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County voids land use change; St. Joe threatens suit


Boy witnesses
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VOL. 124 ISSUE 14

By Lois Swoboda
Times StaffWriter

On July 21, county commis-
sioners continued measures
to remove two more future
land use maps (FLUMs) from
the county's comprehensive
A FLUM (pronounced
floom) is a government map,
part of the comprehensive
plan that shows land uses as
well as other features such as
roads and harbors. In 2005,
commissioners redesignated
parcels of St. Joe Company
land in the eastern part of

the county from agricultural
to mixed use residential. The
company proposed to develop
four land parcels on St. James
Island, which would have al-
lowed as many as 7,400 hous-
es to be built, but since then,
development has stalled.
On July 21, commissioners
voted unanimously to send
two FLUMs to the Florida De-
partment of Community Af-
fairs (DCA) with the request
that the areas be rezoned
back to their previous zoning
of agricultural. DCA could
take months to rule on the is-

St. Joe had planned to build
about 3,400 houses on the two
sites, Marina Village Center
and Carrabelle East.
The commissioners in
April reversed their prior ap-
proval of two other St. Joe
FLUMs, known as Rural Vil-
lage, which encompasses
1,704 acres west of U.S. 98 and
Conservation Residential,
a 2,500-acre tract along the
Ochlocknee Bay. These two
zoning changes would have
allowed about 1,000 additional
homes to be built in the coun-
ty. Although they had been
approved, these two FLUMS

were never formally adopted
into the county's comprehen-
sive plan because of legal ac-
tion taken by Don and Pamela
Ashley, who live on St. James
Opponents of the zoning
changes argued that, under
current financial conditions,
future development is unre-
Using population pro-
jections and a summary of
already approved housing,
Andy Smith, attorney for the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper,

Bryan Duke
a pea red
on behalf
of the
St. Joe
at the
July 2 1


Finance director Linda Phillips, left, and assistant director Erin Griffith confer at the July 23 county budget workshop.

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Schools shift quarter-mil
RWay from capital outlay
By Dovid Ad erstein
Times City Editor
Because of the decline in property
values, and to meet state require-
ments, school taxes will climb by about
21 percent next year, but will yield few-
er dollars.
The school board Monday night
unanimously approved adoption of
a proposed 4.55-mil school tax levy,
which will bring in about $13 million,
about $200,000 less than the $13.2 mil-
lion that came in this year.


By David Adler stein
Times City Editor
A 20 percent decline in
property values county-
wide is prompting county
commissioners to propose
a hike in tax rates, which,
if enacted, will still bring in
at least $1.5 million less in
revenue than last year.
At an orderly all-day
budget workshop July 23,
county commissioners ten-
tatively accepted a 2009-10
budget that will draw on
about $10.32 million in ad
valorem taxes, about $1.6

million less than came in
last year.
To generate this amount
- roughlyl13.5 percent few-
er dollars than the nearly
$12 million raised for this
year's budget commis-
sioners plan to levy 3.67
mils of property taxes. This
is about one-third of 1 mil
higher than the 3.31-mil
rate of the current fiscal
year and is the first upturn
in tax rates following many
consecutive years of mill-
age declines.
If approved, the pro-
posed millage rate will

bring in roughly the same
amount of money raised by
taxes five years ago, when
the millage rate stood at
4.87 mils.
The workshop opened
with a call by two com-
missioners for budget re-
straint. But by day's end,
the five-person commis-
sion had tentatively ap-
proved all the constitution-
al officers and nearly all
the departmental budgets,
most all of which had either
small decreases, remained


By Lois Swoboda
Times Staff Writer

Four candidates will appear
on the ballot in the upcoming
ballot to fill two spots on the
Carrabelle city commission.
Incumbent Richard Sands,
who currently serves as the fi-
nance commissioner, will run
again. His three opponents are
Cherry Rankin, Cal Allen and
Charlotte Schneider. The top
two vote-getters at the Sept. 8
election will be declared the win-

ners. There are a little over 900
registered voters in Carrabelle,
with the deadline to register for
the September election Aug. 10.
Allen, 71, retired from cus-
tomer service with the Internal
Revenue Service, said presery-
ing the waterfront and encour-
aging development of water-
front businesses, including com-
mercial seafood harvesting, are
important to him.
He wants to ensure Carra-
belle follows its comprehensive
plan, "which is like the Constitu-

tion of the U.S.," said Allen, who
lives at 1204 Gulf Ave.
Rankin, 49, site manager of
the Carrabelle Boys and Girls
Club, lives at 205 Marks St. She
said she wishes to be a liaison to
the city for the young people of
"Parents and people in the
community are already start-
ing to get more involved with
the youth, and we want to con-
tinue that and keep it going,"
she said.
Sands, 49, who lives at 911

Tallahassee St., was first elect-
ed four years ago in his first bid
for public office.
"I'm running again because
I love Carrabelle. I've just not
done yet," he said. "I've kept
my word with what I went in on.
I think I've done a good job of
representing them and I want to
continue to."
Realtor Charlotte Schneider,
47, lives at 1622 Bayou Drive.
"My campaign is all about
Carrabelle," she said. "Carra-
belle is what's important to me."

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Apa lachicola



commissionn race

By David Adlerstein
Times City Editor

Apalachicola will face a three-way
battle for city commission seat No. 4,
as incumbent Valentina Webb hopes
to keep the seat against challenges
from a local banker and the former
police chief.
Brenda Ash, of 213 17th St., and
Anderson Williams, of 206 12th St.,
both filed to run in the nonpartisan
city elections Sept. 8.
All of Apalachicola's 1,700 regis-
tered voters will be eligible to vote in
the race, and if no one gets a majority
of the votes cast on Sept. 8, the top
two finishers will square off Sept. 22.
The deadline to register for the Sep-
tember election is Aug. 10.
Webb, of 255 11th St., filed the re-
quired $226.80 early last week with
City Clerk Lee Mathes, but sent a
letter of withdrawal to the city offic-
es Friday afternoon, after the noon
deadline for filing had passed.
Because she is relative of Wil-
liams', Webb said she initially planned
to withdraw because of concern that
there would be friction in the family.
"I personally felt it would put Andy
and myself at odds, but after speak-
ing with Andy, he assured me there
would be no division," she said.
"And after seeking God, He gave
me the answer that I should run,"
said Webb, 45. "I decided that I would
let the people decide and make the
decision who would best serve the
people. I wanted the people to have
a voice. I'm in it to win it."
Webb, a captain with the Florida
Department of Corrections with 22
years of service, was first elected
to the seat in 2005 in her first bid for
public office.
Ash, 40, a mortgage lending of-
ficer at Gulf State Community Bank
for 15 years, is making her first bid
for public office. She said she is mo-
tivated by wanting to bring together
the different elements of the city.
"I am running because I want to
pretty much he an outspoken person
for this city," she said. "I want to be
an outspoken voice for the citizens of
Apalachicola, to help bridge the gaps
between the north side and south
side, the downtown and the hillside

"For so long we have not had a
voice to be that bridge," she said.
Williams, 51, a former Apalachic-
ola chief of police, is also making his
first bid for public office.
"Running is something I've al-
ways wanted to do," he said. "I'm
from Apalachicola, and I want to im-
prove the city with the experience I
have and take care of concerns citi-
zens have already brought to my at-
"I am fair, without partiality to
anyone, which I think we have a



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Thursday, July 30, 2009

A2 | The Times


By [oj<; Swoboda
Times Staff Writer

The fate of feral pigs, ac-
cess to the island and the
need for a resident biologist
were the hot-button topics
at a public scoping meet-
ing for St. Vincent Island
hosted by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.
On July 14 and 15, the
FWS held two scoping
meetings to discuss the
future of St. Vincent Island
National Wildlife Refuge.
The first meeting was held
in Port St. Joe.
About 20 people attend-
ed the second meeting,
which was held in Apala-
chicola. Among those in
attendance was new St.
Vincent Refuge Manager
Shelley Stiaes, who was in-
troduced at the start of the
At the Apalachicola
meeting, public access to
the island and feral hogs
were topics, but the great-
est point of concern for
most participants was the
absence of a full-time bi-
ologist to watch over the
The meetings were part
of the formulation of a Com-
prehensive Conservation
Plan (CCP), a 15-year-plan
that provides long-term,
consistent direction for the
refuge based on desired fu-
ture conditions. The plan
seeks to promote biological
integrity and diversity and

environmental health.
The purpose of the scop-
ing meetings was to collect
input to help determine pri-
ority issues for the refuge.
The CCP addresses any
issue relating to wildlife
and fisheries management;
habitat management; cul-
tural resources, public use;
facilities and maintenance;
staff and funding; law en-
forcement; and private
lands involvement.
Former St. Vincent's
Manager Monica Harris,
now a regional planner
overseeing the develop-
ment of CCPs for four
refuges in the Southeast,
including St. Vincent, was
on hand to give a presen-
tation explaining the CCP
James Burnett, man-
ager of St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge, facilitated
the discussion. St. Vincent
is now jointly managed
with St. Marks and Pig Is-
land, a 45-acre island in St.
Joe Bay. In addition to the
island, the St. Vincent Ref-
uge includes 90 acres of
the mainland located at 14

A budget
Of $271,000
Burnett told the assem-
bly that St. Vincent has a
budget of $271,000 for the
next fiscal year, supple-
mented with some soft
funding. He said the budget


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money will provide salaries
for a manager, administra-
tive officer and firefighter.
A temporary biological
technician is funded by a
"Why is the biologist
position the most tenuous
and least senior?" asked
Grayall Earle Farr, presi-
dent of the Apalachicola
Burnett answered that
St. Vincent also shares a
biologist with St. Marks,
although he acknowledged
that the arrangement was
not completely efficient
because of the 100-mile
commute between the two
"How can we ask for
more emphasis on biolo-
gy?" Farr asked. His ques-
tion was echoed by a num-
ber of participants through-
out the meeting.
In a later telephone in-
terview, he said that, while
combining St. Vincent and
St. Marks may make admin-
istrative sense, it doesn't
make scientific sense.
"The staffing is topsy-
turvy," Farr said. "They
keep talking wildlife first.

We need to hire the biolo-
gist first and worry about
the other staff later. It
seems more important to
me to have a biologist on
the island than to keep the
mainland interpretive cen-
ter open."
Ted Ruffner, of
Gramercy Plantation, at-
tended the meeting as
a representative of the
Apalachicola Bay Cham-
her of Commerce. He
described himself as a
hunter, fisherman, green
guide and captain. He
questioned Burnett about
accessibility to the island
for ecotourism.
"I was very disappoint-
ed when St. Marks banned
certified green guides from
leading tours in the ref-
uge," Ruffner said. "This
could be a tremendous
resource for us. Green
guides could act as watch-
dogs for the refuge, and
fees might provide supple-
mental funding to support
the friends group."
Burnett said access is-
sues would be addressed
as part of the CCP pro-

"Anytime you have pro-
spective concessionaires,
guides or commercial
uses of any kind on refuge
land, the proposal has to
be evaluated in a process
of compatibility determi-
nation and public review,"
Burnett said in a later
telephone interview. "At
St. Marks, we determined
that the refuge is satu-
rated for these activities
with what's already there.
There's a more obvious
need in some areas on St.
Vincent access, for ex-
ample. You can drive to St.
Marks. St. Vincent can only
be reached by boat."
Burnett said St. Vincent
might become even less
accessible in the future.
The best current access
point to St. Vincent is a
boat launch at Indian Pass
that is leased by FWS on a
month-to-month basis.
He said that the lease
could be canceled at any
time, and that he believes
owners of the land even-
tually plan to develop it,
There is no other good ac-
cess point for a large boat
available except on pri-

vately-owned lands. Bur-
nett said the public boat
ramp at the pass is not
a practical option for the
barge used to transport
equipment to the island.
Denise Williams, presi-
dent of the Friends of St.
Vincent, urged Burnett to
address access issues. She
said she believed that na-
ture education was the key
to the preservation of wild
"If we want our public
land to remain intact, we
need to vest our children in
it," she said.

NOSting birds
and feral hogs
Robin Vroegop, also of
the Friends, expressed
concern about the pres-
sure visitors might place
on nesting birds. She said
that Flag Island, a small
island near St. Vincent,
is now an important nest-
ing site for sea birds, and
asked Burnett whether
the refuge would consider
acquiring the island.
Vroegop also suggest-
ed that Internet postings
about the island become
more detailed. She asked
whether the Christmas
Bird Count, sea turtle
nesting data and similar
figures could be posted
and questioned why there
is no longer funding to
print fliers about the is-
land's red wolf breeding
Feral hogs are a major
problem for both sea tur-
tles and ground-nesting
birds on St. Vincent and
the hog population was
discussed in some detail
at the meeting.
Burnett said that FWS
uses a variety of tech-
niques to control the hogs.
He said there has been
a trend toward a lower
population in recent years
but that the hogs, which
are not native, still prey
on native species. He said
the hogs might have been
responsible for the failure
of an attempt to introduce
the endangered eastern
indigo snake to the island.
Ruffner asked why lo-
cal hunters could not be
allowed to hunt the hogs.
He said barring them from
hunting on the island was
a source of bad feeling in
the county.
Burnett said hunters
can take an unlimited
number of hogs during
any of the three scheduled
hunts annually on St. Vin-
cent. He said that in 19 of
the last 20 years, hunters
have harvested more hogs
than have refuge staff.
Ruffner suggested the
refuge sponsor a chil-
dren's hunt to harvest
Burnett said the in-
ternal review phase and
drafting of the CCP will
take place now through
November 2010, and a
draft of the document will
be available for public
review in February 2011.
The final document should
be approved in September
Public comment will be
accepted through Sept. 1,
2009. To submit written
comments, drop them off
at the refuge office or mail
them to St. Vincent Na-
tional Wildlife Refuge, PO.
Box 447, Apalachicola, FL
Comments may also
be sent via e-mail to St
vincenteepefws.gov or
faxed to 653-9893.

Pigs, people and science on St. Vincent Island

Hot topics emerge

at scoping meeting

US Arrny Corps
ovf Engin~eers


Former St. George Island Bombing Range

The Department of Defense (DoD) conducted live-fire training and testing of weapon systems

at active and former military installations throughout the United States to ensure force readiness

and defend our nation. As directed by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

manages the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) for the DoD. Under that program,

the Corps assigns priorities to defense sites containing suspected ordnance, discarded military

munitions and/or munitions constituents, based on various factors relating to the potential for

public safety and environmental hazards.

The Corps' Jacksonville District is in the process of investigating the former St. George Island

1942 through 1946.

The Corps recently completed a site inspection at the former St. George Island Bombing Range.

The evaluation criteria, including types of munitions that may be present, ease of access to the

site and number of people living near the site, will be available for public review at the U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers, 701 San Mlarco Blvd., Jacksonville, F;L 32207.

As part of our ongoing investigation, we are seeking additional information from the public

about the former St. George Island Bombing Range (located approximately eight miles south

of the city of Apalachicola, F~lorida). If you have information, please send it to: Charles Fiales,

Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

or by email to:

PublicMail.CESAJ-CC @saj02.usace.army.mil.

