Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: March 5, 2004
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Volume 13, Number 5 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER March 5 -18, 2004

Dignitaries and Citizens Gather

Bryant Grady Patton Bridge Dedicated

An Historic Event Commemorated For the Social, Political and Economic Life of Franklin County

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Command Performance Before

County Commission Appears To

Resolve Lanark/Carrabelle Dispute

Lanark Injunction Request On Hold

A Report and Commentary
By Harriett Beach
For the second time the Franklin
County Commissioners requested
the presence of both the Lanark
and Carrabelle Water and Sewer
District Boards to come before the
Commissioners to try and resolve
the dispute between the Districts
over the installation of two sewer
transmission lines along the
south side of Hwy. 98. The one
line would carry sewage from The
St. James Bay Development to the
Carrabelle treatment plant and
the second line would carry
treated effluent back to The St.
James Bay Development for irri-
gation use on their Golf course.
The two transmission lines would
run through the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District but
would not service or have any con-
nection with the lines in that
The Lanark District, after over a
year of game playing in which they
made and broke promises to
Carrabelle, finally filed in Circuit
court, a request for an injunction
against Carrabelle that would
temporarily and permanently pre-
vent Carrabelle from laying the
pipes along Hwy 98. At a work-
shop meeting on February 9,
2004, The Lanark Board told The
Carrabelle Mayor, Jim Brown and
Attorney, Douglas Gaidry that
they objected to the pipes along
Hwy 98, but would not file a re-
quest for an injunction against
Carrabelle. The next day Lanark
Attorney, Michael Pelecki filed the
request for the injunction against
The Commissioners on the morn-
ing of. February 17, 2004 re-
quested a special meeting on Feb-

Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Bridge Dedication.........
...................... 1, 11, 12
Lanark Village .......... 1
Resort Village............. 1
Chili Cookoff ........ 1, 2
Franklin Briefs ........... 2
Editorial & Commentary
.............................. 3, 4
Mardi Gras................ 5
WindMark ............. 4, 5
Airport ..................... 6
Civic Club.............. 7
FCAN .......................... 8
Brian Goercke .......... 9
Franklin Bulletin Board
.................................. 9
Business Card Directory
................................ 10
Bookshop ............... 12

ruary 18, 2004, with The Lanark
and Carrabelle District Boards
and also directed County Attor-
ney, Thomas M. Shuler to write
the disputing parties a letter that
expressed the Commissioner's
concern about the gravity of the
dispute. The letter stated, "The
County Commission has asked
that I inform you of their strong
desire that the parties amiably
resolve this issue, without further
litigation, in a fashion that imme-
diately allows the City to place its
sewer transmission lines along

Continued on Page 2

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and Representative Will Kendrick.

A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer

The Ceremony
Nippy, very cold winds pushed into the dedication ceremonies at the
Eastpoint side of the new Bryant Grady Patton Bridge dedication on
Friday, February 27, 2004 as hundreds of Franklin County citizens
and various county and state official gathered to celebrate and dedi-
cate the formal opening of the new county life line. This was not just
a celebration of the new, modern bridge that had already been opened
a few days before, on February 16th, but a somber and significant
recognition of a major milestone in Franklin County social, political
and economic life.
The Reverend Mike Whaley, Pastor of the Baptist Church of St. George
Island, expressed the significance of the milestone in his invocation.
In his prayer, he said, "...Father God, as we stand in the midst of the
splendor of this nature, Father, we stand in awe of the grandeur of
your creation. We thank you for this e gin ring feat of this new bridge,
and as you provided a bridge ill Christ, that we might be reconciled
vwth you, may this bridge be one that brings unity. May this be a
bridge that brings people together..."
The new Bryant Grady Patton bridge, with its modern design, is a
faster conveyance to and from St. George Island, in a far safer mode,
likely to bolster the Franklin County economy on both sides of the
structure. For example, memories of the toll years are short, but we
can now easily recall the growth of the restaurant businesses on the
mainland when the tolls were removed and more disposable dollars
moved from St. George into Franklin County businesses of all types.
The new bridge and ancillary-fishing pier will increase the human
traffic flowing into the entire county, and St. George Island in par-
ticular. Many landowners on the Eastpoint corridor have already made
their plans and sought their rezoning along those routes flowing from
Carrabelle and Apalachicola with ;new construction already in place
and more coming, as land values and property taxes are increasing.
Representative Will S. Kendrick delivered his Welcome to the shiver-
ing audience followed with the Pledge of Allegiance and a stylized
baton performance by students from Brown Elementary School,
Eastpoint. Then, various dignitaries and officials were introduced
including Deputy Secretary Edward Prescott from the Florida Dept.
of Transportation. Mr. Prescott said, in part:
I think most of you know that if you wanted to visit over
to St. George Island that it required you to pay a $2 toll
in order to visit the island and then return to the main-
land. That toll was removed in 1992 and it became a free
bridge after that. I think most of you know that we have
a piece of the bridge that's about 1.3 miles long that goes
onto a causeway and then it goes onto another portion of
the structure after the 1.5 mile causeway, for another
mile bridge onto the island.
That bridge is being removed except for about .6 of a mile
on either end ... which will become a fishing pier enhance-
ment to the new facility we have now, to the benefit of
people that are here in this area, and visit here.
One of the things I want to mention is the fact that this
area is one of the major producers of oysters... When we
built the original of the Bryant Patton Bridge, it went
right through one of the most productive oyster bars in
the Apalachicola Bay. When we came along with our new
structure, we tried to make some revisions to that (so as)
not to destroy one of the major economies of this entire
area. That's why (the new bridge) makes a sweeping curve
with our new bridge structure. Our new bridge is ap-
proximately 4.1 miles long. It is the third longest bridge
in the state of Florida. There are only two bridges that
are any longer than this bridge we have here, going to St.
George Island. One of those bridges is the Skyway Bridge...
at Tampa, and the seven-mile bridge that's down in the
Keys. So, we are renowned to have a bridge of this mag-
nitude here in Northwest Florida and in this area.
The project was let to contract in 1999 and we actually
started construction ... by January 2001. The construc-
tion cost of the new bridge was $71.6 million, Federal

Continued on Page 11

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First autos, of a vintage character, drive across the bridge.

Three Votes "Yea," Two Votes "Nay"

County Commissioners Vote To

Transmit Comp Plan Amendment

County Commissioners Vote To Transmit Resort
Village Comp Plan Amendment
The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment for the Resort Vil-
lage, located within the St. George Plantation on the island, was nar-
rowly approved, following an intensehour of deliberation before the
Franklin County Commission on Tuesday, March 2, 2004.
The amendment applies to a 54-acre portion of the St. George Planta-
tion development of Regional Impact known as the St. George Island
SResort Village owned by Phipps Ventures, Tallahassee. The amend-
tment proposes to amend I he future land use map designation of these
acres to Mixed Use Residential. David Wilder made the presentation
on behalf of Phipps Ventures, indicating that the maximum density
would result in no more than two housing units per acre when the
final plans for the project are completed. Three residents of the St.
George Plantation spoke against the Commission's approving of the
transmittal insisting that the density would be greater, and that the
plan was incomplete at this stage.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal and Cheryl Sanders voted against the
proposal; Commissioners Mosconis, Creamer and Williams voted for
the transmittal. Bob.Apgar, attorney for Phipps Ventures, pointed
out that the formal Procedure of transmitting the amendment was
only the beginning of a very long process of review. Lee Sewell, one of
the Board members of the Plantation Board read a statement indicat-
ing that the Plantation Owner's board was not endorsing the amend-
ment whatsoever.

Charity Chili Cookoff And

Auction At St. George Island

Preparations have been underway
for several weeks for the 22nd
Annual Charity Chili Cookoff-and
Auction, beginning Friday, March
5, and extending into the week-
end, March 6 and 7th.
This is also the Gulf Coast Re-
gional Chili competition but there
is a lot of good food available along
with the appropriate level of fun
and entertainment.
There will be an auction preview
Friday evening, after 5 p.m. at the
island fire station, with wine and
cheese served at a modest admis-
sion price. Bidders may preview
the art and collectibles that will
be auctioned the following day,
Saturday, March 6, beginning at
11 a.m. Among the list of auction
items, there are the usual oddi-
ties such as the collector's beer
bottle ("One of a Kind"), a 1924
restored General Electric oscillat-
ing fan, numerous small boats,
fishing devices,, and various gift
certificates offering bargain sales
for services around the area. The
auction will also feature a large
amount of original art and photo
prints and some furniture. The
gift certificates embrace a very
large range of services, from fit-
ness center membership to a
three hour limo ride, manicure
and pedicures and dinners.
The Chili competition involves
amateur and professional chili
preparations under the Interna-
tional Chili Society rules. The
amateur competition is a separate
round of judging. Both competi-
tions are designed to raise money
for the volunteer fire department
and First Responder teams.
The Cookoff events for Saturday,
March 6th, begin, with the, Red
Pepper 5K run at 8:00 a.m. Reg-
istration will be conducted just
before the race begins.
Professional chili booths may be
setup beginning at 8:30 a.m. or
setup may be accomplished as
early as 12 noon Friday. Crockpot
chili (amateur competition) must
be brought to the site by 9:30 a.m.
with a minimum of one gallon.
Anything goes in the amateur chili

competition and you may prepare
your entry at home and bring it
to the site. A $5.00 entry fee is
required. International Chili rules
do not apply to this competition.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd
and 3rd places.
The professional cookers will meet
at 9:30 a.m. with organizer Lee
Edmiston. The professional rules.
of the International Chili Society
will be in effect. The winner of this
competition will advance to the
next level of professional compe-
tition. By 10 a.m., the prepara-
tion time for the professional
cookers will begin. The profes-
sional chili must be prepared on
site from scratch, no prepackaged
chili mixes are permitted. Meat
may be cut, sliced or ground in
advance, but not treated or
cooked except during the compe-
tition time. Stoves will be officially
lit at 11:00 a.m. with judging at
2:00 with samples delivering to
the judging area by that time.
More than four quarts may be
prepared at each professional chili
booth and samples are sold for
$1.00 each from each booth with
the proceeds, after expenses, go-
ing to the Charity Chili Cookoff
Prizes to the team raising the most
money will be awarded later in the
Crockpot or amateur chill judg-
ing will begin at 10:00 a.m. By
11:00 a.m., the professional cook-
ers may fire up their stoves and
start the three-hour cooking pe-
riod. At the same time the auc-
tion is expected to start under the
big tent. Judging of the profes-
sional booths for showmanship
and presentation will begin after
11:30 a.m., followed with Miss
Chili Pepper and Mister Hot Sauce
judging. Winners and awards will
be presented in the Chili Judging
area by 3:30 p.m., Saturday af-
The Charity Cookoff is also sup-
ported by numerous corporate
sponsors who provide cash con-

Continued on Page 2

Page 2 5 March 2004


The Franklin Chronicle



March 2, 2004
Present: Commissioner
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Clarence
Williams and
Commissioner Bevin

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson informed the com-
missioners, "Mayor Brown of the
City of Carrabelle has identified a
new location for the Carrabelle
Recycling site. The new location
will be on Avenue D near the city's
new vacuum station. The' recy-
cling program will build a fence
around the site, add landscaping
and lock it at night to help dis-
courage illegal dumping. Also,
Mayor Brown has agreed to have
his city officers patrol the area to
help prevent illegal dumping as
well. The new location will be open
to the public by Thursday morn-
He added, "I am still in the pro-
cess of calculating the feasibility
of reducing the tipping fee on con-
struction and demolition debris as
requested by Chad Gunter of
TRG. I'm trying to weight the fu-
ture needs of the facility against
the proposed reduction in revenue
as requested by Commissioner
Mosconis. I should have the final
analysis and a recommendation
by the next Board meeting."

Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced the 2004
summer 4-H 'specialty camps that
are planned this summer around
the state. Three specialty camps
are scheduled for GCamp
Timpoochee, Marine Scierice (July
12-16), Environmental Eduicatioti
(July 19-23) and Shooting Sports
(July 19-23). For more' inforrna-
tion, contact the websife:-littp://
4h.ifas.ufl.edu Telephone: 352-

Public Hearing

The Board considered the adop-
tion of an ordinance regulating
dock and pier construction in
Franklin County but decided to
defer official action on the pro-
posal until a ftrture time.- .

Franklin County Sheriff
Bruce Varnes updated the Com-
missioners on the status of his
inmate medical budget. After
some discussion, the Commis-
sioners took the advice .of the
Clerk of Court to await further
information on; bids for medical
insurance to better solve the prol
lem of rising insurance costs. A
new generator was approved for
purchase. The Commissioners
also thanked Richard Plessinger
for his work on the lighting prob-
lem at the jail. Mr. Alan Pierce,
county planner ,and administra-
tor, included his report about the
jail problem, as follows:
"Mr. Dick Plessinger is reviewing
the study done for Sheriffs Office
regarding lightening strikes. His
initial comments are that there
are really three components of the
study replacement of fiber optic
wiring from the tower to the of-
fice, inside wiring, and outside
work around the tower. He under-
stands the Board does not want
to deal with three different con-
tractors for one job so he is re-
searching electrical contractors
that he is familiar with to see if
any one will be interested in bid-
ding on such a diverse, ob. His
rough estimate is $125,000 to
$175,000. He also says while this
will dramatically improve the
safety for the 911 operators, noth-
ing will guarantee against every
lightening strike. He suggests op-
erators also have available remote
speakers that they do not have to
have headsets on their heads dur-
ing lightening storms."

Administrative Director
Mr. Pierce informed the commis-
sioners he had a discussion with
District Secretary Edward
Prescott and there might be funds
available to resurface Island Drive
on St. George Island. Board ac-
tion requesting state assistance to
resurface Island Drive.
Mr. Pierce received notice from the
Alligator Point Water Resources
District that they are imposing a
120-day moratorium on water
connections outside the district
The Board approved allowing the'
University of Florida to develop,
staff, and maintain a seafood ana-
lytical lab at the Emergency Op-
eration Center at the airport. The
space to be used would be the
break room and the kitchen. The
designated space will be used to
assemble and maintain a seafood
analytical laboratory to assist the
Franklin and neighboring Coun-
ties seafood processors in,assur-
ing seafood safety and quality.
This plan is corisistent with the
oyster Industry request through
our oyster project steering com-
The proposed laboratory will be

supplied and staffed by the Uni-
versity of Florida under the dose
supervision of an Industry,
Academia and Regulatory steer-
ing committee. The laboratory fa-
cility has the intentions of becom-
ing sanctioned and approved by
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
and will conduct bacterial analy-
sis of seafood products, primarily
molluscan shellfish.
Captain Pat McWhinnie is still try-
ing to negotiate with GT COM over
911 service costs. The costs have
gone down some, and there is
some small hope that Rep. Boyd
will be able to find some federal
funds to assist. This issue will
most likely be presented to the
Board at the next meeting.
Mr. John Soule is still trying to
make headway on fishing pier is-
sue. For the Board's information,
Preble-Rish Engineers say they
have no specialty in evaluating
existing bridges for vehicular traf-
fic and do not wish to be involved.
They recommend the Board deal
directly with Mr. Soule. Improve-
ments need to be made for light-
ing by a contractor, and improve-
ments need to be made on the
railing unless the County Attor-
ney has any suggestions. These
improvements need to be bid out,
and both could cost together
$275,000, with the railing issue
being the most expensive. At this
point, the county will use its
funds from the DOT for these im-
provements. Mr. Soule would pay
the county back over time for the
cost of these improvements. The
bids will not have to. be accepted
if other arrangements can be
The- Health Department has re-
ceived comments from St. George
Island residents about the pres-
ence of Port-a-lets as bathroom
facilities on the old bridge. While
Mr. Sole proposes to screen them
with lattice, unless the Board
wants to go to considerable ex-
pense to install water apdd 1ibuild a
septic system and dri-anfield
somewhere,, Port-a-lets are the
only alternative.
If the Boarid ever builds a plrm a-
nent building or the bridge, per-
manent, bathrooms. probably will
'be required.
The Board: deferred any' official
actiori pendlifg :'further disciis-
sions with license applicn ts.


Florida And The

St. Joe Company

Sign Ptiwltive


Model plan for regional
growth saves wetlands,
conserves natural land
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) today reached
a highly protective, comprehen-
sive agreement with The St. Joe
Company to -save wetlands and
conserve 20,760 acres along the,
Florida Panhandle. The Ecosys-
tem Management Agreement re-
quires The St. Joe Company to go
above and beyond standard envi-
ronmental requirements to pro-
tect natural areas in a region
known for its biological diversity.
The agreement will benefit Bay
and Walton Counties.
'This agreement provides unpar-;
alleled wetlands protection," said
DEP's Northwest District Director
Mary Jean Yon. "By taking a re-
gional approach and working
closely with our federal partners,
we are able to preserve sensitive.
natural resources and .achieve
more protection for Florida's en-
The plan, known as an Ecosys-
tem Management Agreement, cov-
ers more than 31,350 acres of St.
Joe owned property stretching
from West Bay to Choctawhatchee
Bay. Three years ago, DEP and
the federal government urged. St.
Joe to take a comprehensive, re-
gional approach to conservation
and development that would pro-
vide for predictable community-
growth, while affording greater',
protection to natural lands along
the Emerald Coast. .
DEP Secretary David B. Struhs'
praised the Department staff for
convincing St. Joe to enter into
the agreement. "Florida's environ,:
mental team. has secured a corn-,
mitment, that will better 'protect,
the resources that matter most...
This will avoid traditional piece-
meal developmentt that -would' be
insensitive to our 'desire 'to pro-o'
tect the entire landscape." '
St. Joe has extensive landhold-
iig frin Northwest Florida,' sortie'
of which is earmarked for residen'-
tial, commercial and recreational
development, which requires,en-,
viropmental permits. The agree-,
ment provides protective guide-'
lines for activities associated with
building roads, homes and com-,
munity infrastructure and estab-
lishe tv. o mitigation areas lorr
environ mental enharnle innt an.l ,
re [st':rati':'n
The agreement is a companion to
the general permit under consid-
eration by the U.S.. Army Corps
of Engineers, which covers more

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Lanark Village
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the Highway 98 right of way with-
out further delay or expense to the
citizens of Franklin County-"
At the monthly meeting of the
LVW&S District Board on the af-
ternoon of February 17, 2004, the
Board did not comment immedi-
ately on the letter. Present at the
Board meeting were Chairman
Jim Lawlor, and Board members,
Fred Hart and Mike Hughes. Also
present were Attorney Mike
Pelecki, Engineer, Tom Bryant
and Lanark Office manager,
Mickey Majerus. Carrabelle
"Mayor; Jim Brown and Attorney,
bDan Cox, were present in the au-
dience along with 11 other people.
Chairman Jim Lawlor.would not
address the issue of the injunc-
tion until Cox and Mayor Brown
asked to be heard.
1Cox and Brown addressed. the
;LVW&S Board and referred to.the
,letter from Michael Shuler on be-
half of the Board of County Com-
missioners. Pelecki again reiter-
.ated that he would like LVW&S
,District to be able to take advan-
tageof the grant.moneyithat the
Carrabelle 'District- i to receive.
Pelecki said that this dispute "is
riot' about holding anybody hos-
'tage." 'Carrabelle 'Attorney, Cox
'told'-the LVW&S 'Board members
that Carralelle would, "like a'so-
lution,to the problem." The time
delay is costing Carrabelle money
'and Carrabelle w6vould like the dis-
pute resolved. '
'Jim Lawlor expressed anger that
the Board of County Commission-
ers was getting involved in the
dispute at the. 11th hour." Lawlor
said, "filing a suit has triggered
the Board ofCotinty,Comm'ission-
ers to get into the, situation." He
said, "it will be a rubber stamp
situation with' the Board :.T
County Commissioners." Lawlor
asked, "is the purpose of the meet-
ing to shove their ideas down our

than 47,500 acres including prop-
erty owned by other landowners.
Both the management agreement
and general permit determine the
extent of land conservation, wet-
land impact and mitigation before
any development gets underway.
As part of the agreement, St. Joe
is setting aside thousands of acres
of high quality habitat for preser-
vation. The conservation areas
create a two-pronged "Bay to Bay"
wildlife corridor linking public
land from Choctawhatchee Bay to
St. Andrew Bay and preserving
the ecological integrity of two of
Northwest Florida's most rapidly
developing watersheds.
The public has 14 days to review
the agreement before it becomes
final. For more information, visit

While Cox and Brown attempted
to discuss the financial situation
with the Lanark Board, Lanark
did not wish to continue the dis-
cussion. Finally Brown told the
Lanark Board that he did not have
anything more to put on the table.
Mike Pelecki said, "there didn't
seem to be any reason to meet"
and opted to take the dispute into
Circuit Court. Lawlor closed the
meeting by declaring, "Let the
Judge decide!"
The Attorney's for the Lanark Vil-
lage Water and Sewer District,
Mike Pelecki and Randall Denker,
appeared before Judge Janet
Ferris in Leon County Circuit
court on Thursday, February 19,
2004 to request an injunction
against the City of Carrabelle. At
the bearing, Wayne Flowers, At-
torney for St. James Bay Devel-
opment made a request to file a
motion to intervene in the pro-
ceedings which was granted.
After hearing the testimony,
Judge Ferris told them that the
arguments presented were not
sufficient to support an order for
the injunction. Judge Ferris did
tell them that within two weeks
they must engage in ordered me-
diation. She gave both parties the
name of a mediator who has ex-
pertise in the legalities,of water
and sewer districts. Ferris told the
parties that a courtroom was not
the perfect place to resolve such
a dispute. She also pointed out
that Franklin County is undergo-
ing a period of development pres-
I sure where it is important for co-
operation and agreement.
The two Districts met for media-
tion and Carrabelle attempted to
reach an agreement. The Lanark
District tried to get Carrabelle to
ay The Lanark District
85,000.00 in exchange for their
permission to allow the instilla-
tion of the lines. As Carrabelle
could not legally use tax or grant
money for the ransom, there could
be no agreement and the request
for the injunction was left in place.
On Monday March 1, 2004, The
Lanark Village Association held
their monthly meeting where Jim
* Lawlor appeared before the as-
sembly of about 40 people to tell
his version of the dispute, .With
the skill of an Irishmanwhbo has
kissed The Blarney Stone,. Lawlor
wove a :tale of aht innocentt' Wa-
-ter and Sewer District (The Lanark
District) that:v.as being harassed
by the bettefiai iaged Carralell6e
District and the County Commis-
sioners. 'Those in the. audience
who had, not. been, following the
facts of the issue were probably
impressed with the glib presen-
tation. When Lawlor was con-
fronted by the facts of poor man-
rement '..ithinn the District', he'
either r did rit aser the ques-
tions or smoothlyshifted the fo-
cus from the question. As of the
end of the meeting Lawlor indi-
cated that the request for an in-


