonee
River are to be the only two new marinas. Buzzett discussed the con-
cept of restricting the number of docks to be built. The planners hope
to allow only community docks.
A residential marina community is planned for the Granite Bay site
with a golf course as a buffer zone for the areas to be held in conser-
vation. On both sides of the US 98 Ochlockonee River Bridge where it
enters Franklin County are planned two commercial sites that would
be suitable for restaurants, condos, townhouses and small commer-
Two "Pods" of low-density residential housing are planned for either
side of US 98 north of the junction of the road out to Alligator Point.
A large commercial site is planned on Hwy. 319 north of the Summer
Camp Development. Tentatively two pods of residential housing are
being considered north of US 98 in the St. Teresa area.
A more or less mile wide corridor running from Bald Point State Park
to The Crooked River Parcel to be purchased by Florida State is to be
left open as a passage way for the wildlife that moves between these
two areas. Trails through the conserved areas and buffer zones were
marked for bike and hiking trails. One trail runs from the southern
part of the Crooked River parcel up to and crossing a trestle bridge
over the Ochlockonee River in the McIntyre area. A branch of the bike
trail runs east to the junction of US 98 in the area adjacent to the
Bald Point acreage.
In the McIntyre area is planned a low-density conservation based
community of small camp like cottages. In the Cow Creek area is
planned low-density clustered housing. The Bear Island area will be
conserved with perhaps a portion leased for a lodge for passive recre-
ation and ecotourism. The St. Joe Company is planning to hold in
ownership the buffer zones and other conserved areas in order to
maintain the natural beauty of the wilderness and to protect the wild-
The area east of Carrabelle and running behind the Lanark Village
area is designated as mixed industrial, commercial and residential.
The St. Joe Company wants to attract quality industry to the St. James
Island area as well as set aside areas for low-income housing. They
hope to develop health care facilities in the Carrabelle area. A work-
shop participant asked if some land could be set aside for educa-
tional purposes such as a branch of the Florida University system.
Along a ridge that runs from Carrabelle northeast behind Lanark
Beach, Lanark Village, Gulf Terrace, St. James Bay and.over to US 98
in ,the east is planned a limited access road that will parallel US 98.
The St. Joe Company will hold easements to prepare for the eventual
building of the road.
The audience asked about the time line the St. Joe Company has in
mind for the development. Is the development to occur next year, or
In 5 or 10 years?.-Buzzett said that the development will occur over a
period of time that is not fixed. Who will do the development? Will ihe
development be turned over to other developers or will the St. Joe
Company do the developing? Buzzett said that the St. Joe Company
plans to do the developing themselves so they can maintain an over-
sight on the project. The audience also asked that The St. Joe Com-
pany issue some projections of possible population and acreage fig-
ures that will have meaning to the workshop participants. Because
the Franklin County acreage has not been accurately determined it is
difficult to know exactly how much acreage is available for develop-
The drawing of the map of the St. James Island proposed develop-
ment before the audience was done in free hand by Buzzett and was
not available for the audience at that time. A finished map will be
available for the public by the middle of December 2003. The next
workshop will be announced.
Carrabelle Voter Referendum held
November 25, 2003
'Mayor Garnets Surprise Landslide
Sets tone of citizen cooperation for future of city
By Skip Frink
Mayor Jim Brown, interviewed in
the hour after the voting results
were posted, was happy and in-
credulous. "This morning, I
wouldn't have bet a nickel for this
result. But I must have had 40
phone calls at home today from
people who just didn't understand
what the water and sewer choice
meant." Clearing up the issues
"must have made a difference."
That "difference" led to the follow-
177 of a total of 285 is 62%, quite
"a difference". Late voting must
have been brisk: voter # 168 voted
at 5:30, and polls closed at 7. So
117 votes came in the last 90 min-
utes. (Note for the benefit of fol-
lowers of the paranormal: the
PUD result totals were identical
to those noted above, except re-
Thanks for Vote of
The mayor's tone was one of grati-
tude to the citizens. "People's ap-
preciation (for city council efforts)
and cooperation is unbelievable."
He intends to make full use of the
YES to limiting utilities construc-
tion-Total: 108; NO-Total: 177. Continued on Page 6
Redistricting Narrative Chronology
By this time in the proposed redistricting matter before the Franklin
County Commission, there have been a flurry of briefs and motions
involving two separate courts that can easily confuse the reader. The
following narrative chronology may keep these filings in correct per-
spective as the memoranda are filed in either the U. S. Federal Dis-
trict Court for the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee Division)
,or the Second Circuit Court in and for Franklin County. Please keep
in mind that there are three case briefs involved in the redistricting
matter. (1) The first is the legal action brought against the Franklin
County Commission by the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County,
Inc. before the U. S. Federal Court. (2) Second, there is the older 1986
voting rights case which originally set up a redistricting plan approved
by the Federal Court several years ago. The County has moved to
reopened that case to get permission to have their 2003 redistricting
plan reviewed, approved and implemented, passed by Resolution on
October 28, 2003. (3) Then, third, there is a new complaint issued by
the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc., that attacks the
adoption of the 2003 redistrict plan as unlawfully adopted in viola-
tion of the Sunshine laws, filed in Second Circuit Court in and for
June 6, 2003:
Workshop meeting of the Franklin County Commission comprised of
discussion on possible redistricting plans. No formal action was taken
at this meeting as Commissioners were given advice from some of the
citizen participants to "get their act together." A report of that meet-
ing was published in the Chronicle, authored by Harriet Beach en-
titled "Franklin County Tribes."
Continued on Page 5
Volume 12, Number 24
Inside This Issue
Redistricting ... 1, 5, 11
St. Joe Plans for St.
Jam es ....................... 1
ABC Charter Appeal 1, 5
Bev Kilmer.......... 1, 4
Franklin Briefs.... 2, 10
Box R Ranch ........... 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................. 3, 4
Franklin School Board
Lanark Sewer .......... 6
Eating, Ya Gotta Love It!
FCAN ........................ 8
Business Card Directory
Franklin Bulletin Board
Chronicle Bookshop 12
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER November 28- December 11,2003
St. George Baptist Retreat Center Receives $20,000
The Florida Baptist Association
has presented the First Baptist
Church of St. George Island with
a check for $20,000 to be used
by the church to aid in the costs
of building a Christian retreat
center on the grounds.
The check was presented to R.
Michael Whaley, Pastor, by Rev.
David Sutherland, Director of
Mission for the Florida Baptist
To date, through volunteer labor
and individual contributions, the
church has erected a 30 foot by
72 foot building and four 20' x 20'
separate sleeping cabins. The
main activity building is joined to
the existing sanctuary building by
a two-story foyer with steps, el-
evator and handicap ramp access.
Each of the independently stand-
ing sleeping cabins will accommo-
date eight persons and contain
their own bathrooms and show-
ers. All of the building are joined
by decking and walkways.
Four additional sleeping cabins
and attendant structures are
planned for future construction.
The current sanctuary will be con-
verted to the retreat general as-
sembly area. The objective is to,
make the retreat center totally
self-sufficient and independent,
functioning seven days a week to
receive a group for study and re-
treat. That goal will necessitate
the building of a completely new,
and separate, church worship fa-
cility on another part of the
Killed In Single
The Florida Highway Patrol re-
ported a single car auto accident
resulting in the death of 41 year
old John Edward Thompson of
Hosford, Florida about 1 a.m. on
Mr. Thompson was driving a 1999
Chevrolet, going east on CR 67,
3.2 miles south of Hosford, when
he left the roadway on the south
shoulder for unknown reasons.
His automobile struck a culvert
causing him to lose control, ac-
cording to the highway patrol re-
port. His vehicle went across both
lanes of CR 67 and left the road-
way on the north shoulder. The
automobile overturned, ejecting
Mr. Thompson, and came to rest
on its right side on top of the
driver. The report indicated that
he was not wearing a seat belt.
No other occupants were in the
The Franklin County Republican
Executive Committee heard Bev
Kilmer address them Monday
evening, November 17, at the
Eastpoint Fire Station. Ms. Kilmer
was first elected to the Florida
House of Representatives in 1998.
She has represented House Dis-
trict 7 for three consecutive terms.
Her district stretches from the
Destin area east to Leon and
Wakulla counties. She is now run-
ning for Congress in the seat oc-
cupied by Allen Boyd.
Ms. Kilmer has been elected three
times in a district where regis-
tered Democrats outnumber Re-
publicans 2:1, a strong testimo-
nial to the respect she has earned
Continued on Page 4
"Emergency Motion" For Immediate Hearing
Pre-holiday Developments in the Redistricting Case
Judge Ferris held a brief hearing this week with Concerned Citi-
zen counsel Robert Rivas participating by telephone in response
to the "Emergency Motion" filed on Friday, November 21st. The
Judge granted the Concerned Citizens motion to expedite by tell-
ing her staffto place it on her January calendar No specific date
was established by press time.
In the Federal Court, Judge Stafford has scheduled a hearing in
the redistricting case for December 4, 2003 at the Federal Court-
house in Tallahassee. No specific time was established by press
On November 21st, The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc.,
filed an Emergency motion for immediate hearing asking the Circuit
Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County to
hold a hearing to discuss ways to expedite the redistricting litigation.
The motion argued before Judge Janet E. Ferris that her decision on
the merits of the Citizens complaint will control a series of other deci-
sions and events leading to the 2004 elections. The plaintiff, Con-
cerned Citizens, Inc., urges the Court to render a final adjudication
within a month.
The brief outlines the pattern of election deadlines beginning on Janu-
ary 7, 2004, when the Supervisor of Elections in Franklin County is
scheduled to begin making petition forms available for candidates
who wish to qualify by petition to run in the August primaries. Only
by being informed of the contours of the districts can a potential
candidate make an informed decision whether to run, and in which
district he or she might qualify.
The question of whether the County Commission's Resolution of re-
districting is legal would have to be reviewed first before implement-
ing that plan.
The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. has formally charged
the Franklin County Commission with a violation of the Sunshine
Law by enacting a proposed redistricting plan without the required
public notice, and the formulation of a plan during a closed meeting
of the county commissioners on October 10, 2003.
The citizens group is asking the Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial
Circuit in and for.Franklin County for a declaratory judgment that
the County Commission violated the Sunshine Law, and an Order
voiding the Resolution for Redistricting, and to prohibit its applica-
tion or subsequent reenactment. Moreover, the legal action also asks
the Court to issue a permanent injunction prohibiting the Franklin
County Commission from violating the Sunshine Law and the Sun-
shine Amendment in any future effort to enact a redistricting plan.
The Concerned Citizens also asks the Court to Order the Franklin
County Commissioners to submit immediately to depositions, and to
hold an expedited hearing and review the transcript of the
Commissioner's October 10, 2003 closed meeting. The supplemental
relief sought also includes holding the redistricting plan null and void,
and to enjoin the Franklin County Commission to make no further
use of the voided redistricting plan.
The creation and enactment of a redistricting plan is required to be
performed at an open public meeting, after due public notice, in ac-
cordance with the terms of the Sunshine Law and Sunshine Amend-
ment. The Concerned Citizens charge that there was no advance public
notice that redistricting would be taken up at the October 21, 2003
meeting, adding that no information was available before the October
21, 2003 meeting about the substance of the proposal. The brief
charges that the commissioners communicated with one another about
the particulars of the redistricting plan outside of the October 21,
2003 meeting. The brief alleges that the Commissioners formulated
the plan for perfunctory ratification at a subsequent public meeting.
The Concerned Citizens complaint asserts, "...As a matter of law, the
public interest is irreparably harmed by meetings conducted in viola-
tion of the Sunshine Law and the Sunshine Amendment. The public
interest is served by prohibiting meetings conducted in violation of
the Sunshine Law and the Sunshine Amendment."
In addition to a declaratory judgment on the role of the Franklin County
Commission in the redistricting adoption plan, the Concerned Citi-
zens also ask the Court to recover from Franklin County their
attorney's fees and costs.
Group Attacks County Resolution
In its November 14th intervention into the earlier voting rights case
(1986), the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County has urged the
Federal District Court taking jurisdiction over the earlier case to deny
the County's motion to approve and implement their 2003 redistrict-
ing plan for several listed reasons:
Continued on Page 11
Votes To Appeal
At their November 13, 2003 meet-
ing, the Apalachicola Bay Char-
ter School Board of Directors
unanimously voted to appeal the
decision of the Franklin County
School Board on the proposed
new charter schools.
At the October 27th meeting of the
Franklin County School Board, a
proposal to revise the present
ABC Charter School into a K-5
(Kindergarten through 5th grade)
and a new middle school (6-8,
Sixth grade through Eighth
Grade) was discussed, including
a determination from the State of
Florida Dept. of Education that it
was completely legal to create a
K-5 and new 6-8 charter and ap-
ply for federal start up grants. At
the meeting, Chairperson Jimmy
Gander asked for a motion on the
proposal but no school board
member offered a motion. Thus,
the proposal was dropped for lack
of a motion.
