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Our 114th Year, 28th Issue

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Wetlands injunction granted

Saying that the county's
controversial wetlands ordi-
nance appears to have "mul-
tiple enactment defects,"
Wakulla Circuit Judge N,
Sanders Sauls granted a tem-
porary injunction to prevent
the county from enforcing
the ordinance.
Judge Sauls also blasted
the county for issuing cease-
and-desist orders to alleged

Ordinance enforcement stopped

violators of the ordinance,
saying the county had no au-
thority to issue such orders
under the law. The county
has since ordered such cease-
and-desist orders withdrawn.
but that did not alleviate the
need for injunctive relief, the
judge said.
Sauls granted the injunc-
tion at a hearing on Wednes-

day, July 8, in the case of
Ronald Fred and Eloise Crum
and Larry and Patricia Tucker
against Wakulla County and
the county Code Enforce-
ment Board. There were
several dozen people in at-
tendance at the hearing, in-
cluding county commission-
ers Mike Stewart and Lynn
Artz, code board Chairman

Ron Piasecki, and Assistant
County Administrator Lind-
say Stevens.
Attorney Christopher Lun-
ny, representing the Crums,
and David Kemp, represent-
ing the Tuckers, presented
their case to the court that
the wetlands ordinance was
improperly advertised, that it
was substantially altered be-

tween what was advertised
and what was eventually
enacted, that copies of the
ordinance were not available
at the clerk's office as adver-
tised, and that the ordinance
was not sent to the Florida
Department of State within
10 days of passage, arriving
there five days late.
Lunny introduced docu-
ments from public records to
support the claims.
Continued on Page 5A

Inside Interests

We must ad-
dress our water
Page 2A

Wakulla Wild-
life photo-
graphs from
our readers...
Page 1B :


of a DUI

In an emotional sentenc-
ing hearing last week, a young
woman made paraplegic in
a car crash that killed her
18-year-old friend, begged for
forgiveness from her friend's
Elizabeth McCabe, 22, was
charged with DUI manslaugh-
ter with a death involved, a
second-degree felony punish-
able by 15 years in prison, was
at her sentencing in a hand-
controlled wheelchair on
Thursday, July 9. She turned
her wheelchair to face the
family of Emily Hardy and
told them: "I'm so sorry... I
would do anything in this
whole world to bring her
back... And I know I'm sorry
is not enough."
On April 12, 2008, McCabe
was driving a black 2001
Mustang with a blood alcohol
level of .12 with .08 consid-
ered legally drunk. On U.S.
Highway 98 near Carraway
Cutoff, McCabe drove off the
road and struck several trees.
Hardy, a passenger in the car,
was killed instantly. McCabe
suffered head injuries and a
crushed spine and was in a
coma for four weeks.
McCabe's attorney Dean
LeBoeuf and Assistant State
Attorney Jack Campbell nego-
tiated a plea deal under which
McCabe would be sentenced
to 15 years probation with a
condition that she give pre-
sentations to young people
as scheduled by Mothers
Against Drunk Drivers. ',
McCabe gave a version
of her presentation at the
sentencing hearing, which
opened with pictures of her
before the wreck. an attractive
21-year-old woman, a student
at Tallahassee Community
College who was working
toward a career in law en-
Continued on Page 5A

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Property Appraiser Sparkman with staffers Michael Atchison, Brad Harvey and James Burke.

Budget pain is on the way

It just doesn't get any
easier. Preparing the annual
Wakulla County tax roll
continues to be a challenge
for the Wakulla County
Property Appraiser as state
lawmakers make changes
to tax laws and the state
Department of Revenue
(DOR) attempts to work
"with local governments to,
implement the changes.
Property Appraiser Don-
nie Sparkman was expect-
ing a decrease in the 2009
tax roll over 2008 and he
was correct.
The 2009 tax roll was
submitted to the Florida
Department -of Revenue
on July 1. The county real
estate market flattened
out and Florida voters ap-

proved Amendment 1, the
state tax reform bill, and
the impacts are being felt
in 2009.
Sparkman expects the
tax roll news to get even
worst in 2010 since the
roll covers activities in the
real estate market approxi-
mately 12 to 18 months
This year the tax roll sta-
tistics don't give great news
to local taxing authorities,
but they could have been
much worse, said Spark-
"We are not as bad as
most of those (central and
southern Florida counties),"
he said. "North Florida is
not as bad. This is reflec-
tive of what happened in
Continued on Page 5A

Donnie a ka . ,at work in his office.

Donnie Sparkman at work in his office, .

The Florida Department of
Transportation (DOT) has pro-
posed the creation of a wild-
flower corridor on U.S. High-
way 98 in Wakulla County.
The pilot project would
run from Woodville Highway
(Highway 363) to Crawford-
ville Highway U.S. Highway
319) in Medart.
The proposed corridor is
on the Big Bend Scenic Byway,
which was establisLed in
2007. The Scenic Byway Com-
mittee, the Florida Wildflower
Foundation, the Iris Garden
Club of Wakulla, and the Sar-
racenia Chapter of the Florida
Native Plant Society, are sup-
porting the proposal.
"Tierra La Florida," Land
of the Flowers, is the name
explorer Ponce de Leon gave
Florida when he first landed
near St Augustine in 1513.
Now wildflower devotees,
tourist officials, and outdoor
enthusiasts of all types are
hoping to see the establish-
ment of official wildflower
trails throughout the state
by 2013 marking the 500 year
anniversary of the discovery
of 'La Florida."
Continued on Page 5A


and road

on agenda
Wakulla County Commis-
sioner Mike Stewart has submit-
ted an agenda request seeking
board approval to advertise a
public hearing to repeal the con-
troversial wetlands ordinance.
The item will come before the
commission at their meeting on
Tuesday, July 21. In the agenda
request, Stewart notes that since
the passage of the the ordinance,
there has been much contro-
versy concerning the wording
of the document
Continued on Page 6A

Inside New markers in St. Marks relive history
This Week - .. .

Comment&Opinion.... Page 2A
Week in Wakulla ........ Page 2A
Church........................ Page 4A
Sports........................ Page 6A
People........................ Page 7A
School........................ Page 8A
Law Enforcement....... Page 9A
Outdoors................. Page 10A
Almanac.................Page 11A
Wakulla Wildlife......... Page 1B
People........................ Page 28
Business..................... Page 3B

The first two markers
explaining some of the his-
tory of the town of St. Marks
- one for Port Leon, and
another for the Tallahassee-
St. Marks Rail Road - were
unveiled last week.
Six historical markers are
planned as part of a project
being undertaken by the
city's Waterfronts Florida
committee to try to make
visitors to St. Marks more
aware of the area's history.
A dedication ceremony
was held at the Port Leon
marker, at the end of the rail
trail, where a bridge spanned
the river until the 1843 hur-
ricane that wiped out the
town. An illustration of the

briage was designed oy
Waterfronts member Mike
Pruitt, based on a description
that Elinor Elfner, who chairs
the history committee, was
able to come up with from
a book written by a German
who visited the area in 1834.
The double lattice bridge in
Pruitt's depiction is credited
as a "sketch prepared from
limited historic data."
The other marker, placed
on the rail-trail where it inter-
sects with Shell Island Road,
describes the Tallahassee-St.
Marks Rail Road, which in
1831 was the first railroad
in Florida. In 1988, the aban-
doned railroad bed was con-
verted into the state's first
rails-to-trails project.
Continued on Page 3A

THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Page 3A

Letters to the Editor


Closure will hurt crabbers

editor, The Newss
I want to inform the pub-
lic that there will be a closed
season on crabbing this sea-
son from July 19 to July 27.
This decision was made
by a few people who'did not
consult the whole industry.
This will not just effect the
crabbers, but all wholesale
dealers, retail businesses
and restaurants that sell blue
crabs. It will take crabbers a
week to pick up traps and a
week to put them back, so
you're looking at about a
month with no income.
As bad as our economy
is, why is this happening?
The closure is to clean up
abandoned and lost traps.
That is a joke because the
tides are mostly high in July
and it will be hard to find

dead traps.
Mistakes like this is what
is killing our economy. It
would be beneficial to sepa-

rate the clean-up to o:
in July where there a
crabbers at this time
inshore in January
there are few crabbe:
have traps: inshore.
edition, tides would 1
and it would be easi
dead traps.
That would keep th
bers working and r
flowing through out
omy. Stores that se
gloves, etc. that crabb
will be affected. It i;
ably too late to do an
about this, this time
hope it gets change
year. To my knowledge
bers have never had
month with rio iicor
Commercial Crabbe'
Ray Hutton

Mr. Allen is a great neighbor

Editor, The News:
Dear Wakulla,
I just want to tell ev-
eryone who called animal
control about the white mare
.(horse) on the comer of Cajer
Posey and Wakulla Arran Rd.
She passed away on Friday
morning July 3 due to having
Melanoma cancer.
She was very well taken

care of and was very loved by
everyone. She will be truly
missed on the farm.
And I would like to give
special thanks to my neigh-
bor Jim Allen.
He always seems to be
there when I need to bury a
horse. Mr Allen I can't thank
you enough for being such
a good neighbor and friend.

You will always have
dal place in our life.
Also, I would like tc
Wakulla County Animn
trol Officer Kenny Ca
for being at my side'
had to move her to h
resting place.
Bonnie Brinson

Continued from Page 2A
I love the logic in which
offshore the judge found that a Prin-
are few gle is "made from potato
flour in the sense that one
e, then cannot say that it is not
r whenmade from potato flour."'
In ad-who An appeal court reversed,
be low saying Pringles should be
ly window exempt from the VAT be-
ly findcause they have less potato
e crab- than a potato chip.
money Up the case went to the
econ- High Court, where P&G ar-
' gas, gued at a hearing last year
lgas' that Pringles are not like po-
ers use tato crisps, because of their
s prob- "mouth melt" taste, "uni-
,ything form colour" and "regular
, but I shape" which "is not found
e, crab- in nature." They also argued
eg ab that the tube canister pack-
o go a aging is suitable for playing
bongo-type drumbeats (as
S seen in the commercials)
S unlike those potato chips
in their non-musical bags,
Well, they didn't mention
r the drumbeats and com-
I mercials, but did note the
tubes vs. bags.
a Sp0- the appeal court agreed,
finding that to draw the VAT,
o thank a product must be wholly, or
lal Con- substantially wholly, made
rnivale from potato.
when I The higher court reversed,
er final finding that there "is more
than enough potato con-
tent" in Pringles "for it to be
a reasonable view that it is
made from potato."

Lord Justice Jacob, who
wrote the opinion, said
the question was "not one
calling for or justifying over-
elaborate, almost mind-
numbing legal analysis."
Nor, he ruled, was it a- situ-
ation which requires, as the
company had argued, a de-
termination that a product
contains enough potato to
exhibit "potato-ness." This
"Aristotlelian question" of
whether Pringles have the
"essence of potato" cannot
be answered, he wrote.
So there it is, finally. The
answer to the question that
has puzzled us all, and a
decision that explains why
Britain gets a Great in front
of its name.
* The Bank of the Wichi-
tas has renamed its online
division as redneckbank.
com. The mascot is an old
mule in mid-btay that looks
like it's grinning and the
bank's motto is "where
bankin's funner!"
An outhouse with a
moon in the door and sign
"log in" stands beside the
words "personal banking'
bid'ness" and "log into your
account here." There's also
an offer for "redneck bankin'
I don't know why any-
body would want to bank
at a place with such a name.
It doesn't instill much con-

Meet the needs of citizens t_ Mark markers

Editor, The News:
Museums can be great
community assets, fostering
education, tourism, recre-
ation, and greater under-
standing of community his-
tory. Concerned Citizens
of, Wakulla, Inc (CCOW) is
a supporter of such public
spaces for public use.'
Museums are also expen-
sive. For this reason, any
museum or public facility
must be based on a sound
business model designed
to insure that benefits out-
weigh costs and that it is
not a drain on the county
budget. In the case of the
Maritime Museum in Pana-
cea, the cost of land and
buildings is estimated at
nearly $4 million. This figure
does not cover the upgrades
necessary to turn two ag-
ing residential structures

into fully accessible public
buildings. Nor does it cover
routine maintenance, repairs,
landscaping, staffing, utili-
ties, or marketing, let alone
construction of the new
building and other facilities
called for in project plans.
These all depend on future
grants from a cash-strapped
state government. Of added
concern is the fact that the
maritime museum business
model has proved a weak
income and tourist traffic
generator for local commu-
nities as evidenced by the
Apalachicola Museum.
Since the county already
owns one underutilized
building on the water in Pan-
acea, the Welcome Center,
perhaps we should consider
using that building for the
museum. This would allow
the county to develop a vi-

able business plan for the
five acres adjacent to Wool-
ley Park-a plan incorporat-
ing more creative options
and one more likely to pay
for itself. Swimming facili-
ties, a community center and
other such public spaces can
generate multiple visits from
people inside and outside
of the county each year,
whereas the maritime mu-
seum would generate very
few multiple visits.
Concerned Citizens of
Wakulla. Inc. (CCOW) encour-
ages the county commission
to look to its priorities and
budget to be certain that
they can meet their cur-
rent commitments to this
county's citizens.
Chuck Hess
Concerned Citizens
of Wakulla

