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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Creation Date: April 13, 2006
Frequency: weekly
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General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
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County Aims to Draft Affordable Housing Policy by June

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
County commissioners intend to draw
a bright line in the sand for developers and
affordable housing by June.
That was the outcome of a discussion
- the second in as many regular bi-monthly
meetings on Tuesday concerning the lack
of affordable housing in the county and what
Commissioner Billy Traylor labeled as a lack
of action on the part of developers to fill that
7 Traylor urged, and was supported by his
fellow commissioners, that the Commission
adopt a policy to address the pressing issue of

affordable housing by the Board's first meet-
ing in June.
What that policy would look like is
unclear, but the discussion began two weeks
ago centered around reports out of Palm
Beach County that commissioners there were
considering a requirement that a percentage
of any new development 11 to 20 percent
- arrive in the form of affordable housing or
land for construction of less pricey homes.
One developer this week suggested that
the county examine possible ad valorem tax
abatements and other incentives to make
affordable housing more inviting business-
wise for developers.

More flexibility, particularly on density,
in comprehensive plans for both the county
and city should also be part of addressing the
issue, the developer said, noting that neither
the city nor county have provisions for incen-
tives to make affordable houses a reality.
In one aside, commissioners did approve
Tuesday an amendment to the county com-
prehensive plan among several the Florida
Department of Community Affairs must
approve which would increase density lim-
its on lands in median density zones from five
units to eight units per acre and in high-den-
sity zones from eight to 20 units.per acre.
Those increases were possible, county

Still Daisy After All ,These Years

B- Despina Williams
.4" Star Staiff WVriter
Once a year, Miss Daisy returns home.
She stands at the corner of 7- and Woodward, casts her eyes at the
gutters and notes if they're clean.
She inspects her house and: puts in a request for a hot cup of coffee.
On Sunday, she attends services at the First United Methodist Church
and greets her former, students as they slide next to her'in the pew.
Each year, Daisy Ferrell Johnson comes home to celebrate her birthday
with the city and the friends that she loves most.
.This year, there was much cause for celebration
On Saturday, the longtime Port St. Joe school teacher rang in her 100"
birthday at the First United Methodist fellowship hall. surrounded by family
and friends.
Those in attendance marveled at the petite woman dressed in an elegant
burgundy suit.
Time had not diminished her intellect and sense of humor. Her deep
staccato laughter- filled the hall.'
Nancy Howell brought flowers, daisies for Miss Daisy. Others brolight
photographs and memories.
Johnson brought herself, a treat as sweet as birthday cake on a memorable
." Saturda- afternoon.
A Hosford Childhood
Johnson was born April 10. 1906 in a seven-room house in Hosford. the
tenth child of O.%V. Ferrell and Emily Duggar Ferrell.
She never knew her father, a farmer and turpenutine man who died of
pneumonia when she was 10 months old.
He had built their home from Greensboro lumber, which he transported
to Hosford by horse and bugg.
With each new child, he added another room.
As a young girl, Johnson helped out on the family farm. Her mother made
syrup from sugar cane. and Johnson fed the cane into the ca-ne mill.
She also cut wood to burn in the iron cook stome, hulled peanuts, and
shucked corn.
The work was hard., but not as offensive as her task during hog killing
time, when young Daisy washed and scraped hog entrails as thin as paper.
The entrails made fine breakfast sausage, but Johnson was no fan of the
intermediate steps .
"I got so sick doing that," she said.
Always thin and petite, Johnson was the last in the pecking order, \with
seven rough and tumble older brothers, six of whom would become railroad
men, and one, a Methodist preacher.
"I had to fight my way with the boys," remembered Johnson. "They would
tease me just to make me cry and then they'd 'call me a crybaby."
Johnson loved them all Albert, Dave, Bob, Jeff, Lonnie, O.Z. and Leonard
even though they were not. she admits, very kind to her.
She also dearly loved her mother, a good-natured woman who did not
spare the rod when her children misbehaved.
"We knew to mind her. If one told something on the other one, they both
-...got punished," Johnson recalled.
Emily Ferrell read the Bible daily, and saw"to it that her children attended
the First Baptist Church every Sunday.

(See MISS DAISY on Page IOA)

"The Lord's been merciful to

Daisy Ferrell Johnson, widely known as "Miss Daisy," holds k'eep m e here this ong. "
great-great granddaughter Julianna Lytal during her 100'h
birthday celebration, held Saturday at the First United Methodist Daisy fE i so, age
Church in Port St. Joe. y Ferrel.I Johson,

A Taste of Things to Come

By Despina Williams students further their arts education.
Star Staff Writer Seeing that she and Boyer were
Three years ago, Patti Blaylock and Dana operating on parallel tracks. Blaylock
Boyer found themselves at cross purposes. wondered if they might merge their
-.*-. The civic minded pals were planning talents.
S--. separate festivals that would promote the very "Why are we trying to do two things?"
- -' best Gulf County has to offer. Blaylock asked Boyer "Let's put it
Blaylock, owner of Sunset Coastal Grill. together."
- -,- imagined a celebration of local cuisine They christened the quirky
- modeled after the annual chef sampler in combination of food and arts. scholarships
-- Apalachicola. and fireworks "A Taste of the Coast," and
-. A fireworks enthusiast, Blaylock watched as their joint venture became one
earmarked the proceeds for an enlarged July of the area's most anticipated events.
:.- :4th display. A Taste of the Coast returns to the
Meanwhile, Boyer imagined a celebration Centennial Blulding on April 28-29. and
of local arts, with proceeds helping high school (See TASTE OF THE COAST on Page 19A)

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"Bantam Rooster and Hen," a watercolor by
Deborah VanVleet will be up for grabs at the A Taste
of the Coast fine art auction, to be held April 29 at the
Centennial Building in Port St. Joe.

planner David Richardson said, because of
the extension of sewer lines density is con-
strained by the presence of septic tanks in
several areas of the county.
Traylor, while acknowledging the missteps
of the Commission on the affordable housing
issue, put the onus squarely on developers,
saying that despite repeated opportunities to
bring forth a plan to meet the need of work-
ing folks to attain homeownership in a county
where home prices have spiked in the past
five years, little has occurred.
I "I'm glad developers have made a lot of\
mone\," Traylor said. "By the same token you!
can't drive ... people out of the county.
"They've made a lot of money and that's

(See COUNTY on Page 6A)


Enacts Sexual


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
A large "Keep Out" sign has been erected
for sexual offenders and predators hoping to
relocate to Wewahitchka.
Unless those offenders are interested in
purchasing a very wet piece of ground.
Wewahitchka city commissioners dtiring
the regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday
approved for final adoption an ordinance which
significantl,- restricts where an individual
convicted of being a sexual predator or a
"sexual offender whose victim was under 16
can take up residence in the city.
The ordinance prohibits such individuals
from hiing within 2,500 feet of a school, school
bus stop, day care center, park, playground
or "other places where children regularly
In practical terms, anyone convicted of
a sex-ual offense involving a child under age
16 would not be able to establish a residence
within a half mile of any place in town where
children gather and/or play.
The 2,500 foot limit would be measured
following a straight line from the outer property
line of the residence to the nearest property
line of a school, bus stop. day center, etc.
Property owners, additionally, would be
prohibited from rentingor selling any residence
to an individual who would be impacted by
the ordinance, re: a sexual offender.
The only exceptions to the ordinance are
those individuals who are minors or were
minors when the sexual offense occurred or
those convicted of such offenses that have as
of Monday established permanent residence
within 2,500 feet of the areas designated In
the ordinance.
The ordinance was modeled after a similar
measure passed recently by Panama City.
In fact. it was the passage of that Panama
City ordinance and the consideration of
similar ordinances in Parker and Springfield
in Bay County which compelled Wewahitchka
officials to act.
"We knew Panama City had passed one
and Parker and Springfield were passing one,"
said Wewahitchka city manager Don Minchew.
"For those who work or live in those areas of
Bay County, where would they go but up the
road to lWewahitchka).
"Those ordinances leave very few places in
Bay County. We were concerned. We wanted
to stop what I would call undesirables from
relocating to the city."
Compounding the urgency for
commissioners was, as noted in the ordinance
itself, the reality that Wewahitchka was
increasingly becoming attractive as a home
for younger families with small children.
Minchew noted that when taking into
account schools, designated bus stops (a
significant provision added to the Wewahitchka
ordinance), parks and day care centers, the
ordinance would have the practical effect of
offering sexual offenders little space to find a
residence, outside of swampland.
Those who knowingly violate the ordinance
could be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up
to 60 days in jail, or both.

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Filling in the Sand

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
As they attempted to
finalize parameters and lan-
guage for resolutions estab-
lishing voter referendums
on funding beach restora-
tion last Friday, the county's
Beach Advisory Committee
continues to gather evidence
for its case favoring the proj-
A preliminary design
and feasibility study near-
ing completion by engineer
Michael Dombrowski has
identified sand plight on the
peninsula and an outline for
a beach restoration project.
State dollars, accord-
ing to representatives of
the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
working with the commit-
tee, appear to be available
to help fund at roughly 40
percent of the project.
Work continues on
expanding public beach
access, a key to maximize
state funding, as county
commissioners recently
approved the expansion of
parking at Cape Palms Park
and the creation of parking
spaces and public restrooms
along Dunes Drive.
The executive summary
of Dombrowski's preliminary
report provides a foundation
for the debate over beach
Dombrowski noted that
"St. Joseph Peninsula ...
has one of the highest rates
of erosion in the State of
Storm events since
1998 have resulted in the
"destruction and relocation
of a number of residential
structures, erosion of prop-
erty so severe that many
lots are not longer of suf-

ficient size to be buildable,
and threatening many other
upland structures now in
imminent danger of col-
Dombrowski's report
noted that erosion trends
north to south are greatly
influenced by major storm
events with "minimal" natu-
ral recovery between major
storms. That trend, given all
predictions of storm activ-
ity by scientists, is likely to
continue for the next 10-20
years, Dombrowski noted.
And if the erosion goes
unabated over the next 30
years, approximately 148
existing structures would
be destroyed by storms or
would need to be removed
due to erosion, according to
Dombrowski's report.
Roughly 376 residen-
tial lots would be rendered
The loss of residential
structures and land over
the next 30 years is esti-
mated at $65.6 million and
$285.4 million, respectively,
buttressing the case made
by proponents of the proj-
ect that beach renourish-
ment represents a county,
not peninsula, issue, given
the potential loss of tax rev-
An economic and fis-
cal impact study conducted
by Dr. William Stronge of
Florida Atlantic University,
reported that the economic
impact of the proposed proj-
ect area on Gulf County is
$75 million annually.
Labor earnings of $23
million represent 18 percent
of the county total, Stronge's
report says in part. Direct
tourist spending is $29 mil-
lion, second-home spending'
$7 million and new con-

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$16 million per year.
Twenty-four percent
of the county's ad valorem
taxes pour out of the penin-
sula, Stronge reported, with
$3 million going to the coun-
ty, the same amount pour-

ing into the school system.
Dombrowski identified
four alternatives for beach
renourishment but due to
restraints caused by dollar
signs and government own-
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That would cover 5.9
miles from, roughly, the mid-
point of the revetment at the
Stump Hole to St. Joseph
State Peninsula State Park.
According to Laurel
Eiler of the Beach Advisory
Committee, the group is in
early discussions with state
park officials concerning the
possibly of including a por-

tion of the beaches of the
state park eroding as with
the rest of the peninsula in
the project.
Proponents note that
it was the beaches of the
peninsula which were
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Stephen Leatherman, the
self-proclaimed Dr. Beach.
Leatherman's national tele-
vision interview took place
in St. Joseph Peninsula
State Park
And by adding more
length to the project, Eiler
noted, the more effective
in the long-run the project
would be and the inclusion
of state lands would assist
in securing state funding,

with the portion inside the
park likely funded 100 per-
cent by state dollars.
Dombrowski had ten-
tatively identified a few,
sources of nearby under-
water sand in abundance
which could be efficiently
and, more importantly, with.
cost-effectiveness, pumped
onto peninsula beaches in
the project area.
The shoals off Cape San
Blas, Dombrowski indicat-
ed in addressing one con-
cern among Beach Advisory
Committee members, con-
tain sand in' such abun-
dance that removing what is
needed for restoration would
have negligible impact on the
shoals and current flows.
The Gulf County project,
proponents also note, would
hardly be alone among
beach restoration in Florida.
Currently, 42 beaches or
175 miles of beach front,
in 60 communities is being
restored, including nearby

projects in Bay County,
Navarre Beach, Destin and
Walton County.
The key sticking point
- in addition to design, per-
mitting and the like for the
project area to be ironed
out by the advisory com-
mittee is language for the
resolutions to be presented
to the County Commission
for approval which would
establish the burden each

of three Municipal Services
Taxing Units will bear in
funding the project and the
voter referendum by which
those funding mechanisms
will be decided by voters.
As currently proposed,
the local share of the cost of.
the project the total cost,
remains unclear but is esti-
mated at $15-$20 million,
with the local share around
$10 million will be borne
entirely by property owners
on the peninsula, with gulf-
front owners shouldering the
largest share, then interior
gulf-side property owners
and bayside property own-
ers in descending levels of
monetary commitment.
Registered voters in each
of the three MSTUs will vote
,sometime in June wheth-
er to approve the funding
mechanism for the project
or not, provided county com-
missioners approve the res-
olutions establishing final
language for each MSTU.

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Our culture is fascinated with
the concept of Do-It-Yourself,
and it's no surprise that hom-
eowners sometimes consider
a DIY approach to selling. It's
even the subject of popular
television shows. Court TV is
popular, too, but most people
wouldn't act as their own legal
counsel after watching a few
The label "For Sale By Owner"
is a bit misleading. That's be-
cause in fact, ALL homes are
.for sale by owner, since the
homeowner holds the title. In
most cases, real estate pro-
fessionals are employed to fa-
cilitate the sale, but do much
more than just "sell" the home.
They represent the seller and
market the property.
Once you go beyond selling,

it becomes apparent that For
Sale By Owner really trans-
lates to Unrepresented Seller.
It sounds fun to sell some-
thing, but it's not fun to be un-
represented in a competitive
industry. Think about it: most
buyers seek the services of an
agent to save time and money.
The seller is at a definite disad-
vantage if not armed with the
same representation.
Unrepresented sellers report
that the three most difficult
aspects of going it'alone are 1.
Pricing correctly, 2. Preparing
the home effectively, and 3.
Understanding and complet-
ing paperwork. Unrepresented
sellers face more liability is-
sues and lower sales prices
than their represented coun-
terparts. There's a lot more
involved in For Sale By Owner
than just the "Sale."

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

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Frank Pate Park
will play host to Florida
Coastal History Days on
April 22-23, in what the
Gulf County Genealogical
Society hopes will become
an annual event.
The weekend celebra-
tion will feature Living
History demonstrations
such as soap making and
bee keeping, as well as
Civil War reenactments
and historical tours of
downtown Port St. Joe.
In the park, visitors
can sample refreshments,
listen to storytellers and
meet local authors William
"Bill" C. Roberts, Mary
Butler Cullifer, Beverly
Douds, Ann Robbins and
Paul Lowery, who will be
signing copies of their lat-
est books.
The festival is free and
open to the public.


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Friday, April 21
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Saturday, April 22
9 a.m. Civil War reenactors encamp across the road from the Frank Pate park, in the wooded
area near the Chamber of Commerce.
10 a.m. Ladies tea and parlor games
11 a.m. Calvary, infantry and artillery demonstrations, gun salute
2 p.m. Skirmish a mock battle by the bay in Maddox Park. Soldiers will take positions in
the trees and bushes along the shoreline, and welcome sailors with a volley of
(simulated) lead. A demonstration of 1860s battleground medical treatment will
immediately follow.
Historical tours of downtown Port St. Joe by the Arrow project will be conducted throughout
the day, with Dixon and Sons Taxi Service providing a shuttle.
4 p.m. Park closes to the public.

Sunday, April 23
9 a.m. Encampment open to the public
10 a.m. Church services on the grounds
1:30 p.m. Calvary, infantry and artillery demonstrations
2:30 p.m. Skirmish
3:30 p.m. Conclusion and Salute
4 p.m. Clean-up and departure

For more information on Florida Coastal History Days, contact Beverly Douds, 850-229-1094,
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Editorials, Comments PAGE The Star
Edtoils, Commens PAGE FOUR THURSDAY, April 13, 2006
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Zero-Based Expectations

The starting gun for upcoming govern-
ment budget cycles was sounded a couple
of weeks ago by County Commissioner Bill
During a regular meeting of the Board
of County Commissioners Williams men-
tioned that with 60 days or so before
the formal workshops and public hearings
during which the 2006-07 budget would
be finalized, he hoped Chairman Carmen
McLemore would support holding work-
shops with department heads regarding
how they created the budget requests to be
presented for Commission approval.
Williams specifically noted that he
would like to embark upon the learning
curve of zero-based budgets, which, in
short strokes, starts each budget at zero
with the numbers filled in based on need,
*not want or history on fiscal "policy."
Williams floated a similar idea last year
to then-chairman Nathan Peters, Jr.
Given the reaction of his peers two
'weeks ago, Williams could have been speak-
Sing in Russian while underwater.
The enthusiasm underwhelming two
weeks ago, warm and fuzzy on Tuesday
provided additional evidence that no one
should hold their breath about seeing such
a reasoned concept take hold.
Commissioners simply seem unable to
take the hard look in the mirror required
'to ask the tough questions on spending,
particularly in the area which it could be
argued carries the most fat .- personnel,
particularly how the county doles out posi-
tions, comp time and insurance as if they
were entitlements not benefits.
It's a hybrid pay-as-you-go-guide to re-
Yet, we would note, the landscape is a
-bit different from a year ago, and not just
that Williams has now been in office more
than a year and his voice should carry more
'traction among his fellow commissioners.
The landscape has been changed by the
simple numbers that have ploughed new
ground in Gulf County.
There are a host of ways in which
'numbers can be crunched and twisted like
Gumby to support any host of arguments
and explanations.
What can not be disputed, though, is
that' last year's tax increase was 25.8 per-
The year before that taxpayers felt a
hit of 31 percent, the prior three years tax
'increases were in double digits. Taxpayers
have seen an increase in their bills every
year since 1997.
; A budget which was under $5.5 million
when the millennium dawned is now nearly
$14 million solely in ad valorem dollars
-just six years later.
And that number does not reflect fed-
eral and state funds, much in grant money,
:which pays for many of the infrastructure
projects commissioners tout as accomplish-
ments, and actually bulges the county's
pockets to north of $25, million,
Add to that a half-cent sales tax levied
for a hospital and healthcare programs
'as commissioners determine with the help
of a committee not yet in existence though
'the tax went into effect Jan. 1 and the
proposed extension and multiplying of the

county's long-term debt, both approved by
this Commission.
Political conservatives let taxpayers
hold up their county tax bill and then judge
whether any commissioner merits donning
that hat.
Most alarming, from this corner, is the
reality that commissioners will have, by
the end of October, found a way to spend
nearly every last dime of those dollars this
The idea of a road bond, for exam-
ple, which would serve to compound and
extend the county's long-term debt, is
necessary largely because commissioners
almost immediately spent the money gener-
ated several years ago in consolidating the
county's long-term obligations.
Doing so, we would add, while largely
ignoring the recommendations of a citizens'
committee which offered a series of sound
changes in how the county operated fis-
But at present, with the end of the fis-
cal year still months away we've barely
hit the halfway point commissioners have
under $50,000 in reserves and roughly
$700,000 in cash-carry-forward.
That's about 5 percent of the ad valor-
em tax funds levied this year and a fraction
of 1 percent of the entire county budget
that has not yet been burned in what would
fairly be described as spending no business
could hope to sustain.
The only conclusion is that commis-
,sioners are addicted to spending public
money. An addict cares little about tomor-
row; it's all about today's fix.
But what bolstering of services can
commissioners point to as a rationale for
their addiction? What benefit, it would be
fair to inquire, for the taxpayers who loot
-that bill? That is one of the hard questions
commissioners will have to answer this
And they will surely have hard ques-
tions to answer in the coming months due
to what may be the most significant trans-
formation of the landscape over the past
year: citizen engagement.
The outrage during last year's budget
hearings was palpable.
A political action committee and when
has there been a PAC in Gulf County? has
been mobilized in an effort to force commis-
sioners, through reasoned debate or the
ballot box, to reduce taxes.
That committee has members from
north and south. It's not yet fully represen-
tative but few should doubt, when talking
to its members or folks in the community,
that balance is a "when" rather than "if"
Simply put, the common taxpayer
understands that they have a Commission
willing to squeeze every fissure of gold from
the golden goose of rising property values,
which believes good government is simply
learning to play and talk nice in the sand-
box, a Commission that defines tax-and-
spend better than Fox News ever could.
As Williams said, noting the level of
reserves and cash to be carried forward to
the next fiscal year, the county will end the
year "running on 'E'."
In more ways. than one we would add.

;Go The Distance
by Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Coming to a Home Near You
Same name, same prod- Thursday.
uct, different location on The paper has always
your doorstep. been printed on Wednesday,,
In the next couple of at least in my short and feeble
weeks The Star will be arriv- memory, but those who sub-
ing at subscribers' front yards scribed and at $23 per year
- driveway, paper !tube, etc. in county it's hard to beat the
- early Thursday morning as current price didn't receive
we work to improve service their copy until the following
to our loyal readers and cus- day's mail.
tomers. Now. the out of county
We will, in reality, be sim- folks to the north and west
ply in keeping with our mast- and east who seek our paper
head which has always been will see no changes, but those
Stated to coincide with the in Gulf County will have an
'Thursday of the week for that opportunity to have the paper
edition. sitting in their front yards to
The Star has always been go with Thursday morning
a Thursday paper, in. part, I coffee.
.suppose because subscribers, For what works out. to
at least those living in Port St. be 44 cents a pop, which we
Joe, had the paper in their figured was not too bad of a
mailbox when the postman deal.
came around on Thursday. Don't get us wrong, there
Therefore date it for is cost savings involved as we

try to consolidate and make
more efficient delivery.,
Every business, maybe
with the exception of local
government, must be con-
stantly striving to contain
costs while not skimping on
And the paper also figures
to benefit in ensuring that
Tuesday night meetings -' a
norm in Gulf County sports
and late-breaking news will
continue to reach the pages of
newsprint on a timely basis.
Those who buy the paper
at the convenience store, at
the Piggly Wiggly, at the IGA
and dozens of other spots
around the county will also
be first seeing it on Thursday
morning, as racks will be
filled during Thursday morn-
ing routes.
We understand there
might be some initial with-
draxal for those who seek
their Wednesday afternoon
fix, as those loyal patrons
who line up at various spots
around the county attest.. :
We comprehend your
There are likely to be some
stumbles, to which change
is married 'and which, being

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by Kesley Colbert

The Lily of the Valley!

One Easter we got to dis-
cussing whether Jesus really
died on a cross.
Brother L. H. Hatcher
stood up on Palm Sunday
and he'd near 'bout raised
the roof off our little Baptist
Church he got to proclaiming
so loud (and so long) about
the terrible walk Jesus took
up that hill. The terrible load
he carried. The uncompro-
mising and unsympathetic
crowd. The anger and jeal-
ousy that manifested itself
in the "religious" rulers,
The sheer magnitude of the
moment. The pain. The hurt.
The agony.
The love.
I've got to confess here
that I'd been attending that
church for all of my life. I'd
heard that sermon every year
for thirteen years. I had just
always accepted it as Gospel
because Brother Hatcher
seemed so sure of it.
But we were almost in
high school now! Well, o.k..,
we were still in junior high--
but we were big into -.hinkng
for ourselves! And we were'
enjoying the intellectual free-
dom that came with growth
and education....
"I wouldn't tell daddy",
LaRenda was correct there,
Mr. Bradfield was the Sunday
School Superintendent, "but
it doesn't really make a whole
lot of sense. If Jesus was
God, He could have simply
flown off and skipped the
whole thing."
SThat's what I would have
done:" Pam CGollins was ada-
And I tended to agree.
Why would God come down
here and take such abuse?
And especially from those
people! They didn't seem to
appreciate or understand that
Jesus Christ Himself walked
among them. I was thinking.
I'm glad we are not like that
today when Billy Thompson"
chimed in, "If Jesus was as
smart as everybody says he
was, he should have stayed
out in the desert."
"He and John the Baptist
could have opened up a

human, we will do everything
in our power to avoid while
understanding our toes are
likely to be stubbed time to
In the long run, howev-
er, we hope that moving to
Thursday morning delivery.
dropping the most current
county news on your door-
step each week at no further
cost, and certainly more con-
venience, will be a positive
step for everyone.
We also hope it will make
subscribing to this newspa-
per even more of a bargain,
which can't help but be one of
those that they call "win-win"
Shining a Bright Light on
Cape San Bias
The Cape San Blas
Lighthouse, or more specifi-
cally the project to renovate
the lighthouse and grounds
for a museum/park, was
tossed a bit of significant
acclaim last Friday.
The Florida Trust for
Historic Preservation, an advo-
cacy group for preservation of
the architectural, historical
and archaeological heritage of
Florida, has named the res-
toration of "Sleeping Beauty"

health food store."
"If he was really( God '..hv
would he come down here in
the 1irst place-'-'
That was A tough one!
How could any Heavenly Beingr
care enough tuo et involved
with the twisted 'ouls a-nd
mixed up fruitcakes that lived
in our little town? We weren't
as bad as those first century
Jews, mind you, but we had
family members in town that
hadn't spoken to each other
in years. We had business
folks that would stay up late
at night figuring how to wring
another dollar out of every
customer. We had phone
committees that had gossip-
ing down to an art.
We had churches that
catered to the rich and
famous. And some that. paid
special attention, and took
great pride, in having the tall-
est steeple. And others that
claimed, they were the only
way. And most all the denom-
inations talked a whole heap
about the down and out, they
just never seemed to find the
time to associate with them!
No wonder Brother
Hatcher preached so hard. I
reckon he saw our needs and
shortcomings a little clearer
than most. I think he figured
'that if Jesus could just ride
into our town on a donkey....
we'd all straighten up imme-
diately. We'd certainly do bet-
ter by Him than that crowd in
"My dad," Ruth Ann
Wiley joined in, "puts great
faith Lm that verse about God
being made flesh and dwell-
ing among us." Even at thir-
teen I was smart enough ,to
know that Mr. Ed Wiley was
as good as we had. I didn't
know exactly what that verse
meant but I made a men-
tal' note to do some special
thinking on'it.
"Well, if he did 'come
one of us', He must'a not
been thinking too clearly that
: "Surely he wouldn't come
down here just to die on a
cold lonely cross!"
"What would be the
"'I wouldn't die for my best
friend, much less a bunch
of people that were yelling
insults and spitting on me!"
"You reckon Brother
Hatcher is just trying to scare
us into living better?"
We all needed to be liv-

4as one of last year's most
outstanding achievements
in- historical preservation in
For the uninitiated,
"Sleeping Beauty" was one
of two keepers' quarters on
the lighthouse property and
could be fairly described as
being, well, squalid.
Long battered on the
outside by the elements and
on the inside by neglect the'
keepers' quarters were par-
ticularly, well, pitiful sitting
next to the quarters which.
had been previously restored
by the U.S. Air Force.
Over the past two years,
however, with the aid of state
grants, the St. Joseph Bay
Historical Society, with the
help of volunteers and a top-
flight contractor, renovated
"Sleeping Beauty" back to its
glory of decades ago, using, in
some cases, similar material
to that used in the original
It is a real beauty and the
first major step toward the
goal of the larger project.
And it says something
about the pluck and passion
the Historical Society while
jumping through so many

in a- little better. Especially
me and Pam. There wasn't
no doubt about that! But was
there a connection between
Jesus dying on the cross a
couple of thousand years ago
rand me and Pam living right?
That was the $64,000 dollar
qu estion!
More silence. We usu-
ally discussed baseball, the
Saturday night dance at
the American Legion Hall,
what movie was playing at
the Parke Theatre or who
Millicent Blackburn was dat-
ing that week. This was pret-
ty deep stuff for us. And we
realized it was nothing to
take lightly.
"I think that part," Billy
was dead stone serious,
"about there can be no remis-
sion of sin without the shed-
ding of blood is vital to this
We nodded in agreement.
I wasn't sure what he was
saying but it sure made a lot
of sense at the time. And I
remembered those Leviticus
and Deuteronomy folks chop-
ping up those young oxen
and spotless doves....
"If it is true and Jesus
gave His life for me....."
LaRenda kind'a trailed off....
but each and everyone of us
caught exactly what she was
"Listen, can we afford to
take the chance that it might
not be true?" Pam was get-
ting this thing right down to
where we lived!
We pondered a few more
minutes in silence.
"You know, next Sunday
is Easter. Brother Hatcher is
going to give us that 'Up From
The Grave He Arose' sermon.
We are going to have to come
to some decision about Jesus
coming back to life."
"Listen," Billy didn't
even hesitate, "If we under-
stand that Jesus, 'forgoing
His Heavenly position, came
down and walked among the
sinners, unjust, unlikely and
reprobates among us.... and
then willingly let those sol-
diers drive nails through his
hands and feet just to be
the once-and-for-all eternal
sacrifice for you and me....
coming back to life after 3
days would be a snap for a
guy like that" i
I agreed with Billy in'
I still do.
Happy Easter,

hoops that the "Sleeping
Beauty" project was one of
just six in the entire state
honored for Outstanding
Achievement for Restoration/
Rehabilitation projects, by the
state's top assessor of such
"We are elated," said
Charlotte Pierce, president
of the St. Joseph Historical
The society is awaiting the
close of the current legislative
session to find out if it has
secured another $300,000
grant from the state.
A panel working under
the state Division of Historical
Preservation ranked the proj-
ect in the top 15 in the entire
state and with funding esti-
mated for the first three dozen
or so projects the prospects
appear solid.
However, all can change in
the blink of an eye or a lob-
byist's urging in Tallahassee
in the final days of the ses-
sion so there is still time for
the money to disappear.
The grant would be used
to begin the work of rehabili-
tating the lighthouse itself.


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tters to the Editor...

