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Florida Employment And Unemployment
Florida Continues To Lead The
Nation In Low Unemployment
National Average is 6.0% (Seasonally Adjusted); In
Florida, it is 4.9%
Florida's job market overall con-
tinued to lead the country with a.
4.7 percent unemployment rate
and a gain of 97,300 nonagricul-
tural jobs at a rate of 1.3 percent
over the year (seasonally adjusted
data), according to the Florida
Agency for Workforce Innovation
and Susan Pareigis, the Director.
The November 2003 seasonally
adjusted unemployment rate was
4.7 percent, down slightly from
4.9 percent in October 2003 and
down 0.6 percentage points from
the year ago rate of 5.3 percent.
Out of a civilian labor force of
8,069,000, there were 379,000
unemployed Floridians, the low-
est number since July 2001.
Florida's unemployment rate has
been lower than the national rate
since March 2002 (21 consecutive
months). Florida had the second
lowest unemployment rate among
the ten largest states in October
Between October 2002 and Octo-
ber 2003, Florida remained num-
ber one in the nation in the num-
ber of new jobs created. Among
the ten most populous states,
Florida ranked second behind
Georgia in annual job growth rate.
This nonagricultural employment
expanded by 1.3 percent, or a gain
of 97,300 jobs from November
Rank ordered jobs by Area:
1. Trade, Transportation and
2. Professional and Business
3.. Total Government
4. Education and Health
5. Leisure and Hospitality
6. Financial Activities
Table 1 is a list of jobs by area
from the highest number to the
lowest number in the state of
Florida, November 2003 data.
While the total nonagricultural
employment continued to grow in
terms of thousands of jobs by the
area indicated, professional and
business services led the list in
growth. Trade, transportation and
utilities led the list in terms of the
number of jobs, but the growth
rate was actually a decrease over
the last year by -0.3 percent. The
growth in government is actually
in local government.
The leisure and hospitality indus-
tries continue to grow. Within
construction, most of the jobs
were in specialty trade contrac-
tors which had the fastest growth
rate and gained the most jobs (+
5.8 percent). The Table also re-
veals the weakness in the Florida
labor force; lower numbers of jobs
in manufacturing, information,
and trade, transportation and
In November 2003, Walton
County had the state's lowest
unemployment rate (2.2 percent)
due to healthy job growth in the
area. Unemployment rates de-
creased over the year in 57 of
Florida's 67 counties. The coun-
ties having the largest declines in
unemployment were Franklin
(-2.5 percentage points), Washing-
ton (-1.6 percentage points), and
Hardee (-1.4 percentage points).
Led by Glades County (8.5 per-
cent), the highly agricultural ar-
eas of Central and South Florida,
were among those with the high-'
est unemployment rates in the
state, despite improving4rom sea-
sonal peaks reached during the
summer. Other counties with
rates above 7.0 percent included:
Taylor (7.8 percent), Hamilton (7.6
percent), Hendry (7.4 percent),
and Hardee (7.3 percent), all sig-
nificantly higher than the state
rate of 4.7 percent.
Orlando created the most jobs
between November 2002 and No-
vember 2003 (+20,700 jobs) due
largely to gains in leisure and
hospitality (8,400 jobs). West
Palm Beach-Boca Raton and
ranked second and third in job
gains (+17,400 jobs and +14,600
U.S. Shrimpers Seek Tariff Protection
From Imports That Come Largely From
Vietnam, China And Thailand
Shrimp fishermen from eight
Southern States, on December
31, 2003, planned to file for stiffer
tariffs on shrimp imports from
several Asian countries that sup-
ply a substantial portion of the
Many shrimp fishermen in the
southern U.S. claim they have
been devastated by plunging
prices for shrimp imports in the
last few years. The tariff filings
have been placed with the U.S.
Commerce Department and the
U.S. International Trade Commis-
sion, alleging that up to seven
Asian and Latin American coun-
tries have been dumping shrimp
on the U.S. market at prices less'
than fair market value. In the U.S.
companies opposing these tariffs
include Darden Restaurants, Inc.,
owners of the Red Lobster group.
The plaintiffs in the recent action
are called the Southern Shrimp
Alliance. Most of the imported
shrimp comes from Vietnam,
China and Thailand.
Tim Turner Alan Pierce
Emergency Management To Be
Alan Pierce To Assume Part-Time Directorship
The Board of County Commissioners approved a change In the
Franklin County Emergency Management organization by installing
Alan Pierce as part-time Emergency Management Director. Mr. Pierce
gave Tim Turner, the current full-time Emergency Management Di-
rector, notice of this change subject to the review by the Board of
County Commissioners. Mr. Turner's last day as director will be Janu-
ary 20, 2004.
In explaining the change, Mr. Pierce informed the Commissioners
that the state of Florida allows counties of less than 75,000 persons
to use a part-time emergency management director and still receive
full funding. He pointed out that he has assumed the part-time post
in the past, and the late Carl Petteway was also a part-time director.
Mr. Pierce will remain as part-time Director of Administrative Ser-
vices and Mark Curenton would become Interim County Planner. He
added that Chris Clark would be available to assist in some plan
The Year 2003
5 A Report and Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
Inside This Issue
2003 Year in Review ...... Town Meetings ........ 2, 3
............................ 1, 4-7 Franklin Briefs ............2
Unemployment Rate .... 1 Draft C-1A Ordinance .. 2
Shrimpers ................... 1 Editorial & Commentary3
Emergency Management Tony Millender ........... 8
................................... 1 Medical News...............8
Redistricting ............. 1 FCAN...........................9
Building Permits ....... 1 Bookshop .................. 10
Election Year Is Upon Us!
By Harriett Beach
A major Election Year has arrived and the question now is, "How will
you here in Franklin County respond?" Will you simply yawn and
ignore the whole American right of voting' or will you think about
what kind of governmental leaders are needed for the Nation, the
State of Florida and Franklin County and vote to get those leaders
elected. This is the chance for you.to express your needs and ideas.
You can go a step beyond voting and be active in supporting the can-
didates of your choice. Even a stpp beyond that is volunteering to
help with the elections by being a poll worker or watcher. Contact the
Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office for information about
helping with the election.
The offices that will be on the 2004 Ballot will be:
For Federal Office;
* President, Vice President of the United States
* Representative in Congress District Two
* United States Senator
For State and Multi-County Offices;
* State Representative, Districts 6 and 10
* State Attorney
* Public Defender
Franklin County Offices;
* Clerk of the Circuit Court
* Tax Collector
* Property Appraiser
* Supervisor of Elections
* Board of County Commissioners. Districts 1, 3 and 5
* School Board Members, District 1,. 3 and 5
Judicial Retention; (nonpartisan)
* Justices of the Supreme Court whose terms expire January 2005
* Judges, District Court of Appeals, whose terms expire January 2005
Circuit Judges, Second Judicial Circuit:
* Circuit Court Judges, whose terms expire January 2005.
Doris Shiver Gibbs, Franklin County Supervisor of Elections has pre-
pared a Franklin County 2004 Voter's Guide that you can get from
The Supervisor of Election's Office on the first floor of the Franklin
County Court House in Apalachicola. The Voter's Guide explains the
Registration Process, Absentee Balloting, and the Franklin County
For those who wish to file a petition to be on the ballot, the following
dates are important. January 7, 2004 is the First Date to pickup
petitions from the Supervisor of Elections. June 18, 2004 is the last
date to pickup petitions. June 21, 2004 at noon is the last date and
time to submit petitions to the Supervisor of Elections.
Qualifying dates and time are noon July 12, 2004 and noon July 16,
2004. Only candidates for county offices qualify with the Franklin
County Supervisor of Election's Office. All others qualify with the Di-
vision of Elections in Tallahassee.
Election Dates are the following: March 9, 2004, Presidential Prefer-
ence Primary. August 31, 2004, First Primary. November 2, 2004,
The election year rhetoric and hype in the media have already
been assaulting us for months. It is tempting to tune it out, but
it is necessary to listen in order to get a measure of the people
running for the various offices. Now is the time to decide who
you want to represent you in this Nation, this State and this
Battle of the Motions Continues
County Seeks Protective
Order From Depositions
Concerned Citizens Counsel Seeks Depositions of
The Franklin County Attorney, Thomas M. Shuler, has filed a motion
for Protective Order and Motion in Limine before the Circuit Court,
Second Judicial Circuit, in and for Franklin County to stop the Con-
cerned Citizens from conducting depositions of Franklin County Com-
missioners and others.
The motion states that "...On information and belief, Plaintiffs rea-
son for the deposition is to inquire into how a redistricting plan was
formulated. Given that the Board's discussions on this matter are of
record either in the form of public meeting and minutes or reported
by a court reporter, Plaintiff necessarily intends to inquire into privi-
leged and protected matters, including, but not necessarily limited
to: (A) Attorney-Client Communications; (b) Legislative Privilege and
(c) Commissioner's mental impressions. The motion concludes, "'Such
an inquiry is neither relevant nor likely to lead to relevant or admis-
sible information..." The County Attorney Shuler requested an order
protecting the defendant Commissioners from "...the annoyance, em-
barrassment and undue burden resulting from inquiry by Plaintiff
into protected and privileged matters." The motion concludes with,
"...The convenience of the parties and the interest of justice would be
served by requiring Plaintiff (the Concerned Citizens) discovery be
had by means other than those selected by Plaintiff, such as by ser-
vice of interrogatories."
The motion was filed on January 2, 2004 before Judge Ferris.
'Raw %W r
The Franklin County Planning
Department released their annual
statistics on building permits on
Tuesday, January 6, 2004 reflect-
ing a continuing but slight down-
ward trend in single-family resi-
dences since 2001. The total
number of R-1 dwelling permit-
ted in 2003 was 144, with the
highest number of new homes,
not surprisingly, on St. George
Island. Twenty new dwellings
were permitted in Eastpoint, 17
in Carrabelle, and 11 in
Apalachicola. Table 1 shows the
distribution of units throughout
R-1 Dwelling Permits Issued
St. George Island: 70
City of Carrabelle: 5
Dog Island: 1
Lanark & St. James: 11
St. Teresa: 2
Alligator Point: 12
Other building permits issued by
the County Planning Department
are elected in Table 2. Docks and
seawalls and swimming pools ap-
pear to be the most popular addi-
tions throughout the county. The
total number of miscellaneous
permits was 775.
