Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: July 22, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Inside This Issue
10 Pages

Dennis Aftermath 1, 10
How To Get Help ... 1, 2
Mayor Resigns........... 1
Progress Energy..... 1, 9
Food Stamps ............ 2
Circle of Hope .......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................. 3 4
Hurricane Photos .. 6, 7
FCAN ..................... 8

Dennis Aftermath

Panhandle Recovers Slowly

From Storm Damage

St. George Island Open to the Public
While Hurricane Dennis did not make landfall in Franklin County,
the storm damage from the northeast quadrant did heavily contrib-
ute to the mixing of debris and sand across shallow roads and lots
throughout the area. The storm closed the door partially on the oys-
ter industry with the destruction of some processing houses and
opened temporary employment for cleanup work.
The Chronicle pictures were taken by Carol Noble, Andy and Diane
Dyal, Tom Hoffer and Sue Cronkite, covering areas from
Apalachicola to Alligator Point.
The largest impact, of course, has been the drop in tourism. This has
affected sales of seafood, and rentals, especially on St. George Island.
On St. George; the damage to structures was reported to be light,
with the chief problem remaining massive flooding and cutoff of elec-
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destroyed in Alligator Point; at right in Eastpoint a building which once housed a seafood
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How To Get Help

Declaration Number: FEMA 1595-DR
Incident: Hurricane Dennis
Period: July 10, 2005 and continuing
Federal Coordinating Officer: Justin DeMello, National FCO Pro-
Individual Assistance to individuals and households
Type ofAssistance: Public Assistance (Assistance to state and local
governments and certain private organizations for emergency work
and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities).
Designated Counties: Franklin, Gulf, Bay, Calhoun, Wakulla,
Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Walton, Escambia, Monroe, Okaloosa,
and Santa Rosa.
Type of Assistance: Hazard Mitigation
Designated Counties: All counties in Florida are eligible to apply for
assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

To register, call (800) 621-FEMA toll free or visit www.FEMA.gov. Have
your Social Security number, description of your losses, insurance
information, directions to your damaged property and a telephone
number where you may be contacted. You will receive a FEMA appli-
cation number when the initial filing is completed. Within 10 days, if
an inspection is required, someone will contact you to make an ap-
pointment to visit your property. You must be present for this sched-
uled appointment and have proof of ownership and occupancy to
show the inspector.

Insurance Information: Immediately report property damage to your
agent or insurance company. If you are unable to reach your agent or
company, call the Florida Department of Financial Services at (800)
222-STORM (227-86761.
Continued on Page 2

Carrabelle City Council Meeting July 7,2005

Carrabelle Gets Direction

From all sides at once, but that can be good
In addition to the regular business items handled'at every city coun-
cil meeting, a few things surfaced that may be harbingers of great
improvements. The first Comp Plan citizen meeting, a real start of a
real city cleanup effort, and permanent commercial fishing facilities
on the harbor: there were inroads made into all of these hot topics.
Former city attorney.Dan Cox had pointed out for months that the
city was not up-to-date on its Comprehensive Plan, a violation of law.
One of the benefits of the current "breathing spell" where new devel-
opment is concerned, is the opportunity to organize public meetings
to work on this Plan. The July 14 meeting occurred as scheduled,
and turned out to be a very positive discussion of where we want to
go from here.
Questions such as "What do you want the city of Carrabelle to look
like in the future?" prompted lively comments. Answers ranged far
afield-from those who want to be allowed to shoot squirrels on their
property, to those who want to keep some commercial seafood, limit
various ranges of development and work toward a cohesive and genu-
ine look.
City Administrator John McInnis was pleased with the results of the
session. "It was a very positive" first meeting. Many more will follow
through the planning process.
McInnis announced that it was time to discuss the condition of the
appearance of the town. Most audience reaction was positive to sug-
gestions that school buses shouldn't become planters in yards, un-
usable vehicles should be moved and trash should leave the city. He
spoke in a tone of conciliation: let's all do the cleanup voluntarily for
the good of all, and not get to the point of law enforcement. The city is
within its rights to pursue legal means all the way up to arrest, but
does not want to follow that path. Statutes on the books are now
going to be enforced, but in the spirit of cooperation.
For instance, homeowners who can't afford to move abandoned ve-

Continued on Page 9

Carrabelle Mayor Resigns

For Health Reasons

Willi1amsn Files. Candidaciiil For Post
Mayor James N. Brown revealed Monday that he will step down as
mayor effective the same date that the new mayor is elected. Both he
and Juanita, his wife, have had bouts of ill health recently.
Mayor Bu':'wn will have served two years. leading the city through the
greatest onslaught ol new development ever seen here. His background
in large civil project management served Carrabelle well, and the city
is poised to emerge from its major e'.:pansioln with sound infrastruc-
*ture and services.
Raymond Williams. City Commissioner, then filed his intent to run
for the seat of mayor. On a year when 3 of the 5 commission seats
would have come up for election. his run for mayor puts a 4th seal. up
for grabs. Only Philip Rankin will continueinen office Ior an unexpired
Williams, also a former Franklin ('unty Co(mmissionrer. is not con-
sidered a "local." strangely c-no01lh "I didn't move to Carrabelle until
1955," so I'm not "from here.

