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County Settles

Redistricting Litigation

With Concerned

Citizens, Inc.

The Franklin County Commission and Concerned Citizens of Franklin
County, Inc. have reached a" settlement in the two remaining litiga-
tions involving redistricting on February 5, 2004.
The Concerned Citizens, chaired by Jerry Thompson (St. George Is-
land), was paid $7,500 by the Franklin County Commission. In ex-
change, the Concerned Citizens have agreed to dismiss with preju-
dice their lawsuit s against the County government pending in Cir-
cuit Court of Franklin County, and a second proceeding pending in
Federal District Court, Northern District, Tallahassee, Florida.
The settlement was agreed to last week by both parties, and does not
constitute an admission of liability by Franklin County.
Both parties jointly and severally released, discharged, acquitted and
forgave from any and all claims, actions, suits, demands, agreements,
and each of them, if more than one, liabilities, judgments and pro-
ceedings both at law and equity arising from the beginning of time to
the date of these presents in those matters encompassed in the two
lawsuits and as more particularly related to redistricting.
The compromise was agreed to by the County Commissioners at a
special meeting last Thursday, February 5, 2004. All Commissioners
except Bevin Putnal voted for the agreement. Mr. Putnal was con-
cerned that their action approving the $7,500 payment would invite
more citizen initiatives to make claims against the County.
The civil litigation in Circuit Court involved an allegation by the Con-
cerned Citizens, Inc. that the County Commissioners had redistricted
the county without adequate public notice, in alleged violation of the
Florida Sunshine laws. Just one week earlier, Circuit Judge Janet
Ferris had approved sworn oral depositions to be taken of the county
commissioners as part of the discovery process, and had also re-
jected the county's motion to dismiss the litigation altogether. In the
Federal District Court proceeding, the Court had granted the Con-
cerned Citizens right to file a motion for attorney's fees given their
earlier voluntary dismissal of their litigation against the County when
an earlier injunction was rescinded in the 1986 case. In that case,
the County paid the citizen initiative $10,000 to conclude their litiga-
tion over similar issues.
In the Federal litigation, the County agreed to redistrict and a plan to
accomplish that was adopted by Resolution at a meeting of the County
Commissioners on December 16, 2003.


Franklin County School Board

Members Embrace Educational

Stagnation

A Report And Commentary By Susan Walker
Franklin County School Board members are much more con-
cerned with approving school board furniture, equipment, and
salaries than with approving the application for a charter middle
school. Many parents in attendance wanted to jump to the chance
of supporting the charter school. Franklin County school per-
sonnel (teachers and staff) were also in attendance to support
public education as well. School Board members grumbled at the
prospect of losing their kids to the charter schools rather than
behaving as though educational competition is healthy and cre-
ates a resurgence of motivation and enthusiasm, factors neces-
sary for sustaining education improvement and gains.
The Franklin County School Board held a meeting at Chapman El-
ementary School, February 10, 2004 at 6:00pm. There was an un-
usually high turnout of people in attendance (60+), given the inclem-
ent weather. Chairman Gander presided over the School Board meet-
ing. The agenda contained 18 items, the first 16 items were addressed
in less than 35 minutes which included items recommended for ap-
proval by consent such as new furniture, minutes' approval, student
travel, other travel requests, supplemental salaries for identified
coaches, and Food Service Manager.
The remaining time was spent on agreement arguments for Charter
School applications. Superintendent Gander presented a two-page
synopsis of reasons not to support the approval for Apalachicola Bay
Charter Technical School application and the Apalachicola Bay Charter
High School application.
These reasons included (1) lack of evidence regarding needs assess-
ment survey in order to determine curriculum proposal (2) educa-
tional plan did not differ significantly from existing practices (3) gradu-
ation requirements did not comply with FL statutes (4) high school
credits offered for exploratory courses (5) graduation requirements
did not include the state requirements for passing 10th grade FCAT
and did not require minimum 2.0 GPA (6) graduation requirements
did not include accelerated graduation options as outlined in stat-
utes 1003.429 FS and 1003.43 FS (7) projected budget appears inad-
equate for proposed staff (Franklin County Schools letter from Jo
Ann Ganders dated February 9, 2004).
The move to approve Superintendent Gander's view to deny was put
forward for motion. Mr. Hinton, School Board member, denied the
motion to approve and Mr. Thompson, another school board mem-
ber, seconded the motion to deny the application for the Apalachicola
Bay Charter High School and Technical School charter.
The third motion was to approve the amendment for a new grade 6-8
middle charter school. As deliberations were heard regarding a new
middle school charter, School Board Attorney Sanders stated that if
there was a motion to deny, that it must be stated clearly. Florida
State Education Commissioner Horne previously voiced his disap-
proval regarding Franklin County School Board members' lack of ac-
tion in providing clear direction and action to vote their approval or
denial to amendments to the charter school. A parent advocate (C.J.
Ogle) from Chapman Elementary lambasted Commissioner Horne for
his "heavy handed" action. She felt his action "polarized the commu-
nity."
Superintendent Gander was in agreement with amending the present
charter to include grades K-5. According to Superintendent Gander,
the middle school charter application if amended would include the
following stipulations: (1) the middle school would follow the sched-
ule of the present charter and increase one grade level per year; (2)
quarterly evidence showing financial stability is submitted to the
School Board through the District Office; (3) the school district has
free access to records and data required to complete the reports to
the Department of Education or any other purposes deemed neces-
sary by the Directors or School Board Members, and (4) evidence of
racial equity in the student population (Franklin County Schools let-
ter from JoAnn Gander dated February 9, 2004).
One of the School Board members, David Hinton, read his view on
why the Middle School Charter application should be denied. His rea-
( sons varied. He stated, that charter schools did not serve the total
population. He asserted that the Franklin school district was small
and the number of school facilities should be reduced, not increased.
He also stated the charter school movement in Apalachicola Bay was
a scheme by charter school officials to abscond with start-up funds
and as grades are added on, the request for more start-up funds
seemed in his opinion, "immoral." He believed the charter school offi-


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Volume 13, Number 4 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER February 20 March 4,2004


Susan Walker
Joins Growing
Staff Of
Chronicle

Contributors

Expertise in Education
Susan Walker is a Christian
mother of four children. She was
born in Fayetteville, NC and has
lived throughout the United
States and Europe. She attended
parochial schools and graduated
high school at Melbourne High
School Florida. Her career path
included 17 years military (11
years Marine Corps, 2 years Navy,
4 years Army National Guard).
She holds 3 college degrees and
is currently working on her fourth
degree. Her undergraduate edu-
cation includes a Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Education at Southwest
Texas State University with spe-
ciaities in English, Physics and art
and holds life time Certifications
in Special Education and Elemen-
tary education. She taught in
Dekalb County Schools Georgia
and Walton County Schools
Florida. As a school teacher in
Florida she was a panel member
sifting on discussion boards in

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Appeal Fails

School Board
Defers Support
For Eastpoint

Water And Sewer

Possible Future
Moratorium on Utility
Services
George Allen of the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer Board appeared
before the Franklin County School
Board at their regular meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, to
ask for support in the. Eastpoint
quest for additional land to ex-
pand capacity of the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer system.
Mr. Allen explained to the Board
that the Eastpoint water and
sewer system had looked for, and
eventually identified land cur-
rently owned by the St. Joe Com-
pany to expand their services: He
added that the St. Joe Company
was also reserving the approxi-
mately 45 acres of property for
possible use by the Franklin
County school district, a more
recent development in light of
consultant plans for possible fu-
ture construction. Thus, Allen's
appearance before the school
board was to request more visible
support for using that available
land for the water system, badly
needed if they were to remain a
viable operation, He added that
there might have to be another
moratorium placed on hook-ups
in Eastpoint if additional capac-
ity was not forthcoming through
acquisition of that additional
property.
School Board Chairperson Jimmy
Gander provided a sympathetic
response, adding that the Board
needed to wait a short time until
their consultants reported to the
Board on any possible use or need
for, additional property for the
school district. Superintendent
JoAnn Gander stated that an in-
quiry for their facilities report
would have to be made by March
1st, implying that the decision.
regarding need for additional land
could be addressed by that time.


"A Swift and Legally Adequate Resolution..."

Commissioner Home Sends

Directive To Franklin School

Board To Consider ABC Charter

Applications

If Board Fails To Act, Horne Will Recommend
Sanctions Including Withholding of Lottery Funds
The Franklin County School Board received a "second chance" to con-
sider the application of the ABC Charter School and "...and act on the
basis of its merits, as required by law..." according to a letter directed
to Jimmy Gander, Chairperson of the School Board, and Jo Ann Gan-
der, Superintendent, dated January 30, 2004 from Jim Horne, Com-
missioner of Education, State of Florida. The Board acted by reject-
ing all three proposals for new school curricula as identified in an-
other story on that matter reported by Susan Walker, in this Chronicle
issue. The last proposal for a middle school was recommended by
JoAnn Gander but the Board rejected her recommendation as well.
Horne repeated his admonition delivered orally to the Franklin County
School Board at an earlier meeting. In his letter of January 30, 2004,
he stated, in part:
This matter is remanded, to Franklin County for a swift
and legally adequate resolution that is formally commu-
.nicated to the SBE on or before the 27th of February
2004. Further, because of this directive all rights of the
parties, including that of appeal, are preserved without
prejudice. Should the Franklin District School Board
again fail to act I, as Commissioner, shall recommend to
the SBE that all appropriate sanctions be employed in-
cluding the withholding of lottery funds.
I am very disappointed that your district chose to disre-
gard Its legal duties under the law, which specifies hat
the school board must act, within 60 calendar days, on
the submission of a charter school application to the
school board, From all account, including the documen-
tation and testimony of your attorney that appeared be-
fore the Commission on January 27, 2004, 1 was sur-
prised to find that the school board chose not to address
its own agenda item, and instead chose to ignore its statu-
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(Extreme left) Supt. JoAnn Gander and Asst. Supt. Mikel Clarke. The School Board meeting at Chapman Elementary
on February 10, 2004.


