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Franklin County Escapes Serious
Damage From The Parade Of

Hurricanes

Flooding of low lying areas, tree debris and light
road damage mark Ivan's impact
Editorial and Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
Once again, Franklin County escaped serious damage from the last
Hurricane, Ivan, which followed on the heels of Charlie and Bonnie.
Yet, the county still lacks fast, safe and reliable evacuation routes in
the face of rapid development and construction. As usual, by the
conclusion of each storm, there is some road damage to highway 98
between Eastpoint and Carrabelle in particular. This road section is
crucial to an escape from Franklin County, yet each storm always
manages to wipe out a major section of roadbed or shoulders. The
Department of Transportation seems content to simply repair and
rebuild the same roadbed instead of re-routing 98 in this
destruction-prone section of 98 to a safer zone a few hundred feet to
the north of the bay waters.
An inquiry to the Chipley Office of the DOT revealed that there has
only been limited planning for new escape routes in this area, and
the. often-repaired roadbed between Carrabelle and Eastpoint. An
environmental study was conducted some time ago, we are told, and
it was not economically feasible to rebuild the highway to a safer
zone. We are the first to admit that highway construction is, by far,
not an economical undertaking and we are at a loss for a
"bargain-basement" sale of redesigned roadways. Seems a little strange
to have built a 73-million dollar bridge to St. George Island only to
have a repaired two-lane, washed out, roadway as an escape route
from the county during a severe storm. Some priorities are a little out
of joint here, it would seem. There is a dirt-covered alternate road
through Tate's Hell, nearly parallel to 98 between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle, but that is a risky alternative.


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Volume 13, Number 20 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 1 -14, 2004


Inside This Issue
10 Pages


Hurricane Ivan ............ 1
Riverkeepers ............... 1
Airport ...................... 1
Franklin Briefs ...... 2, 4
Editorial & Commentary
........................... 3,.4, 9


Report to County
Commission Given by
Chairperson Ted Moesteller
A written memorandum ad-
dressed to the Franklin County
Commissioners and circulated to
them at the September 21, 2004
meeting referenced a FDOT (Fed-
eral Department of Transporta-
tion) annual inspection. The in-
spection indicated, in Mr.
Moesteller's words, "We were
gigged very badly and our airport
license is in jeopardy."
Mr. Moesteller referred to a copy
of the FDOT license renewal an-
nual inspection, which was also
distributed to the county commis-
sioners that stated, 'The problem
is the vegetation growth next to


,and in the approaches. of the
named runways." The county has
been given 30 days, presumably
to start corrective action. Two
additional project are awaiting
right-of-way "clearing and grub-
bing"-the fence project and the
sewage for the EOC and new
buildings. The sewage project
needs about 250 feet of hand dug
trenching and an Additional 600
feet of machine trenching, fol-
lowed by the laying of two-inch
sewer pipe.
A non-directional beacon has
been,declared unrepairable after
lightning damage. The Board of
county commissioners declared
Southern Avionics as sole source
for the replacement transmitter
for the non-directional beacon
system.


Small Communities To Receive

Planning Assistance From NWFWMD


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The Northwest Florida Water
Management District (NWFWMD)
Governing Board approved an al-
location of $150,000 for planning
assistance for small communities
at its final public hearing on the
2004-2005 fiscal year budget held
September 23 in Marianna.
These funds are intended to as-
sist small communities in the-
planning and engineering of capi-
tal improvement projects for wa-
ter resource restoration and im-
provement projects eligible for
funding under the District's
Florida Forever program.
Five million dollars have been al-
located for the Florida Forever
capital improvement grants for
the upcoming budget year, effec-
tive October 1, for cooperative
projects with local governments.
This includes $500,000 specifi-
cally set aside for projects sub-
mitted by small communities in
the District's 16-county area.
"These funds are being made
available to small local govern-
ments such as those in Franklin
County," said Joyce Estes, Chair
of the NWFWMD Governing Board
from Eastpoint. 'The District is


pleased to support these local gov-
ernments in their efforts to plan
to help resolve water quality is-
sues that have regional impacts,
such as rivers and bays."
"Small communities in Gulf
County will certainly appreciate
this opportunity," stated Sharon
Gaskin, NWFWMD Governing
Board member from
Wewahitchka. "Many of our small
communities have financial situ-
ations that make, it difficult for
them to prepare the documenta-
tion necessary to participate in
these programs."
The Florida Forever grant pro-
gram for local governments was
begun in 2003 with 11 local gov-
ernmental agencies receiving
more than $4 million in capital
improvement grants to help main-
tain environmental and water
quality within the northwest re-
gion. Projects recommended for
grants included those addressing
surface water quality improve-
ment and protection, stormwater
management, water body and
wetland restoration activities,
shoreline erosion control, flood
protection and sediment reduc-
tion.


The tour confronts "Sand Mountain" on the Apalachicola
River.
In an effort to gain support from Georgia citizens, the Apalachicola
Bay & Riverkeeper (ABARK) organization recently hosted a river ex-
cursion for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization to explore
firsthand the vulnerable state of the Apalachicola River and Flood-
plain. Riverkeepers and concerned citizens from upstream on the
Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers in Atlanta, Columbus and Bainbridge,
Georgia joined ABARK staff and several directors at Lunker Lodge 6n
Lake Seminole for the start of a three-day event. Presentations from
river experts and visits with local residents were arranged to inform
the participants of impacts that were occurring to the river.
At Lunker Lodge using topographic maps and comparisons of his-
toric aerial photographs, Helen Light of the United States Geological
Survey (USGS) demonstrated the impacts to the floodplains and
riverbanks over the years due to the combined impacts of flow reduc-
tions, construction of dams, and dredging. Impacts noted were a wider
and shallower main channel, blocked sloughs and tributaries, and
loss of.access to the floodplain by fish and fishermen. Some impacted
species of aquatic and plant life are now on the endangered species
list.
Educational stops along the way included Alum Bluffs, Blountstown
boat ramp and Gauge, Poloway Cutoff, Gaskin Park at Wewahitchka,
Sand Mountain, Shepard's Slough, and Spiders Cut. Botanist Leigh
Brooks with The Nature Conservancy discussed the importance of
the Alum Bluffs area as an "area of the country that is uniquely im-
portant to bio-diversity. If you think about all the diversity of plant
and animal life in Hawaii, Colorado and the Appalachian Mountains,
the Florida panhandle parallels what all those areas have in
bio-diversity," Brooks stated, "many of the species in the Alum Bluffs
area are found only in this area."


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At Blountstown, Ralph White, longtime resident, local boat designer
and manufacturer, and river historian spoke of the many changes he
had observed for over 60 years on the river, going as far back as the
early 1900's when losing was booming in Florida. White has worked
to restore sloughs where he has observed impacts from logging and
dredging and watched the Blountstown Gauge dip lower and lower in
recent times due to controlled river flows.
River activist Marilyn Blackwell and Shelley Scoggins spoke to the
group at Wewahitchka about the blocked sloughs and tributaries as
well as the loss of trees 'along the riverbanks and in the floodplains,
including the Tupelo trees, due to dredging activities. Locally pro-
duced Tupelo honey is renowned worldwide and has been a stable
industry for generations in the area. Blackwell also gave an analogy
of the river and floodplains as a woman lying on her back. "Imagine
her hair as the streams and tributaries of the floodplains and her
womb as the river of life. Block the floodplains and the womb will not
produce life".
Those who had never seen the deposits of dredged sand at the Corley
Slough area called "Sand Mountain" were stunned by the massive
bulk of sand removed from the riverbed and deposited along the river
blocking the flow of several sloughs. At the end of the long day's river
journey lay a special meal of seafood from the bay hosted by Dave
and "T" McLain at their home in Eastpoint


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A few souls spent their waiting time during Ivan at Harry
A's instead of following the mandatory evacuation.


The third day held a special opportunity for our Georgia guests to
participate in restoring a marsh with a planned trip to Little St. George
Island to collect salt marsh grass for a project at Cat Point in Eastpolnt,
." ...Florida. The enthusiasm generated by the ABARK-led trip and work-
ing together on restoration project has built bridges that will pay
... measurable dividends as the communities along our
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin proceed in the
.. ."' .. protection and preservation of these irreplaceable resources. Bill
'','- -- Green, President of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper stated 'The natu-
ral beauty along the river from Lake Seminole to Apalachicola, Florida,
S" is awe inspiring. We would like to assist your efforts to stop the envi-
S" -- ronmental damage being done to the Apalachicola". ABARK's staff
More fill added to the Highway 98 shoulder only to even- and Board president have plans to attend a Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
tually be washed away during the next storm. fundraiser in Columbus for their project to remove a dam on the
Chattahoochee River at Columbus.


