Department Of Transportation Announcement
The New St. George Island Bridge
To Open Mid-February 2004
County Planner, Alan Pierce, informs County
Commissioners at the December 16th Meeting
Unstriped lanes leading to the inland waterway channel
and the high level of the bridge.
The St. George Island Bridge Replacement Project has been Franklin
County's most important physical and economic development in 2003
among all the events that made news in the county during that year.
This is the largest design-build effort ever undertaken by the Florida
Department of Transportation. Jacobs Civil and Boh Brothers Con-
struction teamed to pursue the design-build project that began with
the contract awarded in April 1999. The bid for the project was
$71,675,000. The total cost now, given various changes, is
What remains to be done? The final concrete-pouring over sev-
eral expansion joints and several hundred feet .of side-walls
roughly at mid-point of the bridge has to be completed. Then, the
traffic lanes will need to be striped and marked, along with the
installation of appropriate signage.
Letters of Interest were solicited from the Department of Transporta-
tion was early as August 1998 and twelve teams responded. The short
list was created by October 1998 with each bidder given four months
to prepare technical proposals, preliminary plans and bids for re-
placement of the current St. George Island Bridge.
The overall length of the new bridge is 21,615 feet (4.1 miles) with
166 spans. The width of the new bridge will be 44 feet, with two 12
foot lanes and two ten foot shoulders. The actual construction began
on January 11, 2001.
Boh Brothers Construction, the prime contractor on the design-build
team, mobilized the first barge and crane to the project site on Au-
gust 17, 2000, and the first test pile was driven on August 29th.
Other test piles were driven and loaded up to 1,600 tons each using
hydraulic jacks located on top of the test piles. The results of these
tests provided the criteria for driving the remaining 646 production
piles used to support the new bridge. A Pile Driver Analyzer (PDA)
measured internal stresses within the pile as it was driven to solid
bearing material (limerock) in the bay bottom. Special PDA piles, used
in the permanent construction of the bridge and spaced at uniform
intervals along the proposed bridge alignment, were driven. Also, sub-
surface investigations of the marine soil were conducted, including
the drilling of 53 eep borings into the bay bottom and through the
underlying lime rock strata upon which the bridge will be supported.
Other studies of the bay bottom were conducted by Gulf Environ-
mental Associates with the collection of bay bottom sediment samples
at 120 monitoring sites..
An example of remaining concrete work to be done, along
with access road on the St. George Island side of the new
The design-build team prepared and submitted the initial environ-
ment permit package (combined "Dredge and Fill" and "DEP" permit)*
to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on
December 20, 1999. A 30-day review period followed by several sub-
mittals of "addition information" resulted in a "complete permit pack-
age" declaration by FDEP on July 7, 2000. The package then moved
into the permit processing period, which extended to October 10,
2000, at which time the permit would be published for public com-
ment with intent to approve by the FDEP. The permit was jointly
approved by the FDEP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Corps of
Engineers, allowing construction to begin on January 11, 2001.
A Survey of Oyster Resources in the vicinity of the proposed bridge
alignment was conducted on August 11, 2000 by Jeff Toussant and
Marc Kelly (Jacobs), John "Crow" Cirino (Gulf Environmental Associ-
ates [GEA]), and Leroy Hall (Franklin County Seafood Workers Asso-
ciation [FCSWA]), accompanied by John Gunter and James "Bit"
Marshall of the Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Ser-
vices (FDACS). The design-build team sponsored and assisted with
relaying of nearly 40,000 bushels of at-risk oysters from the shallow
water around Catpoint at the north end of the proposed alignment for
the St. George Island (SGI) Project replacement bridge. Members of
the FCSWA were paid by the design-build team to relay oysters in the
three relays conducted on August 18, September 9, and September
16, 2000. GEA managed and coordinated the activities assisted by
Leroy Hall (FCSWA).
An "Oyster Relay" near Catpoint was conducted on August 18, 2000
by the FDACS and observed by Marc Kelly (Jacobs). Local oyster har-
vesters raked up oysters from the bottom using custom made "tongs",
and filled boxes for transport to new reef areas, as directed by FDACS.
The box was verified on "tickets" issued per trip and signed-off by
both the relay manager and the harvester pays harvesters (seafood
"At-Risk" Oyster Relay was sponsored by the Boh Bros./Jacobs
design-build team on September 9, 2000, to move "at risk" oysters in
the shallow water at the north-end of the proposed bridge alignment.
Twenty-eight boats with up to three workers per boat "harvested"
oysters from a designated area in Catpoint and then deposited their
cargo at a check point wvere the oysters have good opportunity to
mature and procreate, thus providing future resources.
As part of environmental management, the Boh Bros./Jacobs Team
Located existing oyster resources in Apalachicola Bay through. bathy-
metric and oyster survey on the proposed alignment. They have iden-
tified the "at risk" oyster resources and have designed a construction
methodology to minimize impacts on these resources.
The team also addressed and determined solutions to major permit-
ting issues. This includes determining appropriate off-site locations
available for compensatory stormwater treatment.
The team developed plans to use portions of the existing bridge to
create artificial offshore reefs and shoreline protection for the cause-
way Island and
Devised a construction schedule to avoid impacts on migrating stur-
geon populations and bird nesting populations.
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Volume 12, Number 26 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER December 26- January 8,2003
Inside This Issue
Redistricting ......... 1, 13 Editorial & Commentary 3
Estes Art Trip to China.... lHoliday Pictures .. 4, 5, 11
............................. 1, 6, 8 Lanark Water & Sewer..,.7
St. George Bridge..... 1, 13 FCAN .......................... 11
Comp Plan............. 1, 13 Chronicle Staff ............ 12'
Franklin Briefs ..............2 Eastpoint Theatre.. 13, 14
Planning & Zoning ... 2, 14
More Motions Filed in Redistricting
Concerned Citizens Filed Motions
In Federal Court Seeking To Alter
Or Amend Dismisstl Order
Other Actions Taken to Seek Determination of
Entitlement To Attorney's Fees and Costs
Following the Franklin County Commission's Resolution to redistrict
the county at the public hearing held'on Tuesday, December 16, 2003,
at 1:30 p.m., the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County filed three
motions in Federal Court two days later.
The first motion as plaintiff in the case seeks to alter or amend an
order of dismissal dated December 4, 2003.
Specifically, the Concerned Citizens seek a declaratory judgment and
injunctive relief to compel the Board of County Commissioners of
Franklin County to redraw their County Commission district bound-
ary lines. Their brief states that at the December 3, 2003 hearing in
Tallahassee, the Federal Court made two rulings that were signifi-
cant to this motion. First, the Court found that the redistricting plan
adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Franklin County
on October 21, 2003 was void and ineffective, inasmuch as it was not
promulgated in compliance with the Court's May 31, 1986 perma-
Second, the Court specifically ordered Franklin County to redistrict
"immediately." Satisfied that these two rulings afforded the plaintiff
all the relief the Concerned Citizens had sought, counsel for the plain-
tiff agreed that the case could be dismissed with these two rulings in
The written "Order of Dismissal"/ which the plaintiff now moves to
alter or amend was rendered on December 4, 2003. In it, the Court
acknowledged that Franklin County had "adopted" a redistricting plan
on October 21, 2003, and noted that this plan "would be implemented
forthwith." The Court's written order does not explicitly state that. the
October 21, 2003 plan is procedurally void, or order Franklin County
to redistrict. The judge did specifically .state that Franklin County
was ordered to redistrict immediately, but this language did not get
into his written order of Dismissal.
Thus, argues the brief filed by the Concerned Citizens, the Order of
Dismissal appears to be inconsistent with the rulings made by the
Court in open court, and thus with plaintiffs voluntary submission
to a dismissal. The plaintiff therefore moves the Court to vacate the
December 4, 2003 Order of Dismissal, and the judgment entered
thereon; and to render a new order, altering, amending and clarifying
the former order by holding the Franklin County October 21, 2003
redistricting plan and enjoining Franklin County to redistrict.
The brief of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. contin-
ues to state that their requested alteration to the Order of Dismissal
is intended only to preserve the plaintiffs ability to recover costs,
including attorney's fees, against Franklin County. The plaintiffs be-
lieve that they already are the prevailing party and are entitled to a
recovery of attorney's fees. However, in an abundance of caution, the
plaintiff files this motion in case Franklin County later attempts to
oppose its recovery of attorney's fees and costs based on the wording
of the "Order of Dismissal."
The Franklin County attorneys are opposed to this motion.
A second motion filed in Federal Court was the Concerned Citizens
motion to determine entitlement of attorney's fees and costs.
On December 16, 2003, in keeping with the Courts order, the Board
of County Commissioners of Franklin County enacted a redistricting
plan. At that meeting, the Franklin County attorney, Thomas M.
Shuler, told the County Commission members that Franklin County
was not under any order of the Court to redistrict. One can only
assume that in saying this, he was relying on the fact that the Court's
written order, published on December 4, 2003, did not require Franklin
County to redistrict. If so, then there was no purpose for Franklin
County to vote on a redistricting plan on December 16, 2003; the
plan has already been passed in a resolution on October 21, 2003.
Clearly, Franklin County enacted a plan on December 16, 2003 in
keeping with the Court's Order. Thus, the plaintiff is the prevailing
In its pleadings and in oral argument on December 3, 2003, Franklin
County's attorneys have indicated a defense to the plaintiffs entitle-
ment fees, claiming that this action was "premature," as if Franklin
County otherwise would have redistricted this year without having
been sued, The plaintiff requests an evidentiary hearing on the fac-
tual premises of the defense. There is no merit to Franklin County's
argument that it was not required to restrict until the end of 2003. In
fact, Franklin County was overdue to redistrict as of 2001.
The Florida constitution requires that each county commission re-
district after each decennial census. Florida law provides that such
redistricting take place "only in odd-numbered years." Franklin County
does not dispute that the most recent redistricting would normally
have been required to take place in 2001.
However, during 2001, Franklin County resident Curt Spangler dis-
covered a discrepancy in the published 2000 census and reported it
to the Franklin County Commission. The discrepancy was that a state
prison was incorrectly placed on a rural route in Franklin County,
although in fact the roadside prison facility was on the far side of the
Franklin County-Liberty County line. Conceptually, this Census Bu-
reau error placed 1,228 persons in one pinpoint location, in one cen-
sus block, in rural eastern Franklin County.
Franklin County could easily have redistricted in 2001. The phantom
1,228 residents were located in a large, nearly vacant rural census
block. As a matter of fact, it would have taken exactly one keystroke
on the redistricting computer program for these phantom residents
to be taken out of the Franklin County redistricting equation. The
motion argued that the existence of this Census Bureau error did not
pose the slightest factual or legal impediment to the Franklin County
Commission's correct redistricting of Franklin Cqunty in 2001. There
is nothing in any legal authority to suggest that Franklin County was
somehow prohibited from redistricting because of this error, or that
Franklin County was authorized to not redistrict in 2001 because of
the error. There is no support for Franklin County's position that it
Continued on Page 13
A Review Of The Hopes For
A Year of Visioning
A Report and Commentary By Harriett Beach
As the wave of land development is rolling over Franklin County with
the force of a storm surge, small groups of people have been meeting
on a regular basis to propose plans that will bring some order out of
what could be chaotic development. These are the people who have
faithfully attended the Franklin County Visioning and the St. James
Island Workshops. Another group of people concerned about the de-
velopment of Franklin County are the members of the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Commission.