Progress Energy Seeks

Rate Increase Beginning

January 2006

Company Seeks Increases by $206 Million Annually
Progress Energy has filed a request with the Florida Public Service
Commission for a new base rate plan beginning January 1, 2006, if
approved by the Commission.
The company is seeking to increase base rates by roughly $206 mil-
lion annually to support new power plants, increase the storm re-
serve fund and better reflect the costs of providing reliable service to
customers in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country. If ap-
proved, the increase would raise a monthly residential customer bill
or 1,000 kilowatt-hours by $3.79, or about 4 percent, according to a
company produced flyer included in recent customer billings.
The company flyer also argues their rationale for rate increases, as
"We have not increased our base rates in 12 years. In order to meet
the growing electricity demands of our customers, and to maintain
superior reliability, we must increase our base rates."
"We have added 350,000 new retail customers and more than one-third
of our current power plant capacity during the last decade. Yet our
current base rates are more than 9 percent lower than in 1994."
"Progress Energy Florida intends to continue the substantial invest-
ments made during the last four years to provide superior reliability
and meet the challenges of customer growth, as well as increased
per-person usage of electricity. The cost of generating, transmitting
and distributing electricity and providing customer service has in-
creased dramatically over the last decade."
No mention is made as to how the rate increase will affect a return on
investment for stockholders of Progress Energy equities. In a recent
filing for Florida Power the Office of Public Counsel argued against a
rate increase for Florida Power that would have increased the rate of
return to 11.4%. That issue remains to be resolved in public hear-
Progress Energy argues that the largest components justifying rate
increases are the following:
"* Roughly half of the requested amount is for new power plants needed
to meet increasing customer electricity demand and new regulatory
reserve expectations."
Continued on Page 9

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How To Get Help from Page 1

Know the different kind of claim adjusters: company, independent
and public. Insurance companies pay company and independent ad-
justers to assess the damage and negotiate the settlement of covered
losses on behalf of the company.
If you use a public adjuster, you must pay the public adjuster a per-
centage of the settlement you receive. The fee is capped at 10 percent
of the claim amount. However, you can negotiate for a lower fee. Do
not pay a public adjuster up front. Public adjusters will not neces-
sarily speed up your claim or obtain a larger settlement on your be-
Beware of unlicensed or unscrupulous adjusters who urge disaster
victims to overstate their insurance claims. It is illegal to adjust claims
in Florida without a license. If you are approached by an adjuster,
ask him or her to show you proof of license in Florida. To verify a
license call (800) 227-8676.
Consult your insurance agent to see if the repairs or reconstruction
are covered by your policy.
Bring repair estimates to your adjuster or agent to verify the proper
procedure you must follow to ensure payment of a claim.
Make sure your name is on the claim payment check as the payee.
Before you sign and cash the check, make sure the claim settlement
amount is correct. Carefully review the claim payment check as it
may contain a release provision for your claim. Make sure you un-
derstand any release provision.
Get written estimates from a least three Florida licensed contractors.
Make sure the estimate includes everything you want the contractor
to do. Beware of contractors soliciting work door to door. To verify a
contractor's license, contact the Department of Business and Profes-
sional Regulation at www.dbpr.state.fl.us, or call (850) 487-1395. To
check unlicensed activity, call (850) 488-6603.
Ask for proof of insurance. If the contractor does not have liability
and workers' compensation insurance, you may be liable for acci-
dents or injuries on your property. To verify a contractor's workers
compensation coverage, call the Division of Workers' Compensation
at (800) 742-2214.
Ask for and check references of other work the contractor has done.
Ask the contractor how mnfy jobs he or she may have ongoing, in
order to get an idea of how much supervision your job will receive
and whether the reconstruction time frames are realistic. If you have
difficulty finding a contractor, you may contact one of these contrac-
tor associations:.
Florida Assoc. of Electrical Contractors (407) 260-1511 or
www.faeccf.org; Florida Plumbing and,Heating and Cooling Contrac-
tors (800) 735-2640 or www.flphcc'.org; Florida Wall and Ceiling Con-
tractors Assoc. (407) 260-1316 or www.fwcc@iag.net; Florida Roof-
ing, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors (800) 767-3772 (ext.
100) or www.FloridaRoof.com; Florida Refrigeration Air Conditioning
Contractors Assoc. (FRACCA) (727) 576-3225 or www.fracca.org.
Get a contract in writing. The contract should cover what is to be
done, when work will start, cost and payment schedules, the quality
of materials to bemused, and all necessary building permits and li-
Never make.full payment uip front: Don't sign over an insurance settle-
ment check to a. contractor. Most reputable contractors accept pay-
ment draws as stages of work are completed. Don't make final pay-
ment until all work that needs to be done is completed.
Request city or county inspection prior to final payment. Don't auto-
matically choose the lowest bidder. If one bid is substantially lower
than the others, poor workmanship, inferior materials and unfinished
jobs are often the result. You should make sure prior to signing the
contract that it accurately reflects your understanding of the work to
be done.

Opens Florida'
Forever Grant

The Northwest Florida Water
Management District announced
last week that funds are again
available for capital improvement
projects that demonstrate water
resource value. It called for pro-
posals from government entities
within its 16-county jurisdiction
that meet the Florida Statues ob-
jectives of the Florida Forever Act
and the Florida Forever Water
Management District Work Plan.
The goal of the granit.progr'am :is
to support management efforts
that mainly improve water qual-
ity. Projects that employ
stormwater improvements, re-
store natural systems, demon-
strate environmental best man-
agement practices, or implement
water reuse, are all eligible. Pro-
posals should present cooperative
or cost-sharing projects that re-
sult in capital improvements, and
can be completed within 24
months of grant agreement execu-
Grant information and applica-
tions are available at http://
www.nwfwmd. state.fl.us, by
clicking on "Florida Forever Capi-
tal Improvement Grants."' Printed
or electronic copies of the appli-
cation and grant information are
available on request, as well. The
deadline is Monday, September
26, 2005. Further information is
also available by calling Paul
Thorpe or Janice McDonald at
(850) 539-5999 or mailing:
Paul.Thorpe@nwfwmd.state.fl.us or