Driveway/ Road Const.:
Docks, Seawalls, etc:
Electrical, Power Poles:
The numbers of single-family resi-
dences has declined slightly in the
last three years with a fairly stable
number of mobile homes permit-
ted since 2000.
R-1 and Mobile Home Permits
Other Building Permits Issued
R-1 Mobie Homes
2003 was packed with new and recurring developments within
Franklin County, impacting upon the present circumstances and
County futures in varying degrees. This summary of the highlights is
an attempt to sort out the significant from the ordinary, the routine
from the unusual, that have implications for county life now or in the
Development and Economy
Three major evolutions occurred in Franklin in 2003 that have far
reaching implications for the future. The St. Joe development called
"Summer Camp" was approved by the Franklin County Commission
and the Dept. of Community Affairs in spite of some hassles during
the proposal stages. Timber Island was sold to the St. Joe Company
for $6.8 million and they plan to develop a marina there, comple-
menting their summer camp development near the intersections of
highways 319 and 98. The company also sold acreage to the State of
Florida to expand Bald Point State Park on the far eastern end of
Franklin County. Along with the comprehensive planning occurring
in the St. James area, these developments will enhance a corridor of
development and preservation and undoubtedly become a new mag-
net for increased population density in the short term. The
SummerCamp development will involve nearly 500 homesites for va-
cationers and retired families.
The Research Reserve manager for a number of years, Woody Miley,
retired from his post in March 2003.
Habitat for Humanity, made familiar by its most famous carpenter,
Jimmy Carter, started in 1976 in Americus, Georgia. With volunteer
labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials,
Habitat builds and renovates houses with the help of homeowner
(partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no
profit, financed with affordable, no interest loans. The homeowners'
monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund For Humanity
that is used to build more houses for families in need, In 2003, Habi-
tat for. Humanity was established in Franklin County. Two homes
were planned for construction in Apalachicola and Carrabelle.
In 2003, the St. Joe Company donated two building sites, one in
Carrabelle and the other in Apalachicola. Max Brown is chairman of
the board of the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Con-
tributions are tax deductible and may be sent to Habitat for Human-
Sity of Franklin County, Post Office Box 373, Eastpoint, Florida 32328.
Moyers NOW Does a Number on the St. Joe Company
On Friday evening, June 6, 2003, the satellite service of DirecTV pre-
sented another episode of Bill Moyers' NOW, a magazine,
pseudo-documentary program. One segment of the program was about
the St. Joe Company and development in the "great Northwest" of
Florida. The show's producers, Gregory Henry and Kathleen Hughs,
dragged out two vociferous critics of the St. Joe Company, accompa-
nied by other more reasonable and less cynical environmentalists to
structure a negative case against the company.
The most accurate statement given viewers by the narrator was in
the very beginning, with this not terribly profound observation as the
camera scanned aerial views of trees: 'This is Florida's panhandle, a
place where there are more pine trees than people."
One needs to take note of that statement because it is an observation
that is somewhat dated. The panhandle is growing, particularly in,
older populations. There are very strong, implications for that obser-
vation, underscored by an FSU professor who recently addressed the
Franklin County Commission on population changes in panhandle
counties. But, perhaps that development in light of the
pseudo-documentary merely reflects the fact that the producers did
not do their homework very well. The report oozes with omissions
misstatements, other viewpoints and misleading statements concern-
ing the so-called "St. Joe steamroller." That pejorative reference to a
steamroller was language used several times during the report with
little credible evidence, to so condemn the company.
Mr. Moyers introduced the report with references to the changing
geography of America, and an article by Craig Pittman of the St. '
Petersburg Times about the St. Joe developer. Of course, America's
geography has changed in the last 200 years and it is continuing to
change. Florida is expected to grow enormously in some areas in the
not too distant future, requiring greater investment in infrastructure
are to support aging populations in particular. The Northwest is one
such atea, requiring new hurricane escape routes, better and more
reliable roads resistant to flooding, rural healthcare, new water re-
sources and orderly development. The entire area is economically
depressed and a number of state stimulated projects have been
launched to improve the economy, but such facts might have con-
fused the producers of the Moyers' segment.
Indeed, one concept involving state partnership with business in solv-
ing problems has been to encourage more involvement of private en-
terprise into what has been strictly the business of government. A
second concept that was absent from the report was anything sug-
gesting the values of private ownership of land, a traditional Ameri-
can concept that preceded "apple pie." Oh yes, St. Joe is the largest
private landowner in the State of Florida, the program's narrator said.
but the suggestion was planted that it is too big, like a steamroller.
Being the largest landowner somehow makes the company a mono-
lithic monster and the report did its best to cross over the line be-
tween reporting and propaganda.
In my view, the accumulation of many items brought me to the con-
clusion that the segment on the "Great Northwest"
was bogus propaganda.
Continued on Page 4
St. George Leads In R-1 House
Construction For 2003
144 Single-Family Residences Permitted,
Continuing a Slight Downward Trend Since 2001
Paie 2 9 Januarv 2004
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
January 6, 2004
The U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture funded Family Nutrition Pro-
gram has still not been fully ap-
proved for the 2003-2004 fund-
ing period. About 85 individuals
were told they were laid-off or on
mandatory annual leave begin-
ning December 22nd, but within
one day, the U. S. Department of
Agriculture notified the University
of Florida, Family Nutrition Pro-
gram administrators that they
were granting a 2nd quarter con-
tingency approval of the proposal.
Thus, lay-offs and mandatory
leaves were cancelled.
Area shrimp fishermen using the
new leatherback TEDs with the
71-inch opening have given posi-
tive reviews.. So far, Mr. Mahan
iep'orted, reports indicate that the
leatherback TEDS work well.
The second meeting of the new
Apalachicola River Basin Inva-
sives Workgroup will be held in
Franklin or Gulf County on Janu-
ary21, at 10a.m. Call Mr. Mahan
for the meeting location (850)
Mr. Mahan has conferred with
Mark Berrigan about the possi-
bility of allowing oyster aquacul-
ture leases in Alligator Harbor. He.
recommended that the Board of
County Commissioners write a
letter requesting a survey to be
completed reviewing the feasibil-
ity of such an undertaking. The
Board agreed and commissioned
a letter to the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
United States Forestry
Kimberly Bittle and Marcus Beard
appeared before the Commission
requesting permission to conduct
limited herbicide spraying on
State Road 65. The Board moved
'to 4skR.Bill, Mahan to review their
proposal arid report back to the
John Soule, leasee of the
Pensacola Fishing Bridge, ap-
peared.before the Board. to-argue
the merits of allowing vehicular
traffic on the old bridge to St.
'George Island when it is turned
over to the county in May 2004.
He presented a letter from Kirk
van Blaricom,-project engineer,
that with a reduced structural
load "...there will be no immedi-
ate concerns as to the structural
integrity..." Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders expressed considerable
reservation about allowing ve-
hicular traffic on the fishing piers.
Soule said "...without looking at
it, I know it is safe..." Mr. Soule
believes that the bridge can safely
carry cars and light traffic. The
Department of Transportation is
unwilling to make such a recom-
mendation to the county.
Considerable time was take
discussion of uses of the f
piers and the vehicular tra:
-sue. Soule argued that a 3
turn-around was possible
most cars. He thought that
ting vehicular traffic would
per considerably the ecor
value of the fishing piers and
popular appeal of the piers
The Commissioners disc
some criteria for leasin
bridges, perhaps to be consi
when final decisions on tha
ject will be made. The quesi
insurance coverage and li1
always persists. What can be
to maximize the utility o
bridges as fishing piers? Cle
public restrooms and park
main continuing problems
question of pedestrian vers
hicular traffic presents s
problems. Someone joked
trailer park might evolve ov
bay as trailers were parked o
bridge. A committee was r
mended to study the issue
report back to the Commis
Steve Fling, President, spoke in
favor of their plan to increase the
MSBU (Municipal Service Benefit
Unit) fees based on square foot-
ages of houses and building
height. He repeated the warning
that his association could not
conduct any rescues of stranded
persons at the third levels in a
building on fire. He said about
448 houses in the county were of
such heights as to be beyond their
capability to effect such rescues.
"Simply, we can't reach the up-
per floors to rescue stranded
folks." He agreed to return to the
Board with more complete defini-
tions of terms and a more detailed
Director of Administrative
Alice Collins is adding on to her
real estate office, and will provide
the required parking for her ad-
dition on her property. She would
like to make improvements on the
Gulf Beach Drive right-of-way in
front of her property for additional
parking. The Board approved al-
lowing her to create public park-
ing at her expense on Gulf Beach
Drive, and with the understand-
ing that the county might have to
remove the parking if the county
has other uses for the right-of-way
in the future.
The Board approved an agree-
ment between Franklin County
and the ARPC to do the Hazard-
ous Waste Assessment again. The
ARPC does this for the county
every two years for a fee of $3000.
Mr. Ed Berger is still interested
in giving his property on Dog Is-
land to the county. This will be a
donation. The Board authorized
Mr. Shuler to prepare a contract
for a donation of land and send it
to Mr. Berger.
Ted Mosteller, Airport Advisory
Chairman, requested permission
to move forward .on.two projects
at the airport.
On the 60' x 60' hanger to be built
entirely with state funds for
$120,000, the Board has previ-
ously awarded the low bid, and
only bid, to Poloronis Construc-
tion for $120,000. The bid sub-
mitted by Poloronis is for a shell
of a building, that while func-
tional, will not be complete. Board
action today needs to authorize
the site the building is to use on
airport property, and to authorize
the Chairman to sign contract
and then to issue Notice of Award.
Before the Board acts, Mr.