For further information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corporate Communi-

cation Office at 904-232-15716.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


The Times | A3

By Lois Swoboda
Times Staff Writer

The county health depart-
ment's primary care clinic in Car-
rabelle will remain open for the
next fiscal year, with a ground-
breaking planned by Weems Me-
morial Hospital for a new urgent
care clinic adjacent to it,
At a public workshop July 21,
Wesley Tice, who oversees the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment, announced a $60,000 con-
tribution from the county would
allow him to keep the health
department's basic care clinic in
Carrabelle open for another year.
The commission agreed to pro-
vide the funding.
At the same meeting, Chuck
Colvert, Weems' chief executive
officer, said the hospital board is
planning to break ground Aug.
27 for the new Carrabelle urgent
care clinic.
Tice said the unexpected res-
ignation of two employees, and re-
ductions in other programs, had
improved his budgetary situation.
He said the Florida Department
of Health had reduced the trust
fund requirements for the depart-
ment from 8 to 6.5 percent.
"I have been instructed to
make this work, and I can do that
with $186,000," said Tice. "I'm re-
ally at the point where, if it will
help, I'll dip into the trust fund."
He said depleting the trust fund
could become a problem because
the Apalachicola health depart-
ment building needs repairs that
could cost as much as $120,000.
On June 16, Tice told commis-
sioners he wouldbe forced to close
the Carrabelle health department
clinic in July because county fund-
ing for the health department has
been reduced $87,000 throughout
three years.
Commissioners balked at the
announcement. Cheryl Sanders
and Bevin Putnal were adamant
that the clinic not be shut down,
insisting the majority of people
who use the clinic in Carrabelle
cannot travel to Apalachicola for
"Tell us what it's going to take
to keep that clinic open," said

workshop, and both Sanders and
Mayor Curley Messer drew loud
applause when they voiced their
support of the health department
Carrabelle resident Charlotte
Schneider accompanied Messer
to the podium and displayed 800
signatures she had collected from
across the county on a petition
demanding that the Carrabelle
clinic remain open.
"We need to work together to
keep both health departments
open," she said. "If we're going
to close one, I promise we'll close
the other one, too."
"We'd love it if Carrabelle
would like to give us half of that
$60,000," said Johnson.
At the hearing, Johnson pre-
sented commissioners with doc-
umentation that the Carrabelle
clinic is operating at a deficit and
cited a high percentage of uncol-
lected debt at the facility as part
of the reason for the shortfall.
She said during the 2007-08 fis-
cal year, the Carrabelle clinic saw
2,230 patients and last year 2,307.
Last year the clinic's revenue
was $205,773 in Carrabelle, but
expenses were $360,560, leaving a
deficit of $154,877. In addition, she
said, Apalachicola had revenues
of nearly $1 million, but expendi-
tures of half that, for a surplus of
More importantly, Johnson
said, Carrabelle had collected
only 47 percent of the amount
billed for services, while the
Apalachicola clinic had collect 83
She also said although 24 per-
cent of Carrabelle's billings were
denied last year by insurance pay-
ors, only 7 percent of Apalachico-
la's claims were denied. "I ques-
tion why there is such a disparity
in these percentages," she said.
"The amount of money you are
asking for appears to be almost
the same as the amount of mon-
ey lost to denials in Carrabelle,"
commissioner Noah Lockley told
"If Carrabelle was being prop-
erly billed and copays were being
paid properly, maybe the health
department wouldn't be asking

for money," Johnson said.
Janice Hicks, business manag-
er for the health department, ac-
knowledged there were problems
with the denial rate but pointed
out that Franklin County collec-
tions compared favorably with
the state average. She said the
county's collection rate is higher
than the state average.
Hicks said billing for both clin-
ics was processed in Apalachicola
and she would work improve col-
lections. She said some of the de-
nials simply were due to improper
coding of services.
Sanders asked if the depart-
ment had looked into recovering
denied insurance claims.
David Walker, a health educa-
tor for the health department,
said corrected billing would only
increase the department's fund-
ing by about $25,000.
Commissioner Pinki Jackel
asked why the board did not re-
ceive quarterly financial reports
from the health department.
Tice said the health depart-
ment reports quarterly to the
Michael Moron, administrative
assistant to Johnson, said the re-
ports were placed into the file for
the board. He said he had never
been instructed to provide indi-
vidual commissioners with a copy
but he would do so in the future.
Former State Representative
Will Kendrick took the podium at
the end of the hearing.
"We really need to get to the
root of this problem," he said.
"It is a sad day when you have a
countywide constitutional officer
who is circulating e-mails to stir
the pot.
"We need to be sure we set our
priorities right. Is it better to have
county employees taking their
trucks home in the afternoon or
is it better to have health care?"
he said. "We know we have inter-
nal issues at the health depart-
ment. I don't think Mr. Tice got
the support he needed from the
Putnal said, "I feel kind of to
blame because we cut his (Tice's)
budget 50 percent last year. I told
him to come to the board."

The county health department's Janice Hicks, left, and David
Walker make an appearance at the July 23 county budget
workshop to talk about funding of the Carrabelle primary care

Sanders. "I want to see
numbers because I believe
Carrabelle is paying its
own way."
Tice said $150,000 was
needed to cover the clinic's
expenses for one year and
stressed that his entire
program was short offund-
Clerk of Courts Marcia

and renovation expenses
were set at $1.7 million,
equal to the portion of
sales tax receipts for next
year earmarked for that
Johnson has continued
to provide financial data to
the commission, bolstering
her contention that money
could be saved, in the event


Johnson later suggested
the county save money by using
the existing health department
building to house both the Weems
urgent care clinic, now located in
the Carrabelle Municipal Com-
plex, and the health department's
primary care clinic.
Colvert has not provided de-
tailed numbers of the cost for
building the new Carrabelle fa-
cility. In the hospital's 2009-10 op-
erational budget, tentatively ap-
proved by county commissioners
July 23, Weems' entire building

the health department has
vacant space at its Carrabelle an-
nex, by using it to house a Weems
Urgent Care facility.
"I can't see allocating addi-
tional funds to subsidize a non-
county, state-operated facility at
this time," she said.

QUeStions raised on
Uncollecteel bilhingS
A large group of citizens from
Carrabelle and Lanark Village
were on hand for the July 21

Bombing Range, Franklin County, Florida.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Mama did not like
messes of any kind, and
she had a few choice
descriptions for them.
When food was involved,
it was a "glorious mess."
When there were tree
limbs and pine cones in
the yard after a storm,
it was "The Wreck of the
Hesperus." She got that
one from a poem by Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow,
and I have no idea why
it stuck in her brain. She
also applied the title to
household disaster areas
of clutter. A wreck of the
Hesperus could wait just
a bit, but a glorious mess
demanded to be cleaned
up right away.
By definition it
happened quickly and
was disastrous in the
moment it occurred. All
other activities came to
an immediate halt. Quick
response was an essential
aspect of glorious messes,
A plan had to be hatched
on the spot and necessary
cleaning materials
assembled. Unless you
were part of the working
crew, word went out to
stay away and contain the
I was not present for
mother's most
glorious mess, but
my sister filled
me in. The tube
pan was filled with ~
pound cake batter
destined for the ,
oven. By some
clumsy sleight- L
of-hand Mama RE[
managed to flip the ANI
entire thing upside De,
down onto the floor.
She looked at Susan
and said, "Never tell
anyone about this," and
proceeded to scoop the
batter back into the pan.
No one was the wiser.
This would not have
been possible given the
usual state of my kitchen

directly onto the hot tiles
in the oven. The pizza
definitely slid, but so did
much of the corn meal,
which proceeded to
ignite. It wasn't exactly
wood-smoked pizza that
Another time, I was
doing extended frying.
It was an old stove. The
grease that had dripped
down under the burners
through the years blazed.
This one took a fire
extinguisher. It took the
better part of a day to deal
with that glorious mess.
Honey just naturally
lends itself to priority
During his
prepubescent years my
son hosted a sleepover for
a half dozen buddies. They
bedded down in sleeping
bags in the living room.
After a night of giggles
and farting contests, I
was ready to sweep them
out the door. As super-
mom, I had planned a
gargantuan breakfast
including waffles. A gallon
jar of Tupelo honey sat on
the counter. One careless
gesture, and it was on the
floor creating a world-
class glorious mess. I just
covered the entire thing
up with towels until I got
the kids fed. Of course,
I violated the tenet of
immediate clean-up, but
faced with hungry boys, I
took the coward's path.
Wrecks of the Hesperus
and glorious messes
do not apply to human
interactions. These come
under the category of
"drama and trauma" and
are particularly present
during holidays. More on
that later.
Denise Roux is a
regular columnist for
the Apalachicola and
Carrabelle Times. To
reach hes email her at

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This illustration accompanied the poem "The
Wreck of the Hesperus" by American poet Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow in the volume "IIlustrated
Poems and Songs for Young People," edited by Mrs.
(L.D.) Sale Barker and published in 1 885.

I was reminded of
glorious messes the other

contend with.
Glorious messes
tend to put everything in
perspective. They take
top priority, especially
when fire is involved. My
first really big one was
an attempt at culinary
Back in the Seventies,
I followed the advice
of a television cooking
program on how to obtain
crisp crust for a pizza.
They suggested buying
quarry tiles for the
bottom of the oven. The
local dealer looked at me
askance when I requested
six tiles, no color specified.
The pizza dough was
placed on a sheet pan
covered with corn meal
so that it wouldn't stick
and would slide easily

day when dear
friend Barbara
Holmes had her
own kitchen
disaster. She
trustingly opened
the refrigerator
door and the thing
fell off its hinges.
Jars of jams and
jellies, mayonnaise
and olives hit the
floor. Not only
that, there was the

immediate concern about
preserving the chilled
food. It was an impending
disaster combined with a
glorious mess. A neighbor
came to the rescue,
reattaching the door. She
still had rolling olives to

By Dr. Jim Kerley
Special to the Times
In their last two meetings,
members of the Gulf Coast
Community College District Board
of 'It~ustees discussed in detail the
idea of our college moving
forward with state college
designation. The trustees
are charged to ensure
that Gulf Coast meets
the highest standards of
excellence, and they take
their duty to safeguard I
the interests of this KE
institution in a purposeful
and thoughtful manner. Earning
the state college designation is
a rigorous progression, and the
trustees and I intend to hold our
core community mission first and
foremost throughout the process.
There is a considerable outline
to follow before this change can
be granted to our college, and we
will be deliberate in our approach
to ensure all avenues have been
discussed and reviewed prior to
submission. At this writing, 15 of the
current 28 community colleges in
Florida have made the shift or are
in the process of changing to state
The 2009 legislature even
changed the name from the
Division of Community Colleges to
the Florida College System. This
newly named system encompasses
all public community and state
colleges and allows community
colleges across the state to offer
baccalaureate degrees. One reason
for this change to a state college
model is that Florida is not keeping
pace with the number of bachelor's
degrees needed for the modern
workforce. The state's universities

are unable to meet these growing
needs, especially in key workforce
As a state college, we would
not be allowed to offer master's
or doctoral degrees, and we have
absolutely no interest in these
areas. Our primary goal is
to meet regional workforce
needs where there are
documented voids and
not duplicate universities.
Offering degrees in this
manner provides cost
Efficiencies to the state and
RLEY substantial savings in tuition
to our students.
Our primary community college
mission will not change if we were
to offer baccalaureate degrees; we
will still focus on open access and
hope for all students, workforce
education programs, outreach
to the underserved, remedial
education and complying with
current articulation agreements
with universities. The beauty of the
colleges within the Florida College
System is that we are all locally
controlled and are able to meet
needs of our communities more
rapidly and more economically.
We will expand our mission to give
individuals opportunities to stay in
this region and earn certificates,
associates and bachelor's degrees.
Again, it is our intent to work in
cooperation with our educational
partners and not to duplicate
services. A growing trend in our
student population is an increase
of more non-traditional students.
For example, this summer we had a
substantial enrollment growth and
57 percent of our students are over
the age of 25, and 22 percent are
over the age of 44. Many are seeking
new opportunities to retrain or

upgrade their skills and would like
to have the opportunity to access a
full range of baccalaureate degree
programs without extensive and
burdensome travel or expense.
Our goal at Gulf Coast
Community College, as espoused
by our five-year strategic plan, is
to work in partnership with our
educational and economic partners.
We believe our future direction
should be more college and
university partnerships with less
duplication. We will continue to work
closely with our valued FSU PC
partners and we recognize that no
One college or university can offer
all that is needed.
With a college/university
partnership approach, we could
offer a multitude of degrees to
meet the needs in this region.
Why not join the efforts of Gulf
Coast, FSU PC, University of West
Florida, Troy University, and others
in a university/college center
partnership? We all have strengths
and excellent programs to put on
the table, so why not team up to
meet the growing needs for our
changing area?
We are dedicated and passionate
about our college and this region we
serve, and with our talented faculty
and great staff, we will continue to
offer cost-effective programs for
Northwest Florida. We will always
keep our open access mission and
will strive to serve this community
at a higher level, working together
to reap tremendous dividends.
"Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success." -
Henry Ford.

Dr Jim Kerley is president of
Gulf Coast Community College.

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The Times | AS

Franklin County has a ac-
quired the land necessary to
move a 1,300 foot stretch of
road on Alligator Point away
from the coast.
A series of meetings be-
tween the county and the de-
velopers of the South Shoals
project resulted in concessions
on both sides.
The number of buildable
lots in the proposed develop-
ment was reduced from 23 to
20 as a result of the agreement,
and South Shoals abandoned a
right-of-way between Harbor
Circle and Tom Roberts Road
to the county.
At one point it was believed
that this stretch of road was
an existing public right-of-way
based on a plat from 1947, but
this claim turned out to be er-

site at South Shoals as was
originally planned.
The Alligator Point Taxpay-
ers' Association sent a letter
to the commission blessing the
County Planner Alan Pierce
called the agreement "a mo-
mentous decision" because it
will allow the county to move
1,300 feet of road that has been
subject to flooding, washout
and collapse away from the
Pierce said the county has
given up on the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency ad-
dressing the problem of repair-
ing Alligator Point Road and
that this will provide a safer es-
cape route for Point residents
during storms.
By Lois Swoboda

Map created by Dan Rothwell.
The county has abandoned a
rock revetment to South Shoals
and agreed to allow the use of

individual aerobic wastewater
treatment systems in the devel-
opment. Previously the county
had required South Shoals to

build a central wastewater
treatment plant on the site.
There will not be a sheriff's
or fire substation located on

Lois Swobodla
Times StaffWriter

Funding for a plan to extend water
and sewer lines in Eastpoint has been
secured. The project has entered the
construction phase
At the July 7 commission meet-
ing, Debbie Belcher, grant writer for
the county's Community Development
Block Grant Program (CDBG) reported
on a grant submitted three years ago to
enhance wastewater management in
CDBG provides annual grants on a
formula basis to entitled cities and coun-
ties to develop viable urban communi-
ties by providing decent housing and a
suitable living environment, and by ex-
panding economic opportunities, princi-
pally for low- and moderate-income per-
sons. The program is authorized under
Title 1 of the Housing and Community
Development Act of 1974.
Belcher said that the Eastpoint grant
has been approved for funding with one
change to the original plan. A vacuum

plant, proposed for construction on Ot-
ter Slide Road will not be built, but the
station on Fifth Street will be enlarged.
The commission voted unanimously to
accept the grant and submit the pro-
posed change to CDBG.
Mark Curenton, assistant county
planner, said the construction gatr has
been awarded u we have not i te

proast point Water and Sewer will re-
ci fu din to xt nd the se In
oneidgn Ra dooecoenr alleof R inge
well as Bear Creek Road. The gant will
also pay to loop a water line to run along
Bear Creek tying Ridge and Wilderness
Roads together and providing the entire
length with city water.
No matching funds were needed to
secure the grant.
Belcher said low-income residents in
the area will not be required to pay an
impact or tap fee to tie into the system,
but there will be a refundable deposit re-
quired. Once the water and sewer lines
are in place, state law requires that all
affected residents hook into the system
within 24 months.

