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Happy Mocthzer s Day!


Volume 13, Number 9


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Jeff Weiner

Former Charter
School Principal
Announces
Candidacy For
Superintendent Of
Schools In

Franklin
The founding principal and chief
executive officer of the
Apalachicola Bay Charter
Schools, Jeff Weiner, has an-
nounced his candidacy for Super-
intendent of Franklin County
Schools.
Jeff Weiner came to Apalachicola
in May of 2001 to develop the
Apalachicola Bay Charter School,
Inc. He was named founding
CEO/Principal and served in that
capacity for two years. In that
short time, the ABC schools grew
to 136 students and employed 15
teachers and para-professionals.
The school -moved- after year-one,
from a temporary location in the
community center to a permanent
ten acre site donated by St. Joe
Company. In addition, ABC
school had test results most of
which were above state averages.
The teachers and 90 % of the par-
ents/students returned for year
two.
Mr. Weiner is the first to admit
that the ABC School and he were
not fully accepted by the commu-
nity as a whole. He said, "...That's
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Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Political Candidates 1, 4
FCAT Scores .......... 1, 4
Crooms Shuttle ..... 1, 4
Photo Essay................ 1
Franklin Briefs'. ........ 2
St. James Transmittal 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................. 3 ,4
Planning & Zoning ..... 5
Newell Concert .......... 7
FCAN ........................... 8
Business Card Directory
................................. 9


Running as, an
Independent Candidate

Willard-Vinson
Declares,
Candidacy For
District 1 County

Commission
Eastpoint resident Willard
Vinson, former Franklin County
Commissioner, and long-time
member of the Seafood Workers
Association and the Seafood Deal-
ers Association, has declared his
candidacy for District 1 in the
races for Franklin County Com-
missioner. He is running as an
Independent without official party
affiliation.
Continued on Page 5


April 30 May 13, 2004


Regular Transportation Service Began 26 April

Crooms Shuttle Between Panama

City & Tallahassee Opens


Service Available to Many
and St. George Island
For the first time in many de-
cades, regular public transporta-
tion is now available, connecting
Franklin County with Panama
City and Tallahassee and dozens
of other locations in the Pan-
handle. The service is offered by
Crooms Transportation, also
known as C-Tran Express Tran-
sit Service.
The company, which runs a taxi
and limousine service, has ex-
panded their services to include,
Panama City and Tallahassee on:
an ambitious schedule requiring
higher labor and equipment costs.,.
John Crooms, owner, said he will
target people who work in Talla-
hassee and Panama City areas.
The service is a reservation-based
plan. Riders are asked to call and
make a reservation (850)
653-8132 The service will cost
between '~$\ and $30 one way,
traveling between Apalachicola
and Tallahassee Regional airport
with stops in St. George Island,
Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Lanark Vil-
lage, St. Teresa, Alligator Point,
Panacea, Crawfordville and down-
town Tallahassee. The Panama

Plans Discuased
for Apalachicola

National Forest
Representatives of the U.S. For-
est Service met in Bristol on April
15 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss their
plans for the Apalachicola Na-
tional Forest in Liberty county.
Most of the meeting was devoted.
to the past, active and future tinm--
ber sales in the Apalachircola Na-
tional Forest through 2005.
Marcus Beard, new District
Ranger for the Apalachicola Na-
tional Forest was introduced and
discussed informally with local
community leaders how he plans
to keep community leaders up-
dated and involved in future ac-
tivities. New restroom and camp-
ing facilities at Camel Lake were

highlighted in the discussion.
There are no formal plans to re-


Panhandle Locations o,'.


City route includes stops at St. ,
George Island, Eastpoint, y
Apalachicola, Port St. Joe, Port St.
Joe Beach, Mexico Beach, Mexico
Beach, Panama City bus station
and Panama City airport. "
C-Tran also offers a package-
delivery service as well.
The 15-18 passenger busses will
leave for Tallahassee and Panama
City each weekday at 8:00 a.m.
The last stop of the day is at 7:30
p.m. Travel in either direction is ____
about a two-hour trip. r
While reservations are preferred, =
Mr. Crooms said that anyone can '
get con the bus along the way. ;
To determine when the Express '1
arrives or departs a particular lo-
cation, find that location on the
map depicted in the C-Tran ad (in-
side) and use the number or let-
ter to find the corresponding stop h
on the timetable. I
Visit C-Tran on line at www.
croomstransportation.net.

acivate Lie Fort Gadsden.site inm
the foreseeable future. The site
will continue to be maintained by
. the U.S. Forest Service, staffed by
volunteers. For more information,.
call the Bristol office at ..
850-643-2282.

More photos
On Page 10


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FCAT Writing Scores Released By Governor

Bush And Commissinner Home


While the statewide results of the
writing portion of the 2004. FCAT
(Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test) for students in grades
4, 8 and 10 remained high with
nearly 90 percent attaining a
score of 3.0 or better, students in
Franklin County remained below
the state averages.


Statewide averages for 4th grad-
ers combined scores were 90 per
cent above level 3, in contrast to
the same grade in Franklin at 76
percent. Statewide averages for
8th graders combined scores were
89 percent at level 3 or better. In
Franklin County, 8th graders at-
tained a combined score of 72


percent at level 3 or better. Among
10th graders, the statewide aver-
age combined score was 90 per-
cent taking the written exercises
attained level 3 or better. In
Franklin County, the 10th grad-
ers attained 68 percent at level
three.
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FRANKLIN Combined 94 3.1
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Expository 87,345 3.6
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Narrative 87,978 3.7
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Combined 175,323 3.7


FRANKLIN Expository 48 3.3
FRANKLIN Persuasive 54 3.2
FRANKLIN Combined 102 3.2
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Expository 97,998 3.9
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Narrative 98,196 3.7
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Combined 196,194 3.8


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FRANKLIN Persuasive 39 3.6 85 69 77
-FRANKLIN Combined 79 3.7 85 68 77
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Expository 85,785 3.8 90 76 "83
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Narrative 85,723 3.9 90 82 86
STATEWIDE AVERAGE Combined 171,508 3.8 90 79 85


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Page 2 30 April 2004





Franklin

Briefs

April 20,2004
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer and
Commissioner Clarence
Williams.
Two Resolutions were presented
and passed unanimously by the
Board of County Commissioners:
(1) A recognition of Juvenile Jus-
tice Week, 25 April through May
1, 2004, and (2) National Library
Week, 18-24 April 2004.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson sought and received
authorization to publish the Solid
Waste Management Report and
Public Notice. As the County
Parks and Recreation Director, he
drafted a plan for the use of the
National Guard Armory. The
Board approved the plan. There
is a separate story in this issue
concerning the plan drafted, by
Van Johnson. Mr. Johnson also
sought and received approval
from the Board to investigate the
possibility of contracting with a
private firm to provide Emergency
Debris Management Services af-
ter a declared disaster. He recom-
mended that the County Attorney
prepare a Request for Proposals
or review for such cleanup ser-
vices perhaps through Crowder-
Gulf, a firm that has a local pres-
ence in Carrabelle. A flyer about
Crowder-Gulf was distributed to
the Board.

Boat Ramp
Bill Mahan, Franklin Extension
Director, reported to the Board
that he met with FWC represen-
tatives on April 6 to discuss the
FWC boat ramp grant application
and to tour the proposed location
of the ramp at the end of Bluff
Road. The site is off of Bluff Road
and is located on the Apalachicola
River just north of the railroad
drawbridge. Mahan recom-
mended that the FWC draft a
memorandum of understanding
defining what each party's re-
sponsibilities will be for maintain-
ing the boat ramp. The memo
should also contain a plan for the
ramp to be,submitted with the
grant application. Commissioner
Mosconis moved that Mr. Mahan
be placed in charge of,the ramp
project, and the Board unani-
mously agreed that the Extension
Director would be in complete
charge of the proposal and the
Bluff Road project.

Zdning Changes
Four applications for zoning
changes to C-4 on St. George Is-
land were accepted by the Board
and approved. One 5.25 acre par-.
cel lying in section 36, T8S, R7W,
in Eastpoint was approved for a
zoning change from C-3 to C-2.
The proposal was moderated by
Bill Chamberlain who stated he
was representing the interest of
A.G. Armstrong Development
Company. The firm has plans to
present a proposal to Publix Su-
permarkets in June. The official
action in securing a zoning
change brought an end of one se-
ries of rumors that circulate of-
ten regarding available properties
in the Eastpoint area, particularly
those that form a gateway to St.
George Island.
However, the market realities can
operate to discourage such invest-
ment in buildings and further
development, especially in light of
the harsh outcome of the Winn
Dixie chain of stores, suffering
considerably from the increasing
market share of the largest mer-
chandiser in the United States,
Wal-Mart.
While Winn Dixie's profit margins
have improved slightly in recent
months, the investment commu-
nity has kept the equity down
below ten points for dozens of
months, despite seeming frantic
efforts by their Board of Directors
to re-evaluate operational policies.
One estimate to operate the
Crawfordville store had the re-
quired gross just to break even at
$175,000 cash per week, another
unsubstantiated rumor. Another
major chain has evaluated the
Eastpoint location with a decision
to "wait and see." Yet rumors of a


coming boom in grocery develop-
ment'persist, especially from
those who stand to profit hand-
somely from the sale of their land.

