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25th Annual St. George Island Regional

Charity Chili Cook-off And Auction


Saturday, March 3rd
Once again St. George Island res-
idents will be.treated to the fra-
grance of some of the best chili in
the country wafting by our
homes. This Saturday, March 3,
the 25th Annual St. George
Island Charity Chili Cook-off
and Auction will be held here.
The entire proceeds from the day

will go to support the St. George
Island Vol. Fire Department '&
First Responder Unit. As the
Island continues to grow, the
needs of the fire/rescue units
increase. Continual service and
upgrades to the equipment and
the firehouse are ongoing expens-
es. Last year was the largest
crowd ever and the Cook-off was
able to present the Fire
Department and First
Responders with a check for
almost $100,000! The Chili
Cook-off directors are hoping
that this year will even exceed
last. The Chili Cook-off is a
Florida non-profit corporation
and all money collected after
expenses goes to the Fire
Department and First Responder
The event has been popular for
many years and past visitors have
commented quite favorably on
the programs. One visitor from
Tallahassee said, "The cook-off
is where my husband and I kissed
for the very first time (two years
ago). I want to bring him back
this year as an 'anniversary'."
Ahhhhh, the romance of a week-
end on St George Island sur-
rounded by the tempting sights
and sounds of a great chili festi-
val! Maybe you too can find the

man or woman of your dreams at
the St. George Island Chili Cook-
off and Auction. Of course, most
people come for the chili, the pro-
grams or the golf tournament on
Friday, March 2nd. The golf
tournament will be played at St
James Golf Course at 8:00 AM.
For more information about the
tournament, contact Jim Dunkin
[(850) 927-2465] or e-mail.
Besides the golf tournament, the
schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, March 2nd
5:00 7:00 p.m.
The Art Review at the Civic Hall
in the East End Firehouse: $5.00
preview donation.

Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday's first event is the
famous Red Pepper 5K Run.
Susan Bassett, who is the person
to contact for information about
the Run [(850) 323-0092], says,
"We're looking for a great
turnout. People of all ages and
running abilities are welcome.
The Run is fun as well as a com-
petition!" There are fourteen age
categories for runners starting,
with the under 10 age group, pro-
gressing in five year jumps until
age 70 then an over 70 age group.
Registration will be open at 7:00
a.m. on Saturday and a $15.00
entry fee will be collected at that
time ($10.00 for those 18 yrs. and
under). All contestants will
receive a Red Pepper Run T-shirt.
8:30 a.m.
Booth set-up.
9:30 a.m.
Crock-pot Chili must be on site.

Cook's Meeting. Between 12:15 and 1:15 p.m., the
judges will be choosing Miss
10:00 a.m. Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce.
Last year's winners were mem-
Preparation time chopping, bers of the Parrothead Club,
slicing, marinating, but NO Gina Houlditch from Atlanta and
COOKING, NO STOVES, NO Dave Gussak form Tallahassee.
FIRE. (The Parrothead Clubs are made
up of Jimmy Buffett fans who
10:00 11:00 a.m. meet for social.times and to work
for various charities) For more
Crock-pot Chili judging. information on the contest, con-
tact Grayson Shepard (850) 927-
11:00 a.m. 3473.

Judges meet-
ing-all events.
r, The auction
-. starts at 11:00
a.m. under the
big tent. The
auctioneer will
once again be
that master of
Sthe auctioneer's
-. art, Wade Clark.
There is a semi
S- trailer parked in
., the middle of
the Island for
drop offs for the
auction. If you
have an item and
need to arrange
'r. pick up, contact
Jay Abbott an
(850) 927-3473.
11:15 a. m. -
11:30 a.m.
Crock-pot Chili awards present-

11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Booth/Showmanship judging.

2:00 p.m.
Cooking stops, stoves off, fires
out. Deliver samples to judging
area. Judging starts.

3:30 p.m.
Awards presented in chili judging
For further information on activi-
ties, rules, sponsors, or to see a
photo album of past Chili Cook-
offs, visit: www.stgeorgeisland-
chili.com or telephone (850) 927-
Cook-Off president, Jayne
Bamburg says, in a letter sent to
"Fellow Chili Heads", "We're
hoping the weather will cooper-
ate again this year and the crowd
will be even larger-show your
support by slipping on your Chili
Head gear and join us for a day
full of fun for a most worthwhile
I'm convinced, Jayne; I'll be right
there taking in the colorful sights,
the sounds of people having fun,
the mouth-watering odors of chili
in the cooking pots, but mostly,
I'll be taking in some of that good

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce presented the 11th
Annual Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler at the Coombs Armory on 4th
Street in Apalachicola Sunday evening. The armory was beautifully
laid out with tables designed and decorated by a variety of local groups.
Music for the evening was provided by Carol Harris of Wombat Sound
Music Store and a small musical group playing on the balcony, consist-
ing of: Gabriel Garcia, Aisha Moughrabi, Mike Nepote and John
Nepote, playing guitar, violin and drums. Miss Moughrabi is the
Southeastern United States Scottish Fiddle Champion although last
night all the musicians played like champs. Nineteen food establish-
ments supplied an endless quantity of their finest dishes for sampling
and five beverage companies quenched our thirsts. At least 200 people
gathered to taste the tempting treats presented to them in a variety of
seductive ways. Everyone easily agreed that the $50 to $65 cost was
more than justified by the endless variety and excellence of the offer-
The participating restaurants were:
Apalachicola Candy Company, Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Boss
Oyster, Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe, Avenue Sea at the Gibson Inn,
Boss Oyster, Cafe con Leche, Caper's Catering, Caroline's Dining' On
the River, Chef Eddie's Magnolia Grill, Crooked River Grill, The Owl
Caf6, Provisions, Red Top Caf6, Sunset Coastal Grill, Tamara's Caf6
Floridita, That Place on 98, Verandas Wine Bar and Bistro, Viscardi's
at Night, Wheelhouse Oyster Bar, and Steamer's Raw Bar.
Beverages supplied by:
Southern Wine and Spirits, Premier Beverage. Company, National
Distributing Company, Lewis Bear Company, and Buffalo Rock Pepsi.
Anita Grove, Executive Director of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce, said that tickets were sold out two weeks before the event
for reserved seats at the tables designed by: The Apalachicola Bay
Charter School, Adele Hungerford Interiors, Ave. E, Bayside Gallery
and Florist, Black Swan Antiques, BLUE beach + home, Chez Funk,
Dixie Theater, High Cotton Styles, Old Time Soda Fountain, Oyster
Catcher, Panache Tent and Event, and Petunia. Table sponsors were
Apalachicola State Bank, Bud and Gen Hayes, Garlick Environmental,
Grady Market, Gulf- State Community Bank, Richard Henderson and
Family, George arid.Pam Mahr, Prudential Resort Realty, and Resort
Vacation Properties.

Red Top Cafe employees prepare for the hungry stampede.
Once again Harry Arnold's voice rang over the crowd with his familiar
auction chant as people bid on a variety of goodies from a huge sun-
burst wall mirror from Avenue E to an Italian dinner for four catered in
the buyer's home from Viscardi's at Night to Dixie Theater tickets. The
bidders were excited and they took their attention away from the food
just long enough to acquire many new treasures for their homes.
Between the auction and the ticket sales, the Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce ended up with $16,000 more to spend to help
Apalachicola become an exciting place to visit. Of cotire, those of us
who live here knew that anyway, especially with events like the Chef
Sampler to keep our times exciting.
Next year be sure to reserve your table early so you won't end up disap-
pointed and be sure to give up dinner for about a week ahead of the
Annual Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler to make room for all the gor-
geous goodies.

English Classes For Spanish-
Speaking Residents
As more and more people who speak Spanish come to Franklin
County, the obvious answer is to teach them to speak English. The
Adult Literacy program plans a full program of classes beginning in
Maxine Creamer, new director of the Franklin County Adult Literacy
program, told Philaco Club members at the February meeting that
classes will be held each Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. "Our office is next door to the Franklin County Library in
Eastpoint. Our phone number is 670-4481. We'll also be teaching
English to children in the summer. We need more volunteers," said
"Sister Sheila started English classes at the Martin House four years
ago, and Sister Elaine and Sister Gloria continued it," Creamer told
Philaco Club members at a luncheon hosted by the International
Committee and directed by Kay Wheeler at the First Methodist com-
munity building. "There have also been instruction in English at high
school GED classes.
"Learning to speak the main language where they live changes the face
of the whole family," said Creamer. "This is the 20th year of the
Franklin County Adult Literacy. It began in 1987 with the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program.
"It began with a workshop to train tutors to work with non-readers
using methods developed by Literacy Volunteers of America," said
Creamer. "Joycelyn Reacey, our first coordinator, worked out of a
small office at the Apalachicola Municipal Library."
In 1992 an agreement was worked out between FCARP and the
Panhandle Library Literacy Association for 50 per cent housing. "That
meant that FCARP would be housed in the Apalachicola Municipal
Library and the Franklin County Library an equal amount of time.
As FCARP became more involved with the Literacy Volunteers of
America, the name was changed to Literacy Volunteers of America-
Franklin County.
"Tutors continued to work with non-readers, but began to recognize a
new dimension of literacy readers with skill enhancement needs," said
Creamer. "Many low-level readers had not finished high school and
would like to receive a GED certificate."
With the Friends of the Franklin County Library acting as agent,
Literacy received funds from the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners. In 1993 Literacy Volunteers of America-Franklin
County adopted its first set of by-laws. In 1999 Franklin County-LVA
entered into an agreement with Franklin County Board of
Commissioners and began to receive funds from the county.
"In order to obtain funds from the county and other organizations, we
had to have 501 status, and in 2003 we incorporated with the state and
became a full-fledged 501K non-profit agency," said Creamer.
Over the years Literacy has continued to evolve and has grown into an
organization meeting the ongoing needs of citizens of Franklin
County, added Creamer. "Networking with such entities as FAMU and
the Franklin County School Board has enabled Literacy to acquire
equipment and personnel in order to serve those needs.
"Literacy began a more active role in helping people," said Creamer.
"Franklin County citizens are completing their GEDs, and going on to
higher education which enables them.to enter the work force at a more
profitable level.
"Achieving this goal not only affects the county's economy, but changes
the future of families. Other areas of help that we offer are filling out
forms and applications, teaching basic computer skills and basic office
skills," she added. "We achieve anywhere from 15 to 25 GEDs a year."
Some of those who have worked with the Literacy program in the past
include Bonnie Segree, Paula Sapp, and Carolyn Sparks.

Jimmy Buffett Fans love chili, too!

OK, is everybody's mouth anaesthetized? Let's taste!
OK, is everybody's mouth anaesthetized? Let's taste!