Building Bridges: Georgia And

Florida Riverkeepers Explore River


Second Circuit Court
Report .................... 5, 6
Airport Ditch Property
Dispute ..................... 6
Franklin Bulletin Board 8
FCAN......................... 8
Bookshop ................ 10


Apalachicola Regional Airport

Airport "Gigged Very Badly And Our

Airport License Is In Jeopardy"


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Pag e2 1 Octnher 2004


Franklin

Briefs

September 21, 2004
-Present: Cheryl Sanders,
Chairperson;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal and Commissioner
SClarence Williams.

'Superintendent of Public
Works
:Herbert Chipman informed the
'Board that his working crews
*were able to cleanup the debris
from the Hurricane Ivan fairly
:promptly but that there was a
-shortage of limerock. The most
:severe damage occurred at Alliga-
*tor Point but the roads held up
well. Commissioner Mosconis
'counseled Chipman and others
-that better coordination be main-
tained among the "key players" in
,emergency management func-
tions.

:Property Appraiser
'Doris Pendleton received permis-
.sion to transfer $6500 from her
:supply fund into the general fund,
that will reimburse her office for
:expenditures made from the gen-
eral fund.

:County Attorney
Thomas M. Shuler informed the
:Board that he received a letter
from attorney Nick Yonklas that
,requested the scheduled hearing
:on the airport matter be cancelled.
Yonklas was representing a client
who had earlier requested the
:county board to investigate alle-
gations against the current leasee
:of the airport facilities, Mr. Bill
'Ruic. Attorney Ben Watkins, rep-
resenting Bill Rule, also asked
that the scheduled hearing be
:cancelled. The Board moved and
approved to cancel the hearing
scheduled for 1 p.m. that after-
noon, on September 21, 2004.

Solid Waste And Recycling
Van Johnson informed the Board,
"During Hurricane Bonnie and
Ivan, the operation of County Gov-
ernment partially shutdown, with
nonessential employees receiving
time off with pay. However, essen-
tial personnel within the Road and,
Solid Waste Department were re-,
quired to remain on duty. Speak-
ing for Superintendent Chipman
and myself, we are requesting
Board approval to compensate
those employees who remained on
duty during the storms. We are
requesting to use either F.E.M.A.
funds if eligible or compensatory
time to compensate employees a
day off for each day worked." AC-
TION REQUESTED: Motion ap-
proving the use of compensatory
time to compensate Road and
Solid Waste Department person-
nel required to work during Hur-
ricane Bonnie and Ivan. The
Board approved the motion.
Van Johnson also added, "I am
requesting Board approval to
wave the tipping for storm debris
caused by Hurricane Ivan until
the end of the month. Residents
were busy making preparations
for the hurricane and were unable
to take advantage of the recent
Amnesty Day. Added to that, the
storm-scattered leaves and bro-
ken treetops throughout Franklin
County. ACTION REQUESTED:
Motion to wave the Landfill Tip-
ping fee for Storm Debris until
September 30, 2004. The Board
approved.
On September 13, the Franklin
County Animal Adjudicatory
Board held two Darngerous Dogs
Hearings and order red the de-
struction of the dogs involved.
Following the hearings, the own-
ers of the dogs filed an appeal to
the County Court. "Because of
this, I am requesting Board ap-
proval for the County Attorney to
represent the County's interest
during the appeals." ACTION RE-
QUESTED: Motion to authorize
the County Attorney to represent
Franklin County interest at the
Dangerous Dogs Appeal Hearing
before the County Judge. The
Board approved.



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The County Attorney has reviewed
documents from the Florida
League of Cities, concerning the
finance of Landfill Equipment
through their Master Lease Pro-
gram. A requirement of the pro-
gram is to pass a resolution au-
thorizing the execution and deliv-
ery of the Master Lease/Purchase
Agreement. The resolution gives
the Chairperson the authority to
sign all documents concerning
the Purchase Agreement. The
closing date for the loan has been
set for October 4, 2004. Therefore,
I am requesting Board approval
to adopt the resolution and move
forward with financing the equip-
ment. ACTION REQUESTED:
Motion adopting resolution to
purchase Landfill Equipment
through the Florida League of Cit-
ies, Master Lease Program.
The Board approved the County
Attorney to confer with the
County CPA to review the tax lan-
guage contained in the paperwork
connected with financing the
equipment.
"FOR THE BOARDS INFORMA-
TION: The Finance Office has no-
tified me that it appeared that
someone from within my depart-
ment may have used the recently
installed fax number at the Ar-
mory to make excessive long dis-
tance, telephone calls.
Upon further investigation. I
called (AT&T) the long-distance
carrier listed on the account. A
Customer Care Associate in-
formed me that it appeared that
our local carrier (GTCom) issued
the County a recycled residential
number. The recycled number
was still in use by the prior cus-
tomer as a calling card number.
Every time the customer used
their calling card, the County got
billed.
The number was issued to an in-
dividual that used to reside at 401
- 25th Avenue, but, has since
moved to Oak Ridge Tennessee.
The majority of the calls placed
were made from this Tennessee
address and billed to the calling
card. I am in the process of get-
ting the matter resolved with
AT&T and the County reim-
bursed."

Planning and Zoning
Rachel Ward of the Planner's of-
fice presented the Planning and
Zoning Report. The following rec-
ommendations of the planning
and Zoning Board were approved
by the County Commissioners:
Private Boardwalk for Donna
McBride, Lot 3 Hidden Beaches,
2904 Hidden Beaches Road, West
of Carrabelle. She has all neces-
sary state and federal permits.
Private Single Family dock for
Edward,, & Susan.: Epp. and
Hershell & Billie Kendrick dn -Lot
40, Alligator Point Subdivision,
1630 Alligator Drive, Alligator
Point. They have all necessary
state and federal permits.
Private single family dock for
Karen McGraw on Lot 10, Block
8-1, Unit 5, 319 East Sawyer
Street, St. George Island. She has
all necessary state and federal
permits.
Private single family dock for John
Haughton & Susan Taylor on Lot
23, Holiday Beach, Unit 1, 34
Mardi Gras Way, Alligator. Point.
They have all necessary state and
federal permits.
The Commissioners approved the
following commercial site plans:
Site Plan to relocate a portable
office structure on property in
Section 35, Township 6 South,
Range 3 West, St. Teresa, Turkey
Point. Request submitted by
Florida State University.
Commercial Site Plan approval on
Lots 24-30, Block 6 West, Unit 1,
St. George Island. Request sub-
mitted by L&W.Engineering, Inc.,
agent for Dean Development.
The Planning and Zoning board
recommended the following cases
be scheduled for a public hear-
ing:
Lots 29 and 30 Block I West, Unit
1, St. George Island from C-2 Gen-
eral Commercial to C-4 Mixed Use
Residential. Request submitted by
Anthony and Antoinette Taranto,
owners.
580 Brickyard Road off of High-
way 65, Eastpoint from R-6 (One
unit per ten acres) to R-2 (One
unit per acre). This will be a
zoning and land use change. The
property is approximately 2 acres
in size. Request is submitted by
Cassandra Kelley, owner.


633 Brickyard Road off of High-
way 65, Eastpoint from R-6 (One
unit per ten acres) to R-2 (One
unit per acre). This will be a zon-
ing and land use change. Request
is submitted by Douglas "Buddy"
Brown, owner.
A 4.66 acre parcel in Lanark Vil-
lage from Z-1 Public Facilities to
R-5 Multi-family. This will be a
zoning and land use change. Re-
quest submitted by Walt Driver
and Franklin Bailey, agent for the
Camp Gordon Johnson Associa-
tion.
257 Hatfield Road, Eastpoint from
R-1 Single Family Residential to
C-4 Mixed Use Residential. Re-
quest submitted by W.L. Hatfield
and Larry Hatfield, owners. This
will require a zoning and lane use
change.
A 23 acre parcel in Section 18,
Township 8 South, Range 5 West,
East of Carrabelle from R-6 Ru-
ral Residential to R- 1 Single Fam-
ily Residential. Request submit-
ted by Preble Rish, agent for
Milton Hancock, owner. The ap-
plicant is also asking for sketch
plat approval for this parcel. The
parcel will be called "St. George's
Bluffs."
On sketch plats, the Commission
recommends:
A 14 lot subdivision to be known
as Las Brisas, Phase II, lying in
Section 36, Township 8 South,
Range 6 West, Eastpoint. Request
submitted by Morris Palmer.
The Commissioners denied the
following request:
Lots 17-20, Block 5 East, Unit
One, St. George Island to be
reconfigured. The applicant is
asking to abandon this part of the
.plat and redesign the parcel into
two lots. The request was submit-
ted by Albert Cain, agent for GT
Com.
On Preliminary Plats, the Com-
mission recommends approval:
A 30 lot subdivision to be known
as Piney Point, lying in Section 22,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
Eastpoint. The property is at the
corner of CC Land Road and High-
way 65, Eastpoint. Request sub-
mitted by Preble Rish, agent for
Steve Newman.
On Final Plats, the Commission'
recommends approval:
Lots 19 and 20, Block Y, Unit One,
Lanark Beach. Request submit-
ted by Everett Hawker, William
Liddon, owners.
An 81 lot subdivision to be known
as The Reserve lying in Section 30,
31, 36, Township 8 South, Range
6 West, Eastpoint. Request sub-
mitted by Preble Rish, agent for
Magnolia Ridge LLC.
A 40 lot subdivision to be known
as Gramercy Plantation Phase 2.
Property -located at the corner of
US Highway 98 and Highway 65.
Request submitted by Morris
Palmer, agent for Olivier Monod.
The County Commissioners ap-
proved all of the foregoing plats.
The last item in the Planning and
Zoning report delivered by Rachel
Ward involved the question of boat
storage in an R-4 zone. Tony
Taranto addressed the Commis-
sioners on this issue. Her con-
cerns involved a possible devalu-
ation of adjacent property and
traffic congestion. Her reading of