Director of Administrative
Services
Mr. Alan Pierce, Director, provided
the Board with a copy of the res-
ignation of Chris Clark effective
April 21. The Board approved
turning the position into that of a
grant administrator and an assis-
tant to the county planner, Mark
Curenton. He will advertise and
recommend to the Board a quali-
fied candidate for the Clark job.
The Board also approved the De-
partment of Public Works to as-
sume responsibility for shooting
grades and elevations and other
engineering work heretofore com-
pleted by Mr. Clark. The Board
also approved the promotion of
Mark Curenton to that of County
Planner.


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Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that his last day in office would
be May 20, 2004. He provided a
copy of his letter of resignation.
Mr. Pierce recommended that the
Board of County Commissioners
appoint Melanie Hutchin Interim
Emergency Management Director
to coordinate those activities with
the Public Works Department. In
the case of an emergency, she
would report directly to the Board.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that the county submitted an
emergency 911 grant to cover
$392,000 improvements that the
county rfeeds to its 911 system.
The state 911 Board did not take
up the emergency grant at the
April meeting. It is possible it will
be considered in July, if the state
gets additional funds from the cell
phone carriers in the state, which
are causing all the problems. The
Board approved committing
$252,000 of reserve contingency
funds as needed to pay for 911
improvements.
Mr. Pierce called Ms. Regina
Battle, Department of Transpor-
tation (DOT), to ask that DOT fin-
ish paving the approximately 1/
4-mile of old asphalt from the
base of the new St. George Island
Bridge to the intersection of Gulf
Beach Drive. She agreed that that
part of the road is on the state
highway system and could have
been considered, but somehow
was overlooked. She said the DOT
will rank that small paving project
in June and set a schedule for
paving it in September. The
schedule will be set in September
the paving could happen imme-
diately or be a year later.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that Mr. Donnie Duce, DOT, said
the airport road meets the state
requirements and the state will
make the final reimbursement to
the county if the county will ac-
cept the road. There is minor
shoulder work and the fence
needs to be replaced, which the
county is going to do, so I have
written a letter accepting the road
so that the county can receive re-
imbursement from DOT.
Mr. David Wilder is working with
the St. George Island Plantation
on a,revised development plan
that does away with the commer-
cial uses in Resort Village and
converts the residential to one
unit per acre. The Plantation
membership is going to vote on
the proposal May 15th. In antici-
pation of a favorable vote, Mr.
Wilder would like the Board to
schedule his transmittal hearing
for May 18th, which is a regular
scheduled meeting in May. The
Board approved.
The Planning and 'Zoning Com-
mission- met in regular session
and recommends the following
action:
The Commission discussed at
great length the problem of ille-
gal signs around the county, but
specifically on St. George Island.
It was reported in the past that
was the one that went out to the
island and physically removed
signs on public right-of-way as
well as notifying property owners
about illegal signs on private
property. This has not been done
in some time. The Commission
strongly recommends the Board
create some mechanism to en-
force the sign ordinance and have
illegal signs removed. They favor
the creation of a Code Enforce-
ment Board, and employ an of-
ficer, if it is only for signs at this
time. Two types of signs are most
offensive. Illegal signs on the
right-of-way, and larger than al-
lowed real estate signs on private
property. The largest size real es-
tate sign allowed without a vari-
ance is 12 square feet, which is 3'
x 4', but same realtors are now
using 4' x 4' signs, or even 4' x 8',
which really stand out in residen-
tial areas.


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St. James

Overlay And

2004 Comp Plan

Sent To DCA

At a Public Hearing on April 20,
2004, the Franklin County Com-
missioners voted to transmit the
newly written 2004 Franklin
County Comprehensive Plan
Amendments and the St. Joe
Company's St. James Overlay
Map, Plan and Policies to the state
of Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs.
Franklin County began prepara-
tion for the Comp Plan Amend-
ments in March of 2003, with a
series of six Visioning Workshops
to gather input from Franklin
County residents. The Workshops
were facilitated by Dr. Tom Tay-
lor, Associate Director of the
Florida Conflict Resolution Con-
sortium and other FSU students
and faculty. The cost of the work-
shops was underwritten by The
St. Joe Co., ABARK and 1000
Friends of Florida. The Visioning
Workshops were followed in Sep-
tember 2003, by a series of St.
James Overlay Workshops facili-
tated by Dr. Taylor and/or Billy
Buzzett. Mr. Buzzett is a repre-
sentative of the St. Joe Co. who is
current owner of 90% of St. James
Island which is the land bordered
by The Carrabelle River, The
Ochlockonee River and The Gulf
of Mexico.
All five members of the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners veire present at the Pub-l'
lic Hearing along with Clerk of
Court, Kendall Wade, County At-'
torney, Mike Shuler, County Ad-
ministrator, Alan Pierce and
Rachel Ward who served as the
official secretary for the County
Commissioners. Chairman,
Cheryl Sanders began the Public
Hearing by indicating that the
Board of County Commissioners
had received many letters oppos-
ing the timing of the Comp Plan
Transmittal Hearing as well as
expressing concerns over the con-
tent' of both the Comp Plan and
the Policies of the St. Joe Co. St.
James Island Overlay.
Seventeen people spoke of their
concerns about both the Comp
Plan and the St. James Island
Overlay Plan to the audience of
over 100 who had crowded into
the Franklin County Courthouse
annex. One of the main concerns
was over any change in the
Coastal High Hazard map that
would affect their Hurricane Flood
Insurance. Alan Pierce who
authored the Comp Plan Amend-
ments explained to the audience
that the Coastal High Hazard Map
will correspond to evacuation
plans for the County in an emer-
gency and is in no way tied to
FEMA flood insurance.
Pierce went on to explain some of
the changes going on in Franklin
County that the new Comp Plan
needed to address. He told the
group that for every full time resi-
dent home in Franklin County
there are 3 seasonal homes of part-i
time residents who have perma-
nent homes elsewhere. With the
development of St. James Island
there will be even more seasonal
homes. Pierce told of the ongoing
re-zoning from Agricultural land
use to Residential so that the den-,
sity of the Franklin County popu-
lation is and will be changing.
Billy Buzzett then followed Pierce
in explaining the development of
the St. Joe Co. Policies and Plan
for St. James Island. He said that
top priority is the development of
a limited access Highway that will
run parallel to the current High-
way 98 that will handle the trans-
portation needs of a projected
population growth. He told the
group that there is still work to
be done on designing a workable
program for the protection of the
wildlife on St. James Island.


Don and Pam Ashley felt that the
Commissioners should wait to
accept the St. Joe Co. Plan after
the residents see if The St. Joe Co.
is able to meet the standards for
the currently developing "Summer
.-. ... Camp" project in light of the fact
that Franklin County has no Code
Enforcement policy in place. Tom
Adams told the group that, "the
best way to predict the future is
to plan it." He felt that the Comp
County Commissioner Plan to be transmitted was inac-
Cheryl Sanders curate and lacking in specific
details.


David McLain of ABARK, told the
County Commissioners that origi-
nally he had faith in the Vision-
ing process for both the County
and St. James Island Overlay, but
now, "It looks like the Comp Plan
and visioning was all a side show.
We were promised input in the
process and we were betrayed."
Paul Johnson, who worked on the
Visioning process, told the County
Commissioners that the Comp
Plan Amendment does not reflect
what the people want. Commis-
sioner, Mosconis told Johnson
that he did not like his comments
and went on to tell him that the
Franklin County Comp Plan had
won an award in 1991. Pierce
added that he thought that the
Board of County Commissioners
liked the 1991 Comp Plan so he
just rewrote it to keep it the way
it was.
Manly Fuller of the Wildlife Fed-
eration expressed concern that
many things had been overlooked
in the St. James. Island Overlay
Plan such as the high water table
in the McIntyre area that St. Joe
Co. has designated for a rural vil-
lage. Fuller felt that there needs
to be a better document before it
is transmitted.
Rodger Bybee who was active in
the Visioning process said that
the information gathered in the
Visioning process had not been
incorporated in the proposed
Comp Plan Amendment. He was
especially concerned that the
Coastal High Hazard map is in-
accurate as presented in the 1997


Element

Collection
Disposal
Recycling
Total:

Collection: (1)


Residential
Non-Residential

Disposal: (2)
Residential
Non-Residential

Recycling: (3)
Residential
Non-Residential


1. Collection in the
Franklin County.


Element Non
Cost Residential Residential


N/A
795,360
214,018
$1,009,378


N/A
572,659
154,093
$726,752


N/A
222,702
59,924
$282,626


The Franklin Chronicle


Comp Plan. He said, 'The 1997
document is in error and should
--" not be used as the standard."
Bybee suggested that the County
pass a Flood Ordinance that will
set the standards for County flood
protection.