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Redistricting ............... 1 St. Joe Preview............ 4
School Board ........... 2 Mardi Gras.................. 4
Resort Village ........ 1, 10 Judy Soprano ............ 5
Prison ................... 1, 5 Franklin Bulletin Board6
Franklin Briefs ............ 2 Carrabelle City ............ 7
Lanark W&S............... 2 FCAN........................... 8
P&Z Board ................. 3 Business Card Directory9
River Water .................3 Bookshop ............. 10


At the St. George Plantation

Concerned Property Owners

Organize To Fight Resort Village

Amendment

Proposal Called."... a Potential Disaster"
A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
Property owners at the St. George Plantation Owners Association are
being "mobilized" once again against a perceived plan that could "...po-
tentially affect development, property values and life in the Planta-
tion," according to a flyer being circulated to Plantation owners.
The flyer states that the "new owners of the Resort Village have sub-
mitted an application to change the zoning of the Resort Village (a
total of 54 acres, 40 acres of which is currently zoned Residential
R-1, one unit per acre property containing substantial wetlands) to
C-4 "Mixed usage" a zoning category which will allow a density of
4.3 units per acre. C-4 is the same zoning category that allows the
"skinny minis" now in the commercial district in the center of the
island. In addition, the developers also seek to convert the existing
inn to a 12-unit condo. This change of density violates Franklin
County's Comprehensive Plan and will create lots smaller than 1/4
acre. In order to create 84 + mini-lots plus access roads, driveways,
etc., virtually all buildable property in this area will need to be cleared
of trees, making the site more susceptible to the flooding that now
occurs in this area after heavy rains."
The flyer also states:
"In addition to the economic impact on Plantation property val-
ues, rentals and sales, aesthetically and environmentally this
proposal is a potential disaster. It is located adjacent to Nick's Hole,
the most environmentally productive seafood nursery in the entire
bay with the greatest productivity and diversity in the Northern Hemi-
sphere as reported by Woody Miley, former POA member and past
dire4r of the Apalachicola Estuarine Reserve."
The flyer is signed, simply, "Concerned Plantation Property Owners."
The Association has had a committee meeting with representatives of
Phipps Ventures, owners of the Resort Village for several months. At
the last Board of Directors meeting, Boyd Ellison and Lee Sewell an-
nounced that no particular progress in negotiations had been made,
but that the Association was negotiating with Phipps Ventures only
on the role that the subdivision within the gated community would
have to the Plantation Association. No particular issues were men-
tioned as items for negotiation.
The old saw about property values being diminished is purely specu-
lative yet the argument has been made continually that any commer-
cial development in the Plantation will diminish property values. This
argument has been used to elevate litigation costs to Plantation mem-
bers since the 1990s when a small group of property owners pushed
on the issue and attempted to stop "development by Ben Johnson.
Given the much higher costs of Plantation property and housing in
the present term, the bald assertion that property values would be
decreased is just plain nonsense. Yet, the argument is still being made.
The flyer is also misleading or contradictory. The amendment appli-
cation supplied by Phipps Ventures states a number of consistencies
to the county's comprehensive plan and the St. George Development
of Regional Impact. The disagreement is centered on density and dif-
fering views of the ultimate number of planned units per acre. The
Phipps Ventures amendment seeks to decrease commercial develop-
ment by deleting the beach club, conference center facility and the
three story building for food and beverage service, and deleting the 3
hotel-inn buildings an4 redeveloping the existing 24 unit hotel into
12 condominiums. The amendment documents also states:
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A Statistical Profile Presented

Franklin Prison Breaks Ground Near

Carrabelle

New Facility Joins a Complex System of Corrections
Operating Across Four Regions
Secretary of Corrections James V. Crosby, Jr. local Franklin County
officials and representatives from Clark Construction broke ground
on Friday, February 6, 2003 for the 1,335 bed prison facility north of
Carrabelle in Franklin County.
Crosby said during the rainy interlude just prior to the
groundbreaking, "...Governor Bush has continually provided fund-
ing for prison beds insuring inmates are no longer released early. As
a result, crime in Florida is at its lowest point in 30 years,.,"' he claimed.
'Today's groundbreaking marks the Governor's commitment to mak-
ing Florida a safer place in the years ahead." Representative Will
Kendrick said, "...I am pleased to have had the opportunity to assist
Governor Bush and Secretary Crosby in fulfilling the promise to pro-
vide needed jobs to many displaced workers in Franklin County. The
economic boost to our community, our schools and our businesses
will be felt for years to come and will help in sustaining an indepen-
dent and vibrant economy."
The construction of the $53.5 million dollar facility will begin within
the next 30 days, according to the Dept. of Corrections.
Inmates are expected to begin arriving and filling the first completed
dorm in June 2005. Six open bay dorms housing 170 inmates each
and two secure housing units will be constructed.
Additional medical, program and support buildings will be included
in the complex. The Franklin Correctional institution will employ 295
persons and have an estimated payroll of about $13.2million. The
total operating budget of the facility is expected to be $18.5 million.
Prison facilities in Florida are divided administratively into four re-
gions. The Tallahassee central office provides direction, policy and
operational and program oversight through the regional directors and
their staffs. At present, there are 20 facilities within Region One which
begin with (alphabetically) Apalachee East, correctional institution,
,. through Walton and Washington correctional institutions, Franklin
-- will be added to the list when it opens in June 2005.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

February 17, 2004
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Clarence
Williams and
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal.
The first order of business at the
meeting of the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners
was to recognize Tony Millender
with a Resolution of Appreciation,
for his many years of service to
the Franklin County community.
This has included 30 years of
employment with the State of
Florida Division of Forestry, and
his active participation in the
Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Dept for
over 25 years. The Resolution was
dated February 17, 2004. Later at
the same meeting, Clerk of Court,
Kendall Wade, also recognized the
need for public library services for
county residents, proclaiming by
Resolution, Library Appreciation
Month, February 2004.

Extension Director
Mr. Bill Mahan, Franklin Univer-
sity of Florida Extension Director,
informed the Board that this
year's annual Gulf and South At-
lantic States Shellfish Conference
will be held April 18-21 at Jekyll
Island, Georgia. Major topics at
the meeting will include Vibrio
vulnificus, Post-harvest treatment
of shellfish, monitoring of pollu-
tion sources. Call Mahan at
850-653-9337 for additional in-
formation.

Public Hearings
Several public hearings were held
during the Board's February 17th
meeting. At 279 Patton Drive,
Eastpoint, a land use change from
Residential to Commercial, and
Rezoning from R-1 Single Family
Residential to C-4 Commercial
mixed use residential on 2.35
acres were approved by the Board.
A Zoning change for lots 10-15,
Block 6 West, St. George Island
Gulf Beaches, Unit 1 from C-2
Commercial business to C-4
Mixed Use Residential were ap-
proved by the Board. A resolution
to abandon a portion of Waddell
Road in Franklin County was also
approved by the Board. And, a
zoning change for a 2.5 acre par-
cel lying in Section 20, T7W, 1-
4W, Timber Island, Carrabelle, to
C-1 Commercial fishing to C-3
Commercial Recreational were
also approved.

Ambulance Bid
One bid for one ambulance was
received from a company in
BelAire Texas for about $89,000
was received and accepted by a
committee that recommended
purchase to the Board. A decision
to readvertise for another ambu-
lance package was also made by
the Board.

Lanark Village Litigation
Mayor Brown with his city attor-
ney appeared before' the Commis-
sioners to brief them on the re-
cent injunction case filed against
the City of Carrabelle. A hearing
was scheduled for Thursday, Feb-
ruary 19, 2004, before Circuit
Judge Janet Ferris. Jimmy
Mosconis recommended that the
Board of County Commissioner
address a letter to the Lanark
Water and Sewer Board concern-
ing the county's possible role in
the litigation, since the County
Attorney reviewed the history of
the Lanark Board including the
its formation by the county gov-
ernment.
Director of Administrative
Services
Mr. Alan Pierce, Franklin County
Planner, provided the Board a
Copy of a GT Corn proposal to
continue to provide 911 service to
Franklin County. The cost is ap-
proximately $455,000. The
county only has $150,000 in its
911 fund at this time. GT Comn is
the 911 service provider for Gulf,
Franklin, and Calhoun counties.
GT Corn wanted to get out of the
business but no other 911 pro-
vider was interested in picking up
these three counties. The
$455,000 cost for Franklin
County is to bring our current 911
service into compliance with cell
phone technology, which the state
is requiring. No action needed at
this time, as the Board has not


been given a deadline for provid-
ing the funds. However, the Board
will need to consider where the
additional $300,000 is going to
come from. There will be approxi-
mately $200,000 of payment in
lieu of tax funds coming from the