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,the R-4 regulations precludes
commercial boat storage in this
zone, but Rachael Ward informed
the Commissioners that such per-
mission for boat storage has been
sanctioned in the past. The
County Attorney will investigate
the matter and report back to the
Commissioners.
Mary Lou Short briefly addressed
the Commissioners on the issue.
She said the question was raised
"...Can there be only the boat stor-
age facility without there being a
family residence on the property."
The Planning and Zoning board
did not have any plat or sketch
plan of the facility. There is an-
other question unresolved as well,
she added. "What constitutes
family?" Mark Curenton said
there has to be a residence on the
property in an R-4 situation.
"...Does the owner have to live
there?" In the past, this has not
been required. Travis Stanley also
addressed the Commissioners on
behalf of the owner of the prop-
erty indicating.that the plan called
for a residence and a boat stor-
age facility but nothing had been
built.

Board of Adjustment
Rachel Ward reported on the rec-
ommendations of the Board of
Adjustment that met on Septem-
ber 8, 2004.
It was agreed to recommend to the
Board that they approve a request
to construct a commercial build-
ing five feet into both side setback
lines on property described as Lot
10, Block 9, Unit One West, St.
George Island. Request submitted
by Stacy Debord, agent for
Frederick White. The Commis-
sioners approved.
It was agreed to recommend-to the
Board that they approve a request
to construct a commercial build-
ing five feet into both side setback
lines on property described as Lot
11, Block 9, Unit One West, St.
George Island. Request submitted
by Stacy Debord, agent for
Frederick White. The Commis-
sioners approved.
It was agreed to recommend to the
Board that they approve a request
to construct a commercial build-
ing five feet into both side setback
lines on property described as Lot
12, Block 9, Unit One West, St.
George Island. Request submitted
by Stacy Debord, agent for
Frederick White. The Commis-
sioners approved the request.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
raised the question about the in-
creasing frequency of requests for
five-foot setbacks instead of the
traditional setback of ten feet for
residential construction. County
Attorney Shuler reviewed the his-
tory of the "Skinny Minis" on St.
:George Island,; the type of.struc,.
ture most often requested for a
five foot setback, citing require-
ments for fire walls and placement
of air conditioners, as conditions
precedent for approving the five
foot setbacks. Mr. Putnal raised
an additional question regarding
the "rules" for ten-foot setback if
variances are granted for the
smaller footage?

It was agreed to recommend to the
Board that they approve a request
to place a septic system within the
75-ft. setback required by the
.county. Lee Mullis, the property
owner has agreed to build one
house on Lot 10 and 11, Sand-
piper Village, St. George Island.


Mr. Brimbaugh commented upon
.the Healthy Beaches Program, a
statewide program. The program
is funded by Federal and State
funds. He emphasized that his
study was based on one sample
point, per week, at one location.
"We're not closing the beaches ...
We have no authority to close the
beaches. All we can do is issue a
health advisory." The other point
Mr. Brimbaugh wanted to make,
and that the local media ignored,
is the findings that these were,"in-.,
dicator bacteria", not the danger,-.
ous, infectious bacteria." "We have
no information at all that these,.
findings are the result of devel-


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By consolidating the lots, he will
be able to build his house to meet
all county setbacks but cannot
meet the county setback for sep-
tic systems. The system he plans
to use will be an engineered drip
system, which the state allows to
be placed closer to wetlands. This
request was submitted by Larry
Taylor, agent for Lee Mullis,
owner. The County Commission-
ers denied this request.
Barbara Sanders addressed the
Commissioners on the issue of
waste water bacteria, and, she
stated, "...It's gonna catch up with
us, the more you allow these set-
back lines to be changed. They
were put in for health reasons, to
protect the Bay ... If you continu-
ally allow them, and allow them
(grant variances) ... eventually
you're not going to be able to swim
in the Bay, and probably the
Gulf..." She cautioned the Com-
missioners to think on a grander
scale than this one individual lot.
Dan Tonsmiere, of the Apalach-
icola Bay Riverkeepers, told the
Commissioners that the second-
ary impacts of their decisions (on
variances) can compound the
problem of pollution. He recom-
mended that the Planning Dept.
do a formal study of the variances
over time. David Brimbaugh,
Franklin County Health Dept.
considered the Lee Mullis site a
"moderately exposed site." Eddie
Creamer moved to deny the re-
quest to place a septic system
within the 75-foot setback re-
quired by the county. The motion
was unanimous to deny.


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opment activity, or, the result of
septic tanks or from central sewer
systems, or anything like that..." ,
He pointed out that we have four
major drainages coming into this
area: (1) the St. Marks river, (2)
the Ocklockonee River (3) The
Carrabelle River, and (4) the
Apalachicola River. These are
major drainages ...
It was agreed to recommend to the
Board that they DENY a request
to construct an elevator tower two
feet above the 35 ft. height limit
set by the county on property de-
scribed as Lot 10-15, Block 6,
Unit One West, St. George Island.
The Board was told that the Zon-
ing Code does allow for variances
for things such as elevator tow-
ers, however, there were many
people in the audience who spoke
in opposition to this request, as
they felt it would set a precedent.
The request was submitted by
Walton H. Chancey & Associates,
Architects, agent for One New
Orleans Place, LLC, owner.
It was agreed to recommend to the
Board that they approve a request
for a variance to construct a metal
storage building five feet into the
side setback line on property de-
scribed as Lot 30 and 31, Block
A, Unit 1, Lanark Beach. The ap-
plicant said that he has spoken
with the adjacent neighbor who
has no objections to the structure
being built five feet closer to the
property line.
















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Tourist Development Tax
An ordinance levying and impos-
ing a tourist development tax and
the adoption of the Franklin
County Tourist development plan
were approved by the Board of
County Commissioners on Sep-
tember 21, 2004. The voters will
decide in the November elections
whether or not the tax is to be
imposed. Curt Blair responded to
questions about the proposed tax.
,Blair ,is the Vice-Chairperson of
the Tourist. Development I Coun-
cil. In response to Commissioner
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EDnTORIAL COMMENTARY


In Wakulla County

Fishing For Freedom Lobby Says
The Florida Fish And Wildlife
Conservation Commission Follows

A Policy Of Prejudice

Wakulla Group charges that the FFWCC consider
minorities, the poor, the consumer and the
environment "Irrelevant" in their rule making
procedures.
Fishing for Freedom will hold a silent protest at the St. Petersburg
Hilton on Thursday, September 23rd, at 8:00 a.m. The protest, to be
held during a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, is a complaint against the FFWCC "policy of prejudice,"
as charged by the fishing lobby group.
Their press release of Fishing For Freedom Group makes the follow-
ing statements:
"...For over seven years, the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission have considered minorities, the poor, the con-
sumer, and the environment "IRRELEVANT" in their rule
making procedures. This problem first surfaced in 1997
when Administrative Law Judge Ella Jane Davis declared
information sought by interrogatories dealing with mi-
norities, the poor, and consumers "IRRELEVANT". Since
then, the MFC and FWC, have apparently decided the
"IRRELEVANT" decision in 1997 gives them the ability to
ignore the Florida Constitution and the Florida Statutes
370.025 and 370.093 (6) on ANY decision. We (the Fish-
ing for Freedom lobby) firmly disagree with (that policy)
and are protesting this policy of prejudice."
The Fishing For Freedom group's press release announcing the silent
protest continues.
"...The FWC also uses their claim of "autonomy" to arbi-
trarily and capriciously pass rules without obeying stat-
utes, the Florida Constitution, and the U.S. Constitu-
tion. Our U.S. and Florida Constitutions state there are
three branches of government, not a "fourth branch with-
out checks and balances as the FWC claims to be."
The group concludes with,
"We hope you understand the seriousness of this situa-
tion and will join our fight against this prejudicial consti-
tutional corrupting agency."
The responsible officers of Fishing For Freedom are (President) Ronald
Fred Crum (1-850-984-5501) and David N. Grix (Vice President)
(1-561-252-0550).
As observers of the net limitation controversy, including a review of
video evidence, and several legal proceedings, it is incredible that this
state agency has ignored the pleas of the fishing community in re-
gard to a larger mesh size in nets used commercially.
The rules imposed on the fishing community, and indeed the policies
followed by the FFWCC, are systematically destroying the commer-
cial fishing industry of Florida. The FFWCC is packed with environ-
mentalists and recreational fishermen with very few commercial fish-
ing interests represented. Further, many of the FFWCC meetings are
held deliberately out-of-reach of the fishing community often most
affected by the decisions of this government agency. The Governor of
Florida figures prominently in this group as he appoints members tb
the board and then claims he has no influence over the board. This
position is simply absurd. Video evidence clearly shows that a larger
mesh size allows juvenile fish to escape the nets to return another
day when they have matured to adult size. Yet, the FFWCC stead-
fastly refused to permit a larger mesh size despite this evidence. This
is simply the height of stupidity, aided and abetted by the Attorney
General of Florida, who campaigned on the "success" of his role in
imposing the "net ban" as it was called when first proposed. More-
over, the two inch mesh rule is imposed more for political reasons
and not based in a biology context. This rule underscores the state's
motivation to destroy the Florida seafood industry.
For additional information on the issue, see website
fishingforfreedom.net. On line questions? Contact the webmaster at
FFFSouth@sol.com
A great deal of the reported "news" of the commercial fishing industry
has been distorted and misleading. We have published one case study
when the press releases of the FFWCC deliberately distorted the truth
concerning the arrest of local fishermen, only to be found NOT GUILTY
in violating the law. Yet, the metropolitan press picks up these kinds
of reports and repeats the errors, or worse yet, assumes that the
limitation of certain fish species is the result of "over-fishing" by com-
mercial fishermen. Just afew weeks ago, new analyses of data by an
FSU professor, and others, revealed that recreational fishermen were
responsible for depletion of 64 percent of some species of fishing stock,
not the commercial fishermen who also regularly practice conserva-
tion methods.
Tom W. Hoffer
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Recreational Fishermen Take 64% of
Overfished Populations in the Gulf

