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Redistricting Litigation

Citizen Initiative Amends And

Supplements Their Complaint

Against Franklin County

Commissioners

In The Second Circuit Court, Franklin County
A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc., served an amended
and supplemental complaint.upon the Franklin County Commission-
ers on January 8, 2004. They are asking for a declaratory judgment
and supplemental relief to enforce the provisions of the Government
in the Sunshine Law through the Circuit Court of the Second Judi-
cial Circuit in and for Franklin County.
The filing redraws the allegation that the Franklin County Commis-
sion enacted its October 21, 2003 redistricting resolution in violation
of the Sunshine Law and Sunshine Amendment, citing these alleged
violations:
1. That there was no advance public notice that redistricting would
be taken up at the October 21, 2003 meeting;
2. That the commissioners communicated with one another about
the particulars of the redistricting plan and gave their input into the
content of the redistricting plan outside of the October 21, 2003 meet-
ing;
3. That the commissioners formulated the plan, in part, during a
closed meeting on October 10, 2003. The allegation continues, "...While
they did have a lawful prerogative to close the October 10 meeting
pursuant to subsection 286.011 (8), they did not have a lawful pre-
rogative to formulate a redistricting plan during the closed meeting."
The amended complaint also seeks to void the redistricting resolu-
tion passed by the County Commissioners. The Concerned Citizens
are also seeking attorney's fees and costs.
At a regular meeting conducted on December 16, 2003, the Franklin
County Commission once again approved the same redistricting reso-
lution it had approved at the meeting on October 21, 2003. The Con-
cerned Citizen brief alleged that the county commissioners did not
take any action to cure the Sunshine Law violation of October 21,
2003, indicating that "The December 16 vote was again a perfunctory
ratification of the original Sunshine Law violation."'
In the end of the regular Franklin County Commission meeting on
January 6, 2004 just prior to adjournment, Commissioner Jimmy.
Mosconis offered a motion to pay the Concerned Citizens $5 in
attorney's fees and costs but the County Attorney Thomas M. Shuler
convinced the Commissioners to disallow that motion. Mr. Mosconis
opined that the Concerned Citizens had "lost" the litigation because
they agreed to a voluntary dismissal in Federal Court as part of a
negotiated resolution to one of the issues in the case. However, the
Federal Judge allowed that the Concerned Citizens could still move
for requesting attorney's fees and costs in the Federal Cotu.. Ironi-
cally, Mr. Mosconis blamed the Concerned Citizens for adding to the
taxpayer's burden of possibly having to reimburse their attorney's
costs, along with the court costs already incurred by the County for
.the services of the County Attorney. He begrudgingly admitted that
the Commission was soinewhat slow in redistricting the county, which
is what the litigation was all about anyway, but attempted to shift the
responsibility upon the Concerned Citizens, Inc. Memories at the
Commission appear to run short. The Franklin County Commission-
ers had to pay the earlier citizen initiative in the 1986 case $10,000
to the opposing attorneys because of their failure to redistpict at that
time.
The County has requested additional time for filing a response to the
Circuit Court allegations.
In an order issued on December 11, 2003, Judge Janet Ferris, Sec-
ond Circuit Court in and for Franklin County, said that the Court
would attempt to schedule a hearing on motions in January 2004.
The request for court ordered depositions of the County Commission-
ers made in November 2003 was denied.

Revised St. George Island Lau 'i impvu
Entryway Scheme PresetJdd To
Civic Club


Kent McCoy, a St. George Island
based landscape architect, pre--
sented a revised landscape
entryway plan to the Civic Club
on Thursday the 15th of January.
The extensive landscape develop-
ment is being funded by a
$100,000 state, beautification
grant from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
An earlier lagoon scheme for the
entryway, designed jointly by
Moorebass Engineers and the
entryway design team, has been
abandoned due to an unwilling-
ness of the design team to accept
a 4' chain link fencing demand
around the lagoon portion of the
scheme filed late in the design
process by the Department of
Transportation.
The new scheme jettisons the la-
goon concept and develops an all
indigenous landscape theme that
will feature:
* Re-creation of the original dry
dune character that existed prior
to development of the island from
the new bridge to Bayshore Drive.
* 275 mature sabal palms rang-
ing in size from 14' to 20'.
* 150-7-10 ft planted size indig-
enous trees including slash pine,
sand pine, wax myrtle, red cedar,
magnolia and bald cypress.
* 500 shrubs to be massed in
natural groupings that include
200 saw palmetto, 50 yaupon and
230 mint rosemary.


* some 8000 muhly grass, sea
oats and cordgrass liners planted
in natural groups as originally
existed on the island.
* sowing of 8 lb. of seed over por-
tions of the project that include
wildflowers common to the island.
* a state of the art, 2 system deep
well, low volume irrigation system
comprising some 32 zones in all
that will seep water to all plants
on a regular basis.
Tenders will be advertised for the
work in the near future and work
is anticipated to be finished no
later than June 30th of this year.
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Chronicle


Volume 13, Number 2 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER January 23 February 5,2004


Inside This Issue
12 Pages

Redistricting ............. 1r
Campbell Contest ...... 1
St. George Landscape 1
APTA..................... 1, 2
Franklin Briefs ........ 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................. 3,4
Second Circuit Court...
............................ 4,5
Joshua ..................... 6
POA Board ............... 7
County P&Z ...........7, 9
FCAN ......... .... .......... 8
Carrabelle City ........9..
.Bookshop ................ 10
Trio Internazionale.. 11
County Notices ...... 12


Tom Campbell
Writing Contest

Winners
The Panhandle Poets and Writers
proudly announce the winners of
the Tom Campbell Writing Con-
test.
In the adult competition, first
prize -has been awarded to Ron
Crum of Eastpoint for his poem,
"Paradise." An essay, "Reflections
of the Past," by William Gregory
Daniels ofCarrabelle won Second
Prize. Third prize was won by
Laurene Langley of Eastpoint for
her memoirs, "Fishing with Alice
and Uncle Steve."
Adult Honorable Mention awards
will go to Aileen Benson of
Carrabelle, B. Bedford Watkins of
Eastpoint, Jennifer Campbell of
Eastpoint, and Sonya Thompson
of Apalachicola. All Honorable
Mention entries are poems with
local themes, respectively, "Sea
Gulls," "East Bay Soliloquy," "The
Everglades Panther," and "Forgot-
ten Fortune."
In the Youth category, second-
grader Lily Thompson of Apalachi-
cola won first prize with her poem,
"Turtle Tots." Melissa Beasley, a
high-school senior from Carra-
belle, won second prize with a
poem, 'Tongues Quick as Light-
ning." Third place goes to Ruben
Hewett of Eastpoint for his poem,
"Franklin."
Three Honorable Mention awards
were won by Brown Elementary
students Morgan Golden, Ashley
Moseley, and Nelson Flint for their
Poems, respectively, "Panhandle,"
"The Florida Panhandle," and
"Florida is Beautiful." Also win-
ning an Honorable Mention was
,'Tall," a poem by Lenny Ward, a
second-grader' at First Baptist
Christian School in Apalachicola.
Contest winners will formally re-
ceive their awards at a reception
in celebration of their work,
scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednes-
day, January 28, 2004, at the
Carrabelle branch of the Franklin
County Library. The public is in-
vited to the reception at which the
winners will read their winning
entries. Refreshments will be
served, compliments of the Pan--
handle Poets and Writers (PPAW).
The Tom Campbell Writing Con-
test was held in honor of the
founding president of PPAW, Tom
Campbell, a former Tallahassee
and Franklin County resident and
Continued on Page 2


The Franklin Blvd. portion of the St. George Landscape Plan.


The Idea Department


A Visionary View Of The Eastpoint -


St. George Island Fishing Pier


By Landscape Architect
Kent McCoy
Kent McCoy has sketched a
provocative, yet highly origi-
nal view of a fishing pier that
might be considered for the
fishing piers either from
Eastpoint, or St. George Is-
land, Mr. McCoy argues that
piers of this type are found
all over the world, equipped
with fiberglass tanks and
floating piers, along with
plenty of space for fishing
and assorted activities. You
may note that there is no
automotive traffic depicted
in this drawing. The floating
pier concept could also pro-
vide an answer to the search
for moorage and launching
sites around Apalachicola


C-1 And C-s

Hearing

Schpdulpd Fpor

February 17th

At the Franklin County Commis-
sion meeting, Tuesday, January
20th, a number of seafood own-
ers, workers and others spoke on'
the issue of C-1 and C-3 zoning
and its applicability to Carrabelle,
Apalachicola and other county
locations. By the end of the meet-
ing, the Board of County Commis-
sioners had decided that the is-
sues should be heard more openly
at a public hearing, so one was
scheduled for February 17th at
5:30 p.m. at the courtroom an-
nex. Please see the section under
"Franklin Briefs" for a fuller dis-
cussion of this matter.


Emergystat -
Hupital Conflict
Erupts At County
Commission
Meeting
Representing Emergystat, the
county ambulance service, attor-
ney Joe Donovan complained to
the Franklin County Commission
during their meeting on Tuesday,
January 20, that Das See, the
Apalachicola Hospital Leasee, had
not paid them for services ren-
dered under their agreement. He
claimed that Emergystat had "re-
peatedly" attempted to contact
Michael Lake, hospital head,
about the mounting debt.
The Commissioners asked
Michael Lake to explain, and Mr.
Lake insisted that he had not
heard from Joe Donovan at all. He
announced that he would make
Mr. Donovan "...Whole...by Feb-
ruary 15th..." and pay off what
was owed. Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders urged the two gentlemen
to get together and work out their
problem. Donovan initially had
asked for an executive session to
discuss the matter, and then con-
ferred with the County Attorney
who opined that Florida Law did
not permit a closed session un-
less there were litigation pend-
ing.


Bay. An entrepreneurial
business, consisting of
golf-cart type conveyances
might substitute for autos to
move people back and forth
on either side of the bay for
fishing, sun bathing, loafing,
or boating.
Five entities responded to
the County Commissioner's
notice on seeking proposals
to operate the St. George Is-
land and Eastpoint fishing
piers. Alan Pierce reported
at the January 20th meet-'
ing of the Board of County
Commissioners that the re-
spondents were (1) Charles
Pennycuff; (2) Rex Penny-
cuff; (3) Island Adventures;
(4) Larry Troy and (5) St.


George Islanad fishing
Bridge, Inc. owned by John
Soufe of Pensacola. The
committee charged with
sifting through the propos-
als selected the Soule pro-
posal to negotiate with first.

These discussions were ne-
gotiations, Kendall Wade
pointed out, not contracts
and the result of those dis-
cussions would be presented
to the Board of County Com-
missioners. The Board ap-
proved the motion to pro-
ceed with "discussions" with
Sanders and Putnal voting
"nay"; Mosconis, Williams
and Creamer voting "yea."


Rumors Abound

APTA Views Development Plans


A "standing room only" crowd at
the Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation meeting on Saturday,
January 10, 2004, filled the Alli-
gator Point Fire Hall at 9:00am to
hear Steve Fling present plans for
a Planned Unit Development on
the property that is currently the
Alligator Point KOA Campground.
Fling described, using maps, the
proposed 27 acre project as a de-
velopment of 37 homes densely
built on 12 acres with a general
store, restaurant, gas station and
retail commercial space on the
bay side of the property. The plans
call for filling in two of the three
ponds that are currently on the
land. There is a portion of the
property that is a swamp-land/
tidal sand spit that the develop-
ers would like to sell to the county.
Fling also said they plan to dredge
a channel in Alligator Harbor to
provide boating access to the de-
velopment.
At this time there is no binding
contract between the developers
md Elliot Smith, current property
3wner. There is a one-year "Dili-
gence Period" for the developers
to purchase the property at a price
more than the appraised value.
The property had been appraised
at more than 2.65 million dollars.
This is the same property that
Franklin County had received a
grant from the state to purchase
at the appraisal price for use as a
County Park. When Fling and as-
sociates made the higher offer on
the property, the park plans were
put on hold.
The audience at the APTA meet-
ing raised many questions about
the feasibility of the project. Ques-
tions were asked about the infra-
structure that would be needed
for the development. Alligator
Point at this time has a limited
amount of water to supply the
current population. The audience
asked, "Would the water supply
be adequate for the additional
buildings? Would the septic sys-
tem, that is currently not permit-
ted, be able to service the new de-
velopment? Would the new homes
be income producing short-term
rental property? Would the devel-
opmenrit buildings block the emer-
gency evacuation road that runs
through the property?"
In spite of the developer's assur-
ing answers to the groui. there


were iiiany that felt that they did
not have enough information to
be supportive of the project. Oth-
ers expressed concern that there
had been so much conflicting in-
formation rumored about that
they did not know what to believe.
APTA President, Ken Osborne,
told the group that APTA is hir-
ing legal counsel and planning
services to monitor the progress
of the proposed development. Af-
ter the Fling development pro-
posal was finished, Osborne
turned the meeting over to
Vice-President, Linc Barnett.
The next meeting item was the
concern about excessive speeding
on Alligator Point roads. The resi-
dent Officer from the Franklin
County Sheriffs department was
urged to issue speeding tickets
instead of only giving warnings to
those who exceeded the posted
limits. A resident said, "Only giv-
ing out warnings does nothing to
discourage the escalating problem
of speeders on Alligator Point."
Fling brought up the issue that
the Officers need a more perma-
nent place to live while on duty at
Alligator Point. Fling said that the
officers are currently on 24-hour
duty. In the past they have given
valuable back up assistance to the
Fire Company and EMS person-
nel when dangerous situations
have arisen.
A report was given on the Beach
Renourishment project that indi-
cated the project is moving along.
The audience discussed the mer-
its of a tube system that forms a
soft underwater dike, verses a
system composed of an above the
water rock revetment that will
hold the relocated sand in place.
The relocated sand will come by
barge to Carrabelle from
Apalachicola River dredging
spoils. After off loading the sand
from the barges in Carrabelle the
sand will be trucked to the Alli-
gator Point Beach Renourishment
project.
Protection of the Critical Habitat
District on Alligator Point is of
great concern to the APTA mem-
bers. Joe Hambrose reported that

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The.Frak.in. Cr.ni..


