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Volume 14, Number 14 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


A Brief History Of The

Florida Constitution

Convention Of 1838-1839

By Wayne Childers


The site of Florida's first state Constitution Convention as well as
the vanished city of St. Joseph are featured at Constitution Con-
vention State Museum at Port St. Joe.
More than 150 years ago, St. Joseph was selected over Tallahas-
see (the territorial capital) as the site of the state's Constitution
Convention because of antagonism between East Florida and
Middle Florida and because of the efforts of boomtown promot-
ers. St. Joseph, created in 1835, was a boomtown when it com-
peted with the town of Apalachicola as a trading port. Its popula-
tion quickly reached 12,000. By 1840, it was clear that the city of
St. Joseph could not compete commercially with Apalachicola;
and the town laid aside its role as a commercial metropolis and
served as an attractive pleasure resort. In the summer of 1841,
yellow fever reached epidemic proportions in the entire territory,
and St. Joseph was especially hard hit. The population declined
from already fewer than 6,000 to 400 in less than one year. Many
of the deserted houses were dismantled and shipped to
Apalachicola for reconstruction. Some still remain there today.
SThe hurricane of September 1844 completely destroyed what re-
mained of the town. The only thing left was the town's cemetery-
a grim reminder of a small town's struggle to compete.
During this nine-year period, work to bring Florida to statehood con-
tinued. Although Florida had been an American territory since 1821,
many Floridians, especially those living in prosperous Middle Florida,
had long favored a change from territory to statehood. On the other
hand. East and West Floridians opposed statehood because of costs,
feeling that Florida was too poor to assume the financial burden of a
state government. The first of Florida's five constitutions was drafted
by a convention that met on December 3, 1838.
By 1835, the question of Florida Statehood had become a burning
issue for Floridians. There were continuous references to the.Treaty
of Cession to Spain in 1819 and to a Royal Order from the King of
Spain that impressed upon the population that they were to be ad-
mitted to statehood and full American citizenship as quickly as pos-
sible. At that time, American citizenship rested on state citizenship
and so the residents of Florida were sort of second class citizens. But
there were also those who opposed statehood. These people were usu-
ally opposed to any kind of taxation, especially to what they saw as
the potentially onerous burden of financially supporting the Semi-
nole Indian War in South Florida. Their fear was that statehood would
shift the expenses of the war to the state of Florida and dramatically
increase the taxes imposed on its populace. However there were oth-
ers such as Peter W. Gautier, Jr., who supported statehood and ad-
mission to the Union.
In 1835, Gautier, the son of the Reverend Peter W. Gautier, Sr., had
moved from Marianna where he operated a hotel to Apalachicola.
Now, in 1836, he moved to St. Joseph where he purchased the St.
Joseph Telegraph which he promptly renamed the St. Joseph Times.
On February 2, 1838, as a result of his efforts as editor of the Times,
the territorial legislature selected St. Joseph as the place to hold a
constitutional convention. Gautier was a delegate to the territorial
legislature and besides arranging for the site of the constitutional
convention, he also arranged for Calhoun County to be forged out of
parts of Franklin, Washington and, Jackson Counties with the County
Seat at St. Joseph. The date for the Convention was set as December
3rd, 1838. E. J. Wood built the convention hall, which had appar-
ently been designed for use as a warehouse, or other commercial
structure after the convention was finished. The interior was hung
with paintings of famous statesmen and the portrait of George Wash-
ington hung over the presiding officer's podium. One of the consider-
ations for. choosing St. Joseph as the site, was undoubtedly the pres-
ence of sufficient lodgings for all the delegates. At this time, they
could choose among at least eight establishments, each of which would
also have boasted a restaurant and bar. These were the Mansion
House, the Pickwick House, the Byron House, the Tontine House, the
Shakespeare House, the Pavilion, the Fontaine House, the German
Ocean House and the Railroad cottage. There may have been others
such as the Florida Hotel, which was in operation by February 2,
1839. There were a wide variety of diversions as well. Not only was
there allegedly a large number of bordellos for the relief of the del-
egates but another drawing card which recommended St. Joseph was
its ample supply of ice cut from northern ponds in the winter, brought
by ship and stored in well insulated icehouses. This assured the del-
egates of iced drinks and ice cream. This was something rather unique
in Florida.


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Some of the delegates arrived by ship from St. Marks while others
came by steamboat and then rail from the little town of Greenville on
Depot Creek. Some of them may also have come by stagecoach on
National Public Road 64 that had just been completed through St.
Joseph in the summer of 1838. A stage line had opened running from
St. Joseph to Apalachicola with trips twice a week on this road.
The convention began with the usual disagreements in such situa-
tions. There were no rules for a Constitutional Convention with fewof
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Continued on Page 9


July 8 21, 2005


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Brief History of Constitution Convention ............ 1
New Prison in Franklin County ............................. 1
Carrabelle Senior Citizen's Center ................... 1
Franklin Briefs .................................................. 2
Editorial & Commentary............................. 3, 4, 7
Second Circuit Court Report ........................... 5, 6
FCAN ................................................................ .... 8
Business Card Directory ...................................... 9
Progress Energy ................. .. ............. ............ 10



Carrabelle Tries To Get

Handle On Rapid Growth

By Sue Cronkite
In an effort to rope in rapid growth, the City of Carrabelle;plans to set
up their own Planning and Zoning Board.
A master map of Carrabelle's utility lines and a set of development
standards are to be prepared by the city's engineering firm,
Baskerville-Donovan, in order for commissioners to get a handle on
the rapid development.
A 60-day easing off period on new development has been set, with a
single-family home on a single-family platted plot as an exception.
Also, those projects which have had their preliminary site plan al-
ready approved will be allowed to go forward on schedule, but no new
projects are to be accepted for consideration for the 60 days from the
June 2 meeting of the city commission, said Mayor Jim Brown.
Carrabelle projects on the Franklin County Planning and Zoning
meeting agenda for June 14, which was cancelled, included a request
to rezone 43.17 acres lying in Section 13 and 14,,Township 7 South,
Range 5 West, from A-2 Forestry Agriculture to R-1 Single Family
Residential and Large Scale Land Use Change from Agricultural to
Residential. The request was submitted by GEA, Inc., agent for Shazad
Sanaullah, owner.
Sketch .plat approval was requested on a 4-lot subdivision named
"Pristine Shores" on property described as.1881 West Highway 98,
Carrabelle. Request submitted by Mary Lawhon, agent for Apalachee
Bay Properties, owner..
Final plat approval was on the agenda for consideration of a request
for a 4-lot subdivision named "Pine \'iew Cove" on property lying in
Section 36, Township 7 South, Range 7 \Ve-t. Request submitted by
GEA, Inc., agent for Ben Willis, Owner.'
Also seeking sketch plat approval was a request and special excep-
tion to cluster a 10 Lot subdivision named "Aqua tranquilla," known
as Lots 2,3,4, and 5, Silent Waters. Request submitted by GEA, Inc.,
agent for Paul Osterbye, owner.

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Representative Will Kendrick
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(left) and Secretary James


New Prison Opens In

Franklin County

Elected Officials Join Corrections Secretary For Ribbon
Cutting
Department of Corrections Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr. was joined
on June 29th by local officials to cut the ribbon on the Franklin Cor-
rectional Institution.
State Representative Will Kendrick, Franklin County Commission
Chairman Cheryl Sanders, Carrabelle Mayor James Brown, repre-
! sentatives from Clark Construction. Company and numerous other
officials joined the Secretary in the ceremony.
"Crime in Florida is at its lowest point in more than '30 years," said
Secretary Crosby. "Governor Bush has always been supportive of fund-
ing prison beds to make sure inmates serve the maximum amount of
their sentences. Opening this facility will help ensure that goal con-
tinues to be met."
Construction on the prison began in February 2004, which cost a
total of $60.6 million. When fully operational, the facility will have:
1,335 beds; approximately $5.9 million in operating expenditures and
$13.3 million in annual salaries. The first inmates will be arriving
this month with all construction completed by December.
The Department of Corrections' mission is to protect the public by
operating a safe, secure, humane and efficient corrections system.
The Web address is www.dc.state.fl.us.


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Franklin County Correctional Institute, front gate.


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Chronicle


The New Board questions why the Tucker report was ignored from
October 26, 2004 until February 10, 2005, with the knowledge of the
Executive Director, and no action taken. Several of the New Board
members also question the forgiving of the questioned expenditures
Continued on Page 8


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY

Carrabelle Senior Citizen's

Center
The Other Side of the Story
By Richard E. Noble
The story concerning the Carrabelle Senior Center has been all over
the news. I personally have been contacted by many local residents
who have been involved in the Carrabelle Center in one manner or
another. It almost seems that'everybody over the age of fifty who is a
permanent resident of Franklin County has been, at one time or an-
other, an Executive Director, Board member, president, or a partici-
pant in the Carrabelle Senior Center and everybody has an opinion.


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One could write a very long editorial simply relating these opinions,
but such an endeavor would be meaningless. I would like to say that
I will deal here with riothing but the facts, but, unfortunately, even
the facts are subject to interpretation.
I can tell you one fact that is a fact and not subject to any opinion,
though: The questionable activities being discussed in the news and
this article about the Carrabelle Senior Center with regards to the
misappropriation of funds, are inder investigation by the FDLE. Even-
tually they will announce their decision on whether a crime has been
committed or not and what action will be pursued.
Other facts: Will Kendrick, the most recent executive director at the
Center, resigned. The fiscal officer resigned; the secretary resigned;
Janice Wise, the Director for an area organization which provides
funds for services to the elderly has pulled her funding for the Center,
and the coordinator for the SHIP program has found another posi-
tion-although the SHIP program is still renting space at the Senior
Center.
Clearly the question of what is going on over there must be asked by
any local newspaper.
In the last issue of the Chronicle I related a meeting that I conducted
with some of the members of the Board of Directors of the Carrabelle
Senior Center. Just this week I was called to have a second meeting.
In my last article in the June 23 July 7 issue of the Chronicle it was
discovered that there were two separate check books at the Center-
one for the "Project" (Federal and State Grant moneys) and the other
for the "Board". At this latest meeting, I have now learned that there
are two Boards-the "Old Board" and the "New Board". As you have
probably guessed, these'two Boards have been in conflict. The con-
flict between these-two Boards is and has been the crux of this di-
lemma. And the conflict between them has been basically dealing
with this problem of questionable use of Center funds that is now
under investigation by the FDLE.
The Chronicle has also received from various anonymous sources
numerous written memoranda, letters, minutes from various Center
meetings, lawyer's statements, canceled checks etc. At this point, I
want to point out that the information in the Chronicle's possession
has come from several different sources. There has been no one per-
son who has provided the paper with all the information that it has.
In fact, much of the material that was shown to me at this last re-
quested meeting by these Board members, we already had in our
possession from other sources.
As you can probably understand, nobody whom I have spoken with
about this issue wants to be quoted or mentioned directly in this
article. One reason being the on-going current investigation by the
FDLE.
It would be impossible to start this discordant tale at the beginning-
unless, of course, I was intending to write a novel. For the lack of any
better alternative we can, I think, justifiably, state that the present
problem all began with a report from T. Michael Tucker, CPA, P.A.,
certified Public Accountants.