Out of these meeting have come ideas that can make Franklin County
a great place to live in spite of rapid development. During the long
meetings they have expressed how the development is to proceed,
what values are important to preserve and what new improvements
need to be made in Franklin County. All have expressed their love of
the County and the hope it will not be destroyed by chaotic develop-
Many were concerned that the Workshops were just "window dress-
ing" to placate residents worried about the burgeoning development
plans. The Workshops may have been just "window dressing" for some
involved with the presentation and organization. To the participants,
it was a chance to learn about Franklin County and to share their
hope's and dreams about this as a place to live and enjoy. These meet-
ings have brought together a solid core group of people who are in-
formed and willing to work on planning and development issues. The
glaring absence of the most of the political leaders of Franklin County
at the workshops indicates they must have considered the workshops
just "window dressing"
Continued on Page 13
A Kaleidoscope Trip to Asia
SThe Estes Art Tour Of China
-A quick immersion into the complex Chinese history.
art and architecture of the oldest civilization on
'There is nothing small about China," said Joyce Estes as she sat
comfortably, adjusting her lap-top, reviewing over 600 photos she
and her husband, Jim, had taken on a whirlwind tour of the People's
Republic of China from mid-October to early November 2003. Indeed,
the population alone is a staggering figure of over 1 billion, 304 mil-
lion people comprising over 50 ethnic groups. But, in China, the popu-
lation density is 362 persons per square mile; in the United States, it
is 83 per square mile. And, China is a much older culture.
China is among the top ten tourist destinations in 2002. China hosted
36.8 millions of visitors last year. According to. the World Tourism
Organization, the increase for China was up 14 per cent, the largest
increase of all the countries reported except for Hong Kong, China
reported separately, was up 22 percent. For China, the income
amounted to over 20 billion dollars.
A succession of dynasties and warring kingdoms have ruled China
for thousands of years. The country was also subjected to external
pressures as Russia, Japan, Britain and other powers exercised po-
litical and economic control in parts of the country in the last cen-
tury. Only in the mid-1980s has China enacted economic reforms de-
emphasizing centralized planning and incorporating market-oriented
incentives, but political reforms were crushed as unrest spread. For
many U.S. TV watchers, the conflicts in Tiananmen Square were the
focal point of unrest. "If you are looking for traditional China, the
rural setting and remnants of the Cultural Revolution, are all nearly
gone. China, at least in terms of the cities, is looking more like the
capitalist west; the signs and symbols of the old China are fast disap-
pearing," Joyce emphasized.
Joyce Estes is an artist, and owner of two galleries. One, in Eastpoint,
is Bayside Gallery and Florist and the other is Sea Oats Gallery on
Pine Avenue, St. George Island. Jim, her husband, is a retired Direc-
tor of University Extension, University of Florida, and a professional
hunter. They enrolled in a small tour on the Art and Culture of China
with artist friend Lian Quan Zhen and several others. Lian Zhen was
a guest artist at the Sea Oats Gallery artist series in summer 2003
and an accomplished professional artist. His paintings hang in nu-
merous institutional and private collections including the MIT Mu-
seum in Boston. He teaches watercolor workshops in the U.S. and is
a frequent traveler to China.
The tour, designed for artists, consisted of numerous stops at many
China sites during the 21 day tour, taking in at least nine major
Lian Quan Zhen working in watercolor during his seminar
at Sea Oats Gallery. Joyce Estes is looking on.
Continued on Page 6
R~d'41 Ntw R4t44 E&tv DAY
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
December 16, 2003
Supt. of Public Works
Herbert Chipman Informed the
Board that the Franklin County
Sheriff has transferred an auto-
mobile to' the Public Works De-
Bill Mahan exhibited signs to in-
form swimmers about rip cur-
rents and what they should do if
they found themselves in one. The
signs are available for $12 each
plus shipping. He also reported
that researchers from the Univer-
sity of Florida updated last week
oyster area processors on the
Vibrio vulnificus post harvest
treatment work that is being done
as part of a special U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture grant to the
University of Florida.
The report read, in part:
Last spring you appointed the
Tourist Development Council to
analyze the possibility of initiat-
ing a tourist tax in Franklin
County. The TDC has been meet-
ing for the last several months in
an effort to respond to your re-
To date, we have prepared a plan
which addresses the major ele--
ments of a tourist tax including
the amount to be levied, poten-
tial uses, .implementation. dates ;
and management models: "We
have looked at a number of op-
tions regarding the boundaries of"
any potential district and we have
conducted two public hearings to
solicit input on the plan.
In general we have concluded the
A) a 2% levy would produce ap-
proxiift ely $500,p00 per yver in
B) approximately 810% of the tax
raised would come from St.
P) the revenues could be used for
a variety of purposes including
storm cleanup, beach
renourishment, parks, restrooms,
boat ramps, recreational facilities
as well as promotional activities
to attract visitors in the off sea-
D) the tax would' cost local resi-
dents nothing and would place
the burden of the cost of these
items on the tourists that visit our
The public" hearings brought' to'
focus two issues that need more
work. That is the final boundaries
for the tax district and the need
for a clearer delineation of the
proposed uses for the tax. On
both of these issues I am sure the
TDC would be happy to work.
The report we are giving you at
this time asks only that the Com-
mission make a determination as
to whether you want. to proceed
further or not. Should you decide
to move ahead, we will be happy
to help work out the'.details on
these final two issues in time for
the matter to go to ballot in the
...II. The TDC is
recommending 60% of the
money collected be spent
on infrastructure and 40%
on the promotion and
Examples of projects that could
be funded by the tax:
* Maintenance, parking and im-
provements of the new piers in
Eastpoint and St. George (ends of
* Countywide beach & park
* County recreational complexes
* Bike paths and hiking trails
* Boat launching facilities-pur-
chase, build and maintain
* Visitors centers in Carrabelle
and Apalachicola with informa-
tion and facilities (bathrooms)
* Establish a grant program for
nonprofits like Camp Gordon
Johnston, Dixie Theatre
* Promotion/advertising for the
county and for events held in the
III. What areas of the
county will be included in
The TDC considered a variety of
options for the areas to be in-
cluded in the program. It was
agreed that during the scheduled
public hearings, two options
would be presented for input by
the public. These options in-
Countywide extending along the
coast to one mile inland includ-
ing the Ochlockonee River area
IV. What will be the impact on
businesses collecting the tax? On
the County offices?
Businesses in the district will be
required to collect the tax just like
a sales tax or a gas tax. The same
form is used that currently used
to remit sales tax. The amount of
the tax increases 6% to 8%.
The Department of Revenue will
figure out the tourist tax portion
and return that to the county
where it would go into a tourist
tax trust fund. The county does
not have to collect or calculate it.
For the visitor the impact would
be minimal. For example, if a
motel charged $75.00 per night +
sales tax which is 6% adds $4.50
= $79.50. With the tourist tax it
would be 8% rather than 6%, so
it would be $1.50 more.
VI. Management of the
The TDC recommends that
Franklin County have the Florida
Department of Revenue collect the
tax from accommodation owners.
The Florida Department of Rev-
enue will deposit the funds di-
rectly in a Franklin County Tour-
ist Development Fund. The TDC
will make recommendations on
how the money collected will be
spent. To save on administration
and avoid duplication of services,
the TDC will contract with the
existing Apalachicola Bay Cham-
ber and the Carrabelle Chamber
to administer the activities of the
VII. Time Frame
Following the preparation of the
draft Tourist Development Plan,
the TDC conducted two public
meetings to receive input on a
variety of issues prior to finaliz-
ing the draft plan's recommenda-
tion for consideration by the
Franklin County Commission.
These hearings were held on:
November 18 7:00 p.m.
Franklin County Courthouse
December 2-- 7:00 p.m. Se-
nior Citizen Center-
If the Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners approves
the draft plan an ordinance will
need to be drafted and public
hearings will need to be held. Af-
terT.therrhearings', a referendum
needs. to be drafted, and then ;it
ca.be voted on. The next.sched-
uled election is-on -March- *9th,
Finally, the Board of County Com-
missioners unanimously passed
the motion by Jimmy Mosconis,'
"They (the Tourist Development
Council) should move ahead but
Clarice Gross and Bob Connors
appeared before the Board to an-
nounce that the State of Florida,
Department of Juvenile Justice,
Office of Prevention and Victim
Services, has awarded Franklin's
Promise a grant of $100,000. The
program overview was described
'In this manner: "Families with
children, ages 7-15, exhibiting se-
rious family management prob-
lems will be, referred to a best
practice effective parenting pro-
gram along with their children.
Students at middle and high
schools will be offered in-school
guidance and materials on vio-
lence prevention. At-risk students
will be referred for more intensive
instruction and activities. The
Franklin County government will
administer 'the .funds that will
become available in January
Alan Pierce, Director of
The Northwest Florida Water
Management District received a
$369,000 grant to help protect
and improve the water quality in
the district. They would like to use
this grant to place 7 structures
in Eastpoint that would collect
debris and trash before it goes
into the Bay. The City of
Apalachicola has one that was
installed by the bridge contractor
and it works very well. The city's
is installed on the Avenue I side
of the Ormand House and has
been in about a year. The District
would also like to build one
stormwater treatment area to fil-
ter water in the Indian Creek. The
District will build and install these
items at no cost to the county. The
county would be responsible for
The Board moved to support the
improvements contingent upon
an agreement between the County
and the District being reviewed by
the County Attorney.
Mr. Pierce informed the Commis-
sioners that the new bridge
should be open for traffic in mid-
February. There will be a simple
ribbon cutting ceremony on the
day the bridge is opened for traf-
fic. There are plans for a run/walk
across the new bridge sometime
later but those details are still
being worked out. The old bridge
should be turned over to the
county in May. "Mr. John Soule,
one of the parties interested in
leasing the old bridge believes the
old bridge will continue to be safe
The Franklin County Board of
Adjustment-plans to move their
meetings to the first Wednesday
of the month instead of the first
Monday, effective in January
2004. The meetings are held in
the Courthouse Annex, at 9:00
for vehicular traffic. DOT will not
provide documentation that the
bridge will continue to be safe. I
have told Mr. Soule that he can
make his pitch to the county com-
mission, so he will be here on
Ms. Christina Saunders was
present to request her property on
Timber Island be rezoned from
C-1 to C-3. "I advised her to come
to the Board directly instead of
going to the Planning and Zoning
Commission because at this point
the Board is dealing with C- I is-
sues. The Board may request a
recommendation from P and Z,
but she is not interested in pro-
posed changes in the C-I; she
says her principal uses are no
longer C-1. She is expanding the
marina/boat storage use and
wants to be protected by the C-3
zoning." The Board advised Ms.
Saunders to submit her request
to the P and Z Board.