Franklin

Briefs

January 20, 2004
Present: Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal and Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders.
Ben Watkins offered to sell the
County several loads of limerock
from property he has recently
closed on; the County Commis-
sioners agreed on his price and
approved the transaction.
Commissioner Sanders com-
plained about the parking lot sur-
ace near the courthouse. The.
Road Department would take cog-
nizance of the problem.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson presented for the
Board's approval and signature a
contract to extend to services pro-
vided by Governmental Consult-
ing Services, St. Augustine. GCS
is a consulting firm that for the
past nine years has prepared for
the county the annual solid waste
full cost accounting report for
submittal to the Department of
Environmental Protection. Com-
missioner Mosconis asked if
Michael Tucker, the County
Commissioner's accountant,
could complete the report? The
Board approved the agreement
contingent upon a review of
MichaelTucker doing the report.
GCS had charged, the county
$5000 yearly for this report.
Funds may be available through
the Small Counties Technical As-
sistance Program to bring a Su-
pervisory and Management Skills
Training course to 6 Franklin
County for county employees. A
canvass of county depts. indi-
cated at least ten employees are
committee to attend such a
course. The Board approved the
proposal at a cost of about $2000
without cost to the County.
There may be delays in the pickup
of residential waste by Waste
Management because a compac-
tor at the transfer station has
malfunctioned and will have to be
replaced. Consequently, Waste
Management is having to run
their collection trucks from the
landfill directly to the incinerator,
thus experiencing delays in their
regular pickups. They are 'plan-
ning to bring in a temporary com-
pactor in the next day or so 'until
a new one can be built. This would
take about six weeks.
The Board approved turning over
to the county attorney a claim of
$2400 for a trailer that was picked
up on the county right-of-way, left
there by owner Chris Millender.
Van Johnson told the Commis-
sioners that the claim was larger
than the trailer was worth, was
at least 8 years old, and was miss-
ing both axles and four tires.
The Clerk announced to the
Board that the practice of increas-
ing the salaries of.retiring county
personnel in an effort to better
improve their retirement pay was
prohibited and must stop. He also
announced other changes in per-
sonnel reimbursement for vaca-
tion and sick time, advising the
Board that all personnel would be
informed about the changes.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan had met with Kimberly
Bittle of the U. S. Forest Service
and Laura Hedock of the Depart-
ment of Transportation to discuss
the use of herbicides to spot treat
Japanese Climbing Fern growing
in the culverts along Highway 65.
This committee hopes to have,a
treatment plan ready to present
to the Board at the next meeting,
that will recommend the use of
the herbicide "Rodeo." If the plan
is approved, the spot treatments
of the climbing fern could begin
in March or April.
The Apalachicola River- Basin
Invasives Workgroup will meet on
January 21st at 10 a.m. at the
Research Reserve.

Organization for Artificial
Reefs
Scott Vascavage, Director of the
Organization for Artificial Reefs,
Inc., addressed'the Commission-
ers concerning plans for what he
termed the largest deployed arti-
ficial reef to be constructed in
Florida, using the remnants of the
old bridge to St. George Island.
The demolition on the old bridge
was scheduled to begin


abandonment. The Board sched-
uled the hearing for March 2,
2004 at 9:30 a.m.

Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce, County Planner, in-
formed the Board that he spoke
with Mr. Fred Millender last week
regarding the possibility of the
county purchasing his oyster
house. He said he would consider
it but he has some family health
problems and would be back in
touch in a couple of weeks.
The Mayor of Carrabelle, Mr. Jim
Brown, asked the Board to move
forward with approval for the city
of Carrabelle to use the right of
way on Timber Island Road for a
sewer force main to go from the
boat ramp on U.S. 98 and for ap-
proval for the city to use the C.R.
67 right of way for a water line to
run to the new state prison.
The mayor told the Commission-
ers that the city had signed an
agreement with the Dept. of Cor-
rections for water and sewer. He
did not have drawings with him.
The approval is contingent upon
the county obtaining a "hold
harmless" agreement. The Board
approved the plan to run the line
down 67 but held the Lake Mo-
rality portion of the project in
abeyance.
The City of Apalachicola has sub-
mitted its revised list of prioritized
roads needing paving. The Board
still has not settled on the size of
the paving program. The City of
Apalachicola is committing
$200,000; the City of Carrabelle
is committing $100,000. At the
end of 2004, which is when the
road paving program would be,
winding up, and we would be pay-
ing off the contractor, the county
should have about $2 million dol-
lars dedicated to road paving.
Using the City'ofApalachicola as
an example, the list of roads ini-
tially submitted, without taking
into account change orders, re-
quires 1.2 million dollars. If the
county commissioners agree to
generate $3 million of county
funds, that would be $600,000
per commissioner. If Commis-
sioner Moscoiis and Williams.
dedicated their funds to the city
that would provide the base $1.2
million for the city. The City of
Apalachicola could then use its
funds for additional roads, change
orders, etc.
The same is essentially true for
Carrabelle, but Carrabelle roads
are in worse shape, and therefore
need even more money.
The Board needs to consider bud-
geting for a $1 million dollar pav-
ing program every year for the
next. several years in order (,o
bring the county roads up to an
acceptable standard. This,can be
done if the Board will lbiudget~ap-
proximately $700,000 of ad valo-
rem taxes for paving to be added
to the approximately $300,000 of
gas tax the. county generates.
Without ad valorem tax funds, the
county gas tax is not enough to
maintain the roads in the cities
and county.
The Board recommended using a
list of prioritized roads from each
entity and proceed with paving
plans.
David Blevins with the Florida
National Guard Armory has con-
tacted Mr. Pierce regarding two
properties, the National Guard
currently controls in the county,
and they would,:like to turn the
control of the properties to the
county. The first parcel is the one-
acre parcel owned by the county
at the airport 'that was leased to
the Guard. Thi:Guard has sub-
mitted a Release of Lease for the
county to sign. Upon effect, this
Release would then return the
land and the .buildings to the
county.
The City of Apalachicola in turn
is willing to lease the property
from the county. The City would
like to move its maintenance yard
away from the historic Chapman
Botanical Garden so it can clean
up that area of town. The City
would be responsible for all main-
tenance on the building. In the
event of need, there is room at the
site for the county to park equip-
ment inside a locked fence.
The second parcel is the Fort
Coombs Armory building itself
here in Apalachicola. The Guard
does not expect to re-establish a
unit here, but it wants to continue
to own the building, as it is the
oldest Armory building left in the
State. They prefer to lease it out
to the county for public use, but
if that fails they will open it up to
private offers. The City of
Apalachicola is interested in leas-
ing this building also. The City
understands the need for this
large public building to remain in
public hands as it has historically
the only building large enough to
handle large social and civic func-
tions.


The Board agreed to lease the Ar-
mory for $1 per year and would
agree to sublease the property.
David Wilder, Phipps Ventures,
asked the Board to reschedule the
land use transmittal hearing that
had been originally scheduled for
November to March 2, at 10:30
a.m.

Planning and Zoning
Commission
The P and Z Commission held
their advisory meeting on Janu-
ary 13, 2004. Four entities re-
.quested a change from C-1 Com-
mercial Fishing to C-3, Commer-
cial Recreation. The four parcels
are, as follows:
a. Time and Christina's property
on Timber Island;
b, Annie May Wilson's property in
Two Mile, submitted by Pete and
Paul Wilson;
c. Lombardi's Seafood in Two
Mile, requested by Garlick Envi-
ronmental agent for the owners;,
and
d. Buno Koib's property in Two
Mile, submitted by Garlick Envi-
ronmental, agent for the owners.
Mr. Pierce opined that there-might
be a possibility of amending the
existing C-3 commercial Recre-
ation District. The P and Z Com-
mission did not like the C-3 ap-
proach. They preferred keeping
the C-1 zoning and amending that
district to allow for additional
uses. But, the Commission was
also concerned with the impact
non-seafood development might
have on property values in the
area, thus putting more financial
burden on those existing seafood
businesses they are trying to re-
main in the seafood business. The
Commission recommended that
the Board hold a public hearing-,
to consider amending the Ci-l dis-
trict and then return the results,
to the P and Z Commission for
their comment. The basic idea
would be to take the existing C-1
district and move some of the ex-
isting special exceptions up to
principal uses.
Recreational services might in-
clude guide services, marina op-
eration, restaurants, and other
activities compatible with the sea-
food industries.
Gail Dodds expressed an interest
in providing seafood interests ac-
cess to the water without inter-
ference with the seafood
dealerships. Christina Sanders
argued that her shrimping busi-
ness is considerably different
from the pyster industry. "We
want to add compatibility busi-
nesses to:our property : We are '
askifig to go -into C-3 which al-
lows 'the uses we want to do.'.."'
Amendithg C-1 fver ttif uses, are.
prohibited in- C-1." Mr. Pierce
added that many recognize that
Timber Island is considerably dif-
ferent from other county areas.
Freda White addressed the com-
missioners: "...The situation we
have at this end of the County and
in Carrabelle is totally different
than Eastpoint and Apalachicola
... You talk about, having a pub-
lic hearing, and that's all great
and well... And, if anybody shows
up; and as most of you know, a
lot of times they do and a lota
times they don't, but the people
who are gong to show tip are the
people off of St. George Island, off
of Alligator Point, and out of
Apalachicola's historic district,
that don't have a dog in this fight.
I'm sorry... They don't pay Ms.
Sanders shrimp boat payments.
They don't pay Ms. Sanders prop-
erty taxes. She pays them. Now. -
it's a totally different world in,
Carrabelle ..." She commended
Alan Pierce for the C-3 expansion,
but that didn't suit the Planning
and Zoning board. She extolled
the Board to change the Saunders
zoning from C-1 to C-3.
The Board approved to advertise
a public hearing to change the
zoning from C-1 to C-3 for the
Sanders project. The hearing
would be on February 17, 2004
at 5:30 p. m. The hearing would
also consider expanding the uses
of C-3 zoning.


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Dixie Partington

Becomes Executive

Director Of Dixie

Theatre Foundation

On Monday, January 12, 2004,
Dixie Partington was appointed
the Executive Director of the Dixie
Theatre Foundation, a non-profit
group founded in 1994 when the
Dixie Theatre was purchased by
Rex and Cleo Partington.
Ms Partington was largely re-
sponsible for the theatre opera-
tions during the last year. Ms.
Partington has been acting on
stage since early childhood. She
was educated at professional
schools in London and in Berke-
ley, California. She has acted in
regional, stock and dinner theatre
throughout the U.S. and in
Apalachicola.
Ms. Partington intends to adhere
to the original mission of the Dixie
Theatre Foundation, "To establish
and: maintain live theatre as an
integral part of individual and
community life, to use the theatre
facility as a center of entertain-
ment, culture, and education, and
to provide a forum for addressing
issues of universal interest and
importance." She will expand the
-theatre to include more commu-
nity involvement, both in pattici-
pation and programming. Toward
this end, she has reorganized and
expanded the Board of Directors.
She also plans more variety and
diversification of the productions
andipresentations .
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APTA from Page 1
the Franklin County Board of
Adjustment had thrown out the
standards for the Critical Habitat
Zone setback because no one
from APTA had objected to a vari-
ance given to a property owner for
an .encroachment into Alligator
Point Critical Habitat Zone. It was
decided that any encroachment
into the CHZ needs to be opposed
and that APTA needs to monitor
all BOA meetings. It was directed
that a letter be sent to BOA ob-
jecting to the abandonment of the
CHZ setback standards and ask-
ing for a clarification of the
Franklin County policy and stan-
dards.
Vickie Barnett announced that
membership dues are due and
that 240 newsletters will be sent
out to the current members this
month. Assistance was requested
for help in getting out the news-
letter.
Steve Fling reported on the sta-
tus of the Fire Company and the
cost of getting a ladder truck for
the company. He said that it was
more cost effective to get a new
truck because a 10 year old used
truck with mechanical problems
would cost almost as much as a
new truck with no mechanical
problems. He also reported that
they are working to get an ambu-
lance for the EMS team.
The meeting adjourned at 11:05
a.m. After, the meeting was for-
mally adjourned the group gath-
ered around the maps of the pro-
posed development and discussed
among themselves the merits of
Fling and associate's proposal.


Campbell from Page 1
writer who died in 2003 after a
long illness. His play about Dr.
John Gorrie, The Iceman, was
produced at the Dixie Theatre
shortly before his death. His writ-
ing credits also include newspa-
per features, an adult novel, and
a children's picture book.
Tom Campbell led a group of writ-
ers in Carrabelle in building an
organization which would provide
moral support to its members
while promoting creative writing
in the local area. The PPAW con-
tinues to meet regularly in
Carrabelle every last Wednesday
of the month. Members meet in-
formally to share and discuss
works in progress. While several
members write and publish pro-
fessionally, most are "recre-
ational" writers, writing for the joy
of it, and welcome young and old,
temporary and permanent resi-
dents, professional and recre-
ational writers to the group. PPAW
members also visit schools and
other organizations to talk about
writing or to read from their work.
More information about PPAW
and its activities is available by
calling locally, 670-1315.