Mosteller described what the Air-
port Committee would like for the
building to go. Also before the
Board acts, the standard airport
contract requires the contractor
to post a bid bond, and a con-
struction bond. Mr. Mosteller rec-
ommends the Board waive the bid
bond, but not the performance
bond. The Board approved waiv-
ing the bid bond but not the per-
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
He pointed out that the P and Z
board was meeting next week on
three zoning requests for property
currently zoned C-1 to be con-
verted to C-3 in the two-mile area.
He expressed concern that it the
Board holds a hearing on creat-
ing a new zoning ordinance at the
same time that P and Z are con-
sidering rezoning property to an
existing zoning district there
might be a great deal of confusion
about what is occurring.
The Board decided to hold the
draft ordinance reprinted below
until P and Z conducts their re-
view of the three rezoning re-
quests in the event there might
be changes in their recommenda-
tions. In any event, the draft pre-
sented at the Tuesday meeting is
C-1A: WATERFRONT DISTRICT
DISTRICT INTENT: To provide
for the location of commercial ac-
tivities and uses that benefit from
proximity to the Bay.
PERMITTED USES AND
1. Light intensive seafood pro-
cessing including, but not limited
to oyster, shrimp, and fin fishing.
2. Docking and landing facilities
with special provisions for com-
mercial fishing boats.
3. Support facilities including
boat building, marine hardware,
net weaving, ice making, seafood
storage and warehousing.
4. Marine culture shore facilities
including shellfish rearing and
fattening and crab culture.
5. Water dependent tourist facili-
ties including restaurants, shops,
and recreational boat docks.
6. A combination of single family
residence and business within a
single structure; however, a com-
bination of residence and busi-
ness requiring two separate struc-
tures will not be allowed on one
lot or parcel of land.
7. Uses determined by the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission to
be similar to the above.
1. Uses of land customarily inci-
dental and subordinate to one of
the permitted uses, unless other-
PROHIBITED USES AND
1. All uses not specifically or pro-
visionally permitted herein.
24 ,Hotels and: models.
3. Gas stations or commercial fuel
After public notice and hearing
and appropriate conditions and
safeguards, the Board of Adjust-
ment may permit as special ex-
1. Marinas, utilizing upland dry
storage to the maximum extent
possible to protect vital resources,,,
and on shore boat facilities.
On the addition to the existing
hanger that has a local match re-
quirement, Mr. Bill Ruic has pro-
vided the county with a revised
letter of credit from Gulf State
Bank. The revised letter of credit
no longer has a requirement that
the lease be extended. At this
time, AIATC, through a loan from
Gulf State Bank, will provide the
local match of some $42,000 for
a project costing approximately
SIf the Board accepts the revised
letter of credit, then Poloronis
Construction will be able to work
on both projects, as it was the
only bidder on that project some
months ago. According to Mr.
Mosteller, the Board accepted the
Poloronis bid for the addition but
did not award it because of the
en to a issue of the letter of credit requir-
ishing ing a lease extension. The Board
ffic is- accepted the letter of credit, ap-
-point proved the location of the project,
with authorized the contract to be
omit- signed and issued a notice of
I n award.
Draft C-I A
Alan Pierce, County Planner, In-
formed the Board of County Com-
missioners on Tuesday, January
6, 2004, that he had drafted a
C- 1A Ordinance for the waterfront
district and board review. A hear-
ing has been authorized for Janu-
ary 20; 2004 but he distributed a
copy of the draft to, the board at
the Tuesday meeting. The Ordi-
nance has not been reviewed by
MINIMUM LOT SIZE: Existing
lots are grandfathered. All new
lots shall have a minimum of 100
feet of road frontage and shall run
from the right-of-way to the mean
Structures that are solely water
dependent shall have no set-
backs. Nonwater dependent
structures or mixed-use struc-
tures shall have the following set-
backs: 50 feet from mean high
tide: side setbacks are 10 feet;
setback from the right-of-way is
MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT:
3 5 feet in height.
MAXIMUM IMPERVIOUS LOT
SIGNS: See Section 450 of zon-
OFF STREET PARKING AND
1. Parking should be on a perme-
able surface, or areas with imper-
vious surfaces must include re-
tention areas designed to treat the
2. See Section 430 and 440 of zon-
NOTES: WATERFRONT DISTRICT
1. There is no minimum require-
ments for front, rear, and side
2. Franklin County Ordinance
89-8, Critical Shoreline, and
Franklin County Ordinance 88-2,
Flood Ordinance, are applicable
to lands within this district.
The True Value
Of The Real
Learn or play for
pennies a day in Florida
Florida's award-winning state
parks provide inexpensive, .high
quality recreation in a natural
setting. Revenue generated from
visitor fees remain in the state
park system, making up almost
half of the $70 million operating
budget. Updates in entrance and
camping fees, starting January 1,
will provide additional revenue to
protect these natural, cultural
and historic attractions, while
ensuring state parks remain a
fraction of the cost of most other
Revisions to entrance fees are the
first update in 13 years:
* Daily Pass (per car with as many
as eight passengers) increases
from $3.25 to $4 and from $4 to
$5, depending on the park.
* Annual Pass, which provides
unlimited entrance to more than
150 state parks, increases from
$30 to $40 for individuals and
from $60 to $80 for families (up
to eight people).
Under the simplified fee schedule
for camping, visitors will pay one
flat fee, ranging from $12 to $28,
depending on camping facilities.
The revisions eliminate additional
fees for electricity, extra vehicles,
people and pets.
Last year, Florida's parks at-
tracted 18.2 million visitors and
contributed $574 million to local
economies. For more information,
Reserve a cabin or campsite at
www.reserveamerica.com or by
Boyd Addresses Local
By Harriett Beach
Allen Boyd, representing Northern
Florida in the US Congress, held
two Town Meetings in Franklin
County. The first Town Meeting
was held Tuesday, January 6,
2004 at 9:30 am at the Town Hall
in Carrabelle. Jim Brown,
Carrabelle Mayor, introduced
Allen Boyd to the 20 people
packed into the tiny Carrabelle
Office. Boyd accompanied by
Cissy Boyd, his wife of 34 years
and two Congressional Aids, Ja-
son Quaranto and Bob Pickle told
the group that he is holding 25
Town Meetings this week in a tour
of northern Florida. Boyd invited
the group to talk with him about
the things that concerned them
in their lives.
James Bove, resident of Minne-
sota and Lanark Village, started
off the dialog by saying that he
felt his Constitution Rights were
being violated by the Patriot Act
enacted by Congress. Boyd
pointed out that the Patriot Act
was the result of the 9/11 Ter-
rorist attack and that he did vote
for it as it was an attempt to deal
with serious security issues in the
US. Boyd said he did not think
the Patriot Act will be expanded
to curtail any more liberties and
he urged people to be patient to
see how the Act works.
Bove, on his list of concerns sited
Partial Birth Abortions and
.NAFTA. Boyd said that he voted
for banning partial birth abor-
tions. In thie discussion on
NAFTA, Boyd said that at this
point, we cannot get rid of NAFTA
even if the Free Trade Act is hav-
ing a negative effect on the US
The issue of the Middle East prob-
lem between Israel and Palestine
was discussed with the audience
acknowledging that the problem
was complicated as both sides
keep adding to the tension by ag-
gressive acts. Boyd told the group
that in the 1999-2000, Wye River
Conference, Arafat, representing
Palestine, was given 95% of what
he wanted and still he walked
away from the negotiations.
Jim Bove raised the issue of the
sewer line running from
Carrabelle to the St. James Bay
Development. Boyd said that this
was a local issue and the resolu-
tion lies with the local elected of-
Rod Gasche, Lowell Chambers
and other vets brought up the is-
sues of Congress promising vet-
erans benefits then reneging on
the promises. Boyd acknowledged
that promises had been made to
vets and not honored. He said that
attempts are being made to bring
pressure on Congress to remedy
Many in the audience of mostly
retired people were concerned
about Social Security, Medicare
and the cost of prescription drugs.
Boyd assured the group that in
the short term Social Security and
Medicare was sound but as it ap-
proached the year 2035 the fund
would diminish to being empty.
Boyd acknowledged that this is an
area of concern that Congress
Christina Saunders, of Saunders
Seafood, and Tim Saunders, Jr.
of American Shrimp Co., both of
Carrabelle. Raised the concern
about the dumping of foreign
shrimp on the US market. Ms.
Saunders suggested that there be
a trade adjustment made to give
relief to the US Shrimp Industry.
Currently the US shrimp harvest
has dropped by 50%. She asked
Boyd, "Why is the US allowing for-
eign shrimp to come into US mar-
kets when Europe' and Japan
have banned their import?" Boyd
suggested that the north Florida
Shrimpers work with his office in
Washington to come up with a
.solution to the problem. The
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Town Meetings from
Shrimpers wanted to know why
the money allocated for the relief
to the Shrimpers had not been
distributed in Florida. Boyd sug-
gested that they contact Florida
District 10, Representative Will
Kendrick to work on that prob-
Dan Rosier asked Boyd, "Why do
U.S. prisons look better than our
schools?" Rosier pointed out that
many of the parents of the
Franklin county children cannot
read or write and cannot get bet-
terjobs. Boyd agreed saying that,
"the U.S. needs a better educated
populace. Each new generation
should be 'better educated than
the parent population." Boyd told
the group that Federal funds do
not dictate the quality of the local
education. Education solutions
are on the local level. Several
people agreed that there should
be a competency test for teach-
Boyd told the group that, "Many
of the items in the "No Child Left
Behind" Program have never been
funded and are putting serious
strains on local school districts.
The U.S. Congress can only rem-
edy. that problem since this is a
Federal program that has a local
As the hour discussion came to a
close, Gene Goble raised the is-
sue of the inadequate "cost of liv-
ing" raise in Social Security. Boyd
explained how the "Cost of Living"
adjustment formula is based on
data about the items purchased
in order to live in the US. Goble
was concerned that the US is
sending large amounts of money
to foreign countries when the US
population is in need of financial
Boyd thanked the group for their
input and after saying good bye,
quickly left for the next Town
Meeting scheduled at 11:30 a.m.
in Apalachicola at the Franklin
County Court House. Boyd and
his entourage arrived there to an
audience of about 40 people who
had been waiting for him.
