DOUBLE ISSUE DOUBLE ISSUE
This issue of the Franklin Chronicle is a double issue,
in. special commemoration of the Charity Chili Cookoff,
scheduled for March 5, 2005. Normally, the Chronicle
is published every two weeks, but we will not put out
an issue for the 4th of March. The next Chronicle issue
will be published on March 18, 2005. All advertising
and subscriptions will be automatically extended for
one issue. We appreciate your indulgence in allowing
us to "take a break" from the publication cycle and
construction activities. Our construction projects will
be continuing during this time.
At The Chronicle Compound
33 Begonia Street, Eastpoint
SIDEWALK SUPERINTENDENTS MAY APPLY
Public Is Invited To Observe
Master Craftsmen Assemble
Second Steel Frame Duplex
If You Are Building Wood Frame, You Are Building In The
Last Century; Steel Is The Future For Hurricane-Prone
Eric Dahlin, U.S.I. Systems, Inc., Marietta, Georgia, has
started assembling a second steel frame duplex at the
Chronicle compound, 33 Begonia Street, Eastpoint.
The Nature of Steel Framing
The use of light-gauge steel, in framing a home has been widely inno-
vated throughout most of the United States, except in occasional "pock-
ets" where wood packages for conventional homes are common build-
ing practice. Franklin county and other Gulf Coast counties have
typically resisted this newer form of framing and construction de-
spite the fact that steel is more competitive in price than a decade
ago. The cost of plywood has jumped at least 25% since January
2004, and other wood products have climbed in price since the start
of the War on Terrorism.
A long view showing the construction of roof trusses in
the second duplex. The steel members are fabricated on a
jig.that holds them in place while bolts are driven into the
steel to assemble the truss.
The Chronicle is building the second of two duplex buildings that will
provide housing for employees and others. But, this is an opportu-
nity to use new product and alternatives to traditional wood frame
construction to enhance the overall advantages in steel. A steel framed
home is a high quality structure, so says the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) research center in their handbook on Steel-
Frame Construction (1993).
Another view showing the truss construction with an
phasis on the engineered configuration of truss mem
which will support the metal roof on the duplex. Aboi
of these trusses are required for the duplex building.
-- L' 4 c
A close-up of the bolt assembly after drilling, takin
less time than using a hammer and nail to assembly
"By virtue of its material characteristics and properties, steel
significant advantages to both home builders and consumers.
studs and joists are stronger, lightweight, and made
uniform-quality material. Steel walls are straight, with square
ners and all but eliminate pops in drywall as articulated in the h
book. Moreover, two advantages are obtained in steel and those
(1) fire protection and (2) termite protection. Steel framing doe
contribute combustible material to a fire. And, termites do n
steel. Moreover, the strength and durability of steel allows
meet the strongest wind and seismic ratings in the national b
ing codes. And, steel joists and trusses can achieve greater s
opening up large spaces inside a home. Their application for a
4 atre auditorium is one obvious advantage.
What Are the Factors Against Steel Construction?
While steel framing costs are generally competitive with lumber,
are other factors that influence labor costs. There is generally a
of skilled framing labor in steel framing, making it difficult to idi
and locate competitive steel carpenters.
Continued on Page 15
Te APALACHICOLA, FL
Volume 14, Number 4 & 5 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER February 18 March 17, 2005
The 23rd Annual Charity Chili
Cookoffand Auction will be staged
at St. George Island on Saturday,
March 5, 2005.
This fund raiser, designed to ben-
efit the all-volunteer fire depart-
ment and First Responder units
of St. George Island, has been the
premiere charity in the region for
the last two decades, drawing
thousands of participants who
have savored their favorite island
foods, participated in the cookoff
auction, and enjoyed a day of fun
and frivolity as they contribute to
the fire-fighting fund.
Started over 20 years ago as a
modest effort to fund fire protec-
tion on St. George Island, the
event has grown into institutional
status, becoming the Gulf Coast
Regional Chili Competition of the
International Chili Society. An
auction will be held under the big
tent at mid-morning, offering up
collectibles, furniture, art works
and hundreds of other items to a
crowd of noisy bidders with the
usual ration of belly laughs and
antics. There are also foot races,
and amateur crock-pot competi-
tions along with tables and tables
of island cuisine, and of course,
dozens of varieties of chili.
There will be all kinds of foods to
tempt tasters, including many va-
rieties of chili, of course. The
Sweet Shop will feature island
delicacies. Barbecue sandwiches
will be available, along with fried
oysters, and funnel cakes, and
shrimp kabobs. The Charity Chili
Cookoff Gumbo will also be fea-
This all-volunteer effort was ini-
tially stimulated by island resi-
dents faced with the problem of
providing for their own fire pro-
tection and First Responder ser-
vices. Over the last two decades
and additional years, each suc-
ceeding year has been matched
with hard work and planning that
has brought fire protection to a
new high. The results of such
fund-raising have truly been phe-
nomenal. In 1987, the volunteer
i fire department purchased their
first tanker truck, and later in
1995, another was added. In
1999, a First Responder truck
was added to the fleet, and later
a fourth truck was added to carry
the Jaws of Life.
In 2000, another truck for foam
was purchased, and in 2004 an-
w1 other First Responder vehicle was
purchased. Last year, a 95-foot
aerial ladder truck was added to'
the fleet with money still owing on
this vehicle. The ladder truck will
be on display the day of the
Cookoff. To top off the
fund-raising projects, a brand
new fire station was built a couple
of years ago, costing over
em- $400,000. Almost all of the fund-
ibers ing came from the Charity Cookoff
Volunteer efforts; very little from
it 23 government funds. And, the is-
land fire department provides
f support services for many other
areas in Franklin County.
Come rain or shine; doesn't make
any difference. Everything is per-
fectly sheltered along with tables
and chairs to accommodate all
shoppers and eaters.
The Red Pepper 5K Run starts at
8:00 a.m. in front of the Blue Par-
A rot. Entry fees are $15 and each
entry is entitled to a T-shirt. Vari-
ous chili booths may be set up at
8:30 a.m. Saturday but booth
construction and area setup are
allowed from 12 noon Friday (4
"-" March) through 10 a.m. Saturday
March 5th. At 9:30 a.m. the ama-
teur crock-pot competition be-
gins, with a minimum of one gal-
Ion per entry. Anything goes, and
you may prepare your concoction
g far at home if desired. A $5.00 entry
the fee is needed for the crock-pot
e the competition. The I.C.S. rules do
not apply to the amateur compe-
tition and the chili will be sold,
offers with all proceeds going to the
Steel Cookoff. First, Second and Third
from prizes will be awarded to the ama-
cor- teur chili winners.
;e are Over at the professional competi-
5s not tion, at 9:30 a.m. there will be a
ot eat cooks meeting with Cookoff offi-
it to cials. International Chili Society
)uild- (ICS) rules will be in effect, and
pans copies wild be provided upon re-
the- quest. At 10 a.m. preparation time
for the professional cookers will
start-chopping, slicing, marinat-
ing but no cooking, nor stoves or
fires are to be lit. Professional
there cookers are advised that the in-
lack ternational chili rules are in ef-
entify fect: all chili is to be prepared on
site from scratch. Stoves are offi-
cially lit at 11:00 a.m. Judging will
Continued on Page 8
al Charity Chili Cookoff Ready For
At St. George Island
25rd AIMiL CHlCtITl AUCT10Ei
ST. GEORGE SA FLOBID
Rep. Kendrick And Sen.
Lawson File Bill On Mullet
Attempt to Clarify the law on Net Limitation
. Representative Will Kendrick and
Senator Al Lawson have filed a
new bill on mullet nets in the
State Legislature to define what
constitutes a legal net. Their bill
would define a legal net as 500
square feet constructed of
non-monofilament material with-
out regard to mesh size.
The bill, filed in the House on
Tuesday, February 8, states, "Any
net constructed of braided or
twisted nylon,'cotton, linen twine,
or polypropylene twine, regardless
of its mesh size, not exceeding 500
square feet shall not be consid-
ered a gill or entangling net and
may be used to harvest mullet in
the waters of this state."
The bill is a challenge to the
FFWCC (Florida Freshwater Fish
Conservation Commission) rule
approved at a meeting in Panama
City Beach last week that requires
nets to have a mesh size no larger
than two inches. Commercial fish-
ermen have complained that this
small mesh size captures small
fish or juvenile mullet that have
not yet spawned and are not of
legal size to sell. These fishermen
contend that the small mesh nets
violate the purpose of the net limi-
tation amendment that was to
stop overfishing and waste.
Many have argued that the
FFWCC's decisions in this matter
have been driven by political mo-
tivations, not biological. Senator
Lawson commented that he hopes
the .bill will reduce the conflict
between the recreational fishing
communities and the commercial
fishermen, adding "...the bill will
give fishermen an opportunity to
make a living..."
The Constitutional Amendment,
passed in 1994, limited net fish-
ing', outlawing gill nets. The
State's Attorney's office has liti-
gated the issue many times, ar-
guing that any large-mesh net
primarily catches fish by killing or
Plenty To Taste At Chef's
By Pamela May
Franklin County's best chefs
turned out for the 9th annual
Chefs Sampler Sunday, February
13th, at the historic Fort Coombs
Armory. A presentation of culi-
nary delights from our areas most
talented chefs were on display for
patrons to enjoy. Participating
restaurants included: Apalach-
icola Seafood Grill, with a deli-
cious dish of crab stuffed grou-
per. Blue Parrot featured a tasty
smoked turkey along with crab
stuffed mushrooms. Boss Oyster
served up steaming seafood
gumbo and a delightful smoked
fish dip. Cafe Con Leche pre-
sented several sumptuous des-
serts. Caroline's Dining on the
River had a delicious dish of
Panko, which consisted of succu-
lent fried shrimp with hearts of
artichokes. Also on their menu
was a pepper-crusted tuna. Chef
Eddie's Magnolia Grill displayed
several lovely cakes, one of which
was a chocolate and Grand
Marnier with almonds and
whipped cream. Nola's Grill at the
Gibson Inn featured, tasty spring
rolls and a splendid earthquake
The Owl Cafe served up steamy
bowls of chowder with a succu-
lent blend of seafood, Red Top
Cafe offered blacken grouper
along with pan roasted potatoes.
