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March 6, 2004
Inside This Issue
Carrabelle vs. Lanark Utili- Lanark Water & Sewer......
Redistricting ........... 10
Franklin Briefs .............. 2
Editorial & Commentary 3
................................ 4, 5
Henry Vyfvinkel .......... 7
Campbell Winners........ 8
Second Circuit Court ..... Bookshop .... .............. 10
Hearing on Motions
Circuit Court Judge Ferris Approves
Amended Citizen Complaint; Orders
Oral Depositions Of Franklin County
Judge Rejects County Arguments to Dismiss Case
In a technical argument made before Circuit Court Ferris, the Con-
cerned Citizens, Inc argued that the supplemental c nplaint against
the Franklin County Commission should stand. 'Tle supplemental
complaint redrew the allegation that the Franklin County Commis-
sion enacted its October 21, 2003 redistricting resolution in violation
of the Florida Sunshine Law and Sunshine Ameridnent. In particu-
lar, the Citizens alleged that (1) there was no advance public notice
that redistricting would be taken up at the meeting pf October 21st;
(2) that the commissioners communicated with ofi another about
the particulars of the redistricting plan outside of the October 21,
2003 meeting; and (3) that the plan was formulated, in part, during a
closed meeting on October 10, 2003.
The defendant County Commissioners had presented motions to dis-
miss the original complaint, and for a more definite statement, but
the amended and supplemental complaint from Concerned Citizens
reduced the need for the dismissal motions. A motion for a Protective
Order to prevent depositions and a motion in limine were also filed.
Robert Rivas, Conicerned Citizens Counsel, talks with
Defendant Counsel Tom Shuler at the motions hearing on
Wednesday, January 28th.
The County did not object to an amended complaint but, as attorney
Tom Shuler argued, "...that is not the issue. The issue is as to whether
it should be considered, in part, a supplement, or in whole, an
amended complaint." The Judge responded, "...I've never heard any-
one raise that particular issue." Shuler said, "The distinction is more
one of timing as to our motion to dismiss ... because if it is deemed a
motion to supplement, then, technically I don't think the. petition would
be supplemented until you entered an Order today, and I don't think
I could then proceed on my motion to dismiss that amended com-
plaint, in that event." The discussion among the Defendant's attor-
ney, Mr. Tom Shuler (Franklin County Attorney), the Judge and the
Plaintiffs attorney (Robert Rivas for Concerned Citizens) then turned
to procedural matters with case citations in the discussion.
The Concerned Citizens attorney, Robert Rivas, argued, "Your Honor,
this is a Supplemental Complaint... that involves government in the
Sunshine Law violation that allegedly took place on October 21st.
The Complaint was filed, and we've amended the complaint because
after the Complaint was filed, there was an action by the County
Commission that basically ratified what took place on October 21st.
The argument being, then it's cured, in effect... Because these events
took place after the filing of the Complaint, they are supplemental
and the complaint is a supplemental complaint. The rule of Civil Pro-
cedure on supplemental pleadings is that they may only be filed upon
motion of the party, and the Court may permit that party upon rea-
sonable notice to serve a supplemental pleading regarding transac-
tions... since the date of the pleading..." He then cited an earlier case
with circumstances showing that the pleading was a nullity, until the
Court authorized its filing. Thus, the Concerned Citizens counsel ar-
gued that there has to be an order authorizing the amended or supple-
mental complaint. The Judge responded to the arguments, in part,
"...I'm not totally understanding the extended discussion about this.
I suspect there is some strategic value about it. In any event, I can
certainly approve the filing of the Supplemental pleading..." Attorney
Rivas added, "...The Rule today is that there has to be an Order..."
The discussion continued for another 6-8 minutes. The Judge con-
cluded, "...I think Mr. Rivas... is probably right. The motion is well
taken and I've reviewed it... The filing of the amended or supplemen-
tal complaint was approved.
Then, the Court turned to another motion put forth by the Defendant
Commissioners. Counselor Shuler informed the Court that the.alle-
gations involving the October 21, 2003 and December 16, 2003 meet-
ings were regular, PUBLIC meetings of the Franklin County Commis-
Thus, he argued, the public notice was served. "...I don't see how a
public meeting can be a Sunshine Law violation, under those circum-
stances..." argued Attorney Tom Shuler. He reviewed the three meet-
ings for the Judge: October 10th executive session, October 21, and
December 16, 2003, also a regular, public board meeting,
The Defendant counsel Shuler argued that there can be no Sunshine
Law violation at a public meeting within the meaning of the Florida
Statute or the Constitution. The second allegation by the Concerned
Citizens was that there was no advance public notice of the October
21st meeting, but "there is no basis in the Sunshine Law that sup-
ports that allegation." He argued that the law reads that the actions
have to be taken at a public meeting, and admitted that the actions
were so taken at a public meeting. Therefore, he argued, that allega-
tion does not state a cause of action.
Finally, there is the allegation that at the October 10th meeting, when
Continued on Page 10
ST. GEOkGE ISLAND,-FLPWDA
One of the region's major
fund-raising event also marking
the rites of Spring, will be going
into its 22nd year on St. George
Island on Saturday, March 6th.
The Charity Chili Cookoff and
Auction supports the island First
Responders and the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department,
and indirectly, many other
fire-fighting activities throughout
The Chili competition involves
amateur and professional chili
preparations under the Interna-
tional Chili Society rules. The
amateur competition is a separate
round of judging. Both competi-
tions are designed to raise money
for the volunteer fire department
and First Responder teams.
Festivities actually start on Fri-
day afternoon prior with the ar-
rival and erection of the huge auc-
tion tent. From 5 to 7 p.m. there
will be wine and cheese, a silent
auction and auction preview at
the island fire station. Art objects
and numerous collectibles will be
displayed. If past previews are any
guide, this is also a great oppor-
tunity to meet and greet friends
The Cookoff events for Saturday,
March 6th, begin with the Red
Pepper 5K run at 8:00 a.m. Reg-
istration will be conducted just
before the race begins.
Professional chill booths may be
setup beginning at 8:30 a.m. or
setup may be accomplished as
early as 12 noon Friday. Crock-
pot chili (amateur competition)
must be brought to the site by
9:30 a.m. with a minimum of one
gallon. Anything goes in the ama-
teur chili competition and you
may prepare your entry at home
and bring it to the site. A $5.00
entry fee is required. International
Chili rules do not apply to this
competition. Prizes will be
awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
The professional cookers will meet
at 9;30 a.m. with organizer Lee
Edmiston. The professional rules
of the International Chili Society
will be in effect. The winner of this
competition will advance to the
next level of professional compe-
tition. By 10 a.m., the prepara-
tion time for the professional
cookers will begin. The profes-
sional chili must be prepared on
site from scratch; no prepackaged
chili mixes are permitted. Meat
may be cut, sliced or ground in
advance, but not treated or
cooked except during the compe-
tition time. Stoves will be officially
.,lit at 11:00 a.m. with judging at
2:00 with samples delivered to the
judging area by that time. More
than four quarts may be prepared
at each professional chili booth
and samples are sold for $1,00
each from each booth with the
, proceeds, after expenses, going to
the Charity Chili Cookoff. Prizes
to the team raising the most
money will be awarded later in the
Crock-pot or amateur chill judg-
ing will begin at 10:00 a.m. By
11:00 a.m., the professional cook-
ers may fire up their stoves and
start the three-hour cooking pe-
ri6d. At the same time the auc-
tion is expected to start under the
big tent. Judging of the profes-
sional booths for showmanship
and presentation will begin after
11:30 a.m., followed with Miss
Chili Pepper and Mister Hot Sauce
judging. Winners and awards will
be presented in the Chill Judging
Order Form For St. George Island
Chili Head Sponsor Jacket Or Cap
Jacket Style #__Qty.___Size---@$125 Each Total--
Cap Qty. -Size---.@$ 30 Each -Total
Please Deliver or Mail to:
(Return form to: Jayne Bamburg, 432 W. Bayshore Dr., St. George
Island, FL 32328)
The Carrabelle Mayor Exclaims: "Lanark Water
and Sewer is Holding Carrabelle Hostage..."
Lanark Operations Seek To Dump
Deteriorating Sewer System Upon
Carrabelle Utility Operations
Mayor Brown: "If Lanark Were To Merge With
Carrabelle (Utilities), Lanark Rates Could be
Lowered As Much As 30%."
County Commissioner Mosconis: "There's some
bickering that's goin' on here that's gotten a little
too petty, in my opinion. Who's suffering here? The
people who live in those (water) districts."
A Report & Commentary
By Harriett Beach
In a special meeting called by the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District with representatives from
the Carrabelle District, it was
hoped that the issue of the
Carrabelle District's sewer pipes
being laid along Hwy. 98 and by-
passing the Lanark District in or-
der to serve St. James Bay, Devel-
opment would be resolved.
The meeting held at The Lanark
Boat Club at 2:30 p.m. Monday,
February 2, 2004 was poorly ad-
vertised and only 18 people at-
tended the meeting. Present were
LVW&S District Chairmen Jim
Lawlor, and Board members Mike
Hughes and Fred Hart. Also at-
tending for LVW&S were engi-
neers Tom Bryant and.Mark
Neihaus, attorney Mike Pelecki
and Office Manager Mickey
Majerus. Attending for Carrabelle
were Mayor, Jim Brown, engi-
neers Larry Boyer and Dan Keck
and attorney Douglas Gaidrey.
