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Ninth Annual Camp Gordon
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Saturday Parade Exceeds 50 Units
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Volume 13, Number 6 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER March 19 April 1, 2004
Against the rhythmic beat of
:World War II era popular tunes
-played by a band of local musi-
.cians, the Ninth Annual Reunion
of Camp Gordon Johnston veter-
ans officially began. The setting
was the American Legion Post 82
at Lanark Village, amid several
tables of finger foods that could
easily substitute for a several
course dinner. The-reception be-,
gan Friday evening, March 12 at
6:00 p.m. Registrations for the 20
or so returning, veterans and their
families had started earlier in the
day at the World War II museum
at 302 Marine Street, Carrabelle.
The music and food added a fes-
tive air of fellowship that easily
reflected the nostalgic times of the
Local neighbors and returning
veterans chatted loudly but the
music provided by the "no-name"
band and two vocalists singing
popular refrains from popular
music of the 1940s brought for-
ward lots of hand clapping and
spontaneous singing. The vocal-
ists were Katherine Mock and
Charlotte Smith. Tony Minichiello
played his accordion; Bob Wohlert
on drums, Bob Franklin, lead
guitar; John Reeder on Rhythm
guitar and T. J. on bass guitar.
The clubhouse was packed with
eaters ably supplied by the
Women's Auxiliary to the Post 82.
Everyone was warned in advance
not to eat before coming to the
reception, and that held true as
loads of food wete available.
(From left) Bob Dallas,
Peggy Lacouris and Don
McLean. The Reserve
Officer Training Corps
from Port St. Joe High
School also participated
in the parade. (American
- -Legion Post #82) Site of
the Friday evening
dinner and social hour in
honor of returning
veterans. Flag Bearers,
from left, Cadet Pvt.
Garth, David Butler, U.S.
Army, retired and Naval
ROTC Cadet Sgt. Kemp.
The next morning, Saturday,
March 13th, brought breakfast by
the Masonic Lodge on Avenue C,
Carrabelle, and then a parade on
Highway 98 with seating on the
corner of 98 and Marine Street.
There were 78 units scheduled
and most appeared, led by Parade
Marshalls Jim Brown, Jimmy
Elliot and Don MacLean and a
host of local dignitaries, includ-
ing, of course, honored guests.
There were also several, candi-
dates for public office including
those for Sheriff and Clerk of
Court, along with representatives
from the Legislature. This year.
the Sea Oats Club again featured
"the Andrew Sisters" and the
Brown School Flag Wavers dem-
Continued on Page 6
Inside This Issue
Eco-Tourism .......... 5
Camp Gordon Johnston
............................. 1, 6
Chili Cookoff ....... 1. 4
Franklin Briefs ..........2
Editorial & Commentary
......................... 3.4, 5
Second Circuit Court
Report ...................7, 9
Carrabelle City ..........8
FCAN ........................ 8
Planning & Zoning 9, 10
Franklin Bulletin Board
Library News ......... 10
At St. George Island
The annual volunteer fund-
raising effort to benefit the St.
George Island Fire Department
and First Responder units gener-
ated $125,000 by Saturday.
March 6th as thousands of locals
and visitors consumed chili and
auction items in the 22nd
The auction itself generated about
$35,925, including an 11th hour
bidding "war" over a pirate statue
thatwent for $2,300. T-shirt sales
were about $12,000, and sponsor
hats and jackets added another
$12,400. The country store sold
$535 worth of merchandise. The
preview of art and collectibles on
Friday night, March 5th. gener-
ated another $1,440 including
registrations. Sales of professional
cooker chill were S3.700. And. the
largest category of cash generated
from the Cookoff were the corpo-
rate sponsors, totaling S35.000.
The categorical list of revenues Is
5K run sponsors: 82.500.
5K run participants: S 1.250.
County Store: S535.
Art Preview: $1.440.
Sweet Shop: $650.
Crockpot Chill: 8 1.340.
Food booths: $6.200.
Chill Sales: $3.700.
Corporate Sponsors: S35.000.
Continued on Page 10
Changes Plan Of
Units; Options Single
Density of 1 Unit Per
Phipps Ventures, represented by
David Wilder, appeared before the
Board of County Commissioners
Tuesday morning, March 16, and
requested that the Board not
transmit the previously approved
comprehensive plan amendment
decided two weeks earlier, on
March 2nd. That decision was
made on a very close vote of 3 to
2 nayss," one negative vote by
Commissioner Bevin Putnal.
At the March 16th meeting, how-
ever, Mr. Putnal moved to approve
the request by David Wilder, to.
withdraw the earlier amendment.
Wilder explained that Phipps Ven-
tures, in negotiations with the St.
George Plantation Owner's Asso-
ciation, had agreed to change
their 57-acre development en-
tirely by eliminating the commer-
cial units, and substituting single
family residential density of one
unit per acre. The plan will be cir-
culated to Plantation home and
lot owners in the next few weeks
for a vote of the membership of
i the Association.
Let's Paint A River
Springtime Ushers In Franklin County Eco-Tourism
Sea Oats Gallery and Apalachicola Research Reserve Host Touring Artists
Up the Apalachicola serve and Sea Oats Gi-
River in early March lery, St. George Island.
2004 with an eco-tour (Middle photo) on the
group of artists in a cus- east bank of the Apa-
to made barge with lachicola River, at Fort
front loading ramp. The Gadsden, disembarking
sponsors of the trip eco-tourists and
were the Apalachicola artists. (Bottom left)
Estuarine Research Re- Henry Vyfvinkel over-
The Apalachicola Research Re-
serve and Sea Oats Gallery hosted
a typical springtime milestone
celebrated widely in Franklin
County. That is a tour of a por-
tion of the Apalachicola River ba-
sin in its transition from icy win-
ter winds to sun-baked jungle as
the flora and fauna begin to
change from dusty grey to bright,
hot greens and blues. The occa-
sion was a boat trip to Fort
Gadsden provided by the Re-
search Reserve and hosted by
Education Director Erik
Lovestrand and Lisa Bailey, and
a sketch, photograph and water
color workshop by Henry
Vyfvinkel appearing at the Sea
Oats Gallery, St. George Island.
The tour of about 15 eager and
well-bundled artists and
eco-tourists climbed aboard the
Reserve's 35 foot boat, complete
with landing ramp, for the 20 mile
river trip to the Fort, itself an his-
toric site in Florida history. The
tour to the Fort was on Wednes-
day, March 10, and the watercolor
workshop under Henry's direction
was at the Sea Oats Gallery on
Thursday and Friday, March 11th
Despite the cool temperatures on
the water, as the boat sped up
looking the work of
Judy Soprano. (Bottom
right) Chronicle Circu-
lation Director Andy
Dyal overlooking the
river waters at Apa-
lachicola as the tour
turned north to Fort
river to the Fort, the tour company
enjoyed the informative narrative
provided by Erik Lovestrand and
Jean Collins, Manager of Sea Oats
Gallery, St. George Island, has
commented, 'This area is prized
by our visitors for its beauty and
unique character but many of
them have never gained an un-
derstanding of the many compo-
nents that contribute to that ex-
perience. After hundreds of con-
Continued on Page 5
More Camp Gordon Johnston photos on Page 6
Pane 2 19 March 2004
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March 16, 2004
Commission Bevin Putnal
and Commissioner Jimmy
Solid Waste Director
On March 5, the Sheriffs Depart-
ment arrested and charged two
Eastpoint residents with Baiting
and Fighting Animals. The depu-
ties called Animal Control Offic-
ers to the scene where they im-
pounded and presented both dogs
to the local veterinarian for a
physical examination. The
veterinarian's report indicated
that both animals showed clear
evidence of fighting activity both
recently and past. It is a violation
of both County Ordinance and
State Statutes to Bait or Fight an
The Board approved a recommen-
dation for the Animal Control Of-
fice to petition the court for cus-
tody and disposition of the ani-
The Landfill has five (5) past due
accounts ranging from four (4) to
eight (8) years past due and the
auditors have suggested that they
be written off as uncollectible. For
your review and approval Mr. Van
Johnson has listed the accounts.