This turn of events occurred in the
face of the Franklin County
School Superintendent's recom-
mendation that the Board of Edu-
cation approve the proposal. No
reason for this denial was stated
by any member of the board. The
attorney for the ABC Charter
School was contacted, Mr. Mike
Olenick (Tallahassee), and he has
started work on the appeal of all
three charters, including the pro-
posal for a Middle School, a
Technical-Vocational High School
and a High School.
In a newsletter to ABC Charter
School parents, Principal Don
Hungerford stated, 'The result of
this action (by inaction) is to po-
tentially deny a certain segment
of the public school population in
Franklin County the 'benefit of
enhanced education funded by
$300,000 in federal startup
The present ABC Charter School
is a K-8 (Kindergarten through
8th grade) that calls for the school
to grow one grade at a time until
they reach the 8th grade, in 2006.
Last May 2003, the school admin-
istration submitted three charters
to the county to create a separate
6-8 middle school, a regular high
school and a vocation-technical
high school. Over the summer
and fall, administrators from the
ABC School and the Franklin
County School District met, and
all agreed with amending the
present charter to be a K-5 char-
ter and proposing a new charter
for the 6-8 middle school.
Contingent upon approval of that
plan, the ABC school would con-
Continued on Page 5
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc
Franklin County Charged With
Sunshine Law Violation In Adopting
Proposed Redistricting Plan
Page 2 28 Nnvomhber 2003
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
November 18, 2003
By Harriett Beach
Eddie Creamer and
Mosconis. Absent: Clerk of
Court, Kendall Wade
Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman reported that he
had purchased an office from the
federal government for $500.00
that can be used in a number of
situations. Chairman Sanders
requested that Chipman remain
for a few minutes to hear the dis-
cussion from the Baskerville-
Donovan representative concern-
ing the installation of sewer pipes
along the county road right-of-
way in Lanark.
Solid Waste and Recreation
Van Johnson announced that he
had two items for consideration.
He reminded the Commissioners
that action was needed to adopt
a parks and recreation spending
policy for youth sports activities.
The second item, Johnson said,
was that he wished to present to
the Commissioners the coaches
and players from the Pee Wee Di-
vision of the newly combined
Franklin County Little League
football team known as the
Franklin County Pee Wee Marlins.
In their first year of existence the
team finished their 2003 season
winning six games and only loos-
* ing three. They won and brought
home the Big Bend Youth Foot-
ball Southern Division Title and
placed runner up in the Big Bend
Super Bowl Championship game.
Johnson said, 'They are here this
morning to be recognized and to
present this Board with their win-
ning trophies for display. Without
this Board's support, their real-
ity would have remained only a
dream." Chairman Sanders held
up a plaque that had been pre-
sented to the Commission thank-
ing them for their support of the
Johnson then introduced the
coaches and players 'who were
each presented with a plaque ac-
knowledging and recognizing the
teams accomplishments. The
coaches for this winning team are:
Albert "Bulldog" Floyd, Fonda
Davis, Sr. and Rusty Putnal who
are all county employees. The
players are; Jimmy Goggins,
Jared Mock, Joseph Jones, Aaron
Prince, Ryan Peterson, A. J.
Arnold, Marcus Allan, Robert
Henry, Randall Bentley, Keenen
Turrell, Zachary Jones, Dana
Walker Jr., D'Jarvis Lane, C. J.
Barnes, Dustin Putnal, Jeremy
James, Charles Collins, Corey
Ward, Fonda Davis,,Jr., -Russell
Simmons, Joshua Hammond,
Jesse Hicks, Josh Bailey, Curtis
Newling, Aaron Massey and
Tydron Wynri. Johnson requested
that the Commissioners find a
place in the courthouse to display
the three large trophies the team
Pierce reported that Airport Road
is nearing completion and a large
amount of sod is needed for the
shoulders. He suggested that it
might be more economical to use
a machine .to hydro-seed the
shoulders instead of laying sod.
The Commissioners made a mo-
tion to use a hydo-seeding ma-
chine to finish the project.
Mr. Robert Simmons, accompa-
nied by Carrabelle Mayor Jim
Brown returned as instructed by
the Commissioners at the Novem-
ber 4, 2003 BOCC meeting, to dis-
cuss the use of county roads in
the Lanark Village area instead of
US 98 for the Carrabelle sewer
Sand gray water lines. These two
lines will by-pass the Lanark Wa-
ter and Sewer District to run east
to the St. James Bay Develop-
ment. The Baskerville-Donovan
engineers met with the County
Road Department, Progress En-
ergy representatives, and Mark
Neihouse and Jim Lawlor from
Lanark Water and Sewer District.
The City of Carrabelle received a
letter from Lawlor requesting that
Carrabelle not run the pipes along
Hwy 98 but to use an alternative
route that would run the pipes
north and east of the Lanark
Beach and Village area.
Timmy Smith, a resident of the
Lanark Beach area, told the Com-
missioners he has concerns about
the sewer and water pipes run-
ning so close to private potable
water wells. He told the Commis-
sioners that the water table in the
area is only 12-20 feet deep and
that there are many areas of those
county roads that flood during
heavy rains. Smith had worked 25
years as a pipe fitter and he knows
about the problems of welded
pipes and the potential for weld
Hubert Chipman from Franklin
County Roads Department was
concerned about Baskerville-
Donovan tearing up driveways to
lay the pipes. He told the Com-
missioners that all of the drive-
ways need to be put back with a
good lime-rock base because of
the amount of sand in the area.
Commissioner Sanders asked if
Baskerville-Donovan had the nec-
essary permits from DEP.
Simmons replied that they had a
letter from DEP saying they would
be able to get permits. Sanders
told them to return to the Com-
missioners when they actually
had the necessary permits from
A Public Hearing to amend
Franklin County Ordinance
1978-4 that restricts any vehicu-
lar driving on Franklin County
beaches was held. The amend-
ment would allow an ATV vehicle
in use by a DEP permit holder to
travel on the beach to facilitate the
Sea Turtle monitoring. Elise
Mathis, attorney for DEP, was
present to answer questions. The
Amendment, with corrections, to
Franklin County Ordinance
A Public Hearing to amend
Franklin Ordinance 2000-4 that
restricts any ATV driving on
Franklin County roads was held.
The amendment would allow an
ATV vehicle in use by a DEP per-
mit holder to travel over a
Franklin County road while in the
process of Sea Turtle monitoring.
The Board passed a motion to al-
low only the DEP Sea Turtle per-
mit holder to travel over the
county roads on an ATV to access
the beach area. The Commission-
ers need to establish the locations
of the beach access points.
Commissioner Mosconis also re-
quested that the Board ask DEP
representatives to return to the
next BOCC meeting to discuss a
situation with Mr. Hodges. The
Commissioners passed a motion
for the request.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners passed an Ordinance that
required subcontractors to obtain
separate permits from the build-
ing permit for work related to
HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and
Roofing that are in addition to a
general building permit obtained
by the primary contractor.
A hearing for a land-use change
from R-4, single family home in-
dustry to C-4, commercial mixed
use residential on lots 22 and 23,
David Brown Estates-Eastpoint.
The item was tabled because of
an error in the posting of the Pub-
lic Hearing notice.
Tommy Lewis-Northstar Group,
LLC requested the use of the
county right-of-way on Franklin
Blvd. On St. George Island at the
old "Finnis" location to install
underground utilities. They need
a 10 x 200-foot easement. The
Commissioners instructed Alan
Pierce to handle this request.
County Employee Health
Gary Barber, insurance agent,
gave the Commissioners an up-
date on the preferences indicated
by the county employees to the
available options for county em-
ployee health insurance. The
Commissioners decided to stay
with Blue Cross/Blue Shield
which is the current provider.
Director of Administrative .
David McClain brought to the
Board, a copy of a letter from
ABARK and other environmental
organizations that had been pre-
sented at a meeting in Panama
City. The letter stated that they
opposed any water reallocations.
Alan Pierce provided the Board
with a copy of the Northwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict five-year plan. In FY 2003-04
the District intends to spend ap-
proximately $150,000.00 on test
wells in the eastern part of
Franklin County to study the po-
tential public water supply. There
will be a meeting in Lanark to dis-
cuss the test wells.
Kendall Wade, Clerk, requested
that Pierce recommend to the
Board that they spend $5,000.00
out of the courthouse mainte-
nance fund for an analysis of what
needs to be done to seal and wa-
terproof the exterior of the court-
house. The work would be super-
vised by Mr. Steve Jernigan,
The Clerk wanted the Board to
know that he met with Judge
Russell and at this time the Judge
is willing to try signs and other
warning devices to keep the noise
down in the hallway instead of
building a wall in the hallway be-
hind where Commissioner
Mr. Ben Watkins has asked that
the board re-consider the request
from his client, Mr. Phil Dunaway,
to return to Mr. Dunaway the R-5
multifamily zoning that the Board
removed from Mr. Dunaway with-
out his knowledge or permission
a number of years ago. Mr.
Dunaway has now obtained an
easement from St. Joe as required
by the Board. The property is cur-
rently zoned R4, and is not served
by public sewer. Mr. Watkins was
advised that the Commissioners
must advertise a notice for a Pub-
lic Hearing in order to schedule
the consideration of a zoning
change and will do so.
7,500 Acre Box R Ranch, West
Of Apalachicola, Acquired For
Option to Buy From the Nature Conservancy;
Cabinet Approved the Purchase November 11 th
The 7,597-acre Box R Ranch, a few miles west of Apalachicola, has
been acquired by the State of Florida for conservation purposes. The
Governor and Cabinet approved the purchase for $15,029,873 last
Tuesday, November 11th.
Located in southwestern Franklin County, the Box R Ranch sup-
ports a variety of sensitive natural communities that help protect the
watershed of Apalachicola Bay to the south. The acreage includes
1,600 feet of frontage on the Apalachicola River and miles of frontage
along several creeks. The ranch was once used by former owner Ed-
ward Ball as a private hunting preserve.
The St. Joe Timberland project is an "A" group project on the Florida
Forever Full Fee Project List approved by the Board of Trustees on
August 26, 2003. The project contains 96,351 acres, of which 60,614
acres have been acquired or are under agreement to be acquired.
After the Board of Trustees approves this Agreement, 28,138 acres,
or 29 percent of the project, will remain to be acquired. The proposed
acquisition is also identified on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission's (FWC) Additions and Inholdings list.
Pursuant to a multi-party acquisition agreement entered into between
the Department of Environmental Protections' (DEP) Division of State
Lands (DSL), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and FWC, TNC has ac-
,quired an option to purchase this 7,597.9-acre parcel from St. Joe
Timberland Company of Delaware L.L.C. (St. Joe Company). After
this acquisition is approved, the Board of Trustees and FWC will
acquire the option from TNC for $100,000 which represents agreed
upon compensation to TNC for overhead associated with acquiring
the option. The Board of Trustees and FWC may then exercise the
option and purchase the property. The assignment of option agree-
ment provides that payment to TNC is contingent upon the Board of
Trustees successfully acquiring the property from the owner. In no
event will the Board of Trustees' purchase price exceed the approved
value. FWC will contribute 50 percent of the purchase price and ac-
quisition costs. Title to the property will vest 100 percent in the Board
The 7,59.7.9-acre Box R Ranch tract is situated in southwestern
Franklin County, just two miles west of the community of Apalachicola.
This tract, part of the St. Joe Timberlands project, contains 5 miles of
US Highway 98 frontage, as well as more than 4,300 feet of frontage
along the Intracoastal Waterway (Jackson River). The tract has 1,600
feet of frontage along the Apalachicola River and miles of frontage
along Huckleberry Creek, Little Huckleberry Creek and Pine Log Creek.
The Box R Ranch is within one of Florida's highest ranked "hot spots"
of biological diversity and is located just north of St. Vincent Sound-
an ecologically significant estuary whose annual oyster harvests are
of major economic importance. The Box R Ranch tract supports a
variety of ecologically sensitive natural communities, varying from
high quality Estuarine Tidal Marshes, Floodplain Swamps, Mesic
Flatwoods and Maritime Hammocks to areas dominated by planted
pine. The ecosystem in and around the Box R Ranch supports such
rare species as Florida black bear, West Indian Manatee, bald eagle,
and the largest known populations of two rare plant species, tropical
waxweed and telephus spurge. Protection of this vast ecosystem will
provide a buffer to the coastal waters of Apalachicola Bay and the
Jackson River, which are currently under consideration as critical
habitat for the federally threatened Gulf sturgeon.
The St. Joe Company is one of the largest landowners in Florida.
Public acquisition of the St. Joe Timberland project will consolidate
the St. Joe Company ownerships already included in other Florida
Forever projects, thus helping to preserve large undeveloped tracts of
land for native plants and animals and giving the public an opportu-
nity to experience large natural areas throughout north Florida.
This property will be managed by FWC as part of the,wildlife manage-
ment area system.
DCA requested Board action to
approve an extension until April
30, 2004 for the placement of
shutters on the Franklin County
Senior Citizen Center. The current
agreement with DCA expired Oc-
tober 31, 2003. DCA requests the
County approve the extension in
order to give time for the contrac-
tor to provide the shutters. The
Board extended the contract.