Kent McCoy has redesigned the
landscape plan on St. George Is-
land. The new plan will not alter
the existing retention ponds. The
plans for planting are being sub-
mitted to DOT for approval. The
Board authorized bids to be ad-
vertised for purchase and instal-
lation of landscaping material per
DOT guidelines on St. George Is-
The record of the Board meetings
has been confused by a developer
changing the name of a subdivi-
sion after final plat. For the record
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion reviewed and recommended
the Board approve a subdivision
known as Sandbar Pointe in Sep-
tember 17, 2002. When the sub-
division was finally recorded on
December 5, 2003, it was re-
corded as Manatee Bluff. The sub-'
divisions are one and the same.:
The Board has heard a great deal
of discussion over the last two
years concerning action by the
Corps on extending the existing
rock revetment to the east to pro-
tect an exposed section of Alliga-
tor Point Road, arid the county is
pursuing acquisition of land in'
that area to allow the Corps to do
this work. However, another
Corps project that has received
little county attention appears to
be moving forward. In a separate
move, the Corps has' some funds'
available to begin to relocate sand
from Site 39 and 40 on the
Apalachicola River. The primary,
site for this sand is now Alligator
Point. The best case scenario for
this project is a very best case:
1. Some time in February the DEP,
issues a permit to the Corps for
beach renourishment on Alligator
2. The Apalachicola River stays up
and they are able to' get loaded
barges, down the River on a regu-
lar basis., .
3. The sand is barged to
Carrabelle and off-loaded, as
these are river barges not suited
to moving sand into the open Gulf
off of Alligqtor Point.
4. The sand is trucked from
Carrabelle to Alligator Point and
spread in front of the Camp-
5. This continues until May when
turtle-nesting season begins. If all
goes well 200,000 cubic yards of
sand is moved.
6. The county finishes designing
the T-groins and receives a per-
mit for them. This could occur this
summer. The county has the
funds for the design and permit.
7. The county uses the sand base
as a platform to build the T-groins
after it finds 1 to 2 million dollars
of construction funds. It is much
cheaper to build T-groins if sand
is present. Otherwise the county
will be trying to build T-groins in
water too shallow for barges and
too deep for land equipment. The
cost of construction could rise to .
2 to 4 million dollars. The county
only has $500,000 of Bald Point
Trust Fund money.
8. The T-groins are built in De-
cember 2004, and then the Corps
comes back in and pumps an-
other 100,000 to 200,000 cubic
yards of sand.
9. The T-groins perform properly
and stabilize the shoreline.
A worst case scenario is that the
Corps does not get the beach
renourishment permit from DEP
in time to move any appreciable
sand before turtle nesting season.
Thus nothing gets done until af-
ter November. By then there is a a
new fiscal year and the Corps has,
to go back to Congress for emer-
gency authorization to move sand
and it does not happen. The
county then win have designed
T-groins but will not have the
funds available to build them be-
cause of the cost.
The Board did not take any ac-
tion on Mr. Pierce's report.
P & Z Board Members
By Harriett Beach
The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission met in
regular session at the Franklin
County Courthouse Annex on
Tuesday, December 8, 2003, at
6:30pm. The Planning and Zon-
ing Board did not meet in Novem-
ber due to a lack of a quorum.
Present at the December meeting
were: Chairman Gail Dodds, and
members Mary Lou Short, Vickie
"Barnett, Steve Davis, Tony
Millender, and Rose Drye. Zoning
SAdministrator Rachel Ward and
'Mark Curenton acting as secre-
tary, were also present. Absent
were: William Key and Joseph
Chairman Dodds presided over
the meeting. The Monthly Build-
'ing Report showed a total of 87
permits granted for the period
from October 1, 2003 to Novem-
ber 25, 2003. Franklin County
collected $19,189.88 in fees and
the City of Carrabelle collected
$909.82 in fees for a total of
$20,099.70 in fees collected for
building permits. Over the last
several months there has been a.
steady growth in the number of
.building permits issued.
Critical Shore Line
Eight Critical Shore Line Applica-
tion requests were made to the
P&Z Board. One request was for
a boat-lift on an existing dock in
Carrabelle and one was to add a
,mooring pile to an existing dock
on St. George Island. There were
six requests to build private single
family docks. Two requests were
for docks to be built on St. George
Island and two requests were for
docks to be built on Alligator
'Point. There was one request for
a dock to be built in Carrabelle
and one request for a dock to be
built in Eastpoint. All of the Criti-
cal Shore Line Application re-
quests were approved except for
one of the docks to be built on St.
George Island. That request did
not have all the necessary permits
and the P&Z Board tabled that
request until all the DEP and COE
permits had been obtained.
There were three rezoning re-
quests brought to the P&Z Board.
A request to re-zone Lots 11, 12,
13, 14, 15 & 16, Block 8, Unit I
West, St. George Island, Franklin
County, Florida, from C-2 Com-
mercial Business to C-4
Commercial Mixed Use was tabled
because there was no represen-
tative for the owner present at the
John and Cindy Summerhill, rep-
resenting owner's Albert and Mary
Frank Bryant, requested a
re-zoning change from R- I Single
Family Residential to C-4 Com-
mercial Mixed Use, and small
scale land-use change from Resi-
dential to Commercial on a prop-
erty described as 279 Patton
Drive, Eastpoint, Franklin
Ward told the P&Z Board that the
2.35 acre property was mostly
surrounded by commercial zon-
ing. The P&Z Board questioned
the Summerhills about the pro-
posed use of this property. When
it was indicated that there was no
planned use at this time, the
Board members were concerned
about making zoning changes
when there were no definite de-
velopment plans for the parcel.
The vote was four yeas (Dodds,
Davis, Short and Millender) and
two nays (Drye and Barnett) to
recommend the change in zoning
to the BOCC.
After the vote on the Bryant prop-
erty on Patton Drive was taken,
the P&Z Board members held a
lengthy discussion about the need
for a plan for the Eastpoint area.
That area is rapidly developing in
such a manner that affordable
housing is being lost in the
land-use change from residential
to commercial. Chairman Dodds
asked if Alan Pierce will express
to the Commissioners the concern
that the P&Z Board has about the
unplanned development of the
Eastpoint area. A member of the
audience suggested .that there be
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a moratorium on building in
Eastpoint until the Franklin
County Comprehensive Plan is
Much discussion ensued about
the role of the Planning and Zon-
iing Commission and their rela-
tionship to the Board of County
Commissioners. It was expressed
that the County Commissioners
were only using the P&Z Board as
a place to lay blame when the
County Commissioners made a
bad decision. The placement of a
concrete plant in the proximity of
residential areas was sited as one
of the bad decisions made by the
County Commissioners. It was
pointed out that when the public
comes before the P&Z Board with
a request, the P&Z Board does not
always get accurate information
about the property.
The third request for rezoning was
for a property described as Lots
10, 11,12, 2, 13, 14 and 15, Block
6 West, Unit I St. George Island,
Franklin County, Florida, from
C-2 Commercial Business to C-4
Commercial Mixed Use. Kathleen
Shirah of Shirah Designs and
Construction Inc. of Crawfordville
is agent for owners Bill and Linda
Ms. Shirah described the devel-
opment plans for the property.
The proposed plans indicate that
the entire lower level is designed
for commercial use. Two upper
levels are for residential use with
three residential units on each of
the upper levels. All the parking
requirements will be met and the
stormwater system will be under
the parking area. Application has
been made to the Health Depart-
ment for an advanced secondary
treatment system to handle the
wastewater. The P&Z Board com-
mended Ms. Shirah for her inno-
vative design for the development
of the property. Member Drye ab-
stained from voting on this re-
quest due to a conflict of interest.
By a unanimous vote of five mem-
bers, with member Drye abstain-
ing, the request for rezoning was
approved for recommendation to
There were four requests for final
plat. approval for subdivisions and
one for preliminary plat approval.
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
Questions Raised Over Margaret
Keys Estate And Endowment
Recently there have been questions concerning Margaret Key's Es-
tate that was willed to the Apalachicola Municipal Library.
Margaret Key died in 1996 and left her estate to the City ofApalachicola
for the Library. Nothing has been done in the time that she died and
now: 2003, soon to be 2004.
The reason I am writing is that I was the president of FFWC Philaco
Woman's Club for 4 terms, for a period of 8 years and I am concerned
that something is not right with her endowment.
Philaco Woman's Club was the founder of the Apalachicola City Li-
brary starting with a group of women getting together as a reading
club; from that the library was founded. Philaco has always had an
appointed member to the Library Board as long as I have been part of
the organization for 28 years and many years before I came. Why do
we no longer have this member to serve on the board and who took
The library was the love of Margaret's life and she.wanted to see it
grow into a viable and much used library. That is the reason that she
[eft all of her assets to the library, but to this day her wishes have not
been heeded or acknowledged.
Margaret's property was sold for over $300,000.00 and no action has
been taken to give this money to the library. It is still being held by an
attorney was in control of her will is it proper that his wife is in charge
of the library? This is public record and the finances of the library are
public record; as it is a municipal property. Shouldn't the City be
concerned over the fact that the money has been sitting idle and
nothing has been done with it?
Usually a probate is over and done with before 3 years and now we
are talking 7 years. Who has the money? Is it being eaten up with
attorney fees? Why is it taking so long? Someone needs to be ac-
countable and the City should account for the money, and its inter-
est. Let's look at the will and see the reason that the money is not
being spent. What was her wish?-Is this what she wanted, that it sit
in wherever and not be used? I don't think so. I think it's time for
The members of Phillaco Woman's Club are very concerned and would
like someone to do something to answer the questions ard the City to
be responsible for the actions of an endowment or however it was
deemed to be used.
Past President 1980-82, 1984-86, 1992-94, 1994-96
Cc: City of Apalachicola
A Soldier Reports Firsthand
We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and
LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the
division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI
battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit
through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to
attend, I chose not to go.
But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile,
asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at
1600 and bring a camera. I didn't really care about getting a picture
with Sanchez or Bremer, but when the division's senior intelligence
officer asks you to go, you go. We were seated in the chow hall, fully
decorated for Thanksgiving when all kinds of secret service guys
That was my first clue, because Bremer's been here before and his
personal security detachment is not that big. Then BG Dempsey got
up to speak, and he welcomed ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez.
Bremer thanked us all and pulled out a piece of paper as if to give a
speech. He mentioned that the President had given him this thanks-
giving speech to give to the troops. He then paused apd said that the
senior man present should be the one to give it. He then looked at
Sanchez, who just smiled.
Bremer then said that we should probably get someone more senior
to read the speech. Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the
President of the United States came around. The mess hall actually
erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked
smiles and. just began cheering with all their hearts. The building
actually shook. It was just unreal.
I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but also because
I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less
than thirty feet away from mel The cheering went onr and on and on.
Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There
was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I
could clearly see tears running down his cheeks. It was the most
surreal moment I've had in years. Not since my wedding and Aaron
being born. Here was this man, our President, came all the way around
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Vol. 12, No. 26
December 26, 2003
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
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Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Richard Harper St. George Island
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the world, spending 17 hours on an airplane and landing in the most
dangerous airport in the world, where a plane was shot out of the sky
not six days before.