state in July or August, so long
as the state funds that program.
Mr. Pierce provided a copy of a
letter from the St. Joe Foundation
about 7 automatic external
defibrillators. This a project
started by Mr. Eddie Rivers, South
Walton County Fire District, and
St. Joe Foundation offered to buy
the defibrillators for several coun-
ties because it was such a good
idea. These are intended to be
placed in law enforcement ve-
hicles or public settings, such as
courthouses, post offices, etc,
where you may have members of
the public suffering heart attacks
and a trained police officer or
deputy might be first on the scene.
The Board approved up to two
days of milling machine work from
C.W. Roberts to mill up the re-
mainder of the old airport road.
The county will pay just for the
daily cost of the machine and then
in turn will receive all the milled
asphalt. The county will have to
provide the trucks. The cost is
4000 per day, but the machine
should generate 20 to 40 truck-
loads of milled asphalt. Buying
milled asphalt cost $400 per
truckload, so even at the low end
the county will save money by hir-
ing the milling machine.
As Emergency Management Di-
rector, Mr. Pierce has been asked
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers to provide input on the
boundaries of Franklin County's
Coastal High Hazard Zone
(CHHA). Franklin County has
three maps that do not agree, and
the state and the Corps are fund-
ing a study to create one map that
will be satisfactory for the COE,
the state Division of Emergency
Management, and Franklin
County. The three existing con-
flicting maps are: Regional Evacu-
ation Plan, Franklin County
Coastal High Hazard map from
the 1991 Comp Plan, and the
Hurricane Surge maps.
The CHHA zone is designed as an
emergency management tool. The
CHHA has a statutory definition
to be at least the category I hurri-
cane evacuation zone. The CHHA
adopted in the 1991 Comp Plan
is much larger than that. The Re-
gional Evacuation Zone is much
smaller than that. The Surge
Maps indicate basically what the
category I evacuation zone should
be.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
have' created a draft CHHA map
that appears to meet the require-
ments for a reasonable CHHA. It
basically is land south of US 98,
except for the city of Apalachicola
and Carrabelle. This means that
land south of US 98 should be
evacuated during a category I
hurricane, including Timber Is-
land if there were ever any resi-
dences built there. And thi-. is
where the true use of the CHHA
as an 'embrgen'cy management
tool runs into the issue of growth
management. Development can
occur in a CHHA, but it has to be
shown that the increase in devel-
opment is not going to put people
at risk. An increase in develop-
ment from what is currently al-
lowed needs to be reviewed to
make sure that such issues as
evacuation clearance times, shel-
ter space, road capacity, can
handle the increased demand cre-
ated by development. Increases in
CHIJA zones have occurred
around the state of Florida but the
impact of an increase in develop-
ment is reviewed if and when a
request for development that re-
quired a land use change was ever
submitted.
At this time, Mr. Pierce has pro-
vided input to the Corps. The
county commission will be pre-
sented with a CHHA map as part
of the comp plan update. At that
time, the'Board will develop poli-
cies for using, interpreting, or
improving the map.
The Board took the matter under
advisement.
The Franklin County Senior Citi-
zen Center is utilizing Mr. Chris
Giametta, Franklin County Bldg.
Inspector, on weekends and
off-duty hours to provide inspec-
tion services for the SHIP pro-
gram. The SHIP program has
funds to pay for the inspections.
The Board authorized Chris to
receive pay from the SHIP pro-
gram for the additional work.
The Board received a DEP letter
to St. Joe regarding Summer-
Camp permits. No action needed
by Board.
The Board authorized a contract
between Board and Island Home
Adventures for the St. George Is-
land beautification project subject
to the County Attorney's review of
the contract.
At the last meeting, the Board
heard a brief report about the
$119,000 worth of funding the
county will have to create if the
Legislature amends the funding
of juvenile justice. The Florida
Association of Counties encour-


ages the Board to write its legis-
lators opposing the shift in fund-
ing. The Board approved.
Continued on Page 4
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Lanark Water &

Sewer District

Requests

Injunction

Against

Carrabelle

By Harriett Beach
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District issued a complaint for
emergency temporary and perma-
nent injunction against The City
of Carrabelle Water and Sewer
District on February 9, 2004. The
injunction states: The Lanark Vil-
lage Water & Sewer District has
specifically refused to give ap-
proval to The Carrabelle District
to build a pressurized sewage
pipeline to transport raw sewage
and a gray-water pipeline to
transport treated effluent along-
side coastal Hwy 98. The sewage
pipe will transport the sewage
from the St. James Bay Develop-
ment to the Carrabelle treatment
plant and the gray water pipe will
return the treated gray water back
to the St. James Bay Golf course
for irrigation- use. The City of
Carrabelle has received permis-
sion from The Florida Department
of Transportation and the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
to use the DOT easement along
Hwy 98 and stated at a meeting
February 5, 2004, that they plan
to begin laying pipe along Hwy.
98 past the LVW&S District.
Lanark also has sewage pipes in
the Hwy. 98 easement.
This request for an injunction has
grown out of the three year long
dialog between LVW&S District
and The City of Carrabelle over a
possible consolidation of the two
districts that would give the resi-
dents of both districts better ser-
vice and lower rates. Lanark has
repeatedly come close to agreeing
to a consolidation and then back-
ing out of any possible agreement.
Lanark has a deteriorating
sewage system that has a
$800,000.00 debt load. They do
not have access to funds to re-
build the old system.
Carrabelle has a grant to build a
state of the art treatment plant
that will serve as a regional facil-
ity for a large part of St. James
Island. If an injunction is granted,
it would block Carrabelle from
serving a region (St. James Bay
Development) that is not in the
L VW&S District and which
LVW&S cannot itself serve.
LVW&S District would like the
Carrabelle District to take over
their aging sewage plant and its
$800,000.00 debt load. The
LVW&S District water system that
has its own debt load of
$200,000.00 has been supporting
by elevated water rates the com-
bined $1,000,000.00 debt load
and the cost of the sewage sys-
tem in the LVW&S District. Mayor
Jim Brown told the Board of
County Commissioners at their
meeting on February 3, 2004, that
in a careful study of the possible
consolidation of the two district's
sewage systems and LVW&S
sewer debt load, the consolidation
of just the sewer treatment sys-
tems would put the Carrabelle
District in financial jeopardy.
LVW&S District does not want to
relinquish their water system as
its Board of Commissioners envi-
sion making money on just the
water if they can get rid of the
burden of paying for the aging
sewage system and its debt load.
This would be especially true if the
LVW&S District were to become
a private company whose board
of directors can set any rate they
wish for the residents within the
district. In a private company
there -would be no representation
for the residents of the district. As
long as the LVW&S District re-
mains a governmental authority
the residents do have some sort
of representation, even if the cur-
rent LVW&S District Commis-'
sioners had to be appointed by the
Franklin County Commissioners
instead of being elected by vote.
The LVW&S District, at the direc-
tion of the Chairmen of the Board
of Commissioners, Jim Lawlor,
would also like to enlarge the
boundaries of the Lanark District
to include most of St. James Is-
land. The St. James Bay Devel-
opment that is outside the
LVW&S District has its own well
and water supply that will be
managed by the Carrabelle Dis-
trict. If the LVW&S District ex-
pands its district boundaries to
cover all of St. James Island that
is not already in a recognized wa-
ter district, then the expansion of
the LVW&S District will prevent
the creation of any other water
districts on St. James Island. At
present, the Lanark District can-
not even provide water service to
many of the residents in its cur-


rent district boundaries.
Judge Janet E. Ferris in a con-
ference call last week with the
Attorneys from both Water and
Sewer Districts decided not to is-
sue the injunction at that time.
Judge Ferris did schedule a hear-
ing at 2:00 p.m. on February 19,
2004, in Leon County Circuit
Court in Tallahassee with all par-
ties to hear evidence for the need
to issue an injunction. St. James
Bay Attorney Wayne Flowers in-
tervened in the Lanark District
request for an injunction against
Carrabelle as St. James Bay De-
velopment will be directly affected


by the injunction. The St. James
Bay Development has an agree-
ment in place that will allow the
Carrabelle District to treat their
.sewage but will return the treated
affluent to irrigate the golf course.


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Tallahassee for the adoption ot
vouchers and ABC schools. She
returned to college and received
two graduate degrees at the Uni-
versity of Georgia in Athens.'
She currently was awarded a
Masters and Specialist in. Educa-
tion Leadership. While in Georgia
she was involved in a number of
school reform initiatives at the
state department level. One such
reform was the Next Generation
of Schools funded by the Georgia
Partnership in Excellence in Edu-
cation Commission. She worked
several grants that included blue-
prints of change including mas-
ter teachers portfolios, goals 2000
initiatives, and evaluated school
reform movements all across the-
United States.
She is currently a doctoral candi-
date at Appalachian State Uni-
versity writing a thesis regarding
treatment programs that improve
student achievement outcomes.
Walker also lobbies in the North
Carolina legislature on behalf of
mental health parents with chil-
dren with mentally handicapping
disabilities. She is an internation-
ally acclaimed poet. Her interests
include using Aristotelian dia-
logue to discover the depth of
one's understanding of a subject,
writing poetry, and painting.


Educational Stagnation from Page 1
cials would be double dipping since funds were already received for
K-8 program. Lastly, Mr. Hinton suggested the charter school con-
cept carries more negatives than positives since "ABC schools have
not offered anything greater than what is currently offered in regular
public schools."
In an interview with Charter School principal, Don Hungerford, he
refuted Hinton's views of double dipping. He stated that he was not
doing anything illegal. They received funds for a K-5 elementary charter
program and funds were being requested to include a 6-8 middle
school charter that would be different from the elementary concept.
According to Hungerford, 'The philosophical orientation for middle
schools is fundamentally different from the elementary concept due
to the particular needs of this age group of children." Hungerford
articulated that Mr. Hinton had misconceptions regarding the ABC
charter school.
One misconception involved the differences between regular public
schools and ABC Charter School curricula, autonomy, and integrated
approaches to teaching and learning. Hungerford feels that the char-
ter school curriculum contains not only the core subjects, but places
an emphasis on the arts and sciences. The charter school uses best
practices from components of the Coalition of Essential Schools Model
which he feels create an atmosphere for academic achievement and
excellence.
Paula Wells, a school teacher of 26+ years, in favor of Franklin County
public schools, asserts that the Franklin County schools are good, in
act when the teachers asked for longer school days and to reroute
the business, schedule to accommodate this request, the School Board
gladly granted it. Larry Hale, a scout master and real estate agent,
voiced an opinion in favor of schooling that would draw clients to
Franklin County. He stated that potential clients are moving to dis-
tricts with better schools and that Franklin County was losing this
potential pool of folks due to poor schooling.
A parent in favor of the ABC School charter addressed the board by
saying that she had originally home schooled her children due to the
public schools not meeting the children's needs. When the ABC char-
ter school was opened, she enrolled her children in it and was very
satisfied with the attempts the school was making in promoting edu-
cational excellence. She felt the ABC School was better than regular
public schools.
Another parent voicing concern about Franklin County public edu-
cation addressed the board concerning inadequacies with erroneous
content being taught in one Franklin County public elementary school.
She felt that particular core subjects were being taught erroneously,
which would have a detrimental impact upon her child's achieve-
ment outcome for that subject area..
Confusion followed the deliberation to amend or deny the motion for
the middle school charter application. Superintendent Gander was-
in favor of the middle school charter application. In opposition were
School Board members Hinton, McNight, and Thompson. Hungerford
said he will appeal the decision. The bottom line is that School Board
members are afraid of losing public school children to charter schools
which means loss of money to public schools.
What the School Board members do not seem to comprehend is the
fact that parents will take their children to what they consider better
schools; therefore, if public education" remains noncompetitive and
offers no more than a standard curriculum with no bells and whistles,
then they should not complain when their enrollment numbers de-
crease.