Wetlands are being destroyed

Editor, The News:
Following the reporting
of the Panacea wetland cases
and allegations of violations
in The Wakulla News, one
is left with the impression
that it is more of a political
squabble among personali-
ties rather than the true na-
ture of the issue: significant
destruction of wetlands,
These wetlands are ad-
jacent to and were shared
with the St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge.
According to county re-
cords, including staff memos,
and time series of aerial im-
ages, natural existing shallow-
water ponds and wetlands on
Ronald Fred Crum's and Larry
Tucker's properties were
significantly altered after
the enactment of Wakulla's
wetland ordinance.
The News in its reporting
has completely disregarded
these public records while
merely mentioning them in
passing in order to get to the
more gossipy,components of
the story.
The News, in its reliance
on opinions from County
Attorney Ron Mowrey and
effort to make the story more
interesting, has succeeded
in blurring these wetland
destruction cases with Com-
mission Chairman Howard
Kessler's alleged wetland is-
sue which involves mowing
within the wetland buffer of
a pre-existing artificial pond.
It is ridiculous to equate
destroying existing natu-
ral wetlands with mowing
around a cleared artificial
Mixing these issues only
serves to publicly confuse

the true nature of the destruc-
tion that occurred following
implementation of the wet-
land ordinance and has made
this situation unnecessarily
Over the years, there have
been a lot of wetlands in
Wakulla County that have
been turned into developed
land and artificial ponds.
The county has attempted
to minimize this activity
through the wetland ordi-
nance which is intended "to
prevent destruction of or
significant changes to natural
wetlands by regulating devel-
opment activities in wetlands
within the boundaries of
Wakulla County."
Kessler's artificial pond
has existed for many years,
as have so many others in
this county, and the act of
mowing around it is very
much different than physi-
cally digging up many acres
of wetlands.
The leveled wetlands and
new artificial ponds on the
Crum-Tucker property oc-
curred very recently. The
county's ordinance was ad-
opted to prevent this type of
destructive activity to occur
It is clear, based on county
records, that the natural ex-
isting shallow-water ponds
and wetlands within the
adjoining Crum-Tucker prop-
erty were significantly altered
sometime following adoption
and implementation of the
county's wetland ordinance
(May 2006).
Only the Code Enforce-
ment Board can find a vio-
lation of the wetland ordi-
nance, and that has yet to be

officially done. Rather than
face violation allegations
and work with the county
to attempt to mitigate the
destruction, the property
owners instead are attempt-
ing to invalidate the wetland
ordinance and find blame
Destroying one's wetlands
on private property isifnot
merely an issue of private
property rights.
Natural wetlands serve
the public in many ben-
eficial ways: they serve as
natural filters for pollutants
and nutrients, they prevent
flooding by acting as sponges
soaking up stormwater and
they provide natural habitat
for a variety of animals and
wildlife. Artificial ponds have
very minimal ecological or
natural value and only serve
the landowner. The wetlands
destroyed served as habitat
for natural vegetation, wild-
life and helped protect water
In fact, the Panacea Area
.Water System supply wells
are located on the refuge less
than a mile away from these
altered wetlands.
Mother Earth (or God if
you prefer) has designed
nature in balance. Arrogant
humans believe we can do it
better for our own selfish or
self righteous purpose.
Whatever happens at the
end of the day, the public still
loses because wetlands that
adjoin and affect our shared
public lands were destroyed
and no amount of mitigation
dan fully restore their natural
function or ecological value.
Chad Hanson

Thanks for thinking about us

Editor, The News: our family during the loss
Thank you to the won- of our son, father and
derful friends and family brother, Rump Crum. God
for all the love shown to bless each of you.

Maggie Crum and family
Otter Creek

Elinor Elfner stands next to the Port Leon marker.

Continued from Page 1A
The state Office of Green-
ways and Trails paid for the
signs and installed them.
Elfner said the committee is
looking for sponsors for the
other four planned signs.
St. Marks is one of the
oldest'towns in Florida. The
historical markers refer to St.
Marks as being "discovered"
in 1527, referring to the ill-
fated visit of the Spanish con-
quistador Panfilo de Narvaez,
who suffered constant attack
from the Apalachee' indians
until his men built makeshift
rafts and set off for Mexico.
Only two men survived the
expedition. The Spanish later
built Fort San Marcos de
Apalache at the confluence

of the Wakulla and St. Marks
River, which was the site of
numerous historic events,
including capture of the fort
by William Bowles, head of
the self-proclaimed State of
Muskogee, to the military
expedition led by Andrew
Jackson, who hung a Scottish
trader and had a retired Brit-
ish soldier put before a firing
squad as spies.
Later, a significant legal
precedent was set when
the trading company John
Forbes and Company was
upheld in its trade with local
indians that resulted in the
company taking millions of
acres of land to pay debts.
The Forbes Purchase Line
still appears on some maps

of the panhandle.
Before the Civil War, St.
Marks was a primary port
for shipping cotton from
middle Georgia and north
Florida, and the Tallahassee-
St. Marks Railroad was an
important part of that. Port
Leon was founded in 1838
by Richard Keith Call, who
served as territorial governor,
and was seeking a port out-
side of the Forbes Purchase.
When Wakulla County was
designated in 1843 from
what was Leon County, Port
Leon was its county seat.
The 1843 hurricane that
destroyed the town also de-
stroyed the bridge, knocking
it off its foundation. Some
of the concrete foundation
from the Port Leon bridge
still stand at the river's edge,
and after the sign dedication
ceremony, St. Marks Mayor
Chuck Shields pointed out a
couple of the old railroad ties
still visible on the ground.
Shields described how a
fish house later stood on
the spot. Midway across
was a pier used to support
the bridge that Shields said
was mostly removed in the
1930s when the river was
Across the river is St.
Marks National Wildlife Ref-
uge property, and the rail-
road bed is still visible and
used as a hiking trail.

Seniors can save insurance money

An AARP Driver Safety
class is available to individu-
als with a valid driver license
age 50 or older. Classes are
especially designed for older
drivers and no testing or

"hands-on" driving is re-
The classes will be held
Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 as par-
ticipants attend two, four
hour sessions from 10 a.m.

until 2 p.m. both days at the
TCC Wakulla Center located
on Highway 319 in Crawford-
ville. Contact Jack Campbell
at 421-7568 for additional in-
formation and registration.

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fidence in the profession-
alism of the bankers. The
marketing company though
- wow, what genius came
up with and pitched that
Here is the marketing
plan as stated by some mar-
keting expert. "Okay, the
public perception of bank-
ers is low, given the current
financial mess in which a
bunch of slick MBAs practi-
cally caused the collapse
of the economy of the free
world with their risky mort-
gage derivatives. So we go
to the other extreme - red-
necksl They, aren't smart
enough to come up with
any ideas because they're
too busy trying to get their
ex-sweetheart to lift the re-
straining order for stalking,
and to come up with money
to pay their monthly court
costs and restitution"
Which is true, unless
these redneck bankers start
a run on old TransAms and
raggedy too-short cutoffs,
trucker hats with something
"funny" on them ("Booty
Hunter"), suitcases of Busch
beer and cartons of Marlbo-
ros so they can entice little
underage redneckettes to
hang out at the water with
William Snowden is a
reporter for The Wakulla


Page 4A - THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009

Church Obituaries . Republicans

Mount Beasor plans
special service
Elder Bruce Taylor and
the congregation at Mt. Bea-
sor Primitive Baptist Church,
Sopchoppy extend a cordial
invitation to a special meet-
ing with renowned Bible
speaker, teacher and author
Reverend Robert Taylor,
starting Thursday, July 16
and continuing through July
190 with services daily at 7
p.m. Special music and nurs-
ery services will be available
each evening.
Rev. Robert Taylor has
been ministering for more
than 60 years as a pastor,
evangelist and is the author
of "Down But Not Out,' a
book of his sermons and
spiritual insights gleaned
from a lifetime of gospel
Mt. Beasor Primitive Bap-
tist Church, established in
1853, is located at 29 Win-
throp Avenue in Sopchoppy
and will celebrate its 156th
year of gospel ministry on
July 19. For more informa-
tion, directions or transporta-
tion, please call 962-7843 or

St. Nora celebrates men
and women
St. Nora Primitive Baptist
Church in Sopchoppy will
celebrate Men and Women
Day on Sunday, July 26 at 11,
a.m. for men and 3 p.m. for
Pastor Eddie Lee Franklin,
Chairperson Mae F. Baucham
and Co-Chairpersons Nesea
Grooms and Veronica Frank-
lin are encouraging everyone
to assist.
For more information, call

Robert E. Combs "v
Robert Edward "Eddie"
Combs, 63, died Thursday,
July 9 in Gainesville.
The funeral service was
held Monday, July 13 at Telo-
gia Assembly of God Church
with burial at Good Hope
A native of Johnson City,
Tenn., he was born on March
' 1, 1946, and lived in Liberty
County for most of his life.
He was a retired plumber
and logger and served in the
United States Marine Corps
during Vietnam. He was a
1964 graduate of Liberty
County High School and was
of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife,
Janie Combs of Hosford; two
daughters, Windi Brown
of Tallahassee and Rena
Combs of Crawfordville;
his stepfather, Roland Fair-
doth of Columbus, Ga.; two
stepsons, Stephen Brown of
Huntsville, Ala. and Marvin
Brown of Telogia; two step-
daughters, Michelle Faust of
Tallahassee and Joley Owens
of Sneads; a brother, Joe
Combs and his wife, Adina
of Hosford; a granddaughter,
Cortni Brown; and six step-
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown was in charge
of the arrangements.

Mary K. Daws
Mary Kathryn Daws, 61,
of Tallahassee died July 8,
after a courageous battle
with cancer.
Graveside services were
held Friday, July 10 at Wood-
ville Cemetery.
She was born on April 12,
1948, and lived in many plac-
es across the country while
growing up before settling
in Tallahassee in the 1960s.
Mary was a fixture at Wood-
ville Elementary School for
more than 20 years, work-
ing as the school's crossing
guard 'and as a teacher's
aide. She also helped to
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her sons were young. More
recently, she was a telephone
customer service agent and
trainer with Sprint, ACS,
and finally with EDS in Tal-
lahassee. Survivors include
her ex-husband, Herb Daws
and his wife Colleen (whom
Mary was happy to consider
a good friend); two sons,
Robert "Bob" Daws and Lisa
and William "Bill" Daws; a
daughter, Kathy Ann Daws
Johnson and Phillip; a grand
daughter, Brooke Daws; four
grandsons, Billy Daws, bylan
Daws and Chase Johnson,
all of Tallahassee, and Josh
Daws, formerly of Tallahas-
see, now of Orlando.
Culley's MeadowWood
Funeral Home in Tallahassee
was in charge of the arrange-

Sophia Hennessey
Sophia Hennessey, 90, of
Tallahassee died July 9 in
Funeral services and buri-
al will be held at a later date
in Massachusetts. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations
may be made to the hospice
of the donor's choosing.
A native of Easthampton,
Mass., she was born to Jo-
seph and Anna Prejs on July
16, 1918. She was the widow
of John Hennessey of South
Boston, Mass. She spent
most of her adult life in
Newton, Mass. and worked
as a secretary before retiring.
She moved to Tallahassee in
March 2007 and lived at the
Sterling House.
Survivors include two
sons, James Hennessey and
wife, Kathryn Gibson of
Ivan Assembly of God
202 Ivan Church Road
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daughters, Halle Hennessey
of Portland, Ore, and Aura
Castro and husband Ruben
of Tallahassee; two great-
grandsons, Elric Hennessey
and Ursan Hennessey, both
of Seattle; and two sisters,
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Miss, and Stella Salewski of
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Gladys W. Simmons
Gladys W. Simmons, 92,
of Adel, Ga. died Saturday,
July 11.
The funeral service was
held Tuesday. July 14 at Sa-
lem Primitive Baptist Church
with Elder Lynwood Davis
officiating. Interment was at
Woodlawn Cemetery.
A native of Berrien Coun-
ty, Ga., she lived at Alligator
Point for 40 years and moved
to Adel nine years ago. She
was a homemaker and a
member of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son
and daughter-in-law, Jimmy
and Ande Simmons of Adel; a
daughter, Dorothy Simmons
of Atlanta; two granddaugh-
ters, Teri Ann Simmons and
Carrie Jean Smith; and three
great-grandchildren, Olivia
Smith, Natalli Simmons and
Damian Privat.
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Marilyn A. Surdakowski
Marilyn A. Surdakows-
ki, 62, of Tallahassee, died
Wednesday, July 8 at Talla-
hassee Memorial Hospital.
The family received
friends July 10 at Abbey-
Riposta Funeral Home and
the Rosary was recited. The
Funeral Mass was held. Sat-
urday, July 11 at St. Louis
Catholic Church. Interment
followed at Tallahassee
Memory Gardens.
A native of New York City,
she moved to Tallahassee 30
years ago. She was a member
of St. Louis Catholic Church,
Kairos, Cursillo Movement
and Kairos Outside. She was
a full charge bookkeeper
with H2 Engineering,
Survivors include her hus-
band, Robert A. Surdakowski
of Tallahassee; a son, Rob-
ert A. Surdakowski, Jr., of
Wakulla County; a daughter,
Christine Marie Surdakowski
of Tallahassee; 11 siblings,
Edward Lustberg, Gregory
Lustberg. Patricia Hother-
sall, Laura Matheos, Gary
Lustberg, Robert Lustberg,
Douglas Lustberg, Ronald
Lustberg, Wayne Lustberg,
Gerald Lustberg and Debra
Pappert; three grandchildren,
Aleigha and Justin Surda-
kowski and Dillon Reed.
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Due to the overwhelming
response and attendance at
the monthly Wakulla County
Republican Executive Com-
mittee (WCREC) meetings, the
WCREC announced the date
of the first county Republican
Club meeting. This inaugural
dub meeting will be a great
opportunity to network with
local Republicans, share your
thoughts on local, state and
national political issues and
express your ideas on how
Wakulla Republicans can be
best prepared for 2010.
The idea of the dub grew
from the fact that many Wakul-
la citizens attended the month-
ly Republican Executive Com-
mittee meetings and wanted
more in terms of information,
involvement and fellowship,
said Gordon McCleary, Repub-
lican Party Chair. "We have had
many new faces show up each
month wanting to get involved
and speak on issues or share
ideas for party growth. The
Wakulla County Republican
Executive Committee drives
the local party planning and
will oversee dub activity."
The August WCREC meet-
ing will be held following the
dub meeting. Plans are also in
the works for other events in
the coming months such as a
Republican "get ready for 2010"
mixer and an event at Hudson
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Page 5A

Tax Roll

Wildflowers form a carpet along the side of the road.