Bruce Hall who had also partici-
pated in the Vision process said
that he was disappointed that the
Comp Plan Amendment did not
incorporate what the public
wanted in their Comp Plan. Com-
missioner, Eddie Creamer replied
to Hall by saying that he was,
"Opposed to the Visioning pro-
cess. I do not want rules and regu-
lations to limit property rights. I
have been against the visioning
process from the get-go." Creamer
said, "I only want to do things that
will protect what is good about
Franklin County. Let's have an-
other award winning plan."
Billy Buzzett was again called up
to discuss the St. James Island
Overlay Plan. He said, "Don't
blame us for County growth. Now
is the time to plan. Franklin
County is lucky to have a large
land owner." He urged the trans-
mittal of both the Comp Plan
Amendment and the St. James
Island Oveilay Plan.
Don Ashley stood up to be recog-
nized by the Chairmen and was
told repeatedly to "sit down" by
Chairman Sanders as she wanted
to speak her own mind on the
development in Franklin County.
She said," We need to keep con-
trol over the development. We
want to have development in the
County and we want it done by a
Company (St. Joe Co.) that does
it right. People in Franklin County
need jobs." Bevin Putnal asked
Pierce about the Flood Insurance
program and pointed out that
people along the rivers need a
flood insurance program.
Chairman, Sanders closed the
Public Hearing by asking the plea-
sure of the Board of County Com-
missioners. Eddie Creamer made
the motion to transmit both the
Comp Plan Amendment and the
St. James Island Overlay Plan.
Clarence Williams seconded the
motion. The motion passed with
the unanimous vote of all five
Commissioners.










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U.S.

Department of

Agriculture

Approves

Shrimp Funds

For Florida

A new U.S. Department of Agri-
culture program that provides
relief money for agricultural-
based industries whose prices
have been negatively impacted by
imported product was approved
in early April.
Southeastern Fisheries Associa-
tion reported "after a very long
struggle," their petition filed on
behalf of all Florida shrimpers for
Trade Adjustment Assistance
(TAA) was approved. This means
qualifying shrimp producers who
show they have had a decline in
prices for their shrimp during the
years covered by the Petition may
be eligible to receive 6 cents a
pound for shrimp harvested and
landed in Florida, as can be
shown by government records.
There is also money for crewmen
and having the petition approved
sets up the mechanism for job
training as well. Commercial
shrimp fishermen eligible for TAA
benefits include vessel owners
and/or operators, and crewmem-
bers if they were paid a share of
the earnings; Several eligibility
conditions exist, but the most
important is that the applicant's
net revenue must have decreased
between 2002 and 2003.
Each applicant must fill out a
Farm Service Agency form (FSA
229) that further requires them
to provide tax returns, production
records, etc., that allows the ap-
plication reviewer to verify the loss
claim.
Additionally, before any success-
ful applicant can get any relief
money, he or she must receive
"training" from the local Univer-
sity of Florida-IFAS Extension
Program. To be eligible, a person
must file their FSA 229 form and
supporting evidence of production
with FSA by June 28, 2004.
Additional information on TAA
and location of local FSA offices
is available on FSA's website at
www.fsa.usda.gov and TAA infor-
mation is also available on FAS's
website at www.fas.usda.gov.


Totals


N/A (1)
795,360 (2)
214,018(3)
$1,009,378


N/A
N/A


$100.54 Per HH/Year
$3.02 Per Cu. Yd. Disposed



$26.21 Per HH/Year
$144.64 Per Ton Recycled



unincorporated area is performed outside the control of


2. Disposal costs includes the costs of all classes of waste delivered to the
Solid Waste Facility.
3. In addition to the unincorporated area, recycling services are provided to the
Cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle, and to Eastpoint.
4. Offsetting grant monies and materials revenues affected the per unit costs as
follows:


Residential
Non-Residential


Disposal:
$89.79 Per HH/Year
$2.78 Per Cu. Yd.


Recycling:
$16.26 Per HH/Year
$89.70 Per Ton


In accordance with the requirements of F.S.403.7049 and 62-708 F.A.C., the
Board of County Commissioners is advising all users of solid waste manage-
ment services in Franklin County of the above information concerning the full
cost of service. All workpapers and source documents used in calculating this
information are on file and available for public inspection during normal busi-
ness hours,


Board of County Commissioners

FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA



Full Cost of Solid Waste Management

FISCAL YEAR 2002/03

Total Cost FY 02/03:


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Letter To The Editor

Commercial Fishermen Rapidly

Losing All Rights As U.S. Citizens

When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC)
took control of the state's resources in 1999, Section 9 of the Florida
Constitution clearly stated, and still states: "The Commission shall
establish procedures to ensure adequate due process in the exercise
of its regulatory and executive functions." Since 1999 commercial
fishermen have lost the right to APA procedures, the Department of
Administrative Hearings, the Governor's Supreme Executive Power
over the FWCC, the Marine Fisheries Oversight Committee, repre-
sentation on the commission required by law, reports required from
the commission to the legislature, and drawl hearings. In addition to
these lost "due processes" and protections, the FWCC have routinely
refused to obey the Florida Constitution in their rulemaking, and
FS370.025, which the FWCC's Chief Counsel James Antista, claimed
i are fishermen's "due process rights." Since their inception, the FWCC
.has even refused every accommodation for disabled net fishermen
under the ADA many whom are war veterans.
Misleading articles about fish being illegally caught encourage under
informed readers to call for heavier fines and stiffer penalties against
commercial fishermen. Ted Forsgren, head of the CCA, continues to
make slanderous accusations that hurt innocent fishermen. This at-
mosphere of contempt has influenced lawmakers to sponsor bills like
HB1313, which Mr. Forsgren claims is needed to deter "flagrant vio-
lators." This writer challenges any reader to look at Florida Statute
370.021. Fines and penalties are already exorbitant, and no fisher-
men can afford them. Though HB1313 increases fines, the part that
iTed Forsgren is not trumpeting, is that misdemeanprs currently re-
quired to be seen under Florida Law, are being changed to felonies.
Felony status will allow FWCC officers the ability to arrest fishermen
because they "think" they've done something wrong. There are many
poorly trained and "rogue" officers employed by the FWCC that will
have carte blanc to play "God" with the lives of fishermen if misde-
meanors are changed to felonies.
Recently, I spoke to Richard Lotspeich, the Staff Director for The House
Committee of Natural Resources. After detailing the lack of due pro-
cess afforded fishermen and the unchecked power of the FWCC, all of
which was verified by House Attorney Karen Carnechis, Lotspeich
remarked, 'This is like Nazi Germany."
In violation of the Constitution, every "due process" pertaining to the
rights of commercial fishermen within the FWCC's control, have been
destroyed. The FWCC often appears to be run by one special interest
group, the CCA. Many of Florida's commercial fishermen are proud
WWII Veterans that risked their lives for the freedom that we all enjoy
today. Without breaking any law, many of these veterans have been
financially devastated, oppressed, and even injured by an out of con-
trol Commission and several of their prejudicial officers. Even when
Juries have found these men Innocent, they have been arrested again
and again using the same constitutionally legal nets. While these
veterans are rapidly passing away without rights, one must imagine
whether or not Mr. Forsgren, the CCA, and the FWCC reminds them
of an era they thought was defeated long ago.
David Griz


After-School Dance That

Shocks Ones Ears

One Friday evening in the latter part of February 2004, my daughter
and her friend asked to go to a school sponsored dance for 1st through
4th grade students. I took the two second grade girls to the school
cafeteria around 6:00 p.m. and they paid a fee of $3.00 each. Since
this was my daughter's first time at a school dance, I sat quietly watch-
ing her in the cafeteria on, a bench seat, close to the drop off door. I
observed as more children ran In excitedly and paid their fees. Some
of these kids were dressed appropriately and some wore halter tops
and short skirts. These kids then charged to the food area for a nour-
ishing snack of pickles and blue colored ice chips packed down in
Styrofoam cups. The cups landed upon the long bench seats where I
sat. I watched as frenzied kids swirled around the Styrofoam cups,
biting off chunks of discarded pickles, sipping the blue drinks, and
running off again. Then a. mother came in holding a toddler who pro-
ceeded to put his index fingers in his ears. I too wanted to put my
fingers in my ears, but did not believe the volume would have been
diminished even by. that simple act.
I saw approximately 30 children ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years
old and roughly 10 parents and a hand full of workers including Mr.
Dan Rosier, Site Coordinator of the Boys and Girls Club after school
program. Mr. Rosier patrolled the halls beyond the cafeteria, making
sure kids did not enter classrooms. At the onset of the evening, kids
and parents joined together to line dance to "ghetto" rap music. As
the evening passed on, the music changed to country themes by which
time parents were picking up their children. The first of the week, I
talked to a school teacher who formerly worked in the Boys and Girls
Club. She informed me that the dance was one of many fundraisers
hosted by Superintendent Gander's daughter, Donna Barber, who is
trying to raise money for fourth grade students to go on a field trip to
St. Augustine, as part of their Florida history lesson. The cost of such
a venture is around $5,000.00.
However, aside from fund raising endeavors one must ask him or
herself if it is appropriate for very young children to dance as adults