Commissioner Horne from Page 1
tory responsibility. Your inaction has jeopardized the
possible opening of a new school as an option for the
parents and students of your community. Given this fact,
I would strongly recommend the school board take ac-
tion on the application well in advance of the thirty days.
The Horne letter stated that another meeting of the Charter School
Appeal Commission in the last week of February will consider an
appeal, if any, of the School Board's decisions.


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P&Z February

Board Meeting

Member Resignation
By Harriett Beach *
The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission met in
regular session at the Franklin
County Courthouse Annex on
Tuesday 10, 2004, at 6:30pm.
Present were Gayle Dodds, Chair-
person, Mary Lou Short, Rose
Drye, Tony Millender, Steve Davis
and Joe Parrish. Absent was Wil-
liam Key. It was quietly mentioned
later during the course of the
meeting that Vicki Barnett from
Alligator Point had resigned from
the P&Z Board of Commissioners.
With this resignation, the P&Z
Board of Commissioners now has
only 7 out of a possible 11 mem-
bers. There have been no appoint-
ments by the County Commis-
sioners to fill the vacancies on the
Board.
After approval of the January
minutes, the Board reviewed but
made no comment on the
Franklin County Building Report.
There were 12 dwellings and 7
docks built and 7 mobile homes
placed in Franklin County in
January. A total of $19,990.21
was collected in construction per-
mit fees.
Critical Shoreline District
Applications
Seven requests were reviewed for
dock construction. Two requests
for dock construction were from
Carrabelle, two were from Lanark
and there was one each from
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Alli-
gator Point. All of the dock re-
quests were approved.
Rezoning & Sketch Plat
Requests
There were 6 requests to rezone
parcels of land. A request for re-
zoning of a parcel on St. George
Island and a parcel in
Apalachicola were tabled due to
lack of representation at the meet-
ing.
A request was submitted by Will-
iam and Mary Lou Short to rezone
Lots 30, 31 and 32, Block 5 E,
Unit 1, St. George Island, Franklin
County, Florida from C-2 Com-
mercial Business to C-4 Commer-
cial/Mixed Use. Ms. Short
stepped down from her seat on the
Board in order to present her re-
quest. Ms. Short stated that she
would like to use the third story
for apartments and that this prop-
erty is surrounded by C-4 Com-
mercial/Mixed Use. The Board
approved the request.
Paul Groom, agent for James H.
Miller, owner requested rezoning
60 acres lying in Section 29,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida from R-4 Single Family
Home Industry and R-2 Single
Family Mobile Home to C-4 Com-
mercial/Mixed use. He also re-
quested a Large-Scale Land-use
change from Residential to Com-
mercial. In the discussion about
the use of the land it was de-
scribed as property on which to
locate a business that builds el-
evators and metal stairwells and
also as a place for a chemical com-
pany plus storage for power plant
trucks. The Commission as a
whole felt that the current and
requested zoning may not fit what
would be best as a land use or


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


the needs of the owners. The
Board recommended that the
Millers work with the Planning
and Building Department about
the rezoning before a possible re-
zoning process could go forward.
The P&Z Commission as a whole
expressed the thinking that the
property would be better suited
with a I-1 Light Industrial Zoning
designation. The Board moved
and passed a motion to recom-
mend that the Millers work with
the Planning and Building De-
partment on the rezoning of the
property to C-4 Commercial/
Mixed use. If the Millers decide to
rezone to C4 or another zoning
district designation, then it
should go to a public hearing.
Pamela Prince requested rezoning
of a 5.84 acre tract from R-6 Ru-
ral Residential to R- 1 Single Fam-
ily Residential and a Land-use
change from Rural Residential to
Residential on property lying in
Section 24, Township 8 South,
Range 6 West, East of Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida.
Ms. Prince also requested a
Sketch Plat approval for this prop-
erty called "Dolphin Watch at
Emerald Point" that showed four
lots on the property.
In the board discussion it was
pointed out that there could be
no habitable construction placed
on the south side of Hwy 98-
Member Millender questioned the
road access points along Hwy 98
and asked where the access
points would be. Ms. Prince stated
that there is an old road along the
west side of the property that
could be utilized for one lot and,
for all the other lots there would
be onecommon access road. The
Board approved both the rezon-
ing request and the Sketch Plat.
There was also a request by Steve
Fling to rezone the "Alligator Point
KOA" property from C-3 Commer-
cial Recreational to a PUD.
Fling also presented a Sketch Plat
for approval for a 32 lot subdivi-
sion named "South Shoal Planned
Unit Development," also known as
the "Alligator Point KOA." Steve
Fling identified himself as the
agent foi- the owners, but the P&Z
agenda identified Steve Fling as
the owner of the property.
There was much discussion about
this item. Ms. Ward, Zoning Ad-
ministrator, stated that this would
be a Planned Unit Development
and that it would be dealt with by
ordinance. Mr. Fling offered to
move a portion of Alligator Drive
so that it would then split up the
property into two halves. If Alli-
gator Drive should stay and be
maintained as it is then this will
allow for waterfront lots and
beach re-nourishment and the
property would be left as one solid
piece of property. Fling went on
to say that the campground con-
tains 130 transient sites and 7-11
residential sites. He also stated
that he would like to place on the
approximately 20 acre property:
43 residential lots; 3 commercial
lots for gas, grocery and a restau-
rant; and living quarters for the
Deputy Sheriff. Fling said that
there were two ponds to be used
for storm-water and the paved
roads would be slanted for the
water runoff to the ponds. Fling
described the existing onsite
sewer treatment plant with drip
lines as being un-permitted.
Chairperson Dodds stressed to
the public that this is not a pub-
lic hearing but she would open up
the discussion to the public. Ken


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Osburne, President of the Alliga-
tor Point Taxpayers Association
stated that he has requested in-
formation pertaining to this
project from Mr. Fling who has yet
to receive most of it. Osburne
asked about the ownership of the
road, as to whether it was a
County or publicly owned road.
Alan Felfer of Alligator Point said
that he would rather see residen-
tial units on the property in ques-
tion rather than resort or high
density rental units. Feifer also
stated that he too had trouble
getting information from Fling
concerning the property. Fling
replied that he would provide in-
formation to anyone requesting it
as soon as he was in possession
of the documentation. Many were
questioning the correct acreage of
the parcel of land. Chairperson
Dodds suggested that Joe
Hambrose, Ken Osburne and
Alan Feifer meet with Steve Fling
to resolve, the issues under dis-
cussion. The Board agreed to give
approval for the concept of this
project with the provision that the
owners follow all necessary steps
in order to resolve any issues. The
Board did not make a motion to
recommend rezoning of the prop-
erty.
In addition to the two above re-
quests for Sketch Plat approval,
there was a third request that was
removed from the agenda as the
owner had not finished reconfig-
uring the lots.

Final Plat Approval
There were four requests for Fi-
nal Plat approval.
Freda White, agent, requested Fi-
nal Plat approval for New River
Run, Phase II, a 10 lot subdivi-
sion lying in Section 13,
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida. It was noted that this Plat
meets all lot size and road front-
age requirements. Ms. White said
that the homes would be required
to be 1,600 square feet or more
as part of the restrictive covenant.
The Commissioners recom-
mended that the Final Plat go to
the BOCC for their approval.
Nick Saporito requested Final Plat
approval for Bay Magnolia. This
subdivision is to have Cluster
Development with road frontages
of less than 100 feet in width. The
development has the necessary
paved roads and DEP storm-
water and title letters. The Com-
missioners recommended that
this Final Plat go to the BOCC for
their approval..
Larry Witt, agent for James A. and
Nancy A. Green (Greenland De-
velopment company) owners, re-
quested Final Plat approval for.
"Village By the Sea, Phase II," a
20 lot phase lying in Section 12,
Township 7 South, Range 4 West,
Lanark, Franklin County, Florida.
Witt noted that DEP had sent all
the necessary documents for
Phase I by mistake and' that he
had spoken to DEP and they were
in the process of reissuing the
documents correctly for Phase II.
The Commissioners agreed to rec-
ommend the Final Plat be sent to
the BOCC for their approval con-
tingent upon getting the DEP let-
ter for Phase II.
Larry Witt, agent for Frances
Survec, owner, requested Final
Plat approval for "Fairway Park",
a 25 lot subdivision lying in Sec-
tion 12, Township 7,-South,
Range 4 West, Lanark, Franklin
County, Florida. Ms. Ward, Zon-
ing Administrator, pointed out
that the Sketch and Preliminary
Plats showed a total of 17 lots, but
the Final Plat shows 25 lots. Ward
went on to say that they have all
the necessary letters and the sub-
division will have paved roads.
The Commissioners recom-
mended that the Final Plat be sent
to the BOCC for their approval.