The county commis-
sion voted unanimously
on July 21 to change the
county's housing plan to
allow it to receive State
Housing Initiatives Part-
nership program (SHIP)
funds to assist residents
to buy a first home.
The special allocation
of funds is called "Florida
Homebuyer Opportunity
Program." The regular
$350,000 allocation of
SHIP funds for repair and
rehabilitation programs
was not funded this year.
But the state received
federal stimulus funds to
assist in promoting hom-
The county's portion
of this federal money is
$350,000, and in order
to receive the funds the
county adopted the fol-
lowing policies:
*Down payment assis-
tance under SHIP must
not exceed 10 percent of
the purchase price of a
home or $8,000, whichev-
er is less.
*The maximum pur-
chase price is $175,000.
*Single taxpayers with
incomes of up to $75,000,
or $150,000 for joint fil-
ers, are eligible for assis-

*There is no require-
ment to reserve funds
for low income residents
as it is unlikely that they
can obtain a loan to buy a

Mobile homes are now
considered eligible for
down payment assistance
so long as the mobile
home was built after June
30, 1994.
The down payment
assistance is a loan that
must be repaid to the
SHIP program. Borrow-
ers are expected to repay
SHIP program loans us-
ing the income tax refund
established in the federal
stimulus bill and entitled
"First Time Homebuyer
The county may trans-
fer any portion of the un-
expended funds to any
of its existing SHIP pro-
grams after the Home
Buyer program expires
on June 30, 2010.
Florida Housing ad-
ministers SHIP which
provides funds to local
governments as an in-
centive to create part-
nerships that produce
and preserve affordable
homeownership and
multifamily housing. The

program was designed to
serve low and moderate
income families.
SHIP funds are distrib-
uted on an entitlement
basis to all 67 counties
and 53 Community De-
velopment Block Grant
entitlement cities in Flor-
The minimum alloca-
tion is $350,000 and the
maximum allocation is $9
million. In order to partic-
ipate, local governments
must establish a local
housing assistance pro-
gram by ordinance; de-
velop a local housing as-
sistance plan and housing
incentive strategy; amend
land development regula-
tions or establish local
policies to implement the
incentive strategies.
SHIP dollars may be
used to fund emergency
repairs, new construc-
tion, rehabilitation, down
payment and closing
cost assistance, impact
fees, construction and
gap financing, mortgage
buy-downs, acquisition of
property for affordable
housing, matching dollars
for federal housing grants
and programs, and home-
ownership counseling.
By Lois Swoboda

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the same or increased by a
few percent.
In reviewing the first
budget, that of the sheriff 's
office, Commissioner Pinki
Jackel served notice that
she wanted to see at least a
10 percent decrease in bud-
geting for all departments.
"We're looking at tough
times. I hope we will find
some way to cut this year,"
she said. "This is not a time
in our economy to increase
our numbers."
Jackel askedUndersher-
iff Joel Norred to revisit his
department's numbers to
try to find a minimum 10
percent cut. Norred was
standing in for Sheriff Skip
Shiver, who was attending
the Florida Sheriffs Associ-
ation's summer conference
in Palm Beach Gardens.
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders also called for cuts
but did not specify a per-
centage amount.
"I feel like this is a tough
year all around the state,"
she told Norred. "We may
not be having it as bad, but
we got it bad. I would like
to see a decrease in your
"I'm expecting cuts in
here all day," she said. "I'm
going to ask every person
who comes before us to
By day's end, the com-
missioners had whittled
away a total of about
$250,000 from all the initial
budget numbers brought
to the table by finance of-
ficer Linda Phillips and as-
sistant finance officer Erin
As a result, the morn-
ing's initial proposed mill-
age of 3.76 mils had dropped
by one-tenth of a mil by
day's end. But that's as far
as any further cuts went.

0.78 percent mecrease
Because of the request
made by Jackel and Sand-
ers, the sheriff's office
budget was not tentatively
approved in the morning,
with both Norred and the
department's finance offi-
cer, Ginger Creamer, asked
to return in the afternoon
with further cuts.

"We'll definitely look,"
Creamer said. "I just don't
know that we can do 10 per-
cent. I don't see how we can
do that."
The sheriff proposed
a budget of $5.01 million,
about a $38,703 increase
over this year's $4.97 mil-
lion budget. Creamer said
the budget would have de-
creased if not for the ris-
ing cost of mandated re-
tirements, which went up
by $60,000, inmate meals,
which rose by $28,000, and
bonds and insurance.
Griffith said Monday
that there could be a future
bright spot in the retire-
ment funding picture. She
said the state has been try-
ing to raise retirement con-
tribution rates but ended up
not acting on any increase
during the last legislative
As a result, the current
rates are good through
June 30, 2010. "Basically
(we'll then) have three
months of unknown," she
"The state sends down
all these mandates. We
have to go by them," Com-
missioner Noah Lockley
"I think we're all con-
cerned about the numbers
in all these budget pages.
I was happy to see a de-
crease in your budget, but I
am asking you to revisit it,"
Jackel said.
Norred said the sheriff 's
office plans to increase the
booking fees and meal fees
charged to inmates, but
Creamer noted the con-
straints on how much of
this can be collected from
inmates who are not get-
ting money from family.
She said the jail can deduct
funds from inmates' ac-
counts, up to one half of the
available funds.
"You can charge them,
but if they're not getting
money in, there's no way to
collect," she said.
Sanders praised the
sheriff's office for returning
$340,057 back to the county
last year from its budget al-
location, but Creamer said
a newly-arrived inmate
with a serious illness that
calls for weekly treatments

might stand in the way of a
repeat performance.
"I know it's going to be
very costly if he stays," she
As she did with all con-
stitutional officers, Sand-
ers asked Norred whether
any incentives, raises or
bonuses other than
the county commission's
across-the-board pay raise
last year had been paid
out to employees last year.
Norred said no.
Norred said the depart-
ment was able to cut its
fuel budget because of an-
ticipated lower fuel prices
and a reduction in the
number of miles traveled.
He said computer technol-
ogy will enable deputies to
file paperwork from their
vehicles without having to
make an extra trip to East-
point headquarters.
Norred noted the sher-
iff's office has had no capi-
tal outlay for the past two
years and has in its fleet
11 vehicles it has received
from throughout the state,
each with 190,000-200,000
miles on them.
Commission Chairman
Smokey Parrish questioned
Norred on whether all 24
correctional officers were
The undersheriff said
that the average inmate
population is 97 or 98 and
that some officers were
concurrent, meaning they
handle other duties in the
department. The 24 officers
include the captain, trans-
port officers and work crew
members, Creamer said,
with 19 full-time correc-
tional officers split among
four shifts.
Speaking on behalf of
the Concerned Citizens
of Franklin County, Allen
Feifer began by lauding the
sheriff's effort to control
spending, noting that at
$5.5 million, including ben-
efits costs, that one depart-
ment forms the majority of
the county budget funded
by ad valorem taxes.
But, he said, the in-
crease in spending over the
last several years must be
addressed. "I feel that's un-
sustainable," he said. "We
need to know other sources

of income. I plead with you
to ask for all the detail you
need in order to make an
intelligent decision."
Feifer said the personnel
count in the sheriff 's office
had increased 10 percent
over the last several years
and now is among the high-
est ratios of police officers
to population in the state.
Lockley said the coun-
ty's population was actu-
ally higher than year-round
full-time residents, as
counted in the U.S. Census,
and thus the ratio statistic
is misleading. He said that
over the summer there
were as many as an addi-
tional 10,000-15,000 visitors
to the island.
"We're no different than
other coastal counties,"
Feifer said. "We just have
an awful lot of deputies.
The sheriff's budget has
grown excessively com-
pared to the population of
this county."
Feifer suggested part-
time officers and other
staffing methods be used to
address the summertime
population increases.
"There are other ways
of dealing with peaks," he
At the end of the long
workshop, Norred and
Creamer returned to face
the commissioners and
said a 10 percent cut could
not be made. The commis-
sioners urged them to find
whatever cuts they could
by the July 31 morning
workshop, and gave them
tentative approval.

0.75 percent decrease
Clerk of Courts Marcia
Johnson presented a bud-
get of $321,149, a 0.75 per-
cent decrease below this
year's $318,750.
She began by telling
Sanders that, regarding
any bonuses or increases,
"I have (given them) in the
past, but I don't anticipate
doing so next year."
Jackel pushed Johnson
to try to cut 10 percent of
her budget.
"Because of the state of
affairs of the local economy,
I believe citizens are bear-

ing all they can bear," she
said. "I'm going to ask you
to try."
Johnson replied that
she had cut her budget ev-
ery year since she's been in
"I've tried hard to be
conservative on the bud-
get," she said. "There's no
way I can cut 10 percent
without firing somebody."
Jackel said she would
not tell Johnson what cuts
to make, but noted that per
diem reimbursements, re-
pair and maintenance, of-
fice supplies and transpor-
tation might be considered.
"I understand that," she
said. "I'm looking at the
numbers being increased
for the next budget cycle.
A lot of your categories are
up, and I'm asking you to
look at your numbers."
Johnson said that by
not replacing longtime fi-
nance director Ruth Wil-
liams a few years ago, she
managed cost savings but
added a burden to existing
"It's been a hardship in
my finance office," she said.
"I've tried. When Amelia
Varnes died, that was dev-
astating to my office."
"We've increased hours,"
Johnson said. "We've done
the very best that we can
Sanders indicated that
she did not want to tenta-
tively approve the Clerk of
Courts budget, or that of
any constitutional officers,
until they found further
"I have cut," Johnson
said. "What I've turned in
today is a reduction from
last year. I've turned in a
reduced budget every year
since I've been in office.
You need to look at individ-
ual budgets."
Johnson later noted that
her budget had fallen by at
least $90,000, from $409,000
in 2006.
Johnson charged that
Jackel had been provided
budget information at least
two months ago but had
not raised any questions
regarding cuts during that
"I don't need to ask
questions when the num-

bers are self-explanatory,"
Jackel countered. "These
are difficult decisions. The
reality is our revenue is go-
ing down, and our budgets
have to reflect a decreasing
revenue base."
Without specifically
mentioning the health de-
partment or Weems Memo-
rial Hospital, Johnson al-
luded to her recent involve-
ment in stating her views
on health care funding to
the county commissioners.
"I feel y'all are retaliat-
ing against me because of
things I've brought up late-
ly," she said.
"I'm not going to ask
you to do anything I'm not
going to ask other folks to
do," Jackel replied.
Lockley said he believed
it would be unfair not to
tentatively approve John-
son's budget, sparking a
discussion over asking for
such sizeable cuts at the
11th hour.
Sanders said she op-
posed tentative approval of
budgets in the absence of
further cuts.
"I cannot stand to see
another increase in taxes,"
she said. "Ifit's an increase
in millage, it increases
somebody's taxes.
"We're not in your bud-
get to micromanage your
budget," Sanders said. "If
you can't (cut), you can't.
But at least look at it for the
people of Franklin County."
Parrish noted that
Johnson had been one of
the constitutional officers
who tried to meet the 10
percent cut the commis-
sioners asked for last year,
and moved for tentative ap-
In the end, Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal was
the swing vote, and after
expressing concern over
the process, voted to ten-
tatively approve. "If you've
done all you can do, that's
all you can do," he said.

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a $644,109 budget for the
next fiscal year that is 2.09
percent above this year's
budget of $630,932.
The biggest debate, how-
ever, was not over the bud-
get numbers, but regarding
the answer Pendleton gave
to Sanders' opening ques-
tion of whether she had giv-
en any bonuses or raises
over the last year.
Pendleton said she had
transferred $1,600 from
her overtime budget for
last year and used it to give
$800 raises each to two em-
"It was a salary adjust-
ment," she said, explaining
that her office had lost a
field employee in last year's
9 percent budget cut.
"The two in the field
had to cover the whole
county," Pendleton said. "It
increased their whole du-
She said the two staffers
had started with the office
five years ago at $18,500 but
had missed out on the first
two years of pay raises.
"They got a raise last
year, and I felt they needed
more," Pendleton said.
The property appraiser
requested the commis-
sioners sign off on a letter
indicating that they were
aware of Pendleton's deci-
sion to grant the salary ad-
In order to act on the re-
quest, the commissioners
went into an emergency
meeting and quickly acted
on the first item, in which
they agreed to the policy of
sending out at their own ex-
pense the upcoming TRIM
(Truth in Millage) notices
from the property apprais-
ers' office.
The second item, to ap-
prove a letter indicating
they were aware of Pendle-
ton's decision to grant the
salary adjustments, trig-
gered a firestorm of pro-
test from Richard Harper,
Pendleton's opponent in
last November's election.
"What the letter is do-
ing is letting the property
appraiser off the hook for
violating state statute," he
"Sometimes things hap-
pen that are not OK. It's a
CYA thing," said Harper,
referring to an expression
commonly translated as
"cover your assets."
Pendleton stressed to

commissioners that the
matter was not "a statuto-
rial issue" but based on a
request from the Florida
Department of Revenue to
ensure conformity with its
administrative rules. She
said that state officials had
begun requiring the prior
approval after a county of-
ficial elsewhere in Florida
moved around $800,000 in
raises and bonuses without
authorization by his or her
county commission.
Pendleton also said it
was her understanding
that state officials would
have approved the adjust-
ments had they been made
aware of them, and now
wanted the commissioners
to do so.
"In my opinion, you guys
move money around quite
a bit," Pendleton said. "I
think the public needs to be
aware also."
County Attorney Mi-
chael Shuler told the com-
missioners that it was at
the board's discretion to
approve the letter.
"If you don't sign the let-
ter, the raises for these two
employees would be lost,"
he said, noting that Pend-
leton's actions were not in
violation of state statute.
"It's an internal Depart-
ment of Revenue rule she's
dealing with," he said.
Sanders noted that these
two employees would each
be receiving $2,000 raises,
in contrast to the $1,200
across-the-board raise giv-
en out to county employees
last year.
"This puts us in a hard
spot," she said.
Shuler said that a state
official with the Depart-
ment of Revenue did not
confirm that her depart-
ment would have granted
the adjustments, but sug-
gested it was likely given
the fact that the property
appraiser's employees are
paid "on the lower end of
the scale" when compared
with others across the
state. "She understood it
would have been seriously
considered," Shuler said.
Pendleton urged the
commissioners to approve
the letter.
"They've worked here
five years, and they've just
got up to a starting salary,"
she said. "I don't think $800
a year is an astronomical
amount for me to come be-

fore and ask."
Feifer questioned the
salary adjustment because,
he argued, the Concerned
Citizens "does not believe
this is an isolated incident.
This is a direct assault on
the authority of the board
(of county commissioners).
"You need to go back and
treat every employee indi-
vidually. The whole process
needs to be transparent,"
he said. "It's got to be fair;
it's got to be consistent."
After Shuler indicated
he would support the letter,
the motion passed without
In terms of the details of
Pendleton's budget, Jackel
asked her at what salary
level she would start a new
"At least $22,000, if I had
my way," Pendleton said.
Alan Pierce, the county's
director of administrative
services, said most county
employees are started at
$20,000, with some excep-
Jackel asked Pendleton
to look for 10 percent in
cuts, and again the discus-
sion centered on whether
the property appraiser's
budget would be tentatively
"I just think we need to
do one thing or the other;
either we approve them or
send everybody back," Put-
nal said.
"I will not vote for a mill-
age rate of 3.7 mils. If that's
what it is, I'll be voting
against the budget," Sand-
ers said. "I'd like to see it
staying at the same level as
last year.
"I'm not going to sit here
haggling," she said. "It's
not a personal thing. It is
a personal thing when peo-
ple are losing their homes
because of taxes."
Pierce noted that with-
out a stated willingness to
cut personnel, finding 10
percent in cuts would be dif-
ficult for most departments,
particularly since about 80
cents of every budget dollar
goes to labor costs.
"Any changes they make
are going to be fairly minor
in the scheme of things," he


"You're only going to
get trivial cuts," Feifer
said, again stressing that
from 2001 to 2007 there had
been "a very substantial in-
crease in the head count"
of county employees.
"This is an exercise in
futility," he said. "The only
way you're going to make a
material difference is look
at head counts."
The commissioners
voted 3-2 to tentatively ap-
prove Pendleton's budget,
with Sanders and Jacket
"Please go back and see
if you can help the county
by cutting," Parrish said.