Impact Of U.S. Recreational Fisheries

On Marine Fish Populations

The new evidence shows that the Net Limitation
Amendment was mistakenly aimed at commercial
fishermen
By Felicia C. Coleman, William F. Figueira,
Jeffrey S. Ueland and Larry B. Crowder
Publisher's Note: This is the excerpted FSU sponsored study
conducted by Professor Coleman and others recently reported in
the Chronicle. That report was loosely based on the enclosed study
recently obtained by the Chronicle from Science magazine.
We evaluate the commercial and recreational fishery landings over
the past 22 years, first at the national level, second for populations of
concern (those that are overfished or experiencing overfishing) and
finally by region ... Among populations of concern (overfished spe-
cies) recreational landings in 2002 account for 23% of the total na-"
tionwide, rising to 38% in the South Atlantic and 64% in the Gulf of
Mexico. Moreover, it affects many of the most valued overfished spe-
cies, including red drum, bocaccio and red snapper, all of which are
taken primarily in the recreational fishery.
Many of the ecological and political problems associated with fishing
in U. S. waters historically have been attributed to foreign fishers (1,
2). This perspective led to passage of the Magnuson Act nearly 30
years ago to eliminate foreign competition, setting in motion a wave
of expansion for U.S. commercial fishing fleets. By 1996, it was clear
that removing the foreign fleets had not sufficiently effected conser-
vation (3), and amendments to the Magnuson Act more strongly em-
phasized reducing the fishing pressure of domestic fleets.
In the years following the amendment, public attention focused on
stock depletion, bycatch, and habitat damage caused by commercial
fisheries (4, 5), with little attention paid to the recreational sector.
The perception that recreational fishing had little influence on stock
declines derived from estimates that it contributed only 2% to U.S.
landings (6). But marine recreational fishing effort has increased by
over 20% in the past 20 years .(7), rivaling commercial fisheries for
many major fish stocks, including summer flounder, scup, and red
snapper.
...We examined data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
online databases assuming that these readily accessible datasets were
used to produce the existing estimates of recreational landings. Us-
ing these data, we produced a similar estimate. But significant in-
consistencies in the online databases cloud the relevance of the num-
ber, such as the inclusion of commercially caught freshwater species
and exclusion of recreational datasets, such as data from the south-
eastern headboat sector.
We developed a comprehensive landings database with data provided
by the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), NMYS
science centers and fishery management councils (FMC), multi-state
marine fisheries commissions, and state natural resource agencies
(table S2). We included landings data only, and did not include fish
discarded at sea either as regulatory discards (for commercial and
recreational fisheries) or as a result of catch-and-release (exclusively
a recreational fishing practice). After standardizing the data to allow
for reasonable comparisons of these diverse data sets we assimpilated
a 22-year (1981-2002) time series of commercial and recreational land-
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...Our database indicates that the percentage of all U.S. landings of
marine finfish attributable to recreational fishing in 2002 is actually
about 4%, averaging 5% over 22 years. Excluding pollock and men-
haden raises the recreational contribution to 10% of the total land-
ings in 2002, whereas focusing on the most relevant populations-
the populations of concern-raises it to 23%. The regional differences
in landings of populations of concern are pronounced. In the Gulf of
Mexico 64% are taken recreationally, in the South Atlantic 38% along
the Pacific Coast 59% averaging 14% over 22 years and in the North-
east 12%.
...Discards are not included in this analysis, so these results under-
estimate likely impacts. Current regulatory methods have done little
to constrain recreational fisheries, and for some major fish popula-
tions, recreational landings in the U.S. outstrip commercial landings,
notably for red drum in the South Atlantic (93% recreational), bocac-
cio on the Pacific coast (87%), and red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico
(59%).
Commercial and recreational fishing have similar demographic and
ecological effects on fished populations. They truncate size and age
structures, reduce biomass, and alter community composition. While
commercial fisheries fish intensely on both lower (e.g., menhaden
and anchovies) and upper (top-level predator) levels of the food web,
the recreational sector concentrates on the latter. All these fishery
removals can cause cascading trophic effects that alter the struc-
ture, function, and productivity of marine ecosystems. The fact that
recreational fisheries tend to take top-level predators, that the vol-
ume of their landings rivals commercial landings in many major stocks,
and that there are no commercial fisheries remaining for several spe-
cies suggests that recreational fishing can have serious ecological
and economic consequences. If the goal of fishery management is
to sustain viable populations and ecosystems, then recreational
as well as commercial fishing require effective regulations.


Shrimp Getting Slammed In

National Media On Chloiamphemncol

News Analysis By John Sackton
A new media food scare is emerging regarding chloramphenicol and
shrimp.
The state of Louisiana has long tried to use health and safety inspec-
tions as a weapon against imported shrimp. This is commendable
when there is a genuine health concern. But the chloramphenicol
story is no longer a health concern.
The history is that chloramphenicol, a powerful antibiotic, had been
used in some animal feeds in Asia, even though it is illegal to have
any residue in the food supply in both the European Union (EU) and
the U.S. The EU, which had a more rigorous testing methodology,
banned certain shrimp and other food imports from China because of
concerns about chloramphenicol. The FDA, about year behind their
EU counterparts, lowered the tolerance level for testing in the U.S.
and issued a new protocol. The new protocol is accurate to a level of
0.3 parts per billion. Below that level, the test is not a reliable indica-
tor as to whether chloramphenicol is present or not, because the
results are below the scientifically validated limits of detection.
In response to these regulations in the U.S. and Europe, China and
other Asian countries have banned the use of chloramphenicol, and
begun stringent tests of exports. In recognition of this, the EU lifted
their ban on Chinese shrimp.
However, the Southern Shrimp Alliance and some state officials in
Louisiana have continued to point to chloramphenicol as a problem
in imported shrimp, hoping to make the point that U.S. shrimp are
healthy, and imported shrimp are not.
This is a very dangerous argument, because the consumer rarely hears
the distinction. All the consumer hears is that shrimp have a danger-
ous substance-the same message that has hurt.the farmed salmon
industry.
Furthermore, if anyone really began investigating the use of additives
and adulteration in wild shrimp, they would quickly point to the wide
spread practice of using shrimp powder, or sodium tripolyphosphate,
in virtually all domestic shrimp that is landed. By helping the shrimp
to retain water through the use of phosphate, approximately one whole
market size is gained.
This is an economic necessity in the industry, but by calling atten-
tion to the practice, the industry risks damaging the good reputation
that shrimp currently enjoys.
This is a dangerous game; and the shrimp industry, both domestic
and imported, must denounce any attempts to persuade consumers
that shrimp are adulterated and unhealthy.


Correction

We will make a second attempt to get it right. (From
the left), Apalachicola Councilmen Robert Davis,
Mitchell Bartley, Van Johnson, and Mayor Boyd Howze
are posed with an artist's rendition of the City Hall
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EDrrORIAL COMMENTARY


Carrabelle Entertainment

Ribbon Cutting



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The Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribb
cutting ceremony for Carrabelle Entertainment (mo'
rentals), at their new location at 105 Avenue B, next
:City Hall in downtown Carrabelle.
Sharon Thoman, owner of Carrabelle Entertainment sa
they have over 5,000 movies available for rent.
:Pictured in the photo are: Sharon Thoman, owner; Kar
:Hildebrandt, Apalachicola State Bank; Jeanine Rodge
;The Bank; Ray Thompson, Apalachicola State Bank ant
;Carrabelle Entertainment employee.