A proposalbid from the Poloronis
Construction Company to build a
60 x 60-foot hanger-at the airport
is currently over budget. The air-
port advisory committee met last
night and Mr. Ted Mosteller, Air-
port Advisory Chairman dis-
cussed the issue with the Com-
missioners. It was reported that
the state is providing all funds,
not exceed $120,000.00. Mosteller
said that the Advisory Committee
recommended that the bid be
turned down. On a motion by
Commissioner Putnal, the Com-
missioners rejected the bid and
will advertise for more bids on the
project. Mosteller told the Com-
missioners that there is
$20,000.00 worth of radio equip-
ment available to allow the air-
port to communicate with Tyndall
AFB. The Commissioners passed
a motion to accept the equipment.
Pierce requested Board action to
approve the purchase of a new
copier- for the Planning Depart-
ment. The funds were budgeted
this year, but according to the Fi-
nance Office the auditors still
want to see budgeted capital items
approved by the Board. The Board
budgeted $10,000.00, and the.
copier to be purchased on the
State bid list is a Minolta Class 2
DI 551 copier for $7,547.00. The
Board passed a motion to buy the
Mark Curreton has been working
with the School Board on a DCA
required program called the
Interlocal Agreement for Public
School Facility Planning. The
School Board has approved sign-
ing the agreement. Michael
Shuler, County Attorney reviewed
the agreement in June, according
to Mark. Pierce requested Board
action to sign the agreement con-
tingent upon Michael Shuler re-
freshing his memory on the sub-
ject with Mark. The Board passed
a motion to sign with the contin-
Pierce announced that the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission
failed to have a quorum at its
November meeting so there was
no action taken on any item, in-
cluding docks which had their
state and federal permits. The
Board was asked if they wished
to review the three dock items.
The Board heard the dock items
and passed on allowing all the
docks to be built.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
28 November 2003 Papo 3
EDITORAL & COMMENTARY
Franklin County Public Library
News And Happenings
By Judi Rundel
The Eastpoint and Carrabelle branches of the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library will observe the Thanksgiving Day holiday by being closed
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 27, 28, and 29. Both
branches will reopen on Tuesday, December 2nd. All WINGS, TIGERS,
mid FROG programs in Eastpoint, Carrabelle, and at the Apalachicola
program site (in the New Life Center on 8th Street) are cancelled for
Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 and will resume on Mon-
day, December 1st.
The Franklin County Public Library's annual potluck Christmas Party
will be held on Sunday, December 10 from 2:00 3:00 p.m. at the
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire House.
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 653-2784,
Congressman Boyd Supports Forest Bill
On November 21, 2003, with Congressman Allen Boyd's (D- North
Florida) support, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the
Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The bill authorizes the For-
est Service and the Bureau of Land Management to thin vegetation
and underbrush that can cause the spread of wildfires, disease, or
The bill authorizes $760 million a year for the next decade to facili-
tate thinning. Under the bill, 50% of the funding will be used to re-
store forests within 1.5 miles of at-risk communities and municipal
water sources on land that servers as habitat for threatened and en-
dangered species, or on land that is particularly susceptible to dis-
ease or insect infestation.
While fire is a natural tool to keep forests healthy, for the last fifty
years, the federal government has had the policy of quickly moving
to extinguish any forest fire. This policy has resulted in the massive
build up of underbrush, or fuel loads,, in our national forests that
have resulted in catastrophic fires like the one that burned 500,000
acres in Florida in 1993, and the fires that recently burned 750,000
acres in California. The fires in Florida required 7,000 firefighters to
bring them under control, forced the evacuation of 45,000 Floridians
from their homes, and destroyed over 100 houses. The fires in Cali-
fornia destroyed over 3,600 houses and required over 8,000 firefighters
to bring them under control. This bill will also move, as quickly as
possible, to undue this failed policy and return our national forests
to a healthy state.
Letter To The Editor
On Friday, November 14th, commercial net fishermen and the Coastal
Conservation Association met with the Florida Fish and.Wildlife Leg-
islative Affairs Chief, Jackie Fauls in Tallahassee. The discussion cen-
tered around two controversies, nets proposed by the fishing indus-
try, and criminal penalties associated with netting.
The proposed nets contain 500 square feet of mesh area of any size
mesh, and would be made up of legislatively approved materials. The
proposed nets would offer a "bright line" for both the fishermen and
FWCC Law Enforcement to know exactly what is legal and illegal in
netting. At this time there are several court cases bogging down the
court system due to inconsistent enforcement and vague laws. All
major commercial fishing organizations were represented. They were
The Wakulla Fishermen's Association, Southeast Fisheries, The Florida
Fishermen's Federation, and the Organized Fishermen of Florida. In
an unprecedented move, all commercial organizations agreed on the
same net proposal. Representing the CCA, Ted Forsgren refused to
vote to make any changes in the current regulations.
Pertaining to the raising of misdemeanors to felony status for a sec-
ond offense, only Ted Forsgren voted for the change.
The Commercial fishing industry showed a willingness to raise the
second offense to a felony IF the proposed nets were allowed, but
Forsgren refused any compromise.
Next week, Jackie Fauls and the FWCC will decide the course that
the FWCC takes in their presentation to the Legislature in these mat-
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol. 12, No. 24
November 28, 2003
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors Sue Cronkite
........... Rene Topping
............ Eunice Hartmann
Sales. Lisa Szczepaniak
and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associates Andy Dyal
.......... Lisa Szczepaniak
Director of Circulation Andy Dyal
Circulation Associates Jerry Weber
............ Joe D. Terrell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Rene Topping Carrabelle
David Butler .......... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson Eastpoint
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona.............. St. George Island
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Liz Hurley Says: I Remember
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Joint Legislative Auditing Committee
Appoints Harold McLean As New Head
Of Florida Office Of Public Counsel
There are some things in government that work, and last week the
Joint Legislative Auditing Committee scored highly with their appoint-
ment of Harold McLean as Chief of the Florida Office of Public Coun-
sel. This office represents consumers in public utility issues. And,
Mr. McLean wasted no time after his appointment to advocate that a
$355.5 million local telephone rate hike should be denied by the Pub-
lic Service Commission. Local telephone companies have not provided
adequate information justifying the increase in local phone rates, some
which could raise a monthly bill as high as $7.50. McLean has worked
for the Public Service Commission for 26 years and retired recently
from there as general counsel. His connection to Franklin County
occurred during the numerous hearings involving the St. George Water
Management Company several years ago. He holds a 1973 Juris Doc-
torate law degree from Florida State University.
Tom W. Hoffer
From Southeastern Fisheries Association
Florida Fisheries Issues In
1. Distribution of shrimp disaster relief money to Florida's shrimp-
ers. A little over 6 million dollars has been designated by the US
Department of Commerce for relief to Florida shrimpers who have
been impacted by imported shrimp. The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission (FWC) developed a proposed distribution program
through input from all shrimp segments in the state. The distribu-
tion program did not suit the river shrimpers in Fernandina Beach
and Mayport nor the Biscayne Bay wing net shrimpers because they
want the bulk of the federal money given to them.
The FWC program uses Florida Trip Tickets as the basis for distribu-
tion and without proof that a shrimper landed shrimp and filed a
required shrimp ticket, there is no basis to. give federal tax dollars.
The Governors Office and the LBC Staff report supported the FWC
Plan but the LBC heard testimony that it wasn't fair to the little boats
and that some money was going to be used for marketing so they
balked at releasing the federal funds.
The spokesman for the east coast river shrimpers is Janie Thomas
and she has been able to poison enough minds by intimating that
she represents all the little boats (inshore boats) in the state and they
are being treated unfairly. The truth of the matter is that a person
would be hard pressed to find even one shrimper on the west coast
who would say that Janie Thomas is representing, them. What she is
really doing is preventing them from getting their disaster relief money
by keeping the funds tieds up. There are many more bays with in-
shore shrimpers in the Gulf than in Northeast Florida so the shrimp-
ers being hurt are those right here in the Panhandle.
We ask that the Legislative Budget Commission approve the release
of these funds at the earliest possible time.
2. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is conducting meetings
with the industry to discuss the possibility of making some commer-
cial fishing violations a felony. This push results from a request made
to the FWC by Ted Forsgren on behalf of the Coast Conservation
Association. More details on this request can be obtained from Jackie
Fauls or Colonel Jones at the FWC headquarters in Tallahassee. We
believe that until the FWC makes concerted efforts to stop the illegal
sale of seafood by recreational anglers, that even considering a felony
on a fisherman from catching a mullet be held in abeyance.
3. If there is anything that can be done to appoint people who are not
against commercial fishing on the Fish and Wildlife Commission it
would be a step towards fairness and equity. We need some help in
getting our industry's importance to the Governor's Office.
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As Told To Rene Topping
Liz Hurley who lives on Alligator
Point is a bright and cheery lady
who admits to being octogenar-
ian but refuses to be accurate as
to the number. She said, "Let
them guess." She has vivid memo-
ries and can rattle off stories with
all the details from many a de-
She can spin out names of all the
places she has lived in starting
from birth. She was born In Den-
ver, Colorado. Her daddy was
Warren Raymond King and he
worked as an engineer. Her
mother was Mabel Lula Casady
and she was a school teacher. Her
engineer father went where the
work was and that is how Liz has
come to live in so many places.
Liz went on and I will only list the
places: Denver, Colorado; Wash-
ington, D.C; Nashville, Tennessee;
Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fort
Benning, Georgia; E. St. Louis,
Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; New
England; Germany; Tallahassee;
and Alligator Point.
She says "I have lived the longest
at one time when I came to Alli-
gator Point in May of 1967. I know
I wanted to stay and I will stay
here for all my days."
When she is asked about the
times she has had on Alligator
Point, she immediately starts with
the day she and her husband Ed
Hurley bought their cottage in
May of 1967. I did the math'and
came out with a little more than
She and her husband Ed lived in
Tallahassee and they were vaca-
tioning on St. Teresa in the
Culpepper house. Their family
was two boys and one girl. The
first boy and girl belonged to Ed
and the second boy was born to
Ed and Liz. They decided to go
over to Alligator Point and search
for a small cottage Ed -had seen
in an advertisement in the Talla-
They drove all over the Point and
almost at the end of Alligator Drive
Liz saw just the one that had been
advertised. This is the same cot-
tage Liz is still living in to this day.
It was somewhat smaller when
they bought it.
She told Ed to turn the car around
and get along to the Oaks. She
wanted to phone the owner and
the nearest phone was at the
Oaks restaurant and motel.
She did not get an answer on the
phone and they had to get back
to Tallahassee. She said she sat
on the phone. Liz said, "I was
scared we would lose it." It was
just right and she lost no time to
make a contract when she got in
touch with the owner.
She said she had found her dream
place. She said she used to say
she had a cottage with riparian
rights, not knowing what they
were. Ed said that the house was
sturdy and he called it, "Green on
the Gulf." Liz loved the beach and
the pine trees. They bought the
home furnished and the owner
had a lot of rattan and the inside
was knotty pine. She said they got
a look into the inside when a resi-
dent named Leo Falk came over
and told them he could open the
door as he had the key.
The Point was sparsely inhabited
as a lot of the owners came down
for holidays or for part of the year.
So they were close as neighbors
and everyone who lived there year
round composed the inhabitants.
It was a quiet place.
Liz remembers that Ray Klein was
already living on a canal on the
bayside. A dentist, Dr. Tuck put
in the KOA, and Shirley Altman
and Winnie McNabb managed the
R-V Park. Shirley Altman and
Winnie McNabb remembered cot-
tages there that Dr. Tuck had as
rental cottages. It is said that B.K.
Roberts and his nephew bought
the whole Point for $20,000 in
Another memory was when Mr.
John Phipps bought up several
lots on the Bayside where the road
had left a lot on the Bayside and
another one on the Gulf side.
Phipps banned his lots to be built
upon. He allowed only a place for
the maid on the Gulfside. It was
one residence per Gulf to Bayside
Liz said that long ago, for a long
time, when you bought a piece of
Phipps Alligator Point property
the deed had a passage that said
John Phipps retained the oil and
Mrs. Phipps was the one who
placed 40 acres at the west end
of Point as a refuge for migratory
birds and butterflies. Mr. Phipps
would state an old saying onlos-
ing the sand. He said, "It goes
seven years out and seven years
in." Liz said she thought he was
right, but, that was before a large
sand bar was wiped out years ago.
It was about then when some of
the barracks from Camp Gordon
Johnston were moved to Alligator
Point to be made into houses,
That was before we lived all year
on the Point.