The Tucker Investigation
T. MICHAEL TUCKER, CPA, P.A.
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
POST OFFICE BOX 555
BLOUNTSTOWN. FLORIDA 32424
October 26, 2004
The Board of Directors
Franklin County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 814
Carrabelle, Florida 32322
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
The terms of our engagement with Franklin County Senior. Citizens
Council, Inc. ("the Council") set forth in our engagement letter dated
March 8, 2004 provides a description of the services we are to provide
the Council in preparing a Review Report on the financial statements
of the Council, Inc. as of and for the year ended December 31, 2003.
These services include informing the appropriate level of manage-
ment of the Council of any fraud or illegal acts that come to our at-
tention during the course of our work.
In addition, the Standards for Accounting and Review Services adopted
by our profession also requires we report direct to you any instances
of fraud or other illegal acts coming to our attention during the course
of our work. In this connection, we wish to inform you that during
the course of our work, we became aware of repetitive and numerous
occurrences of unauthorized expenditures of Council monies by a
member of senior management of the Council. During the year 2003,
we noted 27 instances of probable improper personal expenditures
on a credit card totaling $1,618.11. The Council subsequently ob-
tained $274.86 credit for 6 of these transactions, resulting in a net
loss to the Council in 2003 of $1,343.25.
In the subsequent year 2004, we noted an additional 27 probable
improper credit card expenditures by the same individual totaling
$2,424.66, In addition, during 2004, there were three checks, made
payable to IGA that were probably not for the Council's use in the
total a mount of $1,645.00 and therefore would be improper Council
expenditures. Also, related credit card finance charges amounted to
$200.28 during 2003 and 2004.
The total expenditures discussed above which appear to be non-Coun-
cil related amounted to $5,613.16. The individual responsible for these
probable improper expenditures subsequently reimbursed the sum
of S1,520.00 to the Council, leaving a shortage and loss to the Coun-
cil of $4,093.16.
Enclosed for your review is a copy of the information provided us by
Council personnel, which we used to determine the nature and
amounts of the improper expenditures discussed above.
We recommend the Board of Directors of the Council study the con-
tents of this letter and the accompanying information for purposes of
determining what action the Board intends to take with respect to
the matters discussed above. As there appear to be questions as to
the legality of these expenditures, we recommend the Council seek
the" advice of its legal counsel in determining a course of action.
Very truly yours,
T. Michael Tucker, CPA
The Tucker accounting report was precipitated by the Executive Di-
rector, Will Kendrick in response to problems reported to him with
regards to inappropriate (and now under investigation) checks that
were written with the authority of the Board.
If you read the report from the Tucker Accounting Agency you will see
in the last paragraph that certain recommendations are suggested-
and this is where the problem begins. On February 10, 2005 at an
Executive Board meeting (the Old Board) a motion is made to accept
restitution of moneys paid and to clear or wash the moneys (not paid)
as paid ... The motion was passed."
At this point we need some explanation. The Old Board consisted of
four or five members. The New Board claims now that the Old Board
of four or five members did not constitute a legal board. According to
the by-laws of the Senior Center organization a legal Board must
have a minimum of eight members. The New Board also claims that
at least two of the members of the Old Board had a direct conflict of
interest with the individual involved in the misappropriation of Board
funds.
But, whatever the legality of the situation, this was the action taken
to the Tucker Accounting investigation (October 2004) which took
place in February of 2005. Will Kendrick, is a hired employee of the
Board and not a member of the Board. He does not vote nor is he
even required to attend the meetings.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle,


Franklin

Briefs

July 5, 2005

Present: Chairperson Cheryl
Sanders (attended 75% of the
meeting); Commissioner
Bevin Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Noah Lockley,
Jr. and Commissioner Russell
Crofton.

St. Vincent Refuge
Terry Peacock presented the Com-
missioners with a check for
$269,704 for the county's share
of revenue, based on a revised
schedule of payment. The Com-
missioners acknowledged Ms.
Peacock's service to the county in
the form of a draft Resolution in
her honor to be presented at a
later date. She will be departing
her employment with the Refuge
and due to budgetary shortfalls,
her position will not be filled at
present.

Grady Levins
Mr. Levins asked the Commis-
Sioners fox funds-and participa-
tion in staging a "Florida Room"
at the next interstate fishing con-
ference to be held in Alabama. He
also encouraged the Commission-
ers to attend the meeting. The
ISCC has formulated rules for
vibrio vulnificus requirements for
Oyster product. Mr. Levins also
informed the Commissioners that
he is a member of the Associations
Task Force Two, a rule-making
body. The meeting will be an op-
portunity for Federal and State
regulators to work together on
common seafood issues: $1500 of
County money was approved for
the participation. The Seafood
Dealers Association will also
sponsor the "Florida Room" at the
conference.

Superintendent of Public
Works
Hubert Chipman complained to
the Commissioners that various
entities were cutting the county's
Public roads, especially in Lanark
Village, Eastpoint and Carrabelle.
Jimmy Mosconis moved for the
County Attorney to issue citations
to those companies in order to pay
for the repair of the roads.

County Extension
Bill Mahan reported on derelict
vessels. His report is as follows:
'As requested by the Board at
their June 21st meeting I have
reviewed the state's derelict ves-
Sel removal program guidelines.
Currently the state has more ves-
sels on its derelict vessel removal
list then it has money for. For ex-
ample, just last year more than
400 vessels were added statewide
due to last year's hurricanes. So
at best, getting any vessels in
Franklin County listed will be a,
multi-year process. Using current
state guidelines, the first step is
to have FWC law enforcement of-
ficers begin the process of declar-
ing a vessel as abandoned/der-
elict. Once the vessel has been
legally documented as aban-
doned/derelict through the court
system, the next step is to sub-
mit the vessel to the state's re-
moval list."
ITo help quicken the process sev-
eral counties are currently conL
sidering adopting local county
ordinances on declaring a vessel
as abandoned or derelict. To date,
Lee County is the only county I
was able to identify which has
adopted a county ordinance on
abandoned/derelict vessels."
"From assorted communications
I've had with people around the
state, abandoned/derelict vessels
are statewide and national prob-
lems, especially getting the ves-
sel declared as abandoned/der-
elict and identifying funding
sources for the removal ofthe ves-
sel."
"Currently; other avenues being
explored around the state to solve
the abandoned/derelict vessel
problems include; adopting a lo-
cal ordinance, funding their own
vessel removal program using lo-
cal funds; and documenting ves-
sels, that are damaged by tropi-
cal storms and hurricanes, re-
moving the vessels and charging
the costs to FEMA as part of the
county's cleanup costs."


"As a result of the current situa-
tion Florida Sea Grant is also go-
ing to ask its "Marine Law Team"
at the UF Law School to review
the current legal aspects of ves-
sel removal in the state in the
hopes of providing counties with
additional legal information."
"At this point I would like to rec-
ommend that the Board direct the
County Attorney to review the Lee
County ordinance and to consider
the formation of a County Aban-
doned/Derelict Vessel Task Force
to evaluate the local situation and
make recommendations to the
Board."

Bluff Road Boat Ramp
Update
Mr. Mahan also reported on the
pending boat ramp situation on
Bluff Road.
"I spoke with Rich Mospens with
FWC Land Acquisitions last week
about the delay in getting the
lease agreement with the state for
the Bluff Road Boat Ramp. Rich
explained that several things have
resulted in the delay, they in-
clude: DEP uses a "standard"
lease agreement and if substan-
tial changes are requested it
needs to go to their legal depart-
ment for review; The County re-
qtiested that both the uplands
and sovereign submerged lands
leases be incorporated into the
current lease agreement. However
the FWC/DEP lease agreenIent
can only cover the uplands. The
submerged lands lease/permit
must be submitted separately to
DEP of approval. Also, he said
that he had to finish a number of
land acquisition transactions that
he was told to finish by the end of
the state's fiscal year. He added
that he hoped to hear back for the
DEP legal department early this
week on the requested changes
that the County made in their last
correspondence."

Current Gulf of Mexico
Grouper Regulations
as of June 21, 2005
Prepared by: Bill Mahan,
Franklin/UF-IFAS Extension Di-
rector

Commercial Grouper
Fishery
The commercial fishery for
deep-water grouper in federal and
state waters in the Gulf of Mexico
will close on June 23rd, 2005
until the end of the year.
The NMFS has determined that
this fishery, which includes misty
grouper, snowy grouper, yellow-
edge grouper, Warsaw grouper
and speckled hind, will reach its
available harvest quota' of 1.02
million'pounds on June 22.
FL FWC rules also prohibit 'cm-
mercial harvest of these species
in state waters when adjacent fed-
eral waters are closed to such
harvest.

Recreational Red Grouper
Most of the red grouper harvested
in the Gulf are landed in Florida;
however, the majority of these fish
are caught in federal waters be-
yond the state's 9-nautical-mile
jurisdiction.
Currently the recreational fishery
is regulated with a 20-inch size
limit and a 2-fish daily bag limit.
In March the NMFS learned that
the recreational red grouper fish-
ery had taken 3-million pounds
during 2004, greatly exceeding its
allocation of 1.25 million pounds.
On Thursday, June 16, the NMFS
notified the Gulf of Mexico Fish-
ery Management Council that
over-fishing is occurring, and fed-
eral law requires the council to
take action within one year to stop
over-fishing. The council in turn
has authorized the NMFS to
implement an interim rule to stop
the over-fishing in the near term.
The FWC agreed to support re-
ducing the red grouper recre-
ational bag limit to one fish daily
per person provided NMFS pro-
poses a rule to establish the limit.
However, the Commissioners op-
posed the proposed three-month
grouper closure.

Upcoming Meetings
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council will meet July
11-15, 2005 in Fort Myers Beach,
Florida. The Council session will
begin at 10:45 a.m. on Wednes-
day. Public testimony on a regu-
latory amendment for manage-
ment of the red grouper stock is
scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00
p.m. on Wednesday. Public testi-


mony is scheduled on Thursday
morning from 8:40 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. for (a) the Red Grouper Regu-
latory Amendment (if any), (b) Reef
Fish Amendment 18A, (c) the Ge-
neric Amendment for the Charter
Vessel Permit Moratorium Exten-
sion and (d) Exempted Fishing
Permits (if any).
If any action is taken by the Man-
agement Council on red grouper
at the July meeting then a public
workshop on the proposed rule
changes) will be held during the
Council's September meeting in
New Orleans, LA.
If you have any questions, please
let me know, 653-9337.

Clerk of Court
Following a budget transfer to the
Sheriff's Department, Ms.
Johnson pointed out that there
was a conflict with a proposed
August meeting of the Board. The
County Commissioners tenta-
tively established the second
August 2005 meeting to be on
30 August at 9 a.m.

County Attorney
Thomas Shuler informed the
Commissioners that DasSee
leasee ofWeems Hospital) would
close on their loan on July 15th,
and that the ambulance service
would be paid after that date.

Progress Energy
Larry Watson, the new Commu-
nity Relations Director for
Progress Energy, introduced him-
self to the Board, describing his
duties and role for Progress En-
ergy, He responded to several
questions from Commissioners
and the public.

Director of Administration
Alan Pierce presented his report,
as follows:
"At the June 21 Board meeting,
Mark Curenton was asked to in-
vestigate the ownership of a road
known as West Drive, located
north of Carrabelle. Mark has de-
termined .it is not'a county road.
The road was never constructed
to county standards, and the
right-of-way is only 30 feet, which
is half of the width required un-
der the Subdivision Ordinance."
Plans have been received from
Mike Dombrowski for the Alliga-
tor Point revetment project. Bid-
ding for the project will be opened
July 19th.
The Board has received a Cease
and Desist Order from DEP re-
garding the emergency action take
in by the county during the re-
cent Tropical Storm"' I have spo-
ken to Mr. Jim Martinello and to
Mr. Mike Sole." Any construction
debris that does not meet DEP
CCCL standards will be removed
during the construction of the
FEMA funded revetment. The
Board directed the Road Depart-
ment to erect "Keep ,Off Rock"
signs or other warning signs in
the area where the Road Depart-
ment took the emergency action.
The fill in that area is unconsoli-
dated and contains voids. which
may collapse if someone parks a
car or walks in the area.
"On Friday July 1, Commissioner
Lockley, Michael Moron, and I met
with Donnie Golden and Randall
Webster, two consultants who are
assisting Gulf County develop an
affordable housing. program. I
believe it will be beneficial to the
Board to hold a workshop and
invite these gentlemen to make a


