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Grappling With Loomi
impact the ultimate scope of the project, Rachel Crews, a decision on co
By Tim Croft Commissioner Benny Roberts said. plan and land-use map chant
Star News Editor Syfrett noted that the project to rehab for a 6.35. acre parcel between t
With the official start of business for the infrastructure in the area which comes First Street north of the railroad
new year on Tuesday, Port St. Joe city com- with broader replacement of sewer lines in The St. Joe Co. hopes to
missioners could be found attempting to get North Port St. Joe ongoing could hardly be ments on the site and the 1
a handle on their preparations for the antici timelier. comprehensive plan changes
pated growth spurt heading their way. With St. Joe Co. plans for a new town cen- the lands from industrial to res
Sewer and water projects and workforce ter, the proposal for an apartment complex density.
housing dominated whot was a relatively and future development of the old mill site, There has been some hear
short workshop which preceded a slightly Avenue A, already a well-traveled thorough- commissioners that the zoning
longer regular bi-monthly meeting. fare, will be
Not much was actually decided, but a primary
commissioners established an agenda for spoke in
moving forward on several fronts. the cityhub of
Much of the focus in on Avenue A, where projected
The St. Joe Company envisions constructing growth.
rental apartments and where engineers have W i 1 e
been charged with establishing the scope Wh i
and costs of improving the roadway as well the pro-
as sewer and water infrastructure. pose proj-
Preble Rish Engineers presented one at nothing
proposed plan for improvements from U.S. curty
98 to the railroad tracks which cross Avenue the draw-
A roughly a half-mile away. ing board,
Those improvements would include S y f r e t
replacement of sewer lines and roadway as offered it as
well as construction of a new pump station, a chance for
while designing and planning to accommo- the' city to
date future growth, be proactive
"We are not just looking at improving given expect-
the roadway," said Elizabeth Syfrett of Preble ed growth in
Rish. "This is a step" toward meeting the the city in
demands future development would bring. the coming This shows the site (center in red outline) where The St. Joe
Commissioner John Reeves, jumping years. Company is proposing to build roughly 90 rental units north of the
upon that train of thought, urged that the T h i s railroad building.
project be broadened to take in all of Avenue project could
A. not have been timed more perfectly," Syfrett project, centered around traff
"Let's not do just half of Avenue A." said. concentration of workforce ho

Reeves said. "Let's plan to do the whole
The proposal, as currently structured,
would have the city pursuing a Community
Development Block Grant this year, which
would have to be matched with some local
funds, an amount uncertain at this time.
That 'amount of local match could

Commissioners decided to take a look
at several major infrastructure projects on
the drawing board including stormwater
improvements along Long Avenue and Palm
Blvd. during a workshop to begin at 5 p.m.
on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Following two workshops, commissioners
tabled again, at the request of Commissioner

the Bridgeport subdivision ju
road on Avenue A in one area
The changes in land-use
prehensive plan were only firsts
said, toward ultimate approval
Commissioners would still hav
plat design and there were
already in the comp plan which

ng Growth

ges proposed
Avenue A and
i building.
build apart-'
and-use and
would rezone
idential high-

tburn among
allows den-
sity levels of
seven units
per acre or
above, with
no limita-
tions, though
M a r i o
Gisbert of
St. Joe has
noted that
the company
believes no
more than
14-15 units,
or roughly
90 in total,
could be
suitably con-
structed on
the site.
during the
also spoke
to concerns
about the
ic levels and
using with
.st down the

and the com-
steps, Gisbert
of the project.
ve to approve
e restrictions
h would limit

the units which could be built on the parcel.
Crews asked that she be given a chance
to travel to look at similar St. Joe projects
in Bay and Walton counties to alleviate her
fears about, for example, the apartment com-
plex being turned over to another developer
sometime in the future and becoming, in
time, a substandard "project" housing.
"I know we need this, but this is some-
thing I need to do," Crews said.
She said she could make an informed deci-
sion in time for the next regular Commission
meeting in two weeks.
Dannie Bolden of the Community
Development Council said the rental units
were sorely needed in the south end of Gulf
County and believed that Crews concerns
could be allayed.
"This community needs it and I think
we'll get it done," Bolden said.
The most substantive action taken on
Tuesday was commissioners' decision to
scale back a flood ordinance to conform to
county standards.
The city had advertised an ordinance
requiring new homes to be built two feet
above federally-set flood elevations, the
benchmark estimation for home inundation
of water during a 100-year flood event.
However, there had been complaints
from some corners that such a requirement
- which would lead to lower rates on feder-
ally-backed flood insurance, the designed
impact of the ordinance, which the city had
lacked and was urged to enact at the request
of the Florida Department of Community
Affairs was an unnecessary intrusion on
building requirements and individual prop-
erty rights.
The county requires structures to be
built at least one foot above flood elevations
and homeowners could still receive lower
flood, insurance rates if they chose individu-
ally to build at two feet and above, so com-
missioners decided to scale back and adopt
an ordinance which mirrors the county's

Hogs Gone Wild in St. Joe Beach

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Keith Mork is not .a humorless man.
He can appreciate the comedy in a band of wild
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A ditch along Pine Street in St. Joe Beach bears the unmisti
sign of wild hogs.

hogs ravaging his St. Joe Beach yard, will chuckle at the
nightly attack on his lawn.
But when he settles into a long night of TV
viewing, and finds that the hogs have severed his
cable cord, that he will not tolerate.
"It's funny, but it's not too funny." said Mork
with a weary nod at his Pine Street cable box.
The earth around the severed cable cord
bears the unmistakable sign of rooting thick
clods of dirt churned upwards in rippling waves.
The waves continue in the backyard, where
hogs sniffed out several discarded corncobs bur-
ied by Mork's father.
He buried them deep, but they have resur-
faced as a decorative garnish for the backyard
The unwelcome visitors arrived a few weeks
ago and have resurfaced numerous times since,
always under the cover of night.
Two weeks ago, while stocking his pick-up
truck with antifreeze, Mork first encountered
what he believed to be a band of coyotes congre-
gating in a nearby ditch.
What in the world? he asked the darkness,
and soon found his answer when upon closer
inspection, he saw hogs rooting for feed. W
A neighbor later spotted a sow and two pig- back
Even when he cannot see the hogs, Mork knows
they are lurking nearby by the unceasing howl of neigh-
borhood dogs that stand sentinel.

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"They're raising hell out here all night long., he
Mork estimates that the, damage extends about
four blocks out from his home. His father takes a daily
survey while walking his dog through the Pine
Street neighborhood.
Mork's neighbor, Robert Hutchison, has
several patches of overturned earth in his mani-
cured front yard, a fact that troubles Mork.
"We don't spend a lot of time in our yard, but
they do," he said.
It's not the aesthetics that wornr Mork the
most. Neighborhood children spend their after-
noons riding four wheelers through the nearby
woods, and Mork fears for their safety. His con-
cern is not misplaced.
Hogs can .weigh over 150 pounds and carry
a host of infectious diseases and parasites with
charming names such as "salmeonellosis" and
the "sucking louse."
Ideal playmates, they do not make.
In his 37 years in St. Joe Beach, Mork has
never seen such an infestation of hogs.
He believes the U.S. 98 realignment and
neighboring real estate development has forced
the hogs out of their natural habitat.
"They're definitely driving them out of the
akable woods," said Mork.
Hogs, Hogs, Everywhere
The presence of hogs in Industrial Road and
Beacon Hill Park, which suffered extensive rooting dam-
age a month ago. may point less to habitat destruction

Nild hogs foraging for food rooted a wide swath of Keith Mork's
yard in St. Joe Beach.

than a larger pattern of hog infestation, one not unique
to this area,

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High School's Rich History

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In 1940, George Washington High School began as a four-room
wooden building that housed grades 1-8. County Commissioner Nathan
Peters, Jr. hopes to establish a Washington High School museum at the
school's final location on Peters Street.
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
For nearly 30 years, George Washington High School served
as a beacon in a dark landscape of racial prejudice and limited
A segregated school that offered quality education to young
black men and women, Washington High School began in 1940
in a four-classroom wooden building on Ave. G and Martin
Luther King Blvd.
The school relocated to Peters Street before, closing its doors
in 1969, when the Port St. Joe schools integrated.
.Much of Washington High School was demolished in the late
1970s, and only the gymnasium and three concrete buildings
that once housed classrooms remain.
Fearing the erasure of Washington High School's legacy,
County Commissioner Nathan Peters, Jr. has proposed that the
city create a Washington High School museum in two of the old
classroom buildings.
Peters, a 1967 Washington High graduate, pitched the
idea at the City Commission's Dec. 20 meeting, and entreated
commissioners to repair the damage to the city-owned buildings
with grant money or a budget appropriation.
Both buildings have deteriorated substantially in recent
years. A cursory survey by Peters revealed leaking roofs, broken
air conditioning units, missing paneling and damaged flooring.
"With the site being on my street, it makes me pay a lot of
attention to it," Peters noted.
City manager Lee Vincent and a maintenance person are
expected to conduct a full cost assessment in the coming
Peters hopes the city will make the necessary repairs and
then lease the facility to him at $1 a year.
In the past, the city had a similar arrangement with the
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Gulf Commissioner Urges Franklin to Support Sacred Heart Project

By David Adlerstein
Times Staff Writer
A Gulf County commis-
sioner urged members of
the Franklin County Health
Council earlier this month
to begin providing input on
the proposed Sacred Heart
Gulf County Hospital, a $24
million facility targeted for
groundbreaking in 2007.
"I don't think it's going
to work without Franklin
County. We're not going to
leave Franklin County out,"

Gulf County Commissioner
Bill Williams told the Dec.
15 gathering in the court-
house annex. "I think Sacred
Heart is the answer for you
on this end of the county.
When they're looking at a tar-
get area, you're in it."
Williams said he planned
to meet with Franklin County
Commissioner Noah Lockley,
a member of the health coun-
cil, in the weeks ahead to
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"We want to make sure
we're doing what your coun-
ty commissioners want. I
don't want to impose," said
Williams. "Your county com-
missioners are going to have
to be behind this."
In his detailed report as
guest speaker at the health
council meeting, Williams said
his county commission had
taken "an aggressive stance"
in securing support for the
hospital's cost of care to Gulf
County's indigent residents.
Using a "super-majority"
ratification option available to
the five-member commission,
enabling it to bypass going to
referendum at the ballot box,
Gulf County enacted a half-
cent sales tax for 25 years,
a sales tax commitment not
to exceed $21.5 million over
that span.
Both Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka also have
approved agreements to allow
the sales tax collections to
be used for health care pur-
poses, Williams said.
He said the Ascension
Health Systems, which oper-
ates the Pensacola-based
Sacred Heart Health System,
has agreed to provide about
$24.4 million in initial financ-
ing for the hospital.
The facility, which is
expected to have Medicare's
critical access hospital des-
ignation, is to be built on a
27-acre site in eastern Gulf
-County, in Port St. Joe. The
St. Joe Company has agreed
to donate the land for use as
a hospital and medical office
The St. Joe Company also
has agreed to contribute $5
million over 10 years to help
fund the project, and earlier
this month delivered an ini-
tial $500,000 contribution.
"What assisted us was
St. Joe's commitment," said
The money from the
county's half-cent sales tax
will go towards meeting the
needs of Gulf County's medi-
cally indigent patients, but
Williams stressed that with
the right decision-making by
Franklin County ofgcials, the
hospital will be able to serve
this coLuntyas well. ,
"We want to create .a
template where you can fit
in," he said. "We're trying to
do it by design, and not by

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default. Health care is a com-
mon denominator with all of
us. We have to strengthen
ourselves together so we can
have more horsepower in
Williams said the new
facility is expected to offer
25 chairs for kidney dialysis
patients, considered of criti-
cal importance to Franklin
County patients who now
must travel for treatment
to Tallahassee, Quincy or
Panama City.
The Gulf County com-
missioner said the hospital
is expected to lose money for
the first five to seven years
before becoming profitable.
Williams said details
such as the composition of
the hospital's medical staff
and the hospital bylaws, will
have to be worked out, and
will likely encompass all the
region's providers.
"As customers, you have
to encourage all of your pro-
viders to work together," he
Panacea physician Dr.
Gene Charbonneau, who has
been working part-time at the
federally qualified health clin-
ic (FQHC) 'in, Eastpoint, pro-
vided a report on the progress
of Wakulla County's version
of a new health council.
He said an Oct. 17 meet-
ing of the task force began
work on the group's bylaws.
He said the county, which
does not have a hospital, is
eying the possibility of creat-
ing "an intensive urgent care"
facility which might be able
to attract a Tallahassee radi-
ology provider to provide an
MRI, CT scan or advanced
x-ray equipment.
"There's no talk of a hos-
pital yet," said Charbonneau.
"I don't think Wakulla could
sustain a hospital."
He also noted that the
number of physicians in
Wakulla County has dropped'
from eight to five. "The short-
age continues to grow and I
don't see it getting any bet-
ter," he told the health coun-
"If we can join up with
Wakulla County on the east-
erri end, and Gulf County on
the western end, I think it's
a workable situation." said
Sylvia Adkinson, office man-
ager of the Eastpoint FQHC.
Bobby Pickles. an aide
to U.S. Congressman Allen

Boyd, said the 16-county
regional health council cre-
ated by Boyd will hold its
first business meeting next
month after a recent "meet-
and-greet" session.
He said participants, who
include Lockley, are being
asked to present their bud-
get requests to the council
for consideration, so that
everyone can be on the same

vidual projects."
The local health coun-
cil also reviewed a new inci-
dent report form developed
by Becky Gibson, the newly
hired health council staffer.
The form, intended as a,
report sheet to be used by all
county health care providers,
lists the date, time and loca-
tion of an incident, the person.
reporting it, the individuals
and witnesses involved and-

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Carrabelle physician assistant Dana Holton, right, and Sister
Sheila Griffin, with Martin House, take part in the meeting of the
local health council. Sylvia AdkinsonO, from the Eastpoint FQHC, is
in background.

"We would much prefer a
more limited number of pre-
sentations," he said, stress-
ing that the congressman is
interested in getting as much
input as possible and in cre-
ating "more transparency" of
priorities so that he can gen-
erate "more advocacy of indi-

the facts of the incident.
Gibson said the form"
would help the council get
a clear picture of incidents
that may be reported to the
county commission regard-,'
ing the hospital, ambulance
service or treatment by local

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local health council. Dr. Tamara Marsh, council chairman, is in

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What Have We REALLY Learned From Hurricanes?

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
NOTE: This is the first in
a series to run through June
1 the official beginning of
the 2006 hurricane season.
The series will cover
updated information related
to hurricanes, in order to
help our readers better pre-
pare themselves for another,
possibly very rough, hurri-
cane season.
Are You Ready For
Some Hurricanes?
Hurricane Basics
The ingredients for
a hurricane include a
tire-existing weather
disturbance, warm tropical
oceans, moisture, and
relatively light winds aloft.
"Tropical cyclone" is
a generic term for a low
pressure system that
generallyforms in the tropics.
The cyclone is accompanied
by thunderstorms and, in
the northern hemisphere, a
counterclockwise circulation
of winds near the earth's
surface. Tropical cyclones
are classified as tropical
depressions, tropical storms,
or hurricanes.
The intensity of a
land-falling hurricane is
expressed by categories
that relate wind speeds and
potential damage. Official
classification of a storm's
strength is determined
by the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Scale, which rates
hurricanes from Category 1
(the weakest, with sustained
winds between 74-95 mph)
to Category 5 (the strongest,
with sustained winds over
155 mph).
The strongest winds
usually occur in the right
side of the hurricane's eye
wall, and wind speed usually
decreases significantly
within 12 hours after

As a consequence,
the North Atlantic Ocean
experiences alternating
periods of above-normal
or below-normal hurricane
seasons, each period lasting
for several decades.
NOAA research shows
that these natural cycles
have caused the increased
Atlantic hurricane activity
since 1995, and are not
related to greenhouse
NOAA records show that
the current tropical climate
patterns producing this
cycle of increased weather
activity are similar to the
last period of increased
activity from 1926 through
In between these two
active cycles was the normal,
contrasting cycle of below-
normal hurricane activity
from 1970 to 1994.
More People, More
During the 24 years of
below-normal hurricane
activity, people flocked to
Florida, especially along the
coast. Most didn't look at

landfall. Nevertheless, winds
can stay above hurricane
strength well inland. But
in the center of a hurricane,
there is little or no wind in
the eye of the storm.
Most numerous,
costliest, deadliest,
strongest, the 2005
hurricane season was all
this and more. And the
2006 season may be the

If you've lived in the
Panhandle, or along the Gulf
Coast for 30 years or more,
the fierce hurricane season
should not be surprising.
But for the millions of people
who have moved to .Florida
in the last three decades,
the ferocity of the storm
season was unfathomable.
According to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA),

2005 was part of a natural
pattern. Just be prepared
for more of the same over an
extended period of time.
But what causes these
cyclical patterns? Why
now? How long will they
last? Will they get worse,
or better?
According to NOAA,
the 2005 season was the
eleventh year of an active
hurricane cycle that began
in 1995.
The Atlantic [Ocean]
Basin is in the "active"
phase of a multi-decadal
("many decades") cycle in
which optimal conditions iri
the ocean and atmosphere
enhance hurricane activity.
This increased activity
is caused by naturally
occurring cycles in tropical
climate patterns near the
These cycles typically
last 20 to 30 years or more.

weather patterns or factor
the naturally occurring
hurricane cycles into
their new lifestyles. Now,
the above-normal cycle
is squarely in place, and
people are shocked at what
is happening.
Making matters worse,
coastal development has
exploded in hurricane-prone
areas of the United States
(the five-state Gulf Coast
region and the Atlantic
seaboard states, especially
Southern coastal states)
during the less-active years
of 1970-1994.
And unprecedented
coastal development
continues today.
According to state
statistics, Florida's
population grew from
528,542 in 1900 to almost 16
million in 2000. Population
density jumped from
approximately 9.8 persons
per square mile in 1900 to
298.4 persons per square
mile in 2000, almost 4 times
the national average.
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Editorials, Comments . .

The Star
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surgical precision a $45.3 5 billion fiscal 2006 desieTned to
Defense Appropriauons Bill that %was loaded v.-ith funds they
hundreds of rrillions of dollars in congressional v.orst pork-
earmarks and add-ons all of which divert pre- While
cious resources from higher pnorities an, armendn
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students m Pennsylvarua, matters A
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Foundation; $ .1.5 billion
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Richmond, Va.; tion program
$2 million for a public park in San a measure
Francisco; Hawaii and
$500,000 for the Arctic Winter Games, an these items
international athletic competition held in Alaska; should be d
$8.5 million for various museums, includ- a must-pass
ing $1.5 million to restore the battleship Texas; McCair
$1.6 million for Lewis and Clark bicenten- Eisenhower
nial activities, evoking the
This is "just a small sampling of the many, warned aga
many unrequested, earmarks" in the bill, said we peer int
McCain. "Mr. President, we are at war. How many "we .
MREs, flak-vests, or bullets could we buy with all only for tod
this money? How many dollars could we return convenience
to the taxpayers?" row. We can
While not all the earmarks necessarily con- our-grandcl
stitute a misuse of federal funds, McCain cor- of their poli
rectly questions their inclusion in a defense democracy i
spending bill especially when the nation is at not to beco
war. Taken in that context, McCain is justified in row."
calling these add-ons "obscene." "I wond
"War means sacrifice any student of his- think of th:
tory knows that and Americans have sacrificed out that also
throughout our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan," earmarked
McCain pointed out. "Our soldiers and their Washington

Bill Pork
e sacriliced, and this ,ear other costs
d throughout the rauon WheLherr
tim.'s of Hurricane Karnrma. or those
ome to their aid. or srimpl, all tho:-s
vho are pa.Trg higher gasoline prices.
tfic es of m -nr, kinds .And so in these
es. the .-i Aericand people -are right to
elected leaders rto sacrifice as ,well
en we see a bill like the one onr, the
and I'm suie man%, Americans won-
spirit of sacrifice stop-,: on the steps
Capitol. Durtieng a WAIr, tin a measure
gi _e our fighting men arnd .vwomern the
need. the Congress has iverl L n to s
barrel instincts
MIcCain attached tn the spending bill
rent curt-aling the federal goiern-
of "torture" on terror war detainees.
members using the bill to "leinslate"
that have little relevance to defense
provision included, for instance
h avian flu vaccine liability protection.
was inserted for low income home
instance. Funding for farm conserva-
ns also became part of the bill. And
was included that protects jobs in
Alaska. McCain argued that some of
might be important, but that they
[ebated individually, not lumped into
s spending bill.
n noted that President Dwight
, in a farewell address famous for
e "military-industrial complex," also
inst excessive federal spending. "As
o society's future," Eisenhower said,
:TH>. must avoid the impulse to live
ay, plundering, for our own ease and
t, the precious resources of tomor-
nnot mortgage the material assets of
children without risking the -loss also
tical and spiritual heritage. We want
to survive for all generations to come,
me the insolvent phantom of tomor-
[er what President Eisenhower would
is mess," McCain asked pointing
o included in the bill was $1.7 million
for an Eisenhower Memorial on the

American Disconnect

There's obviously something liberating about
leaving a government job. On the inside, one
must tread carefully, mincing one's words into a
politically correct mush. Once outside, one can
speak more honestly, without fear of courting
controversy or landing in political hot water.
That's why we found interesting recent com-
ments made by outgoing Assistant Secretary
for Land and Minerals Management Rebecca
Watson, who ,is,,-taking a job with a,. Denver,
law Fu-m after four years at the Department of
Interior. She's saying now what she might have.
been reluctant to say while in government. And
what she's saving is important.
In an interview with the Associated Press,
Watson said she believes ."the urbanization of
America has helped polarize beliefs about the
environment, leaving, many city dwellers with
romanticized and often unrealistic views about
wildlife and natural resources in the West."
During her years at the department, Watson
encountered many Easterners who she says
have "false perspectives" about public lands
conflicts in this part of the country. And that
understanding gap is a problem.
"If you are an urbanite and don't have any
familiarity or have not been out in the West or
read about issues and gained a deeper under-
standing about natural resources and the West,
you might have some ideas about it that don't
hold up toreality," Watson said. Many Americans
"have a Disneyland view of animals,". especially
bears and wolves. But "folks who live in the
West and deal with wildlife on their own terms
perhaps have a more realistic perspective than
folks who don't have that opportunigr. I think as
America has become more urbanized, some of
these issues have become more polarized."
Watson is putting her finger on a problem
we occasionally note here: the growing discon-
nect between urban dwellers and rural people,
between Easterners and Westerners, on environ-
mental and public lands issues, Were the federal
government not in a position to dictate such
policies from thousands of miles away, and were
state and local governments given a greater say

Optimism or Pessimism?