Skip Shiver

Enters Race

For Sheriff

Skip Shiver, 38, a life-long resi-
dent of Franklin County has an-
nounced his candidacy for Sher-
iff of Franklin County. Shiver be-
gan his career in law enforcement
in 1984 as a police officer for the
City of Carrabelle. He attended
Tallahassee Community College
from 1987 to 1989 and graduated
from the Florida Marine Patrol
Academy in December of 1989.
While employed by this state
agency for the last 14 years,
Shiver has had the opportunity to
work with several local, state and
federal agencies.: Some of these
agencies include: United States
Secret Service, Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement (FDLE),
'Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms (ATF);
'United States Custom Service,
United States Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEAL, and the Depart-
hment.of Federal Emergency Man-
agement. (FEMA). For nine years
he worked as -a4n undercover of-
ficer as a member of the State
Resource Protection Unit and a
member of the State Disaster Re-
sponse Team.
Shiver has been married for 11
years to the former Julie Brock.
The couple have two children,
Camilla, 4, and Brock, 2.


mid-February 2004, and take
about 50 deployment days in
which material would be trans-
ported ten miles south of Sikes
Cut into the Gulf of Mexico, in 70
feet of water. The Board approved
of the agreement between OAR
and the County, subject to a "hold
harmless" agreement from OAR.
A permit must be obtained from
the Army Corps of Engineers as
well.

Road Abandonment
Jan Hevier and Gorrie Wilcon,
representing Breakaway Marina-
Motel and Restaurant have re-
quested the Board to schedule a
public hearing to consider a road


The City will shortly begin reno-
vating its city hall and is inter-
ested in putting; the Police De-
partment in the front two Armory
offices, with the remainder of the
building being kept open for pub-
lic functions. The City would be
responsible for regular mainte-
nance and operation of the build-
ing. Major maintenance is still an
issue the Guard will have some
responsibility for. Mr. Blevins
would like an indication of the
Board's interest by Feb. 1, so he
can report to the annual meeting
of the National Guard Armory
Review Board, which controls the
disposition of Guard property.


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EDITORL & COMMENTARY


Carrabelle Fire Chief Bonnie

Kerr-A Personal Remembrance


By Rene Topping
She left us all so swiftly, and al-
though we all knew she had a
stroke, we never could imagine
her gone. We were all busy with
our Christmas Doings and as
there was no obituary we just did
not know.
Slowly the word was out. A friend
to so many people, and the sad
news finally was told to all of her
friends.
I guess that Bonnie was one of the
first people I got to know about
in Carrabelle. It was May 1977
and we were renting a home that
was across the street from
Anawakee School Road.
Our foster son Leo, and his wife
Karen, our grandchild Toni, and
her cousin, aged about 7 years
old, had parked their R.V. in our
yard. Leo and Bob went fishing
on the Miss Carrabelle. Later in
the afternoon a storm came
through with sharp strikes of
lightning and heavy scary thun-
der.
Our lights went out and we came
to the front of the house and saw


that a transmitter was down on
the ground and it had set fire to
the grasses and shrubs and some
of it up the pole and adjoining
trees.
The wind made a sharp turn and
I remembered all of my furniture
and other mementos, pictures
and other things, one can't do
again.
I called the Carrabelle Brigade
and soon they came along with
the pumper. To our surprise
there, hanging on the back of the
truck was Bonnie. She swung
herself off onto one foot. and was
soon busy hauling on the water
lines. I turned to Karen and said,
"How about that. We may be small
and out of date some ways but
look at that for "Women's Rights."
Soon the fire was put out and a
gentleman introduced himself as
Meyers Mattair. He had come to
congratulate me for being so quick
to call the department.
Some time later Bonnie told me
that she used to run after every
fire and one time the men said,
"If you want to come and see the
fire, come and help us." Bonnie


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wasn't quite sure of the invitation
but they made her their Trea-
surer!
Bonnie put money aside and from
that day the Fire Department be-
gan to find they had enough to go
for a new pumper. They went on
until it was equipped very well. So,
the "Boys at the fire house" can
proudly say in a Parade that they
can hold up their heads for the
equipment.
I understand that they are going
to have a plaque. I hope they
christen one with Miss Bonnie.
Then came the day Bonnie was
voted unanimously as their Fire
Chief. She was Chief for 17 years.
She said she was proudest of this.
She never missed a fire if she was
in town. And she went through
several fires that were down to the
ground.
One was the year that the Bap-
tist Church was gutted on Christ-
mas Eve and the second one was
the Funeral Parlor, on New Years
which also was gutted. Both of the
fires were noted for the height of
the flames that went sky high. At
the Church, all of the stained
glass windows except one was not
ruined and the congregation have
it the Baptistery.
Bonnie lived across from the
church and she stopped what she
was doing and slipped on a jacket.
It wasn't till she had been there
quite a time someone said
"Bonnie's got her apron on."
During the day, she and her part-
ner, Kathy Coleman, took turns
taking care of the 54 and 10t type
store.
Bonnie was very efficient with
wounded birds. I called her "My
Bird Lady. "People, knowing I was
in the Humane Society, would
bring them to me and I would
check if there were space in her
little bird hospital. I was called
'The Cat Lady."
When the day came for them to
go back to the outdoors. Bonnie
would bid them well and send
them on their way. Those were
beautiful days. They would wing
their way in a circle then come
down and have one more ride on
Bonnie's shoulder.
A teenaged bear wandered on the
lawn that was in between her and
the house that is now The Hos-
pice. He immediately climbed to
the top of a big pecan tree. Bonnie
turned herself into photographer
and we took her picture up to The
Panama Beach TV Station.
Bonnie took up woodwork. She
had several branches from some
Crepe Myrtle that was 100 years
old. She made me a walking stick.
I can take one hand and smooth
it over the little carvings, I will
keep this all my days:
The two women won a First Prize
for the most appealing garden.
Indeed the azaleas and all of the
springtime bulbs were wonderful
to see. You know, I don't know
when I had seen a better lawn and
shrubs. They took care of .it in
the name of Kathie's mother,
Another task they took on was
when a good friend died and left
a small blind dog. They carefully
educated that tiny dog where the
food was, where the back door
was, and where, most of all,
Bonnie and Kathie were. He was
soon scooting all over the house.
These are just a few of the many
memories I have just packed into
my memory box. When I feel down
I'll bring out some good advice she
gave me and know that I can ever
keep Bonnie Evergreen.



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Watercolor Workshops with
Carol Jessen: at the White Eagle
Restaurant, Sportsman's Lodge.
Workshop dates: 23-27 February
2004, Tuition: $250; Lodging
extra. Telephone: 850-670-8423.
Art Classes: at-Sea Oats Gallery,
St. George Island on January 24,
2004. With Cass Allen; Hand Built
pottery, 10 a.m. $165, includes
supplies. 850-927-2303
Art Classes: at Sea Oats Gallery,
St. George Island on January 20,
21 and 23rd. With Judy Soprano,
Oil Painting. 9:30 a.m. $125, in-
cludes supplies, ex canvas board.
850-927-2303
Art Classes: at Sea Oats Gallery,
St. George Island on February
2nd through 6th with Kristy
Kutch. Colored pencil/watercolor
pencil. 9:30 a.m. $300, 850-927-
2303.
Art Classes: at Sea Oats Gallery,
St. George Island on February
9th-11th, 2004. Judy Soprano.
Oil, 9:30 a.m. $125. Includes sup-
plies, ex canvas board.
850-927-2303.
Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion Meetings: The meeting time
has been changed to 5:30 p.m.,
still the first Tuesday of every
month at the Carrabelle branch
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. All interested people are
welcome to attend.
Foundation Scholarships At
Gulf Coast: Applications are now
available for Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College Foundation Scholar-
ships for the 2004-2005 academic
year. Foundation scholarships are
awarded to students demonstrat-
ing academic excellence, extra-
curricular involvements, aca-
demic potential, leadership abil-
ity, and financial need. Priority
consideration is given by the
Scholarship Committee to resi-
dents of the GCCC service district.
The deadline to apply for a Gulf
Coast Community College Foun-
dation Scholarship is March 1,
2004. An application may be ob-
tained at the Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College Foundation Office
and the Financial Aid Office, 5230
West Highway 98, Panama City,
Florida. For more information,
call 872-3815.
Gulf Coast To Host Bay Medi-
cal Seminar: The Office of Life-.
long Learning at Gulf Coast Com-
munity College will host Bay
Medical's Med-Surg Certification
Prep Course on February 17 and
18, 2004 in the Student Union
East Conference Center on cam-
pus. The scheduled speaker for
the two-day event is David W.
Woodruff, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN,
who has presented seminars
throughout the country on a va-
riety of topics, including advanced
critical care, internet resources
and medical issues. The following
are issues expected to be ad-
dressed:
* Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance
* Managing Shock
* Best Interventions for Coping,
Health Maintenance
* 5-Point Plan to Manage Staffing
and Assignments
* Multi-System Review and Inter-
vention
* Special Situations
* Standards of Care
* Strategies for Successful
Completion of Exam
"Med-Certification" has been ap-
proved by: AACN Cert. Corp: 15.5
contact hours to include Alabama
Board of Nursing. Most states
accept approval from the AACN
Certification Corporation. Verifi-
cation of accreditation may be
obtained from the State Board of
Nursing. The deadline for regis-
tration is January 23. For fees
and additional information, call
Sherrie Whitley at 872-3819.


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Step Up, Florida!

Public Health Physical Event

To Be Staged February 1st

The aim is to get Florida exercising
Physical inactivity has become a serious problem in the United States.
More than half of U.S. adults do not meet recommended levels of
moderate physical activity. There is a tremendous lack of awareness
in the United States of the negative health effects of poor nutrition
and lack of physical activity. Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of
death among Floridians in 2002. Nearly 1,000,000 adults have been
diagnosed with diabetes in Florida. Overweight, obesity, and diabetes
are risk factors that are associated with a host of negative health
outcomes including Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke,
Hypertension, Kidney Disease, and Cancer.
The Florida Department of Health recognizes the implications of a
sedentary lifestyle and is emphasizing the burden of obesity in Florida
by promoting a healthy and physically active lifestyle as well as to
promote the various physical activity opportunities available to citi-
zens and visitors throughout Florida. The Department of Health is
spearheading STEP UP, FLORIDA! on our way to healthy living. STEP
UP, FLORIDA! is a non-competitive statewide public health physical
event with one goal-to increase physical activity of Floridians and to
promote the myriad of physical activities available in Florida. Physi-
cal activity will include walking, biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking,
canoeing, and others. Step up, Florida is a point-to-point event tak-
ing place in 36 counties in Florida. Three routes will begin on sepa-
rate dates beginning on or around February 1, 2004 and will culmi-
nate in Tallahassee on March 2, 2004, at the Florida Capitol. I have
enclosed a STEP UP, FLORIDA! map.
Franklin County is included among the routes. The Franklin County
Health Department will determine the specific route and organize our
community. The route beginning in Pensacola is scheduled to move
through Franklin County on February 27 and 28th. We can use our
creativity to implement Step up, Florida as long as we conclude and
pass a symbolic token to participants in Wakulla County. In order to
implement -a safe, successful and beneficial event we will need the
participation of all our community partners. This includes law en-
forcement, medical personnel, dignitaries, etc. We have assembled a
committee and will be contacting you for your participation commit-
ment in the very near future. If there are any questions, suggestions,
or comments please feel free to contact me or a member of the Step
up, Florida Committee. We will be contacting you by telephone or in
person with additional detail. Thank you in advance for a successful
event.
Sincerely,
Wesley Tice, M.P.H.
Administrator
Franklin County Health Department 139 12th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320 (850) 653-2111



Red Cross Launches Program

To Benefit Area Businesses

Did'youi know that' after'being hit by a major disaster, most busi-
nesses never recover enough to continue to operate?
Did you know that Franklin County businesses can be at risk of physi-
cal and financial devastation from coastal erosion, dam failures, wild-
fires, hazardous material accidents, floods and tornadoes ... as well
as our annual threat of hurricanes?
Did you know that usually the difference between the business that
survives a disaster and one that never reopens its doors is having a
plan to survive?
Well, the American Red Cross knows!
It is with real excitement that the Capital Area Chapter of the Ameri-
can Red Cross announces a free disaster mitigation opportunity for
the businesses of Franklin County. The new initiative is called "Build-
ing a Disaster Resistant Business" and it can help save area busi-
nesses, their employees, and their families when the next disaster
strikes.
In this free program, Red Cross volunteers will assist businesses to
do an assessment of the hazards they may face and begin a plan to
minimize the company's vulnerability.
NOAA weather radios and smoke alarms will be supplied FREE to
businesses which participate. In addition, employees will receive a
"Starter Kit" of disaster readiness supplies to encourage similar pre-
cautions at home.
"Building a Disaster Resistant Business" presentations are available
for the first 100 Franklin County businesses to register. Businesses
of any size are eligible to participate. To register, please call Carolyn
Sparks at the Carrabelle Library, 697-2366.