Just to spend two hours with his troops. Only to get on a plane and
spend another 17 hours flying back. It was a great moment, and I will
never forget it. He delivered his speech, which we all loved, when he
looked right at me and held his eyes on me. Then he stepped down
and was just mobbed by the soldiers. He slowly worked his way all
the way around the chow hall and shook every last hand extended.
Every soldier who wanted a photo with the President got one. I made
my way through the line, got dinner, then wolfed it down as he was
still working the room.
You could tell he was really enjoying himself. It wasn't just a photo
opportunity. This man was actually enjoying himself! He worked his
way over the course of about 90 minutes towards my side of the room.
Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to shake a few hands. I got a pic-
ture with Ambassador Bremer, Talabani (acting Iraqi president) and
Achmed Chalabi (another member of the ruling council) and
Condaleeza Rice, who was there with him.
I felt like I was drunk. He was getting closer to my table so I went
back over to my seat. As he passed and posed for photos, he looked
me in the eye and "How you doin', captain." I smiled and said "God
bless you, sir." To which he responded "I'm proud of what you do,
captain." Then moved on.
Son-in-law of Joyce & Jim Estes
Journal of the James Madison Institute
Cover Story: The Status of Florida's Charter Schools
By J. Stanley Marshall and Jennifer Rippner
The latest issue of The Journal of the James Madison Institute (Talla-
hassee) is an "up-to-the minute look at innovation and accountabil-
ity within Florida's charter school movement." Two charter schools,
operating in different Florida communities, are examined (Sarasota
Military Academy and the One Room School House (Alachua County).
One of the conclusions: "Charter schools are achieving success in
Florida as evidenced by their proliferation, the long student waiting
lists, and high parent satisfaction."
Problems encountered include the recruitment of board members who
are intellectually and emotionally prepared to participate in their
school's governance. Some charter schools are not meeting their man-
date to disperse the results of their innovative methods to traditional
public schools. Contact: The James Madison Institute, Post Office
Box 37460, Tallahassee, FL 32315; Web: www.jamesmadison.org. The.
James Madison Institute is a Florida-based nonpartisan, nonprofit
research and educational organization dedicated to advancing such
timeless ideals as economic freedom, limited government, federal-
ism, traditional values, the rule of law, and individual liberty coupled
Allow me to explain where things stand...
After nearly a decade of false starts and gridlock,. Congress has fi-
nally passed legislation that offers prescription drug coverage to all
people in Medicare. Though certainly not perfect, the bill represents
a long overdue commitment to strengthen and expand health secu-
rity for older Americans, people with disabilities and their families.
Over the past two years, with your help, AARP has conducted exten-
sive surveys among our members. The need was clear. AARP mem-
bers overwhelmingly supported adding prescription drug coverage to
Medicare, even indicating It as a top priority.
With our members' needs and wishes in mind, our volunteer board of
directors thoroughly reviewed the Medicare legislation, and decided
that the most important thing was to get something passed this year
that would establish a Medicare prescription drug benefit into law.
Going back to the drawing board would not serve the millions of our
members who need help now.*
Am I completely satisfied with this bill? No. But it will make prescrip-
tion drugs more affordable, and provide millions of older Americans
with much-needed help. It is a start.
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Of course, after so much heated debate in Congress and the media,
we've all heard some exaggerations of both the advantages and short-
comings of the legislation. I hope you'll allow me to share with you
some facts about the bill and what it will mean to you.
For the first time, starting in 2006, all Medicare beneficiaries will be
eligible to receive prescription drug coverage. The benefit is volun-
tary. You do not have to enroll.
Those with low incomes or very high drug costs will get the most
significant assistance. Most beneficiaries with current incomes below
about $12,000 for an individual, or $16,000 for a couple, will have
continuous coverage for which they pay no premium, no deductible,
and have co-payments of $1 to $5 for prescriptions. People with high
drug costs can count on Medicare paying 95% of additional costs
after $3,600 in out-of-pocket expenses regardless of income.
For other beneficiaries, there is more modest assistance. Monthly
premiums will average $35 and there is a deductible of $250. After
the deductible, Medicare will pay 75% of drug costs up to $2,250.
Like many of our members, we were concerned that this new benefit
might accelerate the trend of former employers dropping retiree health
coverage. That is why we fought hard to ensure that the new law
devotes $88 billion in financial incentives for those employers to con-
tinue to provide that coverage.
We also fought so that drug coverage will be available in all regions of
the country. If private firms choose not to offer a drug benefit in a
particular area, the federal government will step in and arrange for a
way to serve that area.
AARP would never support legislation that would threaten traditional
Medicare. This legislation maintains the integrity of the traditional
Medicare program. While it does offer beneficiaries new managed care
choices, beneficiaries are free to stay in traditional, fee-for-service
Medicare if they choose.
But the legislation is not perfect.
Because Congress and the President limited funding in this year's
budget for the drug benefit, there is a gap in coverage after $2,250 in
drug expenses until the very high out-of-pocket expenditure of $3,600.
.From the beginning, AARP has spoken out against gaps in coverage,
and we will continue to do so.
It does not do enough.to address the soaring prices of prescription
drugs. AARP will also demand that Congress make legal the importa-
tion of prescription drugs from Canada. As you can see, this is the
area where AARP must now focus our fight for improvements.
We will be a watchdog to make sure that these new provisions truly
do improve the lives of Medicare beneficiaries and the quality of the
Medicare program. And we will keep the pressure on both in Wash-
ington and in the states until every AARP member and every citizen
has access to the medicines they need at prices they can afford...
AARP Executive Director,
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Please Join Congressman
Allen Boyd At A Town Hall
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Open 7 Days Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Just 400 yards North of Highway 98 on N. Bayshore Dr. in Eastpoint
Follow the Signs to Good Times!
On Tuesday, January 6, 2004,
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) will host a Town
Hall Meeting in Carrabelle and an-
other meeting in Apalachicola.
This Town Hall meeting is a great
opportunity to discuss issues that
are important to you, your fam-
ily, and the community. Con-
gressman Boyd will be updating
you on the legislative matters that
have occurred in Washington, DC
over the past months, and then
hopes to discuss any questions or
comments you may have.
TOWN HALL MEETING
With Congressman Boyd
Tuesday, January 6, 2004
9:30 10:30 am EST
106 SE Avenue B
TOWN HALL MEETING
With Congressman Boyd
Tuesday, January 6, 2004
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. EST
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Despite the drizzle of threat-
ening rain, the eleventh Pa-
rade of Lights sponsored by
the Timber Island Yacht
Club lit up the Carrabelle
River with thousands of
sparkling lights on Saturday
night, December 13th, after
Entries were judged in four
categories (1) Recreational
power boats under 25 feet;
(2) Recreational power boats
over 24 feet; (3) commercial
boats under 25 feet and (4)
commercial boats under 25
feet and sailboats.
First place winners received
a trophy and $100; second
and third place winners re-
ceived checks for $50 and
The winners were:
Recreational Power boats
over 24': Dan Ausley, 1st;
Robin and Kurt Fitch, 2nd;
and Tom Kwader, 3rd.
Recreational Power Boats
under 25': Brenda and Bobby
Sapp, 1st; Jerry Roberts,
2nd; and Greg Calhoven,
Commercial Boats over 24':
FSU Marine Lab, 1st; James
Schaub, 2nd. No third place
Commercial boats under
25': American Shrimp Co.
(Tim Saunders) 1st; US Coast
Guard Sea Hawk II, 2nd. No
Third Place awarded.
Sailboat: Tim Sullivan 1st.
No 2nd or 3rd place awarded.
The St. George Methodist Church
Outreach Program provided forty
wrapped gifts directed to children
of Eastpoint Christmas week. The
gifts were purchased by members
of the St. George Methodist
Church congregation, pastored by
Anthony DeAngelo. Marsha Smith
is the Chairperson of the mission;
program which was also coordi-
nated through the Franklin.
County School System.
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Spring At GCCC
Gulf Coast Community College
will conduct registration and ad-
vising for the spring 2004 semes-
ter as follows:
Spring registration will take place
from January 6-7 on the main
campus in the Lifelong Learning
Conference Center from 7:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m.
Spring registration at the Gulf/
Franklin Center will take place
January 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spring registration for Tyndall Air
Force Base will be January 6-7
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Classes begin January 8, 2004.
Late Registration and drop/add
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Advisors in the divisions will be:
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on the main campus during their
regular office hours. For addi-
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Chinese cities and-dozens of cultural and historic sites. "There is-so
much to see in China, and it was simply a dazzling kaleidoscope of
colorful activity and sketching opportunities," according to Joyce. "We
flew to San Francisco, and then got aboard a China airline for the
overnight trip to Beijing, arriving there in a fog at very early morning.
Not much activity at the airport because of the early arrival time but
as we bussed to the hotel, the real pressure of China urban life be-
came very real; people everywhere."
'Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, is the political, cul-
tural and tourist center of the country. Beijing is a city with deep-rooted
cultural traditions. It has a history of more than 3000 years and has
been the national capital for some 800 of those years. The Palace
Museum, formerly called the Forbidden City, is located in the middle
of Beijing and is the former palace of the emperors of the Ming and
Qing dynasties, First built in 1406, It is the place where 24 emperors
The third day consisted of a tour to Tianamen Square and the For-
bidden City, with sketching opportunities.
Joyce said, "We could carry about 12 pounds of backpack and per-
sonal materials, flying not more than 40 pounds with each of us, in
our group of about 18 persons. There was about an hour available to
us for sketching at each stop point."
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"The Forbidden City is now referred to as the Palace Museum. This
was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasties back to 1406.
This has a history of nearly 600 years, with 24 emperors ruling China
from here for about 500 years," said Joyce. Iri the Forbidden City or
Palace Museum there are 9000 bays of halls and rooms with sur-
rounding walls about ten meters in height, and four corner towers
marking a fortified castle. The tour guides emphasized to Joyce and
Jim that the Forbidden City is the most magnificent ancient architec-
tural complex the Chinese have in the world.
The Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The Summer Palace is located northwest of Beijing, about 15 kilome-
ters from city center. This is an ancient park, built in 1153.
The tours in an around Beijing, population of about 18 million (and
seemingly 1.1 million bicycles) occupied the first five days of the tour,
and included traditional residential areas, small alleys called Hootong,
and the Courtyard House, along with a Pejing duck dinner the sec-
Jim said, "All the food was about the same. A lot of vegetables, little
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December Board Meeting
By Harriett Beach
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board met on De-
cember 18, 2003 at 2:00pm in
Chillas Hall, Lanark Village.
Present were: Chairman Jim
Lawlor, Board Secretary Mike
Hughes and Financial Officer
Fred Hart. This is the first time
since February that all three ap-
pointed board members have
been present for the Board meet-
ings. Also present were LVW&S
personnel: Engineer Tom Bryant,
Attorney Mike Palecki, Office
Manager Mickey Majerus and Bill,
Rohrs, Maintenance Supervisor.