Dear Editor,
I am writing to the voting
residents of Cape San Blas
and St. Joseph Peninsula.
I have been vacationing on
the Cape since the 1970's.
My first visit to the Cape
was a family vacation when
,I was a teenager. I am now
45 and this is where we
bring our children. For the
.last 20 years we have spent
'two to three weeks of each
year at the Cape. Needless
to say, we love the Cape. For
.me it is a beautiful, peaceful
and spiritual place.
We have also watched as
Port St. Joe developed into a
quaint little town with a lot
to offer. While on vacation
my favorite past time is
'to walk the beach. I can
remember when there was
*a very wide beautiful beach
with high grassy dunes and
a lot of wildlife on the Cape.
I'm so saddened to see the
beach erosion and the loss
of homes. If I was a resident
of the Cape and this county
'I would be doing everything
that I could to save the
You have a god given
treasure and you are
fortunate to have research
Sand opportunities to restore
your beach You can be
pro-active like other Florida
'coasts and save your beach.
Some people say what is
meant to be will be', but
I don't think that way. I
believe that God provides us
,with knowledge and talents
to help ourselves. Similar
-to medical advances we
also have environmental
'knowledge and advances to
help us protect and improve
our environment. I hope and
.pray that you will support
the .beach restoration
project for Cape San Blas. I
-hope to continue coming to
-the Cape for the rest of my
Aife, and when my children
are grown, I look forward to
bring my grandchildren to
.the Cape.
Patti, Tim, Hannah
.and Pierce Corl of Franklin

Dear Editor,
When my family and I
placed my husband, Lewis
Long, and grandson Bobby
Gay, and great grandson,
John Smith, Jr., at Holly Hill's
Cemetery, we thought we had
chosen a gated, guarded,
and protected place for our
loved ones who died. But,
we have found it to be just
the opposite. No longer had
I.got my husband's headstone
placed when the pot of flowers
fixed in a permanent vase

were taken. Previously several
arrangements of flowers had
been taken from Bobby's
grave and last week between
11 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m.
Sunday two solar lamps on
either side of his grave were
taken which appeared to be
mischief due to the manner of
the removal. Moreover, one
of the worst things that I have
witnessed was. the fact that
someone could decide to use
the bathroom on the fresh dirt
on his grave before the family
had time to get a slab laid.
I always thought the land
of the dead (cemetery) was a
place of solitude and respect
for all who might be put
there. Obviously, there must
be some who might be put
there. Obviously, there must
be some that do not share
that. I am sad that people
can feel free to disrespect and
mistreat the dead.
We share the same love
for our family that many more
that have deceased loved ones
I would like to respectfully
make a request, that if any
one needs flowers or other
articles, that they please
call me at 653-8015 or the
Church where I Pastor at
653-3321 and we will be
glad to furnish these articles.
Then there won't be a need to
remove them from the grave
of someone.
See, that is a community
out there who cannot protect
themselves, so we as there
loved one must do it.
Rev. Lois Long

Dear Editor,
In February, the Florida
Department of Education
(DOE) outlined a proposed
performance pay rule change
in its Administrative Weekly
publication that would
establish a performance pay
plan for public school teachers
based on student "learning
gains" on the FCAT.
A few days later, DOE
Commissioner John Winn
emailed teachers notifying
them of the proposed rule
change, (which had already


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been placed on the State
Board of Education's agenda
for a vote), and touting the
merits of the E-Comp, or
Effectiveness Compensation
Winn claimed the
department had spent six
months working on the
proposed plan and had vetted
it at regional rule workshops
across the state, but in fact,
the plan had never been
presented in workshop or at
any other public venue.
FEA quickly filed an
administrative challenge to E-
Comp, arguing that Winn had
no legal authority to make the
rule change. The challenge
prevents the rule from going
into effect until the matter is
Despite significant
opposition to E-Comp,
and after only 11 minutes
of discussion, the Board
of Education adopted the
rule change at its February
21 meeting. In a scathing
editorial, the St Petersburg
Times called the move an
"administrative fiat."
"Winn and board
chairman Phil Handy were
not content merely to ignore
the warnings of teachers,
principals, superintendents
and school boards. Handy
questioned their motivations,
characterizing offers of help
as attempts to "subvert"
the plan," the editorial
The E-Comp Plan gives
some teachers bonuses
based solely on students'
performances on standardized
tests. As early as next year,
the plan will award the "top"
10 percent of teachers in each
school district a five percent
bonus based on student
"learning gains" shown on
the FCAT. E-Comp also
requires the state to create
new FCAT-like exams or other
standardized assessment
tools, in every subject not
covered by the FCAT.
Since DOE says only
31 percent of all teachers
teach students who take the
FCAT, we can expect the
state to develop "a whole
new generation" of FCAT-like
tests for subjects like art,
physical education, and for
kindergarten. Is this what
parents really want for their
Since E-Comp was
announced, a steady stream of
critics including educators,
elected school board officials,
superintendents and

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principals have called it
"heavy-handed," "numbingly
shallow," "ill-conceived,"
"divisive," "punitive," and
a "parody of bureaucratic
They question how the
state can use a single measure
- the FCAT to determine a
teacher's worth. Others say a
student's improvement often is
the result of several teachers'
efforts, not one, and they fear
the plan will create a climate
that discourages collegiality
and destroys teamwork.
They wonder how the
plan will determine which
teacher is responsible for a
student's "learning gains"
based on FCAT scores the
student's current teacher or
the previous year's teacher.
Even those who support
merit and performance pay
plans have attacked E-
Comp's poor design and the
method it uses to determine
teacher performance, calling
it arbitrary and unfair. E-
Comp relies on only one data
set the FCAT to gauge a
teacher's effectiveness, and it
limits the number of teachers
it deems "outstanding" to 10
percent, while eliminating
them from the decision-
making process.
Winn and other
proponents of the plan claim
the E-Comp bonus about
$2,000 for a teacher earning
the state average will be
instrumental in recruiting
and retaining new teachers,
but critics call it a farce.
Not only is E-Comp rife with
problems, but they argue
that teacher recruitment and
retention efforts must focus
on providing all teachers
with competitive salaries. Not
only does E-Comp fails to
bring us closer to that goal,
but it drains much-needed
funds from the education
budget and distracts us
from implementing proven
education reforms such as
the voter-mandated class size
As an educator who
strongly believes in the value
of public education, I urge all
involved to reject the deeply
flawed "E-Comp" performance
pay plan, which the state

Board of Education claims
would help Florida recruit
and retain highly qualified
public school teachers.
E-Comp was developed
without input from educators
and is rife with problems. The
plan ranks teachers based
solely on their students'
performance on the FCAT,
and rewards only a small
percentage of those teachers
with a nominal bonus. Not
only does E-Comp's poor
design use an arbitrary and
unfair method to determine a
teacher's worth, but it fails to
achieve its stated goal
If Florida hopes to recruit
and retain highly qualified
teachers and we need about
30,000 before the start of the
new school year we must
pay for them. E-Comp is
not an adequate substitute
for competitive pay. In fact,
E-Comp's implementation
would impede recruitment
and retention by creating an
unfunded mandate that could


drain dollars from local school
board budgets.
We can no longer waste
time, energy and resources on
ill-conceived and ineffective
plans. We must reject the E-
Comp Plan and adopt sound
public education policies that
will enable us to recruit and
retain the highly qualified
teachers we urgently need.
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great, but they haven't put
back into the community."
As he did two weeks ago
in broaching the subject,
Traylor repeatedly mentioned
The St. Joe Company, but
expanded his aim Tuesday
'to all developers in the
county, noting that beyond
Bridgeport, a 37-unit sub-
division created through a
partnership between St. Joe
and CQ Development, and
some affordable houses being
built by the Taunton family
and Billy Joe Smiley on the
north end of the county, little
has been accomplished.
This in contrast to an
acute need which Traylor
said numbered in the hun-
dreds of units.
"Thirty units is nothing,
we need 300 units," Traylor
said. "Nobody has really
stepped up to the plate."
Dannie Bolden of the
Community Development
Council, the action arm of
the affordable housing coali-
tion, said his office's estimate
of the need is roughly 200
Allen Cox with CQ
Development said that with
the close of the final units at

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Bridgeport, there will still be
nearly 100 names remain-
ing on the list of those who
applied for one of the homes
at the affordable housing
subdivision in Port St. Joe.
Commissioner Bill
Williams noted that when the
median income of the county
$22,419 is considered
against the cost of homeown-
ership, the scales are tipped
badly against the working
"That's a very difficult
salary given the cost of prop-
erty today," Williams said.
Traylor said he could not
see the designation of 50, 100
or 200 acres by St. Joe or
another developer for afford-
able housing as a "big deal"
and that after the board had
"sat back" in hopes that a
developer would bring for-
ward a plan it was time for the
county to press the issue.
St. Joe, one developer
noted this week, is not the
only entity with large land
holdings in the county, add-
ing that there are several
families which hold signifi-
cant land portfolios in the
"I think there is a way

to get there and immediate-
ly," Williams said of Traylor's
motion for a policy by June.
"But we need to have a work-
shop, come up with a plan
and adopt a policy."
Williams also noted
his approval of addressing
affordable housing through a
Community Land Trust, pro-
posed by the CDC, which
would, when in effect, have
the practical impact of remov-
ing the rising cost of land
from the homeownership
Lands acquired by the
trust would effectively be
immune from the fluctua-
tions of the market as the
trust would own the land and
lease it to homebuyers.
"The land trust is the
best idea I've seen," Williams
said. "The land price is killing
In other business taken
up during Tuesday's meet-
Clerk of Courts Becky
Norris asked for guidance
from the Board regarding
letters to go out to depart-
ment heads and constitution-
al officers concerning bud-
get requests for the coming
2006-07 fiscal year.
That initiated a discus-
sion on the budget with the
four commissioners pres-

ent Jerry Barnes was not
in attendance lining up
behind Williams' proposal of
two weeks ago met at the
time largely by silence to
insist on zero-based budget-
ing and line item oversight
from departments this year.
Chairman Carmen
McLemore began the dia-
logue by requesting that
departments hold budgets to
no more than a 3 percent
increase, but Williams noted
that meant that each budget
would begin at present levels
plus 3 percent.
Each department should
start at zero, he added, and
provide line item by line item
support for their requests on
expenditures, as opposed to
the bundled costs currently
the norm in many depart-

ments' budgets.
McLemore countered
that a 3 percent decrease in
each department would be
fine with him and said this
would be a year in which he
would be holding the line on
the budget, and hoped the
Board would join him.
"I'm sitting here this year
telling you that I'm going
to be firm on the budget,"
McLemore said.
Richardson reviewed
for commissioners, who later
adopted each, amendments
to the county's comprehen-
sive plan which are to be
submitted to DCA.
One of the major amend-
ments involved changes to
density limits discussed
Another is the county's

Author to Speak to Friends 4

On Monday, May 1, nov-
elist Michael Lister will speak
to the Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library from
11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at
a luncheon at the Eastpoint
Fire Department.
He will read from his
latest John Jordan' mystery
novel as well as from his
upcoming anthology "North
Florida Noir."
Before becoming a full-

time writer in 2000, Lister was
the youngest chaplain within
the Florida Department of
Corrections. His seven years
of prison chaplaincy bring
authenticity and realism to
his mystery series featur-
ing an ex-cop turned prison
chaplain, John Jordan.
The first of which, "Power
in the Blood," was published
by Pineapple Press. The next,
"Blood of the Lamb," was
published by Bleak House
Books in September of 2004.
The third book of the series,
"The Body and the Blood,"
will be out soon. A collection
of John Jordan short stories
titled "Written in Blood" will
be published in early 2007.
Writing in a variety of
formats, Lister has served as
senior staff screenwriter for
Triple Horse Entertainment,
one of the South's, largest
independent production com-
panies, and as lead writer
and editor of The Gulf County
Breeze, a Florida newspaper
established in .1925.
His popular column
"River Readings," chronicling
his search for a life of depth
and meaning, is published in
print and online at his web-
site, www.MichaelLister.com..
Lister also writes a month-
ly crime fiction column for
The Panama City News Herald
titled "Sunshine and Crime."
For more information go to
www. SunshineandCrime.com

current 25-foot buffer from
wetlands which the county
will hold firm on for now
though the state had indicat-
ed, Richardson said, a prefer-
ence for a S0-foot buffer or
The county's reluctance
on the 50-foot buffer is
based on the vast amount
of wetlands in the county
and that doubling the buffer
would mean the loss of tens
of thousands of acres deemed
If the DCA rejects the
amendment, the county could
be headed to an administra-
tive hearing where it could
either mediate the dispute or
leave it to an administrative
judge to decide.

of the Library
When he's not writing,
Lister serves as an adjunct
professor at Gulf Coast
Community College and
teaches classes, conducts
workshops, and speaks at
conferences on writing, inspi-
ration, and the relationship
between art, life, and reli-
His latest project is an
anthology of crime stories set
in the Panhandle titled "North
Florida Noir." The anthology,
which Lister edited, features
dark literary crime fiction
and contains two original
noii stories, one classic, one
"In a Spider's Web" is clas-
sic noir featuring PI Jimmy
"Soldier" Riley, a young knight
errant who walks the wartime
streets of Panama City in the
1940's, wounded and woman-
haunted, while "Mitigating
Circumstances" is neo-noir
involving the slow burn of a
family disintegrating in the
small coastal town of Port St.
Joe. For more information go
to www.FloridaNoir.com
Following a reading and a
question-and-answer forum,
Michael will be signing copies
of his books. For more infor-
mation contact the Franklin
County Public Library.

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BID NO. 0506-19
The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from
any person, company or corporation interested in providing the fol-
Installation of concrete piling and floating docks to the Gaskin Park
Boat Ramp on the Apalachicola River, east of Wewahitchka. This bid
will be to install existing piling and/or floating dock only..
Specifications can be obtained from the Clerk's Office at the Gulf
County Courthouse, Room 148, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida, 32456, (850) 229-6112.
Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a
SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER.
Proposals must be turned in to the Gulf County Clerk's Office at 1000
Cecil G. Costin; Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, by
5:00 p.m., E.T., on Friday, April 14, 2006.
Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, April 17, 2006 at
10:00 a.m., E.T.
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Gulf County Has New 9-1-1


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Ben Guthrie has some
big plans for Gulf County that
will put the county on the
map, digitally speaking.
Guthrie is the new 9-1-1
Coordinator for the county,
working in the county's
emergency management
Coming from a similar
position in neighboring
Liberty County, Guthrie is
familiar with the workings of
an emergency system. Hired
in 1998 to establish a 9-1-1
system in Liberty County,
which at that time had none,
Guthrie mapped the county,
collected the data and set
up the system. He was
also the emergency medical
services director and handled
mosquito control for several
His plan for Gulf County
is to build a new digital
emergency information map
from scratch, using a satellite
based global positioning
system (GPS) to pinpoint the
exact location of every house

on every road.
It took about three
months in Liberty to drive
to each home and shoot the
pictures needed for their
basic 9-1-1 system. He
estimates preparation and
installation of Gulf County's
new GPS system, which is
more complex, will take about
one year.
The new GPS system will
enable law enforcement and
emergency services officers
to pinpoint exact locations
of distress calls either from
headquarters or in the field.
Whenever someone calls
on a telephone for help, "any
law enforcement or emergency
service with a laptop" can
zero in on the location, said
He pointed out,
however, the downside of
the increasingly popular
Internet phone services, most
of which require separate
arrangements for emergency
service response, as opposed
to traditional phone lines.
"Internet phone service
affects 9-1-1 service," said


Port St. Joe

On March 31, at approxi- officers. Bolden was obsei
mately 1:36 a.m. while offi- tossing an unknown ob
cers were on a special detail to the ground where
in north Port St. Joe, John cers recovered a "crack p
C. Boykins, age 43, of Port commonly used to sm
St. Joe, was arrested for cocaine. Bolden was arr
giving a false name to Law ed and transported to
Enforcement. Boykins was Gulf County Jail to await
observed in an area that appearance.
raised concern for criminal On April 2, at appr
activities and was unable to mately 7:43 p.m. Ch
dispel these concerns to the E. Shuler, age 33,
officers. Boykins gave the Crawfordville, Florida
officers an incorrect name, arrested for driving w
which only escalated this under the influence, pos
concern. Boykins was arrest- sion of cannabis and pos
ed and transported to the sion of drug parapherna
Gulf County Jail to await first Shuler was stopped due
appearance for giving a false her erratic driving. Upon
name to law enforcement, officer speaking with Sh
On March 31, around the strong smell of an a
:1:36 a.m. Nathaniel M. holic beverage was detec
Bi:.ld-i, age 45,of Port St. Shuler attempted sev
.Joe. \was also arrested in ref- sobriety roadside assi
ierence to loitering and prowl- ments, which indicated
,ing during this special detail. was impaired by alcoh
'Bolden was observed in an beverages. Shuler was pla
'area raising concern for crim- under lawful arrest for d
,inal activities and was unable ing while under the in
to dispel these concerns to ence of alcohol. Upon sea
law enforcement. Bolden ini- of Shuler's vehicle incic
tially ran from the area and to arrest officers found
was quickly stopped by these than twenty grams of im


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Guthrie, explaining that if a
person is traveling and dials
9-1-1 from a computer with
Internet phone service, the 9-
1-1 information will revert to
the person's home address,
not the address where the
laptop actually is.
"If a person dials 9-1-
1 from a laptop phone, he
needs to remember to tell the
emergency operator where
he is at that moment," said
Coming from an inland
county, Guthrie is working
very closely with Gulf County
Emergency Management
Director Marshall Nelson,
who was the county's
previous 9-1-1 coordinator.
With hurricane season right
around the corner, Guthrie
said he was relying on
everyone at the Gulf County
EMO to teach him about
storms and how they affect
a coastal county. He and
Nelson are already scheduled
to attend two conferences in
May in preparation for this
year's hurricane season.

juana and illegal drug para-
phernalia. Shuler refused to
give breath samples and was
booked into the Gulf County
Jail to await first appear-
On April 4, at approxi-
mately 2:54 pm James A.
Fennel, age 47, of Port St.
Joe, was arrested on an
active warrant for grand theft.
Fennell was arrested without
incident and transported to
the Gulf County Jail.
On April 5, at approxi-
mately 10:00 a.m. Joseph C.
Guntor age 45, of Port St.
Joe, was arrested for viola-
tion of court ordered proba-
Guntor is serving pro-
bation for possession of a
controlled substance. Guntor
failed to comply with condi-
tions of his probation and a
warrant was issued for his
arrest. Guntor was transport-
ed to the Gulf County Jail to
await first appearance.
On April 6, at approx-
imately 12:28 a.m. George
Bryant, age 33, of Port St.
Joe, was arrested for posses-


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gency service

FWC Division Of
Law Enforcement
Field Operations
On March 29, Officers
Charlie Wood, Carmon
Brownell, and Hank Forehand
worked a boating safety detail
and marine fisheries detail in
the Apalachicola Bay. The
officers checked 22 vessels
and issued two citations and
22 written warnings.
On April 1 and 2, Officer
Don Walker concentrated his
enforcement efforts on the
Apalachicola River working
boating safety. Officer Walker
issued 11 written warnings.

Massey, age 31 of Port St.
Joe, was arrested for vio-
lation. Massey violated her
parole and .a warrant was
issued for her arrest. Massey
was on parole for the offense
of escape. Massey was taken
to the Gulf County Jail.
On April 9, at approxi-
mately 10:36 p.m. Joesett D.
Jones, age 20, of Port St. Joe,
was arrested on an active
warrant for burglary. Jones
was arrested without incident
and transported to the Gulf
County Jail.

sion of drug paraphernalia.
Bryant was found to be in
possession of a "crack stem"
commonly used to smoke
cocaine. Bryant was trans-
ported to the Gulf County
On April 7, at approxi-
mately 5:42 a.m. George S.
Branch, age 35, of Eastpoint,
was arrested for driving with

a suspended license (felony).
Branch was transported to
the Gulf County Jail to await
first appeara'-.,e.
C. A1. d 7, at approxi-
mately 1:45 a.m. Amy M.

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They played tough, scrap-
py baseball but the week was
a sour one for the Port St. Joe
High School Sharks as two
innings proved the difference
between an unbeaten week
and a losing one.
A four-run fifth-inning
explosion Monday night at
Springfield Rutherford was
the difference in one loss and
a two-run ninth, after the
Sharks failed to plate the
winning run in the bottom of
the eighth, spelled a district
loss to Liberty County on
Friday night.
In between, the Sharks
celebrated Senior Day on the
right note with a 3-2 win over
Taylor County.
The Sharks are 11-9 on
the season, 3-2 in District
4-2A and face a three-game
road trip with games at
Wewahitchka at 7 p.m. ET on

the first run of the game. He
drove in another run in a
two-run third inning.
Gannon was 2 for 3 with
an RBI single in that third
inning, while Peltier was 1 for
2 with a double and Jordan
Todd was 1 for 3.
Coach Gannon attributed
the win to "timely hitting and
good defense."
Monday, April 10
Springfield Rutherford 7,
Port St. Joe 3
Home stan d ing
Rutherford scored four runs
in the fifth inning to break

open a tie game and cruised'
to victory.
Chaes Tharpe (0-1) start-
ed and went the distance for
the Sharks, allowing nine hits
and seven runs, four earned,
in six innings. Tharpe struck
out three and walked two.
Matt Gannon paced the-
Shark attack, which managed
just four hits and was aided-
by four Rutherford errors.
Gannon was 2 for 4, while-
Henderson had an RBI triple
in four at-bats and Jamie
Bird was 1 for 3 with an RBI

The Sharks celebrated Senior Day last Saturday, honoring T. J.
and Sidney Harris, who were joined on the field by their families.

Friday, at Tallahassee Florida
High at noon at Saturday and
at Panama City Bay at 7 p.m.
ET on Monday.
Friday, April 7

Mica Ashcraft scored the first run against Taylor County, scoring
on a double by Justin Henderson.

Liberty County 6, Port St.
Joe 4
Host Liberty County
scored twice in the ninth to
escape with the victory in a
game in which pitching domi-
nated, the teams combining
for just six hits, which hap-
pened to match the number
of combined errors commit-
ted in the game.
"We had a chance to
score the winning run in the
bottom of the eighth inning
but we were unable to take
advantage of the situation,"
said Port St. Joe coach Chuck
Austin Peltier started on
the mound for the Sharks
and pitched four innings,
allowing three hits and three
earned runs while walking
four and striking out four.

T.J. Ward (0-1) pitched
the final five innings, allowing
no hits and three runs, just
one earned, while walking
four and striking out four.
Mica Ashcraft, Corbin
Vickery and Matt Gannon
had singles to provide the
Sharks' offense.
Saturday, April 8
Port St. Joe 3, Taylor
County 2
Matt Gannon (3-2) pitched
a complete-game victory and
Justin Henderson drove in
two runs as the Sharks held
off Taylor County.
Gannon pitched seven
innings, scattering six hits
while allowing two runs.
He fanned four and walked
Henderson was 1 for 3
and doubled in Ashcraft with

Matt Gannon pitched a complete-game victory over Taylor
County and was 2 for 3 with an RBI single.

Fourth Annual Kids Win

Fishing Tournament

An Unbeaten Week Puts Lady Sharks at 15-3

Out-score three oppo-
nents 38-12 and the odds of
victory expand.
Port St. Joe's softball
team provided an exhibit for
that case last week. '.'.:
Behind deep pitching
and a balanced attack the
Lady Sharks won three times
last week, raising their record
to 15-3. Since two of those
three losses are to county
rival Wewahitchka, the Lady
Sharks, therefore, have fallen
just once to a team from
beyond the Gulf County line.
Monday, April 3
Port St. Joe 10, Vernon 0
Kayla Minger started on
the mound and threw a shut-
out in a game called after five
innings on the mercy rule.
Minger allowed two bat-
ters to reach base, one on a
base hit, the other a walk,
and struck out six.
Anna McFarland led the
host Lady Sharks with two
hits. Minger, Sam Denton,
Sierra King and Heather
Brinkmeier each added a hit.
Tuesday, April 4

Port St. Joe 22, West
Gadsden 10
Danielle Maxwell and
Brinkmeier combined to hold
off visiting West Gadsden in a
district tilt.
Maxwell started and
pitched four innings, striking
out four, walking six and giv-
ing up four hits.
Brinkmeier, making
her first appearance on the
mound this season, pitched
the final inning of the mercy-
ruled contest, striking out
two and allowing one hit.
Brinkmeier, McFarland,
Dentori and Jo Williams
each had two hits to lead
the offense. Heather Strange
and Brittany Miller each had
a hit.
Thursday, April 6
Port St. Joe 6,
Liberty County 2
Port St. Joe won anoth-
er District 4-2A contest as
Minger pitched a complete-
game victory for the visiting
Lady Sharks.
Minger (10-2) allowed
three hits and walked one

while striking out eight.
Heather McCall had three
hits to lead the offense, which
also got two hits apiece from
Miller, Maxwell and Denton.
Minger, Strange and Williams
all had one hit.
The Lady Sharks played
at Panama City Beach

Arnold on Monday, hosted
Blountstown on Tuesday and
wraps up the season by host-
ing Grand Ridge for Senior
Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The district tournament
begins Tuesday, April 18, in

Kayla Minger raised her record to 10-2 with victories over
Vernon and Liberty County last week. She allowed just two runs in
12 innings of work.

The Port St. Joe Marina
and the Port -St. Joe Lion's
Club are proud to be host-
ing the 4th annual KIDS WIN
Saturday, April 15. Many
local individuals and busi-
ness, including The Gulf
County Tourism Development
Council, Duren's Piggly
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Cafe, Bayside Savings Bank
and Seahorse Water Safaris;
as well as national spon-
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Tropicana, and Gatorade are
sponsoring this exciting event
through donations and con-
The event is open to all
youngsters' ages 3 through
16, with the first 200 regis-
trants receiving a new rod &
reel, tackle box, and goodie
bag. The registration fee will
be minimal so all KIDS WIN
just by entering. There will
be first, second and third
place trophies awarded in 6
fish species, as well as special
A youngster may only be
entered by an adult with reg-
istration to begin April 1 and

end at 6 p.m. Friday eve-
ning, April 14 at the Port St.,
Joe Marina. On Friday eve-
ning 6:30 p.m. ET a,meeting,
will be held at the marina to
review rules and information.
Fishing will take place',
from 7 a.m. through noon
on Saturday'. April 15, with.
weigh-in and refreshments to"
begin immediately thereafter.
This is an "In-Shore" /,
"Near Shore" / "Intra Coastal,
Waterway" fishing event (no.
more than five miles from'
any shore and to include fish'
caught in the ICW). Kids can
fish alone or with an adult,
(the child must "reel-in" the
fish). Fishing can be from,
a boat, dock, pier, wading,'
beach, or shore. The six fish
species will include Ladyfish,,
Spanish Mackerel, Speckled:
Trout, Catfish, Flounder, and
For more information on
the event or to become a,
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don't hesitate to contact Clara',
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As regular as a metro-
nome, Wewahitchka High
School's softball team keeps
opponents off the scoreboard
and the number of victories
growing by the week.
The Lady Gators, ranked
No. 3 in the state sports-
writers' poll, continued their
winning ways last week with
another week without a loss
and without a foe scoring a
Wewahitchka, which has
lost only to defending state
Class 3A champion Lakeland
McKeel this season, allowed
just a pair of scratch hits
while downing Sneads and
LaRue (Ky.) last week.
In raising their record to
21-1, the Lady Gators contin-
ued another remarkable run
this young team, dominated
by sophomores and fresh-
men, has given up a total of
19 earned runs this year.
That's an ERA south of
Even more frightening,
this year's edition of this
stout program is probably a
year away from its peak on
the diamond.
As for this season, the
Lady Gators are in the home
They played Rutherford
on Tuesday night and host
Carrabelle at 5 p.m. CT on
Thursday and Sneads at 5
p.m. CT on Friday.
The District 4-2A tour-
nament will be held at
Wewahitchka next week.
The Lady Gators will face
West Gadsden and Port St.
Joe takes on Liberty County
in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Times had yet to be deter-
mined at press time.
The championship game
will be Thursday at a time to
be determined.
Tuesday, April 4
Wewahitchka 7,
Sneads 0
Samantha Rich (10-1 as
a freshman) pitched a com-
plete-game one-hitter, strik-
ing out 14 while walking three
and hitting one batter.

Florida's Sunshine State
Games, the second oldest State
Games in the U.S. begins its 27th
year of amateur athletic com-
petition wihen .Spurt -Shooting)
kicks off the annual calendar
in April.
As the calendar turns to
May, June and July, Sunshine
State Games competitions can
be found in a variety of Florida
communities in sports dotting
the alphabet from Archery to
Hosting the centerpiece
event of the Sunshine State
Games is Miami-Dade County,
host of. the 2006 Summer
Games, Florida's own Olympic-
style Sports Festival. This year
will mark the second time Miami
hosted the Summer Games, the
first coming in 1990.
The Summer Games lineup
features action in 24 sports in
2006 including two new entries;
Powerlifting. and Ultimate. Disc
enthusiasts will be able to com-
pete for Sunshine State Games
gold in the 2006 Summer
Games as Ultimate makes its
debut on Saturday, June 17 at
Amelia Earhardt Park in Miami.
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Samantha Green remained unbeaten (9-0) against LaRue (Ky.)
High and helped her own cause with an RBI triple, single and two
runs scored.

Pitching and defense have helped the Lady Gators hold oppo-
nents to just 19 earned runs in 22 games.

Rich, Samantha Green
and Mandy Robbins each sin-
gled and Lenina Wiles drove
in two runs with a single.
Leigh Ann Mayo had a
triple and Tori Bowles dou-
Thursday, LaRue (Ky.)
Wewahitchka 5,
'LaRue 0
Green (9-0) started and
pitched five. innings, allowing
a pinch-hit single while strik-
ing out six.
Rich came on in relief and

pitched two no-hit innings,
striking out five.
At the plate, Green paced
the attack with an RBI tri-
ple and a single, scoring two
Hannah Price singled and
Rich had an RBI double.
Megan Peak drove in a
run with a single and Mandy
Robbins and Lenina Wiles
also singled.

e State Games

disc-related sport has appeared
in the Sunshine State Games.
Powerlifting makes its debut, on
Sunday, June 18 at the Miami
Fair' GxoimdiS aiid' 1Ekpo Center,
after 'being recognized as the
form of competition being used
in the FHSAA Championships.
Over 7,000 of Florida's finest
amateur athletes are expected
to compete during the four-day
Festival. -
Both before and after the
Summer Games are sports held
separate from the Olympic-style
Sports Festival. They include:
The Sunshine
State Games Sport Shooting
Championships with over 20
shooting disciplines taking place
over a period of five weekends in
April and May.
Sunshine State Games
Figure Skating Championships
held at Incredible Ice in Coral
Springs, the Official Home of
the Florida Panthers. This year
celebrates 20 years of Sunshine
State Games Figure Skating
competition with almost 300
participants, the weekend of
May 12-14.
Sunshine State
Games Artistic Roller-skating

Championships are held May
28-29 at the Atlantis Skateway
in Greenacres. This event is
one for all ages with almost 150
skaters. "
The '' Sunshne
State Games Inline Hockey
Championships warm up the
action for the Summer Games
June 9-11 at the Palm Beach
Skate Zone in Lake Worth. The
tournament will feature A and B
youth and adult divisions and
is expected to see more than 40
teams participate this year.
Following the Summer
Games, the ASA Slow Pitch
Softball State Championships
Plant City Stadium & Randy
L. Larson Softball Four-Plex on
July 15-16 and serves as a qual-
ifier for the Hooters National
Athletes competing in
the 2006 Sunshine State Games
in archery, baseball, basketball,
fencing, figure skating, softball,
taekwondo and track & field
are eligible for the inaugural
Southeast Sports Festival in
Shelby County, Alabama, July
28-30. Florida athletes will
compete against other State'
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Daisy Johnson is the last remaining member of her family, pictured here at their Hosford homestead, circa 1910. Back row: Siblings
Allie, Jeff, Bob, Dave, Albert, mother Emily Ferrell, grandmother Margaret Ferrell and grandfather W.J. Ferrell. Front row: Daisy, Leonard,
O.Z. and Lonnie.

I "There was one thing for
sure, we knew we had to get
up on Sunday morning, hurry
up, take a bath and that was
a chore because you had to
wait your turn," remembered
On Wednesday evenings,
Johnson traveled to prayer
meetings 'down a shady
grove of trees that led to the

She was afraid of the
dark, and her brothers knew
it. They jumped out of the
trees and scared her.
Youthful mischief was
common in Hosford, then
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Daisy Johnson's late
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the train and see who was
coming in and who's leaving,"
she said.
She also liked to play toss
with her classmates in the
one room schoolhouse across
the street from her home.
One day remains vivid
in her mind, a day when a
strong-armed girl held the ball
in the crook of her arm and
hurled it forcefully forward.
The ball struck Johnson
in the left eye, destroying the
nerve and blinding her.
With no doctor in town,
and the nearest hospitals
in Quincy and Tallahassee,
Johnson received no medical
"We just had to let it go,"
she said.
Johnson later learned

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her vision might have been
"They said if they'd
carried me to the doctor then,
they probably could've saved
the sight in it," said Johnson.
"But it had gone too long, so
I lost that eye, and I've had to
live with it ever since."
The eye was, for many
years, a source of
great shame and
"I used to
worry about
it a lot,
thinking ..
peoplewere '
at me,
staring at .
me," said
"If I
them ..
at me, I'd
turn my
head and
close my :"
She has
since learned
to accept her
handicap "It
doesn't worry me
too much anymore."
First Love
Johnson went to school
with her future husband,
Joseph "Joe" Edgar Johnson.
They were the same age, and
as children, often played
"He was the only boy in
town that had a bicycle, and
I was the only girl in town
he'd let ride it," Johnson
At age 20, 'Johnson
decided she was old enough
to get married, and entreated
Joe to ask her mother's
As a young woman, Emily
Duggar had climbed out of
her window with a suitcase
and eloped with O.W. Ferrell.
In 1926, she was confined
to her bed, having suffered a
debilitating stroke that left
her paralyzed.
When Joe approached
Ferrell, she nodded her head
in approval.
"I think she was relieved
that I'd be taken care of,"
Johnson said.
Johnson included her

mother in the big day, holding
the wedding ceremony in her
Joe went to work in the
mill like his father before him,
and Johnson set her sights
on a teaching degree.
At night, she commuted
to the Florida State College
for Women in Tallahassee,
and was afraid, just
as she had been as
a ch Lid walking
through the
shaded grove
to church.

made it
Sb y sheer
force of
will, and
S began
her first
year of
Sat a rural
t a r y
S school in
Miss Daisy
In 1936,
Dorris Smith
Wh stood inside the
% weather-beaten
Hosford Grammar
School with her third
grade classmates, and
peered through a hole in the
Her classmates were
engaged in a game of "spit
crack," commenced in earnest
the minute Johnson stepped
outside the classroom.
"When she left the room,
we lined up on each side of the
crack and saw who could spit
without touching the board,"
remembered Smith, age 78.
When Johnson returned,
the game came to a screeching
Smith and her classmates
spent the afternoon writing
one sentence 50 times.
"I will not spit through
the crack."
Johnson's punishment
did not lessen Smith's
admiration for her teacher.
Smith found in Johnson's
discipline a genuine regard
for her students' well being.
"She didn't, have a
tvTannfical streak like a lot of

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soft spoken people," noted
Smith. "But if she got angry,
you knew it and she spoke
in a tone that let you know
underneath that she still
loved you."
A dyslexic in the days
before the learning disability
was diagnosed, Smith
received special attention
from Johnson.
Johnson recognized her
intelligence, and created
a supportive learning
During her daily rounds
through the classroom,
Johnson kept a watchful eye
on her pupil's progress.
"All the sudden, I'd hear
this little voice say, 'Dorris,
you might want to think about
that answer," said Smith.
"She would go the extra
mile to help me understand
the material."
Smith's cousin, Davis
Stoutamire, was in Johnson's
second grade class at Hosford
Grammar School.
He described his former
teacher as a "special, sweet"
person who earned the respect
of all her students.
"She was just a great
lady," said Stoutamire. "I
admired her all my life."
At Home in Port St. Joe
When Joe found work at
a mill in Madison, Johnson
reluctantly left her mother in
the care of her L older sister,
The young couple
relocated several times, and
housing was scarce wherever
they went. For a brief period,
they made their home in a
Sbox car.
In 1944, they moved to
Port St. Joe, and Joe joined
the ranks of workers at the
paper mill.
Johnson was
unimpressed by the town,
with its shortage of stores
and activities.
She was also homesick.
"At first I didn't like it,"
said Johnson. "I didn't want
to leave Hosford."
With time, Johnson
forged lasting friendships and
- became a devout Methodist,
joining- Joe's church for the
sake of their son, Walter.
"I was First Baptist, but I
'joined the Methodist church.
I wanted to have my family
together," Johnson recalled.
She indulged her love of
shopping at Costin's general
store, and watched the latest
movies at the Port Theatre on
Reid Avenue, where a roguish

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Former Port St. Joe Elementary teacher Daisy Johnson (standing, in back) poses with her students for an official 1964-65 class portrait.

"If she got angry, you knew it, and she spoke in a tone

that let you know underneath that she still loved you."

Dorris Smith, Daisy Johnson's former student

band of youngsters staged
pranks from a lofty perch.
"The mean boys would sit
up in the balcony and pour
Coke on people sitting below,"
remembered Johnson, who
escaped unscathed.
"They never did get me."
Johnson and her family
lived in Kenny's Mill and Oak
Grove before restoring their
home on Woodward, which
had been destroyed by a fire.
The home had not yet
been paid for when Joe died
tragically of a heart attack at
age 47.


