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Volume 16, Number 16 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER August 3 16, 2007


Dr. Magee cuts up.


Carrabelle Chamber Cuts Ribbons


July 27,2007 Friday
After Hours

And We Have Now Coined
A New Word In
Housing- 'Attainable"
BY SKIP FRINK
Friday after work this day fea-
tured 4 new business ribbon cut-
tings. The first was The Avenues
At Keogh's Landing on the north
side of Carrabelle. Sandy Beach
Properties' Jill Archer and Paula
Caruthers hosted the ribbon cut-
ting crew to celebrate the first two
completed homes by BEC
Construction, Barney .Crutch-
field's company.
The project plans one entire city
block of "attainable" housing,
starting at $159,900. Special pro-
grams are available for first-time
homebuyers that can assist in pay
programs for the 3 bedroom, 2
bath homes.
Next stop on the day's tour was
Dr. James Magee III, DDS's
Family Dentistry office across
from Gulf State Community
Bank. The Howard University
graduate, who lives in Tallahas-
see, will phase-in his time in
Carrabelle as the demand for his
services increases.
Laurel Newman, known in previ-
ous years as our local newspaper
reporter, has opened Walkstreet,
Kickstone and Newman Books
on Tallahassee Street next to
Carrabelle Junction. Opened the
first of July, Laurel sells new
books and good quality "gently"
used books in all categories.


Product categories include
movies, DVDs, greeting cards,
old records and photos, original
art and prints, beaded jewelry
and collectibles. "Donations are
welcome," as are trade-ins. For
the uncontrollably curious, the
company name comes from the
Jamaican reply to "What are you
doing for work?" Laurel spent 8
years in Port Antonio, Jamaica, a
lightly-developed town reminis-
cent of ours.
Last, but certainly not least, was
The Fisherman's Wife on the har-
bor. Pam Lysett's walk-up/drive-
up restaurant features a full menu
of food of all types. As you may
guess, seafood and particularly
SHRIMP CAUGHT LOCALLY
is featured.
Local restaurant diva Eva
Papadoupoulos attended and
posed with old friend Pam. Eva,
with brother Harry (namesake of
the Bar), ran 2 restaurants in
years past as Carrabelle grew.
The now-hungry and thirsty
troupe ended at the Chamber
offices, and in particular at the
new Visitors Center adjacent.
Suzanne Zimmerman, Executive
Director, took the attendees on a
tour of the newly-opened space
across the hall from the Chamber
office.
'The new room removes literature,
flyers and business cards from the
main office, so that visitors can
browse at their leisure without
tying up the office schedule. The
beachy color scheme mirrors the
recent exterior repainting of the
building, positioned at the junc-
tion of Highway 98 and
Tallahassee Street.


Pam Lysett does the honors.


Lanark

Village

Water &

Sewer

District

July Board Meeting
Commissioner Barbara Rohrs
called the Lanark Village Water
& Sewer District monthly Board
' meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. on
July 16, 2007 at Chillas Hall,
Lanark Village with, Comm-
issions Pauline Sullivan and
Sharon Thoman in attendance.
Also in attendance were Attorney
Brian Armstrong for Rohrs and
Thoman and LVW&SD Office
Manager Carol Reynolds. There
were approximately 30 property
owners from the District in the
audience.
Rohrs opened the meeting by
telling the audience that in the
future they could not speak in the
meeting unless they had filed
with the LVW&SD office manag-
er a week prior to the meeting, a
request to speak at the meeting
and copy of what they wished to
speak about. Rohrs also told the
audience that the lack of pressure
in the water lines this month was
not long enough to warrant a
water boil notice for the district.
A member of the audience retort-
ed that air and mud spit out of his
faucets when the pressure was
returned. Others spoke up and
said that there had been no pres-
sure at all in the Lanark Beach
lines.
Rohrs said that since members of
the Oversight Committee had not
yet arrived that she would allow
Commissioner Sullivan to
address the board with her con-
cerns. Sullivan handed out a
typed page of her concerns:


1. The minutes did not reflect an
even application of the ready to
serve fees between business and
non-commercial property own-
ers.
2. Concern that LVW&SD has
violated the Florida State usury
laws by charging more than the
18% APR simple interest for over
due ready to serve fees.
3. Concern that Carol Reynolds
is acting as Board secretary as
well as in charge of all the
LVW&SD finances.
4. There is not an orderly system
that all checks are recorded and
deposited in a timely manner.
5. There is a question about
Victor Causey's certification as a
field worker.
6. Question why there was a need
to pay an attorney to attend a
meeting with Carrabelle when
talk with Carrabelle about a
merger is null and void.
7. Concern that meeting notes do
not reflect that Roberts' Rules of
Order were adopted by the
LVW&SD Commissioners in a
vote as follows:
S The vote was Rohrs and
Courage YEA and Thoman NO.
* According to DCA it is the
accepted practice for special dis-
tricts to use Roberts' Rules of
Order to conduct meetings.
Rohrs nor Thoman follow
Roberts' Rules so that there is no
formal record of policy approval
or rejection.
8. Question as to when the posi-
tion for a customer/service repre-
sentative position was approved
and filled?
9. Noted that in July, the treasur-
er failed to report interest owed
on legal fees as a debt.
10. Concern that the meeting
notes do not accurately reflect the
audience questions and concerns
nor the Commissioner's respons-
es.


11. Question of the legality of
Attorney Brian Armstrong repre-
senting LVW&SD when there
has never been a contract or for-
mal motion to allow him to repre-
sent LVW&SD.
Sullivan then read from her letter
filing a complaint with the New
York and Florida Bar Associa-
tions concerning conflict of inter-
est on the part of Attorney Brian
Armstrong who is a stock holder
and employee of Nabors, Giblin
& Nickerson, attorneys-at-law in
Tallahassee who represent water
and waste water utilities in
Florida with a specialty in merg-
ing and acquiring those facilities.
Armstrong does not have a con-
tract with LVW&SD to represent
them but has ingratiated himself
with board members Rohrs and
Thoman so that he attends and
behaves at board meetings as if
he is a board member.
When questioned about Arm-
strong's relationship with
LVW&SD it is described as a pro
bon relationship yet there have
been billings for $18,000.00. (It
has been noted by this observer
that during the board meetings
Armstrong instructs Commis-
sioners, Rohrs and Thoman ver-
bally and with hand signals on
how to exclude duly elected
Commissioner Sullivan from
Board actions. Armstrong has
several times verbally lashed out
at Sullivan for her attempt to clar-
ify or question proposed board
actions.) Armstrong did not
respond to Sullivan's complaint
letter during the board meeting.
Minutes were read from the June
meeting. The audience objected
to the written version of the min-
utes as they said they did not
reflect what actually happened at
the June meeting. Rohrs tabled
the approval.of the June minutes.
Barbara Lasher asked why there
was no record of her bill of
$171.00 for the her fence that
LVW&SD broke thus allowing
her dog to escape the fenced yard
and become injured.


Laurel Newman with the scissors.


The Field Report was presented
by'Rohrs in the absence of Victor
Causey. There was discussion of
lack of pressure in the water lines
and the fact that the Enobob St.
line had not been flushed. The
question arose from the audience
as to Mr. Causey's certification.
They wanted to know what kind
of certification he held and who
had granted it. Rohrs referred the
question to Mr. Wayne Conrad
who hired Mr. Causey and said
he would know about the certifi-
cation.
Chairman's Report
As presented by Rohrs:
a. She referred to the LVW&SD
disconnect and reconnect fees
and then read from the
Carrabelle policy concerning this.
She suggested a change to
LVW&SD fees so there is a short-
er period between disconnect and
reconnect. Commissioner Sulli-
van suggested that the board
should check income levels
before making any policy
changes. Approval was tabled
due to lack of a second.
b. Rohrs said she has sent out a
letter concerning acceptable cross
connection guidelines. She said
the letter told of the allowable
cross connect devices and speci-
fied use of a certified plumber.
Approval was tabled due to lack
of a second.
c. Rohrs read a letter from the
Utility Service Co. about the
repairs, cleaning, inspection and
maintenance that they did on the
water tower.
Treasurer's Report was presented
by Thoman. June's Profit & Loss
Report showed an income of


Continued on Page 9


Sales Tax Discussion

Weems Hospital
"Live or Let Die"
.BY RICHARD E. NOBLE
At the 17th of July County Commission meeting the Weems Hospital
was once again a main agenda item. "To tax or not to tax" that is the
pressing question of the moment. It appears that without some sort of
new additional funding revenue the George E. Weems Memorial
Hospital will not be a financially viable possibility.
The new administrator is obviously being overburdened with a pletho-
ra of never ending inherited problems from the past mismanagement
and bankruptcy along with Medicare and Federal government red tape.
The Board members were unanimous in their support to keep Weems
alive but other than Mr. Lockley the majority of Board members were
reluctant to "tax" without the approval of the public in the form of a
binding referendum.
The issues were discussed publicly. The first speaker was Doctor Steve
Miniot who spoke eloquently on behalf of the Hospital Board and his
personal commitment.
"First of all let me confess, I am not unbiased. I am here speaking today
on behalf of the Hospital Board because I care for the hard working co-
workers that I have at the hospital. I enjoy my work and I, like all of
you, care (about) the people of Franklin County ... I would like to take
this opportunity to rectify some misunderstandings and discuss the per-
formance of the hospital and important issues related to the sales tax
and (I would like) to make some recommendations. My objective is not
to attack or misdirect anybody but to provide the information in a way
that can be understood by everyone in Franklin County.
"The first thing that I would like to start off with is ... that the hospital
is an asset and not a liability to the County. People have been working
very hard to keep this asset working well. One of the first things that
seem to come up is how much money is being spent by the hospital.
There are actually two parts to this. The amount of money that was
spent in the past to take care of the difficulties prior to the Hospital
Board and that is that DaSee and all the problems that go with that. I
think we all agree, that needed to be handled differently-but I am not
going to revisit that. But what the hospital was basically given to func-
tion on at this time ... is $400,000 for the year. And for that you are
basically receiving about two million dollars worth of un-reimbursed
health care for the County. That is what ... the hospital is providing.
That is ... a pretty good return on your investment ... The hospital
Board has not been in existence all that long. It came along sometime
in the middle of last year. We were like in the bottom of the eighth
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs


July 17, 2007
BY RICHARD E. NOBLE
Butch Baker was on hand to
announce that the State fire ban
had been lifted.
The Public hearing on the
Motel/Hotel ordinance was
tabled to be picked up at a later
date to be announced.

Paul Parker-TDC
Mr. Parker recommended Joe
Taylor a member of the
Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce and local business
owner to fill the vacancy on the
TDC which came about because
of Curt Blair's resignation. Mr.
Parker stated that others who are
interested in the TDC are wel-
come to get involved and attend
their meetings.
Mr. Parker's recommendation of
Joe Taylor was approved by the
Board.