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junction against Carrabelle would .
go forward.
For the second time, the County
Commissioners requested that
the disputing parties appear be-
fore the Commissioners. On
March 2, 2004 at the County
Commissioners' meeting both
parties did appear. Both sides
were given time to discuss why
they had not been able to reach
an agreement. Again the Lanark
Attorney, Pelecki, said that they
would like to be paid for their per-
mission. Carrabelle Mayor, Brown
and Attorney Gaidry explained
why they could not give The
Lanark District the money they
The County Commissioners
pointed out that they wanted the
dispute settled and the request for
the injunction withdrawn. They
told the Lanark District that they,
The County Commissioners had
the power to amend the order es-
tablishing the Lanark Village Wa-
ter and Sewer District to state that
"the District shall not have the
authority to approve or regulate
proposed water, sewer or re-
claimed water transmission lines
or modifications to existing water,
sewer or reclaimed water trans-
mission lines when authorized by
the State where service is not pro-
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5 March 2004 Page 3



Your Capitol Bureau

By Kanya Simon
Franklin County is asking the Legislature for $8.97 million. This money
would pay for wastewater management, utilities to a correctional in-
stitute and restore an old jail.
Franklin County will use the $8.97 million to:
* complete and upgrade the Apalachicola wastewater system ($1 mil-
* initiate Carrabelle's stormwater improvement program ($1 million)
* expand the Eastpoint wastewater collection system ($2.78 million)
* improve Apalachicola's sewage collection system ($1 million)
* Improve the stormwater quality in Apalachicola ($990,000)
* add utility services, through Carrabelle, to the Franklin Correc-
tional Institute ($1.8 million)
* restore the 1949 county jail ($400,000)
Senator Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, said there is a good chance these
requests will be funded because of need. "Over the years, we've been
pretty successful in funding the projects Franklin County asks for.
This year, some of these issues are critical in protecting the bay," he
Lawson is not alone in his belief that requests will be funded.
Rep. Will S. Kendrick, D-Carrabelle, said Gov. Jeb Bush is showing
support of small counties. "I feel confident that rural counties will do
well according to the governor's recommendations," he said.
Bush proposed a 74-percent increase of funding to small counties
this year.
There is a chance some projects will not be funded, Lawson said. "If
something wasn't a priority on the list this year, it will move up. If we
can't fund the project this year, then we will try next year," Lawson
Apalachicola City Commissioner Mitchell Bartley said he does not
look forward to the outcome if projects aren't funded.
"It would be a bad situation," Bartley said. "We have these stormwater
projects that will be helpful to the whole county," he added.
"We need jobs. These projects (like funding for the institute's utili-
ties), can provide jobs," he said.
For information on the legislative budgeting process, go to http://
www. ebudget.state.fl.us / overview, asp.

Lanark Water And Sewer

Management Inconsistencies Add

Confusion To The Public Mind

People have to be amused to listen to Jim Lawler's "story telling" re-
garding the true state of affairs with Lanark's defunct Water and Sewer
Department. In one meeting, I observed Lawler posture himself in
such a way as to exude his dominance, while his cronies sat under
his shadow nodding in agreement to whatever Lawler related. One
such tale told to Carrabelle officials and listening public goes some-
thing like this, "go ahead and lay the pipeline down 98, you don't
have my blessings. but I won't oppose you with an injunction" (meet-
ing dated February 2, 2004). Then he waits a few days and hot foots
-it down to'the courthouse. Out of the other side of his mouth comes
"I want an injunction stopping the pipeline from running through
Lanark down Highway 98" (February 9, 2004).
He must be "quite beside himself' with his ability and power in hold-
ing up the pipeline to further bleed money from Carrabelle officials
who have state grant funds to repair and replace Lanark's Water and
Sewer System. At the February 2nd meeting Lawler had his cronies
whine for money from Mayor Brown and his associates in order to

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Publisher. Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors. Sue Cronkite
............ Rene Topping
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........... Donna Butterfield
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pay Lawler's engineers and attorney fees for his efforts in holding up
the pipeline.
If one listens closely enough, the financial state of affairs of Lanark's
Water and Sewer is revealed. In fact an independent auditing firm (T.
Michael Tucker, CPA) has declared Lanark's Water/Sewer to be in an
"Emergency State of Affair" (Independent Auditory Report dated De-
cember 11, 2003). But to hear Lawler speak, one would believe he is
sitting on a gold mine and that he has ways of fixing Lanark's water/
sewer system. But he has no such funds nor can he acquire any
funds since the Water/Sewer is in debt over $ 1,000,000.00 and the
debt continues to grow. In the independent auditor's report, major
deficiencies were noted such as "the district does not have a complete
detailed listing of fixed assets, nor was a complete annual inspection
performed, and their records were not updated for current year addi-
tions and deletions" (December 11, 2003). The auditor further re-
ports "because of these deficiencies, the District was not in compli-
ance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 274 or Rules of the Auditor Gen-
eral, Chapter 274 or Rules of the Auditor General, Chapter 10.400."
Carrabelle officials are still holding out the olive branch, their pro-
posal of taking over Lanark's water and sewer would reduce Lanark
residents' water and sewer bill by 31.5%, they would assume all of
Lanark's water and sewer debt, and Lanark residents would still have
Lanark's water source and not Carrabelle's water source.
A petition will be circulated to Lanark residents so that they may
have a voice in overriding Lawler's decision not to let the pipeline
come through the Lanark area,
If Lawler has his way, the water/sewer system will be in ruins while
attempts to jimmy rig it to work will cost Lanark residents more than
$7,000.00 (each resident) to hook into a feeble system in addition to
increases in the residents' existing monthly bill. When is too much,
too much?
Susan Walker

Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG Family Learning Pro-
gram will feature John Harwood, the World's 14th Greatest Magician,
at its Family Fun Night to be held at all three program sites as fol-
lows: March 9th at the Carrabelle Branch, March 10th at the Eastpoint
Branch, and March 10th at the Apalachicola Program Site in the New
Life Center on 8th Street, The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call Marlene or Michelle at 697-2091 or 670-4423.
TIGERS will hold a tri-site Teen Council meeting at the Eastpoint
Branch on Tuesday, March 9th. Guest speaker, Dr. Judith Irvin, Ex-
ecutive Director of the National Literacy Project, and FSU profes-
sor, will address career exploration..
Look for the Franklin County Public Library's van, the Wilderness
Coast Bookmobile, and the marching WINGS and TIGERS partici-
pants in the Camp Gordon Johnston parade through Carrabelle on
Saturday, March 13th.
The Carrabelle Branch will host local author Bo May on Thursday,
March 11th at 7:00 p.m. He will speak about his book, The Passion of
Belle Rio.
The Franklin County Public Library's Advisory Board will meet March
15th at the Eastpoint Branch beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is
encouraged to attend.
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG, WINGS, and TIGERS
offer many programs that are free and open to the public. Registra-
tion however is required. For information about upcoming programs,
becoming a volunteer tutor, or becoming a library volunteer, please
call 670-4423, or 697-2091.

Are The Boys And Girls Club After-

School Programs Of Franklin County

Safe For Attending Children?

In 2003, the Boys and Girls Club After-School Program was awarded
$750,000.00 to support three after school programs, each school re-
ceiving $250,000.00. Delores Shepherd, Director of Boys and Girls
Club, hired various Site Coordinators and selected staff members to
ensure that attending children would be appropriately supervised so
that the likelihood of injury would be diminished. Another safety as-
surance measure aside from staff is adequate supervision and insur-
ance coverage. My own child, who attends one of the Boys and Girls
Club after-school programs, likes the homework help she receives
during homework hour. When this time period is over, the children
are permitted to go outside in designated areas to play. Normally, I
have seen two staff members outside sitting on the picnic tables (in a
fenced area) talking with one another and minimally observing the
children running and playing. On one occasion in mid January, a
2nd grade child fell off the monkey bars and severely injured her
upper jaw, teeth, and gum line. Her teeth were sunk inward at an
angle greater than 45 degrees.
Ms. Chipman, staff member, aided this child by placing a paper towel
over her mouth. Her mouth contained large blood clots and her clothes
were soiled with large amounts of blood. Ms. Chipman filled out an
incident report and checked an intervention column on this form
that stated, "member required minor medical attention." The mother
stated "the staff seemed unconcerned with the incident." The mother
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oral surgeon. The emergency bill totaled $1184.53 plus the bill from
the oral surgeon who reported the damage was extensive and injuries
to the front teeth and gum/jaw would require many visits to correct
the problem over time. The mother states the bills were over $4,000.00.
The mother has no health or dental insurance and wanted the school
to pay for these bills.
I contacted Mr. O'Grady, Carrabelle High School principal, who said
the injury would be covered under the school district. I explained to
Mr. 0 Grady that the bills were not paid and the mother is further
concerned since the incident repeated itself again yesterday evening
while the 2nd grader was running in the gym and bumped heads
with another child attending same after school program. Mr. O'Grady
said he was not aware the bill was not paid. I then contacted Mr. Sam
Carnley, Risk Management Supervisor, who stated the after school
program did not carry insurance to cover injuries, that the schools
carry their own liability insurance and any injury claims would then
need to be reimbursed by the Boys and Girls Club Program. I could
not get in contact with Delores Shepherd for comment on why the
original claim was not paid and if there was money set aside for inju-
ries sustained during after school programs, in addition to what train-
ing is provided staff to minimize student injuries during after school
Susan Walker

