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A Family Tradition

Cathy Watts Appointed

Apalachicola Postmaster

Effective October 16, 2004


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Volume 13, Number 22 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 29 November 11, 2004



Inside This Issue
10 Pages


Seafood Festival. 1, 9, 10
Cathy Watts................ 1
Franklin County Pageant
............................. 1, 10
Butch Baker ................ 1
Franklin Briefs ...... 2, 4
Editorial & Commentary
........................... 3, 4, 5


Library Happenings ..... 3
Franklin County Special
Meeting ..................... 4
Newell Concert Fund ... 6
FCAN......................... 7
Business Card
Directory ................... 8
Philaco .................... 10


Carrying on a fourth generation tradition of postal service, Cathy Watts
has accepted appointment as the Apalachicola Postmaster effective
mid-October 2004.
Ms. Watts' father retired as Station Manager (Jacksonville) in 1982.
Her maternal Grandfather retired as clerk at Station "F" (Jackson-
ville) in 1950. And, Cathy's great-grandfather was Postmaster at
Eastport (note the similarity of names with Eastpoint), Florida, in the
1920s. Eastport was a lumber community north of Jacksonviller but,
it no longer exists as a community.
Cathy has been a postal service employee since October 13, 1983
when she began her career at the mail processing plant in Jackson-
ville. For 1.5 years following that assignment, she was a Postal Source
Data Technician (timekeeping), and then an Accounting Technician
for another four years. Two years later, she moved up to Accounting
Supervisor in the U. S. postal service, and became Postmaster in
Eastpoint in January 1992. She held that job for 12 years, until her
new appointment as Postmaster, Apalachicola, this October.
Apalachicola is a Level 18 First Class City Delivery Post Office.
There are two regular (full time) city delivery routes and one auxiliary
(part time) city delivery route. Jimmy Elliott and George Thompson
are fulltime letter carriers. Rhonda Walley and Leslie. Lemieux are
part-time letter carriers.
There is'one full time clerk position, occupied by Jerry McClain. One
part-time clerk position is still vacant. "We are in the process of hir-
ing another employee," Cathy Watts said. "We choose the employee
from a register of people who' have taken -the postal service exam and
they are hired by their score with Veterans receiving preference."
Ms. Watts has been "filling in" as acting postmaster since July 2004.
The last postmaster was Robert Lawson. "He was here about six weeks,
and then returned to Vermont for personal reasons," Cathy said.
"When the postiTatterposlttoa-Was o'penfed, the service did not re-
ceive enough applicants from this area, so the search was expanded,"
she explained. Robin Laster was here before Bob Lawson; Danny Pow-
ers preceded Laster. The last fulltime Postmaster with any length of
tenure was Ricky 'Strickland who was promoted from Apalachicola.
"It bothered me that the community did not have a stable postmaster
and the employees experienced such turnover..." Ms. Watts explained.
"I wanted to bring some stability, and I love Apalachicola, and wanted
to stay here...So, I decided to apply for the job after 12k years as
Eastpoint Postmaster."
"I live in Port St. Joe, and it is now seven miles less driving," she
concluded.
She recalled that Judi Stokowski had been working at the Apalachicola
Post Office for 15 or 16 years, a period of long tenure for an
Apalachicola postmaster. "Judi is now working at postal labor rela-
tions in the Washington, D. C. area, after an assignment in Orlando,
Cathy said.
The most common complaint about the postal service is "...when the
mail doesn't get there when people expect it." She added, "If it's not
here, I can't give it to you." She added that the tracking numbers on
postal materials has helped considerably to track down mail. But,
Ms. Watt's duties as Postmaster are numerous and complex.. She is
responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Apalachicola post
office. She supervises the letter carriers and clerks in the distribution
and delivery of mail, and assists as necessary. often, you will find her
assisting customers with the purchase of postage, money orders and
mailing parcels, and helping customers with the pesky task of bulk
mailings of course, handling complaints comes with the turf.
She has to file mail volume reports, timekeeping reports, vehicle re-
ports and customer service reports. There are the usual adjustments
to mail delivery route throughout the city. Training new employees
and on-going training of current employees can take considerable
time. Scheduling employees and managing the budget are major tasks
that continue throughout the year. She also may negotiate with the
two labor unions represented by the American Postal Workers Union
and the National Association of Letter Carriers as well.
New Hours Coming
When the new employee is added to her staff, Ms. Watts expects to
change the hours of operation at the Apalachicola post office. The
counter will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
including Wednesday afternoons. Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to
Noon. She expects the new schedule to become effective by December
1st or when a new employee is hired.
Ms. Watts has one son, Clint Halford, age 18, who is currently at-
tending Middle Tennessee State University in Murfeesboro, Tennes-
see.


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41st Year Franklin County Pageant-

Seafood Royalty Set For Celebration Parades To Cheering Crowds!
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November 5thn /7t
Florida's Oldest Maritime Event to be Staged in
Apalachicola


King Retsyo (oyster spelled backwards) and Seafood Festival Queen Heather
Henderson will join more than 500 volunteers from about a dozen non-profit
organizations from Franklin County to feed an estimated 12,000 seafood fans
at the 41st Annual Florida Seafood Festival November 5th 7th, 2004.
Queen Heather Henderson (Port St. Joe) is a senior in high school. She is the
daughter of Michael Henderson (Apalachicola) and Donna Harkess (Port St.
Joe). She is also enrolled at the Gulf-Franklin Center with coursework in West-
ern Civilization and Psychology. Scott Shiver is King Retsyo this year, son to
Bobby and Barbara Shiver. He is married to Pam Shiver (Eastpoint) and is the
father of five children.
Scott is often referred to as Bobby the preacher or Bobby the boat builder's
boy, although in the last six years be, has made his name as Scott the youth
pastor of the Eastpoint Church of God. His passion that once was fishing for
seafood has now become fishing for youth. He readily admits he has saltwater
running through his veins and he'll never be able to break ties with the bay
completely,
His father Bobby Lee Shiver was born in 1939, the fourth of thirteen children.
Bobby began oystering as soon as he was old enough to hold a cull iron. He
was never fond of -seafood work so around the age of 28, Bobby began build-
ing boats for the local fisherman. He became very well known and respected
for his skills in woodwork and later went on to be a contractor, building houses.
In 1982 Bobby was called to preach and.is still the founder and pastor of the
United Baptist Church in Eastpoint.
Scott fell in love with the bay at a very young age. Assisted by his father, Scott
built his first boat at the age of 13 catapulting him into the seafood industry.
His first day grossed 6 bags of oysters. At $3.00 a bag, he thought he was rich.
At the age, of 15, he owned his own shrimp boat that he worked the summer
nights on. Scott has worked on the water ever since qystering, floundering
and shrimping.
The volunteer effort, initiated in 2000 by the Florida Seafood Festival Board,
is a continuing attempt to return the festival to its community-based roots.
Continued on Page 10


Wilburn "Butch" Baker, Jr. Selected
As Emergency Management

Director, Franklin County
In a special meeting of the Board of Franklin County Commissioners
on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, the Board accepted the recommenda-
tion of a screening committee to hire Wilburn "Butch" Baker, Jr. as
the next full-time Emergency Management Director.
Mr. Baker has been employed by the State of Florida as Emergency
Management Area Coordinator in the Orlando area since 1999. Prior
to this service, he was Emergency Management Director in Franklin
County from 1997 to 1999. He is a graduate of Butler High School in
Huntsville, Alabama and attended two years at the Community Col-
lege of the Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama majoring in electronic
engineering. For a time, he was also employed by WOYS radio as
Station Manager. Mr. Baker earned the rank of Master Sergeant in
the U. S. Air Force and honorably discharged in January 1990.
The next step in this process is a negotiation between Mr. Baker and
the Board on salary matters.


