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Volume 14, Number 6 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER March 18 31, 2005

The First Time Experience in a Recreational Vehicle

Flivver Gets Trio To West

Texas And Back Amid

Three Breakdowns And

Other Visitations

A Sometime Analysis of Touring the Southwest Via
Interstate 10
By Andy & Diane Dyal and Tom W. Hoffer

Healthcare Issues Reviewed

By Richard E. Noble
Allen Boyd, (D-North Florida) Congressman, appeared Thursday, Feb-
ruary 24 for a public discussion on healthcare concerns here in
Franklin County. This was the 14th in a series that the Congressman
has hosted across North Florida. No matter what the nature or heri-
tage of the community accessible, affordable, quality healthcare is
the concern of each and every one of those communities, the Con-
gressman explained. 'This is a problem not only in North Florida, it is
a problem all across America. They say that we have the best quality
healthcare system in the world, and in a lot of ways they are right.
But 45 to 50 million of our citizens are not able to access that quality
system that we have. What we are trying to do here is not solve the
national healthcare crisis, but rather focus on Apalachicola and
Franklin County. What can we do to make the lot of our citizens in
this community better."
Mr. Boyd then introduced Virginia York, a facilitator and Economics
teacher, who would conduct the discourse. She handed out a form on
which the attendants would list their top three specific concerns with
regards to healthcare here in Franklin County. The courthouse an-
nex had between twenty-five and forty people. It was not the usual
crowd who attend the regular county commission meetings many
new and different faces.
Along with concerned citizens, there were emergency room doctors,
hospital nurses, primary care workers, retired physicians, four county
commissioners (Jimmy Mosconis was not in attendance) and the press.
Roy Venado, another facilitator, began the discussion. His first con-
cern was with accessibility. He asked about response time for 9-1-1.
Doctor Adamcryck from the local hospital gave him the general analysis
and suggested the county's need for a third ambulance. He talked
and gave examples of the specific hardship that this lack of service
precipitated. He apologized for the County's lack of technical and ex-
pert specialist services then went into positives about his hospital.
"As far as the E-R staff, though, we have a very unique service. We
do-we run a clinic in the hospital; we run 'the E-R, and the E-R
doctors run an in-patient service for those who don't have physi-
cians." The discussion then turned to the quality and quantity of
healthcare providers within the County and why many residents chose
to go elsewhere for medical services. "In the E-R we give away 40% of
our care. Specialists can't do that. We need incentives to attract pri-
mary care providers to the area," said the Doctor.
"So what would you like to see happen?" Roy Venato asked. "You
would like to see another ambulance-what else would you like?"
"More people covered by insurance," was a response from one of the
A retired Doctor, now living in the area, spoke about efficient and
responsive action for stroke patients. Doctor Adamcryck, in response,
then noted that many people do not come to the hospital but sit at
home for two or three days. This was then attributed to their prob-
able lack of insurance coverage.
Doctor Wilder (retired Doctor) then went on to discuss the wider view
in his opinion. "I don't think that the current economic situation (with
healthcare) can be dealt with in the private sector-we need to look at
this from another point of view. Currently we are the most advanced
country with the least advanced healthcare, and I think that that is
well documented (i.e. of the advanced industrialized countries of the
world the U.S. ranks last, or low). That is a political issue, but I
think that it is a critical issue."
Mr. Venato then went into a rather polite way of asking And if you
want .more and better services, how do you intend to pay for it? -
Doctor Adamcryck then brought up the huge tax base out on St.
George Island. '"There is a tax base out on that Island to cover this.
There are multi-million dollar houses out there. If we had a quarter
cent sales tax; or increase the rental tax. There is revenue here to pay
for this."
A gentleman involved in the real-estate business out on the Island
then offered his opinion. 'The Island, that's where we live, is really
providing half of the property taxes for the whole county. People that
are buying out there are really having greater expectations about their
healthcare here in the county. It would be nice to have a good pri-
mary care facility. I sell houses out there that have 15, 20, and 25
thousand dollar taxes-just on one house. There is a lot of money
available (to the County) and I don't know where it is going." Several
from the audience then expressed a similar curiosity.
The discussion then turned to the "old" hospital and its short comings
and the County's shortcoming with regards to the hospital. It was
complained that the hospital was required to do maintenance on the
building, plus pay property taxes, make repairs-they installed new
ceilings, a new air conditioning system etc. The staff was very defen-
sive of its administrator. "I think that he (the administrator) is really
committed to this County for the long haul. There are certain people
on the Board that are ... less than helpful a little hostile maybe," one
hospital staff meinber volunteered.
"... but, we are putting a lot of money into an old building," one par-
ticipant noted.
"I think that there should be a bond issue," suggested Doctor
The discussion then went to the Heilburton Hospital System.
It seems that back in the 50's and 60's the Federal Government built
a series of hospitals in rural areas about the United States. One staff
Doctor from the hospital wanted to know if there was any interest on
the part of the Federal Government with regards to reviving the project
or the remaining Heilburton hospitals.
"Can I dodge that question," Congressman Boyd joked. "No, I really
think that it is a good time to talk about that. This Hospital along
with many others in the state of Florida was a Heilburton hospital.
Most of those hospitals are gone, and very few of them were success-
ful. Some have gone out of business. Just two days ago we got word
that Gulf Pines ... they are going to have their license pulled."
A Boyd facilitator from Gulf County then spoke about trying to get
together with Franklin County on some sort of hospital project.
'The Counties now have a lot of responsibility and we are going to
have to combine ,our resources. Certainly, I would be glad to work
with the Commission here in Franklin County as we move forward,"
said the gentleman from Gulf County. He went on to suggest that the
counties are going to have to work together with one another and
with investors and capitalists who are willing to invest in the healthcare
industry. He spoke about the nursing homes and all the jobs that
have been lost in the area because of lack of County support or inter-
'The answer to the Heilburton question, is pretty evident," said Con-
gressman Boyd. "If you look at the president's budget that he has
presented, we are going in the wrong direction ... We are having a real
difficult time in helping rural hospitals to make it." He went on to tell
the crowd that, believe it or not, we, here in Franklin' county, are
better off than those in Gulf County. They have no emergency room
facilities in Gulf County. It was then suggested to the Congressman
that he take a few minutes while he is here to run over and take a
look at our hospital. "Let me say one more thing; we do have a Capi-
talistic system-you will never in a community like Franklin County
have a whole bank of specialists-because our system is a profit mak-
ing system.
Continued on Page 9

Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Healthcare ........................................ ......... 1, 9
Trio Travels ............................................... 7, 10
Chili Cookoff ....................................................... 1
Carrabelle City ................................. ... 1, 8
Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion ..................... 1, 5
Franklin Briefs ............................................. 2, 6
FCAN .............................................. ................ 8
Business Card Directory ....................................... 9

The 23rd Year

Charity Chili Cookoff Hits

Another Record In


Tentative Calculations Put Results at $140,500 +

Ticia Lipscomb, Secretary-
Treasurer of the 23rd Charity
Chili Cookoff has reported that
the 23rd Cookoff proceeds are
exceeding $140,500, a record in
fire department fund-raising. The
event was staged on St. George
Island on Saturday, March 5,
2005, with about 6,000-10,000
persons attending.
The day was full of sunshine and
cool breezes as activities at the
auction tent began about 11 a.m.
All of the Saturday activities, in-
cluding the auction, generated
about $78,000 according to Ms.
Lipscomb. A more definitive
breakdown of revenues generated
through various categories such
as the Sweet Shop, Amateur
Crockpot, 5K run and other sales
will be forthcoming when the fi-
nal tabulations are made. A few
accounts receivable remain to be
The results of the 5 K run are
published in this issue. The Ama-
teur Crockpot winners were Gall
Riegelmayer (1st place), Kurt and
Gain Moore (2nd Place) and Bar-
bara Reed (3rd place). The profes-
sional cookers had 43 competing
entries. The winners this year
were Ron Judson (from Califor-
nia, 1st place); Ray Fredrick
(Points South, 2nd Place) and
Shirley Judson (California, 3rd

SThe auction began with the even-
tual bidding for the collectors beer
bottle with the upside-down label,
followed with a myriad of
one-of-a-kind products and col-
lectibles auctioned by Harry
Arnold and Wayne Clark, assisted
by Mike Whaley, W.K. Sanders
and many others showing off the
auction wares. The materials in-
cluded coffee tables, art prints,
metal dolls, art collectibles, wa-
tercolors, stained glass art, wall
hangings, oil changes, an inflat-
able boat, vintage Kenmore sew-
ing machine, a sailboat, bar
stools, vacation stays at island
homes, seasoned firewood and
ceiling fans, along with hundreds
of other items.
The highlight of the day's activi-
ties occurred at 4 p.m. when a
rock band, 'Tom and the Cats"
started playing their music, en-
ticing a more youthful crowd into
fast and slow dancing under the
auction tent, and generating con-
siderable audience applause with
their works. This program ap-
peared to help the crowd work off
their energies stimulated by an
afternoon of bidding, drinking and
eating, and appeared to be a fit-
ting close to a successful
fund-raising day.

Carrabelle City Council Meeting March 3,2005

City Says "Yes" To Developers

But the Mayor was missing

Mike Robulock's 80-acre annex-
ation, The Moorings "transfer of
density" and Long Pointe's two
requests were all OK'd at the
evening meeting. The "high rise"
proposition on the harbor will go
to public workshopss, and possi-
bly to a referendum. The
standing-room-only crowd met
the commission decisions with
fairly even dispositions.
Mayor Jim Brown, absent with
ailing wife Juanita, was an impor-
tant cog missing from the city
machine. Rumors and allegations
of his impending resignation drew
this comment from the mayor
days after the meeting: "No, I will
not be leaving this job for the fore-
seeable future", and then went
back in to City Hall to supervise
the remodeling.
The night was a developer night.
Jim Lisette, leading the loyal op-
position against building in the
area, maintained that Davis Is-
land (under the bridge) is a spoil
island, a coastal high hazard area,
and no services are lined up for
it, so therefore how can the den-
sity be "transferred" across to the
mainland? Steve Watkins,
nephew of Ben Watkins (who
again sat in as City Attorney) an-
swered that: 1.The issue at this
point is only about development
rights, and the city is to be given

the west island tree and clear, 2.
These are not spoil islands, and
3. The developer only wants to
transfer the density, and the east
island will be put to some public
purpose. Vote: approved.
Long Pointe, the Watkins prop-
erty, was successful in its bid to
amend the Comprehensive Plan
to change zoning from Agricul-
tural to Residential and establish
a Long Pointe PUD. This came af-
ter numerous sallies by the attor-
neys for the plaintiffs (local resi-
dents) to halt the project. Knut
Rittweger, a plaintiff, detailed the
effect on residences across the
river of construction, noise, light
and destruction of the pristine
scenery. Jim Lisette coined the
words "develop-speak" and "citi-
zen-speak" in his bid to stall the
project. Vote: approved.

Approval of Bills
All approved

Commissioner Reports

Board of Adjustment
Pat Floyd, Apalachicola city attor-

Continued on Page 8

(From left) Diane Dyal, Andy Dyal and Tom Hoffer

We have mused with each other from time to time, wondering just
what it would be like to travel in a moving hotel down that wonderful,
rocky interstate highway system going somewhere. So, we decided to
travel to West Texas for a variety of reasons, taking a two week break
from the Chronicle publishing schedule and trying to relax a little.
A used recreational vehicle was purchased from a dealer "up north"
in early February, not being able to locate any dealers renting similar
vehicles. This appeared to be a good bargain, with 42,000 miles, rather
clean and well maintained. There were two bunk beds in the back
bedroom for my married companions, Andy and Diane, and a couch
for me, up front.
The trip was to be one of "discovery." I wanted to see how each state
promotes itself by visiting the super-charged and well-moneyed "Wel-
come Centers" just across each state line, and to make some
"reconnections" among family and old friends along the way. The "dis-
covery" process also involved just how all of us would cope with the
familiar communal living that an RV requires-close quarters, mdd-
eration in privacy, stress syndromes, and home cooking on the road.
Andy was in charge of all of the driving. Diane prepared the food. Tom
was responsible for map-reading and general "sign-posting" as we
sped down Interstate 10 from Tallahassee to El Paso, Texas and re-
Once on the Interstate, it was obvious that the remainder of "RV
Humanity" was also sharing the road with us. There were hundreds
of RVs moving east to west, along with our large truck, all of this
traveling despite the range of gasoline prices from $1.79 a gallon up
to about $2.05. These prices varied some and some higher rates were
found in Texas despite that state's oil and gas industries. This might
have been a seasonal phenomenon, as the weather was generally clear
save a couple of days of downpours, but certainly not any snow. In
fact, there was very little evidence of the white stuff even on the Texas
mountains, as we encountered them nearing El Paso.
As to the "RV experience," I have mixed feelings about it. There is the
echo of Willie Nelson singing "On the Road Again" as you unwind on
the long ribbons of highway, especially in those long stretches of Texas,
a kind of upbeat rhythm that convinces you that you are "going some-
where", and yet the somewhat crowded nature of living in a moving
capsule calls out for a breath of fresh air. So, we stopped often just to
Diane recalled, "I enjoyed the views but keeping on course was some-
what difficult at times-looking for exits and access roads, and repair
Andy commented, "For the first time of operating an RV, it was a
trying experience. The semis sometimes blew our vehicle to the side
when they passed us but we recovered quickly." He added, "The rumble
strip on the side of the highway was a life-saver. These ridges helped
me get the vehicle back on track."
We left Eastpoint on Saturday, February 18th, stopping at Ard's for
some routine servicing, adding a quart of oil and gassing up. My first
shock to the credit card was the fillup-about 72 gallons! We are still
sorting all of that cost out. Enroute to Carrabelle, we checked out our
Continued on Page 7