Lanark District Attorney Mike
Pelecki began the meeting with a
discussion of the problems at-
tached to the running of two ten
inch sewer pipes along the south
side of Hwy. 98, from the Ho Hum
Campground to St. James Bay. As
the discussion progressed, it be-
came apparent that the real issue
is that Lanark District wants to
dump their deteriorating sewage
treatment system that has a debt
load of over $600,000.00, onto
Carrabelle and they are trying to
use the Hwy 98 sewer pipe route
as the ransom. Development is
being held hostage while Lanark
is trying to get rid of its rotting
sewer system and still keep their
In spite of Jim Lawlor approach-
ing Carrabelle over two years ago
about a possible consolidation of
the two utility districts, he has
consumed valuable time and de-
layed necessary Carrabelle devel-
opment plans by being coy and
indecisive about any serious dis-
cussions. A consolidation docu-
ment was to be drawn up between
the two districts as of last spring,
but Lawlor and his board of two
members could not see their way
to help draw up the proposed
Over the last year, Lawlor has ver-
bally kept changing any terms
and offers that Carrabelle has
proposed. At the last several
Lanark District board meetings,
Lawlor has declared that the
Lanark water is a "Jewel" and he
is not willing to give It up in a con-
solidation. The reality is that
Carrabelle and Lanark draw out
of the same Florida aquifer so
there is not much difference in the
water except for the addition of
chemicals. While there is good
water in the Lanark District, the
delivery infrastructure is also de-
teriorating along with the sewer
Continued on Page 2
Volume 13, Number 3 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
Paie 2 6 February 2004
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
February 3, 2004
Williams and Absent:
Solid Waste Director
Mr. Van Johnson, at the Novem-
ber 4, 2003 regular meeting asked
the Board to consider the adop-
tion of a policy governing the ex-
penditure of Recreation money
toward youth sports teams or in-
dividuals selected to participate
on youth sports teams. The Board
postponed action on the matter
until the County Attorney had an
opportunity to review the pro-
posed policy. "In talking with
Michael, stated Johnson, it ap-
pears that the matter is at the sole
discretion of the Board. His find-
ings have yielded that some coun-
ties provide this service, while
other counties leave it to the pri-
vate sector. It is a matter of dis-
cretion. It has also been proce-
dure that the proposed policy will
be in writing, the amount to be
given, and a criterion for when the
funds will be expended. Therefore,
I again respectfully request that
the Board, put in a written policy.
It practices of expended recreation
money toward the stated pur-
The Board approved the new
spending policy governing the
expenditure of Recreation funds
toward youth sports teams or
individuals selected to participate
on youth sports teams. A copy of
this policy is retained in county
Bill Mahan informed the Commis-
sioners on January 22, 2004, the
Senate passedthe fiscal 2004
Omnibus spending bill and for-
warded it for signature by Presi-
dent Bush. As part of the FY 04
Omnibus bill, implementation of
mandatory country of origin label-
ing (COOL) for all covered com-
modities (beef, lamb, pork, fish,
ties and peanuts) except wild and
farm-raised'fish and shellfish was
delayed until September 30,
2006. Accordingly, wild and
farm-raised fish and shellfish
must be labeled for COOL and as
either wild or farm-raised by des-
ignated retailers on September
30, 2004, as set forth in the 2002
Farm Bill. The USDA is required
to publicize regulations for the
mandatory COOL program by,
September 30, 2004. At this time,
USDA plans to issue a final rule
in the spring of 2004 for all com-
modities. The comment period for
the proposed rule which was pub-
lished in the Federal Register on
October 30, 2003, ends on Feb-
ruary 27, 2004.
Mr. Mahan was contacted last
week by Ms. Heidi Lovett, Marine
Resources Assessment Group, -
Americas, Inc. to help with a
project they are doing with NOAA
Fisheries to gather socioeconomic
data on offshore shrimp fisher-
men in the Gulf of Mexico. The
information collected will help
NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of
Mexico Fisheries Management
Council in making management
decisions which are currently
made on .1992 data.
Bill Mahan is currently making
plans to attend the ISSC's Vibrio
Vulnifcus Education Subcommit-
tee, the VV Subcommittee and the
Vibrio Management Committee
meetings in Orlando March 10th
The bid from Island Home was
selected for the St. George Island
entryway landscaping project,
priced at $85,235.
Director of Administrative
Mr. Pierce, County Planner, in-
formed the Board of County Com-
missioners that the total revenues
collected by Planning and Build-
ing was up by $40,000, totaling
$306,786.08 in 2003. In 2002,
their revenues were $262,000.
R-1 (single family residential)
dwellings were down from 2002.
In 2003, there were 144 housing
starts compared to 162 in 2002.
Mr. Pierce opined that the in-
crease in revenues was a result
of an increase in building permit
fees and additional contractor reg-
istrations. The total fees collected
were as follows:
Books & Misc.:
Fees collected in
were as follows:
Mr. Pierce spent miosc of last week
at the required annual emergency
management conference in Or-
lando. "The big news out of the
conference is that it will be harder
to qualify for a presidential disas-
ter declaration, which is neces-
sary to receive FEMA funds. Evi-
dently too much federal money
has been spent on disasters, so
the federaJ government is raising
the amount of damages it will take
before a community will become
eligible for FEMA funds. This
means that the county reserve for
contingency funds could play an
important role if the county suf-
fers damages to roads and does
not receive any federal assis-
tance," he said.
Mr. Steve Fling discussed with the
Board some of his ideas for the
redevelopment of the KOA camp-
ground on Alligator Point. Mr.
Fling is interested in providing
certain public amenities to the
community. While.Mr. Fling is de-
veloping his plans, the county is
still pursuing their own acquisi-
tion of the campground, as the
current owner has not told the
county that he wants to stop
No official action was taken on the
discussion since negotiations
were still being conducted with
the owner, Mr. Elliott Smith.
An extended discussion on the
roads in the immediate area un-
folded as the Commissioners lis-
tened to tentative plans for devel-
opment in the area. Mr. Ken
Osborne, President of the Alliga-
tor Point Taxpayers Association,
expressed several concerns. Steve
Fling said these would be duly
addressed as the permitting pro-
cess proceeded but his major in-
terest in the current meeting was
to "obtain guidance" from the
Commissioners regarding the
road. Ann Marusak also ad-
dressed the Board in a formal let-
ter, which read, in part:
I have resided at 173 Harbor
Circle at Alligator Point for 28
years and the purpose of this
letter is to express my deep
concern for this residential
road. I am concerned about
it being designated an evacu-
ation route. I, am concerned
about any possibility of it ever
becoming a main road by re-
placing a section of Alligator
Please consider these points re-
garding Harbor Circle:
A long segment, from the cul-
vert eastward for hundreds of
feet, floods under feet of wa-
ter at even the approach of a
tropical system; a period
when people prepare for
evacuation. I have waded
through thigh-deep water to:
complete my evacuation
many times. It is one thing to
encounter this dangerous
situation knowing from expe-
rience what to expect. It is a
quite different story for the
County to direct people into
such a hazard. People would
have no idea how deep the
water is or for that matter
where the road is. Using the
road under these conditions
could lead to a
Harbor Circle, in this area,
floods even from heavy down-
Harbor Circle is a residential
street. The right of way is far
less (at least by half) that of
the right of way provided
along Alligator Drive. Cars,
boats, trucks and semis of all
sizes use Alligator Drive.
Any efforts to design the
street to accommodate in-
creased traffic and commer-
cial traffic would be.detrimen-
tal to the property owners.
The road would cause flood-
ing to property owners and
present a hazard exiting from
their property. Due to narrow
property widths, most resi-
dents, must back into the
street to exit. With the limited
right of way there is little to
no room to back into a safe
area to then get onto the road.
Many property owners have
limited sight distance to see
on coming cars.
Calming devices such as
speed bumps could create
The Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association, in their Vision
statement previously pre-
sented to the Franklin County
Commission stated: "(APTA)
supports the construction of
a secondary emergency
evacuation route off of Alliga-
tor Point. Secondary route
must remain drivable and not
flood during evacuation pe-
The road conditions on Har-
bor Circle do not meet the
conditions of this statement.
Property owners on Harbor
Circle selected and pur-
chased their property be-
cause of its residential char-
acter. Many families with
young children and/ or pets
reside there. Bike riders and
walkers to get off the busy
Alligator Drive often use the
In the last year or two,
Franklin County restructured
Gulf Shore Boulevard at Alli-
gator Point to restrict through
traffic to residents because of
the danger the road posed to
its residents. The County
would create as great or
greater safety hazard to the
residents of Harbor Circle by
ever allowing the road to De-
come a main road by replac-
ing a section of Alligator
Please reconsider the decision
to designate Harbor Circle as
an emergency evacuation
route. I pray that you never
consider making Harbor
Circle a main road."
The Board approved an extension
of the DEP (Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection) grant to de-
velop plans and specifications for
the beach stabilization project on
Alligator Point. 'The current .con-
tract expires February 15, and the
county needs this extension ap-
proved to keep the funding alive."
"Mr. Billy Buzzett is ready to
present to the public the St.'
James Island Overlay on Febru-
ary 12th at the Senior Citizen
Center in Carrabelle. Please note
it will not be held at Chillas Hall,
as that has been previously
booked, "I have received a letter
from Mr. Dave McClain, repre-
senting several groups who feel
that information has not been
made available in a timely fash-
ion about the substance of this
meeting, and that the public is
going to be asked to vote on poli-
cies and a plan that have not been
seen. The purpose of the meeting
is to provide consensus testing on
policies developed by Mr. Buzzett
in response to public comments
he received from meetings he held
in the fall. The county commis-
sion will ultimately be asked to
adopt policies that regulate future
development on St. James Island.
The Board will not be bound by
the ideas presented by Mr.
Buzzett, or the public, as it is the
Board who will ultimately decide
what policies are appropriate,
The Board perceived the meeting
to be one of information only; no
decisions regarding the compre-
hensive plan or anything else
would be taken at the meeting.
The Commissioners welcomed the
forum as a mechanism to find out
the long-range plans of the St. Joe
company and urged the public to
attend Mr. Buzzett's talk. He plans
to have a power presentation with
visuals and charts.