presentation. Board action to in-
vite Mr. Golden and Mr. Webster
to an affordable housing work-
shop at a time convenient to both
parties, which will mostly likely
be August or September."
The Board action authorize Mr.
Moron to continue as SHIP ad-
ministrator but will present a plan
for re-organizing the SHIP admin-
istration under the Board's Direc-
tion.
"Progress Energy would like to
formalize the agreement allowing
Progress Energy to use the
Apalachicola Airport as a staging
area during storm events. A draft
agreement has been sent to Mr.
Shuler for his review."
The City of Carrabelle has for-
warded on a request for the aban-
donment of the Carrabelle Sea-
food Commerce Park DRI to the
ARPC. There is no county land
involved in this request, so there
is no action needed by the Board.
The City of Carrabelle has paved
the parking lot behind the Post
Office so the county will not have
to pave it.
There will be a FREE COMMU-
NITY HEALTH FAIR at the
Eastppint FQHC on August 11,
from 2 to 5 p.m. Six different types
of health screening will be avail-
able free.
"I have consulted with Mr. Van
Johnson, Recreation Director,
and Mr. Ted Mosteller, Airport
Advisory Committee Chairman,
about the best location for over-
flow parking for D.W. Wilson Park.
The Airport Committee is fully
supportive of the Park, but after
reviewing the traffic flow on Air-
port Road, I believe it will be bet-
ter, and safer, to create the over-
flow parking on the same side of
Airport Road. That area can also
be expanded to create a soccer
area that might help reduce the
conflicts between the Park and the
neighbors."
There are actually two separate
challenges to the county comp
plan. To use the description cre-
ated by DCA, there is little
Franklin and big Franklin. Little
Franklin is the DCA driven appeal
of the property represented by Mr.
Dan Cox and Mr. James Waddell
on approximately 25 acres of land
in the Yents Bayou area. Big
Franklin is the third party chal-


lenge to the county's revised comp
plan. Little Franklin is working
toward a settlement. Big Franklin
is still in the early stages. Mr.
Shuler and I have consulted on
the third party challenge to the
county comp plan. We believe that
until the challenge is resolved the
county should not make addi-
tional changes to the comp plan,
except for those changes that are
settlement driven for little
Franklin.
"Several months ago, after a se-
ries of heavy rains caused exten-
sive flooding on Sawyer St. I spoke
to Commissioner Crofton about
the need to provide some relief for
that part of St. George Island. The
Road Dept. has been called out
but can do little because there is
not a developed drainage plan for
that part of the Island. After
speaking to Commissioner
Crofton I then asked Preble-Rish
to design a drainage system for
that ai-ea. Preble-Rish is working
on the plan, but the Board needs
to authorize the project. The
Board directed Preble-Rish to de-
velop a drainage plan for the Saw-
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Concrete Debris At

Alligator Point Stimulates

Angry Protests

I am a resident of Alligator Point and each time I come to our home I
see more and more concrete debris tossed onto what is left of the
beach. The latest insult to the beach being the debris from the old
KOA pool. I am neither an engineer nor a naturalist-but there must
be some who could come together to solve this dilemma.... for certain
tossing concrete garbage is not that ... it almost seems as if Franklin
County has decided to use our beach as a dump which isn't accept-
able.
Those of us who value our space and try to use it gently are deeply
disturbed by such a breach. What can we do, how can we get you to
help us undo what is happening. There must be one concerned per-
son of rank and of influence who will intervene on our behalf. Who is
the person who authorizes such abuse to our coastline ... where are
the environmentalists who come to the aid of what is being destroyed
... we only hasten the demise of a natural treasure ... we do not wish
to have more, we wish only less ... we need help out here ... please
help us keep what we have and save what we have lost ...do not add
to the problems by dumping on our beaches ... please forward this to
whomever you think can be of assistance to our cause ... A very con-
cerned resident ... Barbara Rosen, Fiesta Dr., Alligator Point, FL.
Barbara Rosen


Hi AP Turtle Patrollers

Franklin County's arrogant vindictiveness and defiance of our
community's well being is finally arousing the ire of some of our resi-
dents. Several people have contacted me about what they see Franklin
doing on Alligator Point and about the carte blanche permission the
county has given to certain residents to place more rocks on our
beaches. The fact that the old KOA swimming pool was broken up
and the debris dumped by Franklin County on our beaches has also
upset some of our residents. Finally, it's not just me who is outraged
by all of this insanity. I strongly feel that if this community takes a
legal stand against all of this, we can put an end to this induced-
ruination. It has been done elsewhere, most recently in Brevard County
where the community won a multi-million-dollar case last July.
Bill
William Wargo
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"Dangerous Rubble"

Dumped At Alligator Point

It just does not make any sense that Franklin county has FEMA funds
to construct an extension of the revetment that will meet DEP stan-
dards but is currently continuing to dump dangerous rubble along
the beachside edge of the road on Alligator Point. If a temporary mea-
sure was absolutely necessary, why wasn't limestone and clean fill
used instead of hazardous construction debris?
The following excerpt from the 5/11/05 email sent by Alan Pierce as
an update to APTA via the erosion committee chairman seems con-
trary to what we are currently witnessing.
SExcerpt from Alan Pierce's 5/11/05 email as follows:
"Back to the county efforts: The county has received a certified letter
from DEP reminding us that the county's past emergency measures
do not meet state standards these were the emergency efforts the
county put forth during last summer when we dumped rocks, and
construction rubble along the road. I am in the process 'f drafting a
letter back to DEP saying that in the process of building, the FEMA
funded revetment the county will remove all the improper material
and build a revetment that will meet DEP standards. The county has
hired Mike Dombrowski to handle the DEP permit."
In light of that written email statement by Alan Pierce, how is it being
justified that county funds are now being used to dump even more
dangerous rubble that will require yet more county funds to remove.
How many taxpayers are willing to have their tax dollars spent on
dumping dangerous rebar, sharp metal, and wire embedded construc-
tion rubble along a beachfront which the county occasionally covers
with a minimal layer of dirt making it difficult for people to see the
dangerous debris before it cuts or otherwise injures someone?
It brings to mind the associated issue that nobody seems to be con-
sidering. DEP has signed a written commitment to foster the pro-
posed beach renourishment project for which the state has already
allocated an initial milliono. If we have a significant storm before
construction of a revetment that meets DEP standards is completed
or the renourishment project restores a protective shoreline, all that
sharp metal embedded rubble currently being dumped on the
beachside edge of the road could be pulled by the waves onto the
beach and into the sandy shoreline bottom. It will remain there un-
der any sand that is placed on top of it in the renourishment process.
It will forever be a lurking hazard just waiting to push its way through
the renourished beach sand to cut or otherwise injure people who
venture onto the beach in the future. It will never be safe to walk
barefooted or swim and wadefish along that beachfront if that dan-
gerous rubble is not removed immediately.
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To The Turtle Patrollers

Hi AP Turtle Patrollers,
I was invited to check out a sea turtle crawl on Bald Point. While
there I checked out another popular site for pond turtles, birds, and
other wildlife. Again, I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing. The
wetland that always teemed with pond life, turtles, and birds was
dammed off, filled in, and a house is being constructed on the site.
Who do these people know, or somehow have influenced, to allow
such a blatant crime to be permitted just for their own greedy satis-
faction and/or profit? I don't care what type of loophole may exist
that permitted this. This type of wanton destruction of a viable wet-
land is wrong, and in my opinion criminal. Why is Franklin County
and DEP licensing the shameful destruction of Alligator Point through
the dumping of rocks on our beaches, the bulldozing of our sand
dunes, the filling of our wetlands, etc.? We always have a fishy smell
around here because of our ocean environment. But, now I'm begin-
ning to smell a rat.
Dr. Bill Wargo, Coordinator
Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol


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Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library is happy to announce that, for
the month of July, summer hours at the Eastpoint branch will in-
clude Saturday mornings from 9:00 to Noon. The Carrabelle branch
will continue to be open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2,00 p.m.
The Summer Reading Program has begun at all three library sites:
the Carrabelle and Eastpoint branches and the Apalachicola program
site in the New Life Center on 8th Street. This year the program is
being held on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 and
runs through July 30th. It is never too late to register children in
grades K through 6. For further information, call 653-2784, 670-5250,
or 697-2366, or stop by at one of the program sites.
The Atlantic Coast Theater for Youth will perform Rumpelstiltskin at
the Carrabelle branch on Friday, July 22nd : The show, which begins
at 10:30 am., is a Summer Reading Program special event and the
public is invited to attend. For more information call 670-8151,
The FROG Family Learning Program invites FROG families to attend
an afternoon of bowling on Saturday, July 16th. Call Marlene or Arlene
for more information at 697-2091, 670-4423, or 653-2784.
The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library will hold their next
meeting on Thursday, July 10, at the Eastpoint branch beginning at
5:30 p.m.
The Library's Advisory Board will meet at the Carrabelle branch on
Monday, July 18th, at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The Franklin County Public Library's programs-FROG, WITH-ITI 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 at www.fcpl.lib.fl.us.


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Taking Our Shrimp

Businesses Away

The proposed action by the Freeport City Council to TAKE private
property from private citizens so you can sell it to another private
citizen is un-American no matter what the US Supreme Court says.
You should never, never TAKE private property unless it can be shown
it is for a public purpose, such as roads, airports and such that ben-
efit all the citizens in the political boundary where the TAKING oc-
curs. We should never let a person manipulate the political system
wherein a City Council can tear down a historic seafood facility just
so a marina can be built.
We hope the City Council will stop trying to TAKE the private seafood
industry property just so a marina can be built. Our Founders of this
great country must be rolling over in their graves that our system of
governance has sunk this low.
Bob Jones, Executive Director
Southeastern Fisheries Assn.
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Tallahassee, Florida 32303
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Boyd Fights For Veterans

Healthcare

Immediate action needed to correct VA's $1 billion mistake
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a member of the Military
Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, released the fol-
lowing statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs last week
admitted it faces a $1 billion shortfall in VA healthcare funding in
2005:
'The understated 2005 healthcare budget by the Department of Vet-
erans Affairs comes as no surprise, as members of the House Appro-
priations Committee, including myself, and many veterans groups
were skeptical of the low budget requests for fiscal year 2005. 1 am
deeply disappointed that the Veterans Administration has misled
members of Congress, and the American people for so long about the
budget problem it currently faces. If the VA had been upfront about
the $1 billion shortfall earlier this year, I am confident that Congress
would have remedied this problem and provided the necessary fund-
ing for our veterans healthcare needs in the Military Quality of Life
and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill passed earlier this year in
the House.
"As a member of Congress and the subcommittee that funds veter-
ans' healthcare, I strive to adequately fund our veterans programs so
as to be consistent with our nation's values and priorities. In order
for Congress to be successful in this goal, it is incumbent upon the
Veterans Administration to be forthright about its funding needs so
we can provide our veterans with the quality of care they deserve.
This massive $1 billion shortfall is a huge mistake on the part of the
VA and one that could have been avoided with appropriate candor
and accountability.
"We must act quickly to ensure that we have adequate healthcare
funding for our nation's veterans. At this late hour, our most effective
means for correcting the VA's mistake is for Congress to pass an
emergency appropriations bill before August that will cover the VA
funding shortfall this year. I have joined with over 100 of my col-.
leagues in the House of Representatives in requesting an additional
$1.3 billion in veterans healthcare funding. As we prepare to wel-
come home a new generation of men and women from Iraq and Af-
ghanistan, this additional funding is absolutely necessary so that
our veterans can receive the level of care consistent with their honor-
able service to our country.' WViannot shortchange our nation's he-
roes. Our government has made a number of promises to the men
and women who served in ouranation's armed forces, and as a com-
bat veteran, I consider these promises made to our veterans a sacred
obligation.that must be upheld."
Congressman Boyd votes to correct shortage in VA Healthcare,
expresses disappointment in "too little, too late" strategy
On July 1, 2005, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a mem-
ber of the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee,
voted to correct the $1 billion shortfall in veterans' healthcare fund-
ing belatedly acknowledged by the Department of Veterans Affairs
last week. However, the emergency supplemental appropriations bill
passed in the House of Representatives failed to match the legislation
passed in the Senate by covering only $975 million of the $1 billion
shortfall.
"While the passage of the emergency supplemental bill is an impor-
tant and crucial step towards covering the Healthcare needs of our
veterans, the funding amount in the House bill does not include the
necessary funds to fully fix the problem," said Congressman Boyd.
'This legislation is too little, too late. Our veterans, who have served
honorably to protect those freedoms which we all hold dear, deserve
more from us."
Last week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson acknowledged
that the Department of Veterans Affairs is short $1 billion for cover-
ing veterans' healthcare needs in 2005. In response, Congressman
Boyd joined over 200 of his colleagues in the House of Representa-
tives this week in requesting an additional $1.3 billion in veterans
healthcare funding. On Wednesday, the Senate voted unanimously
to give the VA an extra $1.5 billion this year to cover the healthcare
shortfall, but,yesterday, the House offered only $975 million to cover
this gap, meaning additional work will have to be done to correct this
serious problem.
The VA funding problem also continues into next year as the Admin-
istration also claims the additional resources necessary to provide
timely, high quality care to veterans in 2006 amount to approximately
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


US Supreme Court Delivers

Blow To Property Rights
As a "friend of the court" in the case of Kelo'v. City of New London,
The James Madison Institute was disappointed to learn of Thursday's
decision granting local governments power to take private property
for the sake of "economic development." Responding to the decision
JMI president Bob McClure said,
S"This is a blow to homeowners everywhere. With cases pending in our
state, this decision surely emboldens local governments. As Justice
O'Connor wrote in her dissent, 'the spector of condemnation hangs
over all property."'
and
'The Court has now said that by simply demonstrating some form of
economic benefit, such as increased tax revenues or a few new jobs,
local governments can shut down your home or business and give it
to someone who can make more profit."