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The Franklin Chronicle



February 20, 2007

Alan Pierce
Report to the Board of County
1 Board action to re-advertise
bids for the Bluff Road Bike Path.
This is being done at DOT's
request. DOT is looking for more
funds. Bids will be opened March
20, at 5:45 pm. This request was
approved by the Board.
2 Provide Board with copy of
first draft of the ARPC's
Economic Development Strategy.
Commissioner Lockley and
Mark Curenton have been
appointed the Economic
Development Strategy Comm-
ittee of the ARPC. Mr. Curenton,
will be going to first meeting and
he will provide the Board an
3 Board action to advertise for
bids for emergency sand berms
for FEMA approved sites on
Alligator Point and St. George
Island. FEMA had set aside a
certain amount of money in 2005
for these emergency berms, and
now that might not be enough
money. So, we are going out to
bid to see what the current cost is
going to be. Bids would be
opened March 20, at 5:30 pm.
Approved by the Board.
4 Board action to approve grant
application for a boating
improvement grant for the boat
ramp and parking area on the
north side of the US 98 bridge
over the Ochlocknee Bay, and if
allowed by FWC, a second grant
for expanding the Bluff Road
boat ramp. Approved by the
5 Provide Board with list of
improvements Mr. Colvert,
Weems CEO, is taking to
Congressman Boyd's Healthcare
Council Meeting. These include
$750,000 for a clinic to be built in
Carrabelle, and $608,000 for
improvements at Weems Hosp.
6 Inform Board that because
Hospital revenues appear to be
steady, the Clerk's Office has
requested a re-payment schedule
for approximately $'6',Q00, worth
of insurance premiums the Board
has incurred that are:attributable
to the Hosp. I have spoken to Mr.
Colvert and they are developing a
re-payment plan. Mr. Pierce then
showed the Board a check that
the County had just received
from the hospital for $48,000.
The Board was obviously
"They are trying to pay back their
obligation to the citizens of
Franklin County," added Mr.
Pierce. "The ambulance is (also)
doing very well. They had 50
runs the first month. They have a
full staff. On one of the runs they
didn't have enough EMTs and a
Doctor agreed to ride in the
"Well, maybe we are finally get-
ting united here in Franklin
County," offered Mr. Putnal.
7 Provide Board with copy of
public notice generated by the US
Army Corps of Engineers regard-
ing the Alligator Point Beach
Renourishment Project. This is
provided as evidence that the
Corps is reviewing the project,
which is a good sign.
8 At the last meeting, the Board
approved raising the maximum
house price allowed for purchase
with down payment assistance
SHIP funds to $150,000. The
Florida Housing Agency had sug-
gested a price of some $233,000,
which the Board felt was too
high. The Board may recall there
was a discussion about raising the
price to $175,000, and after dis-
cussing the situation with Ms.
Laurie Switzer, she and I do
request the Board raise the ceiling
to $175,000. There are several
SHIP eligible clients who have
made arrangements to buy hous-
es at slightly less than $175,000,
but more than $150,000. And
again, the issue is the very limited
number of houses and sizes avail-
able for less than $150,000 in
Franklin County. Board action (is
requested) to raise the maximum
to $175,000. The Board approved
this action.
9 Inform Board that last week
the Chairman and I did speak to
Mr. Herman Bell, Chief
Community Relations at Tyndall,
regarding low level training and
hunting. We explained to Mr.
Bell the situation and he said he
would gather some information
and then come over and meet
with the Board. We're waiting for
him to call us back, and if that
does not happen soon we will
then write a letter to the
Commanding Officer.
10 The Planning and Zoning
Report items #12-24 all require
public hearings. Board action (is

needed) to direct staff to schedule
these public hearings. These pub-
lic hearings are all either zoning
changes or small scale land use
changes. The county is allowed to
do 80 acres of small scale land
use changes in a year, and the


17 Mr. Roy Solomon would like
the Board to know that he owns
0.8 acres of property adjoining
Weems Hospital. He currently
has the property for sale but he
would like for the county to
acquire the property for either
Hospital expansion purposes or
some other public function. Mr.
Solomon wants to see the
Hospital succeed and he wants to
see more medical facilities in the
county. I told him I believe his
property is of value to the county,
and I have asked Mr. Colvert to
evaluate whether the Hospital
would support the land acquisi-

Commission reviewed approxi-
mately 76 acres of changes. It is
expected these hearings could last
90 minutes. Does the Board want
to hold a special Board meeting
for these, or schedule them into a
regular Board meeting? A Public
Hearing was tentatively set for
March 20th staring at 3 p.m.-
before regular Commission meet-
ing which starts at 5 p.m.
11 The Planning and Zoning
Commission received requests on
2 text changes to the Comp Plan
and 2 large scale land use
changes. Because the Board can
only consider these types of
changes twice a year, I have
advised the applicants that I will
present none of these changes
until the Planning and Zoning
Commission has reviewed all of
them, as there is only going to be
one transmittal hearing for all of
these. At the February P and. Z
meeting, the Commission did
vote on two recommendations,
but tabled the other two until
March. When all four are ready
for review by the Board, I will put
them on the agenda. This should
happen at the March 20 Board
12 There was an objection to the
one Board of Adjustment item
filed Monday in the Planning
Office. Planning staff still recom-
mends in favor of the variance.
At the direction of the County
Attorney, this item needs to be
handled separately.
13 Several weeks ago the county
provided DCA with a courtesy
draft of the finished Evaluation
and Appraisal Report (EAR). At
.this time DCA has made no com-
ments, so I recommend the Board
schedule the adoption hearing for
the EAR. Once the EAR is
adopted and then officially
reviewed by DCA, the county
will then begin working on EAR
based amendments -to the com-
prehensive plan. Board action
(requested) to schedule EAR
adoption. This was approved.
14 The City of Carrabelle has
applied for a CDBG grant to pro-
vide infrastructure improvements
down Airport Road for a poten-
tial factory. The road is owned by
the county. Board action (is
requested) to allow the city to
make improvements to the coun-
ty road through the CDBG grant.
The improvements include
expanding sewer and water and
repaving the entire road. I am
meeting with Mr. Bud Chiles on
Thursday to go over the factory
issue, as Mr. Chiles is the project
advocate. There may be addition-
al things the county can do in
order to make sure the project
finds a home in Franklin County.
The project will employ 50 peo-
ple and the Franklin County and
Jackson County ,a competing
for the project. The]Board asked
that a letter be sent to those con-
cerned recommending and advo-
cating this project.
15 Board action on letter to
Congressman Boyd regarding
funding for the dredging of Bob
Sikes Cut. Letter will request
$750,000 for dredging the Cut in
2008, if it is needed. According
to Mr. Terry Jangula, the
President's budget does not
include any funds for the Cut,
and if it needs dredging, for any
reason, it will not get done unless
Congress appropriates funds
specifically for it.
Mr. Pierce went on to explain
that because of new legislation
from Congress without special
legislation for each and every
project nothing will get done.
"I have been before the Board
long before I was ever elected a
County Commissioner," said Mr.
Parrish, "advocating:dredging of
Bob Sikes Cut. It is an issue for
the Coast Guard, FWC, commer-
cial fishermen, as well as recre-
ational fisherman. We need to
keep this pass open." Mr. Parrish
explained that he had been under
the impression that they had the
Cut on a regular maintenance
schedule, but that is not the case.
He therefore recommended that
this letter be sent.-"We will need
this (dredging) and if we don't
request it, the money will not be
there when we need it. I would
like to see this added to our
request of Congressman Boyd to
make sure that the money is there
if we need it."
Mr. Parrish's statement was made
into a motion and passed unani-
mously by the Board.
The number two item on the let-
ter to Mr. Boyd was the dredging
of the Eastpoint Channel. Money
had previously been allocation to
the dredging of the Eastpoint
Channel but it had been diverted
by the Corps of Engineers-
which is still a point of agitation
to the commissioners.
16 Update by Mr. Dave McLain
on the OTTED funded Seafood
Industry Study being conducted
by Lampl/Herbert. Mr. McLain
gave his report which will be pre-
sented further on in Franklin

county right of way on West Pine
on St. George Island.
Graded 21st Street, Pogy Road
and Magnolia Lane in
Apalachicola; McIntyre Road,
St. Teresa, Duval Road, Jeff
Sanders Road and Mill Road in
Carrabelle; Sand Beach Road,
Chason Road, Jeffie Tucker'
Road, Plum Street, Smith Street;'-"'
Creamer Street, Avenue D, "
Gardener Landing, Brick Yard
Road. Gilbert Street, Flower....
Street, North Road, Bloody Bluff
Road, Wright Lake Road, Power
Line Road and Hickory Landing
in Eastpoint.
Patched pot holes on Pine Street,
Oyster Road, Squire Road, Tilton

18 Board discussion of
Carrabelle Cove Apartments.
Evidently the Cove Apartments is,.
getting ready to evict at least-one'
occupant because they recently.;
got a raise that put them slightly'
over the income level, but there is
no other place this person can
afford. Does the Board want'to
consider writing the Apartment
management, which I believe is
the Northwest Florida Housing
Authority, and inform them that
affordable housing in short sup-
ply in the county? The county
would prefer existing tenants be
able to modify their rental agree-
ments and stay in the Apartments
instead of being evicted with no
other affordable housing avail-
able. Mr. Lockley made the
motion that this single mother
with two children should be given
special consideration. His point
being that affordable housing was
at a minimum in the County. The
Board agreed and his motion Was
approved unanimously.

Dave McLain-Seafood
Task Force
Dave McLain updated the Board
on the OTTED feasibility study.
"The study that was commis-
sioned several months ago is very
near to completion ... I need to
have about an hour to an hour
and a half with each of you. To
tell you what the conclusions are
and what we recommend and get
your feedback on that because
they are going to change (recom-
mendations) if you have a differ-
ent point of view ... We want to
get that done first. Then there is
already scheduled with the gover-
nor's Office of Trade Tourism
and Economic Development
(OTTED-source of money)
that we have what is known as a
Ready Group-representatives
from various inner-agency groups
who have an interest in projects
like this-set up for the 16th of
March. If we have given them
sufficient reason to believe that
we are actually going to do what
we are talking about doing. Then
we will go from there to a funding
resource group so that we have
executable options ... The point
that we are movirig towards is
that on the 20th (March)... their
will be executable options' pe-
sented in public forum that you
can, as a body, vote on ... I think
that we are finally moving
towards a conclusion."
"Alan, the Board members of the
Seafood Task Force," injected
Mr. Putnal, "are so concerned
about our Bay that I think that
before we approve any water
related issue in this chamber it
needs to go before the Seafood
Task Force just like the Planning
and Zoning ... We need some
input from people like this ...
Two or three of them' are
Dealers, there are oystermen-4
these are people' who.just .care
about this Bay."
"The only thing that concerns
me," offered Ms. Sanders, "is that,
they go to you (Seafood Task
Force) before they go to Planning
and Zoning."
"We agree with the direction that
you are going," replied Mr.
McLain. "And we have no objec-
tion of doing it and in that
order-that is for sure. We are
happy to have the opportunity, at
least, to cast our votes on these
Mr. Pierce then suggested that he
didn't want to over tax the group
of volunteers on the Task Force
and that possibly their guidance
should be sought on major issues
and not all issues-large develop-
ments as opposed to docks for
The Board then attempted to pass
a motion according to Mr.
Putnal's suggestion but the prop-
er wording of such a motion
became problematic. Mr. Shuler
then suggested that the action
being requested might actually
need an ordinance as opposed to
a motion. It was decided to have
the staff work on this and report
back to the Board with a properly
worded recommendation at the
next meeting. This idea was put
in the form a motion and then
approved by all. ,

Hubert Chipman-FranMlin
County Road Department
We .would like to inform the
board that we have promoted
Douglas (Buddy) -Brown to our
Working Supervisor position.
Work Summary
Cut and removed a tree out of the
middle of the road on Angus
Morrison Road in Alligator
Built 8th Street in Carrabelle.
Worked on the Will S Kendrick
Ball Park in Carrabelle and on
preparing the foundation for the.
new mechanic shop.
Cut and removed tree off of the

Road and Peach Tree Road in
Apalachicola; Quail Run,
Newman St., W 11th Street, NW
Ave D, NW Ave E, Marvin
Drive, NE Ave B, C30, Three
Rivers Road and Kendrick Road
in Carrabelle; Otter slide Road
and Ridge Road in Eastpoint and
also county roads on St. George
Watered Bay Wood Drive,
Beacon Street, Light House
Road, Frank McKamey Way &
W 2nd Street, Ave H and 1st
Street in Carrabelle.
Put lime rock on shoulder of
Alligator Drive in Alligator
Point; School Road, Wilderness
Road and South'Bay Shore in
Repaired shoulders of roads on
21 Street and Magnolia Bluff in
Apalachicola; County Road 67 in
Carrabelle; North Bay Shore, Jr.
Miller's Subdivsion, Whispering
Pines, Avenue A, Old Ferry Dock
Road and South Bay Shore in
Eastpoint; West 7th Street and
East Gulf Beach Drive on St.
George Island.
Litter control on all county roads
in all of Franklin County.
Cleaned bottom of the ditches on
Mcintyre Road, Crooked River
Road, Duval Road, Hwy 67, Jeff
Sanders Road and Pine Log
Bridge in Carrabelle.
Cleaned out ditches on Bay City
Road, Air Port Road and Earl
King Street in Apalachicola;
HWY 67 from Jeff Sanders Road
to Pine Log Bridge and Duval
Road in Carrabelle.
Cleaned out culverts on Mcintyre
Road, Crooked River Road,
Duval Rd. Hwy 67, Jeff Sanders
Road and Pine Log Bridge, Bay
Wood and County Road 67 in
Dug out culverts on Bald Point
Road in Alligator Point; 25th.
Street and Bay City Road in
Installed culverts on Bay City
Road in Apalachicola, Jeff
Sanders Road in Carrabelle; and
Wilderness Road in Eastpoint.