Minutes" of the previous meeting
and a written copy of the finan-
cial report were not available for
the public to read.
Under Old Business:
It was reported that lack of accu-
rate measurement of the amount
of water in the water tower is
prompting the installation of wa-
ter tower meters. There was some
discussion about the possibility of
the Carrabelle District taking over
the sewage treatment system for
the Lanark District.
Under New Business:
The Crooked River Hunting Club,
who holds a hunting lease from
the St. Joe Co., asked if they could
use the LVW&S District spray
field for hunting in return for
maintenance on the spray field.
The Hunting Club lease from the
St. Joe Co. is adjacent to the
LVW&S District -spray field. They
suggested that they could do the
fence repairs and mowing plus
planting a food source that would
attract doves. The LVW&S Board
agreed to the arrangement on the
condition that the Hunting Club
carry liability insurance covering
the spray field and that no one
else other than Hunting Club
members be in the spray field area
as that area is not to be open to
The 25 square feet around lift sta-
tions #1 and #2 needs to be en-
closed with fencing for security
reasons. The Board members dis-
cussed the type and cost of the
fencing. They tabled the fencing
item until next meeting.
Engineer's Report: The LVW&S
District Board is concerned be-
cause they have run a 6 inch po-
table water pipe to St. James Bay
for construction purposes and
now that water is being used for
the Club House and bathrooms.
The LVW&S Board has no defi-
nite contract to supply water to
St. James Bay and understands
that now Carrabelle has been con-
tacted to supply the potable wa-
ter to the Development. Engineer
Tom Bryant was instructed by
Lawlor to make a weekly update
on the relationship between the
Carrabelle W&S District and St.
James Bay Development.
Lawlor was also concerned that
there had been a meeting between
Bryant, County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders and Carrabelle
representative Phil Rankin.
Lawlor claimed that he was not
informed .that there would be a
meeting to discuss the routing of
the Carrabelle sewage line and
gray water line past the LVW&S
District boundaries. Lawlor said
he had received a letter from Com-
missioner Sanders, stating that
the lines could not be run north
of the LVW&S District because of
possible contamination of potable
water wells in the Lanark Beach
area. The letter said that the lines
must be run along the US 98
right-of-way. The board discussed
ways they could force the lines to
be run north of the Lanark area.
Attorney Palecki suggested
LVW&S District file an injunction
to stop any lines being laid along
US 98 in the Lanark District.
Palecki told the Board that he
thinks that LVW&S District is in
the "drivers seat" and Carrabelle
Lawlor told the Board that he has
received a petition from the resi-
dents of the Lanark Beach area
that will be affected by the instal-
lation of the lines along Alabama,
Kentucky and Delaware Streets.
The petition states that there are
40 water wells that will be within
75 feet of the proposed lines and
that they could be contaminated
by a break in the lines.
Draft of Auditor's Report: Lawlor
told the Board that they have re-
ceived a draft of their audit and
there are several areas that need
to be clarified. Financial Officer
Hart and Office Manager Majerus
were .instructed to work out the
problems with the audit. Lawlor
assured the Board that the
LVW&S District was physically
and financially in good shape.
Attorney Palecki reported that he
wrote a letter to St. James Bay
Development giving them two
weeks to state their intentions
about St. James Bay water use.
LVW&S District will disconnect
the 6 inch supply line as soon as"
St. James Bay gets their own wa-
ter system functioning. Palecki
also drew up a resolution inform-
ing St. James Bay that they would
be charged a 150% rate increase
plus a unit cost for potable water
or any future water purchase.
The Board discussed increasing
the franchise area for the LVW&S
District. The boundaries of the
current LVW&S District have.
never been clearly defined. Lawlor
would like the boundaries to run
from the eastern edge of Franklin'
County and the Alligator Point
District to Morality Road and:
County Road 67 and the
Carrabelle District on the West.
The northern boundary would be
the Liberty/Franklin County line
and southern boundary would be
The Gulf of Mexico. The resolu-
tion concerning the boundaries
-is to be presented to the Franklin
Palecki told the Board that he has
written to the Santa Fe Company
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The Board discussed a damage
claim for possible damage in a
home. As the assessment of the
claim is not clear, the Board is
turning over the investigation of
the claim to their insurance com-
Lawlor closed the meeting by ask-
ing for any comments from the
audience of 7 people. Mr. Shiver
asked if the proposed expansion
of the LVW&S District would in-
clude both water and sewer.
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meat (pork or chicken), some steamed carp (which was very boney),
rice and noodles. In the north the food was seasoned a little, in the;
south it was hot and spicy." Joyce added, "As long as there was rice'
and soy sauce, I was O.K. They used a lot of oil in all preparations."
The Summer Palace, once a retreat for feudal emperors, started the
fourth day. In the afternoon, the group toured Wong-Full-Jing shop-'
ping district. An acrobatic show was presented that night. "All the
shows were very professional," said Joyce. 'The theaters were huge...";
A full day was devoted to sketching at the Ming Tombs and the Great
Wall. The next day, the group flew to Xi'an in the afternoon, seat of
eleven dynasties spanning a millennium, and a treasure-trove of ar-
cheological discoveries. Here, the group visited the recently excavated
8000 life-size terra cotta warriors built by Emperor Qin Shi Haung,,
first builder of the Great Wall. That evening, the tour was entertained,
with the stage opera about the Tang Dynasty with instruments from'
one of the tombs, bells of every size and shape.
"On the morning of the eighth day, we flew to Chungking or!
Chongquing and had an opportunity to sketch the Dazu Stone Carv-,
ings there. There were over 10,000 carvings of Buddha,;very serene,
and beautiful gardens with carvings and pagodas everywhere," Joyce"
On the thirteenth day, we arrived at Wuhan and toured the Hubei'.
Museum." On the fourteenth day, the tour flew to Guiling, and upon
arrival there, toured a half-day excursion by boat to Li-Jaing River, a
visit through "...incredible valleys, bamboos groves and unbelievable
rock formation hills along the winding river," exclaimed Joyce. "We"
stopped at Yangshou, a well preserved town offering an.unprecedented
view of the Chinese people, their life, traditions and occupations, one:
of my main interests I developed during the trip. I was especially;
anxious to see how the people lived," Joyce said.
;She.added, 'This was-the .most beautiful and my favoritasite of the-
entire.trip. Not so many high rises in.Yangshou, and more open w\ih.
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the rocks, children playing and water buffalo in the water, rice pat-
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Day number 15 brought the touring group to Guiling, known for its
green hills, clear waters, fantastic caves and amazing rocks. There
are more than 2000 caves in the greater Guilin area, but only about
a dozen of these caves have been opened to tourists. The history of
Guilin cave tours can be traced back over 1000 years. Very early
pictographs have been discovered, written from 483 to 493, plus other
'inscriptions and carvings from the dynasties of Tang, Song and other
dynasties. The scenery of Guilin is well-known to the world for its
green hills, limpid water, grotesque caves and fantastic stalactites
and stalagmites. The oddly-shaped solitary hills rise out of flat ground
in various shapes. One said, 'The river looks like a green ribbon and
the hills, emerald hairpins." The area itself has a long history of over
2000 years. Guilin became an important city in the south connected
to the central plain in the north, and the sea in the south.
The tour stayed overnight at Chongqing (populated by 32 million
people) to visit a small traditional town, and had dinner at a local
restaurant. "All of the streets and buildings at night lit up with neon
signs," exclaimed Jim. "Red and yellow are the main colors; an awe-
some sight as there are so many."
The next day, after breakfast in Chongquing, the group boarded a
cruise ship to tour the Yangtze River. "We stayed aboard three days
cruising the river, passing beautiful scenery and the Three Gorges,
We disembarked for smaller boat tours on the Shangnon Stream and
other off-shore activities such as visiting Fengdu and the Three Gorges
Dam construction site. This is to be the world's largest dam when
The river had risen 100 feet at the time the tour group was there.
"As the river rises from the new dam, residents are being replaced
from the lower part of the river areas. All the land is government
owned and for now you can buy your own condo or town house..."
On the seventeenth day, they stayed overnight in Hangzhou, known
for its tea plantations. They later bussed to Suzhou, heart of the "silk
industry." On the nineteenth day, the group bussed to Wuzhen, a
well-preserved traditional town with canals, half-moon shaped stone
"It was a great trip," said Joyce, "...but if you want to see the old
China, you had better go now."
The Chinese are getting ready for the Olympic Games to be held dur-
ing the summer of 2008, and they are modernizing daily. "The roads
are being built to far surpass those in the U.S. Cars are a new craze
and they are trying to catch up with the demands."
'They will be westernized by 2010, if not already." concluded Jim.
Jim and Joyce pause
for a photograph.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
Tom Campbell wrote for the
Franklin Chronicle from 1997
through the earlier months of
2003. He died in May 2003 fol-
lowing an operation removing his
left leg due to an advanced infec-
tion from varicose veins. He had
been a professional actor and di-
rector in theatre, and his last
project locally was the production
of his own script on the life of
John Gorrie, M.D., the inventor
of an,early form of air condition-
ing in the Apalachicola area. Tom
had also published two short nov-
els and a children's story. He was
born in Georgia, and received his
Honorable Discharge from the
U.S. Air Force.
He was one of the founders of the
Panhandle Poets and Writers As-
sociation, and its first President.
Contributing Writer and
Occasional Copy Editor
Currently touring South America,
Ms. Butterfield has performed the
functions of copy editor for sev-
eral issues. She is married to
Jerry Butterfield, teacher at
Brown Elementary School. The
couple has five children, all
Tom W. Hoffer
Tom W. Hoffer is a retired Profes-
sor of Communication from
Florida State University having
taught there from 1972 through
1996. He started the Franklin
Chronicle with a small staff in
August 1992. Previous to his work
at FSU, he taught at the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin where he earned
a Ph.D. in Communication and a
Master of Arts degree in Broad-
casting. In earlier years, he made
over 100 non-theatrical films of
various subjects at the University
of Wisconsin where he began his
Hoffer retired from the U.S. Na-
val Reserve, having served a brief
time in Vietnam and during the
"cold war" aboard an aircraft car-
rier in the Western Pacific. He is
also a graduate of the State Uni-
versity of Iowa (Iowa City) in '1960.
In his undergraduate work, he
worked in radio, for the Associ-
ated Press as a photographer-
stringer, and freelanced newsfllm.
Following his undergraduate edu-
cation, he worked in commercial
television in Rockford, Illinois and
Milwaukee, Wisconsin as writer,
director and publicist. In his
youth (deep past, now) he assisted
in, the management of a
"home-town" theater for motion
pictures before television took
over the nighttime Audience. Tom
was born and raised in the Mid-
west (Iowa) and graduated from
high school in Toledo, Iowa in
He is the author of a reference
volume in Animation (Greenwood
Press, 1981) and numerous
scholarly journal articles.
As publisher of the Chronicle, he
has received a second education
in journalism, and experience in
a large variety of tasks from the
lofty decision-making to sweeping
up. His continuing hobbies in-
clude answering love notes from
the IRS and bashing government
bureaucracies in particular and
bureaucracies in general. There is
a love of books in there .some-
'where as well. Now that the night-
time audiences have grown weary
of homogenized television, he
wants his own movie theater once
again. Given the tasks required to
accomplish that goal, his "third
education" has begun.