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Some home improvement or repair contracts may be cancelled with-
out penalty or obligation by midnight of the third business day after
signing. These contracts include: All agreements signed anywhere
other than the seller's normal place of business, unless you have
requested the specific goods or services; Agreements resulting from
door-to-door sales solicitation; Agreements that will pay on an in-
stallment basis for more than 90 days. Emergency home repairs, made
at the owner's request, are not subject to cancellation under the
three-day rule.
The state agency for Workforce Innovation is making temporary jobs
available through an emergency grand. Call toll free (866) 352-2345.
Or visit www.floridajobs.com or appear in person at the agency's One
Stop Centers. In Franklin County, go to neighboring Gulf County,
3900 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.
Franklin County: See AWI Office in Panama City, 625 U.S. Highway
231. If you are self-employed, apply for federal unemployment assis-
tance by calling (800) 204-2418.
Wakulla County: Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) 3278
Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville.
Franklin County: Health Dept., 139 12th St. Apalachicola.
Wakulla County: Health Dept. 48 Oak St. Crawfordville.
National Weather Service Web Site at.www.srh.noaa.gov/. Click the
tab for River Forecast Center.
Florida Hurricane Relief Fund (800) 825-3786 or
www.flahurricanefund.org. Make checks payable to Volunteer Florida
Foundation, 401 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee FL 32301.
American Red Cross, Disaster:Relief Funds (800) 435-7669 or
Catholic Charities USA (800) 919-9338 or
www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or, Catholic Charities USA, P. 0. Box
25168, Alexandria, VA 22313.
Salvation Army (800) 725-2769 or www. 1800salarmy.org.
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Food Stamp Process Eased

In Franklin, Wakulla

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) encourages residents
of Franklin and Wakulla counties to participate in the Food Stamp
Program as a means of replacing food supplies that may have been
lost to Hurricane Dennis.
DCF personnel are stationed in Franklin and Wakulla to facilitate the
replacement Food Stamp application process for those who are al-
ready participating in the regular program and non-participants who
lost their food supplies due to Hurricane Dennis. Non-participants
who met eligibility requirements are also encouraged to apply for the
regular program.
Applicants for replacement Food Stamps must have lost some or all
of their food supplies to receive replacement benefits. Applicants for
the regular program must meet eligibility criteria to receive benefits.
Applications for new and replacement benefits may be made at the
Franklin County Health Department, 139 12th St., Apalachicola, and
at Wakulla County Health Department, 48 Oak St. Crawfordville,
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Department is taking action in part because the Disaster Food
Stamp Program, being implemented in the Western Panhandle, is not
available in Franklin and Wakulla counties.

USPS Circle of Hope Aims
For Cancer Cure

Since May, many Post Offices in
North Florida have posted "Circles
of Hope" honoring those who help
"fund the fight and find a cure"
for Breast Cancer.
Those who purchased booklets of
20 Breast Cancer semi-postal
stamps, were invited to sign their
name-or the name of a loved
one-on a "Circle of Hope" which
was displayed in the Post Office
lobby. "I'm glad to say we have
circles of hope almost everywhere
you look," said the Postal Service's
top executive for North Florida,
Harold L. Swinton. "Every circle
is a reminder that in spite of ev-
erything else they've got going on,
people still care and want to help.
We are all impressed by the re-
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I'm sure, grateful,"

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22 July 2005.* Page 3


Why? Why? Why?

For the umpteenth time, another contract for Highway 98 repairs has
been concluded without any attempt to find a substitute escape route
front Franklin County in the face of several devastating hurricanes.
The Department of Transportation, thus far, has avoided the con-
struction of an alternate escape route through the state-owned Tate's
Hell area, just north of Highway 98, that would provide an elevated,
safe, escape for county residents to parts north. Instead, the Dept. of
Transportation seems satisfied to rebuild the heavily damaged high-
way 98 that closely hugs the coastline between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle. Thousands, no, millions of dollars, most likely, have been
spent rebuilding this roadway when most informed observers know
that with every storm landing in Franklin, the highway will need to
be rebuilt. This judgment is flawed. We can keep Highway 98, to be
sure. But, a new, modern highway should be put into place between
Eastpoint and Carrabelle at the minimum. Indeed, there is now a
graveled roadway connecting the two towns. It would appear that this
route could be used as a basis for a modern, paved highway, provid-.
ing for a safe escape route.
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And In Congress

By Congressman Allen Boyd
"Mind your manners" is a phrase I often heard my mother say as she
raised my two siblings and me. We were aware at a very young age
that fighting with each other-even the slightest bit of bickering-
would not go unpunished. At the time, I took her teachings for granted,
but as I got older, I realized the wisdom of her words and advice.
Nowadays, this same srt .of squabbling that I did as a child seems to
be commonplace among adults in policy arid political discussions.
Every time I turn on the television, I see program hosts, analysts and
politicians arguing back and forth about different issues. While I can
relate to their passion over these important matters, I think many
have forgotten how to hold a civil, healthy debate without personally
attacking others. Flashy performances seem to have overshadowed
making intelligent and honest points, and this is not helpful as we try
to solve the challenges facing our nation.

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Vol. 14, No. 15

July 22, 2005

Publisher Sue Cronkite
Director of Operations Andy Dyal
Contributors Dawn Radford
........... Carol Noble
........... Richard Noble
........... Skip Frink
Photography Sue Cronkite
........... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Carol Noble
Advertising Design
and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Circulation Associate Jerry Weber

Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein.. Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
Barbara Revell Lanark Village
Richard Harper .......... St. George Island
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At a time when our country is deeply divided along party lines, it is
important to keep the rhetoric civil and try to cooperate with one
another. I think most Americans are disappointed with the behavior
they are seeing out of Republicans and Democrats alike. The Ameri-
can people deserve politicians who will spend their time working for
them, not working against each other. For this reason, I recently joined
the Center Aisle Caucus-commonly branded the Civility Caucus-to
help improve relations among my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,
encourage healthy and constructive debate on the House floor, and
promote bipartisanship in Congress.
The Center Aisle Caucus, formed by Representatives Tim Johnson
(R-IL) and Steve Israel (D-NY), is a bipartisan group of House mem-
bers committed to working cooperatively to achieve a civil climate for
conducting our nation's business. More than 40 of my colleagues
from both parties have joined this group, all with the ultimate goal of
working together in a more positive and productive manner.
Congress was intended to be a branch of government that stimulates
discussion and where compromise is possible, but partisanship stands
as a hindrance to this purpose. Disagreements between Democrats
and Republicans will always exist, and there are many issues on which
neither party may ever agree. While understanding there will always
be disagreements on either side of the aisle, substantive discussion
should be possible and even encouraged among our leaders who must
set an example for the American public.
Conducting debate in a reasonable way and reducing partisanship
are both important objectives adopted by the Center Aisle Caucus to
improve the atmosphere and effectiveness of Congress. Instead of
looking for ways to disagree, we must search for ways to agree and
use this as a foundation for our policy discussions. The Center Aisle
Caucus will also push for rule changes to allow more unscripted de-
bate on the House floor in order to support members' differing phi-
losophies and engage in a more civil and well-rounded discussion.
Working for our constituents and the greater good of the country must
always be our first priority. As government leaders, we should sup-
port ideas based on merits, not whether an idea stemmed from the
Republican or Democratic camp. The Center Aisle Caucus is founded
on these beliefs and the certainty that a more civil environment in
Washington will result in a more productive one as well. I will con-
tinue to stand my ground on core issues that are important to my
constituents in North Florida, but I will- do so without personally at-
tacking my colleagues. At the same time, I don't think it is farfetched
or naive to believe that there are many issues on which Republicans
and Democrats can work together so that the nation will benefit.
Members of the Center Aisle Caucus share a steadfast and overarching
interest in making government work for the people, and it is this
belief that led me to join this important group. It is my hope that in
the coming months we are able to help improve the atmosphere in
Washington so that it is more conducive to legislative progress in-
Sstead of a haven for political rhetoric. Policy disagreements are par
for the course, but it is time for government leaders to respect each
:other's opinions, which in turn w\ill be good for democracy and the
American people.

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In 1716, long before Jacques Coustdaui surfaced with rubber swim
fins, 10-year-old Benjamin Franklinfinvented his own wooden fins in
an era when swimming.was associated with death.
Young Benj A. Franklin, the name he used when he signed the Decla-
ration of Independence some 60 years later, came across a book, The
Art of Swimming and Advice for Bathing (1696), written by Melchisedec
Thevenot, who today is recognized as the father of swimming instruc-
tors. Although the book was written in French. Franklin,. who at the
time could only read and speak English. taught himself how to s\.im
b\ studyvin tl..tilldstrations Althou2h not documented. one might
speculate that.-bing the perfecrnmnitst that he was. young Benj A.'
taught himself \sim in pnvate until he mastered the skill compe-
tently enough to teach others :
Moreover, Franklin wrote that as a child he had."been ever delighted
with this exercise (swimming), had studied and practiced allThevenot's
motions and positions, added some on my own, aiming at graceful
(synchronization) and easy as well as useful (swimming techniques)."
In 1726, while stranded in London, Franklin at the age of 20, demon-
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to Blackfriars, a distance of 3 and 1/2 miles. In addition to his mara-
thon swim, he wrote that he "performed many feats of activity, both
upon and under water, that surprised and pleased those (who were
Franklin's swimming abilities and his willingness to assist in learn-
ing (he even made crude flotation devices to help others to learn to
swim) soon spread throughout London, resulting in Sir William
Wyndham offering to bankroll the young athlete's opening of the first
swim club in England. A friend even suggested that Franklin tour
Europe, giving swimming lessons as a means to pay for the adven-
ture. However, Franklin, being homesick and wanting to rekindle his
affections for his future wife, Deborah "Debbie" Reed, did return to
Philadelphia where he ultimately proposed that all commonwealth
schools have swimming programs for their students.
Franklin continued to swim throughout his lifetime. At the age of 80
he taught his grandson, Benny Bache, how to swim. Benny fondly
noted in his diary, "My grandfather is not like other old people." As
his grandson correctly surmised, Franklin's swimming skills would
subsequently prove to be invaluable for the developing new nation.
According to historian Cecil Currey, Franklin, while in Paris (1776 -
1785) seeking financial help from France to help George Washington's
fledging army fight off the British, even at his advanced age, cleverly
used his swimming skills to elude English spies by swimming the
Seine River, meeting his contacts on a floating river barge.
Is it little surprising that Benjamin Franklin, America's most intrigu-
ing citizen, would be honored for his swimming coritributions by be-
ing admitted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame? Thus,
Franklin has the distinction of being the only founding father to have
been accepted into a sports hall of fame.
John Walburn-Secretary
Benjamin Franklin's Integrity Project
Ottawa (Franklin County), Kansas

Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library is pleased to present the Atlantic
Coast Theater for Youth which will perform Rumpelstiltskin at the
Carrabelle branch on Friday, July 22nd. The show, which begins at
10:30.a.m., is a Summer Reading Program special event and the public
is invited to attend. For more information call 670-8151.
Write for Fun, a creative ,writing workshop, will be held Tuesday eve-
nings from 6:30 7:30 at the Carrabelle Branch. The six-week pro-
gram runs through August 23rd and all you need to bring is a note-
book and a pen. Three major religions of the world, their stories and
traditions, will be a three-part discussion series beginning on Thurs-
-day evenings. This series will also be held at the Carrabelle branch
beginning on July 28th from 6:30 7:30 p.m. For information about
these exciting free programs, call Alda at 697-2366.
The online book club, sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County
Public. Library, is always looking for new members. There are eleven
different clubs (nonfiction, fiction, teen, mystery, etc) that introduce
members to a new book each week: The URL is http://
www.supportlibrary.com/su/su.cfm?x=458329. Every morning, a
ten-minute read of any (or all) of the clubs you sign up for, will be
delivered to your email address. By the end of the week, you will
know whether or not you want to borrow the book from the library.
The Franklin County Public Library participates by purchasing books
from the nonfiction, fiction, teen, and mystery book'clubs. There is
no cost to members. For more information or to tell us which clubs
you prefer, call Judi at 670-4423.
The Franklin County Public Library's programs-FROG, WITH-IT! and
TIGERS-are offered at no cost to participants. Registration however
is required. For information about the Library and any of its pro-
grams, please call 697-2366, 670-8151, or 653-2784 ir view the
Library's website located at www.fcpl.lib.fl.us,
Eileen Annie Ball is pleased to welcome Aida Balthrop-Lewis to the
Franklin County Public Library team. Aida is a Franklin County resi-
dent and a senior at Stanford University. Through the library's agree-
ment with Stanford's Community Service Work-Study Program, Aida
will be spending the summer working at the library performing gen-
eral assistance services and presenting special activities for youth
and adults in the library's numerous programs.
In addition, she will conduct a creative writing program on Tuesday
evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Carrabelle branch of the library for
six weeks beginning July 19th. Aida will also lead a three-session
introduction to world religion discussion group on Thursday evenings
from 6:30 to 7;30 at the Carrabelle branch beginning July 28th. For
more information and registration for the free workshops, please call
Annie at 670-8151 or Carolyn or Aida at 697-2366;