The Mr. Miss Franklin County Pageant was held Saturday night
October 23rd at Apalachicola High School before a packed house.
Funds from this pageant will be donated to the Three Servicemen
* Statue in honor of Vietnam Veterans, and all veterans who have served
to protect this great country. After paying all bills generated for the
pageant, we expect to have around $1400.00 to donate to the fund.
Bonnie Segree and Pam May were the coordinators for the pageant
With the fine assistance from Ginger Coulter who served as MC, Karen
Brannan who served as Tabulator, Derek Brown who served as es-
cort to the older girls, Georgette Colson who took care of the music,
and Marcus May who took care of the door admittance managed to
pull off the pageant in a timely n'anner.
The three judges were: Margie Yurko from Lynn Haven, Carol Laxton:
from Crawfordville, and Harmony McClain from Crawfordville. The
judges did a wonderful job of selecting the winners.


Miss Alexis O'Neal served as Honorary Ambassador of the pageant;
Alexis also bought a'gift for each of the young groups, but through an
oversight, we forgot to let her hand them out to the first few girls;
However she did present gifts to the other groups. Thanks, Alexis.
Angela Colson, Teen Miss Franklin 2003, and Samantha Elliot, Miss
Franklin 2003 assisted with lining up all the contestants, and getting
them out on stage at the right time. Angela Colson, although suffer-
ing with a sore throat, sang a beautiful song for entertainment. Also
singing, on the spur of the moment, was Donna Cook, a teacher from
Carrabelle. Thanks to both ladies: Angela and Samantha took their
final walk, and also presented the trophies and crowns to the win-
ners.
Following is a list of the groups and winners:
Baby Miss Franklin-Lauren Conway, 1st Runner-up was Marina
O'Neal, 2nd runner-up was Maddison Whitten, and Princess was Kylee
Smith.
Pee Wee Miss Franklin Group 1 was Ariel Johnson, 1st runner-up
was Madelyn Thompson, 2nd runner-up was Cheyenne Smith, and
Princess was Audry Yowell.
Pee Wee Miss Franklin Group 2 was Adrian Pruett, 1st runner-up
was Rayna Chandler, 2nd runner-up was Jadyn Luberto, Allison Reg-
ister, Princess and Sierra Law was also Princess.
Tiny Miss Franklin was Breanna Murray, 1st runner-up was Polly
Glass, 2nd runner-up was Alyssa Shiver, Sara Pouncey, Princess,
and Brooke Martina was also Princess.
Young Miss Franklin was Emily Crosby, 1st runner-up was Victoria
Cook, 2nd runner-up was Robin Segree, Christina Collins, Princess,
and Haley Pouncey was also Princess.
Miss Junior Franklin was Onelka Lockley, 1st runner-up was Tiffany
Varnes, 2nd runner-up was Emily Hatfield, and Kristy Laramore was
Princess.
Teen Miss Franklin was Rae Noel Tyre, 1st runner-up was Brittany
James, 2nd runner-up was Anastasia Townsend, Lois May
Provenzano, Princess, Tabitha Hardy, Princess, and Shelby Lipscomb


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle-


Franklin

Briefs

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer and
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer.

Lanark Water and Sewer
District
Attorney for the Lanark Water and
Sewer District, Mr. Michael A.
Palecki, informed the Board of
County Commissioners that Rob-
ert L. Miller has qualified for serv-
ing on the Lanark Water and
Sewer Board. He requested that
Mr. Miller be appointed tempo-
rarily to the Lanark Water and
Sewer Board until his term takes
effect in January 2005. Mr. Millar
was present to answer any ques-
tions from the Board. The Board
approved the appointment.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson asked the Board for
approval to purchase landfill
equipment
"I am requesting Board approval
to purchase the Landfill equip-
ment approved, during Fiscal Year
2004-05 budget development,
from the U.S. General Service
Administration contract (G.S.A.)."
The equipment is as follows:
One New Caterpillar 826G Land-
fill Compactor, from Ring Power
Corporation, out of Tallahassee,
Florida. At a cost of $461,863.00,
under G.S.A. Contract number
GS-30F-1025D.
One New Morbark 1500 Tub
Grinder, from Morbark, Inc., out
of Winn, Michigan. At a cost of
421.430.00. under G.S.A. Con-
tract number GS30F-0018N.
The Board approved both re-
quests.
Partial funding for the equipment
will come from the Florida League
of Cites Master Lease Program in
the amount of $685,300, to be
repaid over a period of forty-seven
months.
Mr. Johnson informed the Board
that Rhonda Butler was selected
from a pool of thirty applicants to


fill the Secretary/Clerk position
within the Solid Waste Depart-
ment. Ms. Butler's qualifications
and work history made her the
most suitable candidate for the
position.

Extension Director
Bill Mahan distributed a calendar
illustrating extension activities of
the University of Florida. He also
announced that Cherry Rankin
has resigned her position as Pro-
gram Assistant to the Family Nu-
trition Program effective October
15th. After 8+ years of teaching
nutrition and nutrition-related
education classes to the County's
youth and adults, our FNP Pro-
gram Assistant Cherry Rankin,
resigned her position effective
October 15th. Due to continuing
problems associated with the
funding of U.S. Department of
Agriculture's FNP grant which
helped fund the program, and the
uncertainty of future funding,
Cherry decided to accept a posi-
tion with the Franklin County
Boy's & Girl's Club in Carrabelle.
At this time, there are no plans to
continue the FNP in Franklin
County due to Increasing difficul-
ties trying to work with USDA.
From a statewide prospective, it
looks like most of UF-IFAS's FNP
programming efforts will end by
June 30, 2005.

Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment met on
October 6, 2004. Rachel Ward
made the following report:
Steve Fling, agent for South Shoal
Development has requested a 13
ft. variance to the Franklin
County Flood Zone Ordinance in
order to build approximately 320
square feet of bathroom and stor-
age facilities as a part-of the Vil-
lage Pool Complex. He wants to
build these facilities at ground
level rather than elevate them.
The Flood Ordinance requires
that any habitable space, which
would include any bathroom fa-
cilities, meet the base flood eleva-
tion, and in this case, the eleva-
tion requirement is 18 feet above
mhw. Mr. Curenton recom-
mended against granting this
variance as it could set a danger-
ous precedent. Also, there were
objections from the audience. In
the past, the county has granted
two similar variances, both were
issued to the State of Florida for
state park bathroom and gate
entrance facilities. The Board of
Adjustment recommends that the
Board of County Commissioners
grant this variance request.
Cheryl Sanders asked why Mr.
Curenton recommended against
granting the variance. He ex-
plained that approving the vari-
ance might set a precedent for
future situations but he wanted
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variances in violation of FEMA
rules. "If we grant too many vari-
ances, then we're not enforcing
the flood ordinances..." he reiter-
ated. FEMA might conclude that
the flood ordinances were not be-
ing enforced, and perhaps they
might not write anymore flood
insurance in Franklin County.
Attorney Steve Watkins spoke in
behalf of owner Steve Fling. "We
totally acknowledge that this is a
special situation ... We don't want
to be granting a bunch of vari-
ances..." Commissioner Creamer
moved to approve; Mr. Williams
seconded and the Board approved
the variance.
The Board of Adjustment recom-
mended approval on all of the fol-
lowing applications, and the
Board of County Commissioners
approved all of the applications.
The Board of Adjustment recom-
mends approval of a variance to
construct a seawall within the
Critical Habitat Zone on Lot 7,
Block 65, Unit 5, St. George Is-
land as requested by Larry Joe
Colson, agent for Rees 64, LLC.
The Board of Adjustment recom-
mends approval of a variance to*
construct a seawall within the
Critical Habitat Zone on property
described as Lot 23, Holiday
Beach, Unit One, Alligator Point,
as requested by Docks 4 Less,
agent.for John Houghton and
Susan Taylor.
The Board of Adjustment recom-
mends approval of a variance to
construct a concrete boatramp
within the Critical Habitat Zone
on property described as 564
River Road, Carrabelle, as re-
quested by Ron and Pandora
Schlitt.
The Board of Adjustment recom-
mends approval of a variance to
construct a house two feet above
the nine ft. height limit above
grade to the bottom beam as re-
quired by the Zoning Code. Mr.
Curenton told the Board that this
variance request does not consti-
tute a hardship as required by the
zoning code. The applicants did
stipulate that the overall height
of their house will not exceed 35
+ 9 ft. for a total of 44 feet above
grade. The house will actually be
about two feet under this overall
height. This application was sub-
mitted by Ben and Joy Watkins,
owners.