The total amount to be written off
is $4, 35.75.
Bill Mahan reported on his atten-
dance at the Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Conference and the
Vibrio vulnificus education sub-
committee meetings in Orlando.
The next meeting of the
Apalachicola River Basin
Invasives Work Group will be held
on March 30, at 10 a.m. in Bristol.
Kendall Wade indicated he will
ask a representative from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commis-
sion, to attend the next county
commission meeting to discuss a
joint-application for funds to build
a boat ramp.
Gelerator at Sheriff's
Major Ronald Crum brought es-
timates for a 100 KW and 200 KW
generator system for use at the
county jail, indicating that the
200 KW system was much-pre-
ferred. The Board deferred a de-
cision but expressed a strong de-
sire to put out bids for the 200
KW system recommended.
One bid for a new ambulance was
received, for $89,521, subject to
review by the ambulance service.
Director of Administrative
Mr. Alan Pierce, County Planner
and Director of Administrative
Services, presented cost data .on
striping four roads in the county:
C30Afrom U.S. 98 to Gulf County
line; west Gulf Beach Drive to the
Plantation; part of Alligator Point
Road; and part of Mill Road in
Carrabelle. The total length of the
roads is approximately 14 miles.
C.W. Roberts charges $0.15 per
foot per line. A single line is ap-
proximately $800 per mile. If the
Board only wants a single yellow
line down the middle it will be
approximately $11,000 for 14
miles. If the Board wants two
white lines on the outside of the
road, and solid or dashed lines
down the middle, the price could
be as high as $66,000.
The Board voted to fully stripe
C30A to the Gulf County line and
lightly stripe the other roads.
Mr. Pierce reported he had a long
conversation with Mr. Larry Par-
A financial bolt jolted the Board
of County Commissioners at the.
Tuesday meeting on March 16th
when they learned that the cost
of an "Enhanced Regional 9-1-1
System" to be managed by GT
Corn would cost about $391,014.
The Board voted to sign a letter of
intent for the new system prior to
GT Corn processing orders for
products and services from the
manufacturer. The county's letter
of Intent represents their inten-
tions to purchase materials and
services from GT Corn at a price
not to exceed $432,951, although
Mr. Jim Cook, from GT Comn,
stated that the costs would be
closer to $391,272 for the county,
and $364,014 for an "enhanced
9-1-1 system" without mapping
capability. The new system is
state-mandated and requires ad-
ditional technology due to the
wide use of cell telephones in the
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
WHEREAS, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners recognizes the
Apalachicola High School Boys Basketball Team as the runner-up in the 2004 FHSAA Class IA State
WHEREAS, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners also recognizes
Apalachicola High School Basketball Coach, Joseph Hayes, for coaching a winning team in the 2004
basketball season, and
WHEREAS, the Board recognizes that the Apalachicola High School was the only public
school in the final four in the Class 1A, and thus their accomplishment is even greater.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS congratulates Coach Joseph Hayes and the Apalachicola High School
Boys Basketball Team for their outstanding accomplishment of runner-up in the 2004 FHSAA Class
1A Boys Basketball Championship.
This Resolution adopted by the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners this 16'h day
of March, 2004.
Chery Sand rs, Chairman
sons, USACOE, regarding the
beach renourishment project on
Alligator Point. "There is good
news, bad news and just ,plain
news. The bad news is that the
project will not begin this fiscal
year. The Federal Fish and Wil.d-
life Service has issued a statement
saying the proposed project will
not jeopardize the continued ex-
istence of nesting sea turtles, but
they are still developing their draft
biological opinion on the project
itself. The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Commission is holding out
their approval because they want
the county to take corrective ac-
tion on a number of lighting vio-
lations on Alligator Point. Until
the Florida Fish and Wildlife sign
off on the project, DEP will not
issue a state beach renourish-
ment permit. I have called Ms.
Robin Trindell, Fish and Wildlife,
to find out exactly what Fish and
Wildlife expects the county to do.
The problem is that these light-
ing infractions are on private
property and the attorney is go-
ing to have to provide some legal
guidance about how the county
gets these things corrected. The
Corps would like to have the
county resolve the issues with
Fish and Wildlife by June 1, so
that DEP could then issue the
permit before the end of the fiscal
year, which is September 30."
Pierce continued, 'The plain news
is: the Corps has a requirement
to move sand and they expect
money to be put into next year's
budget to continue this project.
At this time, sand will be moved
to a staging area along the Gulf'
County Canal. The sand might be
then relocated to Alligator Point
once a permit is issued, or the
Corps might go back up the River
and get more sand for Alligator
'The good news: Alligator Point is
still the most, and perhaps only,
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(From left) Auctioneers Chuck Spicer and Wade Clark cheer on climbing bids for the pirate
statue that eventually sold for $2300 at the Chili Cookoff.
Barbara Sanders (left) with First Place Professional Chili Cooker Dianne Melancon and Lee
Edmiston at the Chili Cookoff Saturday, March 6, 2004.
viable destination for the sand.
The sand is not compatible with
the Stump Hole and so Alligator
Point is the most logical place. The
Corps still wants to do the project
and is still actively pursuing per-
mits. The Corps has been in con-
tact with Mike Dombrowski, the
county consultant, and he is
aware of the current situation.
The Corps is still planning to put
200,000 cubic yards of sand in
Jan-May, 2005, the county will
build rock T-groins, and then an-
other 200,006 cubic yards of sand
in late'2005 or'2006."
Mr. Pierce provided the Commis-
sioners a St. George Island bridge
update: "The demolition of the
bridge is taking slightly longer
than initially expected. Demolition
will not end until late May or
June. The county will not receive
its 1.5 million until 30 days later,
which will most likely be July.
Since the county is looking at
having to-finance $250,000 worth
of improvements, specifically be-
ing lighting and a raised railing,
the county should not award a bid
for these improvements until we
have the DOT funds in hand. This
means the county will not begin
to make improvements on the
fishing piers until July or August.
Mr. Soule does not want to begin
a business enterprise in the down
months, so he is not looking at
starting his operation until Sep-
tember or October."
Continued on Page 10
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
Steel Price Volatility Affects
A Major Development Largely Ignored by
U. S. Media
The price of steel across the domestic United States has been steadily
increasing since President Bush lifted the protective tariffs on im-
ports, with manufacturers and steel suppliers reporting record sales
quarters closing out 2003. However, this activity is of considerable
benefit for nonresidential construction, there has also been a steadily
diminishing supply of light-gauge steel for home construction with
attendant price increases. Even in the wood products industries, the
price of plywood has nearly doubled since December with most stocks
going into Iraq. These changes have already directly affected our own
construction projects on Begonia Street in Eastpoint, causing delays
in the delivery of light-gauge steel for the duplexes. The prices for
heavy gauge steel construction have not escalated so much but the
prices have also increased. Complicating matters has been a short-
age of coke due to a fire at a West Virginia mining location. Coke is an
integral component in the manufacture of steel. Then, there Is the
growing yet monstrous appetite of China, which is buying up domes-
tic supplies of scrap in the United States. A letter from our light-gauge
steel contractor, Eric Dahlin, reviews the situation, as follows:
As you are aware, steel pricing has increased 15, 13, and 10 percent,
respectively since the end of November, 2003.
After considerable investigation, we have found the following factors
are the cause of not only increases in pricing, but the delivery of
1. The coke used in standard steel manufacturing has doubled as the
result of the fire at one of the major coke suppliers.
2. The American dollar has decreased in value, thereby increasing
the cost of coil imports to our country.
3. China has pushed up the price of scrap steel, which is the by-
product of galvanized steel from $ 100.00 a ton to $ 250.00 a ton.
4. China is consistently buying up as much scrap steel as possible in
the world market.