Mark Curenton, in a letter dated
January 28, 2004, provided a sec-
ond annual progress report for the
grant financing the Alligator Point
each stabilization project. His
letter stated, in part:
In April 2001, a Hurricane
Evacuation Route and Beach
Management, Alligator Point/
Bald Point Feasibility and De-
sign Study examined various
alternatives for protecting the
hurricane evacuation route
off of Alligator Point. The al-
ternative recommended was
to build T-groins in the
threatened area and
renourish the beach.
On August 5, 2003, the
Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners ap-
proved a contract with
Preble-Rish Engineers to pre-
pare the project design and
begin the permitting process
to place beach fill and con-
struct T-groins. There are
nine components to this con-
tract. The aerial photography
has been completed. The
beach profile survey is 90%
complete. The geotechnical
assessment is 29% complete,
and the numerical/empirical
modeling is 27% complete.
Work on the environmental
impact assessment and the
design document has not be-
gun. The pre-application con-
erence has not been held,
andthe draft permit applica-
tion has not been prepared.
It is anticipated that all of the
components of this contract,
except the preapplication
conference and the draft per-
mit application, will be com-
pleted by the end of March
2004. The pre-application
conference and the draft per-
mit application will be accom-
plished before the end of June
The time line schedule is depicted
in the following graph by
Preble-Rish showing the progress
of the beach stabilization project.
from Page 1
Carrabelle made, in good faith, at
least four different offers to
Lanark that would have benefited
both the Carrabelle and Lanark
residents. Carrabelle has the fi-
nancial backing to install the nec-
essary infrastructure to serve
Carrabelle, Lanark and the sur-
rounding areas with both water
and sewer. DEP, with a large grant
to Carrabelle for a new treatment
plant and infrastructure, has des-
ignated Carrabelle to become a
regional facility. In the meeting
Pelecki and Lawlor attempted to
get the Carrabelle delegation to
agree to give them some of the
grant money for Lanark to spend.
Lanark cannot get their own grant
money as Lanark does not have
the financial stability in order for
DEP to consider them for a grant.
Lawlor by his own admission has
acknowledged that in the past he
did not know how to seek grant
money to fix the antiquated
Carrabelle has offered to serve the
Lanark residents with water and
sewer rates that would be on par-
ity with those of Carrabelle resi-
dents. These Carrabelle rates
would be at least 30% less than
the rates currently paid by the
Lanark residents. The Lanark
District can not even serve all of
the people that need water and
sewer service in the Lanark Dis-
trict. The Lanark Beach area has
rapidly developed over the last six
years and yet Lawlor claims he
does not have the funds to serve
.that area. The Ho Hum Camp-
ground in the Lanark Beach area
owned by Mike Hughes, LVW&S
Board member, has both water
and sewer, while the home own-
ers in that area do not.
During the meeting, the
Carrabelle delegation had to re-
peatedly return the discussion to
the Hwy. 98 pipe lines. Pelecki
and the Lanark engineers tried to
get Carrabelle to pay for their ser-
vices for all the endless meetings
in which Lawlor and the Lanark
Board could not reach any pro-
ductive agreements. At the end of
the meetingthe Carrabelle delega-
tion told the Lanark Board that
they would be responsible and
hold Lanark harmless for the in-
stallation of the sewer pipes along
Hwy. 98. The Lanark Board said
they would no longer oppose the
installation of the pipes, but they
would not sign a document to that
effect. Carrabelle Mayor Jim
Brown asked that the Lanark
Board produce such a document
within 5 days so that work on the.
project could resume.
EDITORAL & COMMENTARY
Fails Lan ark
Jim Lawlor and his Board of Lanark
Water and Sewer Commissioners are
willing to jeopardize the health and
financial well being of the residents
of Lanark Beach in order to feed
Lawlor's fantasy of being the "Water
King" of Franklin County, Florida.
Lawlor has put forth the myth that
the Lanark water well produces wet-
ter and better water than Carrabelle's
water well. The truth is that both wells
draw from the same aquifer. Lawlor
wants to dump his sewer system on
Carrabelle but insists in keeping his
Lawlor spent $8,000.00 in engineer-
ing fees to connect up St. James Bay
Development (not in the LVW&S Dis-
trict) with potable water while he can-
not even take care of residents within
the District. The Lanark District can
barely pay its debt service. The
LVW&S District is not financially
stable enough for any loan agency to
provide funds to repair its run down
The residents of Lanark Water &
Sewer District need better answers
and service than the shabby postur-
ing and game playing of the "Water
Lanark Beach resident
Say Yes To
I am a concerned resident of Lanark
Beach and attended the Lanark Dis-
trict Water/Sewer meeting held Tues-
day, February 2nd. I believe the meet-
ing was a waste of time for those resi-
dents who came to listen and, ask
questions regarding the bottom line
on how the sewer pipeline would af-
fect Lanark residents financially. The
window of opportunity to permit such
discussion for residents was less than
In researching the financial effect
upon Lanark residents, I went to see
Carrabelle's Mayor, Jim Brown. I
asked Mayor Brown if the proposals
that were offered by Carrabelle's Wa-
ter/Sewer Commissioners were still in
effect, specifically the proposal that
would allow Lanark residents to
hookup to sewer lines for free or for
some nominal fee. Mayor Brown
stated that the proposal was still in
effect. All Lanark District Commis-
sioners have to do is simply "Say YESI"
However, the Lanark District Commis-
sioners would not give their "Bless-
ings" on any go ahead involving the
Lanark Water/Sewer system. Their
lack of action will ultimately affect
residents such as myself who use well
and septic tank systems. If Lanark
Commissioners have their way, resi-
dents will be hit with an exorbitant
fee of $7,000.00 to hook up to
Lanark's wastewater system in the
I strongly urge residents to get In-
volved by forcing the Lanark District
Commissioners into saying "Yes" to
one of the deals proposed by
Carrabelle's Water/Sewer Commis-
sioners before the window of oppor-
tunity closes and we all lose.
Lanark Water/Sewer District resident
Alligator Point Erosion Control Project
Franklin County. Florida
Preble-Rlsh, Inc./MRD Associates, Inc.
November 21, 2003- Revised
Task 2003 I 2004
September October November December I January February | March April-June
1.1. AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS I
Establish control, set targets pnd plot control drawing I
Check sea and weather conditions ..7Q --_ II
Set-up, photography and photo verification
1.2. BEACH PROFILE SURVEYS
Recover monuments and conduct beach profiles --
Process survey data and prepare drawings
2.1. GEOTECHNICAL ASSESSMENT
Meetings and coordination -
Review existing geotechnical information '"
.Prepare summary and Work Plan .. '
22. NUMERICAL/EMPIRICAL MODELING
Wave transformation numerical modeling =-- '
Borrow area assessment -
2.3. PRELIMINARY DESIGN
Historical volume changes
Borrow source sand assessment- =--
Design refinement and optimization
Dune enhancement plan
Opinion of probable cost, and benefit to cost ratio
2.4. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Conduct assessments and coordinate with agencies
Prepare EIA document
2.5. DESIGN DOCUMENT ,
Prepare draft document
Construction Plans and Specifications DRAFT
Review with County and DEP
Prepare and submit final document
3.0. PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCE
Meeting and prepare conference summary
4.0. Draft PERMIT APPLICATION
Prepare dralt permit application and support information
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
The State Of Our Union
By Congressman Allen Boyd
"This week, President Bush delivered his annual State of the Union
Address. Traditionally, the President uses this opportunity to dis-
cuss the current conditions in our nation and to propose new ideas
for how to make this a stronger, more successful country. We know
that the state of our union is strong, but we must always work to be
stronger. There are many important issues facing our nation, and we
in Congress must work together with the President to create the best
policies and to represent the American people more effectively. The
following are my thoughts on the issues we face and the goals we
need to accomplish together.
"First and foremost, national security is our highest priority. Our
government's most important job is to ensure that our nation and its
people are safe and secure. I support the President and his advisors,
but I believe certain steps need to be taken as we continue the foreign
policies this Administration has set in place. First, we must secure
the resources necessary to defend the United States from terrorist
attacks. Second, our men and women in uniform must have the tools
necessary to get a self-governing Iraq up and running as quickly as
possible and to continue'the efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. Finally,
and most importantly, we must continue to work with our allies to
identify and eliminate terrorist organizations before they attack the
United States or our allies.
"We must also establish economic policies that encourage economic
growth without creating long term structural deficits. We have been
in a largely jobless recovery. The Dow is over 10,000 and we have had
several consecutive quarters of economic growth. However, the un-
employment rate is still 5.7% and the economy is not creating jobs.
This is not acceptable and needs our attention, now and always. As
we did in 1997, it is time to once again develop a plan that will get the
budget back into balance in the long term. As a government we must
identify our national priorities, determine the appropriate funding
levels or tax policies to implement those priorities, and ensure that
we have sufficient revenue coming into the federal government to
meet our national needs. There are many priorities that will need
proper funding this year, but we must ask the question, "who will pay
or them?" It is not acceptable for us to pass our massive debt on to
our children and grandchildren.
"Outside of national security and the economy, I believe we have three
major problems to address this year. First, we must keep the prom-
ises we made to Veterans. We made a good first step with TRICARE
for Life, and I will continue to fight to ensure the VA has the re-
sources necessary to provide the medical care that we promised to
our Veterans. We must also address the issue of Concurrent Receipt.
Military retirees are the only federal employees penalized for having a
service connected disability. I have been fighting to eliminate this
unfair treatment for years. We are about half way there now, but I
hope we can provide relief for all veterans this year.