The. Board of Adjustment recom-
mends approval of a variance to
construct a house four feet into
the front setback line off of Jas-
mine Way on property described
as Lot 8, Turtle Beach Village, St.
George Island. Only a corner of
the house will actually encroach
into this setback and this is nec-
essary in order to build behind the
Coastal Construction Control
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Planning and Zoning
Ms. Rachel reported that this
Board met on October 12, 2004
with the following recommenda-
tions:
The Commission recommends
approval of the following Critical
Shoreline applications:
Roy McLeod to construct a private
dock at 221 Rio Vista Drive, on
Highway 319 just west of
Sopchoppy on the Ochlockonee
River. The dock will be 165 feet
long with a boatlift.
Dale Anderson to construct a pri-
vate dock at 279 Magnolia Bay,
off of North Bayshore Drive in
Eastpoint. The dock will extend
190 feet out with a boatlift.
Clyde Carter to construct a-pri-
vate dock at 731 Mill Road,
Carrabelle. The dock will be 32
feet long with a 8x25 platform on
the end.
Quentin Brown to construct a
private dock at 2533 Highway 98
West, Carrabelle. The dock will be
209 feet long with a boatlift.
Chip Morrison to construct a pri-
vate dock on Alligator Harbor, Al-
ligator Point. The dock will be 209
feet long with a boatlift.
Gerald Judge to construct a pri-
vate dock at 2492 East Highway
98, Gulf Wynn. The dock will be
210 feet long with a boatlift.
Paul Hawker to construct a pri-
vate dock at 2612 U.S. Highway
98, Lanark. The dock will be 210
feet long with a boatlift.
John Houghton to construct a
fixed dock at 34 Mardi Gras Way,
Alligator Point. The dock will be
80x8, with a 6x12 floating dock
and 4 mooring pilings.
Ray & Beth Wiley to construct a
private dock at 1242 Angus
Morrison Road, Alligator Point.
The dock will extend about 42 feet.
out with an 8x16 platform.
William Vaughn to construct a
private dock on Lot 5, Windjam-
mer Village, St. George Island. The
dock will extend out 86 feet with
two boatslips.
Frank Latham to construct a pri-
vate dock at 1335 East Gulf Beach
Drive, St. George Island: The dock
will extend out 100 feet with a
6x20 platform.
Kelly Rysavy to construct private
dock at 1289 East Gulf Beach
Drive, St. George Island. The dock
will extend out 100 feet with a
6x20 platform.


Ben Willis to construct a private
dock on a parcel lying in Section
35, Township 7 South, Range 5
West, west of Carrabelle. The dock
will extend about 300 feet out with
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The following recommendations
for rezoning were as follows: Each
has had a public hearing date
scheduled.
The Commission recommends
approval to schedule a public
hearing to consider rezoning from
C-2 General Commercial to' C-4
Mixed Use Residential, Lot 3,
Block 4, Unit One East, St. George
Island. This request was submit-
ted by Mark and Kelly Carroll and
Jenny and Linton Eason, owners.
The Commission recommends
approval to schedule a public
hearing to consider rezoning from
C-2 General Commercial to C-4
Mixed Use Residential, Lot 4,
Block 4, Unit One East, St. George
Island. This request was submit-
ted by John and Kristen Shelby,
owners.
The Commission recommends
approval to schedule a public
hearing to consider a rezoning,
and land use change from R- 1
Single family Residential to C-4
Mixed Use Residential for a par-
cel described as 233 Patton Drive,
Eastpoint. Request submitted by
David and Veronica Wallace, own-
ers.
The following sketch plats were
reviewed with the following rec-
ommendations:
The Commission recommends
approval of a sketch plat to be
known as Redfish Run. The par-
cel is 3.82 acres in size with three
lots of at least one acre in size.
The lots meet all county require-
ments for lot dimensions. There
will be no habitable structures
constructed on the south side of
Highway 98 and will have one
common 'dock. The parcel is lo-
cated in Sections 21 and 28,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
Eastpoint between Gulfview
Campground and Highway 65.
The request was submitted by
Garlick Environmental Associ-
ates, Inc., agent for Heath Gallo-
way, owner.
The Commission recommends
approval of a sketch plat to be
known as St. George Bluffs, a 22-
lot subdivision located on 22
acres. The applicant, Milton
Hancock, represented by Preble-
Rish, is also requesting a Special
Exception to cluster these lots.
This has been scheduled for the
November Board of Adjustment
meeting. The applicant agreed to
provide a 50-ft. vegetated buffer
along Highway 98 and include a
10-ft. non-access easement along
the front of the property. This will
allow only one access off of High-
way 98. There will also be no hab-
itable structures on the south side
of Highway 98 and one common
dock.
The following Final Plats were re-
viewed with the following recomn-


mendations: These plats are also
subject to a final review by the
County Attorney.
The Commission recommends
approval of the Final Plat for
Kelly's Landing, a 4.22 acre par-
cel with four one acre + lots. The
parcel is located in Section 13,
Township 7 South, Range 5 West,
on the New River. The request was
submitted by Garlick Environ-
mental Associates, Inc., agent for
Coastal Properties, LLC.
The Commission recommends
approval for Final Plat for River-
side Plantation, a 9.05-acre par-
cel with nine one-acre parcels.
The property is located in Section
13, Township 7 South, Range 5
West, on the New River. The re-
quest was submitted by Garlick
Environmental Associates, Inc.,
agent for William and Maxine
Wells.
The plat for Riverside Plantation
was approved by the County Com-
mission contingent upon negotia-
tions between their attorney and
the Franklin County Attorney.
The Commission recommends
approval for Final Plat for Sound
Breeze, a 5.55-acre subdivision
with five one-acre lots. The prop-
erty is located in Section 23,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
lying between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle. The request was sub-'
mitted by Garlick Environmental.
Associates, Inc., agent for Aquatic,
Land Development, Inc.
The following Commercial site,
plan was reviewed:
The Commission recommends.
approval of the commercial site
plan for South Shoal Village, Alli-;
gator Point. The approval is con-,
tingent upon the applicant apply-
ing for and receiving a variance,
for encroachment of an open deck
16 feet into the Critical Habitat
Zone. The request was submitted,
by Stave Fling, agent for South
Shoal Village.
The Board of County Commis-'
sioners approved the site plan.
Mr. David Brumbaugh, at the
Commission's request, spoke to
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion regarding issues dealing with
development in the County. The
Commission is concerned about
septic tank. variances being pro-
posed, as well as conflicts between
county, ordinances and state re-
quirements. This Board, in the
past, was interested in forming a
committee to review the Critical
Shoreline Ordinance and require-
ments for septic tanks, aerobics
systems, etc. The Commission is
also interested in reviewing this