5. Because of China's tremendous growth, they have purchased nu-
merous amounts of the existing steel coil, driving up the price of the
steel coil on the market.
Two months ago, steel could be purchased within a 7 to 10 day turn-
around, now, it is being forecast between 3 and 4 weeks minimum,
depending upon the gauge required.
Pricing by many of our suppliers is held to the delivery date of the
steel, rather than the quote date. This will be confirmed when an
order is taken, only.
Our pricing on existing jobs that have not been given a delivery date,
will be increased only by the actual amount that our cost has been
increased, with no profit or overhead added.
The above challenges to our industry is going to last at least 6 months
as projected by U.S. Steel, Wharton Steel, Dietrich Industries, etc.
Eric S, Dahlin, VP
United Way Of The Big Bend
Please take a moment and review the attached list of services pro-
vided to residents in the Franklin County area through United Way
Agencies. Last year local Franklin County citizens gave $14,189 to
help others in need. This year, your help is needed more than ever!
There are 12 United Way agencies serving in Franklin County and
these agencies will only be able to meet critical human service needs
through charitable contributions.
The following agencies are serving in Franklin County:
American Red Cross, 878-6080
Disaster, health, safety, emergency, volunteer, youth, and military
Number Served: 1,440 Citizens
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, 562-3033
Provides surplus food to needy through nonprofit agencies
Number Served: 1,808 Citizens
Big Bend CARES, 656-2437
Provides education, support and compassionate care for individuals
impacted by HIV/AIDS and other diseases
Number served: 7 Citizens
Big Bend Hospice, 973-8131
Patient family ho-.pice and bereavement care
Number Served: 45F Patients and Families
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE. INC.
Vol. 13. No. 6
Conirlbu[or. .. ...
March 19. 2004
.......... ...... Tom W Hoffer
... Sue Cronkite
. Eunice Hartmann
.. .. Harrieit Beach
..... .. Da n Radford
Sales Lisa Szczepaniak
and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associates .. Andy Dyal
............ Lisa Szczepaniak
........... Richard Noble
Director of Circulation Andy Dyal
Circulation Associates Jerry Weber
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler. Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .............. Eastpoint
Barbara Revell..... Lanark Village
Richard Harper .............. St. George Island
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Boy Scouts of America, Suwannee River Area Council,
Youth leadership development and prevention programs
Number Served: 107 Youth
Center for Independent Living, 575-9621
Assistance to individuals with disabilities
Number Served: 4 Citizens
Elder Care Services, 973-5112
Comprehensive program for senior citizens in need
Number Served: 36 Citizens
Friends of the Franklin County Public Library, Inc.
Provides multi-faceted after school and vacation programs of targeted
youths, and promotes family involvement and heightened stability
Number Served: 128 Youth
Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend, 386-2131
Camps, inner-city program and other programs to encourage healthy
Number Served: 55 Youth
Refuge House, 973-4144
Assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence including safe
shelter and 24-hour crisis hotline
Number Served: 157 Victims
Residential, outpatient addiction recovery, treatment services for in-
Number Served: 1 Citizen
When these agencies applied for help last year the total request was,
more than $36,355. Through the local contributions of $14,189 and
additional United Way of the Big Bend funding, a total of $20,070
was allocated to Franklin County citizens. This is one reason that we
ask that you give through United Way. Your gift is used for direct
program services to help individuals in Franklin County.
Send your contribution to United Way, 307 East Seventh Avenue,
Tallahassee, FL 32303, 1-800-892-2737.
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,#'AT THIS SITE, LOCALLY KNOWN AS THE "RENEGADE CEMETERY '
THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THE PERSONS KILLED IN THE EXPLO ;
SION OF THE BRITISH FORT WERE BURIED. THE BRICK BURIAL -
VAULT DATES FROM THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. GRAVE ROBBERS,.
THOUGHT TO BE WORKMEN BUILDING A NEARBY RAILROAD, BROKE. .
INTO IT IN THE EARLY PART OF THIS CENTURY..
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SOILS HAD DESTROYED ALL PHYSICAL REMAINS OF THE PERS', 4S. .
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THE RESTING PLACES OF THOSE KILLED. IN THE TERRIBLE
LOSION. v _.
panies of soldiers south on the
never to rendezvous with two gun-
boats sailing north from the bay.
The boats. troops and Indian al-
lies surrounded the Negro Fort on
Jul\ 27 and asked for its surren-
der. The commander of the fort.
which was now filled with people
from the countryside refused the
request and an artillery exchange
The fateful fifth shot from one of
the gunboats was a "hot shot" a
red-hot cannonball. It found its
way through the door of the pow-
der magazine and the fort in-
stantly disappeared in a massive
explosion that reportedly was
heard as far away as Pensacolal
The explosion was awful and the
scene horrible beyond descrip-
tion. wrote Col. Clinch in his re-
port. Of the 300 people in the fort
at the time of the attack. only 30
survived the blast. The Americans
quickly sentenced the Indian chief
and Negro commandant to death
for the murder of the four sailors.
and sentence was promptly car-
In 1816. Andrew Jackson led a
land force down the Apalachicola
to destroy Seminole villages. Im-
pressed by the strategic location
of the old fort. he directed Lt.
James Gadsden of the Engineer
Corps, who later made the famed
Gadsden Purchase to build a for-
-.w --.s., anm an
Artists at work in the Gallery Lab applying their field
experiences to paper.
Army occupied it to defend the
river from federal gunboats. Prior pieces and a detachment of infan-
to its blockade Apalachicola was try and cavalry were moved to a
a town of approximately 3,000 healthier position. With the war's
and the largest exporting and im- end, Fort Gadsden receded into
porting port in Florida. The river oblivion.
and its tributaries led to planta-the Florida Board of
tons in Florida, Getorgia andAua- Parks obtained jurisdiction over
bama, breadbasket of the South. these 78 acres of the Apalachicola
On May 25, 1863, a federal gun- National Forest for management
boat did slip past the fort and the as a state historic site. In addi-
obstructions in the river and cap- tion to the earthworks marking
t u red a small boatloaded with 50 the fort locations, an authentic
bales of cotton four miles above miniature replica of Fort Gadsden
the fort. and six exhibits are on display in
a kiosk-styled.interpretive center
The Confederate troops occupied (an open-sided, walk-around
the fort'until July 1863, when building). A picnic area is also
malaria drove them out of the low available.
lands along the river. Four field-
. .. II
Eco-Tourism from Page 1
v'ersations with Gallery custom-
ers and artists. I searched for a
means of joining art and educa-
tion with the Research Reserve
(ANEER) seeming to be a good
place to start. They could provide
a venue to photograph or sketch
the Apalachicola River while
learning about the river and
threats to it. "Jean added that the
boat trip was followed with a two-
day watercolor workshop of
scenes along the river. She con-
cluded. "We had a great time and
something of an adventure given
the chill of the day. I believe it was
a successful partnering. Many of
those who participated would
never have gone upnver without
a specific purpose. I think every-
one will benefit if we continue to
plan outings, contracting with
private eco-tourism companies as
well for trips to other areas."
Sketch of Fort Gadsden
A century and a half of time has
softened the evidence of violence
and horror that once enveloped
Prospect Bluff. The leaves of many
summers have settled on remains
of earthworks that were once part
of a fort overlooking the Apalachi-
In 1814, a fort called the British
Post was built on this site with
the permission of Spanish au-
thorities. The fort served as a base
for the British recruitment of In-
dians and blacks during their War
of 1812 against the U.S. After the
war, the British commander, Col.
Nicholls, left the post to the as-
semblage of free blacks from
Pensacola, escaped slaves and
Indians. Under an agreement that
the group would not raid U.S. ter-
ritory 50 miles to the north,
Nicholls left them with substan-
tial artillery and munitions, in-
cluding 700 kegs of gunpowder.