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Johnson was devastated.
"When he died, I said, 'I
guess he was just too good to
live,"' remembered Johnson.
"He was the best in the
A widow, at age 47,
Johnson never dated another
Back to School
A single mother with a
mortgage to pay, Johnson
decided to return to college
to update her teaching
She commuted to her
old alma mater, which
became the coed Florida
State University in 1947 to
accommodate World War II
veterans attending college
under the GI Bill.
"I was determined to get
that degree," said Johnson,

(Left) Daisy Johnson, with
son, Walter and daughter-in-
law, Joan

who earned her diploma at
age 52.
In 1957, Port St. Joe

Elementary was located
where Bay St. Joseph Care
and Rehabilitation Center is


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Johnsonj oined the faculty
as a second grade teacher,
and still recalls many of her
students Billy Rich, who
liked to pull little girls' hair,
Dr. Wayne Hendrix's three
daughters, Dr. Joe Hendrix's
"Practically everyone we
know was in her second grade
class," said her daughter-in-
law Joan Johnson.
Occasionally, she taught
the children of former
students. In 1964, Davis
Stoutamire's daughter,
Sheila, was in Johnson's
second grade class.
Davis Stoutamire moved
from Hosford to Port St. Joe,
and was delighted to find his
former teacher in the Gulf
County School system.
"I thought it was great.
After all these years, we
happened to move to the area
where she was," he said.
Johnson took her
students on field trips to the
Cape San Blas lighthouse,
and played reading games to
liven up the lessons.
During her career at
Port St. Joe Elementary, she
most enjoyed her final years
as an exceptional education

Daisy Johnson taught Davis Stoutamire (right) at Hosford Grammar School in 1942, and later
taught his daughter, Sheila (left), at Port St. Joe Elementary School in 1964.


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Daisy Johnson and Mazie Stone chat near the punch bowl at
Johnson's birthday party.

"When you see a child's

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eyes light up and they
understand, it does something
to you," she said.
Johnson retired in 1975,
at age 69.
Miss Independent
Ten years ago, the police
were troubled by a strange site
on Johnson's roof, namely,
Johnson herself, who at age
90 was vigorously removing
debris from her gutters.
Johnson's rooftop
escapades had for years
dismayed her neighbors.
They drove by her house,
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The five generations: (Clockwise, from left) Nancy Lytal, Joan Johnson, Daisy Johnson, Faith Lytal
and baby Julianna Lytal.

"They don't have clothes for old people.

Isn't that funny why they don't?

People have to have clothes."

Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson's family gathers around the birthday girl.


their best efforts, Miss Daisy
simply would not embrace a
leisurely retirement.
Johnson lived alone until
she was 95 or 96, when she
came to live with Walter and
Joan, who divide their time
between West Palm Beach
and Linville, North Carolina.
Johnson remains fiercely
independent and does all of
her own self-care.
"The only problem we
have with her is sometimes
she gets so independent, she
goes on a walk by herself,"
said Joan, noting her recent
slip on the outside patio.
Johnson hopes that she
can retain her autonomy in
:he years to come. She does
not want to burden Walter
and .Joan.
"1 want to stay where I can
w-aJk. talk. and do the things I
need to do," she said.
When she's in the
Daisy Johnson (center)
catches up on old times with pal
John Rich and former student
Karen King.

mood, Johnson still enjoys
shopping, though these days,
she worries about dressing
"too young."
"They don't have clothes
for old people," Johnson
lamented. "Isn't that funny
why they don't? People have
to have clothes."
She attributes her
youthful skin to having an
oily complexion in her youth,
and her longevity to eating
right and living right.
To her list of health
secrets, Joan adds coffee,

which Johnson drinks hot
and often.
Some of Johnson's
earliest memories are set in
church, and she remains a
faithful Christian. She reads
her Bible nightly, just like her
mother before her.
Johnson is thankful
that she has lived to see her
family's five generations.
She never expected to be
100 years old.
"The Lord's been merciful
to keep me here this long,"
she said.

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itieWhat Have We REALLY Learned From Hurricanes?..

What Have We REALLY Learned From Hurricanes?

We've Got You Covered: Part I

- Homeowners Insurance

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
The Times They Are A'
With the insurance
industry nationwide reeling
from weather catastrophes in
2004-2005, massive changes
are underway in Florida's
insurance industry, affecting
everyone in the state, whether
they are residents of coastal
areas or not.
In May, 2005, the state
Legislature passed sweeping
changes in homeowners'
insurance legislation meant to
help residents. The legislation
encompassed improvements
for traditional homeowners,
owners of mobile homes
and condominiums owners,
> Prohibiting insurance
companies from dropping
homeowner policies until
90 days past completion
of storm repairs.
> Requiring insurance
companies to pay
replacement costs up
front without withholding
any of the money owed
to the policyholder for
> Adding an easy-to-
read policy checklist so
the policyholder can see
what is and is not covered,
along -with a simple
outline of coverage.
> Requiring insurers to
offer a range of hurricane
deductibles (2 percent, 5
percent and 10 percent),
and to disclose the cost
that could result from
each choice, including
impact on premiums and
out-of-pocket expenses
> Increasing from 25
percent to 50 percent
the level of "law and
ordinance" coverage
insurers must offer for
losses caused by having
to rebuild a home to meet
new building codes.
> Expanding the
current mediation
program to allow

commercial residential
insureds to participate.
> Establishing a low-
interest program up to $1
million for homeowners
to retrofit their homes to
reduce hurricane losses.
> Requiring insurance
companies to make clear
in policies what discounts
are available for home
improvements that
make a property more
> Improving the Florida
Catastrophic Hurricane
Fund to increase the
availability of homeowner
> Requiring a public
hearing for rate increase
requests exceeding 15
> Requiring several
changes in Citizens
Property Insurance
Company, including
requiring the Auditor
General to conduct an
operational audit.

Check It Out
The consumer checklist
may prove to be the
biggest help, since it allows
policyholders to really
understand their policies,
perhaps for the first time.
All insurance companies
in Florida now must require
their agents to include a
simple, completed checklist on
the front of every homeowners,
mobile homeowners, or
condominium insurance
policy, clearly showing if
they have enough coverage to
rebuild after-a catastrophe.
One provision of the new
checklist requires insurance
companies to list not only
the percentage of a hurricane
deductible, but also list the
actual dollar amount in large
Additionally, the dollar
amount of all coverage mustbe
listed in large type, including
the coverage limits for the
main dwelling, all detached
structures, personal property

and contents. The checklist
must detail the amount of
living expenses that will be
paid if the policyholder has to
leave home, and the amount
of time the expense money
will be paid.
The checklist also
contains a list of perils that
could damage a residence
and each item must be
accompanied by a "yes" or
"no," indicating whether or
not it is covered.
Any additional property
or liability coverage must also
be listed, along with the dollar
Amount of the coverage.

Package Deals
In 2005, Florida's Chief
Financial Officer, Tom
Gallagher, successfully
pushed through a law limiting
hurricane deductibles to
one per season, after some
victims of multiple hurricanes
in 2004 discovered they were
responsible for up to three
Last November he
proposed a comprehensive
package of insurance reforms
to provide immediate rate-
relief, expand access to
property coverage, stabilize
insurance rates, and expedite
the rebuilding process
throughout the state.
In March of this year,
the state House Insurance
Committee received word
that the anticipated deficit
of the Citizens Property
Insurance Corporation, the
state's insurer of last resort,
was estimated at $1.7 billion.
By law, the deficit must be
paid through assessments
on all Florida homeowners'
insurance policies. Gallagher
wants to use surplus sales tax
revenue to offset insurance
assessment for immediate,
.short-term relief for Florida's
property owners.
He also wants to help
reduce the burden of storm
losses by refunding some of
the surplus sales tax revenue,
and reducing the size of

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Citizens and its financial
impact on Florida property
owners, including no longer
covering high-end properties
and vacation homes:
Other massive changes
still on the state legislative
table, according to Sam Miller,
executive vice president of the
Florida Insurance Council,
include the possibility of
charging more in premiums
for vacation homes and less for
primary residences; providing
relief to low income Floridians
having trouble paying their
insurance premiums (much
like helping people pay
electricity and telephone
bills); creating a state fund to
provide hurricane insurance
and taking this coverage
from private insurance
companies; and investigating
over-development and high
hurricane losses in coastal
Federal issues include
a national catastrophe
fund; a tax exemption for
private insurance companies
to accumulate hurricane
reserves tax-free in years

when there are no hurricanes;
allowing homeowners to
establish tax-exempt savings
accounts to cover their
hurricane deductibles; and
reassessing "th-6" National
Flood Insurance Program.
Floridians with insurance
questions or concerns can call
Gallagher's consumer hotline
at 1-800-342-2762, or go to
www.fldfs.com. The checklist
can be found at http://www.
floir. comrn/pcfr/Documents/
OIR-Bl 1-1670.xls.

"...grossly inadequate"
Changes are coming from
within the insurance industry
as well, particularly in the
way the industry predicts
and prepares for catastrophic
In an effort to help stunned
policyholders understand
why insurance has risen so
dramatically since the 2004-
05 hurricanes seasons, the
Florida Insurance Council
(FIC) has released a short
paper written in February,
1998, titled Computer
Modeling of Catastrophic

Losses, stating the FIC's
case for a new method of
determining rates.
The FIC is the state's
largest and most active trade
association for insurance
companies, theirpolicyholders
and consumers representing
250-plus companies writing
over $12 billion per year in
premium volume in Florida.
Its membership includes every
type of insurer: homeowners,
auto, commercial,
reinsurance, health, and life
and annuities.
According to the FIC, until
now insurance rates have
been based on the forecast of
an insurer's expected future
costs. In relatively stable
lines of insurance, such as
automobile and fire, actuaries
can estimate the next year's
costs .by looking at costs for
recent periods, usually the
last three to five years.
Most methods of setting
rates use some type of
"model" which takes data
from the past, adjusts it forf
changing conditions, such
as inflation or new types of
construction, and projects it
into the future.
Developed decades ago.
in an era- of v-ery limited
computer technology, the
traditional method used to
set rates involved analyzing
large wind losses over a 30-
year period and placing an
average amount in the rate
forecast for a future year. It
relied on several assumptions
about the 30-year calculation
period including "normal"
catastrophic activity; stable
population demographics,
and status quo construction
practices and insurance
But these assumptions
did not apply to the last
30-year period used for
calculations (1960- 19901.
when hurricane activity
was abnormally low, coastal
population exploded, and
construction practices and
insurance coverage changed
The FIC stated in the
paper, "In retrospect. the
traditional method of pricing
insurance was grossly

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Oops, Our Mistake
To compensate,
the insurance industry
incorporated a much longer
time period into their
calculations than the 30-
year span previously used.
Actuaries now apply the same
technology to insurance rate-
making commonly used in
many other fields.
Computer models
now combine long-term
weather information,
current demographic data,
construction practices and
insurance coverage forms.
According to the FIC,
modern computer models
have exposed tremendous
errors in rate-making
practices that had been
accepted for decades. The
models indicate sharp price
increases for some consumers,
which "(were) bound to trigger
controversy," said the FIC,
while indicating lower costs
for many consumers.
This new use of computer
models in the insurance
industry requires major
changes in how actuaries set
prices and how regulators
test their reasonableness.
To use technology to predict
prices for insurance, entire
new disciplines must be
brought into the regulatory
review, including engineering
and meteorology, where only
actuaries were used before.
So far three models have
been approved by the Florida
Commission of Hurricane
Loss Projection Methodology,
an 11-member panel created
by the Legislature of hurricane
experts from various
disciplines, all independent of
both the insurance industry
and the regulators.
After three chosen
models were standardized
by the Commission, they
produced similar overall
results with their simulations
of catastrophes. The models
indicated higher prices (rates)
for high risk areas than
traditional methods did,
using old data. However, said
the FIC, even the traditional
methods showed large rate
increases when data from
hurricanes Hugo and Andrew
were included, which they
had, not been in the past. .

Insider Information
Lauren Cain, Bureau
Chief, Consumer Outreach,
Florida Department of
Financial Services, the
department that oversees
the state insurance industry,
recently addressed a meeting
of the Gulf County Housing
Coalition. She had good news

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and bad news for Florida
homeowners concerning
home insurance.
Stating that insurance
is now a worldwide issue,
Cain said in 2005 Florida
sustained $30 billion in
damages, with $73 billion in
world catastrophes, counting
Hurricanes Katrina and
Wilma, plus the Indonesian
tsunami that hit December
She pulled no punches
in telling the audience that
the main problem in Florida
was reinsurance. But, she
immediately continued,
most homeowners did not
understand that insurance
companies must buy
insurance themselves, and
this reinsurance is now
mostly unavailable to, or very
expensive for, the companies.
Cain's advice was blunt:
"The best thing we can do
is prepare. Unfortunately,
most Florida homeowners do
not know what storms here
are like. They do not do any
research or understand the
necessity of preparation. If
they do not do these things
before they buy here, it
just makes insurance less
available and more costly."
[Hurricane] Andrew was
"a wakeup call," said Cain,
describing how the insurance
companies spent the last 14
years rebuilding their reserves
- reserves that were wiped out
in the previous 18 months of
2004-05 hurricane seasons.
"We had been living
in a fantasy world until
Andrew," she said. "Now, we
live in a reality six months
a year, and insurance is
the reality."Understanding
Is The Key (Insurance
Information From Lauren
Cain, Bureau Chief, Consumer
Outreach, Florida Department
of Financial Services, Division
of Consumer Services)
Know your insurance
company Keep a list of
the insurance companies
with which you have your
insurance (homeowners,
hurricane, business, boat,

etc). List the name and policy
number for each property.
Know your insurance agent
and confirm that you are
dealing with a licensed agent.
Know Policy Limits -
Make sure you have enough
coverage on your home
and property. Review the
amounts your policy will
provide to rebuild or fix the
home's structure (structural),
your belongings (contents),
other structures (storage
sheds, etc.) and if you need
to temporarily relocate
(additional living expenses or
ALE) in the event of a storm.
If you are unsure of the
value of your home and its
contents, now is the time to
get an appraisal and to take
stock of your valuables. Take
photos and videos and keep
these in a safe, dry place for
reference after the storm.
Know what is NOT
covered (exclusions) Some
items, like pool cages, fences,
docks and other items may
not be covered by the policy
and may require a separate
"endorsement" or entire
Know about
Replacement Cost versus
Actual Cash Value (ACV)
- Replacement Cost Coverage
will enable you to rebuild
your home and replace your
valuables at today's rates. A
policy that provides for Actual
Cash Value will only replace
at the depreciated value of
the item.
For instance, if your
five-year-old television is
damaged, Replacement Cost
Coverage will enable you to
buy a new television that is
the same or similar. ACV will
only pay for the value of the
television at what it is worth
Know the difference
between hurricane, all-
perils and flood coverage
- Most standard homeowners
policies do not cover
windstorm (hurricane) and
flood unless specified in the
policy. Residents in some
areas of the state are required

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Know your Hurricane
Deductible This is the
portion of any claim you
are responsible for paying
BEFORE the insurance
company pays the
Your insurance policy
should list this in both a
percentage of the total home's
value (usually 2 or 5 percent,
but can be higher) and in
actual dollars.
For example, a consumer
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expected to pay $4,000 of the
claim amount. The hurricane
deductible is separate from
the "All-Perils" deductible,
which usually is much less
and covers non-hurricane
By law, insurance
companies can only apply
one hurricane deductible
per hurricane season (even
if your area is hit by three
hurricanes), but may charge
the all-perils deductible on
subsequent storms.
Law and Ordinance
Coverage All insurers are
required to offer this but
homeowners can "opt out"
of it. Law and Ordinance
coverage provides additional

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coverage for any local building
code changes that impact
repairs to your home. It is
usually 25 to 50 percent of
the value of the policy.
Know your duties
immediately following a
loss Every homeowner
is required to "mitigate" or
prevent additional damage
to their property after a loss.
Read your policy carefully to
know what you need to do
to ensure your claim will be
Document, document,
document Keep all
receipts for any temporary
repairs, materials, additional
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hurricane-related costs. Make
a copy of these and keep in
a safe place before sending
originals to your insurance
claims adjuster.

Know the Appraisal
Clause Your policy
entitles you to challenge the
settlement value offered by
your insurance company.
If you find yourself in this
situation, you can invoke the
.appraisal clause and avoid

Call the Florida
Department of Financial
Services (DFS) for any
questions or concerns: 1-
800-342-2762. In the event
of a storm, DFS will open
its hurricane call center: 1-
Are You Prepared?
Responsibilities and
Actions to Take Before
Disaster Strikes
> Flood Coverage
Standard homeowners
policies do NOT cover flood
damage, which includes
not only coastal or inland
-floods, but also the sudden
,and unusual accumulation
S-of runoff or surface water,
;which, can easily occur with
. changes in topography due to
- new construction.
Check the county's flood
zone maps, readily available
'in the county courthouse, or
.,at the Gulf County Emergency
"Management Office.
Remember: when
applying to the National
SFlood Insurance Program,
-this process involves a 30-day,
'waiting period between the
time insurance is purchased
and the time it takes effect.
> Windstorm Coverage
Many homeowners
'policies do NOT cover damage
caused by windstorms, such
as hurricanes. If a policy will
not cover windstorm dainace.
coverage will likely come from
Florida's- Citizens Property
Insurance Corporation.
This is a state-run pool of

last resort for homeowners
who cannot get windstorm
coverage from a private
insurance company.
For information, visit
the Citizens website at
www.citizensfla.com, or call
Citizens, toll free, at 1-888-
Be aware: insurance
companies do not accept
new applications or requests
to increase coverage, once a
hurricane reaches a certain
distance from Florida.
> Additional Coverage
After home improvements,
remodeling, or adding to
a home, or purchasing
expensive items insurance
policies and coverage limits
should be reviewed.
> Policy Deductibles
and Exclusions
Standard homeowners
policies usually limit coverage
on valuables such as jewelry,
silverware, guns, antiques,
boats and other items.
Condominium owners
should see if the condominium
association provides any
coverage, and may need their
own policies for the interior of
their individual units.
Also check the deductible
amounts in any policy. All
policies include deductibles
for perils, or causes of possible
loss, such as fire, hail and
In Florida, most
homeowners policies include
a larger deductible for
hurricane damage arid a
smaller deductible for other
The Hurricane Insurance
Afford ability and Availability
Act offers a broad range of
deductibles for homeowners
to choose from. Homeowners
with questions about
hurricane deductibles should
call the Florida Department of
Financial Services Consumer
Helpline toll-free at 1-800-
> "Replacement Cost"
vs. "Actual Cash
Actual cash value means

From Page 15A

the current depreciated value
of the item. Replacement cast
means actual amount needed
to go to a store and buy that
item off the shelf or replace it
on today's market.
Most insurance on the
contents of a home (personal
belongings) is written ont
an actual cash value basis.
Keep receipts when buying
high-value items in order to
verify the age and value of the
> "Additional Living
Expenses (ALE)"
The additional living
expense feature of most
homeowners policies pays
some expenses for covered
losses that leave homes-
so damaged that residents
cannot live there during
repairs. Such expenses
could include limited motel,
restaurant and warehouse-
storage costs. Keep all
receipts during this period.
This feature does NOT apply
to flood insurance.
When civil authorities,
such as law enforcement
or emergency management
services, issue a mandatory
.evacuation order, most
policies will provide additional
living expense coverage when
that civil authority prohibits
the use of a residence due to
direct damage
to neighboring homes by a
covered threat. :
Policies generally offer
this coverage without any
deductible and for losses of
up to two weeks.
> Other Preparations
Make an itemized
inventory of all belongings.
including costs, purchase
dates and serial' numbers.
Attach receipts ,. to the
inventory sheet. Take dated
photographs or videotapes of
all possessions as well.
Write down the name,
of all insurance companies.
policy numbers and
telephone numbers. The
company's name may be
different than the insurance
agent, insurance agency, or





The City of Port St. Joe City Commission proposes to hold a public hearing to consider
adoption of ordnance, which will amend the Town Center Planned Unit Development
Zoning District. The title of the ordinance is as follows:'


The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance will be held on Tuesday, April 18,
2006 at 6:00 p.m. at City of Port St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. A first reading of the Ordinance occurred at the same
location on March 21, 2006. Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection
at City of Port St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida

The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be necessary. .

Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments
in writing to the City Commissions, of the City of Port St. Joe at City of Port St. Joe City
Hall 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of the public
hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the
hearing will need c copy of the proceeding and should ensure that a verbatim record is
made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any-person who wishes to
attend and requires assistance may call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261 ext.

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insurance underwriter.
> Cash/Credit Cards
Remember to withdraw
cash before a hurricane hits,
but only as much as needed
for the periods during and
after the storm.
Normally financial
institutions close for at least
two days after a direct hit.
Automatic teller machines
(ATMs) could be out of
commission much longer. And
anything that uses electricity
could be out indefinitely.
Keep and protect a credit
card with at least $1,000
> Bill Payment
For bills normally paid
by phone or online, pay them
BEFORE a hurricane hits,
even if they are not yet due. If
a hurricane interrupts phone
and internet service, it could
cause missed payments and
late fees. If paying by mail,
send payments at least
two days (48 hours) before
the forecasted landfall of a
hurricane. The post office
will not pick up mail within
24 hours of a hurricane
strike. Keep copies of all
payments mailed within three
days of any hurricane making
> Records
Keep all important
insurance and financial
papers in a secure and
accessible place, like a safe
deposit box, or with a relative
or friend. Include insurance
policies, inventory records,
agent or company telephone
numbers for reporting
claims, mortgage and other
loan contracts, and payment
Keep them some here
.you have quick access to
them. When evacuating, take
records stored at home with
> More Information
The Florida Department
of Financial Services
publishes an annual guide
called Insuring Your Home A
SGuide for Consumers. This
publication provides more
information on insurance
coverage for homeowners,
renters and owners of mobile
homes or condominiums.
The Homeowners Inventory
Checklist helps you document
your current possessions.
Get a free copy and more
information at the Consumer
Helpline toll-free at 1-800-
342-2762. You can also
download-the guide and- other
publications at www.fldfs.

Responsibilities and
Actions, To Take After
Immediately report
property damage to
your insurance agent
and company.
After you contact the
agent and/or company, you.
should receive the necessary
claims forms. Your company
will issue a special reference
number for your claim --
DOWN! You will need' this
number in all your dealings
with the company.
If you are unable to reach
your agent or company, call
the Florida Department of
Financial Services at 1-800-
22-STORM (227-8676).
; w Types of Adjusters
An adjuster is a person
professionally trained to
determine the amount of any
claim, loss or damage payable
under an insurance contract.
An adjuster often participates

in claim, loss or damage
settlements. An adjuster
must hold a proper license
from the Department of
Financial Services to perform
work in Florida.
There are three kinds of
Company adjusters, who
work as insurance company
Independent adjusters,
who usually work as
employees of independent
adjusting firms that contract
with insurance companies to
handle claims;
Public adjusters, who
do NOT work for insurance
companies or independent
adjusting firms.
Most public adjusters
are self-employed, or work
in association with a public
adjusting firm. Public
adjusters contract with the
policyholders to help them
settle their claims. with
insurance companies, and
SETTLEMENT. This means
that if a homeowner contracts
with a public adjuster, THE
By emergency order
of the Office of Insurance
Regulation, particularly
following a hurricane, the
fee can be capped at 10% of
the claim amount, but the
homeowner can negotiate for
a lower fee.
Never pay a public
adjuster 'up front. Public
adjusters will not necessarily
speed up a claim or obtain
a larger settlement on your
No matter which type of
adjuster is used, make sure
he or she is properly licensed.
If there are any questions
about the license status of an
adjuster, or the way a claim is
handled, call the Consumer
Helpline toll-free at, 1-800-
> Claim Payment
Make sure your name is
on the claim payment check
as the "payee." Before you
sign and cash the check, make
sure the claim settlement
amount is correct. Review
the claim payment check for
any release provision for your
claim it may contain. Make
surer you understand -any
release provision.
Bew are of Frauds
According to the Coalition
Against Insurance Fraud,
insurance fraud costs each
Florida family an additional
$1,500 per year in increased
premiums., If you suspect
insurance fraud, call the
Fraud Hotline toll-free at 1-
800-378-0445. Financial
fraud costs Floridians more
than $40 billion annually.
Beware of unlicensed
or unscrupulous adjusters
who urge disaster victims to
fraudulently overstate their
insurance claims.
it is illegal to adjust
claims in Florida without a
license. If your ar i ppiached
.by an adjusted, ask for proof
of license in Florida. To verify
.a license, call the Department
of Financial Services at 1-
Beware of "fly-by-night"
businesses, especially
Beware of anyone
offering to help after, a storm
who wants cash only. Call

the Florida Department of
Business and Professional
Regulation at 850/487-1395.
or visit the website at www.
state.fl.us/dbpr to find out if
a contractor is licensed or to
file a complaint.
Get written estimates
from at least three Florida
licensed contractors. Make
sure the estimates include
everything you want the
contractor to do. Beware of
contractors soliciting work
Ask for proof of insurance.
If the contractor does not
have liability and workers'
compensation insurance, the
homeowner may be liable
for accidents or injuries
on his or her property. To
verify a contractor's workers
compensation coverage,
call the Division of Workers'
Compensation at 1-800-742-
Ask for and check
references of other work the
contractor has done.
Ask the contractor how
many jobs he or she may
have ongoing, in order to
get an idea of how much
direct supervision your job
will receive and whether the
reconstruction time frames
are realistic.
Get a contract in writing.
The contract should cover
what is to be done, when work
will start, cost and payment
schedules, the quality of
materials to be used, and all
- necessary building permits
and licenses.
Never make full payment
up front. Do not sign over
an insurance settlement
check to a contractor. Most
reputable contractors accept
payment draws as stages of
work are completed. Do not
make final payment until all
work that needs to be done
is completed. Request city
or county inspection prior to
final payment.
Do not automatically
choose the lowest bidder.
It may result in' poor
workmanship, inferior
materials and unfinished
Make sure prior to signing
the contract that it accurately
reflects your understanding of
the work to b done.Hurricanes
are equal opportunity storms
they will destroy a business
just as quickly as they will &
home. Unfortunately, just as
so many homeowners are ill
"prepared,' many businesses.
especially small ones, arp
either uninsured or woefully
underinsured. *
After a storm, many of
the: steps for a business 'ark
the same as for homeowners.
beginning with reporting thb
loss immediately.
The second step is safety,
for people and property.
Buildings must be inspected
and declared safe before
employees and customers
re-enter. Whether or not
the business owner actually
owns the building, he or she
is still legally responsibly
for the safety of employees.
customers and anyone else
who may be on the premises.
Check for gas leaks,
downed live wires, broken
glass and debris, anything
that might cause injury or
cause sonieone to trip or fall.
Assess the damages.
Checkroofing. siding, windows'
and signage. Take photos and
videotapes to supplement any

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documentation. Notedamages
to business equipment and
property, including inventory
and raw materials.
Avoid additional property
damage by making temporary
repairs to the building. If
necessary, consider relocating
to another temporary
Clean up. Either
do it yourself, or hire a
professional cleaning service.
Wear proper safety items,
and separate damaged stock
from undamaged. Remove
all debris as soon as possible
after receiving permission
from both authorities and
your insurance adjuster.
Even if a business
survives a disaster unharmed
and employees are safe, there
is still a risk that the business
will suffer significant losses.
When some local businesses
fail, there is a chain reaction
because of the negative
impact on the local economy.
Business losses can be
categorized into two types:

upstream and downstream
Upstream losses are
caused when one or more
of the business's suppliers
is affected by the disaster
and cannot deliver the goods
or services needed by the
Downstream losses occur
when a key customer and/
or the lives of residents in a
community are affected by a
Consider business
income interruption and extra
expense insurance. Even if a
basic policy covers expenses
and loss of net business
income, it may not cover
income interruptions due
to upstream or downstream
losses. Additional coverage
for these scenarios can be
added to an existing policy.
To help support insurance
claims, a business owner will
> Historical sales
> Income and expense

information as shown
in recent profit and
loss statements and/or
income tax forms, as well
as recent financial audits
> Other business
records that could assist
in projecting what a
business's profits would
have been if the business
had not been interrupted
> Receipts for
equipment, inventory and
other insured items
> Ru,urds of extra
expenses incurred after
the disaster, and of
shipments received or
sales made after the
An excellent guide to
help business owners outline
risks, formulate plans, and
outline vital information is
the book "Open for Business:
A Disaster Planning Toolkit
for the Small to Mid-Sized
Business Owner," from the
Institute for Business and
Home Safety (IBHS). The
booklet is available from

From Page 16A
the IBHS, 4775 E. Fowler
Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617,
or online at http://ibhs.org/
business protection. Also
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Disaster Planning Resource/
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S1st Annual "Spirit Groove"
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(1 ? Saturday, July 1, 2006 9am 5pm
Cost: $40 per participant

Calling all Girls 9 14 years!!


A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB)
meetihg'bn Tuesday, Apr -i 8,2006i'aTO-OOa.m. EST, and at the Board of County Com-
missioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2006' at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public
hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration
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 March 21, 2006
2. Final Plat Approval Bobby Borders Magnolia Reserve Parcel ID #03330-0OOR
22.63 acres in Section 13, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County,
Florida a maximum 26 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local
development regulations, stated and unstated.
3. Preliminary Plat Approval Richard Squires a subdivision Parcel ID #03083-110R
1 acre in Section 30, Township 8 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida
a maximum 20 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local
development regulations, stated and unstated.
4. Preliminary Plat Approval Richard Squires a subdivision Parcel ID #03083-125R
1 acre in Section 30, Township 8 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida
a maximum 20 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local
development regulations, stated and unstated.
5. Preliminary Plat Approval Century 21 a subdivision Parcel ID #03083-125R 1
acre in Section 30, Township 8 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida a
maximum 20 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local develop-
ment, stated and unstated.
6. Preliminary Plat Review Gulf to Bay Construction & Development Mimosa Subdi-
vision Parcel ID #00713-01 OR- 10.05 acres in Section 18, Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf County a maximum 30 unit development subject to all
Federal, State and Local development regulations, stated and unstated.
7. Preliminary Plat Review Gulf County, LLC Mill Ridge Parcel ID #01514-050R
9.63 acres in Section 2, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida
a maximum 15 unit development subject to all Federal, State and Local devel-
opment regulations, stated and unstated.
8. Comprehensive Plan/EAR Update
9. St. Joe/Arvida for WindMark Beach DO/PDP
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.

2. Magnolia Reserve 3,4, & 5. 6. Mimosa Subdivision

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Taste of the Coast

event coordinators are
planning a larger than ever
Artists from Mississippi,
Alabama and Georgia, as
well as local favorites Chuck
Creasy and Sam Kates, have
donated artwork for the live
and silent auctions held April
29, from 6-8 p.m. (ET).
Many of the participating
artists will display and sell
their work from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. that afternoon
in Centennial Park, with
admission free to the public.
The auction will also
include an eclectic mix of
autographed books.
Titles' include When the
Women Come Out to Dance
by pulp fiction writer Elmore
Leonard, and Christ the Lord,
Out of Egypt by Anne Rice,
the vampire novelist turned
Catholic convert and a
limited edition book of photos
of John Lennon signed by his
widow, Yoko Ono.
The event's main draw,
the restaurant sampler, will

begin Saturday night.
Tables will line the
perimeter of the Centennial'
building, and attendees can
chose among a variety of bite-
sized entrees and desserts.
Most restaurants focus
on one or two items on
their menu that are both
characteristic of the area and
the restaurant's cuisine.
This year, several new
restaurants are getting
into the act, with Lulu's
Sweet Expectations offering
samples of their homemade
Neither the artwork nor
the food is juried, leaving
attendees to form their own
judging," said chairperson
Debbie Ashbrook, who noted
that attendees can eat a full
meal from samples obtained
from the 14 restaurant
At the Centennial
Building, attendees can savor
the sweet sounds of one man

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band Don Thiel, back this
year by popular demand, or
check out the Florida history
reenactors, musicians and
storytellers slated to perform
on Saturday at the nearby
Constitution State Park.
As it has in previous
years, A Taste of the Coast
proceeds benefit both the
Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce's Independence
on the Coast celebration, two
$1,000 art scholarships for
senior high school students
on either end of the county
and the general Gulf County
Scholarship Fund.
Nurturing the artistic
talents of area youths is one
of the event's foremost aims.
"In the school system,
athletics and academics are
rewarded, but we're looking
at a- time when art is not
being regarded as essential
to the development of young
people," said Boyer.
Students submit
applications for the
scholarships, along with a

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portfolio of their work.
According to Boyer, the
quality of the artwork thus
far has been "incredible."
"There's so much
unrecognized talent out
there, and this gives them a
forum," Boyer said.
Tickets for A Taste of the
Coast may be purchased for
$30 at the following locations:
Bayside Savings Bank, Gulf
Chamber of Commerce,
Sunset Coastal Grill (all
in Port St. Joe), Emerald
Coast Federal Credit Union
in Wewahitchka and the
Community Development
.Council in Mexico Beach.'
Those interested may
also purchase $50 tickets
for a drawing featuring a flat
,screen television, golf cart
and laptop.
For more information,
visit the event's website:

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Committee Hopes to Facilitate Slashing of Tax Bills

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Citizen outrage over
last year's tax bills has
been directed toward citi-
zen action to carve into
those tax bills this year.
A grassroots effort has
resulted in the formation
of a political action com-
mittee called "Citizens for
Reduced Taxes," a group
which has already begun
an education and aware-
ness program pertaining
to how governmental bud-
gets are crafted and pub-
lic dollars spent in the
The group is registered
with the state as a political
action committee, which
as far as can be gleaned is
a first for Gulf County.
"We'd like to see our
county government run
more like a business," said
Debbie Ashbrook, a mem-
ber of the PAC. "I think
well have an impact on
the budgeting process this"
year. I- think we have got-
ten the attention of our
The group evolved last
year from discussions
among business leaders'
and other concerned citi-
zens who were, in a bit of
an understatement, dis-
mayed by the nearly 26
percent tax increase levied
by county commissioners.
That increase followed
one of more than 30 per-
cent the year before which
itself followed on the heels
of three-straight years of
+- double-digit tax increases.
While, as commis-,
"- sioners have consistently
noted, the millage rate has
gone down, property val-
i ues have helped fuel, in
the minds of the Citizens
for Reduced Taxes, a veri-
table spending orgy, by the
Ad valorem tax receipts
-1 to the county have grown
from $5.46 million in 2000
to $13.5 million this year,
according to budget fig-
utres from the county.
Along the way, the
county has the inauspi-
cious distinction of rank-
ing among the top five of
Florida's 67 counties in

tax dollars levied per man,
woman or child.
For the current 2005-
06 fiscal year, per capital
taxation, based on 2000
census population figures,
is $1,013, ranking Gulf
as just one of four coun-
ties -. Walton, Franklin
and Collier are the others
- in which county govern-
ment is assessing at least
$1,000 in taxes per per-
Even if the more cur-
rent 2004 Census num-
bers are used the last
year for which population
figures are available -&
county taxes remain more
than $1,000 per capital.
In way of comparison,
consider that Bay County
ranks No. 25 in the state,
taxing at a rate of $458
per person.
"They have all this
extra money what do
they do/with it," Ashbrook
said. "The millage rate has
not been reduced nearly
as much as taxes have
gone up.
"Ad valorem taxes have
gone up 147 percent in the
past five years. Spending
has gone up 147 per-
cent and people, feel their
services have stayed the
To date, the group has
membership from resi-
dents north and south in'
the county. Membership
includes business people-
concerned about future
viability, parents con-
cerned about whether
their children will ever.
be able to afford to live
in the county as adults
and homeowners worried
about being taxed right
out of their homes.
While the makeup of
the committee does not
fully reflect county demo-
graphics more folks from
the north end'of the coun-
ty are needed, Rick Taylor
said the Citizens for,
Reduced. Taxes are edu-
cating and reaching out
across the' county.
The committee has two
Primary strategies.
The first is to con-
duct town hall meetings
each month 7 p.m. ET

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on the fourth Monday of
each month at the Senior
Citizens Center in Port St.
Joe and at 6:30 p.m. CT on
the third Tuesday of each
month at the Wewahitchka
Public Library.
Representatives from
the group have also
brought their message,
via a PowerPoint presenta-
tion, to local civic organi-
zations, such as the Lions
Club and Rotary.
"We want to make -sure
taxpayers are aware of the
situation," Ashbrook said.
"We are trying to educate
The group will also. run
ads on local newspapers,
have direct mail campaigns
and will have booths at
events such as the Tupelo
Festival and Independence
on the Coast.
The second strategy
focuses on commission-
"We want to hold them
accountable for the money
they spend that belongs to
us;" Ashbrook said.
The goal is transpar-
ent zero-based budget-
ing, which is a form of
budgeting which begins at
zero and fills in the num-
bers based on needs and
required services.
A signpost toward
that path, members of the
group note, is the docu--
ment produced by a citi-
zens ,committee appointed

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missioners to examine the
budget and make recom-
Out of nearly two
dozen recommendations,
commissioners adopted
one and ignored the rest.
"That document is def-
initely a blueprint for (our)
group," Ashbrook said. "It
has a lot of good things
in there. (Commissioners)
should dust that off and
look at that and that would
be a good place to start."
The group will support
candidates for the Board
of County Commissioners
- whether incumbent or
challenger who are will-
ing to sign a pledge to
reduce taxes.
"If they make prom-
ises and they get elected,
that will have an impact
the next time around,"
Ashbrook noted.
The target for Citizens
for Reduced Taxes is to
reduce the budget over the
next five years to $8.9 mil-
lion. in effect reducing
the budget by nearly $5
million by lowering spend-
ing by roughly 11 percent
the next four years with
an increase of 5 percent in
the fifth year.
That is the kind of
pledge they will seek from
candidates to the County
"They have gone up
dramatically the last five
years, we see no reason
for them hot to go down
dramatically the next five
years," Ashbrook said.