Fisherman Sentenced

Marvin E. Bonilla, a commercial fisherman from Vero Beach, was
sentenced to four years in state prison for a series of fishing viola-
tions, including using a monofilament entangling net in state waters,
which has been a third-degree felony since July 1, 2004, according to
a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
"We were quite pleased," Joy M. Hill, an FWC spokesman, said. 'This
individual had a long history, and I think it shows that this type of
activity will not be tolerated in Indian River County."
Last month, Daniel Goodrich, another Indian River County man, was
sentenced to 18 months in prison for a similar offense.
"I think these cases will send out a message just how serious the
state considers these type of fishery violations," said Ted Forsgren.
executive director for the Florida chapter of the Coastal Conservation
Association. 'This is the stiffest penalty I have ever seen.
The judge in this case must be a sportsflshermen to put a commer-
cial fisherman in jail for four years for a fishing violation. As Ted
Forsgren said in the article, 'This sends a message...."
Yes, it sends a message that you can kill someone in Florida and not
get 4 years in prison, you can sell illegal drugs in Florida and not get
4 years in prison and you can commit horrendous spousal abuse and
child abandonment in Florida and never get a 4 year sentence but if
you use an illegal gillnet in Florida you can get 4 years in prison.
Is something wrong with our judicial system or what? I wonder if the
St. Petersburg Times writer ever puts anything in his column about
sportfishing arrests? If he does he sure won't see any sportfishermen
put in jail for 4 years no matter what the crime. This is a prime ex-
ample of societal hatred for working people. I do not condone the
fisherman's arrest for using an illegal net, but I do condemn a 4-year
jail sentence for a victimless crime.
Bob Jones, Executive Director
Southeastern Fisheries Assn.
1118-B Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32303



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The Franklin Chronicle


Crossing The Digital

Television Divide

As Congress Seeks Deadlinefor Mandate, Some Viewers
could be Left in the Dark
By Amy Schatz
(Reprinted with permission, Dow Jones, Inc.)
Congress's struggle to curb domestic spending has some lawmakers
venturing into a delicate area in search of extra revenue: the living
Momentum is gaining on Capitol Hill for a plan that finally sets a
hard date for the U.S. to switch from analog to digital television broad-
casts, which would let the government auction off billions of dollars
of radio waves used by local stations. Lawmakers estimate spectrum
auctions could yield $10 billion to $20 billion from telecommunica-
tions companies wishing to offer new wireless Internet or telephone
There is one major hurdle: the "last granny" issue. under the plan, all
national TV broadcasts would switch to digital on Jan. 1, 2009, which
means that about one-fifth of U.S. households could turn on their
TVs that morning and see nothing but static.
Few politicians want to be blamed if viewers can't watch TV, but that
is exactly what could happen in the estimated 21 million households
that don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV. consumers who rely on
free local broadcasts would need to buy a set-top converter box, which
could cost $50 to $70 a TV set.
"You can bet yourself the best dinner in town that when people find
out their sets are going to go black unless they spend $50, there's
going to be a lot of people very unhappy out there," says Rep. John
Dingell, a Michigan Democrat.
Unlike years past, when attempts to push broadcasters to give up
valuable spectrum stalled, this time there is widespread agreement
among lawmakers about the need for some sort of rebate for consum-
ers who have to buy converter boxes-thereby pre-empting an upris-
ing, especially from low-income and elderly voters. Disagreement over
the size of that subsidy has been the main hurdle in advancing the
'The basic selling point that the broadcasters use to try to stall progress
on the bill is a scare tactic that somehow grandma's TV set out in
rural east Texas is going to go dark," says Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas
Republican championing the legislation in the House. He argues that
a firm cut-off date combined with spectrum auctions will fund a sub-
sidy program for low-income households that need a converter box.
Today, local TV stations broadcast analog signals on radio waves so
powerful they can penetrate thick walls, using digital technology, those
signals can be compressed so they take up just a fraction of the same
space, freeing up some of the most powerful and valuable radio waves
for other uses. some of that radio spectrum would be set aside for
homeland-security purposes-mostly wireless equipment for police,
firefighters and emergency medical providers. The rest would be auc-
tioned off for wireless phone and high-speed Internet services.
Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, cited homeland-security
concerns while introducing a bill that sets a digital-transition date
for Dec. 31, 2008.'The desire to include an extra $10 billion from
planned spectrum auctions to offset higher spending on other gov-
ernment programs has been the real issue driving the legislation this
year. Lawmakers began focusing more on the digital-TV transition as
efforts to rewrite the 1996 telecommunications law stalled. Republi-
can leaders plan to attach the legislation to a budget-reconciliation
bill in the fall, to meet requirements to reduce spending.