The post became known as the
Negro Fort and quickly attracted
more settlers who farmed and
traded along the river. U.S. Gen.
Andrew Jackson viewed the fort
with alarm. He claimed that its
renegades were responsible for
raids into Georgia and that it at-
tracted runaway American slaves.
He ordered Fort Scott to be built
near present day Chattahoochee,
apparently knowing that a sup-
ply route up the Apalachicola
River and past the fort would
bring matters to a head.
In early July 1816, a supply con-
voy entered Apalachicola Bay.
Four sailors who went ashore for
freshwater, were killed by a group
of blacks and Indians. News of the
killings reached Col. Clinch in
Fort Scott and be took two com-
tification there as a supply base.
Pleased with the lieutenant's zeal.
Jackson named it Fort Gadsden.
A garnson was maintained at the
fort. despite Spanish protests.
until Florida was ceded to the
j_ History bypassed the old fort un-
S til 162. when the Confederate
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with a general membership meet-
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Curator and the President.
President David Butler called the
meeting to order followed by a
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Congressman Allen Boyd
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Agriculture Appropriations Sub-
committee, attended a hearing on
March 10, 2004 to discuss the
Administration's budget request
for agriculture research in 2005.
In 2004, Congressman Boyd was
able to secure funding for a
number of agriculture research
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including $3 million for improved
climate forecasting research at
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of the reunion activities. Several
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The discussion extended to pro-
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activities and the idea of identify-
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The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Schneider
March 8, 2004
All persons identified below are innocent unless proven
otherwise in a court of law.
Larry Cummings: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on January
13, 2004. Surety bond was set at $25,000. Defendant was present in court.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and was entered on the Plea Docket
for June 14,. 2004.
David L. Geter: Charged with battery on an inmate on February 1, 2004.
Defendant present in court with attorney Clifford Davis and entered a plea of
no contest to a lesser charge of "battery". He was adjudicated guilty and with
credit for time served of 30 days to run concurrent.
Screven Bond Griffiss: Charged with burglary of a structure on February 6,
2004. Defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a plea of no contest. He was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to the
Department of Corrections 1 year and 1 day to run concurrent with any sen-
tence being served with credit for time served of 31 days. He is to pay $275 in
Harvey D. Heath: Charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement
officer, resisting officer with violence and battery on February 1, 2004. The
defendant was present with attorney Gordon J. Shuler. There was a written
plea of not guilty filed on February 10, 2004. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for July 12, 2004.
Sam Holliday: Charged with grand theft third degree on December 30, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $1,000. Defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for June 14, 2004.
Patricia Jones: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer and resisting
officer with violence on February 4, 2004. Surety bond was set at $1,000. She
was not present. There was a written plea of not guilty on March 2, 2004.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June 14, 2004.
Corey K. Mau: Charged with abuse of an elderly person on January 23, 2004.
Surety bond was set at $5,000. He was not present. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for July 12, 2004.
Holly A. McCrimmon: Charged with possession of a controlled substance
and possession of paraphernalia. Defendant not present.
Jeffrey Blair Scott: Charged with grand theft on January 24, 2004. Defen-
dant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated withheld and received 2 years probation, $275 in
court costs, and restitution imposed. He will receive random urinalysis to
check for alcohol and drugs. He will receive substance abuse evaluation and
cost of supervision is reduced to $25 per month.
Lisa Marie Sellers: Charged with grand theft from retail merchant on Janu-
ary 4, 2004. Surety bond was set at $5,000. Public Defender was appointed
and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June
Armando J. Trujillo: Charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree felony and
fleeing or attempting to elude on June 17, 2003. Defendant was assigned to
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a written plea of not guilty on March
5, 2004. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June 14, 2004.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Michael Jeffrey Haberberg: Charged with grand theft and grand theft auto
on October 28, 2003. The Defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and was in violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant received 3 years probation to run concurrent and all prior condi-
tions reimposed but cost of supervision waived.
Mark A. Moody: Charged with dealing stolen property on April 4, 2000. De-
fendant present but not the attorney. He will be assigned to another attorney.
Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for April 12. 2004.
Ernest M. Paul: Charged with dealing stolen property on August 6, 2002. The
defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and was found in
violation of probation and will serve 60 days in jail with credit for time served
of 26 days. After that he is reinstated to the previous conditions of probation.
Ricardo Rivera: Charged with resisting officer with violence and reckless driv-
ing on September 5, 2002. The defendant was present with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and was found in violation of probation and charges were re-
voked. For the reckless driving charge the defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty and must pay $320 with the fines a part of
probation and must pay $350 restitution.
John J. Sauers: Charged with trespassing, burglary of a structure and petit
theft on February 19, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000. The defendant
was present with attorney Gordon J. Shuler and entered a written denial on
February 9, 2004. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket
for April 12, 2004.
Christopher Stephen Spock: Charged with grand theft on May 29, 2002. The
defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered denial.
Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Shawn David Stephens: Charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police
officer and grand theft of motor vehicle on July 22, 1997. The defendant was
present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and admitted violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation. The defendant was adjudicated guilty and
was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 18 months with credit for
time served of 325 days to run concurrent with any sentence being served. All
outstanding financial obligations were reduced to the judgment.
Larry T. Stevens: Charged with aggravated battery with firearm on April 8,
1998. The defendant was present but not the attorney. Case was entered on
the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Dennis James Waltman: Charged with culpable negligence on April 9, 2002.
Surety bond was set at $2,500. The defendant was not present. Capias or-
dered and no bond.
John Goodson: Charged with dealing stolen property on May 1, 2002. The
defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and admits viola-
tion of probation and was found in violation. The defendant received 30 days
in jail with credit for time served of 19 days.
Stanley Sherlock: Charged with grand theft on February 5, 2001. The defen-
dant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a denial.
Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Stanley Sherlock: Charged with worthless check over 150 dollars on March
11, 2000. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a denial. Case was entered oh the Violation of Probation Plea Docket
for April 12, 2004.
Andrew W. Ambra: Charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree felony on May
20, 2003. The state dropped the charges on March 4, 2004.
Courtney Joseph Bell: Charged with sale/possession of control substance
within 1000 feet of church on October 30, 2003. The defendant was present
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
April 12, 2004.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr:. Charged with sale of controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Thomas M. Blackburn: Charged withsale/possession of controlled.substance
with intent to sell within 1000 feet of store on August 28, 2003. Surety bond
was set at $15,000. The defendant was not present but Attorney Charles E.
Hobbs, II was present. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12,
.James Daniel Creamer: Charged with grand theft on January 9, 2004. The
defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and entered a plea
of no contest and adjudication was withheld and defendant was given 2 years
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of probation. Restitution due in the amount of $407.79 to be paid at $25 per
month and cost of supervision reduced to $25 monthly. Early termination
possible if all court costs of $275 paid.
Jessie N. Creamer: Charged with grand theft on January 9, 2004. Surety
bond was set at $1,500. The defendant was present with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and the state dropped the charges.
Jermaine J. Freeman: Charged with possession of controlled substance with
intent to sell or deliver and possession with intent to sell cannabis on October
15, 2003. The defendant was not present. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for June 14, 2004.
William Goggins: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon on
August 27, 2003. The defendant was present with the Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty and re-
ceived 2 years probation. The defendant to receive random tests for alcohol
and must pay $1460 restitution at $65 per month to victim and cost of super-
Beauford Grey: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and
battery on June 14, 2003. The defendant was not present but Attorney Charles
E. Hobbs, II was present. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12.
Kinzie Hartsfleld: Charged with possession of controlled substance with in-
tent to sell or deliver and giving false name or identification to officer on Octo-
ber 15, 2003. The defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II
and gave an oral motion for bond reduction and entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated not guilty for both counts. For count one received 145
days in jail with credit for time served of 145 days followed by 1 year of admin-
istrative probation with $275 court costs. For count two received 145 days in
jail with credit for time served of 145 days.