Commentary by
Tibor R. Machan
Freedom News Service
At year's end, after col-
umns and commentaries
galore lamenting the state
of contemporary society with
respect to the slow growth
and frequent setbacks on
the road to individual lib-
erty, it's worth asking wheth-
er an attitude of pessimism
or optimism is warranted.,
These attitudes are, unlike,
say, hope or anxiety, capa-
ble of being given rational
support. Pessimists and
optimists can, in principle,
debate the respective merits
of their stance and reach a
conclusion in favor of one or
the other.
In my case, I' am without
apology a cautious optimist.
But, for someone so critical
of contemporary institutions
and official activities as I am,
how do I defend this? After
all, if one were to add up all

in federal land policies, this understanding gap
wouldn't matter much.
But until that balance of power shifts west-
ward and states in the region demand a true,
partnership with Washington urbanites and
Easterners will continue to impose their ideas of
environmental virtue on Westerners.
It's easy for Easterners like West Virginia
Rep. Nick Rahall to raise a fuss about how the
-Bureau of Land Management is handling wild
horses, for instance, drawing kudos from the
animal- rights crowd, without fear that his con-
stituents will suffer the consequences v. hen horse
herds grow out of control. It's easy for Easterners
to propose or impose new national monuments
or wilderness areas on Western states, oblivi-
ous to what that means for Westerners living in
these areas. It's easy for Easterners to be hostile
to reforming the Endangered Species Act, or
indifferent to federal efforts to thin dangerously
fire-prone national forests, because the failure to
act on either item falls disproportionately hard
on Westerners.
But there are other understanding gaps
identified by Watson during her tenure in
Washington. She says she was surprised to
learn "how little Americans understand about
energy and its importance to the country." Here,
too, Americans. seem disconnected from real-,
ity. "I think somehow Americans think there is
a silver bullet that there is energy out there
that doesn't look bad, doesn't smell bad, doesn't
pollute, is very reliable and is cheap," she said.
"Many people in urban areas no longer make a
connection to where energy comes from. They
think energy comes from the wall and food comes
from the store," Watson said. "They don't under-
stand the trade-offs involved in energy."
Again, we think Watson identifies a signifi-
cant cultural problem in contemporary America.
And while we would appreciate more of this kind
of candor from Watson's former colleagues still
on the inside, given the fact that the truth often
hurts one's political career especially we
understand why they might stay mum.

in mind the bulk of by now
quite lengthy human history
during which people were
ruled mostly by conquest,
bullying, brute force and
intimidation. Only over the
past several hundred years
were those with power made
to share it with everyone else.
And here the proverbial allu-
sion to taking two steps for-
ward and one or sometimes
more back is quite 'appropri-
ate. With the record of the
20th century and its massive
horrors, and not much relief
in the initial years of the 21st
century, maybe pessimism is
But it is only recent-
ly that the very idea of a
firm ban on using people
against their own will has
gained prominence. There
are traces of that idea from
time immemorial but faint
ones at the most. But in the
past few centuries even some
heads of government have
acknowledged the possibil-
ity that others are just like
them, namely human indi-

the observations and anialy-
ses I put on record over the
course of a year, one would
not easily find much that
has happened that I praise
or champion, especially in
public affairs. Am I, then,
deluded, engaged in wishful
thinking when I stand up
for optimism? More drasti-
cally, might I need my head
Not at all. To gain a
proper perspective on how
the world is, one must keep

J~botker ~&w~t '~4/i[k

Richard Lynn Hale
looked up over his half
eaten lunch and said, "I
wonder if third-graders will
still be bringing peanut
butter and jelly sandwiches
to school fifty years from
Me and Robert Holmes
Brewer didn't bother
to respond. I had never
thought of the day after
tomorrow, much less fifty
years away! Miss Belle got
this whole thing -started
just as soon as we got hack
from Christmas break. First
thing right off she went up
and down each row mak-
ing us stand up and "pro-
nounce" a prediction for
how 19,56 was going to
turn out. She was espe-
cially wanting us to think
of any odd twist or strange
happenings that might lay
in store for the new year.
It was just one more
gigantic reason for hating
the third grade!
Folks, didn't a person
in that room have a televi-
sion set. Only about one
out of three had a tele-
phone. I'd be willing to bet
you that three-fourths of
us had never even been
as far as Jackson, and it
was only forty miles away.
It was a little tough to dis-
cuss the future or project-
ed "odd twist" or impending
earth 'shattering changes
when you'd never been any
farther than the big curve
in front of Eddie Carden's
The only connection we
had with the outside world
was the Saturday afternoon
matinee at the picture show.
We thought everybody west
of the Mississippi lived like
Roy, Gene and Hoppy. If
you were lucky enough
to grow-up in Africa you
could swing through the
jungles with Tarzan. And.
nobody was about to ever
go to Japan because they
had those big Godzillas on
every corner and they were
near 'about impossible to
It was a pretty sim-
ple, uncomplicated, non-
descript time.
I reckon everyone knew
that except Miss Belle. Anne
Alexander couldn't even

viduals, and so they should
enjoy full sovereignty rather
than the perennial status of
servitude that most people
suffered and still suffer in
many places.
The American founders
and framers were the 'first
group of officials of govern-
ment who began to see that
they are not innately supe-
rior to the people whom they
were governing, that they are
properly not rulers but rather
serve the rest of us because
we asked them to do so and
who gave prominent voice to
this notion, a voice that has
been heard now throughout
the world.
Still, adjustments to
these ideas are terribly dif-
ficult and thousands across
the globe have resisted them.
Even Americans haven't
managed to appreciate just
how radical, albeit very true,
is the idea of individual sov-
ereignty, how seriously it
undermines the status quo of
thousands of years of human
political history. That's why

by Kesley Colbert

Mary E. Was

An Alien!

come up with a respect-
able answer and she was
about the smartest we had!
I knew I was in deep trou-
ble and Miss Belle was still
two rows from getting to
me. Jane Hill mentioned a
tornado could rip through
in the New Year. LaRenda
Bradfield predicted the
bridge over the Duck River
might cave in. Don Melton
allowed that this was the
year space aliens were going
to land up by the City Caf6.
Someone threw in lighten-
ing striking the Tri County
Stockyard, singeing a cou-
ple of hundred head of Mr.
McCaleb's cattle....
I wasn't the only person
struggling with this one.
Pam Collins shrugged her
shoulders when it came
her turn and said, "Who
cares"? Good old Pam. You
could always count on her.
Miss Belle expanded
it to "anything that might
come along in the future".
We didn't do much bet-
ter with the larger perimeter
but Phil Cook mentioned
President Eisenhower and
that seemed to really sat-
isfy her.
Ricky finished his
sandwich and said, "Come
on, now. I'm serious. What
do you think well be eating
fifty years from now?"
Pam shrugged her
shoulders and said, "Who
There was a bit of a
silence as we pondered as "
deep as our nine- year old:
brains would allow. "Fifty
years from now," Bobby
screwed his face up like he
did when he had something
worthwhile to say, "well all
be dead. Nobody lives that
"I bet the school will
have a cafeteria by then."
Don was probably right.
"And they'll cook hamburg-
ers every day.....'course, it
won't do us any good."
"I wonder if they will
have it so you could just
take a pill instead of hav-
ing to take the time to fix
and eat a peanut butter
sandwich." Ricky was real-
ly thinking about this deal.
We got to talking about
how much more baseball
you could get in if you
didn't have to stop and sit
down and eat a big, long
meal with your folks. Miss
Belle, who left us alone
at lunch, would have been
amazed that we were con-
tinuing a topic that didn't

slavery took decades to
end even in Jefferson's and
Madison's America.
There is also good news
about all the innovations
of our time, unleashed by
the creative energy of most-
ly free human beings, such
as technological inventors
and entrepreneurs. The
telephone, radio, television
and, of course, the Internet
have encouraged the careful
scrutinizing of all of society's
institutions, especially poli-
tics and economics. Today'
we are beneficiaries of thor-
ough and rapid information
Sure, as my own writings
and comments attest and
as do the works of others
within the community of
champions of human liberty
everywhere we are a long
way from achieving a fully
free society, and the journey
may never end and will often
have to cope with reversals.
But progress has clearly
been made just ask those
who recently got rid of Soviet

none of us want to be on in
the first place!
"Do you think folks will
someday have jet-propelled
tanks tied to their jackets
and fly like Rocket Man?"

"I can't wait till those
ray guns come out in the
Sears and Roebuck cata-
logue. Well be able to shoot
the deer and cook it at the
same time!"
"Do you think :Miss
Belle was right about one
day everyone would have a
phone and there would be
a t. v. set in every house?"
"Naw, she was just
making that up to get us to
"I wish Betsey hadn't
a'broughtup the Russians."
I silently agreed with
Buddy. "All that nuclear
war stuff scares me." David
Mark and I had started
our fall-out shelter back in
"You reckon that big
war with them will come in
the next fifty years?"
There was more silence.
We were in the third grade
but we were not idiots! The
Korean conflict had clearly
pointed. out who our real
enemy was. And I had never
seen this Nikita Kruschef
fellow mind you but I knew
from that name that he
was a bad dude. ;
"If I can make it for
fifty more years, I'm going
to have me one of those
flying saucers. They will be
more plentiful than cars-."
Mary E. Pendleton
chimed in, "I wonder who
I will marry,, how many
kids I will have in the 'next
few years......" She had her
hand on Don's shoulder
but she was kind'a eyeing
Robert Holmes.....
The boys scattered from
that back table like we'd
been shot out of a canfionl
Didn't none of us mind
a little "future talk" about
Russians and meals in
a pill and flying to work
instead of
was all just harmless New
Year's. outlook stuff...t and
Bobby might be right about
us not having to prepare
for all fifty years..... but the
thought of spending the
future decades with Mary
E. was enough to sour even
Miss Belle on the art of

fascism, of South African
apartheid, and many other
forms of oppression around
the globe. Sure, vigilance will
continue to be required. But
major advances are evident
in many places. And just
because it would .be irra-
tional to expect great leaps
forward by tomorrow morn-
ing at 9 o'clock, it would be
even more irrational to aban-
don the effort, an effort that
has already reaped plenty of
So, please, do not become
dejected because of some
admitted setbacks. Happy
New Year to you all.

Tibor Machan holds the
R.C. Hoiles Professorship in
business ethics and free enter-
prise at Chapman University
in Orange, Calif., and is co-
author of "Libertarianism,
For and Against" (Rowman
& Littlefield). He advises
Freedom Communications,
parent company of this
newspaper. E-mail him at
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Dear Editor:
Kudos to the Woodhams
of Oak Grove for taking time
out of their busy holiday
schedule to provide a local
stop for 01' Man Santa.
We all know how busy
Santa is at this time of the
year and he can't always
stop at every small com-
munity around the world.
But when a family like the
Woodham's is willing to
assist Santa with prepara-
tions, local children are able
to see Santa without having
to drive hours away.
A lot of work went into
providing a place for Santa
to be comfortable, taking
several days to set up his
reception area. Ms Claus


A buyout plan designed
to thin the commercial grou.
per fishing fleet in the Gulf
of Mexico has won indus-
try approval, but opponents
have attacked the way the
votes were tabulated and
still hope to sink it.
Supporters of the plan
to buy back the permits ol
smaller-scale commercial
operators say it will make
grouper fishing more viable
for those who stay in the
business. Opponents say
the plan will boost catches
for the biggest, most envi-
ronmentally destructive
- fishing fleets at the expense
of smaller fishermen.
Adding fuel to the con-
troversy are the rules an

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spent endless hours coor-
dinating and greeting the
visitors, despite all of her
other duties at this time of
year. Our very special little
girl elf was present to make
sure no children left without
a goody, which was no small
feat when considering the
number of children visiting
Santa approached ninety.
I think we are a blessed
community to have neigh-
bors willing to give of them-
selves and their time in such
a way, not doing it to gar-
ner attention for themselves,
but for the delight of the
Proud friends of the

Dear Editor:
The Gulf County
Commissioners on
Wednesday, December 14
took the first step toward
in our Gulf County
Taxes. The Spend Happy
Commissioners voted to
approve Bonds for almost
$4 Million dollars more to
pay for paving roads par-
ticularly in areas of NEW
the IMPACT FEES so devel-
opers have to pay for these
Can you believe the Gulf
County Commissioners had
the gall to add more insult
to injury from the ridiculous
unnecessary increase in the

2006 county budget they
adopted a few short months
The current Gulf County
Commissioners have proven
once again they don't know
how to do anything but
It is high time voters and
taxpayers TAKE ACTION!
We must vote this bunch of
Slap Happy Spenders out of
office beginning in the 2006
election. If we don 't vote
them out in 2006, we only
have ourselves to blame for
HIGHER TAXES every year
in the future. You better
believe this bunch of Gulf
County Commissioners are
not through spending and
wasting Big Money if they
are not voted out of office in
this years election.
Let's get started working
NOW to remove these guys
from office. Let's show them
we are fed up with their unbe-
lievable Wasteful Spending
of our TAX MONEY.
Harold Bost
Gulf County Taxpayer

Ida Mae Lister Max Fleming, Claude Lister,
Ida Mae~ Llster Jr., Mike Lister; her grand-
children, Tony Fleming,

Ida Mae Lister passed
away on Sunday, January
1, 2006 in Blountstown,
Florida. She was born in
Bainbridge, Georgia on
December 18, 1918. She was
eighty-eight years old. Ida
was the daughter of Roy and
Annie Mae Connell. She grew
up in Wewahitchka and was
a graduate of Wewahitchka
High School.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, Roy
and Annie Mae Connell; her
sister, Daisy Brogdon; her
brother, Jack Connell; her
husband Claude Ellis Lister;
and her granddaughter,
Brooks Fleming.
Ida is survived by her
sister, Nell Bandjough; her
nephews, Jack Connell,
Jr., Danny Brogdon, and
Charles Rrnadnn. her niece

Kelli Walker, Michael Lister,
Hayes Lister, and Aimee
Ida was a member of
the First United Methodist
Church of Wewahitchka,
the Wewahitchka Woman's
Club, and the Afternoon
Coffee Club. She loved and
was loved by her family and
many dear friends.
Funeral services
will be held at the First
United Methodist Church
of Wewahitchka Thursday,
January 5, 2006 at 10:00
a.m. C.S.T. with the Rev.
Harry Johnson and the
Rev. Michael Lister officiat-
ing. Interment will follow in
Jehu Cemetery. A visita-
tion will be held at the First
United Methodist Church
Wednesday evening January
4 frnm .4:00n m i-.til f6:00

Bunny Bandjough; her sons, p.m. C.S.T.

Buyout Plan Gets Industry Auto Insurance

1, But Not A Done Deal ,,Au
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I industry committee laid out
- to count the votes on the
f buyback plan.
Ballots were sent to
some 1,100 grouper permit
holders. About half of the
ballots were returned. The
result: 349 votes against the
i plan, 215 votes for it.
f But the rules allowed for
I votes to be weighted based-
on a fisherman's catch his-
tory. The more, grouper a
fisherman caught, the more
his vote would count.
The weighted vote, tal-
lied by federal fisheries reg-
ulators, approved the pro-
posal with 70 percent of the
vote in favor.
Bob Spaeth, chairman
of the industry committee
that drafted the proposal,
said the vote shows that
fishermen whose livelihoods
depend on grouper fishing
favor the plan.
But commercial grouper
fisherman Martin Fisher said
Sthe ifidustry doesn't want
"the plan and the'unweighted
Svote proves it. w v
That vote was very

clear and very loud," Fisher
said, calling the weighted
vote a "farce and a fallacy."
Despite the vote in favor
of the proposal, it is not a
done deal. The details of the-
plan still must win approval
from Congress. Buyouts
would then be voluntary.
Fisher said the
Fishermen's Advocacy
Organization, which is
opposed to the buyout, is
still hoping to kill the plan
by persuading U.S. Rep.

Since 1982

C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Indian
Shores, to drop his support.
Young pushed the $35 mil-
lion authorization through
the House last year.
The federal government
shut down the grouper fish-
ery Oct. 10 for the remain-
der of the year because the
annual quota had already
been caught. It marked the
second consecutive year
commercial operators faced
closure because of overfish-

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The 2005 Christmas for
the Young and Old exceeded
all expectations. The volun-
teers working with this gen-
erous community were able
to serve over 700 children
and 1,000 older adults.
The total donations in
food, toys, merchandise and
cash was over $30,000.
Program chairman Jerry
Stokoe expressed thanks to
the many donations; every
time the toys ran out some-
one else brought some in.
Special emphasis was
given this year to the people
that came here from the
hurricane-ravaged areas.
Ruby Hodges supplied and
delivered the information
and Stokoe saw to it that
everything that could be
provided was made available
to them.
The 2005 Committee for
the Young and Old grate-
fully acknowledges the vol-
unteers, individuals, busi-

nesses and organizations
that made it all possible. A
very special thanks to the
Salvation Army for their
wonderful support.
The committee is thank-
ful to the City of Port St.
Joe for providing the STAC
House facility for the pro-
gram. The St. Joe Company
provided delicious din-
ners for Thanksgiving and
Christmas. The Arizona
Chemical Company and
Billy Dixson coordinated
and delivered homemade
Christmas dinners on
Christmas Day.
Thanks to all those who
helped in the preparation,
delivery and clean up of the
Gulf County Senior Citizens
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Poole, Laura Murphy, Debbie
Ashbrook, John Reeves,
Randy Brockman, Bunny
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Rick Krause, Stacy and
Becky Register, Larry Chism,
Sandy Lieberman, Mel
Magidson, Greg Johnson,
Bruce and Kim Duty, the
Kiwanis and Lions Club and
Beverly Hambrick.
The 2005 Christmas for
the Young and Old program
would like to thank the fol-
lowing for their generosity
and giving spirit:
Donna Spears for the
Bayou Bash, special thanks
to Jerry Stokoe, 5 Star
2000 Paint and Collision
Center, Accurate Land Title,
American Framers Corp.,
Bailey, Bishop and Lane, Bay
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Savings Bank, Beach Realty
of Cape San Blas, Cabinetry
Concepts, Capital City Bank,
Carolyn Edwards, Coastal
Community Bank, Coastal
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Comforter Funeral
Home, CR. Smith and Son,
D Mitchell, Decorative
Flooring, Dixie Belle Motel,
Dolores Paton, Edwin G.
Brown and Associates, El
Governor, First Methodist
Church Memorial Sunday
School Class, First United
Methodist Church Men's
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St. Joe Piggly Wiggly, Gulf
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Gulf to Bay Construction
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County Gives Blessing to Mosquito Mentorship

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
After submitting his
resignation in June, Gulf
County Mosquito Control
Director Joe Danford last
week signed on for another

four years.
The decision reversal
came after a long search
for a new' director stalled,
and the county found itself
in jeopardy of having the
mosquito program decertified

". .

A 'Grand' Finale for United Way Fundraiser
Piggly Wiggly and Bluewater Outriggers owner George Duren
presented United Way of Northwest Florida Resource Development
Director Kim Stone with a check for $1,000 on Tuesday, on behalf
of himself, his wife Hilda and all their employees and associates.
The United Way's annual fundraising campaign raised nearly
$48,000 in Gulf County this year.