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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative,
simply attend our Annual Meeting
for an automatic $10 credit on your electric bill.

10 lucky members will win an additional $100 credit!

Moreover, three members will receive action packages, and
there will be many other prize drawings. in addition to
complimentary food and beverages, live music,
informative booths and children's activities.

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58th Annual Member's Meeting
'Saturday, April 22
Wewahitchka Office 722 West Highway 22
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Tutoring Program

Earns State Recognition

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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
When asked about her
participation in the after-
-school tutoaring program
at Port St. Joe Elementary
School, Charlotte Faircloth,,
a high school student and
intern, grinned and replied
"I like it, I like it a lot,"
Faircloth said, before paus-
i -ng and adding, "It's never
- boring."
Young eyes were pried
from school books and snack
time was delayed a few min-
utes last Thursday afternoon
at the elementary school
lunch room as a raspy boom-
-ing voice called for attention
to brag a bit about the kids
and adults involved in the
Dr. David Langston want-
ed a few minutes of time from
the students, grades 3-5, who
take part in an after-school
program established last year
to assist any youngster desir-
ing to hone that grade in
math, improve those reading
In just its second year
of existence, the program
Funded by a federal grant
passed through the Florida
Department of Education -
had earned a "Shining Star"
award for its primary mentor,
teacher Jo Clements.
The purpose of the
"'Shining Star" award is to
recognize and promote inno-
v ative programs and activi-
ties within 21st Century
community Learning Centers,.
and individuals who have
made unusual contributions
and 'or provided extraordi-
na-r, services to the program.

The after-school tutor-
ing program, part of the
2111 Century Community
Learning Centers program,
is operated through a part-
nership between the Gulf
County School Board and
the Norris D. Langston Youth
Scholarship Foundation, and
was one of two programs in
the Langston Foundation
umbrella to earn "Shining
Star" awards, the other being
schools in Havana.
."You guys have been doing
a great job, great work here,"
Langston told the youngsters
at Port St. Joe Elementary.
"It's showing me that you are
encouraging yourselves to a
better person. You want to
grow, learn and be somebody
Improvement in the
classroom has already been
a hallmark of this program,
which has children filling
the elementary school lunch
room most afternoons of the
school week.
For example, 51 children
at Port St. Joe Elementary
showed reading gains in
standardized tests this year.
Of that number, 28 students
participate in the after-school
program, which also exists
at the five. other district
"Reading is such an
emphasis for the. state of
Florida," Clements noted.
As Kristen Garcia,
Langston's assistant said,
the program struggled in the
first year, finding it footing,
.putting dedicated teachers in
place, establishing a routine.
But with state recogni-
tion of programs in Port St.
Joe and Havana. "This has

really been our year."
Though her name was on
the certificate honoring the
tutorial program as a "Shining
Star," Clements deflected the
spotlight to others who make
a difference.
"I truly believe this is one
of the best things to hap-
pen to us," Clements said.
"The things we put together
couldn't happen without ded-
icated employees.
"This is a lot of people
working together for the
Those individuals include
fellow teachers Karen Minger
and Rebecca Pittman, assis-
tant teacher. Linda Tsuchdi
and interns Faircloth, Corey
North and Carley Clements.
And Clements held out
particular praise for students
willing to forgo time in front
of the television or computer,
outside playing ball or rid-
ing their bikes with friends
in favor of improving their
grades and test scores.
"I appreciate these kids
because they didn't have
to come here each day,"
Clements said. "But they
do because they want to be
Just as he has high
aspirations for the children,
Langston has similar lofty
goals for the after-school pro-
gram. Already blossoming in
Gulf County, Havana, Vernon
and Hosford; among a' few
other areas .of North Florida,
Langston hopes the seeds
will spread throughout the
',We want to expand this,
that is our intent." Langston'

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Hospice To Hold Orientation

Covenant Hospice is
offering a two-hour Volunteer
Orientation on Tuesday, April
25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m., at Covenant Hospice's
Education Center, 107 West
19th Street, Panama City..
This orientation pro-
vides an overview of hospice
programs and services and
explains the role of the vol-
unteer. After completing the

orientation and an applica-
tion process, volunteers can
indicate their placement
choices. Volunteer opportu-
nities include administra-
tive support in a Covenant
Hospice office or Community
Support Center, special
events and fundraisers, or the
Ambassador community out-
reach program. This is a free
program and open to the pub-

lic. Registration is requested
and supper is provided.
Please join us and see
how your talents can best
be used to help others. The
contributions made by volun-
teers allow Covenant Hospice,
a non-profit organization, to
continue to provide a very spe-
cial kind of care for patients
with life-limiting illnesses. To
register, call Shelley Frazier
at 785-3040.

Thank You
My family and I would
like to thank everyone so very
much for all the love, prayers,
flowers, food and cards of
sympathy during this very
sad times in our lives.
The love and concern
all in this community and
Apalachicola have shown will
never be forgotten. May God
bless you all.
Helen, Lynn & Kids,
Richard, Kim & Family

The VFW Post #10069
and its Ladies Auxiliary invite
everyone in the community
and weekend visitors to Frank
Pate Park on Saturday, April
15 for a delicious chicken
barbecue dinner. Dinners will
be prepared and served under
the pavilion from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. for the price of just $5

each. The Ladies Auxiliary will
have homemade baked goods
for sale. All proceeds of this
event will go to the American
Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Don't miss the chance
for some great food for such
a worthwhile cause. We hope
to see you there.

Hodges and

SSLayfield to wed

Rosemary Nahra of
0Douglas, Georgia announces
the forth-coming wedding of
her daughter Crystal Hodges
to Wayne Layfield, son of.
Tommie and Thelma Layfield
-of White City, Florida.
An outside wedding is
planned for Saturday, April
22 at 3:30 p.m. ET at the
S" home of the bride in Mexico

enNo local invitations will be
sent. All friends and family
are invited to attend.

DOH Celebrates April As National Occupational Therapy Month

The Florida Department
of Health (DOH) recognizes
April as National Occupational
Therapy (OT) Month. OT is
an allied health profession
that focuses on maximizing a
person's ability to participate
in life independently.
"We salute these profes-
sionals who are committed
to the complete recovery of
injured people everywhere,"
said DOH Secretary M. Rony
Frangois, M.D., M.S.P.H.,
Ph.D. "Across the nation, a
great number of Americans
have benefited from the
invaluable help of dedicated
Occupational Therapists."
The historical roots of

Gulf County


Party Meeting

The Gulf County
Republican Party will meet
on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
(ET) at the Port Inn in Port
St. Joe.
All interested Republicans
are invited to attend.
For more informa-
tion, contact Gulf County
Republican Party secretary
Debbie Van Zant, 850-229-
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the early twentieth century,
when it was found that "pur-
poseful occupations" such as
crafts helped patients recover
more quickly from injuries
and illnesses, of a physical or
mental nature.
Florida Board of
Occupational Therapy
Chairperson Lisa C. McIntosh,
COTA, the first occupational
therapy assistant to chair the
Board, explains the important
role the state's 8,000-plus
occupational therapists and
occupational therapy assis-
tants play in helping people
return to their normal, every-
day routines: "The caring
hands of occupational ther-
apy practitioners are instru-
mental in helping others
improve skills that are essen-
tial to performing daily tasks
at home, ht school, at work
and at play. OT can impact
individuals during every
stage of life, from birth and
onward. While other health
care professions most often
address an individual's medi-
cal condition, OT addresses'
individual needs. They take
into consideration the indi-
vidual, the environment and
the task to be performed."
According to the
American Occupational
Therapy Association (AOTA),
more than one fourth of the
occupational therapy practi-
tioners in the United States
work in school systems, where
they help children pursue
the "occupations" of learning,
playing and growing. A lead-
ing reason for referring a child
to OT is for help in mastering
handwriting, a skill necessary
to be an effective student.
OT. also helps children with
conditions such as autism,
cerebral palsy, Down's syn-
drome, mental retardation,

spina bifida, attention defi-
cit hyperactivity disorder and
other health and psychoso-
cial conditions.
The Florida Board of
Occupational Therapy, whose
members are appointed by
the Governor and confirmed
by the Florida Senate, is a
seven-member panel com-
posed of four occupational
therapists, one occupational
therapy assistant and two
consumer members.
The Board protects the
health and safety of Florida's
residents and visitors by
establishing requirementsbor
licensure and through dili-
gent discipline of practitio-
ners who violate practice acts .
defined by Chapters 456 and -
468, part III, Florida Statutes
and Rule 64B- 11, Florida
Administrative Code. The leg-
islative intent of the practice
act is to ensure that every
occupational therapist prac-
ticing in the state of Florida.
meets minimum require-
ments for safe practice. The
Board's responsibility is to'
ensure that occupational'
therapists who fall below'
minimum competency or who
otherwise present a danger to.
the public are disciplined or
prohibited from practicing in
the state.
DOH promotes and pro-
tects the health and safety of
all people in Florida through
the delivery of quality public
health services and the pro-
motion of health care stan-
dards. For more information
about OT profiles on Florida's
health care practitioners or
to verify licensure on any
licensed health professional,
please visit the DOH Web site
at www.doh-mqaservices.com
-and select public services or
. call (888) 419-3456.

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Honor Roll

PSJ Elementary

The following students Morrison, Jordan Peterson,
made the honor roll for the Gabby Pittman, Gabby Porter,
3rd nine weeks at Port St. Joe Jessica Ramirez, Will Ramsey,
Elementary. Joshua Sheffield, Ryan Teall.

1st Grade All A's:
Riya Bhakta, Hunter
Cook, Lauren Davis, Elizabeth
Furstenberg, Halie Jasinski,
Giana Koce, Kyle Nicodemus,
Christopher Maestri, Isabel
Maestri, Trevor Miller, Alex
Naus, Spencer Raffield, Ethan
Sander, Meredith Spears, Joy
Spires, Lily Sundeen, Kristen
Thursby, Ashley Williamson,
Carly Windolf, Lamartese

1st Grade A's & B's:
Julian Baker, Kristen Bird,
Dalton Brammer, Mary Butts,
Colton Byrd, Zack Combs,
Quavis Hamilton, Cheyanne
Hanlon, Max Harrison, Amber
Hunt, Rebecca Kerigan, Steven
Kerigan, Jacob Lacour, Hayden
Lee, Kaitlyn Lolley, Lilly
Meizner, Wesley Moye, Austin
Nobles, Arthur Roberts, Chase
Rogers, Jairus Spires, Denzel
Walker, Reid Yarbrough.

2nd Grade All A's:
Jeremy Ard, Brooke
Curcie, Hallie Hartman,
Christopher Hemanes, Cassie
Julian, Christina LaPlante,
Kayleigh Maxwell, Shaye
McGuffin, Katie Nobles,
Clay Raffield, Caroline
Rish, Kathleen Rish,
Matthew Simpson, Madison
Wilson, Ashley Young, Ryan

2nd Grade A's & B's:
Kristiana Arnold, Kyran
Batson, -Sloan Bozeman,
Alexis Brinkmeier, Parker'
Clemons, Alyssa Davis, John
Dollar, Maddile Flanaian.
Morgan Gant. Savannah
Gibson, Michael Grilffm, Emi l
.Hanson, Delilah Harrison.
Sophie Harrison. Clloe Hurst.
Marcell Johnson. Carissa

3rd Grade All A's:
Cameron Alcorn, Emily
Balestracci, Brandi Barnes,
Dallis Bird, Morgan Butts, Cole
Cryderman, Dakotah Durham,
Gabriel Hendry, Megan
Hubbard, Janel Kerigan, Alexis
Lyden, Karilynn Samuelson,
David Warriner, Nicole Windolf,
McKayla Woodham.

3rd Grade A's & B's:
Dayja Adams, Haley
Anderson, Hunter
Baumgardner, Krystal Beard,
Kenny Bradley, Stephanie
Brinkmeier, Riley Burke,
Grace Elliott, Lindsey Furr,
Casey Garrett, Connor
Hermsdorfer, Hayley Hunt,
Miranda Joyner, Sarah Liffick,
Matthew Keigans, Chelsea
Kuhlman, Ilianna Maestri,
Haley McCroan, Victoria
Nieto, Hayden Palmer, Joe
Price, Shannon Pridgeon, Billy
Quaranta, Davida Tschudi,
Celeste Thursbay, Damien
Wallace, Alyssa Watford,
Quashavya Weatherspoon,
Walt Wilder, Haley Wood, Tony

4th Grade All A's:
Bryce Godwin, Brittany
King, Kayla Lindsey, Ashlin
Morgan, Sydney Owens,
Morgan Palmer, McKayla
Ramsey, Nicholas Renfro,
Anastasia Thomason, Dacia
Turner, Madi Williams, Hunter

4th Grade All A's and B's:
Skyler Bozeman, Amy
Butler, Tamara Chambers,
Annalisa Childress. Katie
Da\is. Nicole Endres. Brandon
Hall. C'alvn LaPlante. Nicholas
Lewis. Sabrina Martin. ,James
Miller. Antonio Moree. Kaleb
Odom. A.J. Palmer. Jainei-

4 Honor Roll

SPSJ High School

Pate, Anastasya Paul, Bryan
Powell, Sawyer Raffield, Tristan
Reynolds, Bianka Sheppard,
Tori Thomas, Dantasia Welch,
De'Shawntae Willis

5th Grade All A's:
Skysja Adams, Karah
Bradley, Dallas Burke,
Jackie Collinsworth, Laura
Schekenbach, Alex Wood

5th Grade All A's & B's:
Sophie Adsit, Javarri
Beachum, Kyle Biggins, Austin
Clayton, Carley Clements,
Jackson Combs, Thomas
Gainous, Nicholette Haddock,
Skye Hunter, Jena Julian,
Heather King, T.J. Kuhlman,
Joe Love, Nathaniel Maestri,
Jenifer McLemore, Olivia
Moree, Decorian North,
Brittany Parkerson, Brittnee
Peak, Jada Quaranta, Britney
Rich, Cierra Scoggins, Witt
Shoaf, Tucker Smith, Bryanna
Stuart, Jeremy Thompson,
Savannah Thomas, Tyler

You will receive a letter
from Port St. Joe Middle School
concerning your child's FCAT
scores and how you can access
them online. FCAT scores for
reading and math portions are
scheduled to be released in May.
The letter is being mailed home
today, April 10, wili thie website.
your login ID, and your pass-
word. Please keep tlhi- for your
records, as this is the only copy
that will be sent to you.
Once you have reviewed
your student's scores in May.
you may wish to talk to your
child and your child's teach-
ers about areas of strength and
areas that need improvement.
Getting involved in ynur stu-
dent's edui'ation will help ensii-.re
suc-e. in school und uim lil
Thliak yVci.

Cindl Beln
Cuhldauc(e (-Coun1'elor

Port Saint Joe High Tayler Byrd
School High Honor Roll Angela Canington
(3rd quarter) Jessica Chancey

Amber Allen
Amelia Brockman
Jeremy Couch '
James Curry
Jonathan Davidson
Warren Floyd
Kelly Geoghagan
Elizabeth Gibson.
Grant Gingell.
William Just
Heidi Knieper
Molly Matty
Ashton Norris
Krista Parker
Michelle Perrin
Matthew Wright:..:

PSJHS A/B Honor Roll
(3rd) quarter

Mason Adkison
James Alford
Jae Ashabranner
Mica Ashcraft
Emily Baxley
Neva Blackmon
Jennifer Bland
Thomas Boone
Savannah Bottkol
Candace Branch
Eric Brumbaugh
Bi id-ert Br, a I
Blemius Bi-sh '

WESTo Hold

Spring Carnival

The \Wewa Elementary
PTO will be sponsoring a
Spring Carnivalnext to the
old 'Gym on HWY 71. April
13-16 and April. 20-22.
Come by 'and register to
win a prize that will be given
awav each night!
Food. rides, games and
lots of fun.
Please come out and sup-
port the PTO

Alisha Chavous
Jenna Chesser
Travis Dailey
Melissa Deputy
Angelica Driesbach
Shane Duty
Sam Ellmer.
Rocio Espinosa
Jessie Faircloth
Jasmine Fennell
Edward Flanagan
Johnathan Floyd
Warren Floyd
Nicole Ford
Phillip Fuze
Kristanna Gilbert
Grant Glass
Devin Guillot
Robert Heathcock
Carmen Hill
Sarah Hiscock
Zachary Hunt
Matthew Hunter
Krystal Keigans
George Kelley
Alison Kennedy
Sierra King
Brittany Kropp
Kurtis Krum
Rene Lewis
Xing Lin
Carolyn Marley
Frank May,
Victoria McCall

Jessica Messick
Jeremy Mills
Kayla Minger
Leah Mineat
Bryce Nelson
Shayla Nickson
Zachary Norris
Madison Parker
Morgan Peak
Lauradenna Phillips
Smantha Plesinger
Emily Raffield
Jesse Raffield
Jesse Ramsay
Amber Ropelis
Arsenio Sanders
Albert Sheffer
Rebecca Schell
Sarah Schmid
Savanah Searcy
Trevor Seay
Kate Shoaf
Alesha Smiley
Kayla Spilde
Brandon Strickland
Peeraya Tangdamrongtham
Shadae Thomas
Jacob Thompson
Meredith Todd
Abram Vereen
Chloe Warren
Morgan Watford .
Dajon Williams
Kellie Wright -
Joshua Zuber

DUPONT HELPS CHIPOLA COLLEGE-Robert E. Nedley, president
of the Alfred I. DuPont Foundation, Inc., (right) recently presented
a check for 550,000 to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough
The gift to the Chipola Foundation will be used to fund scholarli
ships and other special projects at the college. The Alfred I. DuPont
Foundation supports numerous educational institutions and chari-
table causes throughout the southeast.

Location, location!!!!!!! This home has
been very well taken care of and would
make a perfect beach getaway with
Very low maintenance Approximately
500 ft to the beach. FEMA AVAILABLE.
MLS#108884 $325,000.00 CALL
Carol Bell AT 227-4252

262 Old Bay City Road 2 BD 1 BA
home on half acre lot, perfect starter
home or getaway. Very cozy & well kept.
Just minutes from boat landings and
great fishing! mls# 109333- $125,000.
Call Sonjia Raffield 850.340.0900.

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St. Joe Beach Home-two lois one block
off highway 98 four bedrooms three
baths living room dining room family
room eat in kitchen two car carport stor-
age building/laundry sink nicely land-
scaped-Sprinkler System Located on a
corner with a Gulfview-Shown by Ap-
pointment Call Joe McCallister today
for your preview 850-227-4585 MLS
# 109434'

Mexico Beach- Gul iew- The Cottag-
es- This is a-new.4bed/2.5bath with great
space layout. Furnished impeccably. Front
balcony with view of Gulf .Back porch with
view of the canal, fishing/boats docking
area. Small grass/landscaped area behind
cottage. Boat access to gulf. Just steps to
the beach. MLS1 10756 Call Natalie Shoaf

This beautiful home w/ breathtaking gulf
views has it all, over 36,000 in rent-
al income, professionally decorated and
landscaped w/ well and sprinkler system.
This 5 bedroom custom build house has
tile floors, large master '.. tile shower,
arid two additional queen masters One
of a kind views from the three porches.
'The house is high up in the x flood zone
and the sunsets are spectacular A must
see. Will sell fast!!!!!!! MIs# 110557
$ 1,249,500 call Charlton Williams at

Port St. Joe, interior- Remodeled and
ready to move in! This charming 3 bed-
room, 1 1/2 bath home is locatediclose to
schools and town. Home features original
hardwood floors, boat shed and new
appliances. Rest on the new back deck
and enjoy this peaceful yard! $239,000.
MLS#109938 Call Valerie Clayton 850-

Preconstruction Condominium! Gulf
Breeze Villas condominiums are located
on the Gulf side of Hwy 98 and have
plenty of luxury bonuses such as, access
to the beach and a private pool on the
roof. Also, this condo has Gulf views
from the east and west so you never
miss a moment.. Call Moses Medina
@ 850-527-0441 for more informa-
tion. Price Reduced: $749,999. MLS#
105739 -
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situated on two lots in ward ridge. Large
kitchen with dining area, family room, for-
mal living room, florida room with tiled
floor. Very spacious throughout home.
Workshop in back. Back yard is fenced.
Lots of room in this yard for parking
rv/and or a nice boat. Yard is filled with
azzaleas, pine trees, day lilliess and
crepe myrtles. This is a must see home.
Call Susie White for an appointment
today at 227-4046.MLS#108089

1831 Apalachee Drive on Indian Pass.
4BR/2BA,Gulf View House Old Florida
Cottage fully furnished. One block from
beach in "X" and FEMA Flood Zones.
MLS#109513 Call Mark Schultz 850-
229-1292 Asking $585K


104A S. 40TH StreetHMexico Beach.
Almost new 3BR 2.5BA fully furnished
townhouse with rental history. Just steps
from the beach. Low maintenance ex-
terior and spacious interior (1512SF).
Ready to be occupied. MLS# 11117
$425,000 Call Brenda Miller 850-
227-5380 or Brenda@C21GulfCoast


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Established 7937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

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Jeff Galloway
Prudential Awards:
Pinnacle Team #1 Team in the US
Top of the Rock #1 Team, US Southern Region
Chairman's Circle Diamond
Legend Award
Realtor Association Awards:
Top Producer in Franklin County
1st Place Total Transactions
1st Place Sales Volume
Platinum Award

Peacebuilders of the Week
Pre-K Will WIlliams, Kindergarten- Callie Capps, 1st-Joy Spires, 2nd- Madison Wilson, 3rd- Walt
Wilder, 4th- Tony Pate, Heather Faircloth, 5th Cierra Scoggins

Leadership Development Seminar

at Port St. Joe High School

Jamey Weaver Rose Drye
Prudential Cornerstone Award Prudential Round Table Award
(#1 Small Office, US Southern Region)
Prudential Cornerstone Award

Helen Spohrer
Prn.de hlulI r julirTrIl [ li lh- l'lj"in'
Platinum Award
Really, Ai:imjliin Awdiij.
2nd i' l.ce Ii:jIl Ti n: ]i.Iii::
j .i ;:.al V:h.,n,,;

Kara Landiss
Pliudillji 'tr .-jlr, l ,i: i1 u niillJIi
Realtor Association Platinum Award,

Janice McFarland
Prudential Honor Society
Realtor Association Silver Award

Patty Durham
:' i ,-' hjl h jI u irii jii : Iii. lI [ijin,,,'
Realtor Association Awards:
P' lii. i : Aa w i
I'd F'I il:, Iii .ii i .n
]n. ']3,,: Volum,?l

Michael Howze
P j slsni alI P ti,:nJi: 'l : l, r..IA r
Realtor Association Gold Award

Hatch Wefing
Prudential Honor Society
Realtor Association Bronze Award

Jerry I nompson
Prudential Chairman's Circle Diamond
Realtor Association Awards:
3rd Place Sales Volume
Platinum Award

Stuartl wnite
Prudential President's Circle
Realtor Association Gold Award

Ron Wells
Realtor Association Gold Award

Pandora Schlitt
f'el l c luiio In 11 ,: i n ii ri
Realtor Association Platinum Award

Lauonna ingram
I i'rud liul H Ojnii 'I..)i..1ier
', ilirt A ir iii vi Aw3 1

Mentoring! That's the lat-
est project of the Port St. Joe
gifted class. The American
Heritage Dictionary calls a
mentor "a wise and trusted
teacher and counselor." Ms.
Barbee's leadership/gifted
class wants to add "friend" to
that definition. Twelve stu-
dents ranging from tenth to
twelfth grade are helping to
give back to the community
that formed them by tutoring
and counseling middle school
Helping to prepare the
next generation: Kathryn
Arnold, Francie Burgess,
Jenna Chesser, Jonathan
Davidson, Kelly Geoghagen,
Elizabeth Gibson, Tanna
Gilbert, Carmen Hill, Olivia
Lamberson, Molly Matty,

Krista Parker and Michelle
Perrin all meet separate-
ly with one middle school
student once a week. They
started with a party; all the
mentors and all the mentees
ate, played games and got to
know each other better. After
that, it was down to busi-
They help with home-
work ranging from language
to math and science, and
with personal issues, form-
ing bonds with their mentees.
"My mentee is the coolest
kid," says senior Elizabeth
Gibson. "A couple of times
we have just gotten to talk-
ing, and not realized that
we were almost out of time
and not finished with .the
work." Though schoolwork

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Realtor Association Bronze Award Realtor Association Bronze Award

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is always important, it some-
times takes a backseat to
helping these preteens and
young teens become respon-
sible young adults and valu-
able additions to the com-
munity. These mentors are
trying to help keep some kids
on the right path, and put
others back on it. But some-
times, as it turns out, it's the
capable little seventh grader
teaching his mentor a thing
or two. Having these talented
middle school students keeps
the mentors on their toes.
Sure, the mentors are get-
ting college credit for it, but
helping someone and making
a bond that can last a lifetime
is the real reward.

Summer And Fall :
Registration At Gccc
Gulf Coast Community
College campus advising and
registration for the summer
2006 is as follows: ,
Summer A Registration.
April 17 May 5
Classes Begin: May 8 .
Registration Fees Due,
May 3
Summer B
Registration: April 17-21
and June 14 to 16
Classes Begin: June 19
Registration Fees Due'
June 9
Early Fall Registration:
ApriP 17 21
July 10-21
August 14 15
Classes Begin: August 16
Registration Fees Due.
August 11
Registration will occur from
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
through Thursday and from
7.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Web registration for summer
and fall will open on April 18.
Please, note web registra-
tion is available. In. addition,
the day fees are due campus
office hours will .be 7:30 a.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Gulf/Franklin Center reg-
istration will take place as fol-
Summer A
Registration: April 12 (9
a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST)
Classes Begin: May 8
Registration Fees Due:
May 3
Summer B
Registration: April 12
and June 7
Classes Begin: June 19
Registration Fees Due:
June 9
Tyndall Air Force Base
registration will take place
as follows:
Summer A
Registration: April 12
Classes Begin: May 8
Registration Fees Due:
May 3
Summer B
Registration: April 12
and June 7
Classes Begin: Junel9
Registration Fees Due:
June 9
Late registration and drop/
add for all facilities is as fol-
Summer A May 8 9
Summer B June 19 20
Please note that these dates
exclude Saturdays, Sundays
and holidays.
For more information, call
(850) 872-3892 for the main
campus, (850) 227-9670 for
the Gulf/Franklin Center
(EST) and (850) 283-4332 and
for Tyndall Air Force Base
Education Office.

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W e Akicbgcrize for any, inconvenience and we
appreciate your ILEsinleSs!

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, April 13, 2006 5B

Honors Convocation Project Grad
And Graduation At Meeting
Gulf Coast Meeting

*New PSJHS Student Government Officers
In February, the Port St. Joe High School student body selected new Student Government officers
for the 2006-7 school year.
Pictured (seated): Outgoing president Emily Raffield (right) hands over the gavel to new president
Leah Miniat.
(Standing, left to right): Jessica Tidwell, sophomore senator; Kayla Minger, sophomore senator;
Ashley Erickson, junior senator; Morgan Wood, junior senator; Courtney Craft, senior senator.
Not pictured: LaTreva North, senior senator; Shayla Nickson, secretary; Sierra King, treasurer and
Krista Parker, vice president.
The new officers will be installed at a banquet set for May 2.

Emergency Response To Terrorism At GCCC

Gulf Coast Community
College's Lifelong Learning
Division, in conjunc-
tion .with the University
of Miami, will present a
'"Emergency Response to
Terrorism Practical Skills
and Simulation Training"
course on April 12 and
13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
-p.m. on the second floor
Iof. the Student Union East
building on campus. The
-free course is sponsored by
the Florida Department of
This course provides
scenario and simulation-
based, hands-on training
exercises for paramedics,

firefighters, emergency
medical technicians, hos-
pital personnel, and law-
enforcement officers.
The objectives and
outcome measures for the
course are:
Implement personal
and public safety protec-
tive measures
Perform appropriate
Implement the incident
and unified command sys-
tems and perform effective
intra- and inter-agency
Provide emergency
medical care specific to the

Iron In Your Water.
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Recognize a potential
terrorist incident and initi-
ate incident operations
The course has been
approved by various gov-
ernment agencies and will
provide 16 hours CEU for
paramedics, EMTs, fire-
fighters, as well as 15.5
nurses contact hours.
Participants are advised
to bring with them on both
days a towel and comfort-
able clothing to wear under
the decontamination, suit
(shorts and a t-shirt are
Register on line at
or e-mail: For additional
information call Sherrie
Lock, coordinator of health
and environment continued
education, at 872-3819.

News Column
Faith Christian School

The Easter holiday is
upon us this week. Please
remember that Thursday,
April 13 is a half-day and the
students will not return until
Tuesday, April 18. Easter is
the celebration of the resur-
rection of the Son of God,
Jesus the Christ. We at Faith
Christian want to honor our
risen Lord in all that we
say and do. This holiday is
indeed a celebration because,
as the hymn says, "we serve a
risen Savior."
Locally, Easter Sunday
will begin with a sunrise ser-
vice at 7 a.m. at Frank Pate
Park. Pastor Bruce Duty from
Long Avenue Baptist Church
will bring the message. If
you need a place to worship,
check in your phone directory,
the church section of the Star
newspaper, or visit us here at
Faith Bible Church. Dr. Bill
Taylor, pastor and chancellor
of FCS, will be preaching on
"Worshipping the Lord of the
Please be in prayer for
FCS as we continue the pro-
cess of hiring a new adminis-
trator. The new administra-
tor will be employed by the
end of April and begin work-
ing along side Lori Beightol as
she finishes her term.
Also, do not forget to apply
and register for the 2006-
2007 school year. As always,
the pre-school fills up fast.
And though there may be a
waiting list, do not hesitate to
sign-uip. Often the length of
the waiting list shrinks quick-
ly. This year we will have
only one class for each of the
pre-school and elementary
grades. Remember, there will
no longer be a K-2 class at
FCS as of this year.

The Gulf Coast
Community College Honors
Convocation will take place
on April 28 at 10 a.m. in
the Amelia Center Theatre
on campus.
Graduation of the class
of 2006 will be held at
the Marina Civic Center,
Panama City, on May 7 at
2 p.m.
For additional informa-
tion call Melissa Lavender
at 747-3211.

Project Graduation will
meet Thursday, April 20th at
6:00 pm in the High School
Commons area. Please
attend if you have a gradu-
ating Senior and help other
committee members plan
the fun and activities that
will take place the night
of Graduation. This will be
the Seniors' last chance to
be together as a class, so
please come and be a part of
this event.

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3 BR 2 BA Gulfl ie. X Flood Zone house
on I- acre lot on Cape San Bias. TI,c.. :,,
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108- 18 $750,000.

8 ,'B Gulf view X Flood Zone 2B12.5 Townhome
L.ug. gorgeous gulfdfion home! *.:i. 1. ,:r, m Barrier Dunes. ;:d bc:, .mmur,,r,
nice bay views. Custom beach dream house with all w/swimming pools, tennis courts; Magnificent
the extras! 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, theater room, gulfviews from each balcony, just steps away
game room, extra large master bedroom suite with, fr.:.m ,Tieci.: : a! Beach! Excellent Condition!
office/study. Custom master bath, jetted tub; sepa- MLS a 108852 $489,000
rate shower with glass tiles. Marble and hardwood
floors throughout house. Private entrance' with'
alan. MSlAT CF 1inO1 9 1I oGni ."


