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Volume 16, Number 13 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER June 22 July 5, 2007
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Tournament sponsor Hooters hostesses.


Big Bend Saltwater Classic


Jackpot Winners


Littlest Dockmaster gets next one ready for the scales.


Carrabelle's Big Bend Saltwater Classic is Biggest Ever

Tournament Is Tremendous


The weekend of Father's Day
was as perfect as a weekend on
the coast can be: sunny, warm, no
.rain and light breezes. The 19th
Annual BBSC, at the Carrabelle
Boat Club, went off without a
hitch and was enjoyed by anglers,
families and spectators alike.
Ben Betts and Michelle Clark had
jumped over hurdles for months,
not only because an undertaking
of this magnitude (up to 1000
anglers were expected) is diffi-
cult, but also because the City of
Carrabelle aggressively enforced
strict rules on traffic control,
pedestrian protection, dredging
and alcohol sales. By all appear-
ances, transient traffic on
Highway 98 past the site had no


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full, and other businesses benefit-
ed from the increase in visitor
population from Friday through
Sunday.
Hooks were "in the water" no
earlier than 5:30 a.m. Friday
morning !by anglers out of
Carrabelle, St. Marks and
Mexico Beach. 3 p.m. Saturday
was the end of fishing, and
weigh-ins lasted until past 7 p.m.
The bottom line (no pun intend-
ed) was that there were prizes
awarded that (unofficially)
exceeded $50,000.
Developers of the new motel
under construction next to Hog
Wild BBQ are hopeful to be open
and ready to host overnight


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gone extra miles to accommodate
the visitors. The Old Carrabelle
Hotel hosted Miamian Vivian
Padron, marketing representative
for CSS (Comcast/Charter
Sports Southeast) who fished
both days with Captain Scott
Barry from Ochlocknee Bay.
Barry's Freedom Boat Club
organization has been instrumen-
tal for 2 years now in placing
active servicemen in the tourna-
ment at no cost. This year 30
young military men and women
participated in the BBSC. The
Freedom Boat Club is a boat
ownership alternative.
This year's record attendance was
a huge 954 entrants or "anglers"
as last year's total was 712.
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Recreation Team Challenge


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Saturday's final \veigh-in
excitement.


POINTS 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH


Team Marquardt
Blindeye Outfitters
Cook Brothers
Paul's Plumbing
Wefings
Barnacle Bill's
Carrabelle Marina
Team Skybox Too
Stege
William Dean Homes
Carrabelle Palms
Eyecatcher Signs
MacFish
Risky Business
Totals:


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Lee Lanau
Kari Lynd
Koldtogo.com
Just One More
Century
Big Fish
Pressure Drop
Auburn Boys
Flooring America
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$1,487.50
$1,190.00
$892.50
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs


June 5, 2007
BY RICHARD E. NOBLE

Citizen Advisory
Committee Update-Bill
Calandre
The Committee has been organ-
izing initially around two issues
Affordable Housing and Seafood.
"The feasibility study has been
submitted to the Seafood Task
Force ... and the recommenda-
tions regarding landing sites have
been accepted but other recom-
mendations are still under discus-
sion ... and there are some grant
applications underway for ...
acquisition of these sites." On
affordable housing-the Comp
Plan has been updated but the
affordable housing ordinance is
going rather slowly, Mr. Calandre
confessed. The purpose of the
ordinance is to create a source of
revenue to fund affordable hous-
ing. "The idea is not to do social
engineering but to get resources
for the creation and sustainability
of Affordable Housing." This
seems to be a very involved con-
cept with many stakeholders-
developers, banks, money
lenders, and the community at
large, with no mention yet of the
eventual participants who may be
asked to conform td whatever the
rules of this rather radical idea
eventually become. "Three new
committees have been created-
enforcement, water quality and
inter-governmental coordination.
All of them have only existed for
about four weeks. So what they
are doing is working in data gath-
ering ... on the enforcement com-
mittee they are examining the
existing code and have met with
P&Z and they have met with you,
Commissioner Crofton. Some of
the things that they have picked
up so far are that there is a con-
cern and a fear about abuse in
enforcement. What they are hear-
ing is we don't want this to be a
"witch hunt". That is always a
risk in any kind of ordinance
position ... they have push back
on this by a number of people
who ask, why do we really need
an ordinance; we have enough
ordinances on the books and if
we just abide by those we don't
need an enforcement ordinance.
That could'be a legitimate posi-
tion but they have not come to a
conclusion. Some of'the other'"
folks that they have talked to
questioned whether or not actual-
ly you five people (Board of
Commissioners) are committed
to having an enforcement ordi-
nance or not. What form would
an ordinance take-would- it be
fines, would it be shutting down
things, how would it actually
work? And lastly, which is always
important to everyone, is how
would it be paid for; if there was
an enforcement officer 'or magis-
trate where would their salary
come from? ... Water quality? ...
they are trying to catalogue the
water systems in the County and
what their current status is. They
are just examining information at
this point ... There is a study
underway by a Dr. Robert
Livingston and he is taking water
samples for the St. George
Sound, from the Apalachicola
Bay System and the Carrabelle
River to get some base line data
about how many nutrients, how
many contaminants-basically
what is the quality of the water
(not drinking water-Bay water)
... The last committee is inter-
governmental coordination ...
The goal is to improve communi-
cations between all of the munic-
ipalities, counties and large
groups to basically start talking
together ... (this committee) is in
very early days for a lack of lead-
ership (in this area). "

TDC-Revised Plan-Paul
Parker
"We know there have been some
issues come up from the
Commission and the Public
regarding the balance of infra-
structure and promotion and how
it fits into our plan ... We want to
get together and rework some of
those details on how we divide up
the infrastructure and promotion
with your input and the public's
input. We would suggest putting
this (public) hearing off and let us
try to work in some of the issues
that have come up in the last few
weeks before we take it to a vote."
The public hearing on this issue
was cancelled and it will be re-
advertised when the TDC comes
back with its new plan. Neverthe-
less some general, overall issues
and concerns were voiced by the
Commissioners.
One concern was in keeping faith
with the original mandate of the
initial program. In recent weeks
due to budget tightening and
other considerations references to
the TDC funds seemed to be
more and more prevalent. There
was a concern that the originally
stated balance between infra-
structure spending (water access,
boat ramps, public parks etc.) and
Franklin County tourist promo-
tion should remain intact. It was


Mr. Parrish's concern that any
changes or revisions due to any
developing dynamics should be
explained clearly and forthrightly


to the general public beforehand.
The Board did approve one
request by the TDC and that was
to hire Geiger and Associates a
Public Relations firm out of
Tallahassee who will arrange a
Writer's Program. Professional
Writers for various type publica-
tions will come to Franklin
County and then write material
that will be published around the
country in.their targeted publica-
tions positively advertising our
area. This program will cost
$6,800 per month or approxi-
mately $112,000 for an 18 month
contract. This program will
advertise the area and the fishing
and seafood industry and also
deal with counter-crisis promo-
tion. This is to counterbalance
adverse storm information or oys-
ter industry, water pollution or
other negative scares publicized
by the mainstream news and
media. Fifty thousand dollars of
this fee will be paid by previous
grants by the TDC which were
returned in support of this more
appealing idea.

Ray Rizner-North West
Florida Transportation
Corridor Authority
Mr. Rizner gave a visual presenta-
tion concerning the future of
Highway 98 and various changes
that will be made. New roads that
will eventually be constructed to
provide access and escape routes
to the north off Highway 98 were
displayed and outlined. Possible
bypasses and alternative routes
were also suggested.
Many people were very con-
cerned with this presentation but
Mr. Rizner was rather tight-
lipped in giving out information.
The reason given was that most
of what was being shown was
simply being proposed and sug-
gested-actual construction was
still in the future.
Ken Osborne for the Alligator
taxpayer association was rather
outspoken in his criticism with
regard to public input. His com-
plaint was that as far as he could
see there was no public input. Mr.
Rizner explained that this situa-
tion was true but that the reason
was because they had not entered
the public participation stage of
the program. He explained that
most of the complaints being
voiced were premature and that
in the future the public would be
requested and have ample oppor-
tunity to supply input.
Mrs. Solomon of Apalachicola
brought up a rather serious prob-
lem of historic concern to the
people of Apalachicola. "I am a
native of Apalachicola and I was
born and raised here. I'm going
to tell you something," she
advised. "We need'to open up
Bluff Rd. into Wewahitchka.
That was originally built all the
way to the river for that very; very
purpose. It was to give us an evac-
uation route that we could take
from Apalachicola and go into
Gulf County and into Wewa and
we can move on ...the bridges go
out; those roads go out in both
directions-St. Joe goes under
and Eastpoint goes under. And so
we are more or less stuck ... we
don't go anywhere. I know being
a native here that the seafood
people will not leave unless it is
catastrophic. I am going to tell
you that-they will not leave.
Their livelihood is sitting on the
water and my father was in the
seafood business ... and we sat
through every hurricane. But we
have to have that route. It is so
simple. Just go out Bluff Rd. Go
across the river. It is not wide
right there and goes into Gulf
County and we're outta here."
"That.was what was on the Plan
and the Riverkeeper's shot it
down," responded Ms Sanders.
'!We had it on there but the
Riverkeeper's shot it down."
"Well, the Riverkeeper's haven't
been'living here all their lives and
seen enough hurricanes to see
that people can't get out of here.
That is what it (Bluff Rd.) was
originally put there for."
"That is a good point," said Mr.
Rizner. "This is a 2007 Master
Plan and the legislature has also
mandated that this Board needs
to readdress this master plan on
an annual basis. So this is the first
cut and we will get with planning
organizations and start meshing
this all together and you will see
different lines on there next year
(proposed map) and you may see
differences. There will be a lot of
coordination going 'on this year.
That is why we are here today."
Of major concern were any pro-
posed changes, alternatives or
bypasses to Highway 98. This
was discussed but with very little
exactitude. If this is of concern to
you, you should keep abreast of
any future public hearings or dis-
cussions regarding the North
West Florida Transportation
Corridor Authority. They have a
website: www.nwftca.com.


Bruce Ballister-Apalachee
Regional Council
"I am here in my role today as the
small countyi liaison-most of
you have seen me before. In
September we will have to make
recommendations again for proj-
ects on the State Rd. system as it
passes through your county. The
idea is that most of the large
cities have NPOs (Representa-
tives) ... small counties usually
don't have that kind of represen-
tation. They usually don't even
know what is going on. So the
WFRC (West Florida Regional
Council) and my council tour our
counties twice a year to give this
input. One thing that we have


been discussing is an alternate for
Highway 98. It has been on the
"thinking portion" for quite a
long time. Every time a piece of it
(Highway 98) washes away it
comes back up again. Last year
Alan asked me to put forward an
idea for a back door out of the
High School-back out onto
65-so that there is emergency
access to the High School if part
of Green Point goes away, as it
has. Part of that is going to be. a
local issue-right of way-that is
going to be a county property,...
Also mentioned was the State
taking over maintenance of 370
on Alligator Point. It is a very
costly function for the County to
keep up with. It is a key artery .,.
State maintenance would be able
to afford it a lot better than the
County would be. One of the rec-
ommendations that I got from
talking with Mark Curenton was
a PDE for the relocation of .98.
Well that has already been
authorized by a TRIP project.
That is a done deal; we can just
issue a statement of support for
that. A couple of other ideas that
we talked about ... were the
growing congestion points iih
Eastpoint-a north bound turn
lane off 98 up to Bay Shore and a
left turn west and south onto
Island Dr. and possibly Patton:..
an alternative ... might be to ask
for a lane improvement study
between Patton and the East end
of the Bridge 'at Eastpoint
because that is pretty much the
growing economic sector ... a lot
of new commercial development
is happening in that little stretch
of road. Since it takes about 8
years togo from an idea to
stripped pavement at DOT we
have asked for a PDE study for
that stretch of roadway and as a
fall back position asked for a left
turn lane or a three lane-ing of
the roadway." Mr. Ballister then
pointed out that many sugges-
tions and public input don't make
it to the actual plan or road devel-
opment stage because of budget
restraints on the part of the state
but he is advised to continue his
efforts in gathering input never-
theless. He went on to express
"hope" for the success of any
future suggested projects.
The Board thanked Mr. Ballister
for his report and said that they
would be gathering information
and suggestions to forward to
him before his September dead-
line.