Panhandle Players to Perform

Annual Revue in Carrabelle

For the first time in its
distinguished career as the
area's leading amateur the-
atre troupe, the Panhandle
Players will perform its
annual revue onstage at Car-
rabelle High School.
Because the Dixie
Theatre was booked solid in
February, the acting com-
pany decided to go with the
Carrabelle auditorium.
"We used to perform in
Carrabelle where the library
is now (when) it used to'
be a gymnasium," said Liz
Sisung, president of the
Panhandle Players. "We per-
formed once with, the folks
when Carrabelle High School
did The Wizard of Oz.' Some
of us joined them on stage
and it was a delightful expe-
.. rience.: -- "
Tom Adams will" once
again direct the musical por-
tion of the Panhandle Players'
annual revue and for the first
time Royce Rolstad III will
direct the dramatic portion.
The theme of this year's
annual revue is "Route 66,"
referring to the famed crbss-:
country highway that ran
from Illinois to California and
gave rise to an accompany-
ing theme song made famous
by Nat King Cole and other
illustrious crooners.
The annual revue will be
performed Friday, Feb. 10
and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8
p.m. and Sunday, Feb.12 at
3 p.m.
"As always the Panhandle
Players are looking for sing-
ers, ,dancers, musicians,
comics and actors and we
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tainment," said Sisung. "The
revue has always been a pot-
pourri of talent, with enter-
tainers of all ages participat-
If anyone misses the
casting call scheduled for
Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
at the Eastpoint Fire House,
they may contact either one
of the directors.
Adams can be reached
at 927-2670 and Rolstad is
available during the day at
927-2414 and evenings at

by the state.
In returning as director,
Danford has agreed to
mentor for four years his
successor, former Public
Works equipment operator
Mark Cothran.
The state requires
that Mosquito Director II
candidates have a four-year
degree in basic sciences or
engineering, a requirement
that can be waived if a
candidate amasses four
years' experience in directing
a work program in the
mosquito control field.
Danford will help guide
Cothran in the day-to-day
operations of the mosquito
program, teaching him
about budgets, equipment
maintenance and the
electronic GPS system that
helps guide the program's
four sprayer trucks.
Cothran may also be
dispatched to college level
classes in computers, biology,
math, chemistry and English
composition to brush up on
skills that will be tested in
the 50-question mosquito
director's exam.
The essay exam, which
Cothran will take at the
end of his mentorship, will
test Cothran's ability to mix
pesticides and his knowledge
of mosquito species and
Danford, .who has been
mosquito director for four
years, personally selected
Cothran as his successor


Gulf County Mosquito Control Director Joe Danford shakes the
hand of his new apprentice, Mark Cothran. Danford will mentor
Cothran for four years, after which time he will be eligible to take
the state mosquito director's exam.

and is confident that he has
made a wise decision.
"I think hell succeed
very well. I thought about it
a lot before I ever talked to
him," noted Danford, who
was impressed by Cothran's
conscientiousness as
equipment operator.
"He doesn't have the
mentality that it's just a job.
To him it's a life work," said
Cothran is excited to have
the opportunity to advance
his career, and to be working
closely with Danford.
"I think Joe's great. I
wouldn't have done it. under

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He has given his
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Coaches across Gulf
County we need ya.'
Athletic directors and
principals are also urged
- heck, pleaded with to
We need help getting all
those sports scores and play-
ers names into these pages.
If we could get a little hand
from coaches, we might be
able to lick this thing.
Let's examine the fall.
Tracking two football
teams all season was tough
enough Coaches Greg
Jordan and John Palmer
could not have been more
gracious but the volleyball,
golf and cross country teams
pretty much fell through the
cracks, save those kind of
enough to take pity and lend
a hand.
The fact is any daily
newspaper would be asking

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- probably a lot less politely,
we might humbly add for
the same information, ask-
ing coaches to call in games
at specific numbers, taking
the basics and getting in the
It's the nature of the
newspaper business and
prep sports that there are
simply not sufficient bodies
to go around.
Now playing are four
basketball teams, a wres-
tling team, two soccer teams
and we're probably overlook-
ing some perspiring athletes
at that. As winter turns to
spring, that group fades only
to be replaced by a similarly
large flock of teams.
And that's just on the
high school level.
Those teams must trav-
el much of the time across
Northwest Florida to find
opponents. Many times two
teams are hosting foes 30

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minutes and one time zone
Basketball games tend to
be every Tuesday and Friday,
with Thursday and Saturday
in the mix.
As we noted, the logis-
tics would be daunting for
a daily newspaper, let alone
one which publishes weekly.
There are so many levels
on which this information is
important to a community
and its newspaper.
There is something unit-
ing about sports in a county
our size.
It's important to recog-
nize any student learning
about discipline, teamwork,
while representing their
county, their city, on the
hardwood, mat or pitch.
Winners or losers on the
scoreboard, they are tak-
ing advantage of what most
research indicates is among
the last venues in which kids
learn about self-sacrifice and
working as a group. They
deserve their names and'
their pictures in the paper.
We enjoy the opportunity
to do it.
This is where coaches
come in and, moving up the
ladder, athletic directors and
We will cover as many
games as we can during the
coming months of winter
sports but considering the
number, it will be just a frac-
So, please extend a
Submit game scores: the
basics such as score by peri-

to www. timc(astarfl. com.
That gets directly to me and
I can take it from there.
That's also the case if
you have a student, man-

ods and team scores, individ- ager, booster or fan taking
ual performers, game high- pictures of games. They can
lights and nominated players be e-mailed and we've found
of the week. that there a lot of fine ama-
There are several ways teur photographers out there.
you can accomplish this Provide a little information
much-appreciated task. about what's in the frame.
The easiest in this day Results can also be faxed
and age is sending an e-mail to 227-7212 or you can call
227-7827 and the informa-
Bay United Soccer Club:

Competitive Soccer Spring Tryouts

The Bay United Soccer
Club will be conducting try-
outs for the spring season
in January and February for
boys and girls from ages 9
- 17. All tryouts will be held
at the BUSC training facil-
ity at Bay Haven Charter
Academy. Please call the
following for specific infor-
Boys and girls age 9 10,
Girls age 11- 12, 763-

Boys 11-12, 527-9235,
Boys and girls age 13-
14, 814-6738,
Boys age 15-18, 866-
Girls 15-18; 874-2864.
BUSC is also offer-
ing "training only" for play-
ers who can not commit to
team travel February. Please
contact Stephen Crowley,
President, at 814-6738 if you
have any questions.

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tion can be taken over the
The last is the most dicey
since there will be many time
an answering machine will
pick up, but if you provide
a call-back time and num-
ber, well try to get back in
We knowteachers already
have enough paperwork and
red tape they must endure
each day, week, month, but
we hope coaches will take
the few minutes a week to
submit this information.
One final item we pub-
lish every Tuesday night so
we need the information from
the previous week by noon
every Tuesday.
We wish for our sports
pages to be bursting with
game pictures, statistics and
As they say in basket-
ball, we just need an assist.

Dixie Youth


On Thursday, January
12, at' 6pm, there will be
a PSJ Dixie Youth baseball
meeting at which new officers
for the upcoming baseball
season will be elected. The
meeting will take place at the
STAC house on 8th St. All
those interested in serving
the youth of our community
are encouraged to attend.
Also, if you are currently
an officer within the league,
please make attendance at
this. meeting a priority. If
you have any questions con-
cerning this matter, please
contact Chris Butts at 527-
0989 or 229-6806.

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Franklin Brings in Blackhawk to Rescue Weems

Commsson to Put One-C

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Faced with the possibility
that a missed payroll could
force closure of the coun-
ty's only hospital, Franklin
County commissioners last
week brought in an Austin,
Texas-based hospital opera-
tor to run the facility for the
next two years.
The commissioners also
voted unanimously at their
Dec. 29 special meeting to
place a one-cent sales tax
before county voters on the
Sept. 5, 2006 primary ballot.
Details of the tax proposal
remain to be fleshed out,
but commissioners said they
intend for half the revenue to
fund indigent medical care,
with the rest going towards
other health care needs.
By a 4-1 vote, with
Chairman Cheryl Sanders
opposed, the commis-
sion awarded Blackhawk
Healthcare LLC a two-year
deal to begin Jan. 1, 2006.
The five-person board also
heard a presentation from
Pacer Health Services Inc.
based in Miami Lakes.
The county commission
was forced to call the special
meeting after learning ear-
lier in the week from Mike
Lake, chief executive officer
of the company that operates
Weems Memorial Hospital,
that he would be unable to
cover Friday's payroll.
Lake first informed

"It's absolutely a trav-
esty that it was laid in our
laps on such short notice,"
said Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis. "(But) two years
is a short period of time. We
could deem that as a short-
term lease."
Commissioners Russell
Crofton, Noah Lockley and
Bevin Putnal all shared the
sentiment, but said they were
impressed by Blackhawk's
"We're not getting the
number of responses I think
we should be able to get,"
said Crofton. "We only have
one option of keeping the
hospital open. We don't have
the luxury of taking our
DasSee's financial woes
were prompted by the bank-
ruptcy of an affiliated facil-
ity in Quincy, Gadsden
Community Hospital,
ordered closed Nov. 4 by
the Agency for Health Care
Administration officials for
public health reasons. Lake
turned over a third DasSee
facility, Calhoun-Liberty
Hospital in Blountstown, to
its hospital board earlier this
month when his company
could no longer make pay-
AHCA Secretary Urges
County to Scrutinize Books
AHCA Secretary Alan
Levine came down from
Tallahassee to attend
Thursday's special meet-

Apalachicola family physician Dr. Stephen Miniat, who has
stepped in to keep the ER open at Weems during the past several
weeks, addresses the Franklin County commissioners.

the commission Dec. 20
- that his company, DasSee
Community Health Systems
L.L.C., was on rocky financial
footing but officials hoped he
could hold out for a month
or two to give them time to
do a thorough search for a
Sanders said she voted
no because she believed
more time was needed to
solicit and review proposals
from other hospital manage-
ment companies. "I think the
people of Franklin County
deserve more consideration
than one week's worth, of
looking at three companies,"
she said.

ing, urging commissioners
to proceed cautiously with a
new company and promising
them the state would do a
thorough check of the com-
pany's financial background
and track record of quality
of care before processing a
change of ownership.
"I'm deeply sorry you're
having to make a decision
with a gun to your head,"
he said. "I wouldn't rush
into any decisions. I would
encourage you to take your
time and do your homework.
My concern is that in the
short-term you do something
to solve this and in a year,
you're right back where you

are now.
"I'm worried that rural
communities end up going
through the same cycle over
and over again," said Levine,
who at age 29 was the young-
est hospital CEO in Florida
when he oversaw Doctors'
Memorial Hospital in Perry.
"We're not interested in pro-
viding a free pass to a for-
profit company that comes in
unless there's a recognition
there's a problem that needs
"Before a transfer of
ownership takes place, the
agency will look very hard
that the company taking over
is financially solvent, and
can meet the requirements
they're making to you," he
said, noting that a prelimi-
nary decision could be made
within a few days on whether
the state looked favorably on
the ownership transfer.
"We don't want to see
it closed," said Levine. "You
are too far away from other
counties to be without emer-
gency services. I'm here to
tell you we don't want to see
the hospital closed."
Still smarting over a
1997 management crisis
at the hospital, and anoth-
er transfer of ownership in
2001, the county commis-
sioners considered buying
more time by taking over the
hospital's license immediate-
ly, and covering the operat-
ing costs themselves, but the
estimated cost to the county
proved to be too steep.
Alan Pierce, the county's
director of administrative
services, said the hospital's
payroll would run about
$90,000 every two weeks. He
estimated that county opera-
tion of the hospital could
cost upwards of $500,000
before a thorough request for
proposal process was com-
plete, and would drain the
$400,000 the county holds
in reserve for contingencies.
A statement by
Apalachicola cardiologist
Shezad Sanaullah helped to
put the maLter in perspec-
tive. "We may be spending
in two months for what we:
could buy for two years," he
Apalachicola family prac-
titioner Dr. Stephen Miniat,
who stepped in during the
hospital crisis to help out
the emergency room, said
the hospital had enough
supplies but that the matter
could worsen if no steps were
taken soon. "At this time we
are doing well," he said. "We
don't have a ton (of supplies)
there. We haven't received
any supplies in a while." ,
At the commission's Jan.
3 meeting, County Attorney
Michael Shuler said the Dec.
30 payroll ran $82,944, with
taxes making it $110,000. In
awarding the contract, the
county agreed to fund this
first payroll in exchange for
being reimbursed later by
Blackhawk. "
Representatives of both
Blackhawk and Pacer said
that. during any nationwide
search by the county over
the next two to three months,
their companies would be
willing to manage the hospi-
tal for no fees beyond having
the county cover all operat-
ing costs.
Blackhawk, a three-year-
old company that operates
one hospital in. Mangum,
Oklahoma, initially proposed
to commissioners a three-
year deal in which the com-
pany would pay a monthly
lease of $35,000, but have
$25,000 of that returned
to them each month by the
county to cover care of the
medically indigent.
Pacer, which operates

Representing Blackhawk Healthcare before the Franklin County Commission are, from left, Ron
Wolff, former CEO of Bay Medical Center; Todd Biederman, Blackhawk's chief operating officer; and
John Russell, its chief financial officer.

several small hospitals and
nursing homes in Louisiana
and Georgia, offered a differ-
ent deal that called for the
county to invest $2 million in
ramp-up costs.
Ray Gonzalez, Pacer's
CEO, said that figure was
roughly the amount any com-
pany would have to spend to
get the hospital out of debt.
"It's going to cost $2 million,
it doesn't matter who does
it," he said, stressing that
after two or three years, if the
situation did not prove prof-
itable for Pacer, ties would
be severed and the company
would return the money to
the county.
Neither company
appeared willing to assume
the burden of paying proper-
ty taxes on the county-owned
land where Weems sits.
DasSee's contract, called for
the company to pay property
taxes which, like the compa-
ny's $10,000 monthly lease
payments, have not been
paid for several months.
Wolff To Be Hospital CEO
Blackhawk's proposal
got a boost from the presence
of Ron Wolff, who served as
president and CEO of Bay
Medical Center from 1994
until his retirement in 2001.
He has since served as a con-
sultant for rural hospitals in
Louisiana and Wisconsin.
Wolff told commissioners
he- would serve as Weems'
interim CEO for three to four
months to assist in the tran-
sition to Blackhawk. He also
has been working for DasSee
on a temporary basis to assist
in untangling the Gadsden
hospital's situation.
"I don't- think you can
paint all proprietary firms
-with the same brush," Wolff
said. "I hate to see these
small hospitals start to close.
You're going to start a domi-
no effect."
Wolff said he first met
John Russell, Blackhawk's
chief financial officer, while
the two worked at a hospi-
tal in Wisconsin, and found
him to be helpful regard-
ing issues of reimbursement,
particularly regarding the
cost-based reimbursement
for Medicare's critical access
hospitals such as Weems.
Russell, an accountant
who lives in Minnesota, said
Blackhawk is confident it will
secure a working capital loan
to fund start-up costs for
operating Weems, but has
been hampered by the bank-
ing slowdown over the holi-
He said his company first
made inquiries to Lake back
in March, and has followed
the hospital's situation since

that time.
"He has never contact-
ed us," Russell told com-
missioners. "The only thing
we've asked of Mr. Lake is
that he be available on an
hourly basis. We don't have
a choice. Who would we ask
history (questions) of? It
would be short-term. There
is no other involvement."
Russell said Blackhawk's
CEO, Matthew Hainline, has
agreed to put up $250,000
of his own money to cover
initial costs at Weems.
Levine urged commis-
sioners to hammer out a deal
that included regular finan-
cial disclosure to the county
by the hospital manager.
"Unless you get person-
ally involved, you could end
up in the same situation you
see today," he said. "I think
you should look at their prof-
it-and-loss, their projected

in fines it owes the state.
The hospital's liabil-
ity for possible overbilling
of Medicaid, however, which
Shuler estimated could run
$189,000, is a different story,
Levine said.
"There may be a Medicaid
liability issue here," he said.
"That I don't have the lati-
tude to waive. Whoever takes
the license, we have to have
a discussion on all these
He noted to commission-
ers that he was "very encour-
aged" by Blackhawk's pre-
Shuler said he planned
to have a completed contract
ready for the commission's
review at the Jan. 17 meet-
Commissioners have
stressed that they want to see
a clause put in the contract
that will enable the county

Alan Levine, AHCA secretary, addresses the Franklin County

financial. Make sure that's
all understood on the front
end, so you can determine
if they're selling you a bill of
goods or are they giving you
the real deal.
"The more transparency
you have, the better," Levine
said. "It keeps people from
being surprised and it holds
you accountable."
He also said that AHCA
might be in a position to help
out, if not completely waive,
Weems' liability of $250,000

to seek out other hospital
providers in the event that
Blackhawk is not meeting its
financial obligations, a clause
they say would have kept
their hands from being tied
as DasSee began to sink.
They also plan to create a
hospital advisory board, and
to require regular disclosure
of financial by Blackhawk.
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In founding the
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Washington High School
graduates who lobbied
the commissioner for a
formal tribute to their alma
The museum would
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of Washington High School
memorabilia ever displayed
in Port St. Joe.
For Peters, the tribute is
long overdue. He described
the school as a positive,
nurturing place that united
an entire community.

The 1969 boys' basketball team was led by Coach David W. Jones, for whom the Washington High
School gym is named. The proposed museum may house the basketball teams' numerous district and
state championship trophies.

Jacquelyn Raines was crowned Miss Washington High School
in 1969. Peters hopes to display photographs of all the school's
homecoming queens in the museum.

boys' basketball team's
numerous district and state
tournament trophies, which
are currently on display at
Port St. Joe High School.
Members of the Class
of 1958 have offered to

lot to do it. The support is
already there," he said.
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completed, Peters believes it\-
will attract current residents
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display of support for
the project, and believes
minimal efforts will yield
powerful results.
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Washington High School
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of the Washington High
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"It makes me think of a
village that is closely knit,"
said Peters. "Everyone
participated in community
With most teachers
living in the north Port St.
Joe neighborhood, students
received an abundance of
personal attention.
"The teachers were
extremely good. They were
concerned about you doing
your work. They were always
available for tutoring," said
Peters. "They always took
out extra time from their
private life to help a student
do better."
Peters remembered
the efforts of his science
teacher Charles Osburn,
who nurtured his love
for science by giving him
special projects that went
beyond the scope of his
class work.
If he is allowed to move
forward with the project,
Peters will allow each of
Washington High's classes
to display memorabilia on a
wall of the museum.
He would also like
to have a photographic
,display of each year's Miss
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Until the 1920 census,
no area of Florida was
densely populated enough to
be considered a metropolitan
By 2000 there were 19
defined metropolitan areas,
in which 92.4 percent of the
state's population lived.
From. 1970-1994, the
Gulf Coast averaged less
than one landfall hurricane
per season, the East Coast
one landfall hurricane every
five years.
This is in sharp contrast
to the average of three U.S.
hurricane landfalls during
very active seasons.
according to NOAA,
decisions about land use,
construction standards,
etc., were previously made
based on an erroneous
assumption that hurricanes
would no longer affect the
United States as frequently
or as strongly as they had in
earlier decades.
Since the tropical climate
patterns are again favoring
very active hurricane
seasons, the nation is not
only seeing more hurricane
landfalls, but more damage
and more people impacted
when one strikes.
"We've seen very busy
times before, but a big
difference now is there are
so many people living in
Hurricane Alley," said Chris
Landsea, the NOAA Science
and Operations Officer at the
NOAA National Hurricane
Center in Miami.
A 2001 study in the
journal Science showed
that the recent increase in
hurricane activity is nothing
"In fact," said Landsea,
"Atlantic Ocean temperature
data shows that this is just
the latest manifestation of
a long-running hurricane
cycle that dates back to at
least 1870."
The studywas conducted
by Landsea, hurricane
meteorologist Stanley
Goldenberg at the NOAA
Atlantic Oceanographic and
Meteorological Laboratory's
HRD in Miami; Alberto
M. Mestas-Nimunez of the
University of Miami; and Dr.
William M. Gray of Colorado"
State University. '
Three Key Factors
Three key factors,
influenced by two major
weather cycles, must
coalesce in specific
geographic areas to produce
The three key conditions
have been in place since
They are:
warm ocean waters;
low wind shear;
favorable mid-level
easterly winds.
Hurricanes need warm
ocean waters to strengthen
and sustain them.
Hurricanes do not form
unless 'water temperatures

are at least 80 degrees
Fahrenheit hot enough
to create atmospheric
convection (moist rising air)
that casts moisture 10 miles
up into the atmosphere.
Ocean waters were
generally two to three degrees
warmer than average during
the 2005 season.
Hurricanes can only
form in areas of low wind
shear, regardless of the
ocean temperatures. During
2005, wind shear was
very low from the central
tropical Atlantic to the Gulf
of Mexico.
Where hurricanes form
indicates the strength of the
season, and the strength
of the Atlantic hurricane
season is largely determined
by the number of tropical
storms and hurricanes
forming between Africa and
the Caribbean Sea during
the peak months of the
season (August through
October). This is called the
"main development region."
The pattern of easterly
winds coming off the west
coast of Africa plays an
additional critical role in
determining the strength of
a hurricane season.
During 2005, these
winds helped to strengthen
tropical low pressure
systems moving westward
from the African coast.
'They also steered the low
pressure systems westward
toward the low-shear, warm-
water environment of the
main development region,
where they transformed
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The seasonal outlooks
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NOAA research shows
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conditions that determine
formation of tropical storms
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El Nino and La Nina
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and generally last nine to 15
El Nino refers to a
periodic warming of the
ocean waters over the
central equatorial Pacific.
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cooling of those waters.
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changes in ocean
temperatures in the central
Pacific Ocean around the
equator alter convection
patterns in the general
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influence the wind and air
pressure patterns in the
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natural tropical cycles affect
atmospheric and oceanic
conditions in and around
the main development region
for decades at a time.
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of these cycles responsible
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warmer than average
waters across the tropical
a stronger monsoon
in the region of west Africa;
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Hog Wild
The rise in wild hog
populations in the U.S. even
prompted the respectable
periodical, The New Yorker to
run a 12-page report on the
unsavory subject of swine in
its Christmas edition.
The Ian Frazier article,
entitled "Hogs Wild," identi-
fies nearly five million hogs
in the U.S., a number that
is growing larger by the day
due to the reproductive habi-
tats of what Frazier dubs the
"infestation machines."
The most prolific large
wild mammals in North
America, hogs can begin
breeding at less than six
months old and sows can'
produce two litters a year.
An entire wild hog popula-
tion can double in just four
Wild hogs exist in
28 states, up from 18 in
1982. Frazier sites wild-hog
expert and co-author of Wild
Pigs in the United States,
Their History, Comparative
Morphology, and Current
Status, John J. Mayer, as
saying that hogs will eventu-
ally populate all 50 states.
In Gulf County, hogs can
be found in heavy concentra-
tions in the Panther Swamp,
a marshy region that extends
from Highland View to just
past Overstreet. .
The wild hogs that
appeared in Mork's lawn
almost certainly came from
a Panther Swamp Hunting
Club lease, land that has for
years been a prime spot for
hunting deer and wild hogs.
Hog Hunting
Wild hogs are wily crea-
tures, can throw hunters off
their trail by feeding at night
and remaining hidden in the
daylight hours.
They are smarter than
dogs and are fleet of foot.
They lack only the protec-
tion of the state when intrud-
ing on private property.
According to Arnie
McMillion, with the Florida
Wildlife Commission Howard
Creek office, wild hogs are
considered domesticated ani-
mals upon entering private
property and may be dealt
with as property owners see
To that, Gulf County
Sheriffs Department Major
Joe Nugent adds one caveat.
"There's no 'need to be
discharging firearms out
there," said Nugent, who as
of last Friday, had received
only one complaint from a St.