Bill Mahan-County
Extension Director
DACS Division of Aquaculture
BMP Manual: Currently the FL
Dept. of Agriculture &
Consumer Services is in the
process of updating. its
"Aquaculture Best Management
Practices Manual." A new sec-
tion has been added titled
"Marine Net Pens and Cages" for
net pens located in marine waters
of the State of Florida and pro-
duce less than 100,000 pounds of
live weight product annually.
Marine waters for the purposes of
this BMP are,defined, as. being
between Florida's near-shore and
inshore waters which in the Gulf
of Mexico range from 3.45 to

10.376 statue miles seaward of
the coastline.
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation
Conference Biennial Meeting
The ISSC's 2007 Biennial
Meeting is scheduled for August
12-17 in Albuquerque, New
Commissioner Putnal then made
the motion "that Dave McLain
and our scientist out at the lab be
sent to this meeting ... because it
is very important and they need
to know what they are going up
against with this new Vibrio."
"Is that to send just these two
people and does that come out of
their budget?" asked Mr. Crofton.
"They don't have a budget,"
responded Ms. Sanders. "We
have always sent Miss Charlene
out there and we sent Willard
Vinson and Leroy Hall. We have
always sent people out there."
"It makes a difference if you send
representatives," offered Mr.
Putnal. "They then say well
Franklin County cares."
"Are any of the Commissioners '
going?" asked Mr: Mahan.
"I'm going," said Ms. Sanders.
"Am I included in the group
also?" asked Mr. Mahan. It was
decided that Mr. Mahan was
The motion was approved unani-
Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council Update:
Attached is a copy of "Gulf of
Mexico Grouper Management in

Federal Waters Frequently Asked
Questions" which provides an
overview of Gulf grouper man-
agement through November
NOAA Fisheries: The National
Marine Fisheries Service. has
closed the recreational grouper
fishery in federal waters of the
Gulf of Mexico from February
15th March 15th. In addition,
on February 27-28, NOAA
Fisheries, the GMFM & FWC
will be holding a Gulf of Mexico
Grouper Forum in St. Petersburg.
FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission Update: On
February 8th, the FWC released
a proposed draft rule to allow
commercial sponge harvest west
of 84 degrees west longitude,
near Cabell Point on the eastern
boarder of Jefferson County. If
approved this would allow
sponges to be harvested in
Northwest FL marine waters.
National Fisheries News: The
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management
reauthorization Act of 2006 was
recently signed -into law by
President Bush. Some of the bills
highlights include: It preserves
and strengthefis the Regional
Fishery Management Councils;
Mandates the use of allowable
catch limits to prevent over fish-
ing and preserve sustainable har-
vest; mandates that every fishery
management plan contain an
annual catch limit at a level that
prevents over fishing; Directs the
Councils to follow the recom-
mendations of the Scientific and
Statistical Committees and
increases the role of the commit-
tee in decision making.
FL Big Bend Green Living &
Energy Expo: The Wakulla UF-
IFAS Extension Program is spon-
soring a "Green Living & Energy
Expo" in Crawfordville on
March 17th & 18th. Please see
attached flier for additional infor-
mation, ortall Michelle Adamski
at 850-926-3931.
National Rife Association Grant:
The Franklin UF/IFAS Exten-
sion Program has received a
$2,300 grant from the NRA
Foundation to support the devel-
opment of a 4-H Shooting Sports
Program in Franklin County. In
addition, I am working with Van
Johnson to develop a 4-H
Archery Program as part of the
4-H Shooting Sports Program
which is made up of the follow-
ing units; Air Rife & Pistol,
Shotgun, Black-powder, Archery,
and Hunter Safety. The next step
in the process will be to recruit
volunteers to be trained and certi-
fied as 4-H Shooting Sports

Planning and Zoning
Critical Shoreline Applications
1 APPROVE- (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Single Family Private
Dock on Tract 1, 229 River Road,
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida. This application has
state and federal permits and
meets the Franklin County Dock
Ordinance. Request submitted by
GEA, Inc. agent for Nancy Kane,
applicant. This request was
2 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Single Family Private
Dock on Lot 14, 1491 Highway
98, East of Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida. This application
has state and federal permits and
meets the Franklin County Dock
Ordinance. Request submitted by
Paul Osterbye, agent for S &
P.N.B., LLC, applicant. This was
3 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Commercial Fishing
Pier at "Sand's North" 3186
Highway 98 East, Lanark,
Franklin County, Florida. This
application has state and federal
permits and meets the Franklin
County Dock Ordinance.
Request submitted by Larry Joe
Colson, agent for Sands North
LLC, applicant. This request was
considered "commercial" be-
cause the property is zoned com-
mercial and not because of any
other commercial considerations.
It was approved.
4 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Multi-Family Pier at
US Highway 98, St. Teresa,
Franklin County, Florida. This
application has state and federal
permits and meets the Franklin
County Dock Ordinance.

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Request submitted by GEA, Inc.
agent for Dennett Rainey, appli-
cant. This was approved.
5 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Single Family
Residential Pier at 931 Highway
98, Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. This application has
state and federal permits and
meets the Franklin County Dock
Ordinance. Request submitted by
GEA, Inc. agent for Paul Lowe,
applicant. This was approved.
6 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Single Family Dock a
113 North Bayshore Drive,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. This application has
state and federal permits and
meets the Franklin County Dock
Ordinance. Request submitted by
GEA, ,Inc. agent for John
Hosford, applicant. This was
7 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to
construct a Single Family
Residential Pier at 881 Highway
98, Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. This application has
state and federal permits a meets
the Franklin County Dock
Ordinance. Request submitted by
GEA. Inc. agent for Paul Lowe,
applicant. This was approved.
Sketch Plat Approval
8 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of i request for
Sketch Plat approval of a 10 lot
subdivision tentatively named
"Watkin's Glenn" this 32 acre
parcel is lying in Section 20,
Township 8 South, Range 6 West,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted ,by
Ben Watkins, applicant. This
request was approved.
Final Plat Approvals
9 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request for
Final' Plat approval for Heron
Walk Harbor" 9 lot subdivision
lying in Section 32, Township 6
South, Range 1 West, Alligator
Point, Franklin County, Florida.
Request submitted by GEA, Inc.
agent for .Walter J. Armistead.
applicant. This was approved.
10 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request for
Final Plat approval for "The
Bluffs ant St. Teresa" a 6 lot sub-
division lying in Section 28,
Township 6 South, Range 2 West.
St. Teresa. Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted by
GEA, Inc. agent for Dennett
Rainey, applicant. This was
Site Plan Approval
11 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request f6r
Site Plan Approval for a 90:bed
nursinghome facility't6 be' licat1
ed at the terminus of Crooked
River Road, North of St. James
Bay, St. James, Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted-by
Inovia Consulting Group
(Russell Large), agent for AHI,
LLC. applicant. This was
The Advisory Board of
Adjustment met on February 5,
2007, and made the following
1) Approve a request for a vari-
ance to construct an addition to
an existing dwelling no more
than five feet into the side setback
on property described as 1911 US
Highway 98, Carrabelle Beach.
Request was submitted by Garr
Millender, agent for Lester
Mallett, owner. This request was
Re-Zoning Requests
All of the following zoning
requests are tentatively scheduled
for a Public Hearing on March
20, 2007 at 3 p.m. before the reg-
ular County Commission
12 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone 5.37 acre parcel lying in
Section 7 &18, Township 8
South, Range 5 West, Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida from R-
3 Estate Residential to R-l Single
Family Residential. Request sub-
mitted by GEA, 'Inc. agent for
Robert Franco, applicant.
13 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 4.47 acre parcel lying in
Section 29, Township 8 South,
Range 6 West, Eastpoint,

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Franklin County, Florida from R-
1 Single Family to R-IA Single
Family Subdivision. Request sub-
mitted by GEA, Inc. agent for
Lou Davis (Pelican Harbor)
Small Scale Land Use Changes
14 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request for a
Small Scale Land Use Change as
provided in ES. 420.615, which
allows a density bonus associated
with the donation of land for
affordable housing using the
Small Scale Land Use Change
process for property west of the
Apalachicola Municipal Airport.
Request submitted by DSW
Holdings, LLC, applicant.
15 APPROVE (unanimous-
Dodds stepped down) Consid-
eration of a request to re-zone of
a 10 acre parcel lying in Section
30, Township 5 South, Range 7
West,- North of Eastpoint
(Liberty County Line). Florida
from R-6 Rural Residential to R-
3 Estate Residential and a Small
Scale Land Use Change from
Rural Residential to Estate
Residential. Request submitted
by John and Goldie Harris, appli-
16 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone of a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 30, Township 5 South,
Range 7 West, North of
Eastpoint (Liberty County Line),
Florida from R-6 Rural
Residential to R-3 Estate
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from Rural
Residential to Estate 'Residential.
Request submitted by John and
Goldie Harris, applicants.
17 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone Lot 4, Block 7, David
Brown Estates, Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida from R-
1 Single Family Residential to C-4
Commercial/Residential and a
Small Scale'Land Use Change
frqm Residential to Commercial.
Request submitted by David
Cash, applicant.
18 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone 10 acre parcel described as
Lot 14 & 15 Emerald Point,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida from R-6 Rural
Residential to R-l Single Family
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from Rural
Residential to Single Family
Residential. Request submitted
by Paul Osterbye; applicant. -
19 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 25, Township 6 South,
Range 4 West, North of
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida from A-2 Forestry
Agricultural to R-6 Rural
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from
Agricultural to Rural Residential.
Request submitted by Paul &
Jean Renard, applicant.
20 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 23, Township 6 South,
Range 4 West, North of
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida from A-2 Forestry

Agricultural to R-6 Rural
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from
Agricultural to Rural Residential.
Request submitted by Jeanne
Bonds, applicant.
21 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 7.5 acre parcel lying in
Section 30, Township 8 South,
Range 6 West, Eastpoint,
Franklin County, Florida from A-
2 Forestry Agricultural to R-2
Single Family Mobile Home and
a Small Scale Land Use Change
from Agricultural to Residential.
Request submitted by James B.
and Carolyn A. Vitek, applicants.
22 APPROVE (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 22, Township 6 South,
Range 4 West, North of
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida from A-2 Forestry
Agricultural to R-6 Rural
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from
Agricultural to Rural Residential.
Request submitted by Lawrence
and Jan Stoutamire, applicants.
23 APPROVE (7 1 Vote)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 10, Township 8 South,
Range 7 West, North of.
Eastpoint, Franklin' County,
Florida from A-2 Forestry
Agricultural to R-3 Estate
Residential- and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from
Agricultural to Residential.
Request submitted by George
Mahr, applicant.
24 APPROVE: (unanimous)
Consideration of a request to re-
zone a 10 acre parcel lying in
Section 30, Township 5 South,
Range 7 West, North of
Eastpoint (Liberty County Line),
Franklin County, Florida from R-
6 Rural Residential to R-3 Estate
Residential and a Small Scale
Land Use Change from Rural
Residential to Residential.
Request submitted by Walter J.
Armistead, agent for H. Jeff
Vonier, applicant.