0. 14 percent decrease
Tax Collector Jimmy
Harris presented a budget
of $502,595, a 0.14 percent
decrease over last year's
He said he had put in no
money for bonuses or rais-
es, and did not budget for
the cost of moving offices.
"When we move, the
board's going to have to
foot the bill," he said. "It's
going to be an expensive
The commissioners are
considering a plan to relo-
cate the tax collector's of-
fice to the former Chapman
School, which the county
recently obtained from the
school board.
Harris said he did not
believe the idea was feasi-
ble, because he shares with
the property appraiser the
cost and operation of an
online property records
system known as the AS
400. He said the sharing ar-
rangement saves the coun-
ty about $100,000.
Harris also noted that
he would need a vault for
his office's paperwork,
and that none was avail-
able in the former Chap-
man School. He said he has
been in talks with the city
of Apalachicola to possibly
utilize space in the former
Apalachicola High School,
which does have a vault.
Harris said he did not
budget for opening a driv-
er's license office, now that

the Department of Motor
Vehicles office in Eastpoint
has closed.
"I'm presuming in the
future I may be doing driv-
er's licenses," he said.
Harris said that he made
an effort "to come down as
much as I can" on the bud-
get, and that he was down
to the bare bones. He noted
that his office must spend
$5.62 to mail a certified let-
ter, and that he sometimes
mails as many as 10 per
The commissioners
gave Harris' budget their
tentative approval,

1.51 percent decrease
Supervisor of Elections
Ida Cooper Elliott, the fi-
nal constitutional officer to
appear before the commis-
sion, presented a budget
of $273,082, a 1.51 percent
decrease over this year's
Elliott said the office
continues to have just two
employees working under
her, the same as was in
In response to question-
ing from Jackel, Elliott said
she started her recent hire
of an assistant to fill a va-
cancy at $28,000.
She said the assistant
had banking experience
and had worked at the
Leon County Supervisor of
Elections office.
"She came in knowing
the system," Elliott said.
"She's well-balanced, and
you can't find a well-bal-
anced person cheap."
Elliott said she did not
advertise for the position,
which she is not required
to do under state law.
"I was refilling a posi-
tion, and (the pay) is under
the salary I was making,"
she said. "I feel it was a
good salary to start a per-
son out at."
Elliott said she also
moved the other assistant
up and adjusted her salary,
although it was still below
what Elliott had been mak-
ing as a 30-year veteran of

the office.
Elliott's budget was ten-
tatively approved by a vote
of 3-2, with Sanders and
Jackel again voting no.
The budgets for the con-
stitutional officers closed
with comments from Ken
Osborne, of Alligator Point,
a retired apparel manufac-
turer who has long been
active in civic affairs, in-
cluding the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association.
Osborne said commis-
sioners should focus on the
discrepancy between em-
ployee pay for the consti-
tutional officers' staffs and
those of the departments
that work directly for the
"We keep coming down
to the haves and the have-
nots," he said.
Osborne said he has
seen pay variations of as
much as one-third for staff-
ers working for constitu-
tional officers over other
county employees.
"The fella who controls
my mosquitoes, who han-
dles my garbage, they're
important, and they're as
important as someone who
wears a badge," he said.
"The cuts that need to be
taken need to be taken
across the county."
He said county law en-
forcement takes 55 cents
out of every county tax dol-
lar, and "we can't sustain
Osborne suggested that
commissioners take a clos-
er look at budget cuts.
"We've got to recognize
what's happening in this
county," he said. "People
are losing their jobs and
losing their homes.
"You can't insulate all
the employees of this coun-
ty.You have to face that,"
Osborne said.
He urged the commis-
sion to get a direct handle
on two areas of the budget
picture, that of money put
aside for contingencies and
employee overtime, so as
to rein in spending.
Watch for more news
next week on the budgets
of county departments
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Next year's millage
would be a little more than
three-quarters of a 1 mil
- 0.785 mils to be exact
- above this year's millage
rate of 3.765 mils.
Next year's budget
would spend about $13.1
million for operating rev-
enue, or about 2.1 percent
more than was spent in
that category this past
year. The district's actual
budget is more than twice
that of operating revenue,
or about $27.7 million, but it
includes federal and state
funding, grants, existing
fund balances and various
other sources of funds.
The total proposed mill-
age is actually the collec-
tion of five separate mill-
age rates, two of which are
set by the state and three
of which are in the hands of
the local school board.
For its part, the school
board kept its portion

steady and did not raise
those millage rates, al-
though it did make a criti-
cally important shift of
money away from capital
improvements and into op-
erating revenue.
The board lowered the
capital outlay millage from
1.25 to 1.0 mills and moved
the 0.25 mils into operat-
ing revenue to meet the
district's critical needs.
This option, which required
the support of at least four
of the five board members,
was newly allowed by the
Florida Legislature but
would have to go before
county voters if the district
wanted to do it again next
The decision means
a shift of an additional
$675,000 in bricks-and-mor-
tar money into operating
needs and is intended to
shore up the increasingly
thin margin left in reserve.

The board also approved
the levying of another half-
mil for operating needs,
but this is mandated by
a four-year referendum
passed by voters in June
2008. This millage, which
expires in summer 2012, is
earmarked for salaries and
benefits for school staff.
The jump in millage
came because of the Flor-
ida Legislature's decision
in the spring to place more
of the tax-paying burden
for school financing on the
counties. The state's pay-
ment per student will drop
next year, and the mill-
age rates set by the state
- the required local effort
and discretionary millage
- will both rise.
Last year, the required
local effort was 1.48 mills,
the discretionary was 0.498
mills, and a supplemen-
tal millage, also set by the
state, was 0.034 mils.

This year, the required
local effort will rise to 2.052
mils, the supplemental has
been eliminated, and the
discretionary will go up to
0.748 mils. These changes
in state-mandated millage
rates account for the 27
percent millage hike.
With more operating
revenue available to spend
than might otherwise have
been the case, San Carnley,
the district's director of fi-
nancial services, said the
budget for next year an-
ticipates a fund balance by
the end of next year of $1.83
million, more than enough
to meet state mandated
a 4 percent pay increase for
teachers and staff, which
is half of the 8 percent in-
crease agreed upon for the
second year of the current
three-year contract.
At the bargaining table

last year, the board agreed
to grant a 10 percent pay
hike for 2008-09, an 8 per-
cent boost for the upcoming
fiscal year and 6 percent for
But local officials are
concerned that the half-
mil referendum, which will
yield about 20 percent few-
er dollars than it did last
year, might not be enough
to cover the agreed-upon
pay hikes and still leave
enough for the fourth year,
when the referendum ex-
pires if not renewed again
at the ballot box.
Last year, the referen-
dum brought in about $1.7
million, and next year, it
will bring in closer to $1.3
million. In addition, if there
is no change in the pay in-
creases, the operating bud-
get must cover the 10 per-
cent increase granted last
year plus the additional 8

Carnley said the district
will have to decide whether
to grant the 8 percent in-
crease, ask the union to re-
open contract negotiations
to make modifications or
exercise a third option in
which the district can de-
clare a fiscal emergency.
Even with the shift of a
quarter-mil from capital
outlay funds, the district
will have about $2.72 mil-
lion to spend on capital im-
Anticipated projects in-
clude a new bus garage and
fueling facility, a new open-
air gym for the Franklin
County Elementary stu-
dents, renovation of district
offices at the former Brown
Elementary School, trans-
fer of money to the Apala-
chicola Bay Charter School
for maintenance of the for-
mer Chapman Elementary
School, and the purchase of
two school buses.

an environmental group
that has opposed St. Joe's
development plan from its
inception, argued that the
county has more than am-
ple land zoned residential
to accommodate projected
growth for a decade.
Smith said the county
currently has granted ap-
proval of 6,411 vacation
houses and residences to
be built on vacant land. Us-
ing formulas that indicate
one in every four houses
has a someone living in it
year-round, and 2.28 people
per permanent-resident
home, this translates to a
buildable capacity for an
additional 3,654 permanent
But, he said, based on
current projections, the
county's population is ex-
pected to increase from
12,400 to only 13,700 by
Thus, Smith argued, the
county has 25 percent more

housing capacity than is
needed to serve the ex-
pected new residents and
secondary homeowners.
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal said there were al-
ready scores of homes sit-
ting empty in the county. He
said there were also home-
less families who could not
afford to buy them. Where,
he asked, was the afford-
able housing promised by
Both commissioners and
members of the audience
criticized St. Joe's policies
of denying the public water
access across proposed de-
velopment sites.
"A lot of people in this
county are caught in a situ-
ation that they can't enjoy
what they used to because
St. Joe has blocked all of
that off," Putnal said.
St. James Island's Don
Ashley, who sued to blockSt.
Joe's development plans,
said, "The No. 1 comment

from our visioning meet-
ings was the importance of
maintaining our rural fish-
ing village character."
He said St. Joe's devel-
opments were not compat-
ible with the lifestyle of lo-
cal residents.
Ken Osborne of Alliga-
tor Point said, "I person-
ally don't object to devel-
opment of their land, but
they presented us with a
plan for 1,500 units, and we
wound up with 4,000 units.
Stand up to them. This was
jammed down our throat.
Nobody listened to us."
In response to the coun-
ty's efforts to rezone the
land, St. Joe sent a letter
to the commission warn-
ing them that under Flori-
da's Bert J. Harris Private
Property Rights Protection
Act, St. Joe will be entitled
to $70 per acre to offset
money spent to create in-
frastructure for the pro-
posed developments.

St. Joe said is has in-
vested $800,000 in legal
costs and $5.5 million on
the construction of water
and sewer facilities.
Smith said St. Joe can-
not claim the water and
sewer treatment facility at
the SummerCamp develop-
ment was built to service
Rural Village and Conser-
vation Residential because
it was permitted in 2004 be-
fore the two FLUMs were
approved in April 2005. He
said the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental
Protection permitters said
the sewer treatment plant
does not even have suffi-
cient capacity to treat Sum-
merCamp's wastewater if
all of the available lots are
Commission Chairman
Smokey Parrish expressed
concern at the possible cost
of litigation with St. Joe, but

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Members of the Darling AII-Stars are, front row, from left, Morgan Vaughn, Eva Varnes, Nc
Stiefel and Madison Smith. Middle row, from left, are Shaylee Crews, Madison Coulter, M
Kirvin and Alexus Johnson. Back row, from left, are Coach Ward Kirvin, Coach Brock Johr

Taking friends or family to the stadi-
um can mean coming face to face with a
major league selection of high-fat foods,
such as hot dogs, pizza, nachos, brat-
wurst and soft drinks.
A smaller venue doesn't necessarily
mean a healthier one. Vendors peddling
fatty treats like heavily buttered popcorn,
ice cream, and chips are selling out at
little league games across the country.
TOPS Club, Inc. members know it is pos-
sible to be both health-conscious and a
time-crunched, hungry baseball fan!
"Eat before arriving at the park," said
TOPS Club Inc. member and regional di-
rector Judy Pettit.
Pettit is a member of TOPS Club, Inc.
(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in Albany,
N.Y, home of the Yankees. Her favorite
team, however, plays at the local little
league park.
"I carry a diet soft drink or bottled wa-
ter to my grandchildren's games," Pet-
tit said. "We either pack a light supper

with chicken, baked, fat-free chips, and
grapes or watermelon. Sometimes we
take fat-free cheese chunks and healthy
TOPS Club members keep weight
off by learning to choose low-fat, heart-
healthy foods. These include soft pret-
zels, turkey sub sandwiches (hold the
fatty mayo and cheese, add fresh spinach
& tomatoes), veggie dogs and low-carb
wraps, fat-free yogurt and fresh fruit
cups and salads.
TOPS Club Inc. is a network of non-
profit, noncommercial weight-loss sup-
port groups. Members learn about nutri-
tion, food planning, exercise and more.
Weekly weigh-ins, group feedback and
support help members achieve their
goals. TOPS Club Inc. has chapters
throughout the U.S. and Canada, and its
international headquarters is based in
Milwaukee, Wis.
Visit: www.tops.org or call 800-932-