Southern Wine & Sprits was on
hand to offer an array of drinks
to sample. Tamara's Cafe Floridita
presented two spicy delights,
chunky seafood chowder and
paella studded with a delectable
blend of seafood. That Place on
98 offered an assortment of local
flavors, such as key lime pie,
strawberries dipped in chocolate
and mouth-watering boiled
shrimp Verandas Wine Bar, Bottle
Shop & Bistro showcased an in-
credible bread pudding laced with
raspberries and topped with a
spiced rum sauce.
Over two hundred people were on
hand to listen to the music played
by Marc Grove and Roy Sultz. Af-
ter indulging in the unique flavors
of all the delicious food, guest had
a chance to participate in the Si-
lent Auction and bid on an array
of fabulous items, contributed bv
local merchants. Proceeds from
the Silent Auction go to benefit
The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Paie 2 18 February 2005
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
County Response To The
Eight Key Issues
Public Consensus Issues
By Richard E. Noble
The Franklin County Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element was
amended to include the requirement that 8 key issues be emphasized
during the revision of the comprehensive plan. This document col-
lects the County's evaluation and responses of the 8 key issues.
The following are the eight key issues:
Protection of natural resources
Protection of cultural heritage
Promotion of economic development
Promotion of Emergency Management (CHHA)
Provision for adequate infrastructure
Provision for adequate housing
Establishment of intensity standards
Definition of allowable uses.
This article will be a digest of the County's response to these issues
as drafted by Alan Pierce, the County's Director of Administrative
I will start with the issues that I consider to be of more interest to the
general public at large and then proceed to the more technical and
obtuse. The material to follow will be directly quoted from Alan Pierce's
Admittedly, almost every community in the state has a affordable
housing crisis. St. Joe (Company) is producing one affordable hous-
ing community around Carrabelle.
The County's affordable housing problem is only going to be solved
through the collective efforts of the concerned citizens, property own-
ers, builders, lenders, and financiers, and the local government. The
County currently is supporting two affordable housing efforts: the
SHIP program, and a habitat for Humanity chapter. The SHIP re-
ceives $300,000 of program funds and $35,000 of administrative
funds. The Habitat chapter has received $40,000 of SHIP funds, but
otherwise has engaged in its own fundraising efforts. The SHIP pro-
gram has focused on rehabilitation of existing houses and the provi-
sion of down payment assistance for first time home buyers. Habitat
has built one house for a qualified applicant and is working on the
The County has received SHIP money for ten years. (It) currently has
the Franklin County Senior Center administering the program. There
are existing federal housing funds available to assist in the delivery of
housing but the County has not availed itself of those funds because
there has not been direction to do so.
Policy 1.5-Establish a County affordable housing authority.
Policy 2.2-Create a communities trust fund, streamline the permit-
ting process, provide technical assistance, and provide incentives to
include density bonuses outsideof CHHA (Coastal High Hazard Area).
Policy 2.3-Strategies-density bonus programs (AHDB), local com-
munity land trusts, technical assistance, reduction or deferral of build-
ing fees and/or infrastructure costs.
Policy 2.4-permit flexibility of development standards.
Policy 2.5-Review and modify Density Bonus Program every two years.
Infrastructure and Public Access to Water
The board cannot legally adopt fees for services it does not pro-
vide. The entity that does provide the service can adopt an im-
pact fee. Impact fees can not be used as a funding mechanism to
correct an existing deficit. If a new medical facility is desired by
the County and if that facility is going to be used by current
residents, then the County can not assess future residents,
through an!-impact fee, for the full cost of the facility., If the
County has a need for a new facility, and it wants it built and
paid for by a certain time, it must use other funding mechanisms
to do so. The most common funding mechanism for such large
capital improvements is the local sales tax.
Boat ramps: Timber Island Road, Patton Drive in Eastpoint, Battery
Park in Apalachicola, Bluff Road in Apalachicola, Whiskey George
Creek, Bloody Bluff, Garder's Landing.
Additional ramps to be created in the development of St. James Over-
lay: Leonard's Landing, Metcalf Point, McIntyre, Cow Creek.
Under revue: Possible ramp at 8 mile in the St. Vincent Sound, pos-
sible purchase of ramp at end of old Ferry Dock Road.
The County commission has also improved water access by being the
local sponsor of several dredging projects; Scipio Creek, Two Mile
Channel; and hopefully the Eastpoint Channel.
Policy 4.4-The County shall coordinate with the state of Florida on
assuring additional public access to public lands in Franklin County:
water access, recreational access, hunting and fishing.
Policy 4.5-Before the state acquires further private property, the
County shall coordinate with the property owner to insure future
Policy 5.3-The County shall actively pursue ... grant funding and
private initiatives. Development incentives would only be available
for water access related to the loading or unloading of commercial
Policy 5.4-The County recognizes that the historic seafood centers
in Franklin County, Eastpoint and the Two Mile area, are private
property. The-County will consider proposals, including development
On Thursday, February 24, 2005,
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) will host a Town
express their concerns and ask
questions on a broad range of
The Town Hall Meeting is part of
Congressman Boyd's Healthcare
Tout throughout North Florida. It
will allow for candid conversations
within the community on .impor-
tant healthcare Issues.
"During the past few years, my
constituents have consistently
expressed their concerns about
the availability and quality of
healthcare in North Florida," Boyd
said. "I urge the public to attend
and participate in the meeting so-
that I can better serve the inter-
ests of North Floridians in Wash-
Healthcare Town Hall Meeting
with Congressman Allen Boyd
Thursday, February 24. 2005
3:30pm 5:00 p.m. EDT
Franklin County Courthouse
34 Forbes Street
incentives, from the private properties owners that encourage the
maintenance of the seafood industry in those areas.
Policy 4.6-As the County obtains ownership of land for water ac-
cess, the County will maintain the property for that purpose.
Coastal High Hazard Areas (CHHA)
The CHHA is the area that would be subject to evacuation during a
Category 1 Hurricane. The CHHA is a tool to be used by the local
government in ordering evacuation, and as a tool it has to be an area
identifiable by landmarks familiar to the public-traditionally, roads.
Using Highway 98 as a boundary for the CHHA is a reasonable ap-
proach. US 98 would not be the boundary in the cities of Apalachicola
and Carrabelle for two reasons. These communities have their own
comprehensive plans and will make their own decision of CHHA. The
existing elevations in these communities are also high enough that
most of the community is not threatened by a Category 1 Hurricane.
In both of these cases, as well as Eastpoint, either all of the commu-
nity will be evacuated or none will be, except for the general require-
ment of evacuating mobile homes no matter where they are located.
Policy 12.3-The County, through its land development regulations,
shall restrict development in the CHHA to one unit per acre or one
unit per lot of record.
The County shall conduct its hurricane evacuation procedures to in-
sure that countywide evacuation times do not exceed 24 hours for
Category 1 & 2 storms and 30 hours for category 3,4 and 5 storms.
This objective was approved by the state in 1991. Since that time the
state has not developed consistent public policy on what clearance
times should be for communities.
Promote Economic Development
The County, through the leadership of the Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce, is preparing an optional element on economic develop-
ment. The committee is taking public comments. The board has been
presented with requests from the public for the following economic
issues to be considered.
* Supporting the Seafood industry and nature and heritage based
* Support and encourage local business first and attract compatible
locally owned small business.
* Consider contacting the Gulf Community College and inquire as to
/ what business and vocational training they might provide.
The County already has a serious investment in the seafood industry
economy. The County applied.for and received approximately $800,000
of federal funds in 1994 after Tropical Storm Alberto to assist the
local seafood industry. Approximately $300,000 was used to plant
oyster shells in areas damaged by the storm. Another $400,000 was
loaned out to affected seafood business at very low interest rates to
help them get back in business. The federal government authorized
this loan money to the County with the understanding that this money
would become a basis of a revolving loan program for the seafood
industry to use in the event of another natural disaster. The loans
were made, all the funds were disbursed by 1995, and now ten years
later virtually none of the money has been re-paid because the sea-
food industry has never really recovered. Franklin county is still re-
sponsible for that money.
Protection of Cultural Heritage
Franklin County is not proposing any changes to the plan that would
threaten the County's cultural heritage. The County is not proposing
any land use changes on the waterfront, nor any changes of allow-
Policy 4.3-The County shall support the designation and implemen-
tation needs of the "Scenic Highways" program along the designated
sections of US 98 and Highway 65.
The County is expecting new development to be consistent with the
style of development already occurring in the County.
The St. Joe (Company) are proposing to create developments that are
environmentally compatible. St. Joe are also incorporating additional
measures to buffer their developments from the existing communi-
ties. The County would expect other large developments to offer simi-
lar standards. ',
The County's Planning and Zoning Commission is a citizens advisory
board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to provide
input to the Board. It was the initiative of the Commission that gen-
erated the County's dock ordinance that is intended to protect tradi-
tional uses of the inshore waters, such as floundering and cast net-
ting. If the public, be it individual or an organization, has a sugges-
tion they would like to consider that deals with cultural heritage
through land development, the Commission is usually the first stop.