Dan Rothwell-County
Mr. Rothwell informed the Board
that the runway project out at the
Apalachicola airport was 90%
complete; the foundation for the
new vehicle maintenance shop is
underway; and the walkovers for
the turtle watch and preservation
program were in the process of
Mr. Lockley then asked Mr.
Rothwell if he knew when any
road paving projects would be
started. "I've been getting a lot of
calls from people around the dis-
trict about paving roads," said
Mr. Lockley.
"The money that you have right
now is the money that has been
coming in on the gas tax," Alan
Pierce informed the Board. "The
hospital did eat up all of the road
paving money that you had put
aside. This coming summer in the
next budget cycle you can set
aside some more. money for
paving-and hopefully that will
stay in paving. There is no great
reserve of money right now (for
paving). There is $200,000 in gas
tax money ... and that is all you
have. The County tax money

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went into the hospital last year.
That (road paving allocation)
won't be decided until August."
Mr. Pierce then explained that in
some counties they have opted to
"bond out" road paving money in
a single allocation amounting to
ten or twenty million but here in
Franklin County it has been
doled out on a "pay as you go"
basis-spending 2 to 3 million
from property taxes on roads
each year. "If you want to get
them (all roads in Franklin
County) paved at one time, then
you need to change your strate-
gy." Mr. Pierce then went on to
explain that the risk in bonding is
that you tie up all of your money.
All roads would be paved in one
year but then there would be no
road paving for possibly ten
years. "But that is a strategy and
Gulf County did that. That is
something that should be talked
about during the financing period
and budget hearings."
The County Engineer then
informed the Board that he was
doing road surveys with each of
the commissioners to determine
priorities. When those surveys
are completed he would then sub-
mit a report to the Board. "I did-
n't want to bring this forward
until I had the chance to ride the
districts with each commissioner
.and get their priorities." Mr.
Rothwell has yet to tour with Mr.
Putnal, Mr. Parrish and Ms.
A discussion then followed and
all commissioners admitted to
each district's need for road
paving. Mr. Crofton made com-
ment to the effect that delaying
now meant more paving later.
Ms. Sanders recalled that she had
been a commissioner for seven
years before any road paving
project were even undertaken.
Mr. Lockley suggested that while
waiting, prices and cost would be
rising. Mr. Crofton then spoke to
the idea of doing a little every
year and establishing a reserve
Mr. Crofton then suggested that
this topic should be put on a
future agenda for more serious

Bid C.R. 67-Resurfacing
and Widening Project
Only one bid was offered
$1,639,821.40. The bid was
offered by C.W Roberts. The bid
was then directed to County con-
sultants for verification and

Lanark Water and Sewer
It was announced that Ms.
Pauline Sullivan, Lanark resident
and social activist, was elected by
unanimous vote to the board of
the Lanark Water and Sewer. Ms.
Sullivan received a round of
Ms. Sanders announced later at
the meeting that the Lanark
Water and Sewer had approached
the city of Carrabelle and it does

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"I understand that this is not a
meeting of the merits of the liti-
gation over the settlement offer
(Comp Plan). All that I wanted to
do was to come before the
Commission and explain that we
did meet with the new secretary
of the DCA. And on February 6
we drafted and submitted what
we think is a constructive settle-
ment that would get us out of the
courtroom and back into the
community on many of these
Comp Plan and Growth Plan
issues particularly those on St.
James Island. This has been a
long process and it is particularly
difficult for citizens to have to
take on the State and local gov-
ernment and large developers like
St. Joe. It has not been an easy
road. We labored considerably
over our future strategy on
addressing these issues legally
and we thought that it was
incumbent on us as citizens to
also put forward a constructive
settlement that would benefit the
citizens of this community at the
same time that large develop-
ments are approved. That has
really been the heart of the issue
since Summer Camp for Pamela
(wife) and I. It is the reason that
we challenged the Comp Plan
that was transmitted on April 5.
It is the reason that we appealed
eventually the decision of the
final order. And it is the reason
that we have challenged the reme-
dial amendments. It is not to be
obstructive to Franklin County or,
to in any way hinder anything
that would benefit this communi-
ty." A settlement offer was then
submitted to the Board members.
"You will have had the opportu-
nity to read what we submitted
on Feb. 6 and we initiated that
settlement offer. It is a balance in
our judgment that allows some
development to move forward on
St. James Island but at the same
time recognizes that we can pro-
tect natural resources better par-
ticularly wetlands in some of
these areas that effect
Ochlocknee Bay and Alligator
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Carrabelle East with an afford-
able housing component could
move forward constructively. We
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where they have donated 249
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possible merger. with the emergency medical cen-
ter. If St. Joe can donate 25 acres
Don Ashley-St. James to Franklin County certainly 10
Island acres in eastern Franklin County
is not an unreasonable request ...
Mr. Ashley was a candidate in I'll just leave it at that and say
the November election. He is that these are constructive sugges-
involved with Habitat for tions by Pamela and I..We have
Humanity and as been involved submitted them to DCA. We
in the Comp Plan for the County. have submitted them to St. Joe
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give It your careful cnsuider.a-
Pauline Sullivan then spoke to
the issue suggesting more discus-
sion and community participa-
Dave McLain then stepped for-
ward and offered his opinion. "It
makes so much sense to me that
we have an open discussion of
issues that are this important to
the County that I am not sure I
understand doing it in a closet.
So I will recommend to you from
that point of view that we have
an open hearing; so that we can
understand what the recommen-
dations are and what the deci-
sions are."
Attorney Shuler then made an
attempt to clarify this issue. "The
Board will not be making a final
decision during the "executive
session". The executive session is
for the purpose of allowing the
attorney and client to confer.
Whatever decisions are made will
be made at a public hearing to
discuss the settlement and either
accept or reject or counter offer.
That is the process."
"Executive sessions are a way for
the County Commissioners to
meet with its attorney to get
around the Sunshine Law,"
explained Mr. Crofton, "which is
allowed by the law because we
are dealing with a specific lawsuit
that the County is involved in. If
it is open to the public then the
other side would know what the
County was going to do. That is
why they allow executive sessions
that are not covered by the
Sunshine Law."
An executive session was sched-
uled for March 6 at 1: 30 p.m. to
discuss this problem.
Mr. Crofton then made a request
that the County Attorney look
into "code enforcement" policies
being practiced in other commu-
nities. And that this information
be presented to the Board for
future discussion.
,i ]
Mr. Putnal reminded Mr. Crofton
that they had just initiated an
employment freeze. Ms. Sanders
suggested having a work shop on
the issue. Mr. Putnal then noted
that someone was already doing
the job. Mr. Pierce then explained
that the person in question had
not been trained in this area and
that he had no one to report to if
he were to be trained.
"Generally the code enforcement


is done through a separate Board
not the County Commission.
You appoint a code enforcement
board. The code enforcement
officer reports to the board and
then they adjudicate innocence or
guilt or punishment. You need a
code enforcement officer to
report to somebody."
The debate then went to the prob-
lems involved as to what was to
be enforced along with who was
to do the enforcing and who
would then be made responsible
for the sanctions or punishment.
Ms. Sanders cited an example of
folks in another county being sub-
ject to arrest and court proceed-
ings for parking their fishing
boats in a friend's yard.
"The only people that I would see
that would have a problem with
code enforcement would be the
one's that violate the code," said
Mr. Crofton. This reverberated in
giggles and snickers about the
I would suggest other motivation.
I see a big problem on codes
being enforced retroactively: In a
mixed community such as this
where rich and poor are presently
living side by side code enforce-
ment could quickly become a
heated topic. Many local resi-
dents were established B.C.-
Before Codes. I can easily imag-
ine that a good many of the older
residences in Franklin County do
not meet any of the present day
codes and that the people
presently living in those resi-
dences could not afford to bring
their homes up to code if it were
demanded of them to do so.
Code enforcement could then be
used as a "weapon" by the better
off against the lesser off. We
could have condemnations of
existing dwellings; we could then
see confiscation of so called
"blighted" properties; we could
see enforcement of eminent
domain as we see happening all
over America on the nightly
news; we could have many being
shoved aside by people with over-
riding economic interest and per-
sonal gain-as we have been wit-
nessing recently in ouf mobile
home parks and older camp-
ground communities. We are a
neighborhood in transition.
I would hazard a wild guess and
say that if a code enforcement
officer is put on the payroll the
majority of his time will be spent
over on "the hill" in Apalachicola
and on the back roads in
Eastpoint and some back streets
of Carrabelle. We now have
mary residents who when they
drive by 'a' "blighted" hd-me'ii diti
community will eagerly suggest
that it be bulldozed down to
make room for "better people"
and others who ride by the same
"blighted" home and say "You
want to stop and visit with
Granny?" One man's blight is
another man's light. This is a
much more difficult problem
than what meets the.naked eye.

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Disaster Story
I kept receiving an e-mail about the devastating snow storms in North
Dakota. They did receive a horrible storm, as have the Upstate New
Yorkers. I feel a great deal of sympathy for the people enduring the
snow storms. But the information in the e-mail so downgraded what
the Gulf Coast went through, I couldn't let it go by without a rebuttal.
If you've already read the text of the circulating e-mail, go to the bot-
tom and read what I have written. There's no point in arguing over
which is worse, but to point fingers at those affected by adverse weath-
er the way the e-mail writer did is unforgivable.
The e-mail I comment on reads: "This is a real Weather Bulletin from
... North Dakota News. This text is from a county emergency manag-
er out in the western part of North Dakota state after a snowstorm.
Weather Bulletin
Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic
event-may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions"-
with a historic blizzard of up to 44 inches of snow and winds to 90
MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded
hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolat-
ed scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.
George Bush did not come.
FEMA did nothing.
No one howled for the government.
No one blamed the government.
No one even uttered an expletive on TV
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did rot visit.
Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit-or report on this catego-
ry 5 snowstorm. Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards:
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody-I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.
No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and
No Geraldo Rivera, No Sean Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No
Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow for water. Sent out caravans of SUV's to
pluck people out of snow engulfed cars. The truck drivers pulled peo-
ple out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny. Local restaurants
made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snow-
bound families. Families took in the stranded people-total strangers.
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman
lanterns. We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work
or Die." We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get
us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program
that trades votes for sittingn at home' checks.
Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this
early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves. "In my
many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48
degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."
It does seem that way, at least to me. I hope this gets passed on. Maybe
SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a liv-
REBUTTAL by Erin Rodgers: This e-mail is nonsense. My condolences
to all those affected by the snow storm in North Dakota, but one event
cannot be at all compared to the other I'l t.el;you why ....
1. The storm that occurred in North Dakota was a much smaller event.
Packing winds of 175 mph sustained for 1 minute periods, Katrina had
almost twice the force of the aforementioned snow storm. The storm in
North Dakota had winds of 90 mph. Not sure if that really is consid-
ered a "category 5" snow storm, but in Florida and other states/coun-
tries affected every year by hurricanes, well frankly, 90 mph isn't cause
for alarm (only a category 1 to be exact). Most Florida residents I know
only evacuate if a storm reaches category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Scale (winds of 111-130 mph).
2. The snow storm in North Dakota was just in North Dakota.
Hurricane Katrina affected the Bahamas, South Florida, 'Cuba,
Louisiana (especially Greater New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, the
Florida Panhandle, and most of eastern North America.
3. In addition to the storm, levees separating Lake Pontchartrain and
several canals from New Orleans were breached by the storm surge,
flooding 80% of the city and many areas of neighboring parishes for
weeks. Severe wind damage was reported well inland.
4. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina and in the
subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928.
5. The storm is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion in
damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. History.
6. Only "10's of thousands" of people experienced power outages as a
cause of the snow storm in N.D. As a result of Katrina millions of peo-
Spie (900,000 in Mississippi alone) were without power for extended
periods of time, some for months.
Now, having been given the facts (do the research if you don't trust my
stats), let me tell you why that email disgusted me. We are all human
beings. Those affected the worst as a result of this disaster are all part
of one nation. The fact that enough people agree with their ignorant
view to pass this email around the Internet saddens me.
The people who were affected by the snow storm in North Dakota by
.and large still had their homes to take shelter in and had Snow to melt
for fresh water. They had the ability to rescue people by "caravans of
SUV's" while people in New Orleans were stranded on the roofs of
their homes for days awaiting boats and helicopters to take them one by
They held the bodies of their loved ones for days as they rotted and
even watched as friends and family died just beyond their reach. Babies
died in the arms of their mothers. Bodies left bloated and floating in the
aftermath released bacteria causing disease and a gut wrenching stench.
The advanced state of decomposition of many corpses, some of which
were left in the water or sun for days before being collected, hindered
efforts to identify many of the dead. Also, sorry but what part of this


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disaster was.caused by "being immobilized by a welfare program that
trades votes for sittingn at home' checks?" Not only those who were on
welfare suffered great loss as a,,resiutof Katrina.
Just as many other Americans are disenchanted with our current wel-
fare system, I too have many.complaints. However, welfare had no
bearing on the path of devastation that Katrina left behind. As for
damages paid to refugees, I witnessed first hand the abuse of that
money. I don't disagree that there were those that took advantage, but
let us not forget that there were many people who used those funds for
what they were intended for. HELP.
Those who wish to complain about Welfare, complain about Welfare.
Leave Hurricane Katrina out of it. We need not minimize the effects of
Katrina for the sake of an opinion on welfare, or for any opinion at all.
Remember 1,836 people lost their lives, while many more lost their
entire livelihood. As a citizen of the United States of America, I refuse
to forget those facts. Please delete the horrid message from somebody
in North Dakota should it come to your inbox. Help stop the cycle of
-Erin S. Rodgers (Apalachicola High School graduate of 2001).