Nearly a decade ago, Congress took the first steps in pushing Ameri-
cans toward digital TV when it gave broadcasters free spectrum for
digital broadcasts. In 1997, Congress set a Dec. 31, 2006, deadline
for the transition to all-digital broadcasts. Lawmakers included an
escape hatch that said the transition could take effect only when
85% of households in a local market could receive digital signals.
Industry groups agree that devoting a big chunk of the most powerful
spectrum to broadcast TV programming is a poor use of such valu-
able radio waves. Just a tiny percentage of TVs today can receive
digital broadcasts and new TVs won't be required to come with digital
tuners until July 2007. The Government Accountability office esti-
mates that 21 million U.S. households, or 19%, rely on free broad-
cast TV. Consumer groups released a study last week that suggested
39% of households have at least one TV that would go dark after the
transition. Consumers shouldn't have to shell out $50 for a set-top
box so they can continue to use perfectly good TVs, says Gene
Kimmelman, public policy director for Consumers union.
"We recognize there has to be a date for the final transition. I can't tell
you what the final date should be. That's an issue between Congress
and the consumers," says Eddie Fritts, president of the National As-
sociation Broadcasters, which has been accused of holding up the
digital transition. "We're concerned consumers will be left out of this
process. This seems to be driven more by the budget process than
In practice, the proposal would shut down TVs for essentially two
types of viewers in the U.S.: those who don't subscribe to cable or
satellite TV and those who do subscribe but have extra TV sets around
the house-perhaps in the bedroom and garage-that rely on rabbit-
ear antennas to receive local TV broadcasts.
Because digital TVs generally cost hundreds, if not thousands, of
dollars more than conventional sets, they have been slower to sell.
"It's kind of a chicken and an egg thing: why buy a digital set when
you can still get an analog signal?" Mr. Barton says.
Few consumers who face a bewildering array of flat-panel and flat-tube
TVs at electronics retailers know if new models include digital tuners
or that they might need one in a few years.,
'The number of people who rely on over-the-air television is small
and getting tiny," says Gary Spapiro, president of the consumer Elec-
tronics Association, which lost a battle at the Federal communica-
tions commission over how soon retailers.must begin selling digital
TVs almost exclusively. "I think the broadcasters are incredibly over-
stating the extent of this legislation."
Aside from the subsidy issue, which has been a sticking point in
negotiations with Democrats, other matters in the bill need to be re-
solved, including whether cable companies would be required to carry
more than one channel of programming from local broadcast sta-

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Assets To

Avoid Probate

-Part I

By Robert E. Wharrie, Attorney
at Law
The Revocable Living Trust
Probate is the process in court of trans-
ferring ownership of your assets to those
entitled to them after you pass away.
Probate is okay, but it can be expensive
and it can take a long time. There are many estate planning tools that
allow you to avoid it. This column is going to describe one of those
tools, the Revocable Living Trust. Future columns will discuss other
ways of avoiding probate.
A Trust is a special way of owning assets. Legal ownership of assets is
transferred to a Trustee" who holds and administers the assets for
the use and benefit of a "Beneficiary." The Trust ik "Revocable" be-
cause the Grantor (person establishing it) reserves the right to amend
or revoke it. It is a "Living Trust" because it is set up during the
Grantor's lifetime rather than after his or her death.
You, as Grantor, can appoint yourself as Trustee and Beneficiary of
your own Trust, provided that you appoint a Successor Beneficiary
or Successor Trustee to take your place if you should die or become
incapacitated. However, you can appoint somebody else or a trust
company to serve as Trustee and the Trust can be for the benefit of
anybody that you appoint. For this discussion, let us assume that
you are the Grantor, Trustee and Beneficiary of your own Trust. You
have the same use and enjoyment of your property as though the
Trust did not exist.
Probate is avoided for Trust assets because whoever is the Trustee
after your death has the power to transfer ownership of the Trust
assets to the Secondary Beneficiaries that you have designated. Any
of your assets not in the Trust may have to go through probate.
Another advantage of having a Trusts is that if you should become
incapacitated, the Successor Trustee named by you takes over as
Trustee and provides continuous management of your assets. Unless
the Successor Trustee is not doing a good job, it will not be necessary
to have the court appoint a legal guardian to handle your affairs.
Yet another advantage of having, aTrust is to provide continued man-
agement of the Trust assets after your death. Once assets go through
probate proceedings and the case is closed, there is no further con-
trol over how the asse caused. or managed. If any Secondary Ben-
eficiary is a minor, it maybe necessary to have a. legal guardian ap-
pointed to receive the assets. A Trustee can be directed to continue to
hold the assets in trust until the youngster reaches the age of major-
ity. Or perhaps the Beneficiary is a poor'money manager and the you
want to protect him or her. The Trust can provide that the assets will
be distributed in increments:over a period of time until the Second-
ary Beneficiary gains maturity. Meanwhile, the Trustee still can use
the Trust assets for anything that the Trustee feels is in the best
interests of the underage Beneficiary.
The Trust can protect the Secondary Beneficiary from his or her credi-
tors by providing that the creditors cannot reach the Trust assets
until they are distributed to the Beneficiary. The law does not allow
your Trust to shield you from your creditors, but a Secondary Benefi-
ciary can be protected.
If you have any questions or comments, contact me at Robert E.
Wharrie, P.A., 5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710,
Telephone (727) 346-9555, Facsimile (727) 346-0013, E-Mail

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,

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

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
that road. Together, Panhandle residents can insist
on better building practices that preserve native
vegetation and reduce runoff. We can stand up
for a common-sense balance of preservation and

If you care about the Panhandle, take a few
minutes to get involved and help steer a positive
future here, one that balances resource protection
with growth. Citizens can make a real difference
in how we grow. We don't have to look like every
place else!