Continued from Page 1A
DOT's wildflower pro-
gram traces its origins to a
happy accident in 1963. A
highway contractor bought
sod from a pasture that
had been seeded with red
The following spring the
clover exploded with red
blossoms and the DOT's
phone lines lit.up with sup-
portive phone calls.
The department later part-
nered with the Florida Fed-
eration of Garden Clubs, Inc.
to fund research at Florida
Atlantic University to iden-
tify wildflower species and
seeding and maintenance
techniques best suited for
establishing successful wild-
flower plantings.
Wildflowers provide many
benefits, aside from sheer
beauty. Wildflowers support
birds, bees and a variety of
pollinating insects. Wild
pollinators are crucial to Flor-
ida's agricultural interests, as
well as to local farmers and
home gardeners. Wildflower
corridors promote tourism,
a natural fit for Wakulla
County's budding eco-tour-
ism industry. New England
has "leaf peepers," in the fall
and Texas has "flower peep-
ers." Eco-tourism supporters
in Wakulla County hope that
the project will bring visitors
to the county.
A major benefit of a wild-
flower corridor is that it re-
duces mowing requirements.
Less mowing means less


Emily Hardy
Continued from Page 1A
The day of the wreck, a
Saturday, McCabe had gone
to the beach with some
friends and was drinking
tequila. She didn't feel im-
paired, she said. She didn't
think she was drunk as she
and Hardy left the beach.
Hardy, who was a senior
at Wakulla High School, had
given birth to a boy, Mason,
just weeks before the crash.
"She's not here anymore
and it's all my fault," McCabe
said. Emily had dreamed of
being a good mom, she said,
but she didn't get to see her
son's first steps or hear his
first words. She wasn't able
to walk at graduation with
her friends.
The presentation includ-
ed pictures of Emily and
her family as Alan Jackson's
"Sissy's Song" played in the
background - a sad song
about a young woman who
has died that includes the
refrain, "She flew up to
Heaven on the wings of an-
gels/ By the clouds and stars
and passed where no one
sees/ And she walks with
Jesus and her loved ones
waiting/ And I know she's
smiling saying, Don't worry
'bout me."
Also in the presentation

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gasoline use, less equipment,
fewer man-hours and fewer
taxpayer dollars. Typically, a
wildflower planting will re-
quire one to two fewer mow-
ings per year. Depending on
the particular roadway, a six
foot "recovery zone" along
the shoulder will be mowed
throughout the season. After
the wildflowers have gone
to seed, the entire right-of-
way will be mowed as usual.
Property owners who prefer
to mow their highway front-
age are free to do so.
On July 21, at 5 p.m. the
Wakulla County Commission
will hear a brief presentation
on Wakulla native wildflow-
ers and their importance,
and the FDOT's wildflower
program. The commission
will consider a resolution
to support the FDOT's pro-
posal to create a wildflower
corridor on U.S. Highway 98.
Interested citizens are urged
to attend.
Volunteers will be provid-
ing information and seeking
support from property own-
ers on the proposed pilot-
project corridor. Anyone
with questions are encour-
aged to call Ted or Brandy
Cowley-Gilbert at 926-5644.
To volunteer or learn
more on the local level, con-
tact Lee Norris at lnorris@
ectinc.com or go to www.
tion.org to see what is hap-
* opening with other wild-
flower, trail projects around
; the state.

was video from the 2008
graduation at which stu-
dents sang "In the Sweet
By and By" as a tribute to
LeBoeuf thanked Wakulla
Circuit Judge N. Sanders
Sauls for allowing the unusu-
al step of making the MADD
presentation to the court
and to Hardy's family, and
he added that it was a very
emotional experience for
McCabe, producing "buckets
of tears." He didn't know if
she could make it through
the presentation without
breaking down - she hadn't
been able to before, he said.
At the hearing, LeBoeuf sat
behind McCabe during the
presentation whispering
encouragement: "Be strong.
Be strong."
Since McCabe is severely
handicapped and has medi-
cal problems that include the
need for additional surger-
ies, the judge made a find-
ing that it was a mitigating
factor in her sentencing and
why no prison time was
Judge Sauls accepted the
plea deal, adjudicating Mc-
Cabe guilty of the crime and
ordering her to serve 15 years
probation, confided to home
except for medical treatment,
and to give the presentation
as scheduled by MADD, in-
cluding improvements and
revisions suggested by the
Hardy family at the hearing
to have more pictures of
Emily and to convey more
a sense of her life and what
was lost.
McCabe was also ordered
to re-pay $5,225 to the state
Victim's Compensation Fund
for Emily Hardy's burial,
plus $3,745 in court costs
and fines,.

Continued from Page 1A
Decreases in taxable val-
ues were recorded across the
board in Wakulla County and
Sparkman said, "It will prob-
ably be the case again next
year. Next year's budget year
will be tough."
The county commission's
2008 final taxable value
was $1,462,095,410 and the
2009 preliminary taxable
value is $1,340,297,822, for a
decrease of $121,797,588 or
8.33 percent.
The news is better for
the school board since the
school district does not have
as many tax exemptions as
the county commission.
The school district's
2008 final taxable value
was $1,593,537,258 and the
2009 preliminary taxable
value is $1,506,048,050 or a
decrease of $87,489,208 or
5.49 percent.
The City of St. Marks had
a 2008 final taxable value
of $38,302,776 and the 2009
preliminary taxable value is
$35,397,572 or a decrease of
$2,905.204 or 7.58 percent.
The taxable value for
the Northwest Florida Wa-
ter Management District
fell 8.23 percent and land
within the City of St. Marks
Community Redevelopment
District fell 24.69 percent.
Only a portion of the City of
St. Marks is included in the
redevelopment district. ,
The 2008 final just or mar-
ket value was $2,632,663,310
while the 2009 preliminary
just or market value is
$2,476,894,198 or a decrease
of $155,769,112 or 5.92 per-

What do all the statistics
mean for county commis-
sion, school district and St.
Marks officials?
Sparkman estimated that
the county commission will
have approximately $1 mil-
lion less revenue to work
with this summer when pre-
paring the 2009-2010 budget.
School board officials will be
down $700,000 to $750,000 of
local revenue and St. Marks
will be off about $13,000.
What do the statistics
mean for Wakulla County
property owners when it
comes time to pay tax bills
in November?
Sparkman said most
non-Homstead Exemption
property owners will see a
reduction in their taxes in
November while homestead
Exemption property owners
will see their taxes either
stay the same or have a
slight increase, depending
on what millage is set by the
taxing authorities.
The Homestead property
owners will see the tax re-
duction come out of the Save
our Homes cap protection
amount this year, but will
see a reduction from the tax-
able value next year.
While it may be confusing
to property owners, Spark-
man added that 2010 will
be worse for the taxing au-
thorities since the reductions
of taxable values will start
reaching the Homestead
individuals next year.
After a tax roll jump of
$106 million in taxable value
in 2007, Wakulla County

hopped to an increase of
nearly $10 million in 2008,
at $9,888,215. If 2008 was a
hop, 2009 was a trip, said
Sparkman. The days or huge
taxable increases are over,
he added,
Tangible personal prop-
erty continues to decrease
from as Amendment 1 cut
into potential county rev-
enue. Sparkman estimated
that the 2009 Tangible Per-
sonal Property figures would
level off and be similar
to 2008. Tangible personal
property is furniture, fur-
nishings and items within
real property. The last three
years have seen the statistics
drop from $122,532,7 1 to
$137,150,344 to $110,795,253
in 2009, although Spar man
said the figure will chaIge as
his staff continues to 4ount
property. While a decrease is
expected, Sparkman expects
it to be smaller thar $27
New construction was
down from $87,737,0p2 to
$49,800,268 from 2007 to
2008. Sparkman said the
the new construction values
to continue to decline and
will be about $35 million
in 2009.
The state Department
of Revenue has 45 days to
review Sparkman's docu-
ments and approve the tax
roll. Sparkman's tax roll al-
lows the taxing authorities
to complete their budget
process and gets Tax Collec-
tor Cheryll Olah in a position
to begin tax collections in
The Truth In Millage

(TRIM) notices will be mailed
around Aug. 17. The notices
inform taxpayers what their
potential tax bill will be in
November and alerts them
to public hearing dates,
times and locations of taxing
Taxpayers have an appeal
process of their property val-
ues if they have a disagree-
ment over the figures and
cannot work the dispute out
with Sparkman's office.
The Value Adjustment
Board will settle any poten-
tial disputes when it meets
in October.
Any development that
was completed before Jan. 1,
2009 will appear on the 2009
tax roll, but any construction
completed after Jan. 1 will
appear on the 2010 tax roll.
This is the fifth year that
the tax roll has exceeded $1
billion. It was only $125 mil-
lion in 1984.
Sparkman added that the
tax roll submission process
has been difficult because
legislative changes have re-
quired changes in software
programs and getting the
programs from the state in
a timely manner has been
difficult. "It has been a real
crunch, last year and this
year," he said.
Wakulla County will not
face the crush South Florida
counties are experiencing.
"Some of their losses are
more than our whole bud-
get," he said. "I feel like we
are heading back to the val-
ues of 2003 and 2004. But un-
funded mandates from the
Ipgislature are killing us."


Continued from Page 1A
County Attorney Ron Mow-
rey argued that the wetlands
ordinance was advertised to be
heard by the county commis-
sion on April 17,2006, and was
continued to the May 1, 2006
meeting by a vote of the board.
It was approved at the May 1,
2006 meeting. He argued that
there was no requirement to re-
advertise the ordinance if there.
was no substantial change, or a;
change to its general purpose.
The intent, he said, was still the
same - to protect wetlands.
"The wetlands ordinance is
the wetlands ordinance is the
wetlands ordinance," Mowrey
told the court
Mowrey also contended
that the ordinance not being
filed with the Secretary of
State's office within 10 days
meant that it became effective
on the date it was filed, which
was May 16, 2006.
Lunny contended that the
county commission changed
the stated intent between
what was advertised to what
was enacted in such ways as
changing its intent from limit-
ing "dredge and fill" into en-
couraging "low development"
and from protecting wetlands
to encouraging low density
development It became a land
development ordinance, Lunny
argued, that was never seen to
the planning commission for
review as required by law.
During the time from when
the wetlands ordinance was
continued and when it was
ultimately approved, the or-
dinance had'been expanded
from the unincorporated area
of the county to the entire
county - including the cities
of St. Marks and Sopchoppy.
The penalties for violations
changed from a fee structure
to a requirement for restoration
and mitigation,
"The bottom line is,"i Lunny
said, that in enacting the or-
dinance, "the county did not
follow the law."
Judge Sauls agreed. He
found that "each and every
infirmity in the ordinance"
alleged in the Crums' and
Tuckers' lawsuit was supported
by evidence - evidence that
was "uncontradicted" by the
Mowrey argued that there
was no need for an injunction,

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though, since the Code En-
forcement Board had agreed to
continue the violation hearings
against the Crums and Tuckers
until the court had a chance to
rule on the lawsuit
But Judge Sauls found that
the Crums and Tuckers had no
adequate remedy under the
law since they couldn't sue
public officials for monetary
damages for their alleged viola-
tions improperly enacting and
enforcing an ordinance.
Additionally, the judge
found that "Enforcement of
an ordinance void ultra vires
("'Beyond the law") causes ir-
reparable harm" to the Crums
and Tuckers.
The judge granted the
injunction and ordered the
Crums and Tuckers to post a
$5,000 bond. Such a bond is
required to cover any poten-
tial claims by a party, in this
case the county, while the
injunction is in place in case
it is later determined that the
injunction should not have
been granted.
Panacea residents Ronald
Fred Crum, owner of Crum's
Mini-Mall, and Larry Tucker,
a retired charter boat captain
and fisherman, both took the
stand to testify that negative
publicity about their wetlands
cases is having an effect on
their reputations. Under cross-
examination by Mowrey's
associate Rhonda DiVagno,
Crum said' he could not point
to any monetary damages to
his business as a result of the

"You are what you say and
how you live," Tucker answered
to the question. "If people look
at you as a lawbreaker... then
you're just no-good."
Among the evidence sub-
mitted by Lunny was a June 10
e-mail from code board chair-
man Piasecki to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Jaime Baze about
information he had received
from the CCOW group (Con-
cerned Citizens of Wakulla, a
political organization).
He also submitted a letter
from Mowrey with his opinion
that Crum and Tucker were not
in violation of the wetlands or-
dinance, and another Mowrey

letter in which he complains
of county staff seeing fit to
create their own subsequent
determination based on other
information not given to him
that Crum and Tucker were
in violation of the ordinance.
That subsequent memo was
drafted by Assistant County
Administrator Stevens - who is
an attorney eligible to practice
law in Florida. but isn't covered
by any liability insurance to
do so for the county - and
which Lunny told the court
was evidence of a "continuing
conspiracy" by staff actively
involved in persecuting the
Crums and Tuckers.