In three distinct periods, the County's cultural heritage has included:
shipping and handling of cotton; creation of timber mill sites and the
harvesting of timber; and now the production of seafood (and, of
course, Native American heritage).
The County does not have any ordinances, regulations, or specific
policies addressing architectural standards for maintaining a certain
style of buildings representing of the county's cultural heritage.
If the board is interested in developing policies to protect or
promote cultural heritage, it needs to appoint a separate advi-
sory board with the skills to deal with that issue.
Protection of Natural Resources
Franklin County believes that proper management of the natural re-
sources in the County is serious business. 90% of all oysters har-
vested in Florida come out of Apalachicola bay, as well as significant
landings of other seafood products. The proposed Franklin County
comprehensive plan update does not propose or reduce any existing
County natural resource protection standards, even though the pub-
lic ownership of land in the County has increased from 11% in 1991
to 80% in 2005.
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A key component in the protection of natural resources is the protec-
tion of wetlands. The County is proposing to maintain the same wet-
land protection standards that have served it well for the past fifteen
years, even though there is now almost an eight fold increase in pub-
lic land ownership of wetlands (public now owns 86% of County wet-
Objective 1 of the Future Land Use Element states:
Future development activities shall be directed to appropriate
areas as depicted on the Future Land Use Map to assure that soil
conditions, topography, drainage, and natural conditions are
suitable for development and adequate public facilities are avail-
able, and the Apalachicola Bay is protected from harmful im-
The County has continuously opposed the general dispersion of her-
Policy.2.12-The County prohibits the general dispersion of herbi-
cides and pesticides along the roadways, ditches, and swales in the
County unless a specific plan is submitted and approved by the
Policy 2.13-The County opposes the maintenance dredging of the
Apalachicola River as it is destroying the natural habitat for fish,
filling in the estuaries along the River, and interfering with the natu-
ral productivity of the floodplain.
The County supported the creation of an oyster aquaculture program
and the creation of a clam aquaculture program. The County has
provided a building and support services for the creation of an oyster
research lab to assist the oyster industry. The County is requesting
Rep. Allen Boyd's support in turning the lab into a seafood research
lab for all the products that come out of the Apalachicola Bay.
Regarding the protection of seagrass beds and other state recognized
resources, the state of Florida has a substantial workforce in the
County, not only doing research and monitoring the natural resources
but also providing enforcement of the rules, The fundamental man-
agement tool the state has at its disposal, is land ownership. Eighty
percent of the County is now owned by the state or federal govern-
ment, up from 11% in 1991.
The County has supported the efforts of other groups, including the
Northwest Florida Water Management District and the Apalachicola
Bay and Riverkeepers, in pursuing independent scientific evaluations
of the County's natural resources.
The County does not regulate state resources, nor does it develop
management plans for those resources. If the public believes that the
management of the state resource is adequate, the recourse is to the
state agency that is responsible for that management plan.
Other Public Issues
County Commission actions:
* Reducing the Board of Adjustment to and advisory board.
* Working to re-adjust the appointments on the Planning and Zoning
Commission to create a balanced Commission.
* Supporting the formation of a Tourist Development Council refer-
endum on bed tax. Tax passed on first attempt.
* Moving towards the creation of a code enforcement board or officer.
* Seeking assess for the development of more water access points.
* Supported acquisition of another ambulance.
* Defending the County on a lawsuit over beach access points on St.
George Island. The County Commission refuses to settle the case be-
cause it recognizes the need to provide more beach access, not less.
Continued on Page 5
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
And Senator Lawson
Submit Net Fishing Bills
On Tuesday, February 7th, Representative Will Kendrick and Sena-
tor Alfred Lawson submitted bills in the Florida House and Senate to
clearly define legal fishing nets under the Florida Constitution.
Kendrick bill numbered HB741, and Lawson's Is SB1178. A year af-
ter the Net Limitation Act took effect in 1996, the Legislature defined
that nets of any mesh size made of twisted nylon, cotton, linen twine
or polypropylene, were legal nets. Ted Forsgren of the Coastal Con-
servation Association (CCA) attended the Legislative meetings, agree-
ing that nets made of the Legislatively approved materials were NOT
gil nets and were perfectly legal to fish with.
The CCA's Influence has led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) to believe that they are above the law, don't
have to obey legislative mandates, state statutes, or the supreme court.
Representative Kendrick and Senator Lawson understand the plight
of the fishing community and just might have a few more surprises in
store for the CCA controlled FWC. Our hats are off to Representative
Kendrick and Senator Lawson for standing up for the environment,
citizens and economy! The new additions of HB741 and SB 1178 read...
..."Any not constructed of braided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen twine,
or polypropylene twine, regardless of its mesh size, not exceeding
500 square feet, shall not be considered a gill or entangling net and
may be used to harvest mullet in the waters of this state."
V.P. Fishing For Freedom
Boyd Works To Secure
On February 2, 2005, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) in-
troduced the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determina-
tion Act of 2005 (HR 417) to reauthorize the successful "county pay-
ments" law for an additional 7 years. This legislation provides a stable
source of revenue in counties with federally-owned forests, such as
the Apalachicola and Osceola National Forests, to be used for educa-
tion, roads and county services in rural areas. i
"The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act
has been a tremendous success and has provided important support
to our rural communities," said Congressman Boyd. "Leon, Wakulla,
Liberty and Franklin Counties can continue to benefit from this law
as it helps to improve our schools and roads. The security and inde-
pendence provided by this law for the last 5 years should be extended
into the future for the sake of our rural residents."
Between 1891 and 1905, 153 million acres of forestlands were set
aside in Forest Reserves and removed from future settlement and
economic development. Many counties within or adjacent to the new
reserves were significantly impacted by the loss of economic growth
and diminished tax base to support essential community infrastruc-
ture such as roads and schools.
In 1908, Congress passed a bill that created a revenue sharing mecha-
nism to compensate for the effects of removing the forestlands from
economic development in the affected counties, such as Leon, Wakulla,
Liberty and Franklin. The 1908 Act specified that 25 percent of all
revenues generated from the multiple-use management of the Na-
tional Forests would be shared with the counties to support public
roads and public schools. Unfortunately, due to the decline in timber
sales in the mid-1990s, the revenues shared with rural counties
throughout the country declined sharply, hurting school and trans-
In 2000, Congressman Boyd introduced legislation to remedy this
imbalance, establishing a six-year payment formula for counties that
receive revenue-sharing payments for Forest Service and Bureau of,
Land Management lands. This formula created a safety net rural ar-
eas that were previously dependent on timber sales. To date, more
than 4,400 rural schools and 700 counties nationwide have benefited
from the county payments law. The Secure Rural Schools and Com-
munity Self Determination Act of 2005 would reauthorize the law
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) criticized the
Administration's 2006 budget for
its failure to protect the nation's
veterans. The Administration's
budget provides inadequate fund-
ing for veterans' medical care and
increases co-payments for many
"As we prepare to welcome home
a new generation of men and
women from Iraq and Afghani-
stan, the Administration's budget
shortchanges out veterans," said
Congressman Boyd. "'Americans
deserve a fiscally responsible bud-
get that reflects the true needs of
the American people. I intend to
work with my colleagues in Con-
gress to restore fiscal responsibil-
ity while also upholding the prom-
ises we've made to our nation's
The Administration's budget pro-
vides $31.4 billion for veterans
programs, which is $338 million
below the amount the Congres-
sional Budget Office estimated is
needed. Almost all appropriated
funding for veterans goes to pro-
vide medical care and hospital
The Administration's budget fails
to repeal the Disabled Veterans
Tax, which would allow disabled
veterans to receive military retiree
and veterans' disability benefits
The budget also imposes a $250
annual enrollment fee for Priority
7 and Priority 8 veterans. These
are veterans who are without
rated above zero percent who also
have incomes above VA means
"Our government has made a
number of promises to the men
and women who served in our
nation's armed forces," Congress-
man Boyd stated. "As a combat
veteran, I consider these promises
made to our veterans a sacred
obligation that must be upheld
and our budget must recognize
Yesterday, Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida),
Co-Chairman of the Congres-
sional Rural Caucus (CRC),
hosted a forum to discuss the fu-
ture of rural telecommunications
and the Universal Service Fund
(USF) in rural America. This is the
second in a series of forums
hosted by the CRC to address the
carriers face in providing afford-
able, modern services to rural
customers. These issues are es-
pecially important as Congress
prepares to reexamine the 1996
"Rural America cannot be left be-
hind when it comes to national
policy decisions, and this forum
is a step to ensure that rural
America has a voice in develop-
ing telecommunications laws for
the new millennium," said Con-
gressman Boyd. "We must have
ft prices for high-speed Internet,
not only to, retain and attract
good jobs in rural America, but
also to improve the overall qual-
ity of out lives."
The Universal Service Fund is a
federal subsidy- program that im-'
proves access to telephone ser-
vices and helps provide resources
to rural areas that have previously
only been available to larger cit-
ies. The USF affects such services
as medical facilities, schools and
Forum panelists included Fred
McCallum of BellSouth, which
services North Florida, as well as
other rural telecommunications
"Programs funded by the Univer-
sal Service Fund are very impor-
tant to rural communities," Con-
gressman Boyd stated. "When we
re-examine the Telecommunica-
tions Act in the 109th Congress,
reforms related to keeping the
USF intact must be addressed.
This outstanding set of panel
members offered their insight to
help us do this. I look forward to
working with my colleagues in the
year ahead to ensure that rural
America is better served by our
The Clerk Of The Circuit Court
Your Public Trustee
,;.i 9: What if the courthouse burned to the
H ground. Would the Clerk's records be lost?
S A: The Clerks of the Circuit Court have been
Ak mandated by the Florida Constitution to be the
keepers of all official documents and records.