Construction Industry Licensing

By Harriett Beach
The Franklin County Construc-
tion Industry Licensing Board met
at the Franklin county Court-
house Annex at 6:30pm on Feb-
ruary 18, 2004, with the follow-
ing board members present:
Chairman, William Poloronis, Vice
Chairman, John Hewitt, Mem-
bers; Ronald Gray, Franklin King,
Alan Roberts, Mark Householder,
Heath Galloway, and Greg
Prickett. Also present were Build-
ing Officials: Robin Brinkley,
Chris Giametta, and Gina Ervin
and Franklin County Attorney,
Michael Shuler. Absent were: Al-
ternate Members, Robert
Nicholson, Jimmy Thompson and
Michael Pridgen and Rachel Ward,
Building Official.
After approval of the October 15,
2003, minutes the Board ad-
dressed two complaint items on
the agenda. The first item was a
complaint against Phillip Spencer,
a certified building contractor for
25 years and Ben Withers, a reg-
istered general contractor filed by
Building'Official, Robin Brinkley.
The complaint stated that Spen-'
cer had moved a house on Alliga-
tor Point and then instructed
Withers to deposit fill dirt in the
area where the house had previ-
ously been located. Brinkley told
the Board that the current policy
of the Building Department re-
quires, "a lot must be inspected
before any fill can be deposited on
the lot." When Chris Giametta
inspected the lot he found that
there was a pond under the house
that Withers had started to fill.
Giametta filed a "stop work order"
on the work site.
Spencer told the board that he
had applied for the permits but
had not received or posted them.
After he moved the house he dis-
covered that the area under the
house was wet and the house pil-
ings had started to sink into the
soft soil beneath the house. He did
not return the house back to it's
original location because it did not
meet the setback regulations.
Spencer told the Board that he did
not know before beginning to
move the house exactly what kind
of permits to ask the Building
Department for as he did not
know that soft soil conditions ex-
isted on the property. Spencer
also said he understood that he
did not need a permit to move the
house. Brinkley told the Board
that Spencer should have called
the Building Department and
asked for Chris Clark, County
Engineer, to make a site evalua-
tion before Spencer began work
at the site.
The Board decided to deal sepa-
rately with Spencer and Withers.
As this was the first offense for
Spencer the Board voted to fine
Spencer $125.00. It was recom-
mended in the future that he work

more closely with the Building
Department in obtaining work
Ben Withers with his Attorney,
Nicholas Yonclas, addressed the
Board and described his involve-
ment in the situation. Withers told
the board that he had not been
present at the work site but had
only sent fill 'dirt and a tractor to
the site as ordered by Spencer. He
said he did not know of any prob-
lem until Chris Giametta called
him to tell him that there had not
been any permits posted at the
work site. The Board told With-
ers that he needed to make sure
all permits had been pulled and
posted before getting involved on
a work site. Withers told the
Board members that he did not
think the ,Construction Board
should control and require a per-
mit for every load.of fill dirt. Some
of the fill dirt is ,only used to fill
potholes in driveways and is not
intended to fill wetlands.
As Withers had not been the pri-
mary contractor at the work site,
he was not held responsible for
failure to require a site inspection
and permits. The Board suggested
that Withers have the permits
pulled by primary contractors
axed to his office before sending
out fill dirt to those contractors.
After resolving the complaint
against Spencer/Withers, the
Board heard a complaint against
Kenneth Davis, certified building
contractor and registered, roofing
contractor submitted by the
Florida State Department of Busi-
ness and Professional Regulation
representative, Harold Rambo.
Rambo was not present but re-
quested by letter that the Franklin
County Board hear the complaint
for the State. Davis was charged
with aiding and abetting the
avoidance of payment of payroll
Davis told the Board that Lee
McGowan and he, Davis, were
going to be partners on a roofing
job on Alligator Point. Davis stated
that he had pulled the permits for
the job, did the work and made
sure the job was finished. Davis
did not directly receive payment
for the job as he claimed that
McGowan went to the home-
owner, Reg Watkins from Pom-
pano Beach and collected the pay-
ment check for the roofing job.
McGowan then paid Davis. Davis
described McGowan as attempt-
ing to scam Watkins by collecting
the check and taking a cut of the
money for himself without per-
forming any work on the job. Af-
ter discussing the situation, the
Board found Davis not guilty and
dismissed the charges against
him. The meeting was adjourned.

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Franklin County
School Board
Takes Initial
Steps Toward
Consolidation Of

By Susan Walker
On February 24, 2004, Franklin
County School Board announced
a special meeting. The meeting
took place at Carrabelle High
School at 6:00 p.m. There were
five Agenda items, the first three
items were covered in less than
10 minutes. Then Mr. Carnley,
Director of Financial Services in-
troduced Dr. John Watson who
covered "special facilities con-
struction account."
In his discussion, Dr. Watson ad-
dressed the school board by in-
forming them that the School
Board members had to select one
of two surveys. Survey one, set the
precedence for "business as
usual," meaning no changes to
the present school facilities.
Survey two, would begin the ini-
tial process for the construction
of a new K- 12 school which would
also double as a hurricane shel-
ter. The new school's projected
cost is $24,000,000.00. Dr.
Watson brought out several sell-
ing points for adopting survey
plan two. One such point was
declining enrollment. Dr. Watson
believed that the new school
would attract those students who
left the school system for various
reasons including students at-
tending charter schools. The new
school would cover a projected
enrollment of 895 students and
then estimated an additional 20%
increase to bring the total enroll-
ment capacity to' 1015. Another
point regarded' declining enroll-
ment antd financial cost. "At the
present time' there are 5 schools
operating 'under capacity, each
school housing' approximately
250 students.'" Dr. Watson
pointed out that too much ni6iey
was being spent on keeping the 5
schools open, but complimented
the school board on their creative
financial management.
Dr. Watson said the state legisla-
ture would "help small rural
counties who were unable to raise
funds!' for' a complete school, The
state supplements -funding for
school, prqjects, and,he further
stipulated that the Department of
Education (DOE) was "bending
over backwards" to assist
Franklin County since no vote
was taken on the surveys prior to
the deadline date of January 31,
2004. Dr. Watson stated, 'This is
your last chance to acquire a new
school." The state would fund
$1,5,000,000;00. and Franklin
County School board would cover
$10,000,000.00, and pledge to
pay off this. debt in 3 years. Ifsur -
vey two was approved, construc-
tion for the new school would be-
gin on July 1, 2005 and school
doors, would be opened for busi-
ness in 2007. This new school
would have all the "bells and
whistles" such as, new technol-
ogy labs, new library, new science
-labs and equipment and include
common areas such as the caf-
eteria and media center. The old
school buildings could be con-
verted into adult education and
training centers. The remaining
$1,000,000.00 could be used for
administrative offices.
The DOE wants Franklin County
School Board to plan to look for a
site that has at least 21 usable
acres and nearby utilities such as
sewer and water, otherwise addi-
tional costs for utilities would be
incurred that may not be' covered
by DOE. Mr. Hinton, School Board
member, raised several questions
regarding cost of water and sewer.
Dr. Watson said that this county
should be well versed in the cost
of water/sewer lines. Mr. Hinton
stated he wanted the new school
to be located "around the popu-
lation hub, between Carrabelle
and Eastpoint including a five
mile range." Mrs. McKnight,
School Board member, spoke
about the need for "extree land"
for school expansion. The motion
to approve survey two was put
forward for vote. Survey two was
approved thereby providing a
pathway for the consolidation of
schools in Franklin County.
The last item on the agenda was
regarding workman compensa-
tion claims. Mr. Carnley stated
that a large number of workman
compensation claims were being
submitted by those employees in
maintenance and lunchroom ser-
vice fields who for various reasons
did not want to be drug tested.
Mr. Carnley stated that the ma-
jority of claims were from school
lunchroom workers. He further
stated that the "claims were ex-

ceeding the premiums." Mr.
Hinton's 'suggestion was to assess
whether these workers were in the
right classification and proposed
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Relocate Highway 98'

ARPC Sends

WindMark DRI

To Gulf County


1,662 Residential Units,
18-hole golf course, hotel
rooms, and dry dock
The WindMark developmentof
regional impact report and recom-
mendations were approved by the
Apalachee Regional' Planipning
Council (ARPC) it their February
26th meeting in Port St.' Joe with
some exceptions.
The exception has to do with the
number of acres for wildlife miti-
gation which will be the subject
of additional negotiation at a later
date. The Council approved the
WindMark Report in its entirety
with the stated exception.
The ARPC was required to prepare
and submit ai regional report with
recommendations on theregional
impact of the proposed WindMark
Beach Development of Regional
Impact (DRI) to Gulf County in
accordance with the Florida Land
and. Water Management Act,
Chapter 380, Florida Statutes.
The report presents the findings
and. recommendations of the
ARPC which are based upon data
presented by the St. Joe Company
in the application for development
approval and response to agency
commentsas well as information
obtained from on-site inspections,
locaJ and state agencies, outside
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The Application for Development
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yeloper, St. Joe/ARVIDA Com-
,pany L.P., on February 28, 2003.
.The project is located along the
*eastern shoreline of St. Joe Bay
in unincorporated Gulf County,
just north of the City of Port St.
Joe. The WindMark Beach devel-
opment is a mixed use
imaster-planned resort commu-
nitt consisting of'1,662 residen-
tial units; 10,000 square feet of
office 65,0000 square; feet of re-
tail; 28 hotel ro.oms;'an 18-hole
golf course; 9 day docks; ancillary
'facilities incltiding but not limited
fto tehnis courts, 'swimming pools,
communityy centers' and' a fire/
EMS station td be developed on
2'.020 acfes'owhed by'the St.'Joe
l'imberland Company. Approxi-
m'ately 1,000 acres of the site 'con-
'sistirg of wetlands; uplarid pre-
serve and three miles of beach will
remain undeveloped.
The developer has negotiated a
right-of-way exchange agreement
with the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT), which al-
lows the relocation of a 2.94 mile
section of U.S. 98/S.R. 30 inland
of its present location. The St. Joe

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Company has agreed to fund the
design, permitting, construction,
and inspection of a new realigned
two-lane highway. Upon satisfac-
tory completion of the new road
FDOT will convey the existing
road right-of-way to St. Joe by
quitclaim deed and St. Joe will
deed the land for the new high-
way and sufficient width for fu-,
ture expansion to a four-lane fa-.
cility to the' FDOT. The highway'
relocation is integral to the pro-.
.posed design for the WindMark
The St. Joe Company has entered
into an agreement with the
Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs concerning the
WindMark Beach DRI. Through l
this agreement the St. Joe Com-.,.

pany acknowledges its intent to
expand a previously approved 110
lot subdivision on 80 acres to a
size that requires development of
regional impact review. The agree-
ment allows the applicant to com-
plete development of the approved
subdivision currently under co*-
struction. and submit an applica-
tion for development approvalfor
the remainder of the land within
.the expanded' development
Consistency With Local
Comprehensive Plan :
The project will require an amend-
ment to the Gulf County Compre-