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Fall sports registration continued until Aug. 15

The Wakulla County Parks
and Recreation Department
will host fall sports regis-
tration during the summer
Registration dates: Mon-
day, June 1 through Saturday,
Aug. 15, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration deadline:
Saturday, Aug. 15 at noon.
Registration place: Med-
art Recreation Park off U.S.

98. The age determining
date: Sept. 1 for all sports
except girls softball which
is Jan. 1.
Example: a participant
must turn age 6 before Sept.
1, 2009 in order to be eligible
to participate. No excep-
1. Flag football: ages - 6
& 7 division, 8 & 9 division,
and 10 & 11 division.
Cost is $40 per child.

Player must be 6 prior to
9/1/09 to be eligible.
2. Flag cheerleading: ages
- 6, 7 & 8 year old.
Cost is $40 per child.
Player must be 6 prior, to
9/1/09 to be eligible.
3. Tackle football (new
division): Bantam division
- ages 6-8. weight limit is 35
to 75 pounds.
Pee Wee division - ages 9-
11. weight limit is 75 pounds

- 126 pounds. Lineman may
weigh up to 145 pounds.
Junior division - ages 12,
13 & 14. weight limit is 126
- 146 pounds. Lineman may
weigh up to 175 pounds.
Cost for tackle football
is $85 per child a copy of a
birth certificate is required.
4. Tackle cheerleading:
Bantam division, ages 6-8.
Pee Wee division - ages

Driving, bowling and golfing

AARP driver safety
discount available
An AARP Driver Safety
class is available to individu-
als with a valid driver license
age 50 or older. Classes are
especially designed for older
drivers and no testing or
"hands-on" driving is re-
The classes will be held
Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 as par-
ticipants attend two, four
hour sessions from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. both days at the
TCC Wakulla Center located
on Highway 319 in Craw-
Contact Jack Campbell at

421-7568 for additional infor-
mation and registration.
In the state of Florida,
completion of AARP class
will result in a substantial
savings on your Florida auto
insurance for three years,
Eight hours of class work
must be completed before
a certificate is issued by
The insurance discount
is available for participants
with good driving records for
ages 55 and older.

Bowl for FWMA and raise
money for animals
Florida Wild Mammal As-

sociation (FWMA) will host a
"Fun" Bowling Tournament
on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at Capital
Lanes in Tallahassee. Any
skill level can enter.
Three "Fun" Games: Strike
or 9, Low Score, and Head-
Prizes, will be held. Tro-
phies will be provided by Ace
Hardware. The cost to enter
is $12.90 for three games and
shoe rental.
This is a 'Feed the Pot'
Benefit for FWMA. For com-
plete details and information
on how to enter, please visit:
www.wakullawildlife.org or
call Judy at 984-9980.


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It has resulting in numer-
ous lawsuits being filed
against the county.
"It is clear that the exist-
ing ordinance is not clearly
written and very difficult for
the county to enforce, leav-
ing the county vulnerable to
legal actions," according to
Stewart's memo.
The county lost a motion
hearing on July 8 at which
the court granted a tempo-
rary injunction .,to suspend
enforcement of the wet-
lands ordinance. Citizens
challenging the ordinance
claim that it was passed
with numerous procedural
problems and that the way
it's enforced denies due
process rights.
Wakulla Circuit Judge N.
Sanders Sauls found there
were "multiple procedural
defects" with the process by
which the ordinance was en-
acted, and that the alleged
flaws were "uncontradicted"
by the county.
Stewart's agenda request

was filed on June 29. a day
before an emergency meet-
ing of the board to set an
attorney-client closed door
meeting before the court
At that emergency meet-
ing, Stewart said his phone
was constantly ringing with
half the callers asking that
the wetlands ordinance be
repealed, and the other half
saying the county shouldn't
pay any money on lawyers
to defend it. �
Citizens Ronald Fred and
Eloise Crum, and Larry and
Patricia Tucker were charged
with violating the wetlands
ordinance, and they filed a
lawsuit in circuit court chal-
lenging the ordinance. The
Crums and Tuckers, who
own neighboring properties
on Tower Road in Panacea,
are charged with violating
the wetlands ordinance
with artificial ponds on
their property.
There is also a case on ap-
peal from the Code Enforce-
ment Board, another alleged

violation of the wetlands
ordinance, for "development
activities" within 75 feet of
a Spring Creek wetland for
mowing around a pond, and
allowing a mule to forage.
In other matters on the
board's upcoming agenda,
Commissioner George Green
will ask the board to consid-
er renaming Lower Bridge
Road to Martin Luther King
Jr. Memorial Road.
In 2003, the board voted
to designate Lower Bridge
as Martin Luther King Me-
morial Road, but without
changing the road name
from Lower Bridge.

Golf for Paws in Prison
Paws in Prison will host
the Second Annual Paws
in Prison charity golf tour-
nament Friday, Aug. 7 at
Wildwood Country Club in
Registration will begin
at 7:30 p.m. with an 8:30
shotgun start. The awards
ceremony and lunch will be
held at 1 p.m.
Make checks payable to
Paws in Prison, P.O. Box 311,
Crawfordville, FL 32326 or
visit www.pawsinprison.net.

Junior division-ages 12,
13 &.14,
Cost for tackle cheerlead-
ing is $40 per child (includes
shirt and pom poms). A
copy of a birth certificate is
5. Girls fast pitch softball:
ages: 16 & under, 14 & under,
12 & under and 10 & under
(8, 9, & 10). Cost for
softball is $60 per child.
6. Fall ball baseball: ages:
7 & 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12
and 13 to 15.
Cost will be determined
once enough participants
register to form this
All players must provide

proof of health insurance
or purchase a policy for
$7.50. For more informa-
tion call Wakulla Parks and
Recreation Department at
Anyone interested in
coaching any of the youth
sports are encouraged to
contact WCPRD at 926-7227.
All volunteer coaches
are required and subjected
to a Florida Department of
Law Enforcement Criminal
history background check
to ensure the safety of our
youth participants. For more'
information, contact WCPRD
at 926-7227 or visit www.

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Puppeteer Bob Parsons shows children how he
builds the stage for his show.

Puppeteer Parsons

to perform at library

. of the Public
S Libra y

Doug Jones
The theme for this sum-
mer's reading program is "Be
Creative" and opportunities
abound to Imagine, Create
and Participate in our weekly
series of special events and
enrichment programs. Safari
Man Rodger Tripp brings his
one-man band performance
to the library's "It's Show-
time" event July 16 beginning
at 7 p.m. There are are still a
few spaces available for the
"Weekly Outing" to see the
Tour and Survival Program
at the Florida Museum of
History. Advanced signup is
required for this event
On Thursday, July 23 at 7
p.m., "It's Showtime" features
Australian Puppeteer Bob Par-
son and the Walk-about Pup-
pets presenting "Mr. Blister's
Toy Circus." This production
is; presented in a European
puppetry style where the
ptippeteer is in full view and
participates in the action as an
actor. Picture a gigantic pop-up
book as the elaborate set. As
the pages are turned a new
set or stage appears and the
story unfolds. Sponsored by
the Friends of the Library, the
free program is one all family
members will enjoy.
Since 1999, Walk-about Pup-
pets has presented shows for
more than 90,000 children in
libraries, schools and many
other venues. Formed in 1999
by Australian Puppeteer Bob
Parsons, Walk-about Puppets
is a touring company commit-
ted to providing children and
adults with the opportunity
to enjoy puppet theatre of the
highest quality.
. Parsons has been involved
in puppet-theater for the past
16 years as a puppeteer, mu-
sician and writer. He has
performed with an extensive
variety of puppetry styles
and genres for children and
adults. In 1991, Parsons was
awarded a study scholarship
from the Australia Council for

the Arts and spent two years
as a student at the Prague
School of Puppetry in the
Czech Republic. In the United
States, Parsons has worked
with Hystopolis Productions
in Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet,
The Center for Puppetry Arts
in Atlanta, and the Alabama
Shakespeare Festival in Mont-
Sign-up sheets for the
Wakulla Springs Reading
Cruise, the "Weekly Outing"
taking place on July 24 at 11
a.m. will be available at the
"It's Showtime" event at 7
p.m., July 16. Participants will
enjoy stories and a beautiful
voyage on the Wakulla Springs
River Boat Tour observing al-
ligators and other wildlife in
their natural habitat. Don't
forget to bring your camera.
Computer Classes
Feature Facebook
A class on using Facebook,
the social utility that con-
nects people with friends,
co-workers and others, sharing
photos, comments, and other
social networking needs, takes
place in the library's computer
lab on July 22 from 12:30 p.m.
to 2:30 p.m. .
Other passes offered this"
week include Windows Vista
Photo Gallery on Tuesday,
July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., followed by Arrange Your
Computer Files Using Win-
dows XP, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, in addition to
the Facebook class, Windows
XP II, the intermediate class
to using this operating sys-
tem, takes place from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
There is space available in
all of these classes, but ad-
vanced sign up is required as
space is limited to 12 students.
If you have previously signed
up for a class and will not be
able to attend, please call so
your space may be freed up
for another person.
Friday Night at the Movies
returns on July 24 and the
next Friends of the Library
Free Book Extravaganza takes
place on Saturday, Aug. 11
For more information about
library program, events and
services, please call 926-7415
or visit our web site at www.

Kessler attends FAC conference

Wakulla County Com-
missioner Howard Kes-
sler recently attended
the Florida Association
of Counties (FAC) Annual
As a member of the FAC
Board of Directors and a
member of FAC's Growth
Management Select Com-
mittee, Commissioner Kes-
sler participates in the
policy making decisions
of the association.
The impact of recently
passed legislation by the
State of Florida was a
topic on the minds of
many of the county com-
missioners who were in

Commissioner Rodney Long, President FAC, Commis-
sioner Howard Kessler and Freeholder Lou Magazzu

attendance. Bill 360 and other growth county will be continued
Discussion of Senate issues facing our state and with telephone confer-

Happy first birthdays

Happy first birthday to
MaKayla Grace Pafford on

July 5. She is the daughter
of Andrea M. and Dean M.
Pafford of Crawfordville.
Maternal grandpar-
ents are James "Ottis"
and Rhonda S. Cain of
Crawfordville. Paternal
grandparents are James
"Jim" and Carol Pafford of
Maternal great-grand-
parents are Rose and Ste-
phen Sarvis of Tallahas-

ences and at future FAC
board meetings.
Commissioner Rodney
Long, President of FAC,
appointed Commissioner
Kessler Co-Chairman of
the Health and Human
Services Committee.
Both Commissioner
Long and Commissioner
Kessler have also been
active in the National
Association of Counties.
Lou Magazzu, a freeholder
from New Jersey, is cur-
rently campaigning for
second VP of NACo.
A freeholder is what
they call a county commis-
sioner in New Jersey.

Happy first birthday to
Mateah D. McClendon on
July 6. She is the daugh-
ter of Fred and Dawn
McClendon of Wakulla
Grandparents include
Don and Sharon McClen-
don of Wakulla Station,
Hilda Morris of Mexico
Beach and the late Arthur
L. Bailey, formerly of Sul-
fur Springs, Ala.

Mateah D. McClendon

Judge candidates face interview process

The annual organizational
meeting of the First District
Court of Appeal Judicial
Nominating Commission
(JNC) was held on Tuesday,
July 7 to elect a chair and
vice chair.
George T. Levesque, Talla-
hassee, was elected chair and
Peter Antonacci, Tallahassee,
was elected vice chair. Other
members of the JNC include
Fred D. Franklin, Jr., Marcia
Parker Tjoflat and Steven K.
Yablonski of Jacksonville;
and Patricia Ann Conners.