SChuck Colvert-Weems
Hospital
Mr. Colvert first introduced the
new EMS Director, Ms: Barbara
Law. She lives in Lanark Village.
"As you know we had hired a
director and it didn't work out
and so we sought Barbara out.
Barbara has lived in the County
for a number of years. She was'
full-time in Gadsden County but.
has now accepted the full-time
position here in Franklin County.
We are just extremely pleased
and extremely grateful that Ms.
Law has joined us. I am extreme-
ly pleased to stand before you
today and say that Ms. Law has
now fully staffed our ambulance
service." Mr. Colvert then
explained that every day is now
covered by two staffed trucks.
"Barbara has done all of this. She
has recruited these people whom
we have had an extremely diffi-
cult time. recruiting. She has
brought a lot of her friends from
Gadsden County and other coun-
ties down here to work with us on
a part-time basis. Barbara could
staff three trucks everyday if we
wanted ... but we just can't afford
that on our budget."
Mr. Colvert then explained how
the hospital had reduced air
transport service thus saving on
costs. He then went on to the pur-
chasing and updating of the
ambulances. The hospital will be
purchasing one new ambulance
and one of the in-use ambulances
will be receiving a new chassis.
They need sleeping quarters for


' ambulance workers in Eastpoint
and points east in the county.
"Let me bring up an issue that is
Very serious ... and I hope that
/. none of this comes as a surprise
to anyone ... but our billing com-
pany-our collection agency-
has fallen behind." He explained
other associated problems with
Medicare and the Feds. The hos-
pital has recently been notified by
the U.S. Treasury that they owe
the Federal Government
$400,000. -Mr. Colvert expressed
his hope that this was simply
some kind of a mistake. Ms.
Sanders affirmed that it must be a
mistake. "But we are in such a sit-
uation now that I want to recom-
mend that we change the billing
company. This company (being
recommended-Assurance
Health Care Financial Services
Inc.) is from Panama City." The
company currently being used
was set up by Blackhawk and is in
Minnesota. The new company
will be hired on the same pay-
ment basis which is based on a
percentage of collections. "We
have a large amount of Accounts
Receivable out-over three mil-
lion dollars in collectable' lay off
that is just not coming in. I am
not convinced that this firm up
north can collect it for us." Mr.
Colvert suggested a gradual fad-
ing out of the Minnesota firm
while the Panama firm is brought
forward with the goal of the
Weems hospital eventually taking
over its own billing. A motion
was passed approving Mr.
Colvert's recommendation.
It was also pointed out by Mr.
Colvert that Medicare has recent-
ly demanded that every health
care provider in the nation apply
for a new provider number.
Naturally Medicare is swamped
and behind on issuing the new
numbers which translate to
delayed payments to the. hospital.
"That was one of the things that I
was going to mention ... the
billing," said Mr. Crofton. Mr.
Crofton noted that the hospital
seemed to be months behind even
on its local billing. "We need to
do something ... We need to
speed up the billing. As soon as
the bill occurs it needs to go to the
billing service. We are losing rev-
enue because we are not billing
rapidly."
"I agree," said Mr. Colvert.
Mr. Crofton demanded that this
new company in Panama City be
advised that they must get this
billing done rapidly. Mr. Colvert
gave his assurance on this issue.
The new billing company from
Panama City is represented by a
Mr. Michael MacLaren and Mr.
STommy Cooley. A brief outline
of their careers was provided and
hopefully these, two executive/
owners.. of Assurance Health
Care will be able to live up to
their company's personal adver-
tisements of their abilities.
Mr. Colvert then suggested a
workshop to discuss the long
term plan for the Weems
Memorial Hospital. He advised
that such a workshop be set up as
quickly as possible.
A motion was passed agreeing
with this recommendation for a
workshop by .Mr. Colvert and
arrangements immediately went
into discussion.
Mr. Crofton closed the discussion
with this question and concern "I
am starting to sense that we are
not getting the financial report,
from the hospital as should be.
That was the reason that the
Hospital Board was put' into
effect-to watch the finances of
the hospital and raise., their hand
and say hey something is not
right here. Like this billing serv-
ice. I didn't hear anything about
this billing service ... like DaaSee
came in here and said hey I can't
make payroll tomorrow. We've
got this Hospital Board ... are
they getting the financial infor-


nation that they are supposed to
be getting?"
Mark Friedman from the
Hospital Board then spoke to Mr.
Crofton's concern. "Yes, we are
getting the information. Current-
ly our cash is down from a couple
of months ago and there are a lot
of reasons for that. One is the
billing issue. Another is that we
are spending 40 to 60 thousand
dollars a month running the
ambulance service since Feb. 1
without receiving any money
because we can't bill it yet. As
soon as we get that number we
can bill it. Yes we are watching
the financial very close and we
watch the cash on a daily basis.
We have got some grants we got a
$30,000 grant to purchase a new
pharmacy ... we have also
received an $110,000-grant to buy
new radiology equipment. So ...
on both sides ... one we are try-
ing to upgrade the facility and get
the cash flow flowing. The billing
office is one of the big reason for
the decrease in the cash flow
because there have been things
going on there-even though we
talk on a daily basis-and that
has hurt us. But yes we have a
finance committees meeting..."
"Wait a minute ... You said that
you weren't aware of ... That's
the problem; you should have
been aware of it."
"Right... and that is the big rea-
son that we want to go forward
with going with someone in
Panama City for establishing a
billing office."
The Clerk of Courts also men-
tioned that the.'monthly reports
have not been tirmelN. "We are
just not getting' th'e monthly
reports that we asked'for,"'cobm-
plained Marcia JohnSon::
It was then recommended that
the Hospital Board be put on the
agenda every month. A motion to
this effect was then', made; and
approved.
Mr. Freidman then.made a.final
plea that the people of Franklin.
County realize that this is their
hospital and that they should use
it even if just for lab work. He
then made a special appeal to
those living in the east end of the
community.

Alan Pierce
Report to the Board of County
Commissioners
1 Board action to sign Joint
Participation Agreement for
Alligator Point Road resurfacing.
The DOT is providing
$2,399,268.00. DOT will then
have to sign before county can
begin expending funds. This was
signed and approved.
2 Board action to request
Preble-Rish to submit proposal to
design and bid Alligator Point
project as this is a larger project
than a County Engineer can per-
form by himself. This request was
approved.
3 Board action to send letters to
U.S. Senators and Rep. Boyd
regarding proposed rule changes
by the National Marine Fisheries
Service which will drastically
lower the fishing quotas for Red
Snapper.
The Board was opposed to the
new changes and decided that a
letter be sent to Allen Boyd
protesting the action.
4 Board action to approve
Resolution of Appreciation to
Major Watson at the Work Camp
who is being promoted and trans-
ferred to Century. Correctional
Institute. All the commissioners
are invited to a luncheon in'-his


honor on June 7 at Bay City
Work Camp. If you are interested
in going, please let Amy in my
office know. This was approved.
5 In May the TDC approved a
request from the County
Commission to fund $30,000 of
infrastructure improvements for
the St. George Island Lighthouse
Museum and Visitor's Center.
Since the St. George Island
Lighthouse Association is a
501(c) 344 organization, and will
oversee the construction of the
Visitor Center the Finance Office
can tender the $30,000 to the
Association and let them handle
all construction bills. I recom-
mend the Board transfer the
funds to the Association as that
will save the Finance office from
cutting separate checks for con-
struction materials. This was
approved.
6 Board action to clarify who
the Board will be sending to the
ISSC meeting in August in
Albuquerque.
There will be four delegates going
to Albuquerque for three days at
County expense-Commission-.
ers Lockley and Parrish, Bill-
Mahan County -Extension and
Kevin Begos of the Seafood'
Workers Task Force. This was.
deemed to be an important prior-
ity by the Board considering the
serious effect on Franklin
County's Seafood industry of any :
decisions made by this council
(ISSC).
7 Board action to request the
City of Carrabelle allow the
county to retrieve items it pur-
chased for Sands Field baseball,
fields since the City is going to -
demolish the fields for a parking
lot and stormwaterdrainage facil-
ity. The items will be relocated to
Kendrick Park. The county spent
approximately $25,000 on vari-,
ous backstops, bleachers, and
other baseball equipment approx-
imately .5 years. This was
approved.
8 Board action to advertise and
open qualifications for a con-
struction manager for the court-
house renovations on July 3
Board meeting. And to appoint a
committee to review the qualifi-
cations and make a recommenda-
tion to the Board. I recommend
the Board appoint a committee of
Mark Curenton, Marcia Johnson
or her designee, and Robin
Brinkley. This was approved.
9 -'Inform the Board that DCA
has sent a letter determining that
the Evaluation and Appraisal
Report (EAR) has been found
sufficient. The Board can now
move forward with making
amendments to the Comp Plan
that were prescribed in the EAR.
10 Provide Written copy to -
Board' on the emergency ordi-
nance banning outdoorr fires.
Opinion of County Attorney is
that the ordinance as worded
does ban private fireworks,
because the only fireworks
allowed are those supervised by
fire departments.
11 Mr. Kevin Begos, Seafood
Task Force Coordinator, would
like to update the Board on Task
Force issues.
"I wanted to update you on
seafood landing parks ... I know
that you have moved ahead
recently with the Sportsman;
Lodge ... through the Trust for
Public Funds. It turned out that
the grant from the Trust for
Public Land originally wrote on
that did not actually mention
access for seafood workers or


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Franklin Briefs from Page 2
commercial fishermen. It men-
tioned access for canoes and
kayaks. The reason that we are
mentioning that is that that is a
possible secondary issue down
the road if it doesn't get incorpo-
rated into the final language that
this is a landing park for commer-
cial workers. We have dredging
issues. It already looks like there
could be problems with getting a
dredging permit for East Bay
because it is an Estuarine Reserve
... And ... right now you
(County) don't have any idea
what it will cost to maintain that
creek for access. The reason I
mention this issue is because we
have several different issues com-
ing forward. They (The Trust for
Public Lands) are also interested
in the Lombardi property and
they are interested in the
Schoelles property out at eleven
mile. The Task Force's feeling is
that if the Lombardi property
went ahead and the Schoelles
property went ahead without
explicit guarantees for seafood
worker access-that would be a
terrible thing ... We don't want
commercial fisherman or oyster-
man not to be mentioned ... And
I just wanted to mention (in addi-
tion) .'.. this was a final grant that
was finished this last month on
landing parks and seafood indus-
trial parks. As we got to be
reviewing it we found that the
section on the proposed econom-
ic benefit of a seafood industrial
park was done by a firm in
Oregon-that's Oregon on the
Pacific Ocean. Now we have a lot
of these grants coming down the
pike ... the Task Force doesn't
feel that this stuff should be
farmed out to someone in
Oregon if it is on a recommenda-
tion for what's good for a seafood
park here or a landing park here.
We have people here that can
work on these and provide input.
We want to be involved and we
thought that was what you want-
ed us to do. On the Sportsman's
Lodge Project the next step is that
the County is going to have to do
a management plan for that. We
would like to be involved in that.
We've got people who will volun-
teer time regardless of funding or
your funding for the Task Force.
There may be some way to get
that language into that manage-
ment plan that would guarantee
some access for commercial fish-
erman."
The Board agreed with a caveat
from Mr. Crofton that if local
people are brought in 9n these
grants that they are qualified
"and know what they are doing."
Mr. Begos then offered his person
resume' and his guaranteethat he
was capable of providing expert
services himself or was capable
of screening the qualified person-
nel.
12 For the Board's information,
the Task Force did submit a budg-
et request of $20,000 which the
Board will discuss at its budget
workshops later in the summer.
13 Alligator Point Beach
Renourishment update on four
issues:
A) Verification on whether the
gap between the critically eroding
sections of the'beach will be cost
shared by DEP. Provide Board
with copy of letter: If DEP does


not help fund gap, local share
costs will rise. We should have an
answer by June 30.
B) Verification on whether the
state Park Service will allow the
county to build and maintain
parking and bathroom facilities.
Last week Mike Dombrowski
and I met with Mr. Mike Bullock,
Parks Director, and provided him
with a proposed layout for a 100
car parking lot and bathroom on
one of the southern most parcels
of Bald Point State Park. Provide
Board with copy of letter to Mr.
Bullock. He was receptive to the
idea and hopes to respond by
June 30. The site selected by
Mike maximizes the cost sharing
by the state as well as minimizes
the cost of construction. As soon
as we get a commitment from the
Park Service, it will be my recom-
mendation that we start building
the parking lots and bathrooms
because DEP will not officially
agree to a cost share until they
actually see the parking and bath-
room facilities.
C) Status of beach renourishment
permit. At this time the permit is
under review. There are three
unresolved issues associated with
the permit: biological opinion of
the impact of the project;- protec-
tion of threatened and endan-
gered species including sea turtles
and nesting piping plovers; and
resolution of. the debris issues.
The biological opinion is not con-
troversial and should be submit-
ted by August. The protection of
endangered species does have
some problems, as the turtle
agencies want. to: see better
enforcement of turtle lighting on
Alligator Point.: Nesting Piping
plovers are only a problem if they
show up, but working around
nesting birds could be a big prob-
lem. told the environmental rep-
resentatives that if the county
moves forward with code
enforcement, that turtle lighting
issues could become part of that
position, and that the county
would be considering code
enforcement most likely in July.
In order to get the permit the
county will most likely have to
make some changes in enforcing
the turtle code on Alligator Point.
The last issue is debris, and that is
where the money is. DEP has not
internally decided what approach
it will take with the county, so we
are waiting to see what they
want, but debris removal could be
expensive. The costs are consid-
ered part of the project so DEP
will cost share, but we are trying
to keep the costs in line with what
we have previously told, the pub-'
lic.
D) Schedule of events: Upon
consultation with Camille
Tharpe, and Doris Pendleton, we
are moving the schedule for
Board action back a month to try
and settle these cost issues. This
means the Board will have to deal
with Alligator Point MSBU
approval during August, when it
is also holding budget workshops.
We will be providing the Board
with final assessment informa-
tion at the July 16 meeting.
We are still planning on a beach
renourishment project being
completed before June 2008.
Once the Board sets the MSBU
Mike and I will be asking permis-
sion to move ahead with advertis-
ing for bids, even before DEP
issues the. permit because we are


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Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ....... Eastpoint
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on a very tight timeline. The bid
would not be awarded until after
we make sure DEP issues the per-
mit.
14 Provide Board with copies of
six month Humane Society
update letter.
15 We are canceling tomorrow's
MSBU hearing and will resched-
ule.