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would dance in clubs and whether the influence of questionable mu-
sic is suitable for impressionable children. Teachers were not directly
present at this function. I observed a child running a computer from
the stage area and "performing" the musical entourage, while cafete-
ria staff or parents assisted in gathering money from food conces-
sions and cover charges. They were vaguely paying attention to how
children were dressed or how children were dancing. I was told by
one parent that I missed the dance before this one whereby a parent
was dancing in such a manner as to have the young boys drooling
with her suggestive undulations.
The evening that I was in attendance, I was told the music selection
rested on the backs of parents who assisted Ms. Barber since her
baby was sick. My point is this, how appropriate is it for a school
sponsored function to permit young impressionable children to dance
to adult theme music and encourage adult type club dancing? The
school has a responsibility to set proper standards and model what is
correct. It also has an obligation to protect the innocent against such
activities that are deemed inappropriate for this young age. The school
administration should also be present for all after school activities
that involve young children who are inadvertently exposed to more
recreational adult-like clubbing behaviors.
Susan Walker


Letter Commending Lee McLemore

Publisher's Note: Former principal of the ABC Schools,
Apalachicola, sent a copy of his letter directly to the Chronicle,
and we are very pleased to reprint his remarks. Incidentally, All
Board members of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School Board
serve on their board voluntarily without any pay nor retirement
credits.
April 21, 2004
Dear Lee,
All too often in life we forget to recognize people for their success and
hard work but prefer to dwell on someone's shortcomings or failures.
I wanted to take a moment to sincerely recognize you for your great
efforts and success in helping many children and families, directly
and indirectly, by raising the bar for education standards and expec-
tations in Franklin County, Florida.
Seven years ago, you knew something had to be done for the kids in
Franklin County. You didn't sit, complain and do nothing about it.
That's not your style, You acted, you pushed, and you spearheaded
the formation of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, the first char-
ter school in the County, which opened in 2001. Under your leader-
ship as founding board chair you orchestrated a vision bringing it to
reality against strong opposition.
Not only did the school serve those children whose parents choose to
try this alternative free public school, it benefited all kids in the county
by raising the bar for education! It made competition healthy between
all schools. Without competition, there is no reason to improve. The
status quo becomes the standard. That old argument, "well it was
good enough for me, so it's good enough for the kids," was not accept-
able to you. You demanded more because you knew in today's highly
competitive global world, without a top quality education, a child has
no chance. And a kid without a quality education is the greatest dis-
crimination in today's society!
Believe me, I know it was hard work in doing what you did. You prob-
ably lost more friends than you made for doing it. However, you knew
that it needed to be done. We all know actions speak loader than
words. I applaud you for your action, drive and unselfish dedication
in making Franklin County a better place for all kids, and ultimately
a better county for all citizens.
Sincerely,
Jeff Weiner
ABC School Founding Principal/01-03


An Appeal To Ruppnrt "Grad-Nite"

For Currabelle High

Dear Members of the Franklin County Community:
We, the Grad-Nite parents of the class of 2004, are asking you to
make a donation to Grad-Nite. Grad-Nite originated to keep graduat-
ing seniors safe and off the streets the night of graduation. We do not
want any of our children to become a statistic, bringing-their dreams
and their parents' hearts to a crushing end. Your donation will help
provide activities and door prizes to entice seniors to participate in
Grad-Nite. Any donation would be greatly appreciated and is, of course,
tax deductible.
Please make any checks out to Grad-Nite 2004 and send or take them
to Carol Paulk at Gulf State Bank or Carol Davis at Carrabelle High
School.
Thank you so much for your help.
Sincerely,
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Letter To The Editor

April 25, 2004
To: Ms. Susan Walker, Franklin Chronicle
Re: Your editorial and commentary of April 2, 2004 relating to the
after school activities sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the
Big Bend
I fully appreciate the frustration that comes from any observation,
comment, suggestion, question, much less helpful ideas, or requested
changes that are presented to many-most of the established au-
thorities of Franklin County, whether they are run by elected, ap-
pointed or hired officials.
This rejection of any outside "interference" is not true for all of the
established authorities, but many of them evidently, already perfect
as they presently stand.
The rejection can come in the form of:
a) no response at all-complete silence.
b) or "I'll see what we can do" ... dead in the water.
c) An angry verbal blast of denial.
d) An outright lie to prove they are correct, and the individual voter,
taxpayer is wrong.
e) Taking a position that is completely, illegal and against established
county ordinances. The County Commission and Planning and Zon-
ing take the lead in their "established attitude."
Franklin County is blessed in many, many respects. One of which in
the hundreds-thousands-of people who have selected this county
as their choice of a place to live, pay taxes, and vote. Most of them
who have moved here bring exceptional talents, experience, and pro-
fessional knowledge which, if comfortably listened to will and can
make valuable contributions toward preserving the quality of life that
exists ... maybe even improving it a little at a time.
Very Sincerely,
Frank A. Venable


Boyd Staff Office

Hours In

Carrabelle And

Apalachicola

A member of Congressman Allen
Boyd's (D-North Florida) staff will
be visiting Carrabelle and
Apalachicola on the 1st Wednes-
day of every month so that the
people of Franklin County will
have the opportunity to discuss
in person, issues which concern
them.'
Congressman Boyd's staff has
been trained to assist constitu-
ents with a variety of issues re-
lated to various Federal Agencies.
It is important to the Congress-
man that his staff makes them-
selves available for those who are
not able to travel to either his
Panama City or Tallahassee of-
fices.
Office Hours With
Congressman Boyd's Staff
Wednesday, May 5, 2004.
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Carrabelle City Hall
Carrabelle
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Franklin County Courthouse
Commission Room
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School Board,

April 8,2004

By Susan Walker
School Board Members vote unani-
mously on "important" topics such
as chawtging Spring Break to Eas-
ter Break, but are in disagreement
about continuing coverage for the
retired school personnel and other
members on the Valery Insurance
Plan due to these participants'
health cost needs. SchoolBoard
Member Hinton stated he "wanted.
to get the old folks out of this pro-
gram." Hinton voted to deny the
agreement for approving continu-
ation of the Valery Insurance Plan:
however, School Board Members
McKnight and Martin put a motion
forward to approve the agreement
and a vote of 4 to 1 was passed
approving this insurance plan for
the next five years. Hinton had the
last ,word by requesting the term
Franklin County School Board
(FCSB) be taken out of a memo
addressed to the Valery Insurance
Agency, Inc., but did not elaborate
on his reason for this omission.
The Franklin County School
Board called a meeting to order'
,on April 8, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. in
Chapman Elementary School. All
school board members were
present, Mr. Gander presided over
the meeting. Minimal time was
spent on the following topics of
discussion: report/information
items, minutes' approval, student
transfer from Franklin County to
Gulf County (denied), student
travel, other travel requests, add-

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Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test

FCAT Third Grade Test

Results


Marcus Beard,
New District Ranger
For The Apalachicola
National Forest.


Writing FCAT from Page 1

Printed, reports, .incudipg indi-
vidual student reports, school re-
,ports,- district- reports and- state
,reports will be delivered to school
-districts this week. For FCAT writ-
ing results online, visit http://
fcat.fldoe.org/.


School Board
from Page 3
Jng an additional English as a
,Second Language (ESOL) Pro-
gram, 2004-2005 Franklin
ICounty School calendar and Dis-
1'trict Organizational Chart, proc-
-ramations (May- Civility Month),
.substitutes, positions, purchase
orderss, monthly bills, and budget
"amendments.
; great deal of discussion was
;spent on the Panhandle Area
-Educational Consortium (PAEC).
'Superintendent Gander sits on
-the Board of Directors for the
:PAEC. Paula Waller, Executive
Director for PAEC states "The
'strategy of this plan is to develop
-a system to continually assess
,and evaluate our progress toward
'the mission and strategic objec-
-tives. In addition, we will use the
,data collected to make necessary
adjustments in order to achieve
our strategic objectives."
The strategic imperatives include
'increasing the supply of highly
qualified K- 12 instructors; setting
and aligning academic standards
for every level of the K-20 educa-
tional system; appropriately align-
ing the workforce's education with
the skill requirements of the new
economy; and aligning financial
resources with performance ex-
pectations at each level of the
K-20 education system. What
PAEC will provide is a small sti-
pend for 85 participants in addi-
tion to providing quality educa-
tional materials, training materi-
als, consulting services, and
.on-line courses for continuing
education. The PAEC Distribution
.Center will also provide curricu-
lum and classroom materials, as-
'sessments, and supplies.
'The project mission is to "enhance
teacher performance by focusing
,on needs-driven professional de-
-velopment utilizing the latest and
most advanced technologies to
'meet the needs of all teachers in
-the State of Florida." School Board
.Member Hinton seemed to like the
contents of the program, but no
.motion to approve the Program
'was set forward. Superintendent
Gander said they would table this
.program until they had a chance
'o look over the program in more
:detail and establish an advisory
Committee to evaluate the PAEC
program. School Board Members
will meet again in May to discuss
.the PAEC program.
iast important item discussed
'was when schools will start up
againn for next year. School doors
-will open for business on August
,e, 2004 for 2004-2005 school
year.