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Agustine G. Corbella, Kather-
ine E. Giddings, and Michael
J. Glazer, all of Tallahassee.
The following 41 indi-
viduals have submitted ap-
plications for the vacancies
created by the resignation of
Judges Michael E. Allen and
Edwin B. Browning, Jr:
Kristin Adamson Landau,
Paul Amundsen, Ross Logan
Bilbrey, Leonard Michael Bill-
meier, Jr., Meredith Charbula,
Gerald B. Curington. James
'H. Daniel, Susan Dawson,
James J. Dean, David De La

Paz, Bryan W. Duke, Eddie
D. Evans, Geoffrey C. Fleck,
Karen A. Gievers, Glen P.
Gifford, Randy L. Havlicak,
Lynn Colby Hearn, William
S. Henry, Darren Kenneth
Jackson, David W. Lang-
ham, Mary Leontakianakos,
Wendy S. Loquasto, Scott
D. Makar, Martha Martin,
Patrick John McGinley, Bruce
R. Meeks, Michael A. Palecki,
Thomas G. Portuallo, Errol H.
Powell, George S. Reynolds
III, Andrew L. Ringers, Jr.,,
Lori Sellers Rowe, Charles A.

Stampelos, Clifford A. Taylor,
John G. Van Laningham, Jes-
sica Enciso Varn, Karen D.
Walker, Waddell A. Wallace
mI, Leatrice Williams Walton,
T. Kent Wetherell III, and
Craig B. Willis.
The Commission met in
executive session on Mon-
day, July 13 to select the
most qualified applicants for
the interview process. Inter-
views of the most qualified
applicants will be conducted
on July 23 and July 24.


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School officials get ready for 2009-2010

WHS yearbook senior page
submissions wanted
The deadline to purchase and
submit information for a senior
page in the yearbook is Sept. 4.
Information can be picked up
in the Wakulla High School main
office or e-mail Hunter Tucker at
Senior picture
information aired
Wakulla High School senior pic-
tures were taken at the SWI Studio
in Tallahassee during the months
of June and July.
The studio is located at 1891
Capital Circle Northeast, Suite 6,
Tallahassee, FL 32308.

They can be reached by tele-
phone at (850) 425-1010, e-mail: tal-
lahassee@swiphoto.com, Toll-Free:
(877) 479-4462.
Students should have received
an appointment date/time in the
mail back in May,
If any student has not received
an appointment date/time or they
need to change their current ap-
pointment, they can call the studio.
They can also visit the web site at:
to order photographs, to look at
proofs or to reschedule appoint-
Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 will be the
last day for seniors to have their
pictures taken for the yearbook.

SWI will be on campus on those
two days to take final senior pic-
tures. Students will need to sign
up in Hunter Tucker's classroom
(#77). To be pictured in the year-
book they must have their picture
taken by SWI,
Parents may contact the studio
if they have any other questions,
Yearbook Costs for 2009-2010
WHS yearbooks can be pur-
chased at open house, Aug. 10,
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $65. They
can be purchased until Oct. 31.
Yearbooks will cost $75 from
Nov. 1 until April 30.
Yearbooks will cost $80 May 1

until they sell out.
Books can be purchased online,
or from yearbook staff students, or
from Hunter Tucker in Room 77.
2009-2010 school hours
The 2009-2010 regular school
day hours have been announced.
They are as follows:
Pre-K-9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All Elementary Schools-8:55
a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Wakulla Middle School-7:40
a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Riversprings Middle School-7:40
a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Wakulla High School-7:40 a.m.
to 2 p.m.

2009-2010 open
house schedule
The 2009-2010 Open House
schedule for Wakulla County
Schools will be held Aug. 10 and
Aug. 11.
On Monday, Aug. 10, Wakulla
Middle School and Riversprings
Middle School will host an open
house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wakulla High School will hold
an open house the same day from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Pre-K
open house will be held from 3
p.m. to 5 p.m.
All four elementary schools will
hold their open houses the same
day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ACT newsletter helps parents help their children

The latest edition of ACT
Parent newsletter is now
available online.
Designed to help children
succeed as they prepare for
college and careers, ACT
Parent features articles that
empower parents,
Now that Independence
Day is over, summer days
seem to slip by more quickly.

Check out ACT's advice to
help your student prepare for
classes in Back-to-School
Strategies Pump Up
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Many parents think high
school is the most important
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grade is a critical year. In
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Read how you can guide
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School supply drive is underway

Workforce plus will
host a back to school
supply drive through the
end of the month. The
organization is accepting

donated school supply The needed items in-
items for youth in Wakulla clude: paper, pens, pencils,
until July 31, Cash, checks markers, erasers, highlight-
and gift cards are also ers, crayons, backpacks,
welcome. lunch boxes, glue sticks,

scissors, color pencils,
pencil sharpeners, note-
books, binders, pocket
folders, tape and contain-
ers of hand sanitizer.

Subs. can go through training program

The Wakulla County
School District is plan-
ning a "Sub Solutions
Training" to activate indi-
vidual "sub" status for the
2009-2010 school year.
The first session will
be held Friday, Sept. 18

from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. The second session
will be held the same
day from 1:30 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.
Sub Solutions Train-
ing includes classroom
management, safety and

instructional .strategies.
The programs will be
held at the old school
board meeting room on
High Drive in Crawford-
ville. Call or e-mail Brenda
Clemons at 926-0065 or

Space is limited and
substitute teachers are
asked to reserve their
spots early.

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Sheriff's Report

.. 1

Kenneth Ray Davis
� Wakulla County Sheriff's
.Office officials arrested a
50-year-old Crawfordville
man in connection with the
discovery of a methamphet-
amine lab in the Wakulla
Gardens area of Crawford-
ville on Wednesday. July 8,
:according to Sheriff David
Kenneth Ray Davis was
charged with possession of
methamphetamine follow-
ing a traffic stop. Follow-up
,investigation resulted in
.additional charges of manu-
facturing of meth and pos-
session of meth with intent
,to sell, pending final analysis
by state law enforcement
SDeputy Nick Boutwell
conductedd a traffic stop and
'discovered a small amount
,f meth in the vehicle, ac-
cording to Major Maurice
A field test confirmed that
the substance discovered in
the vehicle was meth. Davis
was taken to the county jail
and later released on bond.
The Criminal Investiga-
tions Division continued

the investigation and traced
the origin of the meth back
to 41 Quapaw Street, where
Davis was renting a mobile
Captain Cliff Carroll, Det.
Rob Giddens and Det. Ward
Kromer contacted Davis who
cooperated and allowed a
search of the property and
Chemicals used for the
manufacture of meth were
found in the home, on a
porch and in the yard,'added
Langston. The chemicals, if
not handled properly, can be-
come explosive. The caustic
chemicals included ammo-
nia, ether, lithium batteries,
salt and Sudafed.
"All of the chemicals and
products were present at
the residence," said Major
Langston. "A search of phar-
macy databases determined
that Davis and his wife had
been purchasing boxes of
Sudafed in Wakulla County
andc possibly the surround-
ing counties."
The sheriff's office re-
covered two pounds of
meth"afterwash residue"
in the cleanup process. The
residue was sent to the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement for additional
The Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) and
the Leon County Sheriff's
Office Street Crimes Unit
were called in to assist with
the collection and disposal
of the chemicals found at
the site. A private company
actually conducted the clean-

up at DEA expense, said
No one was evacuated
from the neighborhood and
the homeowner was notified
of the case. The case could
result in a 25 year minimum-
mandatory sentence, Langs-
ton concluded.

In other activity report-
ed by the Wakulla County
Sheriff's Office during the
past week:
* On July 6, Kellie A. Mi-
chal and Steven Pinson of
Panacea reported a residen-
tial burglary. Cash and medi-
cations, valued at $115, were
reported missing. Deputy
Scott Rojas investigated.
* On July 6, Bryan L.
Sherrod of Panacea reported
a theft of A food card. The
victim ordered the card, but
never got to use it. The card
had been used at Winn-Dixie
and Wal-Mart. Deputy Joe
Page investigated.
* On July 2, Patrick Ros-
ier of Chester, Va. reported
that a suspect, who has
been identified, opened up
a cellular telephone account
using Lossie M. Rosier's
name. Deputy Billy Jones
* On July 2, Elijah Barber
of Crawfordville reported a
fraud as someone used his
debit card without authoriza-
tion. Two charges were made
using the card for a total
of $132. Deputy Billy Jones
* On July 10, Anthony
D. McGuire of Crawfordville
reported a residential bur-

glary. Chain saws, electronic
games, coins, a lawnmower,
flat screen television and
firearm, valued at $4,405,
were reported missing. A
forced entry was discovered.
A suspect has been identi-
fied. Det. Scott Powell, CSI
Melissa Harris and Sgt. Dan-
ny Harrell investigated.
* On July 8, John C. Rags-
dale of St. Marks reported a
residential burglary. Tools,
firearms, A lawnmower, tele-
vision, DVDs, air compres-
sors and fishing equipment,
valued at $6,950, were re-
ported missing. Det. Drew
Vass, CSI Melissa Harris and
Deputy Jeff Barteld investi-
* On July 7, Melissa S.
Hughes of Forgotten Coast
Restaurant reported a theft
of a business deposit. A
suspect has been identified.
Deputy Jerry Morgan and
Det. Ward Kromer investi-
* On July 7, Jason P.
Hampton of Crawfordville
reported the shooting of the
VFW post sign in Crawford-
ville. Two bullets were fired
through the sign. Damage
was estimated at $100. Dep-
uty Scott Rojas investigated.
* On July 9, James S.
Cullison of St. Marks re-
ported a vehicle burglary.
Currency, a firearm and steel
magazines, valued at $1,240,
were reported missing. The
stolen firearm was entered
in the NCIC/FCIC computer.
Deputy Lorne Whaley inves-
* On July 8, Dorothy D.

Franklin of Crawfordville
reported a criminal mischief
as someone broke out her ve-
hicle windshield. A suspect
has been identified. Deputy
Vicki Mitchell investigated.
* On July 13, Brandon H.
Helton of Crawfordville and
Jason Wessinger Construc-
tion reported a grand theft
of an air conditioning unit
from a home under construc-
tion. The unit was valued at
$3,500, Deputy Dale Evans
and CSI Melissa Harris in-
* On July 10, Allen Hobbs
of St. Marks reported a grand
theft of a boat trailer. The
trailer is owned by Roy Gable
of Carrollton, Ga and is val-
ued at $2,000. A storage area
had been entered by cutting
a locked gate. Deputy Joe
Page investigated.
* On July 10, Stan West of
St. Marks reported a business
burglary at Riverside Cafe. A
keg of beer was stolen and
lines connecting to the beer
stations were also cut. The
damage was estimated at
$400 and the stolen beer is
valued at $100. Deputy Joe
Page investigated.
* On July 10, Marion
Lamb of Crawfordville re-
ported a grand theft. Sev-
eral items were stolen from
the victim's boat and shed.
Flares, fuel, ski equipment, a
net and ice chest, valued at
$649, were reported stolen.
Sgt. Pat Smith investigated.
* On July 11, Linda J.
Erdmann of Crawfordville
reported the theft of $8,400
worth of property from her

residence. The property in-
cluded electronics, comrn-/
puter, games, televisions
and a firearm. A suspect has
been identified. Det. Evelyn
Brown, Captain Steve Ganey
and Lt. Jimmy Sessor inves-
* On July 11, Helen Whal-
ey of Crawfordville reported
a residential burglary. Coo-
per wire was removed from
a storage shed. The spool
is valued at $100. Det. John
Zarate investigated.
* On July 11, Fred
Mohrfeld of the Kastnet in
Wakulla Station reported a
fraud. A couple walked out
of the restaurant without
paying for their meals. The
bill was for $29 and a suspect
has been identified. Deputy
Ryan Muse and Deputy Scott
Rojas investigated.
* On July 12, Brenda G.
Gomes of Tallahassee report-
ed an environmental offense
as someone dumped tires on
her property. More than 500
pounds of tires were dumped
on her property. Deputy Ruel
Raker and Deputy Nick Gray
investigated and contacted
the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's
violations unit.
* The Wakulla County
Sheriff's Office received 788
calls for service during the
past week.
Note to our readers: The
people who are reported as
charged with crimes in this
column have not yet been to
trial and are therefore inno-
cent until proven guilty.

Save Our Homes upheld by Court of Appeal

'The First District Court of
Appeal upheld the validity
pf the "Save Our Homes"
amendment of the the state
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property tax increases on
homestead property.
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holds a decision by Leon
Circuit Judge John Cooper in
a case filed in 2007 in which
it was claimed that Save
Our Homes violates U.S.
Constitution's Equal Protec-
tion Clause and Commerce
Clause, unfairly penalizing
The Homestead Exemp-

tion and the three percent
tax cap applies to property
that is a primary residence
and qualifies as a home-
The legal challenge ar-
gued that the benefit for
homestead property gives
Florida residents a tax ad-
vantage over non-residents.
In a six-page decision
released on Wednesday,
July 8, the First DCA rejected
that reasoning. "A Florida
resident who owns vaca-
tion property or business
property in the state will
not be entitled to claim any
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Fishermen seek scallops and favorite catch

It was another nice week-
end with lots of people on
the water.
Quite a few people are
still scalloping, but a lot have
given up. The scallops are
there, but you just can't go
and get your limit in a couple
of hours like you could the
past two years.
Mike Davis from Oyster
Bay said they went down past
Gray Mare about a mile and
got his limit fairly quickly,
Mike Hopkins at Lanark Vil-
lage said some people are
getting their limit and others
aren't. I guess it's like fishing,
some catch 'em and some


Tom Riddle from Tifton
took some friends out on
Thursday and Friday and
caught lots of fish. On Thurs-
day, they caught plenty of
grouper and snapper and on
Friday all they did was troll
and catch some nice kings.
Margaret Ann Ewing from
Ashburn, Ga. has been work-
ing at her house this week
and on Saturday she decided
to take their boat out and do
some fishing. She was east
of Live Oak Island and said
she hooked a tarpon that was
bigger than she was.
She said since she was by
herself nobody would believe
her. I do because I know

From The Dock

there are plenty of tarpon on
those flats over there and I
had one hit a Gulp Saturday
Mark and Louise Prance
went out Sunday afternoon
for a couple of hours and
Mark said they caught some
nice flounder and trout plus
plenty of ladyfish.