Camp Gordon Johnston


The Greatest Generation-John W. Stallman
By Richard E. Noble
"Richie, you have asked me a lot of questions and I've rambled on,
but I always want to say that I'm proud that I had the opportunity to
serve my country. I enlisted but that doesn't make me any better
than anyone who was drafted. We were all soldiers together. I'm proud
of my unit; I'm proud of my uniform; Lord knows, I'm proud of it. But
it took everyone to win that war. It was a popular war if there is such
a thing as a popular war. I was one of the lucky ones. I had a gun; I
could shoot back. I've got to say this; any infantryman who goes into
combat and he doesn't understand the idea, that it is kill or be
killed he's got two strikes against him. We Americans are basically
peace-loving people. The guys who serve in most of these things (wars),
they weren't born to kill people. They were trained to do it. If you take
any other attitude, you ain't going to have much of a chance in com-
bat. It is a cruel thing, but..."
As I sat there listening to John W. Stallman, a proud infantryman,
originally from New York, who volunteered for the Army at nineteen
years of age now eighty-two and who trained for the invasion here
in Carrabelle, Florida, my mind was a jumble. Everything about this
man was striking me to the core even his accent; he was a damn
Yankee, like me. He asked my name, and I said Richard he immedi-
ately began calling me, Richie. Nobody calls me Richie. There were
only three other people in my entire life who ever called me Richie.
Both of my uncles served in World War II. My Uncle Joe was also an
infantryman. He was in the Pacific. He returned from the war with
malaria-and was never quite the same as he was before he left-
mentally or physically-but that's another story.
John W. Stallman, my uncle Joe and my uncle Ray-they all had that
same look in their eye; that same attitude, and for some strange rea-
son they all called me Richie. Suddenly, there I was listening to Mr.
Stallman as I once did as a ten-year-old looking up into the eyes of
sincerity and concern of one of my most beloved and idolized uncles.
Mr. Stallman didn't realize it, but after that "Richie" business he could
have told me anything and I would have been on his side and in his
Mr. Stallman was actually old enough to be my father. There aren't
too many men around that fit into that category these days.
I couldn't help but to think of that "Greatest Generation" notion by
Tom Brokaw. Was this guy, John W. Stallman, from a different breed
of people? Was there really something different about he and his gen-
My generation was Vietnam, we don't have that Mr. Stallman look in
our eyes-none of us. We are not an "us" either. We are a-you or me;
a-we or they; a-this side or that side; we are not an "us". We all
have in our eyes; suspicion, anger, mistrust, hostility, confrontation,
bitterness, hurt, fight, regret, guilt, belligerence; we have all sorts of
things in our eyes, but we don't have what I saw in Mr. Stallman's
eyes. It just ain't there.
Go back to the first paragraph of this article. Look at some of the
words and phrases used by Mr. Stallman: enlisted, drafted, proud;
kill or be killed; Americans are a peaceful people; soldiers are trained
to kill-they aren't born that way; it took everyone to win that war;
the guys; all soldiers together; I was lucky, I had a gun-I could shoot
Continued on Page 5

Page 2 18 March 2005


The Franklin Chronicle



March 1, 2005
Zone Changes and Requests
By Richard E. Noble
There were three advertised zon-
ing change requests up before the
Commission this session, I will
present them and the pursuant
discussions as they occurred.
Super Holding Inv. 595 US
Highway 98, Eastpoint
Lots 6-8 Vrooman Estates

R-4 Single Family Home
Industry to R-5
This change was requested for lots
6, 7, 8 in the Vrooman Estates on
the corner of 98 and 7th street in
Eastpoint. The designation was to
go from R-4, single Family/home
business, to R-5, Multi-family. A
'change from 1 unit per acre to 4.3
units per acre.
Jim Waddell. representing the
'Inovia group, spoke on behalf of
'the owner of the property.
"This project was reviewed by
P&Z. It is on the corner of 7th St.
and Highway 98. They are 3 un-
recorded lots that were platted
prior to 1972. They have been rec-
ognized as 1 dwelling per lot. Our
request is a density neutral re-
quest. The property is .8 acres. We
still would only be allowed three'
units ... the applicant's intention
is to construct a two family resi-
dence or a duplex on the lot
fronting 98, and in all likelihood
a third unit, single family de-
tached, on one of the rear lots."
The only change is that of a du-
plex instead to two single units.
.A discussion then followed with
regards to water and sewer from
the Eastpoint Water and Sewer.
Elizabeth Sisung, a neighbor one
block away, voiced her concerns.
"A foot in the door in our area (on
Highway 98) can end up condo-
miniums and whatever anybody
wants down the road. "I don't
think that our Bay can take such
development as that."
"With all due respect to the neigh-
bor, I don't think that the fear of
the high-rises and condominiums
is going to happen here for two
reasons," suggested Mr. Waddell
"We are not asking for any kind
of variances to the height, this.
should keep the rool' on any
high-rise development here in
Franklin County. Number two, we
are not asking for any change with
, regards to the standard setback."
-Mr. Mosconis then brought up the
'County's need for affordable
housing. Mrs. Sisung responded
by saying that no rental across
'from the Bay on highway 98
would be what anyone would con-
sider affordable.
Dan Cox representing the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer, then
explained that the sewer
',hook-ups were on a come first,
-ready to build basis.

Jim Sisung, husband of the first
concerned citizen, then spoke on
the matter. "I don't think that I
have to do any more than sug-
gest-would you re-do anything
like the shotgun (skinny mini's)
houses that are on the Island? My
point is, that was a serious error
that I think that most everybody
agrees to."
"How do you know that there are
so many people who don't like
those shotgun houses?" asked
Commissioner Mosconis.
"Pardon me, sir?" Mr. Sisung re-
sponded, rather shocked.
Mr. Mosconis repeated his re-
mark. A discussion followed con-
cerning the advantages and dis-
advantages of the skinny-mini's
out on the Island. Commissioner
Lockley then voted to approve the
project and Mr. Mosconis sec-
onded the motion. All three of the
remaining commissioners voted
against the project and the re-
quest was denied.
Lonely Sands Subdivision,
Eastpoint-C.C. Land Road
This request was being made by
Stuart White of St. George Island
to change his 16-acre subdivision
on C. C. Land Road from R-4
Single Family/Home industry to
R-1A single Family Subdivision.
This would involve a change from
one house per acre to three
houses per acre. This develop-
ment is East of Whispering Pines
approx, mid-way down C. C. Land
Road. It is a change from 16 total
units to forty-eight total units.
Jim Waddell then spoke for the
owners. "This project was pre-
sented to the P&Z and received
approval. This owner does have
an agreement with the Eastpoint
Sewer and Water District for the
taps-those taps were secured.
The project includes forty units,-
total; which is less than allowed
under the re-zoning. "
A resident came forward and ex-
pressed concerns with regards to
the increased density in the area.
She wanted to know why any
change should be allowed.
"Is this going to be affordable
housing for the local folks," asked
Commissioner Sanders.
Jim Waddell said that the higher
density with homes in the 15,000
sq. ft. range would automatically
lend to that concept. A plea was
then made advocating the need,
for affordable housing in Franklin
County by a representative of the
owner. The suggestion was-made
that a house that would be built
at 80 to 100 dollars per sq. ft.,
depending on the cost of the lot,
would fall into the category of
what is defined as "affordable
housing" ,. ., .
The motion to approve was offered
by Commissioner Putnal and the
motion was then carried unani-
Lanark Village-Gulf View
Dan Garlick spoke on behalf of the
owners who were requesting a
change from R-1, Single Family
Residential, to R-1A, Single Fam-
ily Residential Subdivision. This
change would result in an in-
crease in density. Mr. Garlick ex-
pressed the notion that this could
be considered a move in that area
towards affordable housing.

An adjacent owner challenged the
notion that these lots would in
any way be considered affordable.
"Is it all right for somebody to
build expensive homes on those
lots." asked Mr. Mosconis. The
adjacent owner explained that
there was no shortage of higher
density affordable lots in the
neighborhood, and that-yes,
people could build expensive
homes on those lots provided that
they kept to the zoning rule of one
unit per acre which was their pri-
mary reason for their purchase of
their lot.
"We knew that there would be one
home built on each of those lots
but now the owner wants to triple
the density," explained the con-
cerned property owner.
Dan Garlick then made a final
appeal for the developer. Commis-
sioner Lockley then made a mo-
tion to approve the project,
Mosconis seconded the motion; all
the remaining Commissioners
voted to deny. The project was

Eastpoint-Blair Morgan
6.06 acres up Highway 65
This was a request to change land
use from rural residential to resi-
dential from R-6 to R-1. This is
a change from one unit per ten
acres to one unit per one acre.
This property is on Highway 65
near Fort Gadsden. Mr. Morgan,
the land owner, said that he
wanted to give people in
Eastpoint, who would like to move
north out of the expensive coastal
area to something more afford-
able, a chance to do so. This
change was voted on and ap-
proved unanimously.

Carrabelle-Mill Road
AlVin Morris asked to change 10
acres off the Mill Road in
Carrabelle from an agricultural
land use to a residential land use
and a zone change from A-2, ag-
ricultural, to a R-1, single family
residential. This involved a one
unit per forty acres to a one unit
per one acre change, This motion
was voted on and approved.
Brickyard Road-Brown
This change was requested by
Barbara Carlson for 1.29 acres
from Rural Residential to Resi-
dential and a zone change from
R-6, Rural Residential, to R-2,
Single Family Residential/mobile
Dan Cox attorney from Carrabelle
spoke for Ms. Carlson.
This request received quite a good
amoua'tit discussion because'
land rezoning in the area had
been before the Commission in

save time and money...

the past. But this was judged to
be a new and separate request for
rezoning from an independent
party not a Brown family descen-
dent. Commissioner Lockley rec-
ommended approval; Mosconis
seconded ard Crofton approved.
Sanders and Putnal opposed mo-
tion was approved.

Alleyway Abandoned
An adoption of "A resolution of
abandonment of an existing alley-
way located between lots 1-7 and
lot 24-30 block 6-E of St. George
Island Gulf Beaches unit 1 was
approved unanimously."




By Richard E. Noble
Attorney Shuler discussed the Dr.
Mullis law suit with the Commis-
sion once again; "Essentially
where we are on the Dr. Mullis law
suit is that the Department of
Health is not going to allow any
holding tanks for permanent in-
stallation for residential use on St.
George Island."
This leaves the problem with
set-backs and drain fields, attor-
ney Shuler went on to explain.
Dr. Mullis in the past was denied
a variance which in effect leaves
him with a useless piece of prop-
erty-a very expensive, useless
piece of property.
Back in October, Dr. Mullis's ar-
chitect, Larry C. Taylor appeared
before the board to make a re-
quest 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, Sand-
piper Village, St. George Island,
Franklin County, FL, Mr. Taylor
told the board, at that time, that
he wanted to build one house on
two lots, but in order to do this,
he must place his septic approxi-
mately fifty 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 Depart-
ment. There is nowhere on the lots
where the required 75 foot
set-back can be reached. On mo-
tion by Member Howze, seconded
by Member Segree and by unani-
mous vote of the Planning and
Zoning Board, it was agreed to
recommend to the Board of
County Commissioners that they
approve this variance request.
The Board did not approve the