S steps available to us to ensure records are not
In the past, before the age of technology, records
were tragically lost due to fire, flood or other
MARCIA JOHNSON catastrophic events, much to the frustration of
people looking to recreate their family tree or trying to reconstruct
history for whatever reason.
Fortunately, we live in a great age in which such loss is virtually
impossible. Physical, records are stored in climate-controlled,
steel-encased vaults, to insure their preservation. In addition, records
are now stored on computer-generated software with back-up proce-
dures which ensure they will never be lost. Increasingly, even his-
toric records across the state arc being scanned and stored electroni-
If the courthouse were to be destroyed, you can rest assured that the
records would be safe!
If you have any questions or comments about this column, please
forward them to: Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market
St., Suite 203, Apalachicola, Florida 32320.
By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library Advisory Board will hold its regular
monthly meeting at the Eastpoint branch on Monday, February 21st.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.
Input from the public is requested regarding the Library's Long Range
Plan 2005-2009. Survey forms are available at both branches-
Carrabelle and Eastpoint-as well as online at
The FROG Family Learning program is hosting a trip to Tallahassee
on February 22nd to hear best-selling author Amy Tan. The reading,
lecture and book signing is part of Florida State University's Seven
Days of Opening Nights. Seating is limited and reservations are re-
quired, Contact Marlene or Arlene at 697-2091 or 670-4423 for in-
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 library and any of its pro-
grams please call 697-2366, 670-8151, or 653-2784 or view the
Library's website located at www.fcpl.lib.fl.us.
To The Dixie
O6n Friday February 18, the DIXIE
will bring back the most requested
show since they re-opened the
Theatre in 1998. Sylvia by A.R.
Gurney will once again delight au-
diences. Two of the original cast
members will return and two new
fresh faces will grace the stage for
Charles Leader will return to
Apalachicola from Kansas City
where he heads up the Theatre
Department at Kansas City Kan-
sas Community College. Since
leaving Florida some 5 years ago,
Mr. Leader has also had great
success with the Heart of America
Shakespeare Festival as well as
Missouri Repertory among others.
He received his Ph.D. from Florida
State University in Tallahassee
prior to joining the Dixie Theatre
Professional Company. The DIXIE
is thrilled to have Charlie
re-creating the role of Greg.
Dixie Partington will once again
play one of her all-time favorite
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roles, that of Sylvia the Dog! Since
moving to Apalachicola in 1993,
Dixie has taught a yearly Dog
Obedience Class, another great
chance to be around her favorite
species. Miss Partington was
given the role of Executive Direc-
tor of the Theatre in January of
2004 by Rex Partington.
(founder), she says it is her most
challenging and demanding role
to date. Audiences' may remem-
ber her as Louise in Always ...
Newcomer Jane Atkins comes to
the DIXIE after having written for
many Daytime Drama's such as:
Days of Our Lives, One Life to
Live, General Hospital and Santa
Barbara (for which she won an
Emmy Award.) Ms. Atkins has
performed with the prestigious
American Conservatory Theatre in
San Francisco, the Actors Theatre
of Louisville and the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival to name a
few. Jane also spearheaded the
Playmaking Project in Blounts-
town, something she was instru-
mental with in Los Angeles. The
Dixie Theatre will be booking Ms.
Atkins fascinating Playwriting
Workshop for Children in the
Rounding out the cast of Sylvia is
David Caldwell, who will return
to direct and star in the March
production of Forever Plaid, which
he has done throughout the
United Sates. David is heavily in-
volved in numerous productions
of Smoke on the Mountain as well,
which the DIXIE has scheduled
for 2006. Stay tuned for the
March issue of the Coast Line for
an in-depth interview with Mr.
Caldwell, a talented and charis-
matic individual, who is sure to
wow audiences with his perfor-
mances and directing skills.
Cleo Holladay will be directing this
production of Sylvia. Audiences
will remember Cleo's fabulous
performance in Kimberly Akimbo
earlier this season as well as her
directorial touches in all 3 pro-
ductions of Always ... Patsy Cline.
Don't miss the most requested
play the DIXIE has ever pre-
sented, February 18 27, Fridays
& Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and
Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (please take
note of matinee change to Sun-
day.) For reservations or further
information, call the Dixie Theatre
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scheduled for March 5,
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY
The Boyd Report
Keeping Our Promise To
By Congressman Alan Boyd
Social Security provides income support to 46 million retirees, in-
cluding 111,000 in the 2nd district of Florida, as well as survivors,
dependents and disabled workers. Keeping this vital program intact,
for those who depend on it today and in the future, is a commitment
I will not ignore. In his State of the Union Address, President Bush
effectively laid out the long term problems facing Social Security, and
I commend him for tackling the crucial task of reforming the Social
Security system. I have cosponsored the Bipartisan Retirement Se-
curity Act with Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) to preserve and sustain the Social
Security program, and I am pleased the President has embraced many
of the principles of our plan.
While modernizing Social Security is absolutely essential, no plan
should affect current retirees or those nearing retirement. My plan,
the Bipartisan Retirement Security Act, does not affect anyone 55
years of age or older. The Social Security program needs to be re-
formed so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of this in-
valuable program, and therefore, only future generations should feel
the effects of reform. We have a moral obligation to protect the ben-
efits that have been promised to current retirees, and our plan recog-
nizes this responsibility and fulfills this promise.
Let me tell you what our plan does not do:
Our plan does not reduce benefits for anyone near retirement (55 or
older) or current retirees.
Our plan does not increase payroll tax rates.
Although we cannot ignore that structural reform of the Social Secu-
rity program is necessary, any changes to Social Security must pre-
serve the full benefits promised to current retirees and near-retirees.
The Kolbe-Boyd plan does not make any changes to the benefits prom-
ised to current retirees or those nearing the retirement age.
Now let me tell you what our plan does do:
Our plan preserves existing benefits for current and near-retirees,
Our plan increases the rate of return for all workers by establishing
the opportunity for all Americans to create wealth.
Our plan strengthens the government safety net for low-income
workers through a minimum benefit provision.
Our plan provides individuals with ownership of and control over
part of their retirement assets-including the freedom to invest in safe,
risk-free Treasury securities.
I will not support any plan that alters the benefits that current retir-
ees expect and are entitled to. The Kolbe-Boyd Bipartisan Retirement
Security Act is a plan to ensure that tomorrow's retirees have a se-
cure future, and in no way affects current retirees or those nearing
retirement. Current retirees and those nearing retirement should be
guaranteed every penny of their promised Social Security benefits.
They paid for their benefits and they. should receive them. Current
retirees and near-retirees have spent a lifetime putting a part of their
income into Social Security with the belief that this money will be
returned to them upon retirement. We must honor this commitment.
The Franklin-ization Of
Russell Croftone t. *,
Landing gear down
By Richard E.' Noble
The Education of Duddy Kravits-I like that type title. It typifies some
type of catharsis where-by someone is transformed via personal ex-
Mr. Crofton, I have read, was an airplane pilot. If I remember cor-
rectly from the political biography he was handing out a few months
ago, he has experience in political type endeavors. He was a presi-
dent of a pilots association, or some such thing. So I feel that he
thinks that he has experience in negotiating and dealing with people
problems. But from listening to him speak and hearing his comments,
I do feel that he is still circling the Franklin County airport at about
20 thousand feet. He may think that he is on the ground here in
Franklin County, but to one who is also a "stranger" here, like him-
self, but who has lived here for many years, it is plain that his landing
gear may be down, but he hasn't hit the runway just yet. A discus-
sion at a recent Commission meeting I thought exemplified this fact
quite clearly-at least to me anyway.
A goo-goo in the audience came forward to present a problem bother-
ing himself and many other goo-goos present.
"Goo-goo" is a term coined around the turn of the century to describe
a follower of a Republican reformer by the name of Mad Jack Chapman.
Mad Jack started a reform group called the Good Government Club.
Mad Jack descended from a very prominent line of political reformers
and reactionaries. His great-great grandfather was John Jay, the
founding father and author, along with Madison and Hamilton, of the
Federalist Papers. His great grandfather and grandfather were both
active abolitionists and social reformers. His mother and grandmother
were also of the same type.
Chapman and the Good Government Club were in direct opposition
to the obvious evils of the day-and there were plenty of evils out
there for them to be in opposition to-and quite justifiably, I might
add. Nevertheless, their detractors labeled them goo-goos. The anal-
ogy obviously being leveled at their naivete in believing that it is actu-
ally possible to change the world or even a government, for that mat-
ter. The implication being that they were childish or babyish-goo-goo/
da-da-with no understanding of the real world that exists for all of
Goo-goos are like the girl who had the curl-when they are good, they
are very, very good, but when they are bad they are horrid. We have
all varieties of goo-goos in Franklin County today.
The goo-goo cause on this particular day was code enforcement. It
was suggested that an officer be appointed to enforce zoning rules
and regulations. One experienced county commissioner simply tried
to bypass the suggestion and go onto the next agenda item. He ex-
plained that it was his opinion that we had adequate laws and ad-
S equate enforcers and that we didn't need anybody with an armband
-. and a billy-club running around enforcing things. But Commissioner
Crofton felt that the request was-not only justified, but long over due.
He explained liow a lawv is a law is a law. There are people who obey
laws, he told us. and people who don't obey laws. It is childishly
simple, he went on. People who obey laws have nothing to fear. People
who don't obey laws, know that they are not obeying the laws and
they should not be surprised when the code enforcement agent shows
up at their door and places a lean against their property for
non-compliance with the law.
Mr. Crofton was obviously not living here when as an area of critical
concern a couple of goo-goos from the state got their noses broken or
were ushered off various properties, at gun point, by citizens who
took offense at people crawling around under their trailers and be-
hind their out door cooking shed looking for goo-goo type problems.