Library

Happenings

By Judi Rundel
:The Franklin County Public
Library's FROG Family Learning
:program offers individualized and
.small-group computer classes as
:well as GED preparation assis-
tance and help with homework.
,Call Marlehfe at 697-2091 for in-
Sformation.
,The WITH-IT! students from
Eastpoint held their dramatic fl-
'nale on Friday, September 24th.
.They staged their own version of
:West Side Story-2004 and fol-
:lowed it up with a pot-luck din-
ner for all in attendance. The pro-
gram turns its attention to sports
as the next project block.
The Franklin County Public Li-
:brary has ordered many of the
!upcoming books that readers can
,preview through the new on-line
book club. Each day of the week
!members receive a few pages of a
book via their email and, by Fri-
day, can go to the Library to check
,it out. Call Judi at 670-4423 for
information or log on to
:www.dearreader.com/library/
,frank to sign up for this exciting
,new way to read the latest books
ion the shelf.
The Library is looking for a "few
good volunteers" who would be
:willing to work the front desk and
,shelve books on an as needed
!basis. This could mean just a few
hours a month of Much needed
;assistance. The only requirement
;is participating in a short train-
ling session and a willingness to
serve the public. Call Carolyn at
697-2366 or Judi at 670-4423 for
!information,
The Franklin County Public
Library's programs-FROG,
WITH-IT!, and TIGERS-are of-
fered at no cost to participants,
'Registration however is required.
:For information about the
WITHIT! and TIGERS programs
;call 653-2784 in Apalachicola,
;670-5250 in Eastpoint, or.
697-9216 in Carrabelle. The
FROG Family program can be
reached by calling 697-2091 in
Carrabelle or 670-4423 in
Eastpoint. For information about
upcoming events, becoming a vol-
'unteer tutor, or becoming a li-
brary volunteer, please call
.670-8151, 697-2366, or 697-2091,
or view the Library's website lo-
cated at www.fcpl.lib.fl.us.


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New Duplex In
Throes Of

Finishing Stages

By Tom W. Hoffer
Making the usual, pleasant dis-
I coveries found in a new home,
when most light switches work
I and the toilet flushes on cue, are
small rewards in moving into a
._ new home. But, our infrastruc-
- ture in the form of a brand new
building is still without the full
-i. range of 200-amp service, mak-
~~ ing it difficult to get a warm
shower, or do the laundry. I am
told that Progress Energy is con-
siderably occupied in-southern
Florida making numerous repairs.
on the electric grid.
I have moved from St. George Is-
land and the Plantation, a gated
"' community, to our "compound"

phone number in the local direc-
tory is no longer 927-2186. But,
our business phone is still
850-670-1687 and there is an
answering device that usually
works most days.
)on Our "compound" is 2.3 acres, with
vie a couple of buildings thereon in-
to eluding the editorial offices of the
Franklin Chronicle. Here, we plan .
very soon to start construction oni
Sys a 300-seat motion picture theatre
after some soil-testing and "stake-
out" of the building by profes-
'en sional surveyors. One additional
duplex is planned for construc-
rs, tion this fall.
d a
As to the move from St. George,
this was one hell of an undertak-
ing. At my age (66), the packing
and inventory tasks were consid-
erable and I am very thankful to
have close associates Andy and
Diane Dyal for assistance, plus
some others who were lassoed
into lifting, carrying, driving, and
tugging stuff from the island to
the Eastpoint location. I kept tell-
ing myself that I was too old for
this kind of stuff.
Also, I should mention a careful
acknowledgment to our advertis-
ers, supporters and contributors
who may have been wondering if-
we ever answered our telephone.
Last week, during the move, the
itinerary filled up quickly and we
may, ihav,eneglected to return a ,
phone call. If I sound tired, I am.
SThanks for your patience.


I


St. George Lighthouse Group Organizes

About 35 citizens and lighthouse historians appeared at an organiza-
tional meeting on September 22nd on the subject of the Little St.
George Lighthouse to review and discuss prospects of saving the old
light. A temporary board was formed consisting of Dennis Barnell
(St. George Island), Roger Martin and others to put together an orga-
nization that might sponsor a program to save the light. Representa-
tives of a lighthouse association and the Department of State preser-
vation office also attended and provided advice on funding. An engi-'
neering study has to be done on the light to determine options and
costs. Anyone interested in joining the group is invited to call Roger
Martin at Apalachicola Riverkeepers 850-670-5470.


Boyd Praises Vote To Protect

Retirement Trust Funds
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a leader of the Blue Dog
Coalition, voted in favor of an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2005
Treasury-Transportation appropriations bill that will prohibit the Sec-
retary of the Treasury from dipping into retirement trust funds in
order to circumvent the statutory debt linrit until after the election.
Congressman Boyd's Blue Dog colleague, Congressman Charlie
Stenholm (D-Texas), offered the amendment, which passed In the
House of Representatives by a 408 to 3 margin.
"I am pleased by the overwhelming show of support for this amend-
ment, which forces Congress to take responsibility for record deficits
and the increasing national debt," said Congressman Boyd. "We can
no longer pretend that deficits do not matter. Congress must tackle
this issue head-on and provide a long-term plan for balancing the
budget to accompany short-term fixes such as raising the debt limit."
The U.S, Treasury Department estimates that the national debt will
exceed the statutory debt limit, currently at $7.384 trillion, sometime
in late September or October. The government will be unable to fund
government operations past November if the national debt exceeds
the debt limit. The non-partisan Cdngressional Budget Office projects
that the national debt will,exceed $10 trillion in a little more than
four years under our current budget policies.
"As a fiscal conservative, I will not approve a blank check allowing the
government to continue runaway deficit spending," Congressman Boyd
said. "Congress should be required to figure out how to make things
fit within a budget, just like families across the country do every day."


Franklin Briefs
from Page 2


Moscums, and his question about
a budget shortfall, Mr. Blair stated
that the county would be respon-
sible for any deficient balances in
the TDC budget, but the County
Commission would have an op-
portunity to review and approve
the budget each year in advance
of collecting the revenue. "Right
now, there is no envisionment for
using borrowed money for the
expenditures..." Blair concluded.
The projected revenues for the
first year are about $144,000 with
a projected 5% increase in the
second year. The Commissioners
voted to approve the ordinance
and adopted the plan.
SKendall Wade asked the Commis-
sioners to make sure that there
was a provision for an adminis-
trative fee to pay for the process-
ing of the tax fees.
County Planner Report
Mark Curenton made the follow-
ing report to the Board of County
Commissioners:
"The National Guard contacted
me recently about the grant ap-
plication for the Armory. They
*were disappointed that the
County did not agree to supply the
-match for their grant application,
and they asked if the County
would reconsider. The Guard is
spending about $10,006 to hire
the grant writer to prepare the
grant application. They have
asked the County and the City of
Apalachicola to provide the 50%
match, which would be $20,000
for the grant. Mr. Johnson has
stated that he could contribute
!$10,000 from the recreation bud-
get toward this grant." The Board:
approved the $10,000 contribu-
'tion ., :


The Board of Adjustment still has
two vacant seats: one regular and
one alternate, one member is also
in very bad health and has not
been able to attend for about nine
months. He needs to be replaced
also.
One member of the Planning and
Zoning Commission, Mrs. Edna
Hancock, has not attended a
meeting since she was appointed
in May. Does the Board want to
take any action? Cheryl Sanders
has taken this under advisement.
The Department of Community
Affairs notified me on September
10 that an supplemental order
had been issued due to the hur-
ricanes Charley and Frances that
will delay the Objections, Recom-
mendations and Comments Re-
port on Franklin County's Com-
prehensive Plan until September
24.
"In regards to hurricane Ivan, In
the past the Board has waived
permit fees for people repairing
storm damage after a major
storm. There was not a lot of dam-
age in Franklin County due to
Ivan, but I have received some
inquiries about storm damage.
Does the Board want to waive
permit fees for storm damage for
30 or 60 days? The Board ap-
proved the waiver for a 60-day
period.
"Debbie Belcher is contacting ap-
praisers trying to get quotes to
conduct the necessary appraisals
for the Lanark Village drainage
easements. I have received a pro-
posal from 1 appraiser. To speed
the process along I need Board
approval to authorize Debbie and
myself to select the lowest bid with
the quickest turn-around time. I
have still not heard any news
about FEMA funding for the
Lanark Village Project."
Alligator Point Beach Renourish-
ment update. "Does the Board
want to commit to use the Bald
Point Trust Fund as match for the
T-groin proje'ct.being applied for?,
The trust fund has approximately
$522,000 at this time. The total
match required of the County will
be $ 1,010,000 for the 2005/2006
budget year. The County does not
have to decide right now where
this extra match, either cash or
in-kind services, will come from,
but you do need to be aware that.
if the grant is funded the County, ,
will need to make provisions in
our next budget to provide the