After the introductions, Dee
Shepard representing the Boys
and Girls Club in Franklin
County, ask Boyd why was no one
working to bring clean industry
into Franklin County since there
is a serious need for jobs here.
Boyd replied there needs to be
more work on the infrastructure
side of the issue. By improving the
infrastructure of the Franklin
County, clean industry will be at-
EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
tracted into Franklin County.
Plans need to be developed to at-
tract industry and that is the role
of the local leadership. He wants
to be part of the planning but the
planning must be instigated on a
David Mclain brought up at this
second Town Meeting the con-
cerns about the local Seafood In-
dustry and the harm being done
to .the local Shrimp Industry by
the dumping of foreign shrimp in
the U.S. market.
David Walker from the Church of
the Covenant Word of Christian
Sinners told Boyd that Franklin
County needs more Youth Cen-
tered programs. He also asked, "
How can the County get con-
nected to the Federal "Faith Based
Programs," Boyd suggested that
Walker contact his Congressional
office and his Congressional Aids
would get the necessary informa-
Terry Peacock, as well as Dee
Shepard, were both concerned
about the cut in Federal spend-
ing for Youth Conservation Corp.
programs. Boyd told the group
that the Federal tax cuts led to
Federal budget cuts for items,
such as the Youth Conservation
Ron Shainer, a businessman, was
concerned about the Federal tax-
ing system. He told Boyd that'the.
country needs more tax incentives
for the purchase of manufactur-
ing machinery. Boyd replied that
with the recent tax cuts, the coun-
try is spending much more than
it is receiving in taxes. He said
that this is the reason that he has
voted against the tax cuts.
Phyllis Harris from Eastpoint was
concerned about the fact that re-
tirees can be cut off from their
Med Plans when they stop work.
Boyd said that he is working on a
bill that will give an incentive-to
companies to keep Med Plans in
place for the retirees. Harris also
was concerned about a newspa-
per article that said the Labor
Department was telling employ-
ers how to cut back employee
wages so the employees could not
receive any overtime that the em-
ployee had been required to work.
Boyd said that while Congress can
pass bills, the various Depart-
ments can change the rules and
regulations of the bill without go-
ing back to Congress. In that way,
bills can be subverted from their
original purpose. Also not every
bill passed in Congress is finan-
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David Adlerstein asked Boyd why
conservative Christian faith
southern Democrats are leaning
toward the Republican Party.
Boyd defined the Democratic
Party as being composed of people
in the middle income bracket
while the Republican Party is
composed of people from the cor-
porate culture. Boyd showed the
audience the card he uses to vote
as the representative from
Florida. He told the group that he
does not answer to anyone except
the voters who sent him to Con-
gress to represent them. Boyd
also told the group that the US
Government is designed to be an
economical model for trade and
is not a social or church related
model. Boyd discussed his reli-
gious background, but said he did
not want that to be used for po-
Boyd asked the audience, "What
are the two main issues confront- *
ing the US Government." They all
agreed that the situation in Iraq
and the Economy were the issues.
The energy issue was discussed
as that bill is now floundering in
the Senate because of the inclu-
sion of many "Corporate Give-
aways". A member of the audience
described making many trips
from Germany on planes carry-
ing home to the US, bodies of sol-
diers killed in Iraq. He was dis-
tressed at the US Government
secrecy of quietly bringing home
Vern Stefanko, brought up the
issue of reimporting drugs from
Canada. Boyd said he supports
the reimporting of medical drugs
as he knows how much money the
drug companies are spending to
pressure Congress to keep up the
high price of medical drugs in the
The meeting ended with more dis-
cussion about the economic plight
of the Shrimpers in Franklin
County. It was noted that Federal
money has been allocated to the
Shrimpers but a few people in
Florida have tied up the money.
Shrimpers in the audience were
angry that seafood brokers, not
the shrimpers themselves were
controlling the distribution of the
money. Boyd's Congressional Aids
suggested that the Shrimpers
work with Florida Senator Lawson
and Representative Kendrick on
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The Niagara Prince negotiates the Apalachicola River during
her visit to the port city as she tours the inland waterways
during the summer of 2003.
Item-Comment by Carl Hiaasen that St. Joe is "panhandling off the
taxpayer and they don't want you to know that," a comment made to
establish the case that the taxpayers are somehow being duped into
paying for infrastructure in the "great northwest." There is public
involvement in all of the St. Joe proposals, including the SummerCamp
development. Several public meetings were held to ascertain public
response, and indeed, the St. Joe plans were modified. The Depart-
ment of Community Affairs was also involved in these changes, dem-
onstrating that a state agency does cope with the plans of the so-called
Item-Narration clearly stated that "no one state agency exists to
oversee" the St. Joe plans. False. The correct answer is the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Com-
munity Affairs. A Case study of approval process is in the
, "SummerCamp" proposal.
Item-In moving the highway, or nurturing the creation of alternate
routes, including new airline services, the report emphasized only
the company's involvement, omitting the clear-cut need for more
modern escape routes in times of hurricanes, given the pressures
brought by increased populations, whether served by St. Joe or not.
The roads bordering the Gulf and bays have flooded many times and
- in Franklin County, there are very few escape routes. Again, the home-
work by the producers was distinctly lacking.
The closing advice by Mr. Moyers was helpful and this is to look for
and review published announcements about changes in zoning rules.
These are routinely published in most local newspapers. The public
has some responsibilities to read them.
In sum, this, segment of the Moyers' NOW program was distinctly
misleading, poorly researched and unfair to the St. Joe Company.
While Billie Buzzett was allowed to comment to rely on newspaper
columnists who don't even live in this area as grist for the report is to
formulate a recipe that is likely to doom any developer. In that sense,
the negative outcome lived up to expectations. But, as an occasional
contributor to public broadcasting, I would expect a greater measure
of accuracy, and a better choice of words. Especially from a seasoned
veteran such as Bill Moyers.
The Value Line Investment Survey has characterized the general eco-
nomic outlook in this way: "The new year begins with the economy in
its best shape in some time." Their analysts have concluded that the
business expansion "took off' during the second half of 2003, aided
by cuts in interest rates and the stimulus of government spending
coupled with the decline in tax rates. The continuing conditions af-
fecting the stock market still persist, concludes Value Line, but their
bottom line conclusion leaves one to wonder. They asserted, "We are
-=sentially neutral on the outlook for stocks at the present time."
The major event in this category involved the redistricting of Franklin
County following the initiation of a citizen lawsuit in Federal Court,
bringing the issue to a head. The Concerned Citizens of Franklin
County hired their own attorney and filed the lawsuit alleging that
the Franklin County government failed to redistrict, as required by
law, following the 1990 and 2000 census. The County relied on an
injunction which they claimed prevented them from taking redistrict-
ing action that forbade the adoption of any plan other than one ap-
proved by the Federal Court in a case developed in 1986.
Then, the Census report complicated the issue because one tract
picked up a report of a prison population in one district, thereby
making the total figures invalid, the county claimed. Corrections were
obtained and the County Commission adopted a plan in October 2003
but this was disputed by the Concerned Citizens who argued that the
plan was adopted without proper public notice and debate.
One workshop on this subject was held in early June but a tape
recording of those proceedings clearly indicated that the workshop
was totally mismanaged and disorganized, reflecting more concern
from the County Commissioners about their fears concerning re-
election under a revised plan.
Two plans were presented by citizens at that meeting but were
promptly dismissed as candidates "for the wastebasket" (in the words
of Bevin Putnal, County Commissioner). Harriet Beach, Chronicle re-
porter, wrote a scathing review of the meeting in the following issue of
the Franklin Chronicle, in which the black leadership of the county
was heard to inform the Commissioners to "get their act together"
and have better preparation for the next redistricting workshop.
The Concerned Citizens later charged in Circuit Court that the Com-
missioners failed to provide adequate public notice. In December, they
adopted essentially the same plan as in October which adjusted the
boundaries of the electrical districts slightly to accommodate the le-
Sal requirements within 4 5% deviation. In Federal Court, .Judge
afford was heard to order the County to redistrict "immediately"
but this did not get into his written record.
Consequently, the Concerned Citizens have filed a motion to amend
the order to reflect this instruction along with the crucial determina-
tion that the plaintiffs were entitled to collect legal fees for the action.
Once before, in the mid-1980s, the Franklin County Commission had
to pay the citizens initiative about $10,000 for the legal action they
began to force the county to redistrict. In 2004, the motion filed in
Federal Court also seeks the same kind of remuneration, but the fees
would become much higher, likely to be in the .neighborhood of
The case against the Franklin County Commission for adopting the
redistricting plan by resolution in alleged violation of the Sunshine
Laws is still pending in Circuit Court. The Motions seeking legal fees
are still pending in Federal Court. In the meantime, attorneys for
both sides have exchanged barbed messages concerning a request by
the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County for documents and memo-
randa involving the redistricting case.
The redistricting issue has roots deep into Franklin County history.
Harriett Beach wrote her evaluation of the "Franklin County Tribes"
following this redistricting meeting, with excerpts provided here from
the Chronicle issue ,of June 13, 2003. While the matter may seem
humorous at this distance, one might ponder the implication of these
decision-makers as they sit for re-election within the next few years.
The Franklin County Redistricting Workshop held Tues-
day,. June 3, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. at the Franklin County
Court House emphasized the lack of county leadership
in our elected officials. All five of the County Commis-
sioners and all of the Franklin County School Board
Members were present at the workshop as well as a good
representation of county voters. Voters from Commis-
sioner Clarence Williams' district in Apalachicola were
the largest group in attendance.