I'm sure he missed the good old days when we had more marine
patrol officers stationed here than were stationed in Miami. He was
obviously not here when certain out-of-control goo-goos from the
marine patrol were running oystermen down on Cat Point,. cuffing
and shackling them for working too hard for. a living without a li-
cense, or trying to swim without a life jacket, or trying to haul and
sell their oysters for too much money without permission from the
people who wanted all the money. It was a very confusing time as I
remember. But ever since that time, I, myself, a good law abider, have
become very leery and suspect of people who are of the goo-goo men-
tality. I am especially not partial to goo-goos with guns or govern-
ment power, but that's just me.
Mr. Crofton, siding with the goo-goo from the audience persisted,
until almost as if it had been planned, one commissioner suggested
that the Board take a look at agenda item number 19.
Agenda item number 19 dealt with a complaint. Some citizens were
complaining about a neighbor who had recently acquired an addi-
tional trailer on his lot. The trailer or camper was sitting on the
individual's lot with an occupant. One acre per dwelling is the rule.
This was an obvious infraction of the rule. What was to be done?
The trailer, with occupant, would have to be removed Commissioner
Crofton stated mater-of-factly. This was clearly an infraction of the
law. There were no ifs, ands, or buts involved. This was the perfect
example of why we need a code enforcement officer here in the county
professed. Commissioner Crofton.
"But," offered another commissioner, "the person in the illegal trailer
is old, sick and a cripple. He is in a wheelchair. His family has taken
him in because we have no more nursing home here in Franklin
County. I can name you ten other people in my district who are right
now doing the exact same thing. Now I ain't going to be the one to tell
any of these people that they don't have the right to take care of their
Mama, or their Daddy, or even a sick brother or sister are you?"
Everyone looked at Mr. Crofton.
"Well, what do you say Russell," the Commissioner to his right asked,
"you going to go down and pull the extension cord out of the socket
and tell the guy in the wheelchair to roll on down the road or what?"
Mr. Crofton leaned back in his swivel chair and pulled up from his
landing at the Franklin County air strip. Very shortly he was once
again cruising at about twenty thousand feet. One commissioner had
the beginnings of a slight grin; another was staring down into his lap;
two others were staring off vacantly.
The week before they had an issue about a old woman who had a
building on her property condemned. Several commissioners racked
their brains trying to think of how they could get the condemned
house off the property for the old woman. 'That is not the problem,"
advised the commissioner for that area. 'The problem is, she is still
living in the condemned unit. She is nearly ninety years old and all
her family is dead. If we remove her house what do we do with her?"
Alan Pierce, the County's long-time problem solver broke the silence,
and offered a solution that had been used several times in the past.
He suggested that if the two trailers could be pulled closer together
and some sort of covered breezeway built between them, they could
then be classified as one dwelling. All the commissioners were star-
ing now at Mr. Pierce. A light bulb appeared over Mr. Crofton's head
and he immediately brightened up. "I don't have a problem with that,"
he suggested, "actually what's a double-wide but two single-wides
stuck together somehow anyway?" There was an audible groan ema-
nating from several of the goo-goos in the audience.
"Well, two single-wides stuck together by a breezeway don't really
make a double-wide," offered another commissioner pensively, "not if
you want to be real, technical ,bout it."
"Well, if that's the case Russell," offered another commissioner, "what
would you say if somebody out on the island in your district wants to
build two of them million dollar buildings stuck together by a breeze-
way thus making one dwelling per acre out there.'-Would that be all
right with you?" ,
"Of course not!"
Mr. Crofton once again pulled up from the landing strip and was
heading straight back up to 20 thousand feet.
"Well, do you want to vote on this issue," asked the clerk.
"I can't vote on it, one of the commissioners complained.
"I've got relatives involved in this dispute."
Mr. Crofton's mouth fell open to half mast.
"Are you related to the man in the wheelchair, or the neighbors who
are doing the complaining?" he asked.
"Both. I'm related to all of them. So I have to stay out of it."
As the meeting concluded the man in the wheelchair was still con-
nected to his extension cord; there was no breezeway as of yet, and
the commission went back to something less complicated. When I
left, I think they were discussing mosquito control. A man in the
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started spraying that toxic stuff you people call mosquito spray out
around the water here, we would be arresting him as a terrorist. You
people are no better than Sadaam Hussein. You are as good as ter-
rorist, yourselves. You ought to be locked up in Cuba at Guantanamo
Exiting the building, I was relieved that they had finally struck onto
something that wasn't so controversial. After all a law is a law is a
law. It is all really pretty simple.
Florida Law Enforcement
To Address Increase In
The Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Sheriffs Association, and the
Florida Police Chiefs Association recognize, that traffic fatalities in
Florida have risen to an unacceptable level for the first mouth of this
year. Preliminary reports indicate that 278 people were killed in traf-
fic related crashes during the mouth of January 2005, an increase of
approximately 40 percent over last year's January total of 198. "Only
time will tell if the record number of traffic fatalities in January will
continue; however, we cannot afford to wait for the answer. Curbing
the rise of traffic related fatalities occurring in our state is on the top
of our agenda, as well as that of the Florida's Sheriffs and Police
Chiefs," said Colonel Christopher A. Knight, Director of the Florida
With Florida's population increasing annually, including an increase
in the number of motor vehicles on our roadways, there has been a
corresponding increase in the total number of vehicle crashes. Many
of the traffic crashes and the deaths and injuries that occur as a
result of traffic crashes are preventable. Motorists must assume re-
sponsibility, for their driving behavior, especially when it endangers
others on the road. "Motorists must learn to take driving seriously,"
remarked Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, President of the
Police Chiefs Association, '"This is not just about writing tickets; it's
about changing driver behavior," Chief Romine added. Increases in
aggressive driving that include speeding, illegal lane changing, tail-
gating, distracted driving, and impaired driving, coupled with the fail-
ure of many motorists to use seat belts, are just a few examples of the
contributing causes that have been identified in a number of recent
deadly crashes. Drivers must obey the rules of the road and be, re-
sponsible for their own actions.
The single most important action motorists can take to help ensure
their safety is to use their seat belts. This past Christmas holiday
period, 80 percent of the drivers and occupants killed in vehicles
equipped with seat belts were not using them. That number peaked
during the New Year's holiday period when more than 90 percent of
those killed were unrestrained. "The majority of these fatalities could
be prevented by simply buckling up. We must drive home the point
that Florida's citizens and visitors can assist law enforcement agen-
cies in curbing the increase in fatalities by buckling up and observing
our traffic Jaws," said Bradford County Sheriff Bob Milner, president
of the Sheriffs Association.
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framework for reducing the increasing crash rate in Florida. Inten-
Ssive joint and independent enforcement initiatives will be conducted
throughout the state in an an attempt to reduce the fatality rate and
ultimately save lives. The results of these enforcement operations will
be released.to the public, Additionally, grant landing for public, safety
awareness campaigns will continue to be sought to address poor driv-
ing behavior and increase traffic safety awareness in our state.
-"We ask the public to please help us help you. Our mission is to make
Florida's roads safer, but it begins with each driver and passenger,
motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian. Law enforcement cannot work
-alone to keep our roadways safe. We must have the public's help,"
said Colonel Knight.
Traffic Safety Tips:
Allow enough time to get to your destination.
Obey the 'posted speed limits.
Always use seat belts and child restraint devices.
, Maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
* Obey traffic control devices (red lights and stop signs) at intersec-
* Use turn signals.
* Don't consume alcohol or drugs and drive.
* Drive in the right lane and, pass in the left lane.
* Take frequent breaks when traveling, and, when possible, rotate
drivers during extended road trips.
* Maintain your vehicle in good working condition, paying special
*attention to your brakes and tires.
* Be considerate of others during your travels. Driving may seem to
- be an isolated act, but it is not! We all must learn to share the road!
Carrabelle City Council
Meeting February 3,2005
But other annexation
-,proposal shut down cold
The Grand Legacy and Coldwell
SBanker harbor development pro-
posal took a new direction in their
presentation to a full house
Thursday night: Up.
In a surprise gesture, architect
Sam Justice explained that citi-
Szen comments had led to their
decision to offer the City of
r Carrabelle two major pieces of
;. property free and clear. One is the
C-Quarters land, the other is most
of an interior block for parking.
i Mayor Brown estimates the total
value to be $10 million.
The mayor prefaced Mr. Justice's
talk with the observation that the
i city will never again be able to-.af-
Sford to own any of its own harbor
land, with our skyrocketing land
values. He described the proposal
as once-in-a-lifetime, and good for
the city. The property is projected
to feature the existing building to
be used as a community center,
park-like landscaping, a possible
amphitheater facing the water, the
boardwalk, boat slips and boat
ramp(s). The tradeoff for the de-
veloper would be the opportunity
to "stack 2 buildings on top of the
other 2", to maintain the desired
density for the project, potentially
as high as 100 feet. The buzz of
comments seemed to be positive,
but fearful that such a precedent
might spell the start of another
In a surprise action, Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams made a
motion to table the second read-
ing of a City Ordinance to annex
80 acres on River Road, due to
little remaining sewer capacity.
The vote was taken before Steve
Bracci and Greg Preble were able
to reach the microphone. They
noted that the annexation was not
a development request, and would
on its own have no effect on sewer
capacity, so the tabling was un-
founded. All arguments against
the move were in vain, as interim
CitM, Attorney Ben Watkins,
well-known in area real estate and
developing (go figure) declared
that once the vote had been taken
it could not be reversed unless the
motioner was to reverse his mo-
tion. Mr. Williams, well known in
area real estate and developing,
didn't elect to reverse his motion.