Despite the euphoria over state-
wide Third Grade scores in the
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT) by the Gover-
nor and Education officials,
Franklin County Third Grade
scores were slightly below state
averages in reading. At the state
level, 66 percerit of test takers
were above the level 3 achieve-
ment level. In Franklin County, 61
percent of third graders achieved
that result in reading.
Results for Third Graders were
much better in mathematics. At
the statewide average, 64 percent
achieved level 3 or better. In
Franklin County, third grade
scores reached 70 percent achiev-
ing level 3 or better, several points
above the statewide averages.
The district summary of students
tested for Grade 3 is shown be-
low in Table 1. The 2004 results
are actually a tad lower than ear-
lier test administrations, falling
from a 66 percent to 61 achieving
level 3 performance or better. In
mathematics,, Table 1 also clearly
shows improvement of 70 per cent
up from a low 57 result in 2003.


The 2004 results also show im-
proved scores in levels 2, 3 and 4
contrasted with the same levels
in 2003 and 2002.
Results in the 12th Grade FCAT
exams for Franklin County were
not as positive as the third grade
scores. While only ten students'
took the FCAT exam' as 12th grad-
ers, only one-half passed the test
in the reading sections. Students'
who have failed either the read-
ing or math FCAT in the
10th and 11th grades gdt one
more chance in 12 grade to pass'
the exams. Thus, in Franklin
County, those who failed may not
receive a high school diploma. The
statewide average for the 12th
grade exam is 34 percent passing
the reading exam and 26 percent
passing the math section.
Those seniors' who have satisfied
all other requirements except
passing the FCAT exam, will be
eligible to receive a certificate of
completion and may continue to
work in remediation on passing
the FCAT exam.


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Albert and Madolyn Floyd and
their five children are the family
selected for the first Habitat home
to be built in Franklin County.
The Floyd family was selected af-
ter a careful two year screening
by the Family Selection and Sup-
port Committee, co-chaired by
Ella Bond and Cora Russ.
The search for a family to partner
with Habitat in building a home
began with two public solicita-
tions, the first in September, 2003
and the second in March, 2004.
The selection was based on three
criteria: the family's need for
housing, the ability to repay a
no-interest mortgage and a will-
ingness to "partner" with Habitat
in the building of a home.
In selecting a family, the Selec-
tion Committee followed a process
established by The Habitat for
Humanity International organiza-
tion who have provided decent
housing for more than 100,000
needy families in more than 80
countries worldwide. After fami-
lies have made application for a
Habitat home, the Selection com-
mittee visits the applicants at
their current residence to validate
their need for housing and to brief
them on their responsibilities
should they be selected for a Habi-
tat home. In Franklin County the
guideline for selection includes
being a resident of Franklin
County and for a family of four,
having an income of a minimum
of $13,700.00 to a maximum of
$27,000.00.
During the initial interview with
a prospective family, the
applicant's credit history is re-
viewed and income sources veri-
fied to determine the ability to
re-pay a no-interest mortgage.
Since most labor and some mate-


The tables below provide a district summary of FCAT reading, mathematics, and writing scores separately for
each grade assessed (3-10). For FCAT reading and mathematics, the data include the number of students
tested, mean Scale Scores, mean Developmental Scale Scores, and the percentage of students scoring in each
achievement level There are five categories of achievement that describe the success students have with the
content tested on the FCAT reading and mathematics. Level 5 is the highest, and level 1 is the lowest. Levels 3
and above are considered on or above grade level. Writing is assessed in grades 4, 8 and 10. Writing combined
mean scores arethe result.of combining-the average scores for each type of writing assessed. Students in
Grade 4 write either an expository or narrative essay, whereas students in Grades 8 and 10 respond to an
expository or persuasive writing prompt
District Summary of Students Tested
Grade 3
Reading Scores
Percentaae of Students by Achievement Level


Year Students Scale Mean 1 2 3 4 5 Level 3 & above**
-Tr.,ested Score DSS
2001 94 295
2002 115 293 1258 21 13 40 24 2 66
2003 90 299 1293 19 21 31 28 1 60
2004 87 294 1261 26 13 34 20 ,7 61
Math Scores
Percentage of Students by Achievement Level
Year Students Scale Mean 1 2 3 4 5 Level 3 & above**
Tested Score DSS
2001 94 296
2002 116 297 1288 16 21 53 9 2 64
2003 90 302 1311 14 29 38 17 2 57
2004 87 318 1385 11 18 40 22 8 70
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tat makes no profit and charges
no interest, the price of a habitat
home is affordable to many low
income families. Habitat homes
are built in partnership with the
resident family. The family must
agree to contribute 402 hours of
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help build their home or work on
related Habitat tasks. Extended
family and friends can help log up
to 200 of these hours. Another
element of partnering with habi-
tat is that the family must agree
to appear and speak publicly re-
garding their home.
On April 8, 2004 the Habitat
Board of Directors reviewed the
information concerning 2 appli-
cant families for Habitat housing.
The Board then selected Albert
and Madolyn Floyd and their chil-
dren to receive the first Habitat
house in Franklin County. The
family was notified on April 9,
2004, that they had been selected.
They then met: with Franklin
County Habitat Chairman, Max
Brown and Selection Committee,
Cora Russ and Ella Bond who dis-
cussed with the family the next
steps in the process: The agree-
ment was sealed by the signing of
a letter between the Floyds and
Habitat that summarized the
mutual understanding between
both parties.
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be poured this week. The design
for the home is one that was se-
lected from Habitat for Humanity
International's book of standard
home plans.


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April 2004

Planning And

Zoning

In March the Planning and Zon-
ing Board of Commissioners de-
cided that they needed to meet
twice a month instead of only once
because there is so much on the
agenda that all the business could
not be taken care of in one meet-
ing. A meeting was scheduled for
April 7, 2004, to consider dock
applications. The April 7th meet-
ing could not be held due to lack
of a quorum, so the dock applica-
tions were transferred to the regu-
larly scheduled meeting agenda
for April 13, 2004.
At the April 13, 2004, meeting the
following Board members were
present': Chairman, Gail Dodds;
Members, Mary Lou Short, Jo-
seph Parrish, Steve Davis, Rose
Drye, Tony Millender. Planning
and Zoning Department staff
-members, Amy Ham and Alan
Pierce were also present. The P&Z
Board met at 6:30pm at the
Franklin County Courthouse an-
nex.
The Board members informally
agreed to go back to holding only
one meeting per month instead of
trying to hold two meetings to take
care of the increasingly longer
monthly agenda.
After approving the minutes of the
March 9, 2004, P&Z meeting the
board reviewed the Monthly
Building Report and noted that
the number of permits issued are
"sky rocketing". The Quarterly
Report was reviewed along with
the Monthly Report and the Com-
mission stated that as a whole,
"this is a record report." The
monthly Building Report showed
that there were a total of 110 per-
mits issued from February 24,
2004 to March 30, 2004. Fees
collected from the permits indi-
cate that Franklin County col-
lected $25,438.12, and Carrabelle
collected $3,685.76 in permit
fees. $29,123.88 was the total col-
lected from permit, fees. Among
the 110 permits Issued there were
14 permits for R-1 dwellings, 6
mobile home permits, 10 site prep
permits, 12 swimming pools per-
mits and 10 dock permits.
The third item on the agenda was
the increasing number of illegal
signs being erected on St. George
Island and other areas of Franklin
County. Alan Pierce said, "With-
out a Code Enforcement Officer,
it is up to the County Commis-
sioners to decide how to handle
the illegal signs." Pierce indicated
that in the past the Building De-
partment along with'the Road,


Department has gone out to
gather up signs that were illegal
and in the right-of-way. They have
not done this for several years
now. The problem has now in-
creased because the sign owners
have started posting their 911
addresses on the signs. Member,
Drye said, "these signs are not
from local realtors, but they are
dot com realtors from Arizona and
Belize." Drye said that, "Out of 20
signs only 3 belonged to local
realtors." Drye stated that the
huge billboard sign of Coastal
Connection that has been erected
is in violation of the prohibition
of Real Estate signs larger than
12 square feet and off the pre-
mises. The Board agreed that if
there is no code enforcement, the
' problem will increase. Member
Parrish stated that it would be in
the County's best interest to cre-
ate a Code Enforcement Board
and hire Code Enforcement Offic-
ers to be able to solve all the Zon-
ing Code issues in the County.
On a motion by Member Drye,
seconded by Member, Short and
by unanimous vote of the P&Z
Commission present, it was
agreed to recommend to the
Board of County Commissioners
to re-address ithe issue of creat-
ing a Code Enforcement Board
and hiring a Code Enforcement
Officer.
Critical Shore Line
Application
There were three dock applica-
tions presented to the P&Z Board..
A dock on St. George Island and
a dock on Alligator Point with the
stipulation that the legal address
be corrected were unanimously
voted to be sent to the BOCC for
their approval. The third dock was
for a private single-family dock in
a C- 1 zone in Eastpoint. This re-
quest was denied because a
single-family dock cannot be con-
structed in a C0-' zone in Franklin
County.