From the discussion among the Commissioners and
School Board Members it was evident that the main con-
cern about any attempt to redistrict Franklin County
along the proscribed lines of a balanced population in
each district was their personal concern about getting
reflected. When the audience asked for figures andin-
tormation about the census population figures and voter
registration numbers, none of the workshop organizers
had that information to share with the group. There were
no handouts of information or clear legal advisement from
the County Attorney, Mike Shuler and School Board At-
torney, Barbara Sanders. All the county leadership
seemed to be confused and concerned about the redis-
Many of the Commissioners expressed fear that redis-
tricting would place them out of their current districts
where their core voter base of family and friends keep
them in office. There was also fear that adding more people
to certain districts would dilute the vote for the current
Commissioners. One Commissioner suggested that a little
gerrymandering of districts would help keep the core voter
base intact for the elected officials. Each of the elected
officials indicated that they wanted to keep their
socio-economic district as it is now...
.. .There was discussion among the male elected officials
about the number of "outsiders" who are moving into
Franklin County. There was fear that the "outsiders"
would begin to take over this county especially now that
increased development has began to attract "outsiders"
into the area. Mosconis assured the group that this in-
festation of "outsiders" is a reality. The only person who
could intelligently present researched proposals for re-
districting to the elected officials and audience was Curtis
Spangler, an "outsider" living on St. George Island. Even
though he presented maps showing two possible redis-
tricting solutions the tribal leaders were not interested
in solutions, that might separate them from their con-
stituencies. When Commissioner Sanders requested cop-
ies of the maps for their records, Commissioner Putnal
told her, "the'maps belong in the trash can." He did not
want any part of them.
The hour-long workshop closed with a member of
William's constituency telling the elected officials to, "go
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back and do their homework and then let the people know
what is going on." There were no future redistricting work-
shops announced even though the redistricting must be
done by December 31, 2003. Perhaps the leadership
hopes the problem will just go away.
Franklin County deserves leadership that can make in-
telligent decisions and be informed on the issues that
need their attention. The county needs elected officials
who can rise above these archaic tribal district ties in
order to be stewards of all that is good about this county.
This county should not be allowed to flounder in igno-
rance while petty squabbles, and inflated egos distract
the leaders. If the current leaders cannot rise to higher
standards of leadership then bring on the "outsiders" who
care and have the intellectual tools to do a better job.
In the meantime, the School.Board has met and decided to follow the
redistricting lines set out by the County Commission at their Decem-
ber 2003 meeting so the districts for the schools would be the same
as the political subdivisions.
Taxes have reached a very high plateau in Franklin County in 2003.
A brief review of those brave souls paying down their property taxes
at the Assessor's office on 31 December 2003 revealed a few dis-'
gruntled persons complaining about high taxes. The process of pro-
posing tax expenditures was described in a letter to the Chronicle by
Richard Harper last summer. This obviously reflects a somewhat -dis-
gruntled view of the situation, but it nevertheless is an accurate one:
there is very little scrutiny by the County Commission over budget
proposals. Here is a sampling of Harper's letter:
I am puzzled. I am disappointed. I am downright shocked!
After sitting in on three hours of the Franklin County
"budget workshop" last Tuesday, the "big spenders" in
the United States Senate have nothing to worry about...
...The budget workshop is, for the most part, a great the-
atrical production with all of the participants saying their
prearranged lines and the end result predetermined
Much like professional wrestling, the outcome is known
well before the gavel is struck. Only this time there was a
fly in the ointment. Senator Kennedy, oh, excuse me,
Commissioner Creamer had other ideas on this day. He
had taxpayer money to give away and he spent the -better
part of an hour trying to convince the other members of
the board to go along.
Here's the skinny. A department head presented his proposed budget
for next year, which contained a request for a 10% budget increase
over what he spent last year, and included a pay hike for most of his
department personnel. The pay increase requested? ,$4000.00 or
( $3000.00 (based on the position held) per person for almost every
member of his department. A very expensive proposition considering
the end result would add hundreds of thousands of dollars to an
already ballooning budget. I thought to myself, this Is going to be
good "theatre" because department budget requests are generally in-
flated to account for the "decision-makers" cutting their requests. I
felt sure that this department head had little hope of getting every-
thing that he had asked for.
But even before the first line of the "play" could be spoken, Senator
Kennedy (OOPS, I did it again), Commissioner Creamer interrupted
the festivities by demanding that $4000.00 was NOT NEAR ENOUGH 1
It needed to be $5000.00 and $4000.00 per person., And in response
to another (responsible) commissioner suggesting that we, the tax-
payers, couldn't afford that much of an increase in one year, Com-
missioner Creamer stated that we could afford it this year and we
should do it this year. And if we could do more next year that would
be fine, too. His reasoning was that, unlike three other panhandle
counties close to us, Franklin County was nowhere near the legal tax
limit that could be imposed on the property owners here.
So, for the better part of an hour, the commissioners did not debate
the acceptance of this year's budget amount for next year's budget.
They also did not debate a 10% INCREASE in the proposed budget.
They only debated the INCREASE of the INCREASE! They debated
the difference between giving the department head everything he said
he needed and asked for, versus giving him MORE than he said he
needed and MORE than he asked for!
For the record, Commissioner Mosconis was adamantly opposed to
the motion for the increase of tle increase, Chairperson Sanders was
also opposed. Commissioner Williams sided with "Kennedy" and Com-
missioner Putnal cast the "tentative" deciding vote against the mo-
tion. So the motion to increase the increase filled to pass. But wait.
Creamer was at it again. A recess was called, Creamer got with the
department head and came up with an alternative to the alternative
increase to the increase (you think this is hard to follow, you should
have actually been therel. A compromise was struck and the deal
was done. And yes, in the end It was decided to give the department
MORE than was requested.
One might consider that, after an increase in this years budget for
the aforementioned department of about $350,000.00, the Board might
have considered debating the merit of ANY increase for next year.
Didn't happen. Not one word of debate. The 10% requested increase
was immediately and unanimously accepted with the only debate
centered on whether the increase would be increased.
Do not let this one example of unbridled spending mislead you into
thinking this was an isolated, case. Not so. From 9 a.m. until the
lunch break at noon, each budget proposal was presented to the com-
mission by it's department head with an increase in funding requested
(anywhere from about 4% to about 31%), and each request was ap-
proved with almost no discussion. Not ONE expenditure was denied.
For ANY department. For ANY reason. Every budget proposal was
approved without reduction.
It must be said that the budget process is. a difficult undertaking
under the best of circumstances. And the thousands of decisions
made in the course of this process are, for the most part, correct and
necessary. But the balance between the two components of the bud-
get "battle" is not in balance at all. All department heads are faced
with the reality that they will always have more needs than money.
And they are supposed to look out for the people who work under
their supervision. So they ask for equipment to do a bet ter job. more
personnel to do a better job, better pay to hire better people to do a
better job, with the recurring theme being more, more, and still more.
This is part of their job description. Conversely, the ONLY check to
this never-ending need for more is our elected officials. The people we
elect to represent us. The people we elect to decide how much tax to
charge us. The people we elect to stand up for us, to be there for us
when the budget battle is raging. We give them our checkbooks and
ask them to keep what they need, but not one dollar morel They have
accepted the checkbook but have rejected the concept of fiscal re-
sponsibility. If there is any question, about this judgment, refer to
just five numbers. The 1998 budget, compared to the 1999 budget,
compared to the 2000.budget, compared to the 2001 budget, com-
pared to the 2002 budget. There can be no argument. Spending has
been increasing under the stewardship of the current county Com-
mission at an alarming rate.
At the workshop Tuesday there were the five commissioners, the
county attorney, the Director of-Finance, the Clerk of the Court and
his staff, there were dozens of county employees, there were basically
all of the department heads, there were newspaper reporters and there
were lots of people present td ask the commissib6'tbgive them moiey.
Alice Collins (right) reminisces with Ollie Gunn on the
occasion of honoring Mr. Gunn for 20 years of dedicated
service on the Charity Chili Cookoff.
How many regular citizens ot the county who were there only to en-
sure the proper spending of taxpayer dollars were in attendance?
We the people must demand that our elected representatives truly be
representative of us. Simply put, we ARE our government. So get
involved and attend the meetings. Educate yourself about the issues
and make your opinions known. And if you don't like the next couple
of budgets, we do have elections in Franklin County on occasion.
Richard Harper, Jr.
Proud resident and taxpayer of Franklin County
There is no shortage of controversial issues facing the seafood indus-
tries, locally or on a regional basis. The concern over large quantities
of imported shrimp driving down prices has been expressed by a
"Southern Alliance"' reported elsewhere in this issue of the Chronicle.
Grant Erickson, President of the Southeastern Fisheries Association
expressed his "laundry list" of problems at their annual meeting, re-
printed in the Chronicle issue of August 22, 2003.
One point worth mentioning here with regard to this particular topic
is the manner in which the Florida metropolitan press has been re-
porting developments affecting seafood and the various industries so
represented. In many published reports, that press has emphasized
the negative side of commercial fishing. Indeed, the role of the State
of Florida has sometimes been less than satisfactory, attributing re-
ports to uninformed panelists sitting on various commissions, or over-
zealous staff personnel who advocate their own agendas at the ex-
pense of the facts. The Chronicle published one such incident in the
issue of March 7, 2003. The FWC spread misinformation to the Florida
Press concerning the arrest of Franklin County fishermen in Collier
Erickson's remarks are excerpted here.
SFA is one of a very few commercial-fishing'organiza-
tions that has lasted for over 50 years. We have been
through so many fights and faced so many controversial
issues that we don't even get alarmed anymore when some
group puts out a report or Issues a press release that the
sky Is falling and commercial fishermen have caught all
the fish in the ocean. We should be very proud that we
are still standing after so many misinformed and
mean-spirited groups have tried to destroy the Florida
This past year has been difficult'for allof us in the busi-
ness. We still have not recovered from 9/11 and I don't
know if we ever will fully recover. I know as a nation we
will never be the same.