Hubert Chipman-Franklin
County Road Department
As requested by the board on the
'May 15, 2007 at the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners meeting the
Road Department has completed
the following;
1. Hauled black dirt to Will
Kendrick Ball Park in Carrabelle
and finished.
2. Started stocking lime rock on
Alligator Point Road for the park-
ing lots,
Also completed the following:
'Cut, cleaned and picked up litter
from all cemeteries.
Cut, Cleaned, Edged and policed
on Hwy. 98 in Eastpoint and
Lanark for VMS.

Franklin County
Department of Solid Waste
& Recycling and Animal
Control and Parks &
Recreation
Assistant Director's Report For
The Board's Information and
Updates
1. Carrabelle Rest Area: The rest-
rooms at the Carrabelle Beach
have been experiencing sewer
problems and causing overflow-
ing inside the restrooms. In the
past couple of weeks we have had
Collins to pump the septic twice a
week to help prevent this situa-
tion, costing $225.00 per pump. I
asked Collins to give me an esti-
mate on pumping twice a week
from June 1 thru September 7-
our peak season for the beaches,
and also an estimate for replacing
the existing drain line. I have
attached both estimates to your
report. After reviewing the
attachments, I ask that the board
keep in mind that the City of
Carrabelle will provide the. sewer
to the beach in the future. Action
Requested: Needs Board's
Direction.
Preliminary investigations indi-
cate that the problem may have a
simple and inexpensive tempo-
rary solution. The Carrabelle
Roadside Park sewer will be
taken over in the not too distant
future by the Carrabelle Sewer so
any repairs should be designed
with that in mind the Board
decided.
Ms. Sanders made the motion
that the concerned parties in
Carrabelle get together with
Franklin County Parks and


Recreation and seek a modest
solution and have it pumped out
in the interim.
2. Repairs for Recycling Building:
In April we had some damages
occur to the Recycling building,
which at this time is causing the
building to be unsecured.
Damages are estimated at $5,000.
Action Requested: Needs board's
approval on expenditures.
A County truck exiting the build-
ing caught on the door and
Caused the damage. It was termed
an accident and the Board agreed
to the necessary repairs to be
deducted from the Solid Waste
Department's funds.

Dan Rothwell-County
Engineer
"The airport access road should
be starting to be paved today ...
the road department shop is still
in the works ... And I' started a
drainage program out on Long
Rd. to lower some culverts."

Commissioners' Comments
Mr. Lockley commented that
"school is out and we need to
find some work around here". He
pointed out that children have to
leave this area because there is no
work here. Mr. Lockley suggested
that money be budgeted in the
future to seek out employers and
businesses to come to .Franklin
County. A discussion followed
and many suggestions were
offered-much in the nature of
the same old same old.
Mayor Kelly pointed out that the
new factory in Carrabelle was a,
County project and it would be
providing 60 to 70 new jobs for
aspiring Franklin County. work-
ers. "The Factory is scheduled to
be open in October. The 60 to70
jobs can not be filled by only
Carrabelle people. The city of
Carrabelle has job applications at
city hall for those very students
who graduated and are looking
for a good paying ... job at this
factory. The ultimate goal for this
factory is some three hundred
and fifty jobs. This factory is on a
fast track."
The ground breaking ceremony
will be held on Thursday, June 21
at 10:30 at the Industrial park site
off the Airport Road in
Carrabelle and the public is invit-
ed.
Mr. Parrish commented on the
speed limit exiting the business
area in Apalachicola on Highway
98. It is currently 55 mph and he
has had many local citizens
requesting that it be lowered. It
was noted that this request has
been made to the DOT on sever-
al past occasions. A motion was
made and approved to send a let-
ter to the DOT with a request to
lower the speed limit in that area.
Mr. Parrish also asked that the
rule against glass containers as
applied to Franklin County's


beaches be extended up into the
sand flats across from
Abercrombie's Boat ramp. He
said that he would like to see the
glass containers eliminated from
all the sand bars and beach areas
of Franklin County. A motion
was passed to have Mr. Parrish's
suggestion added to the new ordi-
nance under construction and
coming up for Public Hearing.
Ms. Sanders noted that the next
meeting of the Transportation
Authority would be on the 21
(June) at 10 a.m. at Wakulla
County Senior Citizens Center.
Mr. Crofton made comment on
the proposed Progress Energy
power line being anticipated adja-
cent and/or around the Apalachi-
cola Airport. Mr. Crofton advised
that if this above ground power
line was allowed it could cost the
airport significantly and severely
undermine the economic viability
of the airport. 'He suggested
though Progress Energy may save
one million dollars by not putting
the lines underground it could
cost the County five and maybe
ten million dollars in future rev-
enues from the airport. Ms.
Sanders made the motion that
Progress Energy be notified that
an underground line is not only
necessary but mandatory for the
airport. Her motion was support-
ed unanimously.

Citizens' Comments
Sherman Thomas commented on
local spending and Mediacom
rate increases.
Mr. Crofton suggested that there
was nothing that could be done
about Mediacom rate increases
but Mr. Putnal disagreed. Mr.
Putnal suggested that he seemed
to remember that there was a stip-
ulation in their contract that only
allowed for an annual increase
and it seems that they are raising
their rates two or three time a
year.
Mr. Pierce registered the frustra-
tion that "Mediacom is regulated
by the FCC and we can say any-
thing that we want to.them and it
doesn't make any difference."
Mr. Parrish suggested that it was
an optional service "you can use
an antenna" was one option that
he suggested. "You have other
options," was his advice.
Mr. Thomas was not entirely sat-
isfied and felt that the County
should not alfow Mediacom to
simply do as it pleased.
Mr. Lockley made the motion
that the Board write Mediacom a
letter of complaint.
Ms. Sanders' final comment was
to note that there was a 25%.drop
in property tax revenues to the
County by normal attrition even
without any action yet by the
state. This was due to the market
drop in real estate in the area.


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BY DANY RAY
The Franklin County Public
Library, Eastpoint will kick off
the summer preschool story time
with a very special banana yellow
event. Preschoolers and children
to grade three are invited to
Celebrate Reading with a
Curious George Celebration,
Thursday, June 21, from 11:00
a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Curious
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is the man in the big yellow hat.
Both are major characters in a
series of children's books written
by Margaret and H.A. Rey. The
youth room at the library will be
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there will be lots of Curious
George reading and learning
activities. This is your .child's
invitation to join in the fun.
Preschool story time is every
Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00
a.m. at the Franklin County
Public Library, Eastpoint.
The summer reading program
tradition continues this summer
beginning the week of June 18
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kindergarten through grade six
can participate in the program at
the Carrabelle, Eastpoint, or the
Apalachicola Program Center of
the Franklin County Public
Library. All branches will have
summer reading activities on
Friday's beginning in the morn-
ing. Read aloud stories, games,
music, crafts, snacks, and special
projects will be a part of the read-
ing program.
Students in the Franklin County
Public Library's TIGERS, BEST,
and WITH-IT! Programs will be
taking part in their annual Teen
Pregnancy Prevention event on
Tuesday, June 19th at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Library.
"Staying On Course-2007" will
begin at 3:00 p.m. with a panel
discussion in the Library's meet-
ing room conducted by promi-
nent community leaders. Other
activities planned for the event
include: Jhaki Davis speaking on
abstinence, Elinor Mount
Simmons addressing the group
with an interactive discussion So,
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followed by a teen parent panel, a
special student team banner proj-
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by members of Carrabelle
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conclude with karaoke and dance
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The TIGERS/BEST Program
will be hosting their Second
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at the Eastpoint Firehouse.
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Lanark Village Water & Sewer District


Special Meeting following County Commission
Meeting on June 5,2007


Lanark Village Water

& Sewer

Sanders Asks Entire LVW&S Board to Resign
BY RICHARD E. NOBLE

A Brief Synopsis:
In the beginning there was discontent and the word coming from the
people appearing before the Franklin County Commission was that
LVWS Board of Directors was not responding to the needs of the
Lanark constituency. Groups of very unhappy citizens appeared before
the Franklin County Commission making statements, appeals,
requests, and petitions. There were allegations of improprieties, mis-
management, collusion, corruption, delusion and illusion. There were
complaints with regards to billing, inappropriate charges, bad water, a
drained treasury, damaged pipe lines, inadequate maintenance, termi-
nal bankruptcy and a dictatorial, uncooperative 'Board of Directors
who it has been claimed time and time again are not conducting them-
selves in a fashion consistent with the needs and desires of their com-
munity. None of these complaints were "new" or "unusual' to this par-
ticular water district. But a mole hill had been growing and growing
and now seemed to have finally turned into a mountain or a volcano
that was now ready to explode. A non-binding referendum was con-
ducted at the mid-term elections and by ballot a vast majority of those
that voted substantiated the case for the complainants. A community of
residents came forward to testify and most seemed to be in favor of a
merger of their water district with the expanding and modernizing of
the Carrabelle City Water District. Carrabelle officials after much hesi-
tation requested that first and foremost the LVWS District dissolve and
relinquish all of its authority and expertise to the proper conduct and
future success of the proposed merger. A petition was circulated asking
residents to support the merger and called for a special election or vote
on the issue. A merger of the LVWS with the CarrabeUe City Water sys-
tem seemed to be in the making. But this has not turned out to be the
case. It is now being claimed that the City of Carrabelle is not bargain-
ing fairly and that they have changed the rules in mid-stream. The peti-
tion that has finally received a majority of signatures that would permit
a property owners' vote on the acceptability of the merger is now being
considered null and void because of unauthorized claims-no longer
valid-that were made on behalf of the City of Carrabelle as a part of
the petition. So it now seems as David Butler, prominent local citizen
activist, environmentalist, and local banker said at this meeting: "We
now seem to be back to square one."
Mr. Bill Snyder of the Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village spoke
first.
"We understand that the petition that we brought in would create a ref-,
erendum and we are also here because Carrabelle would like us to dis-
solve without a referendum and that is not why the people signed the
petition. The 448 people who signed the petition did so' with the under-
standing that it would not cause the district to be dissolved. It would be
the first step to bring the question as to whether to dissolve or not to the
vote of the people-the land owners of Lanark. We got everybody
behind this dissolution and merger based on what John McInnis in
Carrabelle told us last May 15 and Mayor Kelly backed him up. Now
everything seems to have changed. Everything that had been told to us
last year has been taken back. Instead of trying. to take the District it
would seem that Carrabelle should consider helping usj to ,give it to
them. They could do this by offering us something that we could vote
for and believe in, (this) would be the honorable.way to doAitinstead of
tying to take over something that we worked so hard for and to change
it like they did. The inter-local agreement that we see does not resem-
ble anything they told us. Not one person that I have talked to in
Lanark supports this based on the agreement they put forth. What we
would like to do is have it go to a referendum and then if they would
like us to merge they will help us; they will support us and give us what
answers they can; and if they can't answer us tell. us why they can't
answer. That is all I have to say. I would like to see this go to referen-
dum and not dissolution without a referendum. These people have a
right to make a choice and they ought to have a little bit of influence."
Mr. Snyder then went on to explain that the Concerned Citizens were
in favor of a referendum to find out if the majority of the property own-
ers in Lanark wanted to merge their water District with Carrabelle but
they were not in favor of a dissolution of the district until negotiations
and agreements had been made with the City of Carrabelle. The point
of contention seems to be that the City of Carrabelle has asked them to
dissolve the District and then negotiate.
This does not seem to this reporter to be a new demand on the part of
the City of Carrabelle. Mr. McInnis stated that very demand the first
and only time that he spoke to the County Commission with regards to
Carrabelle's point of view.
Here is an excerpt from Mr. McInnis's statement made at the Franklin
County Commission on 4/17/07 before the petition to merge was ini-
tiated:
"Two statements to remember definitely are applicable in this process.
1) The only thing to fear is fear itself. And that is what is running this
machine right now. People are afraid of the negotiations and the talks.
2) United we will stand-arguing and doubt will cause us as individual
communities to surely fail. That goes from the Couiity to the City of
Carrabelle to Lanark. If we operate individually I guarantee you that
we are not going to make it ... My recommendation-and this is to the
Commission and to Carrabelle and to this Board is to ask Lanark
Water and Sewer Board to 1) agree to dissolve-not merger-dis-
solve itself and bring its system in with Carrabelle's. 2) Request that
the Lanark Water and Sewer Board assist the City of Carrabelle in
all matters throughout what will be a lengthy transition period. 3)
That all parties concerned in this process work for the common good
of the citizens and not individuals. By Project conclusion all involved
will have accomplished something that shows government's ability
to work for the people for the common good. As of this presentation
during the March City Commission meeting there was a unanimous 5
to 0 vote by the City Commission of Carrabelle to accept the Lanark
water and sewer system and to our management ability ... and
Carrabelle does not intend tb hook its water system up with Lanark.
They will remain separate operating systems ... (when merged) it will
become a part of one system. The system that it becomes a part of will
assume all the responsibilities of the existing system. So I can not sit
and answer question by question, day by day in this matter. Someone
has got to make a decision on whether we are going to do it or not going
to do it ... I have gone as far as I can go ... We also have a closing door
effect on our ability to get part of the work that has to be done at
Lanark done on a grant ... which means that ... work in Lanark ... 85%
is paid for by the state and 15% is our responsibility and that is pretty
good. When our phase 4 is done which is in about five months, I can
never get that money back again. This project began years and years
ago ... there was a block of money put in there for Lanark at that time."
The next petitioner was Mr. Harry Arnold:
"I'm Harold Arnold and I have lived in Lanark since 1985. I am a vet-
eran and I'm retired and am on a fixed income ... I am very saddened
by what has happened to a great number of my senior friends. As you
know the Lanark Water has sent out fictitious water bills to over two
hundred people for their vacant lots even though they are not getting
service. I think maybe half of them are paying and half are not. I am
among the have nots because I can not afford to pay $40.50 a month for
a service I am not receiving on my two vacant lots. After one year of
non-payment and an interest rate of 175% per year, my bill is $1940.47.
Now the Lanark commissioners have filed a lien on my two lots and
said they can sell them ... (taken for written statement). My wife and I
are just getting by (and) now hoping'that we could sell our lots so we
would not have to go back to work. I am 68 ... so you know it will not
be easy for us to find a job. We have been married for 47 years and have