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that in the past Mr. Mullis had
gotten septic approval for both of
the lots involved-two septic sys-
tems-but unfortunately he had
let the permits lapse. Mr. Taylor
then suggested that if two septic
systems were approved for two
homes in the past, certainly it
should be no problem to get one
permit approved for a more so-
phisticated and advanced septic
for one dwelling today. Neverthe-
less, Mr. Taylor and Dr. Mullis
were denied their request.
Mr. Mullis, understandably, then
filed suit against the County and
has now requested a Mediation in
order to come to a satisfactory
agreement on this issue and avoid
the expense of court proceeding.
"Do you want me to pursue this
request and schedule a media-
tion? The costs are usually split
fifty-fifty," Attorney Shuler asked
the Board.
"We didn't make this law suit,"
stated Commissioner Sanders.
"We just made a policy decision."
"He needs to pay the costs," added
"You mean that we have to pay
for somebody to sue us," Commis-
sioner Putnal asked, rhetorically.
A discussion followed as to
whether or not the Board should
pay any of the cost of the media-
tion. Mr. Mosconis then suggested
that if the law suit was defined as
frivolous Mr. Mullis would have to
pay all the costs. The County At-
torney then explained that the
suit would have to be decided
frivolous by a judge and then Mr.
Shuler went on to explain the
nature of the suit:
Mr. Mullis was required to show
good reason for his request, which
he felt that he did; and the County
would have to show good reason
for their rejection-which the
Mullis lawyer determined that
they hadn't. Other.variance had
been granted in the past, and the
project had been approved by the
P&Z and permits for two separate
systems had been approved in the
Alan Pierce then went on to ex-
plain that these lots had been
platted, bought and sold several
times, and it would have been
assumed by anyone buying those
lots that building on those lots
would have been permitted.
It was further established that Mr.
Mullis had paid a good deal of
money for those lots and that Dr.
Mullis was by no means acting
unreasonable or without being
fair-minded about the whole situ-
"I will say this on behalf of Dr.
Mullis," interjected Attorney'
Shuler, "he did attempt to do hi's"
good faith in attempting to deal

with this-as to the buildability
of the lots before he purchased the
property. There was a snafu in the
process that was not Dr. Mullis's
responsibilities. He did not go in
blind. He did what he thought he
needed to do about the property
and now it has turned out that
he may not be able to build on
the lots because of this set-back
on the septic tank issue."
It was voted by the Board that
they agree to the requested me-
diation with the Mullis people with
the proviso that Dr. Mullis pay the

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18 March 2005 Page 3


Let's Have Anarchy In

Franklin County

By John Strickland
Re: Feb. 18th commentary by Richard E. Noble titled "The
Franklin-ization Of County Commissioner Russell Crofton" in the
Mr. Noble's commentary ridiculing Commissioner Crofton for trying
to make sense out of Franklin County's code enforcement or lack of
greatly puzzles this writer. I have been hearing and reading articles
concerning the C4 "skinny mini's" on St. George Island for the last
several months.
It seems that when the C4 designation was allowed for the minis, no
code enforcement was present to enforce the business side of the C4
buildings. Thus we have this great controversy about C4 or C5 build-
ing in the commercial district of St. George Island. Personally I think
the "skinny mini's" are the best use of this property. .1I ask complain-
ing residents the following question. Would you rather see a bunch of
souvenir shops, junk shops, hand painted truck's, signs etc: clutter-
ing the commercial area or skinny minis used for tourist? The answer
usually is "I never looked at the problem in these terms".
Evidently Mr. Noble has never been out to the Otterslide, Ridge Road,
Bear Creek Road area of Eastpoint. I have seen junkyards better kept
than some of the residences in that area. Old rotting boats, falling
down trailers, trash piles that have been there for years exist. We are
not talking about an elderly person with a camper living next to a
caretaker, we are seeing what could be a clean area of Eastpoint be-
ing turned into a giant junkyard.
The majority of the residents in this area maintain their property as
most people do, but there is a small percentage that use their prop-
erty to maintain a never ending and growing pile of trash. I ask Mr.
Noble, is it fair to the residents that take care of their property to be
burdened with this problem. Why should they maintain their prop-
erty, when some of their neighbors refuse to follow the codes? Why
should these good people be saddled with low property values and
the ugly scenery? What is Mr. Noble's solution?
From his letter, Mr. Noble seems to indicate that Franklin County
does not need to enforce zoning codes. Ignore the laws. If these laws
are not going to be enforced, then do away with zoning laws. Let
Franklin County be a free fire zone where each citizen can do as they
please regardless of the impact on the other citizens.
The problem with the elderly person sited in Mr. Noble's comments is
not reflective of what Commissioner Crofton was trying to accom-
plish. The zoning board could give the resident in question a tempo-
rary variance for the camper due to the hardship. The problem domes
when the elderly person passes on. Does the family move the camper
or do they rent it out? Chances are it will be rented or used for an-
other family member. With no code enforcement what is to prevent
the caretaker family from doing this?
Let's not cloud the real problems with cherry picked instances where
a variance could be issued for a hardship. We either need to enforce
the zoning laws in this county and the question is "how do we do it"
or do away with the laws. We can't have selective laws only to be
enforced when some Commissioner see fit and ignore the laws when
a relative is involved.

Response To The Strickland


Mr. Strickland's criticisms are very interesting but have nothing to do
with what was said in the "Franklin-ization of Commissioner Crofton".
Mr. Strickland has made up a case from his own imagination and
then proceeded to' attribute its deficiencies to my article. I suggest
that he sit down and read my color piece once again and try to di-
vorce his mind, for one moment, from his personal prejudices, prob-
lems and ambitions.
I personally feel that my article contrasting Commissioner Crofton as
a "stranger" who has not quite landed on the ground here in Franklin
County was a great. an inoffensive, way to point out the colliding new
worlds of social class differences that are being introduced here in
what was once classified as a "simple little fishing village" with "'tex-
ture" as the euphemistic adjective of artistic choice. I also thought it
as a way to inject a little poignancy, national history, and recent
Franklin County history into what is usually a very boring enterprise
(writing the daily news for the Daily Planet here in this sleepy little
village). I would also add, that if you have read Mr. Strickland's letter
you should see very distinctly the class differentiations that were be-
ing contrasted in my article (i.e. Mr. Strickland's references to Eastpoint
neighborhoods out on Ridge Road etc.)
I like Mr. Crofton. He seems like a very nice man. I admire anyone
who is willing to step out into the public arena and put himself and
his ideas on the line. It takes courage and a good deal of personal
self-confidence. I admire all of our County Commissioners and what
they are trying to do. And I don't know if Mr. Strickland realizes this,
but if Mr. Crofton, a political aspirant, wanted to purchase this kind
of space, in even a newspaper of this size, it would cost him quite a
few bucks.
This certainly isn't hurting his political career, if he has such an ob-
jective. At the same time, I was able to inform him of some of the past
that was pertinent to me here in Franklin County and present to the
public something to think about.

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I have received no comment either positive or negative from Mr. Crofton.
If he wasn't offended, I don't know why Mr. Strickland should be. I
personally thought the whole piece to be rather flattering to the entire
County Commission in general. It pointed out their hearts, their com-
mitment, and the difficult job that they have to do.
Richard E. Noble

Ben And Abolishing Slavery

In February 1790, having wrestled with his conscience on how sla-
very could be tolerated in a country that just fought a costly war for
independence and the right of human liberties, 84-year old Benjamin
Franklin mustered-up the last of his life's energies and became the
first founding father to petition Congress to abolish slavery in the
United States.
Franklin, like many other citizens of British North America, was
steeped in the slave trade forced upon them by the English parlia-
ment-even many religious leaders possessed slaves. And from time
to time he did own slaves, and accepted and printed "slave for sale"
ads in his popular newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette. Thus, when
he presented the petition to Congress, he was ridiculed as a hypo-
crite by those who financially benefited themselves by the slave trade.
And, as Franklin undoubtedly expected, the petition was rejected by
As early as 1729 Franklin began to question slavery when he printed
one of the colonies first antislavery articles. However, it was during
his second voyage to England that his attention toward slavery be-
came more than lip service. He become involved with the Associates
of Dr. Bray, an English organization that advocated educating slave
children. Franklin, who early in his life recognized the importance of
education, sent a detailed proposal to friends in Philadelphia provid-
ing instructions on setting up a "Negro school," with the hope that
the idea of educating slave children would spread throughout the
colonies. Other schools, with Franklin's support, were indeed founded
in New York, Williamsburg and Newport.
Later, while in France seeking both financial assistance and the French
government's direct involvement to help in the nation's struggle for
independence, Franklin became closely associated with well-known
Paris citizen Condorcet, one of the more knowledgeable philosophers
and mathematician of that era. In addition to his mathematical bril-
liance, Condorcet was also a self-appointed champion of the oppressed,
taking upon himself to call attention to the adverseness of slavery.
Franklin found himself siding with his French friend's anti-slavery
After his return to America, and having been influenced by Condorcet's
work, Franklin agreed to assume the presidency of the Society for
Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, a Quaker organization. He and
members of the "Society," did in 1790, present to Congress the peti-.
tion to abolish slavery. America's congressional leaders, however, did
not get around to honor the petition until the 13th Amendment was
ratified in 1865, some 69 years later.
Today, when we give homage to those who advocated abolishing sla-
very in early America, we should not overlook Benjamin Franklin, a
founding father who, along with his Quaker friends, "had been there
and done that" as early as February 1790.
John Walburn-Author
Ottawa (Franklin County) Kansas
Benjamin Franklin's Integrity Project
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Please Join Congressman

Allen,,lBoyd For A Social

Security Community


On Monday, April 4, 2005, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida)
will host a community meeting for constituents to express their con-
cerns and ask questions about Social Security. Congressman Boyd
will also explain the Social Security reform legislation he has recently
introduced in Congress.
"With the debate over Social Security reform dominating national news
programs, I urge the residents of Gulf and Franklin Counties to at-
tend the community meeting so we can personally discuss the issue
of Social Security," said Congressman Boyd. 'This meeting will allow
for an open and honest discussion about Social Security, the long
term, financial problems with the system, and the possible solutions
for fixing this vital program so that all Americans can have a safe and
secure retirement."
Social Security Community Meeting
with Congressman Allen Boyd
Monday, April 4, 2005
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. EDT
Gulf Coast Community College
3800 Garrison Avenue
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March 18, 2005

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Director of Operations Andy Dyal
Contributors Dawn Radford
............ Carol Noble
............ Richard Noble
........... Skip Frink
Advertising Design
and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Circulation Associate .............................. Jerry W eber
Production Associate Floyd Jones

Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis.. Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
Barbara Revell ......................................... Lanark Village
Richard Harper ................. St. George Island
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Letter To The Editor

February 25, 2005
Dear Editor:
My husband and I had traveled to Eastpoint to fish. Upon buying
license and bait at Fisherman's Choice business, we came and found
we had locked ourselves out of the truck. Immediately, we were being
helped by the business owner and EVERYONE who stopped by. A
nice guy drove about nine miles to get a tool he had to open the door.
Upon a quick return, he let us in the truck within seconds-this is
truly a friendd in need" and he, nor any of the many, would accept
pay. Eastpoint is one of a kind, and I recommend the town as it is
today to everyone!
Mr. & Mrs. Durwood Stokes

Letter To The Editor

February 27, 2005
Tom W. Hoffer
The Franklin Chronicle
Dear Sir:
We are Wisconsin snowbirds enjoying our third January/February
visit on St. George Island. Each year we are thrilled at the first glimpse
of the water-and appalled at the trash.
It's along highways, on bridges, and scattered throughout coastal
towns. It covers the causeway/bridges between Apalachicola and
Eastpoint, the new bridge to St. George Island and the old bridge
remnants and parking area. There are no trash barrels in these ar-
There are barrels near the public park, center of St. George Island,
but litter lines the beach east and west of the park.
As we take our long daily beach walks we pick up trash instead of
shells. We have found yards of fishing line, plastic bait containers,
cigarettes, cigarette packs, rubber gloves, balloons, construction de-
bris, fast food containers, soda cans, beer cans and bottles, plastic
straws, plastic bags, and plastic bottles. Our first few days here were
spent picking up New Year's Eve fireworks debris.
Signs indicate "Adopt A Highway" programs exist-they don't seem to
be working. A story detailed the St. George Island's Scouts focus on
sailing-perhaps they and other volunteer organizations should fo-
cus on cleaning their island.
It is so sad to see such casual disregard for the environment. Fisher-
men should know the importance of clean water yet many fishing
spots are dumping grounds.
We have seen prisoner work crews occasionally, and find it ironic
that they have to clean up after "law abiding citizens."
This gorgeous area attracts snowbirds and tourists year 'round. We
wonder if trash accumulation could begin to impact their future des-
tination decisions.
Our 2005 visit is ending, but as we leave, we leave this message: the
Panhandle Paradise is a mess in places-we hope everyone tries to.
change this situation.
Kit Waessner
509 Somerset Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301

Carrabelle High School

Dear Members of the Franklin County Community:
The Senior parents of the class of 2005 are asking for your help once
again'with Grad-Nite. Many years ago, Grad-Nite originated to keep
graduating seniors safe and off of the streets. Each year across the
notion, dozens of graduating seniors are badly injured or killed in
traffic and/or alcohol related accidents. We will setup a fun environ-
ment for our seniors in a safe area with games, music and prizes in
hopes that they will stay with us all night. We don't want any of our
children to become a statistic, bringing their dreams and their par-
ents' hearts to a crushing end. Your donation will help to provide
activities and door prizes to entice seniors to participate in Grad-Nite.
Any donation would be greatly appreciated and is tax-deductible.
Graduation is scheduled for May 28, 2005.
Please make any checks out to Grad-Nite 2005 and send or take them
to either Donna Barber or Gwen Creamer at Carrabelle High School.
You may also drop donations off with Sharon Dobson or Rhonda Butler.
Thank you so much for your help with this all-so-important event for
our children as they embark upon their adult lives.
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The Boyd Report