Henry Crum was the first to put
houses on pilings. She said, "Our
house was up just a little and we
should have had it put up much
Liz said, "When we first lived on
the Point we had an 8-party tele-
phone line. We were one of only a
few people who had a private
phone. It was necessary for my
husband to be able to be reached
at any time. At that point in our
lives he was working for the Red
Cross. With three teenagers I hid
the phone with cretonne under
our bed and the kids never know
She added that most boaters had
a C.B. and had a silly name just
like the truckers. Sometimes
people made use of C.B's to get in
touch with one another in the
summer. Mr. Altman took care of
the batteries that were always
needed. Liz said, "John Pearson,
Continued on Page 4
From Southeastern Fisheries Association
South Atlantic Council Pushes To Allow
Sport Fishermen To Sell Mahi-Mahi
The South Atlantic Fisheries Man-
agement Council has caved in to
the charter and party boat power
base and is recommending that
charter and party boat operators
be allowed to sell mahi-mahi that
has been caught by sport fisher-
men on their boats.
Sport fishermen should fish for
sport and if they are catching
more fish than they will eat, they
should "catch and release." If they
want to be a commercial fisher-
men then get the requisite li-
censes and make sure the fish go
through a HACCP facility before
being sold to the consumer. It is
Plaza 98 Suite 7
710.E. Ave. B
Mon., Tue., Thur.
Fri. & gat.
10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Closed Wed. & Sun.
against the law tor sport fisher-
men to sell fish in Florida so what
will the charter and party boat
operators on the east coast do
about that? Mahi-Mahi is a his-
tamine type fish and can make
people sick if not properly handled
on board. and in the fish house.
Commercial fish dealers have to
probe a certain amount of each
box of mahi-mahi to make sure
g the internal temperature is 40
degrees, or lower when received
or reject them. There is no justifi-
cation for sport fishermen selling
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Liz Hurley from Page 3
a retired marine, and Ed rigged
us wires in the trees and got us a
field telephone so that we ladies
could all get on and make plans
for Saturday night."
"Saturday night we all went down
to the marina and danced to the
music of a juke box. We brought
our steaks and Pete put them on
the grill. We all brought casseroles
and salads. We danced the night
"We went then to Angelo's to hear
Les Bruch. He played by ear. His
wife would hum a bar or two, and
he was off on Broadway Shows.
When he played Alley Cat, I can
tell you Ed and I dusted the floor."
The first hurricane was named
Agnes. It came in on June 17,
1972 and took out the water and
"In that 1972 Hurricane we were
left with no power, we got to the
house very slowly. We passed
trees down and debris all around."
She remembered that "Neighbors
were the Altmans and they had
their addition painted pink. Elmer
had carpeted the porchdeck on
the Gulf side. The house looked
really bad. The carpet was all ru-
ined and the house was covered
with mud. There was live crabs
in the oven. In all, it looked bad."
She also said that Betty Klein who
was an officer in the Coastguard
Auxiliary had a pair of suede
boots and she had a knife inside
them in case of looting and poi-
sonous snakes. There was 42
houses destroyed by Agnes.
"We used a bucket of water to
flush the toilets. We could not
cook and Angelo's kept the staff
on and believe it or not they had
a great little band at Martha Ann's
"The roads were still obstructed
with trees down and heavy pieces
of debris. The other problem was
the mud and sand. The power
lines were still down. The steps
were gone from the back of our
house. We had a ladder in front.
The side steps had floated to St.
Teresa. We stayed in the house for
several days to keep anything
away. Someone went around say-
ing Oh. Lord, the sea is so big and
my boat is so small. It was taken
from a plaque in Ron Burks'
Another memory was that win-,-
dows floated out over to the ma-
rina. They were having all man-
ner of problems. The boat basin
was filled with flotsam and jet-
sam, A.T. Gibson had pulled his,
big boat into the central part of
the boat storage. Jimmy Holland
stopped there and saved the boat
from more damage.
"We shared and shared. Water
was the worst to get. George
Harrison was at his cottage and
he stopped to say he had some
water there. He said he was re-
trieving the lumber from St
She said Val Tuck was running
the KOA and h'e moved out John
Runt's wife and one cat, one Irish
Setter and one white dog 'They
called out "Meet at the Oaks" We
all gathered there. Bert Christof-
fers got hungry and we made cof-
fee and ate moon pies at 4:30 a.m.
Christoffers made breakfast. Ed
volunteered to check all the
houses and tell them to leave. If a
woman was alone with no grocer-
ies he would not take 'no' for an
answer. He brought her along."
Liz said she felt that they were all
pretty good survivors.
"Still, when Elena the hurricane
that came in on Labor Day in
1985 was stirring around in the
Gulf on Labor Day we went up
into Tallahassee. We went back to
the house and Ed saw a Datsun
in a driveway. It was totaled."
Liz went on "Kathleen McCall said
we should cook everything we had
in the freezer. So we all joined in
with the cook-up. Christoffers
came in unannounced and they
had their dog with them. Our cat
did not get along with strange
dogs so the house began to look
as if it was coming apart. Soon
order was restored."
On more difficulties she said, "We
could barely pass as the road was
barely passable. We couldn't find
our cat but there was a lot of tin-
sel in the attic where it had gone
to ground. Kathy was smart
enough and skinny enough to get
up into the crawl hole to get our
cat named "Catastrophe."
She told me that Ed was on the
beach crying out loud "Get back!
Get away!" By now Hurricane
Juan was turning around in the
Gulf. It seemed that Hurricane
Juan was taking no notice of Ed's
pleas to the gods.
"We lost 14 trees, 2 more scrag-
gly ones. What happens to the
roots? I have always wondered."
She added, "One good sign at the
Jensen's house-there was our
cat locked in a car. Everybody
clapped at the rescue and, oh,
what a litter there was on the
floorboard. Not that kind of litter.
She had been spayed."
"We have had lots of get-togethers.
There are a lot of fine cooks on
the Point. So they decided to have
a lunch complete with Bloody
Mary's and some good food at
Easter. We were all asked to deco-
rate a hat and there was 17 in
competition. It was held at Dee
Cordell's cottage. "In the next few
years Kay Graves called it the
Liz was nominated for a director
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association this year as having
She enjoys the Franklin Red Hats,
now a chapter in the National Red
Hats. The members chose The
Tate's Hell's Angels chapter. This
is where the ladies who are over
55 are practicing for the time
when they get old! They wear
purple clothes and red hats. There
is no age limit upwards.
Bev Kilmer from Page 1
from Democrats, Independents
and Republicans across North-
west Florida. During her tenure
in the Florida House of Represen-
tatives, she has been involved
with business and economic de-
velopment. She is also the imme-
diate past chair of Opportunity
Florida, the economic develop-
ment organization for the State's
first Governor-designated "Eight
County Area of Economic Critical
Concern," which includes Franklin
County. Ms. Kilmer has been in
business for 28 years, and has
authored 13 business and man-
agement books and one children's
book. Along with her husband
Larry and son Kirk, she is
co-owner of All-Tech Southeast,
Inc. a security and access control
manufacturing and distribution
industry located in Quincy,
Top Of The Morning
Rene and her doings with the Church of England
By Ren6 Topping
Do you like your name? Why do I ask? Well I actually like mine even
though it is in most places set aside for a male. To start at the begin-
ning-my mother had produced three males, all two years apart, be-
fore she birthed me.
She had settled in to having boys, but she was unsure about a girl. In
those long ago years of 1926 it was a custom that a woman who had
just had a baby, took the child to be named, in a ceremony that was
known as being "churched." Later you and mum and the rest of the
family came to a christening. This strange rite was done with just we
two, mum and me.
Apparently the woman cannot appear in public until this strange
ceremony has been done.
She went to the Church of England and presented her baby to the
parish vicar and all went well until she was asked, "What name do
you give this child?" She answered-just to make sure she got it right
she said "Rene" and an accent acute over the last E."
The priest was taken aback and as if mum had just done the highest
sin, he said very nastily, "Madam, I WILL NOT GIVE A GIRL BABY A
Mum was bound to give me this name, so off she went to neighbor-
hood Methodist Church and asked the pastor there. Will you have
had any trouble to give my baby the same I have offered at the CoE
down the road." Here is what she was told by the fellow there. "Madam.
I couldn't care what you want to call your daughter. You can call her
"Cabbage" if it be your wish." (That was my Introduction to the world
and to the Methodist Church.")
When I went into the Women's Army, known as Auxiliary Territorial
Service (ATS), and I was asked my religion I said, "I am CoE." My
sister and I had started to go to the CoE for a while.
There was another reason. In England, in the Army, Navy or Air Force
etc. you are expected to go to church. Nobody forces you but if you
ask what happens if you didn't want to go all you had to do was a
natty little job. How about a bathhouse filled with dirty latrines?
We would form up to march to church. The CoE's would form up first
and all other religions go in their order. Now this means that the
CoE's always got out first. It was organized to got out at 12 noon and
some of the Methodists are still in church when their minister got
going strong on his sermon.
My other time than outside of services during the war that I went into
The Church was when I was wed.
My spouse of 58 years was a Protestant and had never gone through
the rites. In the CoE you can got married two ways one was that you
had the banns called on three succeeding Sundays or you could get a
Bob arrived on Saturday and The War was just about over. We figured
that the license would get to my home by Thursday. Instead,of that
the War was over while my license was in the mail and there was no
post for two days.
We got a dispensation to get married after Dad asked some of his
church friends around the County, and they spoke up for us saying
we were a good family.
One gift for me was that I had a beautiful wedding gown made of
Silver Lame, borrowed from the Gainsborough Film Studios. It had
been worn by Deborah Kerr. My good luck was that being a soldier
the only acceptable dress would have been my uniform. All we had to
do was to pay for it's cleaning. The outfit was complete with a veil
with an orange blossom headdress with silver corners. It was beauti-
Getting back to the church-Bob found himself in a fog in which he
was vowing to have all his children be members of the Church. He
was saying yes to everything that day. We did not have time for a
rehearsal so Bob just walked where I walked and in the middle of the
rites the entire bridal group went into a side room and signed our
wedding certificate and he whispered to me "What is this?
"I said, "Honey, this is IT. We are married."
The Church over there in England is somewhat different these days.
There is no such thing as being "churched" They christen babies with
names such at Sherry and Brandy, so having a boy's name would
pass by with not even a look.
The only thing that has happened to me has been that sometimes I
got some mail addressed to me as MR. that I would rather not have.
But look at the alternative-my mother could have called me
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Redistricting Chronology from Page 1
July 11, 2003:
Letter sent to the Franklin County Commission from Jerry Thomp-
son, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County. Inc.
raising the redistricting issue.
August 28, 2003:
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc, makes a public records
request of Franklin County Director of Administrative Services for
.August 29, 2003:
Letter to the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners from
Robert Rivas, attorney for Concerned Citizens, Inc. inquiring about
redistricting. A copy of the Jerry Thompson July letter is enclosed
indicating no answer to that letter has been received. "We write to
Implore you to do what you are required by law to do in order that
your constituents not be forced to become your adversaries in court."
October 8, 2003:
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc., files lawsuit against the
Franklin County Commission alleging failure to redistrict following
the U.S. census, conforming to State Law.
October 10, 2003:
The Franklin County Commission held a meeting in Executive Ses-
sion, permitted under the Sunshine Law, to discuss the pending liti-
gation by the Concerned Citizens. The citizen group later charged
that a preliminary redistricting plan was also reviewed at this meet-
ing, in violation of the Sunshine Laws.
October 21, 2003:
Correspondence to Robert Rivas from County Attorney Thomas M.
Shuler. The letter transmits "written ... legal descriptions for the pro-
posed settlement of the lawsuit filed by the Concerned Citizens of
Franklin County." Mr. Shuler asks Mr. Rivas if the Concerned Citi-
zens will settle this suit based on this offer. (See Rivas return letter of
October 21, 2003:
The Franklin County Commission hurriedly passed a proposed re-
districting plan drafted by the County Attorney, without any public
discussion, nor detailed explanation to those assembled in the meet-
ing at the court room annex. The Resolution passed unanimously
without any Commission discussion or comment.
October 22, 2003:
Correspondence to Thomas M. Shuler from Concerned Citizens at-
torney Robert Rivas requesting the most expeditious timetable to re-
solve the action. The Concerned Citizens have not had time to re-
spond to the proposed redistricting plan. A settlement offer would
require that the County Commission enact a plan approved by Con-
cerned Citizens, and agree to reimburse Concerned Citizens for its
attorney's fees and costs.
November 12, 2003:
Concerned Citizens, Inc. filed a Memorandum of Law in opposition to
the Franklin County's Motion 'To Dismiss or Abate Prematurely Filed
Complaint." The memorandum emphatically denies that the complaint
was "premature," citing the failure of the Franklin County Commis-
sion to redistrict following the 1990 census. This memorandum of
law criticizes the County's filing without verification, nor any affida-
vit, containing "unsworn representations of counsel in regard to mat-
ters that would require affirmative proof, even if they had merit, which
they do not." The memorandum does not contain legal argument in
support of the motion to abate or dismiss but instead raises "totally
different factual issues, again based on representations of counsel.
Nowhere do these documents, individually or collectively, set forth
any legal argument or citations to authority addressed to the subject
; of dismissal or abatement." The Concerned Citizens memo of law also
attacks the County's assertions by saying, "...There is nothing in the
record (not even in the form of unsworn representations of counsel)
to explain what aspects of the 2000 census was "corrected" or exactly
when, or why; and whether the amendment was material, or why the
existence of an amendment in 2002 created any logical or legal basis
or justification for Franklin County to fail to carry out redistricting in
2001, as otherwise required.