From the Planning &
Zoning Commission
July 10, 2007
The Planning and Zoning
Commission met on Tuesday,
July 10, 2007 with the following-
recommendations:
Critical Shoreline Applications
1 Approve (unanimous) consid-
eration of a request to construct a
Single Family Private Dock at
756 Mill Road, Lot 2, Bay Vista,
Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida. This application meets
all state and local requirements.
Request submitted by GEA, Inc,
agent for David Durden. This
request was approved by the
Board.
2 Approve (unanimous) consid-
eration of a request to construct a
Single Family Private Dock at
295 River Road, Carrabelle,
Franklin County, Florida. This
application meets all state and
local requirements. Request sub-
mitted by GEA, Inc, agent for
Tome Schoborg, applicant. This
request was approved by the
Board.
Sketch Plat Approvals
3 Approve (unanimous) Consid-
eration of a request for Sketch
Plat approval of a 9 lots subdivi-
sion named "Cypress Point" a 10
acre parcel lying in Section 27,
Township 8 South, Range 8 West,
Apalachicola, Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted by
Thurman Roddenberry, agent.
This request was approved by the
Board.

Advisory Board of
Adjustment-Consent
Agenda
July 17, 2007
The Advisory Board of Adjust-
ment met on July 2, 2007 and
made the following recommenda-
tions:
1) as request to construct a rock
revetment within the Critical
Habitat Zone on Lot 15, Block
61, Unit 5, St. George Island, as
requested by Charles and
Stephany Shadel, owners.* This
request was approved by the
Board.
2) Uphold the Administrative
Denial of a variance request for
an after-the-fact variance of 1.36
feet to the 35 ft. height limit
above the first habitable floor for
a total of 36.36 feet on Lot 3,
Cara Bay Estates, St. George
.Island. Variance requested by
Diane Wyatt and John Clark.
Mr. Clark had requested an 18
inch height variance on a build-
ing that he has had constructed
on St. George Island. His request
was denied twice and on this
occasion he was before the Board
to ask for their re-consideration
of his problem.
Mr. Clark felt that this problem
was not entirely his fault. He


claimed that he submitted his
plans tb the inspector's office and
that they had failed in their over-
sight responsibilities and conse-
quently his home was completed
two feet higher than the legal
limit. Consequently his home has
since been cited as too high, leav-
ing Mr. Clark with some very
expensive re-construction work.
At this point Mr. Clark has been
ordered to adjust his completed
concrete roof height. He feels
that is not necessary and he
would like to pour more concrete
to his first floor thus bringing the
structure in compliance with the
measurement. determining the
County height requirements. The
Board denied Mr. Clark's request
based on .the counter testimonies
of two ,inspectors from the
inspector's office who claimed
that Mr. Clark was adequately
warned and properly advised.
Mr. Clark insinuated that he
would be filing a lawsuit in
protest of the Board's decision.

Hubert Chipman-Franklin
County Road Department
As requested by the Board of
County Commissioners on the
last board meeting dated July 2,
2007 we have completed the fol-
lowing:
1. Repaired Intersection and
shoulders at River Road and Mill
Road in Carrabelle.
2. Repaired boat ramp at St.
George Island with lime rock.
Summary of Work Performed
From July 2, 2007 July 13, 2007
Cut grass picked up trash and
cleaned all cemeteries in Franklin
County.
Completed first cycle of the VMS
contract of cutting grass, sweep-
ing sidewalks and. edging on
HWY 98 in Eastpoint and cutting
grass on HWY 98 in Lanark
Cut grass at Chapman School,
Weems Memorial Hospital,
Court House and Supervisors of
Elections in .Apalachicola, FHP
in Eastpoint and the Court House
Annex in Carrabelle
Graded roads in Carrabelle and
Eastpoint
Watered roads in Apalachicola
Put dirt and lime rock on drive-
ways and shoulders in
Apalachicola.
Repaired shoulders of road and
cut brush off'of right of ways in
Carrabelle and Lanark
Picked up litter in Apalachicola,
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and Lanark
Cut grass' in Apalachicola,
Eastpoint and Lanark
Dug out ditches in Eastpoint
Cut ditches in Apalachicola
Installed a culvert in Apalachi-
cola
Sign Maintenance in Carrabelle,
Lanark and St. George Island

Bill Mahan, Franklin IUF-
IFAS Extension Director
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation
Conference Update: Attached
for your information is a copy of
the draft agenda I received for the
ISSC's Vibrio Education
Subcommittee meeting on
Sunday August 12th from 9 a.m.
- 6 p.m. In addition the Vibrio
Education Coordinator (Dot
Leonard) will be meeting with
each state individually from 6 9
p.m. on Sunday to discuss specif-
ic issues/plans for each state.
Additional meeting time will be
scheduled for Monday from,
12:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. as needed.
Pacific Northwest Shellfish
News: There are two news sto-
ries ('No raw oysters for now,
state warns,' 'Hot weather has ill
effect on raw oysters') that were
printed in last week's News
Tribune Newspaper, Tacoma,
Washington warning people/
recreational harvesters about
warm weather and the increased
number of Vibrio parahaemolyti'-
cus (Vp) in the oysters. In addi-
tion, .there is a story from the
Comox Valley Echo about the
Vancouver Island Health
Authority considering a require-
ment for restaurants to post
warnings about raw oysters and
illnesses. Their counterpart on
the mainland, the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority, recent-
ly ordered restaurants to display


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tent cards on tables carrying the
warnings of the increased risk of ?
food-borne illness associated
with eating raw oysters and t6
post a similar warning on the
menu.
FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) Updates: Blue
Crab Management Program. A
new program is underway to
manage the number of fishermen
and the traps they use in the com-
mercial blue crab industry. The
program establishes separate
endorsements for the hard crab
and soft 'peeler' crab fisheries
and crab traps must now be
marked with trap tags issued by
the FWC to be legal. The hard
crab endorsement (VH) allows
the holder to fish up to 600 blue
crab traps (inshore) and an addi-
tional 400 traps offshore in. the
Gulf of Mexico. A total of 150
soft crabs may be landed daily as
bycatch and as many as three
shedding tanks may be main-
tained by the VH holder.
The soft crab (VS) endorsement
allows the holder to fish up to 400
peeler traps. If they qualify for
two VS endorsements they may
fish up to an additional 250 peel-
er traps.
VH and VS endorsements are
transferable, but leasing or rent-
ing them is not.
The program also allows quali-
fied fishermen affected by the
1995 net limitation amendment
to obtain a non-transferable limit-
ed-entry endorsement (VN)
which allows the use of up to 100
traps to harvest hard-shell blue
crab.
In addition, the program estab-
lishes an incidental take endorse-
ment (VI) for stone crabbers and
shrimpers allowing them up to
200 pounds of blue crab
bycatch/day.
Persons who qualify for the pro-
gram will not be charged for their
endorsements or tags for the
2007-08 license year. Beginning
with the 2008-09 year the annual
fees will be $125 for the VH and
VN endorsements, $250 for the
VS and $25 for the VI endorse-
ment. Trap tags will cost 50-cents
each.
Alligator Hunting Classes: The
FWC is offering alligator hunters
a no-cost, three-hour class to help
them prepare for the August 15 -
November 1, statewide harvest.
The closest class to us is in
Tallahassee, July 18th from 6 9
p.m. at the Bryant Building.
UF-IFAS Low Impact Develop-
ment (LID) Workshop: As a
reminder if you are going to
attend our Regional UF-IFAS
LID Workshop being held in
Crawfordville, registration was
Friday, July 20th. Please contact,
Michelle Adamski at 850-926-
3931 or via email at madams-
ki@ufl.edu.
UF-IFAS Turkey/Deer Short
Course: Attached for your infor-
mation is a flier on a UF-IFAS
Deer & Turkey Short CourSe
(seminars, field tours, demonstra-,
tions & trade show) scheduled for
October 4 5, 2007 at our North
FL Research & Education Center
in Quincy.


The program is for landowners,
managers, hunters and others
interested in deer & turkey habi-
tat management and best
herd/flock management tech-
niques. There is a $75 early regis-
tration fee (before Sept. 10th) and
late registration fee of $100.

Alan Pierce-Report
1 The Legislature appropriated
funds for two projects in Franklin
County for which the county will
administer the funds. In order for
the Board to receive the funds,
the Board needs to pass a
Resolution for each project iden-
tifying a Project Manager. Board
action was requested to adopt a
Resolution accepting $175,000
for the renovation of the. St.
George Island Lighthouse, and
naming Mark Curento as
Project Manager.
Board action was also requested
,to accept $325,000 for Carrabelle
Recreation Park Phase III, and
naming Van Johnson as Project
Manager. Both of these projects
and recommendations were
approved.
2 Board action to sign the
$200,000 Franklin' County
Regional Utility Feasibility
Study. The Governor's Office has
already signed the contact. I
have sent the contract to our con-
sultants, Meridian, for review,
and while they have a concern
over the schedule, they recom-
mend we sign the contract. We
next will sign the contract with
Meridian. The. Board ranked
Meridian, first, but we did not
conclude a contract with them
because we wanted to sign the
grant document first. This was
approved by the Board.
3 The Clerk's Office has
reviewed the available times for
the first budget workshop and has
set the budget workshop for
Wednesday, August 8, at 9:00
a.m., in the main courtroom in
the Courthouse. In past years the
constitutional offices have gone
first, but this year the county
commission, department budgets
will be presented first, followed
by the constitutional offices, and
then the non-governmental enti-
ties last.
4 At this time, every department
and constitutional office has
turned in a revised budget. The
Sheriff's Office is to be com-
mended because in its original
submission the office,, only
showed a reduction of 2.6%, but
in its third revised budget, the
Sheriff does show a budget reduc-
tion of 9% from last year's
approved budget.
5 Board action was requested to
accept recommendation of com-
mittee reviewing contractors for
courthouse renovations. The
committee ranked Peter Brown
Construction first, and recom-
mends entering into negotiations
with them. The second was Bass
Construction, and third was
GAC Contractors. The commit-
tee's recommendation of Peter
Brown Construction was
approved by the Board.
6 Lanark Village oversight:
Inform Board that at the Board's
direction I had spoken to Mr.