Claudia L. Hutchins: Charged with sale of controlled substance on August
25, 2003. Surety bond set for $15,000. The defendant was present with Attor-
ney John Leace and entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was with-
held. The defendant was given 18 months probation and to receive random
urinalysis and cost of supervision was reduced to $25 per month with $275 in
court costs and $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee.
Pamela C. Kimbrel: Charged with eight counts of grand theft and four counts
of petit theft on July 17. 2003. Surety bond was set for $10,000. The defen-
dant was present with Attorney John Leace and entered a plea of no contest
and adjudication withheld on all felony counts. The defendant received 2-1/2
years probation and $4310.67 restitution, cost of supervision waived, $275
court costs imposed and all misdemeanor counts 6 months probation to run
Henry Albert Lee: Charged with sale of controlled substance on August 21.
2003. Surety bond was set for $15,000. The defendant was not present but
the Public Defender Kevin Steiger was present. Case was continued for the
April 12, 2004 Plea Docket.
Lakeisha Lemon: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer on May 9,
2003. Surety bond was set for $2,500. The defendant was present with Attor-
ney John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Robert Brad London: Charged with burglary of a structure and grand theft!
on January 3, 2004. The defendant was present with Public Defendant Kevin'
Steiger and entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The de-!
fendant was given 3 years probation to run concurrent with 6 months in jail.
or placement in treatment and $395.28 in restitution and $275 in court costs.,
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on July 27,'
2003. The defendant was present and the Docket Sounding to be set for June,
Edward J. Prince: Charged with sale of controlled substance within 1000 feet;
of a church on December 11, 2003. The defendant was present with Public)
Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest to a lesser charge of'
sale of controlled substance and adjudication withheld. The defendant to re-,
ceive random urinalysis,, drug testing, 2 years of probation for drug offender,'
substance abuse evaluation and treatment with no drugs or alcohol, with a 7.
p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, $275 court costs and $100 Florida Department of Law,
Tyrone Russ: Charged with sale of controlled substance on October 30, 2003.,
The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a'
plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to 24 months'
in the Department of Corrections to run concurrent on all cases, outstanding
costs in a judgment of $275.
Continued on Page 9
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development of Marine Street
property for Riverwalk at the Har-
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After an introduction by Skip
Frink, of the Habitat board, Mr.
Brown briefly explained the de-
tails of the program. Habitat pro-
vides affordable housing for de-
serving families by organizing do-
nations of almost all materials
and labor. Then, through the
strength of the international or-
ganization, financing is done at an
unbelievable rate. The net result
is "half-price" housing and a lot
of help to the family. Carrabelle
has been given a building lot by
the St. Joe Company for our first
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Marine, on the north side of 98
and off the highway. Once a fam-
ily is located, construction can
begin this year. Volunteers were
requested to help with any of the
committees, or the actual con-
struction. No experience neces-
Fee and Scope for DOC water and
B-D updated on Royal American
work on Phase I reclaimed water
and sewer force main (the Lanark
boondoggle) and the vacuum
sewer system. Lanark is no longer
contending with the run down 98,
and Carrabelle is withholding
$80,000 for the completion of the
B-D updated on the Hwy 67 wa-
ter main extension (to the prison).
Approximately 2 weeks to be
ready to operate.
Approved Mick Whitney's request
to construct a dock at Lot 9, River
Bluff subdivision, 4 x 20 with an
8 x 30 platform and boatlift pil-
Conceptual approval to James T.
Turner's subdivision (suprain-
corporation-?) of 2 one-acre tracts
into one. Baywood Estates, Block
B, Lots 2 and 3.
Approval of request for waterline
extension and sewer service for
Island View RV Park and Motel.
The new RV pad infrastructure
would bring the city income of
Conceptual approval for the
sketch plat of Jordan Bayou Prop-
. erties' project which covers part
of the Boggy Jordan Bayou prop-
erty. 57 lots on 39.23 acres, which
are behind the Pit Stop and new
boat storage businesses. This to
be a high-end development, remi-
niscent of Seaside up the coast.
Nick Yonclas represented Neil
Approved 8 requests in a row on
Timber Island: to annex the fol-
lowing into the City of Carrabelle:
Pirates Landing (also approved
preliminary site plan for their C-1
Mixed Use proposed change to a
"Moorings" plan, with 48 condo
resort units, enlarged restaurant,
gas tanks to be moved, and a
Ben Watkins, 6.84 acres
Joe W. Butler, Jr., 8.65 acres
Cliff Butler, 8.65 acres
Denise Butler, 8.65 acres
Brenda Butler, 8.65 acres
David and Eugenia Butler, 8.65
Apparently 8.65 acres is a popu-
lar lot size on Timber Island if
your name is Butler.
Approved moving the dumpsters
(recycle station) from Tille Miller
Kiddie Park to SE corner of lift
station on 3rd Street East. Next
month an added agenda item will
be discussion of mandating gar-
bage pickup for all residents.
Approved interim financing for
Airport Hangar buildings. Mayor
Brown to be allowed to accept the
lowest bid without a special meet-
Approved that the Ocean Liner
arriving here April 8 can use the
old Coast Guard dock. In an up-
date since this meeting, the dock-
ing spot has been changed to the
Tiki dock at Pirates Landing.
Commissioner Doc Saunders was
to manage the visit, but immedi-
ately appointed the Chamber of
Commerce to take charge. Six
pairs of eyes focused on Skip
Frink, who sat up front, but he
seemed not to notice.
Approved William Massey to be
promoted to Streets/Roads Su-
pervisor and Edmond Chipman to
Approved purchase of a carport
20 x 31 x 11 with sides, for a to-
tal cost of approximately
$3500.00. Use to be for storage
of city equipment.
Passed the intention to formulate
a resolution that the city back the
Constitutional amendment that
marriage should only be between
a man and a woman.
Discussion about passing a reso-
lution abolishing the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority due to
insurance problems. Attorney
Dan Cox to research.
First Reading of 310: to adopt a
new city code.
First Reading of 318: Nick
Saporito's trailer park, tabled.
Resolution for City Attorney Doug
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Mark Paul Sanders: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude on
December 11, 2003 and introducing contraband, DUI, driving while license
suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, refusal to
submit to BAL test, possession of cannabis, and resist arrest without violence
on September 30, 2003. Surety bond was set for $4,750. The defendant was
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Kevin Morris Schoelles: Charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree felony on
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Tammy Shiver: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance and sale of
controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set for $25,000.
The defendant was present and on March 3, 2004 there was notice of appear-
ance by Hoot Crawford. Case was reset for Plea Docket on April 12, 2004.
Charlene Y. Simmons: Charged with obtaining or attempting to obtain con-
trolled substance by fraud on September 2, 2003. The defendant was present
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was reset for Plea Docket on May 10,
Billy Joe Strops: Charged with aggravated battery. The defendant was present
with Attorney Robert A. Morris and entered a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty, given 5 years probation, 716 days in jail with credit for
time served of 716 days with a stipulation of no contact with victim, $476
court costs, and cost of supervision waived.
Billy Joe Strops: Charged with attempted first degree murder. The defendant
was present with Attorney Robert A. Morris and entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty, given 5 years probation, 704 days in jail with
credit for time served of 704 days with a stipulation of no contact with victim,
take medicine as prescribed, psychological screening and counseling as re-
quired, $476 court costs, and cost of supervision waived.
Lisa F. Whitehead: Charged with grand theft on October 10, 2003. Surety
bond was set for $2,500. The defendant was present with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Case was reset for Plea Docket on May 10, 2004.
Hattie Sue Wilson: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance on Au-
gust 25, 2003. The defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II
and entered a plea of no contest and adjudication withheld. The defendant
received 2 years probation, random urinalysis, $275 in court costs, $100 Florida
Department of Law Enforcement fee and cost of supervision waived.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Courtney Joseph Bell: Charged with sale of controlled substance on Novem-
ber 6, 2002. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case set for Violation of Probation Hearing on April 12, 2004.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr.: Charged with sale of controlled substance on
October 31, 2001. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Case set for Violation of Probation Hearing on April 12, 2004.