"Personal Accounts: Preparation Not Privatization"
By Congressman Allen Boyd (D-FL)
The Social Security system we have today is a result of Franklin
Roosevelt's vision of economic security for all Americans, and it is
this vision that we hope to continue by strengthening the Social Se-
curity system for out children and grandchildren Returning the sys-
tem to solvency requires difficult choices, but the choice that should
not be difficult is the creation of personal accounts. Today's younger
;workers are cynical and uncertain about the Social Security benefits
They will collect in 40 years and rightly so. They realize that Social
Security is on a financially troubled path, and they might not receive
the Social Security benefits they have been promised upon retire-
ment. We owe it to out children and grandchildren to preserve and
;sustain this vital program, and personal accounts will help us do just
'Along with Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), I have cosponsored the
'Bipartisan Retirement Security Act to return the Social Security sys-
tem to fiscal solvency. Reforming the Social Security program inevi-
,tably requires changes for younger generations, and introducing per-
esonal accounts will allow younger workers to compensate for the
Changes needed to make the Social Security program solvent into the
,next century.
Many who oppose reforming the Social Security program have falsely
claimed that personal accounts would lead to the privatization of Social
Security. I am not an advocate of privatizing Social Security, our
nation's largest and most successful entitlement program. The
Kolbe-Boyd bill does not privatize Social Security, but instead, allows
every American the opportunity to control his or her own retirement
:through the creation of publicly-administered personal accounts.
While our bill does not make any changes to Social Security for near
;and current retirees, younger workers will see a change in benefits.
'In order to save the financial future of Social Security, these changes
;are necessary, which is why we've introduced personal accounts to
'compensate for the small reduction in benefits for younger workers.
,Personal accounts are a way to let workers recoup those reductions
and likely earn even more for retirement than they could under today's
The alternatives to creating personal accounts are not appealing or
sensible. First, we could simply deny that Social Security has a prob-
lem. Many opponents of the reform have done just that, but we can-
not close our eyes, ignore the problem, and hope it will go away.
Social Security's financial shortfalls are real, and Congress must work
together to enact reform.
Second, we could decide to do away with personal accounts alto-
gether. With only three ways to reform Social Security-raise taxes,
lower benefits, and invest Social Security funds-it is foolish to take
investment out of the equation. If this is done, Congress will be forced
to raise taxes, cut Social Security benefits of both. We cannot expect
younger workers, to pay higher taxes or take significant benefit cuts
without any promise of a more secure retirement in return. However,
with personal accounts, we can compensate for the fiscal restraint
inherent in any Social Security reform.
Many are concerned about the-risks involved with investing Social
Security funds into personal accounts, and I understand this appre-
hension. For this reason, the Kolbe-Boyd proposal allows younger
workers the choice to invest in safe' government bonds, the exact
same way current Social Security dollars are invested today. Under
Kolbe-Boyd, the only difference is that these funds would be placed
in an account bearing the worker's name. Our plan also guarantees
low-income workers a minimum benefit higher than under current
law, in. addition to the assets they will accumulate in their personal
I firmly believe thatSiclal Security should be the-bedrock of Ameri-
Cans' rdetiferent security and personalaccounts, would.strengthen
that bedrock. Social Security is not an asset belonging to itidividuals.
It is a government promise, and if left unchanged it will turn out tf'be
an empty one. Personal accounts are a responsible step to keep this

The Sheriff's


Illegal Drug Activity
February 16, 2005
Working on tips and information
gathered from surveillance, the
Drug Task Force of the Franklin
;County Sheriffs Office executed
a search warrant on a residence
in Millender's Trailer Park just off
Washington Street in Eastpoint.
,Investigators believed Jessie Gor-
'don Smith Jr. and Thomas Gorski
'to be conducting illegal drug ac-
tivity from the residence.
'At about 5:45 p.m. on February
16, 2005, a search warrant was
;served and investigators found a
brown prescription bottle contain-
Ing cocaine residue, a white plas-
tic film canister containing co-
caine residue, several pieces of
'crack cocaine and a razor blade
with cocaine residue, approxi-
mately 4 grams of crack cocaine,
a plastic bag containing cannabis,
and $3,245.00 in cash.
l1 substances were field tested,
I11 items tested positive and have
Been placed into evidence.
Oorski and Smith were both
laced under arrest and both
larged with the Possession of a'
controlled Substance with Intent
Sell Crack Cocaine and Posses-
$on of less than 20 grams of Can-

George F. Cargill And
Katie Moore Arrested
Thursday, March 3, 2005
On March 2, 2005 at approxi-
mately 5:45 a.m. the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office along with
F.D.L.E. Northern Special Opera-
tions Team executed a Search
Warrant on the residence of a
George Cargill located on 81st
Street in Apalachicola.
Upon arrival to the residence the
F.D.L.E. S.O.T. deployed and ap-
proached the residence. Once the
residence was secure Franklin
County Sheriffs Officers along
with F.D.L.E. S.O.T. made a safe
entry into the residence. Occu-
pants of the residence were iden-
tified as George F. Cargill and
Katie Moore. Cargill was advised
of the Search Warrant for his resi-
dence, it was read to Cargill and
a copy of the Search Warrant was
given to Cargill. Upon the search
of the residence the following
items were found.
Two plastic bags containing sus-
pected Cocaine, one plastic bag

containing Crack Cocame, one
plastic bag containing numerous
small zip lock bags used for pack-
aging, a small plastic bag with a
white substance Inside, a small
plastic bag containing a green
substance inside, one plastic bag'
containing suspected Cannabis,
one small plastic bag containing
Cocaine, $233.00 in US Currency,
and forty rounds of .380 caliber
All illegal substances were field
tested and tested positive. All
items of evidence Were collected
and sent to F.D.L.E. for further
Both Cargill and Moore were ar-
rested and charged with three
counts of Possession of Controlled
Substance with Intent to Sale.
Cargill was also charged with Pos-

Friends Of The Franklin

County Public Library

Special Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Eastpoint Branch
Cliff Butler, President, called a special breakfast meeting of the Friends
of the Franklin County Public Library to order at about 10:00 a.m.
with approximately 45 people in attendance. The attendees were
treated to a wonderful selection of food ranging, from breakfast cas-
seroles to specialty breads and bagels to fresh fruit with plenty of hot
coffee and juice.
A brief history of the library was highlighted by Cliff and the Library";
Advisory Board Chairperson, Denise Butler. Eileen Annie, Director of
the Library, spoke of the many programs that the Library conducts at
three locations; the Apalachicola program site located in the New Life
Center on 8th Street, and the Eastpoint and Carrabelle branches of
the Library. She also spoke of the, many State and National awards
the Library's programs have received throughout the years. Cliff con-
gratulated Eileen Annie for winning the 2004 New York Times Librar-
ian of the Year Award.
Cliff then spoke about the need for aniew library building in Eastpoint
and encouraged attendees to think about avenues of approach for
funding sources, Allison Brown was recognized and spoke about a
possible property donation. She also acknowledged and publicly
thanked all the local stores and restaurants that have donated food
and supplies to the after school:youth programs,
A nominating committee will be formed to appoint new executive of-
ficers and a Building Committee for the new Eastpoint branch library
Eileen Annie spoke about the three-county long range plan being
drawn up and asked that attendees fill out the survey forms which
were distributed to the group,
Commissioner Crofton expressed his appreciation for all the good
work the Library does for the community.
Christine Hinton, Treasurer, made a treasurer's report.
There.being no further business,' the, meeting was adjourned at ap-
proximately 10:45 a.m.
By Judi Rundel, Library Assistant', 670-4423.

Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library's Advisory Board will hold its
regular monthly meeting on Monday; March 21st at the Carrabelle
branch. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
WITH-IT! Program attendees will participate in'Juvenile Justice Week,
March 20-26, by writing essays and drawing posters using this year's
theme, Restorative Justice, The participants from all three program
sites, Apalachicola, Eastpoint. and Carrabelle will also meet on:the
Courthouse: steps on Juvenile Justice Day, March 24th. ,
The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library held a special break-
fast meeting on Saturday, March 12th at the Eastpoint branch which
was well attended and a great success.
The Franklin County Public Library's programs-FROG, WITH-IT! and
TIGERS-are offered at no cost to participants. Registration however
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 atwww.fepl.-lib.fl.us, ,,t .,li .i i,';,

session of a Firearm and/or Am-
munition by a convicted felon.

Lee Fichera Arrested
March 4, 2005
At approximately 8:39 a.m. on
March 4, 2005 Deputy Gary
Martina was dispatched to 97
North Bayshore Drive in
Eastpoint in reference to a domes-
tic disturbance in progress. A
male subject pointed Deputy
Martina into the direction of a
camper trailer located at Lot B55.
Upon approaching the camper
trailer Deputy Martina discovered
the trailer to be locked and had
to break into the camper to get
inside. Once inside the camper
the Deputy observed a white male .
lying on top of a white female wit h
a blanket covering them from the "

Sheriffs Report
from column 3

legs up. At this time Deputy
Martina heard the female moan-
ing. as if she was in pain. Deputy
Martina identified himself as the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office
instructing the subject to remove
himself from under the cover and
from a top the female. The female
then warned Deputy Martina that
the male subject had a gun at her
throat and was threatening to kill
her. Deputy Martina then de-
ployed his taser through the blan-
ket connecting to the male sub-
ject. At this point the male sub-
ject began to moan and bring him-
self from beneath the blanket. As
the male subjects right arm be-
came visible, Deputy Martina saw
that the male subject had a black
pistol in his right band with his
finger on the trigger. Officer Kit
Mashburn then grabbed the sub-
jects right arm successfully tak-
ing the gun from him.
After struggling with the male
subject for approximately 15 min-
utes the Deputies were able to
subdue him. Once the male sub-
ject was subdued the Deputies
immediately went to the female
and found her bound around her
neck and her wrist with duck
tape. The Deputies informed the
female that EMS had been con-
tacted and was on the way. The
male subject was identified as Lee
Fichera ofEastpoint. Fichera was
placed under arrest and taken
into custody at the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office. Fichera
was charged ivth Attempted First
Degree MMurder (premeditated),
Kidnapping to Inflict Bodily Harm
or to Terrorize With A Firearm,
Possession of Firearm by Con-
trolled Felon, Possession of Con-
trolled Substance; 2 Counts of
Aggravated Assault With Deadly
Weapon on LEO, 3 Counts of Bat-
tery on Law Eniforcement Officer,
3 Counts of Resisting Officer with
Violence, Criminal Mischief, Vio-
lation of injunction for Protection
against Domestic Violence.
The Female Subject was trans-
ported by ambulance to the hos-
pital for medical treatment. The
severity of injuries are unknown
at this time. This case is under-
[*'" ? >' -'' ; "

Your Capitol


By Tanya Caldwell
Franklin County has requested
$9.84 million from the Florida
Legislature to pay for 10 projects.
The requests for Apalachicola in-
* a land purchase for the airport's
runway extension ($3 million);
* completion of a wastewater im-
provement program that includes
a public access discharge system
($1 million);
* rebuilding the airport's collaps-
ing stormwater piping system ($1
* stormwater quality improve-
ment programs for Apalachicola
River and Bay ($990,000);
* renovation of the historic court-
house complex, which includes
the old ($500,000); and
* construction costs associated
with Three Servicemen South Inc.
sculpture that honors soldiers
who have died ($250,000).
The requests for Carrabelle in-
* building facilities to improve the
quality of stormwater runoff ($1
* a recreation park for baseball,
football, soccer, T-ball, hiking and
bicycling ($200,000); and
restoring the Crooked River
Lighthouse so it can be reopened
to the public ($100,000),
Eastpoint has requested $1.8 mil-
lion to eliminate septic tanks arid
expand the sewer system.
It is too early to say which
Franklin County projects, if any,
will receive funding this year.
"With the budget in the early
stages, it's hard to tell what's go-
ing to happen," said Jenniler
Daniels of Rep. Will S. Kendrick,
D-Carrabelle, office.
The Florida Legislature will con-
vene March 8 for its 60-day Regu-
lar Session to 'create the state's
2005-2006 budget.
For some needs, such as the
Franklin County Courthouse
renovation, county officials said
they will have to "continue to live"
with e problems until funding

Continued on Page 6'



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion announces a PUBLIC HEARING for Box-R
Wildlife Management Area, located in Franklin
County, Florida.

7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2005
Franklin County Courthouse
Annex Building
34 Forbes Street
Apalachicola, Florida 32320

PURPOSE: To receive public comments regarding
considerations for the FWC's ten-year Conceptual
Management Plan for the Box-R Wildlife Manage-
ment Area (WMA).

This hearing is designed exclusively for discussion of
the draft Conceptual Management Plan. Participants
should understand that the purpose for this hearing
does not include the opportunity to discuss public use
and/or hunting regulations for the Box-R WMA.
There is a separate public process for this purpose.

A Management Prospectus for the Box-R WMA is
available upon request from the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, Land Manage-
ment Planning Section, 620 South Meridian Street,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, Telephone: (850)
410-0656 ext. 17334.