The world's fastest bird is

also one of the most resilient

The peregrine falcon is
famous for its steep down-
ward plunge, and that's
exactly what its population
did during the past century
when DDT usage in the
United States nearly wiped
them out.
However, when the
peregrine dives, it also
rises with its prey, and
that's what has happened
to its numbers in recent
To keep those numbers
soaring, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conserva-'
tion Commission (FWC)
directed staff to finalize a
management plan for per-
egrine falcons at the recent
commission meeting in
The FWC decided in
June 2008 to remove the



Spencer Sapp, 15, recently
caught his first kingfish,
which weighed 31 pounds
while fishing with his father,
Dr. Jerald Sapp out of Shell
Point. With four fishermen
aboard, Spencer out-fished
everyone, also catching the
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and more than 100 pound
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a four foot dolphin that got
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state's endangered spe-
cies list. However, before
delisting can occur, the
commission must approve
a management plan.
The final plan will come
before the. commission for
approval at the June meet-
ing in Crystal River.
The commission also di-
rected staff to bring a rule
for delisting the species to
the June meeting as well.
"The peregrine falcon
is a success story showing
what wise conservation
practices can accomplish
for a species," said Robin
Boughton, the FWC's per-
egrine falcon management
plan leader. "This draft plan
offers management strate-
gies for the peregrine's
continued success."
As a result of pesticide


regulations and captive
breeding-and-release ef-
forts, the peregrine falcon
made a dramatic comeback
from precipitously low
numbers in the 1970s.
The U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service delisted the
species in 1999.
Peregrine populations
dropped from about 20,000
birds prior to the 1940s to
650 birds in 1965.
Of the two subspecies
of peregrine falcon that
breed in the United States.
there are now at least 1,900
breeding pairs.
The peregrine is known
as the world's fastest bird,
averaging 25 to 34 miles
per hour during normal
flight and reaching speeds
in excess of 150 mph dur-
ing dives for prey, which
include doves and ducks.

John Blank said he was
out near the last marker go-
ing out of the Ochlockonee
River and they saw a huge
school of more than 25 cobia
that was more interested in
swimming than feeding,
One angler did catch a big
one out of the school. Mike
Davis said they went out of
Carrabelle on Saturday and
caught eight scamp, lots of
red snapper and red grouper
and two gag grouper. They
were fishing in about 80 feet
of water.
Mike Hopkins said fishing
continues to be very good at
Lanark Village and business
continues to be good. On

Monday morning when I
called he said several boats
had already gone offshore
for grouper.
Trout fishing continues to
be very good in all the same
places: grass flats in front
of the water tower, three to
five feet north of the Lanark
Reef, Turkey Point Shoals and
Ballast Cove. The best baits
are the Gulp and shallow
running stick baits,
One of Mike's customers
from Atlanta just used a deep
red jig with a white curly tail
and he did extremely well.
Mike said he buys these
by the case from Bass Pro
I've not used that color,
but I think I'll order some
and give them a try. Lots of
flounder are being caught in
the river and nearly everyone
fishing the flats are catching
one or two. Plenty of Spanish
still on Dog Island Reef and
scattered out on the flats.
Reds are still biting very

well and Ballast Cove is a
good spot as well as the
docks along 98. Live pilchards
are the best bait right now.
, Cobia are being seen ev-
erywhere and one angler
fishing the Dog Island Reef
counted 17 in a school. Grou-
per fishing is best in about
50 to 65 feet of water, but
expect to catch a lot of shorts
as well. Red Snapper fishing
is excellent and everyone is
getting his or her limit of
I talked to the folks at Shell
Island and fishing isn't great
but there are fish out there
to be caught. The Gulp is the
best bait and be prepared to
catch plenty of catfish and
sharks along with your trout.
One customer stayed the
weekend and got their limit
of scallops so you've just got
to look for them.
Remember to know your
limits and leave that float
plan with someone. Good
luck and good fishing

Crawfordville residents

involved in Franklin crash

One motorist and two
passengers were seriously
injured in a two vehicle ac-
cident on U.S. Highway 98 at
Southeast 12th Street in Car-
rabelle Friday, July 10 at 8:20
p.m., according to the Florida
Highway Patrol One of the
injured passengers lives in
Sherry Jean Bearden, 47,
of Chunchula. Ala. and Ray-
mond Anthony Herrera, 46,
of Carrabelle were seriously
injured while Deonna Crowe,
35, of Crawfordville was also
seriously injured. Donald Wil-
liam Rogers, 47, of Crawford-

4f I

* *

ville suffered minor injuries
in the crash.
According to the FHP,
Bearden was driving a 2004
Hyundai north on Southeast
12th Street with Herrera and
Rogers was driving a 2000
Subaru westbound on U.S.
Highway 98 with Crowe.
Bearden failed to stop
at the stop sign at U.S. 98
and entered the path of the
Subaru. Rogers struck Bearden
and his vehicle came to final
rest facing west on the north
shoulder of the highway. The
Hyundai rotated clockwise
and came to final rest facing
east north of U.S. 98.
The Hyundai suffered

$12,000 worth of damage and ^
the Suburu suffered $6,000
worth of damage.
FHP officials said that
Bearden was allegedly under '5
the influence of alcohol and *J
charges are pending in the
accident. Seatbelts were in M
use by all four individuals.
The injured were taken to Tal-
lahassee Memorial Hospital
for treatment.
FHP was assisted at the
scene by the Franklin County
Sheriff's Office, Carrabelle
Police Department, Franklin
County EMS and Franklin ,j
County first responders. Cor-
poral Mike Cross was the
crash investigator.


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St. Marks River Entrance

Date High Low High - Low High,
Thu 1.6 ft. 3.5 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.7 ft.
Jul 16, 09 2:14 AM 8:16 AM 4:05 PM 10:55 PM
Fri 2.0 ft. 3.6 ft. 0.3 ft.
Jul 17, 09 3:20 AM 9:18 AM 5:29 PM_
Sat 2.9 ft. 2.2 ft. 3.7 ft. -0.2 ft.
Jul 18, 09 12:25 AM 4:36 AM 10:33 AM 6:39 PM_
Sun 3.1 ft. 2.2 ft. 3.9 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 19, 09 1:31 AM 5:52 AM 11:47 AM 7:38 PM
Mon 3.3 ft. 2.1 ft. 4.2 ft. -0.7 ft.
Jul 20, 09 2:23 AM 6:57 AM 12:53 PM 8:29 PM
Tue 3.4 ft. 1.9 ft. 4.4 ft. -0.8 ft.
Jul 21, 09 3:06 AM 7:53 AM 1:51 PM 9:15 PM
Wed 3.5 ft. 1.6 ft. 4.5 ft. -0.7 ft.
Jul 22, 09 3:45 AM 8:45 AM 2:44 PM 9:56 PM_

Alligator Point, Ochlockonee Bay

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 1.2 ft. 2.6 ft. 0.5 ft. 2.0 ft.
Jul116, 09 2:25 AM 8:08 AM 4:16 PM 10:47 PM
Fri 1.4 ft. 2.7 ft. 0.2 ft.
Jul 17, 09 3:31 AM 9:10 AM 5:40 PM
Sat 2.2 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.8 ft. -0.1 ft.
Jul 18, 09 12:17 AM 4:47 AM 10:25 AM 6:50 PM
Sun 2.3 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.9 ft. -0.4 ft.
Jul 19, 09 1:23 AM 6:03 AM 11:39 AM 7:49 PM
Mon 2.5 ft. 1.5 ft. 3.1 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 20, 09 2:15 AM 7:08 AM 12:45 PM 8:40 PM
Tue 2.6 ft. 1.4 ft. 3.3 ft. -0.6 ft.
Jul 21, 09 2:58 AM 8:04 AM 1:43 PM 9:26 PM
Wed 2.6 ft. 1.1 ft. 3.4 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 22, 09 3:37 AM 8:56 AM 2:36 PM 10:07 PM_


City of St. Marks -.--

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 1.5 ft. 3.3 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.5 ft.
Jul 16, 09 3:18 AM 8:52 AM 5:09 PM 11:31 PM
Fri 1.8 ft. 3.3 ft. 0.2 ft.
Jul 17, 09 4:24 AM 9:54 AM 6:33 PM
Sat 2.7 ft. 2.0 ft. 3.4 ft. . -0.1 ft.
Jul 18, 09 1:01 AM 5:40 AM 11:09 AM 7:43 PM
Sun 2.9 ft. 2.0 ft. 3.6 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 19, 09 2:07 AM 6:56 AM 12:23 PM 8:42 PM
Mon 3.1 ft. 1.9 ft. 3.9 ft. -0.7 ft.
Jul 20, 09 2:59 AM 8:01 AM 1:29 PM 9:33 PM
Tue 3.2 ft. 1.7 ft. 4.1 ft. -0.7 ft.
Jul 21, 09 3:42 AM 8:57 AM 2:27 PM 10:19 PM
Wed 3.3 ft. 1.4 ft. 4.2 ft. -0.6 ft.
Jul 22, 09 4:21 AM 9:49 AM 3:20 PM 11:00 PM_

St. Teresa, Turkey Pt.

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 1.6 ft. 2.7 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.1 ft.
Jul 16, 09 1:53 AM 8:00 AM 3:44 PM 10:39 PM
Fri 1.9 ft. 2.8 ft. 0.3 ft.
Jul 17, 09 2:59 AM 9:02 AM 5:08 PM
Sat 2.3 ft. 2.1 ft. 2.9 ft. -0.1 ft.
Jul 18, 09 12:09 AM 4:15 AM 10:17 AM 6:18 PMI
Sun 2.4 ft. 2.2 ft. 3.0 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 19, 09 1:15 AM 5:31 AM 11:31 AM 7:17 PM
Mon 2.6 ft. 2.0 ft. 3.2 ft. " � -0.7 ft.
Jul 20, 09 2:07 AM 6:36 AM 12:37 PM 8:08 PM
Tue 2.7 ft. 1.8 ft. 3.4 ft. -0.8 ft.
Jul 21, 09 2:50 AM 7:32 AM 1:35 PM 8:54 PM
Wed 2.7 ft. 1.5 ft. 3.5 ft. -0.7 ft.
Jul 22, 09 3:29 AM 8:24 AM 2:28 PM 9:35 PM_

Moon rise
Moon set

Shell Point, Spring Creek

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 1..7 ft. 3.6 ft. 0.7 ft. 2.8 ft.
Jul 16, 09 2:11 AM 8:13 AM 4:02 PM 10:52 PM
Fri 2.1 ft. 3.6 ft. 0.3 ft.
Jul 17, 09 3:17 AM 9:15 AM 5:26 PM
Sat 3.0 ft. 2.3 ft. 3.8 ft. . -0.2 ft.
Jul 18, 09 12:22 AM 4:33 AM 10:30 AM 6:36 PM,
Sun 3.2 ft. 2.4 ft. 4.0 ft. -0.6 ft.
Jul 19, 09 1:28 AM 5:49 AM 11:44 AM 7:35 PM
Mon 3.4 ft. 2.2 ft. 4.2 ft. -0.8 ft.
Jul 20, 09 2:20 AM 6:54 AM 12:50 PM 8:26 PM
Tue 3.5 ft. 2.0 ft. 4.5 ft. -0.9 ft.
Jul 21, 09 3:03 AM 7:50 AM 1:48 PM 9:12 PM
Wed 3.6ft. 1.7 ft. 4.6 ft. -0.7ft.
Jul 22, 09 3:42 AM 8:42 AM 2:41 PM 9:53 PM

Dog Island West End

Date High Low 'High Low
Thu 1.5 ft. 3.1 ft. 0.2 ft.
Jul 16, 09 12:01 AM 7:55 AM 4:06 PM
Fri 3.2 ft. -0.1 ft.
Jul 17, 09 8:34 AM 5:16 PM
Sat 3.3 ft. -0.3 ft.
Jul 18, 09 9:24 AM 6:17 PM
Sun 3.4 ft. -0.5 ft.
Jul 19, 09 10:26 AM 7:12 PM
Mon 3.5 ft. -0.6 ft.
Jul 20, 09 11:35 AM 8:01 PM
Tue 2.7 ft. 2.1 ft. 3.5 ft. -0.6 ft.
Jul 21, 09 4:48 AM 6:45 AM 12:44 PM 8:47 PM
Wed 2.7 ft. 1.9 ft. 3.5 ft. -0.4 ft.
Jul 22, 09 5:04 AM 7:43 AM 1:49 PM 9:28 PM