For years, colony-forming bats of St
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge have
dwelled in the attic of the old hunting cab-
in, a wooden lodging structure located on
the barrier island. Their twilight departure
patterns the air and guano droppings on
the porch provide a distinctive fragrance.
In 2006, Ryan Barberides of Lynn Ha-
ven built four pole bat houses as part of
his Eagle Scout project. He was assisted
by the Bonita Bay Environmental Youth
Club and Boy Scout Troop #321 in placing
the poles on the island. Currently the four
houses are located just southwest of the
cabin and all four show evidence of use.
A historical renovation of the cabin has
now begun, which will displace the winter-
ing occupants, a colony of Brazilian free
tail bats. To resolve this problem, refuge
volunteers Carl Wolfe and Rae Ellen Sy-
verson, contacted Joe Reinman, wildlife
biologist at the St. Marks National Wildlife
Refuge. He encouraged them to investi-
gate building a community bat house on
St. Vincent Island.
The St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc.
agreed to purchase the materials needed
to build the bat house. A very generous
gift of materials and labor for the roof was
donated by Bobby James, of Bobby James
Quality Roofing Inc. of Eastpoint. The four
very strong utility poles supporting the bat
hou~seewtehedntd s bs c nogs eEnu r
the direction of Bob Casey, a refuge vol-
unteer from Connecticut. Bob made this
project a success with help from several
inmates from the Franklin County Work
Camp and refuge volunteers Ken Fox,
David Standeart, and Bob's wife, Anita.
Refuge Forestry Technician Dale Shiver
provided labor, expertise, and valuable
knowledge during the entire project. St.
Marks National Wildlife Refuge employee
Dallas Beckett transported a forklift to the
island and assisted with the task of erect-
ing the bat house on the poles.
The bat house follows a plan from Flor-
ida Bat Conservancy and consists of 74
sheets of 4' x 8' plywood housed within a 8'
x 8' wooden building, located 15'-16' off the
ground. Now that the bat house is com-
plete, it may take some time to achieve a
good occupancy rate.
According to the Florida Bat Conser-
vancy, "the keys to a successful community
bat house are design and location. A well-
designed and properly located bat house

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Bat house
has a reasonable chance of acquiring bats
within a few years. However, since there
are no guarantees, the best we can do is
design and locate a bat house in a way that
increases the likelihood that the bats will
find it, try it out and choose to stay."
With a local population of Brazilian
free-tail bats that will be displaced with
the cabin renovation, a good bat house
design, and careful placement of the new
home in the vicinity of the cabin, there is
a very good likelihood that the house will

soonom nity ebt houses are designed to
provide roosting habitat for colony form-
ing bats. The colony- forming bats of the
Florida Panhandle likely to share the
community bat house at St. Vincent Is-
land NWR are Brazilian free-tail bats, big
brown bats, evening bats and southeast-
ern myotis bats.
Community bat houses are usually 4
to 8 feet square and may host more than
50,000 bats. Large community bat houses
have been built at several locations in
Florida including Hickory Mound Wildlife
Management Area in Taylor County, Flori-
da A&M University, Knapp-Phipps Park in
Tallahassee, and Spirit of the Suwannee
Music Park.
The largest Florida bat house is an 18' x
18' house on the University of Florida cam-
pus in Gainesville. More than 100,000 bats
were reported to roost in this structure
by 2008. Descriptions of these bat houses
and those at other locations can be found
at the Florida Bat Conservancy web site:
http ://www.floridabats.org/CB H.htm.



Darling AII-Stars'

season shines

Franklin County had a
first this year as this was the
first year that a team in the
~C- Darlings Division (7-8) had
ever competed in the district
't: All-Star Tournament. The
.Xv: Hwrf;team played Port St. Joe the
Very first game and came
,r~-~6~ ~ away' with the first Darlings
2 k @&wm in Franklin County his-
tor next two games were
~R "16~'against the eventual state
runner-up Wewahitchka.
"We played hard both
games, but to give Wewa
credit, they had a great
team, and we just couldn't
pull out the wins as they
beat us two times to ad-
~igg vance," Coach Brock John-
Clrl ~ f L- Ison said.
Johnson and fellow
coaches Ward Kirvin and
Kim Johnson couldn't be
prouder of these young
"It's a different game
coaching little girls, as I
try to push them to be the
best," Johnson said. "But
they make it hard to get on
~3 them sometimes when they
,Fi" f~~know they did wrong but just
look up at you and smile. Or
r ~ ~ cS -when you're trying to get
? their attention but they're
in the dugout singing Taylor
:'''I~':~Swift songs. But all in all I
4,,,,~ look forward to continuing
* coaching this group of girls
for many years to come, be-
atalie Terhune, Alyssa Martina, Lindsey cause in a few years you're
~ichaela Cassidy, Sara Gibbs, Sophia going to be looking a con-
nson and Coach Kim Johnson, tinuing state finalist."

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voted in favor of sending the with a legal battle. Putnal said he water access and affordable hous- sion's courage in facing off with the most significant biologically
FLUMs to the DCA for revision, thought some conservation groups ing," Putnal said. "Everybody got St. Joe. "To me this is a visionary rich area in North America. The
County Planner Alan Pierce might help with the battle as well. in too big of a hurry. When you commission and a commission state of Florida will be watching
said he believed the Florida As- "The overlay had a lot of stuff grow, you should grow in stages." that is at least trying to look at us closely. We are going to stand
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From Florida Freedom and wire reports

House fire causes
$50,000 indamage
NICEVILLE Firefighters responding to a
fire at 1706 Ivy St. in Niceville on Monday
night about 7 p.m. arrived to find smoke
and flames showing from the eaves.
The home, which is being renovated,
was vacant at the time the fire broke out.
The owner later told fire crews he had
been working on the home and had cooked
dinner there earlier, but a pan filled with
grease caught on fire after he forgot to
turn off the stove.
Niceville Fire Department Assistant
Chief Tony Lohrman estimated the dam-
age to be about $50,000.

Santa Rosa Count '
Whiting to sign pact
WHITING FIELD On Friday, Naval Air
Station Whiting Field and Santa Rosa
County will sign a limited access use
agreement to allow the county controlled
use of taxiways and runways located at
South Field.
The signing of the agreement comes af-
ter six years of negotiations by the county,
NAS Whiting Field, Naval Southeast Com-
mand in Jacksonville and ultimately the
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Limited access to and use of the run-
ways and taxiways will permit tenants in
the proposed Whiting Aviation Park to use
a 6,000-foot runway to bring aircraft requir-
ing maintenance to and from the park.
Once the agreement is signed, the coun-

ty can begin working to make the Whiting
Aviation Park a reality and help attract
new jobs, a county news release said.

Crestview man
IDd in fatal wreck
HOLMES COUNTY The Florida Highway
Patrol has released the name of Crestview
man killed July 13 in a one-vehicle crash
on Interstate 10.
Michael E. Reeb, 33, lost control of his
1995 Mercury at 8:30 p.m., left the road and
struck trees in the median.
One of his passengers, 52-year-old Eric
S. Beyer of Mobile, Ala., was ejected and
critically injured. William C. Zimmerman,
a 45-year-old Mobile man, was seriously
injured. Kenneth S. Noll, a 48-year-old
Pensacola man, had minor injuries.
Noll was the only one wearing a seat
belt, according to the report.
It is not known whether alcohol was a
factor in the crash.

Motorists on U.S. 331
bridge to face delayS
SANTA ROSA BEACH Northbound mo-
torists on the Clyde B. Wells Bridge over
Choctawhatchee Bay should expect traf-
fic delays over the next several weeks as
crews replace and repair a section of the
bridge, according to a news release from
Walton County officials.
Motorists will encounter lane closures
from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each day.
They are asked to use caution and to
obey the posted speed limit in the con-
struction zone.

Pedestrian injured
00 (ileStnut Avenue
CRESTVIEW A Crestview man was
found lying in the westbound lane of east
Chestnut Avenue, east of the intersection
of Rayburn Street, at 9:38 p.m. Saturday.
Jackie Christopher Brooks, 43, sus-
tained fractured ribs and lacerations to
his face, according to reports from the
Crestview Police Department. Brooks
was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in
Circumstances surrounding the crash
are unknown.
The identity of the vehicle involved in
the accident and the driver currently are
unknown. The incident is currently under
investigation by the Crestview Police De-

Wewahitchka readieS
for Relaly for Life
PORT ST. JOE The Wewahitchka Relay
for Life to benefit the fight against cancer
will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT on
Saturday, Aug. 8.
This year's relay will be held in Lake
Alice Park, the walking trail skirting the
shoreline of Lake Alice.
A host of vendors has been lined up
and there will be entertainment for chil-
dren such as a petting zoo and train rides
around the park.
There also is a lineup of bands and mu-
sical performers, providing a backdrop of
rock, bluegrass, country and western mu-
sic throughout the day.
After the opening ceremonies, there

will be a survivors' walk for the first lap
around the park followed by a lunch and
reception for those who have survived a
bout with cancer.
The luminaria ceremony, remembering
those who have fought valiantly and lost
the battle against cancer, will take place
at 9 p.m.
Folks still can purchase luminarias
from the American Cancer Society.
Vendors still are encouraged to partici-
pate and anyone interested in being a ven-
dor can contact Arani at 850-785-9205, ext.
3508 or by e-mail at c.araniecancer.org.
For more information about the
Wewahitchka Relay for Life go to

State, Bar aiding
0foecl0SUre defenSO
TALLAHASSEE The state and Florida Bar
Foundation are teaming up to provide legal
help for homeowners facing foreclosure.
Attorney General Bill McCollum and
bar officials Tuesday announced $4 million
the state obtained through a settlement
with Countrywide Financial Corp. would
be dedicated to the effort.
Countrywide, now owned by Bank of
America, lost billions of dollars on bad
loans. In a lawsuit, McCollum accused
Countrywide of using deceptive practices.
McCollum's office and the foundation
will make grants to nonprofit legal aid or-
ganizations so they can provide free ser-
vices to homeowners who cannot afford
The grants are expected to cover a two-
year period beginning Oct. 1.

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Ajoylen McNair turns 2

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society met last month for its annual meeting at the
home of Bill and Lynn Spohrer, above. Selected as officers for 2009-10 were Bill Spohrer,
president; Mark Curenton, vice president, Shirley Taylor, secretary; and David Adlerstein,
treasurer. Retiring from the board were Dot Hill and newly added were Lynn Wilson
Spohrer and Susan Clementson. The society now has 70 members and is actively seeking
new ones. Dues are $10 per year. To join, call Adlerstein at 370-6201.


Happy 49th wedding From the great
anniversary to Jimmie grandchildren,
and Mary Rochelle on Donate and Kyera and
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Jacinto Negron and Teresa Ibarra were married on
Saturday, July 18 in Haines City, Florida by Jacinto's
brother-in-law, the Rev. Nelson Reynoso.
After a short stay in St. Cloud, the couple returned to
their residence on St. George Island.

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Mfaiie an 18-month- ~i reat Dane and White
English mix, arrived at the Adoption Center three
weeks ago. She is a sweet, playful girl whose owners
could no longer care for her A laceiic has tested
negative for heartworms, has been spayed and is up to
date on her shots.
Call Kam at 670-8417 for more details or visit
the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 State
Route 65 in Eastpoint. You may log onto the website
at www~forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable
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Ajaylen McNair
celebrate his second
birthday on Friday, July
24, 2009. He is the son of
Jasmine Lewis.
Maternal grandparents
are Trina Ford and
Freddie and Candye
Lewis. Maternal great-
grandparents are Marion
Greene and Rosa Tolliver.
Godparents are Evelyn
and Freddie Williams.

Chuck and Regina
(Buzzett) Misiaveg, of
Greer, S.C., celebrated
their 65th wedding
anniversary on
July 5.
The couple was
married in 1944 during
World War II at St.
Patrick's Catholic
Church in Apalachicola.
The family includes
son Bill Misiaveg and
his wife, Suzanne, of
Greer, SC; son Chuck
Misiaveg and his wife,
Susan, of Rome, Ga.;
and daughter Kathy
Shimonis, of Shamong,
N.J.; along with six
grandchildren and 10
gre at-grandchildre n.
Chuck enlisted in the
Army Air Corps prior to
World War II and was

stationed in Apalachicola
when he met Regina,
who was a pharmacist
in her father's drug
Chuck worked many
years in the home
furnishings industry,
retiring from Arthur A.
Oliver in High Point, NC
17 years ago. Regina
returned to college and
received a degree in
education, retiring from
the High Point School
System 28 years ago. The
couple moved to Greer
in 1996.
They have lived a
life of loving devotion
and faith and selfless
service to their children
and extended family,
their church, and their

Alexus and Abby
Johnson celebrated their
birthdays with friends and
Alexus's eighth
birthday was Sunday, July
26, 2009 and Abby's sixth
birthday was Friday, June
19, 2009. They are the
daughters of Brock and
Kim Johnson.
Maternal grandparents
are Tom and Nedy

Leavins of Delta, Col.
Paternal grandparents
are Robbie and Marcia
Johnson, of Apalachicola.
Maternal great-
grandmother is Ada
Leavinsof Panama
City. Paternal great-
grandparents are Burnell
and Bill Martina, of
Apalachicola, and Inez
Johnson and the late Paul

Franklin County residents are
joining a national trend to call the
easy 3-digit 211 telephone number
offered by 211 Centers throughout
the nation for information and refer-
In 2008, the number of Franklin
citizens calling 211 increased by 52.5
percent over the prior year. Resi-
dents of Franklin County call 211 to
reach the 24-hour crisis and infor-
mation hotline, Helpline 211, oper-
ated by 211 Big Bend.
During the past 12 months, call-
ers using their home, business, pay
and cell phones have called the ho-
tline to access hotline counseling,
crisis intervention, suicide preven-

tion and information about commu-
nity human services. This number
is answered by trained counselors
who quickly assess the needs of call-
ers and refer them to the help they
seek. Callers can also call the toll-
free number, 1-877-211-7005, to speak
with a telephone counselor.
In Florida, the 211 Network is
a collaboration of the 16 active 211
Network Centers that serve all cell
phone users and 88 percent of land
line users. All 67 counties have cell
phone access and 50 counties have
landline access to the three digit
number. In 2008, 1.08 million calls
were handled by the 16 211 Network

During the past month, the pri-
mary needs expressed by callers to
211 were utilities assistance, rent/
housing assistance, health/medi-
cal needs, relationship concerns,
stress s/de pre ssion/loneline ss, food
assistance, emergency shelter, basic
financial needs, legalasitnejo
assistance, and substance abuse.
211 Big Bend partners with the
American Red Cross and the Frank-
lin County Emergency Management
System. 211 counselors and staff are
prepared to provide mental health
support and help inform the public
about emergency services and shel-
ters during a disaster such as a hur-


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Bennett McNair turns 1

Bennett McNair
celebrated his first
birthday on Thursday, July
23,2009. i
He is the son of Willie
MlcNair III and Nicole af
Shiver, ofApalachicola.
Maternal grandparents
are Scott and Pam Shiver,
and Tammy Shiver, of
Eastpoint. Paternal
grandparents are Willie
and Barbara McNair Jr., of

K~hali McNair
celebrated her second
birthday on Saturday, April
11, 2009.
She is the daughter
of Willie McNair III
and Nicole Shiver, of
Maternal grandparents
are Scott and Pam Shiver,
and Tammy Shiver, of
Eastpoint. Paternal
grandparents are Barbara
and Willie McNair, Jr., of

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summer birthdays


(huck and Regina Misiaveg mark 65th anniversary

Jimmie and Mary

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SSt. Patrick Catholic Church
Ave C & Sixth Street mn Apalachicola, FL32329 or
The Islander (Across from the Blue Parrot)
on St. George Island, FL 32328
(850) 653 -9453 Email: stpatcath efairpoint. net
www. stpatricksmass. com
SATURDAY................. ................5 PM
SUNDAY ................ .................... 10 AM
SUNDAY 8:30.................. AM

The United Methodist Churches

SOf Franklin County Welcome You

First United Methodist Church of Apalachicola
Worship ServiceSH1:00 a.m. erey Sunday

75 5" St. Apalachicola 653-9530 fumcapalach@gtcom.net
Pastor: Rev. Them Patriotis
Carrabelle United Methodist Church
Worship Services 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
"Celebrate Recovery" Mondays 7-9 p.m.
Healing service first Tuesday each month-7 p.m.
102 NE Ave. B Carrabelle 697-3672
Pastor: Julie Stephens
Eastpoint United Methodist Church
PrWorshi Serviceal e0s0 am every 1Sunda .m
Healing Service every first Fridays of the Month at 6:30 p.m.
317 Patton Dr. (corner of David St.) 670-8825
Pastor: Rev. Beth White
St. George Island United Methodist Church
9:00 a.m. Worship Service
10:00 a.m. Fellowship Hour
201 E. Gulf Beach Dr. 927- 4635 www.sgiumc.org
Pastor: Rev. Them Patriotis

First Pentecostal Hohiness Church
379 Brownsville Road Apalachicola

Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 am
Sunday Evening Service 6:00 pm
Monday, Youth Group 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Royal Rangers, G.A.P. 7:00 pm
Wednesday Worship & Word 7:30 pm
NreyProvided during regular church services


Thursday, July 30, 2009


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Saturday, Aug. 1 will
conclude our year-long
celebration of the 450 years
of Eucharist in our diocese.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Church has been chosen to
represent parishioners of
the Pensacola / Tallahassee
Diocese. Mass will be at LANI
10 a.m. Adoration of the ]i
Eucharist will be until 4
p.m. St. Elizabeth Ann
Seton Church is on the south side
of US 98 East in Medart.