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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY

S i Second Circuit

CourtReport

By Harriett Beach
SThe Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Schneider
December 11, 2003


2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting

Juvenile Justice In Franklin County
And Social Services Fair Held At

Eastpoint Fire House

.On Thursday, January 8, 2004, a town hall meeting featuring the
various services and agencies available to youth of Franklin County
was held. Youth and their families met with representatives of local
K service providers for a panel discussion of those services and their
utilization. A partial list of agencies represented included the follow-
ing:
Capital City YouthServices (Jennifer Edwards, 697-8600). Help in
improving communication and problem solving in your family; disci-
pline techniques that work; strengthen family relationships; improve
parenting skills; using local resources to expand education.

Big Bend Regional Prevention Center (850-574-6240) Healthy eat-
ing; Youth Culture and building bridges between generations; Sub-
stance Abuse Prevention.
Franklin's Promise (850-653-3930) A coalition of people, agencies
and organizations andho want to make Franklin County a better place
to live for all its citizens-lts vision is to be a community where people
are empowered to realize their hopes and dreams. Frankltativn's Promise
provides a foersum for networking with service providers, churches,
other institutions and interested citizens to discussed the issues facing
impFranklin Countyicati and to work together to solveing problems and meet
thpline needs of all the citizens. Meetings are held monthly throughout
the county on the third Thursday of the month. Contact Bob Connors
at 850 653-3930. Franklin County has been hod ored to be one of
only 30 communities throughout the United States to participate in
inthe Greenhouse Project, a one year training program consisting of
three four-day training events, technical assistance and mentoring
from an experienced coalition to build drug-free communities.
Victim Advocacy Unit of the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Es-
tablished asor all first responder unit to provide immediate assiswhere peto
those individuals who have been victimized by crime. Today, the unit
consists of 1 permanent advocate and 3 voservice rs. Victim adoccy
services include: on scene assistance, crisiscuss intervention counseling,
Frdeath notification,ty and to woerm counseling criminal justices and process;
return of property, community information referrals, transportation.
Contact: Clarice Gross 670-5774; Sheriffs Office 670-8500.
thFlorida Counseling and Behavioral Services, Inc. Psychiatric evalu-
ations, medication monitoring, group counseling, funding sources.
Contact: Brad and Brittany Singleton and Staff 850-653-3 100.
Refuge House. To provide direct services to battered women assistance their
children iand survivors of sexual violence as well as to work to elimi-
nate the conditions in society that allow such violence to continue.
se24-hour Crisis line: 850-681-2111 or (800) 500-1119. Refuge House
provides emergencyation, shelter, counseling programsinal courthouse pro-
gram, sexual violerty e program, community education and training.
FlCommunity Intervention and Research Center, Inc. A
I ,,community-basedapproach to rehabilitation. Provides alternatives
: to more traditional approaches which allow individuals to learn to be
sucationessful in a more "normalized" setting. Serves individuals with
disabilities who and Bremedically stable and do not require hosptaliza-653-3100.
'ion. Serves peope pi-ovide direct seroblems, delinquency issues, head
Injuries, neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, mental
health needs. Contact: 850-656-1446. Toll free: 1-888-656-1446.
There was some discussion of a new social services directory listing
natell of the agencies and persons available to Franklin County youth
24-hour Cnterests by Bob Coline:ors. The availability of the directory was uncer-
tprovin but funding hs become available for printing and distribution.
Franklin County Public Ubrary


Htuppenings
By Judi Rundel
he Franklin County Public Library's FROG FaProvily Learning Pro-
gram is starting the year off with a bang. A new half-hour Story Time
sucwith Miss Michelle for kids in grades K through 3 is now being offered
each week at all three sites: Mondays at 4:00 p.m. at the Eastpoint
Branch, Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. at the Apalachicola Program site in
the New Life Center on 8th Street, and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. at the
TheCarrabe Branchs someIn the next issueussion of newThe Chronicle, dates for a
special puppet show to be held once a month following Miss Michelle's
n.tory Time will be announced. The FROG program also offers home-
work help, tutoring, GED preparation, computer classes, family fun
nights, and exercise programs. Call 670-4423 or 697-2091 for infor-
mation about these and the many other activities offered.
The TIGERS after school program will hold a tri-site Teen Council
mTheeting on Monday, February 2nd at the Eastpoint branch of the
Library. All members are encouraged to attend. WINGS and TIGERS,
both award-winning after school youth programs, are busy planning
activities and field trips for the new year. IK thryour child is between 10
eand 18, and still in school, these programs are designed to help with
Cthe toBugh issues of growing up like self esteem, anger management,
Sand conflict resolution as well as lea moing work readiness skilled's For
nights, information call 653-2784, 670-5250, or 697-9216.
The TIGERS after school program will hold a tri-site TeeFranklin Councilty Public Library are free
meeting open Monday, February 2nd at the Eastpoint branch of thequired.


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activities and field trips for the new year. If your child is between 10
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The 22nd Annual Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction is just around
the corner!
Thanks to all who volunteered, attended and cooked last year. It was
a success even though the weather didn't cooperate, but we're used
to that! A check was given to the Volunteer Fire Department for
$94,000!!
As development continues the definite need and resources for the fire
department increases as well. The funds help with training, equip-
ment and this year, like last, a ladder truck is our major goal.
We're asking for volunteers to help in the food booths or to be a judge
for the professional chili cooks. Contact any director for further de-
tails. '
We need quality AUCTION items! Call 927-3473 and leave a message
on the machine to arrange pickup. THE ART PREVIEW will be held
on Friday, March 5 from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at the.Civic Hall in the
East End Firehouse. A $5.00 preview donation entitles the attendees
to pre-register for an auction bid number. It's a great time to preview
and bid on the unique pieces of art and collectibles.
The days events will kick off with the 5K Red Pepper Run at 8:00
a.m., professional cooks will light their fires and food booths will open
at 10:00 a.m. The auction begins at 11:00 a.m. in its usual location
under the big tent. Mark your calendars now!!'
We thank you for all your support,in the past and look forward to
seeing you again.
Sincerely,
Jayne Bamburg
Chair
Board of Directors


Governor Bush
Appoints Tallahassee
Man To Five-year
Term On FWC

Governor Jeb Bush appointed
Brian S. Yablonski, 36, to a
five-year term on the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC). The appointment
requires confirmation by the
Florida Senate later this year.
"I'm looking forward to working
with the FWC on some of the most
important issues facing our state.
The citizens of Florida have en-
trusted the FWC to manage their
valuable fish and wildlife re-
sources for the long-term benefit
of people and the environment,"
Yablonski said. "It is important
work. I have great respect and
appreciation for the job ahead of
me."
He describes himself as an avid.:
outdoors enthusiast, and says he6o
particularly enjoys backpacking,
mountain biking, kayaking and
fishing.
Yablonski works as a governmen-
tal consultant for the firm Poole,
McKinley and Blosser, of Talla-
hassee and Ft. Lauderdale. He
also serves as an adjunct fellow
with the Property and Environ-
ment Research Center, of
Bozeman, Mont. The Center is the
nation's oldest and largest insti-
tute working to use market prin-
ciples to solve environmental
problems.
Yablonski graduated cum laude
from Wake Forest University and
the University of Miami School of
Law. He served as deputy chief of
staff to the governor and as policy
director in the Governor's Office
of Policy and Budgeting from
1999-2003 and worked closely
with the FWC policy and budget
staff.
He and his wife, Kimberley, live
in Tallahassee with their two chil-
dren.
Yablonski's five-year term as an
FWC commissioner runs through
January 5, 2009. He succeeds Dr.
Edwin Roberts, of Pensacola,
whose term expired January 5,
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ARRAIGNMENTS
Jermaine J. Freeman: Charged with possession of a controlled substance
with intent to sell or deliver and possession with intent to sell cannabis on
October 15, 2003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant was present
in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Wardell Clinton Gordon: Charged with resisting an officer with violence and
possession of a controlled substance on October 1, 2003. Defendant was in-
carcerated. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on October 17, 2003.
Defendant was present in court with attorney, John Leace. Case was entered
for Docket Sounding on March 8, 2004 and trial on March 10, 2004.
Kinzie Hartsfleld: Charged with possession of a controlled substance with
intent to sell or deliver and giving a false name or identification to an officer on
October 15, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court with attorney Charles E. Hobbs II who was appointed on December 8,
2003. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Pamela C. Kimbrel: Charged with eight counts of grand theft and four counts
of petty theft on July 17, 2003. Surety bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of
not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Robert L. Lashley: Charged with grand theft and resisting an officer with
violence on October 14, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no
contest. Defendant was adjudicated guilty on count one and was sentenced to
18 months in the Florida Department of Corrections with 58 days credit for
time served. Sentence is to run concurrent with a Leon County sentence. On
count two, the defendant was sentenced to 52 days with 52 days credit for
time served. Defendant, must pay court costs of $275.00.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on July 27,
2003. Defendant ,was incarcerated. Defendant entered a written plea of not
guilty on August 26, 2003. Defendant was present in court but his attorney,
Alexander Dombrowsky, was not present. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for March 8. 2004..
Kevin Morris Schoellesi Charged with criminal mischief (3rd degree felony)
on October 21, 2003. Bond was set at $500.00. Defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty on December 3, 2003. Attorney Charles E. Hobbs II repre-
sented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Marshall L. Sweet: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance within
1000 ft. of a church on October 9, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant en-
tered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9,
2004. .
Michael F. Whitaker: Charged with grand theft on May 18, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public DefenderKevin
Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for January 12, 2004J., ,
Lisa F. Whitehead: Charged with grand theft on October 10, 2003. Surety
bond was set at $2,500.00. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Leroy Yarell: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on July 29,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Defendant was
adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to 135 days in.jail with 135 days credit
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for time served. Defendant was given 2 years probation. Sentence is to run
concurrent with a Levy County sentence. Defendant must pay $2,075.00 plus
a $100.00 fee to Florida Drug Law Enforcement.
Scott Henry Norwig: Charged with dealing in stolen property on August 12,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Defendant is to be
released from custody pending disposition. Sentencing is set for March 8,
2004.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Phillip Barfield: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on February
1, 2002. Defendant is incarcerated. Defendant was in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation
and was found in violation of probation. Defendant's probation was revoked
and he was placed on 2 years of community control to run concurrent with a
Gulf County sentence. Defendant's outstanding costs were reduced to a judg-
ment.
Dennis Lake Beebe: Charged with grand theft on September 10, 2001. De-
fendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation on
both cases and was found in violation of probation. Sentence was modified to
26 days in jail with 26 days credit for time served. Defendant was reinstated
to drug offender probation.
Elijah Brown III: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled sub-
stance and burglary of a structure on September 18, 2001 and battery do-
mestic violence on July 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a
denial plea of being in violation of probation. Case was entered on the Viola-
tion of Probation Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Bobby Joe Burkett: Charged with grand theft (3rd degree) on September 19,
1994. Defendant had been released on his own recognizance. Defendant was
present in court. Probation is to be terminated.
Edward D. Dunkle: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and grand theft on
July 11, 2002. Defendant entered a written denial of violation of probation on
December 10, 2003. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Attorney, C. Marty Hang
represented the defendant. Case was continued for Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Wardell Clinton Gordon: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
March 27, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty on October 17, 2003. Defendant was present in court with
attorney John Lpace. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Dennis L. Hebert: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on June 6,
2002. Defendant had been released on his own recognizance. Defendant was
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a denial plea. Case
was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Del Romel Jackson: Charged with driving while his license was suspended
or revoked. Defendant had been released on his own recognizance but did not
appear in court. The ;release was revoked and an order of capias was entered.
Jason Derrick Keith: Charged with dealing in stolen property on September
24, 2001. Defendant was present in court and a Public Defender was ap-
pointed to represent him. Defendant entered a plea of denial. Case was en-
tered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
Jamie L. Lambelron: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on July 9,
2000. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of proba-
tion and was fouhd4n violation of probation. Probation was revoked. Defen-
dant was given 90,0lays in jail with 14 days credit for time served. Transporta-
tion costs of $240,.73 were imposed. Defendant was given two years of new
drug offender probation. Cost of supervision was waived on the new probation
and any cost of supervision of the old probation was reduced to a judgment.
Michael Oneal:' Charged with the sale of a controlled,substance on June 5,
2001. Defendant' 1i been released on his own recognizance. Defendant ap-
peared in court and Public Defender Kevin Steiger was appointed to represent
him. Defendant entered a plea of denial. Case was entered on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Dona Marge Roberts: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis
on March 20, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in vio-
lation of probation, and was found in violation of probation. Probation was
modified and reinstated. Defendant was given 22 days in jail with 22 days
credit for time served. Cost of supervision was reduced to $15.00 per month.
Any cost arrears are to be reduced to a judgment.

Tyrone Russ: Charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance on
May 8, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Public Defender Kevin Steiger en-
tered a plea of denial for the defendant. Case was entered on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Adam J. Seymour: Charged.,with grand theft of a motor vehicle on June 23,
2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was modified and
extended for one more year.
Brad Simmons: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on June 15,
2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of denial of being in
violation of probation. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for Januair'I2, 2004.
Larry T. Stevens: Charged with aggravated battery with a firearm on April 8,
1998. Defendant filed a written plea of not guilty on VNovember 25, 2003.
attorney Don Pumphrey Jr. represented the defendant. Case was entered on
the Violation of Probauon Plea Docket for February 9,2004.
Eric Alien Tatum: Charged with burglary of a structure and grand theft on
August 22, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to- being in violation of
probation and was found in violation of probation. Defendant's sentence was
modified for him to serve 13 more days in jail and probation is to be termi-
nated. Any outstanding costs are to be reduced to a judgment.
Elijah Wilson: Charged with three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle
and one count ofrand theft on November 3, 1999. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. Defendant filed a written plea of not guilty on October 24, 2003. Defen-
dant was present in court with no attorney to represent him. Cases were
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for January 12, 2004.
William Foster Wright: Charged with shooting into a building or dwelling
and aggravated assault with a firearm on February 24, 1995. Defendant was
released on his own recognizance and appeared in court. Case was continued
on the Violation of Probation Arraignment Docket for January 12, 2004.
'Michael Prevatt: Charged with grand theft on May 20, 2002. Defendant was
incarcerated and held without bond. Defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of denial. Case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for January 12. 2004.
Katherine Laye: Charged with dealing in stolen goods on February 26, 2000.
Defendant was released on her own recognizance. Defendant was present in
court. Case was continued on the Violation of Probation Arraignment Docket
for April 12, 2004.