The Concerned Citizens memo finally concludes "Nothing in the Mo-
tion to Dismiss forms a basis to dismiss the Complaint." As of press
time for this issue, the Federal Judge has not ruled on these motions.
November 13, 2003:
The Concerned Citizens, Inc. files a formal Complaint against the
Board of County Commissioners, Franklin County, charging that the
adopted Resolution for a Redistricting Plan was illegally adopted, vio-
lating the Sunshine Laws. Specifically, the Complaint, filed in the
2nd Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin
County, charges that the Franklin County Commission did not pro-
vide advance public notice of the redistricting discussions at the Oc-
tober 21; 2003 meeting; that the Commissioners communicated with
one another about the particulars of the redistricting plan, outside of
the October 21, 2003 meeting; that the Commissioners formulated
their redistricting plan during a closed meeting on October 10, 2003,
and presented the plan for perfunctory ratification at the October 21,
The Concerned Citizens request the 2nd Circuit Court to nullify and
void the adopted plan and to issue a permanent injunction against
the Franklin County Commission to prohibit the Commission from
violating the Sunshine Laws.
November 14, 2003:
Concerned Citizens, Inc. moved to intervene in 1986 redistricting case
before the Federal Court.
November 17, 2003:
Intervenor Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. moved the
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, to consolidate the
1986 "Williams" voting rights case with the Concerned Citizens litiga-
tion against the Franklin County Commission, filed on October 8,
2003. The Concerned Citizens, Inc. has moved to intervene in the
1986 case to be heard in opposition to Franklin County's proposed
redistricting plan, and has filed objections to the redistricting plan
and requested an evidentiary hearing. Concerned Citizens attempted
to ascertain if Franklin County objected to this motion being granted
but attorney Shuler was out of the office due to a death in the family.
The County promised to respond as soon as practicable as to whether
there was an objection. Concerned Citizens will file a supplement to
this motion as soon as Franklin County announces a decision.
November 21, 2003:
Concerned Citizens filed an Emergency Motion for immediate hear-
ing before Judge Janet E. Ferris, Circuit Court of the Second Judicial
Circuit in and for Franklin County.
The lasest motion requests an immediate hearing to discuss ways to
expedite the litigation against the Board of County Commissioners of
Franklin County. The Concerned Citizens, Inc., asks the Court to
require counsel for both parties to participate in an immediate hear-
ing in order to discuss the resolution of the litigation, or to hear
Franklin County's justification to deny such expedited treatment if
Franklin County objects to the motion. It also requests an order re-
quiring Franklin County to bring a transcript of the closed meeting at
issue to the hearing so the Court may make a review of the proceed-
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Development Council Holds
By Lisa Szczepaniak
The Franklin County Tourist development Council met last Tuesday,
November 18th, in the Court House Annex. This meeting was the
first of two scheduled public hearings to get feedback regarding the
proposed draft plan by the TDC for a 2% sales tax increase on all
short term (less than six months) rentals including hotel and motel
rooms, vacation rental homes and condos as well as campground/
As previously reported in The Franklin Chronicle, the proposed Tour-
ist Tax or "Bed" tax levied will help promote, maintain and service
those areas most affected by the tourist industry. The current pro-
posed draft plan of the TDC recommends that 60% of the revenue
generated be spent on infrastructure and 40% on the promotion and
administrative costs. The monies generated for infrastructure projects
would go back into the various communities in Franklin County.
Examples of possible future projects could include; Maintenance,
parking and improvements of new piers in Eastpoint and St. George
Island (ends of old bridge); County wide beach & park clean-up; County
wide recreational complexes, bike paths and hiking trails; Boat launch-
ing facilities; Visitor Centers in Carrabelle and Apalachicola with in-
formation and restrooms; promotion and advertising for the county
and for events held in the county.
How much could be generated through a 2% Resort Tax on Tourists
visiting Franklin County? (Figures based on number of rental units,
hotel rooms and RV spaces in Franklin County, average occupancy
rate and average cost of units.)
Approximately tax that could be collected: $544,580.00 per year
Franklin County Tourist Development Tax
Projected Annual Revenue
# of Units Per Unit
St. George Island 144
VACATION RENTAL HOMES
St. George Island 844
Alligator Point 35
St. George Island 60
Alligator Point 106
25,000.00 21,100,000.00 422,000.00
15,000.00 525,000.00 10,500.00
The TDC also recommends that Franklin County have the Florida
Department of Revenue collect the tax from accommodation owners.
The Florida Department of Revenue would then deposit the funds
directly in a Franklin County Tourist Development Fund monthly.
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Superintendent Gander sup-
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mended to the Franklin County
School Board at the October 9th
meeting that they approve it. At
that meeting, the Board raised
additional questions and the mat-
ter was tabled until October 27th.
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Accommodation managers would have no more paperworK than they
do currently at the 6% tax rate.
The next official public hearing will be held December 2nd, at 7 p.m.
at the Senior Citizens Center in Carrabelle. Following that meeting,
the council will review their options on the plan drawn, taking into
consideration those comments and questions raised at the public
and informational meetings. Once the plan is final and approved by
the TDC it will be brought before the Franklin County Commission
for their approval at the December 16th regular commission meeting.
At that time, an ordinance calling for a special referendum election
will be heard. The ballot proposal would then be brought to the voters
of Franklin County in March, 2004 to coincide with the Presidential
The extra 2% tax would go into effect 60 days after passing electoral
approval. However, some question as to levying the tax at that time
was raised by several resort management and sales representatives.
The point was made that those who have already made their resort
and other bookings well in advance of the tax increase were quoted
the over-all cost of their rental, including tax, based on the present
6% sales tax. It was then suggested that the increase not go into
effect until January 1st of 2005, thus giving those businesses who
publish brochures to have ample time to revamp their tourist infor-
The Franklin County TDC is made up of nine members representing
area tourist and accommodations industries, and local government
from Apalachicola and Carrabelle, in accordance with the State Stat-
ute governing the Tax Development Council. Council members present
were: Cheryl Sanders, Van Johnson, Helen Spohrer, Alice Collins,
Linda Blair, Skip Frink and Curt Blair. Not present were: Beth Mosley
and Raymond Williams.
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Franklin School Board Accepts
Salary Recommendations Of School
In a meeting Tuesday, November 18, 2003, the Franklin County School
Board, led by newly elected Chairperson Jimmy Gander, moved and
approved accepting the recommendations of the Florida School Boards
Association Compensation Commission for their salaries. The School
Boards Association Compensation Commission (SBACC) met on Oc-
tober 21, 2003 to develop recommendations for school board mem-
ber salaries for the 2003-2004 school year. The Commission voted
unanimously to recommend that each school board should adopt the
salary calculated in accordance with the formula for compensation of
elected county constitutional officers established in Chapter 145,
Florida Statutes. This is the same formula that historically has been
used for the calculation of school board member salaries.
The salary formula calculation is based upon a base salary which is
adjusted by state certified district population data, a required annual
factor of 1.0200 and a cumulative annual factor of 2.8401.
"In accordance with Section 1003.396, F.S., each local school board
is required to adopt the salary of its members at the first regular
meeting following the November organizational meeting, The proposed
salary to be adopted must be noticed at the time of the meeting no-
tice. The salary adopted by the school board shall be in effect during
the succeeding 12 months and shall apply to all school board mem-
bers elected or re-elected in the November 2002 general election, or
any subsequent general election, and to any person appointed to fill a
vacancy in the office of such member. Further, it is our opinion that
the current salary schedule is in effect for all school board members
until the adoption of the new salary schedule," states the SBACC.
In addition to the salaries outlined in the table (below), Social Secu-
rity and State Retirement credits and insurance are also added to the
The members of the school board of the Apalachicola Bay Charter
Schools do not receive any tax-supported salaries.
School Board Salaries
For Surrounding Counties
COUNTY 02-03 Commission 02-03 Salary 03-04 Commission
Recommendation Adopted by Board Recommendation
FRANKLIN $21,495 2 at $21,495 $21,844
3 at $20,950
LIBERTY $20,527 Recommendation $20,945
GULF $21,782 Recommendation $22,237
CALHOUN $21,639 $21,096 $22,084
WAKULLA $22,459 Recommendation $22,940
To Hold The
Water And Pass
The Sewage To
Carrabelle Declines the
In a letter, dated October 28,
2003, Jim Lawlor Chairmen of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District told The Carrabelle Wa-
ter and Sewer District that he will
only consider a consolidation of
the sewer facilities but not the
water facilities. Carrabelle had
scheduled a workshop on Novem-
ber 10, 2003, to discuss the con-
solidation of The Lanark and
Carrabelle Water and Sewer Dis-
tricts, After receiving the letter
from Lawlor, Carrabelle canceled
the workshop as they wished to
discuss a complete consolidation
not a partial one.
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District held their monthly
meeting on November 18 2003
at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village,
after not holding a meeting in
October. When asked about the
canceled monthly meeting, Lawlor
said, "We only have to hold a
meeting once a year." Present at
the November meeting were; Com-
missioners: Jim Lawlor and Mike
Hughes; Office Manager, Mickey
Magerus; Attorney, Mike Palecki;
and Maintenance, Bill Rohrs. The
third Commissioner, Fred Hart
.was again not present.
After approval of the September
minutes, Lawlor began the meet-
ing with the Chairman's Report.
Under the item of correspon-
dence: Lawlor reported that he
had refused a shipment from
Paragon Labs/Santa Fe Chemi-
cal. Lawlor instructed Attorney
Palecki to deal with the charges
the Chemical company billed to
The LVW&S District. Lawlor also
reported that he had dropped the
services of Newt Babcock, former
engineer for LVW&S District and
that Babcock had sent LVW&S a
bill for $8,000.00 for services ren-
dered. Again Lawlor instructed
Attorney Palecki to deal with this
Lawlor reported that he had
signed a contract with a firm to
paint the LVW&S water tank and
to do an annual tank inspection.
Lawlor said that the inspection
found the tank to be in good con-
Blue Water Bay Development, a
proposed development east of the
St. James Bay Development has
contacted LVW&S District to pro-
vide service for the development.
Lawlor said that he feels he can
work out a deal with them.
Lawlor ended his report by ex-
plaining that he is discontinuing
the use of Big Bend Contractors
as engineers for LVW&S District.
He signed a contract with a newly
formed firm; E-Squared, Eutaw
Group that is composed of Marc
Niehaus and Tom Bryant who
have recently left another engi-
neering firm to form the new firm.
The three-year contract with the
new firm is an operational con-
tract that requires them to get fed-
eral and state grant money for
LVW&S District projects and to
provide engineering service dur-
ing new construction. The con-
tract calls for a $350.00 a month
retainer fee. Each project will be
under a separate service contract.
There is a 30-day severance time
if the services of the firm are not
A financial report was presented
that had been prepared by Fred
Hart. An income of $25,377.18
and expenses of $24,746.96 that
included a debt service of
$8,914.90 was reported.
Under New Business:
Lawlor said that the primary
project is to continue providing
service to the Gulf Terrace area
and to extend service into the de-
veloping areas owned by Jim
Green and Thad Brett. Lawlor
said that within a two-year period,
LVW&S District wants to start to
provide water and sewer to every
lot in the District. Lawlor con-
cluded by saying that he is con-
sidering expanding-the bound-
aries of the L\'W&S District on the
east to go as far as to meet the
Alligator Point W&S District
The question was asked, "About
when would The LVW&S District
be able to service the Lanark
Beach area as that area is rap-
idly developing with new homes?"
The newly hired engineers said
that they would have to get grant
money to do the work in the
Lanark Beach area. They said get-
ting grant money takes time so
that area will not be serviced for
In the engineer's report, the con-
struction of the Carrabelle pipe-
lines through the LVW&S District
was discussed. Questions were
raised as to the safety of the welds
on the pipes considering that they
will be run in the proximity of ex-
isting potable water wells on prop-
erties in the Lanark Beach area.
Engineers Bryant and Neihaus
said that there will be daily in-
Sspections of the Carrabelle sewer
and' gray water pipes within the
Lanark District boundaries. They
felt that pressure testing the pipe
welds will be sufficient and X-ray
inspection will not be necessary.
The six inch potable water line
running from The Deer Run De-
velopment to The St. James De-
velopment was discussed. Lawlor
said that the original agreement
was that the water was to be used
for construction only but he now
feels that it is supplying the new
clubhouse and maybe even a grill.
Lawlor instructed Attorney
Palecki to draw up a' resolution
that LVW&S District will supply
water to St. James Bay Develop-
ment for 150% over the current
rate within the LVW&S District.
The St. James Bay Development
is now using 92,000 gallons of
LVW&S District water a month.
The meeting concluded with a
maintenance report that a repair
is needed on a sewer lift station.
The next LVW&S District meeting
should be held December 15,
The Northwest Florida Water
Management District (NWFWMD)
Governing Board approved on
November 20th two projects for
Franklin County: construction of
an Apalachicola Bay breakwater
and marsh, and the purchase of
two rail cars for the District's hy-
drologic restoration project in
Tate's Hell Swamp.