never had a harsh word towards each other until the water company
started this ready-to-serve billing and said they can sell our lots. Each
day now seems to be harder than the day before. What has saddened
me the most is that everyone from the Governor's office on down to this
very committee has let the Water Company do this terrible thing to all
these seniors that are on fixed incomes. I had great hope that everything
was going to be OK when Carrabelle took over our water and sewer
systems. John McInnis came out last year and told us how it would be
if Carrabelle had control. He had answers to a lot of questions, and
Mayor Kelly stated in the newspaper that everything McInnis said she


would back up. Now it seems that he has taken all of these answers
back and so has Mayor Kelly. Mayor Kelly and John McInnis, I would
like to ask you at this time to do the right thing and honor the agree-
ments that you made last year; if you don't you will cause this merger
to fail."
Mr. Arnold also provided me with a response that he received from Bill
McCollum's office of the Attorney General State of Florida. I am
going to extract just a few lines from the Attorney General's response
which I think are pertinent:
"After reviewing your letter, we must advise you this is not a matter
upon which this office may comment at this time. This office must pre-
sume that formal decisions and actions by a government agency have
been done legally and are effective unless and until a court determines
otherwise ... the LVWS is an independent special district whose board
members are elected officials and whose governing authority is the
Franklin County Commission ... You should continue to address your
elected district and county officials to voice your ongoing concerns."
Mr. Snyder and Mr. Arnold both make reference to things that were
said to them some time last year. Mr. Snyder mentions the month of
May. This reporter has no information regarding these statements or
any promises that may have been made at that time. My above refer-
ence to Mr. McInnis was made 4/17/07 as I have stated.
Ms. Pauline Sullivan the most recent elected LVWS Board member
theft stepped forward. Ms. Sullivan has been a strong critic of the pres-
ent Sewer Board and was elected, as you may remember, as a counter-
weight to the established Board of Ms. Rohrs and Ms. Thoman. Her
concern was with Mr. Armstrong the established Board's attorney and
legal advisor.
Ms. Sullivan questioned Mr. Armstrong's Legal ethics. "I have con-
cerns about potential conflicts between commissioners Rohrs and
Thoman's reliance on Brian Armstrong and his legal firm of Nabors,
Giblin and Nickerson for guidance in district operations ..: the firm Mr.
Armstrong works for also handles bond finances that water districts ...
.such as Lanark could need if a merger falls through."
Ms. Sullivan insinuated that financial information was being withheld,
that no one new how or what, or by whom Mr. Armstrong was being
paid. In effect she seemed to be asking: Who is he, where did he come
from, why is he here, who does he represent, and how does he expect
to be paid? All of which do seem to be reasonable questions under the
circumstances. Her stated accusations were that he was here on.behalf.
of the financial interests of himself and his legal firm and opposed to
the interests of the Lanark Village community at large.

Continued on Page 9



Meeting on June 11, 2007


Lanark Village Water

& Sewer Meeting

Chillas Hall
The monthly meeting of the LVW&SD was held at 6:00 p.m. at Chillas
Hall on June 11, 2007 with Board Commissioners Barbara Rohrs and
Sharon Thoman present. Due to a change from the originally scheduled
meeting date by Chairman Rohr; the third elected Commissioner,
Pauline Sullivan, was prevented by.a prior commitment from i'aending
the meeting. Office Manager, Ca1ol Reynolds came in late and sat at
the back of the room. There was an audience of about 40 Water
District property owners present.
Chairman Rohrs announced that there would be a speaker from DEP
for the meeting but since no one had arrived she would begin the meet-
ing with the minutes from the last meeting. Barbara Lasher from the
audience noted that the minutes had not been distributed nor had they
been posted on the Internet, thus no one knew how the minutes read.
She asked that Rohrs read them aloud to the audience. After some hes-
itation, Rohrs scanned the minutes and read parts to the audience.
Rohrs stated that at an earlier meeting she wanted Sullivan to be the
Board Secretary but Sullivan declined the position so now there was
some confusion concerning the minutes. Rohrs after conferring with
Thoman noted that the minutes were not accepted at this time.
Chairman Rohrs presided over the meeting using no recognized meet-
ing rules of order, such as Robert's Rules of Order, and thus it was.
unclear what were motions, seconds or votes of yea or nay. Rohrs did
announce some items would be tabled. Reynolds passed out an agenda'
about 10 minutes after the meeting had started.
Rohrs presented Victor Causey, Certified Field Worker to give his
report in which he announced that he had replaced a meter, mowed the
spray field and noted the need of a new meter at the plant. He then lec-
tured the audience about working together and they should not be dis-
ruptive. The audience had been very polite but had asked questions of
the Board which seemed to irritate them.
Rohrs gave her Chairman's Report that included the following items:
the water quality was good in the District, there was a Meeting in May
with Enobob Street residents about a dead-end water line, the sale of
water to Alligator Point if the District remains and a letter concerning
water safety that was mailed out. The verbal report was vague with no
details.
A financial report in the form of a Profit & Loss Statement printed on
June 11, 2007 was handed out which showed a deficit of $2,861.24 for
the month of May. A Profit & Loss Statement for April through May
2007 printed on June 8, 2007 to accompany a grant proposal showed a
profit of $2,264,54. There was confusion in the audience as to which
was the correct financial statement. Commissioner, Sullivan's concerns
about the financial status of the LVW&SD were sent to the Board meet-
ing in a written form in which she stated:
"1. When Carol Reynolds was asked about the duplicate, sequentially
numbered receipts-for cash payment to Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District, she claimed not to have any. This indicated there is no record,
other than Carol's word, of the exact amount of money collected in
cash by the Lanark Water and Sewer District. This situation needs to be
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Director regarding a meeting between Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District and USDA, Rural Development arid the Board. The letter then
explains you requested clarification on several issues. First, I ask for an
explanation of why there seemingly was a board meeting without prop-
er public announcement. Secondly, I want you to point to the meeting
minutes and explain where the issues identified were discussed."
There were many questions and concerns from the audience about the
financial reports especially since one of the reports was supposedly sub-
mitted for the USDA grant. Rohrs could not answer many of the ques-
tions from the audience. Even the when a property owner asked How
many paying customers does LVW&SD have?" neither, Rohrs,
Thoman nor Reynolds could or would answer the question. Many
asked questions about expenses and the proper use of personal vehicles
for District related work. The audience was polite in their questions, but
Rohrs told them that they were disruptive for asking questions. She
reported she had experienced a difficult week and was not prepared to
answer questions. Rohrs announced that the Financial Report for May
was tabled.
Under Old Business was the consideration of customer requests for
relief from the "Ready to Serve: fees and 175% interest per year rate on
late fees. Rohrs read a statement from a statue to justify the excessive
fees and interest and she stated that no one is exempt from the fees or
interest rate on late payment even if are they are elderly, low or no
income property owners. Bill Snyder, from.the audience refuted her
position and read from a portion of the Chapter 153 statute that states
that the rates should be reasonable. Rohrs became angry and said she
would not excuse any late bills!
Rohrs then went on to the New Business of:
1. Mutual Aid for Florida Warn concerning sharing public resources in
the event of catastrophic events.

'Continued on Page 7



Carrabelle CityCouncil Meeting June 7, 2007


Lanark Village Is On

Its Own

Carrabelle Finally Reaches All Its Limits
BY SKIP FRINK
It was vaguely reminiscent of dimly-remembered days of endless,
mind-numbing struggle in math class: functions reaching limits. It has
been mind-numbing, and now it seems to be over. Carrabelle no longer
has any interest in doing anything with, or to, the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District. Deadline limits, patience limits, legal limits-all
have now been reached.
John McInnis, City Administrator for Carrabelle: "Carrabelle is no
longer interested at all. The final straw was that the "District" had to be
dissolved in order for us to proceed, and that date has passed." At the
previous county commission meeting, Franklin County refused on
June 5 to dissolve the district by county act. Cheryl Sanders, county
commissioner in the Lanark area, observed that either the county, DEP
or DCA would oversee Lanark in the future.
Mr. McInnis further observed that a great amount of money could have
been saved in a remediation process that Carrabelle, and then Lanark
will have to go through. Carrabelle must launch a $4.8 million upgrade
to its water purification system, and Lanark could have piggybacked
onto that. Now Lanark will have to go through the same costly process
by itself. St. James Bay water, through its connection to Carrabelle's
water, will be covered under the Carrabelle work. "And it isn't true that
Carrabelle has to have Lanark in our system to boost volume levels.
Every bit helps, but we are now at 180-210 thousand gallons of flow
daily, and Lanark is at 50,000. System capacity is 1.2 million gallons,
so having or not having Lanark is not an issue".
Area trihalomethane levels have been marginally too high for some
time. These carcinogens appear as a result of chlorine treatment of
ground water, a required process. The only solution that has been found
is an expensive treatment of well water before the chlorinization takes
place. "The good thing", comments McInnis, "is that once in place, the
new purification system will be able to expand modularly, using off-the-
shelf components, so will cost almost nothing to keep running". The
high price will be funded by a number of available grant, low-interest
loans and bridge loans.
Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. is the Hexaport factory groundbreak-
ing at the new site on Airport Road. The Grand Opening of the Patton
Park on 67 north'will be July 7 from 11 to 1.
Reconstruction bids for the Crooked River Lighthouse work will be out
soon. Airport work: the plan for a maintenance hangar has been
changed to three new rentable storage hangars.
Some discussion on the use and abuse of golf carts and 4-wheelers on
our roads led to a request for City Attorney Dan Cox to prepare an
ordinance on operation of the vehicles.
Franklin's Promise and Food Bank requests for funding were directed
to come in durig budget hearings.
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Franklin County

Court Report

Judge Van P. Russell

June 7, 2007
BY CAROL NOBLE

All persons listed below are innocent
until proven otherwise in a court of law.

PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE
AMERSON, ANDREW JACK: Charged February 15, 2007 with dis-
orderly intoxication EST only on 1st offense. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger and the charge was
dropped.
AMISON, JAMES STEWART: Charged June 25, 2006 and April 9,
2007 with driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was
$205.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
ARNOLD, THOMAS MACK: Charged April 10, 2007 with 2 counts
battery; disorderly intoxication EST only on 1st offense. Bond was
$5,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger, the defendant failed to appear for court and a capias
(warrant for arrest) was issued.
BASS, DRAYTON: Charged March 9, 2007 with DUI 2nd offense;
refusal to sign summons; property damage. Bond was $5,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-
trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
BATEMAN, MICHAEL DEWITT: Charged January 28, 2007 with
DUI; property damage. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was pres-
ent in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 6
months probation, DUI school; alcohol evaluation and counseling; 50
hours community service work, license revoked 6 months; vehicle
impounded 10 days; no alcohol, random tests; curfew 6pm to 6am;
$820.00 costs.
BATEMAN, RACHEL LEE: Charged April 9, 2007 with driving
while license suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,250.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger on May
21, 2007. The defendant was sentenced to 3 days in jail with 3 days
credit for time served; 6 months probation; $245.00 costs.
BYRD, BILLIE JO: Charged March 9, 2007 with petit theft.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was, represented in court
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to
July 5, 2007.
CARROLL, TRACEY LEROY: Charged April 7, 2007 with DUI;
refusal to sign summons. Bond was $5,000.00. Docket Sounding set for
July 23, 2007.
CROOM, MARVIN BERNARD JR: Charged July 2, 2003 with driv-
ing while license suspended or revoked; DUI. Bond was $5,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-
trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
DAVIS, ELLIS S: Charged April 3, 2007 with retail theft. Defendant
to pay $100.00 FTA fee.
DAVIS, JUNE MARIE: Charged April 13, 2007 with disorderly intox-
ication EST only on 1st offense; Charged April 19, 2007 with.petit
theft. Total bond was $1,715.00. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to
July 5, 2007.
ELLIOT, RICHARD: Charged March 4, 2007 with DUI, refusal to
submit to balance test. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Docket Sounding set for
August 27, 2007.
ENGMAN, MICHAEL THOMAS: Charged November 22, 2006 with
DUI; property damage. Bond was $2,000.00. Case Management con-
tinued to July 23, 2007.
FORNUTO, ZACHARIAH LISLE: Charged January 31, 2007 with
DUI. Bond was $670.00. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to August 2,
2007.
FREMIN, NATASHA SUE: Charged January 21, 2007 with DUI;
resist or obstruct without violence; attach tag not assigned; possession
less than 20 grams marijuana; possession of paraphernalia. Bond was
$2,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
GARRETT, SHARON L: Charged February 24, 2007 with DUI.
Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
GAY, SHAYLA L: Charged December 16, 2006 with battery. Bond
was $1,000.00. The defendant was present in court. A public defender
was appointed. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
GIDDENS, REGGIE: Charged October 29, 2006 with DUI; refusal to
submit to balance test. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference
continued to July 5, 2007.
GILLEY, SHARON LESLIE: Charge March 2, 2007, March 3, 2007
and March 16, 2007 with expired driver license. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial
Conference continued to August 2, 2007.
GODINEZ, JAMIE ZUNUN: Charged April 21, 2007 with DUI; no
valid driver license. The defendant was present in court on May 21,
2007, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced to 1 year probation; 5 years driver license sus-
pension; DUI school; substance abuse evaluation and treatment; no
alcohol; vehicle impounded 30 days; 24 months ignition interlock
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HADSOCK, DAVID DUANE: Charged March 16, 2007 with driving
while license suspended or revoked. Bond was $350.00. The defendant
failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
Bond was forfeited.
HAMMOND, GEORGE C: Charged April 20, 2007 with DUI. Bond
was $500.00. 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 6 months probation; DUI school; alco-
hol evaluation and counseling; 50 hours community service work;
license revoked 6 months; vehicle impounded 10 days; no alcohol, ran-
dom tests; curfew 6pm to 6am; $820.00 costs.
HARRIS, QUINCY LEON: Charged March 16, 2007 with driving
while license suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,000.00. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-
trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
-HAYES, MOSE S: Charged April 1, 2007 with DUI. Pre-trial
Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
HENDELS, MICHAEL LOUIS: Charged September 14, 2006 with
battery. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Kathy
Garner on June 8, 2007. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and
was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 1 day in jail
with 1 day credit for time served; 6 months probation; 50 hours com-
munity service work; no contact with victim; complete anger manage-
ment course; $692.00 costs.
HERRING, JERROD ALLEN: Charged April 12, 2007 with criminal
mischief under 200 dollars. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger on May 21, 2007, entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 18
days in jail with 18 days credit for time served.
HOLLAND, DUSTIN J: Charged April 2, 2007 with battery domestic
violence. The defendant was present in court May 15, 2007 with
Attorney Kathy Garner, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudi-
cated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 112 days in jail with 112
days credit for time served.
HUMPHRIES, PERRY LAYTON: Charged February 9, 2007 with 2
counts battery. Bond was $2,500.00. Pre-trial Conference continued to
August 2, 2007.
HUNTER, CLIFF OLIN: Charged March 30, 2007 with DUI. Bond
was $670.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
HURST, JOHNNIE M: Charged March 23, 2007 with DUI. Bond was
$250.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
IRVIN, BRANDIE NICHOLE: Charged March 3, 2007 with DUI.
Bond was $500.00. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
KENDRICK, JONATHAN RUSSELL: Charged April 12, 2007 with
assault; disorderly conduct; unlawful interference of school campus
function. Bond was $635.00. Case Management continued to July 5,
2007.
KEVER, BAMBI: Charged March 27, 2007 with driving while license
suspended or revoked; expired tag. Bond was $555.00. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, count 1 was
dropped by State Attorney's Office; count 2 considered an infraction.
KEVER, BAMBI: Charged April 1, 2007 with expired tag; attach tag
not assigned. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger, count 1 considered an infraction; count 2 dropped by
State Attorney's Office.
LANGLEY, BRANDON: Charged April 22, 2007 with DUI. Bond.
was $500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
MARTIN, BOBBY CLAY JR: Charged March 26, 2007 with DUI;
property damage. Bond was $670.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference contin-
ued to July 5, 2007.
MATA, ESTEBAN SALINAS: Charged April 6, 2007 with petit theft.
Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicat-
ed guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended
upon payment of costs); $290.00 costs.
MAXWELL, CHRISTOPHER: Charged December 10, 2006 with
driving while license suspended or, revoked. Bond was $350.00. 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 30 days in jail with 30 days credit for time served.
MCCALPIN, JUSTIN EUGENE: Charged April 5, 2007 with battery
domestic violence. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Docket Sounding set for
August 27, 2007.
MCKENNA, JEFFERY A: Charged April-7, 2007 with DUI. Bond
was'$2,500.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to August 2, 2007.
MEDLEY, OSCAR WALLACE JR: Charged April 3, 2007 with vio-
lation of injunction for protection; Charged January 29, 2007 with bat-
tery domestic violence. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference con-
tinued to July 5,.2007.
MIMS, PATRICK'RANDALL: Charged March 23, 2007 with DUI.
Bond was $670.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney
J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to August 2, 2007.
MISTRY, KEVIN A: Charged March 3, 2007 with DUI. Bond was
$1,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way, entered a plea of no contest to the lesser charge reckless
driving and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 6
months probation; driver license suspended 6 months; 350 hours com-
munity service work; vehicle impounded 10 days; substance abuse eval-
uation and treatment; AA 2x's per week with sponsor; $670.00 costs.
MORRIS,'JEFFERY LEE: Charged April 7, 2007 with DUI; proper-
ty damage; drug possession marijuana under 20 grams. Bond was
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MULLINS, DONNA K: Charged December 30, 2006 with DUI. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Docket Sounding set for August 27, 2007.
MUSIC, JESSICA M: Charged November 15, 2006 with driving while
license suspended or revoked. Bond was $10,500.00. 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 30 days in jail (suspended upon payment of costs); $355.00 costs.
MUSIC, JESSICA M: Charged November 15, 2006 with battery. The
State Attorney's Office to drop charge.
RICHARDS, GLENN ALLEN: Charged February 5, 2007 with pos-
session undersized oysters; Charged September 9, 2006 with harvesting
oysters on closed day. The defendant failed to appear for court and a
capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
ROSIER, DAN: Charged April 6, 2007 with DUI. Bond was
$15,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Pre-trial Conference continued to August 2, 2007.
RUCKER, RONALD MICHAEL: Charged March 31, 2007 with
DUI. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was represented in court by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July
5, 2007.
RUSSELL, CHARLES FORREST: Charged.with battery. The defen-
dant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was
issued.
SCHOELLES, KEVIN MORRIS: Charged February 12, 2007 with
criminal mischief 200 to 1000 dollars. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler, entered
a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 10 days in jail with 10 days credit for time served; $500.00
restitution paid.
SMITH, STEPHANIE C: Charged March 4, 2007 with DUI. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-
trial Conference continued to August 2, 2007.
STRICKLAND, JAVELLE S: Charged February 23, 2007 with drug
possession marijuana under 20 grams. Bond was $2,500.00. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Pre-
trial Conference continued to July 5, 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 present in court with Attorney J. Gordon
Shuler. Case Management continued to July 23, 2007.
TOPHAM, AMANDA: Charged August 20, 2006 with refusal to sub-
mit to balance test. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney
Sherri Barnes-Larry. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
USSERY, TIMOTHY: Charged March 2, 2007 with DUI. Bond was
$670.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
WHIDDON, CARAH JEAN: Charged October 17, 2006 with retail
theft. Bond was $250.00. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney Sherri Barnes-Larry. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5,
2007.
WILLIAMS, DITANZELA D: Charged March 1, 2007 with battery.
Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
YEATMAN, ERIC W: Charged April 1, 2007 with DUI. Bond was
$1,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Docket Sounding set for July 23, 2007.
YON, CORA BETH: Charged March 24, 2007 with no valid driver
license. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5, 2007.
ZINGARELLI, JOSEPH CHAD: Charged April 4, 2007 with hunting
dog must have ID tag/collar; attempt to take deer on non reg property;
pursue wildlife while prohibited on wildlife mgt area. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler..Pre-trial
Conference- continued to July 5, 2007.
CRIMINAL MISDEMEANORS & TRAFFIC
ADAMS, CLAIRE: Charged with domestic battery. Bond was
$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
July 5, 2007.
AMISON JAMES S: Charged with driving while license suspended or
revoked. 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 July 5, 2007.
ARIZMENDI, P.T. GARCIA: Charged with driving while license sus-
pended or revoked. The defendant failed to appear for court and a
capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
BARNES, STEPHEN: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked; no motorcycle endorsement. Cash bond was $555.00. The

defendant was present in court and entered a plea of no contest to
count 2. Charge was dropped count 1. Adjudication withheld.
Defendant paid $205.00 costs.
BORDEN, CODY W: Charged with DUI. Bond was $500.00. A writ-
ten plea of not guilty was entered by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Pre-
trial Conference set for July 5, 2007.
BROKER, MICHAEL L: Charged with litter law, more than 15
pounds. Defendant released on own recognizance. The defendant was
present in court and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication with-
held. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation; 50 hours
community service work to clean up property; $295.00 costs.
BROWN, DOROTHY N: Charged with resisting without violence.
Bond was $295.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a
plea of not guilty. Non-jury trial set for July 6, 2007.
BROWN, ELIJAH: Charged with driving while license suspended or
revoked; Charged with resisting without violence; driving while license
suspended or revoked; Charged with resisting without violence.
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 41 days in jail with
41 days credit for time served.
BROWN, FRED L: Charged with resisting without violence. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a plea of not guilty. Non-jury trial set for July 6, 2007.
BROWN, KEVIN T: Charged with resisting officer without violence;
DUI. A written plea of not guilty was entered. Pre-trial Conference set
for July 5, 2007.