Don Berryhill, DEP, several
weeks ago regarding the funding
of a program audit of Lanark
Village. Mr. Berryhill has taken
the initiative and contracted with
Mr. Hal Foy, retired auditor for
the Inspector General's office, to
provide a program audit of
Lanark Village. On Monday, July
16th Mr. Foy was to attend the
Lanark Village Sewer and Water
District meeting and introduce
himself. I have contacted Mr.
Berryhill for more information
on the issues DEP is reviewing,
and asking that the audit be
directed to Franklin County.
7 Mr. Rick Marcum has contact-
ed the Board and requested the
Board make an appointment to
the Opportunity Florida Comm-
unity Development Corp. and the
Opportunity Florida Community
.Land Trust. The Land Trust is
the entity specifically focusing on
affordable housing, while the
CDC works on broader econom-
ic issues. Mr. Marcum said, "The
appointment does not necessarily
be county commissioners, but to
. date the four county appointees
from Holmes, Washington,
Calhoun, and Gulf are commis-
sioners." The Mr. Marcum also
said that the meetings allow
attendance by way of a toll-free
conference calling. Cheryl
Sanders made the motion that
Mr. Parrish be appointed to serve
on the Opportunity Florida
Community Development Corp.
and that Mr. Lockley be appoint-
ed to serve on the Opportunity
Florida land Trust. Her motion
was approved by the Board.
8 Hospitalfinance update, pro-
vided by the Clerk's Office. As of
July 11, there was $553,259 in the
Hospital account. This is up sub-
stantially from when the Clerk
began to be concerned about the
cash on hand to operate, the
Hospital.
9 Budget amendment for
Mosquito Control, as recom-
mended by Clerk's Office. The
Mosquito Control needs to do
some improvements at the new
shop so it wants to move some
money out of salaries and bene-
fits for part-time drivers into
Repair and Maintenance.
.We will need to decrease salaries
by $5307; decrease FICA by
$406; increase Repair, and
Maintenance by $5713. This
request was approved by the
Board.
10 Budget amendment for
Tourist Development Council, as
recommended by Clerk's Office:
The following budget amend-
ment is needed to adjust for the
grants approved by the Tourist
Development Council in April
2006, andpaid in the 06/07 fiscal
year. In addition, administrative
costs for advertising in VISIT
FLORIDA publication were
approved which require a line
item adjustment
The funds for these expenditures
were carried forward from the
prior year and budgeted under
Reserve for Contingency in the
Tourist Development Fund. A
budget amendment is needed to
adjust the appropriate line items.


INCREASE: 130.3 3.552.4800-
Promotional Activities:
$148,708.26;
DECREASE: 130.99.584.9600-
Reserve for Contingency:
$148,708.26;
INCREASE: 130.33.552.3400-
Other Contractual Services:
$29,675.10;
DECREASE: 130.99.584.9600-
Reserve for Contingency:
$29,675.10.
This was approved by the Board.
11 Budget amendment for ani-
mal control department, as rec-
ommended by the Clerk's Office:
The following budget amend-
ment is needed to adjust for the
animal cremation system expen-
diture in the 06/07 fiscal year.
This project was budgeted in the
05/06 fiscal year. However, bids
were accepted in September
2006, and construction was com-
pleted in the March 2007. We
recently received notice from the
auditors that the project could
not be considered an expense for
the 05/06 fiscal year since it did
not meet the guidelines for per-
cent of completion in that year.
It will be necessary to amend the
Animal Control budget for the
06/07 year to include this project.
The only source of funds for this
change is Reserve for Contin-
gency.
INCREASE: 001.53.562.6401-
Machinery & Equipment:
($5,000+) $30,295.00;
DECREASE: 001.99.584.9600-
Reseive for Contingency:
$30,295.00.
This was approved by the Board.
12 Provide Board with copy of
insurance bid packet being sent to
interested insurance agents. The
Clerk's office had received infor-
mation indicating the county
might save $90,000 by going out
for bid on property insurance, so
the county is doing just that. Bids
will, be opened Sept. 4 at 10:00
a.m. during the Board meeting.
13 The Board directed that Mr.
Chris Doolin. Small County
Coalition Executive Director,
appear before the Board and
explain what benefits the county
receives for its dues. I spoke to
Mr. Doolin, and he provided an
explanation of what he believes
the Small County Coalition
offers. He said, "The County
receives $188,000 annually in
Solid Waste funding. Millions of
additional dollars have come in
SCRAP and SCOP funding. All
programs created since the devel-
opment of the Small County
Coalition in the past 15 17 years.
Other than your legislators, the
Coalition has been in many
instances the sole voice on
Franklin's behalf to keep the leg-
islature from pulling you out of
these special funding programs
because some folks think that
because of your per capital value
of a mill you are very wealthy." I
told Mr. Doolin that I would pass
on his comments and if the


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Board wanted him to still attend I
would let him know. He called
back later wanting verification
that the membership dues were
still in the proposed budget. I
have not answered him. Does the
Board still want Mr. Doolin to
appear? The Board requested that
Mr. Doolin appear.
14 The Eastpoint Medical
Clinic would like to announce its
Health Fair will be Thursday,
August 9, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
at the clinic in Eastpoint. It will
be bigger than last year, and the
Clinic invites everyone to attend.
15 Alligator Point-There may
be many people in the audience
to discuss the proposed beach
renourishment project on
Alligator Point. At this time, the
county's consultants have re-
revised their numbers so that
things are not as expensive as
they were. In simple terms, the
consultants are still reviewing
numbers and assumptions but the
Board needs to move forward
with scheduling a public hearing
for the purpose of considering an
MSBU Ordinance. The hearing
will run by GSG and will be held
sometime in late Aug. to early
Sept., so there is some time to
refine the numbers, initially, the
Point property owners were
informed of the per lot costs.
And then the consultants, at my
direction, looked at removing the
Gap from receiving sand, and
paying for sand. This was done
because DEP indicated, but not
yet announced, that the Gap area
will not be eligible for cost shar-
ing because DEP believes the
Gap does not really need the
sand. But removing the Gap dra-
matically changed the cost per lot
because so many property own-
ers were taken out:
So this weekend I asked the con-
sultants to review the numbers
again but put the Gap back into
the equation.
So our current estimates are
somewhat higher than where we
started, but substantially lower
than where they were Saturday.
We will continue to review the
situation, and clearly if DEP
would approve of the cost shar-
ing of the sand for the Gap, then
the numbers will go back close to
where they were originally.
It was decided to have a work-
.shop at Alligator Point and the
Public Hearing in Apalachicola.
Ken Orsborne speaking on behalf
of the Taxpayers Association for
Alligator Point expressed the
opinion that the figures submitted
for the beach renourishment proj-
ect were out of reach of many of
the Point inhabitants. "We need
relief," said Mr. Orsborne.
"There are several of us who sup-
port the things that are going on
to do something about the hospi-
tal-to resolve that. But there is
also a million dollars in the hospi-
tal of money that was allocated
to Alligator Point and was taken
back. So when we hear you folks
get worried about a million dol-
lars a year for a hospital, try to
keep it in the perspective of the
folks at Alligator Point. There is
not a whole lot of us-837 indi-
vidual properties ... I just don't
believe that we would be able to
get support for these numbers


(proposed beach renourishment
estimates) at these levels ... you
know we are not going to stand
up there and talk to them (and
say) here is $2572 from these 137
families ... several of those fami-
lies have seen their taxes go up 8
and 1.0 thousand dollars a year in
the last 3 years. And now on top
of that we are going to let you
pay a penny more sales tax to
look after the hospital that is at
the other end of the County. You
know it begins to stretch folks a
little."
Mr. Orsborne was particularly
concerned with the TIFF pro-
gram which would give tax
reduction credit to Point
Residents as hew taxes on new
building projects are completed.
A workshop meeting for 5
o'clock was scheduled at
Alligator Point at the Mission by
the Sea on the 24th of August.
And following that workshop
there will then be a Public
Hearing on the matter at a date to
be specified.
16 Board action to allow DSW
to pay for a survey and legal
description that would describe a
proposed road to access the
southern part of their property,
and would serve as the road for
the 40 acres of land DSW is
donating to Franklin County for
affordable housing. Board
approval is.consistent with Board
policy of having the developer
pay for the cost of development,
although this road may eventual-
ly also be used by the county.
SThis request was approved by the
Board.

Commissioners and Public
Comments
Mr. Lockley wanted it to be
known that a local resident
Angelina Stevens will be attend-
ing the American Idol auditions
in Atlanta. Angelina is a singer
and she is trying to raise some
money. Angelina has no organ-
ized fund raisers but if you would
like to help, her name is in the
phone book.
Alan Pierce then gave the County
engineers' estimate of paving all
the unpaved roads in Franklin
County. There are 276 miles of
roads, 171 miles are paved, 104
miles are unpaved. "These are
very rough numbers but if you
assume that it is going to cost
$100,000 per mile to repave and
re-surface existing roads that
would be 17 million dollars and if
it were $250,000 to pave new
roads ... that would be 26 million-
dollars. So if you wanted to pave
every road in Franklin County it
would cost you 40 million dol-
lars."
Commissioner Sanders advised
the staff to please keep an eye on
the Highway 67 project. Her
opinion was that the work may
not be adequate.
Mark Friedman of the Hospital
Board wanted to know if the hos-
pital funding for the entire year
was included in the budget being
proposed. Mr. Pierce said that it
was. Mr. Crofton then.reaffirmed
Mr. Pierce in stating that the
budget for the hospital will be
funded for the entire year and the
money will come from the ad val-
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ings. If there were no "tentative" Farm ers
annroval then there wonlld he no


"That is correct," Mr. Crofton
agreed.
Gail Riegelmayer of the
Concerned 'Citizens of Franklin
County first complemented the
Board on providing the old Court
House for 'the Budget meeting.
and informed the Board that the
CCFC will be providing a public
address system. She then submit-
ted questions that she wished that
the Commissioners ask the
department heads:
What conditions have changed in
your department from 2000/2001
to 2006/2007 to influence the
increase in your budget over this
6 year period?
What additional services have the
taxpayers received as a result of
the increase in your budget?
Mr. Pierce then counseled the
Board" on the principle of a
"Budget Workshop". "A Budget
Workshop is your workshop, as
County Commissioners to hear
from the finance department,
your clerk etc., their proposed
budgets. It is for you to hear from
them directly in a public setting
what the proposed budget is. It is
a workshop 'for you to engage
with different department heads.
The public is obliged to sit. They
don't legally have an avenue to go
in there. We normally "allow"
the public to ask questions. But
the workshop is for the Board of
County Commissioners (not the
public):"
"If we just let everybody who
wants to talk in our workshop,
we'll never get through," offered
Mr. Putnal.
Ms. Riegelmayer then explained
to the Board that the CCFC has
been working on budget recom-
mendations to assist the Board in
making cuts in their departnient
spending that they as citizens
would like to present to the Board
to help them in their efforts. She'
further stated that her group will
be publishing their suggestions in
a local newspaper before the
budget hearings take place on
August 8th.
"I can see this workshop getting
out of hand," offered Marcia
Johnson, Clerk of Courts.
It was. then suggested that the'
CCFC take their og estions to the
various department heads for
clarification before and not dur-
ing the Budget Workshop. Their
results then could be published
along with their questions in the
local newspaper as Ms.
Riegelmayer had proposed earli-
er.
"In other words this is going to be
very disruptive to the Budget
Workshop," said Mr. Parrish.
"You say that you want the pub-
lic to know. So go tomorrow, to
each one of them (department
heads) and ask them these ques-
tions and write down their replies
and publish them in the paper-
then the public knows and you'
will not be disrupting the Public
Workshop."
Ms. Riegelmayer expressed con-
fusion with the Board's attitude
and asked further explanation of
why the Board would not ask the