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Coast Guard

Auxiliary Reports

By Sherrie Alverson

Before anything else, I want
to let you know that our spe-
cial friend, Dawn Kitchens
from Flotilla 1-10, is recovering
slowly, but steadily. When I
wrote the column last week,
all we knew was that she had
been admitted to Archibold
Hospital in Thomasville Satur-
day morning and was in ICU.
Her condition was critical and'
our prayers were requested.
Since then I have received
daily e-mails from her hus-
band, Bill. Each was full of
optimism and thanks for our
Saturday night was Flotilla
13's meeting. Our social hour
was really a happy one as
we watched the CD that Jim
McGill put together of the
Fourth of July golf cart parade.
I had seen the original copy,
but; since then Jim enhanced
it and added gobs and gobs of
pictures of the parade. The end
product was truly awesome.
For, those of you who know
Joe: Tillman, -you will really
appreciate Joe's picture in the
very beginning.
If you bought the original
version, Jim will gladly ex-
change it for the enhanced
one. Those who would like
a copy may call the McGill
household, 926-4550. Make
arrangements to make a $5
donation to Flotilla 13, USCG
Auxiliary, and Jim will deliver
it in the evening.
The meeting was fast mov-
ing. The financial report veri-
fied that our fundraiser was
worth the effort. Sherrie Alver-
son; due to health problems,
stepped down as operations
officer. John Edrington volun-
teered and was appointed to
the office for the remainder of
the year. Sherrie will continue
writing the column and take
part in all auxiliary activities
that her health will permit.
Mae presented certificates
of successful completion of
Incident Command System

210 Initial Response Training
to John Edrington and Sher-
rie Alverson. Bob Morgan
received a memorandum for
again completing the Naviga-.
tional Rules test. To keep your
Coxswain rating current Nay.
Rules testing is required every
five years.
Members attending the
meeting, besides those men-
tioned above, were Ron and
Angret Piasecki, James and
Edith Taylor, and our three
honorary members, Helen
Branan, Dorothy Edrington and
Ouida McGill. Our guests were
Mary Taylor, Ed and Irene Bur-
roughs, who recently moved
to Crawfordville from Palm
Beach. Ed is already studying
to become an auxiliarist. We
are so pleased.
On Sunday, Jim McGill,
John Edrington and Bob Mor-
gan accomplished a Red Tide
patrol. Also aboard, in a trainee
status, was Ed Burroughs.
. There wasn't space last
week to express the Flotilla's

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gratitude to those who worked
so diligently to make our
fundraiser last weekend the
tremendous success it proved
to be. And with my luck today,
I would miss someone, so
to save my neck I will com-
promise and list only those
members who were extra busy
for days, planning, ordering,
picking it up and then doing
the cooking: John Edrington,
Bob Morgan, and James Taylor.
Two non-members deserve .a
special thank you too, John's
wife Dorothy Edrington and
Joe Warren who is always there
to help whatever community
project is going on. Mae Waters
and Linda Buytendorp devoted
hours successfully publicizing
the event
Carolyn Treadon is home
again and thus we have com-
plete coverage of Flotilla 12
news. It is with great sadness
that I begin writing the column
this week. We lost a valuable
member of our family this
week, Marilyn Surdakowski.
Marilyn suffered a heart
attack on Monday, July 6 and
went home to heaven on Tues-
day, July 7. Bob Surdakowski
has been an active member
of our Flotilla since 2001 and
Marilyn was a great support
not only to him but to all of
the members. The service was
held for her on Saturday, July

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12 members and trainees were
out on the water. We were for-
tunate enough that we had our
two coxswains available and
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,several training exercises. On
board The 2nd Love were cox-
swain Mark Rosen and crew
Rick Yood, Chuck Hickman and
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lip Hill. Norma Hill, Mac Booths
and Mike Harrison. Aboard
FmLee were coxswain Tim Ash,
ley and crew Steve Hults, Bill
Wannall, John Denmark and
trainee Rob Purvis. Throughout
the day, the members practiced
towing, recovery of people in
the water, anchoring, heaving
line toss and other skills.
Sunday was a really hot day
to be out on the water; how-
ever, the crews were surprised
at the low numbers of boaters,
even at Wakulla Beach.
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crews noticed that the placard
was missing on the range
marker, AKA Bird Roost.
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the scallops are nowhere to be
found in St Marks, but were
down in the Steinhatchee and
Keaton Beach area. However,
the trout were reported to be
hitting hard out in the flats by
the Econfina River. Remember
safe boating is no accident

on imperiled species

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) seeks public input on
the first draft of rules to revise
Florida's imperiled species list-
ing process.
The commission directed
staff at the June commission
meeting to revise the imperiled
species listing process and other
tools for managing imperiled
Dr. Elsa Haubold of the
FWC has led the team that has
studied the imperiled species
listing process since December.
2007, with the goal of creating
a new process, understood and
supported by the public. The
draft rules are intended to focus
efforts on conserving imperiled
species rather than focusing
on the listing designation of a
particular species.
"We concentrated on how

we manage the species to re-
duce, and hopefully eliminate,
the risk of extinction for these
rare species," Haubold said.
"It's all about how we conserve
spedes and not about what
we call them. But we need the
public's help to mnke sure we
get these rules right, and since
these are drafts rules, they can
be changed."
Written comments via e-mail
will be accepted until 11:59 p.m.,
July 24, at imperiled@MyFWC
com. FWC staff will consider
input,received from stakehold-
ers and the public to revise the
draft. The revised draft rules will
be presented at the commis-
sion meeting on Wednesday,
Sept 9, in Howey-in-the-Hills.
The public will again be asked
to provide input to help create
the final rules, which could be
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Page 12A - THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009

Children's Home Stokley replaces Hodge on the

Society selects

new director

Children's Home Society
of Florida (CHS) announces
the selection of Jane E. John-
son to serve as Executive
Director of the North Central
Under Johnson's leader-
ship. the organization will
continue providing a myriad
of child abuse prevention
and intervention programs
to children and families
in the Big Bend, including
"I'm thrilled to join an or-
ganization that plays such a
vital, positive role in the lives
of our local children. The
mission of CHS truly touches
my heart, and it's an honor
to serve the North Central
Florida community in this
capacity." Johnson says.
Prior to joining CHS, John-
son was a consultant for Life
Share Management Group,
focusing on foster care and
Medicaid home and. com-
munity-based services in
Tallahassee. She's previously
directed the Florida Agency
for Persons with Disabilities
and served as Executive
Director for the Florida Alli-
ance for Assistive Services &
Over the past two years,
Gov. Charlie Crist has ap-
pointed Johnson to co-chair
the Governor's Task Force on
Autism and to serve on the
Children & Youth Cabinet,
the Governor's Commis-
sion on Disabilities, and the
Florida Developmental Dis-
abilities Council.
"Ms. Johnson is exception-
ally dedicated to the children
and families of Leon County,
and we look forward to the
enthusiasm, expertise, skills
and experience she brings
to CHS," says Sean Pittman,
Chairman of the Board for
the North Central Division
of CHS.
Johnson's commitment
;to bettering the lives of
children extends beyond
her professional roles; she's
a Guardian Ad Litem with
the Second Judicial Court,
serves as a volunteer board
member with the Florida
Disabled Outdoors Associa-
tion, coaches Miracle League
Baseball and Leon County
Special Olympics Basketball,
and was recently certified as

an Educational Surrogate Par-
ent to advocate for students
with disabilities whose par-
ents are not involved in their
The North Central Divi-
sion of CHS serves nearly
4,500 children and their
families each year through
a full spectrum of services
designed to ensure every
child is safe, healthy and
prepared for life.
Programs provided in
Leon County include preg-
nancy counseling and adop-
tion (infant, public and inter-
national), services for child
victims of abuse and neglect,
sexual abuse and mental
health counseling for victim-
ized children, services for
children with developmental
delays, voluntary in-home
child abuse and neglect pre-
vention programs, mentoring
for youth with incarcerated
parents, emergency shelter
and group care for children
who've been removed from
their homes for their protec-
tion, and case management
services for more than 700
children in the child welfare
About Children's Home
Society of Florida
Created in 1902, Children's
Home Society of Florida
(CHS) is the oldest and larg-
est statewide private not-for-
profit provider of services
to children and families
in Florida. The North Cen-
tral Division, established in
1964, serves more than 4,400
children and families in the
Big Bend each year. CHS,
which served more than
86,000 children and fami-
lies throughout the state in
2007-2008, is headquartered
in Winter Park, and offers
services in more than 100
locations by more than 1,900
staff members dedicated to
providing child-focused, fam-
ily-centered care.

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Jim Stokley, who lost elec-
tion to the county commis-
sion by a handful of votes last .
year, was sworn-in this week
to a seat on the Sopchoppy
City Commission, replacing
longtime city commissioner
Martha Hodge Evans.
There were three seats
open on the commission this
year, but Evans did not seek
another term. With only threeF,
candidates qualifying to run,
there was no need for a city
Stokley was sworn in at
the Monday, July 13 city com-
mission meeting along with
returning city commissioners
Richard Harden and Colleen
Skipper. Robert Greener will
continue to serve as city may-,
or, and Skipper was chosen as
vice-mayor. Eddie Evans is the Richard Harden, Jim Stoky, Colleen Skipper get sworn n by Dan Cox.
other member of the board. Richard HardenJm Stoey, Colleen Skipper get sworn in by Dan Cox
Sopchoppy city commis- the city commission that you seat on the county commis- recount.
sioners are paid $1 a year for couldn't quit until you found sion, and she defeated Stokley Attorney Dan Cox adminis-
service, but no one has ever a replacement. by the narrowest of margins tered the oath of office to the
accepted it. Stokley ran against Lynn in November, which had three commissioners.
For years it was a joke on Artz for the Sopchoppy-area to be confirmed by a ballot




The gift of a 5.61 acre waterfront site adjacent to
Woolley Park.

Acquisition does not cost the County a penny and the
County won't pay back a single cent to the state if the
project fails-ownership of the property will simply revert
to the state.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit partner to help secure grants, man-
age staff, and develop and operate the Center.


Improved water quality for Dickerson Bay:
* Protection of marshlands
* Removal of invasive plants
* Adding of native plants
* Creation of stormwater retention ponds

An eriergy-efficient and sustainably designed facility to
serve as a demonstration project.


Expanded recreational opportunities-dock, kayak/canoe
launch, observation platforms.

New public meeting spaces.

Maritime education classes, new course curriculum, sum-
mer camps and other programs for kids.

Maritime speaker series on coastal issues.

On-water activities, skills training, and demonstrations.

Interactive exhibits, oral histories, educational displays.


Increased revenue from construction, renovation, and opera-
tion of the Center.

Increased revenue for local businesses -shops, gas, lodg-
ing, and restaurants plus bed and sales taxes-from tourist

Job opportunities, including Green Guide/ Nature- and
Heritage-Based Tourism.

Region attracts 2.5 million visitors annually. The 65 and
older age group is projected to continue to grow by 147%
between 2000-2050.

Big Bend Scenic Byway National Designation will expand
marketing opportunities in this area, and today's travel-
ers expect quality museums, cultural centers, and unique
heritage sites.

The Byway Management Plan-as well as the Panacea Wa-
terfronts Vision--call for the creation of a Maritime Center
in Panacea to serve as a tourist destination.

* Grounds-open in 1-3 years with kayak & canoe dock, :
native plantings, etc.
* Existing Houses-open in 1-5 years with exhibits, dem
onstrations, activities
* New Building-open in 5-8 years with auditorium, major
exhibit space, larger meeting space, etc.

Annual maintenance, security, and insurance is estimated byj
Florida Foresight at $12,000-$14,000 which the county will,
cover until the Center is operating.

Construction, rehabilitation, landscaping, and build-out of
the property (including sidewalk and parking) over 10 years-
is estimated at $1,946,000.

Majority of grants identified for these costs are federal, not

Uncertain how long current economic downturn will,last.
The state has currently zero-funded grants necessary for this.
and other county projects, and immediate grant success is
not guaranteed.

Concern whether the county is capable of partnering with .
Florida Foresight on this project.

A first-class center of education and community activity, a.
maritime heritage showplace, a source of pride, an econom-
ic development tool, and a tourist destination.