The Seafood Worker

'An Eastpoint Legend" An Editorial and Commentary
I consider a mythology a belief or superstition that is passed down from
generation to generation. Some mythologies have been around for cen-
turies and centuries. I am not 4n expert on mythologies but they seem
to be a mixture of fact, fantasy, mystery and mysticism.
When I arrived in the little fishing village on the Florida Panhandle that
has now been my home for over a quarter of a century, I was, immedi-
ately made aware of the "Seafood Worker's Mythology". The basic
myth was that there were evil forces working toward'the inevitable
destruction of the seafood worker and his way of life. These forces were
classical in their nature. They were not the forces of God or Mother
Nature but the forces of the Devil and they took on numerous forms.
This little fishing village that I settled into was a simple community of
hard working people. I met no one who had made their "fortune" in
this village the "easy" way; they all came about their "fortunes" the old
fashioned way-they earned it. Everyone had whatever it was that they
had because they had worked for it. And nobody was ashamed of
"working" for it. Working hard was a respected value. It was not a sign
of an inferior calling or a deprived intellect. Physical labor was a nor-
mal part of everyday life.
Though everyone in this little village worked hard most nevertheless
were very poor. They didn't know that they were poor and they didn't
think of themselves as poor. They didn't act the way that many accuse
poor people of acting. They acted like working people and they all
thought of themselves as "middle class". If anyone accused them of
being poor, they would flat deny it. They would point out the richness
of their style of life; they would point to the bounty of the Bay that they
were blessed to live on; they would point to the smiles on the faces of
their children and the beauty of the sun both coming and going over the
water. They would brag on their bounty and their ability to harvest that
bounty. They would tell you that the chosen disciples of Jesus earned
their living following the exact same traditions. And time after time it
was said to me, "Just remember when them city folks have nothing to
eat and are picking through some dumpster, we can go right out there
into that bay and gather us up some fish, oysters or crabs. We might not
have much but we won't starve."
My Dad had a similar story, but -ince we lived in that big city he didn't
say that we had fish, oysters andecrabs-he said that we had each other.
When I ponder those two philosophies, I hate to admit it but there were
times when the fish, oysters and crabs would have been a much more
satisfying and sustaining alternative. Hugs and kisses may be fine but a
free bounty from the sea can be truly divine.
But the truth was that this village was one of the poorest counties in the
state of Florida-not only in Florida but in the entire United States.
This fact is documented. But neither my wife nor I found that to be a
disadvantage. We had been born into their class and had spent much of
our marriage together traveling around the U.S. working with all types
and varieties of this class. Strangely enough we considered that it was
this class of people that truly represented the moral values and integri-
ty that had made America the Country that it has become. We may
have been wrong, as many people have since told me and as I have read
in many modern history books, but that is what we believed.
One of the demons of the Devil that came with the Seafood Worker
Myth was like the myth of the never ending white man that plagued the
darkness -of the American Indian. The Seafood Workers had their
"white man". Their white man didn't come with railroads and rifles; he
came with money and condominiums. The word "condominium"
ranks next to "communism" in this neighborhood..People spit it out
when they say it. It is an expletive. It is not only a symbol of the other
world; it is a symbol of the underworld. It represents lies and deception;
corruption and greed. The people who live in, build and buy condo-
miniums are soulless creatures whose ancestors were born in Hades
and whose only purpose for being is the destruction of 'good". These
people eat up the natural world and it supporters, then puke it all up
into pollution, decadence, paved roads, freeways, parking meters, traf-
fic signals, shopping malls, gourmet foods and gated communities. The
fishermen and the poor are pushed into the swamps like the Seminoles
and pretty soon they all just disappear.
And they are coming, I was told. You can see the signs of them every-
wlhere. Look at St. George Island; look at Apalachicola;"look at the
restaurants, the new homes, the real estate offices on every corner. Look
at the decaying oyster houses; look at the new neighbors; look at the
traffic downtown; look at the crowds at the post office; look at the new
traffic light in Apalachicola. The white man from the far off land of
money and condominiums is here! And he is going to eat us up and spit
us out. First he is going to kill our buffalo; our bay, estuary and river;
then he is going to build his forts; condos, skinny minis, gated commu-
nities and new home developments. Then he is going to figure out ways
to get rid of us just like he did in Miami, Pensacola, Tampa, Orlando,
Fort Walton Beach and all over America. They already have us sur-
rounded. And what are we going to do about it?
We are going to do what all of us Indians have always done; we are
going to go on a war path; we are going to hoot and holler; we're going
to get all red in the face and then we are going to disappear just like
the Indians. We are going to be forced off our land by hook or by crook,
by code and inspection, by rules and regulations, by taxes and canceled
or escalated insurance rates; by inflation and deflation; by inclination'
and speculation and no amount of incantation or rejuvenation is going



to make one iota of difference; and then we are going to just disappear.
We're going to sell out or be run off or if we have nothing we're just
going to pack up our bit of nothing and cart it behind our horses or
wagons, or in our pickup trucks and head for...?
That's the Seafood Worker's Mythology for those of you out there who
are asking yourselves-what the heck are these ignorant savages think-
ing about? Why don't they wake up and join the 21st century? When
are they ever going to get a clue?
They don't need a cue. They have the answers as they have been
revealed to them in the divine mythology and the handed down truths
of their ancestors. They know what the future has in store because it
has been revealed through the past; through their great-grandparents,
grandparents and parents; and through the spiritualism and mythology
of their ancestral heritage.
They are a primitive breed.

Boyd Stands With

America's Veterans
Administration's budget increases fees for veterans'
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a member of the House
Budget Committee, criticized the Administration's Fiscal Year 2008
Budget for snubbing veterans by establishing a new enrollment fee and
nearly doubling veterans prescription'co-payments.
While the President's request boosts the Veterans Affairs (VA) budget
by 19 percent overall, it also proposes a new enrollment fee structure,
which would require some veterans to pay from $250 to $750 per year
for VA medical services. Additionally, the increased prescription co-
payments would rise from $8 to $15 per prescription for certain veter-
"With an overall increase in'funds for the upcoming year, the VA budg-
et looks like a step in the right direction at first glance, but this is clear-
ly misleading with new fees and increased co-payments heaped onto
our veterans," said Congressman Boyd. "Probably the most disturbing
aspect of the increased fees is that the proceeds would not go to the VA.
In other words, our veterans have nothing to gain from this proposal,"
This is the fifth year in a row that the Administration has proposed rais-
ing veterans' healthcare costs in its budget proposal. In total, the
Administration's Fiscal Year 2008 Budget would impose $4.9 billion in
new enrollment fees and increased co-payments on prescription drugs
on veterans over 10 years.
"Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have soundly rejected
new enrollment fees and increased co-payments in the past, and includ-
ing these fees is simply a tricky budgeting tactic that only undermines
those who have defended our country," stated Boyd. "When all is said
and done, the President's budget is shortchanging our nation's heroes. I
intend to work with my colleagues in the House Budget Committee to
restore fiscal responsibility while also upholding the promises we've
made to our nation's veterans."'



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Franklin County

Court Report
Judge Van P. Russell
February 1, 2007
All persons listed below are innocent
until proven otherwise in a court of law.
AMISON,. JAMES STEWART: Charged June 25, 2006 with driving
while license suspended or revoked. The defendant was represented in
court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued
to April 5, 2007.
BALL, DEBRA STOROZYSZYN: Charged September 30, 2006 with
refusal to submit to balance test; DUI. The defendant was represented
in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued
to March 1, 2007.
BLACK, CHARLES W: Charged November 10, 2006 with battery
domestic violence. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Docket Sounding set for
April 24, 2007.
BROOKS, CHARLES: Charged November 4,2006 with over bag limit
trout; possession undersized sea trout. Pre-trial Conference continued
to March 1, 2007, at the State's request.
BRYAN, RICHARD L: Charged July.9, 2006 with possession of
cannabis; drug paraphernalia use or possession. Bond was $2,500.00.
The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
BUFFKIN, ROBERT C: Charged December 24, 2006 with DUI. Bond
was $750.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1,
BYRD, BILLIE JO: Charged December 15, 2006 with affray. Bond
was $250.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
CAMPBELL, ERIE LEO: Charged December 13, 2006 with resist
officer without violence. The defendant was represented in court by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to
March 1, 2007.
CAPLINGER, TODD HOWARD: Charged October 24, 2006 with
battery. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to April
24, 2007.
CARROLL, CORY EDWARD: Charged October 28, 2006 with DUI;
leaving scene accident with damage to property. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial
Conference continued to April 5, 2007.
CLARKE, JOSEPH A: Charged July 30, 2006 with DUI; drug posses-
sion marijuana under 20 grams; drug paraphernalia use or possession.
Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney Rachel Chesnut. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1,
CREAMER, JAMES D: Charged July 28, 2006 with litter law Florida.
The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to April 5, 2007.
FEWOX, ROBERT DAVID: Charged December 21, 2006 with driv-
ing under influence with breath alcohol .20 or higher; property damage.
Bond was $1,000.00. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
GARNER, KIMBERLY C: Charged November 16, 2006 with petit
theft retail. The defendant failed to appear in court and a capias (war-
rant for arrest) was issued.i
GRAHAM, ANTHONY J; Charged December 20, 2006 with resisting
officer A ithou % .iole nce.--The' deendant-wvas repriNerned in court by
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Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to
March 1, 2007.
GRAY, CHARLES DENUM: Charged December 27, 2006 with crii-
inal mischief $200 to $1,000. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Docket
Sounding set for February 19, 2007.
HALL, DEE JAY: Charged October'9, 2006 with DUI. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney' Frederick M. Conrad. Pre-trial
Conference continued to March'!;"2007'.
HAMMOND, MARTIN: Charged December 1, 2006 with reckless
driving reduced from DUI. Bond was $250.00. The defendant was pres-
ent in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Docket Sounding set
for April 24, 2007.
IRVINE, ARTHUR WILLIAM: Charged August 30, 2006 with DUI
(2nd offense). The defendant was' represented in court by Attorney
Frederick M Conrad. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1,
JONES, NATHAN DANIEL: Charged 2 times August 19, 2006 with
DUI with property damage. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference
continued to March 1, 2007.
JONES, NATHAN DANIEL: Charged December 23, 2006 with dis-
orderly intoxication Est only on 1st offense; resist officer without vio-
lence. Bond was $510.00. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1,
KILBOURN, RODNEY PIERRE,' Charged August 23, 2006 with bat-
tery. Pre-trial Conference continued tb March 1, 2007.
LAPINE, CHRYSTAL: Charged November 20, 2006 with battery
domestic violence. Bond was $500.00f. The defendant failed to appear
for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeit-
LEMON, LAKEISHA: Charged September 25, 2006 with trespass
after warning; resisting officer without violence (to-be dropped). Bond
was $545.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no'contest to trespass after warning and
was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail
(suspended upon payment of costs); $330.00 court costs and fees.
MCDANIEL, ROGER: Charged. 31 times December 22, 2006 with
issue worthless check under 150 dollars. The defendant was represent-
ed in'court by Public Defender KeviniSteiger. Pre-trial Conference con-
tinued to March 1, 2007.
MULLINS, DONNA K: Charged December 30, 2006 with DUI. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-
trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
MUSIC, JESSICA M: Charged November 15, 2006 with driving while
'license suspended or revoked; Charged November 15, 2006 with bat-
tery. Total bond was $6,500.00. The defendant failed to appear in court
and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeited.
PAUL, JAMES EDWARD III: Charged December 23, 2006 with DUI
(2nd offense) with property damage; drug possession marijuana under
20 grams; drug paraphernalia use or possession. Bond was $1,500.00.
The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Pre-trial Conference continued to April 5, 2007.
PLANTE, ROBERT DAVIS: Charged September 11, 2006 with bat-
tery. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant failed to appear for court and
a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeited.
QUICK, DESIREE LOUISE: Charged October 11, 2006 with posses-
sion of cannabis. Bond was $10,500.00. Deferred Prosecutor
Agreement entered into January 26,. 2007. Case management contin-
ued to July 5, 2007.
RHODES, KEVIN CHRISTOPHER: Charged with domestic battery.
Bond was $500.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1,
RHODES, TOBIAS J: Charged July 13, 2006 with resist officer with-
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with Attorney Sherrie J. Barnes and entered a plea of no contest. The
defendant was sentenced to 52 days in jail with 52 days credit for time
RICHARDS, GLENN ALLEN: Charged September 9, 2006 with har-
vesting oysters on closed day. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to
March 1, 2007.
ROSS, EMORY R: Charged May 24, 2006 with battery domestic vio-
lence. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant failed to appear for court
and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeited.
SANDERS, RONALD KENNETH: Charged December 9, 2006 with
drug possession marijuana under 20 grams. Bond was $500.00. The
defendant was present in court. Non-jury Trial set for March 2, 2007.
SCOTT, JASON ANDREW: Charged with battery. The' defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial
Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
STANLEY, KRISTOPHER JERRAN: Charged December 25, 2006
with battery. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference contin-
ued to March 1, 2007.
STEVENS, JOSEPH BRANDON: Charged November 7, 2006 and
December 4, 2006 with battery. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant
was present in court. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
THOMPSON, FRED JOSEPH: Charged November 6, 2006 with 2
counts DUI causing damage to person or property. Bond was
$1,500.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to April 5, 2007.
VINSON, WAYNE A: Charged November 15, 2006 with battery.
Bond was $5,000.00. Pre-trial Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
WALLACE, DANNY RAY: Charged October 5, 2006 with battery
domestic violence. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was present in
court, entered a plea of guilty to the lesser charge of simple battery and
was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 90 days in jail
with 23 days credit for time served (suspended upon payment of costs);
$542.00 court costs.
WHIDDON, CARAH JEAN: Charged October 17, 2006 with retail
theft. Bond was $250.00. The defendant failed to appear for court and
a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeited.
WOLFE, BRANDON: Charged November 26, 2006 with driving
while license suspended or revoked. Borid was $1,500.00. Pre-trial
Conference continued to March 1, 2007.
ARROYO, JOSEPH A: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
guilty. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days
in jail (suspended upon payment of costs); $500.00 court costs and fees.
BATEMAN, RACHEL L: Charged with battery; trespass in con-
veyance. Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant failed to appear for court
and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was forfeited.
BAXLEY, ROBERT C: Charged with domestic battery. Bond was
$2,500.00. A written plea of not guilty was entered on January 26, 2007
by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
BEEBE, STEVEN W: Charged with DUI; infraction; improper display
(no tag, no registration). Bond was $750.00. The defendant was present
in court and entered a plea, of not guilty. A public defender was
appointed. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
BROWN, ELIJAH: Charged with domestic battery. A new payment
plan, due to circumstances, was imposed by the judge.
CANSECO, ALFREDO: Charged with no valid driver license. Bond
was $205.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant paid fine and costs
of $205.00.
CARPENTER, HEATHER: Charged with battery. Bond was $542.00.
A Deferrec. rosecutor Agreement to be filed.:: ,
CARPENTER, SHAkWN R: Cha~gedI with resisting \ without olence
Bond was $295.00. The defediiat 'was present in court Januar) 31,
2007, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended upon payment of
costs); $295.00 costs and fees.
CAUSEY, ERIC M: Charged with DUI; infraction. Bond was
$1,500.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of not
guilty. A public defender was appointed. Pre-trial Conference set for
March 1, 2007.
CHAVEZ, JAIME L: Charged with driving while license suspended or
revoked; expired driver license more than 4 months. Bond was $205.00.
Arraignment continued to March 1, 2007.
CHINAS, GABRIEL: Charged with no valid driver license. Bond was
$205.00. The defendant was present in court, entered a plea of guilty
and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant paid $205.00 costs.
COLEMAN, HARRY J: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked December 28, 2006. The defendant was present in court,
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 6 months probation; $350.00 costs.
COLEMAN, HARRY J: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked November 25, 2006. The defendant was present in court