"Secondly, quality education is the backbone of our society. Our chil-
dren are the future of our nation, and it is of the utmost importance
to provide them with the best possible educational opportunities. Fully
funding the No Child Left Behind bill is the first step in providing
quality education. Significant new standards have been placed on
our schools, teachers, and students and it will take the proper fund-
ing to meet these new requirements. I voted for this bill with the belief
that the President would make sure the promised funding was in-
cluded in his budget. So far, this funding has not been provided.
Additionally, college education needs to be affordable for American
families. Congress needs to ensure that Pell grants, student loans,
and the Montgomery GI bill reflect the growing cost of going to col-
lege. One of the key foundations of our economic success is that each
generation is better educated than the preceding one. We must work
together to see that our children and grandchildren have the educa-
tional opportunities to continue this trend.
"Finally, providing affordable and accessible healthcare is crucial,
particularly in our rural communities. Congress just passed a major
overhaul of Medicare, that needs to be monitored carefully. This year
seniors will receive a prescription drug card that should save them
between 15% and 25% on the cost of prescription drugs.. The full
drug benefit will not be in place until 2006, and we must deliver the
services which were promised to seniors. We also need to make health
insurance available to the tens of millions of Americans who do not
have it and more affordable for those that do. We spend almost twice
as much per person on health care delivery than any other country in
the world, yet our life expectancy is shorter than countries that spend
half as much. Roughly 40 million Americans do not have health in-
surance. I want to work with the President to develop cost effective
ways to provide healthcare for those who 'do not have it and to lower
health insurance costs for individuals and businesses to help com-
petitive in the world economy.
"In closing, it is important to have the opportunity to express compet-
ing ideas and policies. Debates and discussions lead to the compro-
mises and solutions that are vital to developing a more successful,
secure, and sound nation. It is my hope that,, in the coming year,
Congress and the President can work together in a bipartisan man-
ner to solve the problems we face. The state of our union is strong,
and we will continue to thrive as the greatest country in the world."
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Vol. 13, No. 3
February 6, 2004
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
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By Ron Crum
I stood alone
In the cool greying dawn
The beach shore sand
The first shimmering rays
A nosey sun
Over the distant tide
Dimly at first
Then a mischievous smile
Embracing the world
With open arms
I drop my gaze
The first warming caress
Strands of glowing
Against my bare skin
The chill away
The shrill cry
Of the waking gull
The wandering breeze
Over the dunes
Salt Infused air
The taste of adventure
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This must be paradise
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A Proposal: A Consolidated High
School For Franklin County
Recently, the Franklin County School Board has received informa-
tion regarding a facilities report. This is normally the first level in
reviewing the prospects for a consolidated high school. Superinten-
dent JoAnn Gander has informed the Chronicle that Clemons Ruth-
erford and Associates (Tallahassee) are at work on such a study and
that their report is due shortly. There are other studies in the works
that may be helpful in developing a rationale for a consolidated high
This issue has been before the County before. In 1990, a citizen com-
mittee appointed by the School Board presented their report to the
Board. The recommendations and rationale contained in that report
still appear to be timely, so the Chronicle is republishing the sum-
mary report presented to the School Board.
No official action was taken on the recommendations provided in 1990.
In the rieantime, the cost of construction has gone from a mere $1
million (as in the Wakulla consolidation plan) to $14 million (in the
1990'plan) to $24-26 million in recent days.
Tom W. Hoffer
Report and Recommendations
Franklin County Board of Education
Feasibility of High School Consolidation
The committee was initially established by Board of Education action
on November 6, 1987. The responsibility given the members stated:
"Some of the issues to study are as follows:
1. feasibility study of consolidated secondary school
2. financial consideration
3. possible land consideration
4. grade levels-9-12? 7-12?"
The initial committee apparently met four times beginning December
3, 1987 and continuing through June 1988. Unfortunately, except
for those of the first meeting, no written notes were retained.
In October 1989 the committee was reactivated and the original re-
sponsibility renewed. The following named members attended regu-
larly and are solely responsible for this report and recommendations:
Mr. James Sisung, Chairman; Dr. Thomas Hoffer, Secretary; Mrs.
Jean Gander; and Mrs. Grace Wathen. Three other persons were
named by the School Board. One attended two meetings, one attended
one meeting and one attended no meetings.
A copy of this report, all attachments, minutes of committee meet-
ings and study documents will be provided the Superintendent of
I. The Board adopt an appropriate action to establish a comprehen-
sive consolidated high school for the education of all ninth through
twelfth grade students in Franklin County. Such school to be located
somewhere on or near Highway 98 approximately midway between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle.
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II. The Board adopt an appropriate action to provide that such high
school be designed and designated to offer a curriculum balanced as
to academic and vocational learning opportunities for students.
III. The Board adopt, following broad advertising of intent and pur-
pose, an appropriate action to levy the maximum capital outlay mill-
age and commit for three years the full amount to the Board's share
of the cost of constructing the above mentioned school.
IV. The Board seek funds from the Florida State Legislature in accor-
dance with Florida Statute, Chapter 235.435 Funds for comprehen-
sive educational plant needs, subsection (2)(a)-(c).
V. The Board establish, through the Superintendent, meetings with
representatives of the Department of Education for the purpose of
determining specific site locations, plant design and associated costs.
VI. The Board establish a committee of citizens charged with the
responsibility of informing and advising all sectors of the community-
and its political representatives concerning the actions of the Board
in this matter.
VII. The Board determine that upon completion of the comprehen-
sive high school the existing space devoted to present high school
activities be designated as two middle schools to house and serve the
educational needs of all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
VIII. The Board direct the Superintendent to initiate dialogue with
representatives of FAMU, FSU, Gulf Coast Community College, Lively
Voc Tech and other appropriate institutions to determine how each
might benefit (and share costs) in the space provided by a compre-
hensive consolidated high school.
IX. The Board direct the Superintendent to establish a working group
of employers representative of the community to begin discussions of
employment needs as seen by the business representatives during
the next two decades.
The committee met not less than a dozen times beginning on Novem-
ber 8, 1989. Members met with local school administrators, Depart-
ment of Education personnel, Florida School Board Association rep-
resentatives, finance experts, students, teachers (a census poll of
teachers was also conducted) and others. Although most of the visits
were conducted during regular meetings, many consisted of im-
There is overwhelming support for improving educational opportuni-
ties for our children. Understandably there is also a diversity of opin-
ion on how and at what cost those opportunities can best be realized.
The committee members are acutely aware that education is not cheap
but it is certainly cheaper than the alternative. The members are
equally certain that good education is the best investment in the fu-
ture of Franklin County as demonstrated by the experience of Wakulla
It can be argued that had a prior Board of Education responded to
the will of the people as expressed in a 1960's referendum a compre-
hensive consolidated high school might have been provided at a cost
of only one million dollars as was the case in Wakulla County in 1967.
Today the cost will be much higher, perhaps as much as eight or ten
million dollars. To wait longer, however, assures two things: more
cost in dollars, and, much more importantly, many more children
denied an improved educational opportunity.
The committee envisions a school facility, though designed primarily
for the academic and vocational needs of all ninth through twelfth
grade students, which is also available and useful to adults who wish
to reconsider earlier decisions to leave school prior to graduation,
and others who may determine to return and prepare for a new and
different career. A school ;in which our children choose from a broader
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menu of course opportunities, selection of teachers, more athletic
challenges, counseling and a chance to widen and deepen the sense
of community throughout Franklin County.
The committee recognizes that sufficient space currently exists to
house the present school population. Perhaps, because of our in-
tense study of the matter, we view the circumstance a bit differently
than others less involved. We hold that adequate space exists be-
cause the student population is not growing. Indeed it is declining
caused by dropouts and general loss of young people-family mak-
ers-from the community. Elsewhere other communities are experi-
encing growth of population, employment opportunities, and teacher
shortages. We in Franklin County are trying to maintain two very
small high schools which cannot possibly prepare our children ad-
equately for either a future in a university or a direct move to any.
occupation requiring even the most rudimentary skills or work ethic
values (e.g. Importance of timely and regular attendance). Students
perceive little relationship between school experience and the rest of
their life. Employers complain of ill-prepared applicants and job turn-
over is very high.
Granted that both high schools offer many of the courses which would
be offered in a comprehensive consolidated school. However, some
classes are much too high in enrollment and others too low. Ranges
seem to be twelve to forty students per class. In a consolidated school
with an enrollment of approximately four hundred, additional sec-
tions might be offered for overloaded classes, more students might be
enrolled in the smaller, less-cost-effective classes. Students might
even make totally different selections resulting in elimina g the need
to take courses unrelated to their needs or skills. This latter is a
particular concern of some teachers. They feel students are placed in
some classes beyond their readiness level because there exist no
In a Census poll (of faculty) on the consolidation question in both
high schools, 61% of respondents (38) favored consolidation at the
9-12 grade levels. All Apalachicola High School respondents favored
and 40% of Carrabelle School respondents favored consolidation.
Location of a Consolidated School
The committee proposes a site approximately one-half way between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle. This proposal is made based upon trans-
portation needs. Other considerations such as in-place infrastruc-
ture including access roads, water, sewer, and fire protection may
convince the Board to select a location closer to Highway 65.
The committee considered several alternative ideas including conver-
sion of one existing high school to a vocational education center. The
members considered that in the long run operating costs would be
higher and "sense of community" would suffer severe deterioration.
Community Middle Schools
The "sense of community" is of critical importance in any political
decision concerning schools. The committee's objective, as stated
above, is to widen and deepen the perspective, not subject it to dete-
rioration. The addition of two middle schools will enhance the com-
A child's growth pattern includes a sense of identity beginning with
family and expanding to neighborhood, town or city, county and then
beyond. A comprehensive consolidated high school will be most com-
patible with our children's growth pattern at a time in life when they
are most ready to expand their horizons.
At most 50% of our high school graduates enroll in any form of higher
education. Even so, remedial study is often necessary. More than
half (those -who drop out and those who do not pursue education
further) of high school students choose to go directly to the job mar-
ket. So what of this majority, greater now than just a few years ago?