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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


Mullis St. George Island Home-Plan

Rejected

By Richard Noble
Doctor Lee Mullis, famous cataract eye surgeon from Panama City,
Florida is having great difficulty seeing his way clear to getting a home
built here in Franklin County.
Architect Larry C. Taylor who represented Mr. Mullis appeared before
the County Commission last month to make a request for a variance
to place a septic system within 75 feet of the mean high water or
wetlands of the state on lots 10 and 11, Sandpiper Village, St. George
Island, Franklin County, Florida.
Mr. Taylor told the board that Mr. Mullis is asking to be allowed to
build one house on two lots. In order to do this, he must place his
septic system approximately 50 feet from the wetlands. He informed
the board that he has had an engineer design a drip system which
can and would be approved by the Health Department, if he can get a
variance from the county. There is nowhere on the lot, he informed
the board, that a septic system can meet the 75 ft. setback required
by the county ordinance. On motion by Member Howze, seconded by
Member Segree, and by unanimous vote of the Planning and Zoning
Board, it was agreed to recommend to the Board of County Commis-
sioners that they approve this variance request.
The Board did not.
Clearly, the board and Mr. Mullis, are not seeing this situation eye to
eye.
Mr. Taylor, a soft-spoken non-threatening type, testified on Mr. Mullis's
behalf, and various individuals who seemed to represent the diver-
gent interests of random Mankind testified against Mr. Mullis's en-
deavor.
It seemed that the random Mankind defenders felt that it was time to
put a stop to the rampant septic pollution taking place out on St.
George Island. I hate to tell anyone this, but-I think the time for
saving St. George Island from over-development has faded off into
that Big Septic System in the Sky. At this point, it seems to me to be
like saying: "Okay now, this will be the last high-rise on the Island of
Manhattan."
Really?
Nevertheless Mr. Taylor-rather humbly, I-thought-addressed the
Board. He told the Board that in the past Mr. Mullis had gotten septic
approval for both of the lots involved-two septic systems-unfortu-
nately Mr. Mullis had let his approved permits lapse. Mr. Taylor sug-
gested that if two septic systems were approved for two homes in the
past, certainly it should not be a big problem to get one permit ap-
proved for a more sophisticated and advanced septic, for only one
dwelling in the here and now.
Wrong.
It seems that Mr. Mullis's request is the straw that broke the camel's
back. A line must be drawn somewhere, and Mr. Mullis's lot, I pre-
sume, is it.
I don't know if Mr. Mullis was warned by the county that his time to
build was running out, or that he was to be the last high-rise on the
isle of Manhattan, but it seems to me that Mr. Mullis now owns a very
expensive property on which to grow tomatoes or have a watermelon
patch.
One month ago when I heard the Board's decision, I said to myself, "If
I was that guy, Mullis, I would sue Franklin County."
At this weeks County Commission meeting on the 19th of October, it
was announced that Mr. Mullis's attorney had contacted the County's
attorney and a suit had been filed-surprise, surprise, surprise.
I don't know about you folks, but I think that there is more involved
here than meets the eye.
` Author's note ... Commissioner Mosconis, rather poignantly I thought,
' asked the county attorney if he felt that he might need any cataracts
removed in the immediate future. The County attorney said that he
. had his own eye Doctor-which, as Martha Stewart might offer-is a
" good thing, a very good thing, indeed.


Wake-Up Call To Outdoorsmen

Florida Fish And Wildlife

| Conservation Commnission Proposes

Changes For 2005 2006 Season

Mark Curenton provided the Board of County Commissioners with a
E list of proposed changes for the 2005-2006 seasons. The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) is seeking public
comments on their proposed changes for "the wildlife hunting and
freshwater fishing seasons.
i Louie Robertson wrote:
"You are encouraged to bring these proposals before any clubs, orga-
nizations, or individuals that you represent, and provide us with a
written summary of comments that expresses your thoughts on these


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issues. Youi written comments should be returned to me at the re-
gional office no later than October 28, 2004. Please forward your
comments to the regional office address shown below."
"We also are pleased to announce that you can respond electronically
using the internet if that is more convenient for you. You may go to
www.myfwc.com and click on the Proposed Rule Changes link on
that page. A simple form can be filled out with your name, address
and comments on any of the rule changes proposed. This form can be
submitted from that page with a click of a button and your comments
will then be compiled along with all written ones received."
"While we will be unable to provide responses to each individual set
of comments, all comments will be considered in making final rule
change proposals. You are welcome to address the Commission re-
garding proposed rules, or any other matter, at the Commission Meet-
ing in Key Largo on December 1, 2004. Final consideration of the
rules will take place at the February 2, 2005 Commission meeting in
Panama City."
The proposed changes will involve guidelines for the FFWCC grants
program, Possession of carcasses from deer, elk and other wildlife
species in the Family Cervidae, Quota hunt permits, permits for the
physically disabled, Methods of taking game, Use of hunting dogs,
open season for taking and bag limits for non-migratory game, Issu-
ance of Anterless deer permits, specific regulations for wildlife man-
agement areas, north Central region; Northwest Region; Southwest
Region; etc.
Address comments to: Louie Robertson, Regional Director, North-
west Regional Office, 3911 Highway 2321, FFWCC, Panama City,
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Causeway Cleanup

The Philaco Woman's Club of Apalachicola, along with
spouses and friends, turned out Saturday, October 16th to
help clean up the causeway, picking up a total of 1,245
lbs. of debris. The project was headed by Philaco
Conservation chairperson, Gay Martin, in conjunction with
Apalachicola Bay and River Keepers. Prom the left in the
photo are Ann Siculiano, Kay Barnett and Tom Siculiano.


Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library, member of Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries, is now participating in Ask a librarian, a rapidly
growing collaborative service offering live virtual reference services to
more than 16 million citizens throughout Florida, Over 80 libraries
through ut the State are volunteering their services to provide a fast,
cost-effective way for custQmers to obtain trusted advice and expert
knowledge by linking them to remote library professionals for
one-on-one assistance. The service features real-time chat, the abil-
ity to escort a customer's browser through the World Wide Web, and
to exchange electronic files. Current hours are 10:00 a.m. 10.00
p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. on Saturday
and Sunday. Ask about this great service at the local branch of the
Franklin County Public Library or type www.askalibrarian.org into
your browser window, The project is made possible by a Library Ser-
vices & Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the State, Li-
brary of Florida.
The FROG staff has scheduled Story Time, including songs and fin-
ger plays, at all three of the Library program sites, as follows: Eastpoint
Branch on Monday, Apalachicola Program Site (148 8th Street) on
Tuesday, and Carrabelle Branch on Wednesday. The time is 4:00 to
4:30 p.m. Story Time is for young children and their caregivers.
A FROG Family field trig to the Tallahassee Museum of History and
Natural Science is planned for Saturday, October 30. Expect to have
a "'howling good time" with activities like a costume contest, carnival
games, tricks and treats, live entertainment, and walks on scary trails.
For More information about this and other FROG programs, please
call Marlene or Arlene at 697-2019 or 670-4423.
The Franklin County Public Library's programs-FROG, WITH-IT!,
and TIGERS-are offered at no cost to participants. Registration how-
ever is required. For information about the WITHITI and TIGERS pro-
grams 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 in-
formation about upcoming events, becoming a volunteer tutor, or
becoming a library volunteer, please call 670-8151, 697-2366, or
697-2091, or view the Library's website located at www.fcpl.lib.fl.us.