"The District continues to support
activities to preserve and restore
the Apalachicola River and Bay,"
stated Joyce Estes, Chair of the
District's Governing Board. "The
work in Tate's Hell Swamp is an
effort to restore the natural flows
to Apalachicola Bay and the
breakwater project is an example
of the kinds of cooperative, resto-
ration projects undertaken by the
Construction of an Apalachicola
Bay breakwater along the shore-
line of state land adjacent to the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve (ANERR) in
Eastpoint was approved at a cost
of $67,900. The 500-foot project
site is located along the south-
eastern shore of Cat Point.
The breakwater is an integral part
of a salt marsh restoration project
that the NWFWMD and ANERR
have developed to make up for
losses of this type of habitat along
the shoreline of the Bay.
.Salt marshes provide critical habi-
tat within the Apalachicola Bay
ecosystem for a variety of fish and
invertebrate species, many of
which are recreationally and com-
The overall goals of this project
are to restore a degraded section
of shoreline and create an area of
estuarine marsh habitat. The off-
shore breakwater construction
project will protect the marsh
from wave erosion.
Another element of the District's
hydrologic restoration effort in the
Tate's Hell Swamp also was ap-
proved. Two rail cars will be con-
verted to bridges and installed at
primary road crossings of Gator
Creek and Gulley Branch. They
will serve as relief structures to
bypass high flows.
Tate's Hell has been extensively
logged during the 1900s. Silvicul-
tural activities, chiefly logging ac-
cess roads and drainage ditches
have blocked natural drainages
and altered the hydrologic regime
over much of the swamp. The
overall goal of the restoration
project is to enhance or restore
the natural hydrology of wetlands
that provide fresh water to sup-
port the nursery areas of
Eating, Yo Gotta Love It!
Eggs, A Bargain
By Eunice Hartmann
Unless you are allergic to eggs
they are a healthy, neatly pack-
aged protein source and a bargain
too. Around here they are selling
for about 8 cents an egg.
Eggs have been scorned as a sup-
plier of cholesterol and fat but ...
this isn't the last word on whether
they are harmful or good. Let's
look at it this way:
Eggs have 75 calories each,; 60 of
these calories are in the yolk, so
the white has no fat, few calories
and is practically pure protein.
The problem is that the whites
have no taste. You can cut down
on the fat content of scrambled
eggs by using one whole egg and
just one of the whites. You will
have cut the cholesterol in half.
I read a recent article by a poul-
try person which described how
to boil an egg. Yeah, put them in
a pan with water and boil which
works but if you are like me I
never seem to have a consistent
result; some are hard and some
have softer yolks and some are
greenish around the yolk. So, here
is a non-fail method. Cover the
whole raw eggs in the shell with
cold water in a non-crowded pan.
Place on the stove at high heat
and bring to a boil. As soon as
the water boils cover the pan, turn
off the heat and let them sit in
the hot water for 30 minutes.
Drain and cover with cold water
The next bit of wisdom in this ar-
ticle told me how to peel the now
hard-boiled eggs. Since I am a
graduate home economist, I am
beginning to wonder why I am
reading this. Well, it is because I
get into trouble just when I am
having a party and making dev-
iled eggs for company.
My poultry advisor says that a
really fresh egg just relinquished
from the chicken will not peel. If
you are intending to use your egjgs
for hara boiled to be displayed in
a salad or deviled eggs, buy then
a week in advance. Just make
sure they are not cracked in the
carton because bacteria can get
in easily and cause you to regret
eggs are a food source.
The reason why older eggs peel
easier is because a layer of gas
develops between the shell and
that white membrane which
makes it easier to peel. How could
something so simple escape my
knowledge bank for so long!
Another way to get eggs to peel
nicely is to make a pin hole in one
end of the egg, then as you boil
the eggs a small amount of water
gets inside making the separation
of the shell from the egg easier.
To determine if an egg is fresh you
should see the yolk sits high in
the middle of the while which is
firm when they are broken into a
pan for frying for instance. They
do not hurt you if they are not
picture perfect and the tiny red
dot will not hurt you if it is
present. However, if you get a very
bloody egg, throw it out as it is
starting to develop a chick which
by now has died. When an egg is
too old to eat, it will actually float
when you put it in cold water and
will smell terrible when cracked
The cholesterol warning is reason-
able for someone who has a 400+
cholesterol count but my doctor
said recently that the amount in
the egg is not a concern unless
that is all you eat. Remember your
body makes it's own cholesterol.
Why would it do that if we do not
need a certain amount to be
healthy? Ask your doctor about
new medication that allows your
body to resist absorbing choles-
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Governor Jeb Bush and the
Florida Cabinet, on November 25,
2003, approved the acquisition of
over 13,000 acres along the
Crooked River as an addition to
the 145,871 acre St. Joe Timber-
land Florida Forever Project. The
purchase protects water quality in
a river that feeds the Gulf of
Mexico and conserves habitat for
the Florida black bear. The
Crooked River parcel will expand
Tate's Hell forest making it the
largest state forest in Florida.
'This is another important step
toward protecting the environ-
mental and economic value of
Franklin County," said Dept. of
Environmental Protection Secre-
tary David B. Struhs. "Acquiring
this undeveloped land safeguards
waterways, preserves natural re-
sources and provides the public
with open space for recreation."
More than half of the St. Joe Tim-
berland Florida Forever project is
now in public ownership. The bio-
logical "hotspot" provides habitat
for threatened and endangered
wildlife, including the Florida
black bear and bald eagle and at
least 23 rare plants. Crooked
River is also home to dwarf pond
cypress swamps and unique
The division of forestry will man-
age the property as part of Tate's
Hell state forest.
The ten-year, $3 billion Florida
Forever program established by
Governor Bush conserves envi-
ronmentally sensitive land, re-
stores waterways and preserves
important cultural and historical
The Governor was quoted with a
promise to provide Franklin and
other small counties with a rural
development program next year,
to bring additional funding, to
compensate for removing the
Crooked River land from tax rolls.
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders said the county
could use help financially.
from Page 1
"many volunteers" who have of-
fered their help, and is proud of
their willingness to "participate in
city government. This voter turn-
out was a good example."
The Thursday before, November
20, saw one of the largest crowds
ever assembled at the Senior Citi-
zens Center in Carrabelle. Mayor
Brown and the City Council have
been holding weekly public meet-
ings over the month for the pur-
pose of airing all the pros and
cons of the two top ballot issues
that had been in the local news
for a year: the water & sewer con-
troversy/lawsuit, and the PUD
(Planned Unit Development) ordi-
nance. The November 20 meeting
was the climax of those gather-
ings, and hosted much hostile
crossfire, particularly over the
Fortunately, one pressure was
already pretty much relieved in
the booming town. Since the PUD
ordinance was enacted by last
year's city council, there had been
a countywide furor over the fact
that one municipality was decid-
ing that it could write and enforce
its own building regulations, in-
dependent of the county laws. The
greatest fear was that skyscraper
condo monoliths would lumber
onto the landscape, blocking wa-
ter views and potentially creating
what one citizen aptly called a
"concrete canyon" down the
Carrabelle River. And that would
only be the start of what the law
calls "precedent:" everyone else in
the county would want to be able
to do the same. With the Novem-
ber 25 ballot, Carrabelle is now
back in line with all building regu-
lations of Franklin County, in-
cluding building height.
But the water/sewer issue was
the one that was, well, high-
pressure. Essentially, the voters
chose to defeat the ordinance and
allow new water/ sewer utilities
to be constructed outside the city
limits, before all locations inside
city limits have been serviced.
Mayor Brown, who is knee-deep
in the throes of supervising
Carrabelle's development and
construction projects, had com-
mented that if the water/ sewer
ordinance passed as written,
"...our hands will be tied..." and
all future development would un-
dergo months of delays to run
voter referendums for every new
project. In addition, Carrabelle
"doesn't have the money to sup-
ply every home in the city limits."
Now, however, "developers will
help finance" new runs to in-town
Now WhatW? .... .
'There are several places just out-
side the city where we can get
developers to pay the infrastruc-
ture cost of running the new ser-
vices. Then, all the city custom-
ers along the way will benefit by
getting to tap into the new lines
at a greatly reduced rate for the
city and taxpayers."
"And of course we are finalizing
the impact fees for new develop-
ment, where we will charge those
who develop, build and sell new
projects, according to their impact
on city services." These fees, dis-
cussed at length in a series of
public meetings, amount to 1.2%
of the value of not only the selling
price of the improved land, but
also 1.2% of the selling price of
the completed land and building.
These 12 mil (thousandths of a
dollar) fees will be broken down.
into 1, 2 or 3 mils each for city
* Requires water and sewer
to be extended to all
homes and businesses in
Carrabelle before they are
extended outside the city
limits. Voter approval
would be required to
extend them outside the
S* No: 177
Repeals Carrabelle's PUD
ordinance adopted in 2002
that lifted the 35-foot
building height limit.
services: tire, police, water/sewer,
etc. and should be enough to fund
all future expansion needs.
What: A new PUD?
"I hope that we can all agree on a
new PUD", one which "allows us
to regulate lot size and density"
and forces "owner's associations
to control such things as cleanup"
but continues to follow county
regulations for such things as
height restrictions. "Mariner's
Landing (on Marine Street) is a
good example of what can be
done". He explained that through
the city's agreement with them all
the city has to do for the under-
ground utilities is "read and ser-
vice water meters."
Another plan discussed recently
and meeting with much favor is
the sale of city properties that are
in the (valuable) harbor district.
"If city operations can be central-
ized in one place, we can be a lot
more efficient," envisioning city
hall, police department, water/
sewer offices, fire department and
even the Post Office clustered in
one campus (possibly the "old"
ballfield, once the new county fa-
cility is completed).
The Post Office, a federal opera-
tion, would potentially bring prof-
itable lease income to the city. In
one fell swoop, the new prison will
have 380 employees and 1480
inmates-potentially adding 1860
letter-writers and package send-
ers (-?-) to the mix in a facility that
is already outgrown and servic-
Then there is the Clean Up
Carrabelle campaign and Manda-
tory Trash Pickup. These so-far
unannounced efforts have been
long in the coming. "There are
statutes on the books that no one
has ever enforced," Jim Brown
observes, and he treads a little
lightly on The sutiet; ."'We will
take some time to get into this,"
not wanting to cause undue stress
on those who have not kept up
appearances, "but Carrabelle is
doing much too well in some ar-
eas to ignore the look of all the
neighborhoods." We can "all ben-
efit from Carrabelle's success if we
all look the part."
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St. Joe Timberlands / Tate's Hell/ Carrabelle / Crooked River
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There was further discussion and
direction on the C-1 Commercial
Fishing District. At the last meet-
ing, the Board heard long time
leaders and property owners in
the commercial fishing industry
request- assistance from the
County. Most of the speakers were
from Eastpoint, but the County
has another C-1 area, and that is
the 2-Mile area west of Apalach-
The Board directed that Pierce
meet with the property owners
and try to come up with some ac-
ceptable changes in the types of,
uses in the C- 1 zoning district.
While the Board is committed to
protecting the seafood industry,
there appears to be a need to pro-
vide a greater range of allowable
uses in the C- 1 District.
Pierce said, I did not meet with
the property owners because, af-
ter considering the discussion,
the Board had already heard I
came to two conclusions. One,
there are a couple of topics that I
need to discuss with the Board
that are unrelated uses, and they
are parking, flood elevation re-
quirements, lot size, and set-
backs. Two, since this is such a
public issue I felt that the Board,
as elected representatives, should
hear directly from those who want
to speak on the topic, rather than
have those concerned voices di-
rected at me a staff person. So let
me briefly get some guidance from
the Board on issues that are re-
lated to both C- 1 Districts.
1. Parking: At this time the C-
1 District requires a develop-
ment to provide off street park-
ing. The County enforced this
provision on Mr. Whaley
Hughes but that project was
never built and Mr. Hughes
subsequently died. No nth"-
existing use in C- 1 appears to
meet the required parking. In
Eastpoint, the property on the
south side of US 98 barely ex-
ists for buildings. In
Apalachicola, many people do
not realize that US 98 has a 200
foot wide right-of-way, such
that for the first part of 2 Mile
all of the existing parking is re-
ally in the DOT right-of-way. As
an example, all of the parking
lot of The Hut is in the DOT
right-of-way. Does the Board
want to amend the C-1 District
to delete off-street parking re-
quirements? Alternatives in-
clude expecting businesses to
provide parking on the north
side of the road and walk across
US 98; expecting only light com-
mercial use on the south side
of the road such that busi-
nesses can meet the parking
requirements by elevating
buildings and parking under-
neath, This means that on
many parcels, restaurants
would not be allowed because
there wouldn't be enough room
for parking for any size restau-
2. Flood Elevation Require-
ments: Franklin County par-
ticipates In a federal flood In-
surance program. In 15 years
the County has issued only one
variance to the flood elevations
requirements for a commercial
building, and that was for Leroy
Langley's oyster house in
Eastpoint. All the existing build-
ings in Eastpoint and 2 Mile
were built before the federal
flood insurance program began,
and thus they have been
grandfathered in. Even if the
use changed from a water de-
pendent use to something like
a restaurant, the County did
not require the restaurant to
elevate because the building
was already existing. However,
if additional uses are added in
the C- 1 District and new build-
ings are built, the Board needs
to be very careful so that it does
not violate the federal flood in-
surance program. Primarily,
this means that if a water de-
pendent use is proposed, the
applicant can apply for a vari-
ance from the Board of Adjust-
ment to build lower to the wa-
ter. Seafood processing houses
certainly meet that definition. A
restaurant kitchen would not.