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Reviews
There were two requests for Com-
mercial Site Plan Reviews for com-
mercial seafood buildings and one
request for a Redi-Mix Concrete
Plant.
Pete Wilson agent for Annie Mae
Wilson, owner, requested a Com-
mercial Site Plan review for a com-
mercial seafood building on a
property at 518 Hwy 98, West of
Apalachicola, Franklin County,
Florida.
Wilson told the Commissioners
that the building would be for a
specialized seafood market and
raw bar that would attract clien-
tele. The building would be on a
septic system that was designed
by DEP and would serve up to 125
people. He also noted that the sep-
tic system would be in the DOT
right-of-way. Ms. Ward told the
Board of Commissioners that this
request meets all things that are
permitted in C-1 District and
there would be no setbacks. All
parking requirements have been
met and the property has applied
for a swale exemption. The Com-
missioners agreed to recommend
that the request for approval of
the Commercial Site Plan be sent
to the BOCC for their approval.
Mr. T. Spohrer, owner, requested
consideration for a Commercial
Site Plan approval for a seafood
house to be placed at 336 Patton
Drive, Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida. Mr. Spohrer de-
scribed a building that would be
used for a seafood Internet busi-
ness with offices upstairs and
shucking and processing down-
stairs. There would be no living
quarters available in the building.
Ms. Ward told the Commission-
ers that the owner made applica-
tion for a commercial dock and
that the building will be on
Eastpoint District sewer and wa-
ter. The Commissioners agreed to
recommend that this request be
sent to the BOCC for their ap-
proval.
Mr. Danny Collins, agent for Mr.
Robert Sellers, requested a Com-
mercial Site Review for a Redi-Mix
Concrete plant lying in Section 22,
Township 7 South, Range 5 West,
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida. Ms. Ward told the Com-
missioners that the property is
zoned I-1 Industrial. She also said
that Mark Curenton, Assistant
County Planner, reported that all
legal problems had been resolved.
Mr. Collins reassured the Com-
missioners that this plant would
be very high tech and that there
would be a 30-foot berm sur-
rounding the property. He also
said that natural vegetation would
be left at the entrance and DEP
has approved of the storm-water
storage. When Commissioners
questioned Collins about the dust
problems that the plant could pro-
duce, he replied, "With the tech-
nology today they will be able to
have dust collectors throughout
the plant." The Commissioners
agreed to send the request to the
BOCC for their approval.
The P&Z meeting adjourned at
9:00 p.m.


Georgia Permitted To Draw

Water From Lake Lanier Subject

To Impact Study

A Second Lawsuit Filed in Alabama Affects the
Recent Ruling


A Federal Judge ruled in favor of
Georgia on a proposed plan to
withdraw water from Lake Lanier
on the Chattahoochee River for
Georgia cities. The ruling was in
Federal District Court by District
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
(Washington, D.C.), on Tuesday,
February 10.
The water use is not permanent,
and is also conditional, subject to
the completion of an environmen-
tal impact study by the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers. Judge Jack-
son also added that this settle-
ment agreement cannot be put
into action until a stay is lifted in
another litigation involving the
waterway filed in Alabama. In that
case, the Federal Judge ruled last
October 2003 that the withdrawal
settlement could have ecological
and economic implications that
might be impossible to reverse.
Therefore, the order blocked
Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers from signing new
contracts for water.
Congressman Boyd (D-North
Florida) echoed his disappoint-
ment in the February 10th deci-
sion.
The issue of water shortages has
been disputed between North
Florida, Alabama, and Georgia for
a number of years. In response to
these disputes. Congressman


Boyd worked with the Alabama
and Georgia delegations in 1997
to develop and approve the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint River Basin Compact. The
compact established a commis-
sion, with representatives of the
three states and the Federal Gov-
ernment, to develop water alloca-
tion formulas while also protect-
ing water quality, ecology and
biodiversity in the basin. The com-
pact had been renewed each year
until last year when negotiations
fell apart and the issue was
brought to the courts, which led
to the decision of February 10.
"I am very disappointed in the
court's decision to allow North
Georgia to take this water, while
our communities in North Florida
will suffer economic and environ-
mental harms as a result," said
Congressman Boyd. 'The Chatta-
hoochee and Flint Rivers serve as
the Apalachicola River's main
water sources, and the delicate
balance between salt and fresh
water is critical. Precious ecosys-
tems will be lost and the multi-
million dollar oyster and fishing
industries will face a crisis if fresh
water levels are lowered by a de-
creased amount of water flow. It
is my hope that this situation will
be examined further and a more
favorable agreement can be
reached."


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St. Joe Company

Presents St.

James Island

Development

Plans

By Harriett Beach
St. Joe Co. spokesman, Billy
Buzzett presented the develop-
ment plans and policies for St.
James Island to an audience of
about 200 people packed into the
Carrabelle Senior Center at 6:00
p.m. on Thursday, February 12,
2004.
Alan Pierce prefaced Buzzett's
power point presentation by tell-
ing the group that Buzzett's pre-
sentation would be the policies
that would govern only the lands
held and developed by the St. Joe
Co. The Franklin County Comp
Plan that is being revised by the
County Planning Department will
apply to the whole of Franklin
County. As the St. Joe Co. goes
about developing the 49,011 acres
it holds on St. James Island, they
will have to go through the same
plan review and permitting pro-
cess that pertains to all develop-
ment in Franklin County. Pierce
cautioned the audience to remem-
ber that what is going to be pre-
sented tonight is a 100 year plan
for the proposed development of
only the St. Joe Co. land holdings
on St. James Island.
Buzzett told the group that when
there is only one owner holding a
large tract of land such as St.
James Island, there is a tremen-
dous opportunity to have a broad
vision of an overall plan and poli-
cies to govern the safe develop-
ment that will protect the environ-
ment. Buzzett displayed a map
that showed the state lands on the
east and west ends of St. James
Island with a large undeveloped
corridor that would connect those
state lands. This corridor would
allow for a wildlife migration path-
way between the state lands.
There was also a map showing all
of the proposed development ar-
eas that was displayed while the
audience asked questions and
expressed concerns. The areas of
'proposed development are as fol-
lows:,
* A Mariner Village at Granite Bay
'on the Ochlockonee River.
* Resort Residential/Commercial
Developments on both sides of
Hwy 98 south of the Ochlockonee
River Bridge
* A residential development on the
south side of Hwy 98 west of Alli-
gator Point.
* A large residential develop-
ment-north of Hwy 98 in the St.
Teresa area.
* Summer Camp (the only short-
term development build-out).
* A Commercial Center north of
Summer Camp on Hwy 319.
* A Hunting/Wildlife Camp and
Lodge in the McIntyre area.
* A mixed Industrial, Commer-
cial/Residential area north and
east of the Carrabelle/Lanark
area.
Some of the policies suggested by
the St. Joe Co. Planners are:
* Use major connected wetlands
to form edges for the developed
areas when possible.
* Establish corridors or greenways
to connect undeveloped areas.
* Make water availability a condi-
tion of development.
* Use central or regional water
and sewer facilities.
* Put standards in place that will
govern the development.
* Establish roadway vistas and
protect Hwy 319 and Hwy 98.
* Establish standards for lighting
and landscaping -
* Cluster the commercial devel-
opment.
* Establish a limited access high-
way that will run parallel and
north of Hwy 98.
* Establish bike trails that run
east-west and north-south.
The questions that followed
Buzzett's presentation concerned
. the timing of the development
build out, the enforceability of the
planning concepts and the popu-
. lation density on St. James Is-
land. There was concern for how
the seafood industry would be
protected from the pressure of all
the development. Buzzett assured
the audience that the develop-
ment was not going to take place
immediately but would proceed
slowly over a 100-year period.
There were no handouts of the


development policies or copies of
the overlay map for the audience
to study except for the ones pro-
jected by Buzzett's power point
program.
After Buzzett's presentation, Tom
Taylor, Associate Director of the
Florida Conflict Resolution Con-
sortium led the audience in dis-
cussions on the possible issues
and concerns. The audience iden-
tified five following concerns and


ranked them from first to last in
importance: 1. Conservation ar-
eas and corridors/green-ways. 2.
Other environmental consider-
ations. 3. Public water supply and
service and wastewater treatment.
4. Commercial uses, including
eco-tourism. 5. Residential areas.
After a break in which 3/4 of the
audience left, the remaining.
people reassembled to discuss the
areas of concern. Much of the dis-
cussion was repetition of the con-
cerns expressed at previous St.
James Island Overlay meetings
that had been held throughout
the fall. As the evening wore on
toward 9:30 p.m. the audience
had dwindled down to about 25
hardy souls. Many in the remain-
ing group did not want to come to
a consensus on the concepts pre-
sented that evening as they did
not feel there had been enough
time for them to think about the
information. Many also felt that
there should have been hand-outs
of printed information and maps
to help the participants to better
evaluate the concerns and con-
cepts of the St. Joe Co. presenta-
tion of the St. James Island Over-
lay.


Mardi Gras

Celebration

By Harriett Beach
Mardi Gras comes to Franklin
County when Habitat for Human-
ity of Franklin County holds the
first annual Mardi Gras Celebra-
tion on Saturday Night, February
21, 2004, at the Dixie Theater in
Apalachicola. The festivities will
start with a variety show from
7:30-9:00 p.m., a Street Carnival
from 9:00 till 9:30 and culminate
-with a street dance from 9:30
until everyone has danced the
night away.
The variety show will .feature The
Don Juan Jazz Band, FSU Brass
Quintet, The Hot Flash Dancers
and special guest performers. The
William Solburg Group will pro-
vide the music for the street
dance. In addition to the Mardi
Gras there will be a silent auc-
tion of jewelry, art and two St.
George Island and two Bed and
Breakfast stays. King Rex and
Princess Pearl will appear at the
Mardi Gras Carnival to toss beads
and other throws. Soft drinks,
beer and wine will be available for
a cash donation.
This celebration will be the only
major yearly fund raising event for
The Habitat for Humanity whose
mission is to build simple, decent
houses for families in need who
cannot afford to buy a home pro-
duced and financed through tra-
ditional methods. All the proceeds
will go to build homes on two lots
donated by The St. Joe Co. One
is an acre lot in Apalachicola and
the other lot is in Carrabelle.
Habitat hopes to be able to an-
nounce at the Mardi Gras Cel-
ebration, the names of the fami-
lies selected for the first two of The
Habitat for Humanity homes to be
built in Franklin County. Each
Habitat house is built in partner-
ship with the resident family, who
together with friends, are required
to contribute 402 hours of "sweat
equity." Each house is sized to fit
the family and will range from
1000 to 1200 square feet. Since
most of the labor and some of the
materials are donated, and since
Habitat incurs no profit, the cost
of the house is affordable to many
low-income families in need. The
construction of a Habitat home is
a community effort, usually in-
volving 50 or more people. Tick-
ets for the evening of Mardi Gras
Festivities are available at Gulf
State Community Bank for
$50.00 or call 653-3113.