VOTE OFTEN
FOR
RUSSELL

CROFTON


match. Mike Dombrowski, the
engineer working on designing the
beach renourishment project is
scheduled to make a presentation
to the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association on October 9, updat-
ing them on the project. We have
had at least one property owner
contact our office concerned
about what effect the T-groins
would have on her property."
Cheryl Sanders asked for a letter
to be written by Mark Curenton
to the Department of Environ-
mental Protection asking for a
meeting with DEP representatives
concerning the specific recom-
mendations before committing
money to the project. She also
asked for the county's legislative
delegation to be involved in the
correspondence and the meeting.
"I need Board approval for the
chairman to sign the recertifica-
tion form for the Community Rat-
ing System. This is the program
that gives property owners in
Franklin County a 10% reduction
on their flood insurance premi-
ums." The Board approved.
The Board needs to approve sign-
ing the contract with TCA for signs
and runway markings at the
Apalachicola .Airport, contingent
on approval of the County Attor-
ney. The contract is for $123,664
and is funded 100% by a DOT
grant. The Board approved.
Resolution of Airport Ditch
Property
The county's lawyers in Tallahas-
see, Carson and Adkins, were
asked for recommendations in
resolving the issue.
Nick Yonklas represented Jimmy
Mosconis in the matter. Jan
Hevier represented the seller of
the property to the Pendletons.
See the separate story reviewing
the settlement elsewhere in this
issue.
The Pendletons were not satisfied
with the recommended solution.
Commissioner Mosconis recom-
Smended that their surveyor ought
to buy the land and convey It. The
County Attorney reviewed the
matter and recommended that the
property be appraised, and then
deeded to the Pendletons and to
be paid for by the surveyor,
Thurmonl Roddenberry (Sop-
choppy). The Commissioners ap-
.proved the settlement. Mr.
JMlsot 6is did not participate in
the final vote.


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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Schneider
September 13, 2004


By Carol Noble

All persons identified below are innocent unless proven
otherwise in a court of law.

ARRAIGNMENTS
Arnett, Will Dan: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on
October 16, 2003. Bond was $2,500.00. Defendant was present in court with
Public'Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. The case was
entered on the Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Blackburn, Thomas M: Charged with bank fraud on August 13, 2004. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court without an attor-
ney. The court entered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the Plea
Docket for October 11, 2004.
Boatenrelter, Bobby: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
and criminal mischief on July 13, 2004. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant
was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was
appointed. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for December 13, 2004.
Estes, Amanda aka Amanda Topham: Charged with resisting officer with
violence and battery on August 11, 2004. Bond was $5,500.00. The defendant
was present in court without an attorney. The court entered a plea of not
guilty. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for December 13, 2004.
Gloner, Michael E: Charged with 8 counts of uttering (passing a bogus docu-
ment) on August 18, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was ap-
pointed. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for November 8. 2004.
Hutchinson, April: Charged with worthless check over 150 dollars on August
21, 2004. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in court and en-
tered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for Novem-
ber 8, 2004.
Kesler, Thomas E. Jr: Charged with dealing in stolen property on June 22,
2004; dealing in stolen property and grand theft from retail merchant on July
2, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty
on August 10, 2004. The case was entered on the Docket Sounding for Octo-
ber 11, 2004.
Madison, Sean R: Charged with resisting officer with violence, felony fleeing
or attempting to elude officer and driving while license suspended or revoked
on June 29, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. Public Defender Kevin Steiger
entered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the Plea Docket tor
October 11, 2004.
Reed, Mervin Eugene: Charged with sexual battery with deadly weapon on
July 21, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. Attorney John Leace represented
the defendant and entered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the
Plea Docket for December 13, 2004.
Wesley, Michael Charles: Charged with resisting officer with violence on July
11, 2004. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the Plea
Docket for December 13, 2004.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Amison, Lawanda L: Charged with 4 counts of uttering (passing a bogus
document) on December 7, 2000. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted to being in
violation of probation. and was found in violation. Probation was revoked. The'
defendant was sentenced to 330 days in jail with 284 days credit for time
served. All costs were reduced to judgment.
Boone, Michael: Charged with lewd or lascivious battery on April 23, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Colon, Edward Anthony: Charged with uttering a forged instrument and pos-
session of a controlled substance on July 18, 2002. Bond was $3,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with. Public Defender Kevin Steiger and en-
tered a plea of denial. The case was ,entered onwthe Violatiornof Probation Plea
Docket for November 8. 2004 i'. .... : ,rar ; "',". '
Flowers, Richard Stacy: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance
on August 21, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the
Violation of Probation Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Goggins, William B: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
on August 27, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial.
Defendant was not present. The case was entered on the Violation of Proba-
tion Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Goodin, Charles L: Charged with 2 counts burglary of a conveyance, I count
burglary of a structure and 3 counts of grand theft on September 4, 2002.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger who entered' a plea of denial. Defendant was not
present. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for
October 11, 2004
Gorski, Thomas A: Charged with driving while license suspended (felony) on
June 15, 2002.possession of a controlled substance on July 22, 2003; fight-
ing or baiting animals on March 5, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney Gordon Shuler and entered a
plea of denial. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Hearing
Docket for November 10, 2004.
Haberberg, Michael Jeffery: Charged with grand theft and grand theft auto
on October 28, 2003; DUI on December 30, 2003. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Defendant was not present. The case was entered' on the Violation of Proba-
tion Plea Docket for October .11, 2004.
Lemon, Lakeisha: Charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on May
9, 2003 and July 1., 2003. Defendant was released on own recognizance. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of denial. Public defender
was appointed. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket
for October 11, 2004.
Martin, Kelvin A: Charged with 2 counts sale/possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church on December 13, 2003.
Defendant was released on his own recognizance. Warrant was dismissed by
court.
Mason, Carlos: Charged with battery on a child on April 1. 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. Defendant was not present. The
case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for October 11,
2004.
Morris, Charles L: Charged with purchase of controlled substance on De-
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in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. Defen-
dant was not present. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for October 11, 2004.
Murray, Richard Wayne: Charged with solicitation of armed robbery with
firearm on July 3, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of
denial. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for
October 11. 2004.
Palmer, Thomas Michael: Charged with 3 counts grand theft on April 21,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted to being in violation of probation and
was found in violation. Defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 49
days credit for time served. Probation was re-instated, modified. Defendant
must submit to more drug testing by DOC, pay fines and pay restitution still
owed.
Putnal, Joseph Glen: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon
and resisting officer with violence on January 2, 2002. Defendant was incar-
cerated. Public defender was appointed and entered a plea of denial. Defen-
-dant was not present. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for October 11, 2004.
Schoelles, Kevin Morris: Charged with burglary of conveyance, grand theft
(third degree) possession-with intent to sell cannabis on March 26, 2004.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Suggs, Kenneth E: Charged with 3 counts worthless check over 150 dollars
on September 10, 2003; 1 count issue worthless check under 150 dollars on
December 3, 2003 5 counts issue worthless check under 150 dollars on
November 20, 2003. Bond was $347.00. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and.entered a plea of denial. The case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Thomas, Robert Walter: Charged with sexual battery-victim physically help-
less on November 4, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of
denial. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for
October 11, 2004.
Tipton, Miriam: Charged with 2 counts sale of controlled substance, I count
trafficking in controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Defendant was re-
leased on own recognizance. The defendant was present in court and a public
defender was appointed. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Tomlin, Jennifer Marie: Charged with uttering a forged instrument on July
15, 2002. Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The case was entered
on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for November 8, 2Q04.
Wallace, Kenneth L: Charged with 2.counts of sale of controlled substance
on June 5, 200 1. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The
case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for October 11,
2004.
Widdon, Paul J: Charged with fraudulent driver license on March 15, 2000.
Defendant was on conditional release. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.