The market has been less than robust; the imports con-
tinue to rise and while all expenses dealing with harvest-
ing shrimp and fish have gone, our prices are going the
-, othef.way.,In .the shrimp industry, most of the price de-
cline for harvesters can be tied directly-to the importa-
tion of pond raised shrimp from Asia, particularly China
and to a lesser degree Vietnam.
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ing a natural corridor stretching
from Orlando to the Ocala Na-
tional Forest. The State has now
acquired nearly 42,000 acres of
the Florida Forever project, over
half the total lands needed to com-
plete the greenway.
The State began acquiring prop-
erty in the Wekiva-Ocala
Greenway in the 1960s. When
complete, the 75,000-acre tract
will form a continuous corridor
linking the Wekiva Springs State
Park, Rock Springs Run State
Reserve, Lower Wekiva River
Aquatic Preserve, Hontoon Island
State Park and the Ocala National
Expansion of the greenway pro-
tects the region's springs, rivers
and lakes and provides habitat for
more than 50 Florida black bears.
Close to the booming Orlando
metro area, the greenway also
provides the public with access to
natural areas for camping, swim-
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We know we can't stop imports and have no desire to but
we do believe that our domestic shrimpers should have
more than a 10% share of our own market and we intend
to do, whatever it takes to get more, even filing n anti-
dumping petition if that is what it takes...
...SFA has spent many, many man-hours protecting the
longline grouper fishermen. As most of you know, the
Coastal Conservation Association and the Chairman of
the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Edwin Roberts,
have been trying to ban longline fishing for over four years.
There is no data to support such a move and we were
fortunate that the National Marine Fisheries Service last.
year told the Council in effect that the science was not
there to ban the longlines. The issue is not over but it
has been elevated to the Secretarial level where politics
are somewhat less than at the Council level. Unfortu-
nately for us in the Gulf, there is not much commercial
fishing representation on Fishery Management Councils
in the southeastern United States.
The makeup of the Gulf of Mexico Council is still an is-
sue. We were assured last year that efforts would be made
to bring some kind of balance to the Council and change
it from being dominated by recreational and charterboat
interests. There are two charterboat owners on the Coun-
cil and not one person whose sole business deals with
domestic shrimp. As far as the shrimp industry is, con-
cerned, all we can rely on is the rule of law and hope
there are enough members on the Council who will obey
the law as written.
Education as a-topic in county life is, of course,, of continuing impor-
tance. The graduation rate for Franklin County District Schools was
reported by the State Dept. of Education to be 72.8%, three points
above the state average of 69.0 %. However, in comparison with sur-
rounding counties, the Franklin rate is among the lowest in the re-
gion. Liberty County had a graduation rate of 90.7% in the 2002-03
academic year. The rate for Calhoun county was 87.8%. Other coun-
ties are shown in Table 1 reproduced below,
Graduation Rates of Florida School Districts, 1998-99 to 2002-03
1998- 1999- 2000- 2001- 2002- Change since Change since
99 00 o01 02 03 1998-99 2001-02
IBAY 55.9% |s65.9% 168.3% 170.3% 176.6% 20.7% 6.3%
CALHOUN 183.5% 90.4% 86.8/ i 86.8% 187.8% 4.3% 1 .0*'/
FRANKUN 71.2%/R 63.2% 65.8% 57.9% 72.8% 1.6% 14.9%
GADSDEN 46.0% 50.7% 51.0% 52.4% 48.1% 2.1% -4.3%
GULF 80.0o% 83.0%V: 81.5% 83.8% 87.8% 7.8% 4.0o%o
',ERTY 7.l7 72.7. 82.0% 7.5% 90.7% 19.0% 13.2%
WAKULUA 76.2% 73.7% 72.5% 81.2% 83.6% 7.4% 2.4%
STATE 60.2%/o 62.3% / 63.8/a 67.9% 69.0% 8.8/% 1.1% 'o
The Apalachicola Bay Charter School proposed three new curricula,
for a Middle School, a High School and a Technical School. The pro-
posals were submitted to the sponsoring agency, the Franklin County
School District, and were not approved by the Board when no motion
supporting the proposals was provided by the Board. Consequently
the ABC School has appealed this decision before the State Board ol
Education where the matter is now pending.
Jeff Weiner resigned as Principal and Chief Executive Officer at the
ABC School in early spring. He was replaced by Don Hungerford
current Principal and CEO.
Florida School grades were released in late June 2003, with the fol
lowing results reported in Table 2. The 2003 letter grade of "B" fo
Chapman Elementary represented a large degree of improvement ove
grams, and failure to provide programs to meet the needs ot at-risK
students. Later, a grant from the State Dept. of Education was awarded
the District that would likely address that problem. The report also
faulted the District on the sufficiency of the school library or media
centers. With regard to PERSONNEL SYSTEMS AND BENEFITS, the
report found that the District was indeed using 10 of the 11 person-
nel systems and benefits best practices. Fewer negative results were
located in the areas of FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS and COST
CONTROL SYSTEMS (financial services). The detailed analysis on the
OPPAGA report was published in the Chronicle issue of 8 August 2003.
Many Florida school districts are still struggling with the Constitu-
tional requirement to decrease class sizes. In late 2002, Florida vot-
ers passed an amendment limiting the numbers of students in core
classes. Pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade are capped at 18 students;
4th through 8th grades are limited to 22 students and 9th through
12th grade classes are limited to 25 students. Until then, the law
requires that these classes be reduced by two on average per year.
There is some movement afoot to repeal the amendment limiting class
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Plint River Compact
The negotiations for an equitable distribution of river surface waters
failed. Thus, the three states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida went
back into Federal court.
In late August, Florida sent Georgia and Alabama a counter proposal
and recommendations to extend the tri-river negotiations, but Geor-
gia responded that the Florida proposal was unacceptable and chose
not to extend the compact. The Apalachicola-Chaftahoochee-Flint river
compact, signed in 1998, was therefore dissolved.
The Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper, Organization (ABARK) has
asserted for some time that no agreement was far better than what
they called a "fatally flawed agreement" which Florida Governor Bush
was being asked to sign. The flow regime that Georgia proposed was
a flat-line 5000 cubic feet per second at the Florida-Georgia stateline
without any of the seasonal variations found in nature, a flow less
than one-half of the lowest monthly median flow experienced in the
Apalachicola River in the past 75 years when records were kept. ABARK
concluded that the practical effect of Georgia's rejection "has been a
virtual death sentence to one of the most productive rivers and estu-
aries in America."
Thus, the three Federal District Court cases formerly stayed have
now been revived with Florida and Alabama intervening in each case.
A Federal Appeals Court in the 11th District upheld Florida's right to
intervene, concluding that Florida had a legally protectable interest
in the quality and quantity of water in the Apalachicola River and
Bay. Florida has also moved to change the venue to Alabama. ABARK
expects this fundamental interstate issue of an equitable allocation
of water among the .three states will be settled in the U.S. Supreme
Trouble Brewing In Gated Community Organizations
Many are not aware of the pitfalls of the "gated communities" that the
Wall Street Journal claims makes up to 40 percent of developed com-
munities nationwide. These are creatures of developers, and the de-
gree of developer control will vary from project to project.
In Florida, at least, the law governing these associations should be
strengthened with offenses defined and heavier penalties, including
jail terms for misfeasance or malfeasance. Locally, the County Com-
mission desires to maximize the distance between themselves and
, the gated communities because these mini municipalities take care
f of streets, common area construction and the usual amenities found
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previous evaluations. H.G. Brown earned ari "A" evaluation in 2003.
Apalachicola High School evaluations were average ("C") and Carrabelle
High School was evaluated one notch higher with a "B" evaluation for
2003. Both schools had improved over their 1999 and 2000 evalua-
In an exhaustive 150+ page report, and in accordance with Florida
law, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Account-
ability (OPPAGA) and the Auditor General released a long-awaited
review of the Franklin County School District on July 17, 2003. The
review determined that the school district was currently using 65%
(92 of 142) of the applicable "best practices" adopted by the Florida
Commissioner of Education.
In the MANAGEMENT area, the OPPAGA report faulted the School
District with not having a multi-year strategic plan with annual goals
and measurable objectives based on needs, enrollment and revenues.
The report also cited the district's failure to link its financial plans
and budgets to Its annual priorities in the strategic plan. There were
more omissions in the District's use of "best practices" according to
the OPPAGA report including the failure to use both academic and
nonacademic data to improve K-12 education programs, failure to
provide "effective and efficient" Exceptional Student Education pro-
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in legally organized towns with police forces and fire protection. In
these last two major expense items the gated communities are "on
their own" and that is true of the Plantation on St. George Island.
However, local police may still exercise jurisdiction within the gated
communities for defined crimes, but not for operation commissions
or commissions connected with the operation of the gated commu-
nity. Members have to resort to their own attorneys and the thin law
that may govern operations such a the requirement in Florida that all
documents must be provided to the membership when requested.
The problems with gated communities locally and on the state level
persist into the new year. It would appear as if the State of Florida
might exercise more oversight in the problems of these so-called
"self-governing" entities as news of the abuses continues to build.
Locally,' Donna Butterfield resigned from her slot on the Board of
Directors of the Plantation on St. George Island, and an absentee
owner was appointed in her place. One hundred fifty persons voted
for Tom Day and the Board completely ignored the 150 voting prefer-
ences for him by bringing in another member unfamiliar with opera-
tions. The so-called "'professional manager" -(never defined, by the
way) Nick Mazzarella, suddenly resigned without.official explanation,
There still has not been any explanation about the money spent or
squandered on investigating the "effectiveness of the Ben Johnson
Agreement" requested by Director Butterfield at a meeting before her
resignation. One is cautioned not to hold one's breath for any expla-
nation. The Garbage Committee gave a report recommending that
the Association contract with Waste Management or similar entity
and bill homeowners on an annual basis, along with their inflated
assessments. "The power of the lien would be used to enforce pay-
ment," uttered one Board member. It would be interesting to see if,
'legally, the lien power could be used to force homeowners into con-
tracts not of their own choosing, is this an interesting legal question?