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A Bureaucratic Nightmare

DCA Comp Plan Review Completed

As Objections, Recommendations

And Comments Returned To

Franklin County For Action

County Planner Curenton Asks Commissioners for
Help
The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has completed its re-
view of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Franklin
County, and returned the report along with Objections, Recommen-
dations and Comments (OCR). The County has 120 days in which to
adopt, adopt with changes or determine that they will not adopt the
proposed amendment. The task falls upon the County Planner, Mark
Curenton.
Mr. Curenton announced to the Board of County Commissioners that
he would be unable to address all of the objections in the report. The
report is 23 pages in length and contains 49 detailed objections. He
said, "I have not had time to read through the report thoroughly but
I can tell you it is going to take a lot of time and work to resolve these
issues. I can tell you that I cannot do my current job and work on
resolving the Comprehensive Plan also." He suggested re-employing
Alan Pierce to assist in responding to the report. The Board approved
actions to begin the process of hiring an administrative assistant or
suitable assistant. A special meeting on this issue would be called for
Tuesday, October 26th, at 9 a.m. in the old Board meeting room,
County Courthouse.


The objections include elements concerning (1) Future Land Uses; (2)
Traffic Circulation, (3) Housing. (4) Infrastructure. (5)Conservation
and Coastal Management, (6) Recreation and Open Space, (7) Capital
Improvements, (8) Intergovernmental Coordination and (9) General
- *-- Consistency. A second segment of the report is about Emergency
Management and Coastal Amendments. A Third segment deals with
Future Land Use Map and Map Amendments. A fourth segment fo-
cuses on St. James Island Overlay and the proposed St. James Is-
land Future Land Use Map Amendments.


In classic bureaucratic language, the DCA covering letter states,
"...While the enclosed report includes objections, given the scope of
the proposed plan amendments it is to be expected that there are
issues to work through. We believe that with continued collaborative
effort the concerns can be resolved..."
The Department of DCA "has concerns" with the Franklin County
comprehensive plan update including the future land use map amend-
ments based on natural resource protection, land use intensity iden-
tification, infrastructure planning, affordable housing, and emergency
management including identification of a coastal high hazard area.
The report contains specific recommendations addressing the objec-
tions.
The report for the St. James Island Overlay and associated plan
amendments includes objections based on suitability, infrastructure
planning and affordable housing. 'The Department is concerned that
the proposed policies for the Overlay and land use categories lack
specificity and therefore do not ensure that the proposed land uses
are directed to appropriate areas..." The County has not, in the opin-
ion of the DCA reviewers, provided a complete update to the compre-
hensive plan and develop a 8t. James Island Overlay focusing on
eight key areas of emphasis. The eight key areas of emphasis are
protection of natural resources, protection of cultural heritage, pro-
motion of economic development, promotion of emergency manage-
ment, provision of adequate public facilities and services, provision
of affordable housing, establishment of intensity standards for land
uses, and identification of allowable land uses in the County.
The letter was signed by Charles Gauthier, Chief of Comprehensive,
Planning, 'DCA.
DCA "rioted" that the Countv wa-s simniica-ntl', late in completing its
plan update. Under requirements o Florida Law, the update was to
be adopted by July 5, 1999. The County forwarded the updated plan
last June 2004.
With regard to Land Uses; DCA concluded that Franklin County has
not adequately revised or enhanced policies to meet the objective of
providing adequate guidance for development and to ensure that de-
velopment is coordinated with the best available information on popu-
lation and land use. The land use elements include dredge spoil sites,
land use intensities, land use needs, urban sprawl, and potable wa-
ter planning. Many objections were based on inadequate information
supplied in the report. With regard to potable water, these resources
were not mapped with identification of location and wellhead protec-
tion areas. While the plan data on dredge spoil sites has been up-
dated to include a map, the map is not supported by data and analy-
sis" identifying projected future needs. Moreover, Florida statutes re-
quirements call for objectives and policies that provide for adequate
sites and these requirements have not been addressed in the pro-
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ordinance and asked that the
Board give them guidance as to
what specifically, the Board is
looking for. The Commission
asked that the Board give them
guidance on forming a subcom-
mittee to review this ordinance.
The County Commissioners ap-
proved a committee comprised of
members from Planning and Zon-
ing, Chris Clark, David
Brumbaugh (Heath Department)
and Dan Tonsmiere.

Emergency Management
Director
Applications for Emergency Man-
agement Director were opened at
the meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners. A com-
mittee was appointed to review
applicants with recommendations
to be provided to the. Board.

Emergystat, Inc.
Mr. Joe Donovan addressed the
Board of County Commissioners
concerning ambulance service is-
sues. (The Hospital has) ... gone
from seven months behind;
they're now 14 months behind (in
their monthly payments). Mr.
Donovan added, "...We can no
longer continue to operate (in
Franklin County) without the
subsidy..." Donovan requested






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Joe Donovan
that the County assume the con-
tract for ambulance services and
that the County assume the en-
tire responsibility for the entire
subsidy amount. This amounts to
an additional $5000 per month.
Mr. Donovan concluded that they
have exhausted all possibilities of.
resolving this issue ,ith the hos-
pital administration. We are re-,
questing an answer (from the
county) within 30 days. Michael
Dake, Chief Executive Officer of
Dassee, the current leasee of the
Weems Hospital, was not present
.tthis meeting due-to6a cbhfl ct~
Currently, the County pays
10,500 per month fb'the'-a
bulance subsidy. The Hospital
*as scheduled to pay $5000 per
month.
bonovan said, "Unfortunately, we
do not have any leverage with the
hospital. Commissioner Sanders
interrupted, "...We don't either."
In the last 16 months, the Hospi-
ial has paid $10,000 toward the
subsidy, Donovan said.
Lhe County Attorney informed the
toard of Commissioners that Mr.
Lake would be at the next meet-
ing.

Franklin County Planner
Mark Curenton gave his report to
the Board of County Commission-
ers.
'There are still two vacancies on
the Board of Adjustment: one
regular member and one alternate
member."
"The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission is pro-
posing major regulation changes.
For the Board's file here is a list
of the proposed changes." See
separate article on this in the
Chronicle.
"I have copies of the contract with
TCA Electrical Contractors to do
the runway marking and signs, at
the Apalachicola Airport for
$123,664.00. It is all grant
money. Mr. Shuler had some
questions about the contract, but
I believe they have been satisfac-
torily answered. I need authori-
zation for the Chairman to sign
the contracts."
"I also have change orders for the
contracts with Poloronis Con-
struction, Inc. to build the 60 by
60 commercial hanger and the


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addition to the maintenance
hanger. These change orders, one
for each contract, extends the
time of completion for the build-
ings 102 calendar days."
"Melanie Hutchins has the new
state emergency management
grant to present to the Board."
"The County has received a pay
request for $288,023.42 from C
W Roberts for the Twin Lakes
Road work. To meet the necessary
match requirements Debbie
Belcher has recommended the
County pay $16,024.54 of this
request from County funds. The
County can do a change order in
the paving program to free up
funds to pay this amount."
"On July 9, 2004, the Boaid of
Adjustment approved a special
exception to allow a 49 slip ma-
rina and upland support facilities
in the C-1 Commercial Fishing
District in Eastpoint. Mr. Joe
Shields of the Department of Ag-
riculture recently contacted my
office after reading about the spe-
cial exception in the newspaper.
He is concerned about the prox-
imity of this proposed marina to
the Cat Point oysterbars." See
separate article about Mr. Shields
in this issue.
"During the visioning process the
two Chambers of Commerce vol-
unteered to write an Economic
Development Element for the
Comprehensive Plan. They have
produced an element and I have
copies for the Board's informa-
tion. There still are some changes
that need to be made in the
eleme6ti, such as adding goals,
objectives and policies, but I will
keep the Board updated on the
progress."