Re-zoning Requests
There were .five requests to
re-zone land. Two of the requests
were tabled dueto lack of repre-
sentation. A request for consid-
eration to re-zone a 4 acre parcel
lying in Section 10, Township 9
South, Range 8 West,. 1601 Bluff
Road, Apalachicola, Franklin
County, Florida from R-2 Single
Family Residential to R-4 Single
Family Home Industry was unani-
mously voted by the P&Z Board
to recommend this item to the
BOCC for approval.,
A request for consideration to
re-zone a 5.55 acre parcel lying
in section 23/24, Township 8
South, Range 6 West, Eastpoint,
Franklin CGunty, Florida from R-6
Rura;l Residential to R-1 Single


Family Residential was unani-
mously voted for recommendation
for approval by the BOCC.
A request to re-zone Aaron's on
the Bay Motel located at 83 High-
way 98, Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida from C-4 Com-
mercial Mixed Use to R7
Multi-family High Density by
Aaron Wray, agent for J Bonds
Investments, owners. Mr. Wray
told the Board that he is in the
process of taking down the motel
and house on the property but will
leave the restaurant and office
building. He would like to con-
struct 27 units of condos or
townhouses on the 1.84 acre par-
cel of land. The request was de-
nied by a 3 to 3 vote that lacked a
majority. Voting Yeas were:
Dodds, Short and Drye. Voting
Nays were Millender, Parrish and
Davis.

Sketch Plat Approvals
The Board heard the request for
consideration for Sketch Plat ap-
proval and Special Exception to
Cluster a 5 lot subdivision named
"Sound Breeze Subdivision" on a
5.55 acre parcel lying in Section
23/24, Township 8 South, Range
6 West, Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida as presented by
Dan Garlick, GEA, Inc, agent.
Garlick told the Board that there
will be one common driveway and
one common dock and he would
like to cluster the lots to 89 feet
on the road instead of the re-
quired 100 feet. The Board voted
to send this item to the BOCC for
their approval of this request if the
lots are 100 feet on the road and
the developer stays within the
zoning code.
Dan Garlick, GEA, Inc agent for
owners, Fighting Chairs Partners,
Inc. requested consideration for
approval of the Sketch Plat for a
5 lot subdivision named "East Bay
colony" on a 10.27 acre parcel ly-
ing in section 25/26, Township 8
South, Range 7 West, Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida. The
P&Z Board unanimously voted to
send this item to the BOCC for
their approval.
Dan Garlick, agent for Daniel
Pounce owner, also requested
consideration of Sketch Plat and
Special Exception approval to
cluster a 6 lot subdivision named
"Journey's End" lying in Section
29, Township 9 South, Range 6
West, also known as Tract 52, St.
George Island, Franklin County,
Florida. Garlick was told by Alan
Pierce that if the developer would
make the lots 15,000 feet square
and leave a common area with one
common dock it would be a true
cluster. Garlick stated that he
would 'stipulate to one common
dock and have common area and
a common easement to the;


homes. The P&Z board voted to
recommend this to the Board of
Adjustment for Cluster approval
of the subdivision with 63 foot
,width on the roads and a 60 foot
access easement with one com-
mon area south of the 60 foot ac-
cess easement and with a com-
mon dock to be placed just north
of the homes.

Preliminary Plat Approvals
Morris Palmer agent for
Grammercy Plantation LLC, own-
ers, requested consideration of
Preliminary Plat approval for a 40
lot subdivision named "Gram-
mercy Plantation Phase 2" on a
56 acre parcel lying in Section 22,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. Phase 2 is the same as
Phase I with some lots to be
flagged and all will be on the
Eastpoint water system. The lots
will be on septic or aerobic sys-
tems. The P&Z Board by unani-
mous vote agreed to recommend
this item to the BOCC for ap-
proval.

Final Plat Approval
Member Mary Lou Short stepped
down from her seat on the P&Z
Board to present her subdivision
Final Plat for approval consider-
ation. Short requested consider-
ation for approval of a 3 lot sub-
division named "Emerald Bay"
also known as Lot 4 Emerald
Point. Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida. The P&Z Board
unanimously voted to recommend
this item to the BOCC for ap-
proval.

Special Exceptions
Peter Wilson agent for Annie Mae
Wilson, owner, requested consid-
eration for a Special Exception to
construct a Raw Oyster Bar at
518 US Hwy. 98, West of
Apalachicola, Franklin County,
Florida. Wilson told the P&Z
Board that this building would
consist of a retail market, seafood
processing room, raw bar and of-
fice space in the upstairs area.
While the existing septic system
is usable, Mr. Wilson is checking
into extending Apalachicola City
sewer to the property. When ques-
tioned about adequate parking for
customers, Wilson stated that
there is enough parking and it
would be on pervious crushed
shell material. The P&Z Board
unanimously voted to recommend
this item to the Board of Adjust-
ment for Special Exception.


Continued on Page 6


30 April 2004 Page 5


Jeff Weiner from Page 1

to be expected when new ideas
come to a place where traditional
ideas are challenged. You just
can't take those things person-
ally." Weiner believes the compe-
tition that ABC generated along
with the state's FCAT testing ini-
tiatives only helped to raise the
bar for education for all students
in the bounty. He added, "and
education is about the kids."
'That's why I am proud to an-
nounce my candidacy for Super-
intendent of Franklin County
Schools. I am result oriented and
my tract record speaks loud and
clear, not only here in Franklin
County, but nationally and inter-
nationally as well. Franklin
County schools are positioned to
offer greatopportunities for our
kids if the right leader focuses on
the educational outcomes and
expectations necessary to ensure
all kids are successful."
"Allow me to make this very clear
upfront ... I am about helping kids
succeed!! Kids need adults and
leaders to do what ever it takes to
implement a consolidated
countywide educational program
that deserves national recogni-
tion! That means, I fully support
one consolidated school system.
I want to focus attention to what
goes on inside the school, and
every kid deserves to go far be-
yond their parent's aspirations.
That is our responsibility!"



Willard Vinson from Page 1

Mr. Vinson said, "My wife Annette
and I are life-long citizens of
Franklin County. We brought up
our children here, this is home
and we love this area and its
people. We are active members of
the local Church of God."
Since 1959, Mr. Vinson has been
involved in community affairs. He
helped establish a water-sewer
district in Eastpoint, vital to main-
tain a cleaner, safer environment,
stopping harmful run-off into
Apalachicola Bay. He and his wife
Annette were charter members of
the Eastpoint Civic Club, also
working with Xuripha Miller and
the Breakwater Committee to ob-
tain permits for the Eastpoint
breakwater. Mr. Vinson said, "On
various occasions, I worked
closely with the state legislators
on important issues that con-
cerned our- county. Another
project I was involved in was the
drawing up of the Apalachicola
Bay management plan."
He was actively involved with the
Governor's budget committee and


the House of Representatives


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Let's Vote For And Re-elect





CLARENCE WILLIAMS


Franklin County Comm



District ,


sioner


As a lifetime resident of Franklin County, I have
worked in PUBLIC SERVICE most of my life, dedicat-
ing my time and energy towards enhancing the quality
of life for the citizens of this community. For the past
7-1/2 years, I have served as the County Commis-
sioner for District 3, a position I hope to.continue.
Therefore, I am announcing my candidacy for
re-election.

I am the father of five sons and four daughters, all
reared here in Apalachicola. I am a graduate of the
Atlanta College of Mortuary Science and completed
Police Standards at Gulf Coast Community College. I
served my country during WWII and gave 19 years of
service with the Franklin County Sheriff s Department,
initially employed as a radio operator and through
working diligently and consistently, was promoted to
the rank of Captain. I also served my community as a
member of the Franklin County Planning and Zoning
Board for four years, as well as being a Notary for over
25 years. For the past seven years, I have been em-
ployed with Croom's Transportation, Inc., helping to
fulfill transportation needs for the disadvantaged
citizens of this county. I also serve proudly as a deacon
with the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, a role I
have held for the past 22 years.

For many years, I worked in the seafood industry
when there were not many legal guidelines governing
the industry. Franklin County's citizens are facing a lot
of uncertainty about the future of this industry and I
embrace and strongly support the concerns of our
community. Ensuring the longevity of the seafood
industry will continue to be a major focus and if I am
re-elected, I will continue to make sure that our voices
are heard and our concerns are understood.
During my 7-1/2 year tenure as Commissioner, I have
used my financial resources to fund many projects,
such as:


CLARENCE WILLIAMS


"A Proven And Dedicated

Public Servant"


* The Christian Community Marching Band
* Installing bathrooms at the 10th Street Ball Park

* Installing lighting at the same park, a project still
being worked on

* Helping acquire the Franklin County Community
Ministerial Alliance Center

* Initiated the Sylvester Williams Memorial Scholar-
ship Foundation to help further the education of our
county's youth, which to date has awarded 22 schol-
arships to students from Franklin County.

In 1999 and 2000, I was honored to served as Chair-
man of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners
and one of only two Franklin County Commissioners
to earn the distinction as a Certified County Commis-
sioner.

One of the responsibilities of the county commission
is to create the county's Comprehensive Plan, a
20-year plan of action that directs the growth of our
county. The experience I gained from my years
serving on the Planning and Zoning Board will prove
invaluable as I help my fellow commissioners in the
creation of this plan. Another major issue facing
District 3 is the condition of our roads, which has
been a major concern of mine. Most are in serious
need of resurfacing, a task that we are now able to
undertake due to the final completion of the water
line installation project.