Cyber Citizens for Justice is one private lobby group trying to change
the Florida law over the gated communities. A Florida House commit-
tee headed by Rep. Julio Robainia (Republican-Miami) has been or-
ganized. Governor Jeb Bush ordered the Dept. of Business and Pro-
fessional Regulation to create a committee to examine the challenges
that homeowner association's face, a 15-member committee without
a budget. The President of Cyber Citizens is Jan Bergemann (St. Au-
gustine) and is available at www.ccfi.net.
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2003 Year in Review from Page 6
The More Things Change, The More They Remain The
The County Planning and Zoning board has been tentatively grap-
pling with a new zoning designation called C-5, which would require
new structures on St. George Island business district to be devoted to
at least 50% business use. This was the artist's rendering of the last
"honeymoon cottages" or "island road houses" proposed for building
permits, which the Franklin County Commission approved. A picture
was snapped last week showing these units under construction, placed
against the backdrop of the current rows of "skinny minis." The ex-
planation below was published in the Chronicle's issue of March 21 st.
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This is the artist's rendition of the proposed five new buildings to be
erected on St. George Island in the vicinity of two restaurants that
now occupy the land. A contingent from St. George Island attempted
to oppose the rezoning change for lots 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46, Block
10 West, Unit I on the island from C-2 commercial to C-4 Mixed Use,
permitting residents to live in the same building as their business.
Those opposing the rezoning argued unsuccessfully that business
property was scarce on the island, but Steve Watkins, representing
the owners of the lots, said that single family residential was the
highest and best use of the property under current economic consti-
tutions-not C-2 exclusive Commercial. These buildings will join the
long line of "Skinny minis" already in place. They have been charac-
terized as "Island Road Houses" and "Honeymoon Cottages" as well.
All of the Commissions voted for the change except Bevin Putnal who
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fish cleaning table, screened under house storage area. All of this on large fenced beach front lot.
Must see! Just $750,000. 145FWH.
Paradise Village @ Shell Point! 42 Janei Drive 1620Zsq. ft mobile home on center deep water
canal boai dock, large screen porch carp5in. Jusi $180,000. 190WWH.
Bald Point! Primo Beachn li 133 fth eacntroni State property. Community water available. Call
today! $550,000. 47FWL.
$49,900 Apalachicola Area:
3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile
home on one acre tract, near
marina, new deep well.
$195,000 Moorings Condo:
One bedroom, one bath
furnished and ready to use.
510 SE Ave. B
Carrabelle, FL 32322
$325,000 St. James/Lanark Area:
Beautifully landscaped, 2
master bedrooms, 1 ceilings,
a must see!
$519,900 Carrabelle Beach:
4 bedroom plusMother-in-
Law suite. Situated on one
Visit our website at www.gulfcoast-beach.com
Phone: 850-697-8013 Fax: 850-697-4212
Each office Is independently owned and operated.
There were many more landmarks that should be highlighted in this
thumbnail review of 2003 but space.and time limitations operate to
-keep a memorandum of them to a brief reference. In the Apalachicola
Times video-toilet case involving the former owners of the newspaper,
the Lindsays, a motion for summary judgment remains in limbo. The
Circuit Court has not acted upon the motion to dismiss the case as
against the former owner of the newspaper, the Lindsays.
The Dixie Theatre is still for sale and it appears as if the plan to bring
movies back to the Dixie has been suspended.
Along with increased property taxes in Franklin County, it also ap-
pears as if telephone rates recently approved by the state's public
service commission will be increased, although the Attorney General
and others plan an appeal of that decision.
The amount of state-owned land increased in Franklin County dur-
ing the year with the expansion of Bald Point State Park, and the
acquisitions of the Box R Ranch and the Crooked River land.
Zoning in Eastpoint along the seafood front is still an unsettled issue
to be tackled this year.
There is still no resolution to the proposal for merging the water and
sewer systems of Carrabelle and Lanark Village. The referendum in
Carrabelle was held and settled.
And the festivals such as the Charity Chili Cookoff, the Forgotten
Coast's Chef Sampler, the Bow Wdw Ball, the Carrabelle Waterfront
Festival, and many others will still be held to attract locals and visi-
tors to the celebrations. Here is the calendar of the major significant
events to be staged in Franklin County during 2004.
Art For Arf benefit Franklin County Humane ,Society
8th Annual Forgotten Coast's Chef Sampler
Fort Coombs Armory (850) 653-9419
Mardi Gras Follies & Ball benefit
Habitat For Humanity
Dixie Theatre (850) 697-8993
St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff & Auction
St. George Island Volunteer Fire Dept 927-2753
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Dept. BBQ contest &
auction and car show (850) 670-4127
Bow Wow Ball benefit for Humane Society
Historic Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show
Downtown Apalachicola (850) 653-9419
13th Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes
benefits Historic Trinity Church 653-9550
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Spaghetti
Supper 6th Street Eastpoint (850) 670-8146
Big Bend Saltwater Classic Fishing Tournament
Wildflower & Birding Festival (850) 229-9464
41st Annual Florida Seafood Festival
Battery Park, Apalachicola
Historic Apalachicola Merchant's Assoc. Christmas
Celebration (850) 653-9419
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FOLKS REALTY, INC.
#131-2.82 acres of beach-
front property just west of
Carrabelle Beach. Nice white
sandy beach area. Deep
wooded lot that runs from
Highway 98 to the water.
Approx. 141' on the beach
and over 500' deep on one
side and 700' on the other.
Great place for waterfront
home w/grivacy. .. $750,000.
#11-Neat & clean, two bed-
room apartment in Lanark Vil-
lage. Tile floors in bath and
kitchen, upgraded electric at
the box, floored attic with pull
down stairway, electric and
firewalls. Porch, window AC.
Located in Lanark Village in
one of the most well kept
courts in the Village. $72,500.
Office (850) 697-2332
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with a loft right in the historic district of
Apalachicola. This home features heart pine
floors, ceramic tile, modern updating and a
private swimming pool. Beautiful cottage ready
to move in! $299,000 MLS#97570.
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dreams in the St. George Island and
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Speedy nome 11: Brand new three bedroom,
two bath home on 22nd Ave. in Apalach. This
home is next to the Speedy I and is 1300
square feet with lots of great amenities through-
out this new home. Great area and perfect for
anyone. $145,000 MLS#94836.
"New Look, Same People"
Suncoast Realty & Property Management, Inc.
224 Franklin Boulevard St. George Island, FL 32328
800/341-2021 850/927-2282 www.uncommonflorida.com
FOLKS REALTY, INC.
1000 E. US 98 P.O. BOX F CARRABELLE, FL 32322
Build your home and business on
St. George Island with Bay and
Gulf views on 2 adjacent lots zoned
for commercial/residential use in
quiet area within walking distance
East Pine Avenue,
St. George Island Gulf-
Location in Heart of St.
George's Busy Shopping
District. Zoned C4 Allows
Lots across the street average $128,000 each.
These two lots are priced at $85,000 each.
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--0 Years As A
By Rene Topping
When Tony Millender was born,
he was a beautiful baby with the
exception he was born very
near-sighted. All through his,
school years he was teased about
the glasses that looked like the
bottom of a Coca-Cola bottle. That
didn't stop him from signing up
for the football team and to play
just as hard as the rest.
His parents, Ruth and Carlton
Millender would look into every
now advance on lens to help him.
He said the glasses he had on for
many a year had what is called a
They were made out of plastic and
when Tony got togged out in all
the football uniform, the helmet
brought this close to his nose. He
pointed out a scar across the
bridge of his nose. "Some player
crashed into me and the helmet
went right on my nose so I'll carry
that scar for life."
In 1979 he even tried the hard
contacts. He said they were bru-
tal and made the moisture in his
eyes to dry up. He did not use
those for any long time. He now
can see without the aid of glasses
because he had a surgical called
a corneal shaping.
Tony said he know what he
wanted to be and what he would
like to do very early and on Feb-
ruary 8, 1974 he became an En-
try Employment Fire fighter in the
Department of Forestry. In 1978
he was promoted to be a Forest
Ranger. He said that being out in
the woods all day was great. He
said that he has seen every ani-
mal in the woods and respects
He said on June 8, 1977, at a fire
in Liberty County in the
Apalachicola Forest, he got
trapped with fire all around him.
He said "In those days you only
had a khaki shirt and trousers as
issue when we were on the fire
line. There was no such thing as
a personal fire suit and not even
a fire tent. About the, only piece
of gear was a hard hat."
"It was my first tragic incident and
when the other fire fighters res-
cued me I was burned all over 60
per cent with second and third
degree burns." He went on to say
"I had to undergo two plastic re-
He was in the Tallahassee Memo-
rial Hospital for a month and
when he got home he had to have
home care. As soon as he was
back he went right back to fire
He has fought fires in almost ev-
ery county in Florida. He counts
the breakout of fires in several
counties on the East Coast of
Florida as the worst he ever saw
in Florida. He said "We had to
evacuate the entire Flagler
County." He said there were from
5 to 40 fires breaking out. Some
of them joined and grew in size.
He is modest when talking about
the battles he has had with many
woods fires and he said the resi-
dents don't take too much heed
when there is smoke in the air and
generally went about their busi-
When asked what did he think
was the worst fire in Franklin, he
said the fire of 1985 about 10
miles.west of Carrabelle where 9
homes were destroyed and one
lady almost lost her life. The fire
started as a controlled burn, but
somewhere the wind got up and
changed direction, bringing the
fire right down to the water across
Tony said that he was on another
fire in South Jefferson County
when he got the call for one in
Franklin. The Jefferson fire
burned 12,000 acres. The Buck-
eye fire in Franklin County finally
, burned only 3,400 acres. He said
that he called the Buckeye Fire
the worst fire in Franklin was be-
cause it was very intense and it
had burned out 9 homes, it took
several days before it was called
The fire was racing the fire fight-
ers and soon the rumble of a fire
was heard on U.S.98. Although it
was only 5-6p.m, the sky took on
an ominous look and it was col-
. ored a fuschia red that scared the
onlookers. Suddenly the fire fight-
ers found that they were running
for their lives and they were nearly
exhausted as they broke through
at a gap in the flames.