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its workshop on ecosystem objec-
tives for fisheries management
that was scheduled for Monday,
July 11, 2005 at the Diamond
Head Beach Resort, 2000 Estero
Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach,
Florida 33931. It has been re-
scheduled for Monday, August 8,
2005, at the same location, in
conjunction with the rescheduled
meeting of the Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council.
The remaining workshops remain
as scheduled. For more informa-
tion about the workshops, please
see the Council's press release
dated June 13, 2005 (which is
available on the Council website
at http: //www.gulfcouncil.org).
The revised schedule is below.
The public workshops will be con-
ducted by an independent facili-
tator, who will report the results
to the Council at its September
2005 meeting in New Orleans. The
workshops will be held beginning
at 7:00 p.m. and concluding no
later than 9:00 p.m. at the follow-
ing locations and dates:
Monday, July 25, 2005
MS Department of Marine
1141 Bayview Drive
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Orange Beach Community
4849 Wilson Boulevard
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, Florida 32408
Monday, August 1, 2005
New Orleans Airport Ramada,
110 James Drive East
St. Rose, Louisiana 70087
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
The San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77551
Wednesday, August 2, 2005
Omni Corpus Christi,
Bayfront Tower
900 North Shoreline
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Monday, August 8,2005
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Late Monday night William
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builder, was killed in a two-vehicle
collision on Highway 98 between
Carrabelle and Lanark. The other
driver was taken to Tallahassee
in critical condition.
"He will be sorely missed," said
Randall Champion of Coastal
Building Supply in Eastpoint.
"William brought much more to
the table than just his fine build-
ing ability," he "made everybody
feel good," and lived and worked
"with grace and ease."

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A member of Congressman Allen
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be visiting Carrabelle and
Apalachicola on the fourth
.Wednesday of every month so the
people of Franklin County have
the opportunity to personally dis-
cuss issues concerning them.
Congressman Boyd's staff is
trained to assist constituents with
a variety of issues relating to vari-
ous federal agencies. It is impor-
tant to the Congressman that his
staff is available for those who are
not able to travel to either his
Panama City or Tallahassee of-

Office Hours with
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Carrabelle City Hall
Wednesday. Jil'V27, 2005
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Franklin County
Courthouse Commission Room

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EastpointMedital Center

Holds Public Health Fair

National Community Health Center Week will be
here shortly and, in acknowledgement of that,
Franklin County's Community Health Center will
be hosting a FREE HEALTH FAIR at the Center on
Thursday, August 11th from 2 to 5 p.m.

Mark your calendars now and DON'T FORGET to
attend this wonderful community event! Get your
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/13/05 Invoice No. 10928
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model SW Color Silver
Tag No C088EE Year 1982 tate FL Vin No. JF2AM53B2CE444847

To Owner: Jonathon Johnson To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 1195
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/30/05 at the request of Kelly Cunningham that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 170.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/11/05 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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Carrabelle City from Page 1

Moorings Area: Sign of things to come?
hides may be able to get assistance from the county arranged by the
city. Where daily trash/ garbage is concerned, change must come in
some of the current methods of disposal: the yard, someone else's
cans, the recycle center. The city government can go to the extreme of
mandating paid trash pickup if some progress isn't made voluntarily.
Key words heard were "kindlier" and "gentler" ways of getting the job
Two different harbor areas came under scrutiny on the subject of
commercial/public waterfront area. The city owns 900' of frontage,
essentially from the condos on Marine Street through the Pavilion lot.
Plans to capitalize on the dock/pier/slip potential of that stretch must
go through the red tape of engineering certification of the river bot-
tom and channel size, DEP examination, permitting, etc. The com-
mission voted to hire a consultant to handle those items. The term
"Submerged land lease" was used for the end product of this process,
which then will allow full development of this harbor area for public
citizen and commercial use.

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Not so much unanimous approval was received at the end of an hour's
public discussion over the "C-Quarters" and Marine Systems prop-
erty. Barry Mathis of Atlanta presented the sketch design of property
use and a concept drawing of an individual unit. Residential condos
will flank the building now known as C-Quarters.

Concept drawing of condo style on C-Quarters property
show good public "water visibility."
Near-full consensus from the attendees was received for the design
look, open water views both under and between units and the idea to
develop the existing building into a commercial seafood house and
base for shrimp boat docking and unloading. A comment was heard
that the second floor deck/porch would be an ideal observation plat-
form for the public to be able to watch the seafood business operate.
Objections centered around existing density requirements, length of
piers, critical shoreline laws and could they guarantee that if we
changed the C-2 zoning to C-1, that they wouldn't change any of the
master plan presented? City attorney Hartman's answer that they
would be within their rights to change the plan after rezoning seemed

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Limile lime oRor, subjici to chngo without noc. Credi r s npply. S49.99 ac6vain fee apples, applied iral maol cledicard, but is
rebated back n ft DISH Nowo0 k stomenl Cat fof lunhol details.

to seal the subject. Commissioner Williams moved to table the pro-
posal for further study, and the board voted affirmatively. Later the
same commissioner was heard to comment that this was the best
presentation for usage of the site that he'd seen.
Speaking of "direction",, the new Planning and Zoning board and al-
ternates was announced. Up to this point, the city council did all the
P&Z determinations. From this point on, seven primary board mem-
bers will have voting privileges which will result in the P&Z recom-
mendation on each issue to the commissioners. The alternates may
participate, but vote only in the absence of a primary member.
Primary P&Z Members:
Mel Kelly
Ray Tyre
Joe Patterson
Jan Stoutamire
Steven Allen
Marjorie Schenke
SRaymond Finn

Alternate Members:
Matt Christianson
Rod Gasche
Robert Baker
Ann Kehm

10 p.m.