Michael Boone: Charged with lewd or lascivious battery. Surety bond was set
for $5,000. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger
and admits violation of probation and probation was reinstated.
Wesley W. Branch: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle on April .18,
2002. The defendant was present with the Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
set for Violation of Probation Hearing on April 12, 2004.
Charles L. Goodin: Charged with burglary of a conveyance (2 counts), bur-
glary of a structure, grand theft (3 counts) on September 4, 2002. No bond.
Case to be continued on April 12, 2004 on Violation of Probation Plea Docket.
Wardell Clinton Gordon: Charged with sale of controlled substance on March
27, 2002. The defendant was present with Attorney John Leace. Case set for
April 12, 2004 Violation of Probation Hearing.
Robert Brad London: Charged with robbery on August 29, 2003. Surety bond
was set for $1,500. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and admitted violation of probation and found in violation and was
revoked. He was adjudicated guilty and given a new term of 3 years of proba-
tion for prior conditions as well as a new 6 month sentence in jail which will
be suspended if he enters an in-patient treatment facility. Probation to run
concurrent with any other sentences.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with burglary of a dwelling on June 8, 1999.
Surety bond was set for $10,000. The defendant was present with Attorney
Robert A. Morris. Case set for Violation of Probation Plea Docket on June 14,
Tyrone Russ: Charged with sale of controlled substance on May 8, 2001. The
defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and admitted viola-
tion of probation and was revoked and adjudicated guilty. The defendant re-
ceived 24 months in the Department of Corrections, outstanding costs were
reduced to a judgment.
Scott Henry-Norwig:-The defendant was present with Public Defender-'Kenv
Slelger. Case'was rese for'June 14, 2004, ,
Deidra Ahrent: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Surety bond was set for $15,000. The defendant was present and
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant re-
ceived 24 months probation, $275 court costs, Florida Department of Law
Enforcement fee of $ 100,,random urinalysis detecting no illegal substances.
Shawn V. Brown: Charged with possession of controlled substance, posses-
stop less 20 grams marijuana, driving while license suspended or revoked
and-DUI' on May 18, 2003. The defen ant was present with Public Defender
Kevin'rteiger and entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. For
count one: sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in Department of Corrections to run
concurrent .with any sentence being served with credit for time served of 21
days and $275 in court costs. For counts two, three and four: adjudicated
guilty and sentenced to jail for 21 days with credit for time served of 21 days.
Entered a plea of reckless driving for the DUI for a lesser sentence.
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Wardell Clinton Gordon: Charged with resisting officer with violence and
possession of-controlled substance on October 1, 2003. The defendant was
present with Attorney John Leace. Docket Sounding on April 12, 2004.
Johnny Lee Williams: Charged with sale of controlled substance on June 6,
2002. The defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs. II and ad-
mitted violation of probation, was revoked, found in violation and adjudicated
guilty. Probation to terminate and any outstanding financial obligations re-
duced to judgment.
Johnny Lee Williams: Charged with retaliation against a witness on July 18,
2003. The defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and en-
tered a plea of nolo contender and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for
time served of 234 days and is to pay $275 court costs.
Johnny Lee Williams: Charged with sale of controlled substance on August
21, 2003. The defendant was present with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was
sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for time
served of 200 days to run concurrent and is to pay $275 court costs.
Calvin Burns: Charged with sale of controlled substance, aggravated assault
on law enforcement officer and possession of controlled substance with intent
to sell or deliver on December 9, 2003 and possession of cannabis on January
6, 2004. Surety bond was set for $25,000. The hearing was set for April 12,
James Phillip Jackson: Motion to correct sentencing error under rule 3.800
B 2. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ricardo J. Rivera: Charged with resisting officer with violence on September
5, 2002. Motion for pre-trial release or reasonable bail. The defendant was
released upon entered plea.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARING
Gary Dwayne Taunton: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer on
May 18, 2000 and grand theft on December 23, 2002. The defendant was
present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and was found in violation. The
sentence was modified with reporting'requirements while ashore, credited for
previous time served (45 days).
State and federal conservation,
officials met with Pinecrest area
residents and other concerned"
individuals Saturday to discuss,
the presence of Florida panthers
around residences and a conser-
vation education center.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC),
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) and National Park Service,
(NPS) became aware of the situa-
tion earlier this year when local
residents reported sightings.
Later the Miccosukee tribe said
the panthers-at least one adult
female and two kittens-have
showed up in the area repeatedly
since last fall, and the cats ap-,,
pear to have no natural fear ofo
humans; : .
Since then, officials have
radio-collared the cats and
tracked their movements. The
panthers favor the drier ham-
mocks and pine islands in the
area where deer and other prey
animals congregate. The Pinecrest
community ison on one such chain
of pine islands in the Big Cypress
National Preserve. Although the
cats have demonstrated no ag-
gressive behavior toward hu-
mans, they have not fled from
encounters with people.
By Harriett, Beach
The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission met in
regular session at the Franklin
County Courthouse Annex on
Tuesday 9, 2004 at 6:30pm.
Present were Chairman, Gail
Dodds, Members; Mary Lou
Short, Rose Drye, Tony Millender,
Steve Davis, and Joe Parrish and
Alternate, William Key. The
County Commissioners have still
not appointed 4 people to fill the
vacant seats on the P&Z Board.
After the Approval of the Febru-
ary minutes the Board reviewed
the February Franklin County
Building Report. There were 81
permits Issued in February 2004
that produced a total of
$22,427.68 in fees collected.
Building starts in February in-
cluded 4 docks, 14 residential
homes, 1 mobile home, 2 com-
mercial structures, 3 garages and
1 .hanger. Two houses were
moved. 36 of the 81 building per-
mits issued were for building ac-
tivity on St. George Island.
Before taking up the agenda
items, the Board di-s'ussed the
presentation of the proposed Dock
Ordinance to the Board of County
Commissioners on March 1,
2004. The P&Z Board members
expressed disappointment that
the County Commissioners at
that meeting did not accept the
Dock Ordinance. It was pointed
out that the BOCC did not reject
the proposed Ordinance but
asked to have some revisions
made before the Dock Ordinance
was set for a Public Hearing.
The P&Z Board also discussed the
possibility of having two meetings
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a month in order to cover all ot
the agenda items. They discussed
the possibility of having one of the
meetings during the day and the
other in the evening. The Board
requested that the P&Z Depart-
ment staff review the meeting
schedule and decide when to
schedule meetings so that all
agenda items can be carefully
considered. Any change in the
meeting schedule will be an-
Critical Shoreline District
There were 8 dock applications
presented to the P&Z Board.
There were 4 requests to build
docks on Alligator Point, 2 on St.
George Island, 1 in Carrabelle and
1 in Eastpoint. All of the requests
for permission to build docks were
approved except for the I dock
request in Eastpoint. The P&Z
Board could not approve the
Eastpoint dock as it was found
that the request was for a Single
Family Private Dock in a C-1
Zoned parcel of property.. Only
Commercial Docks can be built in
the C-1 Zone.
There were 6 requests to re-zone
parcels of land. Two of the re-
quests were for parcels of prop-
erty in Eastpoint and four were
for parcels on St. George Island.
Allen Goins, AG Armstrong Devel-
opment requested that the P&Z
Board consider a request to
re-zone a 3.75 acre parcel and 1.5
acre parcel lying in Section 36,
Township 8 South, Range 7 West,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida from C-3 Commercial Rec-
reational to C-2 Commercial Busi-
ness. These parcels are currently
the location of the Eastpoint KOA
Campground in which there are
50 RV sites and 3 mobile homes.
The re-zoned parcels are to be the
site of a shopping center in which
possibly a Publix Grocery Store
will be located. The P&Z Board
approved the request to re-zone.