PLEA DOCKET
Alexander, Kenneth D: Charged with felony flee or attempt to elude officer,
aggravated assault on law enforcement officer and attaching tag not assigned
on May 7, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The court recommended defendant
go to State Hospital. Incompetent to proceed.
Allen, Leonard S: Charged with felony DUI (count 1); give false name ad-
versely affecting another (count 2); driving while license suspended felony
(count 3); resisting officer without violence (count 4); refusal to submit to
balance test (count 5); attaching tag not assigned (count 6) on June 8, 2004.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
The defendant was sentenced to 18 months community control which is to
include 6 months in jail, followed by 6 months inpatient treatment and after-
care on counts 1, 2, and 3, all to run concurrent, and followed by 18 months
probation. Defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days credit for
time served on counts 4, 5, and 6. Cost of supervision was waived. Defendant
must pay costs of $432.00 and consume no drugs or alcohol. Drivers license
permanently suspended and must attend level 2 DUI school.
Anderson, Amy E: Charged with grand theft on December 12, 2003. Bond
was $3,000.00. The defendant was present in court but Attorney Adam Ruiz
* was not present. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for October 11,
2004.- -,
Ard, Carl Wayne: Charged with felony DUI (count' 1);, Driving .while license
suspended or revoked (count 2) on'January 18, 2004. Defendant was incar-
cerated. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger,
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was
sentenced to 5 years in prison with 239 days credit for time served on count 1.
Sentence is to run concurrent with another charge, The defendant was sen-
tenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days credit for time served on count 2, and
fined $392.00 court costs with any outstanding costs reduced to a judgement.
Ash, Craig: Charged with 2 counts aggravated assault on law enforcement
officer (count 1 & 2); possession of a controlled substance (count 3); fleeing or
attempting to elude police officer and no valid driver license (counts 4 & 5); on
May 13, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest to a
lesser charge on count 1 & 2. (willful and wanton reckless driving ); and as
charged on count 3. 4 & 5. Defendant was adjudicated guilty. Defendant sen-
tenced to 122 days in jail with 122 days credit for time served on counts 1 &2;
two years drug offender probation, 180 days in jail with 122 days credit for
time served on counts 3 & 4; 60 days in jail with,60 days credit for time served
on count 5; $510.00 court costs. The cost of supervision was waived. Partial
payment plan 90 days.
Bilbo, Brian: Charged with armed robbery with firearm and burglary of con-
veyance while armed on February 17, 2004. Bond was $5,000.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was
continued on the Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Blackburn, Thomas M: Charged with sale/possession of controlled substance
with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of store on August 22, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court but Attorney Charles E.
Hobbs II was not present. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for
October 11, 2004.
Creamer, Bobby Gene: Charged with battery domestic violence on June 19,
2004. Bond was $500.00. The,defendant was present in court with Attorney
J. Gordon Shuler, who entered a deferred prosecutor agreement.
Eddy, Duane K: Charged with burglary of a structure and petit theft on May
13, 2004. Bond was $5,500.00. The Defendant was present in court on Sep-
tember 14, 2004 with Public Defender.Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison
with 102 days credit for time served on count 11 time served (102 days) on
- count 2; $370.00 court costs. Sentence will run concurrent with another sen-
tence.
Fichera, Tilden Lee: Charged with possession of more than twenty grams
cannabis on March 4, 2004. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the
Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Fisher, Barbara: Charged with public assistance fraud on May 6, 2004. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace, entered a plea of no


Dillon, Robert J: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on Janu-
ary 30, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
but Attorney Alexander Dombrowsky was not present. The case was contin-
ued on the Docket Sounding for November 8, 2004 and the Plea Docket for,
October 11. 2004
Flowers, Lance: Charged with burglary of a conveyance on December 22,.
2003 and on April 2, 2004. Bond was $7,500.00. The defendant was present'
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the
Docket Sounding for November 8, 2004 and on the Plea Docket for October
11, 2004.
Grey, Beauford: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon (count
1); aggravated assault with deadly weapon (count 2); battery (count 3) on
June 14, 2003. Bond was $50,000.00. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs II, entered a plea of no contest to lesser charges
on count 1 & 2 (aggravated assault with intent to commit felony) and no con-
test to count 3. as charged. Defendant was adjudicated guilty, sentenced to 3
years probation on counts 1 & 2 to run concurrent; 16 days in jail with 16
days credit for time served on count 3; court costs of $762.00; no contact with'
victims. Cost of supervision waived. Partial payment plan 90 days.


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contest and adjudication was withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 12
months probation; $370.00 court costs; $534 restitution ($50.00 per month).
Cost of supervision was waived. Partial payment plan 90 days.
Hutchins, Sheri M: Charged with 2 counts delivery of a controlled substance
to minor and third degree murder on August 20, 2003. Defendant on condi-
tional release. Attorney Rachel Chestnut was present in court. The case was
continued on the Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Ivey, Anthony: Charged with driving while license suspended (felony) on May
29. 2004. Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sentenced to I year community control with 6 months
jail served first, followed by I year probation; $410.00 court costs. Cost of
supervision was waived. Partial payment plan 90 days. Must report to jail
September 20, 2004 by 5pm. Sentence is to run concurrent with another
charge.
Jones, Anthony Allen: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on June
18, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. Attorney Charles E. Hobbs II was
present in court but defendant was not present. The case was continued on
the Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
Maine, Richard: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis on
March 24, 2004. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney John Leace. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for
December 13, 2004.
Mau, Corey K: Charged with abuse of elderly person on January 23, 2004.
Bond was' $5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for November
8, 2004.
Rivera, Ricardo J: Charged with possession of controlled substance with
intent to sell or deliver on June 15, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney Gordon Shuler, entered a plea
of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 11 months 29
days In jail with 54 days credit for time served, stipulated, concurrent with
another charge; $470.00 court costs. Outstanding costs reduced to a judg-
ment.
Suggs, Kristopher M: Charged with burglary of dwelling while armed and
grand theft of a firearm on June 15, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace, entered a plea of no
contest to lesser charge of burglary of dwelling count 1, and as charged on
count 2. Adjudication was withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 24 months
probation; pay restitution of $450.00 to victim; $410.00 court costs. Partial
payment plan 90 days. Defendant will remain in custody pending drug evalu-
ation, submit to random urinalysis, get G.E.D. and cooperate with authorities
regarding another case.
Vitale, Louis: Charged with 15 counts uttering a forged instrument, 3 counts
forgery on April 14, 2004. Bond was $8,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest to all
counts. Adjudication was withheld. Defendant was sentenced to 3 yearspro-
batioxn; restitution of $2,006.78 to victims; $410.00 court costs. Cost of su-
pervision waived. Partial payment plan 90 days.
Walden, Tanya R: Charged with dealing stolen property on May 9. 2004.
Bond was $750.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender-
Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced to 3 years probation; substance abuse evaluation
and treatment; $509.95 restitution to victim-, $410.00 court costs. Cost of
supervision was waived. Partial payment plan 90 days.
Ward, Timothy Shawn: Charged with throwing deadly missile on March 11,
2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, 11. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for
December 13, 2004.
Williams, Norman B. Jr: Charged with dealing in stolen property on May 16,.
2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Docket Sounding
for October 11, 2004 and jury trial on October 13. 2004.
Wilson, Justin Wesley: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm
on December 11, 2003. Bond was $3,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Plea
Docket for December 13, 2004.

Wynn, Richard N: Charged with grand theft on April 19, 2004. Bond was.
$10,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Charles E.
Hobbs II. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Ard, Carl Wayne: Charged with DUI manslaughter on February 13, 2003.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted to being in violation of probation and was
found in violation. Defendant was adjudicated guilty, and probation was re-
voked. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison with 557 days credit for time
served. Outstanding costs reduced to judgment. The sentence will run con-
current with another case.
Creamer, Bobby Gene: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude and
driving while license suspended or revoked (felony) with property damage on
February 2, 2003. Defendant on conditional release. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler, admitted to being In violation of
probation (as to use of alcohol). Stipulated modification of probation and to
serve 10 days in jail beginning September 24, 2004.
Fichera, Tilden Lee: Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb-
ruary 19, 2003. Bond was $254.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for November 8,2004.
Gloner, Michael E: Charged with uttering (passing a worthless document) 2
counts on November 11, 2002; 19 counts on November 20, 2002; 4 counts on
December 31, 2002; 3 counts on January 7, 2003; 17 counts on February 6,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
Jackson, Del Romel: Charged with driving while license suspended or re-
voked (habitual offender). Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted to being in violation of
probation and was found in violation. Probation was revoked and sentenced
to now 1 year probation. All costs reduced to judgment and waived new cost of
supervision.
Laye, Katherine: Charged with dealing stolen property on February 26, 2000.
Defendant released on own recognizance. The defendant was present in court.
The case was continued on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for October
11,2004.
McAnally, Robert T: Charged with 2 counts sale of a controlled substance on
May 31, 2002. Defendant was released on own recognizance. The defendant
did not show up in court. A capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
Rivera, Ricardo J: Charged with resisting officer with violence on September
5, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler, admitted to being in violation of probation
and was found in violation. Probation was revoked. He was adjudicated guilty
and sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail with 170 days credit for time
served, to run concurrent with another case. Any outstanding financial costs
reduced to a judgment.
Schoelles, Roland Morris: Charged with DUI with serious injuries and driv- -
ing while license suspended or revoked on September 7, 2002. Defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was present in court but Attorney Alexander
Dombrowsky was not present. The case was continued on the Violation of
Probation Plea Docket or October 11, 2004.