Approval of Bills
Mayor Brown-Introduced the
Coldwell Banker proposal, and
related that developer Barbara
Stokes had made a $300,000 gift
to the city to provide a water tower
on Timber Island to serve the west
side of the river.
tioned that an anonymous donor
had provided 5 laptop computers
to the police department.
Former City Attorney Cox-set
the meeting date for the Long
Pointe negotiations citizen law-
suit, since he had been in place
at the start of the dispute.
Board of Adjustment
Planning and Zoning
1. City Ordinance 362 to transfer
development density from the
small island across to the Moor-
ings, so that 151 condo units
would be possible. Jim Lysette
expressed wetlands concerns.
2. City Ordinance 363, Lou
Turner, to change 9.9 acres from
A-1 to R-1.
3. City Ordinance 364, Long
Pointe, to change from Agricul-
tural to Residential.
4. City Ordinance 365, Long
Pointe, to establish a PUD, amend
the city map and zoning code.
1. Baskerville-Donovan updates:
vacuum sewer 2 weeks to repair
final leaks, $25K held back. Phase
I reclaimed W&S road patching,
$209K held back. Phase IV Tim-
ber Island 45% billed, under -
river permit needed, $54K held.
Storage tanks completed, $210K
held for paperwork. Phase III-
started, 18% billed, $150K held.
DOC Lake Morality force main
ready to lay pipe. 60% billed,
$32K held. Elevated storage tanks
- 62% billed, $21K held. River
Road sewer design in final de-
sign. Three Rivers Road sewer'
design- iin fln"dclsign. ...
2. Approved Change Order 3 to
the Timber Island Master Lift Sta-
3. Approved Change Order I to the
DOC elevated tanks- $14,600 re-
duction in fencing.
1. Voted not to pay Lanark Village
water bills, since no paperwork
2. Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce's new president,
Sheila Hauser, requested the clos-
ing of Marine Street for the
Riverwalk Festival in April.
3. Approved the county's request
of city commitment for road pav-
ing in the city.
4. Approved Ray Webb, of Cox
Coastal Development, request to
clear a Public Right of Way in sev-
eral in-town areas. Will work with
5. Re-lease on Post Office: delayed
to Wednesday meeting.
6. Approved construction of a
metal building for the new fire
1. Second Reading of 361 (See
paragraph 4 above).
2. First Readings: 362 Moorings,
363 Lou Turner, 364 Long Pointe
Ag-Res, 365 Long Pointe PUD.
01-2005: authorizing the Mayor
to deliver all documents to the
Florida DOT for the supplemen-
tal joint participation agreement:
airport master plan. Approved.
02-2005: not approved, to urge
members of the legislature to sup-
port growth management issues.
Arrested for Possession of a
On Saturday morning, about 1
a.m., Franklin County Deputy
Thomas J. Webb, Jr. recognized
a suspect wanted on outstanding
warrants so he followed pursuit.
With the assistance of Deputy Kit
Mashburn and Lieutenant Shiver,
and Apalachicola police officers
Davis and Johnson, Carlos A.
Morris was apprehended. Lt.
Shiver got into a foot pursuit with
Morris, finally tackling him and
bringing him down. Deputies
found a pill bottle containing
crack cocaine and other matter on
Morris. Morris was taken to
Franklin County Jail and charged
with possession of a controlled
substance with intent to sell
within 1000 feet of a church.
Franklin County's Take Stock in
EVENT: Take Stock in Children
(TSIC) Contract Signing
DATE: February 24, 2005
TIME: 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: White Eagle Lodge,
All Franklin County School
Board Members are invited.
The TSIC Contract Signing is by
Eight Key Issues from Page 2
Allowable uses anc Intensity Standards
Policy 2.2-Land development regulations adopted to implement this
plan shall be established for the following categories:
(a) Conservation; This category shall provide for the long term man-
agement and protection of land for wildlife management, environ-
mental protection and resource based recreation. Intensity -0 dwell-
ings per acre.
(b) Recreation: This category shall protect natural resources of the
County while maintaining recreational activities for residents.
(c) Agricultural: This category shall protect agricultural and forestry
land for urban development.
(d) Residential; Single family units shall not exceed one unit per acre
(with exceptions listed)
Multi-family densities shall not exceed fifteen units per acre (all sub-
ject to previously set standards and listed exceptions).
Franklin County shall require all new development in the study area
to provide easements for sewer and water. The study area will encom-
pass the coastal area within two miles of the coast, between Eastpoint
and Carrabelle, excluding public land.
Franklin County will cooperate with the city of Carrabelle in applying
for funds to continue water expansion.
(e) Mixed-Use Residential: means that at least 50% of the net land
available for development shall be used for residential or recreational
purposes. Primarily residential in nature but may also support sup-
porting categories of land use conservation, recreation, historic and
archaeological, commercial and residential uses. The density shall
not exceed 4.3 dwelling units per acre. Intensity floor to area ratio of
not more than 0.50.
(f) Mixed-Use Commercial: Development that is commercial in nature
but which may include categories otherwise described-Conserva-
tion, recreation, historic, archaeological, residential. Density shall not
exceed 4.3 dwelling units per gross acre on average. Intensity-floor
to area ratio; not more than 0.50.
(g) Commercial: suitable location for commercial activities. There is
no minimum lot size and existing lots may not be subdivided.
Intensity floor to area ratio, 0.80 St George Island 1.0.
(h) Industrial: Shall provide land use suitable for industrial develop-
ment. Industrial sites shall be designed to minimize nuisance effects
.on neighboring land use and accommodate activities which do not
detrimentally affect the environment. There are no density require-
ments. Residential uses are prohibited except for security purposes.
Intensity-floor to area ratio-0.50.
(1) Public Facilities: shall provide for health, safety and well being for
Uses include: government offices, schools, water and sewer facilities,
medical facilities, landfills and jails. Residential uses are prohibited
except for security purposes. Intensity Floor to area ratio 0.25.
(j) Rural Residential; shall allow limited development for single family
with limited facilities. Density-one unit per ten acres.
(k) Resort Village-Applies only to Resort Village in the Plantation
Commercial Area adjacent to the St. George Island Airport, less the
portions known as Nick's Hole Phase II and the Bluffs Phase I and II
which are single family residential.
Intensity--impervious surfaces shall not exceed more than 20% with
additional 10% semi-pervious; together impervious surface shall not
(1) Rural Village-applies to Crooked River development-a rural vil-
lage center in proximity to the Crooked River and a supporting rural
community of river cottages and single family lots. This development
includes commercial, conservational, educational, historical, public,
recreational and other multiple uses.
Intensity-.20 floor to area ratio. Density-One dwelling unit per five
gross acres. Clustering on lots no smaller than 2,900 sq. ft. Surface
area 10% -70% for clustering development. Open space 25%; for clus-
Rural Village shall be served by central water and waste water sys-
(m) Conservation Residential: Intended for large, private tracts of land,
appropriate for low density residential development. Objective of this
category to allow for low density residential development that accen-
tuates and celebrates the natural environment and is designed to fit
into the natural setting. Clustering, with reservations stated, is per-
mitted. Due to the specific and strict conservation requirements set
forth herein, this category is not intended to promote inefficient tra-
ditional suburban development patterns that may promulgate urban
Density-one dwelling per eight gross acres,
Intensity-impervious surface coverage shall not exceed 15%. No in-
dividual or group septic systems located within 500 ft. of the
Ochlockonee Bay, River, or Bear Creek.
A stormwater management system will be designed to comply with
the standards for Outstanding Florida Water (OFW).
(n) Marina Village Center-The intent is to create a southern coastal
fishing village focused on a marina that provides access to the
Ochlockonee Bay. Floor area ratio 0.30, Residential density 2.0 dwell-
ing per gross acre; maximum impervious surface ratio 0.80; mini-
mum common open space 25%. The Marina Village Center shall be
served by central water and wastewater. Storm water management to
comply with Outstanding Florida Water (OFW).
(o) Carrabelle East Village-to create a self-sustaining community with
a mixture of functionally integrated land uses anchored by a Village
Center. This Category will complement the existing community of
Carrabelle and create places to live, work, and shop in the context of
promoting moderately priced housing and economic development
opportunities. Density 1 to 3 dwelling units per gross acre. Cluster-
ing development that do not have high environmental sensitivity are
requirements of this category.
Maximum non-residential intensity 0.25; Commercial and business
park intensity 0.25; Minimum open space 25%;
Carrabelle East Village shall be served by central water and wastewa-
ter. Stormwater management system will be designed to comply with
the standards for Outstanding Florida Water (OFW).
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Homestead Imprinted Sportswear is nestled in among 75 wooded acres
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Tallahassee a few miles. The business is run by Don Franklin, Presi-
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family members working in the group along with artist Chuck
Kohlhagen, who has designed the Charity Chili Cookoff logos, T-shirts,
caps and jackets for many, many previous seasons. This one coming
up is Number 23, and the logo is depicted on the Chronicle front
Sharman Franklin, Director of Advertising
The Homestead operation is a small but very active business, per-
forming contracts for dozens of area businesses in the Florida Pan-
handle. Don Franklin, President, started his career in the
silk-screening-printing process at age 16 at a first job in Miami. He
has been doing this for 33 years, having moved to their present loca-
tion in 1977. He graduated from FSU, where he met his wife Sharman,
and they both decided to establish the business specializing in T-shirts,
golf shirts, jackets, sweats, caps, aprons, bags, promotional prod-
ucts, and much more.