Public Hearings
By Richard Noble
Four land use and rezoning
changes were presented to the
Board by County planner Mark
Curenton. The first was for a 4.66
acre parcel lying in Section 12,
Township 7 South, Range 4 West,
in Lanark Village, shown on the
map, to be changed from Public
Facilities to Residential. The pro-
posed zoning change was from
Z- 1 to R-5 (multi-family). This was
the site a couple of years ago for
a; proposed Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum, and the prop-
erty was rezoned for public facili-
ties. Then, they decided not to
build the museum there.
Carol Anderson, a 16-year resi-
dent of Lanark Village, living
across. from. the proposed area.
Lanark Village is "packed in like
sardines ,qow.. WE cannot take
any midre' There's- aTnhials-run-
ning everywhere, there's
tractor-trailer trucks, there's
boats..." Lanark Village ordi-
nances have been ignored, ac-
cording
to Ms. Anderson. 'They just ride
through and pay no attention."
"You don't turn your neighbor in


because then you create en-
emies." It is just not feasible to
put multi-family housing in this
area," she concluded.
Pam Collins, agent for the devel-
oper, explained the plan for the
multi-family development. The
Board approved the land use and
rezoning change by a 3-2 vote
with Sanders and Putnal voting
No, Mosconis, Creamer and Will-
iams voting Yea.
The Board approved a land use
change from Residential to Com-
mercial for Lot 6, Block 6, in
Eastpoint.

Brown Family Feud
No one could be a resident of
Franklin County for any length of
time and not be familiar with the
name-Admiral Brown. Well, it
seems that the Admiral left a large
piece of property to his descen-
dants. The property had been
zoned one dwelling per every ten
acres. One of the descendants,
who had somehow ended up with
a seven-acre portion, wanted to
have the land rezoned. Other
members of the family disagreed.
The Commissioners listened, pa-
tiently, while opposing members
of the family offered their various
grievances. Commissioner Sand-
ers commiserated with the appli-
cants but then, wisely, advised
them to go home a try to settle
their disagreements among them-
selves. The family agreed. The
land was left with its traditional
zoning.
The Board tabled the proposal for
land use change and rezoning for
a two acre parcel lying in Section
23, Township 6 South Range 8
West, north of Eastpoint, further
described as 580 Brickyard Road,
to be changed from Rural Resi-
dential to Residential.
Steve Watson, attof-ney, spoke on
behalf of Larry Brown, Karen
Rabinowitz, Neil Brown and
Debbie Brown. They are opposed
to rezoning and a change in the
land use. Douglas Brown testified
he sold two acres to his daugh-
ter., Dan Tonsimere expressed
concerns over higher density and
potential impacts from storm wa-
ter runoff. The Board voted to
table the issue until the next
meeting so the attorneys for each
side could confer.
The County Attorney Tom Michael
Schuler explained that his family
had land ownership interests near
the property discussed.
The Board approved Lots 29 and
30, Block 1 West, Unit One, St.
deorge Island, Franklin County to
be changed from C-2 Commercial
Business to -4 Mixed Use Rest-'
dential.'tony T'orrao t6expressed
a desire to build a food establish-
ment with a residence above.

New Eastpoint Subdivision
A 40.11 acre parcel lying in sec-
tion 22, Township, South, Range,
West, Franklin County, Florida


was requested to be changed from
R-4 Single Family Home Industry
to R-I Single Family Residential.
This development, on the corner
of C.C. Land road and Highway
65 in Eastpoint, wanted to
up-grade their present status to
exclude mobile homes and
home-type businesses. Long time
residents voiced their fears that
this might very well prove detri-
mental to their future.
Minor-Keith Bloodworth and an-
other resident, a long time Tong
maker, addressed the issue
calmly and respectfully. They sug-
gested that the development could
handle their problem through in-
ternal restrictive covenants, as
other developments in the area
have done. This would not disrupt
the present status quo and would
assuage any fears of the estab-
lished population in the area.
Commissioner Mosconis dis-
agreed, mildly, but could get no
support from his fellow Commis-
sion members. The rezoning was
not denied, but no action was
taken.

Eastpoint Marina
Interestingly enough a gentleman
from a local Government agency
stopped by, on a purely friendly
basis, to offer the Commissioners
some of his private thoughts on
some public endeavors the
Eastpoint Marina, in particular.,
Joe Shields, of the Department of
Agriculture, Division of Consumer
Services, Division of Aquaculture,
very affably informed the Com-
missioners about some of the per-
ils as related to marinas, oysters,
and pollution.
He acknowledged that the County
has already approved the appli-
cation and that the appeal time
has passed. However, his bosses
wanted the Board of County Com-
missioners to be aware that ma-
rine toilets provide only limited
protection. Discharge from ma-
rine toilets constitute a greater
public health risk than other sani-
tary waste. In other words, "....Ma-
rinas are not consistent with open
shell fish harvesting areas..."
Assuming that the Eastpoint Ma-
rina goes through, with its 59
slips and average depth of 3-4 feet
the buffer zone required around
that Marina is going to be approxi-
mately a half a mile, in the opin-
ion of Mr. Shields. That means
from the shoreline, half a mile,
semi-circular arc. All that area
will no longer be used for oyster-
ing. It will not be open shellfish
harvesting area.


Commissioner Mosconis asked
the gentleman if he was as famil-
iar with the Government project
that was being built even nearer
to the Cat Point oyster area, than
the already approved Eastpoint
marina. Mr. Mosconis reminded
the gentleman that this new Gov-
ernment project was being built
on lands that had been purchased
as a protected area by the State
for the environmental protection
of the Catpoint oyster beds.
Commissioner Mosconis then
went on to question Mr. Shields
on his personal knowledge with
regards to some of the legal safe-
guards that had been imposed on
the New Marina in Eastpoint. The
Commissioner then went on to
suggest that these Government
agencies ought to start commu-
nicating with one another and not
follow the pattern of the National
Home Security folks who don't
seem to know what one another
is up to.
Commissioner Putnal, on the
other hand, seemed to relish the
man's input. He asked the gentle-
man if he could return on a once
a month basis to keep the Com-
mission informed on ... whatever.
The gentleman agreed to oblige
the Commission.