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During a great dinner provided by
The Grill, Tamara's and Buddy
Ward & Sons Seafood, the FSU
Brass Quintet strut marched
about the room to a ragtime med-
ley. After dinner, door prizes were
given out to lucky ticket holders.
David & Andrew Butler with the
help of Dixie Partington crowned
King Rex and Princess Pearl. The
Don Juan Jazz Band, and John
Mazzanovich picked up the pace
and rhythms to introduce Pam
Nobles and The Hot Flashes as
they kicked up their heels to a
smart "Alexander's Ragtime
At Intermission, David and An-
drew Butler urged the audience
on in bidding for silent auction
items. The happy bid winners
were all smiles as they carted off
their trophies.. After the auction

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At 9:30 the musicians marched a
line of dancers out to a decorated
float in front of the Dixie Theater.
King Rex and Princess Pearl pre-
sided over the ceremonies as
beads, doubloons and toys were
thrown to the noisy revelers. The
dancers then went back inside
and let the good times roll as they
danced the night away to the
music of William Solburg and the
Wakulla Band.
This first fund .raising event for
Habitat for Humanity was sold
out of sponsor tickets and raised
$7,000.00 toward building homes
to eliminate poverty housing in
Franklin County. Sponsors for the
event were Gulf State Community
Bank, St. George Island Friends.
St. Joe Company, Kay and .an
Wheeler and, Don and Pam
Ashley. The following people gave
auction items for the, silent auc-
tion:,President Jimmy Carter,,The
Hornet's Nest, Collins Realty,
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George Green, Gem Collection,
Kevin's Sporting Goods, Killearn
Liquors, Market Square Liquors,
Piggly Wiggly, Prudential Realty,
Cora Russ and John Spohrer.
The behind the scenes producers
for this first successful Mardi
Gras for Habitat for Humanity
were Don and Pam Ashley with
Don Ashley as Director, Sound
and Entertainment by Wayne
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WindMark from Page 4
* hensive Plan. A plan amendment
was submitted concurrently with
the ADA and is currently under
review. The proposed amendment
includes two future land use map
changes and a text amendment
to the Future Land Use Element.
One map amendment proposes
changing a 1,800 acre tract from
Agriculture (1,792 acres) and
Residential (8 acres) to Mixed Use
Commercial/Residential. The
other map amendment proposes
changing a 12 acre tract from
Residential and Mixed Use Com-
mercial/Residential to Agricul-
tural. The proposed text amend-
ment adds a sub-area policy to
the Future Land Use Element to
impose development limitations
for the WindMark Beach DRI.
WindMark Beach will comply with
all adopted level of service stan-
dards set forth in the Gulf County
Comprehensive Plan. The soils
and slopes found on the project
site are generally suitable for the
proposed development. All regu-
latory requirements regarding the
quantity and quality of ground-
water and surface water will be
met. Impacts to jurisdictional
wetlands will be handled in ac-
cordance with all state and fed-
eral regulations. A stormwater
management system will be de-
signed to meet the conditions on
the site in accordance with Gulf
County and State of Florida re-
1Theproject will provide safe and
convenient on-site traffic flow by
limitingg access points into the
development. WindMark Beach
will provide an extensive pedes-
trian network that will connect
residential areas with the town
center, beach and other recreation
areas. The existing U.S. 98
right-of-way will be transformed
into a publicly accessible beach
front trail.
Approximately 1,000 acres of the
project site will be preserved-'as
Jurisdictional wetlands, 'upland
preserve and beach dune commu-

Impact Assessment
The ARPC reviews the impacts of
the project on regional resources
and facilities pursuant to Chap-
ter 380, Florida Statutes. As part
jof its impact determination, the
ARPC sent copies of the ADA to
various agencies and parties:
.Vegetation and Wildlife,
The project site contains a typi-
cal vegetation profile for the
northern Gulf coast of Florida.
The site includes 30 separate
Florida Land Use, Cover and

Forms Classification System
natural communities and 11
listed plant species. The natural
communities can be grouped into
three parallel zones landward of
St. Joe Bay. An undisturbed
beach-dune community occurs
between St. Joe Bay and U.S. 98.
This community is characterized
as an area of low dunes and
interdunal sales vegetated by
various coastal grasses and vines.
Except for minor disturbance at
a few unimproved beach access
sites there is little human distur-
bance to this community.
The central portion of the site west
of US Highway 98 is character-
ized by a series of closely spaced
parallel dune ridges and interven-
ing swales. Vegetative communi-
ties change abruptly from xeric
uplands on the relic dunes to
wetlands in the interdune sales.
The area was not a preferred lo-
cation for planted pines, although
suitable areas were planted with
slash or sand pine after a cata-
strophic fire that burned through
the area in 1977. Other parts of
this area have reforested through
natural regeneration. Distur-
bance to natural ground cover
and soils throughout this area is
Jurisdictional wetlands total
827.9 acres. Proposed develop-
ment is expected to impact 48.7
acres or 6 percent of the jurisdic-
tional wetlands on the site. The
Developer will provide on-site or
off-site mitigation if the form of
wetland preservation is enhance-
ment restoration. Off-site mitiga-
tion will occur adjacent or within
the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer
The remaining 779.2 acres of wet-
lands shall be protected by re-
cording a declaration of covenants
and restrictions in the Official
Records of Gulf County, which
will limit and restrict the future
development and use of such
lands, in perpetuity, to-be consis-
tent with the development order.
Water Quality
The stormwater management sys-
tem for the project will be permit-
ted by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection pursu-
ant to the standards set forth, in
Chapter 62-25 F.A.C. The stan-I
dard for stormwater treatment:
established under this state' rule
is 80% reduction, of the average
annual loading of total suspended
solids. All runoff from the devel-
opment landward of the dune line
will be treated with the most ef-
fective water quality best manage-
ment practices.
According to Federal Emergency
Management Agency (,FEMA)
Flood Insurance Rate Maps a sig-
nificant portion of the site is lo-
cated within an area inundated
by 100-year flooding. Develop-
ment is proposed within the
100-year flood prone area; how-
ever, all roadways and finished
floor elevations will be above the
100 year elevation.
Hurricane Evacuation
Most of the project site is located
within the hurricane vulnerabil-
ity zone and will need to be evacu-
ated in the event of a major hur-
ricane. Based on the behavioral
assumptions and other data the
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Evacuation Study a projected 293
people would seek public shelter
in the event of a Category 3 hur-
ricane. However, it is likely that
fewer than the projected number
would seek public shelter because
a significant number of seasonal
homes will be rented to vacation-
ers who will decide to stay at home
or return to their primary homes.
Gulf County currently has no
public shelters and, therefore, has
a shelter deficit for purposes of
rule 9J-2.0256(4)(a), F.A.C. There-
fore the project will have a signifi-
cant regional impact on public
hurricane shelter space availabil-
ity. The Developer proposes -to
mitigate this regional pact by piro-
viding hurricane shelter space for
residents of the Project in the golf
course clubhouse or other struc-
'tures located upland from the
Category 3 evacuation zone. The
structures) containing such shel-
ters shall be constructed to pro-
vide shelter space for at lest 293
persons at buildout, based on a
standard of 20 square feet per
person. The structures) contain-
ing each space shall be equipped
as provided by Rule
9J-2.0256(5)(a)2., F.A.C., and
must be proved by the Gulf
County Emergency Management
Official. Adequate shelter space
for each phase of the Project shall
be provided prior to completion of
that phase.
Historical and Archaeological
The applicant performed a profes-
sional cultural resources assess-
ment of the WindMark Beach
project site in April 2002. The
survey consisted of a reconnais-
sance of the project area, surface
inspection of most exposed areas
and the excavation of subsurface
test units. Two previously re-
corded and four new sites have
been identified within the Project
boundary. The four new sites in-
cluding three small Weeden Island
archaeological sites and the re-
mains of a small turpentine still
site. An earlier survey conducted
in 2000 had discovered two addi-
tional Weeden Island period ar-
chaeological sites
All of the Weeden Island archaeo-
logical sites are all located on the,
western edge of the .same sand
ridge approximately one-half mile
inland, from the.,coast. The ar-
chaeological sites contain numer-
ous Whelk shell fragments and
probably represent former camp
sites. The remains of what ap-
pears to have been a turpentine
still include a few bricks, metal
fragments, rosin globs, and bro-
ken Herty cups. No personal or
domestic items associated with
the people that worked at the sites
were found. The lack of significant
features or intact cultural depos-
its-suggests' that the potential for
the recovery of additional imnpor-
tant data from these sites is low.
The Department of State, Division
of Historic Resources (DHR) has
concluded that the proposed de-
velopment will have no effect on
any sites of historic or archaeo-
logical value.
A local citizen requested an evalu-
ation of the historic significance
of the' existing U.S. 98 right-of-
way. According to the DHR U.S.
Highway 98 was established in
the late 1920's and was known as
the "Coastal Highway". Although
the location of the roadway ROW
is historic, the road itself is not
significant. To address this issue
the DHR requested that the
three-mile segment of U.S. 98 be
documented. The applicant has
completed a Florida Master Site
File structure form for the aban-
doned roadway based on instruc-
tions from DHR staff.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Projects Total $331,311

Pre-Construction Meeting Begins
Apalachicola Airport Building Projects
Commercial Hanger and Maintenance Hangar
Addition to be built by Poloronis Construction, Inc.
Representatives of the local Airport Advisory Board, the Florida De-
partment of Transportation, the Franklin County Commission and
the airport met at the Emergency Operations Center at the
Apalachicola airport on Wednesday, February 25, 2004, for the first
pre-construction meeting to discuss, primarily, the 60 by 60 foot com-
mercial hangar and additions to the Maintenance Hangar.
The meeting was chaired by Ted Moesteller who reviewed the major
issues including inspection, technical matters, construction admin-
istration, change orders procedures, scheduling, payments and the
notice to proceed. Some discussion was held on the question of septic
systems to service bathrooms planned for the facilities and the ex-
pected delay for city sewer services to be available at the airport loca-

Most of the funding for the two projects has been furnished by
Florida Department of Transportation.
A final Inspection of the T-hanger projects was also agended.









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.