The County Commission will vote on this project again at
their July 21 meeting. Tell your Commissioner that you
want the Maritime Center to be approved and ask them to
support Florida Foresight in its development.
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Page 13A

FWC marks 10th anniversary as state

Ten years ago, Florida created a
new conservation agency to take a
21st-century approach to managing
the state's wildlife and freshwater
and marine resources. The Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
'pmmission (FWC) took on that
challenge July 1. 1999.
. The FWC won't observe the
anniversary with any external
festivities, but its leaders and em-
loyees are taking time to reflect
on changes the agency has gone
ilrough during its first decade of
:: Since 2002, the agency has
ivorked to update its structure
and operations, and Executive
Director Ken Haddad has directed
FWC leaders to motivate and train
minployees to set new standards
fo6r efficiency, effectiveness and
customer service.
:' "Restructuring the agency's
components helped coordinate
ond hone the FWC's operations,"
Uaddad said. "Law enforcement
officers who previously special-
tzed in marine patrols or inland
patrols cross-trained to work in
both environments. Meanwhile, all
the agency's research on wildlife
and marine and aquatic life came
together at the FWC's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute."
Other functions, such as licens-
ing and permitting, modernized
their equipment and procedures to
be more user-friendly. License and
permit sales went online. The FWC
grew more diligent in encouraging


stakeholder and public participa-
tion in the agency's decisions. It
improved public access to decision
"The FWC reflects a bold, new
approach to conservation, applying
renewed energy to search for solu-
tions to challenging issues," FWC
Chairman Rodney Barreto said.
"One of the keys to success has
been promoting a sense of steward-
ship among Florida's residents."
The agency defined the chal-
lenges ahead in a 2008 report titled
"Wildlife 2060: What's at stake
for Florida?" The FWC identified
landowner incentives as critical
to preserving Florida's rich array
of wildlife and meeting recovery
goals for many species. It formed
new partnerships with landown-
ers and other private and govern-
mental organizations to assist in
habitat management, recovery and
enhancement programs.
In 2004-05, Florida's Wildlife
Legacy Initiative formed a broad.
network of partners to create a
comprehensive strategy for wildlife
and natural-area conservation.
"The FWC has completed new
management plans to ensure red-
cockaded woodpeckers, manatees,
bald eagles and gopher tortoises
receive adequate attention," Barreto
said. "We were able to remove the
bald eagle from the imperiled spe-
cies list completely in 2008. Good
things are happening."
The FWC created a new sec-
tion to step up management of

nonnative fish and wildlife and
coordinate with other agencies.
The results include tighter regula-
tion of potentially harmful species
and eradication programs for three
species that already are rampant in
parts of Florida.
The FWC also has assembled
a stakeholder support group and
undertaken long-term monitoring
and habitat-improvement projects
concerning freshwater fisheries,
The new Florida Bass Conservation
Center at Brooksville replaced the
aging Richloam Fish Hatchery in
2007 with state-of-the-art facilities,
where new research and produc-
tion methods tripled bass, bream,
catfish and feeder fish production.
The newly launched Get Out-
doors Floridal coalition unites
public and private partners to
encourage and safeguard healthy
outdoor recreational opportunities
for future generations.
The FWC's Division of Marine
Fisheries Management has teamed
up with stakeholders over the past
three years to hammer out a list
of priorities to sustain productive
fisheries and reap the economic
benefits these resources deliver
in Florida. Other marine fisheries
key accomplishments during the
agency's first decade include de-
ployment of 1,573 artificial reefs (in-
cluding the decommissioned U.S.S.
Oriskany near Pensacola and assis-
tance in the recent deployment of
the U.S.S. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg
near Key West), conducting Kids'

Fishing Clinics for 35,537 partici-
pants and improving conservation
measures for numerous species that
require intense management.
"The FWC's Youth Hunter Edu-
cation Challenge, started in 2008,
is the most comprehensive youth
hunting program in North America.
It involves advanced training for 12-
to 18-year-olds who have completed
a hunter safety course. In addi-
tion, the Youth Hunting Program
of Florida treated 474 youths and
parents to 32 sponsored hunts last
year. The National Archery in the
Schools Program has introduced
146,783 kids to archery and to the
FWC since 2005, with help from the
Department of Education.
. Florida's conservation law en-
forcement officers find their jobs
more demanding and complex than
ever. Besides routine duties, the
Division of Law Enforcement fre-
quently mobilizes disaster response
and domestic security missions.
The division recently earned
certification from the Commission
for Florida Law Enforcement Ac-
creditation. That accomplishment
required FWC officers to measure
up to the highest standards in their
During the past 10 years, Florida
has blossomed into the No. 1 tour-
ism destination for wildlife viewers,
and the FWC's Office of Recreation
Services has assisted more than
50 communities in harnessing the
industry's economic potential. In
addition, the agency has partnered

with thousands of volunteers and
created the Great Florida Birding
Trail, with 489 bird-watching sites
that have attracted visitors from all
over the world.
Scientific research guides FWC
decisions. The agency's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute released
more than four million red drum
into Tampa Bay between 2000 and
2004 in a pilot program to study the
effects of stocking hatchery-raised
fish into the wild. The institute
and the FWC's support foundation
- the Wildlife Foundation of Florida
- are three years into exploring a
vision for a network of saltwater
fish hatcheries in Florida and, with
:partner support, mapping out the
long-term health of the state's sport
fisheries. More than 550 published
works over the past 10 years docu-
ment the findings of institute staff.
Its research regarding red tide
earned worldwide admiration from
the scientific community.
The foundation has provided
$6.225 million for nearly 200 FWC
projects since 2005. It also provides
emergency funding for the FWC
to respond swiftly to unforeseen
issues without diverting resources
from other high-priority projects.
"When I look at all that's hap-
pened at the FWC over the past 10
years, I'm amazed at how all these
parts work together," Barreto said.
"And it happens in a team spirit
that says, 'We have to be the best,'
and we are."

July is 4
Governor Charlie Crist re-
tently signed a proclamation
recognizing July as Park and
recreation Month.
To celebrate, the Florida
department of Environmen-'
tal Protection's Florida Park
Service encourages Florida's
citizens, families and friends
to experience outdoor recre-
ation at a Florida state park
in July.
"Florida's state parks pro-
vide an endless opportunity
for family and friends to enjoy

Park and Recreation Month in Florida

its benefits," said Florida Park
Service Director Mike Bullock.
"During Park and Recreation
Month, we encourage resi-
dents and visitors to experi-
ence the treasures of state
parks in their backyard."
Since 1985, the National
Recreation and Park Asso-
ciation has designated July as
Park and Recreation Month.
This year, the Florida Park
Service continues its Family.
Friends. Fun. campaign which
aims to reconnect children

engaging them in outdoor
Northwest Florida is host
to a variety of state parks that
engage visitors in natural sur-
roundings, recreation, culture
and history.
Big Lagoon State Park in
Pensacola offers opportuni-
ties for camping and water
sports, and crabbing in Big
Lagoon is a popular activity
as well.
Florida Caverns State Park
in Marianna is the only state

cave tours to the public, and
Maclay Gardens State Park.
in Tallahassee is the first to
offer MP3 audio guided tours
of the park.
For more information
about state parks and activi-
ties in northwest Florida, visit
the online park guide at www.
Special events for Park and
Recreation Month in north-
west Florida include:
Early Boat Tour
Edward Ball Wakulla

the tour Saturday, Aug. 1 at
8 a.m.
Participants will enjoy
the early morning sights
and sounds along the sce-
nic Wakulla River. Breakfast

is available in the historic
Wakulla Springs Lodge. Tick-
ets are $8 for adults and $6
for children. To make reserva-
tions or for more information,
call 926-0700.

the great outdoors and all of and families with nature by park in Florida providing Springs State Par
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. Mark Kiser, who heads up
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's
(FWC) 489-site Great Florida
Birding Trail said more people
travel to Florida to see wildlife
than any other state.
, "And the number is increas-
ing," he said. "Half the 800 bird
species in this country occur
in Florida, at least sometime
during the year. In fact, birders
have spotted 504 bird species

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14A - THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, July 16, 2009

The historic Sopchoppy Railroad Depot nears completion of a recent renovation project.

Depot likely to become a museum

With word that the his-
toric railroad depot in Sop-
choppy is nearing the finish
of renovations, resident Deb-
bie Dix said she hoped to see
a museum at the site.
Sopchoppy Mayor Robert
Greener told Dix, at the meet-
ing on Monday, July 13, that it
has always been the expecta-
tion that the depot would be
home td a museum.

Dix volunteered to help
bring the museum together,
saying she hoped the facility
would preserve the local his-
tory, stories, the-artifacts and
documents, of the area.
The depot - the last sur-
viving depot on the Georgia,
Florida and Alabama Rail
Road - will be finished by the
end of July or early August,
City Clerk Jackie Lawhon
The city has been in the

process of trying to renovate
the old building for more
than 10 years, first going
through the grant process
and later hitting delay after
delay - including a hazardous
waste cleanup after lead was
found at the site, presumably
from the lead paint used on
the depot.
Lawhon suggested that the
city commissioners appoint a
citizen advisory committee to
make recommendations .on

the museum.
Though the depot's reno-
vation will be done, the city
has no funding for a mu-
Resident Callie Quigg
asked at the meeting about
donating an aerial map of
Sopchoppy taken in the 1930s
and who she should give it to.
Mayor Greener advised that
she hold on to it for a little
while until the museum was
actually in place.

Springs featured in Washington Post

A recent article in The
Washington Post featured
Wakulla Springs in a story
by Diane Roberts on "Florida
Springs Eternal' Where Mer-
maids and Gators Go When
Summer Turns Beastly."
Tallahassee native Roberts,
who is also known to write
under the name D.K. Roberts,
wrote the article about taking
a visiting English friend to

Fanning Springs and Wakulla
Springs. The story appeared
in the Sunday, July 5 edition
of the paper and can be read
online at the web site, wash-
Roberts describes taking
the Jungle Cruise at Wakulla
Springs, swimming in the
cool water and eating at the
A "Where to Go, What to
Do" sidebar described the
accommodations available,

recommending staying at the
Lodge at Wakulla Springs,
where it's noted that the 27
rooms are old-fashioned (no
televisions) and have marble
As for where to eat, the
article describes the food
at Wakulla Springs as serv-
ing "the kind of breakfasts,
lunches and dinners your
grandmama would have fed
you if she'd hailed from
these parts: fried ham, fried

chicken, fried oysters, pecan
pie. It's a festival of beauti-
ful calories. Dinner for two
without wine is about $40.
The snack bar rustles up
lunchtime sandwiches, hot
dogs and ice cream floats:
about $12 for two."
As for what to do. it rec-
ommends renting bikes from
the Great Bicycle Shop in
Tallahassee or canoes/kayaks
from T-n-T Hideaway on the
Wakulla River.'

Court Shorts

Ameris Bank filed a foreclo-
sure lawsuit against Buckhomrn
First LLC, claiming the company.
defaulted on a $1 million com-
mercial loan.
Buckhom First is the devel-
oper of Buckhom Plaza, which
received a state Community
Development Block Grant of
$750,000 as an economic devel-
opment project In May 2008,
construction of the plaza was
completed, and several business-
es located there - Scratchcakes
restaurant Buckhom Pharmacy,
and a daycare center.
As part of the CDBG, the
businesses had to create a
certain number of jobs and
the county had to file quarterly
Minority Business Enterprise
Reports as required under the
contract with the state Depart-
ment of Community Affairs. As
of late in 2008, the plaza had
reportedly created 37 new jobs
for low and moderate income
According to the lawsuit
filed.in Wakulla Circuit Court
on July 6, Buckhom First LLC
got a mortgage of $1 million
from Ameris Bank, with a per.
sonal guarantee from Freddie
According to the Florida
Department of State's corporate
records on the limited liabil-
ity company, Buckhorn First's
management consists.of Eddie
Franklin Sr. and Johnny Frank-
lin, both of Sopchoppy.
In other court matters:
* Quincy attomey Marva
Davis filed a brief in the appeal
of the case of Wakulla County
Animal Control vs. Cathy and
Wallace Bailey claiming that
there were numerous errors in
the handling of the case, includ-
ing an allegedly illegal search of
the Bailey's property.
County animal control had
brought a case against the
Baileys, who bred dogs for
sale, claiming that the 160
to 170 dogs on the property
suffered neglect and mistreat-
ment Wakulla County Judge
Jill Walker who issued an order
in January requiring the Baileys
to have no more than 50 dogs
in their kennel. The couple was

also prohibited from breeding
any more dogs.
At the time of Judge Walker's
ruling, Wallace Bailey vowed to
appeal, claiming that the county
"violated every constitutional
right we had and every civil
On appeal, the case is to be
heard by Wakulla Circuit Judge
N. Sanders Sauls.
Meanwhile, the Baileys are
back in county court for alleged
violations of Judge Walker's
order. A show cause hearing
last week had to be continued
because the court ran out of
time. Another hearing is set for
Tuesday, July 21.
Animal control is arguing
that the Baileys should be found
in contempt of court for not pro-
viding accurate records of rabies
shots, and allegedly continuing
to breed the animals.
Last week's hearing was
recessed before the whole case
was presented, but Judge Walker
indicated that evidence showed
poor recordkeeping by the Bai-
leys. She could potentially find
the Baileys in contempt of court
for failing to follow the court
order - which is still in effect
since Judge Sauls, whowill hear
the appeal, did not move to stay
Judge Walker's order.
* The sexual battery trial of
State Trooper Charlie Odom is
set for trial beginning Monday,
-July 20, but retired Circuit Judge
William Gary is scheduled to
hear a motion for a continuance
from Odom's attorney Don
Pumphrey on Thursday, July
Pumphrey is seeking more
time before the trial, claiming
that he has not received copies
of all the evidence from the
state. Among the claims are that
copies of files on Odom's home
computer were turned over to
Pumphrey on DVDs, -but the
defense was unable to open the
files because of encryption.
Odom was charged with
sexual battery after he alleg-
edly made a traffic stop of a
woman for speeding, and who
reportedly admitting to drink-
ing alcohol before she drove,
but Odom wrote no tickets. The
woman claims she performed
oral sex on the trooper.






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