Progress Energy from Page 1

"* About $50 million represents the company's recommended annual
storm reserve fund contribution. Given last year's storm season, it is
clear the amount collected for the storm reserve must be increased
from the current $6 million per year."
"* Another $30 million is needed for Progress Energy Florida to con-
tinue to provide the level of service customers expect. Reliability and
customer service have been improved dramatically during the last
four years. This increase will help ensure that reliability and service
is maintained at the superior levels that have been achieved."
"* Roughly $22 million of the requested amount is to remove out-of-use
fossil-fueled power plants from sites, and to return those sites to
their original condition. It will also be used for depreciation costs to
reflect wear and tear on facilities the company placed in service."
The FPSC has scheduled a public technical hearing on the request
beginning on September 7, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 148, Betty
Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida.
"As part of our rate request, Progress Energy Florida has submitted
minimum filing requirements or MFRs, which provide additional sup-
port for Progress Energy Florida's request. This information is avail-
able for review during normal business hours at the following loca-

Progress Energy Florida
100 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Clearwater Public Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

Ocala Public Library
15 East Osceola Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
Winter Park Public Library
460 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Leon County Public Library
200 West Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
In addition, a summary or synopsis of our rate request is avail-
able for review during normal business hours at the main branches
of the public libraries in each of the 35 counties in Progress En-
ergy Florida's service territory.
During a rate review, public hearings are held to give utility custom-
ers an opportunity to provide their views regarding the utility's re-
quested rate increase or regarding the quality of service before mem-
bers of the FPSC. Customers who wish to present testimony are urged
to appear at the beginning of the hearing, since the hearing may be
adjourned early if no witneSses"are present to testify. Hearings will be
held at the following locations-and times:


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Panhandle Recovers from Page 1
tric power. Une home was reported to be destroyed, 30 had major
damage and 60 had minor damage. At the Larry Kinzles, power was
off for two and one-half days with their bayside home surrounded by
water up to four feet deep.
Within two days after the storm made landfall in the Pensacola area
on Sunday afternoon July 10, the state park on the east end of St.
George Island was closed due to a massive buildup of sand covering
the road and park entrance. A great deal of low areas on St. George
was subjected to ponding with many driveways covered and thus
preventing access to island homes.
William Collins of Apalachicola said he went out in the Gulf In his
boat and from the south side of the state park he could look across
the park and see the bay side. "It leveled those beautiful dunes, the
pavilions were'just gone," he added.
"I've never seen anything like it," said Chuck Marks, Apalachicola
native, about the storm surge which devastated parts of Apalachicola,
St. George Island, Eastpoint, Lanark Village and Alligator Point.
Along the waterfront in Eastpoint and especially Two-mile and down-
town in Apalachicola, businesses were destroyed, homes were bat-
tered and a sea of mud descended in the lower-lying areas. Among
early evacuees were people from Cape San Blas, where water washed
over the highway and pulled pilings from under houses. The ominous
swell of water damaged Ward Seafood Processing Plant at 13-Mile,
swept down the shoreline as far south as St. Marks, hampered only
by barrier islands, which took the brunt of the gigantic swell. Alliga-
tor Point historically had received damages from hurricane winds and
eating away of the shoreline, but the punch Dennis was, in the words
of one resident, "worse than ever."
Within days of the fateful landfall of Dennis residents were picking
up, cleaning and beginning to rebuild. Even while announcing plans
to rebuild, Lucille and Bobby Saker were to begin working at the Red
Top until they can get their popular restaurant back up and running.
Cleanup of Apalachicola's downtown, in addition to rebuilding, in-
bluded a lot of raking, sweeping and washing up mud.
"Carrabelle received some damage, but not like Lanark," said Courtney
Millender, city clerk. It was reported that more than 15 homes were
destroyed and more than 40 were damaged. "I know of a couple of
houses out at Carrabelle Beach which were damaged, but the high-
way from Eastpoint to Carrabelle was hit worst." Dunes were flat-
tened on Dog Island. Septic tanks and wells were of immediate con-
A week after Dennis thrust the 10-foot storm surge it has been esti-
mated that it will take at least $10 million to repair damage along
Highway 98 from Eastpoint to Carrabelle. To get east, a detour sign
at the intersection of Highway 98 and Highway 65, directs traffic
through Tate's Hell State Forest to arrive again at Highway 98 in
Residents have long asked for another escape route from hurricanes,
but at the same time find it hard to give up one of the last remaining
coastline highways with a view of the Gulf of Mexico and bays along
the route from Apalachicola all the way to Perry.
The state has hired C.W. Roberts Contracting of Hosford to clear away
the broken asphalt, level the foundation and repave the collapsed
points, and given them 14 days to complete the work. After that,
according to Tommie Speights, a spokesman for the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, bids will be taken for more permanent re-
pairs, expected to cost well above the $10 million awarded to Roberts.
People in Lanark Village were still in shock a week later after several
homes were destroyed and two had heavy damage, several docks were
ripped from their moorings and one of three boats left at the Boat
Club Marina was carried across Highway 98. Panacea's popular sea-
food restaurant, Angelo's, was wrecked by Dennis' creeping storm
On Alligator Point more than 50 people rode out Dennis and were
stranded when Alligator Point Road was blocked at the bend in front
of the former campground with a quarter mile's worth of concrete,
asphalt, sand, rocks, and seaweed. In one area one lane of asphalt
was sheared for about the length of a football field, with more' than a
mile of the road covered with sand. A temporary road is being built. A
count on homes destroyed by the storm surge came up with 32 and
about 150 others were damaged.
A week after the hard slap by Dennis' storm surge Eastpoint still
looked like a war zone. "It looks like Pensacola did after Ivan," re-
marked a man staring at what was left of Island View Seafood along
the bay side. Sharon's and That Place on 98 were wrecked, as was
other buildings and docks along the waterfront. Seafood houses were
devastated, several buildings were just gone, swept into the bay by
the slow-moving surge of Gulf water. More than a dozen homes were
destroyed and more than 20 damaged.
"What can you do?" one resident was asked. "Start picking up, fixing,
rebuilding, what have you," he answered. "That's what we do every
time. This won't be the last hurricane along the Gulf Coast." He
scratched his head. 'That big swell of water they call a storm surge
may have been the worst for a long time. I doubt we'll be forgetting
Dennis around here for a long time."



Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2005-General Election
Tuesday, September 20, 2005-Run-off Election
(if needed)
Polling Place: Senior Citizens Center, 201 NW Ave. F
Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
Vote For: Commissioner/Mayor Seat 1 (Term 2 years)
Candidates may qualify beginning 12:00 noon, July 18,
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