I have worked hard serving my community for many
years and through my continued dedication, hard
work and perseverance, along with your support of
me with your vote, I vow to carry on with my com-
mitment of public service. I ask you to work with me
as we advance and enhance the quality of life for our
community. Together, we will all see POSITIVE
CHANGE in Franklin County.


PAID POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT. PAID FOR AND APPROVED IBY CLARENCE WILLIAMS CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FL


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the H1ouse of Representatives
Budget Committee, "... working to
obtain funds to keep the seafood
plant inspectors on-board, thus
enabling us to continue shipping
seafood out-of-state."
He added, "One of the goals I have
in mind is the dredging of the
Eastpoint Channel, using an
up-land spoil-site in order to pro-
tect the Bay and Catpoint, our
most productive oyster bar. I will
make every effort to acquire a land
area behind the breakwater in
order for our commercial seafood
workers to load and unload their
product."
Mr. Vinson worked on the Seafood
Festival Committee for a number
of years. As County Commis-
sioner, he was instrumental in
having roads on St. George Island
and Eastpoint paved. "I will en-
deavor to pave and up-grade
roads in both areas again." Mr.
Vinson also contributed to the
initiation of the Franklin County
Work Camp, creating 70 new jobs.
Mr. Vinson emphasized, "When
strategic issues are being dis-
cussed by the county Board, I will
see to it that the citizens of Dis-
trict 1 are notified so they can
have input. I want to involve the
people of Eastpoint, Magnolia
Bluff and St. George Island con-
cerning the county budget and
taxes. My goal is to work toward
preserving the past and prepar-
ing for the future. I realize
Franklin County is growing at a
fast pace. The next four years are
crucial. There is a lot to accom-
plish and we do not have a lot of
time to waste. Times have
changed and we all know it. Our
development needs to include
work places that will secure jobs
for all our local people, jobs for
our school and college graduates.
Our most important resource is
our young men and women. We
do not need to lose them to other
cities and states."
"We do not need to neglect our
natural resources, nor do we need
to blindly close our eyes to the
development taking place now or
in the future."
He added, "I am concerned for the
land owners too, they have the
right to sell and or develop their
property. We all want to see
healthy growth and it has already
begun." Mr. Vinson reiterated, "We
need someone in office who has
had experience in county govern-
ment and is willing and ready
when it is necessary to be a voice
at the Capital. I am willing, ready
and qualified. If I am elected, I will
make myself available to everyone
in my district, Magnolia Bluff,
Eastpoint and St. George Island.
I will work closely with the Board
of County Commissioners for the
best interest of Franklin County."


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Coastal Training Program Work-
shop: "Minimizing Recreation Im-
pacts in Coastal Areas" with
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling
Trainers: Friday, May 14, 2004-
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) At
St. Joseph State Buffer Preserve
Center, 3915 Highway C-30A. The
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling
Trainer Program, is coming to the
area on May 14 to conduct a
one-day program hosted by the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve and St. Joseph
State Preserves! Come join the
Leave No Trace Traveling Train-
ers Team East, Betsy Novak and
Dave Winter, for a fun and edu-
cational experience
With outdoor recreation booming,
many of our favorite parks, for-
ests, open spaces and coastal re-

P&Z from Page 5

Commercial Site Plan
Review
Steve M. Watkins, III, agent for
Jim Steiner and Robert C.
Bowden, owners requested con-
sideration of the Commercial Site
Plan Review for a proposed RV
Park known as Island View RV
Park. Watkins told the P&Z Board
that this property is already zoned
C-3 Commercial Recreational and
at this time the only requirement
not met is with the Health Depart-
ment standards. The park will be
on septic and wells until water
and sewer is available. Watkins
stated that this project will be an
upscale RV park with trash col-
lection, landscaping and a park
manager.There are to be 50 park
model units on 4.24 acres. The
park model units will be about
400 square feet and have 50 amp
power service with water and
sewer hoses. Alan Pierce told the
P&Z Board that currently
Franklin County has no stan-
dards for RV parks but there is
zoning for it. The BOCC depends
on the Franklin County Health
Department to make sure the
health standards for dumping
stations, parking pads and water
and septic issues are met. The
P&Z Board unanimously voted to
recommend this item to the BOCC
contingent upon getting the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment approval.

Planned Unit Development
Steve Fling, agent requested a dis-
cussion of the Commercial Land
use for the proposed "South
Shoals Planned Unit Develop-
ment" also known as "KOA Camp-
ground" on Alligator Point,
Franklin County, Florida. The dis-
cussion focused on the location
of two access roads for the west
end of Alligator Point residents.
There were two site plans.
The first plan proposed closing
Alligator Drive, platting it into
beach front lots and opening Tom
Roberts Road as the access road
through the parcel. The second
plan proposed keeping Alligator
Drive open for access and closing
Tom Roberts Road to public ac-
cess. Several residents of Alliga-
tor Point joined the discussion
over the access roads.
P&Z Board Member, Davis was
concerned as to whether or not
the public would have access to
the beach that is to result from a
beach re-nourishment project to
begin next fall. Ken Osborne,
President of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association, stated
that he is concerned about the 2
to 3 million dollars that it will cost
to open up Tom Roberts Road to
have it developed to more than the
alternate evacuation route that is
its current function. Osborne is
also concerned about the owner-
ship and legal issues surround-
ing developing Tom Roberts Road
into the main evacuation route.
Joe Hambrose, also of the Alliga-
tor Point Taxpayers Association,
stated that he is concerned about
the fact that the current waste
water treatment plant in the KOA
Campground has not been li-
censed for several years but has
been in continuous use. Fling told
the P&Z Board that he is in the
process of re-licensing the treat-
ment plant for use in the proposed
PUD. This item was presented to
the P&Z Board because the BOCC
were unsure of what to do about
the evacuation and access roads
on Alligator Point as there have
been many letters and e-mails
objecting to- this PUD. The P&Z
Board unanimously voted to send
this item back to the BOCC for
their decision.


Zoning Administrator's
Report
Pierce told the P&Z Board that the
county is receiving a number of
requests to construct servant's
quarters or Mother-in Law suites.
It was suggested that the quar-
ters or suites be connected by a
common walkway or be placed
under one common roof, with one
power pole, one meter, and one
common septic or aerobic system
-and one kitchen.
Pierce informed the P&Z Board
that he is resigning his position
with the Franklin County Govern-
ment and will be joining the engi-
neering firm of Preble-Rish in the
middle of May.


sources are feeling the impacts.
Combining Leave No Trace's mes-
sage and training with Subaru's
resources, the Traveling Trainer
program brings responsible use
education to millions of outdoor
enthusiasts across the United
States.
This hands-on workshop will fo-
cus on minimizing recreation im-
pacts in coastal areas, especially
from canoeing, kayaking and rec-
reational fishing. Learn about
Leave No Trace (www.int.org), the
seven Leave No Trace principles
for outdoor recreation, and edu-
cating coastal managers and trav-
elers on the Leave No Trace tech-
niques for sensitive coastal areas.
The program includes slideshows,
information on how to become a
Leave No Trace steward and a
short afternoon canoe/kayak trip
on St. Joe Bay.
All those who work with the pub-
lic or provide recreation opportu-
nities in the outdoors (rangers,
resource educators, resource/
park managers, Eco-tour provid-
ers, Citizen Support Organiza-
tions, volunteers, and others) are
encouraged to attend.
REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
(Limited to 45 participants). There
is no charge for the workshop. To
sign up contact: the Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research Re-
serve (850) 653-8063 or Rosalyn
Kilcollins at Rosalyn.Kilcollins
@dep.state.fl.us.
Annual Spaghetti Supper: The
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Dept.
presents the llth Annual Spa-
ghetti Supper, Saturday, May 8th,
5 p.m. 7:30 p.m., at 6th Street
and Escape Road, Eastpoint.
Come join with us for our spa-
ghetti slow cooked all day, fresh
salads, deli rolls, tea/ coffee all
for the donation of $5.00. Home-
made desserts of all kinds Will be


available. Cake drawing for a very
special cake in time for Mothers
Day. For Info, call Ursula Stratton
670-8799 or Marilyn Johnson
670-8347.
Donato & Gang Return Ready
To Rock & Roll: The historic
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola will
present a rollicking revival of clas-
sic Rock & Roll on Friday & Sat-
urday, May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. with
performances by Miami's super
star musician Joe Donato and his
band. Everybody's familiar with
names like Jerry Lee Lewis, the
Big Bopper, Richie Valens and
Buddy Holley. Elvis Presley and
his music are a legend with all
ages. As a tribute to Presley, some
of his hits will be featured by the
Donato band, including "Money
Honey", "Blue Suede Shoes" and
"Don't Be Cruel". "Rock & Roll
evolved out of blues, country and
swing," Donato said, "and devel-
oped a unique sound of its own."
Joe Donato traces the beginning
of Rock & Roll to the early fifties
and the music of Bill Haley and
the Comets. "By the 1970s Rock
& Roll had evolved into a new
sound due to the influence of the
Beatles and the British Music in-
vasion, and to electronic music
made possible by new high tech
instruments. But love of classic
Rock & Roll continues to this
day." Said Donato "Perhaps the
last great classic Rock & Roll
number was "American Pie" by
Don Maclean in which he la-
mented 'the day the music died'."
The Rock & Roll concert will fea-
ture a sock hop dance contest,
perhaps some will set the mood
by showing up in poodle skirts or
something tie dyed to represent
the fashions of the era. Joe
Donato and his group are no
strangers to Apalachicola. They
presented the First Apalachicola
Jazz, Blues and Folk Festival in
November of 2003 to record