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and entered a plea of not guilty. Non-jury Trial set for March 2, 2007.
COOPER, ROBERT A: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Bond
was $1,500.00; AA 2 times per week. The defendant was present in
court and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for
.March 1, 2007.
"CREAMER, KELLY S: Charged with worthless checks. Case contin-
ued to March 1, 2007 by State Attorney's Office, request.
CREAMER, KELLY S. JR: Charged with worthless check. Case con-
tinued to March 1, 2007.
DEAN, CHARLES R: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Bond
was $215.00. The defendant was present in court, entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 6
months probation; AA 2 times per week with a sponsor; $215.00 costs.
ECKERT, BRIAN S: Charged with fail to obey lawful command of
officer. Bond was $215.00. The defendant was present in court and
'entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was
sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended upon payment of costs);
'$295:00 costs.
'EDGECOMB, KRISTEN J: Charged with worthless check. Case con-
tinued to March 1, 2007 by State Attorney's Office request.
ENGLISH, WILLIE L: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Bond
'was $500.00 and to include AA 2 times per week with sponsor. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
=-entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
FUNDERBURK, ROBERT R: Charged with expired tag more than 6
months. The defendant was present in court. State Attorney's Office to
drop charge.
,,GAINES, CHRISTOPHER: Charged with retail theft. Defendant was
:.incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
-Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 23 days credit for
Time served (suspended upon payment of costs); $290.00 costs; restitu-
tion to victim.
GAY, SHAYLA L: Charged with battery. Bond was $1,000.00. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
. Conference set for March 1, 2007.
* HARRELSON, RANDY L: Charged with battery. Bond was $500.00
and AA 2 times per week with sponsor. The defendant was present in
Court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not
Guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
-HICKS, WILLIAM R: Charged with possession less than 20 grams
cannabis. The defendant was present in court January 31, 2007 and
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant
.paid $500.00 costs.
HOATS, ELIZABETH: Charged with DUI; infractions. Bond was
"$1,500.00. Attorney Ethan Andrew Way entered a written plea of not
_guilty on January 29, 2007. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
-HOPPER, CARL R. III: Charged with DUI. Bond was $500.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
'entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
-HOUSEMAN, DENNIS C: Charged with attempt to take wildlife over
bait. The defendant entered plea on January 16, 2007 and paid fine of
HUGHEN, MARVIN P: Charged with DUI; refusal to submit to bal-
ance test; violation of driver license restrictions. Bond was $1,500.00
and AA 2 times per week. The defendant was present in court and
entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was appointed. Pre-trial
..Conference set for March 1, 2007.
SJONES, ANTHONY A: Charged with petit theft. A public defender
was appointed. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
JONES, ELIZABETH: Charged with possession of undersized sea
.trout (8); possession over bag limit of sea trout; no saltwater fishing
license. The defendant entered a plea January 25, 2007 (in absentia)
rand paid $215.00 fine.
JONES, RONNIE L: Charged with possession over bag liit sea trout;
,possession undersized sea trout (4); possession undersized red fish (1).
*The defendant entered a plea January 25, 2007 (in absentia) and paid
$215.00 fine.
,,JONES, TERRENCE: Charged with possession undersized sea trout
S(8); possession over bag limit sea trout. The defendant entered a plea (in
,absentia) January 25, 2007 and paid $215.00 fine.
'JOYNER, ADRIENNE: Charged with giving false name to a law
enforcement officer. Defendant released on own recognizance. The
:'defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
,who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
LAMBERSON, JAMIE L: Charged with DUI; driving while license
'suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present
'in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no con-
test to count 1 (count 2 charge dropped) and was adjudicated guilty.
"The defendant was sentenced to 10 days in jail with 1 day credit for
time served; 12 months probation; DUI school; alcohol evaluation and
counseling; license revoked 5 years; vehicle impounded 30 days; no
alcohol, random testing; curfew 6pm to 6am; 1 year interlock device;
'attend AA; $1,420.00 costs and fines.
'LIVELY, FRED N: Charged with possession gill net in state waters;
possession gill net & mullet; no saltwater products license. The defen-
dant was present in court. Charges reduced to civil judgment.
'MARCH, WAYNE A: Charged with domestic battery; resisting with-
-,out violence. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
Sin court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no con-
'test and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 16
"days in jail with 16 days credit for time served; 12 months probation; no
alcohol, bars or drugs, random testing; curfew 6pm to 6am; complete
,batterer's intervention program; no contact with victim; $877.00 costs
and fees.
MASSEY, MICHELLE: Charged with petit theft. A Deferred
'Prosecutor Agreement had been entered into. The defendant entered a
*plea on January 19, 2007 and was sentenced to 6 months probation,
fine and restitution..
-'MCDANIEL, ROGER: Charged with worthless checks. Defendant
"was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
.Conference set for March 1, 2007.
MCKEE, KERRI L: Charged with domestic battery; disorderly intox-
ication. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
-Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set
for March 1, 2007.
MCKEE, STAR A: Charged with domestic battery. The defendant was

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present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea
of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
MILLENDER, JASON C: Charged with reckless driving. Bond was
$1,500.00. The defendant was'present in court January 31, 2007,
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 6 months prob4tid;.DUI school; complete substance
abuse evaluation and treatment; 5' hours community service work;
$350.00 costs.
MURRAY, RUBY A: Chargedt with violation driver license restric-
tions; attached tag not assigned. The defendant was represented in
court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not
guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for I arch 1, 2007.
NOWLING, MELISSA: Charged with battery. Bond was $500.00.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger
and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
ORR, KEITH G: Charged with criminal mischief. Case Management
continued to March 1, 2007.
PERAS, JOSE: Charged with no valid driver license. Bond was
$205.00. The defendant was not present for court and bond was forfeit-
PEREZ, MARCO A: Charged with leaving scene of crash; no valid
driver license. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
not guilty. A public defender was appointed. Pre-trial Conference con-
tinued to March 1, 2007.
RAFFIELD, LOUISE W: Charged with battery. Bond was $1,000.00.
Arraignment continued to March 1, 2007.
ROBINSON, ALPHA O: Charged with DUI. Bond was $500.00. The
defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
ROGERS, HESTER L: Charged with expired driver license more than
4 months. Bond was $305.00. The defendant was not present for court
and bond was forfeited.
SADLER, TAWNEE: Charged with worthless check. The defendant
entered plea on January 25, 2007; paid $215.00 fine, restitution, and
State Attorney's Office fee.
SCHOELLES, SONYA: Charged with petit theft. The State Attorney's
Office to drop charges.
SCOTT, JASON A: Charged with battery. Defendant released on own
recognizance. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
not guilty. A public defender was appointed. Pre-trial Conference set for
March 1, 2007.
SHELKOFSKY, DANIEL G: Charged with possession less than 20
grams cannabis. Defendant to enter Deferred Prosecutor Agreement.
Arraignment continued to March 1, 2007.
SHIRLEY, WILLIAM J: Charged with DUI; refusal to submit to bal-
ance test. Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
Conference set for March 1, 2007.
SMITH, JASON E: Charged with no valid driver license. State
Attorney's Office to drop charge.
SPELL, JESSICA: Charged with no valid driver license. Charges dis-
misses by judge. Ticket not turned in prior to court date.
STEVENS, JOSEPH B: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in court,
entered a plea of guilty and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was
sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended upon payment of. costs);
$350.00 costs.
SUTTON, MICHAEL A: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. Bond was $350.00. The defendant was not present for
court and bond was forfeited.
TAPPER, DONNA D: Charged with DUI. Bond was $600.00.
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler entered a written plea of not guilty January
26, 2007. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
TOLLIVER, GEORGE J: Charged with disorderly intoxicanon.
Defendant released on own recognizance. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not
guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1, 2007.
TURRELL, JEREMY: Charged with no valid driver license. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months pro-
bation; $205.00 costs.
WHITE, ARTHUR: Charged with possession of paraphernalia. The
defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
WILSON, TRACY: Charged with battery. Bond was $500.00. The
defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for March 1,
YUR, JESSIE A: Charged with violation driver license restrictions-
corrective lenses. The defendant was present in court. The State
Attorney's Office to drop charges.

BURCH, SHANE M: Citation issued for camping in Managed Land
Violation. Offender paid $55.00 civil penalty.
BUTLER, SHANE: Citation issued for expired vessel registration.
Offender paid $61.00 civil penalty.
COOPER, CHARLES H: Citation issued for no resident hunting
license. Offender paid $67.50 fine.
CRUSON, DARIN W: Citation issued for no hunting license; no man-
agement area permit. Arraignment set for March 1, 2007.
RODNEY, GLENDON J: Citation issued for dumping less than 15
pounds. Arraignment set for March 1, 2007.
RODNEY, MATT J: Citation issued for dumping less than 15 pounds.
Arraignment set for March 1, 2007.
SPENCE, WILLIAM A: Citation issued for no quota hunt permit.
Offender paid $55.00 civil penalty.
THOMPSON, ROBERT E: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
safety equipment. Offender paid $61.00 civil penalty.