Ronald Wayne Childers
Contributing Editorial Writer
Wayne Childers, a resident of Port
St. Joe, Florida, has a Juris Doc-
torate law degree from the Florida
State University College of Law,
and a Master of Science in An-
thropology from the same insti-
tution. He completed his under-
graduate education at the Univer-
sity of West Florida with a Bach-
elor of Arts in Psychology.
He has taught at St. Francis Uni-
versity (Joliet, Illinois), UWF,
Pensacola, Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College, Florida State Univer-
sity and the Franklin-Gulf County
Community College in Port St.
Joe. He has authored numerous
scholarly articles on local history
of this area, and teaches a popu-
lar course on the history of Gulf
and Franklin Counties at the Gulf
Coast Community College.
14 FU4M e4&1 Qoivtod" 44
Contributing Writer and
In 1990, Beach first came as a
vacation visitor to Alligator Point
and promptly fell in love with the
Forgotten Coast. In spite of having
her mobile home on Alligator
Point washed away by Hurricane
Opal, the love affair continued
and when Beach retired in 1998
she made Lanark Beach her
Trained as a Biologist at the Uni-
versity of Michigan, Beach holds
an undergraduate degree in Biol-
ogy and graduate degree in
Botany (Mycology). After gradua-
tion from U of M, Beach stayed
on to work on the University Mu-
seum Botanical Collection and as
Dean of Women at the University
of Michigan Biological Research
Station in Cheboygan, MI. After
leaving the University of Michi-
gan, Beaqh married and moved to
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where
she and her husband taught at
Gettysburg College. Teaching at
a small college required the abil-
ity to teach a variety of subjects.
She taught laboratory courses in
everything from Animal Parasitol-
ogy to Plant Taxonomy to Pre-Med
Courses. In addition to teaching,
Reach is the mother of three chil-
During the 26 years in the
Gettysburg area, Beach spent six
summers at The Duke University
Marine Lab in Beaufort, North
Carolina where she organized and
taught a Marine Biology School for
children. She also assisted her
husband with his research on the
oyster crab, Pinnotheres ostreum
Say, a parasitic crab that lives
inside of an oyster's shell. A rd-
search grant took the Beach fam-
ily to The University of Brisbane
on eastern coast of Australia for
a year to continue the crab/shell
fish study on the Great Barrier,
Reef. While: in Australia, Beach
apprenticed herself with a potter
who taught her how to develop
clay bodies and glazes from na-
tive resources. Upon returning to
Gettysburg, she established
Beach Pottery and produced a line
of kitchenware and sculptural
garden items. After establishing
the pottery, Beach returned to
teaching only now in the Art De-
partment at Gettysburg College
where she taught the pottery
classes as well as training several
In 1970, Beach became a juried
member of the Pennsylvania
Guild of Craftsmen and served as
president for two terms. During
her presidency she wrote and re-
ceived a Pennsylvania Council on
the Arts grant to establish a state
office and hire an Executive Di-
rector for the 2000 member PA
. Guild of Craftsmen. The Gover-
nor of PA appointed Beach to the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
and her pottery was exhibited in
the State Museum in a show of
the best 100 Pennsylvania Crafts-
men. In 1976 the Smithsonian
requested a bowl from the Beach
Pottery as part of their permanent'
collection representing the USA
crafts of the bicentennial year.
After the loss of her husband,
Beach, certified to teach science
and math in Pennsylvania sec-
ondary schools, returned to
teaching in the public school sys-
tem where she taught life science,
physical science, earth science,
algebra and pottery. The Beach
Pottery continued and was fea-
tured in shows in Pennsylvania
and Michigan. While the Beach
children were finishing their col-
lege degrees, their mother entered
the graduate degree program at
Shippensburg University to finish
a graduate degree in Community
Counseling with special training
in counseling children and fami-
In 1986, Beach became a National
Certified Counselor. After the
Beach children had graduated
from college and embarked on
their chosen careers, Beach
moved back to Michigan. The pot-
tery also moved and was renamed
The Grass River Pottery. In Michi-
gan, Beach established a certified
and licensed private counseling
practice, Fern Creek Counseling
that did contract work with
Antrim County Probate Court and
Michigan Child and Family Ser-
vices. As the counseling practice
grew, Beach had less time for the
pottery and sold it in 1996. Beach
is certified as an expert witness
in child and spousal abuse for the
42nd Michigan Court District.
The Beach home located on the
Grass River chain of lakes was
very large and for three years was
used as a successful Bed and
Breakfast. Guests could canoe
many miles on the sparkling river
and lake waters as they flowed
through the peaceful forest wil-,,
derness. Michigan is beautiful but
it is also very cold in the winter.,
When retirement time ap-
proached it was time for Beach to
think about a move south to thaw
out. She traveled all over Florida
in her motor home for a year look-
ing for a spot more beautiful than
Franklin County. She found that
Franklin County IS the most
beautiful spot and the love affair
Harriett Beach served as Vice:
President/President of the Lanark
Village Association in 2000/
2001. Family, gardening, land-
scaping and home repairs keep-'
her busy. Relaxation is a walk on
the sand flats at low tide to iden-
tify all of the wonderful marine
animals living there. On her wish
list of new things to enjoy are a
kayak and a pair of Westie pup-
Jerry Weber and
Joe D. Terrell
These Apalachicola gents-sub-
stantially help in the distribution
of the Franklin Chronicle across a
150-mile zone embracing Gulf,
Franklin and Wakulla Counties.
Under the direction of Andy Dyal,
they have also greatly assisted in
the transition made by the
Chronicle in the move from Talla-
.hassee last year. Distribution of
the paper occurs the ,day after
printing by the Post and Search-
light at Bainbridge, Georgia. The
Post and Searchlight commercial
printing division is among the
best four color printers in the en-
tire Southeastern region, churn-
ing out a large number of com-
munity newspapers, including the
Chronicle, every week.
Sbscribers have their copies in-
dividually packaged to avoid the
"laundry-look" when sent through
the U.S. postal service, and these
are organized by Andy Dyal after
printing. Distribution to area
vending machines, now number-
ing 80, begins at 7 a.m. the next
day, and completed by afternoon,
usually on a Thursday. Holidays
sometimes delay distnbution of
the paper by one day.
Rene Topping came to the United
States in July of 1946 as a GI
Bride from England. She had
served in the British Army for
nearly 2 years. She married
American Army Soldier Robert
(Bob) Topping on August. 16,
She arrived in New York on US
President Tyler on July 6. Lived
in New York for 5 years and then,
moved to Tucson, Arizona,
She was part owner in a carpet
and tile business known as House
of Carpets along with two male
partners. Her husband and was
a sergeant on the Tucson Police
Department. She and her hus-
band moved to Carrabelle in April
of 1977 and she and her husband
built their home on the Carrabelle
River starting on July 4 1977.
She had always been interested
in writing and so it was natural
that she began to write as a
stringer for the Democrat. She
then. was a reporter and column
writer for the Carrabelle Times
and from there accepted a posi-
tion as Carrabelle editor and
writer for the Franklin County
News, a sister paper to the
Wakulla News. The 1985 hurri-
canes and economy of Franklin
caused that paper's demise.
She joined the Chronicle as soon
as it was established in 1992. She
is a news writer and from time to
time writes a political column
"Frankly Speaking in Franklin
She is publishing her own mem-
oirs "I Married a Bloody Yank" on
her 56 years of marriage and her
55 years of being an American in
Diane Beauvais Dal Advertising Sales Manager
luvaand Contributing Writer
7.- AdvrlrtlInn na ilnniAr and
Andy Dyal was born in upper
state New York. He moved to
Florida in 1984, attended Wood-
land Hall Academy and Lively Vo-
Tech. There he studied small en-
gine repair for two years. He mar-
ried Diane in 1997. Mr. Dyal has
worked for various construction
jobs in the Tallahassee area be-
fore obtaining his job with ,the
Franklin Chronicle as Production
Associate and Circulation Direc-
tor. His responsibilities include
maintaining the circulation of the
Chronicle along a 150-mile tratt
and the communities of
Crawfordville, Panacea, East-
point, St. George Island,
Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Port St.
Joe and Mexico Beach.
He has been employed by the
Chronicle for over four years, in
charge of maintaining the sub-
scriber list and general adminis-
tration. Now, in our new Eastpoint
location, Mr. Dyal has been in-
Sstrumental in helping with the
preparation of the construction
site. He has been leveling the soil,
removing stray limbs and roots,
'.spreading gravel. 'loading and
As a child, Andy played little
league baseball. His hobbies now
' include watching car racing and
riding his motorcycle.
St. George Island winter resident,
Eunice, Hartmann authored a
continuing column, "Eating: Ya*
GottaLove It" in the last year. She
bas also contributed a number of
individual articles, usually featur-
;ing some aspect of St. George Is-
'Our newest addition to the
'1Franklin Chronicle staff is Mrs.
Pam Portwood of Crawfordville,
-Florida. Mrs. Portwood works for
Wakulla County as the Grants Co-
ordinator and is also the Program
Manager for the Panacea Water-
fronts Florida Community. She
describes her job as "the best job
in the county" and looks forward
to the opportunity to spread the
news about the many exciting
projects going on in Wakulla
County and the Panacea commu-
Mrs. Portwood was born Pamela
Jo Baldwin and raised in Talla-
hassee, Florida. She graduated'
from Maclay High School in 1979
'and began working for state gov-
ernment in 1982. Pam worked in
finance and accounting positions
until 1989, when she became the
grants coordinator for the Depart-
'ment of Community Affairs. She
held this position for 9 years-just
long enough to meet "the most
wonderful man on earth," Bob
Bob and Pam married ih March
of 1997 and consider themselves
blessed to live and work in
Wakulla County. Pam's son, Neil
Carlton, lives with them and cur-
rently attends Tallahassee Com-
munity College. The Portwoods'
passion is gardening and they
have recently started a commu-
nity supported agriculture (CSA)
organization to provide fresh, or-
ganically grown vegetables to
needy families, "Harvest From the
Heart" will "adopt" at least two
families this fall and provide them
with bounties from their garden
such as collard greens, lettuce,
cabbage, broccoli, brussel
sprouts, and herbs.
Between her time working in the
office and playing in the garden,
Pam enjoys the abundance of
natural beauty in Wakulla
County. She and her husband
love to kayak, hike, bike, and fish
.whenever they can, Pam says
Diane Beauvals Dyal was born
and raised In Rhode Island. Her
education includes acquiring an
Associates in Arts degree with an
art major from the Community
College of Rhode Island. She has
also taken continuing education
courses in graphic design at
Northeastern University. She has
been a member of the Rhode Is-
land Junior Honor Society and the
Rhode Island Honor Society, then
later made the Dean's List during
her educational career.