Joe Beach resident.
Though the police depart-
ment has made no patrols in
the area, Nugent promised
that they would be aiding
property owners by distribut-
ing hog traps to those who
file a complaint.
"There's not a whole lot
we can do with 'em," Nugent
emphasized. "They're just all
coming out of the woodwork
out there."
Industrious would-be
trappers can find all man-
ner of hog trap information
online, including detailed
construction plans.
The Florida Wildlife
Commission website, www. provides dia-
grams for the stationary hog
trap, made of 2x4s, mesh
wire and screen door springs,
and the portable hog trap,
which features a convenient
drop gate.
The online Horn Swamp
Hog Trapping Company offers
tips for trapping the elusive
prey and a sample of back-
woods wisdom: "There is
more than one way to skin a
cat, and likewise, more than
one way to catch a hog."
Those seeking a more
hands-on approach can
employ several hound breeds
or pit bulls to track and bay
Hunting hogs with dogs
is a time-honored tradition
that often eliminates hogs
quickly and efficiently. It is
also dangerous, both for the
hunters and their dogs, who
can sustain injuries during
the hunt.
Mork, who used to hunt
hogs frequently, has recruited
the services of some Highland
View boys and a few ferocious
pit bulls "When they grab a
hold, they don't let go" to
eliminate his hog problem.
Only time will tell if
Mork's solution proves per-
Hogs, Be Gone
A quick internet survey
on wild hogs yields a collec-
tion of bizarre and fascinat-
ing literature.
One site that details the
combined intellectual offer-
ings of the 1993 Texas Feral
Swine Conference more than
lives up to its wacky poten-
At the conference, Texas
Agricultural Extension agent
Dale Rollins revealed, the
findings of a statewide atti-'
tude survey on feral hogs.
In his report, he waxed

poetic on the subject at hand,
pondering the wild hog's sim-
ilarity to a weed.
"Webster defines a 'weed'
as 'any undesired, unculti-
vated plant, especially one
that crowds out desired
plants," Rollins began. "As
exotics, feral swine appear to
satisfy the definition for ani-
mal 'weeds."'
Then he summoned his
inner Emerson.
"Ralph Waldo Emerson
defined a weed as 'a plant
whose virtues have yet to be
discovered,'" Rollins, the hog
poet, continued.
"Perhaps the definition is
also applicable to feral hogs.
As with so many dilemmas,
in life, the 'true' definition
depends on one's perspec-
When asked his attitude
toward the wild hogs that
have for weeks ravaged his
yard, Mork is not so diplo-
"They're just a nuisance,"
he said.

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New Year's "Tradition"

By Vince Raffield
Contributing Writer
While the South is partial
to Black Eye Peas, Collard
Greens and Ham Hocks for
the New Years dinner, few
ever give very much thought
to why we have these tra-
ditions. Of course anyone
will tell you that the Black
Eye Peas and the Greens
are supposed to bring you
good luck and prosperity, as
the peas and greens sym-
bolize money. But as for
the rest, few really know the
history of the traditions we
celebrate. So in honor of the
past being handed down in
tle form of tradition, and the
present information that is
available on the subject, per-
haps future generations will
be able to enjoy the festivities
"with a greater insight.
Auld Lang Syne
The most commonly
,ung song for English-speak-
ers on New Year's eye, "Auld.,
Lang Syne" is an old Scottish
song that was first published
by the poet Robert Bums in
1796 http://www.infoplease.
U. S. Traditions
tradition in the United States
is the dropping of the New
Year ball in Times Square,
tNew York City, at 11:59 P.M.
Thousands gather to watch
the ball make its one-minute
descent, arriving exactly at
midnight. The tradition first
began, in 1907. The origi-
/ al. ball was made of iron
and wood; the current ball is
made of Waterford Crystal,
= weighs 1,070 pounds, and is
S ix feet in diameter.
A traditional southern
-New Year's dish is Hoppin'
John-black eyed peas and
S ham hocks. An old saying
goes, "Eat peas on New Year's
t ay to have plenty of every-
ithing the rest of the year."
Another American tra-
dition is the Rose Bowl in
Pasadena, California. The
Tournament of Roses parade
that precedes: the football"
game on New Year's Day is
miade up of elaborate and
inventive, floats. The first
parade was held in 1886.
Widely Observed New Year
Symbols and Traditions
Resolutions: It is believed
that the Babylonians were
the first to make New Year's
resolutions, and people all
over the world have been
breaking them ever sLnce.
The early Christians believed
the first day of the New Year
should be spent reflecting on
past mistakes and resolving
to improve oneself in the New.
Year: .
i,,: Fireworks: Noisemaking
and fireworks on New Year's
Eve is believed to have origi-
nated in ancient times, when
noise and fire were thought
to dispel evil spirits and bring
good luck. The Chinese are
credited with inventing fire-
wtorks and use them to spec-
tacular effect in their New
Year's celebrations.
Kissing at midnight:
We kiss those dearest to us
at midnight not only to share
p moment of celebration
with our favorite people, but
also to ensure those affec-
tions and ties will continue
throughout the year..
Stocking Up .The New
year must not be seen in
with bare cupboards, lest.
that be the way of things for
the year.
-, Paying Off Bills: The
New Year should not be
begun with the household
in debt. :
First Footing: The first
person to enter your home



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after the stroke of midnight
will influence the year you're
about to have. The first footer
(sometimes called the "Lucky
Bird") should knock and be
let in rather than use a key.
Nothing Goes Out:
Some people soften this rule
by saying it's okay to remove
things from the home on New
Year's Day provided some-
thing else has been brought
in first.
Work: Make sure to
do and be successful at
- something related to your
work on the first day of the
year, even if you don't go
near your place of employ-
ment that day.
New Clothes: Wear
something new on January
1 to increase the likelihood
of your receiving more new
garments during the year to
Money: Do not pay
back loans or lend money
-or other precious items on
New Year's Day. To do so is
to guarantee you'll be paying
out all year.
Getting the Old Year
Out: At midnight, all the
doors of a house must be
opened to let the old year
escape unimpeded. He must
leave before the New Year
can come in,
The Weather: Examine
the weather in the early
hours of New Year's Day. Of
course depending on which
way the wind blows will be
the determining factor of how
good or bad the New Year
will be.
Born on January 1:
Babies born on this day will
always have luck on their
How New Year is said
around the world
Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny
Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Pfosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o
Kaenoorvos hronos
Hebrow: L'Shannah Tovah
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe
mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
While much of the New
Years traditions and super-
stition is purely folklore.
wives tales and a matter of
preference, there are many
variations of the tradition.
Even some common sense,
to have bills paid, cupboards
stocked, and face the New
Year in good standing and
with a fresh start.
The year 2005 will no
doubt will be well remem-
bered for one of the worst
hurricane seasons in history
and one of the worst years
for. many, natural disasters.
It i s. with celebration that
most will bid the year good-
bye and with much hope
and expectation for a prom-
ising New Year that 2006 will
usher in.;
. Tradition seems to play
as much a part in any history
as the culture and language
of the period. Whether it is
from another era or another
country the adaptations of
traditions of celebrations are
accepted all over the world in

almost every major holiday
or social event.
As silly as some of those
traditions may sound, the
retailers with much delight
and the time-honored tradi-
tion of showing profit covet
There are many rea-
sons why the traditions have
become tradition. Generally
it is something that is hand-
ed down from generation to
generation, no matter what
culture or race. They have
all been influenced by a part
of their heritage and often
the traditions are all they
have left of that heritage.
Traditionalism may be
scoffed by some, but whether
it is that special pot of home-
made dumplings that your
Grandmother taught you to
make, the way you make
a living, a family gathering
or worldwide celebration,
they have been practiced for
years and they are an impor-
tant part of what has made
America. In keeping with
tradition we honor genera-
tions before us, we use their
knowledge as a basis for our
lives and we all have our own
Tradition is honored
because lit is important, it
has been practiced and has

been proven through trial
and error, and time. While
traditions are varied from
person to person and from
country to country the fact
remains that they are a part
of everyone's life.
While some have little
respect for the traditions
of others, they are only too
eager to make a profit from
those traditions. Some
would do away with tradition
regardless, respecting no one
and in doing so would do
away with who and what we
are. To some it could matter
less, in their arrogance, all
that matters is what money
they would make, regardless
of what it costs to others.
While the tradition of
Apalachicola has been to
be "The Oyster Capital of
the World" and the home
of some of the greatest sea-
food around, let's all hope
that tradition will remain in
tact, and that 2006 will be
the best year yet. No doubt
the New Year will see many
changes for this area but
let's hope they will include
and effort to insure that our
natural resources and local
traditions be kept and that
we can find a way to insure
the growth of a community
without sacrificing it's people
and their traditions in the
long run.
In my time honored tra-
dition, Happy New Yearl

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Award Banquet for

Owen Glen Grantland

It's A Boy
John and Regina inches. Owen was welcomed
Grantland are proud to home by his Big brother
announce the birth of their Jaden. He is the grandson
son Owen Glen Grantland. of Glen and Dot Williams of
Owenwas born on September Port St. Joe, Jim Grantland
21,2005 at 11:54 p.m.atBay of Lake in the Hills, IL and
Medical Center. He weighed the late Thelma Grantland
7 lbs. 1.2 oz and was 19.25 of Little River, AL.

Patriots Pen
The VFW and Ladies
Auxiliary of Wewa Post 8285
hosted an award banquet
for the Patriots Pen essay
winner and their families on
December 13 at the VFW
Commander Tom
Godwin and President Flora
Blackman presented the
awards. First-place winner
Benlen Price received a check
in the amount of $100.00.
Second-place winner Kyle
Parrish received $75.00 and
third-place winner Jeremy
Moseley received $50.00.
Mrs. Frances Lloyd was the
sponsoring teacher.
The Patriots Pen is an
essay contest held each year

Essay Winner
National Competition.
The drawing for
the Auxiliary Christmas
Gift Basket was held at the
Banquet. Niki Calareso was
the winner. The proceeds
from this were used to help
Santa bring gifts to Wewa
The VFW and Auxiliary
provided gifts of clothing and
toys to 77 children, toys to
an additional 12 children
and food baskets to 25 fami-
If you are interested
in membership, please call
Commander Tom Godwin at
639-5118 or President Flora
Blackman at 639-5840. The
Pnost is lnocated behind the

ior the sixth, seventh andu r'U -" ..--1-1--.. -
eight graders. Awards are Senior Citizen-Community
given at the Post, District Building and the Meetings t C
and Department of Florida are held on the fourth P t s
levels. The winner of the Tuesday of each month at et i io t d
Department advances to 7:00 P.M. Joseph Peters, son of Commissioner Nathan and Marjorie'
Peters, was promoted to the rank of specialist January .1"
W m Fd H s 2006. '
i7 Fron i r iends HSPC Peters is currently stationed at Schofield Barrack's,:
Ne rm ren s Hawaii.

Wayne Rowlett, Realtor

Many buyers wisely include
a satisfactory home inspec-
tionr a-s a requirement of their
purchac... However," there is
another property feature that
is often overlooked when mak-
ing a purchase decision the
That's right landscaping
is more than just a neatly
trimmed lawn and a few 'flow-
ering bushes. It's a window
into the home's very condi-
tion. A careful look at th6
property around the home
can yield valuable informa-
tion, illustrating potential soil
problems, pest infestation,
drainage problems, and even
structural instability.
Pay extra special attention to
ponds or fountains, retaining
walls, fences, "decks and rail-
ings, windows and doors, and
trees around and near the

Barefoot PropertieC
home. Try to tnimag- e \herer
all ithe water ,-oes after a heatn
rainfall. and look for siins olf
its. lounicy around the house.
If there are maLure trees in he
yard, strongly consider having
them professionally analyzed
for their appropriateness in
your climate zone, their po-
tential age and lifespan, and
any problems that may de-
velop from their proximity to
the house.
While real estate agents are
perfectly capable of diligent vi-
sual inspection of a property,
they don't act outside their
area of expertise. An agent
may help point out a potential
problem, but that's no substi-
tute for a professional land-
scaping analysis. The agent is
there to be sure that the buy-
ers are educated and able to
make an informed decision.

Thinking of selling? Call for
a .free consultation. Wayne
Rowlett of Barefoot Properties,
1085 Cape San Blas Road,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. (850)

of the Library

The Friends of the Library
will hold their first meeting of
the New Year on January 9,
2006 at 5:30 P.M. EST, in
the Public Library in Port St.
Joe. The January Book Sale
will be held on January 18,
2006, 10 A.M. 2 P.M. in the
Library at Port St. Joe.
Also make your plans

now, to attend the Annual
Meeting to be held February
25, 2006 at 2 P.M., in Port
St. Joe. At 1:15 'will be the
time to update what had
been going on, and what the
plans are for the New Year.
Door Prizes will be given.
See you there!

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FEMA representatives will be available to assist and'
update Hurricane Katrina/Rita evacuee files and application
at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Convention Center ( 9450
Thomas Dr. Panama City, FL:) on the following dates/times:
January 4th, 4:OOPM-7:00 PM
January 5th 9:00AM 6:00 PM
January 6th. 9:00AM-. 6:00 PM
For further information call: Life Management Center's
Project H.O.P.E @ 850-873-8565 "

Swampfest Taking

Vendor Applications
C 10ns:J

The Second Annual
Swampfest Festival. will.
be held April 1-2, 2006 in
Downtown Waycross which
is located only 9 miles from
the entrance of the famed
Okefenokee Swamp Park.
Swampfest is currently look-'
ing for vendors (food and arts.
& crafts) who "wantt6 be a
part of this exciting festival.
Non-profit groups get a dis-
count on their registration
There will be lots of spe-
cial events during the day.
The Annual Rod Run will

also 'be held that weekend.',
There will also be specialty
entertainment on Friday andc.
Saturday nights. The famed e
Swingin'; Medallions will be |
the performing on Saturday
Vendor applications
area available on the web-0
site at
or you 'can 'contact Regina
Morgan at the OADA office
at 912/283-2112. You can.
also contact Ms. Morgan at
oada( for
more information.

Palm Blvd Port St. Joe-Quaint duplex on
beautiful lois just 2 blocks from the bay.
mis.#105998 $295,000. Call Kim Har-
rison 850-227.4960

INDIAN PASS 170 S. Palm St. MusM
See this house, beautiful newly reno-
vated home with, heart of pine walls,
flooring and ceilings from early 1900's,
stainless steel kitchen, 2 working fire-
places in bedrooms, surround sound in
all rooms, sprinkler system, with many,
namy extras... 3BR/2BA, this is the most
CHARMING house on the market. Indian
Pass ,area is very artistic and secluded.
MLS#107664 $779,900 Call Natalie

Duplex Home On 2 Acres, with lots of
extras that include 1/2 acre pond, boat
house fish house, 2 wells, sprinkler system
and avobe ground pool. MLS#107617
$739,000 Call Carol Bell at 850-227-

109 44TH Street, Mexico Beach. -
CANAL FRONT home 3BR 2BA,, fully fur-
nished, plus second interior lot. Possible
2 canal front lots with replat. Property has
112' of seawall boat slip. MLS#1 08315
$1,500,000 Call Brenda Miller 227-

108 Stone Drive Port St Joe 3BR 2B Home
that was built in 2003. Tile kitchen and
bathrooms, berber carpet throughout,
master suite has walk in closet, garden
tub, separate, shower. Valted ceilings.
Patio out back. Plenty of room for swim-
ming pool. Shown by appointment only.
mls#108395 Call Susie White 850-227-
4046. $329,900.00.

Beacon Hill, 8876 Hwy. 98 Great beach
view from screen porch Has 3BR/2BA upstairs
with entry from back street and 2BR/2BA down-
stairs with entry from Hwy. 98. MLS#101275
$695,000 Call Ellen Allenmore.

1225 Cape San Bias Road Unique
BAY FRONT home with breathtaking
views'of beautiful St. Joe Bay. "New" roof.
This home is nestled on a huge wooded
lot with lots of privacy MLS#108564.
$1,300,000 Call Sonjia Raffield 340-

Mexico Beach This townhouse has a
view of the Gulf of Mexico and is only
a short walk to the beach. The town
is 3 BR, 2 baths and the seller is very
motivated. MIs # 107295. Call Moses
Medina at '850-527-0441 for more

147 Money Bayou Drive Great view,
FEMA Insurance Area. Close to drive on:
beach access. MLS#107427 Call Mark
Schultz 850-227-5605. $549,000.

Overstreet-140 acres+/- planted in
pines with navigablefrontage on Wetap-
po Creek and East Bay. Parcel is contigu-
ous to East Bay Plantation Subdivision.
$4,900,000.00 MLS#109103 Call Jay
RIsh 850-227-9600

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* Mexico Beach, St. Charles St'-reIlnIerlot Lol.m.l' a106205
* Mexico Reach, 408 Arilona'Dr1e,-Infeior
SMexico Beach, 206 Hwy 98-Gulf View Lot,mls#106182
* St. Joe each, 304 Beacon Road-mis#105638
103 W Sand Dollar Way 1ST TIER lot in San Bias Plantation with deeded access to
Gulf of Mexico, boardwalk to beach is located in front of this lot Call Sonjia Raffield
at 340-0900 $579,900.
* Lot 3C, St. Charles Street, Casuna Subdivision, Mexico Beach Within walking
distance of beach with easy Access. Pool and pool'house. MLS#108169, $224,900
Brenda Miller 227-5380
* Sunset Village-This development is located at St. Joe Beach surrounded by Windmark
Bedch Development. Amenities include paol, both house, landscaped entrance accented
wihbhrick pavers, New Orleans style street lighting, covenants and restrictions, HOA. Lots
std'ring at $299,900
Casuna ubdvis Lot 4 St CharlStChrls Street, subdivision will include a pool & pool

* Ne, ubdli i:lon in Bar Co 'r. J: , : .. j:,. --i* ,-:..,,. IJ:,:l
ml.w107052 5165 000 Call Doug Bimimngham 227-5239
* Cap San B a- Jubilation ... ,.' ,.. :. : .- .. 1: 1- i: : I .
!:*! i u!!:lj: ': i:u i j ,:. :' I: 'r i-::T J' : :i I .' '.; .. 4.:. i Call foda) for .T.more
* 101 Lagoon Drive 2nd Tier homesite with beach access. $595,000 Call Kim
Harrison 227-3745 MLS#1 06214.
Chicksaw Lane, Indian Pass Gulf Front lot in a very private community. $1,380,000
Call Kim Harrison 227-3745 MLS#105561.
* Mexico Beach, 180 St. Christopher Street Interior Lot. $249,000 MLS#106206.
* Port St. Joe, 112 Heritage Lane-Interior Lot, $150,000 .
* Port St. Joe, 130 Palm Breeze Way-mls#107338, $85,000
4942 CR C-30-Interior Lot, mls#107723
Port St. Joe, Garrison Avenue Lot is .26 acres and is partially cleared. SELLER

* 6325 CR 3 6, O tv ilrcel l-..'.:. i M-, .m ,:,.' ti s ,;.', 1 :1 C:, .: .T ., :6 1, j C-'eQl
t: -" : :,'., ..., : .l:.,l.e..i S650 000 MLS 107600 Call Ellen Allemote
* 247 Quartrhore Lane O.erntree, ".' ,: ... I '.- '.:o, ,
and septic permitted. Partially cleared and landscaped. Peace and quiet. $125,000 MLS
108296 Call Ellen Allemore 850-227-5146
* Overstreet, Mockingblrd-Canal front lot 100'x800'. $269,900 Call Carol Bell
* Port St. Joe, Commercial Lols-I0'x70' $330,000 Call Carol Bell 850-227.4252
*Port St. Joe, 115 Stone Drive-Great lot, affordable investment in Port St. Joe.
mls#106528 S137,000 Call Candice Upchurch 850-227-6402
* Overlreet 41 Acres in the quiet and peaceful area of Overstreet. MLS#109009 Call
Brett Lowry 227-5535
* Overslreet, East Bay 162 acre +/- parcel that would be excellent for a development.
Weatappo Creek and East Bay Frontage. MLS#109103

* 6607 Hfy 71 While Cry C.ol l-...0.0.Q.-., OCn-nu..,I u00 a H,.-.,ng h.'f
I .r, r. I, b. ... prj c ..' op .C. T. le I -r -., 5l o., ,h .T,1,k" MLSO 10671 8 Contact Perky or Suhie While 600-451-
2349 ao 850-227-4046. S235 000 00.
* The property consists of three lots.that make almnostzon acre of land and have already
been cleared. Seller is motivated and will listen to all offers. Call Moses Medina 527-
The Landings at Wetappo, Overstreet-Locoted just off the introcoastal waterway. Call
for more details. 850-648-5683
149 Long Leaf Road, Eastpoint Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Adjacent to pool
and pool house. Paved roads, under Ground utilities. MLS#108054 $175,000 Call
Brenda Miller 227-5380
* Eastpoint, Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Nice single family lots available. HOA,
underground utilities, pool and club house. Call Patrick Jones 814-5878

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DOH Observes January As National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth
Defects Prevention Month,
and the Florida Department
of Health (DOH) recognizes
the tremendous impact birth
defects have on Florida's
families and children.
Birth defects affect over
6,000 (one in 35) newborns
in Florida each year, and it
is the leading cause of infant
mortality It also contrib-
utes' to illnesses and long-

term disabilities.
"Babies born with birth
defects and related deficien-
cies are a serious matter in
Florida and worldwide," said
DOH Deputy Secretary of
Health for Children's Medical
Services Joseph Chiaro,
"Our surveillance pro-
gram allows us to monitor
the numbers and types of

birth defects that are occur-
ring, so we can develop pre-
vention, intervention, educa-
tion and referral programs
to assist affected individuals,
families and their health care
Birth defects in infants
Congenital Heart
Defects disorders of the heart
present before birth. About

one in 100-200 babies.
Abnormalities disorders
involving chromosomes.
About one in 200 babies
is born with a chromosomal
Neural tube defects
- defects of the spine (spina
bifida) and brain (anenceph-
aly). About one in 1000 preg-

Orofacial Clefts -
birth defects of the lip and/
or roof of the mouth. About
one in 700-1000 babies.
Some birth defects are
preventable. Fetal 'Alcohol
Syndrome is one of the lead-
ing causes of mental retar-
dation and is 100 percent
preventable. A woman who
is pregnant or planning a
pregnancy should avoid alco-
hol, smoking, street drugs

Florida Meets Federal Voter Deadline

Unique approach may
be model for other states to
reach compliance -
The State of Florida today
announced the completion
of the new Florida Voter
Registration System (FVRS),
meeting the federal dead-
line of January 2006. Under
federal legislation, the Help
America Vote Act of 2002
(HAVA), and state legislation
passed in 2003 and 2005, the
State of Florida, through the
Chief State Election Official,
is required to implement a
single uniform, centralized,
interactive and computerized
statewide voter registration
list' defined, maintained, and
administered, at the state
Florida is once again a
national leader in the elec-
tions arena," said Interim
Secretary of State David
Mann. "I'm confident the new
Florida Voter Registration
System, developed on time
and under budget, will be a
model other states can look
to for compliance with the
federal Help America Vote
The development of the
system was. a collaborative
effort which included input
from Florida's 67 Supervisors
of Elections, their staff, and
vendors of voter registrauion

systems currently in use by
the counties. Additionally,
in 2004 the Department of
State created a diverse steer-
ing committee whose pur-
pose was to work with all
major stakeholders on the
development of the system by
providing their expertise and
input. "Florida will have one
of the best statewide voter
registration systems in the
nation as a result of the col-
laborative efforts of the state,
supervisors, vendors, and
associated agencies," said
Susan Gill, Citrus County
Supervisor of Elections and
President of the Florida State
Association of Supervisors of
Elections. "We look forward
to going live statewide on
January 3, 2006."
Florida's technical
solution for meeting HAVA
requirements is unique with-
in the country. Florida's 67
counties will continue to uti-
lize their existing systems
which' have been retained
with modifications to inter-
face in real time with the
FVRS. This course of
action was crafted to
minimize any disruptive
impact to the counties; to
ensure compliance by the
federal deadline of January
2006;' and to save the State
thousands of dollars. Many

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system will provide voters
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flexibility. A unique voter ID
number will be assigned to
each voter which will stay
with that voter indefinitely. If
the voter relocates to anoth-
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The voter registration
system will receive input
from the Department of
Corrections, Department of
Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles, Florida Department
of Law Enforcement, and the
Clerk of the Courts, all who
have been instrumental in
the development and imple-
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The Department, through
support of the Legislature,
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Federal Afterschool Dollars for Florida Missed the Mark in 2005

New research into state
grant-making under the fed-
eral 21st Century Community
Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
initiative reveals that Florida
was one of 26 states that
were not able to make any
new grants to afterschool
programs in 2005. The
Afterschool Alliance conduct-

ed the research. According
to Impossible Choices: How
States are Addressing the
Federal Failure to Fully Fund
Afterschool Programs, fed-
eral funding for afterschool
programs in the state was
$45,333,609. All of it was
needed to keep previously
funded programs operating.