PLEA DOCKET
Michael Boone: Charged with lewd or lascivious battery on April 23, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present in court with
attorney John Leace. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the charges
and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given 24 months in Community
Control to be followed by 36 months of probation. Six months in jail, with 1
day credit for time served is to commence on January 15, 2004 at 6:00 p.m.
Defendant must pay court costs of $275.00 plus $152.00 to the Rape Crisis
Trust Fund. Defendant must also pay a $40.00 Public Defender application
fee.
Shawn V. Brown: Charged with Possession of cocaine with intent to sell, pos-
session of cannabis, driving while his license was suspended or revoked and
driving while under the influence on May 18, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$11,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for February 9, 2004 and for Trial
on February 11, 2004.
Frederick Estes Jr.: Charged.with grand theft of September 4, 2003. Surety
bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January 12,
2004.


Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on
July 22, 2002. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present if
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of no con-
test and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to two years of
Community Control that is to run concurrent with another existing sentence.
Cost of supervision was waived. Court costs of $275.00 was imposed plus any
other costs.
Beauford Grey: Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon and one count of battery on June 14, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$50,000.00 Defendant was represented by Charles E. Hobbs II who was present
in court. The defendant did not appear in court and capias was ordered effec-
tive January 12, 2004. Case was continued on the Plea Docket for January
12, 2004.:
Quinnella Griggs: Charged with one count of the sale and possession of a
controlled substance with the intent to sell within 1000 ft. of a store and one
count of the sale of a substance in lieu of cocaine on August 21, 2003. Surety
bond was set on the first count for $2,5000.00 and $1,000.00 on the second
count. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Cases were continued on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Deneen Harrell: Charged with grand theft on August 15, 2001. Surety bond
was set at $2,500.00. John Leace represented the defendant.. Case was not
prosecuted.


John D. James: Charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and dis-
charging a firearm in public on June 8, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$30,000.00. Defendant and his attorney Barbara Sanders did not appear in
court. Case was continued on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Donald J. Lilly: Charged with resisting an Officer with violence and trespass
where notice was given on June 25, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. De-
fendant appeared in court with his attorney John Leace. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest to both counts and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was
sentenced to 180 days in jail with 169 days credit for time served to be fol-
lowed by 24 months of probation with no victim contact and be in the Batterer's
Intervention Program. Defendant must pay court costs of $275.00. Cost of
supervision is waived.
Robert Brad London: Charged with robbery by sudden snatching on June
29. 2003. Surety bond was set at $1,500.'00 Defendant appeared in court with
attorney Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication
was withheld. Defendant was given 2 years of probation and is to be evaluated
for substance abuse treatment. Cost of supervision was waived but the defen-
dant must pay court costs of $275.00 and $21.00 restitution to the victim.
Elton R. Moore: Charged with passing nine worthless checks over the value
of $150.00 on September 18, 2003. Defendant was present in court with pub-
lic defender Kevin Steiger. Oases were entered on the Plea Docket for February
9, 2004.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for January
12, 2004.
Edward J. Prince: Charged with possession of a controlled substance with
the intent to sell or deliver and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
on July 16, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant was taken into cus-
tody. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 9, 2004.
John Sauers: Charged with one count of the burglary of an occupied dwelling
(trespass), one count of burglary of a structure, and two counts of petty theft
on February 19, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant was
present with his attorney Rachel Chesnut. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest to the lesser charge of trespass in count one and as charged in counts
2, 3 and 4. Defendant was adjudicated guilty on counts 1, 3, and 4 and adju-
dication was withheld on count 2. On count 2, the defendant was given 2
years probation, must submit to substance abuse evaluation and treatment
as recommended and have no contact with the victim. Defendant is to pay
court costs of $275.00 and $40.00 restitution to the victim. On counts 3 and
4, the defendant was sentenced to one day in jail with one day credit for time
served.
Benny Ray Stoops: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12 on
June 23, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant.was present in court
with Attorney Charles E. HobbsII. A competency hearing was scheduled for
January 12, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
Marshall L. Sweet: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Au-
gust 21. 2003. Surety bond was set at $10,000.00. Defendant was incarcer-
ated.'Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2003.
Joseph E. White: Charged with one count of uttering a worthless document,
one count of resisting an Officer and one count of possession of drug para--
phernalia on January 1, 2003. Surety bond was set at $1,000.00 Defendant
was present in court with Public Defender,, Kevin Steiger to check on the rule
on competence case management. Case was entered on the Docket for Janu-
ary 12,. 2004 at 10:00a.m. .
Frederick R. Wilsey: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
and battery on May 29, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was
present in court with Public Defender'Kevin Steiger. The state dropped the
first count. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the second count and
was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 196 days in jail and was
given 196 days credit for time served.
Erik Andrew Thompson: Charged with felony battery on September 8, 2003.
Defendant was represented in absentia by attorney Matthew Foster. The State
Attorney's Office agreed to the defendant stipulation to the lessor of the in-
cluded offenses and accepted a plea to the charge of battery. Defendant was
adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to one year on probation to run concur-
rent with a sentence in Wakulla County. Defendant is to pay $6,559.00 resti-
tution to the victim as directed by the State Attorney's Office. Defendant is to
have only peaceful contact with the victim.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Wesley W. Branch: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on April 18,
2002. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered on the Violation .of Probation Plea Docket for February 9.
2004.
Donna Evans Coward: Charged wiLh exploitation of the elderly and grand
theft on September 27. 2002. Defendant was incarcerated..Defendant was
present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in -olatidn of probation. Defendant was
reinstated to.her current probauohn.
Samuel Critton: Charged-withthe -.ale of a controlled substance on May'8,
2001. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation was modified to 30 days in County jail to begin
December 27, 2003. Probation is terminated after 30 days in jail. Cost of
supervision is waived at this time and other costs are reduced to a final judg-
ment.
Thomas A. Gorski: Driving while his license was suspended (felony) on June
15, 2002. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in viola-
tion of probation. Probation was revoked and the defendant was sentenced to
two years of community control. Any outstanding costs were reduced to a
judgment and the current cost of supervision was waived.
Justin D. Howard: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
June 4, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked. Defen-
dant was sentenced to 15 months in the Florida Department of Corrections
with 362 days credit for time served.'Any outstanding costs were reduced to a
judgment. ,
Nathan E. Lawrence: Charged with two counts of uttering a worthless docu-
ment on March 20, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant appeared
In court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Defendant was
sentenced to 90 days in jail with 67 days credit for time served. Probation was
reinstated and modified. Transportationicost of $1,145.27 is imposed to the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Any outstanding costs were reduced to a
judgment and any new cost of supervision was waived.
Donald J. Lilley: Charged with two cotints of resisting arrest with violence on
May 19,. 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant appeared in court with
his attorney John Leace. Defendant admitted to being in violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Defendant was adjudicated guilty
and probation was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to 180 days in jail with
169 days credit for time served. Arny outstanding costs were reduced to a.
Judgment.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with the burglary of a dwelling on June 8, 1999.
Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court but his attorney
Alexander Dombrowsky was not present. Case was entered on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2003.
Charles L. Morris: Charged with thl[ purchase of a controlled substance on
December 20, 2002. Defendant was iIncarcerated. Defendant appeared in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. defendant admitted to being in violation
of probation and was found in violaton of probation. Probation was modified
and reinstated to include 43 days injail with 43 days credit for time served.
Laura Trammel: Charged with possession of a controlled substance on Janu-
ary 31, 2003. Defendant was preselit in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found
in violation of probation. Probation Was modified to include 20 hours of com-
munity service as an additional part of her probation.

PAYMENT DUE ON CASE
Glenn D. Buffkin: Charged with two6counts of petty theft. Defendant was told
on October 13, 2003 to pay costs of $195.00 by December 11, 2003. State
Attorney's Office is to prepare an OTSC. Case is reset for February 9, 2004 for
payment. Defendant is to be sent a notice.
Brad Simmons: Charged with battery. Defendant is incarcerated. On April
14, 2003, the defendant signed a notice to pay $295.00 by October 13, 2003.
Capias was served on November 13, 2003 for failure to pay or appear in court.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case is
continued until January 12, 2004.


DOCKET SOUNDING
Chris Buzbee: Defendant was present in court. Court ordered the defendant
to be released from custody. The defendant may request inpatient treatment
but the condition of inpatient treatment is to be dropped from the defendant's
conditions of probation.
Mark Devin Creamer: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on December 19, 2002. Defendant stipulated to the lessor of the included
offenses of battery. Defendant was present in court with his attorney John
Leace. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the lessor charge of battery.
Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given 6 months probation, must
have no contact with the victim or her family and must pay $175.00 in court
costs.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARINGS
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with resisting an officer with violence on De-
cember 28, 2002. On December 5, 2003 the defendant was arrested on a new
violation of probation charge. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case is continued on the
Violation of Probation Hearing Docket for February 9, 2004.


Joseph Courtney Bell: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
November 6, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
George Andy Lowery: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
October 31, 2001. Also charged with three counts of the sale of a controlled
substance, two counts of the possession of a controlled substance with intent
to sell or deliver, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia on July 18, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated.
Defendant appeared in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. All cases,
were continued and reset for a Violation of Probation Hearing on February 9,.
2004.

HEARINGS
Mark Paul Sanders: Charged with driving while under the influence, driving.
while his license was suspended or revoked and fleeing or attempting to elude
a police officer. Defendant was also charged with refusing to submit to a bal-
ance test, possession of cannabis, introducing contraband Into a county de-
tention facility and resisting arrest without violence on September 20, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a motion for pre-trial release with
reasonable bail. Motion was denied. The defendant's Public Defender entered
a plea of not guilty for the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
March 8, 2004.
James Kevin Harless: Charged with first-degree murder. James C. Banks
represented the defendant. Motion was filed to pay attorney fees anc costs.
Hearing was canceled.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr.: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of
a controlled substance on October 31, 2001 and the sale of a controlled sub-
stance on August 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Case was continued'
on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Courtney Joseph Bell: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on,
November 6, 2002 and the sale and possession of a controlled substance with
the intent to sell within 1000 ft. of a church on October 30, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Defendant entered a motion for pre-trial release or reasonable bail for
both cases. Both motions were denied. Cases were entered on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Elijah Brown III: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled sub-
stance and burglary of a structure on September 18, 2001, fleeing or attempt-
ing to elude a Police Officer on November 27, 2003 and battery domestic vio-
lence on July 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Public Defender Kevin
Steiger entered a motion for the defendant for pre-trial release or reasonable
bail for all cases. All motions were denied.
Holly Marie Cargill: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell
and conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to sell on March 23, 1996.
Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation.
Probation to be terminated unsuccessfully and outstanding costs are reduced
to a judgment. Defendant entered a motion for pre-trial release.

Leroy Yarell: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on July 29,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant and filed a motion for pre-trial release or reasonable bail.
Tyrone Russ: Charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled .substance
on May 8, 2001, and the sale of a controlled substance on October 30, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Defendant filed a motion for pre-trial release or reason-
able bail for all cases. Motion was denied.




Take A Walk In The Park


Take "A Walk in the Park" with
the Panhandle Players January
23 through January 25 as the
Panhandle Players present their
Third Annual Revue with perfor-
mances at 8 p.m. on Friday,
January 23 and Saturday, Janu-
ary 24. Sunday's January 25 per-
formance will be a matinee at 3
p.m. The performance will be at
the Dixie Theatre in Apalach-
icola. Tickets are $10 and can be
obtained at the door.
Advance sale tickets can be ob-
tained by calling Barbara Siprell
(653-4215) Apalachicola, Gayle
Dodds (670-8200) Eastpoint, and
Janet Christenson (927-3115) St.
George Island.
Imagine what sights and sounds
you can see and hear while stroll-
ing through a park. Look for some
of your favorite performers from
past Revues. The River Keepers,
Pam Nobles dancers (Yes! The Hot
Flashes will performl, and


Tamara Marsh are just a few ot
the entertainers with song and
dance. John Mazz will join Tom
Conner for some vocal and gultai-
tunes. Barbara Siprell, Dolores
Roux, Hardy Bush, Tom Conner,
Joe Shields, Hank Kozlowsky will
delight and amuse with their
skits. Music director Dr. Tom
Adams and drama director Rex
Partington have given a slightly
different twist to the program for-
mat and have put together an-
other delightful and entertaining
Revue!
Panhandle Players T-shirts are
back! And will be on sale at the
performances.
Patrons may remember that the
First Revue was a consequence of
the September 11, 2001 attacks.
We are now in Iraq. Performances
of the Third Annual Revue will be
dedicated to the men and women
of the Armed Forces of the United
States.