Commissioners Reject
Proposed Changes In
C-1 Zoning Thus
Preserving The
Traditional,
Commercial Fishing

District
In a special public meeting called to
discuss proposed changes in C- 1 zon-
ing, thereby allowing for a greater va-
riety of uses within the commercial
fishing district, the Franklin County
unanimously voted Tuesday, Febru-
ary 17, 2004, to retain C-1 zoning,
thus preserving the traditional com-
mercial fishing district.
The meeting lasted about one hour,
consisting of 12 speakers who mostly
favored rejecting proposed changes in
C- 1 zoning, allowing for seafood pro-
cessing and tourist oriented commer-
cial facilities. The proposed revision
to C-1, in the form of an amendment
to the county's zoning ordinance,
would have'allowed for a wider range
of uses Including water dependent
tourist commercial facilities including
recreation support facilities, marinas,
and seafood industrial parks. The
current C-1 zoning, after public no-
tice and appropriate conditions and.
.safeguards, through the Board of Ad-
justment, might permit as special ex-
ceptions water dependent tourist com-
mercial facilities and tourist orient ted
commercial facilities, marinas or sea-
food parks.
Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
The St. James Island Overlay
meeting occurred Feb. 12th in,
Carrabelle. Over 120 people at-
tended, which made it one of the
better attended meetings. Corn-.
missioners Williams and Putnalf
were in attendance. "I started the
meeting by saying this was a pub-
lic meeting for Billy Buzzett to
present the plan St. Joe had
drawn up for their holdings on St.
James Island and for the public
to provide comment to the plan. I
informed the meeting that the
county commission would be pre-
sented with this plan or a modifi-
cation of it at a county commis-
sion meeting.,
I did not then, n6r can I now, rec-
ommend when the Board should
be presented with the plan Mr.
Buzzett made his presentation.
and a number of comments were
made. Initially, Tom Taylor, the
facilitator tried to rank responses
in his standard format, but there
were considerable objections from
the public. In the end, Tom
stopped in his attempt at consen-
sus ranking and allowed the pub-
lic to speak on the various issues
that concerned them.
At this time, I believe Mr. Buzzett,
is still evaluating public comment,
and he is, probAbly interested in'-
-directiorn from the,Board. The dif-
ficulty in developing this plan is
in providing enough information
for the plan to be complete, and
at the same time recognizing that
this plan is an overlay that does
not change the underlying land
uses. Therefore, a lot of the state
regulatory required studies about
impact have not been done.
Billy Buzzett also addressed the
Board indicating he would wel-
come additional meetings on the
St. Joe plans, If desired.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that Vicki Barnett has re-
signed from the Planning and
Zoning Board. Ms. Barnett was
serving as an at-large member. At
this time, the Board needs to fill
Ms. Barnett's at-large seat, Mr.
Dan Rosier's at-large seat, the sci-
ence seat left vacant by the resig-
nation some months ago of Ms
Harriett Beech, and an alternate
seat. This means of the nine mem-
ber Board, three seats are vacant,
as well as one alternate.
The Board of Adjustment also
needs to have an alternate seat
filled.
The Commissioners deferred ac-
tion on these appointments until
the next meeting.


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20 FePhrlurv 2004 PagP :


Prison from Page 1

These facilities incarcerate felons convicted and sentenced to more
than a year.
These inmates are transported from a county jail and enter our sys-
tem through one of three male or two female reception centers strate-
gically located throughout the state. Upon arrival at a reception cen-
ter, an inmate is processed, tested, evaluated by health services, as-
sessed for program needs, and his/her custody (security risks) deter-
mined. Custody is determined by reviewing the seriousness of their
offenses, length of sentence, time remaining to serve, prior criminal
record, escape history, prison adjustment, and other factors. The most
serious offenders with the longest sentences and those least likely to
adjust to institutional life are placed in more secure areas.
The system of incarceration in Florida prisons has grown enormously
in the last two decades. As of November 30, 2003, there were 79,144
inmates in Florida prisons compared to 74,873 in 2002.-Inmates re-
leased from prison in November 2003 have served an average of 84.8%
of their sentences, many incarcerated for a much longer average time
than previously.
The cost of this system is about $47.36 per day or $17,286 per year
to incarcerate and care for an inmate in a major correctional institu-
tion.
The Florida corrections system is a huge, multifaceted organization
whose staff of more than 24,000 is charged with maintaining public
safety for all Floridians through the incarceration and supervision of
offenders. The Department of Corrections supervises more than 79,000
offenders in 121 prison facilities and over 154,000 offenders through-
out 156 probation and parole offices on an annual budget of $1.6
billion.
The number of younger inmates continues declining as the number
of older inmates continues to increase. In 2002, there were 306 aged
17 or younger incarcerated and 6,852 aged 50 or more incarcerated.
In one year earlier, as shown in the enclosed graph 1, the numbers
were 395 and 6,172 respectively. The trends as described above are
also shown.
Number of Younger Inmates Continues Declining As
Number of Older Inmates Increasing


The Department of Corrections managed 77,316 incarcerated felons
and supervised 152 on probation and parole (figures as of June 30,
2003). They admitted 28,882 new inmates and carried out the lawful
release of 26,599 from the department's custody while ensuring that
statutory requirements were met. The majority of these releases,
16,542 (62.2%), were released by expiration of their sentence, fol-
lowed by conditional release, 4,375 (16.4%) and expiration of sen-
tence to probation/community control, 4,679 (17.6%). :
Inmates released in FY 2002-03 served an average of 83.7% of their
sentences compared to 34.0% 11 years ago. It should be noted that
offenders with offense dates on or after October 1, 1995 are required
by law to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-imposed sentence.
There were no escapes from secure institution perimeters in the last
year.
In three years since Governor Bush's 10-20-Life initiative became
law. and widely advertised, crime in Florida involving guns has de-
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involving firearms dropped 24% in just three years under Governor
Bush's 10-20-Life initiative. Florida's 10-20-Life law has led to the
imprisonment of many violent and armed felons.
Through June 2002, a total of 1,578 inmates have been admitted to
prison with a sentence imposed under the 10-20-Life legislation. About
half (51.0%) of all inmates sentenced under the legislation to date
were convicted as felons in possession of a gun, who received a 3-year
mandatory minimum prison term. Since January 2001, an average
of 187 felons per quarter have been admitted to prison with sen-
tences imposed under the 10-20-Life law. The average number of
quarterly admissions for inmates sentenced as felons in possession
of a gun (3-year term) has stabilized at 83.3 per quarter since July
2001. Quarterly admissions with a 10-year mandatory minimum have
stabilized at 75.3 per quarter on average since January 2001.
Quarterly admissions with mandatory minimum terms of 20 years or
longer have stabilized at 24.5 since January 2001. Of felons receiving
any 10-20-Life sentence, only 6.9% committed their crime while un-
der the age of 18.
Of felons whose longest 10-20-Life sentence was for using a gun in a
crime, 53.8% were between ages 18 and 24 when they committed
their crime, 20.6% were between ages 25 and 34, and 13.1 % were
under age 18. Two-thirds of felons (66.7%) who received any manda-
tory minimum sentence under 10-20-Life had at least one prior su-
pervision or prison term in Florida for a previous felony conviction.
Most felons (87.5%) who received a 3-year mandatory minimum sen-
tence for a felon possessing a gun had at least one prior supervision
or prison term in Florida for a previous felony conviction. All of these
have been previously convicted ofa felony in Florida or elsewhere. Of


felons whose longest mandatory minimum term was 10 years or longer,
45.0% had at least one prior supervision or prison term in Florida for
a previous felony conviction.
Robbery accounts for the longest mandatory sentence for most 10-20-
Life felons (58.9%), excluding per se weapons crimes Murder or man-
slaughter accounts for the longest mandatory sentence for 15.3% of
10-20-Life felons, excluding per se weapons crimes.
Other violent crime (aggravated assault, aggravated battery, carjacking,
etc.) accounts for the longest mandatory sentence for 18.4% of
10-20-Life felons, excluding per se weapons crimes; Burglary accounts
for the longest mandatory sentence for 6.1% of 10-20-Life felons, ex-
cluding per se weapons crimes. For those felons who used ,a gun to
commit .a crime, examining the type .of crime that generated their'
longest mandatory minimum sentence reveals information about how
they used the gun while committing that kind of crime.
As expected, three-fourths (78.6%) of the 117 murder or manslaugh-
ter cases received a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years or
longer, indicating that. the gun was fired; and two-thirds of them
(67.5%) brought a mandatory sentence of 25 years or longer, Indicat-
ing the victim was injured or killed. (Note: Categories Include crimes
of attempt, accessory, and conspiracy to commit the crime also.)
In contrast, only 9.7% of the 452 robberies brought a mandatory
sentence of 20 years or longer. In other words, in 90.3% of robberies
the felon pulled the gun but did not pull the trigger. In the 141 other
violent crimes (like aggravated assaults and batteries), 28.4% of fel-
ons fired the gun and 13.5% injured the victim. To date, an insuffi-
cient number of 10-20-Life cases occur in the crime categories of
sexual or lewd behavior (9) or drugs (1) to support this kind of analy-
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When Judy Kruger Soprano vol-
unteered to paint a manger scene
for her daughter's kindergarten
Christmas play many years ago,
her husband was skeptical that
she could do the job. "Ken didn't
know that I could draw or paint;
it just never came up," Judy ex-
plained. "After I showed him
sketches that I had done as a
child, he realized that I had tal-
ent and encouraged me to pur-
sue it." With a house full of young
children and no money to spare,
Judy paid for her first set of paints
with S&H Green Stamps.
The landscapes, barns and
streams she remembered from
her parents' farm in Hamlin, New
York, became her favorite subjects
to paint. Inspiration may come
from a barn spotted along the
roadside or a quick glimpse at a
tree against the morning sky..She
says, "There is always another
painting in my head."
She makes her sketches on pa-
per or canvas, recalling the words
of wisdom of her many teachers:
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think you see and tell yourself sto-
ries while you paint As she paints
the scene in her home-studio in
Greece, New York, Judy imagines
herself in it. She returns to her
days on the farm and stands next
to the tree or walks to the stream
to make sure she has the correct
perspective. Judy also thinks
about who lives there-maybe her
mom and dad-and what they
would be doing in the scene.
Painting is Judy's full-time career,
and has been for many years. Her