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crowds, then returned this past
March with a festival of Caribbean
music.
Donato will be joined by audience
favorites Randall Dollahon, gui-
tarist; Matt Bonelli, bass player;
Brian Murphy, pianist; and
Daniel McLeod, vocalist. Appear-
ing in Apalachicola for the first
time will be drummer Jack Ciano,
a favorite at the Tuscany restau-
rant in Coconut Grove where Joe
and his group are regulars. And
of course, the program would not
be complete without the golden
voice of Kathleen Donato who
brings new meaning to Rock &
Roll hits
"Donato's band is hot, lively &
versatile, and their music literally


has the audience dancing in the
aisles." said Dixie Partington.
Tickets are $25.00 and going fast
Don't miss your chance to Rock
out. For reservations and infor-
mation call the Dixie Theatre at
850-653-3200. Be sure to check
out the Dixie web site at
www., dixietheatre.com.
2004 May Schedule: "Showtime
on the Showboat": A Melodrama
by the Panhandle Players on April
30, May 1 & 2 Friday & Saturday
at 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. and call
for tickets at 653-9641 or
670-8200.
"THE HISTORY OF
ROCK & ROLL"
With Joe Donato & Gang
May 7 & 8 Fri & Sat 8 p.m.


CASINO NIGHT
Annual Dixie
Theatre Foundation Benefit
May 15 Saturday 7 p.m.
FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION
Call: 850-653-3200
E-mail: dixietheatre@gtcom.net
Website: www.dixietheatre.com
Spring Concert At GCCC: The Vi-
sual and Performing Arts Division
of Gulf Coast Community College
will present a spring concert per-
formed by the GCCC Concert
Band and Jazz Ensemble on Sun-
day, May 2 at 2 p.m. in the Amelia
Center Theatre on campus. The
Concert Band, a twenty member
group, will perform new band lit-

Continued on Page 10


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


30 April 2004 Page 7,


The Ilse Newell Concert Series

Final Concert Of The Season
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County Board
Approves Plan
For The Use Of
The Fort Cuuminlb
National Guard
Armory
Van Johnson, as the Franklin
County Parks and Recreation Di-
rector, drafted a.plan for the use
of 4ie National:Guard.Arrnory re-,
cently leased to the county. The
Board of County Commissioner
approved the plan at their meet-
ing on Tuesday, April 20, 2004.
The facility will be available to
civic, governmental, religious,
political and charitable groups
and organizations. The Franklin
County Parks and Recreation
Department shall be designated
as the county's agent in charge of
booking, operation and mainte-
nance of the facility.
Users shall request use of the fa-
cility to the Parks and Recreation
Department's events coordinator
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. Monday through Fri-
day. Users shall be charged a fee
of $50 per hour. The Parks and
Recreation Department will be
responsible for maintaining the
facility in a good functional order,
clean and presentable for use.
An annual report in writing shall
be submitted on the income and
activity to the Board of County
Commissioners during their an-
nual budget development. Users
shall carry a commercial liability
insurance policy with a limit of $1
million per occurrence to cover
property damage or bodily injury
arising out of the use of the facil-
ity.
The Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment has the right to refuse rental
to any person, group or organiza-
tion at any time when such rental
would be contrary to the public
interest or inconsistent with the
use of said facility.


Apalachicola
Oyster Industry
Requests

Changes
Southeastern, Fisheries Associa-
tion, the Apalachicola Bay Oyster
Dealers Association and the
Franklin County Seafood Workers
Association, requested the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Commission
(FWC) to enact the following rule
change pertaining to the oyster
industry:
1. Close the winter harvesting ar-
eas for 2004 and all future years
on May 31st instead of June 30th
2. Open the summer harvesting
areas for 2004 and all future years
on June 1st instead of July 1st.
3. Maintain a summer harvesting
season from June 1st. through
August 31 st each year.
4. Maintain a winter harvesting
season from September 1st
through May 31st each year.
This change would put Franklin
County in line with the rest of the
state.


The final concert of the 2003-04
Season was presented by the Ilse
Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts at Lafayette Park,
Apalachicola on a sunny after-
noon at 4 p.m. The concert fea-
tured the Panama City Pipes and
Drums with the Scottish Highland
Dancers, directed by Geordie Ord,
Pipe Major. Concert listeners hear
many old favorites including Price
Charles' Welcome to Lochaber,
Scotland the Brave or the
Mingulay Boat Song. Popers in-
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mental music in a variety ol styles
from Scottish music and dance to
solo concerts and chamber mu-
sic.
Concerts are held in Trinity
Church, the Dixie Theatre and
Lafayette Park. If you ouhwould like
tickets for next season, or would
like to make a donation, please
write: William Greer, Treasurer, P,
0. Box 342, Eastpoint, Florida,
32328.


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TEMPEST REPOSE:
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Suite 201
St. George Island, FL 32328
LAND FOR SALE:
Bayfront lot in Bay Cove Vil-
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the Cut. Tennis and pool just
down the road, one acre lot. Easy
beach access on sand path to
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Gulf and Bay Views! This is one
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the east end. MLS#98557.
$425,000.
Historic Apalachicola! Fronting
Market Street in the heart of
downtown, lot is between Chez
Funk & Orvis Store, wonderful
investment opportunity MLS#
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Carrabelle Chamber Honors

Jimmie & Sandi Crowder

The Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce presented Sandi
& Jimmie Crowder a "Certificate of Appreciation" for their
continued involvement and support of the Carrabelle com-
munity. Presenting the Certificate is Jeanne Rodgers with
The Bank, a Carrabelle Chamber Director.

Franklin Bulletin from Page 6


erature and several classics. The
Jazz Band performance will fea-
ture the music of Miles Davis and
other jazz greats. Admission is
free. For more information, call
872-3886.
Board Meeting Announcement
for Early Education and Care,
Inc.: Date: Monday, May 3, 2004;
Time: 12:00 p.m. CST; Location:
EEC-Training Room 1; 450 Jenks
Avenue; Panama City, FL. Tenta-
tive Agenda: Financial Report,
Committee Reports, Selection of
2004-2005 Officers, Chair's Re-
port and CEO Report. For addi-
tional information regarding this
meeting or agenda, contact Early
Education and Care, Inc. at
872-7550, ext. 2305.
Correctional Officer Courses At
GCCC: The Division of Public
Safety/Criminal Justice Training
Academy of Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College will offer full-time
Correctional Officer Basic Stan-
dards courses at the North Bay
Center in Southport, beginning
Thursday, May 6,'2004 at 8 a.m.
(CST), and at the Gulf/Franklin
Center in Port St. Joe, beginning
Monday, May 17, at 8 a.m. (EST).
Correctional Officer Basic Stan-
dards is required in order to be
eligible for the Florida Certifica-
tion Examination for Correctional
Officers. The classes will meet five
days a week, eight hours a day,
for approximately four months.
The courses require advance ap-
plication and testing. For addi-
tional information, call Lorne
Brooks or Jackie Vaughn at the
North Bay Center at (850)
747-3233 Monday through Fri-
day, from 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(CST), or Brenda Burkett at the
Gulf/Franklin Center at (850)
227-9670, Monday through Fri-
day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST).


Spring Health Conference At
GCCC: The Lifelong Learning Of-
fice of Gulf Coast Community
College will host Capstone
House's Spring Health Conference
on May 1, 2004 at 8:15 a.m. in
the Gibson Lecture Hall of the
Student Union East building on
campus. The conference will
showcase the newest information
in health related biochemistry,
energy medicine, sound therapy
and nutrition. Family practice,
functional and complementary
medicine will be included as well.
The following topics will be dis-
cussed: Creating Health by Talk-
ing to our Genes: The speaker,
Rita Jungman, RN-MSN is an ad-
vanced registered nurse practitio-
ner (ARNP), specializing in the
field of psychiatry and mental
health. Ms. Jungman received her
RN degree from Southwestern
Community College in Iowa and
her Bachelor of Science degree
from Florida State University, in
addition to her Masters in Nurs-
ing degree. Energy Medicine: The
New Paradigm: Mary Kern,
RN-BSN, the scheduled speaker
earned her concurrent bachelor
degrees in Nursing and Health
Education in 1995, She was cer-
tified in sound therapy at the
Sauber Center and is currently at
the Florida State Hospital. In ad-
dition she has a work practice as
a sound therapist/researcher and
health educator. The seminar is
free and open to the public. Do-
nations will be accepted, Four
contact hours are approved for
nursing (FBN/NCE 2097) only.
For additional information, call
the GCCC Lifelong Learning Of-
fice at 872-3823.


Touch Tanks at the Ed Ball Marine Lab Open House,
Saturday, April 24, 2004.


HELP WANTED

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Energetic team player who wants to learn the
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production. Successful applicant will have a
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