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The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin County Court Report from Page 5
BROWN, LASHANTELLE: Charged with resisting without violence.
Bond was $3,000.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a
plea of not guilty. Non-jury trial set for July 6, 2007.
CAMPER, JESSEE H: Charged with no valid driver license. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of guilty.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months pro-
bation; $205.00 costs.
CAMPER, JESSEE H: Charged with disorderly intoxication; resisting
officer without violence. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present
in court and entered a plea of guilty and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation (concurrent); sub-
stance abuse evaluation and treatment; 50 hours community service
wvork; $510.00 costs.
CARLSON, CIERA D: Charged 3 times 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.
CARRIZAL, CARRENTINS: Charged with disorderly intoxication.
Cash bond was $215.00. The defendant was present in court and
entered a plea of guilty. Adjudication withheld. Defendant paid
$215.00 costs.
CARROLL, TRACEY L: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. A written plea of not guilty was entered. Pre-trial
Conference set for July 5, 2007.
CAUSSEAUX, RANDY: Charged with worthless checks. The defen-
dant was present in court and entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months pro-
bation; $789.43 costs.
CHAMBLEY, RONALD W: Charged with disorderly intoxication;'
resisting officer without violence. Bond was $1,500.00. A written plea
of not guilty was entered. Pre-trial Conference continued to July 5,
2007.
COOPER, ROBERT A: Charged with disorderly intoxication.
Arraignment continued to July 5, 2007.
CONRAN, MEGHAN R: Charged with violation of driver license
restrictions. The defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (war-
rant for arrest) was issued.
CRIPE, CODY Z: Charged with DUI. The defendant-was present in
court. A public defender was appointed and caseicdntinued.
DAVIS, DON LEWIS: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of noI guilrN Pre-trial Conference set
for July 5, 2007.- : :
DAVIS, DON LEWIS: Charged with battery The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin'Steiger who entered a plea
of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for Juy 5, 2007.
DELAHANTY, KEVIN E: Charged with driving while license sus-
pended or revoked. Cash bond was $295.00. The defendant was present
in court, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation; 50 hours community
service work; $350.00 costs.
DILLON, DANIEL A. JR: Charged with worthless check. Bond was
$291.20. The defendant entered plea and paid $205.00 fine and all fees
on May 25, 2007.
DIXON, DANIEL L: Charged with attaching tag .not assigned.
Defendant was incarcerated to serve remainder of 30 day sentence.
ESTES, FREDERICK: Charged with 2 counts battery. The defendant
was present in court and entered a written plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
Conference set for July 5, 2007.
ESTES, VICTORIA: Charged with petit theft. Bond was $250.00. The
defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest)
was issued.
FENDLY, MARSHALL G: Charged with battery. The-defendant was
f pte'ented in court by Public Defender Kevin Sterger whP6ititered a
plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for July 5, 2007. r, .
FISCHER, JOHN G: Charged with pet in State Park. The defendant
failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
FORDHAM, MICHAEL D: Charged with possession of cannabis less
than 20 grams;,possession of drug paraphernalia. Arraignment contin-
ued to July 5, 2007 by the judge.
FORTUNE, IAN A: Charged with no motorcycle endorsenient. The
defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest)
was issued.
FRYE, JACK E. JR: Charged with battery. A written plea of not guilty
was entered by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Pre-trial Conference set
for July 5, 2007.
GHARST, JAMES E: Charged with trespass on property after warn-
ing. Defendant released on own recognizance. The defendant was pres-
ent in court and entered a plea of guilty. Adjudication withheld. The
defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended upon payment of
costs); $250.00 costs.
GILLEY, SHARON L: Charged with worthless checks. The defendant
was present in court with attorney and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-
trial Conference set for August 2, 2007. .. ,
GOLDEN, JAMES A: Charged with no ,valid driver license; expired
tag. Cash bond was $205.00. The defendant was present in court and
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication:withheld. The defendant
paid fine of $205.00.
GOODRICH, GARY R: Charged with violation of injunction for pro-
tection. Arraignment continued to July 5, 2007;T. \,i :, ..
GRANT, JOHN STAN: Charged with litter law Florida. The defen-
dant was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
Conference set for July 5, 2007.


Library Happenings
from Page 3
gram participants, and those stu-
dent members who have complet-
ed identified projects during the
current program year. Guest
speaker for the event will be Dr.
Isaac Neal, Jr., new principal of
the Franklin County Consolid-
ated School.
Carrabelle WITH-IT! students
will be treated to a watercolor
class conducted by Terry
tirchwell on Wednesday, June
17th. Students will learn water-
olor basics during this interac-
tive learning session.
tEST Coordinator, Elinor
Vount-Simmons, has arranged
r a special new school tour for
fiembers of the Library's youth
Programs. The tour will take
place on Friday, June 22nd and
llows several active discussion
sessions designed to answer ques-
dons, address issues, and increase
Qie comfort level of students who
4will be attending the new consol-
fdated school.
The Franklin County Public
Library's Advisory Board will
meet Monday, June 18 at 5:30
p.m. at the Carrabelle Branch.
The public is invited to attend.


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HANSON, MICHAEL L: Charged with driving while license sus-.
pended or revoked. Cash bond was $205.00. The defendant was present
in court and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The
defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation; $350.00 costs.
HERRING, JARROD: Charged with petit theft. The defendant
entered a plea on May 21, 2007 and vas sentenced to 6 months proba-
tion.
HICKS, FRED W: Charged with totigs on boat after 5pm. Cash bond
was $190.00. The defendant was not present for court and bond was
forfeited.
HOWARD, JUSTIN D: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked; expired tag. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court and sentenced to 30 days in jail with 14 days cred-
it for time served.
HUNNINGS, JOSEPH E: Charged-with possession of paraphernalia.
Charges are to be dropped.
INGRAM, PHILIP A: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Cash
bond was $500.00. The defendant was present in court, entered a plea
of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced
to 6 months probation; 30 days in jail (suspended upon staying out of
trouble).
JONES, HARRISON: Charged ith possession of undersized Red
Fish. The defendant entered plea to insufficient ice aboard boat and
paid fine of $113.00.
KINSEY, WILLIAM: Charged with worthless checks. The defendant
failed to appear for court and a capij' (warrant for arrest) was issued..
KNOWLES, GERALD: Charged with public affray; giving false name
to law enforcement officer. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea
of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to
30 days in jail with 2 days credit for time served (suspended upon pay-
ment of costs); $215.00 costs.
LANFORD, ADRIAN J: Charged with disorderly intoxication.
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 57 days in jail with
27 days credit for time served (suspended upon payment of costs);
$215.00 costs.
LEONARD, ROBERT K: Charged with domestic battery Cash bond
was $500.00. 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 18 days in jail with 18 days credit for
time served; 1 year probation; no contact with victims; batterer's inter-
vention program; AA 2x per week with sponsor; $582.00 costs.
LEONARD, ROBERT K: Charged with criminal mischief over $200;
battery. Defendant incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 17 days in jail with
17 days credit for time served; 1 year probation (concurrent); restitution
to victim; $1,082.00 costs.
LEWIS, LEMMANUEL: Charged with driving while license.suspend-
ed or revoked. Cash bond was $205.00. The defendant was not present
for court and bond was forfeited.
LOPEZ, GILBERT: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Cash bond
was $500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended upon pay-
ment of costs); $295.00 costs.
MCDANIEL, LISA E: Charged 2 times with driving while license sus-
pended or revoked. Total bond was $2,950.00. The defendant was pres-
ent in court and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to 12 months probation; $850.00 costs.
MILLENDER, ROBERT F: Charged with possession of alcoholic
beverage by a minor. Arraignment continued to July 5, 2007.
MUNDY, KIMBERLY: Charged with worthless check. Arraignment
continued to July 5, 2007.
MURRAY,, JAMES J: Charged with artery. Bond'was 5-2 i00 A
written plea of not guilty was entgre4., Pre-tial pnfereir*eqtfiQtr,.jy,
5, 2007.


Teacher
Certification
Preparation
Workshops
At GCCC
The Educator Preparation
Instrute of Gulf Coast
Community College will host the
Flrbida Teacher Certification
Examination Test Preparation
Workshop on July 7 from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and July 14
from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the
Student Union West on campus.
Four-hour review workshops will
be offered for the Professional
Knowledge and Math General
Knowledge exams.
Applications for registration are
currently available. To register
for the workshops or for more
information, call Teresa Salter at
769-1551, ext. 3393.


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NEIHAUS, EVAN H: Charged with possession of undersized Red
Drum. Cash bond was $195.00. The defendant was not present for
court and bond was forfeited.
NETTLES, JOSHUA B: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. Bond was $500.00. Arraignment continued to August 2,
2007.
NORTON, KRISTINE M: Charged with nudity in State Park. Cash
bond was $215.00. The defendant was not present for court and bond
was forfeited.
O'TOOLE, KELLI: Charged with worthless check. Arraignment con-
tinued to July 5, 2007.
PADOWITZ, REBECCA: Charged with public affray. Bond was
$205.00. 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.
PAGE, DONALD D: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked. The defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (war-
rant for arrest) was issued.
PATRENOS, GEORGE T: Charged with over bag limit for Red
Snapper. The defendant entered a plea on April 27, 2007 and paid fine
of $215.00.
PELT, WILLIE E: Charged with disorderly conduct. Bond was
$215.00. The defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant
for arrest) was issued.
PINKNEY, TAVARIS L: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. Cash bond was $340.20. The defendant was not present
for court and bond was forfeited.
POOL, ROMAINE JR: Charged with worthless checks. Cash bond
was $387.09. The defendant was not present for court and bond was
forfeited.
PRITCHARD, JOHN H: Charged with domestic battery. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for July 5, 2007.
PROCTOR, CHRISTOPHER: Charged with public affray; disorderly'
intoxication. Bond was $430.00. The defendant was present in court
and entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was appointed. Non-
jury trial set for July 6, 2007.
PROCTOR, JONATHAN: Charged with public affray, disorderly
intoxication; resisting officer without violence. Bond was $725.00. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of not guilty. Non-
jury trial set for July 6, 2007.
PUSHETA, ESPEJA: Charged with no valid driver license. Cash bond
was $205.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was fined $205.00.
RAFFIELD, RONNIE E: 'Charged with domestic battery. Bond was
$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
July 5, 2007.
RAMIREZ, PRIMITIVO: Charged with no valid driver license. 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); $205.00 costs.
RICHARDS, CARRIE K: 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.
RICHARDSON, BIANCA D: Charged with worthless check.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court,
entered a plea of no. contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 22 days credit for time served (sus-
pended upon payment of costs); $215.00 costs.
RIOS, CONSTANTINO: Charged with possession of oversized Red
Drum. 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); $215.00 costs.

Continued on Page 7 .


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Franklin County Court Report from Page 6

ROBINSON, YOLANDA A: Charged with worthless checks. The
defendant was present in court and entered a plea of guilty.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 12 months
probation; $245.00 costs; not to write anymore checks in Franklin
County.
SANDERS, ANTHONY J: Charged with petit theft. A public defend-
er was appointed who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference
set for July 5, 2007.
SAPP, JOSEPHINE: Charged with DUI. Bond was $670.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set f6r July 5, 2007.
SEXTON, CHARLES M: Charged with driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. Cash bond was $450.00. The defendant was not present
for court and bond was forfeited.
SHERIDAN, FRANK: Charged with worthless checks. The defendant
entered plea and was sentenced to 30 days in jail or pay fines. Serving
time.
SHERLOCK, STANLEY R: Charged with worthless check.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court,
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 6 months probation.
SHIVER, RODNEY S: Charged with trespass on property. The defen-
dant was present in court and entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months pro-
bation; 50 hours community service work; AA 2x per week with spon-
sor; substance abuse evaluation and treatment.
SPEAGLE, LISA C: Charged with pets in State Park. Case continued
to July 5, 2007 for Deferred Prosecutor Agreement.
STAHL, DEBRA: Charged with worthless check. Cash bond was
$275.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of no
contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant paid fine and fees of
$275.00.
STANCIL, KERRIE L: Charged with driving while license suspended
or revoked. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial Conference set
for July 5, 2007.
SWANSON, DENNIS L: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Bond
was $215.00. A written plea of not guilty was entered. Pre-trial
Conference set for July 5, 2007.
TATUM, ERIC: Charged with criminal mischief 200 to 1,000 dollars.
Defendant was incarcerated and serving time.
TURNER, TALMAGE: Charged with no valid driver license.
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 July 5, 2007.
VINSON, WAYNE A: Charged with domestic battery. Bond was
$1,000.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of not
guilty. Pre-trial Conference set for July 5, 2007.
VOGLIANO, ANDREW S: Charged with DUI. Bond was $500.00. A
written plea of not guilty was entered. Pre-trial Conference set for July
5,2007.
WALKER, SUSAN W: Charged with DUI. Bond was $1,000.00. 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 6 months probation; DUI school; Alcohol evaluation
and counseling; 50 hours community service work; license revoked 6
months; vehicle impounded 10 days, no alcohol, random tests; curfew
6pm to 6am; $710.00 costs.
WIEDEMANN, NETH S: Charged with disorderly intoxication. Cash
bond was $1,000.00. The defendant entered a plea (in absentia) of no
contest on May 29, 2007. Adjudication withheld. The defendant paid
fine of $215.00.
WILLIAMS, JUDGE JR: Charged with possession of undersized Sea
Trout. Cash bond was $215.00. The defendant was not present for court
and bond was forfeited.
WILLIAMS, LEONARD JR: Charged with driving while license sus-