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18 March 2005 Page "5

Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion from Page 1
back. I know tnat ivr. Ytallman didn't realize it, but every word out or
S his mouth was a subject of books, controversy, discussion, dissent
and argumentation. So I asked;
"Do you think that your spirit is different-that Greatest Generation
thing-do you think that your values and your attitudes are different
or were different when you were growing up?"
"I've tried to ponder that question to myself sometimes and I was real
worried when they went to Iraq the first time-you know, the first
Bush-I thought, boy, I wished I was fit to go with them. I could settle
them down with my experience. But they proved to me that they were
just as good as soldiers as we were. Everyone serves in their own time
and copes with the situation.
You see? ... it sounds like Mr. Stallman is a part of a team. He belongs
to something.
John Chancellor in his memoir divided the people of this country into
two groups. Those that felt that this country was a Zoo, and those
that felt that it was a Jungle. One group he called Democrats and the
other he called Republicans. I'll let you figure out which was which.
I'm kind of a half-breed. I wish that I lived as a. wild, independent
beast that I am, enjoying my natural habitat, but with the protection,
care and concern found in the loving environment of a Zoo-but I
don't. At least I have never felt that I have.
I live in a Jungle. It has been my responsibility to take care of mine
and my own, and I have never had anybody volunteering to help. It
has always been-pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, and every
man for himself-as I have viewed it. Maybe that is not true in reality,
but that is the way it has always seemed to me. It has always seemed
very clear to me; if I don't have the money to pay for it, I ain't going to
get it-and nobody else cares if I do or I don't.
Now listen to me. I don't sound like Mr. Stallman, do I? Are we from
two different generations-his, the Greatest; and mine-the not so
great? I'd like to be more like Mr. Stallman; but, I'm not.
Mr. Stallman had joined the Army in hopes of becoming a paratrooper.
A paratrooper could earn an extra fifty dollars per month. As a para-
trooper he could earn 100 dollars a month-the regular guys got 50
dollars a month. But Mr. Stallman got "crashed" out of the para-
troopers and next found himself on a train to who knows where.
"So anyway, they loaded us onto a train about three days later. We
thought that we were going to Texas ... One of the other guys told me
that we weren't going to Texas, but to this "hell hole" somewhere in
Florida. I asked the conductor, but he told me to just go back to my
seat. He said that he had told me too much already ... So anyway, we
went off on a switch and we ended up here in Carrabelle, at Fort
Gordon Johnston.
"But I'm proud that I came through here-but it was a hell hole. They
tried to make it a hellhole. Bradley (Omar) was our commander-he
was our division General. He said that whoever picked this place
(Carrabelle) as a training site ought to have been court-martialed.
Walter -Winchell said that this was the Alcatraz of the Army ... Our
floors were sand; you slept on a cot, you stood up to eat; you had
your mess kit on a table about fifteen inches wide; cold showers-
that is, if you got a shower; they just tried to make life as miserable as
they could for you down here. We had forced speed marches-fifteen
miles, no break. Of course, no one wanted to fall out. Our platoon
sergeant said that it took more guts to stick.it out than to quit. We
didn't think about it though, we just did it. You didn't talk back to no
NCO or officer or anything like that, not even a PFC in those days ...
They were good sergeants though. They knew what they were doing.
S I didn't know what they were doing. I just did what they told me ...
You thought that you were physically fit, but you weren't. They had
four different obstacle courses. We did everything. We were training
for the invasion ... I was here from January in 1943 until the last of
May in '43..."
"We would get onto the landing craft at about four o'clock in the morn-
ing. We'd go out here to Dog Island.. They'd rendezvous. We'd go round
and round in circles. Then, just before daylight, they'd make a run
for the beach. You'd get to the beach-maybe a quarter of a mile
in-land or so; you'd dig a foxhole. They closed this place down be-
cause they had twenty-six men drowned out there ..."
"We're you here when that.happened?" ,;. ., ,,, .
"Yes, I was here at that time. It was my division but a different regi-
ment. There were about 17 thousand men, at strength, in,three regi-
ments. A regiment is about 3,500 men. If they asked you if you wanted


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a pass to Carrabelle, we laughed. There was nothing (in Carrabelle).
We could ride up in the truck to Wakulla Springs. I never did. I was
always too busy. I needed my rest, or was shining my shoes, or clean-
ing my rifle. They called the whole "problem" off. They said that thir-
teen men had drowned, but I have since talked to a coxswain who
was out that night. He said that he knew that they had said that it
was only thirteen but that he would go to his grave saying that it was
twenty-six. He said that he had told one of the other coxswains who
was involved in the tragedy that he didn't have no business being
where he was. There was a storm out there. The other coxswain never
spoke to him again. The Coxswain who I met felt that it was negli-
gence ... He said that he was told never to get into those kind of
waters when there was trouble... 'It was rough out there on the other
side of Dog Island ... We came up the river and we had no problem.
We brought all of our troops to shore,' he told me.
"Now, we were on shore, waiting to board on. When that storm hit, I
had never seen it rain that hard in my life. I had seen a lot of hard
rains in my day, but I never saw it rain that hard in my life. We just
laid on the ground and just took it. Finally at about daylight, they
just called the "problem" off. They called all of those things "prob-
lems"-a maneuver, they would call it a problem.
"But anyway, I'm glad that I went through this place. They took us
out of here on a Pullman train. I told the fella that I was with (on the
train) "Popul," that was his last name, I said; "I never thought that I
was going to get out of here alive; but I'll sure tell you one thing, I'll
never, ever come back to this place-I'll never come back to this place
"So did you ever get over to Europe?"
"Oh yeah, we went into combat. The 28th fought all through Europe.
I got five battle stars. I was wounded twice and I have a combat infan-
try division badge-that's the thing that an infantryman is most proud
of This isn't true what I'm gonna tell ya, but those that were in the
Infantry-we look at the combat infantryman's badge, which is a blue
crest with a rifle across it, as next to the Congressional Medal of
Honor-but it isn't. The only people who can get the infantryman's
badge are infantrymen, machine-gunmen and mortar-men. Later on,
they did create a Combat Medic's Badge and they deserve it, because
if there is anyone who has got guts, it the medics.
"Men were dropping like flies. In Normandy we lost an awful lot of
men. We were the first division to enter Germany in strength. The
Hearken Forrest that was a terrible, terrible place. We should never
have attacked as we did. The German's had the high ground; we had
the low ground. Read "Follow Me and Die" if you can get it. It is out of
print, but that book tells about my division."
Mr. Stallman went on and on. Hewas eager to talk about his experi-
ences. It wasn't always that way he told me. But he thought that it
was great that people were interested to hear about it today.
There were other people, like myself, there at the World War II Mu-
seum in Carrabelle. There were a couple of college girls from FSU;
they were doing a thesis. A couple of the Veterans were showing them
around the museum, and relating' to them the personal nature and
meaning of many of the artifacts and mementos,
Another gentleman was there with:.his video camera. He had been
there the year before also. He was recording the reunion. He said that
his film was going to be used as a part of a teacher's education pro-
gram in combination with the local high schools, colleges arid univer-
Mr. Stallman thought that this new interest in his war and his;times
was really a great thing. He had made tapes about his life and times
for his own children and grandchildren and he felt that this attempt
at preserving this history and tradition was a truly necessary part of
the American heritage.
As I left the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum, I felt somewhat ashamed
that I had rot been there before. This museum has been progressing
and growing now since 1995. The museum is presently housed in
2500 square feet of a 1943 former movie theater, most recently the
home to the old Gulf State Bank. It is located at 302 Marine Street in
downtown Carrabelle. Admission is free. The Museum is open week-
days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Everyone involved in the project is a volunteer and no one receives
any pay.
The Museum artifacts are on display in six diffexentrrop.s,,.a6ch room,
with its own-theme. There is a gift shop with books, hats, and other
memorabilia. Private and/or educational tours can be arranged. A
tour can be arranged by calling (850) 697-8575. This should be a
must field trip for the schools in this area, and any history class on
whatever level. I met Mrs. Minichiello, the current president and vol-
unteer tour guide, and she is a wealth of anecdotes, and pertinent
information. Her personal, tragic story with her own Dad, a World
War II veteran, which I think provides a good deal of her spirit and.
enthusiasm for the project,. is a war memento or memorial in itself
I'm sure that all of those involved in the project have equally compel-
ling stories.


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Don't be like me; get yourself over there. The people and the atmo-
sphere are more than friendly, and the stories and the information
are pertinent, memorable and compelling. I've been there twice now
and I intend to go back more often. Everything and everyone in there
is a story and a part of American history. To have such a museum as
this in our tiny community is truly something to boast about. It is a-,
great idea. It could very well grow into an attraction for Franklin County,
and something for the local people to take pride in. They are adding
new materials everyday, and are enthusiastically open to gifts and
donations of artifacts and memorabilia from the World War II era. If'
you have never been over that way, take a trip over.
The Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion which has been taking place
now, for the last seven or eight years, may be coming to and end.'T
Unfortunately, all the veterans are getting too old, the trip is difflcult-l
for many, and, of course, many are passing on. Mrs. Minicheillo tells i
me that they are going to try to keep up some sort of yearly celebra-,
tion, though. A parade, like the one that they had this past weekend,
would be nice, but ... time (money and volunteer participation) will
Over thirty World War II Vets came to this year's celebration-realiz-1
ing that this may be their last chance to meet up with some of their
old buddies and tell war stories. They looked to me to be having a,
great time.
Most everything was volunteered or provided at cost. Many things'
were free where they could be provided or offered by local business,-
If you haven't been there to see it, you should. And if you can afford-'
to join up and you haven't, you should. I can't think of anything more'
worthwhile for those with the energy and spirit. As they say today-;
it's a good thing.

Forever Plaid At The Dixie


"Forever Plaid" opening Friday,
March 18 and running through
March 27th is the 4th and final
production of the Dixie Theatre's
2004-2005 Professional Season.
"Forever Plaid" is the story of four
guys who love to sing. They all met
in high school and discovered
they shared affection for music
and entertaining. They got to-
gether and rehearsed in the base-
ment of one of the group's family
plumbing business.
It was here they became "Forever
.Plaid"-a name that connects the
continuation of traditional values
of family, home and harmony.
They believe in their music.
As their sound developed, they
sang at family gatherings, fund
raisers, supermarket openings
and proms. Then finally they
landed their first big gig at the
Airport Hilton Cocktail Bar-"The
They were rehearsing their pro-
gram finale, while, driving to
pick-up their custom made Plaid,
Tuxedos, when, they were
slammed broadside by a Catholic
school bus full of teens on their
way to see the Beatles debut on
the Ed Sullivan show.
It is following this accident that
the story of"Forever Plaid" begins.
"Fore\vei Plaid returns us to the,
mus~c of the 59's & .60'' that we
all remember and love.

'Three Coins in the Fountain"..
"Moments to Remember"
"Perfidia", "Shangri La", "Catch A''
Falling Star" and "Love Is a Many"
Splendored Thing" are just a few;
of the songs from this musical
ha has maintained it's popular-'
ity for over two decades. 9
The "Forever Plaid" quartet isi
played by: David Hemsley
C4ldwell, remembered for his hi-"
larious -characters in SYLVIA,
Randy Thompson last seen as the3-
Mari in Grey and Herrod in 'The -
Butterfingers Angel..." (this is his' '
6th year at the DIXIE) Ayler Even:"
making his debut at the Dixie
Theatre and John Philip Bowen,'
-who is also a first timer at the.,
DIXIE; Darren Server accompa--.
nies the PLAIDS at the piano, an- .
other Dixie Theatre debut.
David Hemsley. Caldwell directs,
this production of "Forever Plaid"J.
with musical direction by Darren
Server. ,
Forever Plaid will be performed on "
Friday & Saturday March 18 & 19 ,,:
at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 20,
at 3 p.m. And, again Friday &'
Saturday March 25th & 26th at 8'
p.m. and Sunday March 27th at"
3 p.m. :-
The Box Office will open at 6 p.m.
on Friday and Saturdays and at,
I p.m. on Sundays. For reserva-
tions ahd further information. call'
850,-' 53:32Q0..,, ., ,, ,*,,

Celebrate Seagrass

Awareness Day
The Apalachicola National March i
Estuarine Research Reserve is Month s
celebrating Seagrass Awareness the prot
Month at a special Seagrass natural r
Awareness Day with: ate an ur
* displays and presentations the econc
of our n
* live seagrass tank health of
* exhibits and presentations on aries anc
non-damaging boating practices peregio
the region
* see how biologists assess
seagrass health and damage from cMajor ath
boats coastal
fill project
* fun activities: word puzzles, ter qualil
build a seagrass community, and improper
view microscopic organisms that and other
live in and on seagrass especially
When: March 31, 2005-10:00 seagrass
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ily avoid
about ho'
Where: Apalachicola National Es- solution.
tuarine Research Reserve Nature
Center, 261 7th Street, For more
Apalachicola, FL reserve al

s Seagrass Awareness
statewide. Awareness of
)lems facing this vital;
resource will help to cre-
iderstanding of the ways,
damage can impact both
>mic and ecological value,.
marine resources. The
Organisms in our estu-
1 the Gulf of Mexico de-
rgely upon the health of,
n's seagrass habitats.
'eats to seagrass include'"
development, dredge and,
ts and deteriorating wa-'
ty. Direct impacts from
vessel operation in bays
:r shallow water areas,,,
from propeller scarring,
ta significant threat to
habitat that can be eas-
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NAME. City/Ste AGE