Open door seating would. This
means that redevelopment of
the C- 1 District is going to come
with some obstacles regardless
of use. There is no action for the
Board on this issue, but it just
needs to keep in mind the flood
requirements when different
uses are proposed. Sadly, it
may be the obstacles imposed
by the flood insurance program
that puts pressure on the Board
to allow residential uses, be-
cause not many commercial
uses are going to be successful
if they have to meet the federal
flood insurance requirements.
Both Eastpoint and 2 Mile, have
requirements that the bottom of
the floor system be 14 feet above
3. Lot Size: The C- 1 District
says there is no minimum lot
size, but the existing lots may
not be subdivided. Some of the
lots are only 50 feet wide, while
others are as large as 300 feet
wide. In order to be consistent
with other zoning districts, the
Board might want to consider
that existing lots are grand-
fathered in, but large lots may
be subdivided into parcels with
a minimum of 100 feet of high-
4. Setbacks: There are cur-
rently no setbacks in the C- 1
District. None from the water
and none from the adjoining
lots on the sides. The Board
should consider establishing
the 10 foot setback on the side
lot lines, so that there is the
same type of fire protection cre-
ated as in every other zoning
district that the County has.
Obviously, if there was a very
small lot, and the setbacks im-
posed a hardship then a prop-
erty owner could apply to the
Board of Adjustment for a vari-
ance. The Board may also need
to consider a 50-foot setback
from the water. Obviously, if
application of the setback cre-
ates a hardship, the applicant
could apply to the Board of Ad-
justment for a variance. But if
there is not some consistent set-
back, then the C-1 zoning could
end up being a loophole that
other waterfront commercial
property would want to get
zoned to, in order to build closer
to the water.
This then brings us to types of
uses. At the previous. meeting,
there were some obvious uses to
be excluded, such as gas stations
and commercial fuel storage. But
other uses, such as motel or ho-
tels that tend to generate large
buildings and lots of traffic need
to be put where they can provide
off-street parking, which means
they might need to be on the north
side of the road.
The big issue is residential use.
At this time the only type of resi-
dential use I have heard is the
desire to have a.single residential
unit per lot, and that it be above
a commercial building. However,
there are those opposed to that,"
Commissioner Putnal cautioned
that they did not want to zone the
seafood industry out of business.
After hearing from many repre-
sentatives from the seafood indus-
try, the Board directed Commis-
sioner Creamer in a motion to
work with Alan Pierce to work out
a plan that will preserve the sea-
food industry but will be more
flexible. The biggest issue is the
pressure to allow residential uses
within the C- 1 District. Commis-
sioner Putnal voted "no" on the
Pierce finished his report with the
request that the Planning and
Building Department be allowed
to purchase a Ford Ranger for
$20,000.00. The Board instructed
Pierce to go ahead and try to find
a Ranger to purchase and if he
cannot find one then advertise for
bids on the vehicle.
Joann Fant, who has lived 48
years in Sumatra, spoke to the
Board concerning the Cemetery.
She said that there has always
been confusion over the use of the
Sumatra Cemetery. Her church
has agreed to purchase the
Sumatra Cemetery and be the
caretaker of the Cemetery with the
condition that it be used for burial
of people who are residents of
Sumatra or have family members
buried there. There would be a
Cemetery Committee to oversee
the use of the Cemetery. The com-
mittee is to be composed of Patti
Fant, Treasurer of the Church,
Tom Sadler, Clive Lindsey, Mary
Nell Rodgers, and Joann Fant.
The Board agreed to advertise and
sell the Sumatra Cemetery. There
must be a letter of intent to the
Board by December 1, 2003 and
the bids will be opened on Decem-
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County Attorney Report
County Attorney, Michael Shuler
reported that Ben Watkins had
made a counter offer on his five
lots east of the Courthouse An-
nex. He agreed to accept
$400,000.00 with $50,000.00
down and the balance to be paid
over two budget cycles at 6% in-
terest. The current tenant is to
remain on the property until the
County wants to develop the prop-
erty. The Board agreed to pur-
chase the property on the terms
Shuler reported to the Board that
all real estate contracts for the
purchase of the non-buildable
parcels in the beach revetment
area of Alligator Point have been
sent but not returned. The Board
approved a motion to initiate an
Eminent Domain action for the
taking of the two outstanding lots
whose owners do not wish to sell.
Shuler reviewed the amended
Flood Ordinance and will proceed
to advertise it for action on the
December 16, 2003, BOCC meet-
Shuler introduced Mr. Buzzett
from the St. Joe Company about
the sale of the Box R Ranch (7,500
acres) to the State of Florida. The
Commissioners were concerned
about what restrictions the State
might impose that would limit
what has been the customary and
historical use of the property by
residents of this area. Buzzett told
the Commissioners that St. Joe
Company can put restrictions on
what the State can allow on the
land before the sale is concluded.
They are concerned because cur-
rently the State owns 77% of
Franklin County. Restrictions
should be placed as a condition
of the sale to the State of-Florida,
not after the sale is completed.
(See map inset.) The sale should
close by the end of this year.
The Commissioners discussed the
need for a boat ramp in the 8 and
half mile area that St. Joe Co.
owns. Buzzett said much of that
area is leased to the Ward Com-
Shuler recommended a "hold
harmless clause" with the City of
Carrabelle for the Timber Island
water line to be placed in the
county right-of way and has spo-
ken with Carrabelle attorney,
Gaidrey. Shuler said the agree-
ment has been signed and he is
waiting for it to be signed by
Carrabelle and returned for adop-
tion by the Board.
Shuler also recommends the
same "hold harmless" agreement
with Carrabelle and Lanark con-
cerning the placing of the water
lines in the county right-ofvay in
Shuler told the Commissioners
that there are two components to
the problem with property owner
Mr. Lewis on St. George Island.
One is a flooding problem and the
other is a claim for damages. The
County denies any liability of the
flooding claim but wants to help
out in anyway they can to ease
the situation. The County has
done some ditching and would
like to create a low water cross-
ingat at a cost of $2,500.00 to
,$3,000.00. The Board approved
the creation of the low water
crossing. Shuler told the Board
that he had received a demand
letter from the Lewis attorney for
damages to the property. Shuler
would like a County building in-
spector to go to the property to
evaluate the extent of the dam-
ages. The Board agreed to send
an inspector to the property.
Commissioner Sanders asked
Pierce if he had a reply to a letter
they sent to the Fish and Wildlife
Commission concerning the sale
of licenses. Pierce said the reply1
he received was the F&WC had to
computerize and keep up with
technology. Sanders requested
that a F&WC representative and
a biologist come to the next BOCC
meeting to discuss the bear prob-
lem in the eastern part of Franklin
County. Board agreed to ask the
.F&WC representative to attend
the next meeting.
Commissioner Putnal told the
Board that the boat ramp in
Eastpoint has become unusable
and needs to be dug out. Pierce
was instructed to contact Mr.
Harris to dig out the sand bar that
has built up at the boat ramp.
John Suel from Pensacola spoke
to the Commissioners about pro-
posals for managing the use of the
ends of the old St. George Island
bridge once the new bridge is open
and the center section of the old
bridge is demolished. The target
date for the opening of the new
bridge is February 14, 2004.
Joanne Thomason R.N., repre-
senting the Franklin County
Health Department reported to
the Commissioners that a young
Franklin County adult had con-
tracted the West Nile Virus in the
middle of October but is now re-
covering. The virus was first de-
tected by a physician and private
lab around the first of November
and confirmed by the state lab on
November, 14, 2003. Thomason
told the Commissioners the
Health Department was getting
information out to the Franklin
County residents to be aware
there is still danger of contacting
the disease through mosquito
bites as long as the weather re-
Mr. Lichadella, Jr. appeared be-
fore the Commissioners to discuss
getting paid for painting the inte-
rior of the Emergency Operations
Center at the airport. The Com-
missioners said they would not
release funds for payment until
the painter submitted proper in-
voices for the work done.
Civic Club, St.
At the November 19th meeting of
the Civic Club at St. George Is-
land, the club quilters presented
volunteer fire chief Jay Abbott
with their check for $5800 to the
fire department fund. Steve Riley,
Office of Public Counsel, Public
Service Commission (Tallahassee)
briefly addressed the group on the
progress of the new water tower
and tank currently under consid-
eration by the Public Service Com-
An island man and woman were
selected as 'Citizens of the Year:
Pam Vest and Bob Day. Officers
for 2004 were also elected at the
meeting. The new President will
be Richard Harper; Vice Presi-
dent: Celeste Wall; Secretary:
Marilyn Bean; and Treasurer:
Betty Lou Douglas. Jerry Thomp-
son gave an report on the status
of the redistricting litigation. The
Annual Christmas Party will be
held on December 11th at the Fire
Station, St. George, starting with
the social hour at 6:30 p.m. Mem-
bers are asked to bring gifts for
male or female children, wrapped
and labeled indicating gender.
These will be given to families in
Franklin County for the Christ-
an ul6ou e
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Holiday Concerts At Gulf Coast
Community College-The Visual
and Performing Arts Division of
Gulf Coast Community College
will present the following holiday
concerts in the Amelia Center
Theatre on campus:
Christmas Concert on December
7th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
will feature the "Singing Commo-
dores" and the GCCC Concert
Band. An 'array of holiday favor-
ites are scheduled to be per-
formed. Admission is free.
GCCC Masterworks Chorale Holi-
day Concert on December 13 at
7:30 p.m. will celebrate the holi-
day season with Antonio Vivaldi's
"Gloria." The second half of the
program will include a variety of
Christmas carols, such as 'The
Holly and the Ivy." The director is
Jody Schnell, the rehearsal ac-
companist was Susan Tarnage
and the accompanist for this con-
cert is John Bailey. Donations for
music scholarships will bc ac-
cepted at the door.
For additional information, call
FWC Announces Public Meeting
On Federal Shrimp Relief
Funds-The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) has scheduled a pub-
lic meeting to address the pro-
posed distribution of federal
shrimp relief funds. The FWC will
reconvene a shrimp industry com-
mittee to address specific issues
expressed by the Legislative Bud-
get Commission regarding the dis-
tribution of federal shrimp relief
funds authorized by the U.S. Con-
The issues to be considered in-
clude: (1) the use of a portion of
the funds for statewide market-
ing of fresh Florida shrimp; (2) the
disbursal of funds based on either
equal payments or volume of
landings; and (3) the disbursal of
funds to out-of-state fishermen.
The Cpmmission encourages all
interested persons to participate
at the meeting on Tuesday, Dec.
2 from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. at the
Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 East
Dakin Avenue, in Kissimmee.
Anyone requiring special accom-
modations to participate in the
meeting should advise the agency
at least five calendar days before
the meeting by contacting the
FWC coordinator at (850)
488-6411. Hearing- or speech-
impaired persons should contact
the agency by calling (850)
488-9542 to arrange assistance.
Panhandle Players Hold Audi-
tions-The Panhandle Players
will be holding auditions for their
annual revue,a "A Day in the
Park," on Monday, December 7,
2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dixie
Theatre. This is the third show of
its kind produced by the Pan-
handle Players. The theme is any-
thing that might happen in a park
during any time period. They are
looking for most any type of act
from singing to dancing, poetry to
skits. All ages are encouraged to
attend and be prepared to present
their talent for 2-3 minutes. The
dates for the production are Janu-
'ary 23 25, 2004. For informa-
tion contact Cathy Watts, eve-
nings at 670-8989.
Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion-There is a change in the
meeting time and date for the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
(CLA). From now on the CLA will
meet at the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library, Carrabelle Branch at
5:00 p.m. on each Tuesday. The
next meeting will be December 8.
All are welcome to come and join.
Red Hat Meeting-The next Red
Hat Meeting will be Monday, De-
cember 1 at the Tiki Hut in
Carrabelle on Timber Island. We
will meet at 6:00 p.m. for fun and
friendship. Please feel free to bring
friends; everyone is welcome.
Development May Occur
in the Distant Future
The Florida Cabinet, on Wednes-
day, November 12, 2003, ap-
proved the purchase of Timber
Island (Carrabelle) by the St. Joe
Company for $6.8 million.