Then she moved to Boston where
she worked doing typesetting,
camera work, paste-up, layout
and art direction. She worked at
a couple of printers and a maga-
zine on a full-time basis. As
freelance work, she did graphic
design and art direction for Bos-
ton Rock magazine.
Her hobbies include formerly
owning a horse named
Synchronicity, entering into horse
shows and winning the Champi-
onship in the Adult Division. She
also took riding lessons at Black
Water Creek Riding Stables in
She moved to Florida and mar-
ried Andy Dyal on January 16,
1997. Here, she was' employed at
Rapidographics. Mrs. Dyal has
worked for the Franklin Chronicle
for almost eight years now doing
the advertising design, typesetting
the articles, paste-up and layout
of this twice-monthly newspaper.
Her current hobbies include pho-
tography. In 2001, a photo of a
miniature horse named Shotgun
and a Harley Davidson motorcycle
won 3rd place in its division at
the North Florida State Fair. The
next year, in 2002, a photo of an-
other miniature horse, Munchie,
won second place in its division
at the Fair.
".-- .. -.'
Sue Riddle Cronkite
Lisa was born in Colorado and
was raised in Detroit Michigan.
There she attended private
schools and graduated from Do-
minican High School with high-
est honors. Later she attended
Saginaw Valley State University
where she studied Journalism
and Business Admin. Knowing
the importance of quality educa-
tion she home-schooled her own
two children who have since also
graduated with highest honors.
She has also successfully run two
home based businesses, Lisa's
Landscape and Gardening Service
and Angelic Gourmet, a catering
company. Lisa has worked in the
newspaper and publishing busi-
ness for four years before joining
The Franklin Chronicle in August
of 2003 as Advertising Sales Man-
Lisa has been living in Florida for
a year and a half, having traveled
the Panhandle via sailboat until
settling in Apalachicola in April of
2003. Her. hobbies include writ-
ing, boating, fishing, dancing, cast
netting, camping and hunting
(when she gets the chance).
Dawn Evans Radford
Contributing Writer and
Occasional Copy Editor
Dawn Evans Radford, who lives
in Eastpoint, was born in the
Panama Canal Zone, raised in
Apalachicola, and educated in
North Carolina. From the Univer-
sity of North Carolina she holds
Master's degrees in English and
in Fine Arts/Creative Writing, as
well as graduate credentials in
Spanish and Teaching English as
a Second Language. .'. I..
A writing consultant, she has
taught in North Carolina colleges,
as well as at GCCC and ABC
School. She lectures and con-
ducts seminars in writing, public
speaking, self-improvement, and
literary subjects. Ms. Radford has
won local and national awards
and international recognition for
her writing. She tutors at Brown,
Elementary School, directs a
woman's club reading group,
chairs the Panhandle Poets and/
Writers, teaches a Methodist Sun-
day School class, and serves pan-
cakes and fried oysters at the Sea-
food Festival. Her interests in-
clude reading, talking about read-
ing, fishing,' pine-needle basket
weaving, and community service.
A writer and jourrfalist Sue '
Cronkite has moved back to
Apalachicola. She divides her time .
between writing for the Franklin .-
Chronicle and helping her daugh- V,
ter and son-iri-law Mary Lynn and '
Mark Rodgers at the Rancho Inn.
Before she Moved from Dothan
she published Heart and History
of Holmes County, The Bay Coun-
try and Copper Blade Review, the
Troy State at Dothan literary an-
,'. B^ ". \ .
Skip is currently President of the
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
and co-owner, with his wife, of the
Carrabelle Hotel, a bed-and-
breakfast. He is also a regular
contributor to the Chronicle news
pages with news of the Carrabelle
City Commission and other activi-
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26 December 2003 Page 13
Bridge from Page 1
Design of the Project
The engineer of record, Jacobs Civil, Inc. of Jacksonville and Tampa,
designed most of the project plans for the proposed bridge and ap-
roaches. A unique 54-inch diameter concrete cylinder, pile was used
for the St. George Island bridge with 8 and 1/8-inch thickness of wall
in order to provide a minimum three inch of concrete cover over rein-
forcing steel for the harsh Apalachicola Bay waters.
Gulf Coast Prestress (GCP) of Pas Christian, Mississippi, had the tech-
nology, experience and equipment for casting large diameter cylinder
piles. GCP had to undertake significant retooling of equipment, how-
ever, for the SGI Bridge Project. Because the wall thickness of the
piles had to be increased from the 5-foot 1/4-inch (standard) to the
5-foot 1/8-inch (special) to meet FDOT pile specifications for "extremely.
aggressive environment," GCP's equipment had to be "beefed-up" to
handle pile segments that nearly doubled in weight. The pile seg-
ments are cast in 16-foot lengths using a spinning mold to compact
the low slump 7,000-PSI concrete mix.
Boh Bros. has considerable experience driving large cylinder piles
and are experts at construction in a marine environment. Their expe-
rience with constructing major bridges spans across the southern
states from Texas to Florida. Their specialized equipment, including
barge mounted ringer cranes, winches and deck engines for maneu-
vering, is well adapted for the shallow water in Apalachicola Bay.
Jacobs, the Engineer of Record for the SGI Bridge Project, provided
the expertise for the development of the specification of the 54-inch
pile in compliance with the FDOT standards. Pile production was
started at the GCP yard on January 4, 2000, in compliance with an
"approved as noted" specification. The Final Technical Special Provi-
sion was submitted to the FDOT on March 13, 2000. Boh Bros. be-
gan driving the six test piles at the St. George Island Bridge Project
site on August 29, 2000, and production piles on January 11, 2001.
As of the end of December 2001, 270 of the 648 concrete piles had
The Boh Brothers-Jacobs team has developed a 54-inch precast cyl-
inder pile specifically for crossing Apalachicola Bay, designed in ac-
cordance with the requirements of the Florida Dept. of Transporta-
tion. The substructure piers and concrete' pile foundation is used in
support of precast concrete pier caps. These four foot-6 inch diam-
eter round concrete tubes, about 80 feet long, are delivered to the
project by barges and driven into the bay bottom in groups of three,
spaced every 125 feet for about 3.1 miles of the new bridge,, This pile
system offers several advantages over conventional 30inch square
This pile system offers several advantages over conventional 30-inch
square concrete piles:
(1) Spun cast cylinder piles offer greater salt water corrosion resis-
tance and longer life expectancy. These piles are expected to last more
than 100 years in the harsh saltwater environment.
(2) Using cylinder piles enables precasting of piles in advance of con-
struction activities. Sections are cast in 16-foot-lengths and stock-
piled prior to assembly into production driving lengths dictated by
bottom conditions and bridge profile.
(3) Precast cylinder piles can carry a greater load than alternative
pile designs, thus allowing the bridge to be constructed on longer
spans founded on fewer piles. This will further reduce the construc-
tion schedule and minimize the impact on the sensitive bay bottom.
In the low-level portion of the bridge (3+ miles) only three piles are
needed at each pier, as opposed to the six or more piles normally
required for smaller size conventional piles.
(4) The substructure used for high level piers consists of 54-inch
cylinder piles fixed to waterline footings, supporting: cast-in-place
framed piers. The two column framed piers provide greater stiffness
than single column hammerheads, allowing ship impact loads to be
partially transferred to the superstructure. The framed piers closely
resemble the low level trestle bent construction, providing aesthetic
Visioning from Page 1
The true feelings bf the Franklin County Commissioners were ex-
pressed when David McLain proposed at a County Commission meet-
ing, a $40,000.00 grant to do a visioning/planning process for the
Eastpoint area. Eastpoint is undergoing such rapid development that
affordable housing is being lost and the C-1 waterfront is under pres-
sure to change. Commissioner Creamer said he did not want any
visioning/planning done in his District. The four other Commission-
ers dutifully voted the McLain proposal down.
The Comprehensive Plan Revision is long overdue. Could this be be-
cause the Commissioners did not think it was important? At the be-
ginning of 2003, Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission
asked why the Comp Plan had not been revised in a timely fashion.
The County Commissioners have now instructed County Planner Alan
Pierce to begin revision of the Comp Plan in 2004. How many of the
suggestions from the Workshops will be incorporated into the new
Comp Plan is to be seen.
The Planning and Zoning Commission has several times sent their
concerns to the County Commissioners about the disorganized de-
velopment within the County. A dock ordinance has been written and
proposed by the P&Z Board. It is still stuck in the County Planning
Department. Meanwhile 44 new docks have sprouted like stubble
along the Franklin County shorelines. The P&Z Board proposed an
ordinance change in the zoning for the Commercial District of St.
George Island. That too is stuck in limbo.
Several years ago, and again from the Visioning Workshops, A "Bed
Tax" for tourists (of which Franklin County has many) was suggested.
County Commissioner Mosconis proposed that the Commissioners
move forward on it ... but very slowly. Perhaps the Commissioner
plans to stall it several more years so that the idea will just go away
during the "slow down" process..
The hopes and dreams that residents have for Franklin County are
getting lost in reelection plans that focus the Commissioners only on
what is happening in THEIR DISTRICT. The reelection process ren-
ders the Commissioners paralyzed with fear that they might make a
decision that will cost them a vote. Where are the Commissioners
who really care: about the concerns the residents have about the de-
velopment of Franklin County?
Where are the Commissioners who have the courage to make deci-
sions-about the whole of Franklin County and not just their own
District? They were seldom seen at the Planning and Visioning work-
shops. Like a parade of snails, the County Commissioners move for-
ward ... very slowly! Meanwhile development is crashing over Franklin
County like a wave.
In the meantime, sewer connec-
tions for two buildings have been
purchased from the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer system.
The first duplex will become the
first light-gauge steel frame struc-
ture built in Franklin County and
may be a model for low-cost hous-
ing as it is finished. Steel frame
Many Franklin County residents
are already aware that the
"Chronicle Compound" at 33 Be-
gonia Street in Eastpoint is also
the site of the proposed motion
picture theatre planned to open
in 2005, This.2.3-acre site is be-
ing developed in three phases be-
ginning with the relocation of the
Chronicle editorial offices that oc-
curred in late 2002. This move
from Tallahassee involved consid-
erable effort' on the part of
Chronicle workers concluding
with the construction of a steel
archive building and garage in
late fall 2003 by Vulcan Steel,
was chosen for several reasons,
including economy, speed of con-
struction, and the basic fact that
termites do not eat steel. This type
of construction, however, requires
additional expertise and experi-
ence and it appears that such re-
sources have been located and
engaged in this project.