watercolors and oil paintings are ,
displayed in homes around the
United States and in Australia, as :
well as in numerous corporate
offices in Rochester, New York. For
the past 22 years, Judy has ex-
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Gallery in Rochester, New York
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tured artist at the Roselawn Gal-
lery in Schoen Place in Pittsford,
New York, for 19 years.
In addition to exhibiting her work,
Judy has been busy sharing her
love of drawing and painting with
others. She founded Soprano's
Studio, which is now The Art Place
in Gates, New York, where she
and two employees conducted art
classes for more than 90 children
a week for many years. Currently,
Judy teaches continuing educa-
tion courses in Greece and in
Gates-Chili and demonstrates
painting techniques at several art
clubs. When it is possible to travel
to Florida in the winter, she is
welcomed as a teacher at Sea Oats
Gallery on St. George Island.
Judy's husband, Ken, went to'
framing school and set up a frame
shop in their home. As pieces are
finished, he carefully selects and'
makes the perfect frame for each -
one. No matter where art takes
her, her ongoing source of encour-
agement is always at her side. "I
could not do it all without him,"
she added. Together, Judy and
Ken .have raised five children.
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...... ____tne YrranKlin Chronicle

S Rib entry forms are available from
any Fire Department member.
S You furnish the grill and the fix- 00=
ings, and we furnish the ribs. 1st,o
2nd, and 3rd Place trophies will
Franklin be awarded in five divisions plus
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GCCC Forum To Address Bay
County Health Concern: Gulf
Coast Community College's
chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, in
conjunction with the honor
society's national focus on
Dimensions and Directions of
Health, will host a seminar on
local abuse of meth-amphet-
amines on March 3, 2004 from 6
p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Health
Science Lecture Hall of the George
G. Tapper Health Sciences
Building on campus.
The forum, titled "Gazing into the
Crystal Ball. Crystal Meth in our
SCommunity" is intended to in-
crease awareness of the risk of
using crystal meth. Educators,
local law enforcement, federal
agencies and health care profes-
sionals will discuss, in a
nonjudgmental way, the effects as
well as the physical and mental
health consequences of using
meth-amphetamines. Medical ex-
perts agree that long-term use of
the drug can result in serious
Mental and physical problems,
such as psychosis and paranoia.
In addition the invited pane), will
address issues related to crystal
meth addiction and the impact on
the community.
For additional information, call
Steve Dunnivant 'at 769-1551,
ext. 5897. A map indicating the
location of the George G. Tapper
Health Sciences Building is avail-
able on the Internet at http://
www.gulfcoast.edu/maps1.htm.
The 30th Annual Panacea Blue
Crab Festival: One of the largest
on Florida's Gulf Coast-is ac-
cepting applications from food
and arts and crafts vendors, com-
mercial entities, political candi-
dates, and not-for-profit organi-
zations to participate in the May
1st festival.
With crabs broiling, shrimp grill-
ing and music bopping, some
12,000 to 15,000 ,seafood-
consuming revelers bring their
appetites for food and fun to
Wooley Park. "For 30 years, neigh-
bors here in Panacea have worked
side-by-side to celebrate our sea-
food industry," said co-chair
Sherri & Posey Miller.
Applications are available on line
at the Panacea Blue Crab Festi-
val web site, www.bluecrabfest-
ival.com, or call us at 850-984-
CRAB (2722).
Panacea is located just southwest
of Crawfordville in scenic Wakulla
'County, about 45 minutes south
of downtown Tallahassee via state
highway 319 to Coastal Highway
98. Additional information is
available at www.bluecrab-
festival.corn or call 850-984-
CRAB (2722).
Franklin County Public Library:
The Franklin County Public
Library's Carrabelle Branch will
host local author Jack Rudloe on
Wednesday, February 25th at
7:00 p.m. He will speak about his
new book, Pot Luck.
The Franklin County Public
Library's FROG, WINGS, and TI.
GERS offer many programs that
are free and open to the public.
Registration however is required.
For information about upcoming
programs, becoming a volunteer
tutor, or becoming a library vol-
unteer, please call 670-4423 or
697-2091.
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire De-
partment 3rd Annual Charity
Rib Cookoff: On March 20th lo-
cated at the Eastpoint Fire House
at the corner of 6th St and CC
Land Road in Eastpoint, Florida.
BBQ Dinners will be served from
11:00 am till it's all gone. There
will be a Car Show, a Silent Auc-
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mention RIBS!
All proceeds will benefit the
Eastpoint Fire Department. Come
on down and enjoy a day of fun
and good food with the Fire De-
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Carrabelle City
Council Meeting
February 5, 2004

Julia Mae's

Getting Boat

Condos

Boats to be treated better
than a lot of people
Up to 276 boat condo spaces (dry
boat slips) will be built, accord-
ing to developer Steve Bracci, who
is moving his family into a home
on the Carrabelle River in prepa-
ration to make Carrabelle their


home. He represents Dream Har-
bors, LLC, and will be project
manager. Julia Mae's neighboring
comer lot on Timber Island Road,
down to the water, is where the
development will grow if ap-
proved. The facility is known as a
"Dockominium," a condominium
for boats. That means that the
units are sold individually, and
the business is run as a condo
association, with a well-
landscaped and maintained ap-
pearance. Sizes are to range from
10x10x30 to 12x15x40.
Preliminary concept drawings
made the finished product look
like a high-end office park, with
building height up to 45 feet al-
lowed for dry boat storage. Freda
White and Dan Garlick also ap-
peared, to answer questions and
explain details of the property and


NOT ALL ISLAND HOMES

ARE CREATED EQUAL.

INVESTIGATE THTIfIR

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.


FOR SALE

SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION


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


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


HOUSE AS IT CURRENTLY APPEARS

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


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* Land-Acreage-5.5 Acres Bayfront UNDER CONTRA, merald Beach $675,000. MLS#98337
Land-Residential Lot-St. George Island. Bradford Street. Bayview. $209,000. MLS#98336.
Land-Acreage-1.82 Acres Eastpoint. Set up for Modular Home. $65,000. MLS#98355.

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PHONE: 850-899-3262


environmental regulations that
must be met. Projections call for
June to December 2004 to be the
construction period, sales to start
as early as April 2004. According
to Bracci, the complex will require
10 people to run it, and he looks
forward to finding Carrabelle folks
with waterfront boat-handling
experience. The goal is not to have
a full-service marina (there will be
no fuel dispensed over the water),
instead to keep the existing boat
ramp and add just a few slips to
those existing. The city commis-
sion approved the plan concept,
to review further details next
month.

Approval of Bills
All approved, with the exception


of Royal American's bill for
$271,136.00. Mayor Brown
asked, and the vote agreed, to
withhold $120,000.00 for road
paving completions.

Commissioner Reports
Ed "Doc" Saunders observed, for
the record, that the new police
Policies and Procedures have been
adopted and are in force.
Doug Gaidry, city attorney, an-
nounced his impending retire-
ment and sale of his law firm to
Dan Cox, who is originally from
this area of the panhandle. He
highly recommended Mr. Cox to
assume the City Attorney job, due
to his long background specializ-
ing in coastal development law,
environmental law, land use,
municipal finance and Compre-
hensive Planning. Mr. Cox con-
sults with clients statewide, is
able to live in Carrabelle-as well
as anywhere, and is glad to be
coming home. Commissioner
Saunders asked, and Mr. Gaidry.
replied, that isn not necessary to
bid out the city attorney position.


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St. George Island Bayfront: "Johnson Home," 1751 Kingfisher
Ct. Stylish 3BR/3.5BA, 2060 +/- sq. ft. Plantation home on approx. 1
acre lot features cathedral ceiling, family room, bonus loft, guest
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Public Hearing, Board of
Adjustment, Planning and
Zoning Board, Commercial
Review
NA

Proclamations
February 23 ,- 27 to be Hazard-
ous Weather Awareness Week,
sponsored by the American Red
Cross.
Mary Lawhon, in consideration of
her generous $ 10,000 donation
to the fire department, was pro-
claimed to be an Honorary
Firefighter of the City of Carrabelle
Volunteer Fire Department by
Mayor Brown.