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In honor of all the Veterans who will be returning to visit Carrabelle for
the Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion events on March 9 11, 2007, the
City of Carrabelle has agreed to use their new knuckle truck and crew
to clean up city streets and properties based on homeowners' call-in
From Friday, February 9 through Friday March 9, this special introduc-
tory "clean-up" period will pick up household white goods (large appli-
ances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.), unwanted furniture,
brush piles and other debris. All debris must be placed on the road
rights-of-way for pick-up.
WWII Veterans, as well as all other veterans will be visiting Carrabelle
for the Reunion weekend to enjoy special events and attractions provid-
ed by the Museum volunteers. By using the new truck and crew during
this special "clean up month," streets of Carrabelle will be made clean-
er and more welcoming to help honor these important out-of-town
City residents are encouraged to call Carrabelle City Hall from Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. 12 noon, and 1 4:30 p.m. at 607-3618 to
request pick ups of household debris, There will be no special charge
for this service at this time.

Smoke On The Mountain

A Review
As I sat in the mezzanine, listening to my wife go into a giggling, spas-
tic, semi-convulsion over the antics of Dixie Partington as she "signed"
for the hearing impaired the words to one of the Sanders Family
Gospel. Singers Greatest hits, I couldn't help thinking what a serious
minded fellow I have turned into over the years. Maybe I have been
playing at this newspaper business too long. Believe it or not, ever since
I got this job I'm always thinking about how to say things without slan-
dering everybody. It does seem that no matter what you say in this writ-
ing business, you get somebody mad at you. And that is what I was
thinking about as I watched this play.
The play, written by Connie Ray and produced at the Dixie Theater by
Dixie Partington and Jerry Hall was a spoof on a poor backwoods or
mountain hillbilly church. It was truly hilarious and the cast was far
beyond any of my expectations.
I hate to pick out one individual without mentioning them all but I was
especially attracted to Clinton Leo Zugel and Jesse Lawder. Clinton
was dopey and "hickish" and Jesse appealed to my more serious
"deep", I'm-a-tough-sensitive-kind-of-a-guy, side. Clinton had the only
serious moment in the whole play. But then, of course, I may have been
the only one to see it that way. He might have just been spoofing tough-
serious-guy types. What do I know?
Coco Sansoni had the whole place in hysterics with her rather bump-
tious, and provocative spirituality while Emily Mikesell's testimony in
her Mini Pearl disguise about a June Bug with one of its legs tied to the
directing spirit of Christianity while it circled in a sure and determined
path over her head was a comedy classic.
Both Tom Weaver and David Hemsley Cadwell were more than believ-
able in their presentation of pure "country" virtuosity. And on top of
all of that the Gospel music was inspiring. I like Gospel music. It
always puts me into a state of religious ardor whether it is being
spoofed or performed in true spiritual reverence.
But since I have never before written a review of a play, I got out my
Dorothy Parker Anthology and a couple of other play reviewers and
perused a little.
It seems that a good review always has something negative to say-to
kind of show how brilliant and sophisticated the author is-and cer-
tainly, such is I, or I am just as such-well whatever. In any case, I must
say'in-that respect .that there were far too many packing-pickle jokes.
Having once picked and packed pickles myself, I know only too well
the trials and tribulations that Peter Piper must have gone through as he
made his often quoted attempts at packing pickles. As you all know
Peter Piper did in fact pick a peck of pickles and whether or not anyone
knows where the peck of pickles that Peter Piper picked is, it should go
without saying that Peter Piper should be praised and not pilloried for
though packing or picking pickles may be a pee poor profession, Peter
was paid pitifully for that phenomenal pheet.
Coming up at the Dixie Theater March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Jepson
"In their Own Words": Perseverance and resilience in Two Florida
Fishing Communities FHC Free to the Public.
BULLY! by Jerome Alden, March 3 at 8 p.m. and March 4 at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and this will be a one man show celebrating the life and
adventures of Theodore Roosevelt. Call Box office 850-653-3200.

GCCC Brain Bowl Students

Qualify For Nationals For

The First Time
The Gulf Coast Community College Brain Bowl team won the
Regional Brain Bowl Tournament that was held in Douglas, Georgia
February 10, 2007. The win qualifies Gulf Coast to compete at the
National Championship Tournament (NAQT), which will be held at
the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 13
and 14. .This is the first time that Gulf Coast Community College has
qualified for the National Tournament.
In addition to winning the National Tournament, the GCCC team
placed three of the top players in the All-Star ranking. Students Justin
Lee placed second overall in points scored, Christopher Austin placed
fourth, and Nicole Maulden placed ninth. The team held a perfect
record of fourteen wins and no losses against teams from Georgia and
Northern Florida.
The Gulf Coast team is comprised of Team Captain Nicole Maulden,
Christopher Austin, Justin Lee, Jessica Rigdon and Ashley Notz. Team
coaches include Dean Burbank, Tonia Lawson, Dan Finley and gradu-
ate assistant Jeff Yawn.
Brain Bowl is an academic competition in which students from Florida
community colleges play each other. Matches consist of 44 academic
questions drawn from humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and
social sciences. Students score points when they ariswer questions cor-
rectly. The highest scoring team wins the match.

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When Should You Start

Your Social Security

You can start your SS benefits as early as age 62 (sooner if disabled) or
as late as age 70. When you start Social Security benefits can add as
much as 20% to your after-tax income during retirement. Your starting
time depends on individual circumstances like tax bracket, the pre-tax
qualified retirement money you've saved, marital status and spouse's
age and whether or not you have dependent children. In what follows,
we'll assume the "average" retirement-minded person. Social Security
is an entitlement for workers who paid payroll taxes. A non-working
spouse qualifies if the working spouse does. Social Security is a prom-
ise, not a guarantee, of the federal government and contrary to bleak
projections by some there is little likelihood you'll be denied your ben-
Social Security benefits are determined by the payroll taxes paid on
your lifetime earnings. A spouse is entitled to the greater of what
he/she qualifies for on their own or 50% of their spouse's benefits. A
surviving spouse receives the greater of their own amount or that of
their deceased spouse. Even though some of your SS benefits may be
subject to ordinary income taxes, they receive preferential treatment.
The benefits are also adjusted for inflation each year. By taking bene-
fits at age 62, you'll get 80% or less of the normal retirement age
amount; by waiting until age 70 your benefits can be double the earlier
amount. The annual growth rate for postponing has been about 8%
plus the cost of living adjustments. Also, by starting early or late you
affect spousal and widow/widower benefits.
To determine "when you should start Social Security benefits", we
must review two other potential sources of income you'll have in retire-
ment: first is the pre-tax qualified retirement money you have in a
401(k), 403(b), IRA and others. Since money in these plans has not
been taxed, you will pay taxes on 100% of the pre-tax contributions and
earnings when you withdraw the money. Since you got a tax break for
building retirement savings, the government penalizes you for with-
drawing the money prior to age 591/2. Also, the tax rules require that
you start minimum withdrawals and pay the taxes no later than age
70 V2. Unlike Social Security, qualified retirement money receives no
preferential tax treatment. It is possible to "stretch" withdrawals into
future generations and realize tax breaks, but this is a topic for another
The "average" retirement-minded couple may have other non-qualified
money: bank CDs, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, real estate,
and more. Generally, taxes have already been paid on the principal
invested leaving only the earnings yet to be taxed. In some cases you
may get preferential tax treatment on these earnings, e.g., capital gains,
dividends, tax-free bonds, and tax-deferred annuity earnings. This non-
qualified money will incur minimal future taxes.
Notice you can decide, within limits, when to take the money in these
three categories. Furthermore, each is treated differently at income tax
time. When to use your money under the conventional wisdom does
not consider Social Security, but for maximum tax efficiency these ben-
efits must be considered when timing how you ise your retirement
assets. If you coordinate the timing of when you take Social Security
and your qualified retirement money, you can boost your after-tax
income in retirement by as much as 20%. To get this extra 20% you
don't have to invest differently or take additional risk: you need only to
change your timing if you can afford forgoing your Social Security ben-
efits. Take your qualified money first, delay Social Security benefits as
long as possible, and defer taxes on the earnings on your other money.
While the full analysis is not possible here, we have prepared a Guide
to Taking Your Social Security and an accompanying DVD that is
available at no cost. If you would like to stretch your retirement
money 20%, ask your advisor for the free Guide and DVD.

Boyd Works For North

Florida Communities

Administration-'s budget slashes fundingfor rural America
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a member of the House
Budget Committee, today criticized the Administration's Fiscal Year
2008 Budget for proposed cuts to programs that are vital to our rural
communities. The President's budget freezes funding for rural educa-
tion, phases out rural health grants, and proposes another round of cuts
to Community Development Block (31-ants (CDBGs).
The Administration's budget provides $2.6 billion for CDBGs, which
local communities use to address challenges like affordable housing,
job creation, and economic development. This is a cut of $1.1 billion,
or 29.4 percent, below the 2007 level.
"The Administration's budget cuts back on programs that.help our
communities meet their most pressing needs,' said Congressman Boyd.
"The CDBG program is a signature program in North Florida that
helps to create jobs, spur economic development and small business
opportunities, and expand homeownership. CDBG is a program that
works in our communities, and this proposed reduction undermines the
economic well-being of Florida's communities.
The President's budget also reduces the Clean Water State Revolving
Fund by $396 million from the 2007 level; providing only $688 million
for 2008. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund is used to enhance
water quality by helping local communities improve drinking water and
sewage treatment facilities. Many counties in North Florida, including
Leon, Jefferson Taylor, Jackson, and Bay Counties, have utilized this
program in the past.
"Throughout North Florida, there is significant demand for water and
wastewater treatment expansion and modernization, but the
Administration's budget does not recognize this need," Boyd stated.
"Americans deserves a fiscally responsible budget that does not short-
change our rural communities. I will work with my colleagues in the
House Budget Committee to reject these proposals and fight the
Administration's attempt to harm rural America."

The Studios of Key West
Artists'have always been attracted to Key West. During the 1930s, with
the country struggling through the Depression, the face of American
literature was being changed by the visions and techniques of three Key
West "artists-in-residence:" Ernest Hemingway, and the poets
Elizabeth Bishop and Wallace Stevens. As anyone who's spent time
here can fell you, the island continues to offer a vitality which encour-
ages dreaming larger, thinking better, creating more. Now, a new initia-
tive is being undertaken to ensure that artists have a future in Key West.
The Studios of Key West is a nonprofit artists' community emerging in
the tradition of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Its aim is to bolster
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years, between St. Teresa and St.
James/Lanark area. This lot fea-
tures a Gulf View with a beach
easement and a beautiful sawgrass
area in front of you. Close to
Turkey Point Beach and the pro-
posed Turkey Point Beach Club.
The new Welcome Home Center,
General Store and Diner, are all
under construction at the corner of
319 and 98 between St. Teresa and
St. James Bay Golf Course. Gulf
View Lot, only $575,000. MLS #
159831 and MLS#202698.
Gorgeous BEACHFRONT lot in
area east of Eastpoint, called HID-
DEN BEACHES. Gated Subdivi-
sion with Palacial homes and
restrictions to keep the values high.
Come get the sand in between your
toes. 4.24 acres more or less. This
tract is $1,550,000. MLS#111213.