Chuck Kohlhagen, artist, has been with Homestead for nearly 30 years,
starting with Homestead as a salesman but gravitating toward art
soon thereafter. Chuck graduated from Florida State University after
attending Gulf Coast Community College. He studied visual commu-
nication, graduating from FSU in 1975. He has worked on or de-
signed many of the Charity Chili Cookoff logos since the 6th Anniver-
sary, and now, this year, the Cookoff is in its 23rd year of fundraising.
Don and Sharman graduated from Florida State University in 1971,
and along with Don's parents Grace and Andy, they started Home-
stead Imprinted Sportswear. Don's parents have since retired and
the business has grown but the principles of quality, creativity, de-
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Colombia, Champion, Adidas Golf.
These are broken down into dozens of sub-categories; the choices are
numerous and dazzling.
Homestead uses Corel Draw 7 and 9 and Adobe Photoshop 5 on PC
computers to create graphic designs. They also do beautiful hand
Up to 14 of the Homestead staffers are also members of a band called
"Swami and the Festoons" appearing at least once annually at the
Shell Point Sailboard Club, Chuck advised the Chronicle. The next
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Charity Chili Cookoff
All Volunteer Effort by Franklin County
| Residents has built a First-Rate Fire Protection
SSystem and First Responder Program
The Chronicle is pub- and island civic center. gree although -somn
fishing some fragments This is an on-going ac- Municipal Benefit Se
tivity that grows each vice mnnev is available
of the Cootoff past, in
quiet but serious recog-
nition of the hard work,
dedication and commit-
ment many persons
have given to this
The overall efforts have
resulted in the pur-
chase of seven fire pro-
tection and First Re-
sponder vehicles, and a
brand new fire station
year, as the need for
new equipment, train-
ing and service contin-
ues. The members of
the island fire depart-
ment are all volunteers;
they give of themselves
for the benefit of their
neighbors. This pre-
miere charity does not
draw upon government
funds to any large de-
annually. We invite our
readers to savor a little
of the Cookoff past by
reviewing some of the
island scenes from the
past Cookoffs, espe-
cially remembering the
commitments made by
volunteers that made
possible fire protection
for the island and the
A Name You Can Trust,
Professionals You Can Rely On
On January 28, 2005, Realtor Association of Franklin and Southern Gulf
Counties held its Second Annual Gala, honoring the Association's Top
Producers for the year 2004. Associates of Prudential Resort Realty were
well-represented in the award line-up.
REALTOR OF THE YEAR 2004
REALTOR ASSOCIATION OF FRANKLIN
AND SOUTHERN GULF COUNTIES
MOST CLOSED TRANSACTIONS
HIGHEST CLOSED VOLUME
Exotic visitors to the Charity
Chili Cookoff I
HIGHEST CLOSED VOLUME
LIBIA TAYLOR & ELI DUARTE
1ST PLACE TEAM-
MOST CLOSED TRANSACTIONS
HIGHEST CLOSED VOLUME
PANDORA SCHLITT MIKE HOWZE
PLATINUM AWARD GOLD AWARD
STUART WHITE AL MIRABELLA
GOLD AWARD SILVER AWARD
MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCER
HELEN SPOHRER & PATTY
2ND PLACE TEAM-
MOST CLOSED TRANSACTIONS
HIGHEST CLOSED VOLUME
MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCER
St. George Island
123 W. Gulf Beach Dr.
71 Market St.
An Independently Owned and Operated Member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.
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be at 2:00 p.m. with samples ce-
livered to the judging area
promptly at 2:01 p.m.
Special prizes will be awarded to
the team raising the most money.
The Crock Pot Chili judging will
begin at 10:00 a.m. for one hour.
At 11:00 a.m. the judges for the
professional chili competition will
meet at the Judges tent. At the
same time, the auction begins at
11:00 a.m. Quality auction items
are still needed but thus far, the
auction coordinators promise a
fine selection of furniture, wall
art, various computer items,
lamps, and collectibles. Those
willing to donate auction items are
asked to telephone: 653-6833 or
On Friday, March 4th, beginning
at 5 p.m., at the island fire sta-
tion near 12th street, a preview
auction will be held, serving wine
and cheese for a $5 donation. You
may register for the auction and
submit a bid the night before the
big tent auction.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday the judg-.
ing begins for the booth show-
manship, followed by Miss Chili
Pepper judging at 12:15 p.m. and
Mr. Hot Sauce at 12:45 p.m. By
2:00 p.m. the professional cook-
ing stops with all fires out. Awards
for the professional cookers will
be scheduled at 3:30 p.m. in the
Chili judging area.
This year, about 4 p.m. a nine
piece band, "Tom and the Cats"
will perform near the big auction
tent. They play classic rock.
The institutional or corporate
sponsors have contributed $1000
each to cookoff treasury. These
sponsors provide needed continu-
ity to ensure the cookoff success.
Funds are also generated from
sales of caps, T-shirts and jack-
ets, most of which are packaged
by Homestead. The auction has
typically been the largest fund
generator but chili sales have
made a substantial contribution
to the fire department treasury.
The officers and directors of the
Cookoff are as follows: Jayne
Bamburg (President), Ticia
H. Lee Edmiston, J.W. "Jay"
Abbott, Roy Ogles, Brank Banks
and Crayson Shepard.
The Franklin Chronicle-
"Enuf Said" for the obvious
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Beach Bell Realty
Data Based Upon Realtors
Association of Franklin and
Southern Gulf Counties _
Realtor Richard Bell has pro-
claimed 2004 "another phe-
nomenal year" in the real estate
business in this area, all of that
despite four major hurricanes.
He calls the growth "stagger-
ing... Is there a concern for
"overheating?" Probably not.
He adds, "Furthermore, our
"top-heavy" market continues
to compound pent-up demand
for lower priced offerings."
He draws the following conclu-
a. Average price of homes sold
increased 24% to $417,095.
b. The number of sold homes in-
c. Total dollar volume of homes
sold increased 94%.
d. The average price of lots sold
increased 33% to $258,177.
e. The number of lots sold in-
f. and the total dollar volume
of lots sold increased 108%.
Two tables are presented below.
The first, Table 1, represents a
fourth quarter analysis of resi-
dential home sales during 2004,
broken down by area. The num-
ber of listings is shown along
with the average price, by quar-
ter.' In the totals for 2004, the
average price per square foot is
Note in Table 1, the highest
sales prices were on St. George
Island, at roughly $474 per
square foot. The lowest prices
around the area appear to be in
Port St. Joe, at about $115 per
square foot. "Other Gulf' and
"Other" areas represent White
City and Wewahitchka, and
Wakulla respectively. One can
easily see that prices in the Al-
ligator Point area are moving up
as well, but that is generally
true for other areas in Franklin
Table 2 presents an analysis of
residential lot sales during
2004, broken down by area.
Note again, the most expensive
real estate in Franklin County
is still St. George Island with lot
sales averaging $600,519. The
lowest in the area are still lo-
cated in the Port St. Joe area, a
C -"bL# __ AA, _ A .e e
location, incidentally that was
the subject of a DuPont sanc-
tioned study on affordable
housing published in the
Chronicle several issues back.
Lot sales in the Cape San Blas
area are considerably elevated,
averaging $361,632, and the
price thresholds are also high
for housing in that area
($485,724 as reflected in Table
Richard Bell also added to his
conclusions that St. George Is-
land had the most homes trad-
ing; Cape San Blas had the most
Lots trading. Homes priced over
$500,000 constitute 65% of the
total dollar volume of the mar-
ket. Lots over $200,000 consti-
tute 75% of the total dollar vol-
ume of the market.
In a classic understatement?
"the supply of affordable homes
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Sold Market Analysis byArge
First Qtr 2003
Second Qtr 2003
No. of Average
Third Qtr 2003
No. of Average
Fourth itr 2003
No. of Average
No. of Average
First Qtr 2004
Second Qtr 2004
No. of Average No. of
Listings Price Listings
Third Qtr 2004
No. of Average
Fourth Otr 2004
No. of Average
No. of Average Pvr Pa"
Listings Price Foot
Alligator Point 1 $22,500 3 $220,000 1 $265,000 1 $635,000 6 $263,750 $177 3 $471,667 2 $598,875 2 $296,.500 3 $548.88667 10 $362,285 $308
Apalachicola 12 $136,121 13 $159,615 14 $179,184 13 $110,677 52 $147,222 $95 12 $168,875 21 $163,019 30 $181,090 21 $215,269 84 $187,908 $118
Cape San Bias 11 $329,382 41 $354,525 33 $400.143 19 $410,859 104 $376.632 $243 34 $424,595 49 $518,362 32 $638,843 26 $677.885 141 $485,724 $325
Carrabee 16 $136,838 31 $122,837 20 $84,490 22 $198,232 89 $135,268 $106 30 $229,797 36 $167,795 33 $232,544 27 $219,371 126 $179,449 $160
Dog Island 0 $0 1 $390,000 0 $0 0 $. 0 1 $390,000 $325 0 $0 1 $1,100,000 3 $556,667 1 $390,000 5 $685,000 $250
East Point 2 $315,000 2 $78,622 2 $154,000 0 $0 6 $182,541 $117 8 $315,550 12" $274,992 5 $318,000 3 $182,8633 28 $231,154 $152
Mexico Beach 29 $202,284 83 $228,362 40 $184,549 14 $286,114 166 $218,120 $151 25 $288,112 71 $322.026 45 $396,373 30 $301,388 171 $316,244 $224
Other Gulf 2 $32,750 12. $83,556 .. 9 $166,556 4 $78,375 27 $106,691 $64 7 $78,986 11 $87,541 21 $140,643 12 $93,950 51 $107,211 $80
Other 2 $133,500 6 $128,567 2 $162,150 5 $149,900 15 $140.813 $91 0 $0 0 $0 5 $266,500 0 $0 5 $2688,500 $53
PortSLJoe '12 $103,783 23 $129,940 18 $113,467 4 $172,875 57 $122,244 $81 14 $179,485 23 $177,075 23 $244,812 14 $177,929 74 $186,823 $115
St. George Island 22 $891,977 41 $1.022,521 34 $837,522 15 $873,800 112 $920,800 $407 35 $1,156,723 69 $1,029,359 56 $983,920 26 $1,223,045 186 $935,674 $474
Totals 19 $322.596 25. $340.58 1713 5333321 9Z. 5341.323 635. 5335.7296 5i1 16. 5194142 295. S4Z27.4 255. $471,551 16. $460.60 B 861. $417.095 S204.