'We are just offering you another
avenue," offered Mr. Parrish.
"We're just asking you not to dis-
rupt the Budget Workshop. You
have the right in a Public hearing
to ask questions and be heard but
in a workshop you don't ... at a
Commission meeting you don't,
unless you are recognized by the
Chairman of the Board. That is
your due process. You have a
right to attend the meetings. You
have a right to see that govern-
ment is conducted in accordance
with the Sunshine laws-true
enough. But you don't have a
right per se to participate in every
County Commission meeting.
Those are the two distinctions
between workshops and public
hearings."
Mr. Crofton then suggested to
SMs.. Riegelmayer that he would
be asking more specific questions
than the questions she and her
group had suggested.
Ms. Riegelmayer then asked if
the public were going to be
allowed to ask questions at the
Aug. 8th Budget Workshop. She
was not given a definitive answer
to her question.
Richard Harper also of the
CCFC then asked for a clarifica-
tion of what had just been stated.
It appeared that there would be
no questions from the, public
allowed. Mr. Crofton then said
that he intended to allow ques-
tions from the public.
"Given that the dialogue mostly
will take place between the
department heads and the consti-
tutional officers and the five
County Commissioners, would
you folks be willing to meet with
our budget committee prior to
and hear some of our concerns
and see some numbers that we've
crunched ... and facts that we
have put together. We can meet
with you individually where there
is no violation of the Sunshine
Law and show you what we've
got. We have had a lot of folks
look at this thing. We have some
comparative data ... I think it
would be helpful and willing, we
would love to do that."
Mr. Crofton volunteered to look
at their information and sugges-
tions.
Mr. Feifer, president of the
CCFC, then requested that the
department heads be required to
bring work product to the hearing
so that accurate answers could be
provided to enquiries. He also
questioned the practice of giving
"tentative" approval to budget
items at these meetings.
No one had an answer but Mr.
Pierce stated that it was simply
the way that it had been done
here in Franklin County for the
last 18 years.
Mr. Feifer said that he would like
to challenge this tradition.
The County Attorney advised
that as far as he was aware there
was nothing illegal in the prac-
tice. "It is not improper."
"I didn't say that there was,"
qualified Mr. Feifer.
Mr. Putnal explained that noth-
ing was finally approved until the
vote on the final hearing day.
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what was being done.
Mr. Feifer then noted that in his
opinion this was "earmarking"
and a method used to cut off
debate. "I just want to make sure
that the Commissioners them-
selves don't feel that they are cut
off from debate ... Any way, that
is my last comment and I am sen-
sitive to that ... I want it (budget
workshop) to go as smoothly as
possible and I applaud everybody
trying to make it go that way. I
appreciate it and I .appreciate
your good work."



Welcome To

My World
BY PAULINE SULLIVAN
LVWSD Commissioner
Welcome to my world. At my
somewhat mature age with two
children in law school and
despite a fairly successful career, I
became involved in public service
and Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District politics. This has
been unlike any other, with sto-
ries beyond imagination.
At first, I participated from the
sidelines as the new water com-
missioners entered office. In
fact, I left for my summer teach-
ing assignment rather optimistic
that the problems of the finan-
cially strapped little water district
might thrive with new manage-
ment.
However, this all changed last
August when I got back into. the
fray after learning that two water
commissioners flip flopped on
the issue of merging Lanark with
Carrabelle's system. I returned
from summer teaching and
became dismayed with news arti-
cles written about the water com-
missioner who was caught
removing political signs she dis-
agreed with from the Lanark
Village Shopping Plaza and
admitted to depositing the signs
in the dumpster next door to.her
business. This really upset me
since I taught in'London in the
neighborhoodof the first terrorist
attack and was in the midst of the
second one Mf'2005.
Teaching in London taught me
how valuable freedom and
democracy are to society. The
British were quite used to fighting
terrorism and defending their
homeland. They were admirable
in the way they carried on under
this siege.
When I returned from London I
was a bit frustrated to see the
right of free speech was chal-
lenged in Lanark Village: So
began my adventures in Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District
politics. In the upcoming issues
of the Franklin Chronicle, I will
share my adventures and misad-
ventures as a water commissioner
who was put into office by the
People of Lanark. I was not
accepted or allowed to enter the
office by the two other water
commissioners.
However, that is a story for
another day!


Farm Bill provides historic
support for Florida's
specialty crops
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida), a fifth generation
farmer and a member of the
Agriculture Subcommittee on the
House Appropriations Commit-
tee, stood with Florida's farmers
and voted for the Farm Bill
Extension Act of 2007 (HR
2419), commonly known as the
Farm Bill. For the first time ever,
the Farm Bill provides substan-
tial, mandatory support to the
specialty crop industry, guaran-
teeing $1.5 billion for fruit and
vegetable programs.
"Fruits and vegetables must have
an equal seat at the table, and that
is what this Farm Bill does," said
Congressman Boyd. "The Farm
Bill cuts across party and region-
al lines and reflects the need to
ensure the economic vitality of
specialty crops to benefit Florida
farmers and the health of all
Americans. Specialty crops are
an integral pillar of our agricul-
ture economy, and I am proud
that the Farm Bill will provide the
assistance to support our special-
ty crop producers and keep the
industry competitive in a chang-
ing global market."
In the past, specialty crops have
not received traditional Farm Bill
benefits for nutrition, research,
pest management, and trade pro-
motion programs. Specialty
.crops, which include fruits, veg-
etables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and
nursery products, are a significant
partof our country's agriculture
industry, constituting almost 50
percent of total cash receipts.
The Farm Bill also includes key
provisions that invest in rural
communities, including econom-
ic development programs and
access to broadband telecommu-
nication services.
Additionally, the 2007 Farm Bill
takes critical steps to expand
renewable fuel production need-
ed to encourage American energy
independence and protect our
environment. The bill boosts
renewable energy- programs by
600 percent, providing $2 billion
in loan guarantees for the devel-
opment of refineries that process
renewable fuels and $1.5 billion
for production incentives for
ethanol and biodiesel made from
agricultural, forest, and waste
plant materials.
"As I have said many times
before, our country cannot con-
tinue to be the strongest country
in the world if we fdre dependent
on foreign countries for food and
energy," Boyd- stated. "Main-
taining a healthy agriculture
industry and encouraging energy
independence should be both
economic and national security
priorities. The Farm Bill not
only supports our nation's food
producers, but it also gives the
agriculture industry an important
role in securing our energy sup-
ply. Today is a good day for our
farmers."
The 2007 Farm Bill has been
endorsed by numerous farm
groups, including the Florida
Farm Bureau and the Specialty
Crop.Farm Bill Alliance.








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Letter To The Editor
Dear Editor:
I'm longtime resident of Lanark Village and I'm crying out for help for
my community and its citizens!
Here in Lanark we have an aging and financially strapped, water and
sewer district whose commissioners have a long history of mismanage-
ment and underhanded tactics. The current board is out of control. We
elected them because they said they were going to disband the district
and merge the system with Carrabelle. Upon taking office, Both
Commissioner's Sharon Thoman and Barbara Rhors promptly decided
that a merger was not to be talked about anymore. Instead they have
steadfastly promoted a GUA that the Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District attorney, Brian Armstrong suggested would save us. As it turns
out, the law firm that Mr. Armstrong works for Nabors, Giblin and
Nickerson has a long history of creating and profiting from GUAs!
Lanark Village Water and Sewer District commissioners, Sharon
Thoman and Barbara Rhors, do not seem to understand the democrat-
ic process. They make decisions and act upon them individually and
without the full boards knowledge. It is obvious to,.me that they have
their own agenda and are not working for the people of Lanark. It'
would seem that they have no knowledge of the Sunshine Laws.
Commissioners Thoman & Rhors have never disagreed on anything in
a public meeting. They have stuck together no matter what the issue.
Since they serve on a three member board, this insures that they have
absolute control.
We are often blocked from getting documents from the office. If we ask
we are told that there is a 2 to 5 day waiting period and we are later
accused of harassing the secretary.
It is my opinion that Commissioners Sharon Thoman and Barbara
Rhors are guilty of malfeasance and misfeasance. I also believe that
they are incompetent.
I think this for the following reasons:
Commissioners Thoman and Rhors have used both their office, and dis-
trict funds to sway an election. This is a violation of Florida Statute
104.31 which states "No officer or employee of the state, or of any
county or municipality thereof, except as hereinafter exempted from
provisions hereof, shall:
(a) use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of inter-
fering with an election or a nomination of office or coercing or influ-
encing another person's vote or affecting the result thereof.
Commissioner Sharon Thoman has admitted to erecting signs, putting
ads in the newspaper, and sending out letters in official LVWSD
envelopes. All of these actions were designed to keep people from vot-
ing to merge with Carrabelle. Neither the newspaper ad nor the flyers
were signed and both were full of untruths. It is assumed that district
funds were used. In the August 21st meeting Commissioner Thoman
made a motion to spend $400.00 for advertisements for the district. She
said the ads could be in newspapers or on signs. When asked why, she
said so that they could tell the truth about the upcoming vote on a
merger with Carrabelle. Action on this was tabled and never voted on.
On the day before the election, Nov. 6th at 6:00 p.m. Commissioner's
Thoman and Rohrs along with District Attorney Brian Armstrong con-
ducted what they called a workshop. The three of them spent at least
an hour and a half telling the crowd that merging with Carrabelle was
bad for them. They said that all Carrabelle wanted to do was take their
land and water and that their water and sewer rates would go way up.
Thoman and Rhors have been receiving insurance benefits that cost the
district over $15,000 per year and they are not entitled to them.
The following is a quote from the most recent Independent Auditors
Report dated Feb. 17th 2006 from page 22:
"As the result in the continuing deterioration in the Districts financial
condition discussed in the status of prior year recommendations, we
believe the district should conduct a midyear revieW of alli.pense cat-
S; i


egories and determine the necessity of each expense. One area of con-
cern is whether the District should continue to incur health insurance
expense for board members. We believe the districts board members
serve on a voluntary basis. Therefore, we believe this is not an ordinary
and necessary expense that should continue to be incurred, particular-
ly in light of the districts poor financial condition."
Prior Commissioner Ray Courage informed the board that the attorney
General said they should follow the recommendations of the independ-
ent auditor and yet they still refused to give up their insurance.
Our district is so broke that they have been charging vacant lots what is
called a ready to serve fee. Landowners are charged $13.50 per month,
per lot, if a water line is within 200 feet of their property and $13.50 per
month if a sewer line is within 200 feet of their property regardless if
they ever plan to hook up. We have 233 lots that are being charged
$27.00 and another 125 lots being charged $13.50 per month. A lot of
people are being hurt in order for Thoman and Rhors to receive insur-
ance that they are not entitled to.
If anyone would like to help us in our plight, please call the phone num-
bers listed below and ask for any assistance that they or their office
might give us.