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pended or revoked. Cash bond was $350.00. The defendant was not
present for court and bond was forfeited.
WILSON, DAKOTA: Charged with domestic battery. 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 July 5, 2007.
ZINGARELLI, JOSEPH C: Charged 2 times with possession of
cannabis under 20 grams. Cash bond was $1,000.00. A written plea of
not guilty was entered. Pre-trial Conference set for July 5, 2007.
CIVIL INFRACTIONS
ABEL, ROBERT S: Citation.issued for violation of County animal
ordinance 01-24. Offender failed to appear; $75.00 civil judgment filed.
ARMISTEAD, WALTER J: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
safety equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
BARTLETT, RYAN K: Citation issued for improper/insufficient safe-
ty equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
BAXLEY, ROBERT C: Citation issued for improper/insufficient safe-
ty equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
BORE, BENJAMIN B: Citation issued for expired boat registration.
Offender failed to appear; $61.00 civil judgment filed.
DAVIS, JOHNNIE R: Citation issued for expired boat registration.
Offender paid $61.00.
ELLIS, DANNY L: Citation issued for expired boat registration.
Offender failed to appear; $61.00 civil judgment filed.
FLETCHER, GREGORY F: Citation issued for no guide license (10
or less). Offender paid $5.00 dismissal fee after showing proof of
license.
FORDHAM, MICHAEL D: Citation issued for ignite fire in other
than designated area. Arraignment set for July 5, 2007.
FRANK, WILLIAM JR: Citation issued for expired boat registration.
Offender paid $61.00.
HAYNES, JOSEPH S: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing license.
Offender failed to appear; $68.50 civil judgment filed.
JAMES, ALONZO V: Citation issued for improper/insufficient safety
equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
KELLEY, RUSSELL L: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
KIM, WOO HYON: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing license.
Offender paid $86.50.
MESSER, GERALD C: Citation issued for no hunting license; no
turkey stamp. Case transferred to circuit court.
MILLENDER, CHARLES H: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing
license. Offender paid $5.00 dismissal fee after show proof of license.
MONTGOMERY, TERRELL F: Citation issued for no saltwater fish-
ing license. Offender paid $86.50.
NORRIS, CHRISTOPHER: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing
license. Offender failed to appear; $68.50 civil judgment filed.
PARTON, VAUGHN J: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing
license. Offender paid $86.50.
ROTELLA, DOMINIC W: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
safety equipment or lights. Offender failed to appear; $61.00 civil judg-
ment filed.
RUSSELL, CHARLES F: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
safety equipment or lights. Offender failed to appear; $61.00 civil judg-
ment filed.
SHIVER, RODNEY R: Citation issued for expired boat registration;
Citation issued for improper safety equipment or lights; Citation issued
for no saltwater fishing license. Case continued to July 5, 2007.
THOMPSON HOYT S: Citationiissued for expired boat registration.
Offender failed to appear; $61.00 civil judgment filed.
WALDMAN, GEORGE W: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing


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license. Offender paid $5.00 dismissal fee after showing proof of
license.
WALKER, DONNIE L. JR: Citation issued for improper/insufficient
safety equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.
WEST, JAKE R: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing license.
Offender paid $86.50.
WHATLEY, KENNETH A: Citation issued for no saltwater fishing
license. Offender paid $86.50.
WOOD, BUDDY K: Citation issued for improper/insufficient safety'
equipment or lights. Offender paid $61.00.


Lanark Village Water & Sewer Meeting June 11 from Page 4

2. Authorization for a Lanark Engineer to meet with Carrabelle with
the stipulation that a Lanark Board Commissioner and their attorney
be present.
3. Establish an e-mail address so the Commissioners can contact the
LVW&SD office and receive office documents.
All were approved with a motion but no vote.
Rohrs then allowed Bill Snyder to take the floor to make public com-'
ments on how to move the LVW&SD forward in a more positive and
productive manner. Snyder said, I think the best way to start is to
bring some order and respect to our meetings. At our last meeting
Commissioner Sullivan complained that we were not following
Robert's Rules of order. Our attorney, Brian Armstrong, said that we;
did not have to do that. He said that we had never adopted Roberts
Rules of Order and that therefore we did not have any rules!" Snyder.
then read the March 7, 2006 LVWSD meeting minutes that stated that,
" Commissioner Courage made a motion that he would like to have the
Commission meetings run under "Roberts Rules of order", Courage
said he would like to put it to a vote, Commissioner Thoman sent it to
the floor for a vote, Commissioners Courage and Rohrs voted for,
"Roberts Rules of Order" Thoman voted against." The motion carried.
The next.thing that needs to be addressed is our Attorney It is my opin-'
ion we should let him go and replace him with a counsel that does.not.
have a personal agenda and does not act as if he is one of the,
Commissioners. If the board is not willing to do that, we should at least
have an outside attorney come in any time we have any kind of deal-
ings regarding a GUA or our bonds since attorney Armstrong and his-
law firm, Nabors, Giblin and Nickerson, specialize in and profit from
them.
We should lay to rest any talk of running water lines to Alligator Point.:
They don't want our water, but more importantly we cannot afford to'
let our water go out of our district. If we pump too much water, we will
end up with saltwater intrusion." Snyder then read a press release'
issued by the Northwest Florida Water management District, June 5,:
2007 that cautioned districts from over pumping wells so that saltwater'
intrudes into the wells.
Snyder continued by telling the audience that," The District is not the.
personal property of the Commissioners. It belongs to the landowners.'
There seems to be a lot of back door dealings and decisions being-
made without the public being aware. About 3 weeks ago a meeting was-
held by Barbara Rohrs, Bryan Armstrong, Carol Reynolds, and Wayne
Conrad. The meeting was with Jim Dean of USDA..They had this
meeting to try to secure a loan. Mr. Dean said that at this meeting attor-"
ney Armstrong spent most of his time talking about how to prevent a
merger with Carrabelle. These kind of secret meetings have got to stop.,
Everything needs to be done out in the open with the public being made
aware.
As stakeholders we should be included in the decision making process..
Committees should be formed to look into all aspects of our District,
business. All of the records of the District office need to be made avail-
able to the public. The committee findings should be considered care,;
fully and not be dismissed lightly. There are a whole lot of intelligent
and experienced people in this district. Let's take advantage of it.
Our District secretary, Carol Reynolds, should be present at all regular-i
ly scheduled monthly meetings. She is the one that prepares the Profit;
and Loss statement that Commissioner Thoman reads each meeting as,
her Treasurer's Report. Each month' members of the community ask
questions about our finances and it appears that there are many omis-
sions in the expenditures portion. This makes it look like we are doing
much better financially than we really are. Commissioner Thoman usu-,
ally answers any questions by stating that," she does not know." If
Mrs. Reynolds were present to answer these questions it might help to'
clear things up and thus make our meetings run smoother.'
We have a three member board. Let's act like it. This board took three
months to finally decide that Pauline Sullivan was a Commissioner. She'
had to fight her way in after being duly elected. This disrupted several
meetings. Treat her'as a fellow Commissioner and the bickering should.
stop.
Lastly, our meetings should be properly noticed and not changed at the'
whim of one or two of our Commissioners. Tonight's meeting was sup-
posed to be held on the 18th. It was then changed to the 25th and now:
it is on the 11th. This meeting was changed several times and a notice
was never placed in the newspaper. Without proper notice, I would'
have to believe that this is an illegal meeting and thus anything voted
on tonight should be stricken. This is not an isolated case. We have had
several special meetings with less than a days notice with no ads placed.
in the local paper. We've also had some meetings where the location
was changed from Chillas Hall to the District office trailer with only an.
hour or two notice. These meetings are often held at noon, which is a
time that those with jobs cannot attend.
In conclusion, if the current board would be open and honest with the
stakeholders of this District, and include them in the decision making,
process things would be a lot less contentious and we would have a
chance to find good solutions to some very bad problems." Snyder.
thanked the Board for letting him speak.
Carol Reynolds then handed out an Irrigation Efficiency Policy for the'
District dated 7/10/06 that stated the watering hours are limited to no.
more than two days a week during off-peak pumping hours, between 4'
p.m. and 10 p.m.
Several members of. the audience began asking questions such as,
"What is the direction of the board activities?" Rohrs answered that,
"the District was going toward expansion and a GUA."- When the
question was asked about why there were two different Profit & Loss
Reports for May, Rohrs adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
It should be noted that the speaker from DEP never arrived. At a'
Hearing held on June 5, 2007 before the Franklin County.
Commissioners concerning The Lanark Water & Sewer District prob-
lems, several Franklin County Commissioners stated publicly they,
would attend the Lanark Water. & Sewer District Board meeting on.
June 11, 2007. None of the Franklin County Commissioners nor the
County Attorney were in attendance.



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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 5/02/07 Invoice No. 13218
Descriptionof Vehicle: Make Ford Model Expedition Color Blue
TagNo.l14CUS Year 2000 State WY VinNo. 1FMPU18L5YLA48235

To Owner Angela McGrandy To Lien Holder-
145 Northway Court
Casper, WY 82609


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 04/28/07 at the request of FHP that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be
sold after 35 days from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the amount $ 442.50 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of $ 22.00 per day from the date
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lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

Youand each of you are hereby notified that on 6/01/07 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid
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You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release
of the vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and
PROOF OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and
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Lanark Village Water & Sewer June from Page 4