Letter To The Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those individuals and
organizations that helped to protect sea turtle nests on St. George.
Island during the 2003 season.
Between May and October, volunteers conduct morning nest surveys
to locate and mark nests for protection from the state park boundary
to Bob Sikes Cut. These nests are monitored daily until an evaluation
for contents and hatching success can be done. These same volun-
teers also educate visitors about the sea turtles that return yearly to
the beaches of St. George Island to make their nests.
Thank you Patti McCartney, Curt Spangler, Pam Prince, Martin and
Joyce Reed, Barbara Sanders, Claire Sanders, Susan Ficklen, Chris
Crozier, Rick and Claudia Farren, Dean Scheer, Bud Hayes, Frank
Erckmann, Ed and Sandy Mitchem, Stephanie Fahrny, and Tammy
Summers.
Thanks to the entire staff of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Re-
search Reserve, both the Eastpoint office and the Apalachicola office.
Thanks to the St. George Island Plantation security staff, and to the
volunteers of the Apalachicola Bay and River Keepers Association.
And finally, thanks to those homeowners and visitors who turned out
the lights and pulled the shades so hatchling sea turtles would not be
disoriented by house lights.
Franklin County adopted the Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle
Protection in June 1998. The purpose and intent of this ordinance is
intended to protect hatchling marine turtles from the adverse effects
of artificial lighting, provide overall improvement in nesting habitat
degraded by light pollution, and increase successful nesting activity
and production of hatchlings on the beaches of Franklin County,
Florida.
The Lighting Ordinance in its present form describes standards for
new construction activities as well as standards for existing lighting
on homes and businesses seaward of the Coastal Construction Con-
trol Line.
Since 1998, there have been 69 nests that were negatively affected by
lights, both house lights and streetlights. 3,396 hatchling marine
turtles were recorded as disoriented since the adoption of this ordi-
nance, to be eaten by crabs, ants and mammals. The few that make it
to the water, after wandering around the beach, become so weak,
their chances of survival in the water are small.
Many of these disorientations were caused by lights on homes across
the street from the beach or even further away, homes that are not
covered by the Lighting Ordinance. Some of the disorientations are
caused by the same homes, year after year.
In order to help save Marine Turtles from extinction, St. George Is-
land homeowners and business owners bear the responsibility to re-
place or remove light fixtures that are shown to be the cause of dis-,
orientations.
Sincerely,
Bruce Drye
Marine Turtle Permit Holder
Volunteer Coordinator
ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers


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Franklin County
Health Department
Recommends

Precautionary

Measures For
Added Protection

Against Influenza

First Cases of Flu
Confirmed
The Franklin County Department
of Health (CHD) announced it has
documented flu activity in the
county and in accordance with
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevetion (CDC) and the Florida
Department of Health (DOH) rec-
ommendations, urge Floridians to
take the following precautionary
measures to help provide protec-
' tion against influenza.
"In our county, we face the flu
every year," Wesley Tice, Franklin
CHD Administrat6r said. "As we
begin this year's battle, it is im-
portant all individuals take these
precautionary measures to help
prevent the spread of the flu and
all respiratory Illnesses which are
common this time of year."
The following simple steps can be
taken to help prevent catching
and spreading the flu.
Precautionary measures
include:
Wash your hands often with
soap and water or an alcohol-
based hand cleaner.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose,
or mouth.
Do not share eating utensils,
drinking glasses, towels or other
personal items.
Stay home when you are sick
and keep sick children home.
Avoid close contact with people
who are sick, if possible.
Avoid crowds and areas where
people congregate and are, likely
to be sneezing and coughing.
High-risk individuals who
should be vaccinated
against influenza include:
Persons 65 years and older;
Residents and employees of
nursing homes and other
long-term care facilities that
house persons of any age who
have long-term illnesses;
Persons 6 months of age and
older who have chronic heart or
lung conditions, including
asthma; or need regular medical
care; or had to be in a hospital
because of metabolic diseases'
(like diabetes), chronic kidney dis-
ease, or weakened immune sys-
tem (including immune system
problems caused by medicine or
by infection with HIV/AIDS);
Children and teenagers 6
months to 18 years who are on
long-term aspirin therapy and
therefore could develop Reye syn-
drome after the flu; and
Women who will be more than 3
months pregnant during the flu
season.


Health care workers and
additional individuals who
should be vaccinated
include:
* Doctors, nurses, and other em-
ployees in hospitals and doctors'
offices, including emergency re-
sponse workers;
* People who provide home care
to those in high-risk groups;
* Household members (including
children) of people in high-risk
groups.
* Children aged 6 to 23 months
and caregivers of children
younger than 6 months are also
encouraged to receive flu shots
because children younger than 24
months may be at higher risk for
complications from influenza.
This year, Florida Department of
Health county health depart-
ments received more than
275,000 doses of flu vaccine, an
increase of over 40 percent from
the number of Floridians vacci-
nated by DOH last year. In a typi-
cal year, 70-75 million Americans
receive a flu shot. For more infor-
mation about influenza and steps
to protect individuals and fami-
lies, visit www.cdc.gov. .


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The Joshua Visits
Apalachicola

By Lisa Szczepaniak
The Apalachicola River district
was treated to a visit from the
Joshua this past weekend. The
72-foot schooner from Mobile Ala-
bama, owned and Captained by
Carol Bramblett, was docked by
the old power plant from Friday,
January 9th to Wednesday, Janu-
ary 14th, 2004. Other crew mem-
bers aboard included: Captain
Cindy Frank, first deck officer,
Peter Schuchardt II, first mate
and Linda A. LeBlane, deck hand.
In her early childhood in Sheffield,
Alabama, young Carol Bramblett
dreamt of captaining a schooner.
In those dreams, she would see
herself behind the wheel, hoist-
ing sails and giving orders as she
sailed the high seas. The dream
was so detailed that even the
name of the ship was clearly
scrolled across the transom,
Joshua.
As Carol grew up, so did her love
of the sea, and the traditional sea-
manship of old on old wooden
boats. In 1991, Captain Carol got
her Coast Guard 100-ton masters
license and began her career as
Captain. Captain Carol holds a
charter boat degree in engineer-
ing. After her parents passed
away, Carol realized that life is
short so it was time for her to fol-
low her dreams.
In November of 1993, Captain
Carol Bramblett began the mas-
sive undertaking of building the
coastal schooner which is built
along the same lines as the old
ships such as the Governor Stone.
Carol went to Gene Zirlott for his
expertise in designing and build-
ing the boat. Mr. Zirlott was a fifth
generation master boat builder.
After Mr. Zirlott passed away in
1997, Frank Finkley took over as
builder. They also had a mtrine
architect, Ed Carlson. The boat is
built entirely from marine pres-
sure treated virgin long leaf pine.
Boat salvage yards were scav-
enged for items such as the oper-
ating portholes and brass hard-
ware. As many as 100 people,
most volunteers, were involved in
the building of the ship which
took its maiden voyage on Octo-
ber 19th, 2000. In 2002, The
Joshua sailed in Mobile Alabama's
Tri-Centennial Tall Ships Parade.
The Joshua can carry as many as
49 passengers with a deck space
of 52 feet. Overall, she measures
72 feet from stem to stem with a
beam of 18 feet, 8 inches. Her
draft varies from 10 feet fully ex-
tended to only 3 feet, 6 inches
when the swing keel is lifted, al-
lowing her access into the shal-
lower waterways. The two massive
masts were built out- of utility
poles, the largest measures 65
feet high with a three-foot diam-
eter. Normally this'would be much
too tall to sail under a majority of
bridges. However, the top 20 feet
of her main mast lowers, allow-
ing passage under the Inter
Coastal Waterways bridges. The
engine is a hew BT 150 Cum-
mings Diesel.


Below decks, are two cabins, with
a private stateroom for Captain's
quarters, two heads, one with a
ull size 1920's cast iron bathtub,
full galley with stove, oven and re-
frigerator. The boat is very -spa-
cious and comfortable.


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Captain Carol and crew were very
taken with Apalachicola. Said
Captain Carol, 'This area is very
rich in its history of the coastal
schooners, such as the Governor
Stone, and the shipping and fish-
ing industries. We thought it an
ideal way to end our journey. We
are very much impressed with
how helpful and friendly everyone
was. We look forward to coming
back."
The Joshua is available for char-
ters for up to 49 passenger
trips. For more information
contact: Captain Cindy Frank,
phone: (251) 443-9463 (WIND),
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Captain Carol Bramblett


NOT ALL ISLAND HOMES

ARE CREATED EQUAL.

INVESTIGATE THEIR

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.

FOR SALE

SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION


In post and beam construction, the load-bearing
poles extend all the way to the roof. About 41
Support the structure, spliced together at various
intervals. Normally, the roof system is placed on
'top of the structure before the exterior walls are
recteds cince these are not load marine


* THE HOUSE: 2,100 square feet, heated or cooled, with;cathedral living area, study, kitchen, four bedrooms
and three bathrooms, and sun deck. There is enormous rental potential with this design, permitting separate
area for the landlord. ,.
* ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND 160 MPH WINDS AND A 20-FOOT STORM SURGE.
* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built to last. Post and Beam
construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing on a pile of sand. 2100 square feet heated
and cooled. One of the last homes built on St. George Island by Mason Bean.
* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-'
chair accessibility to the living level., Canr also function as a&dumbwaiter and, is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The'stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest'
weather.
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50;years (when built, 1989); no fire hazard here as in the
case of wood cedar-shake shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the'living level; one-half bath stubbed out in the loft area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to carry above-average loads.
* HEAT PUMPAND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation; None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.
Augered pilings were installed in
this house instead of driven
.., .., pilings. Forty-one 8x8" poles

S.in a classic post-and-beam design,
the recommended mode for any
I island construction on sand.


RESIDENTIAL HOME SEA DUNE
' ST. GEORGE PLANTATION
$700,000 MLS#98432
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.


-lMLS.

"Property For Every Budget"
Office: (850) 927-2821
Fax: (850) 927-2314


* Land-Acreage-5.5 Acres Bayfront. Highway 98 Eastpoint. Emerald Beach $675,000. MLS#98337
Land-Residential Lot-St. George Island. Bradford Street. Bayview. $229,000. MLS#98336.
Land-Acreage-1.82 Acres Eastpoint. Set up for Modular Home. $65,000. MLS#98355.

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PHONE: 850-899-3262


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23 TJnanrv 2004 9P Rm 7


St. George Island

Homeowners Alerted To Resort

Village Hearing Request

New General Manager Introduced


Paul Bosarge


A Report And Commentary
By Tom W. Hoffer
The St. George Plantation Own-
ers' Association monthly meeting
met at the Clubhouse on Janu-
ary 15,2004 beginning at 10 a.m.
Under the gavel of President Boyd
Ellison, the meeting was ad-
journed in the very early after-
noon, about 1 p.m.-a record of
sorts.
The two principal'items of concern
were the introduction of a new
general manager, and a report on
the status of the negotiations on
.thc Resort Village proposal. Con-
siderable discussion was held on
the proposal forgarbage collection
with a vote by the Board to reject
the recommendations of the com-
mittee making the proposal.
All board members were attend-
ing this meeting,including Presi-
dent Boyd Ellison,;. Larry Taylor,
Rita Culbertsoni, Lee Sewell,
Phillip Frolich, Russell Crofton
and Charles P. Driver.
Treasurer Lee Sewell read her re-
port from her laptop computer
without distributing a written
treasurer's report making it diffi-
cult to follow her recitation of
numbers and allowing her to con-
tinue to keep the financial infor-
mation from the membership. By
midpoint of the meeting, President
Ellison was moved. to instruct all
reporting entities to file their writ-
ten reports with him by the end
of the meeting. The $3000 of"pro-
fessional fees" under the Legal
category was not explained to the
Board. "These were not bud-
geted," Sewell said. "We ended the
year with a'millinbridollars of cash'
on hand, $400,000 of that is from
the 2004 assessment collec-
tions..." Up to mid-January 2004,
about 45 per cent of the assess-,
ments have been paid, totaling
about $769,000.
Boyd Ellison introduced the new
general manage, 'Paul Bosarge.
Mr. Bosarge wasbprn and raised
in Mobile, Alabama. His back-
ground includes newspaper re-
porting, editing; and property
management for the last 10 12
years, all performed in Nevada.
Mr. Bosarge spoke briefly. "I hope
this will be a long and productive
relationship...
Under Personnel, Rita Culbertson
informed the board that health
insurance costs were up by 18 per
cent. Agent Gary Barber is sched-
uled to speak to employees in the
near future about their health
insurance policies. Russell
Crofton provided a, written report
on the Audit committee. He pro-
vided a short paper on cash-based
and accrual accounting proce-
dures. The Architectural Control