Based on current cost esti-
mates, 21st CCLC programs
in the state were able to pro-
vide afterschool opportuni-
ties for approximately 45,334
children and youth in Florida
this year.
According to the report,
the grant-making standstill
is the direct result of the

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federal government's failure
to realize the vision of No
Child Left Behind. Because
Congress and the President
did not provide the No Child
Left Behind promised level of
funding to support growth,
Florida could not fund any
new afterschool programs
this year. Like many other
states, Florida committed
to multi-year grants several
years ago, and was then left
with only enough money to
fund existing grantees when
the increases authorized by
No Child Left Behind did not
"States have been caught
by a one-two punch from
the federal government,"
said Afterschool Alliance
Executive Director Jodi
Grant. "The states expect-
ed that Congress and the
President would live up to
the funding commitments
they made in the No Child
Left Behind Act, and planned
accordingly. "But since fund-
ing for afterschool has been-
frozen, many states are find-
ing that their multi-year
grants consume their entire
21st Century Community
Learning Centers budget."
As a result, they are
unable to fund new pro-...
grams. What that means
is simple but sad: No new
afterschool programs for the
millions of kids and families
who need them. We knorw'
that lawmakers face tough


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choices, but shortchanging
our kids is not a good solu-
To compile the data
in Impossible Choices,
Afterschool Alliance
researchers contacted state
education agencies in every
state and the District of
Columbia, by phone or e-
mail. Researchers confirmed
what they were told in those
conversations by consulting
agency websites and other
sources, where available.
"There is vast unmet need
for afterschool programs in
Florida and throughout our
country," Grant added. "By
promising funds and then
not delivering, the federal
government forced states to
make an impossible choice
between supporting the after-
school programs that parents
have come to depend on,
and making grants to new
programs in communities
that are currently unserved.

Adoption and Foster Care

Parenting Orientation Class

You can help save a child needed
'through adoption' and foster 4- How you can make a
care parenting! ' difference in'a child's life.
S Come to an information- ,Plan to. attend the infor-"
'al class and learn: .: : mation session below:
1- The requirements for Januar, 7, 2006
adopting and fostering chil- 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
dren. '
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tive family. 1415 South Adams
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foster and adoptive homes Tallahassee,.,FL

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You see 'it "Lat fotbali
games, awards ceremo iies
graduations and just all
over the 'country. Many'
recipients .make a point to
yell "Hi Mom" for being there
for them. 'What'about Dad?
This makes oAne wonder
about the rdle .that men play
in the life of"their children':
At the Oscars a few years
ago, an actress specifically
mentioned- her dad, saying,
"He was a good actor, but an
even better Dad."
If your children won an
award or were on camera,
what might' they say
about you? The' National
Fatherhood Initiive suggests
the following ideas:-i- .--
Talk' o6 youir childre-;.
Not only when they 'have
messed'up;, but also just td
talk and listen to them.

',Discipline: with love:
Provide consequences for
actions, but also give rewards
for good behavior.
Be a role model and
teacher: Children are
watching and learning even if
we'don't say a word.
s'ove their mother:
Teach your- sons to respect
he-,' and youth' daughter
to love herself 'and how.ia
manshould treat a woman.
Eat dinner together:
This gives structure and kids
a chance to talk about what
is going,on. Dads can listen
and give advice.
Show affection: Don't
let them just think you love

Keep going: They may
have" children of. their own
someday. but they will still
look to you.

"Fun With Flowers

The Port St. Joe Garden Club -September 10, 2005
will be sponsoring "Fun ;ith... "Vegetable Medley" arrange-
Flowers' Workshops '" ments-with fruits and v'egeta-
Mini workshops: "Quick"', '*:bles'
and Easy" cost; $15,QQ00/Per October 1,.2005
session pre-registration and ,, "Light It Up" Designs with
pay ment required. Make candles (students bring your
'payable to: Port St. Joe oum candles "
Garden Club Mail' o' : 'P.' Jatuiary 7, 2006
0. Box 243, Port ,St. Joe, FL .,'"New { Year, New Ideas"
32457 X ,' a.,. Creative ideas for any occa-
CONTACT: Charmaine sion
Ecirlev 229-8561 February 4. 2006
Bunny Miller 229-8819, Jean "Nifty Naturals" Designs
Former 227-1378 or Flora using dried, natural leaves,
Blackman 639-5840 palms, etc.
INCLUDES: Lecture, March 4, 2006
Demonstration. Supphes And "Eggs-Cellent Ideas"
Hands-on Workshop. (You. Designs using different
Bnng Clippers Or Scissors)** types of -eggs"
floral arrangements will be April 1. 2006
completed in each workshop "Springtime on the Coast"
SCHEDULE OF Using spring flowers from
WORKSHOPS a garden or wildflowers to
**TIME: 10:00 NOON make small home arrange-
E.S.T. /PER SESSION** ments or "tussie mu

In another sign of
Northwest Florida's growing
prestige within the state, the
Florida Board of Accountancy
has elected area business-
man David C. Tipton as
chairman for,2006. Tipton is
president of Tipton, Marler,
Garner and Chastain, and
has been advising panhandle
residents for more than 30
years as a Certified Public
Accountant (CPA). He is the
Gulf County's
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first CPA from Panama City
to serve on the state Board.
The Board of Accountancy,
headquartered in Gainesville,
has traditionally seen more
representation from East and
South Florida.
Governor Jeb Bush
appointed Tipton and fellow
board member Jim Thielen
from Tallahassee in February
"I'm honored to repre-
sent bur region at the state
level. As more peopledis-
cover Northwest Florida as a
great place to live, and given
the projections for increased
economic activity, it's,impor-
tant that we have a voice in
developing the profession,"
said Tipton. "We will con-
tinue working hard next year
to ensure that licensed CPAs
meet state requirements and


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to protect the public from
unscrupulous or unlicensed
The Florida Board of
Accountancy is responsible
for the licensing of over 29,000
Certified Public Accountants
and over 5,500 CPA firms.
The Board consists of nine
members appointed by the
Governor: seven CPAs and
two consumers.
Tipton begins the last
year of his four-year term on
January 1, 2006 as chairman
of the Board of Accountancy.
In 2005 Tipton was vice
chairman of the board and
also chair of the Probable
Cause Panel. Tipton is a
graduate of the University
of Alabama and Gulf Coast
Community College. He is'
also a registered investment
advisor representative.'

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Education Encore is a program of non-credit enrichment courses for adults.

It's a stress-free format: "No Stress, No Tests, No Grades JUST FUN!"

Spring 2006 Encore Class Schedule
All classes held on 6 consecutive Wednesdays, January 25th through March 1st.
Classes are held at Gulf Coast Community College, Gulf/Franklin Center in Port St. Joe.
There is a $60 fee, whether you attend one, two or all three classes, for the 6-week program.

8:30 9:30 a.m.
* Computer Basics
* Bird Watching & Identification
* Self-Publishing Children's Books.
* Health & BodySavvy
* Spanish for Travelers

9:45 10:45 a.m.
* Computer- Internet & E-mail
* Mini Vegetable Gardening
*Antiques & Collectibles
* Beginning Drawing
* Watercolor I (class is 2 sessions)
* Florida Mystery Writers

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
* Computer- MS Word
. Memory Improvement
* Fun with Digital & Film Cameras
* Tai Chi
* We, The People
* Financial Planning

Registration begins January 9th
and deadline is January 24th.
Walk-in registration
at the Gulf/Franklin Center:
Monday Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

. You are cordially invited to an informational reception.
Meet the well-qualified instructors and
learn more about each course.
Wednesday, January 18'' at 1:00 p.m. room A -101
Gulf/Franklin Center, Port St. Joe
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"We need to do both if we
are to generate and sustain
the growth in afterschool
programs that America's
families need. We look for-
ward to working with the
Administration and Congress
to increase afterschool fund-
ing next year."
The full report is avail-
able on the web at http://
www. afterschoolalliance.
org/Impossible choices.cfm.
To identify and contact local
afterschool providers in indi-
vidual states, contact the
Afterschool Alliance media
office at 202/371-1999.The
Afterschool Alliance is a non-
profit public awareness and
advocacy organization sup-
ported by a group of public,
private, and nonprofit enti-
ties working to ensure that all
children have access to after-
school programs by 2010.
More information is available
at www.afterschoolalliance.

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Senior Driver Safety Program

Seniors! For those who
need it, it's time for the AARP
Senior Driver Safety Program.
The Mexico Beach Chapter
#4325 of AARP is sponsoring
this program at the Mexico
Beach Civic Center, behind
Parker Realty. It will be held
on Wednesday and Thursday,
January 11 and 12, from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time.

This highly effective driver
refresher course is approved
and encouraged by the state
and federal governments. It
is for all drivers 50 years
of age and older. Classes
will be presented in two four-
hour sessions over a two-day
period. It will be instructed
by Dick McLaughlin, a trained
AARP volunteer.

Upon completion of the
course, a certificate will be
issued to each participant to
give or send to your insurance
company for a discount on
your auto insurance. It is
good for the next three years,
at which time the course must
-be taken again. There are
no examinations, no driving
tests, and no chance of losing

Education Encore Courses At Gulf Coast

The Lifelong Learning
Division of Gulf Coast
Community College will pres-
ent Education Encore courses
on Friday from January 27,
2006 to March 3, 2006.,
The courses are designed
for adults and registration
will take place January 13
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in
the Conference Center on the
second floor of the Student
Union East building on cam-
pus. Sign up opportunities
will continue on weekdays
from January 17 to January
The courses offered,
among others, are as follows:

Flower Arranging
We the People
Everyday Law
Line Dancing
Local History
Belly Dancing


Aquatic Exercise
Language Lingo
Memoir Writing
Bill of Rights
Introduction to French
The fee is $80, which
allows individuals to take up
to four courses. Payment is
due at registration, which is
first come, first served.
For additional infor-
mation call 872-3823 or
(800)311-3685, ext. 3823 or
visit the GCCC web at http://

your license.
To cover some of the
expenses, a fee of $10 per
person, preferably in the form
of a check made out to AARP,
will be collected.
This highly effective
driver program, approved and
encouraged by the state and
federal governments, is being
presented to reduce traffic
accidents, violations, and
fatalities for senior citizens
and their loved ones. We
want to show senior drivers
how to cope with the age-
related physical changes
they all face, how to become
more aware of, and handle,
hazardous road and weather
conditions. We will cover
the new laws, highway signs,
road markings, and the safety
aspect of driving. We will
review the dangers of alcohol,
medications, and the two in
combination. Also covered
will be ways to avoid the
criminal while getting into,
out of, or driving a car. These
are just a few of the topics
Who needs this course?
According to all government
and insurance company

If you have never taken the
course, or it has been over
three years since you have,
you need it now for your
insurance discount. Please
don't be one of those people
who believe there is nothing
more to learn because you
have been driving for 40,

The S
College Rea
Gulf Coast C
will present
for high sc
seniors on
from 9 a.r
January 2
a.m. to 2 1
Lecture Ha
Arts building
The tw
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50 or 60 years. Millions of
people who have taken this
course would disagree. Make
your reservation now, since
space is limited.
Call Dick or Ruth
McLaughlin, (850) 648-3067.
Walk-ins welcome, if the class
is not filled.

Workshop At GCCC
student Services/ t aing strategies and specific
ich-Out Program of problem solving techniques
Community College for both mathematics and
t a SAT workshop English. Tips and plans
school juniors and will be presented as well
January 7, 2006 for the essay portion of the
a. to 3 p.m. and examination.
?1, 2006 from 9 The workshop is free and
p.m. in the Sarzin open to juniors and seniors in
dl1 in the Language all area high schools. Lunch
ng on campus. will be provided by GCCC.
ro day workshop For additional information,
students with test call 769-1551, ext 6070.

Band Says Thanks
ort St. Joe High Bayside Lumber, Bayside
id, Majorettes and Savings Bank, Johanna White
would like to thank at Capital City Bank, John
ving businesses Goodman at CVS, Harold
e for their dona- Raffield at Raffield Fisheries,
rd the rental of the Ramsey's Printing, St. Joe
s that carried them Hardware, St. Joe Rent-All,
Miami and back Nursery and Supply, Inc. and
side Car Wash, Clay Smallwood.

FWC Division Of Law Enforcement Field Operations Weekly Report

December 16-22, 2005'
Gulf County ,
Officer Shon Brower .
stopped a vehicle that was
swerving and suspected the,
driver was impaired. 'The
driver did not have a driver's
license and had never pos-
sessed one,. The, name given
by the operator came back as
wanted on drug charges in
Miami. The defendant, was
placed under arrest.
The defendant gave
another name to Major
Nugent from-the' Gulf County
Sheriffs Office and it revealed
the .defendant, was,. wanted
for more drug,-charges, out
of Alabama and; a suspend-
ed license through the State
of New Jersey. The defen-
dant was charged with driv-'
ing while license suspended/
revoked and -resisting arrest
Gulf County sheriffs
deputies observed a spotlight
working off Highway 71. Lt.
Arnie McMillion responded to
the complaint. Two young
men claimed to be .duck
hunting earlier, then decided
to! coon hunt on the way out
of the woods. The defendants
possessed no hunting license :

and possessed two shotguns.
It was discovered the sub-
jects were trespassing and
were charged with shining a
,light while in possession of a
Lt. McMillion and Officer
Scott Hoffman received a com-
plaint of a dead black bear on
a hunting lease off Highway
22. It was determined the
bear had been shot with a
firearm., Officer Robert Miller
and FWC Biologist Patrick
Lemons responded to assist.
Evidence was gathered from
the scene and the; bear was
removed for a necropsy. A
criminal investigation is beirig
conducted by Investigator
Scott Pearce.
Officers Tony Leel and
Shon Brower conducted
resource inspections near
St. Joe Marina and found
two suspects in possession
of over-the-bag limit of sea
trout. One individual claimed
the extra fish and was cited
for the violauon. ,The fish
were returned to the water
Lt. McMillion was con-
ducting resource inspections
at a local dirt road boat ramp.
While two boaters were load-

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another vehicle sped reck-
lessly through the wet mud
slinging it onto the front of the
vehicles in the officer's pres-
ence. The users complained
verbally about the action of
the vehicle. Lt. McMillion
stopped the vehicle and found
two suspects under 21 years
of age in possession of alco-
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On December 20, FWC
Officer Carmon Brownell
received a call from our
Investigative unit inform-
ing him that. two subjects
were catching over-the-bag
limit of spotted sea trout and
hiding them in the woods.
Officer Brownell arrived
in the area and waited for the
subjects to retrieve the fish.
When the subjects retrieved
the fish and started to leave
the area, Officer Brownell

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that they had 20 sea trout
over-the-bag limit. Seven
of these trout were under-,

'sized. Officer Brownell issued
appropriate citations and .the
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For Information Call:
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Charles A. Costin
Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
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Russell Scholz
(850) 229-8211

SThe Potter's House
Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
636 Second Street Post Office Box 631* Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Sunday Morning Worship & Sunday School
10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe,
(850) 227-1724

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Morning Worsnhi: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Felliwshi: 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worshi: 7:00 p.m.
S All Times are EST

Dan Rhodes.
Minister of Mic/Ymoh
Deborah Loyles
Director of Children Ministri

Jesus, is Lord and He is waiting
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382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
,Mike Westbrook, Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.
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11:00 a.m.
*Sunday School .
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Highway 71/ Cecil .Costin Sr. Blv.
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111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
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(1/4 Mile North of the Overstreet Road)
(850) 639-5401
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Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. CT

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WOak Grove ssemblyof God
David A,. fernandez, Pastor
Office: 850-227-1837 Parsonage: 850-229-6271
613 Madison Street TPort St.Joe. JC
Schedule of Services
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45am MId Week.Meal 5:00pmr
.Morning -Worship 10:45am Mid Week Bible Study 6:s5pm
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Call 229-8310
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
K Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages 10 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725

fFirst, Baptist Church

Brent Vickery,, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of'Music & Education
Michaeil Rogers, Minister to Students
Sunday School ...... ..... .. ..... . ..,9.5 am
Worship Service ...... . .. 8:30 & 11 00 am
Disciple Training .................. 6:00 pm,
Evening Worship" ............ '. 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting .. ....... 6.30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM... . 7:49?am ET,

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First Baptist Church
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
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Worship urrdi',, iit 11 101 m rn d na 1.1 p mp
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Please note, all times central!
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\ jIj C -u'c^Dr. Bill Taylor, Pastor

Sunday School ....:.................... 9:30,a.m.
Sunday Fellowship................... 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ............ 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Night (Bay St. Joseph) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship .... 6:00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
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The Rev. Joseph A. Hagberg, Rector
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Holy Eucharist With Healing Tuesdays at 12 noon
Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Child Care Provided for at 11:00 850-227-1845

Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family &

Friendship are found

The Supreme Christ Child...Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. Hope seems to fill
the air albeit an often cool & crisp air. Generosity & kindness seem to increase during the Christ-
-mas season. And it all started in a small place called Bethlehem with the birth of the Sovereign.
The Bible says, "In Him (Christ) dwells all'the fullness of the Godhead bodily. "This newborn
baby "made the worlds" & forgives sins. It may have been a simple setting for the birth of Jesus, but
He was still "the brightness of His glory 6' the express image of His person." Thank God for Christ the
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S1601Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

'Worship on Sunday: 10:30am
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Bible Study on Sunday:
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From Unrest

to Peace
There is so much unrest
in the world today,
To live in peace, means
to live God's way.
Man has tried it long
enough to know,
Without God's guidance
it's a rough row to hoe.
Unbelievers and terror-
ist cause unrest over all the
It's in the Bible who the
winner will be,
Read the book call
We know who's going to
Why don'd we let trou-
bles cease.
When we let God have
full control, II
Then well live in peace.
Billy Johnson


Thompson Temple 1st.'
Borr Church of the "Living
God will be hosting a revival-
January 6th. Guest Speaker
, will be:. Diocese :Missionary
Margaret Brown. Services
will began at 7:00 P.M. night-,
Everyone is Welcome.

-The Church Family of
Port St. Joe is very honored
to invite the public to the or--
dination service of Michael
Rogers to the Gospel- Minis-
try. ..
The Service .will be held
at 7:00 PM at tle,.First Bap-
tist Church Port St. Joe with
a reception to follow

Letter of Thanks
The family of the late
Gregory Farmer sincere-
ly acknowledges the many
expressions of kindness and
prayers during their time of
S,.Sincerely ..
The Gregory ,,,, Farmer

L. L. "Duke"

L. L. "Duke" Jones left
his family to be with the Lord
on December 30, 2005. Duke
was a man who loved cooking
and social gatherings with
family and friends. Duke
raised his family by working
at the Paper Mill in Port Saint
Joe for over 30 years and was
a proud member of the local
379 Union. Subsequent to
the mill shutting down, he
worked in sales at St. Joe
Ace Hardware, and then as a
security guard at GTCom and
Arizona Chemical. He was a
considerate and loving man
who will be missed by many.
He leaves behind four chil-
dren who loved him dearly:
Carolyn Thomas of Slocomb,
Alabama, son Keith "Duke"
Jones and wife Jill, daugh-
ter Jennifer Sheffield and
husband Charlie all of Port
St. Joe, Florida, son Wesley
Jones' of Wewahitchka,
Florida, 3 grandchildren:.
Jeremiah Thomas, Chelsea
Jones, and Josh Sheffield,
and sister Wanda Freeman
and husband' Greg of Locus
Grove, Georgia. He also
left behind many wonderful
devoted friends and union
brothers. "Pallbearers .will
be Jack Collinsworth, Mike
Scarabin, Bob Wahl, Andy
Stuart, Eric Stuart and Brad
Price. Funeral arrange-
,' ments, which are incomplete
at this time. will be handled
by Brown Funeral Home in
Chipley, 1068 Main Street,
Chipley, Florida (850) 638-'

Don Miles
Mr Lewis Donn Miles Sr..
54, of Highland View, passed

away Tuesday, December
He was a longtime resi-
dent of this area, served his
country in the Army, and
worked for the City of Port
St. Joe. He was a member of
the Highland View Church
of God.
Mr. Miles was an avid
hunter and fisherman and
was a loving father and hus-
Mr. Miles was preced-
ed in death by his father,
Chester Albert Miles, and
granddaughter, Amber Rose
He is survived by his lov-
ing wife of 33 years, Sandra
Gail Miles; two sons, Thomas
Lynn Miles and wife Sabrina,
their children, Allen, Jamie
and Jonathon and Lewis-
Donn Miles, II, and wife
.-Bianca and their children,
Jadia, Kelsey, Savannah and
Landon; his mother, Lovie J.
Hall; his stepfather, Homer
Hall; his grandmother, Mary
E. Rollins of Blountstown;
one brother, Chester Miles
and wife Wanda; three sis-
ters, Phyllis. Graham and
husband Bill, Sandy Mathis
and.husband Raymond and
Joy McNair; and numerous
aunts, uncles, nieces, neph-
ews and friends.
Funeral services will be
held Saturday, December
31, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. EST
at Highland View Church of
God with the Rev. Tim Bailey
and the Rev. Mike Westbrook
officiating. Interment will fol-
low in Holly Hill Cemetery in
Port St. Joe. A visitation will
be held at Comforter Funeral
Home Friday, December 30,
from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00
p.m. EST.
All services are'under the
direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

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Gurney, a reservation agent .who have
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nizatuon and is given annual- Gurney :re(
ly by the chairman and chief expenses-pa
executive officer of Gaylordl stay for two
Entertainment Company. Palms Resoe
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(850) 229-9596,
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Sunday Morning Worship .......... 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ........... 6 p.m.
SWednesday Evening Service .: .'7 p.m.