1. Charlie Johnson, Tampa 25
-2. David Yon, Tallahassee 49
3. Allen Smith, Auburn, AL 37
4. Hobson Fulmer, SGI 49
5. Scott Mitchell, Tallahassee 53
6. Annette Ryerson, Onawa, IA 40
7. Seth Ostlund, Tallahassee 24
8. Andrew Brooks, Madison, MS 15
9. Chad Henry, Tallahassee 35
10. Alan Steinron, Muskegon, RI 47
11. Frank Flynn, Tallahassee 46
12. Zach Silvey, Tallahassee 21
- 13. Dan Fortunas, Tallahassee 44
14. Alex Ciota, Saratoga, NY 29
15. Josh O'Connor, Naples 27
16. Charlene Burke, Aplach 44
17. Ace Haddock, Carrabelle 35
18. Brian Deffenbaugh, Tallahassee 52
19. William Buchanan, Atlanta 60
20. Sam Stockstill, Tallahassee 12
21. Lance Cain, Miami 44
22. Jason Roundtree, Apalach 28
23. Beth Keim, Whitley, IN 39
24. Jim St John, Tallahassee 55
S25. Dag Solkberg, Minnesota 62
26. John Stacklyn, Tallahassee 53
S27. Jerry McDaniel, Tallahassee 51
S28. Dennis, Daniels, Madison, MS 15
29. Andrew Roberts, Tallahassee 20
S30. Skip Frank, Carrabelle 55
1 31. Gordon Shuler, Apalach 43
32. Richard Addison, Tallahassee 51
33. Larry Miller, Carrabelle 59
S34. Gene Opheim, Tallahassee 58
S35. Maureen Oberlin, Tallahassee 49
-' 36. Lauren Huckaba, Tallahassee 17
37. Derek Brown, Apalach 18
38. Mason Bean, SGI 55
S39. John Eaton, Tallahassee 41
S40. John Scott, Cazenovia, NY 58
41. Camille Consolvo, Ohio 50
S42. Dick Oberlin, Tallahassee 56
43. John Culbertson, SGI 58
44. Jason Keim, Whitely, IN 39
45. Layne Ryerson, Onawa, IA 8
46. Bonnie Plikaytis, Tucker, GA 49
47. Allison Griffith, SGI 27
48. Elizabeth Holder, Apalach 27
49. Amanda Roundtree, Apalach 26
S- 50 John Shelby, SGI 50
S, 51. Elizabeth Kirvin, Apalach 34
S52. Ashley Schipps, Tallahassee 21
53. Gisselle Gravidia, Apalach 20
54. Rick Moore, Tallahassee 45
55. Kayla Lee, Apalach 22
56. CarsonDurrance, Tallahassee 33
57. Jodi Warmach, Tallahassee 35
58. Alan Pierce, Apalach 49
t. 59. Meghan Kennedy, Tallahassee 24
S60. John Speiser, SGI 67
S61. Unknown (no card turned in)
; 62. Pamela Keyes, Naples 24
S63. Unknown.(no card turned in)
64. Christen Chason, Eastpoint 17
: 65. Unknown (no card turned in)
.66.Garrett Ryerson, Onawa, IA 10
67. Linda Gunther, Signal Mt, TN 58
S68. Christy Kirvin, Aplalach 35
69. Don Scott, SGI 65
.: 70. Terry Donohoe, SGI 53
71. Angela Davis, Albany, GA 40
S72. Lisa Saunders, Albany, GA 40
"- 73. Donna Cook, Carrabelle 29
i- 74. Joe Whitesell, Apalach 68,
S75. Drylm McLaughlin, Tall. 52
76. Bonnie Rogers, Tallahassee 42
77. Mike Rogers, Tallahassee 42
S78. Kevin Burke, Apalach 43
79. Shannon Hughes, Tallahassee 42
S80. David Aroljoal, Tallahassee 40
-2. 81. Melinda Dukes, Tallahassee 33
82. Eric Milles, Tallahassee 32
83. Jane Webb,'Foley, AL 63
84. J.D. Bauserman, Tallahassee 36
85. Molly McKiastry, Tallahassee 39
S86. Juliet Stacklyn, Tallahassee 51
87. Janet McKinley, Manchester, 61
88. Mariel Henske, Wisconsin 63
89. Richard Henske, Wisconsin 69
90. Elaine Hamlin, Carrabelle 52
S91. Tressa Keim, Whitley, IN 7
92. Lauri Boyden, Cambridge, VT 35
93. Sue Skinner, Tallahassee 54
94. Unknown (no card turned in)
95. Rachel Calandra, SGI 33
96. William Ward, Eastpoint 15
97. Walker Bassett, Perry 42
.98. Barbara Lee, Apalach 48

Capitol from Page 4

"Essentially, if we don't get the
money, nothing is going to hap-
pen. Nothing good, nothing bad,"
said Alan C. Pierce of the Franklin
County Commission. "'The County
courthouse will still stay in its
jammed, antiquated quarters ...
and will try to function as best we
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100. Rita Weber, Mendola, IL 67
101. Marie Coleman, Tallahassee 61
102. Dawn Shiver, Eastpoint 40
103. Rosemary Segreti, Tallahassee 44
104. Barbara Sanders, SGI 50
105. Joanna Mauer, Tallahassee 52
106. Louise Britner, Many, LA 44
107. Junie Dahlen, Many, LA 64
108. Unknown (no card turned in)
109. Mary Noel, SGI 71
110. Ron Koeberik, Wisconsin 72
111. Norbert Weber, Mendola, IL 69
112. Mayra Harper, SGI 47
113. M. Ramont, Atlanta, GA 58
114. Elaine Schmidt, Down, IL 42
115. Lannie Vance, Bartlett, IL 33
116. Delia Cooke, Merritt Island 55
117. Philip Brackman, SCI 77
118. Unknown (no card turned in)
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February 15, 2005

Morris Palmer-Las
Brisas Subdivision

Road Elevation and Paving

By Richard E. Noble
Mr. Palmer came before the Board
with an on-going problem con-
cerning road elevation and pav-
ing within the Las Brisas Subdi-
vision. The road within the devel-
opment belongs to the county. Mr.
Palmer has, nevertheless, agreed
to pay for the elevation and pav-
ing. But complications with adja-
cent landowners and the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer Com-
pany have hampered the success
of the project. Alan Pierce ex-
plained the nature of the problem.
A lift station for the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer has been flood-'
ing,'and neighbors have ex-
pressed some concern about pos-
sible flooding on their property as
a result of the road elevation and'
paving project. Alan Pierce read a
letter from the County Engineer
which basically approved the
project and assuaged any fear's
that might be of concern to the'
adjacent property owners. The
road project had been previously,
approved but then work on the
project was stopped due to the
concerns mentioned above.
Mr. Palmer was present to ask
that the project be placed back in
the foreground of County con-
cerns because people living within
Las Brisas have been promised a
pad'.d road for over a year and
were n'I-\ complaining to him.
"If there is a flooding issue, that
issue is-with me not with the
County," said Mr. Palmer. "My
address is on the letter head-if
anybody wants to sue me, I am
ready to accept service tonight, if
possible; but it is not a County
"If we went in there and paved any
of these roads would we (the
County) become a part of any of
these lawsuits?" asked Mr.
"Absolutely not." affirmed Mr.
Palmer went on to explain that the
flooding issue had nothing to do
with the road issue. It had to do
with the previous developer (Mr.
Sullivan) and a fill site at the rear
of the property which had noth-
ing to do with the roads and/or

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their elevation or paving. He had
a letter from his engineer and the
County engineer corroborating
and supporting his claims. He had
notified all of the neighbors and
provided them with the necessary
information, he explained to the
Mr. Hoffer of the Franklin
Chronicle, an adjacent property
owner, expressed his concern
with the project and stated that
he had not been notified and knew
nothing of the goings on with re-
gards to any possible flooding
problems to his property. He fur-
ther expressed a need for an en-
gineering review of the project and
cautioned a need for extreme care
in the fulfillment of this project.
Mr. Palmer promised to supply
Mr. Hoffer with the necessary in-
formation and assured him that
the paving project under discus-
sion was of no concern to Mr.
Hoffer's property.
Mr. Townsmiere then stepped for-
ward to state there was indeed a
problem with flooding in the Las
Brisas development.
I was an observer of the develop-
ment over ten years ... There is a
drain water problem there; there
is a potential stormwater problem
there ... The problem is there be-
cause the original developer
(Sullivan) did not let the County
know that there were wetlands on
the site. The wetlands had been
filled ... It has caused a problem
not only for the developer's land
but upstream of the developer."
He went on to suggest that the
Water Management District
Should be brought in to assist in
a satisfactory solution.
Mr. Palmer returned to explain to
the commission that Mr.
Townsmiere concerns had been
brought up by Mr. Townsmiere in
previous capacities in the past
and were investigated and found
to be unwarranted.
SGeorge Alien froz' the Eastpoint
Water and Sewerthen voiced his
concerns. He reaffirmed that, as
far as he was concerned as a
spokesman for the Eastpoint Wa-
ter and Sewer, that there is a
problem. He spoke of a lift sta-
tion that had to be elevated at the
rear of the property and that it,
now, had to be elevated once
"It doesn't appear that raising that
road is going to solve that drain-
age problem," he said. Mr. Allen.
suggested, as did Mr. Towns-
miere, that a meeting of all the
concerned parties be held to dis-
cuss the issue and come to an
agreement on a solution.

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Mr. Palmer then stepped forward
to point out that the raising of the
lift station mentioned by Mr. Allen
was, in fact, paid for by his client
and not the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer. He reiterated his claim that
the only remaining problem, other
than problems that were not his
responsibility, was with the eleva-
tion and road paving.
Residents of the Las Brisas devel-
opment then came forward to
point out that there were two dif-
erent issues at stake in this de-
bate. They all agreed that the
road-paving project had nothing
to do with the wetlands problem
and they expressed the hope that
the paving project by the County
would be completed as promised.
Mr. Shuler, the County Attorney,
was then asked to comment on
the debate. He suggested that a
specific plan be submitted to the
County Engineer for approval. If
approved then the County Engi-
neer would be liable and not the
Mr. Palmer then presented to the
Board a plan which had not only
been approved by the County
Engineer but was drawn up and
designed by the County Engineer.
The road-paving project was then
approved under the proviso that
the County lawyer have the state-
ments and designs made by the
County Engineer, certified that
there would not be any flooding
beyond the Las Brisas property

Deborah R. Belcher of RPDS
(Roumelis Planning and Develop-
ment Services Inc.) gave her re-
port on the Franklin County
CDBG Status.

Twin Lakes Road
'The Twin lakes Road paving and
water extension project is com-
plete. As you know the project was
well above budget. We took
$20,000 from the drainage line
item to pay a portion of the pav-
ing cost overrun. We also took
$13,924.50 from the drainage tc
pay the additional water cost, but
after the grant amendment we will
be able to transfer $3,680.00 from
the water connection line item tc
pay a portion of this cost. Over-
all, the final result will be $10,
244.50 over on the water budget
"The good news is that the
stormwater easement acquisition
is coming in around $20,000 un-
der budget. This unused money
will be available to offset the ex-
tra costs of the paving and/or

Manhole Rehabilitation in
Gulf Terrace
"Neither The .Lanark Village engi
never nor Preble-Rish.is going t(
produce the bid and contract
documents for the manhole reha
bilitation in Gulf Terrace. I havw
received some specifications fo:
this project and will do the jol
myself. I have requested tha
Preble-Rich provide a generic bid
package for me to use in develop
ing the package. And I will sub
mit it to the Lanark Village Wate
and Sewer office for approval prio
to bidding. If we get a good bid
this work should only take
couple of months to complete.
am not intending to request
bond on this job, because thi
original cost proposal from th,

vendor was under $35,000, and I
don't know if any vendors would
even be able to provide a bond."

"The FEMA saga on Lanark Vil-
lage Is still continuing. It appears
that the DCA staff member who
was in charge of this project had
been ignoring, for months, our
repeated efforts to move the job
along ... We can't be sure of any-
thing at this point. We have not
been told that the money won't
come, however, so that is the
bright spot in this fog.
"I recommend that we proceed
with bidding the Lanark Village
stormwater this month ... The
Grant expiration date is 9/28/
2005. The stormwater construc-
tion can be complete in 4 months,
barring an extreme complication
... DCA's CDBG representative for
our project is saying that he won't
approve a time extension ... How-
ever, I think someone higher up
at DCA should see the wisdom of
delaying to do the 100 year de-
sign project with FEMA funds
(which was our stated intention
all along), and the DCA's Emer-
gency Management Division's role
in our situation."