This Information Is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Based on Information from REALTORS Association of Franklin and Southern Gulf counties MLS. Florida's Forgotten Coast.
This Information Is not to be duplicated or referenced without specific written permission by Beach Bell Realty.
For more Information contact Richard Bell at 850-899-0282.
Fourth Quarter 2004 Analysis Residential LOTS
Sold Market Analysis by-Area
First Qtr 2G0' Second Qtr 2003 Third Qtr 2003 Fourth Qtr 2003 TOTAL 2003 First Qtr 2004 Second Qtr 2004 Third Qtr 2004 Fourth Qtr 2004 Total 2004
No. o Average No. of Average No.of Average No. of Average No. of Average No. of Average Noof A No of Average No. ofoof Average N of Averageof Average
Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price Listings Price
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Carrabelle 14 $72,696 4 a$92,u0 o 8.2u7u ,-." b ., ,- .. ...... ..- ,.-...-
Dog Island 2, $124,750 3 $211,667 0 $0 1 $225,000 6 $184,917 1 $275,000 4 $392,000 2 $394,000 1 $435,000 8 5383,250
East Point 27 $55,052 23 $57,200 9 $109,778 20 $84,950 79 $69,481 66 $108,259 54 $86,815 27 $140,248 33 $196,045 180 $122,718
MexicoBeach 35 $161,411 65 $106,218 18 $112,081 49 $176,262 167 $138,969 46 $257,461 67 $298,930 92 $246,804-_ 44 $318,877 249 $275,534
Other Gulf 15 $327,283 26 $125,632 14 $418,250 12 $36,825 67 $216,016 15 $33,357 17 $26,218 22 $27,364_ 9 $16,056 63 $26,866
Other 1 $18,000 7 $251,097 1 $150,000 1 $218,000 10 $214,168 23 $52,665 0 $0 9 $64,222_ 0 $0 32 $55,916
Port St. Joe 44 $51,406 42 $40,005 16 $56,838 23 $69,865 125 $51,667 51 $50,678 36 $57,760 30 $55,297 6 $74,317 123 $55,031
St. George island 27 $352,722 57 $522,449 42 $424,571 26 $388,904 152 $442,412 32 $653,124 62 $581,385 44 $553,727 37 $642,730 175 $600,519
This Information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Based on Information from REALTORS Association of Franklin and Southern Gulf counties MLS. Florida's Forgotten Coast.
This information Is not to be duplicated or referenced without specific written permission by Beach Bell Realty.
For more Information contact Richard Bell at 850-899-0282.
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One of the major barriers in the development and diffusion of steel
construction has been the engineering costs associated with steel
construction. Slowly, professional trade associations developed span
tables, charts and details for steel very similar to those used in wood
frame building codes. The publication is entitled THE PRESCRIPTIVE
METHOD FOR RESIDENTIAL STEEL FRAMING (1997). Updates to
this volume are available by telephoning 1-800-245-2691 (HUD) or
the NAHB Research Center 1-800-638-8556. The web site
www.steelframingalliance.com will provide copies as well. The pre-
scriptive method merely uses pre-calculated values in tables to de-
termine the size of members needed for a structure. For example, a
Prescriptive "approach" in wood construction allows inspectors to
easily check that the wood studs, joists, and rafters vou are using are
the right size for the spans. Adopting the prescriptive methods will.
Remove much of the mystery involved in framing steel houses. And,
as builders learn the right sizes, the engineering costs for an average
house should be reduced.
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Cutting steel in the field can be accomplished with the use of a chop
saw, a circular saw or a portable hydraulic shear. A chop saw, used
in the Chronicle duplex, uses an abrasive blade and diamond blade,
that cuts quickly but makes a lot of noise and creates a lot of flying
hot metal chips.
Some criticize the fastening methods used in steel as too time-con-
suming or too expensive. There are many different types of screw
heads used in steel framing. The most common are pan, round washer,
modified truss, hex washer, truss, oval, flat; pancake and wafer. There
are different "drive types" of screws with the hex system preferred by
many. In steel framing, the point of the screw can also be important.
And, there are different types of screws for sheathing material in the
Chronicle duplex, OSB board has been substituted with a half-inch
gypsum material to eliminate combustible wood sheathing.
In the Chronicle duplex, a monolithic slab was poured using a very
wide trench measuring 12 inches of depth by 36 inches of width around
the entire perimeter of the building. This "slab-on-grade" is one of
three foundation types that can be used in steel construction. The
other two are (1) crawl-space and (2) a basement foundation. The
basement foundation was omitted simply because of the high water-
table. The plans for this building originally called for an above-grade
(elevated) floor system, but estimates for this were more expensive.
The least expensive foundation is the slab-on-grade.
The slab eliminates the need for floor joists and the walls can be
assembled right on the slab. The steel walls are tied into the concrete
pour every 4', with bolts that are strapped all the way up to the trusses.
This will give the building a 140-mile-per-hour wind load which ex-
ceeds the local code. The minimal extra cost for this building will be
well worth the investment. We at the Chronicle compound feel much
A stack of completed trusses, ready for assembly when the
steel walls have been erected. A crane will be required to
lift these pieces into place for final assembly.
There is also a lack of infrastructure to support the construction of
steel-framed home. This infrastructure can cover many areas such
as code approval, design, material suppliers and framers. Some ex-
amples may better illustrate this point.
Interior gypsum over wood framing is usually 1/2 inch thick. Metal
framing is framed out a two foot centers causing the drywall to in-
crease to 5/8 inch. This is more costly but it is a better product. Most
home builders use exterior OSB or plywood underlayment on the ex-
Installing trims at the base or the crown molding is not nailed to the
metal studs. Most carpenters are not aware of how to fasten trims.
Advance adhesives will do the trick with temporary fasteners.
Plywood sheeting at exterior walls can be eliminated by using a gyp-
sum underlayment, which may be more efficiently used, saving enor-
mous lumber costs by the way. Such 4x8 sheets now cost about $9.22
contrasted to OSB Board priced at Home Depot at $15.60 for a 4 by 8
foot section. Order 144 sheets of this material and you will see the
Basic Methods of Steel Framing
There are three basic methods for framing a steel home. (1) Stick
framing, (2) Panelization and (3) Pre-engineered construction. In steel,
there is the cross-sectional width and depth found in studs, for ex-
ample, described as 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8". In the Chronicle duplex under
construction, the studs are 2x6. However, in steel, there is another
factor to consider and that is the thickness or gauge of the steel ma-
terial As the thickness of the steel is varied, one can design members
that exceed or match the carrying capacity of the same wood mem-
bers. 25 gauge material is used for lite focus. The strength goes up as
the gauge decreases 25, 20, 18, 16, 14, and 12 is the strongest.
The layout and framing of a stick-built steel house is almost identical
to that made of wood. Panelization involves laying out the walls and
trusses on a jig table. In the Chronicle project, the trusses shown in
the various photographs were panelized on site, using plywood as a
base for the jig. That material would eventually be used in roof sheath-
ing as the trusses are lifted onto the wall system.
Eric Dahlin, the light-gauge metal contractor on the Chronicle duplex
pointed out that the first trusses take considerable time to cut and
form, but once a jig is established, a large number can be produced
quickly and identical.
Pre-engineered steel structures often resemble post and beam con-
struction. Such calculated framing typically increases the size of the
load-carrying steel members. This "heavy-duty" load capacity is often
referred to informally as "red-iron" (girder) construction where large
spans are required, as in auditoriums and theaters.
Stick-built structures can be more labor intensive, requiring more
man-hours in construction. Panelization on site, as used in the
Chronicle duplex, can reduce job site costs with reasonably fast as-
sembly in the field. Speed and efficiency reach new levels with "red
iron" construction. The Chronicle built a Vulcan garage in 2003 mea-
suring 24 x 50 feet. It took nearly all summer-about 90 days-to
pour concrete due to a very rainy season, and a mere three days of
steel assembly for the building itself. This was not a "finished" build-
ing with sheetrock interior and electrical amenities, but the speed of
assembly certainly kept labor costs down. Pre-engineering buildings,
as in the case of the "red-iron" variety, often have more pre-engineer-
ing costs, and often, higher material costs for materials.
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A financial column by expert Peter F. Crowell, CFP
Local resident and expert financial advisor Pete Crowell has been a fully registered
General Securities Representative since July 1983. He is also a registered General
Securities Principal and Municipal Securities Principal. He was designated a Certified
Financial Planner in April 1987. Mr. Crowell has served as a registered representative
in a major wire house, the managing vice president of a broker dealer. He is currently
the Registered Principal of The Floridan Group, an independent financial planning and
advisory firm in Tallahassee.
In January of 1996, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) designated Mr.
Crowell as a Registered Investment Advisor. He is a graduate of Florida State Univer-
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He was employed by the State of Florida for 11 years with the last position being the
head of the Bureau that oversaw all local pension plans in the State. Pete has been
married since 1969 and is the father of two daughters.
We anticipate Mr. Crowell will have a local office in the Chronicle compound when the
new theatre has been completed.
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(311) Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in its
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(312) On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Ra-
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