The property is about 49 acres,
located in the mouth of the
Carrabelle river as if flows to the
Gulf of Mexico. St. Joe officials say
they will build a commercial ma-
rina on the island, and perhaps
develop a residential community
Tim Edmond, president of Arvida-
St. Joe Co, told Governor Bush
at the cabinet meeting that his
company had no interest in
high-rise development, and that
residential plans would be devel-
oped in accordance with market
demands and conservation plans.
Edmonds pointed out that his
company owns 49,000 acres from
Bald Point, south and west to
Carrabelle, and he sees Timber
island as the cornerstone of St.
St. Joe originally wanted to build
a marina at the SummerCamp
development, now approved, but
the proposal led to some protest
in Franklin County. With a ma-
rina on Timber Island, there
would be positive outcomes for
the local fishing industries, ac-
cording to shrimper Jim Lycett.
Edmonds said he expected his
company would "'move quickly"'
to build the marina which is per-
mitted under the Development of
Regional impact order. This would
likely become a two-year project.
The marina would serve commer-
cial interests as well as recre-
ational boaters. If there was to be
residential development, it would
not likely occur before 2006. He
emphasized that any residential
development would be conform-
ing to existing Franklin County
Spring At GCCC
Gulf Coast Community College
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Early registration will take place
from December 1 to 5 on the main
campus in the Office of Admission
and Records from 7:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. Monday to Thursday, and
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Early registration at the Gulf/
Franklin Center will take place
November 19 to 20 from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. (EST).
Early registration for Tyndall Air
Force Base will be November 19
at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Advisors in the divisions will be
available in their respective offices
on the main campus during their
regular office hours. For addi-
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call 872-3892, for advising call
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Publisher's Note: I was introduced to the following piece by a
North Carolinian writer who was also raised in my hometown, a
small rural Iowa community. Benjamin C. Kays has written a
moving memorial to his old friend, the town physician, Dr. Charles
Maplethorpe, Jr. I knew this was something that should be shared
with our readers even though the history is linked to a time and
land, far, far away. Yet, who among us has not, in childhood,
pondered the future or speculated in their imagination, their life's
patterns and outcomes. The elements described by Mr. Kays are
the basic units of childhood memories; much of that likely to
remain with us for a lifetime. As we travel about the country,
there are numerous landmarks that do connect with local cul-
tures and experiences, especially those of small children. While
Mr. Kays says much about their life's journey, it is the VALUES
he has rediscovered that stay with us, reflecting upon the mul-
tiple meanings the physical landscape can have for two growing
children. His writing also reminds us how important it is to imag-
ine, to dream, to question, and to challenge existing norms, and
carefully ponder our life's work and purpose as we grow older.
Tom W. Hoffer
About a mile and a half east of Toledo, Iowa, off the end of Ross
Street, a large gray rock lies in a field a short distance to the north of
the road. It can easily be seen as you drive by. Most likely left there by
a glacier, or some other ancient phenomenon, it doesn't appear in
any way related' to the black fertile soil that surrounds it.
To those who tend to assign human values to inanimate objects, this
rock looks strangely out of place and lonely without similar neigh-
bors. Apparently it appeared so to two small boys around 1926 when
they discovered it during one of their country "explorations." Too small
to jump on top, they climbed a tree that grew alongside, lay on their
backs on the surface warmed by the summer sun, studied the clouds,
and promptly adopted it as their "boulder."
They honored it for years with their childhood projects such as the
"Boulder Theater," the "Boulder Iceboat," and the famous "Boulder
Bus" made from banana crates that, though oft-times skidding side-
ways on its cast iron wheels (no friction) racing down South Church
Street, beat every other kid's racer in town. They also honored the
"Boulder" in '1987, during their 50th graduation reunion from Toledo
High School, by climbing on its back and studying the clouds again.
The tree was gone by then and the boulder seemed a bit smaller. The
clouds looked about the same though ... but the boys hardly did.
Their names were Chuck and Bennie and this story began when 7-
year-old Bennie moved to Toledo to live in Grandma's small house at
the east end of Ross Street. A day or two later each discovered the
other just 3 doors away and a friendship began that continued for 74
From today's perspective it was a strange world in Toledo in 1926. No
television, no movies, no swimming pool, no place to go. Only Cherry
Lake in neighboring Tama or an occasional skinny-dip with the bull-
heads and crawdads in Deere Creek just west of town. There was
Redistricting from Page 1
(1) Before the Federal Court considers the 2003 plan, the Court should
determine if the plan was lawfully enacted in compliance with state
law. In a separate action, filed with the Second Circuit Court of
Franklin County, the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc,
are seeking a declaratory judgment that the 2003 plan was unlaw-
fully enacted, asking the Circuit Court to make the Resolution null
(2) Franklin County has not submitted any evidence in support of
their plan. "The motion is not sworn; nor is it accompanied by an
affidavit. The Intervenor (Concerned Citizens) objects to the plan pend-
ing an evidentiary hearing on its particulars, with Franklin County
being put to its proof as to the factual support for the plan. The Con-
cerned Citizens urges a review of the data claiming the maximum
population deviation of 6.1% while the average deviation amount the
districts (sic) is 4.2%. Concerned Citizens has reviewed the support-
ing materials Franklin County provided with the plan and has been
,unable to ascertain the actual population in each district under the
Franklin County proposal. The markings on the maps provided made
available so far are simply unintelligible."
(3) Franklin County's deviations from the ideal population in each
district are not acceptable to Concerned Citizens.
(4) Finally, the Concerned Citizens objection asserts "...the reasons
for the Franklin County plan's deviations from the ideal population
in each district are unlawful reasons."
Thus, the intervenor (Concerned Citizens) urges the Federal Court to
conduct an evidentiary hearing on the Franklin County's proposed
redistricting plan, pass as a resolution, and ultimately deny the
County's requested approval of the plan.
Following the lead of the Franklin County Commission and its mo-
tion to seek the Court's decision to redistrict, the Concerned Citizens
of Franklin County moved on November 14, 2003, to intervene in
'that case before the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
(Tallahassee Division). The brief for intervention stated, "'This is a
voting rights action. It has lain dormant since the Court entered a
final judgment on May 31, 1986, imposing single-member districts
for Franklin County Commission seats, and drawing district lines.
The action is now being reopened by Franklin County, which seeks
the Court's authorization to redistrict, or to draw new district lines,
to reflect population changes."
The brief from Concerned Citizens, Inc. concludes with a Memoran-
dum of Law justifying intervention. The brief stated, in part, "...Con-
cerned Citizens is the only potential party who' has been active in
seeking to compel the Franklin County Commission to comply with
the Equal Protection Clauses's requirement of one-person, one-vote
in County Commission districting. Therefore, Concerned Citizens must
be allowed to intervene as of right.""
On October 28, 2003, Franklin County filed a motion in the redis-
tricting litigation seeking to "dismiss or abate (a) prematurely filed
complaint..." that is the citizen initiative to force the Franklin County
Commission to redistrict.
The Concerned Citizen memorandum charges that the county's mo-
tion to dismiss "...Is not verified and contains no affidavit. It contains
unsworn representations of counsel in regard to matters that would
require affirmative proof, even if they had merit, which they do not..."
The Concerned Citizens memo continued, "...Nowhere do these docu-
ments individually or collectively, set forth any legal argument or ci-
tations to authority addressed to the subject of dismissal or abate-
The County's motion to dismiss alleges that Franklin County is not
due to redistrict'until December 31, 2003. The Concerned Citizens
memo points out that the county does not deny their failure to redis-
trict after the 1990 decennial census, concluding "...Therefore, this
action is not 'premature' and ripened about a dozen years ago."
radio, of course, but tew programs of childhood interest. What social
activity existed was centered around church and school with a street
dance downtown on Halloween and band concerts at the Court House
square on Thursday nights during the summer. The days seemed a
weeklong and a month like a year. What to do with all this free time?
Chuck and Bennie figured it out.
Always together, they began by exploring the countryside with their
dogs, tracking small animals, following creeks, building small dams
to form ponds in which to sail their homemade rubber-band powered
boats. It was on one of these adventures they discovered the big rock
and established the "Boulder Club."
Putting on shows for the neighborhood kids came next. Chuck would
sing and Bennie played the ukulele. Admission was a penny but the
boys soon ran out of songs and the audiences lost interest. The the-
ater, grandmother Kinner's old back yard shed, closed and was torn
down leaving a pile of ancient lumber irresistible to two young boys
with access to hammer and nails.
Chuck had the imagination, Bennie the mechanical instincts, most
likely inherited from his mother's family. (Her great uncle, born in
Benton County, Iowa, built Amelia Earhart's first airplane, the Kinner
Canary.) Together they fashioned innumerable kites from old news-
papers and flour glue, built roller skate scooters, an iceboat, crystal
radio sets, and their beloved "Boulder Bus." Every project was dedi-
cated to that big old rock east of town and carried the name "Boulder"
in its identification.
Like all inventors, they learned by their mistakes. Their kites consis-
tently nose dived to the ground, the wind blew the ice boat crashing
sideways into a ditch, and to turn the "Boulder Bus" to the RIGHT
you had to turn the steering wheel to the LEFT, and vice versa. Once
they even made and bottled homemade Root Beer but, after several
days, it exploded in grandmother Kinner's dirt-floor basement in the
dead of night causing considerable fright.
In 1931 the boys were eligible to join the Boy Scouts. This was seri-
ous business and required written consent of parents as it was a
belief by some adults at the time that, in the event of war, the Scouts
would be among the first called to military duty. After all, they wore
uniforms, were taught how to camp out, forage for food, and how to
build a fire. Chuck and Bennie joined. They earned how to build a
fire ... and almost burned down the Scout Cabin on their first over-
night hike. Raining and dark, and wanting to be sheltered by the
porch roof, they cooked their beans on a fire too close to the porch
creating a few moments of pure panic for their scoutmaster.
Time was passing at warp speed now and here came high school and
girls, football and girls, basketball and girls. Chuck was the better
athlete. Well coordinated, he made the first team in most sports. Benny
was skinny, clumsy, couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time as
the saying goes. But their differing abilities had no troubling effect on
their friendship. They continued to walk to school together, home for
lunch and back again, and spending weekends on their favorite
projects. The "Boulder Club" continued to thrive until ...
Three days after their High School graduation ceremony, after 12
years of daily companionship, the sharing of many hopes, dreams,
and a few fears as they grew, they said their goodbyes and Bennie left
for Kansas City to seek his fortune. Chuck was left with an empty
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summer, scheduled to attend the University of Iowa that fall to begin
the study of medicine. World War II was not far away.
But the story doesn't end there. As young adults, Chuck became Dr.
Charles and Bennie became Ben. Both survived WWII, married, and
had children. Dr. Charles returned to Toledo, the small city he loved,
to begin his medical practice. Ben's work took him to several Midwest
locations then to New York for 17 years before retiring at age 65, the
statutory age of senility. All this time they kept in touch though con-
tact was limited to telephone, mail, and an occasional high school
reunion during their children's growing years. It is reported that at
one such event they had so much catching up to do they talked all
night sipping grape concord wine until sunrise. Evidently, another
doctor was on call that night.
Early in the year 2000, when Dr. Charles learned his ailment was
terminal, he made his last trip south to see his old friend Ben. They
talked of many things and of what they had learned and accomplished
in their 80 years of living. Both were reasonably pleased with their
professional record and exceptionally proud of their families. But both
agreed that, more than anything else, it was probably their intense
curiosity, developed as children seeking fun and excitement during
the years of the Great Depression, plus their life-long reluctance to
"assume" anything without proof, that was most responsible for the
major successes they achieved as adults.
Ben, without formal education, had progressed to serve 17 years as a
corporate officer of a firm with manufacturing facilities in 5 coun-
tries. Dr. Charles, on a more personal level, not only provided a life-
time of essential medical services for a large share of the residents of
Tama County, Iowa (much of it at night and in rural areas), he also,
at some personal risk, contributed to the development of new medi-
cines of benefit to humans everywhere.
Dr. Charles passed away and was buried in the Toledo Cemetery ex-
actly two years ago today. His life long friend Ben attended and it was
on this occasion that he began to learn to what extent the spirit of the
Boulder Club had lived in the heart, mind, and body of one man-Dr.
Charles W. Maplethorpe. He had never stopped exploring.
Many people have suggested the city park be named after Dr. Charles.
It is said he built it, he deserves it. This writer agrees but would carry
this memorial one step further: MOVE THE "BOULDER" TO A PROMI-
NENT LOCATION IN THE CITY PARK SO OTHER CHILDREN MAY
LIE ON ITS BACK, STUDY THE CLOUDS, AND DREAM OF THE FU-
Who can refute the possibility that the aura of this old rock might
inspire other children to serve, as did Dr. Charles, as civic activists
for further betterment of the beautiful little city of Toledo and the
wonderful country we are fortunate to live in. Just look around. Most
everything we see and enjoy, the schools, churches, streets, homes,
recreation facilities, placement of trees and rules of civil conduct are
the creation or the result of the unselfish wisdom, strength and for-
tunes of those who preceded us. We should never fail an opportunity
to perpetuate their honor and demonstrate our appreciation for their
foresight and contribution.
Benjamin C. Kays
August 18, 2002
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