The committee recommends development of a rigorous vocational edu-
cational program balanced by an equally rigorous academic experi-
Water And Sewer
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By Harriett Beach
Pless" The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board met on
January 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in
Chillas Hall, Lanark Village.
to Serve You Present were: Chairman, Jim
Lawlor, Board Secretary, Mike
rdville,/ FL 32327 Hughes, and Financial Officer,
ordville, FL 322 /Fred Hart. Also present were
LVW&S personnel: Engineer, Tom
Bryant, Attorney, Mike Pelecki,
Office Manager, Mickey Magerus
and Bill Rohrs, Maintenance Su-
After approving the minutes of the
last meeting and the financial re-
port, the LVW&S Commissioners
.-; discussed a letter from County
-. --, ? ~Commissioner Sanders. In the let-
terl Saunders discussed a meet-
ing she attended on December 9,
2003 with Baskerville Donovan,
Inc. engineers, Carrabelle Com-
missioner, Phil Rankin and
LVW&S engineer, Tom Bryant. At
the meeting, they discussed the
problems that might occur if the
sewer lines going to and from St.
James Bay Development were to
,. run through the Lanark Beach
,..i area. It was felt the best possible
routing for the sewer lines would
s- belong Hwy 98 past the LVW&S
i *' District. Commissioner Sanders
now wished to refrain from pro-
Sviding approval or disapproval in
writing. Sanders did not feel that
Franklin County should get in-
volved in the decision over the
Route of the sewer lines.
Bill Shiver told the Board that he
thought that the County Commis-
sioners did need to get involved
in this discussion as it was stated
in the 1991 Comp Plan that any
infrastructure placed in the Criti-
ITYv PROGRTAMS cal High Hazard area had to be
ITY PROGRAMS reviewed by the County. The
.- south side of Hwy 98 is in the
ATION LOANS Critical High Hazard Area.
Bryant discussed the route along
K APPROVALS Hwy. 98 as being the only viable
route. Lawlor told the other
LVW&S Commissioners that the
issue of the line to St. James Bay
needed to be "put to bed" because
ONE of mounting legal fees. In spite of
this, Lawlor still did not sign a
ATED letter drafted by Bryant that
stated there would be no objec-
SENDER tion to the Hwy 98 route provided
END that assurances were met. A draft
of that letter had been faxed to
the Carrabelle City Council the
morning of January 20, 2004
prior to the LVW&S Board meet-
Still Low! Aing. The Board reviewed the his-
Stl Lo tory of the proposed consolidation
that has been going on over a pe-
Continued on Page 5
ence specifically designed for such students. Illustrations include
construction methods, materials and codes; aquaculture science, tech-
nology and methods; marine mechanics; automotive mechanics, in-
cluding specialization in engines, air conditioning, transmission re-
pair, etc. to meet state certification standards; carpentry; plumbing;
boat building; computer science and programming; restaurant op-
erations; and hospital services.
The committee members did not limit their discussions to only the
mechanics of a school facility, but included within their purview a
consideration of future economic needs of Franklin County. Every-
one seems to know that the bay will not long support, directly or
indirectly, the same number of families as in the past. Consider that
little or no growth is forecast for the county either by the County
Planner or the State of Florida during the next ten years. (At the time
of this report the county planner forecast zero growth, the DCA fore-
cast growth of 1,000 in ten years and the DOE forecast a loss of
nearly 300 students in five years.) Yet certain areas are increasing in
population such as St. George Island, Magnolia Bluff, Eastpoint and
Alligator Point. Few of these people make a living from the seafood
industry. Therefore, can any other conclusion be drawn but that the
number of people earning their living from the bay is decreasing?
The newcomers do not come for employment. Most come for vacation
or retirement. In either case they seek services. Services which can
make our young people want to remain here and raise their families.
The biggest problem to the continuation of our community as we
know it is not the fabled "developers" nor is it the "State". It is the
inability of our young to find career fulfillment. Thus we have so many
early and unsuccessful marriages, unemployment, under employment
and welfare recipients.
The State of Florida sent five million dollars into Franklin County last
year for welfare purposes. If we build a comprehensive consolidated
high school the returns on the investment would far outweigh the
costs of construction and operation. As the path to economic inde-
pendence and improvement is education then surely it follows that
more educational opportunity will yield more economic return in the
form of less welfare payments and higher wages paid more qualified
Financing a Consolidated Stadium
Should the Board accept recommendation numbers III, IV and V (only
action of the Board is needed) the state can generate the balance of
an agreed-upon cost of a facility. The cost to the county would be
approximately $i,615,000 (income from two mills for three years of
capital outlay funds). The state share would approximate five to seven
,times as much. (Information from Mr. Wayne Blanton, Executive Di-
rector, Florida School Board Association.)
Recognizing that the loss of income from the current levy of .873
mills dedicated to capital outlay will cause some considerable dis-
comfort the committee cannot forecast a time when the discomfort
can or will be lessened. Indeed, by the end of this current year much
of the contemplated capital expenditure projects will be completed
except those dedicated to Brown Elementary School. On the positive
side the Green Point development project is on again and will gener-
ate more than $100,000 per year in income shortly.
Since cooperation of the DOE and the legislature is necessary to
achieve the above described funding, an early, intense and broad
ranging activity is necessary. Thus recommendations V and VI.
The committee considered several funding options including issu-
ance of local bonds, lease-back program, and the so called 'turkey'
and opted to recommend as it did [follow the funding path as de-
scribed in F.S. 235.435(2) (a-c)] in order to minimize local costs and
quickly expand the educational opportunities of children. As stated
above local costs will equal between fourteen and twenty percent of
the total construction costs.
One of the problems facing Franklin County Schools has been the
matter of space; too much in the wrong places and too little else-
where. The committee proposes that the existing space allocated to
the two high schools. be givenover to the creation of two middle schools
to house 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The creation of two middle schools
will provide for an expanded, competitive athletic program to give
both boys and girls more opportunity to explore various.physioal en-
deavors. The arrangement, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 is most consistent with
the developing social needs of children.
Impact on Athletics
Many expressions of concern were heard by committee members rela-
tive to the loss of two football teams to be replaced by one. On the
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By Harriett Beach
The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Schneider
January 12, 2004
All persons identified below are innocent unless proven
otherwise in a court of law.
Will Dan Arnett: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
October 16, 2003. Bond was set at $500.00. Defendant was represented by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger who was in court. The defendant did not appear
in court and his surety bond was forfeited. An order of capias was issued on
Arthur Charles Brown: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
December 6, 2003. Bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Vedell M. Bunyon: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Octo-
ber 9. 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00. Defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin.' Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Linda D. Burns: Charged with aggravated assault with a firearm on Novem-
ber 10, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00; Defendant-was-present in
court. Her attorney, Public Defender Kevin Steiger was removed from the case
due to a conflict. Court entered a plea of not guilty for the defendant. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr.: Charged with false imprisonment, battery, and
possession of cannabis on November 23, 2003. Defendant is also charged
with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of
cannabis and driving while his license was suspended or revoked on Novem-
ber 9, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. The defendant's
attorney, John Leace, entered for the defendant a written plea of not guilty to
the charges of false imprisonment, battery and possession of cannabis on
December 12, 2003. Defendant was present in court-with Attorney Leace.
Cases were entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Robert J. Hubbart: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Octo-
ber 24, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. 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 April 12, 2004.
Rebecca A. Jones: Charged with grand theft on September 13, 2003. Surety
bond was set at $5,000.00. 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 April 12, 2004.
Jason Derrick Keith: Charged with leaving the scene of an accident with
injuries and driving while under the influence causing damage to a person or
property on November 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin
County. 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 April
* Edward J. Prince: Charged with the sale of a controlled, substance within
1000 feet of a church on December 11, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in
Franklin County. 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.
Brandon S. Register: Charged with throwing a deadly missile, aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a conveyance, assaulting a person
and driving while his license was suspended or revoked on November 2, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $5,500.00. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Tyrone Russ: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on October 30,
2903. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. 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.
Daniel Alan Stepp: Charged with dealing in stolen property, battery of a per-
son 65 years of age or older and battery on December 13, 2003. De 5endant
was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty, Cases were
entered on the Plea Docket for Februan 9, 2004.
Shirley A.' Si'ong: Charged with possessinof 61",a controlled substance on
November 17, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00. Defendant was present
in court and represented by attorney Charles E. Hobbs II. Defendant entered
an oral plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9,
William A Strong: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Novem-
ber 17, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger arid entered a plea of not
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Satonya R. Woodruff: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
October 30, 2003. Defendant is incarcerated in Orange County Defendant
was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Christopher Shondell Bass: Charged with violation of probation by felony
fleeting or attempting to elude on January 10, 2000. Defendant is incarcer-
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Kevin Steiger and entered a plea denial of violation of probation. Case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Docket for February 9. 2004.
Vickie Dee Cryderman: Charged with violation of probation by the posses-
sion of a controlled substance on January 8, 2003. Defendant was incarcer-
ated in Franklin County. Defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and admitted to being in violation of probation. She was reinstated to
modified probation that contained the condition that the defendant serve 60
days in jail with 28 days credit for time served.'
Beverly D. Howard: Charged with violation of probation by grand theft auto
on October 18, 1994. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger and admitted to
being in violation of probation. Probation was revoked and the defendant was
sentenced to 180 days in jail with 137 days credit for time served. The
defendant's outstanding financial obligations were reduced to a judgment.
William Foster Wright: Charged with violation of probation by shooting into
a building or dwelling and aggravated assault with a firearm on February 24.
1995. Defendant was present in court and the warrant was dismissed. The
defendant is still on probation.