FROM WEB PAGE: Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. is one of
the leading public finance firms in the State of Florida. NG&N's
public finance department is one of the largest in the State ... Over
the last five years NG&N has served as bond counsel, disclosure
Counsel or underwriter's counsel in approximately 900 financings
within the State of Florida with an aggregate principal amount of
over 15 billion.
"Mr. Armstrong has attended meetings for Commissioner Rohrs and ',
Thoman without charging for his legal services," continued Ms.
Sullivan. "In my opinion there are questions to ask Mr. Armstrong
about the appearance of his free legal work as quid quo pro (you help
me/I help you) given the type of bonds provided by his legal firm and
whether or not free legal aid is given without application of the appro-
priate standards by the American Bar Association ... I point out prob- -
lems abound when attempting to learn how Lanark Water and Sewer,
District makes decisions ard manages its money. The residents of
Lanark Village Water and Sewer District deserve this information so.
they can make informed decisions."
David Butler of the Gulf State Bank then offered his recollections and
remembrances on this merger issue.
"When the talks about this potential merger began and the City "
(Carrabelle) accepted a request to come and answer questions of the"
Lanark Village people ... What I heard then discussed is not what is
being currently negotiated should a merger occur ... when this started,'
out statements were made based upon what was thought to be a billing
system .tljfiIfwe merged Lanark would be charged the same as the cit-.,
izens of Carrabelle-not to exceed 125% of whatever they could charge v
a citizen. 'And that is what we were talking about. We were going to be -
the same as Carrabelle. It appears now that the plan is to keep Lanark.,
as a special district to where all of its revenues and expenses will be kept
separate ... I believe that this is where a lot of the problem is existing.
We have a large number of people here (in the audience) who see a
problem if we were to merge down the road."
Gerald Judge, a Lanark resident, then stated that the two older mem- -
bers to the Water Board (Rohrs and Thoman) have not been in favor of
this merger and have thrown a "monkey wrench" into the proceedings.
He challenged the Board of County Commissioners to look into it and
find out for themselves.
Harriet Beach a resident expressed her fear that to dissolve the district'
before a proper agreement had been worked out with Carrabelle would
not be prudent in her opinion. It was her opinion that Lanark was not'
being credited for any of the assets that it was bringing to the table in
this merger. She also criticized the lack of openness from the Water
Board with regard to finances.
Brian Armstrong (who speaks almost as "rapid fire" as Alan Pierce)
then addressed the County Board. He gave a synopsis of what he had
been instructed to do by the Lanark Water Board. Basically he
informed the County that he had been trying to negotiate with the City
of Carrabelle in accordance with all of the established approved:
notions. He was attempting to transfer all the assets and the liabilities
and hold back any unnecessary property owned by the community that
was not pertinent or necessary to the potential merger. He reestablished
the notion that the rates should remain the same as for the Carrabelle
citizens and the newly incorporated Lanark Village people. He men-
tioned that the Village had extraneous assets in the neighborhood of
$285,000. His concern was that these assets should not be given away
with the merger but remain with the Village to be used at their discre-
tion. Not until these private assets had been worked out and signed off
properly should the district be dissolved. "The district has significant
value, commissioners. It is local control. It is the best ground water
quality in the area. Two wells producing high quality water and they
have a permit to build a third one ... That is a valuable asset. They have
a huge spray field that they only use a portion of ... It is a very valuable
piece (of property) ... This District is operating in compliance with all
standards..." He went on to explain that the problems that the district
does have are no different from any of the standard problems that the-
majority of water and sewer districts around the State are also dealing
with. "We are in compliance. It is not a dilapidated system ..." He,
explained that the "flow" that would be supplied to the City of
Carrabelle was also an asset. "Low flow is not a good thing. The
Lanark district just wants the recognition of those assets and those ben-
efits. All that we are saying is exclude three pieces of property that are
not going to be used in the waste water. We have to consider keeping a
customer service office out there too. We also say keep the rates the
same for three years or let us have the same rates as your intercity rates.
Rather than charge us a 25% surcharge which really could go up to -
50%. The district is not in bad financial shape ... the district has access
to federal and state funds just like any other municipalities in the rest of
the state ..." He then went on to state that he had done everything that
he had been directed to do to get this merger moving and that,
Carrabelle had refused. "All that they (Carrabelle authorities) wanted to -
hear about was the inter-local agreement that had been drafted and '
passed by the County... that was their response and they are entitled to
that. We still want to get involved in those discussions. We see the ben-.
efits. Let's sit down and actually go through that agreement and say.,
what is really the problem. You have heard from customers in the dis-
trict and they feel that what was said is not what is being said now by
the city of Carrabelle. I am hoping that we are able to sit down and get
this agreement worked out. I've done this before. I have done it every-
where ... I do not believe that this Board has the legal authority to just?
dissolve this District without going through that referendum process. I
agree with the Concerned Citizens in that regard. I would hope that
you wouldn't." He then requested a serious'"sit-down" between all the
concerned authorities with a list of defined goals. "I really think that we
could have some beneficial results and I really think that this is what it
is all about."
Sterling Carroll from the Florida Rural Water Association then
addressed the Board apparently on behalf of the LVWS Board.
"I am Sterling Carroll with Florida Rural Waters Association. Florida
Rural Water has been in Florida for over 25 years ... I provide engineer-
ing support services ... My salary is paid by DEP as well as grants from
EPA as well as membership groups ...I am here at the request of Rural -
Development to help the system and try to provide some sort of sup-
port. I have been in the water and waste water business as an engineer
for over 25 years ... I just want to review a few things ... my finding is;
that the facility (Lanark System) is like a lot of facilities around the
State. It could use some improvement but frankly the facilities are oper-'
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Lanark Village Water & Sewer June from Page 9
ating in compliance with regulations, producing drinking water to
drinking water standards ... except for disinfection by-products." Mr.
Carroll explained that this disinfection by-product is more or less a
common problem-Carrabelle and St. James are under the same advi-
sory as are many other areas in Florida. "The District (Lanark) is ahead
of schedule in complying with the consent order and should be out
from under the consent order before Carrabelle and St. James Bay are.
The water and waste water plants are in need of improvement but they
are not in danger of being shut down or further fined by DEP ... As far
as quality, quantity, and ability to be able to be treated it is the best in
the area. They probably have enough wells for all of the growth in the
future ... We always encourage regionalization ... The District does
have some valuable assets including the water system and the waste
water system ... the negotiations need to be even handed and a two way
street ... Basically in discussing with USDA Rural Development and the
State Drinking Water Office ... State revolving fund actually pays 80%
of my salary and those folks I actually work for and I have had conver-
sations with (them) about Lanark and they are ready and willing to pro-
vide funding for the improvements that are needed. Frankly we are
halfway through the rate study and Lanark should be able to fund and
leverage those funds that are necessary."
A Mr. Wayne Conrad from Southern Water Services out of Quincy
Florida, a contract water and waste water operator licensed by DEP,
then spoke on the status of the Lanark System. "There are no eminent
guidelines that are fixin to be shut down or anything. We have that one
problem with the by-products and chlorination ... there is a program to
address that ... whether it be Lanark or Carrabelle they do need to
address that particular problem. I have been doing this for 24 years ...
the problems that I see that are like this are common to the area ... the
one problem that I do see at Lanark is that they do need an infusion of
some moneys for upkeep, repair, and continued operations but they are
meeting all the guidelines that are required by the government and the
consent orders-the one issue-they are ahead of schedule. My main
concern is that we do need to put some money into the structures over
there to keep them functioning properly. I was asked to give a status
report and.that is it."
Commissioner Rohrs then made a statement.
"Since I became a Commissioner I set out to try and change the way
that the District was operated ... I consulted with (people) ... I immedi-
ately went to the DEP and asked them what did we need to do; give me
a list of what we need to do and they did ... We have complied with
almost every bit except the trihalamate problems on the consent order.
The gentlemen that work with us are professionals ... I'm not an engi-
neer ... but I trust in these people ... so that I can report back to the res-
idents of Lanark exactly what our status is and what we need for the
future and our District. And that is my goal. I would like to keep our
District Solvent as we are and to remain a District."
Pauline Sullivan then stepped forward and asked how Mr. Sterling was
able to get information as to the finances of the LVWS District when
she as an elected Board member has not been able to get this informa-
tion. "I have no clue. The auditing report is not done. It was supposed
to be done; there is no pulse on what is in the sinking fund-some
months the sinking fund does not have checks in the file. I am just curi-
ous as to where these numbers are coming from?" o
There was no response to this question asked by Ms. Sullivan and no
one on the County Commission requested a response from Mr. Sterling
or Ms. Rohrs or Mr. Sullivan.
A local Lanark resident then requested that Cheryl Sanders the
Commissioner from the Lanark District monitor the LVWS District
meetings because as he put it "the Board members are acting like chil-
dren out there. They will not recognize the new commissioner (Pauline
Sullivan). They will give her no duties at all. This is all garbage. It has
nothing to do with the water Board out there. Then he (Mr. Armstrong)
tells them (Rohrs and Thoman) that they can pass the gavel backhand
forth and over-ride the third commissioner (Pauline Sullivan) that keeps
her from having any say so whatsoever or any vote or anything." The
gentleman went on to describe what would appear to be a school yard
brawl between the three women with Mr. Armstrong acting as the
cheering section and providing the legal grounds for the continued "cat-
fight" among the "girls". The gentleman went on to describe one of the
"lady" commissioners as possibly "coming from another planet."
When the gentleman finished he received a round of applause from the
audience.
Ms. Sanders offered her reservations on the request. "I think that I have
represented you all very well out there (Lanark) and the thing about this


is ...I'm not going to go out there and subject myself to the bickering
that goes on-and that is all that there is to it."
So unfortunately, Ms. Sanders at this point considered attending a
meeting of the LVWS to be a matter of County Commissioner abuse.
A side argument then ensued as to an underling working for the LVWS
Board and her obstinate and belligerent attitude to public enquiries. Ms.
Rohrs defended the employee but in that process exposed what
appeared to be a lack of understanding with regards to the Florida
Sunshine Laws concerning her duties and responsibilities as a publicly
elected official in charge of a Public utility. She was then formally
enlightened by Ms. Sanders in this regard and forewarned.
The point was then made that this situation was the responsibility in
part of the Franklin County Commission and that the Commission did
in fact have a responsibility to the Citizens of Lanark.
And this does seem to be the case. If we refer back to the Florida
Attorney General Mr. McCallum's letter to Citizen Arnold in which he
stated: ... the LVWS is an independent special district whose board
members are elected officials and whose governing authority is the
Franklin County Commission ... You should continue to address
your elected district and county officials to voice your ongoing con-
cerns."
The question there seems to be if the "governing authority" is in fact
the Franklin County Commission what does that governing authority
translate to-in other words what actual power or authority does the
Franklin County Commission have in rendering this situation to a
happy ending?
Now, of course, we do have to wonder if Attorney General McCallum
actually knows what he is talking about or was the above simply a slip
of the tongue (or the keyboard) or a simple passing of the buck as Mr.
Harry Truman was so famous for noting with regards to government
agencies and representatives.
There were several more "testimonials" at this "revival" but the only
thing that the entire audience present seemed to agree on was.that this
situation was a "mess" and that the entire Board of the LVWS should
voluntarily resign. It just may be that the Sewer System may actually be
less of a problem than the Sewer Board members.
This request for a mass resignation was made by Commissioner
Sanders and it received the loudest ovation of the entire afternoon.
Pauline Sullivan then rushed forward brandishing both pencil and
paper and stating that she would be very willing to resign if Ms. Rohrs
would follow her lead. Ms. Rohrs refused to accept the challenge to
resign voluntarily.
But there is even a problem with this seemingly wonderful suggestion.
It was pointed out by Ms. Gibbs, the Franklin County Supervisor of
Elections that in the past when elections were held for positions on the
LVWS there were very few seekers for these non-paying positions (often
none). The inference being that as bad as the present Board might be,
to have no Board at all may be the only other alternative. And I will per-
sonally admit as an innocent bystander that I have quit paying jobs that
provided less tension and stress than the non-paying status of LVWS
Board member.
Mr. Crofton then made an appeal for co-operation which only seemed
to stimulate more debate and argumentation between the two LVWS
Board members who were present and their various cohorts.
In summary but certainly not in conclusion, Ms. Sanders did agree to
monitor a future LVWS Board meeting and Commissioner Parrish did
ask for the date, time and place of the next LVWS District Board meet-
ing ... although he did not announce that he would be there his "body
language" and suggestive questioning could be construed to imply that
he may have been so inclined. Let us hope that others of our County
Commission members may take up this challenge to the credibility of
democratic government.
A final motion was made by Ms. Sanders that the DCA be contacted to
assist in setting up an oversight committee to monitor the LVWS Board
meetings and give supervision of procedures, counsel and advise. This
motion was approved by the Board. Mr. Pierce actually left the room to
try and contact the DCA who deals in inter-governmental cooperation
to find out exactly what powers the County may have in bringing this
situation to a positive resolution.
The District at present will not be dissolved and the merger seems to
remain in a holding pattern.
"I'm going to say this one more time," counseled Ms. Sanders, "ladies


grow up! You represent the people of Lanark. It was the suggestion.of
the people (present at this meeting) that you all ought to resign. But if
you all won't resign then you ought to clean up your act and start act-
ing like a body of elected officials that represents the people."
"The changes (in this situation) will come from the inside," offered Mr.
Crofton. "There is very little that can be done from the outside. This
Board has very little influence over Carrabelle and Lanark ... We can't
tell them what to do. We can't tell either one of them what to do. So it
has to come from the inside."
Although both Mayor Kelly and Mr. McInnis were sitting in the back
of the room neither of them spoke. Not being very familiar with Mr.
McInnis I can not say if this was unusual behavior or not-but it did
seem rather unlike Mayor Kelly.
[Independent observation: Now it is true that the LVWS District is an
independent entity but one wonders if this means that it has in effect
become a country unto itself.
Everybody from the State down seems to be "washing their hands" of
these poor people. This is beginning to look like a case of a Village in
search of a Country. Is this a "Public Health" or "Public Utility" issue
or a private sector economic adventure-a GE type buyout of General
Foods Corporation? I'm confused.]


"One of Many" from left to right: Ken Bridges, Royce Johns,
Rick Ott and Miles Creamer.

"One Of Many" CD Party
Local Franklin County band is now known as "One of Many." After
careful considerations, the Band originally named "BoneYard" made
the decision to change its name to "One of Many." All involved with
the making of their new CD, Ride with Me, are very positive with the
outcome of the CD. Ken Bridges is the gifted writer of the power-driv-
en songs and his vocals are smooth as glass, along with his guitar riffs.
The band's rhythm section is Royce Johns on drums and Miles
Creamer on bass. Those two surely carry the weight of the songs and
are incredibly steady musicians.
Rick Ott and Nelle McCall, business owners of From The Heart of
Sopchoppy, have a recording studio, Independent Record Label and
publishing company through ASCAP. They recorded, mixed, mastered
and produced the CD under their record label and will publish all of
Ken's songs. They are also acting as Artist Management for the Band,
along with Pete and Sandy Malcomson who are the executive produc-
ers of the project.
One of Many is hosting their CD release party on Saturday, June 30, at
Hamaknockers Oasis in Ochlocknee Bay, 460 Coastal Hwy (Hwy 98).
They will perform their CD live in the early evening. Special Guests,
Pepper Drive Band and Rick Ott and the Rhythm Ramblers will kick
off the day at 3:00 in the afternoon. Capital City Harley Davidson, a
sponsor of the event, will bring their Harley display for all to admire.
They will have door prizes throughout the day. Event supporter, Abate
of Florida, Inc.-Big Bend Chapter has organized a Poker Run for that
day starting at Hamaknockers Oasis. Poker Run details are 1st out 11
a.m.-Last out 12 noon-$10 per hand with a 50/50 drawing.
Come on over and eat some dynamite barbecue and cool off with some
of their fine spirits at Hamaknockers Oasis (bring a chair, no coolers
please). Enjoy some great music at the biggest blowout of the summer!


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