Franklin County Commissioners:
Cheryl Sanders 850-697-2534
Joseph (Smokey) Parish 850-653-2682
Russell Crofton 850-927-4143
Noah,Lockley 850-653-4452
Bevin Putnal 850-697-3719

State Officials:
Governor's office 488-4441 or 800-342-2762
Lt Governor's office 850-488-477
Attorney General 850-414-300
Thanks for listening,
Bill Snyder
"Lanark Village resident for thirty years"



Letter To The Editor
Dear Editor:
If you really want to see how corporate interests help rural water dis-
tricts and waste tax payer dollars, please check out "sewerhood"
YouTube postings for Lanark Village Water & Sewer District (LVWSD)
in Florida. The Lanark Village Water & Sewer District is represented by
Brian Armstrong from the bond selling legal firm of Nabors, Giblin,
and Nickerson.
The issue of access to affordable, safe drinking water for the public
affects mostly poor, elderly people who lack political clout and are
endangered by commercial interests, particularly firms that buy up
water districts that are heavily in debt. Although this can occur in
Lanark Village, Florida; it is just one example of local control of our
natural resources beginning to disappear district by district.


For example, unprofitable water districts are "restructured" to create a
short-term profitability and this usually involves job losses resulting in
a decrease in services. The buyout company puts up some cash to
obtain the water district and then issues debt to pay for the rest. Then
the buyout company issues bonds for investors, sometimes guarantee-
ing all of the future profits when the utility is sold back to the commu-
nity. A group of investors such as the Florida Governmental Utility
Authority (FGUA) issues bonds to purchase water and sewer utilities.
Thus, local control of our natural water resources can be threatened
through privatization. In my opinion, local Floridians are the best stew-
ards of their natural environment not private investors floating bonds in
international markets. Since water resources need our attention, I urge
residents of Franklin County Florida to learn more about the Bush
administration's attempt to amend section 146 of the ia.' code so our
public'wa er resources can be privaized rather than owned and gov- \
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erned by local residents.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports annually that we
are short $22 billion of the money required to keep our water safe for
human and environmental health. Recently, Congress took a first step
to address this problem by passing the Water Quality Financing Act of
2007. However, still more funds are needed to revitalize failing water
and sewer systems.
President Bush wants to solve this problem by placing our public utili-
ties into the private sector. Instead of providing the support necessary
to maintain control of our water, a resource vital to everyone, the pres-
ident promotes a plan that would encourage privatization of water, thus
handing over control of our water to corporations with little accounta-
bility to the public. State Sen. Anna Cowin stated in the Bond Buyer
September 23, 2002 that the FGUA "reports to no other state agency
about its dealings or finances" and "I think we have another Enron."
Milton and Gulf Breeze successfully worked together to buy utilities
using tax-exempt bonds. It is good that Franklin County is now study-
ing the need for a regionalized water and sewer district that can remain
under local control.
President Bush's proposed budget includes a measure that would open
the doors wider to private corporations that seek control over our pub-
lic water resources. There is no evidence that private investment in the
water sector results in needed infrastructure investment. This sector has
one of the longest capital recovery periods of any industry-not an
attractive. investment for private equity firms with a short horizon for
profit making. Moreover, private investors have costs that public utili-
ties do not, including profits, contract, auditing, and taxes. President
Bush's proposed budget includes a measure that would open the doors
wider to private corporations that seek control over our public water
resources.
Finally, communities around the country that have experimented with
privatization realize it has not solved their infrastructure needs. Instead,
bribery, corruption, increased prices, poor service and environmental
problems plague privatization efforts. Congress should support public
water and reject the President's misguided proposal.
Please stop the Bush administration from amending section 146 of the
tax code to promote privatization of water by writing letters to your
congressman!
Sincerely,
Pauline Sullivan
Lanark Village Water & Sewer District Commissioner


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NCO Academy auditorium on Tyndall Air Force Base. Health care
information will be provided for all categories of TRICARE beneficiar-
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obtain a better understanding of their entitlement as it relates to skilled
nursing care versus long-term/convalescent care. For additional infor-
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AHRENT, DERICK MANUEL: Charged June 12, 2007 with aggra-
vated assault with firearm; Charged June 29, 2007 with possession of
firearm by delinquent. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler and entered a written
plea of not guilty. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
ANDERSON, TONI L: Charged May 12, 2007 with grand theft.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of n6 contest.
Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail
with 23 days credit for time served; 18 months probation; $410.00 costs.
Restitution amount reserved on 60 days.
DOUDS, TAMMY: Charged February 27, 2007 with obtain or
attempt to obtain substance by fraud. 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 27 days in jail with 27 days credit for time served; 30
months probation; substance abuse evaluation and treatment; no drugs
or alcohol, random testing; $410.00 costs.
GREEN, ALICIA D: Charged June 17, 2007 with battery on law
enforcement officer; disorderly intoxication. Bond was $1,500.00. The
defendant was represented in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
HATLER, DERICK M: Charged June 9, 2007 with possession with
intent to sell cannabis, possession drug paraphernalia. Defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
JONES, ANTHONY ALLEN: Charged June 7, 2007 with driving
while license suspended felony; Charged 2 times June 28, 2007 with
sale of controlled substance (cocaine). Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
KEMBRO, STEVEN GREGORY: Charged June 7, 2007 with DUI
with serious injuries. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler and entered a plea of not
guilty. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
KING, VERNON EARL: Charged May 18, 2007 with lewd or lasciv-
ious molestation. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea
of not guilty. Case Management continued'to October 9, 2007.
LOCKLEY, BELINDA: Charged May 16, 2007 with battery upon
school board employee. Defendant released on own recognizance. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler .and
entered a written plea of not guilty. Case Management continued to
August 14, 2007.
MESSER, WAYNE BRANDON: Charged July 6, 2007 with forgery;
Charged June 29, 2007 with uttering (passing worthless document);
petit theft. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty, The defendant was sentenced to 12 days in
jail with 12 days credit for time served; 36 months probation (concur-
rent); must complete NPI and aftercare; no drugs or alcohol, random
testing; restitution to victim; $410.00 costs.
POLK, ANTONIO: Charged May 28, 2007 with sale of substance in
lieu'of cocaine. Bond was $10,000.00. The defendant was present in
court and entered a plea of n6t guilty A public defender was app.int-
ed. Case MNanagement continued to September 11, 2007
ROTELLA, PENNY C: Charged May 12, 2007 with possession with
intent to sell cannabis; possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was
$15,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way and entered a written plea of not guilty. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
SEGREE, GEORGE L: Charged June 28, 2007 with cultivation of
cannabis. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
SPILLERS, JEDIDIAH: Charged May 27, 2007 with aggravated bat-.
tery with deadly weapon. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered
a plea of not guilty. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.