Deidra Ahrent: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present in court
with attorney John Leace. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on March 8,
2004 and Jury Trial on March 10, 2004.
Robert T. Baucham: Charged with child abuse on July 3. 2003. Surety bond
was set at $1,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender,
Kevin Steiger. Case was reset for Docket Sounding on April 12, 2004 and Jury
Trial on April 14, 2004.
Antoine F. Benjamin: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00. Defendant was present
in court but his attorney, Steven P. Glazer, was not present. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr.: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance with the intent to sell or deliver, driving while his license was sus-
pended or revoked and resisting an officer without violence on August 6, 2003.
Defendant is incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant was present in court
with his attorney, John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for Febru-
ary 9, 2004.
Edna M. Chambers: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on Au-
gust 25, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present in
court with attorney Charles E. Hobbs II. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for February 9, 2004.
Christopher Josh Cooper: Charged with resisting an Officer with violence
and battery on September 3, 2003. Surety bond was set at $7,500.00. The
defendant was not present in court but his attorney, Rachel Chesnut, was
-present to enter a plea in absentia to the misdemeanors. Case was-continued
or the February 9, 2004 Plea Docket.
Kerry S. Creamer: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and the
sale of a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$25,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered for Docket Sounding on April 12, 2004 and Jury Trial on
April 14, 2004.
Frederick Estes Jr.: Charged with grand theft on July 1, 2003. Surety bond
was set at $ 10,00.00. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and. entered a plea of no contest. Defendant was adjudicated
guilty and given 2 years of probation and 30 days in jail with 5 days credit for
time served. Sentence is to start within the first six months of 2004 and finish
by July 12, 2004. Defendant is to pay $775.00 restitution to the victim and is
to pay a minimum of $40.00 a month to the Public Defender. The cost of
supervision is waived.
Antonio R. Franklin: Charged with possession with the intent to sell can-
nabis on July 1, 2003. Defendant is incarcerated in Gulf County. Defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was continued
for a Hearing on a motion to suppress on February 9, 2004.
William Goggins: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
August 27. 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County, Defendant
was present in court with the Public Defender. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Beauford Grey: Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon and battery on June 14, 2003. Surety bond was set at $50,000.00.
Defendant was present in court with attorney, Charles E. Hobbs II. Case was
continued to the March 8, 2004 Plea Docket.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Defendant was present in court with her Attorney, Charles
E. Hobbs II. Case was continued for the February 9, 2004 Plea Docket.
Jerry Miles Hicks: Charged with trafficking in d controlled substance on
August 22, 2003. Defendant was pre-ent in court with Public Defender-Kevin
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riod of time. Lawlor placed the
burden on the Carrabelle District
as the reason there was no agree-
ment between the two Districts.
In the discussion that followed
attorney Mike Pelecki pointed out
to the Commissioners that, "This ,'
entire area should and will even-
tually be served by a regional util-
ity and good relationships are
necessary." Pelecki also told the
Board, that he has a friend who :
is an executive of Florida Pro-
gress, Inc. This friend of Pelecki's
might be able to get Florida_
Progress to be more flexible about .
allowing the Carrabelle District to
run the sewer lines north of the
Lanark Beach and Lanark Village
areas along the Florida Progress
Lawlor said, "An easy solution is
for Carrabelle to reconsider and
take over the [LVW&S] sewer
function." Lawlor emphasized
that only the sewer system and
not the water system is to be con-
sidered for consolidation. Lawlor
said, "We need to run water lines o y A Tn
Right now we don't have the
funds. If there was some way
Carrabelle, BDI or someone else Sferty
can get funds for us to run water
Lines in our district then we can ui;quii
still hold on to our District." .L"qUkdLy
Lawlor turned to the other two Convenience
commissioners and asked, "What
do you want to do about the sewer
lines running to St. James Bay?
Do you want to allow the lines to
be run along Hwy 98?" Both Mike
Hughes and Fred Hart appeared For accounts opened: 2.43% Annual Perce:
surprised that Lawlor had be paid on balances greater than $50,000;
abruptly dropped the decision on between $25,000 $49,999; .50% APY on
them. They both slowly followed'" $0 -$24,999. APY and interest rates are su
Lawlor's lead and voiced opposi- time without notice. APY is accurate as of
tion to the lines being run down minimum.deposit of $2,500.00 is required
Hw 98.-. Lawlor te Instructed and will require a checking account with a
Hwy 98. Lawlor then instructed with The Bank. The minimum balance req
attorney Pelecki to write a letter. account is $2.500. Fees may reduce acoun
to Carrabelle with copies to the
County Commissioners, stating
that LVW&S District Commis-
sioners are all opposed to the
Carrabelle District running the
sewer lines along Hwy 98 past the YOu vIake th
Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld
at the State's agreement. Defendant was given 24 months probation and must
pay $275.00 in court cost and a $100.00 Florida Drug Law Enforcement fee.
Willie Carr Lake: Charged with retaliation against a witness on July 13, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant was present in
court with his attorney John Leace. Defendant entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given 190 days in the Florida De-
partment of Corrections with 178 days credit for time served to be followed by
24 months on probation and must have no contact with the victim. Defendant
must pay $275.00 in court costs and the cost of supervisor is waived.
Henry Albert Lee: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was not present in
court. Public Defender Kevin Steiger, representing the defendant, was present
in court. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Wesley Buck Lee: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was present in court
with his attorney, J. Gordon Shuler. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to
the lessor of the included offense of the possession of a controlled substance.
Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was given 2 years probation and is to
be evaluated for drug treatment. Defendant must pay $275.00 in court costs
and a $100.00 Florida Drug Law Enforcement fee. Cost of supervisor was
reduced to $25.00 per month.
Lakeisha Lemon: Charged with two counts of battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer on May 9, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Surety
bond was set at $2,500. 00. Defendant was present in court with her attor-
ney, John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
2002. Defendant is incarcerated in Marion County. Kevin Steiger, Public De-
fender was present in court and is to do a transport order for the defendant for
the case on the Plea Docket for February 9, 2004.
Carl Wesley Seay: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and the
sale of a controlled substance on September 3, 2003. Surety Bond was set at
$5,000.00. Defendant was not present in court but Kevin Steiger, Public De-
fender, representing the defendant was present. Capias was ordered and the
surety bond was forfeited. Case was withdrawn and reset for the February 9,
2004, Plea Docket.
Henry Allen Shiver: Charged wit aggravated battery with intent to do great
bodily harm on June 3, 2003. Surety bond was set at $6,000.00. Defendant
was present in court with his attorney, Charles E. Hobbs II. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest to the lessor offense of battery and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was given 1 year of probation to run concurrent with an-
other sentence of probation. Defendant is to have no contact with the victim
and must pay $175.00.
Charlene Y. Simmons: Charged with obtaining or attempting to obtain a con-
trolled substance by fraud on September 2, 2003. Bond was set at $10,000.00.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was
reset on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Kenneth E. Suggs: Charged with three counts of passing a worthless check
over the value of $150.00 on September 10, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$1,000.00 for each of the worthless check counts. Defendant did not appear
in court and an order of capias was made. All three of the $1,000.00 bonds
Candise R. Whiddon: Charged with aggravated battery on September 7, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. Defendant appeared in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea to no contest to the charge. Adjudi-
cation was withheld. Defendant was given 2 years probation with the condi-
tion she continue evaluation and counseling. Defendant must pay $275.00 in
court costs but cost of supervision was waived.
Michael F. Whitaker: Charged with grand theft on May 18, 2003. Defendant
is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections. Defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was given 21 months in the
Florida Department of Corrections with 72 days credit for time served. Defen-
dant must pay court costs of $275.00.
Johnny Lee Williams: Charged with one count of the sale of a controlled
substance and one count of the sale of a controlled substance within 1000
feet of a school on June 61 2002. Defendant is also charged with retaliating
against a witness oirn- July 18, 2003 and the sale of a controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. Defendant is incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant
was present in court with attorney Charles E. Hobbs II. Case was entered for
Docket Sounding on March 8, 20504.
Hattie Sue Wilson: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on
August 25, 2003. Defendant did not appear in court but her attorney, Charles
E. Hobbs II, was present. Defendant's case was entered for Docket Sounding
on March 8. 2004.
SContinued on Page 6
Lawlor told the Board members.
that St. James Bay refused to ac-
knowledge a $8,000 bill LVW&S
sent to them for engineering ser-
vice so he felt "that issue is dead."
He said that St. James Bay is still
using Lanark water and will be 6"* **91
billed for it.
The next item discussed was ex-
pansion of service to the lots
within the LVW&S District. P T J 48
Lawlor acknowledged that the
LVW&S District needs to proceed MEXIC
with providing service to those
within the District. Engineer
Bryant was asked to get a figure
as to how much that expansion
will cost. on Page
Continued on Page 6
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In other business the Board dis-
cussed the meters installed on the
two wells on January 4, 2004. A
discussion ensued as to how best
to get them calibrated. It was
agreed that they should be cali-
brated in place as opposed to
sending them elsewhere to be cali-
Lawlor reported that the Crooked
River Hunting Club is utilizing the
LVW&S spray-field for hunting.
Attorney Pelecki has yet to draw
an agreement between LVW&S
District and The Crooked River
Hunt Club that would allow them
to use the spray-field and hold
LVW&S District harmless for any
accidents. They must agree upon
some kind of insurance.
Attorney Pelecki reported that he
has drawn up a Resolution to in-
crease the size of the LVW&S Dis-
trict and that Resolution will be
sent to the Franklin County Com-
missioners. The LVW&S District
is requesting that the Franklin
County Commissioners pass an
Ordinance to enlarge the LVW&S
District to include all the follow-
ing area: from the Alligator Point
District on the East, to the Lib-
erty County Line on the north, to
Hwy 67 on the west and south to
the Gulf of Mexico.