Committee was the only report
distributed widely to the Board
and the assembled members sit-
ting in on the meeting. The report
stated, in part:
"Since the last scheduled Board
of Directors Meeting, the commit-
tee has reviewed 9 new house con-
struction plans, together with 5
pool applications, and 12 land-
scaping applications. Presently
there are 31 houses under con-
struction, together with 5 pools
and 10 landscaping projects un-
derway."
"Keeping track of these projects
and having a ready reference of
lots verses houses has been a
problem in the past. Today we
can, at a glance, determine which
lots have houses and which do
not. This has been accomplished
by our Administrator, Darlean
Shiver, who has completed a thor-
ough physical inventory of the
Plantation, corrected our records
and posted the information on our
wall size plat plan now in the ACC
office. We thank Darlean for this
accomplishment and invite any of
you to visit the ACC office and see
our new plat plan."
"Finally, over the past 3 to 4
months the construction sites
have been kept in a much cleaner
state. This has been accomplished
with the help of our Security Di-
rector, Bob Shiver and his very
diligent crew who Inspect and re-
port the construction site condi-
tions on a regular basis."
A brief report on "alternative rev-
enue" was given by Lee Sewell,
chair of the ad hoc committee on
alternative revenue, with a veiled
recommendation to dissolve the
committee. She recommended
"working through the budget and
the treasurer" as a substitute for
the committee. No motions were
made to undertake any particu-
lar "alternative revenue" plan. As
an ad hoc committee, the commit-
tee is essentially dissolved with
submission of their report, con-
cluded Boyd Ellison.
More time was devoted to the is-
sue of the Resort Village Associa-
tion committee, negotiating with
Phipps Ventures concerning the
relationship the Plantation Asso-
ciation would have with the Re-
sort Village when their proposals
are Implemented. Lee Sewell Is the
Chair of this committee, with Mike
Doyle, Tom Adams and Manley
Slier serving on the committee.
"We are making progress but we
do not have a deal..." was the bot-
tom line conclusion of her report.
No board member asked Ms.
Sewell about the Issues Involved,
nor was there any inquiry from
the members present for this
meeting. Tom Adams spoke to the
Board concerning a memoran-
dum dated September 3, 2003,
filed with the Franklin County
Planning office that outlined some


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provisions of the Resort Village
proposal. A plat of their plan has
not been provided to the Associa-
tion but reports were given that
some realtors on the island had
received plats of the proposal. Mr.
Adams said that the Resort Vil-
lage attorneys were planning to
ask the County Commission for a
hearing date on their proposal,
most likely scheduled for the first
meeting in February 2004.
Sewell emphasized that the nego-
tiating committee recommended
that the Board of Directors would
not endorse or support or approve
any plan that Resort Village would
propose to the County or State.
The agreement sought with the
Resort Village will be solely con-
cerned with the relationship of the
POA and the Resort Village Asso-
ciation. Sewell added, "...If we
reach an agreement, that the
committee can recommend to the
Board, it is important for the
Board to know that our Commit-
tee will urge the Board to inform
the owners of a meeting to con-
sider the agreement, distribute
the agreement to the owners so
owners can be fully informed and
have ample opportunity to speak
on the issue. The committee is
well aware of the owners who will
object. We, the committee, want
no complaints of inadequate time
to consider or less than full dis-
closure ..." The agreement says
that the owners have to vote on
it. There is no defined time line.
Phillip Frolich requested that the
Sewell statement uttered above be
published widely on the day of
this meeting, January 15th. The
remainder of the discussion dealt
with procedural matters not is-
sues of substance.








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Larry Taylor
Larry Taylor recommended that
$850 be spent for a survey of the
current clubhouse by Rodden-
berry Associates; Boyd Ellison
pointed out that the request had
already been budgeted. Mr. Tay-
lor was designated chair of the
Clubhouse review committee.


Second Annual

School Backpack

Distribution

Program A Success

Through the generosity of the J.
Ben Watkins Foundation, the
Franklin County Public Library
distributed backpacks filled with
school supplies to 143 Franklin
County students. This was the
2nd Annual Backpack Distribu-
tion Program spearheaded and
particular, J. Ben Watkins, Emily
Kemp, and J. Ben Watkins III, and
contributing efforts of the Talla-
hassee Capital'Circle NE Office
Depot's Store Manager, Tom.i
Geiger.
Facilitating the project was Eileen
Annie Ball,. Executive Director of
the Franklin County Public Lt--
brary, who distributed the backl-
packs to the coordinators of the


WINGS, TIGERS, and FROG pro-
grams of the Library. Those in-
volved include: Marlene Moore,
Coordinator of the FROG Family
Learning Programs, Eddie Fields
and Gladys Gatlin, Coordinators
of the TIGERS and WINGS after
school youth programs at the
Apalachicola Program Site in the
New Life Center on 8th Street, B.
J. Neshat and Bonny Ball, Coor-
dinators of the UGERS and
'WINGS programs at the Eastpoint
branch of the Library, and
Suzanne Creamer, Coordinator of
the TIGERS and WINGS programs
at the Carrabelle branch. These
Coordinators then distributed the
backpacks to elementary, middle,
and high school students who
participate in the three programs.
The 143 students who received
the backpacks were all very grate-
ful. The following responses are
quotes from the many thank you
letters written by the students:
"...Thank you from the bottom of
my mother's heart and mine. This
came in a very good time with
many of the families in my com-
munities struggling financially.
This was a very kind and thought-
ful gift." "... I also want to thank
you for the back pack itself. It is
very hard to find a good and
strong back pack around these
parts because everyone doesn't
have transportation to get it, so
thank you very much." "... I am
very grateful! I will use these sup-
plies that you gave me to do my
work and to do my best to put
those supplies to good work!
. Thanks!" ".. .Everything I needed
,for school was in that bookbag."
S"...The supplies really helped out.
will be sure to use them to fur-
other my knowledge in education."
...I think that it's nice that you
are trying to help'out the students
and their parents because some
parents have more than one
child. "...My first day was cool.
,,Thank you. "...I am.pleased to
-fi'nd that we have people, that still
Scare about education in this little
town." "...The six 'notebooks are
just what I need for each of my
six classes. The same goes for the
folders and the binder helps me
carry it all. The calculator will help
me with the basics in geometry
, and so will the ruler." "...It is
greatly appreciated by me that
you care so much about so many
kid's education including myself
and I just wanted to personally
thank you for all your help and
support because every little bit
helps me on my way to my future
as a person in this world."
"...Thank you very much for the
*bookbag that I received at the
Franklin County Public Library."
"...I really like the glue and purple
scissors." "...I love school and I
think it's fun for someone to help
us out." "...thank you for the
bookbag, 7 folders, 7 pencils, and
12 colored pencils." ...You helped
pme and other- kids here. Thanks
so much!"' ,..It meant alot to me
because I did not have to go and
buy extra supplies. Thank you!".
"...As a member of the library af-
ter school program for kids, I
would like to thank you for the
back pack and school supplies.
You are very kind and generous."
"... Thank you for the nice back-
packs and all the nice things in-
side. I appreciate what you did for
me and the rest of us atWINGS."
"...I really like the blue pencil box."
...I was running low on paper but
now I have enough for all 6 peri-
ods."







Frankli


County P&Z Board Reviews

Waterfront Zoning


With six voting members in atten-
dance, the Franklin County Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission met
in their regular session at the
Franklin County Courthouse An-
nex on Tuesday, January 13,
2004, at 6:30 p.m. Present were
Chairman Gail Dodds, Mary Lou
Short, Rose Drye, Tony Millender,
Joseph Parrish and Steve Davis.
Absent were Vickie Barnett and
William Key.
The commission reviewed the
monthly Franklin County Build-
ing Report for December 2003. A
total of $15,360.71 in permit fees
was collected in the City of
Carrabelle and Franklin County.
Critical Shoreline
Applications
There was a total of six applica-
tions -to construct private single
family docks and one application
to construct a multifamily private
dock before the P&Z Board. Three
of the single family dock requests
and the one multifamily dock re-
quest are for construction of
docks on Alligator Point. There
were two requests to build-two
single family private docks in
Carrabelle and one request for a
single-family dock to be built on
St. George Island.
There was one request to modify
by the repair of the dock and sea-
wall and addition of new finger
piers to an existing commercial
dock on Timber Island. All of the
dock requests had the necessary
permits on file and were recom-
mended to the Board of County
Commissioners except for the
dock request from St. George Is-'
land. The request to build the:
dock on St. George Island was
tabled due to lack of a COE per-
mit.

Rezoning Requests
There was a total of five rezoning
requests brought before the P&Z
board. The first request was for
consideration to rezone Lots 11,
12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 in Block 8,
Unit I West, St., George Island,
Franklin County, from C-2 Com-
mercial Business to C-4 Commer-
cial Mixed Us'e by owner Billy
Schultz. The P&Z Commission
voted to table this agenda item as
there has been no one to repre-
sent this request for the last three
meetings. "
All of the next four rezoning re-
quests were for a change from C-1
Commercial Fishing to C-3 Com-
mercial Recreational Use:
1. Consideration of a -request to
rezone a 2.44 acre parcel lying in
Section 20, Township 7 South,-
Range 4 West, Carrabelle,


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2. Consideration of a request to
rezone a .49 acre parcel of prop-
erty described as fronting on U.S.
Highway 98, West of Apalachicola,
Florida by GEA, Inc. agent for
Bruno Kolb, owner.
3. Consideration of a request to
rezone a 2.23 acre parcel on prop-
erty described as fronting on U.S.
Hwy. 98, West of Apalachicola,
Franklin County, Florida by GEA,
Inc. agent for Lombardi's Seafood,
owners.
4. Consideration of a request to
rezone a .33 acre parcel on prop-
erty described as fronting on US
Hwy 98, West of Apalachicola,
Franklin County, Florida by Annie
Mae Wilson, owner.
. Alan Pierce presented to the P&Z
Commission members an
amended C-3 proposal as is fol-
lows:
C-3 Commercial
Recreational, Water
Dependent, Seafood
Processing
DISTRICT INTENT: To provide
commercial services and water
dependent, seafood related activi-
ties to those using the natural
resources 'f franklin County.
PRINCIPAL: ,
1. Boat ramps, docks and mari-
nas.
2, Fish Campr.
3. Motels and hotels.
4. Recreati nal' vehicle parking
and campirg (limited stay facili-
ties).
5. Restaurantand food services.
6. Light interive seafood process-
ing including, but not limited to,
oyster, shrimp: and fin fish pro-
cessing. t ,
7. Uses determined by the Plan-
ning and, ',ning Commission to
be similar't6ffhe above.
ACCESSORY
1, Uses oftlapq. customarily inci-
dental arid-subordinate to one of
the permitted uses, unless other-
wise excluded,
Prohibited. Uses and
Structures
1. Residential Uses
2. All uses not specifically or pro-
visionally permitted herein.

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23 January 2004 Pape 9


P&Z from Page 7

SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS: After
public hearing and appropriate
conditions and safeguards, the
Board of Adjustment may permit
as special exceptions:
1. To be determined.

Development Standards
Minimum lot size: 100 feet in
width
Building setback: For all struc-
tures or accessory structures
there shall be:
(A) setback minimum of 25 feet
from the boundary of property
lines bordering any private, local,
arterial or collector road.
(B) setback minimum of 10 feet
from any other property line.
Maximum building height: 35
feet in height.
Maximum Lot Coverage: 80%
Signs: See Section 450 of the Zon-
ing Ordinance.
Off Street Parking and Loading
Requirements:
1. Parking should be on perme-
able surfaces, or areas with im-
pervious surfaces and must in-
clude stormwater holding ponds.
2. See Section 430 and 440 of the
Zoning Ordinance.
Franklin County Ordinance 89-8,
Critical Shoreline and Franklin
County Ordinance 88-2, Flood
Hazard are applicable to lands
within this district.
After much discussion with the
members of the Board and audi-
ence it was decided that there
needs to be compatible uses in-
cluded in the C-1 District rather
than rezoning all of the property
to C-3 or spot zoning the parcels
on the P&Z meeting agenda. There
were concerns that incompatible
residential uses would cause
property taxes to escalate and put
pressure on an already declining
seafood industry. The P&Z Com-
mission requested that Pierce re-
lay their request to the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC)
and that they hold a public hear-
ing to discover what compatible
uses should be included. It was
pointed out that the Saunders
request at Timber Island and Pete
and Annie Mae Wilson's request
at two-mile could be handled as
a special exception with the Board
of Adjustment.
By unanimous agreement the
P&Z members requested;
1;. That the BOCC hold a public
hearing on amending the C-1 Dis-
trict.


2. That the BOCC have a public
hearing to take input and discus-
sion for a public hearing on the
C- 1 Districting.

Sketch Plat Approval
Dan Garlick, GEA, Inc. agent for
Ben Willis, owner requested that
the P&Z Board consider approval
of the Sketch Plat for a 3 lot sub-
division to be known as "Pine View
Cove" on property described as
fronting on Hwy 98, Carrabelle
Beach.
Garlick stated that there are wet-
lands on the property and that
DEP is doing a binding jurisdic-
tional evaluation. The plat sketch
designates only one road ease-
ment for the 3-lot subdivision and
a single multifamily dock. The
P&Z Board approved the Sketch
Plat.

Final Plat Approval
Billy Buzzett, agent for St. Joe
Arvida, owners, requested the
P&Z Board consider approval of
the Final Plat for Summer Camp,
a 499 lot subdivision located at
the intersection of U.S. Highway
98 and U.S. Highway 319.
Pierce informed the P&Z Board
that St. Joe would like to do the
project in two phases and will set
Bond for 11.2 million dollars for
phase one of the road construc-
tion. Buzzett described phase one
as 110 lots on the East Side and
116 lots on the West Side for a
total of 226 lots on 220 acres.
David McLain, member of the au-
dience, stated that there should
have been more notice before this
Final Plat Approval in order for the
public to view the plans. It was
requested that St. Joe place the
Plat maps in a place for public
viewing. In spite of the objections
from the audience, the P&Z Board
agreed to recommend the Final
Plat Approval to the BOCC.
Pierce reviewed the proposed
Dock Ordinance with the P&Z
Board and stated that he would
report it to the BOCC on January
20, 2004. The meeting adjourned
at 8:40 p.m.