Further to the west there was a
huge fireball that rolled itself
across U.S. 98. Tony said "We
called that a fire tornado as it will
gather sticks and other debris and
started to twist around and it cer-
tainly makes a noise like a tor-
There was a mobile home set on
the waterside of U.S. 98 where
Violet (Vi) Cadwell was renting.
She had been living alone except
for her dog and she had told
people afterwards she felt that
someone had stolen her dog sev-
eral months before.
She was talking to her daughter
in Carrabelle and said that the
smoke seemed to be coming in
very heavy. Suddenly she felt a
noise as the ball of fire was hit-
ting the side of her home, By that
time the mobile home was all on
When she opened the back door
to make her escape, she was to
see her dog outside. She thought
it was a miracle for him to show
up at that time. She grabbed his
leash and took him with her, but
in the commotion he was lost
again. She will forever think that
it was a miracle that the dog came
to get her out of the fire.
She hid under a dock at the next
door neighbor's house and was
terrified as there were two explo-
sions of propane. It sent bits of
flaming debris coming down all
around her. She was very grate-
ful when Joe Millender went into
the water and brought her out to
a safe place. She was taken to
have first aid on the burns she
had suffered on both of her arms.
she really had a close brush with
a fiery death.
Meanwhile her daughter, Linda
Cadwell did not know whether her
mother had been killed in the fire.'
She wanted to make sure but she
was turned down at the road-
block. She said she felt that she
had to get to her mother and so
she made her way along the beach
and got there just as her mother
was coming out of the water.
Forester Larry wood said that they
did not actually know and might
never know how this fire had
started. There had been a fire in
that area a day before and he said
it could be a blow up. That's where
there had been a fire that just
starts up again.
They were also investigating and
it could have been arson or the
fire starting up again on its own
Tony has been called out for fires
in Texas and in Colorado. The
Colorado fire was a big fire which
kept getting bigger.
He said that fire fighters will go
out of their state if needed..
Firefighters come from any dis-
tance and the Florida group got a
In his rise in the ladder of employ-
ment Tony was made Senior For-
est Ranger 1978 79. In Septem-
ber 1981 it was made official. He
made Forest Ranger Supervisor in
September 1985. 1 May 1985 he
became Forest Area Supervisor.
He said that he was responsible
for Franklin and Gulf and
Wakulla. In 1995 he was given a
lot of authority on the Tate Hell
State Forest and did that until he
During that time the state had
bought up most of the area that
was named Tate's Hell State For-
est, Tony was overseeing the
changes that will make a tree farm
back into a wild place. He took
out some of the old bridges and
fixed roads so that the public
could come along in.
He told me that one of his best
jobs was to oversee the opening
of a grassy savanna as the many
grasses lifted their heads. He was
remaking a historic place. Many
a wild flower that had not been
seen for years was seen all
When he was asked what he will
do with his time, he said he will
have a little "vacation" so he can
get a little fishing in. He will do
some remodeling at his home and
he said he is not going to be like
some who sit on the porch and
He said he is going to different
organizations and he will be look-
ing at things that make the county
Tony has been a volunteer
firefighter in the Carrabelle Fire
Department since 1977. He will
continue his interest with that or-
ganization. He said he came in
when Bruce Keith and volunteers
were building the Firehouse, He
said that Keith had spent a lot of
his time on it and he had turned
up a good job for Carrabelle. He
is proud with all the new equip-
ment and he will stay on as a vol-
One thing he is sure of, he will
stay here in Franklin County.
Mad Cow Disease
"Mad Cow Disease" (or bovine
Spongiform encephalopathy) is a
fatal disease in cattle that causes
their brains to degenerate. Re-
searchers are not sure where this
originated but many are aware
that feeding the remains of sick
cattle to other animals has spread.
the disease. A similar illness has
occurred in humans called vari-
ant creutzfeldt-Jacob disease,
thought to be spread by eating
contaminated beef. Thus far, the
most serious problems with hu-
man infections has occurred in
Great Britain where about 150
persons have experienced a vari-
ant of "mad cow" disease. About
20 persons annually are killed by
this disease. The origins are
largely unknown except the pre-
vailing theory involves the de-
struction of neurons in the ani-
mal and human brain by proteins
called prions. The dangerous ani-
mal tissues are considered to be
the brain of the infected animal
and spinal cord, but the danger
can spread when these products
are mixed with other meat prod-
ucts. There is no test for inspect-
ing meat by a grocer or wholesaler
and cooking the meat'is no pre-
ventative measure since prions
, are not like bacteria. Out of 37
million cattle slaughtered each
year, the U. S. Dept, of Agricul-
ture tests about 20,000 cows for
this disease, a testing rate.of only
While research has focused on the
dangers of cow brains and ner-
vous system tissue, misshapen
prion proteins have been detected
in the muscles of mice, a
mad-cow-like disease of sheep.
Other prion infection has also
been found in the muscle of ham-
sters and of humans with
Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Some
argue that the U.S. Department
of Agriculture has been "too
quick" to play down the un-
knowns. Others say the risk to the
food supply, although small, is
The higher the cholesterol in the
blood, the higher the risk of heart
disease. The "bad cholesterol" or
"LDL" is considered the major fac-
tor leading to heart disease. At
present, one's total cholesterol
goal should be 200, or 130 or less
of the "'LDL" type. If you already
have heart disease, the "'LDL"'
count should be much lower, less
The two major drugs used to lower
the cholesterol are Lipitor and,
Zocor, which inhibit production of
an enzyme involved in the produc-
tion of cholesterol. These belong
to a class of drugs called stations.
Some individuals may lower the
"bad cholesterol" through a pro-
gram of intensive exercise and
diet. Interested, persons may
want to consult with the Santa
Barbara Institute for Medical Nu-
trition and Healthy Weight and Dr.
John LaPuma. (Dr. John@
CHEFClinic.com). Do not stop
taking Statins without consulting
with your physician.
Two prostate drugs, Proscar and
Cardura, taken together appear to
work better than either alone, re-
ported a study recently published
in the New England Journal of
Medicine. The latest study was
funded by the National Institute
of Health, involving 3,047 men
with urinary-tract symptoms over
an average of 4.5 years. The sub-
jects were divided into four
groups: those having placebo,
Proscar, Cardura and both drugs.
The study found that patients
using the two medicines in com-
bination had a two-third reduc-
tion in the risk of the condition
worsening during the study pe-
riod, compared with the placebo
group. The risk of urinary reten-
tion, the sudden and often pain-
ful inability to urinate, was
slashed by 81% with the two-drug
therapy. The risk that surgery
would be required were reduced
67% with the combined therapy,
Cardura (made by Pfizer) relieves
some symptoms quickly by relax-
ing muscles of the bladder and
prostate but does not reduce the
size of the gland. Proscar (made
by Merck) acts to shrink the pros-
tate gland and is slower to work,
taking up to one year, but it has
been effective in reducing the
need for surgery. Physicians'cau-
tion that not every male with an
enlarged prostate would benefit
from the two-drug treatment.
Ban on Ephedra
For the first time, the Food and
Drug Administration has moved
to ban a dietary supplement,
Ephedra, because of health risks.
The supplement has been taken
to enhance athletic performance
and as a weight loss device, but it
has also been linked with heart
problems and strokes. The chemi-
cal was linked to the death of Bal-
timore Orioles pitcher Steve
Bechler in early 2003. Unlike
drugs, herbal supplements do not
have to be approved by the Food
and Drug Administration prior to
marketing. The agency must
prove that these pose a risk be-
fore blocking their sale. Techni-
cally, the banning of sales in
Florida and elsewhere won't take
effect for 60 days.
Despite the declaration by the
World Health Organization (WHO)
that the Asian virus SARS was
contained, there is still no single
lab test that can consistently de-
tect the virus in sick patients.
There have been over 8,000 cases
of the virus reported, 774 deaths
according to the WHO. Symptoms
include fever, coughing and
breathing difficulties and contex-
New Diabetic Drug
Watch For a new diabetic drug
from Bristol-Myers, coming per-
haps in 2004 or 2005. Mura-
glitazar is in the final stages of
human trials, targeting two tar-
gets in the body. One to sensitize
cells to insulin, lowering blood
sugar, and secondly, reducing
cholesterol. The new drug will
compete with Avandia and Actos,
which target only sensitizing cells
to insulin and tending to cause
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LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER
1.62 Acres-located in the Carrabelle Beach area. This property is
zoned for homes or mobile homes. MLS#98403. $37,000.
Magnolia Ridge Subdivision-1 acre tract located in an area
where property values are rapidly growing. Some of the features
include paved roads, bike/walk path, underground utilities and
street lighting. MLS#98082. Lots start at $39,000.
2BR/2BA Mobile Home-located in the City of Eastpoint. Nice
100' x 199.5' lot cleared with City water & sewer. MLS#97250.
Gorgeous Bayfront!!!-1.36 acres located between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle. Gorgeous views of the Barrier Islands including St.
George Island. MLS#97298. $195,000.
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some marsh grass on river side. MLS#98163. $245,000.
Corner of 8th St. and Hwy. 98 201 W 8th Street
P.O. Box X Carrabelle, FL 32322
Jan Stoutamire, Realtor (850) 528-2225
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Coming soon: Diesel & gas motor repair, new t-tops and canvas and repairs.
Adding over 7,000 sq. ft.
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A organic foods & wines
A lo-carb/diet/health foods
A vitamins & supplements
A natural hormones
A herbs & homeopathics
A hair & skin care
A cards, books & gifts
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Supporting the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve
and St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve
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SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION
In post and beam construction, the load-bearing
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support the structure, spliced together at various
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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
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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.
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* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
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* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
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* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
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- tivo, ILnrjint-l-LAWVV At;ILI Ii : Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
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* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-average loads.
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* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
Augered pilings were installed in
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