Bill Rohr, Maintenance Supervi-
sor, advised the Board as to the
current maintenance problems. A
broken floating aerator in the
spray-field needs to be replaced
or repaired. The Board decided to
repair what they have. The alarm
on the water tower needs to be
replaced. The board decided to
replace the alarm for $710.00.
Tom Bryant, Engineer, reported
that his duties will be:
1. Determine the cost of extend-
ing water and sewer to the rest of
the district not served.
2. Determine water usage at St.
James Bay and determine what
are their intentions about the
purchase of future water.
3. Find a grant to cover the cost
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* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
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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. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
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of repairs to the sewer system in
the Gulf Terrace Area.
Mike Pelecki, attorney, reported
that he has not ha'd a reply from
a chemical company about a bill
that LVW&S District has refused
to pay. He said that he assumed
that the company had backed off
on their demands. Pelecki also
reported that he is still in nego-
tiations with a LVW&S District
customer whose home was dam-
aged by a break in a vacuum
At the conclusion of the business
art of the meeting there were a
ew questions from the audience
of 15 people. A resident of the
LVW&S District requested a copy
of the minutes and financial re-
port. Lawlor said they must come
to the District office and pay for
copies. Lawlor was also asked
about what kind of By-laws or
Charter the District held that en-
titled them to do business. Lawlor
responded by giving a long dis-
course on how Board members
are selected. All the Board mem-
bers stated that they would like
someone else to take their place
on the LVW&S District Board.
Larry Applebee, P.A.-C., is the new
medical provider at North Florida
Medical Services, Eastpoint, join-
ing the staff headed by Dr. Nancy
Chorba, at the Eastpoint Mall.
Mr. Applebee is a graduate of the
University of Kentucky and re-
ceived his nursing degree in 1982.
He worked as a travel nurse for
25 years, in many teaching hos-
pitals throughout the south. His
recent assignment was in Or-
lando, Florida, where he worked
level 1, Trauma ED from 1992 to
2000. He returned to school at the
University of Washington, School
of Medicine, in the Physician As-
sistant Program where he received
his degree as Physician's Assis-
tant, Certified, in 2003. His expe-.
rience includes work in Emer-
gency Room, Intensive Care, Car-
diac Care, Open Heart and Car-
diac Cath. He was a National
Health Service Corps. scholar.
Larry is married to Paula, and
they have two grown children. His
hobbies are hang-gliding and gar-
Dr. Nancy Chorba is his lead phy-
sician and together they are now
'seeing patients Monday through
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VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Elijah Brown m: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of the
sale of a controlled substance and one count of burglary of a structure on
September 18, 2000. Defendant was also charged with domestic violence and
battery on July 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. On
the. first charge, the defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and
was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked. Defendant was
sentenced to 24 months in the Florida Department of Corrections with 387
days credit for time served. Outstanding financial obligations of the defendant
were reduced to a judgment. On the second and third charges, the defendant
was given a concurrent sentence. On the forth charge of domestic violence
and battery, the defendant admitted to being in violation of probation and his
probation was revoked. He was sentenced to 75 days jail time with 75 days
credit for time served. On this charge also, any outstanding financial obliga-
tions of the defendant were reduced to a judgment.
Dennis L. Hebert: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a con-
trolled substance on June 6, 2002. Defendant was In court with Public De-
fender Kevin Stelger, and admitted to being in violation of probation. Defen-
dant was found in violation of probation and probation was modified to in-
clude 20 hours of community service.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a
controlled substance (cannabis) on January 23, 2002. Surety bond was set at
$15,000.00. Defendant was present in court with legal counsel. Case was
entered on the Docket for February 9, 2004.
Jason Derrick Keith: Charged with violation of probation by a charge of deal-
ing in stolen property. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. De-
fendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was
continued for the April 12, 2004 Violation of Probation Plea Docket.
Michael Prevatt: Charged with violation of probation by one count of grand
theft on March 29, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender, Kevin Steiger. Defen-
dant admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation of
probation. Probation was revoked and the defendant was sentenced to 180
days in jail with 70 days credit for time served. Any outstanding financial
obligations of the defendant were reduced to a judgment.
Dana Estes Richards: Charged with violation of probation by murder in the
second degree on August 20, 1993. Defendant was present in court with his
attorney Charles E. Hobbs II. Defendant admitted to being in violation of pro-
bation. Defendant was found to be in violation of probation. Probation was
revoked and defendant was sentenced to one year of probation with the stipu-
lation that from January 12, 2004, the defendant is to have no contact with
Franklin County. Cost of supervision was waived and financial obligations
were reduced to a judgment.
Brad Simmons: Charged with violation of probation by the sale of a con-
trolled substance on June 15, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin
County. 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 defendant was sentenced to 11
months and 29 days in jail with 131 days credit for time served.
Elijah Wilson: Charged with violation of probation by one count of grand theft
and three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle on November 3, 1999.
Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defendant was present in
court with his attorney Dennis E. Boothe. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation. Probation was revoked and defendant was sentenced to
one year and one day in the Florida Department of Corrections with 54 days
credit for time served. This sentence is to run concurrent with one in Leon
County. Any outstanding financial obligations of the defendant are reduced to
PAYMENT DUE ON CASE
Brad Simmons: Charged with battery by an inmate. Defendant was incarcer-
ated in Franklin County. On April 14, 2003, the defendant entered a plea and
was to pay $295.00 in costs by October 13, 2003. As of October 13, 2003 the
defendant had not paid. A payment of $125.00 was received on December 11,
2003. The defendant paid the remainder owed ($170.00) as of January 12,
2004. The case is to be closed.
Carl Wayne Ard: Charged with driving while under the influence, manslaugh-
ter and driving while his license was suspended or revoked causing death on
February 13. 2003. ;-Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest to count one and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 6 years probation and 333 days jail time with 333 days
credit for time served. Defendant is to pay a fine of $670.00. must attend DUI
School (Level 1) and be evaluated. His vehicle is impounded for 10 days and
his license is suspended for 6 months. Defendant must do 50 hours of com-
munity service work and pay $3,565.00 in restitution. The cost of supervision
is waived. Defendant must submit to random tests and is to use no drugs or
alcohol. On the second count, the State will not prosecute the charges.
Continued on Page 8
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Boyd And Blue
Dogs React To
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida) and members of the
U.S. House Blue Dog Coalition, a
group of moderate Democrats fo-
cused on fiscal responsibility, re-
acted to the Congressional Bud-
get Office (CBO) projection un-
veiled Monday that showed that
the federal deficit will hit a record
$477 billion this year. This year's
winter projections are in sharp
contrast to January 2001, which
showed surpluses over the next
decade in excess of $5 trillion dol-
In October of 2003, at the Blue
Dogs request, CBO conducted an
analysis of administration spend-
ing policies, and concluded that
these policies would increase the
deficit by $2.25 trillion from
2004-2013. The CBO confirmed
that the total deficit will reach
$2.4 trillion by 2013, and could
be over $4 trillion if the tax cuts
are extended. Congressman Boyd
and the Blue Dogs believe that al-
lowing these deficits to occur and
adding trillions of dollars to the
national debt will significantly
raise taxes on future generations.
As of today, each taxpayer's share
of the national debt is $23,978,
and if deficit spending continues,
this tax on every American will
continue to increase.
"Regardless of who or what is to
blame, we are facing a serious
problem that needs our attention
immediately," said Congressman
Boyd. "It is not right, and it is not
-fair to pass the irresponsible fis-
cal policies of today on to the gen-
erations of tomorrow. We have
many priorities, but we cannot
approach our priorities with a
borrow and spend mentality.
Whether it be tax cuts, defense
spending or funding domestic
programs, we must come together
and figure out how to pay for it
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"...I think that within every per-
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Henry Vyfvinkel comes to St.
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Henry said, "I paint in abstract
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The works of Henry Vyflnkel are
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Henry believes that deep within
every person resides a creative
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nurtured by intuition and imagi-
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"I have taught art for some twenty
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"I am an elected member of the
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Sea Oats Gallery has been privi-
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Henry over the past few years.
Participants in these events are
always impressed with his enthu-
siasm and willingness to share all
From their somewhat relaxed visit
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contrary, three teams can and will exist, but more importantly many
more children will be able to develop and test their prowess in a whole
variety of athletic opportunities.
In consideration of recommendation VIII the committee believes that
school does not and should not begin with kindergarten and end with
high school graduation. Colleges and universities are often anxious
to move out from their headquarters and into the surrounding field.
Dr. Humphries of FAMU at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in
Apalachicola last year made the statement that he hoped to place a
small campus in Franklin County. Why not on the site of our new
comprehensive consolidated school? Our young people would have
college brought to them.
who will not
tion IX is offered as a means of assuring that a voca-
ion program is developed which will produce graduates
only be qualified but will have an excellent chance of
*yment in Franklin County.
The year of study involved in the preparation of this report has led
the committee to some conclusions which do not lend themselves to
formulation as recommendations within the committee's charge and
Should the Board accept the recommendations it will be well advised
to assure that all school personnel, parent-teacher organizations, and
others closely associated with the operation of the new school are
called upon to participate meaningfully in the many design, layout,
curriculum and staffing decisions which lay before the Board and
If the Board accepts the recommendations of the committee it should
expect to witness a substantial improvement and increase in not only
the academic aspects of the school program but'the vocational, rec-
reational, social, and extra curricular components as well.
The Committee on Industry and Tourism, the two Chambers of Com-
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Commissions are all looking for ways to improve economic opportu-
nity in the county. Any attractive existing business seeking a new
location will list among its highest priorities a qualified labor pool
and a quality educational system. The Board is the only entity in a
position to assure both.
There is little chance of retaining our young people in Franklin County
if both a comprehensive consolidated high school and expanded eco-
nomic opportunity are not provided.'