Charming 3 BR 2 BA House in Ponrt St. Joe
L, jiir jr, l.lf.14 L ii(:t rc ll Li rr d t'fi iT r.:.:. m ,' Lr.h
rate shower in master bath. In-ground sprinkler
system. MLS# 109637 $295,000

Ist Tier X-Flood Zone. 3BR/ 3BA .:..
Ba. Front House on he Cape. Eri,., th,.irr- .:.r. -Cp. .ij.- Bli. iu:r .re Fr.:.m rhe beach
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private dock. Spacious, comfortable 3 BR/ 2 BA offer spectacular views of Bay sunrises & Gulf
is a must see. MLS# 110623 $985,000." sunsets. Deeded Bay access. MLS# 107364

Large luxury townhouse in gated community-
with pri-,, :lei roi -:mr.d-:kcd in Spring 2005..
New paint, tile on upper deck & fourth floor.
Great view of the Gulf of Mexico. Easy access to
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Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
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OVERSTREET 850-647-1622
Sunday Bible Study 10:00 am EST
Sunday Worship 11:00 am EST
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 am EST




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St. Joseph Parish
20th & Monument, Port St Joe, FL, 227-1417
All Mass times EDT:
Saturday: 4:00 pm, Sunday: 9:30
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am
Wednesday: 5:30 pm
En Espanol: 8:00 am, last Sunday of Month
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday: 11:00 am (CDT)

"e ""Our Church can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long .venue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Sunday School .. ..... ..... .. 10 a
Sunday Morning Worship .... ...... 11 a.m.
Sunday.Evening Worship ........... 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service .. 7 p m.

1uSt United M etwdist
f of i 4 Jkxko Se dA
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410

Sudq WriisipSims: 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. CST
SudiSuiMl: 10:45 a.m. CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
II poopleO ilf exice lchk ntild ielledist (hith
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Join us in worship. A'a 1 '. .' C.,
10:30 Sunday Morning H. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening < >
Pastors Andrew
Cathy Rutherford., Reid Ave.
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates *FramlyiteCh c chO
Visit our website at:
familylifechurch.net v We.ahichka
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

"The Churches of Christ Salute You"'
Romans 16:16

The Wewahitchka Church of Christ
* Meets At 2241 Hwy. 71 South, Wewahitchka
(1/4 Mile North of the Overstreet Road)
(850) 639-5401
Sunday Bible Study 9:00 a.m. CT
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. CT

9 a.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310

SHapp y Easter

He is risen.
The Lord Jesus has defeated both sin & death
with His resurrection on the 1st Easter Sunday morning
,....... ..............
Come & worship with us this Easter Sunday a
Long Avenue Baptist Church
Sunday School @ 9:15am & Worship @ 10:30am
1601 Long Avenue 229-8691

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

Contemporaq Serce 9:OW0 r0a.
Sundy SchooL 10:00 am.
Morning Wonhip: 11:0 0a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:00p.m.
K All Times are EST

P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue )

f 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

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Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Michaeil Rogers, Minister to Students
Sunday School .......... ......... 9:45 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
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
Worship Sunds %at 10-",) .a m ard 6 111.1 p.m.M
Bible Study .jndarl at I:00 a m rail ages)
Wednesday Praver fnd Bible Srudv at 6 30 p.m.-
Please note, all times central!

"A Reformed Voice
S ml in the Community"

ClI k O LuurA ^ 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'
S' Home of Faith, Christan School .


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
'www.stiamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845

FThe Potter's House
Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
,636 Second Street Post Office Box 631* Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

S!/You're Among friends at
"Oak Grove assemblyy oat'God
David A. fernandez, Pastor
Office: 850-227-1837 'Parsonage: 850-229-6271
613,Madison Street 'Port St. oe. ,F
Schedule of Services
Sunday lednesda
Sunday School 9.45am XtdW7eek Meal 5:00pm
Morning-Worship 10:45am XldWTeekBible Study 6:15pm
Xlds on the .Move 10:45am Ministry In Action 6:15pm
Cross Training Youth 6:15pm
Men's Ministry Mondav- 6:30pmt
Caddies Ministry-Tuesday- 7:00pm
Dynamic 'Praise & TWorship 'Preaching the Pure Word 2"i

Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center
Holding Services at the Mexico Beach Civic Center
Sunday 9:30 AM
No Offering Plate will be passed.



Appreciation Day
The Church of God in
Highlandview will be honoring
pastor Tim Bailey on Sunday,
April 23.
After the morning service
we will have a covered dish
Everyone is invited to
come join the congregation in
this time of celebration.
There will be no night

April Bible Study

St. James

Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church
Women and Daughter's of the
King at St. James Episcopal
Church will host Mrs. Linda
Wood in a Bible Study. She
will be dong a two part presen-
tation on the Blood Covenant
in the Old Testament. The
dates are Thursday, April 20
and April 27 at 10:30 a.m.
EDT in Coldeway Hall. Light
refreshments will be served.
This is a wonderful presenta-
tion .and everyone is invited
to .attend. Anyone requesting
further information may call
Diana Sealey at the church
office at 227-1845.


Thank You

To all the wonderful peo-
ple in Gulf County and all the
surrounding counties, thank
you so much for being .so
thoughtful hand .caring at the
time my mother, Ida Porter,
passed away. All the cards,
calls, food and different con-
tributions meant so much.
Barbara Porter Marshall
and family

The young ruler had religion, power, wealth and health.
But he lacked an uncompromising commitment to the
Lord, he wouldn't give up his wealth.
This lesson surely tells us, that money and power won't
save your soul.
You can't compromise with the word of God, and reach
that heavenly goal.
Billy Johnson

Holy Week and Easter Day at

Saint James Episcopal Church
Saint James Episcopal Church in Port St. Joe, will com-
memorate the institution of the Lord's Supper on Maundy
Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. The Good Friday service on
April 14, will also be at 7 p.m.
Members of Saint James Altar Guild will meet on Holy
Saturday, April 15, at 9:30 a.m. for morning prayers, and
then they will prepare the altar and decorate the church for
On Easter Day, services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. At
the 11 a.m. service, the choir of Saint James Church will pro-
vide the music, assisted by organist John Bailey of Panama
City; childcare will be provided.
Please note: Saint James Church is in the Eastern Time
Saint James Episcopal Church is located at the corner of
22nd and Garrison Street in Port St. Joe. For further infor-
mation, please call the Parish Office at 227-1845 or visit our
website at stjamesepiscopalchurch.org.

Community Easter

Sunrise Service
The Port St. Joe Ministerial Association will sponsor its
annual community-wide Easter Sunrise Service .on Sunday,
April 16 at 7 a.mi. This event is open to the public and will be
held at Frank Pate Park.
This year's speaker will be Rev. Bruce Duty, pastor of
Long Avenue Baptist Church. Other local pastors will be'
sharing parts of the service. The sunrise service is a wonder-,
ful time to blend our faith together and focus upon the hope
we have in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Port St. Joe Ministerial Association is, comprised of
pastors from area churches who proclaim Christ as Savior
and the Bible as the Word of God. The Ministerial Association.
not only provides fellowship for pastors in southern Gulf
County, but also works with area businesses and local leaders
in order to help transients, the needy and assist in selective
community efforts.
With a united voice. the pastors of PSJ Ministerial
Association encourages attendance to the sunrise services
held in the local churches on Easter Sunday -

Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

fiR Thp Sfnr- Port Sf. Joe. FL Thursday, April 13, 2006


Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly
The Area Agency on Aging forNorth Florida announces the availability of Emergency Home
Energy Assistance for the Elderly funds for eligible households in the following counties: Bay,
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson. Leon. Liberty. Madison, Taylor.
Wakulla,. and Washington. To be eligible, the applicant must be 60 years of age or older, pres-
ent a utility bill indicating the disconnection of services if payment is not immediately made
ito the utility company and the household income must be below 150,:, of the Federal Poverty
Income Guidelines. This funding will be available until funds are exhausted.
I Other benefits the EHEAP funds can assist with: connection of new utility services,
the purchase of a fan or air conditioner, and/or the repair of air conditioner. The maximum
benefit allowable is $400; EHEAP funds are not provided to households for reimbursement of
utility payment, repair services or purchases.
Should anyone have any questions or want to access the EHEAP program, call the Elder
Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 or (800) 96-Elder.
About the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida:
The private not-for-profit organization is charged with the responsibility of administer-
ing aging programs in 14 North Florida counties through contracts with the State of Florida's
Department of Elder Affairs.


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Cruisin the Night Away to Benefit Area Girl Scouts

The Second Annual
Cruisin' the Night Away ben-
efit for the Girl Scout Council
of the Apalachee Bend prom-
ises to be a night to remem-
ber. The event will be held
at 7:30 p.m., April 29, at the

North Florida Fairgrounds,
441 Paul Russell Road,
Tallahassee, and will fea-
ture recording artists, The
"This is a chance to dust
off your dancing shoes, stroll

down memory lane and enjoy
the 50's 60's sounds of this
nationally known band, for a
great cause", stated Raslean
M. Allen, CEO of the Girl
Scout Council. "Last year's
event was a huge success

and this one should be no dif-
ferent", she further stated.
In addition to the Embers'
performance, those attend-
ing will also enjoy hot dogs
and hamburgers at the local
stands, complete with cherry

colas and moon pies. A num-
ber of vintage cars will be on
display for photo opportuni-
ties and several contests will
be held including the twist
and hula-hoop.
"The proceeds from the
event will benefit area girls
participating in Girl Scouts,"
stated Betty Jane Ebel, board
member and fund develop-
ment committee chair. "We
are fortunate to have Girl
Scouting in our community
as it builds girls of courage,
confidence, and character,
who make the world a better
place, and we need to do our
part to ensure there is fund-
ing to allow every interested
girl to participate," she fur-
ther stated.
Tickets are $25 per per-
son and are available at: The
Girl Scout Council office at 250

Elaine Caroline Cox

Elaine Caroline Cox, 73,
of Callaway passed away
Friday, April 7, 2006 at her
home. She was the daughter
of Roland and Violet Fisher.
She was. shy in school, and
sang on the radio with her
family. She always loved
music. Elaine met her future
husband when she was 11,
and they married on her
16th birthday. She traveled
the world with her husband
during his Air Force career.
Throughout her life she sang
in churches and worked with
them, especially teaching
Sunday School. She loved
to play all kinds of games,
and loved many, many pets
through her life.
Elaine suffered physically
most of her life, but never lost
her faith. Her most important
love was her family.
Survivors include her
husband, the Rev. Laurence
H. Cox of Callaway; two
children, Carol Durham of
Panama City and Michael Cox
of Lynn Haven; one brother,
Roland Foster of Melbourne;
two sisters, Edith Homan of
Bridgeton, NJ and Tammy
.Cannington of Port St. Joe;
four grandchildren; and seven
Funeral services were
held at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday,
April 11, 2006 at the First
Church of the Nazarene,
-conducted by the Rev. Mike
Evans.. Interment followed
at Holly Hill Cemetery. The
family ieceivd friends at the
church for one hour prior to
,the funeral services.,
Those that wish may
make donations to Hospice of
the Emerald Coast'.
All services were, under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home..

William A. "Tony"


Mr. William, A. "Tony"
McFarland.51. of ,Port St.
Joe. Florida. Passed away


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been a life long resident of
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hunter and fisherman. Tony
is preceded in death by his
mother Grace McFarland and
sister Suzanne Mcfarland.
He is survived by his wife
Terri McFarland; father Bill
McFarland of PSJ; 2 sisters
Cindy Tomlin and 'husband
Jim of Apalachicola, and
Linda Pace and husband
Johnny of PSJ; five nephews
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John Pace, Steven Odom and
Stephen Gaddis; six niec-
es Jennifer Tomlin, Jamie
Tomlin, Jessica Pace, Megan
Pace, Stephanie Cribbs and
husband Will and Jennifer
Gaddis. Funeral services were
conducted 11:00 AM EST
Monday, April 10, 2006 at
Oak Grove Assembly of God
with Rev David Fernandez
officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at Holly Hill Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy
may be submitted, and viewed
at our online obituaries link

Laverne S. Prah

Mrs. Laverne S. Prah
of Callaway Florida, passed
away on Monday, April 3,
2006 at the age of 66. She
was born on May 11, 1939 in
She- is survived by her
beloved husband, Frank
Prah; her children and step-
.children, Alan Moss, and his

wife Debbie, Barbara Cox,
Alicia Jetzer and her hus-
band Dale, Karni Loomis and
her husband Christopher,
and Frank Prah, Jr.; her
grandchildren, Amber and
Adam Cox, Jesse Moss, Jory
Loomis, and Bronwyn, Ian
and Rowan Jetzer; her broth-
er, Clark Sullivan; her sister,
Susan Morris; and innumer-
able number of relatives and
Funeral services were
held Friday, April 7, 2006
at 2:00 p.m. EDT at Faith
Christian Church in Port St.
Joe with the Rev. Bill Taylor
officiating. Interment fol-
lowed in Holly Hill Cemetery.
Those who wish may
make a donation to Make- A-
Wish Foundation of America,
3550 N. Central Avenue, Ste
3000, Phoenix, AZ 85012 in
Mrs. Prah's memory.
All services are under the
direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Ray E. Stripling, Sr.

Mr. Ray E. Stripling. Sr.,
67, of Wewahitchka. Fla.,
.passed away Tuesday, April
4, 2006. He was a native
and life-long resident of
Wewahitchka and retired as
a foreman after 41 years wit-h
the Gulf Coast Electrical Co-
op in Wewahitchka. Ray was
a member of the First Baptist
Church of Weiwahitchka and
an avid turkey hunter, fisher-
man, and outdaiorsman. He
is survived by his two daugh-
ters: Cindy Traylor (Tommy)
and Margaret 1MIcMillion

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a son, Ray E. Stripling, Jr.
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brother, Mike Stripling (Pat),
also of
Wewahitchka; two sis-
ters: Faye Cox (George)
and June Green (J. D.) of
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children: Jasmine Hysmith-
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Courtney McMillion, Rocky
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Presley Rae Stripling; two
great-grandsons: Hunter
and Landon Hysmith; and a
very special friend and fish-
ing partner, Nellie Ann Wade.
He was preceded in death
in 2002 by his wife, Katie
Stripling and his parents:
Ross and Margaret Stripling.
Funeral services will be held
11:00 a.m., Friday, April 7,
2006 at First Baptist Church
of Wewa\\'hltchk:a uWth the Rev.
Mike Stroud, Rev. Joey Smith
and a friend, Charles Roberts
officiating. Interment will
follow at the Stripling Family
Cemetery. Asked to serve as
active pallbearers are: Jimbo
Long, Tommy Wood, Tony
Turner, Terry Myers. Charles
Borders, and Joe Home.
Honorary pallbearers will be
the \Veva High School class
of 1956 and employees of the
Gulf Coast Electric: Co-Op,
Wewa office. Mr. Stripling
will lie in state: at his home
until sern-ce time
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News from Port St. Joe Middle School

News from Port St. Joe High School

Applications are now
available for anyone inter-
ested in joining BETA Club.
You must have a 3.5 grade
point average for the first
three 9-week grading periods
and a good discipline record.
Applications can be picked
up in the front office.
Students at Port St. Joe
Middle School are proudly
participating in The Leukemia
and Lymphoma Societies
Pennies for Patients program.
Pennies for Patients teach-
es students caring, sharing,
respect for others and the
value of community ser-
vice. The Port St. Joe Middle
School Pennies for Patients
program will take place for a
three-week period kicking off
Monday, March 27 and run-
ning through Thursday, April
13. The AA class raising the
most money will win $50 to
spend on their AA. Bring in
your change and turn it in
each day to your AA teacher.
Win a $15 gift certificate
to the Book Fair! All you have
to do is design the best poster
advertising the Book Fair that
will be here the week of April
10-13, from 8:00 am to 3:00
pm. Tuesday, April 11, the
Book Fair will open until 5:00
pm for parents to attend.
Requirements: 1)poster
should be V2 sheet of poster
board, 2)include dates and
times, 3)the poster should be
colorful and able to be read
at a distance. Turn in all
posters by April 10 to Mrs.
School will not be held

April 14-17 due to Easter
Break. Happy Easter!
Our 7tn graders will enjoy
a field trip to the Caverns
in Marianna, Florida on
Tuesday, April 11. Students
are to bring a lunch and
Our Century Program
Scholars will attend a field trip
to Tallahassee on Thursday,
April 20 to visit the campuses
of TCC, FAMU, and FSU.
Progress reports for this
grading period will be sent
home on Monday, April 24th.
We will have dismissal at
11:50 on Wednesday, April
26 due to teacher inservice.
Our next reward activity
for those students with no
office referrals is the presen-
tation of "Dracula" on Friday,
April 28 at 10:00 am in the
gym. Parents are invited to
May 1-5 is Early College
Awareness Week at Port St.
Joe Middle School.
You can now go online
and view the reading list for
accelerated reader, lunch
menu and school calendar
are located on the Port St.
Joe Middle School web site.
Go to www.gulf.k12.fl.us ,
click on PSJMS (on the right
hand side) and check out the
menu and important dates.
Here is your link http:/ /
search.epnet.com/ to an
online library of full text arti-
cles and other materials to be
used for research. The sub-
scription has been funded
this year by the Gulf County
Education Foundation to

benefit students and teach-
ers. This resource is avail-
able 24/7 from any computer
with internet access.
Port St. Joe Middle
Username: psjms
Password : sharks
Does your child need
help with homework or find-
ing information on any topic?
"Ask a Librarian" can assist
you Sunday through Friday
from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
and Saturdays from 10:00
am to 5:00 pm. Go to www.
askalibrarian.org and chat
live with a librarian from one
of Florida's public, school, or
academic libraries. Questions
can also be submitted vie e-
mail at any time.
Tutoring is available on
Monday and Wednesdays
from 3:00-4:00 in the
Opportunity Center Building
No.1 (located behind the
PSJHS gym). Parents may
also use the Opportunity
Center to go online and view
your child's grades. For more
information call Gloria Gant
at 229-9359.
Check out these free
websites for math practice for
the reluctant, disenchanted,
or struggling math .student.
It is appropriate for all ages,
even pre-school, up through
We still have many stu-
dents that need to come by
the front office to pick up
your Gold Card. Use your
Gold Card for free admission
to all athletic events in Gulf

Workforce Center Professional Employment

Expo At Gulf Coast Community College

The Workforce Center Union East Conference as students. Over 40 area

of Gulf Coast Community
College will sponsor a pro-
fessional employment expo
on April 18, from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. in the Student

Center on campus.

employers are expected to

The job fair is free and participate.
open to the general public, For additional informa-
and is geared toward high tion, call Connie Brackett
skill, high pay jobs as well at 872-4340, ext. 123.

If you are a senior, please
fill out the FAFSA online at
FAFSA.ed.gov with your par-
ents to be eligible for financial
aid, grants and scholarships
from the federal government.
See Guidance Counselor:
Mrs. Ropelis or Ms. Newsome
at PSJHS for all scholarship
information and deadlines.
Now is the time to apply!!!
Important registrations
Juniors, if you haven't
taken the ACT or SAT now is
the time to register for spring/
summer so you can apply for
early admission to colleges
in the Fall 2006 your senior
High School makeup
parent meetings are set for
April 20, fgr juniors 2006
and the, 28t for all others
to setting up schedules next
years. If parents would like
to set up an appt, please call
Mrs. Laura Ropelis or Ms.
Stephanie Newsome to sched-
ule a time.
Registration for Florida
Virtual School is underway
through March 2006 for next
year. Go to FLVS.net on line
and request placement in
available classes for placement
in June July and August.
Opportunities to help:
If parents or businesses
would like to contribute to the
Gulf County Scholarship Fund
for our high school seniors or
our FCAT incentive program
please contact Mr. Duane
McFarland, Principal.
Test Dates:
The College Placement
Test (CPT) will be offered to
those students interested and
eligible diol enroll next year
on the 18"t of April 2006 at
PSJHS at 8:00 a.m. Sign up
at the High School office.
AP test dates are identi-
fied for May. Se e eGuidance
counselor for more informa-
tion if you need to take a
A field trip to Haney
Vocational Institute is
scheduled for April 10.
Gold Card Banquet is
scheduled for. April 24, at
Drama class Play will be
held April 25, in the evening,
more details to come.

National Honor Society
induction ceremony will be
held May 4.
May 3, 2006 President
Bob Mc Spadden from Gulf
Coast Community College
will speak to Juniors and
Seniors in the Gym, for
college awareness week at
Community Service:
Many scholarships and
100% Bright Futures eligi-
bility requires 75 hours for
.5 credit. See Guidance for
Recognitions Making the
Sharks Proud!!
PSJHS Odyssey of the
Mind will compete for State
Competition this April 8,
2006. More to come!
Ash Larry made and Ash
Parker are playing in the All
Star game in Panama City
sponsored by Freedom news-
paper. Ash Parker received an

honorable mention for All Big
Bend and All State as well.
Ash Parker signed to play-
football last week and will'
attend Florida International
University in Miami.
Seniors Get ready to
Seniors to vote PSJHS
April 13- CAP and Gown
April 22- Prom
April 28-29 Grad Bash
May 11 and 12 Senior
May 12- Seniors last day
May 19-Senior Breakfast'
and practice
May 21st Baccalaureate
at 6 p.m.
May 22 Graduation at 7
May 22 and 23 Projectf
May 23rd 9th -11th
Student's last day.

PSJ Elementary News
Students at Port St. Joe Elementary believe it. makes,
"cents" to go to college. They are participating in a campaign
to raise money for the Gulf County Scholarship Program
because they know the importance of all boys and girls hav--
ing the opportunity to attend college or vo-tech school after,
graduating from high school. Grade levels are in competition,
with each other to see which group can raise the most money
by the end of the first week in May. The winning grade level,
be rewarded with an ice cream party. Shown in the picture,
are students counting some of the coins collected during the,
first week of the program.. Left to right: Katie Noble, Chandler
Gilbert, Kayla Baker, Savannah Miles

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contributors for their support with our annual Lions Club Night Golf
Tournament charity event. The event ivwas a major success in raising
dollars which will be used to assist local people with sight and hearing
As a service organization, the Lions Club also supports civic events,
youth programs, activities and other civic organizations in the com-
imunity. Thanks to all for your generosity. a

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Jesus Walked On Ice, Says

Study Led By
The New Testament story
describes Jesus on water in the
Sea of Galilee but according
to a study led by Florida
State University Professor of
Oceanography Doron Nof, it's
more likely that he walked on
the isolated patch of floating
The study points to a rare
combination of optimal water
and atmospheric conditions
for development of a unique,
localized freezing phenomenon
that Nof and his co-authors
call "spring ice."
In what is now northern
Israel, such ice could have
formed on the cold freshwater
surface of the Sea of Galilee-
known as Lake Kinneret by
modern-day Israelis-when
already chilly temperatures
briefly plummeted during one
of the protracted cold periods
between 2,500 and 1,500
years ago.
A frozen patch floating on
the surface of the small lake
would have been difficult to
distinguish from the unfrozen
water surrounding it. The
unfrozen water was comprised
of the plumes resulting from
salty springs situated along
the lake's western shore
in Tabgha-an area where
many archeological findings
related to Jesus have been
"As natural scientists, we
simply explain that unique
freezing processes probably
happened in that region only
a handful of times during the
last 12,000 years," Nof said.
Wemleave to others the question
of whether or not research
explains the biblical account."
It isn't the first time the
FSU researcher has offered
scientific explanations
of watery miracles. As a
recognized expert in the field of
oceanography and liinnology-
the study of freshwater, saline
and brackish environments-
Nof made waves worldwide in
1992 with his oceanographic
perspective on the parting of
the Red Sea.
,Hislatest research appears
in the April 2006 Journal of
Paleolimnology, a scientific
publication that addresses the
rec.onstruc lion of lake history.
Using paleoceanographic
records of the Mediterranean
Sea's surface temperatures
along with analytical ice and
statistical models, Nof and
his colleagues focused on the
dynamics of. a small section
of Lake Kinneret comprising
about 10,000 square feet near
the salty springs that empty
into it. Their analysis supports
the likelihood that a brief blast
of frigid air descended over the
lake and dropped to 25.F (-4 C)
for at least two days. coinciding
with'the chill that had already

FSU Scientist
settled in for a century or more
an quite possibly encompassed
the decades in which Jesus
If these atmospheric
conditions existed
simultaneously over a lake
such as Kinneret, a floating ice
patch could develop above the
plumes generated by the salty
Such a perfect combination
of conditions on the low-
latitude Kinneret might well
seem miraculous. In the last
120 centuries, Nof calculates
the odds as roughly once in
1,000 years. However, during
the life of Jesus the prevailing
climate may have favored the
more frequent formation of
springs ice-about once in 30 to
160 years.
Floating springs ice
partially or entirely surrounded
by unfrozen water could
be virtually impossible for
distant observers to discern,
particularly if subsequent rains
had smoothed its surface; and
2,000 years ago, even those
with a better view might not
have recognized a natural
phenomenon so rare in their
corner of the world.
"In today's climate, the
chance of springs ice forming
in northern Isreal is effectively
zero, or about once in more
than 10,000 years," Nof
Among numerous honors
throughout his career, Nof
won the prestigious Nansen
Medal from the European
Geosciences Union in 2005.
He is FSU's Distinguished
Fridtjof Nansen Professor of
Physical Oceanography and
a member of its Geophysical
Fluid Dynamics Institute.
In addition to Nof, the
co-authors of "Is There A
Paleolimnological Explanation
for "Walking on Water" in the
Sea of Galilee?" are Professor
Ian McKaegue (Columbia
University biostatistics
department and formerly of
FSU's department of statistics)
and Professor Nathan Paldor
department of Atmospheric

Seaside Repertory
Theatre, the premier profes-
sional theatre company of
Northwest Florida, opened
its 2006 Season on April 5
with the captivating My Way:
A Musical Tribute to Frank
Sinatra. The show will run
every Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday at 7:30
p.m. through April 29 at
the Seaside Meeting Hall
Theatre. Tickets are $29
and can be reserved by call-
ing the Rep box office at
The performance is spon-
sored by Alys Beach and
is directed by Seaside Rep
Founding Artistic Director,
Craige Hoover. Hoover's
Rep directing credits include
Star-Spangled Girl, Crimes
of the Heart, Picasso at the
Lapin Agile, Always...Patsy
Cline and Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf?.

The Orchestra of St.
Andrew Bay, GCCC music
program partner, will be pre-
senting their fourth concert
of the 2005-2006 season on
Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Amelia Center Theatre
at Gulf Coast Community
College. Admission is $10 for
adults and $5 for students
under eighteen.
The concert is a film
music concert titled, "All the
Stars in the Sky," and will be
conducted by Rusty Garner
of the Gulf Coast Community
College faculty. Selections
will include such musical film
classics as Gustav Holst's
Mars, from The Planets, opus
32, also Sprach Zarathustra,
including Theme from 2001,
Richard Strauss, arranged
by Jerry Lehmeier. Other
selections will be from E.T.
(The Extraterrestrial) by John
Williams, arranged by John
Cacavas, Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, and the
theme from Superman by.
John Williams, arranged
by Carson Rothrock. Some.
of the other musical selec-
tions will include Star Wars
Medley, music from Apollo
13 and symphonic Suite from
The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring, by
Howard Shore and arranged
by John Whitney..


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My Way, conceived by
David Grapes and Todd
Olsen, is similar to the Rep's
2004 production of Always'
Patsy Cline in that it cel-
ebrates the life and spirit of
one of America's legendary
vocalists, but it differs in
that there is not a Sinatra
look-alike (or sound-alike,
for that matter). My Way
is indeed a tribute to the
iconic crooner, but through
the four distinctive voices
of performers Erin Allain,
Christopher Gobles, Lauren
Kuehnle, and Drew Stark.
The music is supplied by a
1921 Steinway baby grand
piano, played masterfully by
accompanist and Musical
Director Kevin Field.
The quartet opens the
show with perhaps Sinatra's
most recognizable hit,
'Strangers in the Night,' and
concludes with, not surpris-

The finale selections have
been chosen by Conductor
Rusty Garner, as conduc-
tor's privilege, which will
include the symphonic suite
from The Lord of the Rings,
and finale from Symphony
No. 5 in C minor by Ludwig
van Beethoven, arranged by
Charles Woodhouse. The
Stars and Stripes Forever,
will be conducted by Eddie
Rusty Garner,
Coordinator of Technical
Services of Gulf Coast, Faculty
of Music and Theatre, Division
of Visual and Performing Arts,
has been Artistic Director/
Principal Conductor of the
Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay
for the past six' years. This
will be Garner's last perfor-
mance with the Orchestra.
At the closing of this season,
Garner announces his retire-
ment as Artistic Director/
Principal Conductor for St.
Andrew Bay Orchestra.
For more information,
call the Diisiorn of \ isual and
Performing Arts, Gulf Coast
Community College at 872-

ingly, 'My Way.' In between,
the four performers take
turns crooning thematically
arranged medleys, including
favorite standards such as
Young at Heart,' 'My Funny
Valentine,' 'New York, New
York' and dozens more.
Interspersed between
numbers, the cast reflects
fondly on the life and man-
nerisms of 01' Blue Eyes,
tossing in quotes and anec-
dotes of the man whose
career spanned over 50
years and included over
1300 recordings. The story
does not, however, delve
into the more controversial
aspects of Sinatra's life,
including his alleged Mafia
ties, though there is some
entertaining banter about
the singer's prolific love life.
The show hits its climax
near the end with Stark,
donning Sinatra's signature

tuxedo and fedora, belt-
ing a stirring adaptation of
That's Life,' with the. rest of
the cast providing backup
vocals. Opening night saw
the packed house rising to
their feet well before the cur-
tain call in response.
My Way is the first of
six productions on tap for
Seaside Rep's 2006 Season.
Ticket subscription pack-
ages are available for mul-
tiple show discounts.
Information regarding dis-
counts through membership
and subscriptions can be
obtained by calling the office
at 850.231.0733 or visiting
the website at www.seasid-
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strongly recommended to
ensure ticket availability.
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"Music From Films" Concert At GCCC

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Assault Awareness Month

The Florida Department
of Health (DOH) recognizes
April as Sexual Assault
Awareness Month (SAAM).
During SAAM, it is a perfect
time to focus public attention
on the devastating effects of
rape and sexual assault and
for people to become aware
that rape and sexual assault
are major public health
"Becoming better
informed about the problems
and realities of sexual assault
provides a solid foundation
for serious conversations
within our communities not
only about helping victims,
but about discussing rape
risk reduction information,"
said DOH Deputy Secretary
for Health, Florida Women's
Health Officer and State

Public Health Nursing
Director Nancy Humbert,
M.S.N., A.R.N.P.
According to the Florida
Council Against Sexual
Violence website, "rape is the
most under-reported crime
in America." FCASV's web
site reports one out of every
eight adult women have been
the victims of forcible rape,
which equates to more than
12 million women in America.
In Florida, a sexual offense is
reported to law enforcement
every 42 minutes.
DOH's Sexual Violence
Prevention Program currently
funds 36 entities to provide
help for rape victims and
provide rape risk reduction
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The City of Port St. Joe City Commission
Proposes to hold a .public hearing to consider adoption of an
Ordinance which will consider action on a Petition for Voluntary
Annexation of property into the City of Port St. Joe. The title of
the ordinance is as follows:


The property to be annexed is located generally in Section 18,
Township 8 South, Range 10 West, and Section 13, Township 8
South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida. A complete legal
description of the property by metes and bounds measurements'
and a copy of the ordinance can be obtained at the Clerk's of-

The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance will be
held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 6:00 RM. at City of Port St. Joe
City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. A first reading of the Ordinance will occur at
the same time and location on April 18, 2006. Copies of the
Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of Port St.
Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456.

The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be

Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hear-
ing or provide comments in writing to the City Commissioners of
the City of Port St. Joe at City of Port St. Joe City Hall 305 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of
the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to ap-
peal any decision made during the hearing will need a record
of the proceeding and should ensure that a verbatim record is
made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based.
Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may
call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261 ext. 114.

Publish April 13 & 20, 2006

sexual assault awareness
According to the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement's 2004 Crime
in Florida Report, a total
of 12,427 sex offenses
were reported throughout
the state. The national
organization of Rape Abuse
and Incest National Network
(RAINN) states that about 44
percent of rape victims are
under the age of 18 and 80
percent are under age 30.
DOH protects and
promotes the safety of all
people in Florida through
the delivery of quality
public health services and
the promotion of health
care standards. For more
information about the DOH
Sexual Violence Prevention
Program, please visit DOH's
website at www.doh.state.
fl.us/family/svpp. To reach
a rape crisis center in your
community call the FCASV
toll-free hotline (888) 956-
7273 or visit www.fcasv.
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AARP Florida opposes a
state plan to force Floridians
60+ to join a managed-care
plan (like an HMO) if they
need vital Medicaid long-term
care services. Part 5 of a series
explains a better approach.
Reason No. 5: AARP has a
better plan for long-term care
reform. AARP Florida doesn't
need to force Floridians 60+
into HMOs or other managed-
care organizations to receive
Medicaid long-term care
Instead, Florida needs
real long-term care reform.
We should give Florida
elders an array of quality
care options, then provide

them with a trusted, neutral
source of information about
their choices. Let them
choose the care they need.
Overwhelmingly, Florida
elders prefer to receive long-
term care at home, with
some help from families and
friends. This is not only what
families and older people
prefer, it's also the wisest use
of precious public resources -
a win for elders and taxpayers
To achieve this noble goal,
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The City of Port St. Joe City Commission
Proposes to adopt by ordinance the following:


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The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance will be
held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 6:00 PM. at City of Port St. Joe
City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. A first reading of the Ordinance will occur at
the same time and location on April 18, 2006. Copies ofithe
Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of Port St.
Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe,
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the City of Port St. Joe at City of Port St. Joe City Hall 305 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of
the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to ap-
peal any decision made during the hearing will need a record
of the proceeding and should ensure that a verbatim record is
made, including the testimony on which the, appeal is based.
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The City of Port St. Joe City Commission proposes to hold a
public hearing to consider adoption of an Ordinance which will
approve the Re-Zoning of an 18.7 acre parcel of property to
Commercial (C-2). The title of the Ordinance is as follows:


A public hearing to consider the adoption of the Ordinance will
be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 6:00 RM. at the City of Port
St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. The first reading of the Ordinance will oc-
cur at the same location on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 6:00 RM.
Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection at
City of Port St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be
necessary. ,

Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hear-
ing or provide comments in writing to the City Commissioners of
the City of Port St. Joe at City of Port St. Joe City Hall 305 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of
the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to ap-
peal any decision made during the.-hearing will need a record
of the proceeding and should ensure that a verbatim record is
made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based.
Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may
call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261 ext. 114.