Desk Monitoring
"Last month I provided informa-
tion to DCA for a procedure called
a "desk monitoring" ... Monday I
faxed in the last item, which was
the proof of publication of a fair
housing newspaper ad I had pub-
lished last month. This is some-
thing I did on the County's behalf,
to comply with the County's grant
requirement of conducting an
annual fair housing activity. I ex-
pect to receive an "all clear" moni-
toring report letter in a couple of
"I or we should do another fair
housing activity in April, which is
national fair housing month. Un-
less I have a different suggestion
From you, ... I will run another
newspaper ad."


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Diane Dyal on the West Texas Plains

(From left) Dr. Jerry Hoffer, Dr.
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hassee, a quick stop at Sam's Club was needed for film, oranges,
apples, etc. Finally, by afternoon, the "Georgie Boy" RV was headed
out on Interstate 10, with a first lunch at Gretna, Florida. Then, an-
other gas refill at Bonafey, and finally the Florida-Alabama border
and the Alabama Welcome Center. On a late Saturday afternoon, traffic
was getting heavy around Mobile, Alabama and we managed to get
into our first RV camp just over the Mississippi-Alabama state line.
In the southern portion of Alabama, bordering on the Gulf of Mexico,
the state occupies less than 100 miles of terrain, so the passage across
was quick.
Another observation at this time: Much of humanity appears to be
coming to the coastal areas of the states we traveled through. In south-
ern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, there is a consider-
able amount of commercial development-apartments, new busi-
nesses, restaurants, etc.
Our first night in an RV camp reminded me of the location for the
Alan Bates motel in "Psycho," but that is probably an exaggeration. A
quiet, very quiet camp with only a few vehicles parked amid many
trees. This was a long day for Andy, yet he found the energy to go
through the various "RV evaluations" required in order to take full
advantages of the amenities, including hookup for water, electricity,
sewer, leveling and security. There is a lot technology on these rigs
including a microwave oven, coffee maker, propane stove, refrigera-
tor, and various dials and levels to tell you if refills are needed, or
water tanks are overflowing. From this location, we were informed by
my brother's wife, Robin, that her map showed us 1,093 miles from
El Paso. The next day, we headed for Baton Route, Louisiana.
Sunday, February 20, we drove out of the RV camp just about the
time the sun came up. We used an American Automobile Association
'Trip Ticket" book, and obtained copies of the various state maps as
we visited each "Welcome Center." I noted that the AAA maps did not
always list each exit on the Interstate, and omitted some details; there
were occasional differences in the reported mileage distances when
compared with the more detailed state maps available at the Wel-
come Centers. It is useful to use both devices. The AAA travel books
have useful details on various stops along the way and of course the
motel-hotel listings are critically important if you want to flee into a
hot shower at the end of a long driving day.
On Sunday afternoon, in the middle of Baton Rouge traffic, we had
our first breakdown. Something to do with the intake manifold in the
engine, and it died, or nearly so. We managed to get into the driveway
of old friends, the Richard Nelsons, who graciously put us up for two
days while we waited for repairs. It was a challenge finding their home
after having crossed the Mississippi River twice and doubling back to
the correct street. I noted as.well that some of the Interstate signs
with their familiar green back-ground and white letters would have
us switching lanes of heavy traffic willy-nilly. This is not easy with a
15,000 lbs. moving vehicle rolling down the highway at 40 mph, with
traffic coming into the highway from the left and the right. The Loui-
siana portion of the Interstate is a mess; quite bumpy and jarring.
Andy grew tired trying to hold the vehicle in the lane.

The vehicle repaired and a nice visit with the Nelsons concluded, we
were back on the Interstate 10 by very early Tuesday morning with a
7 a.m. departure. By 2:20 p.m, we had arrived in Houston and their
race-track roadways. Andy finally negotiated the heavy traffic and we
escaped to Kerrville, Texas for breakfast the next morning, Wednes-
day. Here, we found the Nexus telephone system failed completely
and we were not able to telephone anyone until reaching El Paso. The
landscape of Texas began to change from rolling, green hills to rug-
ged plateaus and bolder-ridden mountains by the time we reached
Van Horne. The mountains in the distance came closer and traffic
became heavy. There were long valleys outlined with two ribbons of
highway streaking off into the distance, going through a few small
communities that seemed to be forever isolated from each other. These
were long, lonely stretches of highway, typical of west Texas.
There was Fort. Stockton as an important milestone on the trek to the
west. No wireless telephone service working yet. But, the windmills
atop high plateaus were churning over, presumably generating cheap
electric power from the wind.
The trio arrived in El Paso late Thursday afternoon, February 24th,
negotiating a couple of Interstate turns west of the Franklin Moun-
tains. My brother, Jerry, is four years older than I and has been mar-
ried to. Robin for 34 years. They have a lovely four bedroom home on
the side of the Franklin mountain range, with a spectacular view of
eastern El Paso'at:night. Jerry is suffering from dementia but we, had
a lively visit, reminiscing and rediscovering our histories including
families andtfd friends. His younger son, my nephew, Craig, visited
the house the next morning. In between, Robin drove us toLas Cruces
for a visit to an historic dining establishment, 'The Crown Jewel of
Old Mesilla", a property placed on the national register of historic
places. Jerry and Robin have also employed Maria, a
Mexican-American who has worked for them for over three decades,
a gracious lady who helped run the household including their six
dogs. There were other errands and luncheons in the brief two-day
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Healthcare Issues from Page 1

"Perry, their community, floated a bond issue, and built a beautiful
new hospital-but I'm telling you, they have got their own issues;
they've got their problems. You know why? It is all about economics
... all about economics. What we have to do is use our resources,"
Congressman Boyd told the crowd.
The question was then asked by the facilitator as to what the audi-
ence understood to be "quality healthcare".
The doctors in the audience talked of technical advances'.
S "Affordability is more the issue here," one observer interjected.
"Even the hospital staff, here, has no insurance," Doctor Adamcryck
'I've heard a lot of-let's let somebody else pay for it." Virginia York,
the facilitator, said changing the subject. "People often do that. But,
let's think what can individuals do?"
"Well, the fishermen have no healthcare; the construction workers
have no healthcare-these are two of the biggest industries here. Now
I just hear that even the hospital staff does not have healthcare ...
"Well, the chamber of Commerce doesn't have any healthcare," of-
fered the lady from the Chamber.
Doctor Wilder then went on to describe the County's lack of foresight
in participating in fr'ee-care programs incorporated, in Leon and Bay
County. 'This community is just not facing up to this. We just re-
cently passed a tax on the tourists. That' ax oril'a.iy'; fTor advertis-I
ing. It doesn't pay for any of the services that tourist might use."'
A woman from the Chamber of Commerce then defended the tax in
It was then suggested that other taxes could be incorporated-tourist
taxes, sales taxes, land taxes etc.
"But you all missed my point," the facilitator interrupted. "How can
we as individuals-what can we do to prevent people from getting ill?
What could we do as individuals to educate the people on how to live
a healthier life?"
"Preventive medicine?" someone offered, hesitantly.
"Like what?"
"Exercise?" asked the moderator.
"Ahhh ... yeah.
"What about the children at school?" queried Virginia.
The discussion then returned, once again, to the poverty of the basic
community and the overall general lack of education, money, means
and the inability of the basic population to buy affordable healthcare.
"But looking at healthcare," Virginia struggled. "If we can start young,
have children exercise, eat better, learning what is good for you and
what is not good for you, attack things like obesity, throughout the
whole community. And tell me,'what about the elderly? What are
your concerns about the elderly?"
No transportation for local elderly people to get to the in-county and
out-of-county facilities, no computer skills, inability to fill out forms -
were a few of the comments. And then the discussion went right back
to the affordability issue, the non-insured and under qualified.
The consensus was that the young people are not concerned about
healthcare-theirs or anybody else's.
The discussion then turned back to people who were losing their in-
surance; who were having their coverage canceled; who were having
their premiums raised to the point where they could no longer keep
up; unions that were voting down the benefits to their old timers; and
people in general, losing their coverage when the time has come in
their life when they most need it.
We then talked about accessibility and medical staff. All comments
on staff were positive, except that most staff workers don't know why
they stay here, and most of the qualified go someplace where they
can be guaranteed better paychecks and on a more guaranteed ba-
Accessibility led directly back to the uninsured.
"I've heard that there is a healthcare for the needy here, that has just
been formed-what are your views on that?"
The audience rumbled hopefully, then someone mention that there
was recently started a volunteer healthcare committee.
"I didn't know that," Allen Boyd interjected, exuberantly rising up
from his seat. "That's fantastic! That's a good starting place ... I want
you to know that we are not here to step on anybody's toes; we are
here to assist."
"How many people are on this committee?"
Congressman Boyd complimented the committee members on this
healthcare initiative, and then turned the floor back over to one of his
"So, let me get this straight," said Roy Venato, concluding his part of
the presentation. "You said that the Chamber had no insurance, the
hospital has no insurance, the oystermen have no insurance. On my
thing here it says: Are you considered adequately Insured?-I sup-
pose that I don't have to ask that question." The audience laughed.

A lady in the audience then explained that her rate for insurance
coverage since January 1, just went from $300/month to $750/month;
another woman told of how her rate just went to $800/month. She
was asked if that was only for her or was that for the whole family. It
was just for her, she said.
"How are people paying for these increases?" asked Roy Venato.

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No one knew.
"I was trained not to ask anyone if they had insurance," said Doctor
Adamcryck, "but I find myself doing that now, because if they can't
afford the medicine-the most effective medicine is the medicine that
the patient can afford. So I ask to find a more inexpensive alternative
that would help them. If they can't afford it, they are not going to go
and get it."
Another lady said that she had been thinking of retiring but Lwith the
rising costs of her medical insurance, that is no longer possible.
Then Doctor Adamcryck complained of the difficulty in getting their
money from the government or insurance companies, because of the
detailed required in the paper work.
"How could we alleviate that?" asked Virginia. "Might this be a roll for
volunteers in the community to man a place, say one day a week?
Maybe retired people, or people who are willing to give their time. "
It was then pointed out that almost everything of a social nature was
performed by volunteers in Franklin County (fire departments, school
athletic programs, soccer'coaches, festivals, fundraiser, senior citi-
zens programs etc.L.The idea being-that all.those who nre of-the ,type
to volunteer are.all volunteered out.
"Maybe you don't realize this but-we really live on the edge here.
That job (medical paper work) takes skill. We have a hard time getting
people to volunteer. "
The discussion then turned to a general public's lack of overall trust
in the government.
Allen Boyd concluded the afternoon's discussion with a few basic
statements. ..
'The solution is going to be local," he said with emphasis. "I can go to
Washington with some of these ideas about a national program, but
I'm telling you, things there move mighty dern slow. There have got to
be things that we can do locally--take the resources we got: take the
problems that we got--m,t t- h I _mnl up and see if we can't-solve some-
thing. We want some sor ol:inimkerdtl.e impact. You have a huge start
with your health council I a;m iriillv ,-.cited about that and I want to
be a part of that.
"Dr. Wilder, you said that we are the most advanced countryin the
world with the least advanced healthcare. I don't know exactly what
you meant. We have quality healthcare, but our people just can't get'
into it."
"Yes, but if you use all the measuring sticks-infant mortality, acces-
sibility, all the morbidity issues-we rank about 16th in those cat-
egories, and far below that in many others."
"Most of that is access," offered Boyd.
"It is the financial areas that we have institutionalized. The Scandi-
navian countries don't have these problems. They have socialized
medicine, and this country _ays that we can't do that it would cost
us an arm and a leg. They (the Scandinavian countries) compete on
the international market and are beating us selling their goods and
services and we can't compete because our healthcare system is keep-
ing us out of the market," said Dr. Wilder.
"In 1960 this country spent 23 billion dollars on healthcare, in 2001
we spent 1.2 trillion. That is a fifty times increase. In. 1960 we spent
four percent on healthcare; in 2001 almost 13%-that is an over three
times increase. Healthcare c::sti are rising at a 7 to 8 percent in-
crease. Other goods and ,.r i. ie are about a 2 to 3 percent increase.
So we have a three times the cost of other goods and services in our
healthcare. We do have a problem.
'Twelve years ago, Dr. Wilder, this country went through the debate
about the system that you advocate. That debate was led by the now
Senator Hillary Clinton. This country wildly rejected that notion back
then for what reason, I don't know. That was before I got to Congress
and I was not heavily involved in that debate. Back then you had
maybe 30 million uninsured folks-today we got 45 to 50 million. As
a result, many people are slipping through the cracks. We do have a
problem. We want to try and work on some of those problems locally.
Medicare is broken, and it is a mess and if you think that Social
Security is the problem, Medicare is going to break this country long
before Social Security ever becomes a major problem. We are not here
to solve the national healthcare crisis. Let's think locally; let's think
"If I had to take one ting out of this meeting to try an improve the
healthcare situation in this county ... it would be a new facility. "
There'was an obvious confusion between Dr. Wilder and Mr. Boyd
relating to the ranking of the U.S. in healthcare concerns. We have
the technology, as Congressman Boyd pointed out, but not the ac-
cess. But Dr. Wilder was also correct in his statistics as they related
to the industrialized nations of the world. Certainly the U.S. is not
behind the whole world in its healthcare system but it is far from first
when compared to the industrialized nations of the world.
Congressman Boyd's numbers with regards to percentages spent on
healthcare by our government were also worthy of inquiry. It is true
that our federal expenditures for healthcare have increased over the
years since 1960, but what percentage of those increases have gone
to large corporations, medical suppliers, and pharmaceutical compa-
bility? That is the important question that was not asked.