( Ballard-2005

Inside Out

S. ... The Great Goddess Progress Is A
S Two-Faced, Forked-Tongued
' O Monster
By Chip Ballard


//. I The great goddess Progress plows full
Steam ahead, leering and licking Her
chops as the peninsula squeaks and
creaks, sags and shakes and shimmies under the strain like a beached
whale baking in the sun.
The pillagers are not thugs with ski masks or terrorists with turbans,
but high dollar ladies in designer dresses and fast-talking men in
varnish and vests, armed with charm and savvy, their arsenals folded
neatly inside soft leather briefcases. Real estate agents, developers,
lawyers, judges and sold-out city and county commissioners grin and
drool as transplants and snowbirds innocently, blissfully suck up
SFlorida's swiftly dwindling natural resources. Natives stare in help-
Sless horror at the wonton rape and pillage of the homeland, swear at
the nameless faceless forces driving the marauding masses.
When will the party end? How long can it go on? There are just so
many feathers on the fowl, so much blood in the turnip. The penin-
sula is being picked clean, sucked dry. Beneath the false and fragile
facade of high-rise apartments, shopping malls, nightclubs and park-
ing lots. Florida's face is scarred, burnt and blemished; like the gap-
Sing, gasping, groaning beached whale-she is shrinking and shriveling
and shivering in the sun, shuddering in the silent shifting Sands of
change.
'No wonder, when worship of the goddess Progress and Her
'handmaiden Money has kept development racketeers yammering for
more and more zoning changes, and fear of Money has intimidated
commissioners into granting those changes. Interlopers are lured into
the state at the rate of about one thousand a day: that's seven thou-
'sand new invaders every week,, twenty-eight thousand a month, three
"hundred and thirty-six thousand a year-and those are just the ones
SWe know about. Those figures are based on surveys made ten years
ago; experts believe the numbers have nearly doubled.
A half million more gallons of water a week on Florida's already dwin-
dling water supply is a strain. The number of cars on the already
jammed highways is increasing by about twenty thousand a month.
The highway systems are woefully inadequate to accommodate the
traffic because planners have lacked the foresight and courage to
accurately gauge the monstrous L aLtyd explosion of growth
Jchools'are bursting at the seams as'"itI'fnistrators pack more and
.n'ore students Into already o\,ererowdejL&ssrorns. .-a
igger is better, more is magnificent, too much is not enough. Oh,
hat two-faced, forked-tongued goddess Progress, waltzing across
#'lorida with Her handmaiden Money, spreading lies and luxury be-
ore Her, leaving in Her wake tattered truths and waves of ruin buried
beneath concrete sepulchers disguised as purple palaces. Round and
,round and round we go, to and fro, dosado-where it stops, God only
,knows.
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The Clean Water Network

June 20, 2005
By Linda Young
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All over the world, smart companies are finding ways to make prod-
ucts, earn profits, and reduce pollution at the same time. It makes
both financial and social sense, since everyone depends on clean water,
soil, and air.
Sadly, the state of Florida and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency aren't getting with the clean industry program-even though
smart technology and innovation are American traditions. Some of
Florida's worst polluters are about to get a free pass to use our public
waters as their private sewers. Citizens shouldn't stand for it.
Three belching North Florida paper mills are going to be allowed to
pipe their wastes to larger water bodies where we all fish and swim
just because the companies claim that they can't meet water quality
standards on the smaller rivers and creeks that they have already
polluted and killed.
For years, the EPA has, opposed, the absurd idea that "dilution is the
solution to pollution." The whole purpose, of the Clean Water Act,
after all, is to clean public waters not allow industry to ignore new
technology and keep adding more toxins to our rivers and oceans.
But under the industry-beholden administrations of President George
Bush and Gov. Jeb Bush; the state DEP and the EPA are now sup-
porting all three paper-mill pipelines. These pipelines will benefit fat
corporations: Georgia Pacific in Palatka, International Paper in
Pensacola, and Buckeye in Perry:
And what does the public get? A polluted Gulf of Mexico, with black
waste pouring all over the Big Bend National Seagrass Sanctuary not
far from Tallahassee, a polluted Perdido Bay in Pensacola, where last
summer Hurricane Ivan carried arsenic and dioxin-laced mud from
International Papermill into people's homes and gardens; and a ru-
ined St. John's River near Jacksonville, where Georgia Pacific's pol-
lution is making fish change sex.
In fact, fish have been found changing sex near all these paper mills-
they call them "bearded lady fish" because the females ate developing
male genitalia. State and federal regulators are now-with straight
faces allowing these companies to move that gender-bending poi-
son further into our marine nursery grounds. There is already a
15-square mile "dead zone" where the Fenholloway River empties into
our Gulf, thanks to Buckeye and its biggest customer, Procter &
Gamble. P&G built the mill and ran it for years. This giant company
made bundles of money by ruining our public fishing grounds:
We Floridians got tired of being accused of wanting to take away jobs
and stop progress in the name of clean water. So, we raised and spent
private money to bring in some of the best paper mill technology ex-
perts in the world. From 2002 to 2004, these experts toured these
mills, and concluded that the mills could switch to cleaner technol-
ogy, save money, and stop wrecking public waters. The world is full of
paper mills that no longer pollute like ours do.
Too bad that state and federal regulators didn't listen. Instead, they
want to apply 1950s technology to a 2005 problem. The saddest part
of this story is that it would cost about the same amount of money to
fix these problems with new technology as it does to build the pipe-


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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Schneider
June 17, 2005
By Carol Noble
All persons named below are innocent until proven guilty in
a court of law.

ARRAIGNMENT
Braswell, Brian: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, grand theft from retail
merchant on April 7, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who entered a written
plea of not guilty dated May 10, 2005. The case was entered on the Docket
Sounding for October 11, 2005.
Brooks, Robert Aubrey: Charged with grand theft on April 26, 2005. Defen-
dant was released on own recognizance. A written plea of not guilty was en-
tered dated May 9, 2005. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for Septem-
ber 13, 2005.
Burns, Calvin: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude officer; pos-
session of controlled substance; 2 counts battery on April 12, 2005. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney
Gregory Cummings who entered a written plea of not guilty dated April 27,
2005. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Cargill, George Frederick: Charged with driving while license suspended
(felony) on May 21, 2005. Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way and entered a written plea of not
guilty dated June 15, 2005. The case was entered on the Docket Sounding for
October 11, 2005.
Cervantes, Rumaldo: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon
on May 21, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest to the
lesser charge of battery and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 27 days in jail with 27 days credit for time served. Financial amounts
reduced to judgement.
Daniels, Loreal L: Charged with forgery and uttering (passing worthless docu-
ment) on April 28, 2005. Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. The
case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Green, Alicia D: Charged with forgery and uttering (passing worthless docu-
ment) on April 28, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no con-
test and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 2 years pro-
bation (concurrent with another sentence), in-patient drug treatment and af-
tercare; $410.00 court costs and fees. Partial payment plan after release. Cost
of supervision waived.
Harrison, Edward J: Charged with grand theft from retail merchant on April
19, 2005. Bond'was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in court and en-
Stered a plea of not guilty. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 11,
2005.
Hartsfield, Albert Lee: Charged with flagrant violation of net law; possession
of net of 500 square feet; possession of net larger than 2 inch stretch-two nets.
tied together connected on May 9, 2005. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings who entered a writ-
ten plea of not guilty dated June 1, 2005. The case was entered on the Plea
Docket for September 13, 2005.
Hendels, George Dewayne: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent
to sell on March 6, 2005. Bond was $25,000.00. The defendant was present in
court and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defenderwas appointed. The
case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 8, 2005. ...
Holland, Michael Rodney: Charged with driving while license suspendedd
(felony) on October 19, 2004. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was present
in court with Ptblic Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty.
The case was entered on the Plea Docket for August 8, 2005.
Laye, Calvin: Charged with sale of controlled substance on May 7, 2005.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public


What a wondrous, wild coastline
we are blessed with in Wakulla
and Franklin Counties.


Our region is home to some of the most
ecologically important bays left in the southeast.
Apalachicola Bay, Florida's oyster capital, drains
nearly 20,000 square miles reaching from the Blue
Ridge mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.


The waters of St. George Sound, Alligator
Harbor, and Dickerson, Oyster, Levy, Apalachee,
Ochlockonee, and Goose Creek bays are
biological power houses that clean runoff and
nurture baby marine life.


We've made a great step by getting some of the
region's most valuable natural lands into public
ownership: Tate's Hell, which drains thousands
of acres into coastal waters and shelters the wild
Crooked and New Rivers; Bald Point State Park;
Mashes Sands, St. George Island State Park;
Little St. George Island, the St. Marks National'
Wildlife Refuge, the Apalachicola National Forest,
Ochlockonee River State Park, Wakulla Springs,


Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication was
withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 2 years probation with 41 days
credit for time served; $510.00 court costs and fees with partial payment
plan. Cost of supervision waived.
Lee, Wesley Buck: Charged with burglary of a structure; grand theft (third
degree) on May 2, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not
guilty. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Oquin, Willie: Charged with escape on April 13, 2005. Defendant was incar-
cerated. The case was continued on the Arraignment Docket for July 11, 2005.
Peterson, James Earl: Charged with resisting officer with violence; drug para-
phernalia use or possession on May 6, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. A public
defender was appointed. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for Septem-
ber 13, 2005.
Randolph, Manuel Jr.: Charged with grand theft from retail merchant on
January 13. 2005. Bond was $7,125.00. The defendant was present in court
and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was appointed. The case
was entered on the Plea-Docket for September 13, 2005.
Ray, Dedra L: Charged with 4 counts uttering (passing worthless document)
on April 28, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. The case was entered on the Pfea Docket
for September 13, 2005.
Taglaris, Anthony: Charged with 3 counts uttering (passing worthless docu-
ment) on January 25, 2005; charged with uttering (passing worthless docu-
ment) on January 24, 2005. Total bond was $20,000.00. The defendant was
present in court. The case was continued on the Arraignment Docket for Au-
gust 8, 2005.
White, Nathaniel: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm on May
29, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was appointed. The case
was entered on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Anderson, Amy E: Charged with grand theft on December 12, 2003. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant'was present in court with Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler, admitted being in.violation of probation and was found in
violation. Probation modified. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail
with 29 days credit for time served; 24-months probation with all previous
conditions re-imposed; submit to substance abuse evaluation and treatment
as required and may include residential treatment.
Browder, George Alan: Charged with possession of cannabis (more than 20
grams) on June 19, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in viola-
tion of probation, was found in violation and was adjudicated guilty. Proba-
tion revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 83
days credit for time served. Outstanding financial amounts reduced to judge-
ment. The defendant also entered a plea of no contest to violation of injunc-
tion and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 19 days'in jail with 19
days credit for time served.
Estes, Frederick Jr.: Charged with grand theft on September 4, 2003. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. The case was entered on
the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Green, Alicia D: Charged with giving false name adversely affecting another;
driving while license suspended or revoked; possession of cannabis on No-
vember 16, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation. Probation revoked. The defendant was sen-
tenced to new 2-year probation (running concurrent with another case);
in-patient drug treatment and aftercare. Cost of supervision waived.
Griggs, Demar L: Charged with sale of controlled substance on July 9, 2004.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Hutchins, Sheri M: Charged with 2 counts delivery controlled substance to
minor, murder (third degree) on August 20, 2003. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Rachel Chestnut,
admitted being in violation of probation, was found in violation and adjudi-
cated guilty. Probation revoked. The defendant wassentenced to 17 days in
jail with 17 days credit for time served; 2-year community control followed by
2 years probation. All conditions of previous probation re-imposed.
McAnally, Robert T: Charged (2 times) with sale of controlled substance on
May 31, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in


and St. Vincent Island Refuge are a testament to
smart planning in our part of the state.