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STANLEY, KRISTOPHER JERRAN: Charged December 25, 2006
with battery; Charged June 19, 2007 with burglary of conveyance.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Sherri Barnes-Larry and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial
Conference set for August 14, 2007.
WORLEY, AMANDA R: Charged June 28, 2007 with possession of
controlled substance cocaine; possession of cannabis; possession drug
paraphernalia. Bond was $5,750.00. The defendant was represented in
court by Attorney Lee Meadows who entered a written plea of not
guilty. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
AMISON, JAMES STEWART: Charged May 17, 2005 with battery.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court
Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. Violation
of Probation Hearing set for August 14, 2007.
BROWN, BRANDON NEEL: Charged February 20, 2005 with resist-
ing officer with violence; battery on law enforcement officer; criminal
mischief; March 3, 2005 with criminal mischief; Charged August 2,
2006 with burglary of a dwelling; Charged January 11, 2007 with
aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was present in court with Attorney Gregory Cummings
and entered aplea of denial. Case Management continued to August
14, 2007.
COULTER, JAMES EARL: Charged April 28, 2004 with attempted
burglary of dwelling. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Piblic Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a
plea of denial. Violation of Probation Hearing set for August 14, 2007.
DANIELS, ADRIAN LAVELLE: Charged May 20, 2005 with sale of
controlled substance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a
plea of denial. Violation of Probation Hearing set for August 14, 2007.
DANIELS, EDWARD JUNIOR: Charged December 4,1997 with sale
of crack cocaine. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender kevin Steiger who entered a plea
of denial. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
DILLON, DANIEL ALBERT: Charged November 15, 2005 with sale
of controlled substance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered
a plea of denial. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
FREEMAN, CHARLES E: Charged November 15, 2005 with sale of
crack cocaine. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in viola-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was terminat-
ed. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months in prison with 102 days
credit for time served.
HATLER, DERICK M: Charged 2 times July 21, 2006 with dealing
stolen property; Charged August 22, 2006 with grand theft; Charged
August 22, 2006 and September 11, 2006 with grand theft firearm.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to
August 14, 2007.
HICKS, MILAN EUGENE: Charged June 30, 2005 with possession
of controlled substance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a
plea of denial. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
JONES, ANTHONY ALLEN: Charged January 21, 2006 and May 4,
2006 with sale of controlled substance; Charged July 24, 2006 with
sale/possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000
feet of a church. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea
of denial. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
KIMBREL, PAMELA C: Charged July 17, 2003 with 4 counts petit
theft;,7 counts grand theft. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered
a plea of denial. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
McCRANIE, DAVID M: Charged March 2, 2007 with possession of
controlled substance cocaine. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant'was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted
being in violation and was found in violation of probation. Probation
revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 12 days
credit for time served; AA two times per week; probation reinstated; no
drugs or alcohol, random testing. Any condition not met, re-imposed..
MESSER, WAYNE BRANDON: Charged with possession of con-
trolled substance cocaine; 2 counts possession prescription drug with-
out prescription. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was pres-
ent in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in vio-
lation, was found in violation of probation and adjudicated guilty. The
defendant was sentenced t6 12 days in jail with 12 days credit for time
served; 36 months probation (concurrent); must complete NPI and
after care. Any conditions not met, re-imposed.
RANDOLPH, MANUEL JR: Charged January 13, 2005 with grand
theft. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation, was
found in violation of probation and adjudicated guilty. Probation
revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 24 months drug offender pro-
bation with 27 days credit for time served; substance abuse evaluation
and treatment; no drugs or alcohol, random testing; curfew 6pm to
6am; restitution to victim.
RICHARDS, GLENN ALLEN: Charged March 10, 2006 with posses-
sion of controlled substance cocaine. The defendant was represented in
court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
WALLACE, RUFUS: Charged August 17, 2006 with burglary of con-
veyance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
YOUNG, FREDERICK J: Charged November 3, 2005 with posses-
sion of controlled substance; driving while license suspended felony.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. Case
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AHRENT, DERICK MANUEL: Charged January 29, 2007 with pos-
session with intent to sell cannabis; possession counterfeit cocaine with
intent to sell; resisting officer without violence; Charged February 8,
2007 with possession counterfeit cocaine with intent to sell. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
AMISON, JAMES STEWART: Charged August 14, 2006 with felony
battery; Charged September 8, 2006 with felony fleeing or attempting
to elude officer. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Violation of
Probation Hearing set for August 14, 2007.
BARR, LA VERA MAE: Charged March 13, 2007 with false impris-
onment, child abuse. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present'
in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management contin-
ued to September 11, 2007.
BUNYON, VEDELL M: Charged January 11, 2007 with sale of
cocaine. Bond was $25,000.00. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Pre-trial Conference set for September
11,2007.
BUZBEE, CHRISTOPHER: Charged December 14, 2006 with home
invasion robbery with weapon; aggravated assault with deadly weapon
victim over 65. Bond was $10,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to August 14, 2007.
BYRD, BILLIE JO: Charged February 17, 2007 with retaliate against
a witness; February 26, 2007 with battery; Charged 2 times April 5,
2007 with sale of cocaine. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
CAIN, VICTOR WAYNE: Charged March 3, 2007 with felony fleeing
or attempt to elude; driving while license suspended or revoked; attach
improper license plate. Bond was $500.00. The defendant was present.
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to September 11, 2007.
COOPER, CHARLES B: Charged October 11, 2006 with sale of con-
trolled substance. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management continued
to August 14, 2007.
CRYDERMAN, VICKIE LEE: Charged March 13, 2007 with fleeing
or attempting to elude law enforcement officer. Bond was $1,000.00.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to October 9, 2007.
DAVIS, MARIE JUNE: Charged March 22, 2007 with sale of cocaine.
Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
Sherrie Barnes-Larry and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication
withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 9 days
credit for time served; 24 months probation (concurrent); substance
abuse evaluation and treatment; no alcohol or drugs, random testing;
$510.00 costs.
DIXSON, BILLY C. SR: Charged May 23, 2007 with sexual battery;
April 9, 2007 with lewd or lascivious molestation. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney G. Virga. Pre-trial Conference set for
September 11, 2007.
DUNCAN, BOBBY. J: Charged October 11, 2006 with sale of sub-
stance in lieu of cocaine. Bond was $10,000.00. The defendant failed to
appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
EVANS, CARL ERIC: Charged January 12, 2007 with possession of
firearm by convicted felon; interfering with FWC officer. Bond was
$5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
FENN, JAMES A: Charged August 14, 2006 and August 31, 2006
with 3 counts lewd or lascivious conduct; solicitation sexual activity by
custodial/familial; Charged August 14, 2006 with lewd and lascivious
assault or act; false imprisonment; Charged August 22, 2006 with tam-
pering with witness. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management
continued to October 9, 2007.
GALLOWAY, ANDREW J: Charged January 25, 2007 and February
8, 2007 with aggravated assault on law enforcement officer; 2 counts
felony flee or attempt to elude officer; reckless driving; petit theft.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 12 months, 1 day in
prison with credit for time served; 1 year driver license suspension.
GRAHAM, ROBERT L: Charged March 13, 2007 with false impris-
onment; child abuse. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to September 11, 2007.
GRIGGS, ETTA: Charged October 21, 2006 with burglary of occu-
pied dwelling; felony petit theft. Defendant released on own recogni-
zance. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
HADLEY, SAM JR: Charged May 13, 2007 with possession of firearm
by convicted felon; disorderly intoxication. Bond was $3,000.00. The
defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest)
was issued.
HALL, PIERRE JONTUE: Charged March 10, 2007 with battery by
inmate; Charged December 4, 2006 with trafficking in controlled sub-
stance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in
court by Attorney Barbara Hobbs. Case Management continued to
August 14, 2007.
HENDERSON, SONYA E: Charged January 24, 2007 with grand
theft motor vehicle. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Charge dropped.
HORVATH, STEFANE J: Charged January 30, 2007 with 2 counts
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Second Circuit Court Report from Page 5
driving under the influence with property damage. Defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to October 9,
2007.
JONES, BOBBY C. JR: Charged November 15, 2006 with sale of
ecstasy .(charge dropped); Charged November 15, 2007 with sale of
cocaine. Total bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no con-
test. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 56 days in
jail with 56 days credit for time served; 30 months probation; substance
abuse evaluation and treatment; no drugs or alcohol, random testing;
$510.00 costs.
JONES, DENNIS DALLAS: Charged August 11, 2006 with lewd or
lascivious conduct. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to September 11, 2007.
KELLIHER, BELINDA F: Charged October 12, 2006 with sale of
controlled substance cannabis. Bond was $10,000.00. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
Management continued to September 11, 2007.
LAYE, CALVIN A: Charged January 18, 2007 with possession with
intent to sell cannabis. Bond was $10,000.00. The defendant was pres-
ent in court with Attorney Gregory Cummings. Case Management
continued to August 14, 2007.
LOCKETT, BRODY P: Charged January 24, 2007 with grand theft
motor vehicle; felony fleeing or attempt to elude; Charged January 31,
2007 with battery on law enforcement officer. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
MENDEZ, JORGE: Charged 3 times April 27, 2006 with sale/posses-
sion controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a
church; Charged 2 times April 27, 2006 with trafficking in controlled
substance. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to August 14, 2007.
NELSON, ED: charged March 31, 2006 with sale of controlled sub-
stance; Charged May 16, 2007 with sale of controlled substance within
1,000 feet of a church. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
PACE, WILLIAM: Charged March 19, 2007 with possession contra-
band at State correctional institute. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
Management continued to August 14, 2007.
PAGE, DONALD DEWAYNE: Charged March 22, 2007 with sale of
cocaine. Bond was $25,000.00. The, defendant was present in court.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
PROVENZANO, MICHELE D: Charged 2 times September 29, 2005
with aggravated child abuse with deadly weapon; Charged November
15, 2005 with sale of controlled substance. Bond was $25,000.00. The
defendant failed to appear for court and a capias (warrant for arrest)
was issued.
RHODES, WAYNE E: Charged November 6, 2004 with DUI with
serious injuries; property damage." Defendant released on own recogni-
zance. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Violation of Probation Hearing set for August 14, 2007.
ROBERTS, OLENZA D: Charged August 11, 2002 with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell; fleeing or attempting to elude police officer;
Charged March 8, 2007 with possession of cocaine with intent to sell;
felony flee or attempt to elude officer; possession with intent to sell
cannabis; driving while license suspended or revoked; sale/possession
controlled substance with intent to sell withinm1,000 feet of a church;
possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted being in violation, entered a
plea of no contest. Defendant was found in violation of probation and
adjudicated guilty. Probation revoked. The defendant was sentenced to
60 months in prison with 373 stipulated days credit for time served.
ROTELLA, PENNY C: ChargedApril 1, 2007 tvith sadofi controlled
substance cannabis. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was present


in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management contin-
ued to August 14, 2007.
SANDERS, ANTHONY: Charged August 10, 2004 with 3 counts
delivery of controlled substance. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to, September 11, 2007.
SANDERS, RONALD KENNETH. Charged February 15, 2007 with
possession of controlled substanc4with intent to sell or deliver. Bond
was $25,000.00. The defendant was.present in court with Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
SMITH, IYAN DELANEY: Charged March 22, 2007 with fleeing or
attempting to elude law enforcement officer; driving while license sus-
pended felony; DUI 2nd offense, Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Case
Management continued to September 11, 2007.
SMITH, JESSE G. JR: Charged February 16, 2005 and January 11,
2006 with possession of controlled substance cocaine; Charged May
29, 2007 with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference and Violation of
Probation Hearing set for September 11, 2007.
SPENCER, DARSHAWN: Charged with aggravated assault with
deadly weapon. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings. Case Management
continued to September 11, 2007.
STANLEY, KRISTOPHER JERRAN: Charged with felony battery;
burglary of conveyance with person assaulted. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew
Way. Pre-trial Conference set for September 11, 2007.
TAYLOR, JOHN JR: Charged October 16, 2006 with flagrant viola-
tion of net law; net fishing no gill or entangling net; carriage of net
across State waters; Charged January 19, 2007 with pompano net shall
not be less than 400 yard length; pompano net shall be at least 70 mesh-
es deep; net unmarked and unnumbered. Bond was $1,000.00. The
defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
THOMPSON, ROBERT E. JR: Charged March 22, 2007 with posses-
sion with intent to sell cannabis; possession drug paraphernalia. Bond
was $15,000.00. The defendant was present-in court with Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler. Case Management continued to September 11, 2007.
TOMLIN, JENNIFER MARIE: Charged July 15, 2002 with uttering
a forged instrument; Charged January 12, 2005 with grand theft. Total
bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
Ethan Andrew Way, admitted being in violation was found in viola-
tion of probation and adjudicated guilty. Probation revoked. The defen-
dant was sentenced to a new 24 months probation (concurrent). Any
conditions not met, re-instated.
TOMLIN, JENNIFER MARIE: Charged September 12, 2006 with
sale.of controlled substance. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to
24 months probation (concurrent) with credit for time served; no alco-
hol or drugs, random testing; $510.00 costs.
TURRELL, JARVIS B: Charged April 4, 2006 with sale of controlled
substance; Charged May 15, 2007 with sale of cocaine. Defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to 57 days in jail with 57 days credit for
time served; 30 months probation; no alcohol or drugs, random testing;
substance abuse evaluation and treatment; $510.00 costs.
WHITE, NATHANIEL III: Charged 2 times November 28, 2006 with
sale or possession controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000
feet of a school; Charged 2 times November 28, 2006 with sale of
cocaine. Total bond was $75,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 36 months
in prison with credit for time served.
YANCY, JAMES ROBERT: Charged February 22, 2006 and June 29,
2006 with lewd or lascivious exhibition. Bond was $25,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defe4der, Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to October 9, 2007.


YON, JASMIN N: Charged March 22, 2007 with sale of controlled
substance. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was represented in
court by Attorney Gregory Cummings. Case Management continued
to August 14, 2007.
ZINGARELLI, JOSEPH CHAD: Charged 2 times April 4, 2007 with
possession cannabis with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of church/busi-
ness; sale of controlled substance cannabis. Total bond was $15,000.00.
The defendant was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Case Management continued to August 14, 2007.
HEARINGS
AHRENT, DERICK MANUEL: Motion to revoke bond. Motion
granted.
GETER, SYLVIA: Restitution agreed upon.
HALL, PIERRE JONTUE: Motion to withdraw as counsel. Motion
granted.
HAYES, JEFFIE: Motion for early termination of probation.
Probation to terminate November 16, 2007.
KEMBRO, STEVEN GREGORY: Motion for authorization to exe-
cute subpoena to obtain defendant's medical record. Motion granted.
ORDONIA, NICK: Restitution agreed upon.
PUTNAL, JOSEPH GLEN: Motion for defendant to be present at
depositions. Motion denied.
SALTER, ALBERT JR: Motion to modify probation to allow for out
of State travel. Motion denied.