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The Franklin Chronicle

St. George Civic
Club Briefed On
Draft Of


In addition to politics, the Febru-
ary meeting of the St. George Is-
land Civic Club devoted part of its
agenda to a briefing on the pro-
posed draft plan for the Tourist
Development Council.
The proposed "tourist tax," if
passed by the Franklin County
Commission, would create and
maintain funds to promote tour-
ism in the county especially dur-
ing off peak season, provide sup-
port for the development of re-
gional and local recreational
events, and help maintain infra-
structure such as maintenance of
the island rest rooms, and other
As proposed, a tax of about 2 %
would be levied on transient rent-
als (up to six months) on hotel,
motel, recreational vehicle parks
and short term rentals presently
required to collect sales taxes.
This tax, as pi-ojected, would gen-
erate about $544,000 annually.
Under the plan, about 60 % of the
money would be used for infra-
structure such as beach mainte-
nance, facility cleanup, enhance-
ment of county recreational com-
plexes to enable community to
appeal to regional competitive
sport events, and infrastructure
construction such as boat ramps,
piers and rest rooms. The Admin-
istration and promotion uses
would include funding visitor cen-
ter activities through the
Carrabelle and Apalachicola
chambers and funds to help pro-
mote activities and events in
non-peak periods of the year.
The boundaries of the tourist tax
district would be contiguous with
the boundaries of Franklin
The Tourist Development Coun-
cil plans to bring its final recom-
mendations to, the County Com-
mission at their regular meeting
in April 2004. At that time, 'the
Council would ask the Commis-
sioners to adopt an ordinance tak-
ing the matter to refereridumr in
the full election cycle. If the vot-
ers approve, the collection of the
tax and implementation of the
program would begin in January

U.S. Might Impose
Duties On
Imported Shrimp

Tariffs Would Not Come
Until October 2004
Noting the low-price competition
and the flood of shrimp imports,
some Federal trade officials are
now willing to recommend that
the U.S. government consider
duties on shrimp imports from
Asian and Latin American coun-
The vote at the U.S. International
Trade Commission voted 6-0 to
send the recommendation to the
Department of Commerce to de-
cide whether to impose duties on
imported shrimp based on alleged
unfair (and cheap) market prices.
A preliminary ruling on that mat-
ter would not come until June
unless the Commerce officials
should decide if more time is
needed. If duties would be im-
posed, these might not occur un-
til October.
The Southern Shrimp Alliance
complained at the end of 2003
that Thailand, Vietnam, India,
China, Ecuador and Brazil were
dumping farm-raised shrimp
(aquacultured) on the U. S. mar-
ket, driving down.prices. Interest-
ingly, the demand for shrimp has
also increased even more than
tuna, as the most consumed sea-
food in the U.S. Yet, U.S. shrimp-
ers and processors are not mak-
ing profits. The group has argued
in their petitions that cheap im-
ports cut the value of imported
shrimp to $560 million contrasted
to $1.25 billion over a two year
period, 2000-2002. Dockside

shrimp irom the Gulf of Mexico
was reduced from about $6.00 to
$3.50 per pound.

Fishing With Alice And Uncle Steve

By Laurene Langley
This story happened long before the Eastpoint channel was cut. There
was a small oyster bar directly behind the Daniels Brother's Seafood
House. This was a popular fishing place almost always easy to catch
fish there.
Once upon a time a little girl named Alice, she was about four or five
years old, wanted to go fishing. So Uncle Steve, a young man at the
time, who was subject to the whims of his young niece, got a cane
pole; rigged it with a line and cork and hook and some shrimp for
bait. They got onto one of the boats, which was tied up to the dock
behind the Seafood House. They moved the boat a little ways out into
the bay and anchored on the small oyster bar.
Steve baited the hook, had Alice stand on the back of the boat deck.
He threw out the line for her, instantly she caught a fish. She caught
trout as fast as Uncle Steve could take them off and bait the hook.
and throw it back over!
Suddenly Alice began a war dance! With very rapid stomping and
saying, "I want to fish! I want to fish! I want to fish!" She was so mad,
it took Uncle Steve by surprise, finally he realized she didn't care
about the fish she wanted to see the cork float. When he got her
quiet, he would pretend to bait the hook so she could see tile cork
float! He just baited the hook sometimes, so she could catch some
fish to make it interesting.
Worth repeating-because it doesn't happen that way any more-you
have plenty of time to watch the cork!
After some time of enjoyable fishing; taking a drink of water from the
water jug pretty often, because that was a new experience, Alice got
tired enough; she was willing to go home so Uncle Steve brought the
boat into the dock. A very happy little girl came up the dock, followed
by a very smart Uncle Steve carrying a good mess of fish, the pole and
bait bucket.
He had learned an important lesson! It is good to just watch the cork
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The Realtor Association of Franklin and Southern Gulf Coun-
ties announced its 2003 winners at their annual award banquet held
at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe on January 30th. The
Three Top Honors for Franklin County Realtors all were earned by
Prudential Resort Realty Associates: Jeff Galloway was named Top
Producer for Sales Volume and Top Producer for Sales Transactions,
with over 100 transactions and over $100 million in volume. The
Number Two position was earned by Jerry Thompson, and the
Number Three position was earned by Pandora Schlitt. Libia
Taylor and Eliseo Duarte earned the "Top Team" honors in Gulf
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County Sheriff. Barnes retired
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after twenty-three years of service,
serving his last two years in the
Tallahassee Field Office.
Barnes, 57, graduated from
Florida State University in 1973,
with a Bachelor's Degree in Crimi-
nology. Also a graduate of the
Broward County Police Academy,
Barnes served as a Police Officer
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from
1973 to 1976, before taking a po-
sition as a Special Agent with the
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and Firearms (ATF) in Mobile, Ala-
bama, where he was assigned
from 1976 to 1980. In 1980,
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and has served as a Special Agent
in Mobile, Miami, and Fort Lau-

derdale, Florida. Barnes spent 10
years of his DEA career overseas,
serving as a Special Agent at the
U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thai-
land, and most recently as the
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Embassy in New Delhi, India, be-
fore transferring to Tallahassee in
During his thirty-year law en-
forcement career, Barnes has
served in an extensive variety of
specialized assignments, and is a
seasoned criminal Investigator,
administrator, and instructor. He
has worked with several
multi-agency drug task forces,
including the Broward County
Sheriffs Office Domestic Interdic-
tion Task Force, and served as the
key advisor to U.S. Ambassador
on U.S. drug policy in India.
Barnes is also a Vietnam veteran,
and served with the U.S. Army's
19th Engineer Battalion from
January 1966 to December 1967.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Barnes
Srew up on the Gulf Coast near
t. Petersburg, Florida and has
been a property owner in Franklin
County since 1991. He and his
wife, Sabra, have been married for
17 years and have two daughters,
Brittany, 14 and Courtney, 11.
With thirty years of professional
law enforcement experience, in-
cluding municipal, federal and
foreign experience, and an exten-
sive background in drug law en-
forcement, Barnes stated that he
believes his experience could be
used to great benefit in serving the
residents of Franklin County if he
were elected Sheriff.
"Over the past 10 years and since
we chose Franklin County as our
home of choice, I have watched
the county grow far beyond my
expectations. Property values
have skyrocketed and so have
property taxes. Future develop-
ments like SummerCamp will add
to the tax base but will also in-
crease the need for essential ser-
vices. It is critically important that
law enforcement and other first
responder services keep pace and
provide the professional services
expected and demanded by both
citizens and visitors to Franklin

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5 March 2004 Pape 9

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Former Chronicle Editor

Featured In Duquesne Magazine

For University Outreach

2oo. *OOzine

SFor the Mind, Heart and Spirit

Former Chronicle Editor, Brian Goercke, while a student at Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh, has been featured in the University's Winter
2004 magazine for his work in community outreach. Brian was Edi-
tor of the Franklin Chronicle from 1994 through most of 1998, and
later served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe for the following three
years. He began his master's degree program at Duquesne University
in 2002, and expects to graduate this spring. By telephone interview,
he said he wants to find work in the international arena, preferably
in Africa.
Brian Goercke's ,appointment while at Duquesne is a community de-
velopment Fellow within Duquesne's Graduate Center for Social and
Public Policy program. The students work directly with agencies to
assist with vital tasks such as program development, research and
implementation. .
The magazine article that featured Brian and his Fellows is excerpted
below and provides additional perspective on his work at the Univer-
"Many of the fellows" com' to .-u'quesne through a partnership with
the U.S. Peace Corps. After serving overseas, the volunteers can choose
from a variety' of Peace'Corps-affiliated universities like Duquesne to
further their education. Since its inception at Duquesne in 1997, the
partnership .has involved 25 fellows and served more than 30 agen-
cies in the Pittsburgh area."
"Brian Goercke, who first worked with at-risk children in Zimbabwe,
is also now using his talents to make a positive impact on local youths.
He's collaborating vxith the Community Human Services Corporation
to deveioib edicatiniiafaind curfiral-programs for at-risk teenagers in
the South Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Goercke arranges discussion
groups led by international Duquesne students, who speak with the
youngsters about their culture, history and customs. Part of Goercke's
gohl is to help foster tolerance among the youths.
"My'work may help these children' develop academic and social skills
in their formative years," said Goercke, who also mentors young chil-
dren at an .after-schooJl program. "This is community building one.
individual at a time." '
"Iris Wintef,another fellow in the buquesne program, agrees. "I think
one of the greatest impacts adults can make in the community is
through interaction with young people" she said. "Any program that
offers an adult a chance to be a mentor gives the youth and the adult
wonderful opportunities to grow in all the right ways."
The fellows sayt that volunteering brings many rewards. "Knowing
that you have touched one person's life, helped one person make
something of himself or herself, is enough to justify the countless
hours and the frustrations that sometimes go along with volunteer-
ing," said Palombo. "By helping others, you invariably develop into a
more complete person," Goercke added.
They also believe commitment to community is what makes Duquesne
stand out among other universities. Last year alone, Duquesne stu-
dents and employees shared more than 174,000 hours of time and
talent assisting non-profits.
'This kind of outreach puts a face on Duquesne," said Palombo. "We
aren't just a private university on the bluff-we are actively involved in
neighborhoods throughout the state." By Bridget Fare.
Duquesne University is a Catholic University founded by members of
the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained
through a partnership of laity and religious. Duquesne serves God by
serving students-through'commitment to excellence in liberal and
professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiri-
tual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere
open to diversity and through service to the Church, the community
the nation and the world.
For more information on these and other alumni events, please call
the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-456-8338 or visit our web site
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Law Enforcement Advisory
Panel of the Fishery Council:
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
convene the Law Enforcement
Advisory Panel (LEAP) to review
possible changes to the National
Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS)
2005 commercial shark fishing
seasons. The LEAP will also re-
view scoping documents that
would potentially limit access in
the commercial king mackerel
and reef fish fisheries to replace
the existing moratoria. A scoping
document that would potentially
allow marine aquaculture will also
be reviewed along with a scoping
document to potentially extend
the existing moratorium on the
issuance of new charter vessel-
permits. The LEAP will also review
draft amendments that would es-
tablish rebuilding plans for red
snapper and vermilion snapper in
the Gulf, and scoping options for
a variety of management mea-
sures pertaining to the Coastal
Migratory Pelagics Fishery Man-
agement Plan.
The LEAP consists of principal law
enforcement officers in each of the
Gulf states, as well as the NMFS,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS), the U.S. Coast Guard, and';
the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration's (NOAA)
General Counsel. The LEAP meet-
ing is scheduled for Tuesday,
March 16, 2004 from 1:00 p.m..
to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the Holiday Inn Chateau
LeMoyne, 301 Rue Dauphine,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112. A
copy of the agenda and related
materials can be obtained by call-
ing the Council office at'
Singing' Commodores To Per-a,
form at GCCC: Gulf Coast Com'-,
munity College will present the
GCCC aSinging Commodores,, in.
partnership with choral groups '
from area high schools, on March
6 from 7:30 p.m: to 9 p.m. in the',
Amelia Center Theatre on cam-
The program will feature pop
standards and musical numbers
from popular Broadway shows
such as Razzle Dazzle from Chi-
cago and a medley from
Hairspray. Other musical favor-'
ites include Wade in the Water, a
Southern Gospel number, 'selec--
tions from The Lion King, Swing-
ing at Bassie's Place, a swing
number, and the song Georgia.
GCCC Commodores scheduled to
perform area Brittney Blaich, Sh-
annon Floyd, John Foster, Daniel
Foxworth, Rachel Geoghagan,
Eva Garrett and Melissa Johnson.
In addition Shawn Gross, Clinton
McCormick, Glernesha Milner,
Alexander Mrazek and Oscar Ol-
ive will also'peiform. Some of the
area high schools represented in'
this production are Rutherford
High School's Trible Ensemble'
and Arnold High School's Martin
Soundwave, s ..
Admission is free. Donations \\ill
be accepted for music scholar-
ships. For more information, call
Carrabelle Artist's Association: ,
Meets each Tuesday at 2:00 4:00
p.m. in Carrabelle Senior Citizens o
Center. We also have our business
meeting the last Monday of each
month at 7:00 p.m., also at the
Senior Citizensens Center in.
Carrabelle. Contact MaryLe'e
Matarazzo, Vice-President for info '
at (850) 697-5295.
American Lung Association
Holds Pulmonary Symposium:
The American Lung Association of
Florida/Big Bend Region will hold
the 11th Annual Pulmonary Sym-
posium on April 22nd and 23rd
at the Florida State University-
Center Club in Tallahassee. This
symposium is a continuing edu-
cation update on the state of the.
art in pulmonary medicine and is
designed for practicing allergists,
internists, family physicians, pe-
diatricians, respiratory thera-
pists, nurses and technicians
with an interest in pulmonary dis-