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Economic Injury Loans
for Small Businesses
Sba economic injury
disaster loan deadline is
approaching for hurricane
dennis victims
The U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) is
reminding business es in
the counties of Bay, Dixie,
Escambia, Franklin, Gulf,
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor,
Wakulla and Walton and con-
tiguous counties of Calhoun,
Gilchrist, Holmes, Jackson,
Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon,
Levy, Liberty, Madison and
Washington in the State of
Florida that Economic Injury
Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are
still available to small busi-
nesses that were economi-
cally impacted by Hurricane
Dennis that occurred on July
7-20, 2005.
"Small businesses that
suffered economic injury
losses from the disaster
wanting to apply for a low-
interest loan from the SBA
are urged to do so before
the April 10 deadline," said
Frank Skaggs, Director
of SBA Field Operations
Center East.
Small businesses may
apply for a loan up to $1.5
million if they suffered sub-
stantial economic injury from
the disaster. These working
capital loans may be used
to pay fixed debts, payroll,
. accounts payable, and other

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bills that could have been
paid had the disaster not
occurred. These loans are
-not intended to replace lost
sales or profits.
The interest rate on these
loans may be as low as 4.000
percent, with a maximum
term of 30 years. The SBA
determines the amount of
economic injury, the terms of
each loan and the payment
amount, based on the finan-
cial circumstances of each
To obtain a loan appli-
cation, interested business
owners should contact SBA's
National Customer Service
Center by calling 800-659-
2955 (for the hearing-impaired
1-800-877-8339); Monday
through Saturday from 8:00
a.m. until 9:00 p.m., EST.
Business loan applications
can also be downloaded from
the SBA's website at www.
sba.gov/disaster. Completed
applications should be mailed
to: U.S. Small Business
Administration,' National
Processing and Disbursement
Center 14925 Kingsport
Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline
for economic injury loan
applications for Hurricane
Dennis is April 10.
For more information
about the SBA's Disaster
Loan Programs visit our
website at www.sba.gov/

Online Business Provides

Fundraising Opportunity For

Florida Non-profit Organizations

FLChildcare.com is offer-
ing a unique fundraising
opportunity for Florida's Not-
SFor-Profit 501(c)(3) organiza-
tions. The online directory
for businesses that cater to
the needs of Florida's youth,
is announcing the "Everybody
Wins Fundraiser".
FLChildcare.com is ask-
ing local non-profit organiza-
tions to encourage youth-ser-
vice providers to place a full-
page business listing in their
online directory. In exchange
for the referrals, FLChildcare.
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profits directly to participating,
Some of the types of ser-'
vice providers listed on the
website include:
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Camps / Clubs
Instruction and Lessons
Private Schools
Special Needs Services
Tutoring Services
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and developer of FLChildcare.

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Florida. Our mission is to
provide a simple way for par-
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More than 170 attendees
joined employees from Waste
Management and area electric
cooperatives, including Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative
Supervisor of Marketing and
Member Services Kristin
Bennett and Trustee Rupert
Brown, to attend a ribbon cut-
ting for a new gas-to-energy
plant at Waste Management's
Springhill Regional Landfill
near Campbellton, Fla. on
Thursday, March 30.
Though the opportu-
nity was identified by West
Florida Electric Cooperative
Association, Inc. and the
landfill is located in their
service territory, the energy
generated at the plant will
go onto Alabama Electric
Cooperative's grid, which
means that any person who
is served by an AEC dis-
tribution system, includ-
ing GCEC, may voluntarily
purchase Renewable Energy
AEC's Green Power
Choice program debuts this
month. Across the nation, the
number of green power pro-
viders, as well as those inter-
ested in purchasing green
power, is on the rise, and
in response to this, AEC is
offering this program as part
of its commitment to innova-
tion and community. A total
of 41,000 RECs will be avail-
able for purchase through
the Green Power Choice pro-
gram. Residential members
will be able to purchase these
certificates in 100 kilowatt-
hour increments; commer-
cial and industrial custom-
ers may purchase blocks of
500 kilowatt-hours. Buying
two blocks of green power
per month for a year equals
recycling 480 pounds of alu-
minum or 1,766 pounds of
newspaper. Consuming 400
kilowatt-hours of green power
each month for one year pre-
vents 3.6 tons of emissions
- the environmental equiva-
lent of planting 1.2 acres of
trees or refraining from driv-
ing 9,600 miles in the family
According to Springhill
Landfill District Manager
Achaya Kelapanda, Waste
Management currently pro-
vides landfill gas to 61 gas-
to-energy plants across North
America, generating more
than 280 megawatts of ener-
gy enough to power 225,000
homes and replace more than
2 million barrels of oil per
year. Equipment testing at
the Springhill Landfill began
Tuesday, and the plant is

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expected to be fully operation-
al sometime next week. At
that time, AEC will purchase
4.8 megawatts of green power
generated using methane gas
from the landfill. The energy
produced will be enough to
power 4,000 homes per year.
"Green power" is a mar-
keting term for electricity that
is partially or entirely gen-
erated from environmentally
preferable renewable energy
sources. Every day, approxi-
mately five pounds of sold
waste is generated for every-
one in the U. S. When this
organic-rich waste is deposit-
ed into sanitary landfills and
decomposes, methane gas is
produced. The gas is col-
lected and transported to a
compression facility, where
it is dried and filtered before
being sent through turbines
or engines to produce elec-
tricity. Methane is a potent
greenhouse gas, so by using
it to produce energy, not only
is AEC protecting air qual-
ity, but also finding a useful
purpose for this by-product.
Using this method, rather
than fossil fuel generation,
is preserving nonrenewable
resources ,such as natural
gas, coal, oil and nuclear
"The ribbon cutting was
a landmark occasion not only
for AEC and West Florida
Electric, but also for all dis-
tribution systems served
by AEC," Bennett said.
"Participation in green power
programs across the nation
is on the rise. Our mem-
bers want to do their part
to preserve the environment,
and by offering Green Power
Choice, we are giving them
the opportunity to do that."
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energy national
alliance of local, consumer-
owned electric cooperatives
providing high standards of
service to customers large and
small. GCEC serves approxi-
mately 20,000 consumers in
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson,
Walton and Washington coun-
ties and in the municipalities
of Wewahitchka. Ebro, White
City. Lynin Haven. Fountain
and Southport.
Allen Hunt and Achaya
Kelapanda of Waste
Management: Gary Smith
of AEC; and Bill Rimes of
WFECA cut the ribbon for the
new gas-to-energy plant at a
ceremony held at Springhill
Regional Landfill near
Campbellton, Fla. on March

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BlueWater Realty Grand Opening

On Friday, April 7, George and Hilda Duren along
with friends and employees celebrated the Grand
Opening and Ribbon Cutting of BlueWater Realty.
George and Hilda have always supported our com-
munity and chamber. They are long time chamber
members and for many years have given many hours
and monetary support to various community events.
Without their help some events would not be nearly as
successful. Some would have chosen other paths but
they chose to support and provide opportunities for
the citizens of Gulf County. They have demonstrated a
commitment to Gulf County that is extraordinary.
They can help you with your vacation rentals or help
you find just the right home to buy. Their customers
have the assurance of knowing they are dealing with

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Ask a new homeowner
what kind of plants he would
like around his house, and
nine times out of ten he will
point to a sago in a neigh-
boring landscape and say,
"I'd really like to have one of
those." The King Sago has to
be the most requested plant
I've ever seen in this part of
the world. With -its deep,
dark green leaves spreading
out fan-like around a short,
stocky trunk, a healthy sago
is a beautiful representative
of the cycad family. Cycads
are an ancient family of
plants; the oldest seed-bear-
ing family left on earth. They
date back at least 250 million
years. Consider that flower-
ing plants are mere babies
by comparison, having been
around for about 75 million
years. When dinosaurs ruled
the earth, cycads were the
most prominent plant group.
The sharp- tipped leaflets and
the hard, sharp spines along
the stems have served to keep
animals from eating them up,
and their ability to thrive in
inhospitable sites kept them
from being overrun by other
plant species.

The predator most likely
to wipe out this ancient plant
is man. Isn't this ironic: in
Florida, we can scrape and
destroy the plant life growing
on property we own, with-
out a, permit, for the sake
of 'development,' but if we
want to save these plants to
propagate and sell them, we
need a permit! Our native
Florida coontie, a member of
the cycad family, was large-
ly destroyed during the late
nineteenth and early twenti-
eth centuries for the produc-
tion of arrowroot flour. Most
of what survived has been
buried under strip malls and
subdivisions. Only the pro-
tected wetlands and coastal
strands, and our own gar-
dens, are left to give refuge
to these plants. In other
countries, timber and crop
production has proceeded
with no thought to the slow-
growing, ancient species that
are destroyed in the process.
If you think man is smart
enough to preserve these
plants through cultivation
and marketing, think again.
Another irony: some cycads
are so rare and therefore so

expensive that they are jeal-
ousy guarded by collectors
instead of being propagated
and spread around.
There is a little ray of
hope in the plant world.
Some areas are recognizing
the profitability of eco-tour-
ism, and so are working to
purchase plots of land for
conservation. It is kind of
the equivalent of an outdoor
museum. Hopeful, and yet
a little sad that we have to
resort to such measures as
to make a tourist attraction
of our natural world.
At least the sagos, around
here, are safe. They are so
prolific with the production
of 'pups', it is quite common
for homeowners to propa-
gate these baby plants and
give them away to friends.
Coontie, too, is in heavy nurs-
ery production, ensuring
their perseverance in road-
way medians, if not in native
habitat. Another cycad seen
less frequently here along the
forgotten coast is commonly
called cardboard palm. This
leathery, interesting plant
needs to be protected from
freezing weather, but like
other cycads I will mention,'
the stems can take tempera-
tures into the teens, and will
recover nicely from a freeze.
One of the most cold
hardy is the dioon edule, a
handsome species capable
of living up to 1500 years.
This plant needs practically
no care, other than providing
good drainage. They will, in
fact, live on top of a rock, due
to the nitrogen-fixing abil-.
ity that cycads share. As
they are completely salt-tol-
erant, it would be nice to see
these plants start showing up
in landscapes around here.
They have a similar look to
the King Sago, but are more
silvery-gray in color.
Another cycad very simi-
lar to our familiar sagos is
the Emperor Sago. The color
is the same, and the growth
pattern is the same, but an
Emperor Sago is a fast-grow-

ing variety with a wide, eleven
foot diameter, as compared to
the average six foot spread of
the King Sago.
Another cold hardy spe-
cies is Ceratozamia kueste-
riana. Don't discount it just
because you can't pronounce
it! This plant has an airy,
soft look reminiscent of the
popular pygmy date palm.
Interesting, this is a subter-
ranean plant which can be
planted deeply, unlike most
plants, and this improves its
cold tolerance. Better yet, it
is one of the few species of
cycad not armed with 'teeth'.
and 'nails', so it can be plant-
ed near passageways without
doing harm to tender skin.
The one cycad of this
group I've never seen is called
a bamboo cycad, botanically
known as ceratozamia hildae.
Instead of the usual fountain
habit, this one grows upright,
like bamboo, and prefers par-
tial shade to full sun. It has
a beautiful leaf and grows
relatively quickly for a cycad,
reaching its mature size or
six or seven feet within four
or five years. I would love to
grow this, as well as the last
cycad I'l mention of this cold-
hardy group. This plant looks
almost fern-like. Imagine
a holly fern, or a rotunda
holly, and you have an idea
of what Encephalartos ferox
looks like. Dark green 'ruf-
fled' foliage- and bright red
cones make this a striking
landscape plant. It spreads
up to nine feet wide, so give it
plenty of room, and plant this
one in partial shade, too.
The more often cycads
are requested for a landscape,
the more interest growers will
have in propagating them.
Just remember, there is more
to life than the sago!
Questions? Comments?
Opinions? Email me at

Kilgore Holds Grand Opening

On Thursday, March 29,
Kilgore's Brick Pavers and St.
Joe Sod and Landscape held
their Grand Opening and
Ribbon Cutting at 2891 West
Highway 98.
Brian Koepke is the new-
est partner at Kilgore's and
has been site supervisor for
the past 4 years. Kilgore's
has been a member of the
Chamber for the past 5 years.
Jim Kilgore started the busi-
ness and has 39 years expe-
rience in the carpet industry.
Mike Adams joined the busi-
ness 5 years ago with brick
John Sadler and Mark
Howtze make up the sales
team and Shaun Lundred is
site operator. They have brick
pavers of all styles: natural
stone, flagstone, traverteen,
and also- stack stone for fire-
places and outside facades.
of houses. They do side-
walks, pool decks, driveways
& retaining walls.
St. Joe Sod and
Landscape Supply has been
family owed and operated

since April 2004. Bill and
Reese Antley first started sell-
ing sod and expanded into
landscape design and instal-
lation. They now have a
nursery full of palms, plants,
shrubs, mulches, rock and
many other landscape prod-
ucts. Their goal is to provide
the public, especially the citi-
zens of Gulf County with the
lowest prices and best service
so they will not have t leave
Gulf County ,to fulfill their
landscaping needs. They
have always been a super
supporter of the Chamber by
bringing plants to locations
as we needed them during
festivals even as recently as
the Annual dinner.
If you have not already
done so, go by and visit these
two companies. Being locat-
ed on the same property and
having the common thread
of improving the quality and
value of your home, Kilgores's
and St. Joe Sod can give you
your own private "Paradise
on the Emerald Coast".

Pure Design Grand Opening
Pure Design was founded, in 2005 and is owned and
operated by Justin and J'aime Kent. They held their Grand
Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, April 4.
Justin Kent is an award winning artist with a formal edu-
cation in Fine Art. He specializes in multimedia design and
watercolor. Justin's professional experience is as an architec-
tural illustrator and website designer.
J'aime Kent has a BS in Advertising Communication and
an MS in Interior Design. She previously worked at an inter-
national advertising agency and as an architectural appren-
Justin is a native of Mexico Beach and relocated back to
the Forgotten Coast in 2005 with his '%ife, J'aime.
Pure Design offers architectural graphics services, includ-
ing rendered elevations., site plans, floor plans, and perspec-
tive drawings. Complete marketing packages with printed
materials, outdoor signage and strategic advertising are also
available for real estate development and construction proj-
ect.. '
Pure Design is located First Street in downtow-n Port St.
joe at 522.B. their offices are located between Mize Plumbing
and the Old Buckhorn Schoolhouse.

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Gulf Coast Community College's Lifelong Learning Division will host the. Road to
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children new and innovative, as well as time-tested ideas, which will enable them to pro-
vide better service. The conference will be offered to all case managers, social workers, law
enforcement, counselors, and others who are involved in the welfare of abused and neglected
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Rachel Bixler, a 2004
graduate of Port St. Joe High
School, has won the coveted
title of Miss Florida State
University in Tallahassee, at
the Miss FSU Pageant held
on the campus at the Ruby
Diamond Auditorium on
March 24.
Bixler will represent FSU
as their official ambassador.
She will be the face and voice
for all aspects of the college
including athletics, academ-
ics, and the arts and sci-
ences. It is a full-time job, as
her schedule is already full of
public appearances.
In winning the title, she
also selected two local girls,
Mallory Whaley and Katie
Moore, of Crawfordville,
to participate in the Miss
Florida Sunshine Princess
Program. This is designed to
introduce young girls to the
Miss Florida program before
they reach competition age
and allows them to realize
that Miss America is not just
a dream but something they
can begin preparing for at a
young age.
Whaley and Moore are the
daughters of Loren and Jennie
Whaley, of Crawfordville,
and granddaughters of Earl
and Wanda Whaley, and
the great-granddaughters of
Ruth Millender and Robbie
Whaley, of Carrabelle, and
Ruth Leonard of Evergreen,
AL. They are the granddaugh-
ters of Jo Anne and Blake
Thomason, of Apalachicola
and Mallory Whaley is the
daughter of the late Jo Ellen
Whaley of Apalachicola.
The two young ladies
participated in the Miss FSU
Pageant and earned their own
crowns on the Ruby Diamond
Stage. This program allows
Miss Florida contestants to
serve as role models and
mentors during their reign
through community service.
The participants must be at
least 5 years of age, but not
older than 12 on the date
of the Miss Florida Pageant.
They accompany the title-
holder during her reign on
official business and com-
munity service projects.
Rachel's platform during her
reign is Literacy: Creating An
Empowered Future. She will
be visitirig the local schools-
with her little princesses to
promote literacy.
Bixler's title is spon-
sored by the Miss America
Scholarship Program. In

July, she will represent FSU
at the Miss Florida Pageant
in Miami. The winner of that
competition will represent
Florida in the Miss America
Pageant. Home and Whaley
will both participate on stage
in the Miss Florida Pageant.
For her talent, Bixler per-
formed a modern classical
piano selection "Marching
Season" by Yanni. She
chose "Literacy: Creating An
Empowered Future" for her
platform. During her reign
she will promote literacy,
from pre-kindergarten to the
sixth grade, as a gateway to
gaining knowledge about our
world. An "America Reads"
volunteer, she tutors local
children in an after-school
program in reading. She
plans to visit local elementary
schools promoting empower-
ment through reading.
Bixler is now in train-
ing in the F.I.G. program
(Freshmen Interest Group),
a new program sponsored by
FSU to.introduce, new fresh-
men to college life. Rachel will
be assigned 25 new freshmen
next fall, serve as their men-
tor and teach a colloquium
class in the fall.
A junior on the pre-med
track, Bixler plans to gradu-
ate in spring 2007 with a
major in biology and a minor
in chemistry. She is special-
izing in neuroscience. After
graduation, she plans to
attend medical school and
obtain her medical degree
with a specialty in neurology.
She plans to come back to
the area and open a private
Bixler's other passion is
in medical research. During
spring 2005 she worked on
Dr. Joseph Schlenoff's nan-
otechnology team to devel-
op and perfect a compound
to stabilize colloidal gold
for biological and medical
uses. She is currently work-
ing on Dr. Charles Ouimet's
research team in the FSU
College of Medicine, analyz-
ing the genes involved in
Huntington's disease. This
research will aid advances

Miss Florida State University Rachel Bixler selected Mallory
Whaley, left, and Katie Moore, of Crawfordville, to participate in the
Miss Florida Sunshine Princess Program.

in both Huntington's and
This summer. Bil e r
will work ori an Alzheimer's
research project in the
School of Medicine and the
College of Arts and Sciences
at Vanderbilt University in
Nashville, TN. Active in cam-
pus life at FSU, she is in the
Honor's Program, treasurer .of
the Golden Key International
Honor Society, a mem-
ber of Phi Kappa Phi Honor
Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor
Society, Chi Alpha Chrit-Iarn
Fellowship, a Florida
Bright Future 100 percent
Scholarship recipient, Florida
Bright's Top Scholar Award,

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Florida State University's
Freshman Scholarship for'
Academic Achievement, and
this fall 'wason the President's
List for hat-ing a perfect 4.0.
Bixler wants to thank
her parents, Norman and
Phyllis Bixler of Port St. Joe;'
her grandparents Cliff and'
Margaret Carter, of St. Joe,
Beach; her grandmother
Pearl Bixler of Frisco City,
AL; and her grandparents Jo
Anne and Blake Thomason,'
of Apalachicola, for their love
and support. She would,
also like to thank Coastal,
Community Bank and Vice-
President Jim Norton, for.
sponsoring her.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

BID #0506-20
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the following:
One (1) new Backhoe
Loader with Clam Bucket
Specifications may be
obtained from the Office of the
Clerk of Court, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port Sl. Joe,
Florida 32456, (850) 229-6112.
Any questions regarding this
bid should be directed to Solid
Waste Director Joe Danford at
(850) 227-1401.
Please indicate on the enve-
that this is a SEALED BID, the
Bids must be submitted to
the Gulf County Clerk's Office
at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456, by 5:00
p.m., E.T., on Friday, April
14, 2006.
Bids will be opened at this
same location on Monday, April
17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right
to reject any and all proposals
Publish: April 6 & 13, 2006
Ad #2006-039

Notice of Foreclosure of Lien
and intent to sell these vehicles
on 04/14/2006, on 09:00 a.m.
ET at 8082 W. Hwy 98, Port
St. Joe, FL 32456, pursuant to
subsection 713.78 of the Florida
reserves the right to accept or
reject any and/or all bids.
1988 Ford
1991 Ford
1995 Nissan
# 1N4BU31D15C230590

Publish April 6 & 13, 2006

PROPOSAL #0506-21

Gulf County hereby
requests proposals from quali-
fied individuals or firms to pro-
vide one or more of the fol-
lowing services; Administration
services or Engineering services
for a $638,500.00 FFY 2006
Florida Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) contract #06DB-89-09-
Additional information con-
cerning the proposed services
being requested and the ranking
criteria to be used to evaluate
the proposals may be obtained
from The Clerk of Court, Room
148, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456,
Gulf County, Florida, telephone
(850) 229-6113.
Sealed Proposals must be
received by 5:00 p.m. on April
28, 2006 at the Gulf County
Clerk's Office, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd., Room 148,
Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456.
RFP's will be opened on Monday,
May 1, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at
the same location.
Publish : April 6 & 13, 2006
Ad # 2006-041

Storage Units Highway 22,
Wewahitchka, FL #63 Angie
Dykes, #17 Margaret Hightower
will be open April 7 and mner-
chandise removed if rent not
brought up to date.
Publish April 6 & 13, 2006


Estate of Glen Edward Ricks,
Deceased ---
Case No. 06-14PR


The administration of
the estate of GLEN EDWARD
RICKS, deceased, File Number
2006-PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. The names
and addressees of the personal
representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
descendant's estate, include
unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, on whom
a copy of this notice is served
must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate, included
unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN
The date of first publication
of this Notice is April 6, 2006.
Personal Representative
1304 Connecticut Ave.
Lynn Haven, FL 32444

Attorney.for Personal
941 Jenks Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 913-08669
Florida Bar No. 0355496
Publish April 6 & 13, 2006

Property and landscape
maintenance contractors are
invited to submit bids to furnish
all labor, material, equipment
and supervision to maintain the
common grounds at Southgate
Subdivision located on Garrison
Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida

32456. Maintenance responsi-
bilities will include grass cut-
ting, weeding, trimming, debris
removal, landscape and irriga-
tion maintenance. Interested
contractors may contact Sandy
Reeves phone(850) 229-7261 for
a detailed Scope of Work and
contract qualificationd no later
than April 19, 2006. Bids shall
be submitted by via U.S. Mail to
Southgate Owner's Association,
P. 0. Box 1080, Port St. Joe,
FL 32457

that the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County,
Florida, at its regular meeting
April 25, 2006 at 6:00 PM ET
will consider abandoning any
interest by the County and that
the public in and to the follow-
ing described property:
A portion of the County
road lying East of 1st Street
(Angelfish St.) which dissects
parcel #04281-005R owned by
Raffield's Fisheries, Inc.
This notice of abandonment
was initiated by the Gulf County
Commission at their March 28,
2006 regular meeting. Notice
of adoption of the resolution
abandoning the said roadway
will be published one time in a
newspaper of general circula-
tion in Gulf County, Florida,
and the proof of publication of
the notice of hearing, the reso-
lution as adopted, and the proof
of publication of adoption of
such resolution will be recorded
in the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.
Board of County
Commissioners /s/ Carmen
McLemore, Chairman
Attest: Clerk Rebecca

Publish;:April 13, 2006
Ad #2006-049

FILE NO. 06-23 PR





You are hereby notified that
an Order of Ancillary Summary
Administration has been entered
in the estate of David Eugene
Ferguson deceased, file num-
ber 06-23 PR, by the Circuit
Court of Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address
of which is 1000 Costin Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456; the
descendents date of death was
November 9, 2004, and that the
names and addresses of those
to whom it has been assigned by
such order are:

Bobby Ferguson
99 Water Circle, Apt. 88
Midland City, Alabama 36350
Son (Adult)

Rebecca Strickland
6838 South County Road 20
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Daughter (Adult)

Regina Ward
1212 Imperial Drive
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Daughter (Adult)


All creditors of the estate
of the decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the dece-
dent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Summary
Administration must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication
-of this Notice is April 13, 2006.

Benjamin S. Armstrong
Florida Bar No. 0609382
McNab & Armstrong, P.C
200 Parkwest Circle, Suite 2
Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 793-2629

Bobby Ferguson
99 Water Circle, Apt 88'
Midland City, AL 36350
Publish April 13 & 20, 2006

Notice is hereby given that a
meeting of The Northwest
Florida Transportation Corridor
Authority will be held on
Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 1:00
p.m. at ti- Flo-la Department
of Trar _,o L uon, 605 Suwanee
Stre", Tallahasse-, Ft. Burns
Building Auditorius Any per-
son requiring special accom-
modations to participate in
this meeting is asked to advise
the Corridor Authority at least
48 hours before the meeting
by contacting JoAnn Hofstad
at 850-833-9328 or joann.
Publish April 13, 2006


Court of Gulf County, Florida,

CASE NO.: 05-116 CC






an action for interpleader or
declaratory judgment in regard
to the proceeds of a tax deed
sale of the following described
real property in Gulf County,
One acre square in the
Southwest corner of the
West half of the Northwest
quarter, Section 14,
Township 6 South, Range 9
West, Gulf County, Florida,

has been filed against you and
you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if
any, to it on Paul W. Groom II,
the plaintiffs attorney, whose
address is Rish, Gibson, Scholz
& Groom, P. A., 116 Sailors
Cove Drive, P. 0. Box 39, Port
St. Joe, FL 32457, on or before
May 12, 2006, and file the
original with the clerk of this
Court either before service on
plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint.

DATED this 5th day of April,
Gulf County, Florida

By: s/Tonya Knox
As Deputy Clerk

Publish April 13, 20, 27 & May


Carol Ann Witt Shurden,
File No. 2006-18PR

The administration of
the estate of Carol Ann Witt
Shurden, deceased, whose
date of death was November 3,

2005, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of
which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication
of this notice is April 13, 2006.

Attorney or Personal
Daniel P. Saba
Florida Bar No. 640141
Locklin & Jones, P.A.
6460 Justice Avenue
Milton, Florida 32570
Telephone: (850) 623-2500

Personal Representative:
Clifford W. Moran
4307 Seventh Avenue
Pace, Florida 32571
Publish: April 13, & 20, 2006

Gulf Comnty Board ofCounty Com ision Meeting Minue

NOVEMBER 22, 2005

Luke Cooley, Judge of
Probate in Houston County,
Alabama, appeared before the
Board and discussed that she is
not a voter but she is a taxpayer
in this County. Ms. Cooley also
stated that as long as people
build among the dunes, they are
taking a risk, She also stated
that barrier islands are going to
18se beach and renourishment
dbes not work because nature is
going to do it's thing. Ms. Cooley
discussed that prevention is the
answer to preserving beaches
r,.I du 'r.-:. not renourishment.
Rob Bradshaw appeared
before the Board and discussed
that if the County did not have
the beaches, they would not
have such a high tax base. He
also stated that everyone is ben-
efitting from the beaches.
; Charlie Wallace appeared
before the Board and discussed
that if nothing is done, it would
take three hundred houses to
replace the 120 that are about
to fall in and be taken off the tax
roll. He also stated that if you
want the beaches as an econo-
my generator, you must stop the
erosion problem.
;, Woody Guess appeared be-
fore the Board and requested
that the Board start over and
find out what needs to be done
for this project. He also stated
that there has to be another way
instead of just taxing a selected
. Linda Wood appeared before
the Board and requested that
the members of the B.A.C. be
listed, along with the minutes
from their meetings. She also
stated that decisions are being
made too fast and the decisions
that are being made we will later
regret. Mrs. Wood stated that
the M:.S.T.U.s might not be the
best way to go on this issue.
Chairman Peters extended Mrs.
Wood's time by an additional
three minutes. She also in-
quired about the public access
walkways, and if they are going
to be for the public. Mrs. Wood
discussed that she is very con-
cerned about using Rish Park
for equal access for the public.
She also stated that the process
is going too fast, and there are
no details in the plans.
Dowis Scoggins appeared
before the Board and requested
that the Board take the small
step to implement the M.S.T.U.s
because the additional informa-
a-:.r. .* i,:-rt- coming..
Marilyn Blackwell appeared
before the Board and discussed
that the main justification
heard for the beach renourish-
ment is the taxes brought into
the County from the Cape area.
She also stated that the ac-
cess points to the beach have
been reduced, the taxes are a
clr higher due to development,
p'blb.: property has been given
away for development, the wild
life is declining, the low income
re iderarn r iv being forced out of
the County because of develop-
ment and high taxes. Ms. Black-
Well discussed that asking the
County at large to help pay for
this project would not be right
for the County.
Mark AcAlpin, 201 White
Sands Drive, appeared before
the Board and discussed that
he supports the beach renour-
ishment project. He stated that
loth the Bay side and the Gulf
side needs to work together on
this project, and the Board has
to make the decision to save the
County's beach. Mr. McAlpin
discussed that Rish Park should
nIot be effected at all in this is-
Richard Mc.Corsky appeared
before the Board and discussed
that if the M.S.T.U. is passed it
kill involve everyone North of
tie Stumphole, and there are
people that can not afford this
daditional tax. He requested
that the Board review this care-
jull', before making the final
le:,sim Pierce appeared before
Jim Pierce appeared before

the Board and discussed that
he has never been advised by
the County or the State that the
house he built on the beach was
located in a dangerous area. He
stated that they are now truck-
ing in and placing sand for the
fourth time around and under
the house, and it has now been
condemned for the second time.
Mr. Pierce stated that he has
made wonderful friends in this
County, and his tax dollars have
gone to meet the needs of all
the citizens in this County. He
also stated that he is asking for
consideration of the Board on
behalf of a lot of residents who
have paid taxes to this County
to help preserve the property for
the tax resources.
Doug Kent appeared before
the Board and discussed that
his concern is saving St. Joseph
Bay and if there is a cut at the
Stumphole this would change
the Bay tremendously. He also
stated that he thinks that it is-
the- Federal and State Govern-
ments responsibility to save the
Edward Wood appeared be-
fore the Board and discussed
that taking the sand from the
Cape San Blas shoals would
take away our storm protection,
and could possibly change a
channel that comes through the
head of St. Joe, west of R.C.A.
Mr. Wood stated that the beach-
es have washed away, but we
need to take a slower approach
to this matter. He also stated
that Rish Park does not need
to be considered in this issue.
Mr. Wood discussed that there
should be some other way to
fund this project, and it should
be studied before any more deci-
sions are made.
Raymond Wood, of 586 Red
Fish Street, appeared before
the Board and requested that
the Board not allow sand to be
trucked from our sand pit (by
his home). He stated that the
entire County does not need
to be taxed to re-nourish the
T.D.C. Director Pickett dis-
cussed that the topic of Rish
Park is a very emotional topic for
everyone. She stated that they
have had a conversation with
D.C.A., and requested to use
a small portion of the undevel-
oped strip on the South end of
the park for beach access only.
Mrs. Pickett stated that nothing
will be taken away from Rish
Park to be used in this issue.
Commissioner Traylor dis-
cussed that there must be an
agreement between the Bay and
Gulf residents to keep from di-
viding these residents. He also
stated that the M.S.T.U. is the
only funding source that he has
heard and on this issue. Com-
missioner Traylor stated that
this problem is not going to go
away it is going to have to be
fixed. He stated that the final
decision will be made by the
Commissioner McLemore
discussed that the Board has re-
quested additional information
from the B.A.C. as to (1) a Plan
B, (2) who the committee mem-
bers are, (3) and how many are
on the committee. He also stated
that things seem to be moving
too quickly and this needs to be
done correctly.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed *that the interest of the
County needs to be protected,
whether you are a resident or
a non-resident. He also stated
that this M.S.T.U. is a shared
responsibility and if you chose
to live on the Cape you have tak- '
en a responsibility 'of a higher
impact. Commissioner Williams
discussed that the M.S.T.U. is
a voter-imposed tax, and it is
above the Ad Valorem that they
have requested. He also stated
that all of the facts and figures'
have not been presented as
needed. Commissioner Williams
recommended that the Board
take charge of the B.A.C., and
have proper representation from
each district.
Chairman Peters passed
the chair to Vice Chairman

McLemore and Commissioner
Peters motioned to appoint Ron
Westmark and Edward Wood
to the B.A.C., and stated that
all five commissioners should
have people on the committee to
bring information to the Board.
After discussion, Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously
(4-0). Chairman McLemore re-
turned the chair to Commis-
sioner Peters.
Chairman Peters requested
that all of the minutes from the
B.A.C. meetings be given to each
Board member.
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned to appoint Steve Newman
and Rich Brenner to the B.A.C.

for District 3. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
-, i, passed unanimously (4-
9 v!'-. further discussion by
members of the Board, Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
advertise the ordinance process
for two separate M.S.T.U.s to be
created; one for the Gulf side
and one for the Bay side. Com-
missioner Traylor seconded the
motion, and it failed 2-2, with
Commissioner McLemore and
Chairman Peters voting no.
Chairman Peters discussed
that the State Temporary Recov-
ery Assistance Program will pro-
vide- approximately $2,000.00
for individual families that make
less than $2,000.00 per month.
He stated that Florida Depart-
ment of Children & Families will
be overseeing this project and
will be at St. James Episcopal
Church on November 28th and
29th. He stated that it will also
be at the Department of Children
& Families, 201 Monument Ave-
nue, on November 30th through
December 2nd, and December
,5th through December 9th.
Commissioner Williams
motioned that the Board allow
County Attorney McFarland to
meet with the Agency for Health
Care Administration regarding
the half-cent sales tax for indi-
gent health care. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed,unanimously (4-
Commissioner Williams
discussed that he held a town
hall meeting in Highland View,
and the Mosaic group attended
the meeting. He stated that the
group is willing to give one acre
of land by the Dixie Belle Motel
and one acre of land by the Las
Palmas area.
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned for the Fire Department
Chiefs (with two signatures) be
allowed to purchase items up
to $5,000.00 without coming
before the Board for approval.
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed 3-1,
with Chairman Peters voting
Commissioner Williams in-
quired about the direction of
the B.A.C. Chairman Peters dis-
cussed that the B.A.C. needs to
start over, and bring new plans
back to the Board.
Commissioner Traylor re-
quested that Chairman Peters
call a special meeting for 5:00
p.m., E.T. on Monday (Novem-
ber 28th) so that Commissioner
Barnes can be present to vote
on this issue. Chairman Peters
stated that he will call the meet-
ing, contingent upon when Com-
missioner-Barnes can attend.
There being no further busi-
ness, and upon motion by Com-
missioner Traylor, the meeting
did then adjourn at 9:25 p.m.,




NOVEMBER 29, 2005

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met
this date in special session with
the following members pres-
ent: Chairman Nathan Peters,
Jr., Vice Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, and Commissioner
Billy E. Traylor, Bill Williams
and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: Coun-
ty Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Executive Administrator
Towan Kopinsky, Administrator
Staff Assistant Lynn Stephens,
Human Resources Director
Denise Manuel, Planner David
Richardson, and Sheriffs Office
Major Joe Nugent.
Chairman Peters called the
meeting'to order'at 4:37 p.m.,,
Upon inquiry, County Attor-
ney McFarland stated that the
Board can call an emergency
meeting anytime one is neces-
Upon inquiry, County At-
' torney McFarland discussed
that changes were made to the
Interlocal Agreement by the
City of Port St. Joe, and he was
notified of this on November
23rd. Commissioner McLemore
stated that the City began the
ordinance process on the an-
nexation before the Board had
a chance to review the changes
that were made by the City, and
he would like for the Board to
take the necessary action to
stop the annexation process un-
til the final Interlocal Agreement
has been reviewed and approved
(the deadline to take this action
is tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.). After
discussion by members of the
Board and the County Attorney,
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned to file a Writ of Certiorari
to challenge the annexation pro-
cess, and Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion for discus-
sion. After further discussion,
City Attorney William J. Rish
appeared before the Board to
discuss that the final draft is
prepared. Commissioner Wil-
liams discussed that the Board
did not have the option to' review
the final draft since changes
have been made, and tomorrow
is the deadline to file the Writ.
County Attorney McFarland dis-
cussed various changes made
to the agreement, and City At-
torney Rish stated that the fi-
nal product is prepared. After
further discussion, the Board
agreed to recess the meeting to
allow City Attorney Rish to bring
the document for the Board to
The meeting did then recess
at 4:58 p.m., E.S.T.
The meeting reconvened at
5:20 p.m., E.S.T.
After review of the interlocal
agreement by members of the
Board, County Attorney McFar-
land discussed changes made
to Paragraph 15 (related to the
Bond Issues). Upon inquiry by
Commissioner Williams, County
Attorney McFarland discussed
the Termination Clause of the
Agreement (Article 5), which
states that if the terms of the
agreement are not met, the des-
ignated property would revert
back to the County's control.
Commissioner Traylor then
withdrew his second, and Com-
missioner Williams withdrew the
motion. Commissioner Traylor
then motioned to file the Writ of
Certiorari, if the fully executed
agreement is not received by
12:00 p.m. (Noon) tomorrow
(11/30/05), and Commissioner
McLemore seconded the mo-
tion. Upon discussion about
the Board giving the Chairman
authority to sign the agreement,
Commissioner Traylor included
this in his motion. Commission-
er McLemore included it in his
second, and the motion passed
There being no further busi-
ness and upon motion by Com-
missioner McLemore, the meet-
ing did then adjourn at 5:26
p.m., E.S.T.