8th Annual

Forgotten

Coast Chefs

Sampler

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce will host the 8th An-
nual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sam-
pler on Sunday, February 8,
2004, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Chefs
from all over the Apalachicola Bay
area will display their most cre-
ative dishes at the historic Fort
Coombs Armory located on 4th


Street and Avenue D in
Apalachicola. Participating res-
taurants include: Apalachicola
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Eddie's Magnolia Grill, The Owl
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Carrabelle City
Council Meeting
January 8, 2004

Mayor Pro Temr

Sets Record

Philip Rankin draws
applause
In the absence of Mayor Jim
Brown, whose wife Juanita was
sick with pneumonia, Council-
man Rankin served in his place
as chair of the monthly council
meeting. The proceedings were
mainly routine, and went from
7:00 to 8:00 p.m., exactly one
hour. This set a new unofficial
record for brevity, and also got an
unexpected round of applause at
its end. Other local governmental
bodies, take note!

Approval of Bills
Approved all requests: City Attor-
ney, Baskerville-Donovan engi-
neers (4), Royal American Con-
struction (2), Roumelis Planning
& Development.

Commissioner Reports
Only Raymond Williams reported.
Since City Clerk Becky Jackson
is undergoing medical treatments,
he asked for and received a vote
of approval to give temporary
power of attorney to the tempo-
raryclerk.
City Attorney Doug Gaidry was
absent.

Board of Adjustment
1 John (Doug) Weller and Larry
Weller got approval to get a city
letter authorizing the property at


401 Tallahassee Street to make
use of the 6 foot deep area where
the existing porch sits on the
right-of-way. City stipulations
were that no additional building
be done on that area, and that the
homeowner give the city a "hold
harmless" agreement in the area
covered by the approval.
2. Paul Osterbe approved for 5-
foot variance at 111 River Road,
the old Bridge Marine.

Public Hearing
No comments. Yes votes, on clos-
ing the alleys at Block 140, (8) and
231 (60).

Unfinished Business
1. Approved Larry Weller request
for variance from above.
2. Approved Paul Osterbye re-
quest for final approval from
above. This approval, and the re-
ceipt of Letters of Credit for infra-
structure for the project totaling
over $300,000.00, prompted
councilman Williams to ask for an
ordinance requiring all develop-
ers to prepay in. the same man-
ner. Approved that the city attor-
ney is to write up an ordinance
for approval.
3. Approved Winchester alley clos-
ing at Block 140.
4. Approved Murray alley closing
at Block 23 1:
5. Approved Spencer request for
final plat approval.
6. Progress report from Dan
Ausley of St. Joe Land Co. on the
Cutter Ridge subdivision land
swap, previously approved. The
commissioners re-voted their ap-
proval for the record, that the city
attorney is to prepare the paper-
work.
7. Approved Robert Simmons and
Steve Stinson of Baskerville-
Donovan's (B-D) proposal that
they do all plan review to back up
other surveyors' work which is re-
quired by the state.
8. Approved Final agreement be-
tween Carrabelle and the DOC
that Carrabelle will supply all
water and sewer service to the
new prison, the Franklin Correc-
tional Institution.
9. Tabled backflow prevention or-
dinance pending attorney prepa-
ration.
10. Approved The B-D change or-
der for the Hwy 67 water main to
the prison with increased price.
11. Approved B-D change order
for the St. James Bay Reclaim
Line, with increased price.
,12. Tabled potable water and
sewer standards proposal from
B-D.
13. Approved request from Jimmy
Gander for installation of a gaso-


line pump and canopy at Harry's
Restaurant location. There was no
discussion.
14. Delayed price for extending
waterline to property at 496 River
Road. Water & Sewer to respond
ASAP.
15. Approved hiring of part-time
police officer, pending result of
interview and Police Chief ap-
proval.

New Business
1. Approved Starr request to build
a dock and platform at 117
Osprey Court, Lot 3. Owner to
actually build out only 300 feet,
vs. the approved 500 feet.
2. Approved Klewein and Keith
request to build a dock and plat-
form at Lot 8 Sunset Circle,
Riverbluffs subdivision.
3. Approved Carrabelle Church of
God request to annex into city.
Currently city property is on three
sides of the church.
4. Delayed discussion of a
Carrabelle Planning and Zoning
Board.
5. Approved bid to pave parking
right of way at the Post Office.


6. Approved Office Assistant
Courtney Millender to go to
part-time (25 hours or so) and
keep all benefits. She is attend-
ing school.
7. Approved Office Assistant
Joyce Barks to go to full-time with
all benefits.

Ordinances
1. Second reading and adoption
of City Ordinance 315. to rezone
a parcel in Fractional Section 19,
Township 7 South, from C-4 to
C-1 (commercial).
2. First Reading of proposed City
Ordinance 316, to close the
15-foot alley.
3. First Reading of proposed City
Ordinance 317, to close the
30-foot alley.

Adjournment
8:00 p.m.


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CLAIM OF LIEI NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/12/04 InvoiceNo. 9168
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford model Ranger Color Tan
Tag No None Year 1989 slate. Vie No. 1FTCR10OA3KUB43232

To Owner: Aaron Duane Edgecomb To Lun Holder:
802 Gray Ave. Apt. 28
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/09/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 290.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 02/16/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Dale of this Notice 01/12/04 Invoice No. 10056
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model PK IColor Brown
Tag No V96LPI Year 1984 state L VinNo. IGTDC14H4EF701434
To Owner: Calvin Bernard Burns To Lien Holder: Linda Davis Bums
P.O. Box 297 P.O. Box 297
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Carrabelle, FL 32322


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/09/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 265.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 02/16/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


BUDGET SUMMARY
EASTPOINT WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
FISCAL YEAR 2003-2004

THE PROPOSED OPERATING EXPENDITURES OF THE EASTPOINT WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
ARE 23.45% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.
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NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE


THE PREVIOUS NOTICE PLACED BY THE EASTPOINT WATER AND SEWER
DISTRICT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO
BE IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW, NECESSITATING THIS SECOND NOTICE.



The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District has tentatively adopted a
measure to increase its property tax levy.


Last year's property tax levy:


A. Initially proposed tax levy ............................. $170,073


B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment
Board and other assessment changes.............. $( 3,804)


C. Actual property tax levy ...... ....................... $173,877


This year's proposed tax levy......................$213,232


All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing
on the tax increase to be held on


Tuesday, January 27, 2004

5:05 p.m.
at


Eastpoint Water and Sewer District Office

40 Island Drive

Eastpoint, Florida




A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and

the budget will be made at this hearing.


Beginning Balance

REVENUES:
User Fees Water
User Fees Sewer
Penalties
Tap Fees
Surcharge Water
Miscellaneous
Ad Valorem Taxes
(Millage Per $1000:4.5)
Interest Earned

Total Revenues
Trans Other Funds

Total Revenues
and Balances:


EXPENDITURES:
Personnel
Insurance
Utilities
Communications
Professional Services
Miscellaneous
O&M Water
O&M Sewer
Auditing/Accounting
Laboratory Services
Long-Term Debt-FHA
Debt Service Reserve
Other Long Term Debt
Capital Outlay

Total Expenditures
Reserves

Total Expenditures
and Reserves:


350,000


Debt
Service


86,500


230,000
200,000
20,000
120,000
8,000
, 10,000
203,000


18,000


4,500


Total



436,500


230,000
200,000
20,000
120,000
8,000
10,000
203,000

22,500


809,000 4,500 813,500
0 196,500 196,500


1,159,000 287,500 ':1,446,500



271,500 271,500
35,000 35,000
52,000 52,000
4,500 4,500
38,000"" 38,000
2,000 2,000
45,000 45,000
65,000 ; 65,000
10,000 10,000
9,500 9,500
146,600 146,600 293,200
7,500 7,500
42,400 42,400
30,000 30,000

759,000 146,600 '905,600
400,000 140,900 540,900


1,159,000 "


287,500


- 1,446,500


THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, ANDIOR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE
OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.


Resolution of the Franklin County School Board


WHEREAS, 1001.36, Florida Statutes (2002) requires that the five School
Board member districts be, as nearly as practicable, equal in population;
and
WHEREAS, 1001.36 (2), Florida Statutes (2002), requires
that changes made in the boundaries of School Board dis-
tricts shall be made only in odd-numbered years; and
WHEREAS, Franklin County School Board is not subject to
a court order requiring redistricting, but is governed by
Florida law regulating redistricting by School Boards; and
WHEREAS, on December 4, 2003, the Federal District Court
in Williams et al. vs. Franklin County, Florida et al.,
TCA-84-7262-WS, United States District Court, Northern
District of Florida, Tallahassee Division, vacated the injunc-
tion prohibiting Franklin County from redistricting; and
WHEREAS, Franklin County has adopted new voting dis-
tricts based on the 2000 census data; and
WHEREAS, the corrected 2000 census data, which was re-
ceived by Franklin County in 2002, shows the following popu-
lations within the Districts:
District 1: 2,081
District 2: 1,627
District 3: 1,305
District 4: 2,514
District 5; 2,301
and
WHEREAS, Franklin County has divided its districts according to the
2000 census data; and
WHEREAS, having different districts for the Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners and for the Franklin County School Board would
lead to voter confusion and added expense to county government; and
WHEREAS, 1001.36 (3) Florida Statutes (2002), requires that changes
in boundaries shall be shown by resolution spread upon the minutes of
the district school board, shall be recorded in the office of the Clerk of the
Circuit Court, and shall be published at least once in a newspaper pub-
lished in the district within 30 days after adoption of the resolution; and
WHEREAS, 1001.36 (3), Florida Statutes (2002), requires that a certi-
fied copy of the resolution be transmitted to the Department of State;
IT IS NOW HEREBY RESOLVED THAT:
1. This being the first odd-numbered year subsequent to receipt of the
corrected 2000 decennial census, the five School Board districts for
Franklin County shall be amended as described below so that they are as
nearly equal in population as practicable and the same as the districts
adopted by the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners.


2. The changed district populations are:
A. District 1: 2,081
B. District 2: 1,872 -
C. District 3: 1,844
D. District 4: 1,975
E. District 5: 2,056
3. The Superintendent shall publish a copy of this resolution in a local
newspaper of general circulation within 30 days of the date of its adop-
tion.
4. The Superintendent shall furnish a copy of this resolution to the Clerk
of Court for recording.
5. The Superintendent shall furnish to the Department of State a certified
copy of this resolution.
6. This resolution is effective as of December 30, 2003.
7. The legal description of the changed School Board member districts
and a illustrative drawing follows;
This line separates District 1 from Districts 3 and 4
Commence at the point of intersection of the line of demarcation and the
middle of West Pass between St. George Island and St. Vincent Island in
Franklin County, Florida, thence in a northeasterly direction to the
centerline of the mouth of the Apalachicola River; thence in a Northerly
direction along the centerline of thq Apalachicola River to the Gulf County
Line at the convergence of the Apalachicola River and Jackson River.
This line separates District 3 from District 4
Commence at the point of intersection of the centerline of the Apalachicola
River and an extension of the centerline of Avenue E of Apalacnlicola,
Florida said centerline was extended northeastward to the centerline of
the Apalachicola River; thence southwesterly from the point of commence-
ment along the centerline of Avenue E to the city limits of Apalachicola,
Florida; thence north along the city limits to its intersection with the
centerline of the Apalachicola River.
This line separates District 5 from District 2
Commence at the intersection of the line of demarcation and the centerline
of East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island, Franklin County,
Florida thence in a northerly direction to the mid-point of the Intercoastal
channel; then in a northeasterly direction on the Intercoastal channel to
the mouth of the Carrabelle River; thence along the centerline of the
Carrabelle River to its intersection with the centerline of Avenue B South
City of Carrabelle, Florida if said centerline were extended to the centerline
of the Carrabelle River; thence East along the centerline of Avenue B
South to its intersection with the centerline of Marine Street; thence North
along the centerline of Marine Street to the centerline of Avenue A North;
thence West along the centerline of Avenue A North to its intersection


with the centerline of 1st Street Wes,; thence North along the centerline
of 1st Street West to the South boundary of Section 18, Range 4 West,
Township 7 South, Franklin County, Florida, thence West along said sec-
tion line, not the city limit line, to its intersection with the centerline of
the Carrabelle River; thence in a southwest direction to the centerline of
the New River; thence North along the centerline of the New River to the
Franklin County line.
This line separates Districts 3 and 4 from District 1 and District 1
from District 5
Commence at the intersection of the line of demarcation and the middle
of East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island, Franklin County,
Florida; thence in a northerly direction to the midpoint of the Intercoastal
Channel; thence in a westerly direction to the point of intersection of the
high water mark on shore of St. George Sound and the extension of the
centerline of Fourth Street in Eastpoint if Fourth Street was extended
southward to the high water mark on the North Shore of St. George Sound;
thence northward along aforesaid extension and Fourth Street until it be-
comes Otter Slide Road; thence in a northerly direction along the centerline
of Otter Slide Road to where the grade stops; thence North to the north
line of Section 20, Township 8 South, Range 6 West; thence East along
the north line of Section 20 to the northeast corner of Section 20, Town-
ship 8 South, Range 6 West; thence north along the east lines of Sections
17, 8 and 5 to the northeast corner of Section 5, Township 8 South, Range
6 West; thence West along the north line of Township 8 South to its inter-
section with the Gulf County line in the Apalachicola River.
Date: January 15, 2004, nunc pro tunc December 30, 2003
Jimmy Gander,.Chairman




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