Don't we want to keep growing smarter and avoid
South Florida's mistakes? With 30 million people
living within a day's drive of the Panhandle,
growth is exploding. Some Panhandle counties
grew 45 percent from 1990 to 1999. As developers
seek more places to build, our gorgeous coastal
waters and our right to go boating, fishing, and
hunting may be at risk.


The more we pave, the less land is available
to absorb and filter the runoff that comes from



"Let's not let our waters

get polluted like those in

South Florida."

development. Destroyed wetlands and dunes leave
us vulnerable to storm surge in hurricanes. And if
new residents insist on more pesticide spraying,
it will devastate shellfish populations in our rich
bays. When developers install fancy lawns that


court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of proba-
tion, was found in violation and adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 25 months in prison with 463 days credit for time served (concur-
rent). All outstanding financial amounts reduced to judgement.
Moran, Timothy R: Charged with dealing in stolen property on September
23, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Newton, Jason: Charged with 17 counts uttering (passing worthless docu-
ment) on July 1, 1999. Defendant was released on own recognizance. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler and entered a
written plea of denial. The violation of probation warrant was dismissed and
probation was terminated.
Shiver, Tammy: Charged with sale of controlled substance on August 21,
2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court and
entered a plea of denial along with a plea of not guilty to another charge. The
case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket and the Plea Docket
for July 11. 2005.
Tarantino, Thomas C: Charged with (two times) burglary of a structure on
May 9, 2003. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon
Shuler who entered a written plea of denial dated May 24, 2005. The case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Walden, Tanya R: Charged with dealing in stolen property. Violation of Pro-
bation warrant dismissed. The case was entered on the Violation of Probation
Plea Docket for August 8, 2005.
Whiddon, Craig R: Charged with burglary of a dwelling; grand theft (third
degree) on June 4, 2004; charged with possession of controlled substance
with intent to sell or deliver and possession with intent to sell cannabis on
October 21, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The
case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for July 11. 2005.
White, Nathaniel: Charged with grand theft on January 21, 2005. Defendant
was incarcerated. The'defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of denial. The case was entered on the Viola-
tion of Probation Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Wilson, Justin Wesley: Charged with battery on December 11, 2003. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of probation and was found
in violation. Probation revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 7 months in
jail with 35 days credit for time served. Outstanding financial amounts re-
duced to judgement.

PLEA
Akers, James D: Charged with felony DUI on February 11. 2005. Bond was
$7,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defen-
dant was sentenced to 80 days in jail with 2 days credit for time served; 24
months probation; license permanently revoked; 2 year interlock device; 90
day vehicle impound; no alcohol; $2,540.00 court costs and fees. Cost of su-
pervision waived.
Alexander, Kenneth D: Charged with felony flee or attempt to elude officer;
aggravated assault on law enforcement officer; attaching tag not assigned on
May 7, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, entered a plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 406 days in jail with 406 days
credit for time served and 24 months administrative probation for counts 1
ahd 2. The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days credit for
Time served for count 3. Court costs and fees reduced to judgement.
Anderson, Brenda D: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and grand theft on
February 21, 2005. Bond was $6,000.00. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudica-
tion was withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months probation each
count (concurrent); restitution to victim; $410.00 court costs and fees with
partial payment plan. Cost of supervision waived. The defendant also entered
a plea of no contest to petit theft, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to I
day in jail with 1 day credit for time served and restitution to victim for an-
other charge.
Banks, James Gadsden: Charged with flagrant violation of net law: posses-
sion of net larger than 2-inch stretch on November 12. 2004. Bond was
$5,000.00. The defendant was present in court, but Attorney Gregory
Cummings was not present. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for
September 13, 2005.

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need lots of fertilizer, runoff tips our coastal
water's natural balance. Algae explosions like "red
tide" kill fish and pollute our beaches. In the spring
of 2004, Panhandle residents watched helplessly
as more than 100 dead dolphins washed onto our
beaches poisoned by red tide.


Let's not let our waters get polluted like those
in South Florida. Developers got rich building
on the sensitive coastlines, but they left marine
communities bankrupt. We don't have to go down
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Second Circuit Court Report from Page 5

Banks, Ricky: Charged with flagrant violation of net law and possession of
net larger than 2-inch stretch on November 10, 2004. Bond was $5,000.00.
The defendant was present in court but Attorney Michael Rayne was not
present. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for September 13. 2005.
Boone, Daniel Ray: Charged with flagrant violation of net law and possession
of net larger than 2-inch stretch on October 31. 2004. Bond was $5,000.00.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The
case was continued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Bowers, Waiter F: Charged with sale/possession of controlled substance with
intent to sell within 1.000 feet of store on January 23, 2005. Bond was
$25,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew
Way. entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 3 days in jail with 3 days credit for time served; 24 months
probation; $410.00 court costs and fees with partial payment plan. Cost of
supervision waived.
Cargill, George Frederick: Charged with 3 counts possession of controlled
substance with intent to sell or deliver; possession of firearm by convicted
felon on March 2, 2005. Bond was $55,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was entered on the Docket
Sounding for October 11, 2005.
Croom, Maya: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon on Sep-
tember 1. 2003; charged with leaving scene of accident with injuries on Janu-
ary 26, 2005. Total bond was $20,000.00. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was continued on the Plea Docket
for September 13, 2005.
Dail, David L: Charged with aggravated assault with firearm and battery on
December 24, 2004. Defendant on conditional release. The defendant was
represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was continued
on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Dalton, Toby L: Charged with litter law Florida on January 25, 2005. Bond
was $500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication was withheld. The de-
fendant was sentenced to 18 months probation; $410.00 court costs and fees
with partial payment plan; restitution (amount to be determined). Cost of su-
pervision waived.
Davis, John Michael: Charged with flagrant violation of net law and posses-
sion of net larger than 2-inch stretch on February 25, 2005. Bond was $200.00.
The defendant was present in court. The case was continued on the Plea Docket
,for September 13, 2005.
Emswiler, George I: Charged 2 times with worthless check over 150 dollars
:on February 3, 2005. Total bond was $5,659.17. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the
:Plea Docket for August 8, 2005-
Gelatka, Ryan: Charged with forging or uttering medicinal drug prescription
.on November 26, 2004. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication was'withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months pro-
,bation; $410.00 court costs and fees with partial payment plan. Cost of su-
pervision waived.
'Gillespie, John F: Charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon;
'possession drug paraphernalia; possession of firearm in closed management
area facility on September 13, 2004. Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Barbara Sanders and entered a plea of no
contest.to stipulated lesser charge of carrying concealed weapon for count I;
no contest to count 2 and 3 as charged; and was adjudicated guilty for all
counts. The defendant was sentenced to 30 months probation plus 90 days in
jail, forfeit firearm and $370.00 court cost with partial payment plan for count
1. The defendant was sentenced to 1 day in jail with 1 day credit for time
served for counts 2 and 3.
Gorboa, Demecio Z: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon on
March 13, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest to the
lesser charge of simple battery and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was
sentenced to I year probation-restitution to victim (to be determined); no
contact with victim; $582.00 court costs and fees to be paid during probation.
Gray, Trina D: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude officer;
driving while license suspended (felony); resisting officer without violence on
April 7, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
*court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Plea
'Docket for July 11, 2005.
Harris, Omarsharek A: Charged with sexual battery by some force and vio-
lence and lewd or lascivious battery on January 14, 2005; charged with pos-
session of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver on January 14,
.2005; charged with driving while license suspended (felony) on January 14.
'2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was entered on the Docket Sounding
for September 13, 2005.
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Jenks, Joseph A: Charged with grand theft from retail merchant on January
15, 2005. Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present in court with At-
torney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for
September 13, 2005.
Johns, Royce Lee HI: Charged with 3 counts aggravated battery with deadly
weapon on February 8, 2005. Bond was $21,500.00. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings. The case was continued on
the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Kilgore, John H: Charged with flagrant violation of net law; possession of net
of 500 square feet; possession net larger than 2 inch stretch; two nets tied
together connected on November 22, 2004. Bond was $1,000.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was
continued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Lamberson, Kyle C. Jr.: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12
and lewd lascivious act on minor on December 1, 2004; charged with sexual
battery by some force and violence on December 1, 2004. Defendant was in-
carcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Gregory
Cummings. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Massey, Sandra: Charged with grand theft (third degree) on December 18,
2004. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
Ethan Andrew Way, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
The defendant was sentenced to 24 months probation; restitution to victim
(amount to be determined); no contact with victim, court costs and fees re-
duced to judgement. Cost of supervision waived.
Mau, Corey K: Charged with abuse of elderly person on January 23, 2004.
Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for August 8,
2005.
McClure, Gary Todd: Charged with driving while license suspended (felony)
on January 17, 2005. Bond was $2,500.00. The case was continued on the
Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
McDaniel, Lisa Elaine: Charged with aggravated child abuse by malicious
punishment on December 8, 2004. Defendant on conditional release. The de-
fendant did not show up for court, capias (warrant for arrest) was issued:
Pre-trial conditional release revoked.
Moore, Edley Ralph Jr.: Charged with felony DUI on May 31, 2004. Bond
was $17,500.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Docket Sounding for August 8,
2005.
Nichols, Donnie Gordon: Charged with flagrant violation of net law; posses-
sion of net of 500 square feet; possession net larger than 2 inch stretch; two
nets tied together connected on November 22, 2005, Bond was $1,000.00.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The
case was continued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005..
Roberts, James Leehaskell: Charged with flagrant violation of net law, pos-
session net larger than 2-inch stretch on October 24, 2004. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was contin-
ued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Sanders, Anthony: Charged with 3 counts delivery of controlled substance
and false report to law enforcement offer on August 10, 2004. Defendant was
incarcerated. A public defender was appointed, defendant was not present in
court. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Sanders, Delanta Lionel: Charged 3 times with sale/possession controlled
substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of store; charged I time with
felony fleeing or attempting to elude officer on October 1, 2004. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Richard
W. Reno. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with aggravated battery on pregnant victim
and resisting officer with violence on March 5, 2005. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger,


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sentenced to 36 months in prison with 104 days credit for time served (con-
current with other cases). Court costs and fees reduced to judgement.
Strops, Michael John: Charged with felony DUI and driving while license
permanently revoked on October 2, 2004. Bond was $1,500.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was
entered on the Docket Sounding for October 11, 2005.
Townsend, Rufus E. Jr.: Charged two times with sale of controlled substance
on August 30, 2004. Bond was $2.500'00. The defendant was present in court
with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was continued on the Plea Docket
for September 13, 2005.
Vitale, Louis: Charged with 15 counts uttering (passing worthless document)
on February 4. 2005. Bond was $8,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication was withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 2 years probation
and $5,150.00 restitution the victim. Court costs, not fees, reduced to judge-
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Walker, Daniel William: Charged with flagrant violation of net law and pos-
session of net larger than 2-inch stretch on October 24, 2004. Bond was
$1,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public' Defender Kevin
Steiger. The case was continued on the Plea Docket for September 13, 2005.
Williams, Joshua C: Charged with possession of controlled substance and
possession of cannabis on February 15, 2005. Bond was $5,500.00. The de-
fendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered
a plea of no contest. Adjudication was withheld. The defendant was sentenced
on count 1: 2 years probation, receive evaluation for drug treatment and fol-
low up; random urinalyses. Sentenced to I year concurrent probation count 2.
Cost of supervision waived. $410.00 court costs and fines with partial pay-
ment plan. .