Hope things go well for
us here in Franklin County.
This afternoon at 1 p.m., the
Public Service Commission
will hear comments on
the Progress Energy
surcharge. The hearing will
be held at the community
NIEWS center, at 1 Bay Avenue, in
elsh Apalachicola.
Well, next Monday night,
Aug. 3, the $250 jackpot
will be 62 numbers. I called last
Monday, but didn't get a winner.

Maybe your or your friend could
come to the Senior Center and try
your luck. Early Bird 6 p.m. and
regular 7 p.m. Hope to see you
Be kind to one another.
Check in on the sick and
house-bound. Keep smiling.
You may not feel better but
everyone else will wonder what
you're up to!
Until next time, God bless
America, our troops, the poor, the
homeless and the hungry!

m Wt

Syble Lucille Thompson,
72, beloved wife and mother,
passed away Sunday, June
28, 2009, at Weems Memorial
Hospital after a long battle
with cancer.
She was born in Lynn Ha-
ven and was a lifelong resi-
dent of Apalachicola.
She is survived by her
husband of 53 years, Hoyt
S. Thompson; son, Donnie
Hoyt Thompson and fiance,
Avon Blanchard, of East-
point; daughter, Donna Fay
Poole and husband, Sam, of
Elberta, Ala.; and son, Barry
Dewayne Thompson and
fiance, Theresa Smith, of
Also surviving are grand-
daughter, Robin Ashley
Thompson and great-grand-
sons, Tyler and Dyson
Thompson. of Freeland,
Mich.; granddaughter, Se-
brina Melissa Brown of

Tacoma, WA; grandson,
Brandon N. Brown, of Rai-
ford; great-grandson, Tucker
Bentley Brown, of Panama
City; granddaughter, Kayla
Denise Griffin and husband,
Eli, and great-granddaugh-
ter, Kelsey Griffin and great-
grandson, Braden Griffin, of
Eastpoint; granddaughter,
April Leanne Thompson and
grandson, Zachery Dewayne
Thompson, both of Apala-
She is also survived by
three sisters, Louise Barber
and husband, JP and Mil-
dred Cooper and husband,
Charles, all of Apalachicola,
and Fay Rogers and husband
Bobby of Athens, Ga. and nu-
merous nieces and nephews.
Service was performed
by Sister Gwenelle Wilson
at Kelly Ekneral Home on
Tuesday, June 30. Music was
performed by Ginny Griner.

Garold Cole-
man Russell
died Friday,
July 17, 2009 in
He was
born on Apr. 7,
1932 in Carra-
belle and lived R
in the area all
his life. He was
a commercial fisher-
man and avid hunter.
Coleman was loved by
all who knew him. He
had a heart of gold and
would give you the shirt
off his back.
Coleman is survived
by this sister, Vera Wal-
lace; nephews Robert
Wallace and his wife
Cindy, and Ronnie
Wallace; nieces Pat
Ledbetter and her hus-
band George, and Pam

Daniels; and
all his fellow
fishermen on
the bay. Many
other nieces,
relatives and
loving friends
also survive.
were held at
United Baptist Church
in Eastpoint on July
20 with burial in East-
point Cemeter near his
parents, brothers and
other family members.
The Rev. Bobby Shiver
officiated. All arrange-
ments under direction
of Kelley Ekneral Home,
Viewing was held
before the funeral ser-
vice at the church in

The Episcopal Church of
the Ascension, Carrabelle,
recently sent five children
from Franklin County to
The Camp Weed Summer
program, a ministry of the
Episcopal Diocese of Flori-
da that has existed for over
83 years in a number of lo-
cations in northern Florida.
The program was, for
years, located in the St.
Teresa area, and is now lo-
cated just outside of Live
Oak. It is an ideal setting
for youth development and
campers here come back
year after year.
Ascension has a schol-
arship fund designated for
sending children to Camp
Weed for one week each
"Camp Weed is so much
fun," said recent partici-
pant Samantha Marxsen.
"This year was my third
year at camp and each year
is as much fun as the last.


I made so many friends at
camp this year I couldn't
even count them all. One of
my favorite things at camp
is canteen and free swim,
when half the camp goes to
buy ice cream and candy,
and the other half goes to
Ascension will pay the
registration fees for the
child to experience Camp
Weed for one week. There
is no requirement as to reli-
gious affiliation. Interested
parents can contact Moth-
er Teri Monica at: tmoni-
Programs are offered
from grade 3 to 12 and in-
clude great fun programs
like, canoeing, archery, vol-
leyball, baseball, swimming,
nature trails, hiking and tal-
ent shows.
For further information
go to: http://www.camp-

Wallace Hill
My family and I would like to
take this opportunity to thank all
the people who were part of the
bloo~dldnve hosted by Bay2Medi-
especially to those who worked
sohard organ zinn suc ha shu se

hao took they um Io enaoretru

A very special thanks to
Beverly Connors and Susan
Richardson who worked so hard
to organize and make the drive
such a success. Michael, Al-


len, of Oyster Radio, and Royce
Rolstad, of Forgotten Coast TV
and the staff of the Apalachic-
ola Times are due tremendous
credit for their tireless partici-
pation as well.
Thanks to all of you for your
prayers, friendship and well
wk so hhsa of Aplcoahan hseur-

rounmons ae nl ve n the best
continent and the best place on
earth to live. We thank all of you
for your continued prayers, sup-
port, love and concern.
Wallace Hill and Family



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Hwy. 98 & 6th St.

SUNDA : 8.0A 0:30W A
SUNDAY 12:00 -2:00 PM
MONDAY 11:00 AM 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY 12:00 2:00 PM
THURSDAY 3:30 5:30 PM

struction of the hanger. The com-
mission will open bids Aug. 4 and,
hopefully, award the contract on
Aug. 18, he said.
By Lois Swoboda

JUly 22 Shatters record for
l0w temperature
At 7:23 a.m. on Thursday, July 22,
temperatures recorded at Apala-
chicola Regional Airport plunged to
63 degrees, eight degrees below the
previous record for that date set in
1947, and 11 degrees below the av-
erage nighttime low for July of 74
The cold snap also tied the all-
time record low for July in Apala-
At the end of June, Apalachicola
experienced five consecutive days
of record high temperatures with
the thermometer hovering seven to
nine degrees above average.
On Wednesday, June 17, the
heat wave began. The temperature
topped out at 99 degrees, beating
the old record for that date, 97, set
in 1981. The thermometer fell to 76
degrees that night, but surged up
to 96 the next day, tying the stand-
ing record. A 98-degree high on

Saturday, June 20 once again tied
the record for that day and Sunday,
June 21's 100-degree high broke the
standing record from 1998 by two
The temperature bottomed out
at a toasty 80 degrees that night and
soared back to 100 on Monday, June
22, beating the previous record of 95
set in 1998.
By Lois Swoboda

NOW eose for Camp Gordon
JO11n tonm em

The board of the Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum has negotiated
a new lease with Carrabelle. The
current one-year lease has been
extended to eight years, with a 3
percent escalation each year. The
museum will receive an additional
1,500 square feet of space.
Linda Minichello, secretary of
the museum board, said the extra
space will allow them to upgrade
exhibits. The museum has once
again been chosen by the Smithson-
ian Institute to participate in Muse-
um Day, which falls on Sept. 26 this
year. Visitors can tour the museum
free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
during the event.

Keep smiling, Fr an klin County


Syble Lucille Thompson

Coleman Russell

Makavla Halrris Falmily
The family of Makayla
Harris wishes to express
our sincere appreciation
to the churches of the
community, family and
friends for all the prayers,
sohve, an osu pdour uour

daugh erds sickness snour
be forgotten.
From the bottom of our
hearts, we thank you and
May God Bless you.
Crystal Lemon and
Bobby Harris



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101 NE First Street
10:00 AIM

State restores $150,000
allocation to airport
The Florida Department of
Transportation has reallocated
$150,000 to the Apalachicola Region-
al Airport. Last month, the money
was cut from a grant to construct a
commercial hanger at the airport.
The county commission ap-
proved plans July 7 to construct the
11,000-square-foot hangar, although
the future use of the facility is still
in question.
At that time, Lee Lewis, of Avcon,
engineering consultant for the air-
port, said his firm had designed the
hanger based on the original grant
amount of $1.24 million and that
the state's withdrawal of $150,000
of the original funding would add to
the difficulty of the project. "We can
build the basic building but it will be
tight," he told the commission,
At the July 21 meeting, County
Planner Alan Pierce said, "The ba-
sic hanger can now be comfortably
Lewis added that, with the fund-
ing restored, "The county will have
no dollars in this job."
Pierce said the project is on
schedule to accept bids for con-


Public Hearing Notice

2nd CDBG Public Hearing

The City of Apalachicola is applying to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
for a grant under the Economic Development category for an amount up to $700,000 under the
Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-ED) Program. For each activity that is
proposed, a minimum of 51 percent of the beneficiaries will be low to moderate income households.
The proposed Scipio Creek Boat Basin project will construct new dock facilities, provide for the
loading of ice and the offloading of seafood, construct a heavy lift boat haul and repair yard, install
repairs at the existing dock facilities, and construct a public retail seafood open air market and public
restrooms. As this project will assist the community in retaining its existing seafood workforce and
allow the creation of additional jobs, this is an Economic Development grant. In addition to CDBG
funding, the Economic Development Administration will contribute up to 80% of the following
projected area costs;



WHEN: 11sesday, August 4th, 2009
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: Commission Chambers
RE: Fair Housing Workshop

All persons are invited to attend this
meeting which will be conducted as a part
of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting
of the City Commission

Persons needing special accommodations to
prticipate in this proceeding should contact
Cindi Giametta at City Hall, ph. 850/653-

The City has an adopted anti-displacement and relocation plan; however, no displacement of
persons is anticipated at this time. If relocation assistance is required as a result of the project, the
City will provide assistance as indicated in the policy.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application will be
held at City Hall, located at Apalachicola City Hall, 1Bay Avenue, Apalachicola, FL as a part of the
special public hearing to be held on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009, commencing at 6:00pm. A final
copy of the application will be made available at the Apalachicola City Hall, office of the City Grants
Manager, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm upon completion of the application on
or about August 15th. The application will be submitted to DCA on or around September 1st, (or
later, if necessary). To obtain additional information concerning the application and public hearing,
contact Cindi Giametta, City Grants Manager, at the City Hall, 1Bay Avenue, or by phone at (850)
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped
person requiring special mobility accommodation at this meeting should contact Cindi Giametta at
the City Hall, or by phone at (850) 653-8715, at least five calendar days prior to the meeting. Any
handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually impaired should
contact Cindi Giametta at the City Hall, or by phone at (850) 653-8715 at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing
to attend the public hearing should contact Cindi Giametta at the City Hall, or by phone at (850) 653-
8715 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To
access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf persons, (TDD) please call (850) 653-8715.

Pursuant to Section 103 of the HUD reform act of 1989, the following disclosures will be made to
DCA with the application. The disclosures will be made available by the City of Apalachicola and
DCA for the public inspection upon request. These disclosures will be available on or after the date
of the application and shall continue to be available for a minimum period of five years.

1. Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project in the form of a gift,
grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any other form of
direct or indirect benefit by source and amount.
2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or consultants involved
in the application for assistance or in the planning or development of the project or activity.
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any persons with a pecuniary interest in the project
that can reasonably be expected to exceed $50,000 or 10 percent of the grant request (whichever is
lower) .
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or others listed in 2) or 3)
above which are corporations or other entities, the identification and pecuniary interests by corporation
or entity of each officer, director, principle, stockholder, or other official of the entity.
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each of the providers of
those funds and the amount provided; and,
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.