The second Eastpoint re-zoning
request was for a parcel on Patton
Drive that is currently zoned
C-i. Nick Yonclas submitted the
request for Robert L. and Glenda
Jean Lane, owners of the prop-
erty lying in Section 31, Township
8 South, Range 6 West, Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida. The
owners wished to re-zone from
C-1 Commercial Fishing to C-4
Commercial Mixed Use. The P&Z
Board denied the request, as a
re-zoning change from C- I Com-
mercial Fishing would decrease
the number of water front parcels
available to the Seafood Industry.
The four requests to re-zone prop-
erty on St. George Island were all
for rezoning C-2 parcels of prop-
erty to C-4. All of the following
requests were approved.
A request to re-zone Lots 5&6.
Block 5 East, Unit 1, St. George
Island, Franklin County, Florida
from C-2 Commercial Business to
C-4 Commercial Mixed Use by.
Mark Goldman, owner. P&Z
Board Member, Rose Drye re-
cused herself from the discussion
and vote as she is "an interested
A request to re-zone Lots 10, 11,
& 12, Block 9 West, Unit 1, St.
George Island, Franklin County,.
Florida from C-2 Commercial
Business to C-4 Commercial
Mixed Use by John and Jean
A request to re-zone Lots 22, 23
& 24, Block 2, unit 1 West, St.
George Island, Franklin County,
Florida from C-2 Commercial
Business to C-4 Commercial
Mixed Use by Dr. James Curtiss
Branch, III, owner.
A request to re-zone Lots 23, 24,
25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, Block
4, Unit I East, St. George Island,
Franklin County, Florida from C-2
Commercial Business to C-4
Commercial Mixed Use by Jay
Gregory Branch Sr., owner.
Re-Zoning and Land Use
Consideration of a request to
re-zone a 8.4 acre parcel of prop-
erty lying in Section 36, Township,
6 South, Range 8 West, North of
Eastpoint, Franklin County,'
Florida from A-2 Forestry Agricul-
tural to R-6 Rural Residential and
a small scale land use change
from Agricultural to Rural Resi-
dential, by Thomas M. Lewis.
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P&Z from Page 9
Thomas M. Lewis also requested
the P&Z Board to consider
re-zoning 70.17 acres from A-2
Forestry Agricultural to R-6 Ru-
ral Residential and a large scale
land use change from Agricultural
to Rural Residential of a parcel
lying in Section 36, Township 6
South, Range 8 West, North of
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
The P&Z Board approved both the
re-zoning change and the land
use change for both parcels of
land owned by Thomas M. Lewis.
Consideration of a request to
re-zone 9.05 acres lying in Sec-
tion 13, Township 7 South, Range
5 West, Carrabelle, Franklin
County, Florida from A-2 Forestry
Agriculture to R-1 Single Family
Residential and a small scale land
use change from Agriculture to
residentialby William and Maxine
Wells, owners. The P&Z Board
approved both the re-zoning
change and the land use change
on this property as well as giving
Sketch Plat Approval for a nine
(9) lot subdivision.
Commercial Site Plan
Charles Heath Galloway, part
owner asked for consideration of
a request for a Commercial Site
Plan Review for "Gulf Coast Stor-
age LLC" for mini storage units to
be located at 241 Patton Drive,
Eastpoint, Franklin county,
Florida. The Board approved the
Commercial Site Plan.
Sketch Plat Approvals
Morris Palmer, agent for
Grammercy Plantation, LLC, own-
ers requested consideration of a
request for Sketch Plat Approval
for a 40 lot subdivision named
"Grammercy Plantation Phase II
on a 56 acre parcel lying in Sec-
tion 22, Township 8 South, Range
6 West, Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida. Palmer told the
board that Phase I is either all sold
or under contract and they would
now like to prepare Phase II of
Grammercy Plantation. The
Board approved the request.
Jimmy G. Mosconis, owner re-
quested consideration of a request
or Sketch Plat Approval for an
eight lot subdivision named "In-
dian Oaks Subdivision" on prop-
erty lying in Section 35, Township
8 South, Range 8 West,
Apalachicola, Franklin County,
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request after they took time to
discuss the proposed Dock Ordi-
nance with Mosconis who is a
County Commispsioner. Mosconis
had not been present earlier in the
meeting when the Board ex-
pressed their dismay that the pro-
posed Dock Ordinance had been
sent back to the Planning Depart-
ment for revisions.
Preliminary Plat Approval
The Board approved a request for
Preliminary Plat Approval for
"Lakes on the Bluffs" a lot subdi-
vision lying in section 25, 30, 36,
Township 8 South, Range 7 West,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida as requested by the Core
Development Group for Lakes on
Final Plat Approvals
GEA, Inc, agent requested consid-
eration for Final Plat Approval for
a 5-lot subdivision named "Em-
erald Shores" and a 5-lot subdi-
vision named "New River Para-
dise". The Board approved both,
of the subdivisions' Final Plats.
The Board tabled a request by
Peter Wilson agent for Annie Mae
Wilson, owner, for consideration
of a Special Exception to con-
struct a Raw Oyster Bar at 518
US Hwy. 98, West of Apalachicola,
Franklin County, Florida as Pe-
ter Wilson was not there to
present the request.
GEA, Inc. agent for Bruno Kolb,
owner asked for consideration of
a request for a Special Exception
to construct a 25 slip marina at
446 US Hwy. 98, West of Apalach-
icola, Franklin County, Florida.
After much discussion the Board
voted 2 to 4 to approve a motion
that the request be sent to the
Board of County Commissioners
for their review.
GEA, Inc. agent for Lombardi's
Seafood, owners asked for consid-
eration of a request for a Special
Exception to include a wet slip
marina, dry stack storage and
restaurant on property described
as the old "Lombardi's Seafood"
at 628 US Hwy. 98, West of
Apalachicola, Franklin County,
Florida. The Board voted 2 to 4 to
approve a motion that the request
be sent to the Board of County
Commissioners for their review.
Claude Sims owner asked the
Board to consider a request for a
Special Exception to cluster lots
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The Board approved the request.
The only item presented by Rachel
Ward, Zoning Administrator was
a request that the P&Z Board cor-
rect a scriveners error made in
1992 on two properties on St.
James Bay known as Lorenzo's
Restaurant and the Annewakee
Motel. Both properties should
have been zoned C-2 but the
scriveners error only designated
Lorenzo's Restaurant as C-2. The
Annewakee Motel was errone-
ously designated as R-1. The
Board passed a motion to correct
the scriveners error.
FCREA Business Fair: Franklin
County Retired Educators Asso-
ciation (FCREA) has scheduled a
Franklin County Business Fair for
Saturday, March 27, 2004, from
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..at the
Eastpoint Firehouse to raise
money for scholarships for future
,teachers. This event is an oppor-
tunity for local businesses and
organizations to display informa-
tion regarding their products and
services. Door prizes will be of-,
fered every half-hour. There will,
also be a raffle with a $250.
money prize. Only 100 raffle tick-
ets will be sold. FCREA supports
community service. Its member-
ship is open to retired educators
and other school district person-
nel. The FCREA business fair is
an opportunity to shop at home
as well as to provide funds for fu-
ture educator scholarships. To
make arrangements to participate
in this event, call Babs Bailey,
FCREA President at 697-3660.
Joe Donato Returns to the Dixie
Theatre with the Caribbean Mu-
sic Celebration: On Friday & Sat-
urday, March 19 & 20, 2004, Joe
Doanto will once again be grac-
ing the Dixie Stage & Acoustics
with his Fabulous Sound. The
Mighty Tinker & Dr. Cheeko will
be coming from New York & At-
lantic City to join with Kathleen
Donate, Babalou & Brother Will
coming up from Miami to give us
the beat like' no one else can.