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Gray, Trina D: Charged with driving under influence (3rd degree felony), re-
sisting officer with violence and driving while license permanently revoked on
May 30, 2002. Charged with driving while license permanently revoked on
August 8, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was entered on the Viola-
tion of Probation Hearing Docket for July 12, 2005.
Harris, Omarsharek A: Charged two times with sale of controlled substance
on December 6,.2002. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. The case was entered on the Viola-
tion of Probation Hearing Docket for July 12, 2005.
Massey, Connie F: Charged with grand theft on November 9, 2002. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of probation and was found
in violation. The defendant was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 172
days credit for time served (concurrent with any sentence being served). Fi-
nancial amounts reduced to judgement.
Roberts, Olanza D: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell
and fleeing or attempting to elude police officer on August 11, 2002. Charged
with possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver on Febru-
ary 17, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of probation
and was found in violation. The defendant was sentenced to 44 days in jail
with 44 days credit for time served; probation modified and reinstated to com-
munity control.
Sanders, Delanta Lionel: Charged with burglary of structure while armed on
August 10, 2000. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Richard W. Reno. The case was continued on the Viola-
tion of Probation Plea Docket for July 11, 2005.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude on De-
cember 11, 2003; introducing contraband into county detention facility. DUI
driving while license suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude
,police officer, refusal to submit to balance test, possession of cannabis, resist
arrest without violence on September 20, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, ad-
mitted being in violation of probation and was found in violation. Probation
was revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 36 months in prison (concur-
rent) with 287 days credit for time served on counts I and 2. Defendant was
sentenced to time served on all other counts. Financial amounts reduced to
judgement.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with burglary of a dwelling on August 12, 2004.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation of probation and was found
in violation. Probation revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 36 months in
prison with 195 days credit for time served (running concurrent with another
case). Financial amounts reduced to judgement.
Vause, Corey Dewayne: Charged with driving while license suspended (felony).
leaving scene of accident with damage'to property, failure to sign summons or
citation on December 14, 2002. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Violation of Probation warrant was
dismissed.

DISPOSITION
Tomlin, Jennifer Marie: Charged with uttering a forged instrument on July
15, 2002-charged with grand theft from retail merchant on January 12, 2005.
Defendant on constitutional release. The defendant was represented in court
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The case was continued on the. Disposition
Docket for August 8, 2005.

HEARINGS
Alexander, Kenneth D: Attorney Ethan Andrew Way withdrew motion.
Benjamin, Antoine F: Motion to terminate probation. The case was contin-
ued on the Hearing Docket for August 8, 2005.
Braswell, Brian: Motion for release or reasonable bail. Motion denied.
Gordon, James D: Motion for pre-trial release. Bond set at $145,000.00. The
case was entered on the Plea Docket for October 11, 2005.
Griggs, Demar L: Motion of release or reasonable bail. Motion denied.
Henderson, Michael: Motion for early termination of probation. Motion de-
nied.
Ray, Alan Blake- Motion for release or reasonable bail. Motion denied.
Shiver, Stephen: Motion to terminate or modify probation. Motion to termi-
nate granted.
Taylor, Donovan J: Motion for termination or modification of probation. Mo-
tion denied.
Whiddon, Candise R: Motion for termination or modification of probation.
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8 July 2005 Page 7


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


President's Report

2004-2005

Publisher's Note: The following are remarks by Southeastern
Fisheries Association President Bob Gill at their annual meeting
a few weeks ago. While a single article is not a good substitute for
keeping up with seafood issues year around, the President's re-
marks define the major isSues facing the Florida seafood indus-
try and the various controversies involved with that industry. If
you are a reader of one of the state's metropolitan presses, you
are not likely to read much about the seafood industry from their
point-of-view. All too often, commercial fishermen are dismissed
as poachers or exploiters, when in fact they are among the most
conservation oriented groups, just as concerned with Florida's
seafood resources as the others. Our readers would normally make
such issues, "their business" when they attempt to buy grouper,
snapper or other fish placed under restrictions of harvest, espe-
cially when the cost of those restaurant dishes resumes climbing
up the economic ladder.
Welcome to SFA's 53rd Annual Meeting.
This time last year I was preparing to leave for Sarasota to be in-
stalled but something got in the way of my bicycle and I found myself
on the ground and skinned up too bad to make the meeting. I stopped
riding my bike this past week so that I wouldn't have that happen
again.
Where did the year go? It seems the issues started pouring in before
I even got my feet on the ground. The deep-water grouper harvest was
closed as of July 15, 2004 because the 1.02 million-pound quota had
been reached. SFA expressed regret that the Secretary of Commerce
didn't address the latent effort problem in his Plan. The latent effort
is the elephant in the room but the government doesn't seem to want
to touch it. Maybe this year.
The Country of Origin regulations were put into effect and SFA was
approached by the supermarkets to support a 2-year delay in return
for an aggressive,marketing program for domestic seafood. The issue
became somewhat controversial but the regulations were put into
effect without a 2-year delay for seafood. As it turned out, almost
every business is exempt from labeling the country of origin of the
product unless the particular business sells at least $234,000 of fruits
and vegetables. In other words, only supermarkets really come under
the country of origin regulations.
In the first month of my administration state agencies started taking
a very strong interest in product substitution and they continued to
work towards stopping the backdoor sale of illegally caught seafood.
You will hear more about both these initiatives during this meeting.
Please talk to any of the officials who are here and ask them any
questions that might be on your mind.
The hurricane season started with a bang and seemed to continue
through the first 5 months with great vigor. The physical damage to
commercial fishing vessels and packinghouses were minimal com-
pared to others who lost everything but the hurricanes had a very
negative impact of seafood sales to restaurants that were in the cities
hit by the storms. Many fishing days were lost and many sales were
missed which put some of our members in harms way;
In September, a study by Di. Felicia Coleman et al showed that recre-
ational anglers take 64% of at-risk finfish in the Gulf of Mexico and
33% of at-risk finfish in the South Atlantic. This report sent Karl
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He called in folks like Dr. Bob Shipp, Executive Director of Alabama
CCA to condemn the report as well as other lobbyists on the national
stage. Dr. Coleman's report was on target and is something the fish-
ery managers will have to deal with in the coming years.
Hurricane Frances appeared as soon as Charley dissipated and some
of the same folks who were trying to recover were hit again. Florida
was becoming Hurricane Alley.
The Gulf grouper fishery closed on November 15, 2004 to all com-
mercial fishing because the quota was reached. The fishermen didn't
like to be closed out for 6 good weeks just before Christmas and the
New Year but a quota is a quota and had to be accepted.
Diesel fuel hit $1.73 per gallon and was bringing the domestic shrimp
fishery to its collective knees. Even though the federal government
had granted the Southern Shrimp Alliance petition on anti-dumping
by six nations, the price of shrimp continued to fall while fuel costs
continued to rise. It was also during this time period that SFA pointed
out that the Food & Drug Administration seemed to singling out some
firms for regular inspections while others were never inspected. A
meeting was held in Maitland with FDA but the situation hasn't got-
ten any better. There is great disparity in the way HACCP inspections
are made in Florida.
In December I testified to the Gulf Council concerning the proposed
Essential Fish Habitat Plan. The meeting held in Crystal River was
overflowing, mostly with people from the Right To Fish lobbying group
who believe there should never be any regulations telling an angler
where or when they can fish. It was obvious to any impartial witness
that commercial fishermen consider it a privilege to be able to fish for
a living while the zealot anglers consider it there God-given right to
fish anywhere and anytime.
The U.S. Congress approved up to $35 million as a loan to voluntarily
buyout primarily longline fishermen in the grouper fishery. Industry
leaders believe up to 50% of the longliners will seriously consider the
program, which would make the red grouper commercial portion of
the red grouper fishery sustainable for decades.
The Florida legislature passed a law, making the purchase of seafood
from an unlicensed person a major violation with a minimum $2500
fine and a suspension of the wholesale, retail or restaurant license
for up to 90 days on the first offense. SFA and all other legitimate
Florida fishery trade associations supported this law SFA continued,
to push for trade assistance for all Florida shrimpers and spoke out
against the exemptions made for "dusted" shrimp to be excluded from
COOL.
Just a few months ago the State of Florida launched a "NO MORE
BACKDOOR" program aimed at stopping the illegal sale of fish, pri-
marily from recreational anglers but including commercial fishermen
as well. Many industry members close to this situation believe in
excess of one million pounds of reef fish are sold for cash through the
backdoor of restaurants in Florida alone. It is blatantly unfair for
anyone to steal our commonly owned fish and then sell for cash at
cheap prices to avoid paying income tax or even creating a paper trail
of their activities. Until the buyers of these illegal fish are forced to
pay higher fines and suffer more severe license restrictions the
backdoor sale scandal will continue. We hope the state agencies will
keep applying more pressure so that consumers can be assured of
where their meal comes from and that it was duly inspected for safety
and quality.
This has been a tough year for SFA. Several programs that generated
revenue were lost but thankfully we have a base of about 300 mem-
ber companies that keep the doors open and give protection for mem-
bers and non-members alike.
The Board and most of the members who have e-mail are kept up to
date on all the activities our staff is doing. I thank.them for what they
do and for the pleasure of working with them this past year.
Respectfully submitted,
Bob Gill
President

Third Shark Attack On Young
Tourist In Boca Grande


A third shark attack on an ocean
swimmer occurred Friday, July
1st, as he stood chest-deep in the
Gulf of Mexico. Nineteen year old
Armin Trojer was taken to the
hospital for surgery to repair liga-
ments, tendons and blood vessels.
He was reported to be in good con-
dition by the weekend.
Two other shark attacks are be-
lieved to have been committed by
bull sharks in the Florida pan-
handle. On Monday, June 27th,


a ib year-oici-ooy iosL nis leg. On
Saturday, June 25th, a
14-year-old Louisiana girl was
killed.
The experts say shark attacks are
relatively rare, with 30 such at-
tacks occurring in 2003 among
the millions ofvisitors to Florida's
beaches. In 2004, during the
heavy hurricane season, there
were 12 such attacks. Most of
these involves bites on the feet or
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Alan Pierce Responds To

Alligator Point Residents

FRANKLIN COUNTY
PLANNING & BUILDING DEPT.
34 FORBES STREET
APALACHICOLA, FL 32320
(850) 653-9783
FAX (850) 653-9799
July 5, 2005
Dear Editor:
In light of the number of e-mails and messages from individuals re-
garding recent county activity along the Alligator Point road, I would
ike to respond to the general tone of these messages. Franklin County
does not want to destroy the beaches on Alligator Point, but there are
times when the county is required to protect the only evacuation route
for the residents. The county has done the minimum necessary to
protect the road from imminent collapse. If we had our way, the road
would be someone else's problem.
The erosion of Alligator Point started before the county started hard-
ening the shoreline. According to Mr. Prentice Crum, previous county
Road Superintendent, in the 1950s, he and his father would drive off
of the road in front of the campground and down to the beach where
they would spray for mosquitoes along the shore. If you did that to-
day you would need a submarine. If the rocks placed along the road
induced the erosion, then why was there erosion 30 years before the
first rocks appeared. The county seriously began placing rocks to
protect the Road only in the 1980s, and then only because no one,,
not the state, not the feds, and not the residents of the Point, were
willing to help develop any other plans. In fact, the county resisted
the first revetment attempt. In the early 1980s, an Alligator Point
resident engineer, Dick Diffenderfer, wanted the county to build a
revetment but the county believed the erosion would never get that
bad. How mistaken we were.
How plainly can I say this: the county does not want to spend its
resources fighting a battle.with Mother Nature, but we are obligated
to provide a safe access to the people who live beyond the KOA. Our
.state legislators, specifically Rep. Kendrick, helped secure $1 million
dollars to help pay for beach stabilization during this legislative ses-
sion. We are working with DEP staff to develop a good solution, but it
will take time. In the interim, and only as interim, the county will be
building a rock revetment to protect the road. We have no choice. If
someone could guarantee that no more hurricanes would hit the Point
until a beach is rebuilt, we would not even be doing this.
As long as people continue living on Alligator Point the county will be
responsible, for maintaining the road access to these properties.
Sincerely,
Alan C. Pierce, Director
Administrative Services



Florida Public Counsel Asks

PSC To Cut FPL Rates By

$679 Million

Is Progress Energi Not Far Behind?
Florida Power and Light (FPL) wants to increase its rates by $430
million per year. Florida's Public Counsel wants to reduce FPL's rates
by $679 million per year. FPL customers will have an opportunity to
voice their opinions on the issue in Daytona Beach, Melbourne, West
Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami this week in a series of public
hearings that start Tuesday.
Florida's Public Counsel, Harold McLean, announced on June 27th
that he was filing testimony today that will request a reduction of
$679 million in the rates that Florida Power & Light charges its cus-
tomers, instead of increasing charges by $430 million as proposed by
FPL.
"Florida Power & Light filed a request for a $430 million rate increase
starting in 2006 and we believe that the company's case is signifi-
cantly overstated," McLean said. "We have reviewed all of the company's
documents and we believe that the company can reduce its rates by
$679 million annually and still earn a fair anrd reasonable return on
its Florida investments," he added. Today's filing includes the testi-
mony of eight expert witnesses who will back up the Public Counsel's
claims.
FPL filed a request with the Florida Public Service Commission ear-
lier this year for approval of a $430 annual increase in its rates start-
ing in 2006 and an additional $122 million in June, 2007. The Florida
Public Service Commission is currently holding public hearings
throughout the FPL service territory and a final decision is expected
by November.
The Florida Public Counsel is appointed by the Florida Legislature
and is responsible for representing the citizens in public utility regu-
latory matters.
The Public Counsel proposals are centered on the company's request
for authorization of a fair rate of return for its investment and the
amount of depreciation expense that the company is authorized to
collect. The company is requesting approval for an 11.8% return.
Public Counsel contends that 8.8% is a reasonable return for utility
investors in today's financial climate. In addition, Public Counsel has
identified $2.4 billion of excessive depreciation reserves that should
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without a more intensive investigation and more serious challenge.
Some have gone so far as to suggest an additional conflict of interest
between the Executive Director and the party under investigation.