Continued on Page 14
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Superstructure A temporary mobile home was
installed on the west end of the
The superstructure design consists of three main parts: property, and that will be removed
ro when, the first duplex is con-
(1) the concrete girders which span from pier to pier across the water strueted. Thesitepla was p
(2) the 8-1/2-inch-thick concrete deck that Is placed on top oi the senrted to the Franklin County
girders for cars to drive on, and Commission in 2002 and was
approved for up to four such
(3) the concrete barrier railings that prevent vehicles from driving off buildings, two without garages.
of the side of the bridge. Nearly ten months were required
The low-level portion of the bridge and the high-level portion for the plans and approval of a
(72-foot-high hump over the navigation channel) will both look the. water system and sewer collection
same from the deck driving surface. The deck. width will be 44-feet system by the Florida Department
clear between the concrete railings, providing one 12-foot lane each of Environmental Protection. A
way, plus 10-foot wide shoulders for bicycles and emergency use. temporary septic system had to
be installed for use during the
All low-level superstructure construction over water utilizes 78-inch construction period for the collec-
deep concrete girders with simple spans of 125 feet. Spans of 125 feet tion system.
provide a relatively long span bridge, using only four girder lines; Use
of four girder lines minimizes the number of girders required, reduc- The entire underground network
ing construction time. In addition, the 78-inch prestressed-concrete i of pipes for water and sewer have
bulb-tee girder superstructure provides an aesthetic design with a. now been installed for each of the
proven track record. proposed buildings, including the
300 seat auditorium, and ancil-
The superstructure for the high level approach piers will utilize simple lary tenant offices, which ac-
span 78-inch deep concrete girders with spans of 140-feet, using five counts for vertical pipes sticking
girder lines. The main channel unit is a continuous 5-span spliced I- up out of the ground for those
girder design, using five girder lines and maximum spans of about connections, as construction pro-
260-feet. The 5-span unit traverses the most critical reach of the ceeds. Ben Withers Construction
Ship Impact Zone, and using longer spans reduces the number of. installed the network collection
substructure elements and size requirements. Piers at the navigation system but it remains to be tested.
channel are designed to withstand a vessel impact of more than 1,600
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Redistricting from Page 1
was somehow excused from redistricting until the Census Bureau, at
Franklin County's request, on December 19, 2001 corrected the offi-'
cial census report to reflect Mr. Spangler's discovery of the phantom
Yet Franklin County's position is that it was not required to redistrict
until the next odd-numbered year, 2003. Even if this specious argu-
ment were meritorious, Franklin County cannot explain why it had
not redistricted through the date the Concerned Citizens filed suit.
The Concerned Citizens' correspondence, attached as exhibits to the
Complaint, received no response whatsoever from Franklin County;
provoking the Concerned Citizens to bring an action inasmuch as
Franklin County had no intention of redistricting in the absence of a
court order to do so.
The record shows that Franklin County did not redistrict until Franklin
County was sued. Franklin County redistricted because Franklin
County was sued. The Concerned Citizens are the prevailing party
because their lawsuit caused Franklin County to redistrict. The Court
ordered Franklin County to redistrict.
WHEREFORE, the plaintiff moves the Court to enter an order finding
that the plaintiff was the prevailing party in this action, and is en-
titled to a recovery of its costs, including a reasonable attorney's fee,
and ordering that further proceedings take place to ascertain the
amount of such an award.
The third motion filed by Concerned Citizens was a motion to Toll
Time to Appeal: tolling the time to appeal from the Federal Court's
judgment until such time as that Court rules on the motion to tax
attorney's fees and costs. The Franklin County attorneys also oppose.
Easpoint Theatre from Column 3, Page 13.
Page 14 26 December 2003
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The Franklin Chronicle
Planning and Zoning
from Page 2
The first request was for recon-
sideration of a request for final
plat approval of a 17-lot subdivi-
sion by the name of "Fairway
Park" located in section 12, Town-
ship 7 South, Range 4 West,
Lanark, Franklin County, Florida.
The request was submitted by
Larry Witt, agent for Frances W.
Mr. Witt told the Board that he
has previously come before the
Board concerning this property
but could not get final plat ap-
proval because DEP has yet to
issue a letter of wetland determi-
nation for the property. As of this
meeting DEP still has not issued
the letter because they are short
of staff and backed up on their
wetland determinations. Witt said
that he knew that he cannot get
final plat approval but he wanted
the Board to know how much time
it is taking for DEP to issue the
wetland determination letters.
Planning Administrator Ward
suggested that Chris Clark,
Franklin County Engineering
Technician, be allowed to inspect
the properties to determine the
presence of wetlands. If he agreed
that there were no wetlands on a
property or subdivision parcel
then approval could proceed with-
out DEP determination. If there
were wetlands on the property
then a DEP determination would
On a motion by Chairman Dodds,
seconded by Member Drye, and
by unanimous vote of the Com-
mission, it was agreed, to rec-
ommend to the Board of County
Commissioners that they allow
Chris Clark to initially determine
if wetlands are present on pro-
posed subdivisions and if a DEP
determination is necessary." The
Board also agreed to again table
the final plat of "Fairway Park".
A request for final plat approval
On Village Green by the Sea", a
32 lot subdivision lying in Section
12, Township 7 South, Range 4
West, Lanark, Franklin County,
submitted by Larry Witt, agent for
Jim Green owner was approved.
Ward told the Board that there are
no state jurisdictional wetlands in
Mr. Witt also requested prelimi-
nary plat approval of "Village
Green by the Sea Phase II," a
20-lot subdivision north of and
adjacent to "Village by the Sea,
Phase I." The Board granted the
preliminary plat approval.
The third request was made by
Dan Garlick, GEA, Inc., agent for
Jimmy Meeks, owner, for final plat
approval on "Crooked River Plan-
tation," a 9.9 acre, 8 lot subdivi-
sion lying in Section 8 & 17,
Township 7 South, Range 4 West,
North of Carrabelle, Franklin
Member Barnett questioned the
13.15 acre size of the subdivision
compared with the 9.88 acres that
had been rezoned for the subdi-
vision. Mr. Garlick explained that
the additional acreage was being
used for an access road to the
subdivision and the adjoining
land. Ward told the Board that
there were no wetlands depicted
on the plat because Mr. Meeks
had started the subdivision pro-
cess prior to the P&Z requirement
that DEP delineated wetlands be
depicted on the plats of proper-
ties requesting P&Z Board ap-
proval. The P&Z Board requested
that the owner only allow a mul-
tifamily dock on that stretch of
Crooked River. Member Millender
excused himself from voting on
this issue because of a conflict of
Interest. By a unanimous vote of
five members, with Millender ab-
staining, it was agreed to recom-
mend to the BOCC approval of the
final plat of "Crooked River Plan-
St. Joe Arvida, represented by
Billy Buzzett, requested final plat
approval tor "SummerCamp" a
499-lot subdivision. The request
was removed from the agenda
because the final plats were not
ready at the time of the P&Z Board
Site Plan Review
Kathleen Shirah, Shirah Designs
& Construction, Inc. agent for Bill
and Linda Wilson Spohrer, own-
ers, requested consideration of a
commercial Site Plan review on
the property described as Lots 10,
11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, Block 6
West, Unit 1, St. George Island,
Franklin County, Florida. The Site
Plan would allow for a Commer-
cial Mixed-Use building of 4,000
square feet and six (6) residential
units. A motion to approve the
Site Plan carried.
Mrs. Ward presented a request
from Alice Collins of St. George
Island who wishes to expand her
business but does not have
enough property to provide on-
site parking. Collins does have
property elsewhere that could be
used for parking. As Zoning Ad-
ministrator Ward did not have
specifics about the proximity of
the other property, the P&Z Board
chose not to consider the request
until more information is avail-
Member Barnett asked Ward,
"Why was the P&Z Commission
by-passed by the Board of County
Commissioners oni the issue of the
proposed changes in the C- 1,
Commercial Fishing District?"
Ward replied that the issue had
first been presented to the Com-
missioners at a regular Commis-
sion meeting. Barnett then asked
Member Short to tell the rest of
the P&Z Board Members about
the private conversation Short
had with County Commissioner
Eddie Creamer. Short replied,
"Eddie Creamer told me that the
Board of County Commissioners
thought that certain of the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission
Board members had already
made up their minds on the is-
sue and would have voted against
it." Member Davis said, "They
were speaking of member Parrish
and myself." Member Barnett
added, "And myself. I do not un-
derstand how the County Com-
missioners would know how I
would have voted as I have not
spoken to any of the County Com-
missioners on this subject. I feel
badly that Mr. Creamer has not
allowed the P&Z Board Members
to have a vote on this issue."
The general consensus of the P&Z
Commission was that the P&Z
Commission should be consulted
first on proposed zoning changes
even when the P&Z Commission
does not agree with the Board of
County Commissioners. It was
mentioned that Alan Pierce and
Eddie Creamer are going to pro-
pose the creation of a Special Dis-
trict for Eastpoint.
Member Barnett told the group
that "I feel uncomfortable express-
ing.my private opinions at public
hearings on issues that have al-
ready come before the Planning
and Zoning Commission." Chair-
man Dodds told Barnett she
should not feel impeded in ex-
pressing her personal opinions as
a private person. Barnett asked if
any progress had been made in
filling the science seat. Ward said,
"Nothing has been done yet". The
P&Z Board discussed the fact that
the C-5 Zoning change had been
tabled by the Board of County
Commissioners and as of this
time, the Planning Department
has not prepared the Dock Ordi-
nance for presentation to the
Board of County Commissioners.
Dodds told the Board Members
that there was a problem with al-
ternating the P&Z Board meetings
between Carrabelle and Apalachi-
cola. She said, "I have received
complaints about this causing
confusion. Sometimes people do
not know where the meeting are.":
The Board agreed to hold the&
January meeting at the Court
House Annex in Apalachicola. The,;
meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Highway 98 & 6th Street
from Page 13
Local sub-contractors have also
been engaged in the project that
will provide housing for Chronicle
and theatre full-time employees
with additional units for rent as
the opportunity develops. The
third phase of the site develop-
ment will be the construction o a
300-seat theatre with two auxil-
iary halls for general meeting pur-
poses, intimate cinema perhaps,
and other production uses such
as television and specialized
There will also be a large lobby
area adjacent to the concession
business, surrounded by smaller,
tenant businesses such as a
bookstore, the Chronicle editorial
ottices, and other small busi-
nesses for rent. Another building
design is also being considered
with the 50 foot by 100 foot main
auditorium perhaps resulting in
the merger of a "red-iron" struc-
ture with another by Sprung de-
NOT ALL ISLAND HOMES
ARE CREATED EQUAL.
SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION
In post and beam construction, the load-bearing
poles extend all the way to the roof. About 41
support the structure, spliced together at various
intervals. Normally, the roof system is placed on
top of the structure before the exterior walls are
erected since these are not load bearing.
* THE HOUSE: 2,100 square feet, heated or cooled, with cathedral living area, study, kitchen, four bedrooms
and three bathrooms, and sun deck. There is enormous rental potential with this design, permitting separate
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* ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND 160 MPH WINDS AND A 20-FOOT STORM SURGE.
* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built to last. Post and Beam
construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing on a pile of sand. 2100 square feet heated
and cooled. One of the last homes built on St. George Island by Mason Bean.
* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by MowreyI Elevators'. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
chair accessibility to the living level. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50 years whenhn built, 1989); no fire hazard here as in the
case of wood cedar-shake shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious io th'e harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level; one-half bath stubbed out irn the loft area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
in place for a wall system and other alterations. .
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-average loads.
* HEAT PUMP AND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
Augered pilings were installed in
this house instead of driven
pilings. Forty-one 8x8" poles
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i. n a classic post-and-beam design,
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