NOVEMBER 29, 2005

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met
this date in special session with
the following members pres-
ent: Chairman Nathan Peters,
Ji., Vice Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, and Commissioner
Billy E. Traylor, Bill Williams
and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: Clerk
Executive Administrator Towan
Kopinsky, Administrator Staff
Assistant Lynn Stephens,
County Engineer Bill Kennedy,
Emergency Management Direc-
tor Marshall Nelson, Human
R.- ...,r, :- D[ -,- r.:.r [. rn :, r.I ,.-
1 in ar, r,. :, .-I Pj:l-..-a-- .
T.D.C. Director Paula Pickett,
Veterans' Service Officer James
Kennedy, and Sheriffs Office
Major Joe Nugent.
Chairman Peters called the
meeting to order at 3:01 p.m.,
Commissioner McLemore
discussed the need for a full-
time grant writer for the Coun-
ty, and motioned to advertise
to receive applications for this
position. After discussion that
- administration fees will help off-
set the majority of the expense,
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-

Commissioner McLemore
discussed, the Honeyville Com-
munity Center (building to serve
as the County's Emergency
Shelter), stating that the war-
den at Gulf Correctional Insti-
tution has agreed to provide
additional inmate labor to work
on this project to help reduce
the expenses not covered by
grant funds. Upon inquiry by
Commissioner Williams about
the need for the project to be
constructed by a licensed con-
tractor, Commissioner Traylor
discussed that the Board has a
licensed contractor among their
staff. The Board agreed to pro-
ceed with construction of the fa-
cility, contingent upon having a
licensed contractor who will be
responsible to see that it is con-
structed properly.
Ralph Cellon, of Morgan-
Keegan, appeared before the
Board to -discuss the County's
current Road Bond Issues, stat-
ing that they can be re-bonded
so the Board will have additional
capital for road paving projects.
'He reported that the County's
interlocal agreements with the
Cities on the Local Option Gas
Tax will end on September 1,
2009, and the County can re-fi-
nance with or without including
the municipalities. He stated
that without participation by the
Cities, the County would gener-
ate approximately $3.6 million
for a 20-year term or $4.7 mil-
lion for a 25-year term. Upon in-
quiry by Commissioner Williams
about following the competitive
bidding process for re-financ-
ing of the Road Bond Issues and
about offering to allow the Cities
to join in, the Board agreed to
tabled this matter until a work-
shop can be held.
Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Barnes, second by Com-
missioner McLemore, and unan-
imous vote, the Board approved
the following Special Projects
Dist. 5 South Gulf County
Fire Department Donation
$ 400.00
White City Fire Department
$ 150.00

Dist. 4 White City Fire De-
partment Donation
$ 150.00

Dist. 2 White City Fire De-
partment Donation
$ 150.00


Susan Wright appeared be-
fore the Board to discuss that
she has resigned from the B.A.C.
(due to hardship in attending
meetings because she lives in
Georgia), and presented a new
option for the Board to consid-
er in reference to the M.S.T.U.
She stated'that the Board could
have 3 M.S.T.U.s, one for the
Gulfside, one for the Bayside,
and one for the Gulfside Interior.
Upon motion by Commissioner
Traylor, second by Commis-
sioner McLemore, and unani-
mous vote, the Board agreed to
allow Mrs. Wright an additional
3 minutes to speak. She then
discussed that the bond issue
to renourish the beach would
be a fixed amount, and she
presented a scenario -, -r.,; .: -_
mated amounts. Upon motion
by Commissioner Traylor, sec-
ond by Commissioner Williams,
and unanimous vote, the Board
agreed to allow Mrs. Wright an
additional 3 minutes to speak.
She further discussed private
contributions could be received
and stated that Ray Golz report-
ed to her that the newly-formed
Friends of the Peninsula will
help pay the M.S.T.U. for indi-
viduals who may be unable to
pay the expense.
Rich Brenner appeared be-
fore the Board to inquire about
the referendum, and whether
one M.S.T.U. could pass if the'
other two did not. T.D.C. Direc-
tor Pickett stated that it is her
understanding that there will be
only one question on the ballot,
and it will either pass (which
would allow for the M.S.T.U.s
to be put into place) or it would
fail (which would stop the
M.S.T.U.s). Commissioner Wil-
liams stated that he feels that
since the M.S.T.U.s would be
different amounts, it would have
to be voted on separately, but if
1 fails all 3 would fail.
Gerald Buntyn discussed the
possibility of having 5 M.S.T.U.s,
the 3 that have been presented
today, plus 1 from Port St. Joe
to the Intracoastal Canal and 1
from the Intracoastal Canal to
the North Gulf County line. He
stated that the Cape is vital to
all residents of Gulf County and
everyone should pay their fair
share. Commissioner Williams
stated that he agrees it is an as-
set to the County, but he does
not feel that this issue would
pass on a County-Wide refer-
Tom Graney discussed that
the M.S.T.U. is only a "bucket"
to be created as a place to put
the funds. He further stated
that the T.D.C. has agreed to
amend their budget to provide
1/3 of their revenue for beach
renourishment. Upon motion
by Commissioner Williams, sec-
ond by Commissioner Traylor,
and unanimous vote, the Board
agreed to allow Mr. Graney an
additional 3 minutes to speak.
Mr. Graney also discussed ad-
ditional revenue sources Licens-
ing Fees, Recording Fees, a fee
on all land transfers, etc.
Les Heard discussed that
if the renourishment project
is not approved, it will force
the landowners to hire private
companies to haul in sand to
protect their property, and this
will create wear and tear on the
County roads. He stated that
he supports the 3-part M.S.T.U.
Roland Wilson discussed 3
sources of income that have not
been considered, i.e. those who
have the most to gain (property
owners on the beach, the Real-
tors, and the County Govern-
ment). He discussed a 5% pay-
ment based on their increase of
value for the property owners,
5% of the income of the Real-
tors, and 5% to be paid by the
County, to be guaranteed by a
written agreement to pay.
Edward Wood reported that
he was recently appointed to
the B.A.C., and there has not
been a meeting held since his
appointment. He stated that
putting sand on the beach may
not be the answer to the prob-
lem, and he would like to see a

more extensive study performed
to make sure this is the proper
solution before the Board ap-
proves anything.
Marsha Henry appeared
before the Board to discuss
the minutes of the B.A.C., stat-
ing that the meetings began in
April, 2004. She discussed the
proposed costs of renourishing
the beach (as well as the re-
curring costs), and stated that
these discussions were taking
place over a year before most of
the property owners were aware
of it. She requested that the
Board tabled this matter to al-
low the new B.A.C. members to
attend meetings to see if there
are other solutions.
Commissioner Traylor then
motioned to bo.-ir., ti.e pr:,.'- :
- j.e rn :.:_1 r.: :.:,n-: .a-r 3.r.p .r.
2 .1 T '.' .:r .;r .- -: .l'.lf
side, Bayside, Gulfside Interior)
for beach renourishment, and
Commissioner Williams sec-
onded the motion. After discus-
sion that any M.S.T.U. funds
collected by the Bayside be used
only in the Stumphole area,
Commissioner Traylor included
this contingency to his motion,
and Commissioner Williams in-
cluded it in his second. After.
further discussion, the motion
passed 4 to 1, with Chairman
Peters voting no.
Commissioner Barnes then
motioned to appoint Roland
Wilson and Marsha Henry to
serve on the B.A.C. (Beach Advi-
sory Committee). Commissioner
Williams discussed that Tom
Graney needs to be appointed
to replace Rich Brenner. Com-
missioner Barnes included this
in his motion. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
There being no further busi-
ness, .the meeting did then ad-
journ at 4:18 p.m., E.S.T.


DECEMBER 13, 2005

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met this
date in regular session with
the following members pres-
ent: Chairman Nathan Peters,
Jr., Vice Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, and Commissioners
Billy E. Traylor, Bill Williams
and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were:
County Attorney Timothy Mc-
Farland, Clerk Becky Norris,
Deputy Clerk Kari Summers,
Chief Administrator Don But-
ler, Administrator Staff Assis-
tant Lynn Stephens, Chamber
of Commerce Director Sandra
Chafin, E.M.S. Director Shane
McGuffin, Emergency Manage-
ment Director Marshall Nelson,
G.I.S. Director Larry Davis, Hu-
man Resources Director Denise
Manuel, Planner David Richard-
son, Public Works Director Ger-
ald Shearer, Road Department
Superintendent Bobby Knee,
Solid Waste Director Joe Dan-
ford, and Sheriff's Office Major
Joe Nugent.
Major Nugent called the
meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.,
County Attorney McFarland
opened the meeting with prayer,
and Chairman Peters led the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Commissioner Traylor mo-
tioned to approve the following
Consent Agenda items. Com-
missioner McLemore seconded
the motion, based on removal
of item #5 (page 55). This being
agreeable, the motion did then
pass unanimously.

1. Minutes November
18, 2005 Workshop
November 22, 2005 Reg-
ular Meeting
November 29, 2005 Spe-
cial Meeting
November 29, 2005 -
Emergency Meeting

2. Agreement Hur-

ricane Katrina Disaster Relief
OTTED .- Rural Area of
Critical Concern

3. Budget Public
Works Salaries Budget Amend-
ment #1 2005-06 B.C.C. New
Hires as follows:

Budget Amendment

General Fund
Original Amended

1. did ,-, D:_' .'

$ 134,000
$ 34,000
$ 0
$ 168,000

B3424 21000 FICA
$ 11,492
$ 2,108
$ 0
$ 13,600

B3424 21500 M'care
$ 3,457
$ 493
$ 0
* $ 3,950

B3424 22000 Retirement
$ 12,888
$ 2,662
$ 0
$ 15,550

Public Works:
42834 12000 Salaries
$ 0
$ 781,837

42834 21000 FICA
$ 43,615
$ 5,250
$ 0
$ 48,865

42834 21500 M'care
$ 10,109
$ 1,228
$ 0
$ 11,337

42834 22000 Retirement
$ 69,186
$ 6,632
$ 0
$ 75,818

Risk Management/Human

22513 12000 Salaries
$ 36,031
$ 0
$ 48,948

22513 21000 FICA
$ 2,233
$ 801
$ 0
$ 3,034

22513 21500 M'care
$ 523
$ 187
$ 0
$ 710

22513 22000 Retirement
$ 2,822
$ 1,011
$ 0
$ 3,833

County Administrator:

21112 12000 Salaries
$ 98,163
$ 0
$ 111,080

21112 21000 FICA
$ 6,086
$ 801
$ 0
$ 6,887

21112 21500 M'care
$ 1,590
$ 187
$ 0
$ 1,777

Continued on next page

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sthe Board ad pr e s ene the

21112 22000 Retirement
$ 12,318
$ 1,011
$ 0
$ 13,329

Mosquito Control:

42262 12000 Salaries
$ 102,629
$ 0
$ 184,085

42262 21000 FICA
$ 6,362
$ 5,051
$ 0
$ 11,413

42262 21500 M'care
$ 1,522
$ 1,181
$ 0
$ 2,703

42262 22000 Retirement
$ 8,128
$ 6,379
$ 0
$ 14,507

Bd. Co. Commissioners:

21111 23000 Life, Health &
Dental Ins
$ 0
$ 1,434,297

99984-96000 Reserve for Cash
$ 0
$ 798,556


4. Committee Appointment
- B.A.C. (Susan Wright)

-* DELETE** 5.
Fuel Purchase Request Gulf
County Transportation
6. Grant Application South
Gulf County Fire Dept. (Fire/
Rescue Boat) Grant Modifica-
tion Dead Lakes Park (Remove
Bike Trail)
7. Inventory Road Depart-
ment (Junk/Advertise to Sell
Item #100-275 Phelan Lo-Boy
8. Invoice Bay County
B.C.C. -. Medical Examiner
Services (December, 2005
*$2,747.41 to be paid from Ac-
count #39927-31000)
County Attorney Timothy
McFarland (November, 2005 *
$6,460.12 to be paid from Ac-
count #21314-31100)
Fisher Construction Li-
brary Expansion (Bid #0405-03
* #3 $26,000.00 to be paid
from Account #62271-62100)
Government Servic-
es Group (G.S.G.) Impact-
,Fee Study (#05065- 9412 *
$16,800.00 to be paid from Ac-
count #22313-31000)
Gulf County A.R.C. -
2005-06 Budget ki.:..:ati:,n
($10,102.32 to be paid I'r.m
Account #51363-34200)
Preble-Rish, Inc.
N:R.C.S. Road Paving (#64180
* $14,568.00 to be paid from
Account #40341-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc.
ra C a: R' .-.... Pa -[i 1 .I 422-'"

L.ake; Parc l "r', 4 1' 2_5 Ca.:
.. te pad _r,.:.j AC:cur.T

Preble-Rish, Inc. Wil-
lis Landing Road (C.R. 381)
S.C.O.P. Project (#64272 *
$2,414.76 to be paid from Ac-
count #40641-31000)
9. Job Notices Ad-
vertise Truck Driver I & Tractor
Operator I Positions (Road De-
Post Truck Driver II Posi-
tion (Public Works Department)
10. Meeting Cancella-
tion Regular Meeting sched-
uled for 12/27/05
11. Refund Build-
ing Permits The Home De-
pot (#20052335 $50.00 /
#20052756 $25.00)
12. S.H.I.P. Program -
Purchase Assistance (Lisa Davis
* $11,615.00)
13. Special Projects
Payments as follows:
Dist. 1 Rich's IGA Louie
Flowers' Retirement Party
$ 293.20
Road Department Flower
Fund Fog Machine
$ 24.99
Road Department Flower
Fund Fog Juice
$ 44.98
Dist. 2 Peavy & Son Con-
struction Clay for Ballfield
Peavy & Son Construction
- Clay for Ballfield
$ 144.00
Rich's IGA Louie Flowers'
Retirement Party
Dist. 3 Panama Graphics &
Signworks White City Park
$110.00 .
Piggly Wiggly Turkeys for
Overstreet Fire Dept.
$ 64.79
Dist. 4 St. Joe Hardware -
Nathan Peters Park
$ 31.78


14. Travel 2006 Legis-
lative Conference (Washington,
D.C. March 4-8, 2006)



Clerk Norris requested that
the Board approve a change
order for the Courtroom pews
to Sauder Manufacturing Com-
par.c-L, ir. t- amour, l .1 :1263 St
v hhj:n make ; the r.:-.raJ piaymenr,
$10,861.58. Commissioner
McLemore motioned to approve
tru. ch ai.ge -:-.cer C-:.mmri-;or.n-
er Bar-r-e: :ecorndd-,c r. mouon,
and it passed unanimously.


Chamber of Commerce Di-
rector Chafin discussed that
there was a great turn out for
the Christmas parade, and-that
the parade was delayed so, the
P rt i: .i-:-e r _..arl:: a;. E :- h i.h m.
p..:-.r.;hp Fo-t:al TrTeam cld


Chamber c.O C--rr.merce Di-
rector Chafin reported that the
Wewahitchka Christmas parade
will be held on Saturday, De-
cember 17th at 5'00 p m CT.
a-l rF.atr San-ta ail arr-.e- b, he-
11.: :.-p .'r ilr 3 :'I p -m C T al i-ne


Chief Administrator Butler
requested that the Highland
View Fire Department be al-
lowed to purchase radios, in the
amount of $14,241.00, from the
sole-source provider (Williams
Communications) for the new
800 mhz radio system. Commis-
sioner McLemore motioned to
approve this request. Commis-
sioner Williams seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-


Chief Administrator Butler
presented a proposed court-
house roof plan, stating that if
the Board approves this con-
cept, the Engineers will start the
process. Commissioner Traylor
motioned to approve this pro-
posal for the courthouse roof.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion and, after discus-
sion, the motion passed unani-


Chief Administrator Butler
discussed a Memorandum of
Agreement from the Governor's
Office, stating that two contact
people need to be appointed to
serve as the County Represen-
tatives on the O.T.T.E.D. Com-
mittee. Commissioner Williams
motioned to appoint Don Butler
and Alan McNair. Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.


Chief Administrator But-
ler discussed that South Gulf
County Fire Department has
submitted a grant application to
the State, but they need a Board
designated project manager.
Commissioner Traylor motioned
for Don Butler to be the project
manager for this grant. Com-
missioner Barnes seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-


Chief Administrator But-
ler requested that two invoices
submitted by Preble-Rish, Inc.,
be changed to reflect that the
engineering work done for the
N.R.C.S. project is for the Wil-
lis Landing Road, not the Saul's
Creek Road. Commissioner
McLemore motioned to approve
this change to the invoices.
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the notion, and it passed unan-


Chief Administrator Butler
recommended that the Board
issue directives to the B.A.C.,
and County Attorney McFarland
read a proposed Memorandum
outlining these directives: 1)
Explore- all funding resources,
2) All actions associated with
beach restoration will be ac-
complished in an environmen-
tally sensitive manner, and 3)
The B.A.C. will keep the public
and Board of County Commis-
sioners informed on all aspects
of the restoration project. Com-
-: r.n-cr Ira.I ._'. nuij ci,,ad r,:.
lppro, ti-ja rec.:-mmeerd'nu.:.r
C-,:,irmi ia-:rner w\%d, l .Liaj ec. -
onded Lhe moou-:,n, sad Ir pa c[[.e
uiarnin-:-Ia l.,


Chief Administrator Butler
discussed that he has received
the new 2006 C.B.I.R. form from
the State, but has not received
suggestions from the Board on
what projects to request for
this year. Chief Administrator
Butler stated that in the past
they have requested funds for
a new courthouse roof and vari-
ous other projects. He further
stated that the deadline to sub-
mit the requests is January 6,
2006. Commissioner Williams
inquired about the Beaches
wastewater expansion phase
II and phase III, the potential
bulkhead in Highland View, and
the expansion of sewer. Chief
Administrator Butler stated that
he has provided the information
to Representative Bense's office
regarding the sewer project. He
recommended that an air con-
ditioning system for the court-
house be added to the C.B.I.R.
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned that each Commissioner
independently communicate
with Chief Administrator Butler,
and. that the Chairman be au-
thorized to execute the request
form. Commissioner Barnes sec-
onded the motion, and it passed


Chief Administrator Butler
recommended that the Board
begin holding quarterly work-
shops with the staff before the
regular meeting to allow them to
discuss issues with the Board.
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned to approve this recom-
mendation. Commissioner Tray-
lor seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.


Emergency Management Di-
rector Nelson reported that Gulf
County has received a grant, in
the amount of $200,895.00, for
the Wireless 911 phase II proj-
ect (for gathering center line
data and cell-site data for the


Road Department Super-
intendent Knee discussed that
he has obtained a list of County
Roads that need to be resurfaced
or paved throughout the Coun-
ty. Commissioner McLemore
recommended holding a special
meeting on Wednesday, Decem-
ber 14, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. E.T. to
discuss this matter. The Board
approved this recommendation.


Road Department Super-
intendent Knee requested per-
mission to purchase a mid-size
tractor for the Road Department
(the funds are in his budget).
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to approve this request. Com-
missioner McLemore seconded
the mou.:.-- and it passed unan-


Public Works Director
-Ii r--Spl.---',e r I uc t' :r r.iec
l',:,l:.unric p-:-red p.:,,ri.:,ri r ,-d
reqya:ted r -ai r.., t elir-up el-
!e:r.ie rnminediatel, Equppmenr
.Jperai.:.r I 1 a.cTi e.'erO V.'aTt:.

Equipment Operator II Mark
Cothran, and Tractor Operator
I Ken Bland. Commissioner
Traylor motioned to approve
this request. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.


Planner Richardson reported
that the P.D.R.B. has requested
that Sheila Williams be replaced
on the P.D.R.B. because she has
changed jobs and is unable to
attend the meetings. Commis-
sioner McLemore motioned to
appoint Jim Norton as District
I's representative. Commission-
er Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.


Planner Richardson re-
ported that he will be reviewing
the Comp Plan with consultant
Tony Arrant to discuss the
necessary changes needed. He
requested that the Board meet
with him at their convenience
to discuss this issue. Commis-
sioner Williams requested that
Planner Richardson and Mr. Ar-
rant attend the Special Meeting
on Wednesday, December 14th
to report on the issues pertain-
ing to growth management.


Commissioner Traylor mo-
tioned for each district to donate
$400.00 of their Special Projects
Funds to the Port St. Joe Sharks
Varsity Football Team. Commis-
sioner Williams seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-


Chairman Peters congratu-
lated Coach John Palmer (Coach
of the Year) and the Port St. Joe
2005 Class 1A State Football
John Palmer, Port St. Joe
High School Football Coach,
appeared before the Board with
Jordan Todd, Zach Norris, and
Byron Peters.
Commissioner McLemore
invited Coach Palmer and the
football team to participate in
the Wewahitchka Christmas
Chairman Peters discussed
that when Port St. Joe won the
State Championship in 1984,
their record was also 13-1.
Coach Palmer thanked ev-
eryone for delaying the Christ- .
mas parade to allow them to
participate, and also thanked
the Board for theia support of
the academic and athletic teams
in this County. He stated that
many places do not have this
kind of support.
'Commissioner Williams .
Vr.l thiat P-rprei enr-tat-i
ben-: .: re-par-r.,_ Pr::l rsni
r.-. cro the .-: ern.:.r Oih,:e
and plans to have the 2005 Port
St. Joe State Football Champi-
ons come to Tallahassee to be


Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Barnes, second by Com-
.. [A: -. the B:.,ard appro' d
tiJ-,e U'' r. s E- SpetaJ PrT-,jeci
pa.Tre rit:
D.zr. a
k' v ahJ-:Kl: a '.i :i, Cheer-

Wewahitchka Jr. Varsi-
ty Cheerleaders-Donation
Wewahitchka V.F.W.-Dona-
tion $500.00
Wewahitchka Boy Scouts-
Donation $200.00
100 Club-Donation
Dist. 2
Wewahitchka Varsity Cheer-
Wewahitchka Jr. Varsity
Wewahitchka V.F.W.-Dona-
tion $500.00
Wewahitchka Boy Scouts-
Donation $200.00
100 Club-Donation
Dist. 3
Wewahitchka Varsity Cheer-
Wewahitchka Jr. Varsity
Highland View Fire Dept.-
Donation $500.00
St. Joe Fire Dept.-Donation
White City Fire Dept.-Dona-
tion $500.00
100 Club-Donation
Dist. 4
100 Club-Donation
1 $100.00
Dist. 5
100 Club-Donation
Paul Gant B.B.Q.-Workcrew



Commissioner McLemore
motioned, to advertise to receive
sealed bids for two wells (one for
the Honeyville Park -and one for
the Storm Shelter) and two sep-
tic tanks (one for the Honeyville
Park and one for the Storm
Shelter). Commissioner Tray-
lor seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.


Commissioner McLemore
motioned to appoint Diane Golz
to- the St. Joseph Peninsula B.
A. C. Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.


Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that he has'been work-
ing with St. Joe Corporation and
some local developers regarding
the closing of Redfish Street.
He stated that Redfish Street
will be closing to sand pit traf-
fic on December 31st. Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
they are looking at re-routing
the traffic near the old Port Re-
alty '-ding i H- a.Jd:. iLatecd rhar
they are !::,:,ku-gte a a teim.-air
rout' near rtgeri F.sh si ee f ;.:,-
that r.e l-:-:al rp, ,rat'-,ni -l
not be irn-re..,pted itLh their
service. ,c-orimim .Y-.rer e. ,-ias
also stated that Gulf Asphalt.
has agreed to resurFa-:e Pedfi-r-
LrO andc r-lp-ir *iaffc.qg-. -hat
haic beer, mad-, Lomu:r icr-er
Ve. ilal..' rnT.:.t:,r.,-l har. dur ig
tLh re.r.:.uurcc.. Lth Er.gneer Dec
alit- ei ic, pr-.c-e-d ith ar.n\ en.
erieerui-i. or ,:.:.-r:-rr-atcr.c- c uei

that may arise. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.


Commissioner Williams re-
ported that he held a town hall
meeting in Highland View, and
they are still in the process of
reviewing the abandonment
request for Butler Bay Road to
make sure of the legal descrip-
tions and the options that the
County has in the issue. He dis-
cussed that they are looking at
an acre of land near the school
in Highland View to install bath
houses and parking to off-set
the potential abandonment of
Butler Bay Road.


Commissioner Williams
discussed that Representative
Bense is looking into extend-
ing the bulkhead and armoring
it with a boardwalk wrapping
around the old Butler's Restau-
rant area, and tying into Wind-
mark. He also stated that they
would like to run the boardwalk
all the way to the Gulf/Bay
County line.


Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned to meet with O.T.T.E.D.
(or the Governor's Office) to
make sure that the coast line
is not changed in and around
the Barefoot Beach Subdivision
area. Commissioner Traylor sec-
onded the motion, and it passed


Commissioner Williams
complemented Opportunity
Florida and E.D.C. Director Mc-
Nair for the County vision and
economic development meetings
that have been held. He stated
that they will be presenting in-
formation to the Board on how
the City of Port St. Joe and the
County can work together, and
to set up meetings with Chief
Administrator Butler and City
Manager Vincent to work to-
gether on these issues.


Commission-r W.lliarmr re.
ported that tCere i111 be a Sa
Joe Shores Homeowners meet-
ing on December 19th at 5:30
p.m., to discuss issues regard-
ing infrastructure. ,


Commissioner Williams
discussed that Sharon Gaskin,
of North Florida Child Develop-
ment, has contacted him re-
garding renovations needed in
their office, and inquired about
the direction of the. Board on
this issue. Commissioner Tray-
Ikr d;.:,u: -d' that ,_.e Bo.l -d
',.: r.:,:,k l' nt.:. tru... matTrer, ti.rc
.in: i ere nc.t t-..id, rr.J l.:.r rju- 7
pr:iect: C..,mmrin-:,nrr idllicsr-;
.'rqu-e.r-e. tLhatL C-:.mrrm. i i-er
McLemore follow-up -H, 1r r-
2a iat.ar n rt. hi i :uc


Cli, S aila..*:,od O'i Sr .-,
Fc-nr.la'j-:.n appkws-d .e,--re

the Board and presented the
first check (in the amount of
$500,000.00) to Peter Hecka-
thorne, of Sacred Heart, to begin
construction of the new Health-
care Facility in Gulf County. Mr.
Heckathorne discussed that Sa-
cred Heart has secured financ-
ing to build the facility, and for
all of the equipment needed for
startup. He stated that he has
confirmed with the State that
a Certificate of Need is not re-
quired. He also stated that they
are working together with the
Health Department to move for-
ward, and are attempting to ac-
quire additional physicians.


Clay Smallwood, of St. Joe
Company appeared before the
Board and discussed that when
St. Joe Company entered into
a development order with Gulf
County for the Windmark D.R.I.
there were a series of things that
had to be completed. Mr. Small-
wood stated that when Phase II
started they were to contribute
$200,000.00 for the County
to purchase fire equipment.
Mr Smallwood then presented
Chairman Peters a check in the
amount of $200,000.00 from St.
Joe Company.


Pursuant to advertisement
to hold a public hearing to con-
sider abandonment of a portion
of Seashores Drive, County At-
torney McFarland read the pub-.
lic hearing notice, and called for
public comment.

Joe Renfro, Vice President
of St. Joe Land Company, ap-
peared before the Board and
requested that they deny this
roadway abandonment. He dis-
cussed that this is less than a
thousand linear feet of roadway,
and represents the only access
into St. Joe Property (the Pan-
ther Swamp area) for about three
miles. Commissioner Williams
discussed that he has met with
the homeowners that initiated
the abandonment process and
with Mr. Smallwood. He-stated
that the issue'is that there is a
stormwater lpond on the back
section of the road that is a part
of Gulf Aire. He also stated that
he has met with the Gulf Aire
Homeowners Association, and
they do not have an issue with
this abandonment. Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
after this area was inspected by
the Public Works Department,
it was determined that it would
not meet County specifications
on the width of the road. Upon
inquiry by Chairman Peters
about this being County right-
of-way, Chief Administrator
Butler reported that after his
hre -: xi" ]h : pr :-pere. e ;i- nrc
ure .; t,: Lh,:t f*r,:.?,,rr" b,.|, iGE
t .: A'rer rnu-ter m di--c. _l.-n
County Attorney McFarland dis-
cussed that this property was
-nt opened as a roqd"ay and
ithi-r e ,,s nei ..i -:. be re' .e.-e .a
C..:..imi:c:-n!-'r T'a;,l.:.r mn:-ir-L.r-
I-:-r ..rLr r, -trr.:r-rni., ti.Fi- l.ria-
t.:, re Le A. L-r property, arid bru-',
the ur .-rTr aU.r.:-r i.:i. ro r.h
Board. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the rm..--:.-r arnd it

Will Be Continued...

Guf ont SholBor Mnue

November 22, 2005
The Gulf County School
Board met in special session on
November. 22,..2005, at 10:00
a.m. EST, at their Adniinistra-
tive Offices in Port St. Joe for
BOARD MEETING. The follow-
ing Board members were pres-
ent: Chairman Charlotte Pierce,
Vice-Chairman Billy C. Quinn,
Jr., George Cox, Danny Little
and Linda Wood. The Super-
intendent and Board Attorney
were also present.
Elect Officers:
Chairman: On motion by
Mr. Cox and seconded by Mrs.
Wood, the Board voted unani-
Smously to elect Mrs. Pierce to
erre .s Chairman f he Board
for the re.ir 12 mr,i r,-'.
Vice Chairman: On mo-
tion by Mrs. Wood and seconded
by Mr. Little, the Board voted
unanimously to elect Mr. Quinn
to serve as Vice-Chairman of the
Board.for the next 12 months. .
Small School District Coun-
cil Consortitim (SSDCC) Liaison:
Mr. Quinn volunteered to con-
tinue to serve as Liaison to the
Small .School District Council
Set Meeting Dates: On
m.-tun b Mr ;Quinn and sec-
c.-.cle.- c.., &. Cox, the Board
t .ed uarA.im.;. .- to approc e
S--he hedule "of Board Ml:eer r.
:.:r fthe rnexr i2 .-mr.ran as lasted
December 1-. '''.'5
1 ', \-1M EST
S .ul 20006 iudgerl
'. P0 PFM ET
.. a uar, 10. 20u'
6 00 PM ES.i
August 1 '00r .
5 15 PM ET
Februar-, ". 20,',6
10:00 AM EST
S Auu-st 15, 2006 (@ Port St.
Joe High S.chooll
S. i) CAM ET
lMar,-h 7., 2006
o:" PM EST
.eptemtcer 12, 2006. (Bud-
6:00 PM ETr
April 4, 2006
10:00 AM EST
October 3, 2006 (@
Wr'. cahi~-ka High Ech:ooli
1 I0 00 AMI CT
a Ma, 2 2006
S. 00 AM EST
Nember 8. 00c6
A.:, AA1 ET
June 5, 2006
6:00 PM EST .
November 21, 2006 Orga-
nizational Meeting
10:00 AM ET
June 30, 2006
2:00 PM EST
ISpec.alI Meeting/End Fis-
caJ Neai .
LIC: None-

AGENDA: :rn m.:,rur.i b. Mr,
Wo.'d and ,ec,.dr,ed b, Mr Cox,.
tLu-e: Bard ',:.ed un .ra-mousl, to
appr,'.e Lhe agenda, amended 1to
include removal of pages 50-53
and repla-..ement oF page 55.
On motion by Mrs. Wood, and
seconded by Mr. Little, the
Board voted unanimously to
approve the following Consernt
Items as noted:
Approved November 8, 2005,
Approved Budget Matters /
Payment of Bills, as submitted.