Board of Directors
*Nancy Mock
*Jim Lawler
*Bert Ivey
Hampton May
Sue Reed
Granville Crooms
*Laurie Lackey
Jeannie Taylor (Resigned)
*Sammy Willis
*Sister Shelia Griffin
Bonnie Segree (Resigned)
*New
In February of 2005 a new member was incorporated onto the Board.
This new member discovered the Tucker Accounting Report and then
confronted the president of the Old Board along with Mr. Kendrick
the Executive Director.
This new board member, not satisfied with the explanations given to
inquiries in regard to the Tucker Report and many other board activi-
ties, set out to organize what has now become the New Board.
After the New Board became established a vote was taken to elect a
new leadership. Mr. Kendrick, Ms. Wise and others from the Project
side of the Center associated themselves with the Old Board and did
not recognize the New Board.
In the meantime the New Board sent off a packet of controversial
material that they had garnered from researching the files and sent it
to a Mr. Bemke at the Inspector Generals office. Mr. Bemke reviewed
the materials and then came to Carrabelle and spoke with the New
Board.
I was told that he complemented the New Board on their action and
he informed them that he had forwarded their suspected material to
the EDLE for criminal investigation.
This brings us up to the May 27 meeting where I was asked to remain
outside while the Executive Director and others handed in their res-
ignations. It was also at this meeting that Ms. Wise also pulled her
organization's funding to the Center.

New Board Contacts Lawyer

In response to Ms. Wise's actions, the Carrabelle Senior Center has
contacted a lawyer, a Mr. Alexander D. Littlefield. He had this to say
about the situation: "I have read the Master Agreement signed by
your organization, and the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida
which I understand governs all the contract grants from the Area
Agency to Franklin County. The fact that the organization's fiscal
officer and Executive Director have resigned, give, ipso facto, no ba-
sis under the Master Agreement for the Area Agency to terminate the
grant. It ~rould only be a continuing vacancy in these positions which
the organization failed and refused to fill, that would serve as basis
for termination of the grant. Too, under the Master Agreement, the
Area Agency must give a specified time within which the local organi-
zation can correct the matter complained of, in default of which the
Area Agency can terminate the grant on at least 24 hours notice cer-
tified mail, return receipt requested. The Executive Director (Janice
Wise) has done none of these things, nor did she have any grounds
for terminating the grant in the first place. I find no place in the
Master Agreement where the Area Agency has the authority to trans-
fer the grant to another service provider.
"The Inspector General of the Department of Elder Affairs, in coordi-
nation with the office in the Department responsible for giving out
these grants, can, if it wishes, effect a swift reversal in this matter,
returning things to status quo. It should get-involved because the
moneys here, I believe, are in large part Federal, the utilization of
which, on the State level, the Department is responsible for."

New Board Contacts Wise's Boss

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you must know by now, (Janice Wise) has pulled the contracts from
our Board of Directors ... Janice Wise fights to keep members in power
even though the (New) Board has tried to remove them ... Does Janice
Wise know if the FDLE is investigating things only on the grant side?
In reality, there are some areas of concern to our Board of Directors
about things on the Project side. We also have concerns as to why
over the last several years we have had ... Executive Directors and
been able to fill their positions in a timely manner but because Rep.
Will Kendrick and a fiscal officer leave, all hope is lost and our con-
tracts are pulled even after telling Janice we, could administer the
grants while we looked for new help ... Janice Wise has never recog-
nized this (New) board's authority to govern itself... This Board has
not received a financial report on our grants, since November, 2004
... The bank accounts are in the name of Franklin County Senior
Citizen's Council Inc. The grant checks also come that way. Mr. Carter
is unable to access our accounts ... our Board is helping in any way
we can ... Janice has left us without any guidance -or instructions ...
Janice Wise pulled our contracts because we did not have an Execu-
tive Director or fiscal officer, but she didn't deem it necessary to tell
us when she found out they were leaving..."
It has been expressed by the representatives of the New Board with
whom I spoke that it is their opinion that all these actions against
their New Board are, the product of politics and pure vendetta. Be-
Continued on Page 9

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lowed to "swear, affirm or declare" in whatever form they wanted to or
to decline to take the oath at all. The convention then voted to pay
$1,000.00 for the use of the convention hall, which had apparently
been built on speculation by the town.3

While the delegates had arrived with the apparent intention of creat-
4 ing two states, they managed to come together to form a united Florida
for the first time. Up to the American takeover, East and West Florida
had been separate entities with the official dividing line at the
Apalachicola River and at other times unofficially at the Suwannee.
East Florida had had its capital at St. Augustine since around 1587
while Pensacola had governed West Florida since 1698 except for the
1719-1723 French invasion and occupation when -St- Joseph had
been the capital. The territorial capital at the time was as today, Tal-
lahassee.

The real sticking point in the convention was the issue of the banks.
The banks were supported by planters and businessmen from Middle
Florida who wanted to increase the amount of capital, available for-
investment. The proposal was that the state issue bonds through the
banks, which would sell them at par value. The bonds would be backed
by the State lands and of course the resulting capital would wind up
in the banks and'provide fuel for a growing economy. There was a
great deal of suspicion in West Florida about this proposal. They saw
the banks as overreaching and greedy institutions that would bank-
rupt the state for the benefit of a few wealthy'individuals.

In order to finally pass the constitution, the anti-bank elements among
which were Thomas Baltzell of Marianna, decided to throw a party for
the delegates in Apalachicola at which alcohol flowed freely. The next
morning the anti-bank element called the convention into session
and with a sizeable number of the pro-bank faction apparently still
hung over, Richard C. Allen, one of the delegates from St. Joseph,
proposed and passed article 14. This article states that the State Leg-
islature would not have the power to pledge the faith and credit of the
state to back any corporation at all and also providing that the legis-
lature would have the power to control and regulate such entities.
However, the bonds already pledged remained in effect and the State'
was to back them up .





ILRIDA'S FIRST CONSTTlT IONi


Senior Citizen's Center from Page 8


cause the New Board had been foolish enough to expose what it had
interpreted as questionable behavior on the part of the Old Board
with whom the Project people had been compliant, they. have been
attacked.

'This Senior Center has been a magnet for people who want to make
themselves money. We want to change that," was the closing state-
ment from the board members being interviewed.

The New Board has asked the Chronicle to announce that Bingo is
back starting Monday July 11, 2005 6 p.m. earlybirds; 7 p.m. regu-
lar bingo-$250.00 in prizes; and starting Tuesday, July 5 between
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. there will-be free coffee and donuts for
seniors.

They have several nice office spaces for rent and their large audito-
rium is available for weddings, private parties, group gatherings and
business meetings.

They also need volunteers. If you happen to be a retired lawyer look-
ing for an exciting social cause, they would love to welcome you into
their center. A retired senior philanthropist with no home for about
ten thousand dollars would also get some extra donuts and coffee,
I'm sure.

So if you are finding your retirement somewhat boring, the Senior
Center in Carrabelle could be just your cup of tea. You know, you can
only spend so much time fishing and, sitting on that riding lawn
mower-so, get out the old boxing gloves and head to Carrabelle.
Let's face it, you're too old to wrestle anymore.


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Mr. Fitzpatrick representing the banking interests attempted to rally
support to defeating the anti-bank coalition by proposing that "'..it
shall be the duty of the President and Directors of every Bank in the
state, to have a room prepared in their respective Banks in which
they shall keep a plentiful (sic) of the best liquors, wines and cigars,,
for the use of the visitors, and inspectors of the Banks." This mea-
sure failed by a vote of 4 for and 45 against. After a night of carous-
ing, the idea of a Union Bank and Bar or a Planters and Merchant's
Bank and Bar did not seem to appeal to the majority. Booze and
banking were kept separate and not officially joined together.


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Florida Public Counsel from Page 7


"FPL, itself, concedes that it has a depreciation surplus of $1.6 bil-
lion, however, the company proposes to keep the surplus and reduce
future depreciation expenses ov.rthe next 20 years," stated McLean.
"However," he added, "the C6iofhission has a solid history of elimi-
nating depreciation deficiencies-on an expedited basis, and we are
only requesting here that the Commission take consistent action when
a company has collected too much depreciation expense."

For more information call Harold McLean or Charlie Beck,
850-488-9330.


It is interesting to note that the convention also voted that no officer
of a bank could hold office while so employed or within 12 months of
resigning such employment. It also made a person challenging or
fighting a duel; ineligible for public office.5 In addition, the penalty for
enslaving a free man was death. In the next constitution, it would be
a fine of 5,000 dollars and finally in 1855, an act was passed by the
State Legislature that gave any white person the, right to claim any
free Black who had failed to register with the probate judge in the
county they were residents. Tallahassee was selected as the tempo-
rary site of the state capital for a period of 5 years with the suggestion
that St. Joseph might become the permanent capital.


The convention adjourned on January 11, 1839 after adopting the
Constitution by a vote of 55 to 1. The delegates repaired to the Ton-
tine House or the Pavilion and formed the Jeffersonian-Republican-
Democratic Party of Florida, which today is known as the Democratic
Party. With the departure of the delegates a little later, the city of St.
Joseph resumed its usual rivalry with Apalachicola.7

It would be 6 years later in 1845, that Florida would be admitted to
the Union as a slave state balancing off Iowa, which was admitted as
a free state. Even at the end of this process, there was still an attempt
made to divide the state into two states but at the end of the day,
Florida became one state.

A Constitution monument was erected on the grounds in 1922
and bears the names of the convention delegates engraved in
marble. A museum building was added to the 13.5-acre site and
opened to the public in 1955. A self-guided tour will lead you
through the convention hall where the convention setting is rec-
reated with life-size delegates. Audio-animated mannequins por-
tray Territorial Governors Robert Reid and William P. Duval, Sena-
tor David Y. Levy and Attorney Thomas L. Baltzell. The museum
visitor center is open from 9 a m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Monday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year's Day. A nominal fee is charged for museum visitors six
years of age and older. Special interpretive programs and tours
designed for groups can be arranged.