Shows are on Friday & Saturday
March 19 & 20 at 8:00 p.m. Dixie
Theatre Box Office will 'be open
prior to this event Tuesdady
through Thursday 4 6 p.m., Fri-
day 4 8 p.m. & Saturday 12 8
Marine Corrosion Course At
Gulf Coast: The Office of Lifelong
Learning of Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College will offer a 12-hour
course on marine corrosion from
April 6 to 27, 2004. This, four-
week class Offers an introduction
to marine corrosion, including.
fundamental corrosion theory,
\recognition of various forms, and
applied techniques for minimizing
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St. George Island
501 E. Bayshore Drive
R. Michael Whaley, Pastor
Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!
Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Worship & Praise 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Hour" 7:00 p.m.
"Walking in Christ"
the degradation of marine mate-
rials. This course is designed for
boaters, sailors, divers, riggers,
marine biologists, marine opera-
tors, mechanics, engineers, archi-
tects, oceanographers, fisherman,
and other interested individuals.
Classes meet form 6-9 p.m. on
Tuesday. The cost of the course
is $49. Advance registration and
payment is required. Call
850-872-3823 or 800-311-3685
x3823 for more information. Reg-
istration deadline is April 2.
Free Three Day GED Prep
Course At GCCC: The Passport
Program at Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College will present a free
three day GED prep course in the
Student Union East Conference
Center on campus as follows:
April 1: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
April 2: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 3:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Candidates must
be 18 years of age or older. Free
GED test scholarships are avail-
able to students meeting program
eligibility requirements. Students
not meeting the three day course
eligibility requirements will be
given the opportunity to prepare
for the GED test through the
Passport Program. Individuals
interested in attending are ad-
vised to call 872-3849 to register
guilt Show: Ohn Saturday, March
'27. 2004 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in Chillas Hall, Lanark Village,
Florida. All are invited to the
FREE event. VENDORS: Needles
and Thread of Port St. Joe, Quilt-
ing by the Bay of Panama City;
D demonstrations; Boutiques;
Lunch by AMVETS (small charge);
Viewers-Choice Award; Door
-rizes; Quilt Raffle-Tickets Avail-
' able. Contact Othelia Clark, Show
Chair at 850-697-3461 or Peggy
Kigh t. Co-Chair at 850-697-8872.
Festival Opens 2004 Scholar-
ship Cycle: Applications for the
2004 Florida Seafood Festival
.scholarship are being accepted
through April 1. The applications
'!and information about the schol-
arship may be obtained visiting
com website and downloading the
appropriate information. Applica-
tions may be also be obtained
from Sgt. Carl Whaley (850)
The FSF Board announced the
scholarship program last fall. The
program is open to graduating
students at Apalachicola and
Carrabelle High School. The
scholarships, funded through the
Festival's Cpmmodore Program,
will be awarded to two graduat-
ing seniors who have expressed
an interest in continuing their col-
lege or trade school education.
Specific qualification criteria for
the "Commodore Scholarship," is
posted on the Festival's website
opm. The, initial grants ,will be
awarded in the amount up to
"We have always tried to honor the
seafood industry and its workers,"
says FSF Bo President Carl
Whaley, "We wanted to extend
that support to the children who
will one day making the decisions
about this industry,"
The Florida Seafood Festival is
funding the scholarships through
its Commodore Program. Florida
Seafood Festival Commodores are
made up of business owners and
individuals in the community who
contribute financially to the fes-
tival in return for advertising rec-
ognition in the official Festival in-
formation Book, website advertis-
ing and various festival memora-
bilia items including tee shirts, ex-
clusive Commodore hats and
St. James Overlay: Billy Buzzett
will host another St. James Over-
lay meeting on Wednesday, March
24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior
Citizens Center, Carrabelle.
from Page 2
He continued, "Individual com-
missioners have expressed con-
cern about the length of the bridge
to remain, so I contacted Boh
Brothers and asked for a quote
on how much bridge they would
remove for $1 million. Mr. Soule
does not want the county to re-
move any more bridge, but I
thought I would get a price any-
The Board decided to keep the
contract for the removal of the old
bridge as it was originally, with-
out any further changes.
Rob Peterson, Habitat for Human-
ity, requests the Board provide a
dumpster on Sat. March 27, for a
clean-up day on a lot on
Brownsville Road that will be the
location of the first Habitat house.
The Board approved.
Mark Curenton recommends the
Board adopt a Resolution insert-
ing a City of Apalachicola project
to correct stormwater flooding in
the areas between 24th and 25th
Avenues and between 8th and
10th Street into the Local Mitiga-
tion Strategy. This will provide the
City with additional points on its
next CDBG grant application re-
quest. The request has been made
by Ms. Roumellis-Blecher. The
Board approved the recommenda-
On Blue Crab
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) has
scheduled seven additional pub-
lic workshops regarding manage-
ment of blue crabs. The FWC is
seeking public input on recom-
mendations by the Blue Crab Ad-
visory Board for effort manage-
ment in the commercial blue crab
These recommendations include
development of an effort manage-
ment program; developing quali-
fying criteria; establishing a maxi-
mum number of traps per en-
dorsement; requiring trap tags;
separating the peeler fishery from
the hard crab fishery; transfer-
ability of endorsements; estab-
lishing regional short-term clo-
sures for trap clean-up activities;
and developing certain gear modi-
The FWC encourages all inter-
ested persons to participate at the
workshops, which will take place
from 6-9 p.m. as follows:
Monday, April 26
Pensacola Junior College
1000 College Blvd.
Building 96, Room 9663
Tuesday, April 27
Gulf Coast Community College
Student Union East, Room 244
5230 W. Highway 98
Wednesday, April 28
Regency Square Branch Library
9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Thursday, April 29
University of Florida Wakulla
84 Cedar Ave.
Water and soft drink line at the Cookoff.
Franklin County Public Library
By Judi Rundel
On Saturday, March 20,. members of the Lanark Village Wandering
Star Quilters will be at the Carrabelle Branch of the Library display-
ing their work and demonstrating the craft of quilting in anticipation
of their biennial quilt show which will be held on Saturday, March
27, at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village. For more information call
697-3461 or 697-8872.
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG Family Learning Pro-
gram will host an herbal workshop at the Carrabelle Branch on Tues-
day, March 23, from 6:00 7:00 p.m.
The Library's WINGS-parent and child-from all three sites will spend
a day at Rock "It" Lanes in Panama City on Saturday, March 27, For
more information, contact a WINGS coordinator at 697-9216,
670-5250; or 653-2784.
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.
Cookoff from Page 1
Evr dy mr raes
The professional chili winners
were (1) Diane Melancon of
Double D. Chili, with a $400 prize.
t J Ken Burke of Dead Serious
Chili took Second Place and a
$200 prize. (3) Norman "Kojak"
Melan of Cajun Chilio's was
awarded third prize of $100 in the
professional competition. (4)
Fourth place went to Danny
Bullington of Bull's Hotrageous
Chili, and (5) Fifth place award
was earned by Paul Wessing of
Paul Wessing Chili.
Melancon will now advance to the
Miss Chili Pepper for 2004 was
Sherry Faulkner of Dead Serious
Chili. Mr. Hot Sauce was Mike
Homburg from Team Ego. The
professional booth that raised the
most money was Waterdog
Smokin' Chili, managed by Chuck
Stubbs. Showmanship booths in-
cluded (first prize) Team Bovine,
John Stacklyn; (second prize) At-
lanta Parrothead, Mike Eagleson
and (third prize) Team Ego, Dean
The "Just Because" award was
given to Dead Serious Chili for
004. The Best Booth award went
to Tallahassee Parrot Head Club.
Crock Pot Chili winners were: (1)
Pam Addison of St. George Island,
(2) Kelly Wessing, Farmersville,
Illinois; and (3) Eileen Fleck of St.
George Island. The amateur com-
petition this year was intense and
numerous with over 40 entries.
The First, Second and Third place
winners received plaques for their
efforts. Walter and Eunice
Hartmann were volunteer orga-
nizers of this competition.
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