Thursday, July 30, 2009


Exercise class at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village. 9 to 10 a.m. Open to
all and free.
Carrabelle Public Library yoga
at 4:30 p.m. For more info, call 697-
Bingo at the Franklin County
Senior Center in Carrabelle. Early
bird at 6 p.m., regular bingo at 7 p.m.
Cards begin at $4. Call 697-3760.
TUeSday, Aug. 4
Apalachicola City Commission
will hold a public hearing, workshop
and regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City
Hall. For more info, call 653-8715.
Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion will meet at the Keeper's House
Museum at Crooked River Light-
house Park at 5:30 p.m. The CLA is
seskingm ilun aers to help withe he
If you would like to help, please come
to the meeting and join the CLA. For
more info, call 697.2732.
Apalachicola Library summer
reading program, from 9:30 to 10:30
a.m. For more info, call 653-8436.
Carrabelle Public Library story
time at 2 p.m. For more info, call 697-

Breakfast at the Franklin County
Senior Center in Carrabelle. Coffee
at 7:30 a.m., meal at 8 a.m. $2 sug-

tion of individual reading certificates.
Hot and steamy! Take a break with
a DVD or videotape from the public li-
brary. Choose from a wide selection
of children and mature theme mov-
ies. Both DVDs and videotapes can
be checked out for one week. New
editions will be added this week!
Need to refresh or upgrade your
computer skills? The Carrabelle
branch will be offering computer ses-
sions on Friday, Aug. 14 and Satur-

gested donation. Call 697-3760.
Bingo 7 p.m. St. George Island
Fire Dept. 25 cents per card. Families
welcome. Proceeds go to St. George
Island Civic Club. Call 927-4654.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
Exercise class at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village. 9 to 10 a.m. Open to
all and free.
Carrabelle Public Library offers
Kids Wii from 9 to 11 a.m. For more
info, call 697-2366.
filUfSday Au 6
Carrabelle City Commission
meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1005 Gray
Avenue, Carrabelle. For more info'
call 697-3618.
Carrabelle Public Library, 311 St.
oanas Ave o fferts A3 ults Wi rfromr
info, call 697-2366.
Eastpoint Public Library offers
Story Hour at 10 a.m., and individual
computer instruction from 10 a.m. to
noon. For more info, call 670-8151.
Wandering Star Quilting Club.
Chillas Hall Lanark Village. 1 to 3
p.m. Call Ch itine Hinton 697-255 .

formation Specials at the Franklin
County Senior Center in Carrabelle.
Noon. $3 donation. Call 697-3760.

filUfsday, July 30
Apalachicola Library summer
reading program, from 9:30 to 10:30
a.m. For more info, call 653-8436.
Carrabelle Public Library, 311 St.
James Ave. offers film from 9 to 11
a.m. Yoga at 4:30 p.m. For more info,
call 697-2366.
Eastpoint Public Library offers
Story Hour at 10 a.m., and individual
computer instruction from 10 a.m. to
noon. For more info, call 670-8151.
Wandering Star Quilting Club.
Chillas Hall Lanark Village. 1 to 3
p.m. Call Christine Hinton 697-2551.
Community Luncheon and In-
formation Specials at the Franklin
County Senior Center in Carrabelle.
Noon. $3 donation. Call 697-3760.
Friday, July 31
Exercise class at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village. 9 to 10 a.m. Open to
all and free.
Summer reading at Eastpoint and
Carrabelle libraries, from 10 a.m. to
Monday, Aug. 3
Apalachicola Library Board will
meet at 5 p.m. at the Apalachicola
Municipal Library. For info, call 653-

The Franklin County Se-
nior Center, 201 N.W. Ave-
nue F and 1st Street in Car-
rabelle, will begin hosting a
flea market on the second
Saturday of each month,
from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.,
beginning Aug. 8.
Rent space to sell your

treasures or just come hunt
for bargains. The center is
accepting items for the se-
nior center booth so if you
have something you would
like to donate, please bring
it to the senior center. Or to
have it picked up, call 697-
3760 or 850-323-0713.

Citizen ugd t
attend Progress
Energy hearing
Both Bobby Pickels,
Progress Energy's com-
munity relations director
for North Florida, and
Earl Poucher, a consumer
advocate for the Office of
Public Counsel, were in

remin d73a sh aotekT
Florida Public Service
Commission's upcoming
customer service hearing
on Progress Energy.
viaheatmleeingowH11 tak
day, July 30 at the Apala-
chicola Community Cen-
ter in Battery Park.
The purpose of the
hearing is to provide
Progress customers the
opportunity to testify
before the PSC on Prog-
ress's request for a rate
Poucher said that his
office urges everyone to
attend the meeting, the
last in a series of nine
meetings held across
the state. He said all five
members of the PSC are
expected to be present at
the meeting so, whether
you have praise of criti-
cism for the power com-
pany, bring your ideas and
concerns to the forum.

Parents move

to quell rumors
A Franklin County
couple, concerned about
what they say have been
false accusations circu-
lating against their son,
are making themselves
available to answer ques-
tionhn Nowling is asking
anyone who has a ques-
tion or comment concern-
ing Colby Nowling to call
him at 323-0836 or wife
Leanna at 653-6859.
Nowling said he is
making himself available
in order to share correct
information regarding a
recent incident in which
he believes four children
were all in the wrong.
"Fortunately no one was
harmed," he said.

Third oyster relay
On Friday
Florida Department
of Aquaculture, Shellfish
Center, and the Franklin
County Seafood Workers
will resume the Oyster
Relay on Friday, July 31.
The relay will be held
from inshore Cat Point
to offshore Cat Point, and

will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.,
weather permitting.
For more information
caltJ hn Richards, presi-

TDC decides grants
in August
The Franklin County

Cuncl (FCDC e pm
meet in full committee
Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.
at the Carrabelle City Of-
fice located in the former
Carrabelle High School
facility n Grey Avenue.
Individual committee
meetings of the FCTDC
will be held on Tuesday,
Aug. 18 at the Frank-
lin County Courthouse
in the third floor Grand
Jury room.. It is the Aug.
18 meeting in which the
FCTDC will begin review-
ing the 2009-2010 grant
August is an important
month for all nonprofit
groups interested in ap-
plying for grant funds
from the FCTDC. Pro-
spective grant recipients
must turn in their 2009-
2010 grant applications
tomtheuFCTD no icret b 5
considered for FCTDC
grant funding.
The FCTDC grant
committee will review
the applications on Aug.
18 and present their rec-
omm ndatin ttos thee full

If you have questions,
please call the FCTDC
administrative offices at

TWO foads to be
FOSUrf aced
The county commis-
sion on July 21 signed
agreements to resurface
two roads using grant
Avenue A in Eastpoint,
from Old Ferry Dock Road
to Sixth St. 11l b rs-
faced using $26,edesuro-
vided by the Small County
Outreach Program.
C30A in Carrabelle
will be resurfaced from
US 98 to Marine St. using
$266,000 in grant money
from the Florida Dep rt-

County Incentive Pro-
gram Agreement.
County Planner Alan
Pierce said the county
must cover any costs in
excess of the grants. He
said the projects would
be designed not to exceed
the state funding.

"Be Creative @ Your Public Li-
brary" this summer's Franklin Coun-
ty Public Library reading program,
concludes this week at the Carrabelle
and Eastpoint libraries. Youth ages 5
to 12 are invited to participate in the
final week of activities.
This week's theme is Free Play,
where participants will be engaged
in a series of fun, competitive games.
The program begins at 10 a.m. and
concludes at noon with the presenta-

day, Aug. 15. Contact the Carrabelle
library at 697-2366 to register.
The Eastpoint Medical Center
Health Fair is Thursday, Aug. 13, from
noon to 4 p.m. The library will be a
participant and visitors to the fair will
be able to register for library mem-
bership and other services.
For more information about the
library and its programs, contact the
Eastpoint staff at 670-8151 or the Car-
rabelle staff at 697-2366.


Boat Haul and Repair Yard
Water Sewer and Electrical repair
Piling and Dock Repair
Dock Offloading area, boat to truck
Seafood Market and Public restrooms
Ice Making and Loading for boats
Additional Dockage development



B4 | The Times


Seniors to begin


The cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle will be holding a municipal
election on the following date:

September 8, 2009


August 10, 2009

If you need to have an absentee ballot mailed to you please contact the
Franklin County Supervisor of Elections at 653-9520 or 697-0503. The
elections office is located at 47 Avenue F, Apalachicola, Florida.

Early Voting will be conducted for both elections
August 31, 2009 September 4, 2009

Apalachicola Election Franklin County Elections Office 8:30 am-4:30pm

Carrabelle Elections Franklin County Annex Office 8:30am 4:30pm

For further information please contact the elections office at 653-9520 or


MSBU Fire Assessment Meeting

Resolution to Amend the Municipal Service
Benefit Unit Ordinance 87-2.

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: Franklin County Courthouse Annex
Board Room
34 Forbes Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

For further information please contact: Jay Abbott,
St. George Island Fire Chief at (850) 927-2753.

PUBLISH DATES: July 23, 2009 & July 30 2009





Notice is hereby given that the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners is
seeking Proposals of Qualification for Construction Engineering & Inspection Services
for 3 Sidewalk Improvement Projects in Franklin County, Florida. Locations are (a)
St. George Island, FPID No., 426681-1-58-01; (b) C.R. 384, Bluff Road, Apalachicola,
FPID No. 426623-1-58-01, and; (c) S.R. 300, Franklin Blvd., St. George Island, FPID
No 426633-1-58-01

RFQ details are on file at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex located at 34 Forbes
Street, Suite 1 in Apalachicola, Florida 32320. and on the County's website at www.
franklincountyflorida. com.

Proposals of Qualification will be evaluated by the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioner's Director of Administrative Services and the County Commission.
The County retains the right to reject any or all proposals.

Please submit Three (3) copies to:
Franklin County Board of County Commissioners,
34 Forbes Street, Suite 1,
Apalachicola, FL 32320

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by 4:00 pm EST on Friday August 14, 2009.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Law Enforcement

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The following report is pro-
vided by the Franklin County
Sheriff's O~f~fice. Arrests are
made by officers from the fol-
lowing city, county, and state
law enforcement agencies:
Apalachicola (APD), Carra-
belle (CPD), Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), Frankclin County
Sheriff's Office (FCSO), Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC),
Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (FDEP),
Florida Division of Insurance
Fraud (DIF) and Florida De-

apartment of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (FLDO-
All defendants are consid-
ered innocent until proven
guilty in a court of law.
JUl 1
Eric Datry, 56, Decatur, Ga.,
grand theft (FCSO)
JU V 21
Jeremy Mixon, 22, Apalachic-
ola, arson of a dwelling and viola-
tion of probation (FCSO)
Gregory S. Finley, 36, Apala-

chicola, arson of a dwelling
JU V 22
Scott E. Powell, 21, East-
point, two counts of providing
alcohol to person under age 21
July 23
Robert Z. Thompson, 26,
Apalachicola, failure to appear

July 24
Justin E. McCalpin, 20, East-

point, failure to appear (FCSO)
Scarlett L. Harrison, 20,
Thornhill, TN, domestic battery
Charles R. Jones, 46, Fort
Walton Beach, petit theft (APD)
Steven R. Bedford, 29, Apala-
chicola, aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon, passing worth-
less bank checks and violation of
probation (FCSO)
July 25
James D. Creamer, 27, Apala-
chicola, grand theft of a motor
vehicle, burglary of a dwelling

and petit theft (APD)

Kevin B. R~rtney, 39, Holi-
day, DUI, refusal to submit to
breath test, driving while license
suspended or revoked, posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
cannabis and reckless driving
Steve King, 56, Lanark
Village, grand theft and battery
on a law enforcement officer

urday, Sept. 12, 2009 at
Battery Park in Apala-
Hosted by the Frank-
lin County Vietnam Vet-
erans, the annual event
is open to all military vet-
erans and their families.
Under the direction of
founders Charles Wilson
and the late Frank Page,
the cookout traditionally
was held in the middle of
"We had to change
it last year and every-
body liked it because it
was cooler," said Wil-
liam Scott, the county
veterans service officer.
"We've decided to keep it
in September.
For more information,
call Scott at 653-8096.

Tfoopers to conduct
VehiC 9 inspections
Members in Troop H,
Quincy district, of the
Florida Highway Patrol
plan to conduct driver li-
cense/vehicle inspection
checkpoints next month
during daylight hours at
the following locations in
Franklin County:
Saturday, Aug. 1
through Sunday, Aug. 30:

State Route 30, SR 30A,
SR 65, SR 384, SR 67, SR
377, SR 385, County Road
370, CR 157, CR 59, CR
374, CR 30A and SR 300
(St. George Island Cause-
way) .
All personnel partici-
pating in the checkpoints
will be responsible for
following the procedures
outlined in Chapter 17.12
of the Florida Highway
Patrol Policy Manual re-
garding driver license
and vehicle inspection
checkpoints, said Lt.
Mark Brown.

Sherriff's office
pilots rall= for
National Night Out
The Franklin County
Sheriff's Office will be
participating in the 26th
annual National Night
out crime and drug pre-
vention event on Tues-
day, Aug. 4.
National Night Out,
sponsored by the Nation-
al Association of Town
Watch (NATW) and co-
sponsored locally by the
sheriff's office, will in-
volve over 11,000 commu-
nities from all 50 states,
U.S. territories, Cana-

dian cities, and military
bases around the world.
In all, over 35 million
people are expected to
participate in this year's
National Night Out.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. on
Aug. 4, residents in the
county are asked to turn
on all outside lights and
spend the evening out-
doors doing recreational
activities such as block
parties, cookouts, flash-
light walks, youth activi-
ties, and anything that
will send the message to
criminals that we are out
watching our neighbor-
hood and fighting back!
The sheriff's office will
host a youth anti-crime
rally at Vrooman Park,
on 6th street in East-
point. Sheriff Skip Shiver
invites all youth and their
families to come out and
participate in reducing
crime and violence by
playing games, watching
family movies, and en-
joying a nice grilled hot
If you would like to
help donate to the cause
or need more information
pertaining to the event
please contact Sgt. Ryan
Sandoval at 670-8500.

The Franklin Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office's
S.A.EE. Program (Stu-
dent And Family Events)
would like to invite
all students and families
to come and enjoy "Mov-
ies in the Park." The
movies shown on a 12'
screen, plus popcorn, are
all free.
Beginning at 8:30
p.m., "Bee Movie" will
be shown on July 30 at
Kendrick Field in Carra-
On Tuesday, Aug. 4 a
film will be part of Nation-
al Night Out at Vrooman
Park in Eastpoint.

On July 23, depu-
ties and members of the
Franklin County Sheriff's
Office Narcotics Unit,
with assistance of the
Florida Department of
Agriculture and the Cal-
houn County Sheriff's
Office, conducted an aer-
ial marijuana eradication
operation resulting in the
seizure of 285 marijuana
No arrests have been
made to date, however
persons of interest are
under investigation
and third-degree felony
charges for cultivation of
marijuana are pending.

Arrests have been made in the case of
two houseboats burned on East River.
According to the state
fire marshal's office,
sometime between sunset
on July 1 and sunrise on
July 2 two houseboats
in the St. Marks River
belonging to oysterman
Jimmy Wayne Lashley, of
NEORE Apalachicola, burned.
FIEILEYGregory Scott
Finley, 36, and Jeremy
Joseph Mixon, 22, both
of Apalachicola were
arrested July 21 and
transported to the
Franklin County Jail.
Both Finley and Mixon
are being held on a
$50,000 bond. Both have
JEREMY been charged with arson,
MIXONI with Mixon also being
held without bond on a
charge of violation of probation.
The boats were located just south of

the East River cutoff on the Little St.
Marks River. The owner said he visited
the site July 1 and everything was in
order when he left.
The larger of the two boats was 24'
by 40' and valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
The smaller boat was built on a 24' foot
fiberglass hull and was for sale at the
time of the fire for an asking price of
$800. Lashley said the boats were not
insured at the time of the fire.
Lashley said he worked for more than
two years on the big boat and valued the
work at more than $60,000.
Jason Roberts, an investigator for the
fire marshal's office, said that because
there was no electrical power at the site
and no reported lightning on the night of
the fire, it was investigated as possible
The Florida Advisory Committee on
Arson offered a reward of up to $2,500
for information leading to an arrest in
the case. If you have further information
about this case, please call 850-662-7766.
By Lois Swoboda

Sheriff's REPORT


Reward offered in
Carrabelle robbery
A Carrabelle area ho-
meowner is offering a
$2,500 reward in connec-
tion to a burglary of his
Mike Robulock Sr., 61,
is offering the reward
leading to the arrest and
conviction of persons re-
lated to the thievery at
his home on River Road
in Carrabelle.
Robulock reported to
the sheriff's office that
multiple rifles, ammuni-
tion, keys, chainsaws,
generator, night scope,
Q-beam spotlight, 42-inch
Sony television and mis-
cellaneous items were
taken from the home
sometime in June.
He said the items were
valued at about $10,000.
Individuals with in-
formation related to this
case are asked to call Lt.
Ron Crum at the sheriff's
office at 670-8500.