1 Jackson County, 56; Lives, 43-44, 66; A Pictorial and Historical Story
of PORTST JOE, FLORIDA, no date but about 1965.
2 Lives, 45
3 Lives, 59
4 Lives, 61, 76; Jackson County, 102
5 Lives, 61
6 Jackson County, 141-152
7 Lives, 63; Jackson County, 102-103


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MUNICIPAL SUPPLY & SIGN
NASHTECH INC
NE-RO TIRE & BRAKE SVC,
OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTO
OKALOOSA BD OF CO COMMIS
OLLIE HARRELL'S TIRE SER
OVERHEAD DOOR PROFESSION
PARKER SERVICES, INC.
PAUL'S PEST CONTROL, INC
PENDLETON/DORIS B.
POUNCEY/PAULA
PROGRESS ENERGY FLORIDA,
QUALITY WATER SUPPLY
QUILL CORPORATION
RELIABLE CORPORATION
RING POWER CORPORATION
SADLER & CO. ,INC.
SHULER/THOMAS M.
SIGN DE-SIGN
SPEARS SMALL ENGINES & T
SPIRIT SERVICES COMPANY
ST.JOE RENT-ALL, INC.
STANDARD INSURANCE COMPA
SUWANNEE RIVER SUPPLY, I
SWANA.
TAYLOR'S BUILDING SUPPLY
THE APALACHICOLA TIMES
TIRE DISPOSAL SERVICES
TOMMY'S GLASS & MIRROR C
TRACTOR & EQUIPMENT COMP
TUCKER C.P.A./T. MICHAEL
VIKING OFFICE PRODUCTS
WARD INTERNATIONAL TRUCK
WARD/LAURA
WASTE MANAGEMENT OF PC
WATER MANAGEMENT SERVICE
BANK ACCOUNT


CHECK# DATE

32820 07/05 05
32821 07/05/05
32822 07/05/05
32823 07/05/05
32824 07/05 05-
32825 07/05 05
32826 07/05/05
32827 07/05/05
32828 07/05/05
32829 07/05 05
32830 07/05/05
32831 07/05/05
32832 07/05/05
32833 07/05/05
32834 07/05/05
32835 07/05/05
32836 07/05/05
32837 07/05/05
32838 07/05/05
32839 07/05/05
32840 07/05/05
32841 07/05/05
32842 07/05/05
32843 07/05/05
32844 07/05/05
32845 07/05/05
32846 07/05/05
32847 07/05/05
32848 07/05/05
32849 07/05/05
32850 07/05/05
32851 07/05/05
32852 07/05/05
32853 07/05/05
32854 07/05/05
32855 07/05/05
32856 07/05/05
32857 07/05/05
32858 07/05/05
3285.9 07/05/05
32860 07/05/05
32861 07/05/05
32862 07/05/05
32863 07/05/05
32864 07/05/05
32865 07/05/05
32866 07/05/05
32867 07/05/05'
32868 07/05/05
32869 07/05/05
32870 07/05/05
32871 07/05/05
32872 07/05/05
32873 07/05/05
32874 07/05/05
32875 07/05/05
32876 07/05/05
32877 07/05/05
32878 07/05/05
32879 07/05/05
32880 07/05/05
32881 07/05/05
32882 07/05/05
32883 07/C5/05
32884 07/05/05
32885 07/05/05
32886 07/05/05
32887 07/05/05
32888 07/05/05
32889 07/05/05
32890 07/05/05
32891 07/05/05
32892 07/05/05
32893 07/05/05
32894 07/05/05
32895 07/05/05
32896 07/05/05
32897 07/05/05
32898 07/05/05
32899 07/05/05
32900 07/05/05
32901 07/05/05
32902 07/05/05
32903 07/05/05
32904 07/05/05
32905 07/05/05


FUND DESCRIPTION

001 GENERAL FUND
120 FINE AND FORFEITURE
137 FRANKLIN CO PUBLIC LIBRARY
140 ROAD AND BRIDGE
170 AIRPORT FUND
201 GEORGE E WEEMS HOSPITAL FUND
TOTAL ALL FUNDS


BANK RECAP:
BANK NAME

BANK GENERAL BANK ACCOUNT
TOTAL ALL BANKS


ills

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re is the list


AMOUNT

773.73
291.00
105.90
852.93
192.24
200.58
400.00
560.51
6,135.11
34.44
69,345.90
375.76
68.00
674.70
399.00
54.58
1,539.10
608.80
289.41
32,381.80
50.00
10,500.00
609.00
23.00
100.00
1,797.29
6,829.35
47,606.00
72.97
1;558.59
16,882.00
3,984.89
329.63
35,252.00
1,263.60
15,420.55
17.98
298.45
23,583.00
1,619.21
248.80
8,642.65
546.18
248.52
694.78
569.00
20.70
18,500.00
35.28
350,898.00
956.00
130.00
790.92
3,423.52
3,820.25
105.00
1,650.00
390.00
125.00
133,106.00
180.00
5,844.82
252.60
464.62
563.36
2,119.37
2,030.65
3,072.00
100.00
2,487.82
425.89
231.31
546.00
180.46
165.00
1,730.15
40.00
1,460.00
289.20
1,015.76
12,500.00
814.22
163.46
300.00
758.11
222.57
845,938.97

DISBURSEMENTS

383,995.65
407,593.68
6,427.47
37,250.72
171 .45
10,500.00
845,938.97


DISBURSEMENT:

845,938.97
845,938.97


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The Franklin Chronicle


j Progress Energy


How do I report a power outage?

The quickest and easiest way you can report power outage is by using Pro g ress Energy's toll-free automated voice-response
telephone system at 1.800.228.8485.
When you call 1.800.228.8485, you will hear a brief message offering the latest restoration information. You then select
whether you are "reporting an outage" or have an "emergency situation."
Reporting an outage
There are several benefits to repo rating your outage using the automated system:
* You can identify yourself using your Progress Energy account number, your telephone number or your Social Security number.
* Once you identify yourself, you can receive an estimated time of restoration for your home or business.
* You can call back at any time for an update on your specific situation.
* The system can call you to change the estimated time when power will be restored.
* After power is restored the system can call you to confirm that electricity is working properly in your home or business.
Prog ress Energy encourages everyone to report power outages using this system even if you think your neighbors have
reported their outages, you should call to report your own. This helps us identify isolated pockets of power outages we
might not be aware of so we can deploy line and service personnel appropriately.
Emergency situation
If you choose "emergency situation," you will be routed directly to a Prog ress Energy re p resentative for assistance.
An emergency situation is one that poses an immediate threat to your safety for example, a downed power line draped
over your front door.



How Progress Energy restores power
1


From left to right
1 generation sources (power plants) and
2 transmission lines,
3 the transmission-to-distribution
substation (wherevoltage is lowaed),
4 distribution feeder (which might serve some
facilities directly),
5 power pole (showing underground services to hospital),
6 fuse (designated by'S'),
7 tap line (the type of line that runs along the streets of neighborhoods),
8 pole-top or pad-mount transformer (for reducing service voltage to
individual households and businesses), and
9 service lines to individual homes


Electrical safety guidelines for-floods

Safety is our first concern after every storm. According to the American Red Cross, electrocutions are the second-leading
cause of death during and after floods. Progress Energy offers the following electrical safety guidelines when coping
with flooding:
* To report a power outage or downed power line, call Progress Energy at 1.800.228.8485.
* If rising water threatens your home or if you evacuate your home.- turn off your power at the circuit breaker panel or
fuse box.
Electric current passes easily through water, so stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Don't drive
over and don't stand near downed power lines.
* 'Never replace a fuse or touch a circuit breaker with wet hands, or while standing on a wet or damp surface.-
* If your home or business is flooded, Progress Energy cannot reconnect power until the electrical system has been
inspected by a licensed electrician. If there is damage, an electrician will need to make necessary repairs and obtain
certification from your local building inspection authority before power can be restored. Progress Energy can provide a
free, no-obligation referral to a local reputable electrician at 1.888.999.8856.


CDC guidelines for flood preparation Emergency supplies for your home
and safety ,. Five gallons of water for each person
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A three- to five-day supply of non-perishable food'
offer the following recommendations for preparing for, and A manual can opener
responding to, flooding: A first-aid kit and handbook
Before the flood Prescription medicines
A battery-poweral radio, flashlights and extra batteries
* Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning Sleeping bags or extra blankets
signals, evacuation routes and locations of emergency Iodine tablets or unscented household chlorine bleach to
shelters. purify water
* Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Baby food, prepared formula, diapers and other baby
Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the supplies
main contact person in caseyouT family is separated. Make Disposable cleaning cloths ("baby wipes")
sure everyone knows the name, address and phone number Personal hygiene supplies such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary
napkins, etc.
for this person. napkins, etc.
An emergency car kit with food, flares, booster cables,
* Post emergency phone numbers at every phone. maps, tools, a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher
* Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or Rubber boots, sturdy shoes and waterproof gloves
protect them before the flood strikes. Turn off electrical Ihsect repellent containing DEET
power if there is standing water, fallen power lines or
before you evacuate. Turn off gas and water supplies, too.
* Have immunization records handy or know when you last received a tetanus shot in case you are wounded during or
after a flood.
* Sanitize bathtubs and sinks using bleach and rinse them thoroughly; fill them and plastic bottles with clean water.
* Secure outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans.
* Fill your vehicle's gas tank.
* Put family pets somewhere safe. Emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
* Turn the thermostats on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.

Making sure water is safe
* Listen for public announcements about the safety of your local water supply. Flooded private wells will need to be
tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state
health departments.
Safe drinking water includes bottled, boiled or treated water. Your state or local health department can make specific
recommendations for boiling or treating drinking water in your area.


Troopers To
Enforce
Primary Seat

Belt Law
Motorists in Florida are reminded
of the new Primary Seat Belt Law
which became effective July 1,
2005. The new primary law,
passed by the 2005 Florida Leg-
islature and signed by Governor
Jeb Bush recently, requires that
Occupants (including the driver)
of a motor vehicle under the age
of 18 buckle up in their vehicle.
Law enforcement officers can now
stop any vehicle when drivers or
occupants under the age of 18 are
seen not wearing seat belts. Un-
der the new Primary Seat Belt
Law, drivers will be held respon-
sible for the failure of any occu-
pant under the age of 18 who fails
to buckle up.
Despite the increase in the safety
belt usage rate, traffic crash fa-
talities remain the leading cause
of death for Florida's teenagers-
a cause of death that is prevent-
able in many cases by simply
buckling up. "We applaud the
Governor and Legislature for
passing this important primary
safety belt legislation, adding
strength to Florida's Safety Belt
Law," said Colonel Knight "Wear-
ing a seat belt is a life-saving habit
and forming that habit will be the
goal of strict errforcement of the
new law," Knight added.
During last year's 96-hour 4th of
July holiday, 42 persons were
killed in traffic crashes in Florida:
57% of those drivers and passen-
gers who were killed in vehicles
normally equipped with, safety
belts were not using them. also,
34% of the fatal traffic crashes
were alcohol-related. Troopers will
be concentrating their enforce-
ment efforts on drunk, speeding,
and aggressive drivers, and those
who fail to buckle up or properly
restrain their child passengers.


Motorists are again being encour-
aged to call *FHP (*347) on their
cellular phone to report drunk,
aggressive, or other dangerous
drivers. Callers can remain
anonymous. Motorists who expe-
rience car trouble on the highway
or otherwise need assistance from
the FHP are also encouraged to
use *FHP.
Internet Address:
www.fhp.state.fl.us


Early
Registration
And Advising
For Fall At

GCCC
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege will conduct registration and
advising for the fall 2005 semes-
ter as follows:
Early registration will take place
from July 1.1 to July 22 on the
main campus in the Office of Ad-
mission and Records from 7:30
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thurs-
day, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday.
Advisors in the divisions will be
available in their respective offices
on the main campus from July 11
to 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Thursday and 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Students
who wish to see advisors before
or after the suggested hours are
encouraged to see an advisor in
the Student Union East building
on campus.
Students seeking a general AA
Degree are required to contact the
advisor in the Language and Lit-
erature division.
For additional information regard-
ing registration call 872-3892, or
for advising call 747-3211.


Capital Area
Youth
Disaster
College &

Camp
The Capital Area Youth Disaster
College & Camp are scheduled for
late July. During the two weeks
of activities, designed to train
North Florida's youth in disaster
preparedness and response, par-
ticipants will learn how they can
Prepare themselves and their
families for the next disaster as
well as how they can help their
community alter a hurricane or
other disasters.
For additional information and to
register for the college or the camp
please visit the following web site:
http://www.tallytown.com/
redcross/ds
Thanks,
Chris Floyd
Emergency Services Director
Capital Area Chapter
American Red Cross
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