National Award

n' and respect.
honors employees
made extraordi-
to go above and
Sthe job requires.
. nominated and
among a,pool of,
of the honor,'
deived '-an -all-
aid, two-night
at the Gaylord
t & Convention
Kissimmee, Fla.'
tended a dinner
Oct. 5 with six
al award recipi-
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sonahzed with her name.
"Leasa is an exceptional
reservation agent, said Mark
Steiner, general manager...
of ResortQuest North West '.-
Florida. "She is a valuable
resource for guests who call :.
to make reservations with '
ResortQuest or to learn more
about the Emerald Coast. ,-
And she consistently leads .'-'
the way in bookings. .But -
what is most amazing about
Leasa is that she excels in so ,
many areas despite the fact
that she is blind. What those ,.
who don't know her,may see
as a disability, to everyone 6
\who comes in contact with -
Leasa serves as an inspira- 5


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Holding Services at the Mexico Beach Civic Center
Sunday 9:30 AM
For Info 648-5773

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9:30 a.m. Sunday


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Grill guru Steven Raichlen warms

up winter menus

by creating bold flavors indoors


Story by Cathy Thomas
Illustration by Amy Ning
Freedom News Service

Rain clouds loomed
overhead as grill-
ing guru-cook-
book author Steven
Raichlen arrived for
one of our annual grilling
marathons. Unlike previous
visits spent huddled over my
aging gas grill and kettle-
style barbecue, this session
would take place indoors. His
s most recent book, "Raichlen's
Indoor! Grilling" (Workman,
$18.95), focuses on using
gizmos intended for in-house
grilling. Cast-iron grill pans
and contact grills, even grills
for the fireplace. .
Although I'd miss the
glory of fire and smoke, I
knew that Raichlen had
packed his recipes with his
signature vibrant flavors and
eye-popping color.
Besides, there would
still be flames in his eves.
Raichlen reminds me of a
favorite college professor. He
brings boundless energy and
passion to his field of exper-
use. He's dead serious about
the topic, yet simmering just
below the surface is a smat-
tering of Robin Williams.
"Shmutz," the Yiddish
word for dirt that he uses to
describe those cooked-on tid-
bits left on grill-pan grates,
was removed with a wadded
up ball of aluminum foil.
creating a cranky' scraping
sound so abrasive it could
remove paint from a wall. He
requested a spatula, dubbing
it a "fanny-slapping spatula,"
and squeezed lime halves so
vigorouslyy it looked like an
Olympic event.
He talked quickly, giv-
ing loads of information in
a short amount of time. And
he shared some of the win-
ning techniques he used sev-
eral years ago at the televised
"Iron Chef' competition in
He started by quickly
heating a contact grill, one
of those electric sandwich
presses (panini machines)
that look something like waf-
fle irons, but with parallel
ridges inside rather than a
crisscross checkerboard pat-
tern. The George Foreman
grill is one popular example.
Once it was hot and judi-
ciously slathered with oil, he
used it to grill giant shrimp
for a first-course cocktail.
"Can you imagine boiling
shrimp, then putting them
with a mixture of ketchup
and prepared horseradish?"
he remarked, using his fin-
gers to coat the crustaceans
with a piquant mixture of
ancho chili powder and spic-
es, then dabbing them with
olive oil. "Boiling is boring; I
just can't imagine it."

S"I live with sharks, but I'm not one!"

Gary Dugger
(850) 229-4600 Office (850) 258-3453 cell
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Sch-h-hhh screamed the
grill as shrimp were added in
a single layer. Sch-h-hhh it
shouted again as the lid was
lowered to cook from above
as well as below, produc-
ing showy grill marks in the
process. In three minutes the
shrimp would be cooked to
perfection from top to bot-
Meanwhile, he threw
together the avocado and
fresh corn salsa to make a
cool accompaniment to the
warm spice-seared shrimp.
To remove corn kernels,
he placed the cob flat on
the work surface. I was
impressed. With the more
traditional vertical approach,
the kernels danced in all
directions as a large knife
severed kernel from cob
in long downward strokes.
His technique kept kernels
in control, right next to the
He combined the kernels
with diced avocado, lime
juice, fresh chilies and green
onion, then spooned the
salsa into martini glasses.
He perched four shrimp over
the lip of each glass, so that
the smaller part of the tail
curved to the outside of the
goblet's contour.
He moved as fast as he
talked. Already the kitchen
smelled luscious, like warm
salt-water .taffy mixed with
grilled chilies and toasted
He explained that con-
tact grills don't work well for
steaks and other red meat.
They end up being steamed
rather than grilled. For
meats, he prefers grill pans
or fireplace grills.
He heated a grill pan over
two stove burners. Made of
cast-iron, the pan looked
like a handleless rectangu-
lar skillet with an interior of
parallel ridges. He explained
that they are great for grill-
ing steaks, thinly sliced veg-
etables and, as he was about
to .demonstrate, chicken
Using a rolling pin, he
pounded a boned and skinned
chicken breast between
sheets of plastic wrap. Now.a
thin sheet (called a paillard)
about as thick as a slice of
bread, the chicken was mas-

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A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB)
meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2006'at 10:00 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County
Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both
public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Ad-
ministration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin'Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public
hearings will be to discuss and act on the following:

1. Approve Minutes for December 13, 2005
2. Final Plat- Southern Boys Investment, LLC Fadeaway Combound at Indian Pass.
Parcel ID #03191-002R Section 22, Township 9 South,. Range 10 West, Gulf
County, Florida a 7 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local
development regulations stated and unstated .
3. Preliminary Plat Approval Village Center South WindMark Beach DRI/DO -
Section 21, Township 7 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a commer-
cial/residential subdivision, subject to all Federal, State and Local development
4. Preliminary Plat Approval Fisherman's Village North WindMark Beach DRI/DO
Section 21, Township 7,South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a residen-
tial subdivision subject to all Federal, State and Local development regulations
stated and unstated.
5. Variance Betty Curlee Parcel ID #041 59-01 OR Section 5, Township 7 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida road setback encroachment.
6. Variance -Charles Griffies, Sr. Parcel 10 #03905-000R Section 5, Township 7
South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -. requesting a side setback variance
Sto construct a boat shed.
7., Small Scale Land Use Change St. 'Joe Timberland- Parcel ID #03469-OOOR
Changing 15.64 acres in Section 3, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf
County, Florida from Agriculturalito Residential Low Density.
8& St. Joe/Arvidd for WindMark Beach DO/PDP
9. Comprehensive Plan/EAR Update
10. Staff,

The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior
to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning and Building Department at 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 301. '

saged with mashed garlic,
i salt and fresh basil before
being tossed onto the heated
oiled grill. Two minutes on
each side was all it took, with
Raichlen speeding things up
by applying firm pressure
from time to time with the
The chicken would be
teamed with a "virgin" sauce,
his version of sauce vierge,
a redolent mixture of fresh
diced tomatoes, black olives,
garlic, basil and red wine
vinegar. He hypothesized
that the French sauce got
its name because it wasn't
Before starting dessert, he
sang the praises of the oldest
device for indoor grilling, the
fireplace grill, often called
a gridiron. Its square metal
grate sits atop four legs that
are at least 3 inches tall. It's
placed over a log fire that
has burned down to glowing
He said the device doesn't
need to be fancy, explaining
that. he's seen people use a
wire refrigerator shelf held up
with bricks. Fireplace grilling

is the indoor method that
most replicates the smells
and flavors of outdoor wood-
burning or charcoal-burning
grilling, but there are lots
of do's and don't. (If you
plan to give it a try, be sure
to read Raichlen's rules on
Page 11 of the book before
you start. For me, it wasn't
an option. My fireplace has
gas logs. Romantic, yes, but
hardly utilitarian.
So, it was back to the
contact grill for the pound-
cake finale.
Grilled Sara Lee pound-
cake niay sound funky,
but trust me, it's delicious.
Brushed with butter and
caramelized crispy on the
outside, it was served with
chilled fruit salad (or salsa,
as he titled it). Fresh pine-
apple and mint were paired
with finely minced jalapefio.
Chopping the chili down to
sand-size pieces, he argued
their merit.
"It may seem like mad-
ness, but in fact, the jala-
peflo opens the mouth to
taste the sweetness of the
pineapple," he, said before
adding them.
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Publish: January 5 and January 12, 2006


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To round out the bold Cook's notes: To seed
flavor of chili, he garnished tomato, cut in half crosswise
the dish with whipped cream (through the "waistline").
augmented with powdered Gently squeeze to remove
sugar, ground cinnamon and seeds.
a splash of tequila. Use caution when han-
But if chilies, cream and dling chilies, taking care not
pineapple don't fit your idea to touch face or eyes and
of dessert, he said, don't washing carefully afterward.
abandon the poundcake-on- Prepare shrimp: Place
the-grill notion. Layer choco- chili powder, garlic salt, cori-
late and sliced marshmal- ander, oregano, cumin and
lows between butter-brushed pepper in mixing bowl and
slices of poundcake, and grill whisk to mix. Add shrimp
until the interior is melted and toss. Stir in olive oil.
and exterior is toasty brown. Marinate shrimp in refrigera-
No matter the weather, tor, covered, 30 minutes to
that's a sandwich to love. 1 hour.
CHILI-RUBBED SHRIMP WITH For contact grill: Preheat
AVOCADO CORN COCKTAIL grill (to high if grill has tem-
Yield: 4 servings perature control). Lightly oil
For shrimp: grill surface. Place marinated
1 tablespoon ancho chili pow- shrimp in single layer on
der. grill. Close lid. Cook 1 to
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt 3 minutes or until cooked
1 teaspoon ground coriander through.
1 teaspoon dried oregano For grill pan: Place grill on
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin stove and preheat to high.
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Lightly oil ridges of pan.
black-pepper Place marinated shrimp in
16 jumbo shrimp (about 1 1/2 single layer. Cook, turning to
pounds), rinsed in cold water, cook both sides, about 1 to 3
patted dry minutes per side.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive Prepare salsa: Place avo-
oil cado in nonreactive mixing
Oil for grill bowl and toss with 2 table-
For avocado corn salsa: spoons lime juice. Add toma-
1 ripe avocado cut into 1/4-inch to. Cut kernels off corncob
dice (place cob flat on cutting
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime board, remove kernels using
juice, divided use lengthwise strokes of a chefs
1 ripe red tomato, seeded, cut knife). Add corn to mixing
into 1/4-inch dice; see cook's bowl. Salsa can be prepared
notes to this step up to 2 hours
1 ear corn, shucked ahead and refrigerated. Just
1 green onion, both white and before serving, add jalapefio
green parts, trimmed, finely and cilantro. Gently toss.
chopped Taste and add salt and pep-'
1 to 2 jalapefio chilies, seeded, per as needed, and more lime,
minced (for hotter salsa, leave juice if necessary.
seeds in); see cook's notes Spoon salsa into 4 mar-'
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro tin glasses or serving bowls.
Coarse salt and freshly ground Drape 4 hot shrimp over edge,
black pepper of glass or bowl and serve at


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Choose from
Hot or cold
.3ub baskets (includes
pickle & chips)

Hot Dog baskets -
CAPE SAN BLAS our amous,
Restaurant and Ice Cream Hamburgers
Several Salads and Sides avadable including
Our wonderful Mahi-Mahi Salad
Karaoke even' Wednesday night with $1 drafts.
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We can accommodate private parties.
Fresh dipped Ice Cream, Sundaes, and Banana Splits

Cone Heads
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once. Or to serve cold, let
shrimp cool to room tem-
perature, then refrigerate up
to 2 days well-sealed.
Nutritional information:
Calories 412 (44 percent
from fat), fat 20.1 g (sat 4.6
g), protein 36.2 g, carbohy-
drates 19.3 g, fiber 0.3 g,
cholesterol 300 mg, sodium
392 mg
Source: "Ralchlen's Indoorl
Grilling" by Steven Raichlen
(Workman, $18.95)

Yield: 4 servings
For chicken:
4 (6- to 8-ounce) chicken
breasts; see cook's notes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 fresh basil leaves, minced,
plus 4 basil sprigs for garnish
Coarse salt and freshly ground
black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive
Oil for grill
For "Virgin" Sauce:
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large ripe red tomato, seed-
ed, cut into 1/4-inch dice; see
cook's notes
12 nigoise olives or 6 kalamata
olives, pitted, cut into 1/4-inch
8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliv-
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar,
or more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Cook's notes: On the
underside of each (half)
chicken breast is a long, slen-
der muscle called the tender.
To remove, grab loose end
with paper towel and pull on
it, cutting tender away from
rest of breast with paring
To seed tomato, cut in
half crosswise (through the
"waistline"). Gently- squeeze
to remove seeds.
Prepare chicken: Remove
excess fat and tenders from
chicken breasts (see cook's
notes). Rinse chicken breasts
under cold water; drain but
do not dry. Place 1 breast
between 2 :pieces of plastic
wrap and gendy pound to
thickness of 1/4 to 1/8 inch
using meat pounder, side
of heavy cleaver, rolling pin
or bottom of heavy sauce
pan. Repeat with remaining
breast halves. (These thin
chicken breasts are called
paillards.) I r. ,
Place garlic, minced basil,
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tea-
spoon ground pepper in
bowl and mash to paste with
spoon. Stir in olive oil. Brush
each paillard on both sides
with mixture and season
lightly with salt and pepper.
For grillpan: Place grill
pan on stove and preheat to
medium-high over medium
heat. When grill pan 'is hot
a drop *of water .will skitter
in pan. When ready to cook,
lightly oil ridges of grill pan.
Place paillards on grill. They
will be, done after cooking I
to 2 minutes per side., Use
large spatula to turn. .
For fireplace grill: Rake hot
embers under gridiron and
preheat 3 to 5 minutes. When
ready to cook,. brush and oil
gridiron. Place paillards on
hot grate. They will be done
after cooking 1 to 2 minutes
per side. Use large spatula

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to turn. Chicken should feel pineapple, mint, jalapefio, dollop of whipped cream.

firm when pressed.
Prepare sauce: Place gar-
lic and salt in nonreactive
bowl and mash to paste with
back of spoon: Add tomato,
olives, basil, olive oil and
vinegar; stir to mix. Taste
-for seasoning, adding more
salt and/or pepper to taste.
The sauce should be highly
Spoon sauce over chick-
en. Garnish with sprigs of
basil and serve at once.
Nutritional information:
Calories 360 (30 percent
from fat), fat 12.1 g (sat 4.0
g), protein 32.3 g, carbo-
hydrates 31 g, fiber 1.8 g,
cholesterol 90 mg, sodium
1,000 mg
Source: "Raichlen's Indoor!
Grilling" by Steven Raichlen
(Workman, $18.95)

Yield: 4 servings
For whipped cream:-
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon tequila (preferable.
For cake:
8 slices poundcake (each 1/2-
inch thick)
2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted but-
ter, melted
Oil for grill
For salsa:
2 cups fresh pineapple cut into
1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons thinly slivered
fresh mint or lemon verbena
1 to 2 jalapefio chilies (prefer-
ably red), seeded, minced (for
hotter salsa leave seeds in); see
cook's note
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice,
or more to taste
1 tablespoon light brown sugar,
or more to taste,
For garnish: Fresh mint sprigs

Cook's note: Use caution
when handling chilies, tak-
ing care not to touch face or
eyes and washing carefully
Prepare whipped cream:
Place cream in chilled mixer
bowl or large metal bowl.
Beat until soft peaks form,
starting on slow speed and
gradually increasing to high
speed. When soft peaks form,
add powdered sugar, cinna-
mion and tequila. Continue
beating until stiff peaks
form, about 2 minutes lon-
ger. Don't overbeat cream or
it will 'start to turn to butter.
This can be made several
hours ahead and refrigerated
i Prepare cake: Lightly
brush 'each slice of pound-
cake with butter on both-
sides. ,
For contact grill: Preheat
grill lif grill has temperature
control, preheat grill to high).
When read", to cook. lightly
oil grill surface. Place slices'
,of poundcake on hot grill;
close lid. Poundcake will be
donedin 2 to 4 minutes.
For grill pan: Place grill
pan on stove and preheat to
medium-high over medium
heat. When pan is hot, a drop
of water will skitter in pan...
Lightly oil ridges of grill pan.'
Place slices of poundcake in
hot grill pan. Poundcake will
be done in 2 to '4, minutes
per side.'
SFor fireplace grill: Rake red
hot' embers under gridiron
aind preheat for 3 to 5 min-
utes. When ready' to cook;
Sbrush and oil gridiron. Place
poundcake slices on hot
grate. They will be done in 2
to 4 minutes per side. :
SPrepare salsa: Combine

lime juice, and brown sugar
in nonreactive mixing bowl.
(If preparing ahead, do not
mix until, 5 minutes before
ready to serve.) Taste for
seasoning,' adding more lime,
juice and/or brown sugar as
Place poundcake slices on
plates and top each serving
with spoonful of salsa and

Garnish with mint sprigs
and serve at once.
Nutritional information:
Calories 800 (57 percent from
fat), fat 51 g (sat 9.1 g), pro-
tein 15.2 g, carbohydrates 70
g, fiber 0.7 g, cholesterol 89
mg, sodium 690 mg
Source: "Raichlen's Indoorl
Grilling" by Steven Raichlen
(Workman, $18.99)


Here are srrome of Raichlen tips for inodjor grilling"
Clean contact grills and grill pans v. while the, -are still
warm. Once -he,. cool. those browned bits are much harder to
Poke chicken breast or shrimp .with finger to determine
doneness if1 it feels firm, it s d-onr
Coat surface of shrimp .with dr rub before tossing with
oil More rub aill .adhere rhat wvay
For fancy crrosshatc:l- marks on food. gnrl until nicely
marked. then rotate '90ie dereies lor 1 4 turn)
To coat nul vith oil. fol. -d a piece of paper towel into a
tidy bundle about 2 inches by 2 Inches Grab bundle with
spring-loaded t-rnes Dip in .-. -table oil or peanut oil and
wnpe heard rate Thi- method is much hhardier than using a
brush because ,':'u lust lihro',.w he paper awa\ when finished.

Grilling-in-a-tireplace tips from Steven RaJchlen
('Rajchlen's [ndo Glor-' Grilrin =erkn',. n. S' 95)
It's best if the tireplaC:e is large enough to build a fire on
une side or in back while allowing '.o to position gridiron on
other side or in the front. Start nh 4 to 6 logs it w ll take 40
minutes to 1 hour to ha.e a good bed of embers
A .-idec stone apron 11i front of the- Ireplace will give you
a work area for prepping and protect your i.-nirg room from sparks
Always use hardwood, s-uch as hickory oak, cherry,
apple or alder logs f.-r vour fireplace grdhling. Neier use soft
woods, like pine or spruce They will emit a tarry, sooty resi-
due and increase the risk of chimney fires Warning Never
use charcoal in your fireplace Burning charcoal emits carbon
monomxde. which can be lethal
Andirons or a raised fire grate make it easy for logs to
burn down to glowing embers If you have the room, place the
andiron the logs in back of the fireplace.
To reduce risk of chimney tires. have chimney cleaned
by professional chimney sw,,eep at the beginning of cold
weather You need a fireplace that draws well.
Let fire burn out completely before removing ashes.
Make sure they are no lopger w arrm and douse ashes with
water to kill any unseen sparks Place ashes in metal bucket
or trash can inot plastic containers. even if you are cleaning
fireplace the day after cooking
Have a dry chemical fire evtimguisher on hand. Take it to
your local fire department once a year to make sure it's fully
loaded and operational
Minor flare-ups can be doused with a handful of salt
Keep carton hearb, when grilling

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thru Thursday, January 18 and will reopen for dinner at

5 pm- Friday, January .19th.

Hope to see you there!