15.5 Acres in Smith Creek, Wakulla
County. Beautiful house with
Cathdral ceiling, 2300 sq. ft., family
room looking out over the pine
woods, his and her baths in master
suite, custom kitchen with Corian
countertops and custom cabients,
roll out shelves, near National Forest
and many fishing ramps and streams,
huge shop with baths and a kitchen
and 4 RV hookups for your friends.
Much more, must see to appreciate.
$649,000. MLS#156922 TBR and
19 Acres More or Less in Wakulla
County fronting on Hwy. 61 and on
Cajer Posey Road. This land is zoned
2 per acre if you .will put the public
water in. A large pond or sink hole

The Studios of Key West is made up of three main components: the
Workshop Program, the Studio Artists Program, and the Residency
Program. The Workshop Program provides artists of all levels the
opportunity to work in close contact with accomplished, prize-winning
instructors. 2007 instructors include National Book Award-winning
novelist Robert Stone and GuCgenheim fellow Roxana Robinson.
Workshops are affordably priced aid range in scope from two-week stu-
dio intensive for committed artitS,'.d half-day sessions perfect for the
beginning painter or weekend visltoi.' Workshop offerings have been
carefully planned to offer a wide range of artists the chance to focus on
their art among other artists in a,truly unique setting.
At the core of The Studios of Key.est's mission is their commitment
to serving the local community. The Studio Artists Program was creat-
ed to serve as a wellspring of inspiration, education, and creative
exchange for Key West's own artists and writers. Studio Artists receive
subsidized working studio space for up to two years. They have twenty-
four hour access to the facilities and are free to work in collaboration
with other artists or in their own private space. The Studio Artists
Program currently serves nine local artists, selected by an independent
jury based on the quality of their work and their commitment to the
community. In July, an additional 6 spaces will become available for
Studio Artists. Within a year, the program will provide studio space for
as many as twenty local artists at a time.
The final component of The Studios of Key West is the Residency
Program, currently in development. The Residency Program will pro-
vide emerging and established artists from around the world with living
accommodations, working studio space, and a stipend, in order to facil-
itate intensive periods of artistic research and development in interac-
tion with the Key West cultural community.
The Studios of Key West's main campus is in "old town" Key West at
The Armory Building, a few doors down from the home in which
Elizabeth Bishop lived and worked during the 1930s. The Armory, list-
ed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1900
to house the Island City National Guard. The only armory in the U.S.
to be built entirely of wood, this Gothic vernacular structure stands in
a charming residential neighborhood. The 3,000 square-feet first-floor
auditorium hosts the Workshop Program, as well as a year-round series
of lectures and performances. The auditorium also serves as a museum
dedicated to exploring the cultural history of Key West through com-
pelling visual exhibits. The 2007 lecture series begins with Robert
MacNeil, of the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, on the history of artists' com-
munities in the U.S.. Other events include "A History of Modern
Dance," with Karen Peterson and Dancers, recipient of an American
Masterpiece grant from the NEA; and Robert Faggen, editor of Robert
Frost's letters, discussing the history of that poet's time in Key West.
The Studios of Key West's vision is to bring artists of all levels togeth-.
er on a thriving campus where each can learn from another-profes-
sional, dedicated local Studio Artists, beginners and aspiring artists
enrolled in the Workshop Program, acclaimed artists from around the
world serving as instructors, lecturers, and performers, Resident Artists,
as well as the art-interested public. The campus is expanding with work
underway at three buildings adjacent to the Armory, which will serve
as living, working, and recreation space. In time, The Studios df Key
West campus will present an artists' community in the best tradition of
Key West: smart, intimate, challenging, and relaxed. An ideal ground
for dreaming, thinking, creating. To learn more about all The Studios
of Key West has to offer, visit www.tskw.org.


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It's Purple Martin Time In

Florida, Scouts Arrive
Most bird watchers have a favorite, which for many in Florida is the
mocking bird, the state bird. But another species, the Purple Martin,
generates enormous excitement and passion.
Because of its geographic location, Florida leads the nation in arrival of
purple martins from their wintering grounds in South America.
Reports of "scouts" are watched nationally in an online database-at
purplemartin.brg-maintained by the Purple Martin Conservation
Association (PMCA), a nonprofit conservation organization.
The earliest arriving martin for two years running has been reported
from Fort Pierce, Florida, on Dec. 11 in 2006-a very early bird-and
on Dec. 28 in 2005.
Floridians have a long tradition of hosting Purple Martins, which nest
in colonies in multi-compartment bird houses and in gourds hung from
large racks placed in open areas in yards and parks statewide. This
largest member of the swallow species is totally dependent on humans
for housing, and "landlords" anxiously await their return each year.
The term "scout" is a misnomer, according to the PMCA. These earli-
est arrivals are simply experienced older martins that have made the
journey before and are eager to reclaim their housing.
Adult male Purple Martins are a glossy blue-black in color, which they
obtain at two years of age. Females are a bit more drab, with a gray
breast. Most older adults arrive in Florida after about Jan. 15 and well
into February, according to a PMCA migration map.
One year old Martins-so called "sub adults"-begin arriving 10 to 12
weeks after the older birds in the Deep South. These younger birds are
more easily attracted to new housing locations.

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This warm, comfortable home, lined
in Cedar, with 2 porches and 3 bed-
rooms, 2 baths, is complimented with
new vinyl siding and new metal roof.
Around the corner from the house is
a aeriated pond, full of catfish, with a
pier and a gazebo, a 30 x 60 barn, a
game room, a picnic area, 2 shops, an
RV parking port and a carport for a
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As a species, purple martins are relatively common throughout Florida,
but have experienced a decline in the central part of the state, based on
data from the North American Breeding Bird survey. Reasons are
unclear, but probably include a lack of suitable housing.
While generations of Americans have hosted Purple Martins-the cus-
tom adopted from Native Americans who hung out nesting gourds-
specific techniques to help a colony thrive have emerged in the past
decade, based on research conducted by the PMCA and by landlords in
the field.
Among innovations, are deeper compartments to better protect
nestlings from rain and from predators, and specially-shaped entrance
holes designed to admit martins while restricting European starlings, an
invasive, non-protected species.
The number one tip from the PMCA for attracting Martins: Purple
Martins are swallows of the open sky and prefer housing with at least
several open flyways. Place housing in the most open space available,
but where the colony can be enjoyed and monitored.
Much more information about Purple Martins can be obtained froin
the Purple Martin Conservation Association-which is focused on aid-
ing martins and landlords-including a products catalog and informa-
tion booklet, with advice on attracting and managing a colony, and data
sheets to participate in Project Martin Watch, a national effort in which
participants monitor nests and mail information to the PMCA at sea-
son's end.
To obtain the booklet, contact the PMCA at 814-833,7656 or online at

Sisters And Brothers
Sisters have a closeness unfound in any other persons. They know each
other's marks and scars like no other person can. Not only can they list
each other's physical and mental scar tissue but also they know the true
story behind each blemish. Who else has seen the other punished for
their own as well as the other's sins and who else has felt the sting of
jealousy as the other was rewarded (far out of proportion, it seemed)
for their good behavior? Who else has lain on the other's bed far into
the night sharing tears and tales of personal horror deriving from lovers
and teachers and false friends? Who else has sat on the porch braving
mosquitoes and other small attackers telling each other their slightest
dreams and humblest plans for hours, sometimes until day's first flush
feddened'the east?
Such depth of knowledge about another human being is even denied
mothers. One would expect this superior knowledge of one another to
be allied with superior understanding. Naturally that is not always the
custom; misunderstandings and minor skirmishes occur with astonish-
ing regularity. Warfare is synonymous with sisterhood.... so is love.
Somehow I can't see brothers being as open with each other. Oh, yes,
brothers do tell each other about their experiences with girls but they
will most certainly lie! Boys also will lie about school, fishing, hunting
and physical characteristics. Face it; boys in general are pretty free with
the truth. They may grow up to be ministers, rabbis or priests, but when
they are boys, they lie. Lying is as surely a characteristic of the young
human male as is their overabiding interest in the young human
female-neither of which any sane little boy will admit to any other
sane little boy.


This is really something that I am almost ashamed to admit. Being an
active participant and member of the "male" community, I have always
been a vociferous and outspoken supporter of "cleavage." I mean I was
weaned into puberty by a Playboy Bunny-although I don't remember
her name ... or her face for that matter.
I mean please, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I drink beer and
whiskey, watch all types of sporting events, and have never been one
not to laugh at a demeaning, insensitive joke about any type of naked
woman. But, all that aside, I'm all cleavaged out.
There' was lady doing the local weather report flashing me cleavage
the other night and another on the early morning "Fishing withBuibba"
I have seen more cleavage in the last few years than I have ever been
privileged to seeing in all of my previous life. And cleavage isn't just
cleavage anymore. I've seen young cleavage, old cleavage, golf ball size
cleavage, softball size cleavage, upright cleavage, drooping cleavage,
wrinkled cleavage, both king and queen sized cleavage and even semi-
nippled cleavage. There is top cleavage, bottom cleavage, diamond
cleavage, lower cleavage, side cleavage, and last but not least-butt
cleavage. That's right, butt-cleavage. Girls, who have no real cleavage in
the traditional area of cleavage responsibility; have turned to exposing
their better side. I can hardly believe it. There are seventy year old
women not only showing the world-willing and unwilling-their
cleavage but presenting themselves nude on grain and automotive cal-
endars. And Diane Sawyer and Barbara Wa-wa are both screaming
"you gO girl!"-.which is feminist for "I think you are a damn fool, but
if it makes you happy to embarrass all of us females and womanhood
in general, what the hell can I do about it-hee hee hee."
At first I said, "Oh well, should cute young girls who are obviously
proud of their burgeoning womanhood be deprived of their fleeting
opportunity to exhibit their cleavage-front, rear or whatever? Gee
wizz! What kind of old fuddy-duddy are you?"
Okay so we all get to enjoy "Bouncy's" cleavage and Jennifer whats-
her-name's cleavage. I even enjoy the interviews where all these little
girls with the budding cleavage express their embracement of their per-
sonal virginity. It is truly inspiring to see on the Tube a partially naked,
pre-adult female, in a skintight, shear, flesh colored wrap, with extraor-
dinary cleavage expressing a religious and spiritual desire to maintain
her virginity. Is this meant to be a statement or a dare?
I have no doubt that in the opinion, minds and imaginations of a good
many of their young, male, religious admirers, this fact of virginity
must take a Kierkegaardian "great leap of faith" over the infinite cleav-
age of both time and space to find a true eternal resting place in the
abstract phenomenological void between what really is and what defi-
nitely isn't and what is "oh my God" possible.
You know, I realize that there was once a time when even belly buttons
had a modest pubertic fascination. You know, is it an inny, an outy, an
uppy or a downy. But really-enough is enough!
Young, beautiful, "virgin" females now dance regularly in public and
without embarrassment in a manner that in previous years I could only
be privy to-at a five dollar cover charge-at the Boom-Boom Room on
Common Street or in Boston at Scully Square. Gypsy Rose Lee would
be Gypsy Rose "Who" if she were starting out today.
I would say that this is all a matter of male chauvinism except the guy
this young girl is dancing with is bouncing up and down wearing a pair
of trousers that are so tight that the outline of what was once consid-
ered personal and private is purely visible to the plain and un-enhanced
naked eye-one could almost hazard a guess as to whether Or not this
male dancer is Jewish or gentile!
If I were a pornographic film maker, I would make a movie where all
the characters are fully clothed and all the scenes of encounter are shot
in silhouette and shadows-I'll bet it would sell a million copies-it
would be soooo hot! If this were a letter to the editor or Dear Abby,.I
would sign it-Overexposed!

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vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
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sold after 35 days from the date of impornd free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the jmorunit 244.50 plus storage
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There is absolutely nothing, wrong with a good evacuation route that
remains passable despite the storm surges we encounter during tropical
storms and hurricanes. A lot can be said for a highway that is safe for
the amount of traffic generated by our community. Problems come
with the type of access that will open up our area to more rapid devel-
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tion of the natural resources which we are struggling so mightily to pro-

Our Board President, Chad Taylor, experienced first hand the effects of
road building in Jacksonville, Florida. He remembers the days when the
roads ending at the waterfronts of small communities were construct-
ed. Those communities are now swallowed up by the City of
Jacksonville and its sprawling residential and "box store" develop-
ments. The opportunity to set a.different direction for our River and
Bay Basin is NOW. Our community's vision, which includes natural
resources, cultural character, historic preservation, affordable housing,
public and commercial access to the water and other key elements
should be included as part of the planning rationale. The current plan
does not accomplish anything except a future of high traffic volumes
and sprawl. The need for this proposed access, its location and pur-
pose have only been considered by a very few. We can do a lot-better
than the paving a path for sprawling development.

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Franklin County representative) know your opinion. Ask for alterna-
tives to be considered and community input to be addressed. Elevated
highways over sensitive wildlife area, or better yet, modern alternative
public transportation should be considered. What about a carrying
capacity study for our area that looks beyond the number of cars the
roads can hold? Public meetings on the NWFTCA Master Plan for our
area will be held very soon; the next meeting is scheduled for February
20th, 4 7 pm EST at the Senior Citizen Center in Crawfordville, fol-
lowed by meetings at the same hour, CST, on February 21st at Gulf
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