Insurance Woes
An elderly woman, seventy-one
years of age, she informed me,
was seeking the possible
re-instatement of her husband
into the County insurance pro-
gram. The woman's husband had
worked for the County for 27
years and had retired about eight
or ten years ago. To keep up her
husband's County insurance plan
at the time of his retirement would
have cost the couple $391 a.
month. The family couldn't afford
it; so they dropped the coverage.
Surprisingly enough a gentleman
from the County's insurance pro-
vider appeared before the Com-
mission, and informed the group
that retired county workers could,
indeed, be re-instated. If any re-
tired County workers wish to be
re-instated they must do so be-
fore the end of this month.
My personal fear is that even
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County Meets To
Develop Process For
Addressing The

Comprehensive Plan
Revisions
The Franklin County Commission met
Tuesday, October 26, to review can-
didates for Emergency Management
and to develop a plan for addressing
the Comprehensive Plan revisions.
Donna Butterfield, Gathana
Parmenas, Frank Venable and David
McLain addressed the Commission-
ers. All the Commissioners except
Commissioner Eddie Creamer were
present at this meeting.
David McLain's excerpted comments
were as follows:
1.) After the coming elections desig-
nate a County Coordinator that is ac-
cessible to citizens for reviewing the
proposed Comp Plan amendments in
response to the ORC Report.
2.) Schedule and broadly advertise the
final Public Workshop promised at the
beginning of the Visioning Process to
consensus test and integrate priority
public concerns in the goals, objec-
tives, and policies of the final Comp
Plan Update....
3.) Schedule and broadly advertise the
public workshop as proposed by
FEMA and the COE on delineation of
the Coastal High Hazard Areas
(CHHA) of the County...
4.) Solicit the joint Chamber of Com-
merce Economic Development Com-
mittee Report and, after suitable pub-
lic review, incorporate as an economic
element in the Comp Plan revision.
5.) Schedule a public hearing at least
30 days before responding to the DCA,
ORC report or amending the current
draft Comp Plan to ensure public un-
derstanding and acceptance, to in-
clude any proposed changes made by
the St. Joe Company for Future Land
Use and Development on St. James
Island.
6.) Defer on the recording of the final
plat for Summer Camp...
Commissioner Mosconis interrupted '
Mr. Frank Venable when Venable
made accusations against the former
Franklin County Planner, "...We're not
here for character assassination ...
This is not a court ... I think you've
probably spoke long enough on that.
subject..."
Commissioner Moscbnis spoke to as- :
suage concerns about the DCA review
,of the proposed comprehensive plan.
"...The comp plan is a moving target
... It may take us a year to get DCA
and Franklin County to agree ... It may
take two years. In. the meantime, the
comp, plan that we have, which we
got an award for .., stays in place ...
It's a long process here..."
The County Attorney advised the
Board that the County Planner, and
County Administrator position had to
be advertised. The Board had already
indicated that they wanted to hire
Alan Pierce on a temporary basis to
get the revision process on the comp
plan going. If he is available, the Board
votedR unanimously to hire Alan Pierce
on a temporary basis, hourly pay to
be worked out, without benefits, to get
started on the revision to the comp
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Franklin County Tourist Development Tax

WHAT IS THE TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX? It is a local option tax paid by tourists who
spend the night in the county at a hotel, motel, beach home rental or RV park for less than six
months. The tax is covered in Title XI, Chapter 125.0104 and in Title XIV, Chapter 212 of the Florida
Statutes.

WHAT CAN THE MONEY BE SPENT ON? The money collected may be allocated to tourism
promotion, infrastructure improvement and administrative costs. The. Franklin County's TDC is
recommending 60% (approximately $326,000 per year) of the tax be spent on infrastructure for both
tourist and residents and 40% ($218,000) on promotion and administrative costs. Statutory uses for
the tax include improving and maintaining parks, beaches, bike paths and adding things like fish-
ing piers, boat ramps, bathrooms and other uses set forth in the Florida Statutes. The money will
also be used to promote events in the county and marketing the area to tourists during the off sea-
son.

WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON BUSINESSES COLLECTING THE TAX? Businesses will
be required to collect the tax just like a sales tax or a gas tax. The same form is used that is currently
used to remit sales tax. The amount increases 6% to 8%. The Department of Revenue will figure out
the tourist tax portion and return it to the county where it would go into a tourist tax trust fund.
The county does not have to collect or calculate the tax.

WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON TOURIST? The impact to visiting tourists would be mini-
mal. For example, if a motel charged $75.00 per night + sales tax, which is 6% adds $4.50= $79.50.
With the tourist tax it would be 8% rather than 6 %, so it would be $ 1.50 more.

WHO DECIDES HOW THE REVENUE WILL BE SPENT? A nine-member Tourist Development
Council (TDC) serves as an advisory board to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners ana
was appointed by the Commission the summer of 2003. By law the TDC must include a county
commissioner, commissioners from each city, three but no ,more than four representatives from the
accom-modations industry and the-thers must beifrom tourist-reated bustesses with an interest
in tourism. Serving on the current TDC is:

Franklin County Commissioner: Cheryl Sanders
Apalachicola Commissioner: Van Johnson
Carrabelle Commissioner: Raymond Williams
Accommodations Industry:
Helen Spohrer-Prudential Resort Realty St George Island
Alice Collins-Collins Vacation Rentals, St George Island
Linda Blair-Carrabelle Palms RV Park
Representing tourism related businesses::
Jerry Thompson-Prudential Resort Realty-Apalachicola Bay Chamber
Skip Frink-Carrabelle Chamber
Curt Blair-Deep Water Marina

The TDCs statement of purpose:

The revenues envisioned in this plan are anticipated to assist the community in the following gen-
eral ways:

a. Create and maintain adequate infrastructure for visitors including implementation of
cleanup activities and addition of rest rooms and other amenities.

b. Promote Franklin County during off-peak season.

c. Support the development of regional and local recreational events.

d. Promote Franklin County's historical relationship with the seafood industry and promote
local seafood products.


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tem. The programs
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formed at the his-
toric Trinity Episco-
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ESTES
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Dear Franklin County Voter,
My name is Joyce Estes and I'm asking for your vote for County Commission District 1.
I have a plan and the experience to move Franklin County forward and with your help we'll make it
happen together. I would like the opportunity to share it with you.
Keeping property taxes low so you keep what you earn.
You've seen your property taxes increase 34% over the past year. Yet you haven't received any
additional services, such as the infrastructure, roads, water and sewer.
As your county commission I'll make sure Franklin County keeps spending priorities in order so your
property taxes are low so you keep more of what you earn.
Helping our fishermen through job training and job place-
ment.
Our fishermen have been attacked by job killing government regulations and imports.
Worst of all, our county leaders have not stepped to the plate to help our friends and neighbors who
have provided us seafood to eat for generations.
Nor have any of the other County Commission candidates stepped forward to help.
That's why I will work to provide job training and job placement services for our fishermen. It's flat
wrong to turn our backs on them and I'll make sure we extend a hand to help them up.
Protecting our coastal way of life while protecting your
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million making sure you have fresh water to drink. This money goes to protect our coastal wetlands
that cleans and purifies our water, buying land to prevent ground water from being polluted, and
building facilities to collect stormwater runoff that harms our water supplies.
This also protects our rural character and our coastal way of life. These are the very reasons we
welcome new neighbors every day and our families continue to stay.
I want to make sure we continue to do this.
And this has provided invaluable experience in establishing relationships with state leaders and
building priority-based budgets making sure your needs are provided for.
Three decades of dedication.
For three decades I've lived in and supported Franklin County as a resident and job provider in both
Eastpoint and St. George Island.
I submit to you that my opponents have not offered you a
solid record and lack the experience to provide for and
protect your interests.
We are at a turning point and this election is too important to leave to those who don't have a stake or
lack the experience to move Franklin County forward.
That's why I ask for your vote for County Commission District 1. With your vote we will move forward.
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Noon Gates Open No Admission Charge
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The Franklin Chronicle


(From left) Marilyn Hogan, Charlyne Carruth, Linda Dennis
and Laura Moody.