Dinner Theatre on February 2nd and 3rd with Mark Your Calendar

"The Dickerson's".
Tickets will go on sale when we re-open on
Friday, January 19th

Wine Tasting -Februaiy 9th
Homestyle w/Fried Catfish Monday
Cajun Tuesday
Italian Wednesday


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Gulf County Board

'County Commission Minuteg,

AUGUST 26, 2005
Chairman McLemore dis-
cussed the redistricting scenar-
io 05-03R that was approved
at the August 23rd meeting.
He stated that the Committee
had reviewed and approved this
scenario. Administrator Staff
Assistant Stephens presented
a slide show of the scenario.
Commissioner Peters inquired
if the totals include the prison
population and Chairman
McLemore stated these figures
do not include the prison popu-
lation. Commissioner Peters
inquired about the Committee
meeting and approving this
scenario and he was not aware
of the Committee scheduling a
i meeting nor was it advertised.
Chairman McLemore discussed
that the Chairman of the Com-
mittee was at the Board meet-
ing on Tuesday night and called
a meeting with the Committee.
Chief Administrator Butler dis-
cussed that he was contacted
o by Julia Cunningham and that
O the Committee had met and
voted unanimous to approve.
Commissioner Peters inquired
about the meeting not being a
public meeting and he also dis-
cussed that he does not have a
O problem taking the White City
- area but, the Indian Pass area
? would be twenty plus miles a
day for the work crews to travel.
After discussion by the Board,
Tom Semmes appeared before
the Board and discussed that
0 he was not a member of the
Committee but, he helped Julia
Cunningham prepare the maps.
He stated that they went by the
Florida Statutes which states
as equal as possible. Commis-
sioner Traylor stated that his
vote was contingent upon the
4 Committee approving. Commis-
I sioner Williams discussed that
he. has a responsibility, to the
people of White City that put
him in office to talk to them and
4 get input on how they feel about'
this decision. County Attorney
McFarland called for a recess.
due, to a emergency meeting
that is scheduled; Commission-
er Traylor motioned to recess
this. meeting 'and proceed with
the Emergency Meeting.
The Board did recess at 'this
time 12:18 p.m'.E.S.T.
The Board then reconvened
I at 12:44 p.m. with the following
4 members present: Chairman
McLemore, Commissioners
Peters, Williams and Barnes.
Chairman McLemore dis-
J cussed. Commissioner Peter's
stated that the Surshine Lasu
Was .iotated with this Commit
tee. Country Attorne, McFar-.
. land stated that Commissioner
















File rNo. OS0i0007 I PR

The adrmiistritiorn 01 the
esltae oi MAX W. KILBOURN,
deceased, Ahose date of death
%as Jul 15. 2004, is pending m
&ie CircMitCourtforrG.lfCounrnn,.
Florida. Probate Di'G i ion,
Fue Number 5O10007 I PR.
mre address 1of ahich is Gull
Cour,r, Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G Cosnr, BlId Portn St Joe.
Flonda 32456 The names and
addresses of the personal rep.
resentauoe and the personal
repre entaine's attorney, are set
forth below. ':
All creditors of the decedent
and all persons hating claims
-gainst the decedent s estate,
irncludin unmarred, c.:,ntin
gent. or unlquidated claims.
on "uhom a cop/ of this nonce
is served must file ineir cldams.
with this court WITHIN THE
ON THEM.; ... I
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
h nng claims or demands
against the decedernt's estate,
including iunmanared. connr.
gent, or unliqujdated claims,

McLemore was not a member
of the Committee therefore he
had not violated the Sunshine
Law and he also stated that the
Committee is required to post
a minimum of 24 hours notice.
Commissioner Peters stated
that all Committees formed by
the Board are required to have
meetings under the sunshine.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that he will be having a
Town Hall Meeting Friday, Sep-
tember 2nd at 6:00 p.m. to hear
what the residents of White City
have to say, and then be ready
to finalize this vote on Tues-
day, September 13th meeting.
Chairman McLemore inquired
and Commissioner Williams
stated that he is for both re-
districting and County Wide
Voting. Commissioner Peters
discussed that he does not have
a problem with redistricting to
make the districts as equal as
possible because the law suit
clearly states this. He also
stated that White City is not a
problem for him but he feels
offended with the Indian Pass
area because of the distance.
Chairman McLemore passed
the chair to Commissioner Wil-
liams. Chairman McLemore left
the room at 12:52 p.m. and
reentered at 12:54 p.m. After
discussion by the Board Chief
Administrator Butler discussed
that the Committee reports to
the Board whether their meet-
ings are posted or not posted.
County Attorney McFarland
stated that the Committee
meetings do not have to be ad-
vertised but, they must be post-
ed at least 24 hours before the
meeting is scheduled. He also
stated that if they did not follow
the proper procedure Chairman
. McLemore needs to direct them
to do this today. Commissioner
Peters motioned to notify the
County Wide Voting Committee
to post a 24 hour notice for the
next meeting. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion
for discussion. Commissioner
Peters inquired about someone
not on the Committee to bring
a recommendation before the
Board. County Attorney Mc-
.Farland stated that they would
not have to send a Committee
member and that they. could
send a representative on what
.their recommendation was.
After discussion by the Board
motion passed 4-0. Billy Quinn
appeared before the' Board and
discussed that he was not noti-
fied of any meetings about re-
districting. He also stated that
the make up of this Board is
very important. After further
discussion b-, the Board Chair
passed back t., Chairmranr
There being no f-rutrer
business the meeting did then
adjourn at 1 1'5 p m ED T

must' file',their" claims with
thia c.:.iarn ITHIN THREE 1ii
The date of1 the rirz pu.tbca.
Lit, of tdi-s nouce is Decemb-er
15, 2005.'
Attorney for Personal,
203 North Gadsden Street,
No 6
Talliahassee, Fl.nda .
32301.,']76 33

Tallahassee, Flonda 32305
Publisr, December 2 ;C-0'3
January 5, 2006
St-rage UnJiES
Unit* 15 Stephanie Finch
Unit* 83 Mary Barbian
Unite 50 Barbara .lunery
located at 1249 H%-, 22 Mini
Storage WeSahitchk.a. Florinda
ill be opened and c.orniri .to
be sold or remnoted nr, ,.l rua'are.
7. 200C6
Publish December 29, &
Jarnuar, 5


AUGUST 27, 2005
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met this
date in emergency session with
the following members present:
Commissioners Nathan Peters,
Jr., Bill Williams, and Jerry W.
Others present were: Clerk
Becky Norris, Deputy Clerk Kari
Summers, Chief Administra-
tor Don Butler, Administrator
Staff Assistant Lynn Stephens,
Emergency Management/911
Coordinator Marshall Nelson,
Planner David Richardson,
Public Works Director Gerald
Shearer, Veterans' Service Offi-
cer James Kennedy, and Sheriff
Dalton Upchurch.
Commissioner Peters called
the meeting to order at 12:15
p.m., E.D.T.
Emergency Manage-
ment/911 Coordinator Nelson
reported that Hurricane Katrina
is moving in a west direction
with landfall in the New Or-
leans area. He reported that it
is expected to be a category four
storm by landfall. He reported
that based on the current fore-
cast track Gulf County should
start receiving tropical storm
force winds around 7:00 p.m.
Sunday. Emergency Manage-
ment/911 Coordinator Nelson
reported that the rip currents,
high surf conditions and storm
surge could be possibly 6-10
feet. He recommended that the
evacuation order be rescinded
due to the track of the storm at
this time. Commissioner Wil-
liams motioned to accept this
request to rescind the' evacua-
tion. Commissioner Barnes sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
3-0. After further discussion by
the Board, Commissioner Pe-
ters stated that if the Hurricane
turns eastward the Board would
be available. Tim Wilder, Gulf
County School Superintendent
appeared before t0-,. B.,. ar- 1 -a
inquired about the Hurricane.
There being no further
business, the meeting' did" then'
adjourn atl2:38 p.m., E.D.T.

AUGUST'28, 2005
The Gulf CountyBoard of
County Commissioners met
this date in, emergency session
with the following members
present: Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, and Commissioners
Billy E.- Traylor, and Bill Wil-
Others present were:: Dep-
uty Clerk Kari Summers, Chief
Administrator Don '" Butle,
-Administrator Staff. 'Assistant
Lynn Stephens, Em'rgcr.:..,
Management/911 *'.:.rd a t:r
M.i.rhall i Iels'..r:, Planner David
- Richardson.
Chairman McLemore called
the meeting to order at 10:32
a.m., E.D.T.
Emergency Manage-
ment/911 Coordinator Nelson
reported that Hurricane Katrina
has made a drastic change and
it is now up to- a cstegorr, fie'
Hurricane. ,He" r-pe.rT-i- .-d ,
Gulf County id now under a
tropical storm warning and
coastal flood watch. He report-
ed that the storm surge is going
to be 4-8 feetand the water is
already coming over the road
at the Stumphple at this time.
Emergency Management/911
Coordinator Nelson"' reported
that. they are going topactivate
the E.O.C. on a 2-4 ,our t,. .
through Monday A,\ug'it 29th}
afternoon. He recommended a-
mandator e acuanc-r. firn-m ri .e
Srumph-..Ie r.:..rtr. anrd a re.:.:.m-r
mended e' .ac.acuRor,. Ir.,n t.hc in.
ter.ectlior, :- indiJn Pa- s
to the trin Jar- Pac. area ei Urit '
immediatel', Hie J,, re>:,:.-r
mended a voluntary evacuation
in the low-lying, coastal, and
mobile homes. After further
d :.ussio':nr b', Lthe B:.rd. C.:m.
m'rn-..ner t''uim. : moe .:-,.]:n d ,)i
accept this recommendation.,.
Comm.s'ni.: hner Tradlr sec.':-nded
the m.-uorn rd rpaz:, ed :.0
Conmeusiorner Traylor dis-
tu1 is, trat a tis time there
is not a Vice Chairman on.the
Board arnd we are in a Local
State of Emergency He inob-
u..',r d a pp.rn C ,mn- mm--: er
'01',Lamrs azi, 'ice Clh ariniri.a' and
Comm. :,:.n':er ILWdiaJms 'e -
c-nded ithe mourni, i pa;:.e1
3.0 Cornsmist'.ner Tra,,lor ac-:.

motioned to give the Chairman
and Vice Chairman along with
Emergency Management/911
Coordinator Nelson and Staff
authority to make decisions
as needed during a emergency
state. Commissioner Williams
seconded the motion, and it
passed 3-0.
There being no further
business, the meeting did then
adjourn at11:45 p.m., E.D.T.

The Gulf County Board -
County Commissioners
this date in special budget .
sion with the following mem': r.
present: Chairman Carme'. 1
McLemore, Vice Chairman .I
Williams, and Commissior.:,
Billy E. Traylor, Nathan Per :
Jr., and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: Cc
ty Attorney' Timothy McF.,--
land, Clerk Becky Norris, C -
ecutive Administrator/De:: *-,
Clerk Towan Kopinsky, C I-:.
Finance Officer Carla H-.j
Chief Administrator Don E,i
ler, Assistant Building Ofl..:.,1
Lee Collinsworth, Emerg .--.:
Management/911 Coordir..., r
Marshall Nelson, Gulf Co',.r
E.M.S. Director Shane Mc ...,
fin, Human Resources Dire., ..
Denise Manuel, Maintenc.:-:
Superintendent Steve IV.: I1
Planner David Richard-.:- ,
Public Works Director- Ger, .-
Shearer, Road Department i.
perinterident Bobby Knee, E ,:i.
Waste Director Joe Dan:.: :1
Veterans' Service Officers CE.:
Williams and James Kenn' ..
Sheriff.Dalton Upchurch, ..
Sheriffs Office Majors Joe ri..
gent and Mike Harrison.
The meeting was calle:1
order at 5:01 p.m., E.D.T.
Chairman McLemore .
ported. that he will be oper.s..-
the meeting with public c:.r-"
meht, stating that there will 1i:
a 3-minute time limit for '-: ,
person. The following ihdiv d .-
als then appeared before ir..
Board to discuss the prop: s'-
budget for 2005-06.
Eugene Raffield, of F;
field Fisheries,- discussed di,
negative impact that incre :-.:J
appraisals and taxes (doult '.-1
have on ,he future of s,-- ii
businesses and their emp.l -
ees, and, requested that rr-.:
Board reduce theproposed :.,,
age rate to help them as ir.: -,
as possible. He also reque:r- 1
that they look at other wa : i..
place limits on increases f.: r
Harold Bost, of
SPass, discussed the taxer :.r,
his property (second home) r. A
presented a chartshowing rr.-
tax increases over the last : -
eralyeais. '(The Bodid exter.n...
L th,. iL rrT l f.r r Mr. Bost). i-i
ir. r, r-.a.ia' 'ed i.h r the B:5r-A
Adopt the 2003-04 budget, --.
an nd.ilri:.r.l lST< ,.0 (rhc"
':-.ld [e eq'2hali.r- r.: h [')
increase each year) or al.:'r
the 2004-05 budget (and I .,-iri
looking for ways to reduce uri
budget to get back on a 10/ p
year increase cap).
Ralph Rish, of St. .:.
Beach, discussed departme..-n
budgets, and requested thae -,-
Board reduce their Reserve: L
f I.2fiiffillioi'ndtoredtice r-r
other tu.Ji.-ri. b $300,00 :"-'
'to give some tax relief to 'au '
County taxpayers (money r, r
is retained':, th,: r'ai a.. . ii
generally be put back mtc fth,
local economy). '' .
Mark Costin, of St. .:
Hardware, appeared before the
Board to discuss his cone- r,:
that the increases ir a :.
ments (his went up ) -
taxes are' keeping him from r
pr.:-,'vg .a i t.u:r, F : a -id ,. irr
his employees raises. He st, E
That 1i6 will'I 'ave to incr-
pri.: .:.o pa', r.h = pr-:-p-rr- r ;.'. .
. a id re:q'z e:r,:.j Lr (vF E :..-.
take this', into consider U:',ri
when they adopt the budge
Bill Holten, of St .i.:-
Beach, discussed that he -
SGulf County resident and
increase in taxes on prop.r-
left to his family is prop::ea
to,, increase ,from :$4,50': ::'
to $12,155.00, which is .: rr
300%-. He'stated thatfhe is n.o
tiring :. maJ1e a pr.:.f C on ih."
prop.err LJ'e u ;nl a :.I '' c ei -
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on small business. He stated
that there was a 22.6% increase
last year, but the profit margin
has not increased enough to
pay this kind of increase and
the other increases incurred in
business. He also stated that
the proposed taxes for next
year will be a 100.6% increase
($19,378.24). (The Board ex-
tended the time limit for Mr.
Taylor). He discussed that the
County's proposed budget will
be an increase of over 40%, and
stated this puts a tremendous
burden on Gulf County small
businesses and taxpayers. He
further stated there is some-
thing grossly wrong (corrupt)
when departmental budgets
are increased by this amount.
After discussion by Chairman
McLemore about Mr. Taylor's
comments, Attorney McFarland
stated that the Board should
vote on whether or not to ex-
tend Mr. Taylor's time. Com-
missioner Williams motioned
to allow Mr. Taylor to continue
(requesting that Mr. 'Taylor be
professional), and Commis-
sioner Peters seconded the mo-
tion. The motion then passed
unanimously. Mr. Taylor fur-
ther discussed the margin of lo-
cal growth extends beyond the
growth of the national economy
(3-4%), it is growing too fast,
and the added burden on lo-
cal businesses must be passed
on to the end consumer, which
drives them to other communi-
ties to find more affordable pric-
es. He requested that the Board
do what is right for the common
good of the County.
Wayne Taunton, of Indian
Pass, requested that the Board
greatly reduce the millage rate
(especially when the appraisals
are greatly increased), adopt a
reasonable budget, and abide
by it, so the residents can afford
to stay here.
Bonnie Heath, of Cape San
Blas, discussed the appraisal/
taxes on his property (second
home) because he cannot claim
homestead exemption here. He

requested that the Board run
the County government like
they would run a business. He
also discussed County opera-
tions (new vehicles, equipment,
etc.), and requested a reduction
by the Board.
Charlie Weston, of Cape
San Bias, discussed the need
for the Board to hire a Chief
Financial Officer to prepare and
oversee the budget throughout
the year to cut down on unbud-
geted expenses.
Mark Godwin, of Wood's
Fisheries, discussed the 248%
assessment increase on their
property because of upscale de-
velopments that are being pur-
chased/constructed. He stated
that businesses have no protec-
tion, other than to request that
the Board maintain. a conser-
vative budget beginning with a
2-3% increase and working for-
ward, instead of working back-
ward from the assessment.
Chairman McLemore
thanked the members of the
public for attending to speak
out regarding the Board's pro-
posed budget.
RESERVES (#99984-96000)
After discussion by each
Board member about his views
regarding the proposed budget,
Chairman McLemore passed
the Chair to Vice Chairman Wil-,
liams and motioned to tentative-
ly reduce General Fund: Cash
to be Carried Forward by $1.3
million. Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion and, after
discussion, it passed 3 to 2,
with Commissioner Peters and
Barnes voting no. Chairman
Williams returned the Chair to
Commissioner McLemore.
Commissioner Barnes then
motioned to tentatively reduce
the following General Fund
Industrial Park (#24852-
61000) Land $ 40,000.00
X County Development
(#27152-49000) E.D.C.
$ 6,000.00

X County Development
(#27152-31000) Chamber
$ 5,000.00
Public Works (#42834-
62100) Improvements to
Building $ 168,000.00
Public Works (#42834-
70000) Debt Service/Equip-
ment $ 22,500.00
Legal Aid (#56464-82000)
Legal Aid Services
$ 8,000.06
Gulf County E.M.S.
(#51626-62001) Build-
ings>$25,000 $ 89,000.00
Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion for dis-
cussion. Upon discussion
and agreement not to reduce
the E.D.C. and the Chamber
of Commerce line items, the
motion passed unanimously.
Upon inquiry by Chairman
McLemore, Clerk Norris report-
ed that the Board has tentative-
ly reduced the proposed budget
by $1,627,500.00.
After discussion by mem-
bers of the Board regarding
protocol, new employees, stra-
tegic planning, etc., Mark Cos-
tin inquired about land use and
special zoning for businesses.
County Attorney McFarland
stated that Florida does not
currently have a cap on ad va-
lorem for businesses (as Califor-
nia does). Bill Holten inquired
about new building costs, and
County-wide voting litigation
funding. County Attorney Mc-
Farland discussed the original
lawsuit (in Federal Court) that
resulted in Gulf County being
changed to single-member vot-
ing districts, and the process
for having it overturned.:
Commissioner Williams
then motioned to tentatively
reduce BCC: Professional Liti-
gation Services by $50,000.00.
After discussion, Commissioner
Williams withdrew the motion.
/ F.E.M.A. (#21725-64001),
l.'F,:-n req.ue b, Emere'rn:,
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under a beautiful old oak tree
u can walk to the bay & down-
t. Joe only 2 blocks to each.The
as a new roof, new fence around
private yard with roll gate along
r your boat. irrigation system
II installed, outdoor shower and
beautifull hardwood floors and
nEle work throughout, planta-
nds, detached work/tool shop
in backyard with lean-to shed
d. Bountiful closets' with new
g systems installed throughout
tures (lights and ceiling fans), en-
:rior newly painted $289,900.

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is,'this 3 bedroom 3.5 bath
offers fantastic .views of
ulf. Home is under 3 years.
d has been maintained well.

e in this

lor motioned to carry forward
$44,990.00 from the 2004-05
F.E.M.A. Equipment line item
to purchase equipment for next
year. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the motion, and
passed unanimously.
PAYMENTS (#21022/#21069
After discussion, Commis-
sioner Williams motioned to
tentatively reduce each district's
special projects payments from
$25,000.00 each to $12,000.00
each. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
The meeting did then recess
at 6:23 p.m., E.D.T.
The meeting reconvened at
6:29 p.m., E.D.T.
Upon request by Chair-
man McLemore, Clerk Norris
made the following report to the
1) The proposed
County-wide millage rate based
on the tentative budget changes
is 5.0592 (5.5218 aggregate),
and each dependent fire district
is at .5000, which is a 25.95%
increase over the 2004-2005
Aggregate Rolled-Back Rate of
2) The reasons for the
proposed increase in the budget
are: Increases in departmental
and elected official budgets,
employment related insurance
premiums, and the. Port St.
Joe Downtown Redevelopment
Board obligation.
Upon discussion by Clerk
Norris, Commissioner Wil-
liams motioned to increase the
Beaches Fire "Department Debt
Service line item (#70000) by
$54,946.00 and reduce the
Equipment > $5,000.00 line
item by $54,946.00. Commis-
sioner Traylor, seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-

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Upon motion by Com-
missioner Traylor, second by
Commissioner Williams, and
unanimous vote, the Board
tentatively adopted a proposed
2005-06 County-Wide Millage
Rate of 5.0592.
Commissioner Traylor mo-
tioned to tentatively adopt the
2005-06 County-Wide budget,
based on the changes made
earlier in this meeting. Commis-
sioner Williams seconded the
motion and, after discussion
regarding other possible bud-
gets cuts, the motion passed
Commissioner Peters then
motioned to tentatively re-
duce the Sheriffs budget by
$50,000.00, the BCC: Insur-
ance line item by $169,847.00,
and the Road Department bud-
get by $75,000.00, and Com-
missioner Barnes seconded the
motion. After discussion, Com-
missioner Barnes withdrew his
second, and the motion died for
lack of a second.
Upon motion by Com-
missioner Williams, second
by Commissioner Peters, and
unanimous vote, the Board
tentatively adopted a proposed
2005-06 Millage Rate of .5000
for each Special Fire District
(St. Joseph Fire Control Dis-
trict, Tupelo Fire Control Dis-
trict, Overstreet Fire ,Control
District and Howard Creek Fire
Control District).
Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Peters, second by Com-
missioner Barnes, and unani-
mous vote, the Board tentatively
adopted the proposed 2005-06
budget for each Special. Fire
u:.: rn, r IE 1 J.::-s. ph f re Control
Dri'-,.:r Tu..e.:. Firte Control
District, Overstreet Fire Control
District and Howard Creek Fire
Control District).
Upon motion by Com-
missioner Williams, second
by Commissioner Peters, and
unanimous vote, the Board
scheduled the second and final
2005-06 Budget Public Hear-
ing for September 20, 2005 at
5:01 p.m., E.D.T., in the County
Commission Meeting Room.
Upon final call for public
comment, the following individ-
uals appeared before the Board
to discuss the tentative budget
for 2005-06.
Mel Magidson, local Attor-
ney, stated that these business-
es must pass their tax burdens
on to their customers, and Gulf
County is becoming an 'unaf-
fordable" place to live. He also
discussed that the County pays
the employee insurance bene-
fits, and most business owners
cannot provide any insurance
:':.r t_,etU- emi~pl,., ee-
SBd .JIG :. ,:'f Cape San
Bias, discussed that the in-
',crease in assessments is the
real problem and requested that
the Board meet'with the legisla-
tors to see if there are possible
solutions. He also stated that
members of the public would
like to know exactly what ser-
vices they will be receiving for
their tax dollars.
S Harold Bost, of Indian Pass,
requested that the millage rate
- be lowered to the number of
dollars actually needed.
Donnie Young, of Port St.
Joe, discussed that he is a
landlordr" and will have to in.

crease the rent he charges by
$30.00-$75.00 per month to
cover the increase in taxes, and
requested that the Board lower
the millage as much as pos-
There being no further busi-
ness, and upon motion by Com-
missioner Traylor, the meeting
did then adjourn at 6:50 p.m.,