DOCKET SOUNDING
Baucham, Robert T: Charged with child abuse on July 3, 2003. Bond was
$1,000.00. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Defendant's motion for a new attorney was denied. The case was continued
on the Docket Sounding for October 11, 2004 and jury trial on October 13,
2004.
Benjamin, Marvin Ray Jr: Charged with sale of controlled substance on Au-
gust 21, 2003. Defendant was released on own recognizance. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger who filed a motion to
dismiss. The case was continued on the Docket Sounding for November 8,
2004 and jury trial November 10, 2004. The case was also entered for a Hear-
ing on October 11, 2004.
Creamer, Kerry S: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and
sale of a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Bond was $25,000.00.
Attorney Charles E. Hobbs II was present in court, defendant was not present.
The case was continued on the Docket Sounding for October 11, 2004 and
jury trial on October 13, 2004.








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A Four Month Process

Airport Ditch Property Dispute

Resolved

County Approves Deeding a 25-foot strip to the
Pendletons Following a Survey Error Involving Their
Property Line and that of Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis
A four month dispute over erroneous land surveys for Jimmy Mosconis
and Tommy and Doris Pendleton involving a narrow strip of land
known as the "Airport Ditch" was settled at the September 21st County
-Commission meeting. The settlement involves the County issuing a
deed to the Pendletons for the strip of disputed land to be paid for by
the surveyor, Thurmond Roddenberry (Sopchoppy). Commissioner
Mosconis, who recused himself from any voting on the issue, had
already agreed to a settlement recommendation by the county's labor
lawyers, Carson and Adklns (Tallahassee).
The following narrative is excerpted from correspondence of the labor
lawyers, as read by Chairperson Cheryl Sanders in open forum on
Tuesday, September 21, 2004, when the Commissioners finally voted
on the settlement.
Factual Background
Franklin County owns a parcel of property commonly referred to as
the "Airport Ditch." The owners of the two properties that adjoin the
County's are: 1) Jimmy G. Mosconis, and 2) Tommy and Doris
Pendleton,
Recently, the County, Mr. Mosconis, and the Pendletons became aware
that various surveys that have been made of the Mosconis and
Pendleton properties are in dispute as to the exact boundaries of the
County's property. Therefore, the County hired an independent sur-
veyor from outside of the County to conduct an independent survey.
The independent survey shows that previous surveys that were relied
upon by the adjoining property owners were in error. As a result of
errors in the survey of the Mosconis property, the boundaries that
were initially relied upon by Mr. Mosconis when he platted his subdi-
vision that adjoins the County property were incorrect. In addition,
because of the errors in the survey of the Pendleton property, Mr. and
Mrs. Pendleton have made improvements, which encroach on County
property.
The County provided Mr. Mosconis and Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton with
a copy of the independent survey on September 9, 2004. On that
date, the County asked the property owners to submit any proposals
for resolving the matter to the Commission for review at its Septem-
ber 21, 2004 meeting. Both of the property owners have submitted
proposals, which are now before the Commission.
At the request of the Commission, we have reviewed the independent
survey, as well as the proposals of Mr. Mosconis and the Pendletons.
Recommended Resolution of Issues Related to Boundary
with Mosconis Property
On September 17, 2004, Mr. Mosconis submitted a written response
to the County's request, Mosconis advises that he is prepared to ac-
cept the findings of the independent surveyor, Because the indepen-
dent survey property boundaries are different than those he relied
upon when he originally platted the subdivision of his property, Mr.
Mosconis has submitted a revised plat that incorporates the bound-
aries as found by the independent surveyor. Mr. Mosconis requests
that the County approve his request to replat the subdivision of his
property,
We recomrhend that the Commission allow Mr. Mosconis to replat the
subdivision of his property to incorporate the accurate boundaries of
his property as found by the independent surveyor. This recommen-
dation is contingent on Mr. Mosconis complying with all the regularly
applicable planning, zoning, and similar requirements related to sub-
divisions like that which he has planned. We have not reviewed Mr.
Mosconis's revised plats, and do not offer any opinion as to whether
Mr. Mosconis's plans meet the applicable requirements. However, we
understand that it is his intent to do so, and that the plans submit-
ted appear to meet all applicable requirements.
. We believe that this resolution is in the best interest of the County, In
accepting the work of the independent surveyor, Mr. Mosconis will be
,giving up any potential claim in the property that he previously thought
belonged to him. The resolution assures that the citizens of the County
retain their full interest in that portion of the airport ditch that ad-
joins Mr. Mosconis' property and they do so without the cost of po-
tential litigation related to the matter.
Recommended Resolution of Issues Related to Boundary
with Pendleton Property
Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton submitted a proposal on September 17, 2004.
Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton propose purchasing that part of the County's


property upon which there have been inadvertent encroachments.
Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton propose purchasing this property from the
County at fair market value. They state that this would be a sale of a
parcel approximately 25 feet deep along the length of the County
property.
We are convinced that this is a good faith proposal from Mr. and Mrs.
Pendleton. However, we are not aware of any interest by the County
in selling any portion of the Airport Ditch.
However, after counsel from the County Attorney, and the recitation
of the unique circumstances of the land survey, the Board approved
the conveyance of the disputed land to the Pendletons, to be paid for
by the surveyor after it is independently appraised. Thurmond
Roddenberry had previously volunteered to pay for the disputed land.


Two-Thirds Of Fish From Florida

Lakes Test Positive For Mercury

Contamination

Progress Energy Complex At Crystal River Is
Biggest Polluter
In recent U.S. EPA tests of fish caught in Florida lakes, every fish
sample tested was contaminated with mercury, and sixty-three per-
cent contained mercury levels that exceed EPA's "safe" limit for women
of childbearing age. The findings are from "Reel Danger: Power Plant
Mercury Emissions and the Fish We Eat", a new analysis of EPA data
by Florida PIRG and Clear the Air.
Florida Electric Utilities Reporting Airborne Mercury Emissions, 2002 (latest year data
available)
Mercury Air
Rank Facility City Emissions (Ibs.)
1 Progress Energy Crystal River Energy Complex Crystal River 491.00


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Jones, Patricia: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer and resist-
ing officer with violence on February 7, 2004. Bond was $1,500.00. Attorney
Charles A. Barfield was present in court. The case was continued on the Docket
Sounding for October 11. 2004 and jury trial on October 13, 2004.
Morris, Carlos Artiz: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on July 27,
2003. Defendant was Incarcerated. The defendant was present in court. The
case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 11. 2004.
Register, Brandon Schal: Charged with throwing deadly missile, aggravated
assault with deadly weapon, burglary of conveyance (person assaulted), on
November 2, 2003; driving while license suspended or revoked on December
18, 2003. Bond was $5,500.00. The defendant was present In court with Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated
guilty. He was sentenced to 3 years probation; 6 months in jail (to report by
September 20, 2004); restitution to be determined. No drugs or alcohol. De-
fendant must submit to random testing and anger management. Cost of su-
pervision was waived.
Richards, Christopher Ralph: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude,
resisting officer with violence, drivingewhile license suspended or revoked on
April 9, 2004. Bond was $23,500.00. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Charles E. Hobbs II. The case was continued on the Docket Sound-
ing for October 11, 2004 and jury trial for October'13, 2004.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude on De-
cember 11, 2003; introducing contraband into county detention facility, DUI,
driving while license suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude
police officer, refusal to submit to balance test, possession of cannabis. resist
arrest without violence on September 20, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated.
Public Defender Kevin Steiger was present in court. The case was entered on
the Plea Docket for November 8, 2004.
HEARINGS
Batt, Eddie D: Restitution hearing continued to November 8. 2004.
Owens, Elizabeth: Motion to modify probation. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a motion to waive cost of
supervision. Motion granted.
Schoelles, Kevin Morris: Motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Motion
was denied.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARING
Cogburn, Joey C: Charged with forgery on August 9, 2002; 2 counts of utter-
ing (passing worthless document), forgery on October 8, 2002; burglary of a
dwelling,. 2 counts dealing in stolen property on June 28, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney John
Leace, admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation.
Defendant was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail with credit for time
served; 1 year probation; must complete residential treatment program and
probation will end when treatment is finished. Cost of supervision waived.
Outstanding costs reduced to civil judgment.
Dillon, Robert J: Charged with manslaughter by auto culp negligence, two
counts DUI with serious Injuries on March 9, 1998. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was present in court but Attorney Alexander Dombrowsky
was not present. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea
Docket for October 11, 2004.
Morris, Carlos Artiz: Charged with burglary of a dwelling on June 8, 1999.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court. The case
was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for October 11, 2004.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARING
September 15, 2004
Baucham, Willie Fred: Charged with resisting officer with violence on De-
cember 28, 2002. The case was continued on the Violation of Probation Hear-
ing Docket for October 11,2004.
Stelop, Daniel Alan: Charged with dealing in stolen property on December 13,
2003. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger,
admitted to being in violation of probation and was found in violation. Proba-
tion was revoked. Defendant was sentenced to .18 months in prison with 245
days credit for time served. Costs reduced to a civil judgment.


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Florida's open spaces, drinking water and animal habitat are still at
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Is the inspector a member of
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substitution for specific training
or experience in the home inspec-
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