Area Hosts Distinguished Guests
Florida Federation of Women's Clubs (FFWC) President, Charlyne
Carruth of Miami Lakes, FL, and FFWC 1st Vice President Linda Den-
nis of Longwood, FL visited Apalachicola on Wednesday and Thurs-
day, October 13th and 14th for a Florida Federation Annual District
2 Meeting. The event, hosted by the Philaco Woman's Club of
Apalachicola, attracted 83 guests from the north Florida Communi-
ties of Panama City, Chipley, Chattahoochee, Wewahitchka and
Marianna plus special guests from the storm ravaged Pensacola area,
many of whom stayed at local business establishments and enjoyed
the shopping, history and hospitality of our area.
Attendees were inspired by the achievements of sister clubs and mo-
tivational materials presented. Federation President Carruth congratu-
lated the members of District 2 for their remarkable achievements of
donating 4,152 hours for 132 projects exceeding a $32,749 value to
service projects in Education in our communities. Enthused partici-
pants showed their support for the President's Special Project "Op-
eration Smile," an initiative to correct facial deformities in children.
District 2 boasts approximately 1,200 of the Florida Federation mem-
bership of 14,800.
The Florida Federation of Women's Clubs is a member of the General
Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), a worldwide volunteer service
organization founded in 1890. Notable accomplishments of GFWC
include the establishment of 75% of the libraries in the United States,
securing passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act, support of legisla-
tion for the 8-hour workweek, the Equal Rights Amendment and Child
Labor Laws. Notable past members include Eleanor Roosevelt, Julia
Ward Howe and Jane Addams.
Florida Federation headquarters are located in Lakeland, Florida;
General Federation Headquarters are located in Washington, DC. The
organization is a strong supporter of child advocacy, literacy and com-
munity improvement locally, nationally and internationally.-


Seafood from Page 1

"We want the festival to mean some-
thing to the local people we honor -
the seafood workers," says Festival
President Carl Whaley.
According to Whaley, there will be 8
food and drink tents that will be
manned by 10 non-profit groups and
the net profits are split among the
tents. Last year. each tent netted ap-
proximately $4,000. This year, the
results are expected ,to be similar.
"We're excited about the number of
groups who want to help bring back
the festival of old," says Whaley.
A number of groups will be partici-
pating for their fifth year. This year's
non-profit groups involved are the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Com-
merce, St. James & Lanark Village
Fire Dept., St. George Island Civic
Club, Ministerial Alliance, Philaco
Club, ABC Charter School, Bay Com-
munity School, Apalachicola &
Carrabelle Masons, and Riverkeepers.
Food tickets will again sell for $1 each.
The Festival officially opens on Friday,
November 5 at noon and admission is
free that day. Friday's activities will
include the annual blessing of the fleet
as well as the arrival of Miss Florida
Seafood and King Retsyo.
On Saturday, Nov. 6, the festival kicks
off at 8 a.m. with the annual Redfish
Run and at 10 a.m. a parade down
Highway 98. Festival organizers ex-
pect more than 100 arts and crafts
vendors to set up in the park. Activi-
ties are planned throughout the day,
including oyster eating and shucking
contests and headline entertainment
by country great Gene Watson, known
for such hits as "Love in the Hot Af-
ternoon," "Fourteen Carat Mind,"
"Memories to Bum," and "Paper
Rosie." Admission to the park on Sat-
urday is $5 with children under 12
free. Pets, other than service animals,
are not allowed within the park dur-
ing the festival
On Sunday, November 7th, admission
is free and musical entertainment con-

tinues throughout the day until the
Festival officially closes at 4 p.m.All
times are Eastern Standard Time.
Gene Watson started his recording
career in 1974 with his first hit called
"Love In The Hot Afternoon." From
that point on, Watson has had over
20 top 10 singles including "Farewell
Party," "Fourteen Carat Mind,"
"Memories To Burn." and "Paper
Rosie."
Born in Palestine. Texas. Watson was
one of seven children of a sawmill
%worker and crop picker. In his late
teenage years, Watson became an auto
body worker. On "Weekends he began
singing in Houston nightclubs where
he was met with immediate popular-
ity and was later discovered and was
signed to a recording contract.
Robert K. Oermann, the dean of coun-
try critics says it best, "The world
stops spinning when Gene Watson
sings. In his voice is all the ache of
existence."
The Seafood Festival Parade will have
dozens of units beginning with the
Port St. Joe Naval Junior-ROTC color
guard and drill team at 10 a.m. Sat-
urday on Highway 98 and Avenue E,
Apalachicola. Mayor Sandy Howze will
be riding at Parade Marshall followed
by the four pirates, a zany group of
fencing troubadours. Pam Nobles
dance teams will be featured along
with the usual selection of politicians,
the Apalachicola high school 'bank
and the Panama City Pipe and Drum
Corps. The East Gadsden High School
Army JROTC unit will march along
with representatives of the Sheriffs
department, AHS Booster Cllb and
the Mosley High School band.


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Pageant from Page 1
was also Princess.
Miss Franklin County was Meagan Segree, with Kellie Estes 1st
runner-up.
Little Mr. Franklin was Charles Creamer, 1st runner-up was Jaffa
Daniels, 2nd runner-up was Christian Brown, Kelson Smith Prince,
Carson Stulsky, Prince, and Brantley Register was also Prince.
Mr. Franklin County was Jathan Martin, 1st runner-up was Brian
Barfield, and 2nd runner-up was Cash Creamer.
Jathan Martin wAs overall winner in the first half of the pageant, and
Rae Noel Tyre Was the overall winner in the second half of the pag-
eant.
Sportswear winners were: Kylee Smith, Audry Yowell, Jadyn Luberto,
Breanna Murray Emily Crosby, Oneika Lockley, Rae Noel Tyre, Meagan
Segree, Jathan Martin, Charles Creamer, and Carson Stulsky.
Formal wear winners were: Maddison Whitten, Adrian Pruett, Polly
Glass, Emily Crosby, Oneika Lockley, Rae Noel Tyre, Meagan Segree,
Jaffa Daniels and Jathan Martin.
If you missed the pageant, you missed a wonderful evening of enter-
tainment. The younger children really put on a "show." Hope to see
all the winners in the Seafood Parade on November 6.
Bonnie Segree and Pam Rush are on the committee for the Vietnam
Memorial Statue and they felt like the pageant was a good way to
raise money for the fund. This is a project close to Bonnie's heart,
since she had two brothers who served in Vietnam. Her younger
brother, George, is a terminally ill patient in the Veteran's Hospital in
Lake City, and her other brother, Winfred, has medical problems stem-
ming from Agent Orange. She asks for prayers for her brothers.

Photos and Glitter = Treasured Memories


One element that makes the Franklin County Pageant
unique is that every participant becomes a winner, with
shinny trophies, loud applause, and lots of pictures for the
memory books. This is wonderful recognition of the youth
in our Franklin County.


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FUTURE RATHER THAN FOCUSES ON
THE PAST

* A CLEAN BAY TO KEEP THE SEAFOOD
INDUSTRY HEALTHY

* HONEST AND HARDWORKING PUBLIC
SERVANT

Then, once again, vote Russell Crofton for County
Commissioner, District #1, Democrat. Working together
we can make our District and County a better place to live.

POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY G. RUSSELL CROFTON,
DEMOCRAT, FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT #1


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