Carrabelle Waterfront

Partnership Facts
City selected as a Waterfront Florida Partnership
Community!
The Florida Department of Community Affairs recognized
Carrabelle's potential as a working waterfront community and model
for small cities that want to both recognize their past and plan for a
their future
What does this designation mean?
For the next two years, DCA will work with Carrabelle and its citizens
to:
* Develop a plan for the waterfront's future
* Identify resources to help bring that plan to life
* Establish Carrabelle as a community that will get special considera-
tion on other grants and projects from the Department of Community
Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other state and federal
agencies.
What will happen next?
Carrabelle CARES is partnering with the City on this project. Tamara
Allen has been selected the Program Manager. The Carrabelle
Waterfront Partners office will be located at 701 Marine Street in the
old coast guard dock office and will be opening soon.
Tamara and the Waterfront Partners group will work with the City and
its citizens to:
* Picture the waterfront that Carrabelle citizens would like to create.
* Identify actions we can take to help make this vision come to life.
* Identify specific projects we can start today and that will make a dif-
ference.
* Identify and secure grants and other resources that could help us get
the work done.
Carrabelle citizens are the driving force behind this program. The
Waterfront Partners committee will have a community meeting in July
to begin this exciting process.
For more information : Tamara Allen, iarrabelle Waterfront
Partnership, Phone: 850.697.8380, Email: tballen@gtcom.net.


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Care Providers: Lionel Catlin, MD and
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Weems Hospital from Page 1

inning and ten runs behind and we have been really working hard to try
and follow the mandate that we were given by the County Commission.
The Hospital Board is being sent conflicting signals. They are told on
the one hand that we definitely want a hospital no matter what and at
the same time we obviously need to watch our finances; the County
really doesn't want to be running the hospital and we would like to have
somebody come in; but we would like to maintain control of it but we
don't want to spend any money on it ... And all of those are good
points but they are very hard to balance together. And I think some-
times that people get a little lost trying to make sure to do what you
want and make sure that our main duty is (to ensure) the best plan of
action for the people of Franklin County.
"Now I am going to read this carefully because my colleagues have kind
of asked me to. You once directed that the Hospital Board advise you
on how to provide better health care in Franklin County. I must ask you
to restate to the Hospital Board a clear direction where you wish them
to guide the hospital. We are trying to follow your directions. Also you
should support them as they follow your directives. If you do not have
confidence in the current Board, they will be happy to go forward with
their private lives and permit you to proceed with a Board that you all
feel confident with. I guess that what they are really trying to say is that
they want to know that they are doing what you want and that you sup-
port them.
"We have an opening on the Board and we asked Marcia (Johnson-
Clerk of Courts) but she declined but she did make some suggestions
which we thought appropriate and when we can contact that person we
will make that appointment if that person is agreeable. We are trying
very hard to make sure that you get the information the way that you
want it."
Dr. Miniot then went on to explain the recent problem with the billing
company that they inherited. He informed the Board that the hospital.
will now be dealing with a Florida based company who knows Florida
law who will be working with a Georgia company who specializes in
hospitals w;'ii'eCrilcal Care designation
"If you will'fmember the ambulnince service was kind of tossed to the


Lanark Village from Page 1
$33,137.67 and expenditures of
$33,217.46 with a loss of $79.79
for the month. There .were ques-
tions from the audience concern-
ing the status of the audit and the
additional independent audit.
Commissioner Sullivan told the
board that the district needed a
business plan that would spell out
a more comprehensive financial
policy than the one currently
being used. She offered to make a
business plan for the district but
Rohrs said they did not need her
help, everything was fine without
a business plan. Commissioner
Sullivan asked why LVW&SD
checks had been signed but not
filled out and were left lying
about the office. She also asked
why there were no receipts or
invoices to match many of the
checks. Carol Reynolds answered
saying that she had been busy
and did not have time to finish
writing the checks.
Commissioner Thoman said that
for 5 out of 7 months LVW&SD
has been insolvent. This financial
situation did not seem to overly
concern her. When the audience
asked what would happen if the
District could no longer provide
services to its customers, Rohrs
answered that the Federal
Government would ship in water
to the district.

Engineer's Report
Rohrs introduced Sterling
Carroll, Engineer, who then
introduced Hal Foy a retired
auditor from the Attorney
General's Office who will be
under contract to the Florida
Rural Water Association for the
work of making a financial and
systems audit of LVW&SD for
the county. They along with Bill
Secoy will make up the
LVW&SD Oversight Committee
as proposed by the Franklin
County Commissioners at a June
Hearing. Alan Pierce reported at
the June 19th meeting of the
BOC that DEP has expresses a
willingness to provide funds for
the Oversight committee.
Mr. Carroll presented the board
and audience with an Engineer-
ing study report using a chart of
20 year water demand projections
based on data of LVW&SD
water use during the period from
August 2004 to October 2006 and
population projections based on
Franklin County Population data
from 1930 to 2007. From this
data, Carroll proposed that
FDEP help LVW&SD expand
the permitted sewage treatment
plant to a capacity of 1,080,000
gpd in approximately two years,
then add a proposed Anion
Exchange Treatment for
Disinfection of By-Products that
would equal 600,000 gpd and be
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hospital. Most hospitals do not want to run ambulance services because
they tend to be a negative cash flow. But we all realize ... that a top-,
notch ambulance service is vital ... to this County ... unbeknownst tof
us there is a new number that all health care providers had to attain.
Everybody had to attain it at one time-much like if you were trying to
get a visa to go out of the country-(the system) was overwhelmed. So'
you are (now) looking at 6 to 8 months (without payments) that was not
planned for. But we went forward with the mandate that we were given
by all of you ... We decreased the unnecessary helicopter flights out of
the County. Last month the helicopter transports went from 20 ... down
to 5. At around $10,000 dollars a flight that is a tremendous savings .:
We also have increased the runs (ambulance) from 90 to 160 per month.
I believe that we have done a wonderful job and I am very proud of
what the people on our ambulance service have been doing ... The next,
thing we did was in the emergency department ... The number on6
thing that we did ... was keep it going ... We have also decreased our
wait time ... We have additional services. Colonoscopy we didn't have
... pacemakers we now have ... we have a sleep lab going ... we have,
partial ultrasound available ... we have a full time risk manager.
"This leads us to the next hot issue ... which is cash flow and the sales
tax. In Gulf County for every $40 that they bring into (their) county,'
$60 dollars comes from outside (their) County ... 87% of Florida's 67
counties have a Florida sales tax. One hundred percent of the counties'
around us have a sales tax. What I am trying to say is on every $1000(
with a penny sales tax-it is about $10. But if you don't pass it, it is not
like you are not paying the ten dollars. 'If you go to Panama City and,
you go into Wal-Mart, you are spending that money. You are paying
that tax but when they come here they are not. It is kind of like going
over to somebody else's house and bringing the food and drinks to help,
pay their bills but when they come over to your house you're feeding'
them and giving them drinks and you end up paying the bill and clean,:
ing up their mess after them." Dr. Miniot went on to explain that it was-
his understanding from the Board's financial advisors that a sales tax
would eliminate the need for dipping into the ad valorum (property),
taxes (to support the hospital). "And I am also talking about the ambu-'
lance service ... so I believe that the sales tax does have obvious bene-
fits for the people of this county."
Dr. Miniot then explained where this (tax) money would go. "It will
pay for services at the hospital ... it will help with the ambulance serv-
ice ... it will guarantee that people who come to the emergency room'
can get the services that they want ... we are improving our diagnostic
and our laboratory ... we received a grant for $100,000 worth of X-ray.
equipment. It was awarded in January or February and we just got the
check last week. That is the way that Florida ... moves. We can keep:
the swirigifd progta.m and make it better than it is [swing beds help.fotr
no cost oilow cost'extenfded care] ... we can have better physical ther-'
apy equfifient ...?6ir goal for the ambulance service wdvild b .a ;0'
minute response time for 90% of the County ... The money would be'
there to do that for you .. We would be looking at assisting Carrabelle
... Our goal would be to look at outpatient surgery; we need to look at
orthopedics and dialysis. We would like to upgrade psychological care

"Is the sales tax enough? It is my understanding that a one cent sales,
tax will allow us to offer services above taking care of the people worl--
ing at the hospital (and move forward) to work on the hospital (physi-'
cal structure improvements) ... Unfortunately I cannot give you any'
guarantees. I do not see any reason that it (the sales tax) would n
There is a fire burning and we have a bucket that has a hole in it and
we are given a garden hose and told to putout the fire. We are doing'
the best job that we can. If we had a little bit more money it would help
greatly.
"But what happens if you don't pass it (sales tax)? In my opinion, even-
tually, if you are not willing to spend the money and have the resources
to help the hospital generate income so that it can continue to function
and improve, eventually it (Weems) will close. If we are not willing to
take care of the people of Franklin County why should anyone else? I;
can tell you that those beds have value. The hospital is an asset to there
County. It is something that people like Arvida and Sacred Heart look
at. That is why Arvida works with Sacred Heart. People that are look-,-
ing to buy land-(they) look at the school system and the heath care
available ... It is also the right thing to do. There are some people here-
whether they are financially handicapped ... or they are elderly and'
have trouble getting about, it is our duty ... it is our obligation to help
provide quality health care for these people in this area ... In summary"
(today's Weems Hospital) is significantly improved. George E. Weems-
is surviving on a minimal amount of money for what it returns to the.
community of Franklin County. We have come to a fork in the road.
We can continue the way we have been-complaining about how the
facilities look, how hard our people work, the lack of resources, the lack
of finances, or we can take this opportunity and choose to continue to
advance towards comprehensive health care for the people of Franklin
-County. I have personally done my best to not only help thehospital to
survive but to improve. I have done my best ... to make recommenda.
tions that I feel professionally, personally and spiritually are in the best
interest of the citizens of Franklin County. My colleagues ... have-
worked incredibly hard to do what you want. Regardless of the choice,
that you all make, I feel that I can fall asleep with the assurance that 1I
have done everything in my limited capacity to guide you on the course-
that God has placed into my heart. An now you as the elected officials
of Franklin County have the decision to make ... Please think about this
carefully. If you chose not to decide you have also made a choice. So
chose carefully for as you choose so shall be our destiny-for the hos-'
pital, for you individually, for the people of Franklin County. Thank'
you."
The Board then questioned Dr. Miniot. Mr. Putnal wanted to know
what the citizens at the east end of the County could be guaranteed for,
their one cent contribution.
"It really makes great economic sense to have a presence in that area.
What we would really like to do is get together and design ... the first'
part of a medical complex. We want to be able to offer services. It is in'
the hospital's best interest ... I think that in my heart that we need to'
have a place ... some rooms there that we would probably not even-
charge ... make it very economically easy for them to come. It takeS
money to do that (establish facilities in the east end of the community)'
Arvida, I'll bet if we talk to them, I bet that they would help us design'
or plan or donate land in that area (Alligator Point, Lanark, Summers
Camp). I can't speak for them but I know that it is in their best interest.-
This is one of those few times ... that it (the sales tax) becomes a win-
ning situation for everybody."
"The only way that we are going to know how the public feels," offered'
Mr. Putnal, "is to have ... these public meetings. So, that we can listen"
to the people and see what they want. If it was just me, I would say let's
go for the one cent. But I want to find out if the people want to spend
that penny."
Dr.. Miniot then pointed out that according to admission records and'
ambulance runs that the people from the east end of the community
have been represented. He added that the record shows that the care"
provided by Weems has been fairly evenly dispensed throughout'
Franklin County.
Dr. Miniot also pointed out that the persons that would be most
adversely affected by the absence of Weems Memorial are those who
are without health care insurance. "And those are the people who I arn
trying to speak up for at this time."