Unfinished Business
Approved that we would move to-
ward approving the request from
Paul Osterbye to run one-half mile
of eight-inch water main with fire
hydrants from Carrabelle Beach
to Crooked River Lighthouse area,
cost to be borne by the
homeowners.


resuscitating our Community
Development Block Grant which
has expired. The grant would re-,
build parts of Highway 98 through
Carrabelle and NW Avenue A from
Tallahassee Street to Highway 98
with lighting, landscaping, side-
walks and marked parking.
The Mayor also asked for a mo-
tion and vote to apply for a 100%
grant for the purchase of adjacent
property to the lighthouse to be-
gin work toward a visitors center.
Approved.
Mayor Brown asked Skip Frink,
who serves on the board of Habi-
tat for Humanity of Franklin
County, to present that program
at the next City Commission
meeting.


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Follow-up on Cheryl Garry's re-
quest to turn 2 lots sideways from
Owens Avenue to NE 12 Street
East. She to go to county next for
plat approval.
Two update items from
Baskerville-Donovan on water
and sewer progress. After lengthy
discussions, the order of events
to be as follows: first, the comple-
tion of the Lanark run, then Tim-
ber Island (under the river and
Poston Bayou), the prison, Three
Rivers Road, and west side to the
Beach. Robert Simmons made it
clear that with several contrac-
tors, there could be simultaneous
work, and some jobs occurring at
the same time as others.
Tabled the B-D Fee and Scope for
Department of Corrections job, to
go to March meeting.
Approved the B-D design upgrade
to the sanitary sewer vacuum sys-
tem along Calhoun Avenue to
Mariners Landing, amount of
$1500.

New Business
Approved request from John Paul
Daniel to build a 520 x 4 walk-
way with a 10 x 16 platform at
Lot 45, Osprey Court.
Chamber of Commerce presenta-
tion of the State of the Chamber,
a capsule summary of 2003 and
forecast for 2004. Skip Frink,
president, answered questions of
all kinds from a number of inter-
ested parties, most provoked by
discussion of Chamber-supported
projects, for the betterment of
Franklin County: the Tourist De-
velopment Council (bed tax propo-
sition), Big Bend Scenic Byway,
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin
County and the Rural Florida de-
velopment grant ($25,000). The
commission approved motions
related to the April Riverfront Fes-
tival: to close Marine Street Fri-
day. night through Sunday after-
noon, to close SE Avenue C for
Franklin Marine Heritage exhib-
its and demonstrations, and to
allow use of part of the ballfleld
at the end of Avenue C for "kiddie"
carnival attractions, as long as
scheduled sports practices, etc.
would not be impeded. Attorney
Gaidry mentioned that the city
should be listed as additional in-
sured on the special Chamber li-
ability policy for that weekend.
Approved request from Will Lawler

to extend public water to vacant
lot at 568 River Road, Lot Dowden
Parcel A. Owner to pay.
Approved request from CP Hold-
ings engineer Jim Waddell to con-
tinue conceptual process of sub-
dividing 1 lot on Marine Street
into 5 lots; in future to develop
most of that block, across from
Wicked Willie's, into a landscaped
single-family dwelling neighbor-
hood with pool and required park-
ing, with staggered roofline
heights. Side setbacks to change
from 9 feet to 5 feet, same as at
Mariners Landing, zoning from C-
1 to R-4.
Approved Site Plan Review Con-
cept (dockominiums story at top)
Approved 5% of bond pay request
($12,000) from Holmes Construc-
tion Mobilization for Airport han-
gar construction.
Approved placing large ad in
Carrabelle Times newspaper re-
questing that cars, trailers, and
trucks off side of roads in
Carrabelle be moved immediately
or they will be towed at the
owner's expense. Discussion of
red tags to be placed by police,
then towing after the warning pe-
riod is up.
Approved purchase of (2)
4-drawer legal size fire proof file
cabinets at a cost of $1600 each.
Approved a salary adjustment for
Helen M. Blanton to Interim City
Clerk.
Approved the transfer of sick leave
from other employees to Rebecca
Jackson, who is undergoing medi-
cal treatments.
Requested that Court Reporter
Connie Butler produce her min-
utes reports within a 10-day pe-
riod of time.
Discussion of the formation of a
Planning and Zoning Board; vol-
unteers needed.
Approved a medical clinic at 1581
Highway 98.

Ordinances
Second Reading and Adoption of
City Ordinance 316 (closing the
alley in block 140 [F8] of Pickett's
Addition).
Second Reading and Adoption of
City Ordinance 317 (closing the
alley in block 231 [60] of Keough's
Second Addition.
Public Comment: Mayor Jim
Brown described the efforts at


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Resort Village from Page 1
The Applicant further anticipates developing primarily
single family residential units and a limited number of
townhouses and/or residential units above commercial
at a residential density not exceeding 2 units per acre.

Property History
The filed document presented the property history as follows:
The subject property is part of the St. George's Plantation Develop-
ment of Regional act Development Order, which was originally ap-
proved on September 20 1977. The development order authorized
the development of 831 residential units, a 27 acre airport, a 30 40
slip marina, and 200 acres of commercial on approximately 1200
acres, The development order also authorized one additional single
family lot for each acre of the 200 acre, commercial allocation, at is
not developed for commercial uses.
Subsequent changes and modifications to the original development
plan, over the past 16 years, have resulted in the following autho-
rized development: 1,374 residential units, a 27 acre airport and 54
acres of commercial on approximately 1200 acres.
The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment applies to an approxi-
mately 54-acre portion of the St. George's Plantation Development of
Regional Impact known as, the St. George Island Resort Village. In
the original Development Order, dated September 20, 1977, this was
designed as part of the Plantation Commercial Area, Paragraph 3.B.(v)
of the order, related to the Plantation Commercial Areas, stated that
the "two commercial areas shown on as all more high quality resort
hotels or motels, together "With such affiliated uses as may be appro-
priate or desirable, such as tourist shops, restaurants, recreational
amenities and similar activities," The paragraph further states:
Because the specific plans for these two areas are indefi-
nite, these areas shall not be rezoned at this time, Re-
zoning of these areas shall be granted upon final approval
of the plans by the Board, which approval shall not be
unreasonably withheld. Condominiums and multifamily
residential structures hall riot be allowed in any of the
areas shown by Exhibit "A" without the prior consent of
the Board. Before development is commenced in the com-
mercial areas, plans and specifications for the site clear-
ing and construction shall be submitted to the Board for
review and approval. Upon such approval, the specific
area in question shall be rezoned to allow the requested
land use.
Paragraph 3.B.(vi) of the order, which established general conditions
for the commercial areas, stated:
No more than 200 acres shall be developed commercially
within the areas shown by Exhibits "A" and B". For each
acre that is not so developed, leisure shall have the op-
tion of platting one single family residential lot, similar
in design to those shown by the residential lots in Ex-
Shibit "A." I
Since the Board had not approved specific plans of development for
these properties at the time the development Order was approved,
the land use designation remained Residential in the future Land
Use Map.
Subsequent to the approval of the original Development Order, the
other approximately 146 acres originally designated commercial have
been developed as single family and multi-family residential.
On October 3, 1996, the Franklin County Board of County Commis-
sioners approved a specific Plan for development of Phase I of the St.
George Island Resort Village Property. (Tenth amendment to the St.
George's Plantation Development of Regional Impact Development
Order). Phase I consists of approximately 9.6 acres of the approxi-
mately 54 acre Resort Village authorizes a one-story Beach Club and
Conference Center with a total of 14,750 heated and cooled square
feet (including 300 square feet of retail space, 6,000 square feet exer-
cise/club space and 325 conference seats); a three story building for
food and beverage service with a total of 4,000 heated and cooled
square feet; four hotel in buildings with a total of 66,000 heated and
cooled square feet (including 114 hotel/suites); the added wastewa-
ter treatment facility authorized by DEP permit number FLAO10069-
001. including not more than 5 acres of subsurface absorption beds
to be constructed adjacent to the Subject Property but within the
Resort Village Property; and various recreational and support activi-
ties. The approved specific plan for development is shown as Attach-
ment 2..
The Future Land Use Map was amended to show these 14.6 acres as
"Resort," with the remaining acreage staying "Residential."
On March 4, 1997, the Tenth Amendment was amended to include
additional environmental provisions.
To date, the following development has occurred within Phase I of
Resort Village, consistent with the amended Development Order
Building D: a 24-unit motel
Building G: Waste water treatment facility (current capacity is 30,000
gallons per day)
All absorption beds
Swimming pool and pool house
Proposed Change
The applicant proposes to amend the Future Land Use Map designa-
tion of the 54.28 acres (MOL) to Mixed Use Residential.
Notice of Proposed Change to the St. George's Plantation Develop-
ment of Regional Impact will be submitted shortly after this Compre-
hensive Plan amendment is transmittal The Applicant anticipates the
following changes to the DRI Development Order:
Commercial Development: The current development
order allows 18,750 square feet of commercial and con-
ference center development. The applicant anticipates
deleting the Beach Club and Conference Center facility
and the three story building for food and beverage ser-
vice and reducing commercial development.
Residential Development: The Applicant anticipates
deleting the 3 hotel/inn buildings and redeveloping the
existing 24 unit hotel building to no more than 12 con-
dominiums.
Ancillary Recreational and Support Facilities: These
uses will remain in conjunction with the residential de-
velopment.
The Mixed Use Residential Land Use Category is the appropriate land
use category to accommodate this development. Further, this land
use category is specifically intended apply to Developments of Re-
gional Impact.


Mixed Use Residential shall mean that at least 50% of the net land
available for development shall be used for residential or recreational
purposes, This category of land use shall provide for to development
that is primarily residential in nature but which also may include
supporting categories of land uses otherwise described in this plan
such as conservation, recreation, historic and archeological, com-
mercial (including retail, office, commercial/tourist and hotel/motel
uses) and residential uses (including single-family and multifamily
residences). This category is designed for and is limited to develop-
ments such as developments of regional impact (DRIs) approved pur-
suant to Chapter 380, Florida Statutes, or planned unit developments
(PUDs) created by ordinance of the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners. The density shall not exceed 4.3 dwelling units per
acre.
The Phipps Ventures document contains separate sections describ-
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fied land use element policies identified in the document.


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