SEPTEMBER 13, 2005
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met
this date in regular session
with the following members
present: Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, Vice Chairman Bill
Williams, and Commissioners
Billy E. Traylor, Nathan Peters,
Jr., and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: Coun-
ty Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Executive Administrator
Towan Kopinsky, Deputy Clerk
Kari Summers, Chief Adminis-
trator Don Butler, Administrator
Staff Assistant Lynn Stephens,
Building Official Brad Bailey,
Assistant Building Official Lee
Collinsworth, Chamber of Com-
merce Director Sandra Chafin,
Emergency Management Direc-
tor/911 Coordinator Marshall
Nelson, E.M.S. Director Shane
McGuffin, Extension Agent Roy
Lee Carter, Human Resources
Director Denise Manuel, Main-
tenance Superintendent Steve
Mork, Planner David Rich-
ardson, Probation Officer Tim
Mims, Public Works Director
Gerald Shearer, Road Depart-
ment Superintendent Bobby
Knee, Solid Waste Director Joe
Danford, Veterans' Service Of-
ficer Bo Williams, Sheriff's Of-
fice Captain Bobby Plair, and
Sheriff's Office Deputy Larry
Captain Bobby Plair called
the meeting to order at 6:00
p.m., E.D.T.
Rev. Jimmy Williams
opened the meeting with.
prayer,, and Chairman Carmen
L. McLemore led the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. ,
Commissioner Traylor mo-
tioned to approve the following
Consent Agenda items. Com-'
missioner Williams, seconded
he mo':mri. ,rid it passed nran-

1. rr,, ,e,. AJS}ut[ 22 2005.
SpecialMeeting August 23,
2005 Regular Meieung
2. Agreement Medical Ex-
aminer Services (10/1/05-
9/30/06 '-9,968 951
3. Amendment D E P Dune &
Beach Restoration Feasibil-
ity Study .
4. BCC Letter Dept. of Com-
munity Affairs (Harmon
C.D.B.G. HUD Form) ,
5. Budget Amendment #14'
(Transfer Special
Projects Funds from District 5
to District 4 ,$225.00)
6. Change Order Cape San
Blas Berm Project Advance
Conrsmtrcoonor erces
(2B.05-''. i$ S.65,r31 00 In-
. 7. Grant Acceptance Sheriff's
Office ($28,823.00 Live
S can ), . -. .. .
Grant Application Gulf
County ,Public Libraries,
Grant HUD 2880 Form ,(Har-'
mon C.D.B.G.)
Grant Site Visit (Oerstreet'
Vvater SNstem C D B G I

8. Invoice Advance Construc-
tion Services, Inc. Cape
Berm Project (#4 FEMA *
$121,300.00 / #5 State *
$36,045.00 to be paid from
Account #43137-34000)
Allen, Norton & Blue Em-
ployment Matters (#46599 *
$3,529.73 *
to be paid from Account
County Attorney Timothy
McFarland (August, 2005 *
to be paid from Account
Fisher Construction
Wewahitchka E.M.S. Roof
(Bid #0405-19 *
#1 $11,499.00)
.- Florida Association of
Counties (F.A.C.) Technical
Assistance Planning Ser-
vices Tony Arrant (#08920
$9,000.00 *
to be paid from Account
MRD Associates Erosion
Control Project #2005-1
(#354 *
$31,466.40 to be paid
from Account #43137-
MRD Associates Erosion
Control Project #2005-4
(#355 $7,000.00 to be
paid from Account #43137-
9. Proposal Government Ser-
vices Group Impact Fees
(Bid #0405-20 $67,000.00)
Preble-Rish, Inc. Hon-
eyville Community Center
Preble-Rish, Inc. Public
Works/Mosquito Control
Building Renovation
($15,000.00), .
Preble-Rish, Inc. Dead .
Lakes Park'Project
($15,250.00) .
10. Purchase Request Emer-
gency Management Truck
(State Contract .
#04- 120324 27;" 559.:00
to be paid trom Acc-:,unt
11. Repo rt 200'5 Fl,...d Plauw
12. Resolution Budget
Amendment (Disaster Relief
Funds Hurricane Ivan), as
follows: t
WHEREAS, the Board of
County C",mrmnssioner E t Golf
County, Flonda, ha; received
"unantcipated revenue for Di-
sazter Relie I for Hurricane Ivan
in the Genefal, County Road
and Bridge,- 'and. Tourist Devel-
opment Funds for fiscal year
2004-05; and,
WHEREAS .,aid revenue is
needed to help pa', .ertain ex
pendirures Lncurred in fiscal 2004.05,
RESOLVED as ifolows.
The 24-0.5 fiscal %ear
budget is amended as l':,Uoas
General Fundl/Road & Bridge
Fund/Tourist Development
Bd of County Commissioners
21I l .2uu4000 Lr. urance WC
Orrial,. Current iS22",464
Increase t I I. 10
Decrease $-0.:.
Amended Budget '5239,274
County Administrator
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ferred by. local vet. Relia-
ble pet sitter/pet 'owner.
Does home visits while
you are away. In business
7 years. Call Diana or Dan
227-5770 or 648-5081 or
227-8225 -

D Employment

Wants to pay you for chari-
table work. Now hiring di-
rect service workers to
provide in-home assis-
tance to frail elderly in
Wewa, Port St. Joe & the
Beaches. Full time, Part
time, Flex time or week-.
ends available. Back-
ground check & drug
screen required. Call Deb-
bie at 229-8466 or fill out
an application at:
120 Library Dr., PSJ

ing Full time, professional
office personnel. Comput-
er and clerical experience
necessary. Must have ex-
cellent people skills, in-
quiries please contact
850-596-3509 or 527-7785-
to apply.


St. Joe Towns & Re-
sorts is currently seek-
ing an experienced
Construction Superin-
tendent for our GULF
COUNTY Homebuilding
Operations. Candidate
will supervise the con-
struction of detailed
Unique homes. Candi-
date should have great
organizational and jlead-
ership abilities; includ-
ing strong communica-
tion skills and the ability
to follow in place proce-
dures while managing
multiple tasks. 'An un-
derstanding of external
and internal customer
concepts ate essential
in addition to strong
people skills. Five years
residential supervision
required and two year
.college degree pre-
We offer great pay &
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Mail resume to
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Suite 500,
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Executive Director
The Northwest Florida
Transportation Corridor
Authority is seeking appli-
cations for the position of
Executive Director. Re-
sumes should be sent to
Randall McElheney, Chair-
man of the Northwest Flor-
ida Transportation Corri-
dor Authority, at 132 Harri-
son Avenue, Panama City,
FL 32401 and should be
received no later than 5:00
p.m. January 13, 2006. Re-
sumes must evidence sig-
nificant experience in all
aspects of transportation
planning, public transpor-
tation, public finance and

right of way acquisition.
Applicants must also have
significant administrative.
experience. Resumes
must include educational
background, prior experi-
ence and references,

PART TIME Experienced
Cook for busy lunch serv-
ice for PSJ. No nights,
some weekends, 16 hours
per week call 625-6001
THE PORT INN is now ac-
cepting applications for a
.part time housekeeper.
Candidates must be able
to work weekends holi-
days, dependability is a
must If you have an eye
for detail and a passion for
service we want YOU!
Please apply in person at
the address below: Make
beds, make friends,-, make
money! Inquire about ben-
efits package. EOE.
DFWR Port Inn, 501 Mon-
ument Ave. Port St. Joe,
FL. 32456

TEAM of Prudential Resort
Realty is looking for a
highly motivated, well or-
ganized, licensed real es-
tate sales assistant. Job
description available tor
reo-ev. Send resume to
Pruderital Reson Realty,
left Gailoway's ohice, -15
East First Street, St. Geor-
ge Island, Fl 32328 ATTN:
Hollis Vail. Salary com-
mensurate with exp. In-
terviews will be held Janu--
ary 15th- 25th. Call Hollis
Vail if you have specific
questions. (850) 927-2596


City of Mexico
B Beach.
Is accepting applications
for Full Time position of
Police officer-Patrolman
1. Must meet FDLE re-
quirements, to include L.E.
FDLE certification. People,
oral, &. written communica-
tions and some computer
skills essential. Starting
pay Is $26,000/annual plus
benefits. Applications will
be reviewed until position
is filled. Call 850-648-4790
for. information or pickup
application at 118 N. 14th
St. The City of Mexico
Beach Is an EEOC provid-


Lose weight make $$$

rience required. Werner
Enterprises has immediate
openings for eitry-level
semi drivers. Our avg. driv-
ers earn more than $36k
first year. 60% of our driv-
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weekly. 15-day CDL train-
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Readymix Concrete
Now hiring CL A&B CDL
Readymix Drivers. Ex-
cellent wages and Ben-
efits. $500 Sign onr Bo-
nusl USA is an EOE.
Call 850-670-5740

You'll work with
homeowners to inspect &
identify, the need for servic-
es, and build your busi-
ness in Panama City. We
seek professional driven
closer with sales experi-
ence. You'll also need a
clean driving record, and
pre-screen drug & back-
ground checks. We offer
first year earning potential
to' $35K, comprehensive
paid training & outstand-
ing benefits.
Please apply In person at
1337 W. 19th St.,
Panama City, FL 32405
At Terminix, you'll find an
environment that is built
around your success. Our
career paths & training
programs can help you,
advance as far as you
want. That is, if you're a
motivated person with ex-
ceptional sales & cus-
tomer service skills who's
ready 10 join a Fonune 500
leader. From here, your
potential could take you
anywhere. "
Success Breeds Success

The Gulf County
Board of
County Commissioners
Now accepting applica-
tions for one (1) full-time
Laborer positions, at the
Public Works Depart-
ment. Applications and a
complete job description
are available In our Human.
Resources Office (1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe), or at www.
corn Applications will be
accepted until 5:00 p.m.,
E.T. on January 13, 2005
at the Gulf County Human
Resources Office. For
more information, please
contact Human Resources
Director Denise Manuel at
(850) 229-5335.
Gulf County enforces a
Drug-Ftee Workplace Poli-
cy and is an Equal Oppor-
tunity/ Affirmative Action


every night. 1 years experi-
ence. Clean MVR. Class A
& B license. $300 Sign- On
-Bonus after 90 Days. Call

Compass Physical Thera-
py in Panama City is hiring
PT/PTAs. Come join a
growing company with
great benefits. E-mail re-
sumes to compass pt
( or fax

The Port Inn
Now accepting applica-.
tions for a Front Desk
Sales Agent. This is a split
shift requiring 2. overnight
shifts (11 p-7a) a week.
Weekends and holidays
are required. This is a full
time position, although
part time candidates for
the overnight shift are also
encouraged to apply. The
ideal candidate will have
previous computer and
guest service skills, but we
are willing to train the right
person. Health Insurance
is available after 90 days
to all full time employees.
If you are great with
guests, an excellent prob-
lem solver and have a de-
sire to be the best, we
want you. Come join our
family E.O.E. DFWP
Apply in person at:
501 Monument Ave.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456


Every Friday Night at 7 pm
Eastern. Great Auctions
Weekly. Often Including
Estates Col. Wade Clark,
Auction-eer Wade Clark
Auctions 314 Reid Avenue,
Port St Joe 850-229-9282,
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this classification may or
may not require an in-
vestment or may be
multi-level marketing
opportunities. We do
not recommend giving
credit card or bank ac-
count information out
over the phone. Always
research the company
you plan to do business
with BEFORE investing.

If yqou have a variable 'rate
.mortgage, now is the time
to get a low fixed rate. Call
America's First Home Mort-
gage at 850-323-0824 for
local, personal service. ,

700. t
Beach, $350mo, utilities in-
cluded, call 647-8481

2 2 BR Long Term rentals,
available in Mexico Beach.
Call Hambrick Realty
648-1102 for details.

2 BR, 1.5 BA TH Gulf Aire
subdivision, pool & tennis,
beach access w/ board-
walk, $775mo. Call 850-

2 BR, 2 1/2 BA, Duplex for
rent LONG TERM, .6
months to year lease. Gulf
front, fully furnished except
utilities. Pets allowed with
size/breed restriciton.
$1,200 per month, $1,200
damage deposit. Please
Call 850-229-6100,
Bluewater Realty.

3 BR 2 BA Double wide
Mobile Home in Mexico
Beach area, full wrap
around porch, 3 vehicle
parking space, & all .major
appliances, $850mo+1mo
dep, lease req. 647-5722

3 BR, 2 BA Hiland View,
$900/mo., $900/dep. Con-
tact Tammy Sasser@
Coldwell Banker Forgotten
Coast Realty 648-1010.

3 BR, 2 BA house at 8918
hwy 386 Wetappo 10 miles
from Mexico Bch and .
Washer/dryer, frig, front
porch & Irg. screened
back porch, rear carport
w/ storage shed, Irg
200x400 lot, new ac/heat
pump, culligan treated well
water, & garbage pickup
incl'd. Small pet accepta-
ble w/ pet deposit. 1st, last
+ $500 dep. $750/mo. De-
posit and last'month rent
may be spread over a peri-
od of 6 months. Lease re-
quired length negotiable
call 941-302-3010

1404 Long Ave. 3 bed-
rooms, 2 baths. Recently
renovated; new flooring,
dishwasher, central
heat/AC. Washer/dryer
hookups. Large backyard
with deck and shed. Land-
lord provides lawn service.
Pets o.k. $950/mo. This
house will not be available
for long. Call Ron at

CARABELLE 3br/1ba new
remodel, big yrd, no pets,
$750mo. 404-307-8912
AVAIL. NOWI fully furnd,
2br, 1.5ba, idyllic location
on stream. Beautiful View.
$850mo. 850-227-8719
ba $600 month + deposit
and last months rent. call
smoking/pets, 3br, 2ba fur-
nished mobile home with
deck, dishwasher, fridge,
washer & dryer incl'd.
CH/A. $900. mo + util's.
rnill nQ.nn- no2Q

220 REID AVE. 650sf.
commercial space, down-
town Port St. Joe.
$905.25/mo, utilities split
with neighboring tenant.
$850 security deposit with
1 year lease. Contact Kim
at 850-227-4960 or

SPACE, 103 N 30th St.,
Mexico Beach, 1250sf, Im-
mediate Occupancy,
$1200 mo., electric includ-
ed. 850-648-5242

New Commercial Office
and warehouse storage for
lease In St. Joe commerce
park located on Industrial
Rd. (FL Hwy 382) behind
Arizona Chemical. Each
space consists of an office,
bath, storage closet and
warehouse with 10' roll up
door. Convenient to all lo-
cations, 1/2- mile off Hwy
98. 1000 sq.ft. each space.
$550 per month. 12 month
leases. One month securi-
ty deposit. Office (850)
229-8014. Home (850)
229-8030 C 850-258-4691


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2 BR 1 BA Port St.Joe.
Cor lot w/bay view. $235K
850-762-3252 by owner
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Real Estate bile home on 75x150 lot,
eal Estate 2nd block from dedicated
beach. Joan Lovelace
Beach Harmon Realty
INVESTMENT Opportunity ate
1.6 acres corner lot. Hwy f
71 North, Wewa. Block F Sa
building, commercial. $80k MEXICO BEACH- water-
Call 850-258-5022 front, 2br/1.5ba, canalfront
Owner/Realtor townhome, blue water unit
108C, Miramar Dr. 1 blk to
MEXICO BEACH, Hwy 98 gulf, deeded boat slip
General Commercial- Den- incid. Furn'd. Immaculate.
sity should allow Duplex $585k,Call (315) 525-4306.
Gulf view & Beach ac:ce-ss. 25
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HOME on this Bay View
H'oms lot. Breathtaking views of
Fg S a le St Joe Bay from this 113' 9
304' lot on Constitution
Drive. Call 850 229,6100
2' BR 1.5 BA, brick house Bluewater Realty of Gulf
on 5 to 11 acres in Clarks-County
.ville, pool, asking $275K, Couny
call Deborah, 850-674- COMMERCIAL LOT with
7508/850-674-9110 work great visibility on the cori
ner of 4th Street and Mon,
2 HOMES for sale, located ument in downtown Port Si
near Shell Landing boat Joe. 'Call 850 229-6100
ramp, at Homes Creek, Bluewater Realty of Gulf
New Hope FL, 5 acres +/-, County
850-535-2838 or 850-251- COUNTRY SETTING Lot
9126 but minutes from beaches
and bay. Creekview EsL'
ILLNESS FORCES SALE. states Lot 11. Overstee
Large 3/2 brick home., $74,500.00 Bluewater Re-
Ready to move in. Home alty 850-229-6100
features: 2 car gar., newly
remodeled kitchen & bath- DESIRABLE Building Ldo
rooms. Bay windows, nice- in Established. Family
ly landscaped lawn. Ap- Neighborhood. 141 Barba,
praised value' $339k. Will ra Drive, ,Port St Jo
sell for $299,500. 227-7720 Bluewater Realty.. 850-
3br, 1.5ba home. Large liv- BAY access to build your
ing room w/vaulted ceiling, home? We have just the
Jenaire Grill. Wraparound lot in, Paradise. Gulf Para-
deck. 2 blocks from dedi- dise Bay Subdivision.
cated beach. $349,900 MOTIVATED SELLER
Joan Lovelace 850-229-6100 Bluewater
850-527-2560, Mexico Realty of Gulf County .
Beach Harmonr Reairt
$399,90b0 3br/2.5ba r e
townhouse. Like new, fully -i- - _m
furnished, Beachside of 98
Joan Lovelace, Mexico (tl l n w
Beach Harmon Realty,
850-527-2560 or
S800-239-4959 2 BR, 1 BA 9
MEXICO BEACH, 34th St. Located in St. JoeBeacuf
3br/2ba, Beachside of No pets, references re-
Hwy, 1/2 Duplex. Well quired $500 per month g-
maintained, fully furnished. deposit 850-227-1795 ,
Gulfview. $695,000. Joan 3 BDRM 2 BATH MOBIL4
Lovelace, (850)527-2560 HOME, located on water Ia
Mexico Beach Harmon Re- Overstreet, furnished. $850
alty, 800-239-4959 mo. Call ED 229-9727.
MEXICO BEACH, Beach 3 BR1BAw/CH&A, unfu&
side of 98, 2br/2ba, pool nished, at Mexico Beachm
garage. Priced Reduced'$600mo w/$600 Damage
Was $549,900, No0 dep. 648-5905
$499,900. Priced below SINGLE WIDE MOBILE
comparable sales; Joan, HOME, in Overstreet. $406
Lovelace, (850) 527-2560. mo. Call Ed 229-9727.
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
Buyy, 850-648-5767.
$795,000:' 3br/2ba. Corner
lot across from dedicated'
beach. Florida room w/ un-
obstructed view of beach.
Commercial possibilities.
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During my lifetime I
have never traveled far from
the Eastern seaboard of
the United States, and dur-
ing the past several years
I haven't strayed far from
the Forgotten Coast. I was
naively surprised, therefore,
to read the following com-
ment from a reader of my
forum. I am printing it here
in entirety because bstruss
says in a concise way what I
struggle to get across:
"As I travel around the
country, I am amazed at
the way that clear cutting
is done and natural green
space is eliminated in both
residential and commercial
landscaping. I see homes
on large lots where the front
yard is completely cleared so
that the home is completely
visible from every angle (and,
turf abounds).
We talk about how defor-
estation around the world is
contributing to global warm-
ing, less clean air, loss of
habitat, erosion, and sedi-
ment runoff. However, we
don't seem to practice it
in our own country. What

I would like to see from
designers is an "education"
to the benefits of designing
with nature as a means to
preserve habitat, save water,
and curb the use of damag-
ing chemicals from mainte-
I believe that educa-
tion is the best approach
because tree laws and such
can only go so far and
in many cases only inflame
people to ignore them. How
about suggesting to people
to minimize lawn areas and
save vegetation (making
islands around them etc)?
With sprawl and overpopu-
lation eating up the country-
side, how about starting a
revolution in landscaping to
save nature?"
This particular forum
addresses issues of land-
scape design, and is fre-
quented by everyone from
homeowners to internation-
ally known landscape pro-
fessionals. They are an
intelligent lot who approach
issues from many perspec-
tives. Sometimes, they force
me to acknowledge that these
problems rotate around a

- .. . :

question of economics. This
is what Veronicastrum has
to say on the subject:
"One explanation that I
have heard is that many
of the large-scale develop-
ers are operating on razor-
thin margins, and so the
only way to make a profit is
to make all parcels uniform
and eliminate any obstacles
to speedy development. That
massive oak may have been
there for close to one hun-
dred years but it would slow
down construction by days
or even (shudder) weeks to
build around it, so down
it goes. That little rise over
there gives character to
the land, but we can't run
trucks over it as easily, so
flatten away!"
Just as I thought. It is
easier, quicker, cheaper to
scrape off the land, flatten
it out, and. build. Taking
the existing terrain into
consideration is too much
trouble. That is why one
day we have rolling dunes
covered in native wildflowers
and grasses, and the next
month we have a big flat
empty expanse, ready for
more condos.
Sometimes,. rarely.
the existing landscape is
respected and preserved.
But consider this. quoted
in part from an answer by
Mich in Zonal Denial:
"I'd like to welcome you
to my world. where clear
cutting has been eliminated
from the vocabulary. Instead
we have absolutely pristine
oak forests with the new
homes being limited by their
size and shape in order to
fit in between the trees. The

surrounding planting has to
be 90 % native and lawns
are almost always denied or
at the very least are restrict-
ed to a patch no larger than
400 sq. feet.... if your well
can support that amount of
water consumption... The
final look is spectacular.
Unfortunately you have to
have at least 2 million dol-
lars to buy what few lots
remain or shell out about 6
million ( extreme low end )
,to the average of about 15
million dollars for a home...
Careful for what you ask

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mountain offered an expla-
nation that is most in touch
with the average homeown-
er. He talks about a beauti-
ful lot his father built a sec-
ond home on, overlooking a
river, and how his father cut
down the trees and plans
to plant sod to the river's
edge, and yet complains
about how his property is
now used by fishermen and
others taking advantage of
his clearing job. He writes:
"It takes more than educa-
tion. Most people in the US
have spent their lives so far
removed from the natural
world they have lost their
taste for it. Who needs trees,
we've got an air conditioner.
Trees get in the way of the
lawnmower... I think his
war with nature gives him
a sense of purpose in his
retirement. I'd say he was
pretty typical... Whenever I

get depressed about this I
go out and plant a tree. :-)
It's a hilarious situation on
my parents property, every
time I go there I plant a tree,
so now my dad can't get rid
of them, he has to take care
of them. So he's busily cut-
ting down trees on his prop-
erty and I'm busily planting
Isolated though we may
be here in paradise, it is
illuminating to know that
others in the US are fac-
ing the same challenges. If
you'd like to read the entire
exchange on this subject, go
to, go
to the forums page, look for
the landscape design forum,
and the subject 'Landscape
Design & Environment?'
which should appear on the
first or second page. Or,
email me, and I'll send you
the link.
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