Mr. Lockley then spoke. His point was that the Commissioners should
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Weems xpt AMefiWt Af*e 9
step forward and do what they were elected to dt--take detilions.
"The people put us into office and they know that t rm time to totime we
are going to have to make these hard decisions. Anid t1i3 is onem of those
times. And I don't think that they (the people) wivs.mu get tmad it w
Sunset this thing." Mr. Lockley was voicing the opinion that the
County should forgo the expense of a referendum and simply vote the
sales tax into effect. It was his opinion that the County would be thank-
ful when they saw all the benefits that the Hospital would provide. He
also felt that the taxpayers would be thankful when they realized the
saving to their ad valorem taxes. Mr. Lockey then put his thoughts into,
a motion. Mr. Crofton asked Mr. Lockley if he would wait to make that
motion until more members of the audience were given the opportuni-
ly to speak. He agreed.
Is. Sanders then made the point that there was sufficient time to con-
duct a referendum and get the public's input and that is the option that
she would support.
Mr. Crofton expressed the notion that all of the Board members were
in favor of the tax in his opinion but, nevertheless, the people of
Franklin County should be heard on this vital issue. "But we need to
,know exactly what we are going to do before we do it ... But there is
one thing that I absolutely have to say. I appreciate you being on the
(Hospital) Board. I really appreciate the (Hospital) Board. You guys
aren't even being paid for this. You are all volunteers. You shouldn't
have to put up with any grief ... nobody up here is opposed to a sales
tax and if we educate the people of Franklin County ... then they will
be in favor of it too ... the indigent will be buying food in the county to
Support the hospital; the people on the Island that are here (as tourists)
they tax the hospital during those three months-the ambulance serv-
ice and everything else-we need to accommodate them. Well they'll
be buying food and they will be paying to run the hospital. There are so
many things that are good about the sales tax that the people will
Understand it. But we need to get the word out that there are good
things about the sales tax. When somebody goes to Bay County to buy
Their food, they pay for the hospital in Bay County. When somebody
goes to Tallahassee to buy something, they pay for the hospital in Leon
County. When people are here, they need to pay for a hospital here.
And the locals will be paying the sales tax and they will be supporting
their own hospital. Nobody wants to close this hospital and everybody
thinks that we ought to have a sales tax."
Audience members then came forward to voice their opinions. Some
felt that a sales tax would pass and others felt that a sales tax would not
,pass. Some wanted a referendum; some wanted the Commissioners'to
Yote the tax in without a referendum. Some wanted a mail-out ballot
and others wanted a regular election.
The supervisor of elections Doris Pendelton then explained the cost of
conducting a referendum. After all was said and done it seems that a
mail-out would be slightly less than a walk-in but either choice would
be less than 20 thousand dollars. Ms. Pendelton was partial to the mail-
,ut ballot. Her point was'that there would be greater response from a
mail-out than a walk-in-the more response obviously the more demo-
cratic the outcome. She also requested that a date be set in order to start
the ball rolling immediately.
Mr. Pierce also suggested that the Office of Rural Health may pay for
the election. He was not sure but he would check into it. "There is
noney available in the State of Florida to pay for certain aspects of a
sales tax to support a medical facility."
.Mr. Lockley then repeated his motion for an immediate vote by the
3Board approving or disapproving the sales tax. His suggestion was to
pass the sales tax and have the workshops to inform the public of what
they had done-rather than ask the public what they thought should be
done. He clearly felt that the hospital was a necessity and must be fund-
-ed.
Marcia Johnson then made it clear to the Board, if the hospital is to
remain open, it will have to be funded one way or the other-sales tax
or property tax (ad valorem).
None of the other commissioners would second Mr. Lockley's motion.
The County Attorney also brought up the point that an inter-local
'agreement must be struck between the cities and the County before any
sales tax should even be considered. The inter-local agreement would
assure that all the collected money would be heading in one direction.
Mr. Lockley was then asked to withdraw his motion temporarily and he
agreed to do so.
Marcia Johnson then closed the discussion with her personal comment


thfi Ashe 10 Was not in favor of closing Weems hospital. "I mean, I don't
Wint the hospital to close. Some people took some of my comments
(iead jlat isute of the Chronicle) that I wanted the hospital to close. I just
wantt the public to know that is not the reason behind what I said. I was
speakinlg ltir:llv as your finance advisor."
O(ail Ritegeltayer (Concerned Citizens of Franklin County) suggested
that a tensibiliiv study be proposed to research the question. "I think
that we may be pulling the cart before the horse and I would ask that
you would consider getting a feasibility study done by experts outside
the C.'i.iv lhat do this fulltime and give us an objective, measurable
data dila will help support whatever direction the County decides to go
in."
[Reporter's comment: One would think that a giant multi-national
conglomerate like General Electric would have to swallow some debt
from their ill-advised loans to DaSee rather than the burden being
dumped onto the people of a struggling Franklin County who seem to
not only have been abandoned by the Federal Government with regards
to health care but by the State Government as well. It is one thing when
this impossible health care question has to "trickle down" to the local
level-the level with the least amount of revenue-but it is another
thing when large corporations, Medicare and Government regulatory
agencies, federal and state, step in to extract their pound of flesh on top
of all this neglect, with extraneous legal fees and delayed necessary pay-
ments to the County and the hospital. In the light of our present nation-
al spending policies this is beginning to look mighty ridiculous. We
seem to have money for everyone and everything except the United
States of America and the American people. What goes here!]


Lanark Village from Page 9

expanded to 900,000 gpd in 2017
to meet the increased maximum
daily demand. Carroll said that
any expansions must be made to
accommodate the population
increase and allow for deprecia-
tion for more than a 10 year peri-
od.
He also reported that the #1 and
#2 LVW&SD wells need to be
rehabilitated and he recommends
putting down a third well at a
cost of, $250,000.00. The water
treatment and Anion Exchange
treatment will cost in the million
dollar range but a switch from gas
chlorine to liquid will cutthe cost,
and be safer. The water distribu-
tion system will need additional
storage tank capacity at a cost of
about $250,000.00. It will take an
additional 2 to 3 million dollars
to supply water to everyone in the
District but it does not need to be
done all at once. The existing 12
inch lines need to be replaced as
they are old, made of asbestos
and deteriorating at a cost of 1
million for the replacement.
Asbestos pipes should be checked
every ten years for deterioration.
Carroll said that the expansion
should be done in 3 phases over a
ten year period as that will be the
length of the capacity of the cur-
rent waste water treatment sys-
tem. Waste water collection as
well as water distribution lines
should be laid at the same time
because districts make money on
water sales that help offset the
money lost on the sewer treat-
ment systems. Carroll estimates
the cost to bring LVW&SD up to
meeting the projected population
demands will cost in the range of
5 million dollars. LVW&SD also


needs administrative help and
education on financial manage-
ment practices that includes writ-
ing a business plan. Sullivan
again offered to help work on the
business plan but Rohrs, Thoman
and Attorney Armstrong declin-
ed her offer. An August 13th
meeting in Tallahassee was
planned for the oversight com-
mittee to meet and write the busi-
ness plan. Attorney, .Brian
Armstrong has been included in
the committee by DEP in spite of
the fact that he has no contract to
represent LVW&SD.
Old Business
Rohrs explained that Lanark
Plaza and Ho Hum owners are
not charged readiness to serve
fees on the same basis as individ-
ual non commercial property
owners because there are several
meters at those locations and the
fees are based on how many
metered sub units are occupied or
vacant.
New Business
Rohrs discussed the late fees and
disconnect policy again. Thoman
said that she did not think
LVW&SD was charging enough
and that fees should be raised.
Attorney's Report
Attorney Armstrong reported he
had a letter from Ho Hum owner
concerning cross connect devices
stating that he would wait until
he finds out what Engineer
Carroll recommends and what
will be the cost of the devise.
There was no comment on Blue
Water Bay as listed on the agen-
da.


Customer & Commissioner
Comments
Arnold ask about a depreciation
reserve fund. Lasher noted that
there was no fund for mainte-
nance and said that the state
requires a depreciation fund.
Many questions were asked
about how the board checked ref-


erences on job applications and if
a resume was necessary. There
was general customer anger at the
Board gag policy on public com-
ment. Butler commented that
Florida Usury laws should be
taken seriously. Commissioner
Rohrs adjourned the meeting at
8:23 p.m.


Organization For Artificial
Reefs Deploys 2 New Reefs
With Proceeds from Big Bend Saltwater Classic
July 16, 2007
On July 14, 2007, the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR) deployed
two new memorial artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico offshore
Carrabelle, Florida. The reefs consist of concrete pipes and culverts
dropped in two locations, and will be named in the memory of Nick
Cureton and Dave lacampo.
Purchased with proceeds from the Big Bend Saltwater Classic (BBSC)
fishing tournament (headquarters at the Carrabelle Boat Club in June
2007) and donations in the name of Nick Cureton, the new reefs will
increase recreational opportunities for both fishermen and divers.
The Nick Cureton Memorial Reef and the Dave lacampo Memorial
Reef are located approximately 15 nautical miles southeast of
Carrabelle in 45 to 55 feet of water. The coordinates of the two reefs
are N 29 39.808 W84 29.956 and N 29 39.904 W84 29.994.
These two memorial reefs mark the third and fourth reef deployments
for OAR this year.The previous two reefs were 25 ReefMaker modules
deployed in Bay County and a 100' barge deployed in Gulf County off
Mexico Beach.
OAR is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit group of marine enthusiasts and
artificial reef advocates based in Tallahassee, FL. OAR serves the recre-
ational saltwater fishing community of Florida's Big Bend Gulf Coast
by promoting the professional development of public artificial reefs.
For more information about memorial reefs, visit OAR online at
www.oar-reefs.org.
The BBSC is a Florida non-profit corporation and maintains 501(c)(3).
Each year, the proceeds from the tournament are distributed to brgani-
zations that plan, permit, deploy and monitor artificial reefs in the Gulf
of Mexico, along a stretch of approximately one hundred fifty miles of
coastline in the "Big Bend" region of Florida. Visit us online at
www.saltwaterclassic.com.


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