Veterans to liold
cook out Sept. 1 2
The All-Veterans cook-
out will be held on Sat-

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


For the second con-
secutive year Gulf Coast
Community College has
the highest number of
high school students
dual enrolled in college
According to a recent
report by the Florida
College System, Gulf
Coast's dual enrollment
participation rate was
49 percent for 2005-06
and 47.4 percent for 2007-
08. Participation rates
are calculated by divid-
ing the yearly dual en-
rollment headcount by
public school member-
ship for grades 11 and 12
in the same year.
Dual enrollment pro-
grams provide a way for
high school students to
simultaneously meet

high school require-
ments while earning col-
lege credits that provide
families with cost say-
ings for college tuition
and decreasing the time
it takes students to earn
a degree.
"Dual enrollment is
an incredible opportunity
for high school students
who are academically
ready and socially ma-
ture enough to thrive in
a college environment,"
said Dr. Cheryl Flax-
Hyman, GCCC's dean
of off-campus and com-
munity development.
"It is a unique opportu-
nity to earn college and
high school credit at the
same time, tuition free.
These students will sig-
nificantly cut down the

time and expense to an
associate or baccalaure-
ate degree."
Another noteworthy
statistic is that GCCC
also has the highest par-
ticipation rates for His-
panic and black students
and is the only college
where the dual enrolled
participation rate for His-
panic students surpassed
that of white students
(54.3 percent versus 51.6
percent respectively).
The success rates for
students that are dual-
enrolled at Gulf Coast
are high, because in or-
der to be accepted into
the program, students
must have a minimum
3.0 grade point average
and pass the appropri-
ate section of the College

Placement Test (CPT).
Thus students accepted
into the program have
already demonstrated an
ability to succeed at the
college level.
Gulf Coast places a
high priority on working
with teachers and guid-
ance counselors through-
out Bay, Gulf and Frank-
lin counties to ensure
the community's needs
are being met. However,
expanding learning op-
portumities and fostering
success of our students
is always a team effort.
"We are so very fortu-
nate to have strong part-
nerships with the school
districts we serve, which
is the main reason for
the program's success,"
said Flax-Hyman.

Rental Houses Offices & Business
Private Homes Construction CleanS
Call 850-745-1344 or 850-870-1575 ~

Bobby Henderson. Photo courtesy of the FSU Marine

me hanic rionored

Bobby Henderson, of
Sopchoppy, is the recipi-
ent of one of Florida State
University's annual awards
for outstanding accomplish-
ment as an employee.
More than 350 employ-
ees gathered at the Uni-
versity of Florida's Reitz
Student Union Grand Ball-
room for the 2009 Superior
Accomplishment Awards
ceremony. The annual
program recognizes staff
and faculty members who
contribute outstanding
and meritorious service,
efficiency and/or economy
to the quality of life for stu-
dents and employees.
Henderson, mainte-
nance mechanic at the
Florida State University
Coastal Marine Laboratory,
is the 2009 recipient of the
Jeffrey A. Gabor Superior
Accomplishment Award
in the Office of Research.
This award is given to the
employee who, over the
past year, has made supe-

rior accomplishments that
resulted in or contributed
to FSU's efficiency and/or
According to his cowork-
ers, Henderson has consis-
tently helped FSU research-
ers to set up experiments
and has redesigned vessels
to enhance their operation.
The award includes a $1,000
Savings Bond (funded
through the Gabor Agency
endowment to FSU), as well
as a plaque.
The Superior Accom-
plishment Awards are
presented each spring in
six categories, Clerical/Of-
fice Support, Support Ser-
vices, Scientific/Technical,
Administrative / Supervi-
sory, Administrative / Pro-
fessional, and Academic
Personnel. Division-level
award recipients receive
cash awards of $200 each,
then compete for universi-
ty-level awards, which offer
eight $1,000 and six $2,000
cash awards.

Fall 2009 registration
is continuing for new and
returning students at Gulf
coast community College.
Early registration runs
through Aug. 7, with regis-
tration from Aug. 13-25. The
college will be closed on
co cday A. Is f a n
Aug. 19, with the drop/add
period from Aug. 20 to25.
Students can register
on-line at www.gulfcoast.
edu or visit one of the GCCC
CampuSes during the hours
listed below:
*Panama City Campus,
on Monday through Thurs-
day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

and Friday from 7:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 21,
hours will be extended until
6 p.m.
*Gulf/Franklin Campus,
on Monday through Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3

mAll registration fees for
2009 fall semester are to
be paid on or before Aug.
7. Please note registration
dates exclude Saturdays,
Sunday and holidays.
For more information,
call 850-872-4892 for the
Panama City campus and
850-227-9670 for the Gulf/
Franklin Center.

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The following is the Kindergarten supply list for 2009-
10 for the Franklin County Elementary School:
Rest mat labeled with name
2 boxes of 8-count large Crayola Crayons
2 boxes of 24-count Crayola Crayons

1 ackg of lsti drink cups
1 pack of paper plates
1 pair of Fiskars blunt tip scissors
2 boxes of K~leenex
1 bottle of Elmer's glue
2 large packages of wet wipes
1 package of jumbo (2-gallon) Ziploc bags
1 package of quart Ziploc bags
3 double-pocket folders
2 jumbo pencils or regular size pencils
1 change of clothes with students name on them to be

repbac pktehd nme (no wheels)
No pencil boxes, please
All supplies are shared when needed, depending on
activity. Also, all of the above supplies might need to be
replenished throughout the year upon teacher request.

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selords a. Franklin

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estate of JOSEPH HENRY
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Thursday, July 30, 2009


sellowiana): Can be grown
statewide, this shrub is 8 to
12 feet tall and wide. How-
ever, it can be kept lower
with regular pruning. It is
classified as an evergreen
and in the landscape can
be used as background or
foundation plantings in
full sun to partial shade.
The pineapple guava is
very cold-hardy, disease-
resistant and salt-toler-
ant. Spring flowers (pink &
white) are showy and ed-
ible. The edible guava-like
fruit is oblong and about
the size of a chicken egg.
*Perennial Peanut
(Arachis glabrata): Grows
statewide and is a 6 to 12
inches tall, 2 to 4 inches
wide groundcover. In the
landscape it can be used
as a flowering (yellow)
groundcover, turf replace-
ment and in hard-to-mow
areas. This drought-tol-
erant, evergreen is ide-
ally suited for sunny, well
drained-soil areas.
*Bismarck Palm (Bis-
marckia noblis): This 30 to
50-foot tall palm is only rec-
ommended for Central and
South Florida.
*Autumn Fern
(Dryopteris erythrosora):
Grows statewide and when
mature grows to about
two-feet high and two-feet
wide. It is considered to be

tall and 18 to 30-inches
wide. It is considered an
annual in North Florida.
Used in beds, containers or
hanging baskets. Produces
flowers all summer long.
The 'Summer Wave' hybrid
consists of eight varieties
with colors from deep blue
to violet to white with pur-
ple throats. It is low-main-
tenance and a sun-lover.
*Winged Elm (Ulmus
alata): Grows in North and
Central Florida and grows
to 45-feet tall and 40-feet
wide. In the landscape it
can be used as a shade or
street tree. It is a Florida
native with a moderate
growth rate. It tolerates
a range of soil conditions.
When it loses its leaves, the
winged branches are more
visible, adding to the tree's
winter interest.
*Compact Walter's Vi-
burnum (Viburnum obo-
vatum): A statewide na-
tive evergreen shrub that
grows four to six-feet tall
and three to four feet wide.
Best used as a low hedge,
specimen plant or in mass
plantings. It features a
mass of small, white, flow-
ers in early spring and in
fall. Red fruit ripen to black
in the fall, attracting wild-
life. In North Florida it is
semi-deciduous. It grows
in a range of soil conditions

with many cultivars show-
ing drought-tolerance once
they are established. Many
compact forms have been
made and are available,
including: 'Whorled Class,'
'Mrs. Shiller's Delight,' and
'Dena.' Dwarf varieties are
available and are becoming
increasingly popular.
*ZZ (Zamioculcas za-
miifolia): Statewide, tropi-
cal perennial houseplant
that grows two to four-feet
high and three-feet-wide.
It is an interesting succu-
lent plant that resembles a
cycad with its thick, glossy
leaves and its semi-erect
fronds. All parts of this
plant are poisonous if eat-
en. It is an extremely tough
plant, which does well in-
doors and handles neglect
extremely well. It grows
very slowly uses little wa-
ter and has very few to no
insect problems.
If you would like a copy
of the FNGLA 2009 Florida
Plants of the Year color
handout, please let me
know and I can send you

Bill M~ahan is a Florida
Sea Grant Agent and the
director of the Frankclin UF-
IFAS Extension Program.
Contact him at 653-9337,
697-2112 x 360; or via e-mail
at bmahaneuffledu.

The edible guava-like fruit
of the pineapple guava
is oblong and about the
size of a chicken egg.
used as a hedge, mixed
border, stand alone shrub
or butterfly plant. It flow-
ers from March-November
with show flowers that at-
tract butterflies and hum-
ming birds. It thrives in
full-sun to partial shade.
Some dwarf varieties are
available; however, they
may not be native.
*Silver Saw Palmetto
(Serenoa repens): Grows
statewide at maturity it
is six-feet tall and six-feet
wide. It is a native clump-
ing palm. Use as a mass
planting, background or in
containers. It is extremely
slow growing. It is cold-
hardy, salt-tolerant and its
fruit is an important wild-
life food source.
*Wishbone Pansy
(Toreniafournieri 'Summer
Wave): Suitable statewide,
full grown it is 12-inches

The pink and white
spring flowers of the
pineapple guava are
showy and edible.

an herbaceous perennial
and best used as a mass
planting in shaded areas.
Sometimes called Japa-
nese Shield Fern, its young
foliage is a bronzy-red color
that matures into a glossy,
dark green. Best growth is
in well-drained soils in light
shade. It has moderate wa-
ter requirements and will
tell you when it is under
water-stress by wilting and
changing color.
*Firebush (Hamelia
patens): Will grow in parts
of North Florida and all of
Central and South Florida.
In warmer areas mature
plants can be 10-feet high
and six-feet wide, but
typically maintained as a
small shrub. This is a na-
tive semi-evergreen shrub.
In the landscape it can be



Helen M. Light, a retired
staffer with the U.S. Geologi-
cal Survey, will lecture on "De-
clining Flows and Levels in the
Apalachicola River and Effects
on Floodplain Habitats" on
Thursday, Aug.13 at the Florida
State University Coastal and
Marine Lab.
The lecture will be from 7 to
9 p.m. at the lab, on 3618 Coastal
Highway 98, in St. Teresa.
Apalachicola River levels
have been declining for more
than 50 years, with consequences
to forests and streams through-
out its extensive floodplain. Over
the last three decades, the com-
position of floodplain forests has
shifted to a drier mix of species,
and further changes toward
drier species could continue for
many more decades,
Swamp species (water tupelo,
Ogeechee tupelo, bald cypress,
and Carolina ash) have declined
in density, with approximately

3.3 million fewer swamp trees
estimated in a 2004-06 study than
were reported in studies from
1976 to 1979. Some low bottom-
land hardwoods such as overcup
oak and green ash have also de-
clined in numbers in bottomland
hardwood forests, while drier
species such as water oak and
hackberry have become more
Floodplain streams, sloughs,
and lakes are disconnected from
the main river channel more
often and for longer durations
than 50 years ago, substantially
decreasing offstream habitat for
fishes, mussels, and other aquat-
ic animals. Decreased flows have
caused increased salinity in over
95 miles of streams in the lower
tidal reach (tributaries and dis-
tributaries in the floodplain and
main river channel). Declines in
river flows and levels have been
greatest in spring and summer,
the most important seasons for

biological processes such as tree
growth and fish spawning.
Since 1975, there has been
less flow in spring and summer
as a result of water use, flow
regulation, reservoir evapora-
tion, and changes in rainfall
patterns in the basin upstream.
These declines in flow have ex-
acerbated earlier water-level
declines that were caused by
channel erosion from engineer-
ing works begun in the 1950s
(dam construction and naviga-
tion improvements such as river
straightening, dredging, and
wood-debris removal).
The marine lab, in associa-
tion with Second Harvest of the
Big Bend, part of "The Nation's
Food Bank Network," is collect-
ing non-perishable food items
at each monthly lecture. If you
plan to attend a lecture, please
bring an item or two and help
solve the hunger crisis in our

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B8 | The Times

Annual list Florida's 2009 plants of the year released

By Bill Mohan

Recently, the Florida
Nursery Growers and
Landscape Association
(FNGLA) released their
annual list of the "Florida
Plants of the Year for 2009."
Launched 10 years ago, the
program recognizes plants
that are ideal for each of
the state's three geograph-
ical regions.
Each year, a selection
of Florida's best plants are
hand-picked by a jury of
distinguished horticultur-
ist representing the differ-
ent sectors of the state's
diverse nursery and land-
scape industry.
To mark the 10th an-
niversary of the program,
FNGLA decided to high-
light the best plant for each
of the past 10-years. These
10-plants are deemed to be
the Plants of the Decade
and include three flowering
shrubs, a clumping fern,
flowering groundcover, ro-
bust palm, deciduous tree
a clumping native palm
heat-tolerant perennial
and a versatile houseplant.
All but one of the plants
the Bismarck Palm, are
suitable for our area.
The following are the
FNGLA's plants of the de-
*Pineapple guava (Acca

Helen Light to lecture on Apalachicola river flow

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A Weekend of Muskc, Food & Fun hosted by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce

13th Annual Scallop Festival 2009
August 1st & 2nd

Festival Location Marina Cove, Port St Joe
(Behind CVS Pharmacy, off Hwy 98)

11:00am Opening Ceremony
with MC Jerry Tabatt of News Channel 13

Scallops served by
PSJ Lions Club

Vendors in the Park, lots of Arts & Crafts
and Many Varieties of Food Vendors
Scallop Shucking Demonstrations, Seafood Cook-
books featuring scallop recipes
Children's Activities:
Smokey the Bear, Educational Activities & Displays
Bounce Castles, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo
Kids' Trackless Train
Free Kids' Zone Arts and Crafts

1:00pm 10:00pm EDT
Awesome Musical Line-up:

1:00pm Opening Act: THINK?
2: 15pm 3: 15pm: BO SPRING
3:45pm 5:30pm: AMANDA SHAW
5:45pm 7:45pm: ERIC LINDELL
8:00pm 10:00pm: TAB BENOIT

8mn~d, Augus 2, 299

Scallops served by various vendors

The fun continues with:
Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors in the Park
Children's Activities
Bounce Castles
Free Kids' Zone Arts and Crafts

There is a $5.00 Entrance Fee on Saturday
(for 18 years and older only)

No charge to enter on Sunda~y



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