Experts from around the state
and Tallahassee have been cho-
sen as the faculty for their knowl-
edge on new developments/tech-
niques in the diagnosis and man-
agement of adults and children
with respiratory problems. This
program will provide 10 continu-
ing education credits.
The 11th Annual Pulmonary Sym-
posium is made possible by edu-
cational grants received from
pharmaceutical companies and
local businesses. Additional spon-
sorships and exhibitor opportu-
nities are still available.
For application forms and more
information call the American
Lung Association at (850)
386-2065 or 1-800-LUNG-USA:
Caribbean Music Celebration at
the Dixie: Encouraged by the re-
sounding success of last
November's "First Annual
Apalachicola Jazz, Blues & Folk
Festival" the Dixie Theatre Foun-
dation has scheduled Joe
Donato's music productions for 4
appearances in 2004.
The first performance a "Carib-
bean Music Celebration" will be
held on March 19 & 20, Friday
and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the
Dixie Theatre.
The March event, headed by Joe
Donate, will feature The Mighty
Tinker from New York, Dr. Cheeko
from Atlantic City, and colorful
Caribbean musicians Turnip
Greens, Babalou, and Brother
Will. The hope is that the audi-
ence will throw themselves into
the celebration by wearing color-
ful Caribbean island wear.
Thanks to Bill Spohrer, a special
attraction for the audience of the
"Caribbean Music Celebration"
will be a drawing each night for
free round trip transportation for
two on Gulfstream International
Airlines from Tampa to Nassau,
Bahamas and two complimentary
nights in the luxurious Radisson
Crystal Palace Hotel.
The Dixie's second Donato pro-
duction, "A Musical History of
Rock'n'Roll" scheduled for May 7
& 8, will feature the outstanding
hits of the Rock'n'Roll era made
famous by such musical legends
as Bill Haley, the Big Bopper,
Ridhie Valens, Elvis Presley, Little
Richard and Don MacLean.
Donato traces this segment of
musical history from "Rock
Around the Clock" to "American
The greatest legends of country
music will be featured in the
Dixie's third Donato production
September 10 & 11. This concert
will feature the memorable hits of
,-Hank Snow, Jimmy Rodgers,
Hank Williams and others. The
show, titled "Country Classics &
Redneck Rhythms" will be per-
formed by. some of today's out-
standing musicians.
Finally on November 19 & 20,
iApalachicola will be the site of the
Dixie Theatre's "Second Annual
,Jazz, Blues & Folk Festival" fea-
turing Joe Donato who will bring
;back the Brian Murphy Miami,
"Jazz Ensemble and the golden
!yoice of,Kathleen Donato.
.For additional information and
interviews, please contact Dixie
Partington at 850-653-3200 or
i'Joe Donato at 305-884-6789 or

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) Puffer Fish: They have
advised the public that its order
prohibiting all harvest of puffer
fish from the waters of Volusia,
Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie
and Martin counties remains in.
Health advisories have previously
warned people not to eat puffer
fish harvested from thqTitusville
area (Brevard County) because
the fish may contain a naturally
occurring toxin that can cause
serious illness or death. The FWC
has included all of the Indian
River in its closure as a precau-
tionary measure.
More information about puffer
fish and their toxic nature is avail-
table online at www.florida-
marine.org. Search under "puffer
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) Marine Life Fishery: They
have scheduled a public work-
shop in Tampa regarding the

live-collection marine life fishery.
The Commission is interested in
receiving input on limited-entry
options for commercial fishers
holding a marine life endorsement
and on other recommended
changes to rules regarding the
collection of live marine species.
The FWC encourages all inter-
ested persons to participate in the
workshop, which will take place
Thursday, March 18 from 7-9
p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel
Tampa Westshore, Conference
Center Entrance, Birchwood
Room/Timberwood Room, 4500
West Cypress St. in Tampa.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) Blue Crab Management:
They have scheduled three pub-
lic workshops regarding the man-
agement of blue crabs. The Com-
mission is seeking public input on
recommendations by the Blue
Crab Advisory Board for effort
management in the commercial
blue crab fishery.
These recommendations include
the development of an effort man-
agement program; developing
qualifying criteria; establishing a
maximum number of traps per
endorsement; requiring trap tags;
separating the peeler fishery from
the hard crab fishery; transfer-
ability of endorsements; estab-
lishing regional short-term clo-
sures Tor trap clean-up activities;
and developing certain gear modi-
The FWC encourages all inter-
ested persons to participate in the
workshops, which will take place
from 6-9 p.m. as follows:
Thursday, March 11
Board of County Commissioners
Main Meeting Room
Administration Building
4th Floor
477 Houston St.
Green Cove Springs
Wednesday, March 10
Best Western Space Shuttle Inn
3455 Chaney Hwy.
SR 50
The FWC intends to schedule ad-
ditional public workshops regard-
ing the blue crab fishery in other
parts of Florida in the near future,

The Franklin County Republi-
cans: They will meet the 3rd Mon-
day in March, March 15, 2004,
at 7:00 p.m., at the home of Alli-
gator Point Precinct Committee-
man, W. Taylor Moore. Taylor's
address is 1645 Alligator Dr (CR
370) which is the main road. His
house is 8.5 mi. off US 98 and is
across the street from the marina.
It is a typical coastal style home
on stilts and proudly flies the
American flag. If you get lost,
Taylor's phone number is
Chris Akins will be joining us
again. As you'll remember, Chris
is the North Florida Field Direc-
tor for the Republican Party Of
Fla. Chris will tell us about a new
3-for-1 fund matching program
which the RPOF has started. Ba-
sically, for every $1 we raise, the
RPOF will match it with $3, up to
$5000. So, if we raise $1667, the
RPOF will kick in $5000.
Other agenda items will include
Election 2004 issues. All Repub-
licans should attend this meeting.
See you there.
Ned Pooser, Chairman
Franklin Republican Executive
Franklin County School Board:
Notice!!! Regular meeting of the
Franklin County School Board on
Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 6:00
p.m. in the Carrabelle High
The Wilderness Coast Public Li-
braries (WILD): The Governing,
Board will meet on Monday,
March 8, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at
the Wilderness Coast Public Li-
braries Administrative Office in
Crawfordville, Florida. For more
information, please call (850)

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The County Commissioners also' M
told the Lanark District that, Specialists in Painting,
"since two members of the Lanark Fiberglass Repair and Boat
District Board of Commissioners
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but wanted it "without prejudice" ,: heard in court. In spite of the work
which would allow him the oppor- i order to resume, the work crew
tunity to refile the injunction re- could not start digging until
quest at a later time. The County March 2nd as they could not get
Commissioner's told Pelecki that the information as to the location
they wanted it "with prejudice" of Lanark's pipes along Hwy. 98.
and if he had not filed a motion The work delay has cost
to withdraw the request as they 'Carrabelle almost $30,000.00.
wished by tomorrow morning,
(March 3, 2004) they would go
ahead and amend the Ordinance New Website
establishing the Lanark Village Planned
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Carrabelle Resumes Laying Meeting On
Sewer Pipes Florida Natural
As the dispute was being heard. Ar.
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missioners in an attempt to re-
solve the issue, the work crews Held In
began laying pipe again even
though Lanark Attorney, Pelecki
has yet to withdraw the injunc- palachicola
tion request as instructed by the
Board of County Commissioners.
The need to quickly resume pipe Project ARROW in
installation is great because it Planning Stages;
would cost Carrabelle $47,000.00 Available by 2005
to stop the work, then recall the
work crews at a later time to re- The ecological characterization for
sume laying pipe.. It has cost the Apalachicola River and basin
Carrabelle $3.000.00 a day for the are part of the Florida Natural
delays brought on by Lanark's Areas Inventory being developed
refusal of permission for by Project Arrow affiliated with
Carrabelle to go past The Lanark Florida State University and
District with sewer pipes. Mayor funded by the National Oceanic
Brown said that Carrabelle gave and Atmospheric Administration
the order to resume pipe laying (NOAA). An organizational meet-

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/16/04 Invoice No. 10096
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model PK Color Green
Tag No No Tag Year 1986 state GA v_ n No. 1FTCF15N9GNB04540
To Owner: Tommy W. Childress To Lien Holder: Instant Cash, Inc.
174 Cairo Road 3457 Pio Nono Avenue
Bainbridge, GA 31717 Suite 103
Macon, GA 31206
You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/08/04 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/18/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the

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Annex on Tuesday evening, Feb-
ruary 24th.
The goal of the project is to de-
velop a comprehensive informa-
tion clearinghouse and decision
support tool for the Apalachicola
watershed. The Website will bring
together in one publicly accessible
website the best of the abundant
and diverse information available
for the region embraced in
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden,
Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and
Wakulla counties.
The project will distribute its in-
formation through ARROW
(Apalachicola Region Resources
on the Web) website as well as on
a CD-ROM. The ARROW project
will assemble and synthesize dif-
ferent kinds of information such
as biological, economic, hydro-
logic in various formats such as
maps, tables and databases to
help provide answers to critical
questions about the future of the
region. By making the same data
accessible to everyone, ARROW
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take an active role in shaping the
plans and policies that will deter-
mine the future of the Apalach-
icola River, Bay and watershed,
so says the brochure promoting
ARROW. Given those ideals, the
project will still have to cope with

the problems of av'ailability of
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computers on the internet in ru-
ral versus urban areas of the U.S.
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barely 30% of U.S. households in
rural areas have access to a
website. Demographically speak-
ing, website availability is also a
function of household income and
education, clearly indicating
higher incomes and education are
strongly correlated to website