The committee suggests continued ongoing discussions with the lead-
ers and representatives of the above listed organizations to assure
that improved educational opportunity and economic development
progress in tandem.
The committee thanks the Board of Education for the opportunity to
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can be of assistance.
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Charles Stacy Logue: Charged with burglary with assault therein and sexual
battery on January 9, 2003. Surety bond was set at $50.000.00. On January
8, 2004, the State filed a Nolle Prosequi.(Notice not to prosecute.)
Roland Morris Schoelles: Charged with driving while under the influence
with serious injuries and driving while his license was suspended or revoked
on September 7, 2002. Bond was set at $1,500.00. Defendant was present in
court with his attorney John Leace. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to
both counts and was adjudicated guilty. Sentencing was set for February 9,
Brook J. Vonier: Charged with grand theft on June 1, 2002. Defendant was
also charged with aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm on
March 19, 2003. Defendant was present in court with attorney Rendi Katalinic.
Defendant admitted to being in violation of probation on the first count of
grand theft. The current probation is to be terminated and a new term of
probation of 30 months is to begin that will be concurrent with other sen-
tences. Cost of supervision is waived. On the count of aggravated battery with
intent to do great bodily harm the defendant entered a plea of no contest and
was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 30 months probation to
run concurrent with the probation on the grand theft charge. Restitution was
ordered for the sum of $1,387.75 to be paid at a rate of $50.00 per month. The
money to the victim is to be paid first. Cost of supervision is waived bat defen-
dant must pay a $275.00 fine.
Joseph E. White: Charged with uttering a false document, resisting an Of-
ficer with violence and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 1, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $1,000.00. Defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger. Public Defender is to prepare orders on compe-
Michael Henderson: Charged with reckless driving causing serious injuries
and driving while under the influence. Defendant was present in court with
his attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Court ordered that restitution be made a part
of defendant's probation. The hearing is to be continued as the attorney's try
to reach an agreement as to the amount of restitution.
James Delbert Lemmond: Charged with grand theft. Hearing to determine
restitution. Defendant was present in court with attorney Kevin Steiger. State
Attorney's Office is to prepare an order for restitution.
Benny Ray Stroups: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under t2 years
of age on June 23, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County.
Defendant's attorney was present in court. Hearing for competency was con-
tinued to February 9, 2004.
Jason Derrick Keith: Charged with dealing in stolen goods on September 24,
2001. Also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries causing
property damage of$ 10,000.00 and driving while under the influence causing
damage to person and property of $10,000.00 on November 21, 2003. Surety
bond was set at $20,150.00. Defendant was incarcerated in Franklin County.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. A motion
for pretrial release or reasonable bail was filed for all charges. All motions
Tracey Ann Barton: Charged with grand theft on January 8, 2003. Defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger who filed a mo-
tion for pretrial release or reasonable bail. Defendant admitted to being in
violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was
modified and reinstated to community control and 13 days in jail with 13 days
credit for time served.
Tina L. Shiver: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance (cannabis) on
September 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant was
present In court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger who filed a motion to
modify the pre-trial release conditions. Request was granted to remove a cur-
Vedell M. Bunyon: Charged with the sale of a controlled substance within
1000 feet of a church on October 9, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00.
Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger who filed a
motion to modify pre-trial release conditions. A request to remove a curfew
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The Panhandle Players will hold
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popular class. The FROG Family Learning Program is hosting its first
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Attorneys and Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders prepare to leave hearing chambers of Judge Ferris.
the Board was in Executive Session, that the Board discussed redis-
tricting. Attorney Shuler explained that the allegation was that a dis-
cussion of the redistricting subject constituted a Sunshine Law viola-
tion; no official action was 'taken at that meeting. These ivere the
reasons put for in argument why the litigation should be dismissed
by Judge Ferris.
The plaintiff counsel for Concerned Citizens responded with Your
Honor, Mr. Shuler is asking the Court to dismiss the complaint based
entirely ?n two premises. (1) ... (That) the Court disregard the plead-
ings and'not accept them as true for the purpose of this motion, and
(2) it requires that the Court incorporate...a large body of facts that
might or might not be true, and might or might not ultimately prove
true on a motion for summary judgment but which are documents
attached to the motion, unsworn representations of counsel in Court,
statements of Counsel made with the motion... There is no record
whatsoever..." A copy of the complaint was furnished to the Judge,
followed with a long break in the proceedings.
Then, Judge Ferris asked Counselor Rivas if he had any authority to
be cited to support the premise that redistricting discussions had to
be publicly noticed. Rivas responded: "...This is not a motion to strike
that particular paragraph. It is a motion to dismiss the Complaint. I
believe that, in conclusion, the Court will find that the lack of notice
is one element in the totality of the set of circumstances that made
the meeting a Sunshine Law violation but as I told Mr. Shuler, I would
never have alleged that that standing alone would be an adequate
basis to void the decision made at a meeting..."' He added, "...the
Sunshine Law does provide that the Board or Commission must pro-
vide reasonable notice for all such meetings..." Defendant Counsel
continued to argue that the Complaint did not allege a cause of ac-
tion because the Commissioners did not take any official action. The
closed nature of the meeting was proper because the Commissioners
were meeting with their attorney during a pending litigation, which is
a clearly stated exception to the Sunshine Law.
The Judge hypothesized a situation wherein a Board meeting in a
restaurant discussing redistricting without public notice "...would
present a problem..." for that Board. She wondered aloud if this would
make any difference if the meeting were held in the court house dur-,
ing a public meeting? The transcript of the executive session meeting
is still sealed.
Defendant counsel argued that the October 21st meeting "cured" any
Sunshine Law violation because it was a regular, public meeting of
the Board of Franklin County Commissioners.
Citizens Counsel Rivas argued that if the Defendant would cleanse
the Sunshine violation, they would have to release the transcript of
the closed session, which they have not done. 'There is very little in
the record, at this time. There was never any meeting at which it was
explained when and how any Commissioner gave any input into a
(redistricting) plan... None of that discussion has been made public.
Mr. Shuler rose on October 21st and presented a redistricting plan.
In addition, there was never even a reference to the fact that Mr.
Shuler was asked to draft one. Or asked to put it on the agenda.
There was never a discussion in which Mr. Shuler publicly explained...
either by vote, or a consensus, or in any way, shape or form, no
discussion whatsoever in which Mr. Shuler was ever asked to go pre-
pare a redistricting plan..."
Attorney Shuler said that the Rivas statements were "...completely
The Judge wondered aloudcwhether or not the redistricting plan should
have been placed on the agenda. The Citizens allegation contained a
copy of the agenda that did not list redistricting as an item scheduled
-Defendant's counsel continued to argue that the subsequent meet-
ings of October 21st "cured" any possible Sunshine Law violation.
While acknowledging the Defendant's argument, "...and it is a very
fair argument ... but if the October 10th meeting was a violation of
the Sunshine Law it would take more than another public meeting to
cure that defect (the Sunshine violation) ... And, I don't think I can
get there on a motion to dismiss." Thus, Judge Janet Ferris rejected
the Motion to Dismiss'and recommended counsel get ready for trial,
or attempt to resolve the issues on Summary judgment.
The Court then turned to the Defendant's motion for protective order.
Counselor Shuler asked the Court to approve written interrogatories
instead of sworn, oral depositions. "...These are the highest, elected
officials in the County and I think the dignified matter of handling
this discovery.., is through written interrogatories..." This matter was
completely within the discretion of the Circuit Court Judge, who re-
jected the request for written questions, and. ordered oral deposition
of the County Commissioners. Mr. Rivas requested five to seven depo-
sitions be taken.
"The motion for protective order says there is a Legislative Privilege."
There is no such privilege.The Citizens counsel presented case law to
support his position. 'Then there is a reference to the idea that the
deposition should be cancelled because of mental impressions. That
mental impressions are protected from discovery. And, there's no law
to support the idea that mental impressions are protected from dis-
covery. The only place I can find any reference to mental impressions
is in the attorney-client work product doctrine... The attorney's men-
tal impressions. That has nothing to do with protecting any legisla-
The Defendant's counsel also cited the attorney-client privilege as a
reason for the order to protect the County Commissioners from oral
depositions. "...This may or may not be appropriate to be invoked at
some point, but if there is an attorney-client privilege it depends upon
us being able to go to a deposition and ask a question, and have the
contours of the circumstances defined satisfactorily; to enable the
Court to rule on whether there really is an attorney-client privilege.
Most of the questions I Intend to ask don't have anything to do with
Defendant's counsel argued for alternative means of this discovery
favoring written interrogatives. The Judge did not think either method,
written nor oral, "...would be very productive, but I will allow it (oral
deposition) ... in the interest of getting (this matter) resolved."
Federal Judge Denies Motion To
Alter Or Amend Judgment
Motion Denied on January 28, 2004
The Concerned Citizens, Inc. asked the Federal Judge to alter or amend
his order of dismissal as being inconsistent with the rulings made in
open court on December 3, 2003. Federal Judge Stafford reviewed
his order of dismissal and disagreed, finding no reason to alter or
amend the judgment.
He noted that the defendant Franklin County agreed that the redis-
tricting was necessary and they had already devised and condition-
ally adopted a redistricting plan consistent with amended census fig-
ures. He added, "...the court's written order was based on all that
was learned at the hearing and is not in any way inconsistent with
the tenor of the court's rulings in open court."
The Federal Judge urged the parties to attempt a settlement of the
attorney's fee matter, granting the Concerned Citizen's motion to toll
the time to appeal.
Thus, at the Franklin County Commission meeting of February 3,
2004, County Attorney Thomas Michael Shuler asked for guidance
from the Commissioners on this requirement set by the Federal Judge
Stafford. Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis reacted initially saying words
to the effect, "...We don't want to pay them (Concerned Citizens) any-
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