It is a rather mild statement to say that "people are slipping through
the cracks" in our healthcare system. To put the national healthcare
crisis in a more alarming perspective, the U.S. now has within its
borders, between fifteen and twenty countries the population size of
Nicaragua, or the entire nation of France, or twice all the population
of all of central America, or nearly double all the people in Canada, or
four Astrailias living without healthcare. That crack is more than a



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crack-it a fissure the size of the Grand canyon.
As Allen Boyd said, it is a much more serious situation than even the
Social Security Dilemma. The problem is that healthcare is only a
problem to those who don't have any, just as unemployment was
only a problem to the three out of ten who did riot have work during
the Depression,
During the Depression years a team of photographers were commis-
sioned to go out,around the country and take pictures of the soup
lines, and the homeless, and the hobo jungles, the distended bellies
of the hungry children, the abandoned families living in the streets,
the over crowded railroad boxcars filled with hoboes out to find food
and a job-because the seven in ten who had employment didn't be-
lieve that there was a depression going on. They needed pictures to
prove it to people.
Allen Boyd wanted to'wrap up tl, inIi'-iri 1 ii.. l I --t ,-.I I'r: Ii rli'i-
p..n l ,..,ereju st ,ilii -i _l,rled C n- in- -;...nA '" 1.11 -.'il""' l"Li1 il I I
irig,': iii care gr..r Ii' r S.I:tr1,0000 that the County had pu.t-inlor, but
that had been rejected by the State. Congressman Boyd said that hg
didn't know anything about that particular problem but he would
look into it.
The congressman then made it a point of honor to mention that this
was the only town meeting that he had been to, where four of the five
local County Commissioners had made it their concern to be present
for the discussion. He thanked Mr. Putnal, Cheryl Sanders, Mr. Noah
Lockley and Mr. Crofton personally.
It was clear that Congressman. Boyd was not here to bury Caesar
(George Bush), nor was e here to praise him. Congressman Boyd is
not about to challenge the Bush policies here in the Panhandle. Ira
fact, "he has the dubious distinction of being the first Democrat to
endorse privatizing Social Security" as reported in last month's Na'
tion Magazine. But, he is trying to think positive and make the best o,f
what seems to. bethe inevitable. It was made absolutely clear, that
the voters should be aware that there will be very little money trick-
ling down from above for any social programs in the immediate fu_
ture. The government is making a U-turn. Government funding fotf
social programs is going to have to fight its way up from the bottom'r;
What the County wants the County is going to have to pay for. If you
can't find the money here, you are probably not going to find it else=
where and you will have to do without.
Nevertheless, the Congressman did leave the meeting members in A.
positive spirit. He did insinuate something about the possibility--
maybe, somehow, hopefully-of a newjoint facility established through
some sort of cooperation between Gulf and Franklin County.
So, there you have it-pull-in your belts, eat a proper diet, get more'
exercise, lose some weight, trim down the kids, wash your hands
frequently, sponsor more cookie sales and cake auctions, volunteer
to do more for your fellow citizens, and try not to get sick. .

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Date ofthis Notice 03/02/05 Invoice No. 9796
Deccnplion of Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model Color Red
Tg No. I72QKX Year 1993 Sate FL v\n No. 1G2JC14HXP7574807
To Owner: Susan L. Brown To Lien Holder
6032 18th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33540

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01/22/05 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
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$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 04/06/05 at 12:00 noon
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will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
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$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of$ 20.00 per
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February 7, 2005

The Florida Travel appeals emphasize "The Beach" and
appropriate infrastructure
Trip from Page 7
stay, but by Saturday, we realized that the long drive back to Florida
awaited us. I had not seen my brother for several years and my first
impression was that we were old men. This is a little tough to take.
Eventually, the long highway stretches changed to more rolling coun-
tryside as we neared San Antonio and Kerrville, again. On-Sunday
morning, it happened-one of the heater hoses sprung a leak and so
we pulled into a rest stop. Fortunately, the cell phone came back to
life momentarily, and we called for help. Eventually, we were towed to
another RV camp near Kerrville, and surprisingly found a mechanic
who worked the RV park on his off days. Chris Burkhard worked for
four hours replacing the hose, putting in oil and water, and checking
out the engine. Both of our "accidents" happened on a Sunday, and it
looked as if we might have to prolong the trip yet another day due to
mechanical difficulties. But, thanks to Chris, we were on our way
Sunday afternoon, staying overnight in a motel near Houston, Texas.
We were stalled one day earlier in a rainstorm when the windshield
motor wiring worked itself loose, but that repair was made fairly
quickly. With three breakdowns, I thought we made the charm. We
left the Houston area Monday, February 28th, and drove for fourteen
hours to Eastpoint, Florida, arriving about 11 p.m.-tired and dirty.
The Welcome Centers in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and
New Mexico and Florida have a potpourri of brochures, booklets, and
maps to dazzle the senses. Each of those states promotes itself through
those media, mainly expensively printed, full color brochures as slick
as they can be. While it is nearly impossible to categorize the materi-
als with much reliability, I would say the major thrust to the visitors
to Alabama is museum touring.
In Mississippi, there is little question that the chief appeal to the
visitor is gambling,'along with many promotions of access to the Gulf
of Mexico. In Louisiana, a major appeal was found in the promotion
visits to the Louisiana swamps since a great deal of the distance is on
an elevated highway over the bayou marshes. In Texas, the appeal
concentrates on a mixed bag of historical sites, Presidential Librar-
ies, State Parks and miscellaneous promotions. And, in New Mexico,
the emphasis is on western history and the scenic wonders of that
state. As we returned to Florida, we encountered a staggering display
of thousands of brochures and leaflets promoting "the beach" and
access to the Gulf of Mexico, including all the support infrastructure
of hotels and restaurants.
The cell telephone is very useful for such travel, especially in emer-
gencies. We telephoned family and friends often, letting them know
where we were at the time, and the familiar voice on the speaker is
some reassurance of intimacy. But, the telephone also creates a
vacuum, a longing ache for a few more minutes of conversation. In
all, we traveled about 3000 miles. We "rediscovered" a lot of things
about our great country, our families, and ourselves. We encoun-
tered many folks who desired to help us out of our auto "breakdowns"
and "repairs", and in the recreational vehicle camps, there are some
very nice and friendly folks, including the couple at Kerrville with the
Dalmatian dog that ate part of Andy's ice cream cone.

Chris Burkhard,
Kerrville, Texas

a mechanic that serviced our RV in

Panacea Blue Crab Festival


Join the fun, get your name and
favorite fish, oyster, lobster, and
scallop dish in this year's Blue
Crab Festival's cookbook, "Blue
Crab Fishtails and Coastal Deli-
"Panacea has long been called a
place for gastronomic delight. For
the second year in a row, we are
offering the 'Get the Blues in
Panacea Cookbook' to our smor-
gasbord of hometown family fun
or locals, ex-locals, wannabe-
locals and visitors from all over
Florida and Georgia," exclaims
Kathie Brown, Co-Chair of the
Blue Crab Festival 2004.
Paige Killeen and Jennifer
Harrison will be concocting a book
that will tell you all you've ever
wanted to know about fish, oys-
ters, lobster and scallops, includ-
ing how to catch them, clean
them, cook them and shell them.
"For those who share our passion
for seafood, you must send us
your favorite recipes, Paige said.
"Blue Crab Fishtails and Coastal
Delicacies" cookbook will high-
light appetizers, salads, sand-

wiches, entrees, bisques, soups,
stews and chowders. And, once
again, David Harrison will be as-
sisting us in the cookbook pro-
"We're including Panacea's reci-
pes from some of our community's
finest chiefs and a few local ce-
lebrities," said Jennifer. "Special
thanks goes to Noah Posey-
collector of past festival programs
containing recipes from local resi-
dents, family, and friends. Many
of these folks are no longer with
us, but their contributions live on
in the tasty delights found in our
cookbook," she added. The cook-
book will be sold during the May
7th festival.

Panacea is located just southwest
of Crawfordville in scenic Wakulla
County, about 45 minutes south
of downtown Tallahassee via state
highway 319 to Coastal Highway
98. Additional information is
available at www.bluecrab-
festival.com or call 850-984-
CRAB (2722).

Services for William Earl Greer, 84, were held at Kelley Funeral Home
(Apalachicola) on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Greer
had retired in 1967 as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army, a
veteran of three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam
conflict. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery (Carrabelle).
He was born September 9, 1920, in Maysville, Mo. He enlisted in the
Army in 1939 and served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War
and Vietnam. He earned a bronze star with oak leaf cluster, two purple
hearts from World War II and the Korean War, and numerous other
medals and commendations, including some from foreign govern-
ments. He dedicated his life to service. He was a lifelong Mason (free
and accepted Mason's, Carrabelle Lodge No. 73) and a longtime mem-
ber of Lions International. He was also a longtime member of Figure
Collectors of America. Until his death, he helped support the follow-
ing: Korean War Orphans House, N.R.A., Best Friends Animal Sanc-
tuary, Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper Inc., Ilse Newell Fund,
Apalachicola Historical Society, Apalachicola Seafood Festival and
many others.
He is survived by his wife Helen Greer; and daughter, Katherine, Greer.
Nelson (and husband William); a son, William Greer (and wife Linda);
and two grandchildren.
Bill Greer's work is easily observed and appreciated at the interpreta-
tion center, Fort Gadsden, where he created a model of the Fort, illus-
trating the organization and structure of the installation. Mr. Greer
was an active historian, a voracious reader and commentator on na-
tional and local history. He often hosted briefing sessions at the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society meetings, the last one on the
subject of John Gorrie, inventor of an ice machine.

Auditor General Report

A Financial Audit Report

For The Franklin County

School Board

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004
The State of Florida Auditor General has recently released audit re-
port.on the Franklin County School Board.
The Financial Highlight include the following:
Net assets at June 30, 2004, totaled $7,991,843.30, which repre-
sents an increase of $2,060,295.87 (35 percent) from the previous
year. The primary reason for the significant increase was an increase
in the Local Capital Improvement tax levy from 1 to 2 mills. This
increase was a pre-condition of the Florida Department of Education
in qualifying for a Special Facilities Construction Account appropria-
tion to fund the construction of a proposed new K-12 school.
During the current year, the General Fund had a net change in fund
balance of $36,316.29. This may be compared to last year's results in
which the General Fund had a net change in fund balance of
$51,388.98. This marks the fifth straight year in which the District's
financial condition has improved over the prior year.
The District uses Federal funding to supplement State and local fund-
ing provided by the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP). The
Florida Department of Education calculates FEFP funding, in part,
on student population.
During the current year, the District renegotiated an existing
installment-purchase contract. The maturity date of the new con-
tract is January 15, 2008, whereas that of the original contract was
June 4, 2018. The term of the contract has thus been shortened by
10 years, achieving savings in interest costs of $433,641.96.

Non-Financial Highlights
The District's charter school added a grade, making it a kindergarten
through fifth grade school. The school is reported as a component
unit in the financial statements.
Superintendent Jo Ann B. Gander's response to the audit is excerpted
below, indicating the various findings in the audit and her responses
to the audit, as follows:
Finding No. 1: Architect and Construction Management Services.
Construction Manager Pay Requests were not signed by the Architect
evidencing his review of the requests to ensure they were in accor-
dance with the Construction Managers contract.
Response/Proposed Corrective Action: We concur with this find-
ing. As a corrective measure, we will ensure that all future Construc-
tion Manager Pay Requests are reviewed and signed by the Architect
before payment is made,
Finding No. 2: Computer Software and Tangible Personal Property
A. Unexplained differences of immaterial amounts were noted be-
tween District subsidiary property records and amounts reported on
the annual financial report.
B. Depreciation expenses reported on the annual financial report were
not adequately supported or explained.
Response/Proposed Corrective Action: We concur with these find-
ings. In accordance with your recommendations, in the future we will
endeavor to properly post entries to the detailed subsidiary records
and reconcile them to amounts reported on the annual financial re-
port; we will promptly investigate and resolve reconciling items: and
we will ensure that depreciation expenses reported on the annual
financial report are correctly calculated and adequately supported.
Finding No. 3: School Internal Accounts: An independent audit of
school internal funds for fiscal year 2003-04 disclosed weaknesses in
internal control.
Response/Proposed Corrective Action: We concur with this find-
ing. A list of the audit exceptions will be provided the applicable schools
and the Director of Financial Services will work with them in imple-
menting the appropriate corrective actions.
Finding No. 4: Relocatable Building Inspections: Required annual
inspections by a Uniform Building Code Inspector were not made of
nine relocatable buildings.
Response/Proposed Corrective Action: We concur with this find-
ing. It was a result of our misunderstanding of what type of inspec-
tions were required. 'We are currently in the process of locating a
Uniform Building Code Inspector to carry out the required inspec-

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