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date or this Notice 02/24/04 Invoice No. 8550
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Thunderbircd1oor Blue
Tag No HD634W Year 1986 Sae FL __vin No. 1FABP46W9GH185738
To Owner: Gordon OrrlT To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 513
Apalachicola, FL 32329

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/20/04 at the request of Property Owner that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/25/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

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Bridge dedication from Page 1

tinted support ol protecting our Bay and other natural
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of Counts' Commissioners is committed to the continued
protection of our Florida paradise Thanks for being here

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/24/04 Invoice No. 10029
Description o Vehicle: Make Honda Model 2-Door Color Blue
Tag No. G86JSY Ye.r 1988. tte FL Vin No. 2HGED6358JH512348
To Owner: Donald Ray Todd, II To Lien Holder:
8820 FL/GA Highway
Havannah, FL 32333

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/13/04 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 290.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/25/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Descendants of Bryant Patton: son, sister and niecc.

money and state money, combined... Associated with tnat
project, there is another $1 million in regard to mitiga-
tion costs in trying to help move certain portions of oys-
ter beds that were in Apalachicola Bay. We've also had to
expend another $2 or $3 million to do the inspection dur-
ing the construction... Our new bridge is 15 feet higher
in the navigation channel than the old bridge. The new
bridge has a vertical clearance of 65 feet. There are two
12-foot lanes instead of 11-foot lanes, and there are also
ten-foot auxiliary lanes on either side... The new bridge
is designed for a 75-year life.:...
The old structure was deficient in that it had major cor-
rosion that occurred to it back in 1994. Because of the
major corrosion and the structural deficiencies that we
found, is the reason we have this new structure today.
Now that we have built this new structure, we feel that it
will go at least to 100 years, but one key element of it is
that the firm that has been the design-build team has
given the taxpayers of the state of Florida a ten year war-
ranty and $10 million warranty, if we have to repair it
over a ten year period...
We're also going to be leaving portions of that causeway
because it is so important for the terns, the oyster catch-
ers-those particular birds that are protected species that
will continue to have nesting areas on that causeway...
Senator Al Lawson made the following remarks:
"...Last night I was thinking about the late Senator Pat
Thomas. Senator Thomas was really involved in this
project, and I was thinking if he could be here with us
today, he would really be delighted to know that the
project is completed. Many other members of the Legis-
lature also contributed to this great venture. I think (also)
the late Senator Dempsey Barron contributed a great deal
... Also, I was thinking maybe I could get DOT (Depart-
Smeht o0fTransportation'to speed up their ire,-.nmmenda-m 'i.i "
tion on 319 coming down here (laughter from crowd)... I
spent about 40 minutes in Wakulla County trying to get
through the traffic, but I'm delighted to be here. I'm glad
the highway patrol let me in here. It's a wonderful occa-
sion, and it's going to make a great difference to Franklin
County, the island, and bring more people...
Franklin County Commissioner Eddie Creamer, District 1, made his
"...It is an honor to be able to speak to you today on
behalf of the Franklin County Board of County Commis-
sioners... We would like to thank the State ofFlorida for
your continued support of Franklin County. The bridge
will not only boost the economy of Franklin County, it
will also ensure the safe evacuation of our island resi-
dents and tourists during hurricane season. We would
also would like to thank the State of Florida for your con-

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/16/04 Invoice No. 9144
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Tercel Color Blue
Tag No D29KNP Year 1991 state FL vn N. JT2EL43B8M0127109
To Owner: Loreal L. Daniles To Lien Holder:
530 Brownsville Road
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
11/26/03 at the request of FCSO/FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/25/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

.' Then. Representative Will Kendrick introduced the Lieutenant Gov-
ernor of the State of Florida. the Honorable Toni Jennings. He had a
Sslinht "p slip mIipinitially refernnm to her as the first female Governor
bui followed with a quick correction despite the good humor. She
responded with:

"...Thank you for that little slip... Usually when you get
these many politicians at one site, there is enough hot
air to warm up everybody. I just want to share with you,
the Governor today is in Palm Beach, digging up the earth
for- a ground-breaking. And, I am up here, and I want
you to know I think I get the better end of the deal." I had
a very long speech. Guess what. We're not going to do
that today. For several reasons not the least of which is
the temperature. But, the deputy secretary just gave my
whole speech for me. I am so pleased to be here. The
dedication of a bridge is a monumental thing for a com-
munity... There is nothing more beautiful than the
beaches of northwest Florida. The Gulf and Apalachicola
Bay has a certain kind of beauty that you cannot repli-
cate anywhere... Last year, over 200,000 persons visited
the State Park on St. George Island ... That means some-
where around $9 million of economic influence in this
area... Al was right. Pat Thomas was also a special friend
to me. He is here, Al... He's everywhere, when we finally
get something finished...
Ron Bloodworth of St. George Island, representing several island
groups, also spoke at the dedication. He said, in part:
"...I can't help but remember September 1955 when I
was helping build the first house on St. George Island,
and since then, I've seen a lot of changes, a lot of changes
for the good. We have a lot of great people that are now
living on the island... As we gather here today in celebra-
tion of this beautiful new addition to Franklin County,
and St. George Island, let us take notice of the natural
beauty surrounding us this morning... Back into the
1960s, there was a vote by the citizens of Franklin County
as to whether there should be a bridge built from the
mainland over to St. George Island, and a separate bridge
built from Carrabelle to Dog Island. Consider how those
two decisions some 50 years ago-one for the bridge and
one against-have affected the history of this area. Dog
Island has continued to be an almost pristine example of
nature in its own wonderful form. And, St. George Is-

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Bridge dedication from Page 11
land, with some of the most beautiful beaches and land-
scape on earth, has been central in making Franklin
County a vacation destination for thousands of visitors
each year. The available resources to the County Com-
mission to increase land values and a broader tax base
has allowed every citizen in the County to benefit in many
ways. We who call St. George Island home are proud to
contribute our share in this economic revitalization. We
want to thank all of the people who have had a hand in
the construction of this wonderful project... We especially
appreciate the hiring of local workers ...
At the conclusion of the speeches, Mr. Kendrick invited the audience
to stand in place while the officials embarked in their automobiles for
the symbolic trip across the Bay to the St. George Island side. A rib-
bon cutting was held just before the motorcade got underway.
A reception was held at the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment and Civic Club Meeting quarters, atop the fire station, where
several tables of food and photos were attractively displayed and later
devoured by the luncheon crowd.

The Process
The construction schedule progressed from a test pile program and
temporary detours at both ends of the bridge, with traffic continuing
over the original Bryant Patton structure built in 1965. A substruc-
ture of piling was constructed including pier caps and girders, with
the placement of a concrete deck on top. Traffic on the new bridge
was opened on February 16, 2004. The old bridge will be partially
demolished, used in part to build artificial reefs. About 5/6 of a mile
on each end of the old bridge will remain in place as a fishing pier,
accessible from both ends. A paved parking lot will be constructed on
each pier to accommodate about 20 cars. A portion of the causeway
will remain and be maintained as a bird sanctuary but there will not
be any land access to this section. The demolished bridge sections
will be used as rubble shore protection around the bird sanctuary.
The remainder will be transported offshore and used as artificial reef

The Project
The St. George Island Bridge Replacement Project has been the larg-
est design-build effort undertaken by the Florida Dept. of Transpor-
tation (FDOT) to the time the contract was let. This 4.1 mile structure
was built over Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County, Florida over a
three-year period, beginning in 2001. The structure has two 12-foot
lanes and ten-foot shoulders on either side, with the high level sec-
tion about 65 feet over the inland navigation channel between St.
George Island and the mainland at Eastpolnt.
The new Bryant Patton bridge features a 1200 feet Post-Tensioned
Haunch Girder System, and is one of the longest bridge structure of
its type (using the PT Hauch Girder) in the United States. The bridge
also features 54-inch diameter cylinder piles with 8.125 inches thick
concrete walls. The contractor was Boh Brothers with the Engineer of
Record, Jacobs Civil Engineering. Consultant Construction Engineer-
ing and Inspection is Parsons Brinckerhoff. The Design-build is a
method of project construction where one entity, the designer-builder,
has a single contract with the owner to provide for architectural and
engineering design and construction services. The advantages of this
configuration include a single point of responsibility, better quality
control, greater opportunities for innovation, cost savings, improved
risk management, reduced administrative burdens and time savings.
When contrasted with traditional design and low-bid contracting,
design-build projects are generally 33 percent faster and six percent

Bryant Patton
Also attending the dedication were members of the family of Bryant
Patton including his son, Jim Patton, and daughter, Lois Patton, and
a niece of Bryant Patton. Bryant Patton was a native of Apalachicola
who served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for
three terms. He was born October 8, 1895, a veteran of World War I
and served in the Second World War. Later, he was an owner of the
Apalachicola Fish and Oyster Company. Mr. Patton was elected to
the Legislature frQm Franklin County in 1948 and re-elected in 1950.
He and his wife Mary had one daughter and three sons. Bryant died
during his last year in office and his wife, Mary, assumed his seat
from 1951 through 1953.
The original Bryant Patton Bridge was slightly over four miles in length,
with two travel lanes 11 feet in width without safety shoulders. The
causeway section, about mid-point between the mainland and St.
George Island, has been a nesting site for many species of sea birds.
In 1994, a bridge repair project to restore the structural 'competency
of the structure revealed many deficiencies and massive corrosion. A
decision was made then that a new bridge was needed.

Bird Sanctuary
Between Eastpoint and St. George Island, the causeway segment is
home to thousands of pairs of nesting shorebirds including gulls,
least terns, royal terns, sandwich terns and American oystercatch-
ers. The area is designated a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) with the
speed limit lowered to 35 mph to protect the adult, birds that often
swooped in low over the highway to feed their young. From June
through August of each year, law enforcement officers were survey-
ing the roadway, looking for speeders.
Lee Edmiston, a research coordinator with the Research Reserve, said;
"This is an extremely important site for these nesting shorebirds... It
may be hard to see but we've gone in and put up plastic fencing to
help alleviate the problem of birds and their young getting out on the
roadway and being struck by cars." Despite those precautions, hun-
dreds of birds have been killed by motorists. The largest mixed colony
of least terns and black skimmers in Florida nests along the cause-
way from April to July. Shorebirds abound, including American oys-
tercatchers, willets, spotted sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, sander-
lings and four species of plover, including nesting snowy plovers. In
the Spring and Fall there are a variety of birds that stop over during
migration including 33 varieties of warbler and seven vireo species.
In the fall, sharp-shinned hawks, northern harriers, American kestrels,
and peregrine falcons are often seen after a cold front passes. Logger-
head turtles nest on the beach during the summer.

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