Resignations / Recommen-
dation Withdrawal:
Accepted letter of resig-
nation from Ashley Taunton.
from her teaching position at
Wewahitchka High School, ef--
fective December 9, 2005.
Accepted letter of resigna-
tion from Rebecca Kite from her
position as Guidance Counselor
at Port St. Joe High School, ef-
fective December 30, 2005.
Accepted letter of resig-
nation from Greg Bozeman
for his teaching position at
Wewahitchka Middle School, ef-
fective December 2, 2005.
Accepted, retirement letter
from Christine Worley from her
custodial position at Port St. Joe
High School, effective June 30,
20)6.0 u- e Ii '
"Approved Superintendent's
request to withdraw his ear-
lier recommendation to hire
Jermaine Larry as assistant
basketball coach at Port St. Joe
High School

Instructional / Non-
Approved' Ashley- Mize' for
the part-time hourly teacher
aide position at Port St. Joe
H.gh School
Approved Freddie Davis ,to
be'paid one and one half hours
more as an aide on the E.SE.,
bus, transporting students from
the Wewahitchka area to and
from 'Port St. Joe .Elementary
School. Mrs.. Davis will only
ride .the bus as an aide in the
afternoons. -*
Approved Debra Heath to
fill the position of bus driver on
the route to 'Margaret K. Lewis
School in'Pafama" City; effective
December 1, 2005.
Supplemental Pay. Posi-
Accepted) letter of resigna-
tion from Coy Adkins from his
position as Assistant Girls Bas-
ketball Coach at Wewahitchka
High School, effective November
1, 2005.
Accepted: letter of resigna-
tion from. Matt Bullard from his
position as Assistant Boys Bas-
ketball Coach at Wewahitchka
High School, effective November
1, 2005.
Approved Deidre Roberts as
substitute teacher.

Approved Debra Heath as a
substitute custodian.
Appro.-:ed Treasure Waites
ard Larr, L ,uar.. as substitute
bus drivers.
On motion .by Mr. Quinn and
seconded by Mr. Cox, the Board
voted unanimously to approve
the following Bid Matters as
Awarded the bid for lockers
at Wewahitchka High School to
'INDOFF, INC., in the amount of
Awarded the bid for lights
at the Port St. Joe High School
baseball field to Musco Lighting,
in the amount of $128,000.00.
Mrs. Wood noted for the record
that this bid is'for a complete
new lighting system, including
review of electrical design, new
poles, new foundations and new
tion by Mr. Little and seconded
by Mr. Cox, the Board voted
unanimously to approve a re-
quest from Wewahitchka Middle
School Principal, Pam Lister,
to take. their 2005-2006 Eighth
Grade Trip to Six Flags Over
Georgia during their annual
Math Day in late April or early
m,.jouc-n b-, Mr Cox and seconded
., Mr; Wood. the Board voted
4-0 to approve Wewahitchka El-
ementary School's A+ Incentive
Funds Distribution proposal.
Due to a conflict of interest, Mr.
Little abstained from voting on
-ui iem 'ea
TRACT: On motion by Mrs.
Wood and seconded by Mr.
,:..)rnr thie B.:,ard voted unani-
moushl to approc e the Instruc-
urional r.laster Contract and the
lion-lnsrrucuioral Master Con-

On motion by Mr. Quinn and
seconded by Mr. Cox, the Board
voted .unanimously to adjourn
the meeting.

December 13, 2005
The Gulf County School
Board met in regular session on
December 13, 2005, at 10:00
a.m. EST, at their Administra-
tive Offices in Port St. Joe. The
following Board members were
present: Chairman Charlotte
Pierce, Vice-Chairman Billy C.
Quinn, Jr., George Cox, Danny
Little and Linda Wood. The Su-
perintendent and Board Attor-
ney were also present

Retiree, Haz-el Siuri.
Board presented a
Hazel,Simmons in rec
her reurrement The .
den, and E,:-a:d tha
Simmonr for her 27'
dedicated retr ce t.:
dents of the Gulf Cou
Student from'
Board recognized T
a 6th grader at We
Elementary School,
of heroism in perfo
Heimlich Maneuver o:
gartner student on
bus on November 10,
PSJMS Science
ners:The Board recoe
ence teacher Polly
anrd the l)Uloavig inm
?onrt i Joe MLddle .
ence Fair:1st Place:
Furr, 2nd Place:
Raffield, 3rd Place
Hiscock, Honorabl
Cody Clark
Board recognized Po
High School's Shar
Team, :Coaches and
winning the Class
LIC: None
AGENDA: On' motion
Wood and seconded I
the Board .ofed anart
approve the agenda
to include replaceme
On motion by Mr. Co
onded by Mr. Little,
voted unanimously t
tion on the fc.llc-.rrn
Items as noted.
Approved the No'
2005, Minutes.
Approved Budgel
Payment of-Bills, as s
Acknowledged receip
you card from Becky
the Gideon Bibles d
memory of her moth
Leave of Absence Re
proved request for
leave of absence fr
Lynn from her teac
tion at Wewahitchk
tary School, effective
2006 February 7, 2
Transfers: Appri
fer request for Fred
from her current p
food service worker
Joe High School to
tised position of 7-h
dian in the Port St.
Approved transfer re
Tommy Odom from h
bus route in the W
to the advertised, ro
porting ESE stude
Wewahitchka to Port
ementary School.
Instructional /

r. nior,n ro ,61i tre position of
ITIONS: S,:,,:,J Sru-.-e: cilern:e teacher
u:or, e at, V,'t. e ah-'u hka fr.T.ilt S.:-:.-,l.
plaque to b:,egvrr Januar, 9, 20. 6
cognition of Appr.:.,ed L aura Rope.: to..
S pe riren- tl 'th p.:,i.r:,- o r G-udan*c-o
-dnk d l.U C,:.,urn l.:r at P,.:n -'.' Jc, t gti-,
a :,ear .:.1 .Sch.:.:l t.,pplimental Pa,
the aru- P, c-sa n.: ,-ri .ppr.:,-ed rd,- .:.l- ,.- .
nty School inrg -.rupl.rmertar J pa., puiisitLOO
ar p.:.rT :r .I.ce .lddle .:r.::,l
WES:The Gloria Gant /Odyssey of the
rey Sims, Mind, Martin Adkison/Girls
ewahitchka Basketball, Head Coach, Sandy
for his act Quinn/Boys Basketball, Head
ring the Coach.Approved the following
n a kinder- supplemental pay position at
the school, Wewahitchka Middle School:
2005. Randy Harper/Baseball Substi-
Fair Win- tute Teacher(s): The following
gnized sci- substitute teacher was approved
Edmiston by the Board and, after taking
ner. cf the the 4-hour Substitute-Train-
School S.:,- ing Course, will be placed on-
Rebecca the district's substitute teacher
Melanie list: Hazel SimmonsSubstitute
e: Michelle Custodian(s):Approved Keith
le Mention: Nixon as a substitute custodian.
Approved Roy Norris as a sub-
Football srute .cu.r-,diar, I' l i.-0SPage
HAMPS:The 2Trar sportao .:.r, Sub.ur.itAi()
irt St. Joe Appro.ed Hazel-Simmons as a
k Football asut.i.rute t.us driver and sub-
I Staff for stitute bus aide.
; proved request from Michelle
ROM PUB- Quintana that her son (Scott
Quintana, age 17) and her
ON OF daughter ijeitca Anr. Ourn-
on by Mrs. arana, ace 17I be alk.-:-d tc enrer
by Mr. Cox, the GED preparai.or pruoram at
irmouesl' i':, the Gulf County Adult School,
a.menrded and to take the GED at a Bay
ent of p.ae County testing site. V.
ox and sec- motion by Mrs. Wood and
the Board seconded by Mr. Quinn, the
to take'ac' Board Lr atd .a -r.jmou.;1 tic ap
, C.:.r.er pr., e the f.:lk.r-u-,ig grad uarn:. r,
3a'e- P,:.r i r Jc.e Elemenrtiar,
member 22, Schuo:l. M .1 14., 200:6. 6 100 PM.
.5T WVe,. ru.thka Elereneaiar,
t Matters / '- Sci.ol. Frnda., Ma, 19, 2006.
submitted. 6:00 PM, CST
t of thank- VI. PRE-QUALIFICA-
donated in motion by Mrs. Wood and sec-
her, Louise onded by Mr. Little, the Board
voted 5-0 to approve pre-quali-
kTTERS: fiction requirements for C.W.
equests:Ap- Roberts Contracting, as submit-
maternity ted.
rom Renee VII. BID MATTERS: On
ching posi- motion by Mr. Quinn and sec-
a Elemen- onded by Mr. Cox, the Board
January 4, voted unanimously to take ac-
006. tion on the following Bid Mat-
oved trans- ters as noted:Awarded the bid
ddie Davis for paving the parking lot at
positionn as Wewahitchka High School to
at Port St. C.W. Roberts Contracting, in
the adver- the amount of $102,625.00.
sour custo- Awarded the bid for new lockers
Joe area. at Port St. Joe High School to In-
quest from deco Sales, Inc., in the amount
his current of $42,850.00
oute trans- TERS: On motion by Mr. Cox
cents from and seconded by Mr. Little,
St. Joe El- the board voted unanimously
to take action on the following
Non-In- Program Matters, as noted.Ap-
Karen. proved the Dropout Prevention

Plan, as submitted.Approved

Plan, as submitted.Approved
survey material to be used
in conjunction with the "Too
Good for Drugs" program, an
alcohol use reduction program,
rhi.:h will be implemented ir,
Lh.- :pr-r.g at Portn S Jc.e High
School. and Wewahitchka High
tion by Mr. Quinn and seconded
by Mr. Cox, the Board voted
unanimously to approve the
School Board Member Salaries
for 2005-2006, as recommend-
ed by the Florida School Boards
Association, Inc, in accordance
with the formula for compensa-
tion of elected county constitu-
tional officers set forth in Chap-
ter 145, F.S.
by Mrs. Wood and' seconded
by Mr. Quinn, the Board voted
unanimously to approve travel
expenses for Mr. Little for the
January 19-20, 2006, training
module in Tampa.There will
be a.workshop on January 10,
2006, at 2:00 PM, EST., at the
Administrative Offices. Topics
to be included: Teacher Recruit-
ment/Retention, Housing, and
the Highland View Site.
On motion by Mr. Cox and dec-
onded by Mrs. Wood, the Board
voted unanimously to adjourn
the meeting at 12:08 PM, EST. .

March 7,. 2006
The Gulf County School
Board met in regular session on
March 7, 2006, 6:00 PM, EST,
at their Administrative Offices
in Port St. Joe. The following
Board members were present:
Chairman, Charlotte Pierce,
Vice-Chairman Billy C. Quinn,
Jr., George Cox, Danny Little
and Linda Wood. The Super-
intendent and Board Attorney
were also present.

LIC: Mr. Rodney Jones, father
of Quentin Jenkins (student at
Port St. Joe High School) ad-
dressed the Board regarding his
concerns about the varsity bas-
ketball program at Port St. Joe
High School. He requested that
all coaches be advised of the
importance of consistency when
dealing with discipline issues.
Superintendent Wilder advised
the Board that he, Mr. and Mrs.
Jones and Pastor Jimmie Wil-
liams met last week to discuss
their concerns, and as a result
of their meeting he communi-
cated to the principals to make
sure all coaches are reminded
that there must be consistency
when dealing with student mis-
behavior and discipline issues.

. AGENDA: On motion by Mr. Cox
and seconded by Mr. Little, the
Board voted unanimously to ap-
prove the agenda, amended .to
include addition oi page 7a.
and 10a-b, removal of pages 18-
32 and replacement of pages 4,
5. 14ia. and I 7a-h
On motion by Mr. Quinn and
seconded by Mrs. Wood, the
Board voted unanimously to
take action on the following
Consent Items as noted.
Approved the February 23,
2006, Minutes.
Personnel: .
Accepted letter from Sandra
Husband revising her estimated
retirement d at to December 3,1,
2 010 Mrs Huiir.anrd entered
DROP on January 1, 2006, un-
der Option 2.
Approved Krissy Gen-
try as the .Summer Reading
Camp Teacher, at Port St. Joe
Elementary School for 2006.
Approved Lisa Adkins as the
Summer ReadingCamp Teacher
at. Wewahitchka Elementary
School for 2006.
Approved recommendation
to change Ashley Mize from
part-time (6 hours) to full-time
(7 hours) aide, effective imme-
diately. Approved the following
substitute teachers: ..Ann. Six"
and Michael Westbrook.. '.
Student Matters: Granted
-parental request .from :a Gulf
County resident employed, in
Bay County for her son to attend
school in Bay County.Approved
parental request from a Cal-
houn County resident residing.
at Covenant House (or her two
children to. attend Wewahitchka
Elementary Schdol. The Cal-
houn County School Board has
also granted this request.
Surplus Matters: Approve
request from Don Rich to dis-
pose of the following surplus
items:#41010035, #41010036,
#92010040, #92010041,,
#41010052, #41010040 -
Correspondence: Acknowl-
edged letter from the Blessed
Sacrament Church in Tallahas-
see, Florida, thanking the Board
for their donation to the church
in memory of Barbara Doolin,
mother of Chris Doolin.Ac-
knowledged note from Principal
Pam Lister thanking the Board
for honoring Sherron Miller
(School Related Employee of the
Year) in such a special way dur-
ing the initial announcement
at Wewahitchka Middle School,
and for treating her, Mrs. Miller
and her family to lunch at Sis-
ters' Restaurant after the Febru-
ary 23, Board meeting. -
motion by Mrs. Wood and sec-
onded by Mr. Cox, the Board vot-
ed unanimously to take action
on the following Bid Matters as
noted:Awarded bid for an elec-
tronic sign for the Wewahitchka
area schools to Innovative

Signs. ,Exact sign location is
pending Apprt-:' ed request rom
Prmr-.,pa, Duane Mc.Farland tc
purchase 160 student desks at
a coil of 147 9 each, based on
a bid awarded to Indeco Sales,
Inc., by Athe Orange County
(Florida) Public School System.
Page 203/07/06Awarded bid for
paving, -r.e parking -lo at Port
St. Joe Elementan 'cho-ol to
C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.,
in the 'amount of $22,312.50.
Mr. Rich advised that a design
proposal of.the parking lot will
be submitted to, the Board for
.appro.aj Delore pr.oceeifr.e "ith
-hre proje,-r The prop.:.".ai -l
specifically address drainage is-
sues of concern. -
MATTERS: Or, n motion b% ltr
Little.sarid icornded oa Mr. Cox
the Board voted unanimously
to take action on the following
Construction Matters as noted.
Approved the following two
change or-.ers iB3 arnd 4-l1 for
,the We'eahjtchha Middle School
Proect Change Order .3 per-
itans to rerounrng a after line al
anr additijonJ cost 0L' t1I.219.00
Chasge Order n4 pertains torur-
ru arrig arnd inrstallaorn ol luiur
n500 MCM electn.:i, wires from
meter base to transformer, at
ar, adaiournalJ cost ofl $3.4126d 00
The Board also rerceed .nfor-
manorn on Charge Order ,2
,vhJch u a; appro' ed at the Sep-
temter 30. 200u5O meenrig and
' hr.h pertairied. to modification
ol one of the rooms as. a comr
.puter lab at an additional co
of $8,269.00. The t.:-,a ernc m.
bered on the project to date is
$940,157.30 Mrs Worlek. ad-
vised the B-,ard that the pru.ect
is still approximately $90,000
under budget. Approved pre-
qualification .information for
North Florida Asphalt, Inc.

TERS: On motion by Mr. Quinn
and seconded by Mrs. Wood,
the Board voted unanimously
to approve the Contract for Staff
Development with Mathematics
University, for June 5-8, 2006.
Chairman Pierce noted that this
staff development is through
Title I funding.
CONCERNS: On motion by
Mrs. Wood and seconded by
Mr. Quinn, the Board voted
unanimously to approve travel
expenses for Mr. Little to attend
the Boardmanship Training
Module, April 27-28, 2006.
On motion by Mr. Cox and sec-
onded by Mr. Little, the Board
voted unanimously to -adjourn
the meeting at 6:47 PM, EST.
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L r White Boxer pups, 3 left. 1 4/15 9am-lpm. Cancelled GULF COAST Come to the Fishing and WANTED FOR LOCAL ers. Must have DL & trans-
male, 2 females, call, if raining. COMMUNITY Hunting capital of the COMPANY. Home every OUTRIGGERS DESIGNER portation. Top Pay, Call
rV a.850-227-1709 mens/womens/k ids r r world: Homer, Alaska. Top night. 1 year ex. Clean Needs a Reel Repair With experience wanted 639-2975 or 381-9102
clothes, hsh/d goods also COLLEGE wages paid for the ASE MVR. Class A & B license. Person. Must be experi- for expanding Advertis-
ANNOUNCEMENTS, selling wigs, hair exten- Sr. Bookkeeper for ad- certified with 5+ years ex- $300 Sign- On -Bonus af- enced. Part time posi- ing Agency and Publish- ELECTRICIANS NEEDED
100 Legal Advertising sions, etc., vanced & difficult book- perience. Live and work in ter 90 Days. 769-9136. tion. Call 229-6031 er of third- year, for Electrical Contractor.
1100- Legal Adverticsing S 0' 9 keeping work involving all Paradise. Send resume to: high-quality magazine Must have min. 3 yrs exp
1110- Classified Notices KK: St. Joe; 506 9th St. Sat aspects of payroll. Re- Scruggs Automotive, 1180 General to produce and deliver fora lave common project
1120- Public Notices/ 4/15 7am-? Lots of Misc quires H.S. diploma/ equi- Ocean Dr., Homer, AK FULL TIME position avail- award-winning ,,,publica- for a large comm'iproject.
Announcements Items. valency with exper, in gen- 99603. Fax: 907-235-1985 General able must be able to multi- tion to the Emerald and 'Top pay and benefits in
1140- HaoptiopyAds MEXICO BEACH, 502 eral accounting practices; or phone 907-235-1999. BLUEWATER task. Apply at 848 Hwy 22, Forgotten Coasts. Illus- areingailable. DFWP/EOE
1150 Personals 1 1Z Cathy Lane. (off 5th St.) Fri 2 year exp. in the mainte- OUTRIGGERS Wewahitchka FL strator, Quark, Photo- calle 800-330-9531available DFWP/EOE
1160 Lost 10-6 & Sat. 8-4 central. nance of payroll preferred. Needs an Inventory General ence required. Also Trades
1170 -Found Women's clothing, Pants Starts at $10.39/hr. Open Driver Manager. Must be expe- MORTGAGE BROKER looking for a key mem- ENTRY LEVEL Position,
3100- Antiques sizes 4,5,6 including de- Until Filled. Additional DRIVER TRAINEES rienced in operating needed for partnership ber of the Marketing with new telecom con-
3110 Appliances signer pant suits, jeans, info: http://dept gulfcoast. NEEDED NOW! No expe- computer software, with est. mortgage compa- team to assist in media struction company serving
3120 Arts & Crafts shirts, sweaters size 10-12, edu/iobs. GCCC is an rience required. Werner have experience in in- ny licensed in m ultiple coordinate eam to assist in media struction company serving
3130- Auctions China, Crystal, Jewelry, EAEO/ M/F/ Vet employer. enterprises has immediate ventory management, or states.. Must professional, and client management. hard worker, shovel work
LOT3140 Baby Items household items, antique openings for entry-level STRONG desire to experienced and licensed. Strong PC skills re`hreq'dwetc. Starting pay is
1160 3150 Building Supplies side table. books. Administrative semi drivers. Our-avg. div- learn. Buying experi- We offer an aggressive quired, openings are $8.50/hr. Please call
3160Business Part Time Office Assistant ers earn more than $36k fence would also be
Equipment Part Tme Office Assistant ear mre an ence would also be lending portfolio with excel- full-time and require a 850-638-0304
3170-Eicollectibles L needed. Possibility for full first year. 60% of our driv- helpful. Sportswear lent support. Benefits in- strong work ethic. Great
3180-Computers 3260 time position. Great oppor- ers get home nightly/ and/or fishing/marine clouded Fax resume to: pay, benefits and easy- Trades
with 3190 Electronics YO HEALTH tunity with rapidly growing w eekly. 15-day CDL train- supplies. Call 229-6031 831-536,1719 or e-mail to: going work. environ- GW SERVICES HEATING
small Diamonds lost in Ap- 3200 Firewood IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH company. Experience in ing available in your area. appt. Bring complete re- independencebr ment. Email resumes to: & AIR, INC., located at
alachicola or St Joe. Fri 3210 Free Pass it On NOW! Weight Loss, MS Excel, Word and Out- Call today 1-866-280-5309 sume. If a full time per- (.vahoo.com careers 228 Cessna Dr., in Port St.
March 24th, Generous re- 3220 Furniture Weight Gain. Get fit inside look required. Good com- son is not found, a part (@waterfrontmp.com or Joe is now accepting ap-
ward, 596-0913/227-1258 3230 Garage/Yard Sales & out. Something for Eve- munication & Organization time person will be con- General fax 850-227-3127 and plications for the following
3240 -Guns ryone! Safe, Natural & skills with the ability to General sidered. OPS CABIN Cleaner/ call 850-227-3118 to positions: Experienced
3250 Good Things to Eat Guaranteed. 888-282-8412 multi task and work inde- Beacon Villa Maintenance Worker schedule immediate Service Technicians and
3260 ealh witnesss orvisitwww.lose-lbs.bz pendently a must. Looking Retirement Center Needed, $10/hr, 40 hr/wk. interview. Trim Out Technicians. Pay
., 3280 Machinery! / Weight Machine for a start in the work force Rtrm tCneMust have valid DL. Apply based upon experience.
Equipment station Deluxe, like new, with a great team call Has i mediate openings General at St. Joseph State Park, Professional Call 229-9125 for appt.
R 3290 Medical Equipment Sacrifice $500. 850-229-2706 to schedule for the following positions: LINE 227-1327. WATER TECHNICIAN- Trades
S3300 Miscellaneous Call 227-9500 interview Cook TECHNICIAN General Gulf Electric Cooperative METAL FABRICATOR-
.L ."' -"' 3320 Plants & Shrubs/et i Full Time and Part Time TRAINEE SECURITY OFFICERS- at presently has a Water (located PSJ) Min 10 yrs
Supplies Full Tme and Part Tme Gulf Coast Electric Coop- PORT ST.JOE. Class D Se- Technician position open- exper. MigiTig/Stick. FT/PT
o 3330- Restaurant/Hotel Resident Care erative will be accepting curity Guard License req'd ing. Applications will be 227-9500 12N-2pmM-F
3340 Sporting Goods(,y1S3280s1aResidetPare applications for two open- Excellent pay & benefits. accepted until Mon., April.
PETS & ANIMALS 3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell) Industrial Full time, Part Time & PRN ings for the position of Line For info. Call Captain 24, 2006 at the Work Force Trades
21'0PsTechnician Trainee Simmons 850-229-8271 Center, 625 Hwy 231, Pan- PIPEFITTERS PLUMB-
2100- Pets F Compressor We offer a competitive through Monday, Aril 24, ext. 216 s 850-229-8271 ama City, FL. Minimum job ERS INSTRUMEIVIT FIT-
2110- Pets: Free to R 300 gallon 3 Phase 25hp benefit package for full 2006, at Workforce Center specifications for this posi TERS. $18-$21/hour,
Good Home t Supplies Sacrifice $700.227-90 ...00. time employees and a of Florida, Mariner Plaza, Healthcare tion are as follows:. Re- 50&60 hour weeks,
2120-Pet Supplies | 3220 pleasant working environ- 625 Highway 231, Panama TRAVEL RNs CALIFOR- quires High School Dipli- $6/hour per diem. Com-
2130 Farm Animals/ D ment. If interested in em- City, FL. These openings NIA 13-26 Week Assign- ma or GED. Require a min- puter Chip plant in New
Supplies DOUBLE SIDED Jumbo -- ployment with us, please are in our Southport Office. ments San Francisco, imum of 2 years experi- Mexico. Drug, felony free.
2140 Pets/Livestock Pillow top mattress set. 3300 contact Debra Ferguson, Napa Valley, Los Angeles, ence as a Water Techni- Fax resume 251-662-3151
Wanted Real'no fakes. New still in A SURPLUS SALE of Administrator, at 647-4000. Job Specifications for Line San Diego, Palm Springs+ cian or related field.- Re- Warren or Buford

plastic List $985 sell $299. plumbing & tools, new & ATTENTION ALL You may also fax your re- Technician Trainee posi- surrounding cities. Ex- quire an excellent working 251-662-3150. Randy
850-528-1422 used parts, pipes & fittings Skilled Craftsmen sume to 647-9172. We are tion are as follows: Re- cellent Wages/Benefits Up knowledge of the opera- Smith, Reliable Staffing,2In-
Sup to 4in PVC, gas stove, IMMEDIATE an equal opportunity em- quire High School Gradu- to $100,000/year Paid tion and maintenance of dustrial Division, 5228
UT wapae heater, to acgas OmE G ployerm ate/Equivalent. Require Housing or Subsidy sectionaizing water equip- Halls Mills Rd, Suite C
1 210 0 1 3230 list, selling cheap. See it at AVAILABLE one year experience as a Med/Dental Ins. & 401(k) ment. Required the tibility Mobile, AL .36619, Voice
list. selling cheap. See it at Meter Reader, ground Completion Bonus Travel to learn to read and inter- 2516.1888 FX
S664 Maddox St,. Oak **S/T General P Technician, -or. Right-of- Reimbursement Immigra- pret staking sheets and 2 5 1 *. 6 3 2 5,1
" 1017 WOODWARD AVE. Grove, Port St Joe. */Pay Package up __Gener,3
Fri, Apr 1017 WOODWARD AVE. Grovem-3pm, PoFri & St of to $25.00/HR** Gulf County Way Helper with above tion Sponsorship 24/7 Mgt water construction assem- r,,3,.-.ri..t,.,itrglrr:
Dogs riCats Sat, April 154, 8am-lpm &. each week. OVERTIME OFFERRED Board of County satisfactory performance Support UNICall: (877) blies. Requires the satis- .,
Dogs & Cat Sat Aril15 8ampm. each week. MOST LOCATIONS apFFERRED Bard of County praisals. Prefer 2 years 256-7497 Fax (916) factory passing of GCEC's Trades
For Sale? Beige La-Z-Boy chair, ROGUE RIVER CANOE Must have 3 YEARS Commissioners experience in electric line 641-0727 Email: employment entrance ex- PLATFORM MARINE
bookcases, shelves, yard 15.7 FT and paddles used SHIPYARD OR5 YEARS Accepting applications for construction as a line tech- ztrefry@unihcr.com amination and drug NOW HIRING SHIPYARD-
furn, and other wood twice $300 Firm/ Magna INDUSTRIAL one full-time Maintenance nician trainee. Require Hocritaleening, the ability to Employees for GalvestoPn,
items! Fishing tackle, Oasis means 7 Spd bicycle EXPERIENCE III position-for our Mainte- ability to acquire an excel- HOUSEKEEPER partitalityhaveand maintian dra vaid Texas SHIP FITTERS PIPE
Household items, Lawn like new $50 Call *Electricians nance Department. This is lent knowledge of Gulf time, Some weekends re- ise omm certifica TTERS WELDERS To
furniture & misc. items. 850-227-4600 Serious in- *Electronic Technicians a NIGHT SHIFT position; Coast Electric Coopera- qie, Cmbs House Inn tne ceent pay with Per Diem,
227-1804 quiries only. *Outside Machinist hours will be from 3:30pm tive's policies and proce- quired Coomba House Inn tion. Requires excellent 7 0+ h o u r s C a I
SNAPPER *Pipe Fitters 12 midnight M-F Starting dures. Require the ability skillsApalachicola850.653.9199 verbal and ffectiveyinterpersonalct 956-454-1154.
ge 4a I HUGE N er Pipe Welders (TIG) salary is $10.3548 per to learn the operations and Hospitality skil s to effectively inte ract des
garage sale at 212 CR 28" RIDING mower, in ex- Sheet Metal hour. This is a bargaining maintenance of switching Local motel needs ener- the flexibility to work varied PLUMBERS
386, 1 block off 98. Thurs- cellent condition. New Mechanics unit (Union) position with sectionalizing equipment; getic seasonal House- hours Prefer previPLU
Sun, April 13,14 & 15. 8 blade, Asking $500. Call ShipFitters full benefits. Applications the installation of trans- keeper. Hrs. run from hors.Prefereviusx- ARE NEEDED!
CDT. 19' Proline Stalker 850-647-9819 *Welders (FLUXCORE / and a complete job de- former, wiring of trans- 10am on. 5-6 days per utility industry. GCEC is ROYAL FLUSH PLUMBING
Boat, like new, 120hp m Steel Building MG) scriptionare available in former banks, regulators, week,depending on occu- utilityindustry.GCECisPo
Boat, like new, 120 hp mc- Steel Buildings MIG) our Human Resources Of- capacitors; the REA'speci- pancy. If you have pride in ans Equal Opportuni St. Joe is Now Hiring Con
There. are specific Flori- tor. Chest like Freezer. 5 ONLY- 25x30, 30x40 Additional Benefits: fice (1000 Cecil G. Costin, fictions, National Electri a wel enjoy a re- employer. s on
da Statutes applicable Lots of kids' clothes & 40x50, 45x80, 5x100' Additional Benefits: f ( l G. Con, co oa a job well done, enjoy a re- struction Plumbers. Salary
to the sale of dogs and shoes all sizes. Lots of M45OVE NO50x Will Health/Dental Benefits Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, cal Code and National laxed atmosphere and Trades DOE. Benefits include paid
cats within the state or Miscellaneous. Something Sell for Balance Owed Hourly / Daily Per Diem Room 311), or at: Electrical Safety Code. Re- good pay, call 2271443 for YOUNGQUIST BROTH- sick and holiday leave, a
transportated into the for Everyone! 1-800-211-9594 Ext 84 $50.00 Referral gwww.ngumlfcounty quire ability to learn to an interview ERS, Inc. Excellent Job journeyman's training pro'-
state forte purpose of Bonus Program Applications will be ac- sheets. Require ability to Nursery Worker needed Opportunity in South Flori- gram and health benefits.
selling: KK: St. Joe Beach: Locations: cepted until 5:00 p.m., learn the cooperative's for Sunday Mornings. da!l Positions Available: Please apply in person a
Please research Flori- ncrediblyHuge, *Alabama E.T. on April 14, 2006 at electrical and mechanical 9am-10:45 am. Please call Drillers DerrcksFloor 1736 Bayview Ave., or call
da Statute 828.29 (Dogs mIulti family California the Gulf County Human tagging and other num- 927-4635 between 8am package availablent benefits 850-227-1210.WGABLE TH
and cats transported or garage sale 334 Bay St. (3 Florida Resources Office. For being systems, the layout -6:30 pm. $100 a month package available after 90 WHY GAMBLE WITH
offered for sale; health bks of Hwy 98) Sat 4/15 *Louisiana more information, please of electrical transmission St. George Island UMC. days. Fax resume ANYONE ELSE!!
requirements; consumer 8am -2pm (no earlybirds hMississippi contact Human Resources and distribution lines. Re- 239-489-4545 or contact Trades
requirements; consumer am -2please) g no earybirdsale. An- Mississippi Director Denise Manuel at quire the successful pass Professional Dan' at 239-489-4444. The Gulf Count
y ou offer for sale a cat tiques, please) gart, plants, name An-Virginia(850) 229-5335. Gulf of Gulf Coast Electric Co- EXCELLENT OPPORTUI- MUST PASS PHYSICAL & The Gulf County
or dog. brand clothing, shoes, EMPLOYMENT Contact: County enforces a operative's employment NITY. An Immediate Open- DRUG TEST. Drug Free Board of County
10888-269-3381 Drug-Free Workplace Poll- entrance examination and ing for a North Ft. Worth Workplace Commissioners
jewelry, bags, over 500 4100- Help Wanted Crecruiter cy and is an Equal Oppor- drug screen. Require the Texas Family Practitioner Accepting applications for
pieces,books, &furniture. 4110- Restaurants/Clubs ame com tunity/ Affirmative Action ability to have and main- Contact Priscilla Porras @ Trades one full-time Landfill Spot-
4120SalesEOlereE/DFWP Employer tain a valid Florida com- 817-870-1035. COMMERCIAL ter position for Five Points
Classified Advertising works 4130-Employment SeHablaEspanol mercial driver's license Professional ELECTRICIANS & AP- Landfill. Starting salary is
Information and DOT certification. Re- PRENTICES Needed $10.3548 per hour. Ti is
hard ... filling the employmentquire excellent vebal and GULFCOAST for immediate hire Proj-onbe
needs of area business firms,GULF OUNTY interpersonal skillsto ef- COMMUNITY ect atTyndallAFB, Fax tion or
o. fectively interact with mem- COLLEGE resume 850-243-1558 or Applications and a rcom-
SENIOR bers; flexibility to work var-A C O fL E cut e-mail to:
helping people to meet theirU CITIZEN'S edhours. Asst. Coord Of Recruit- email stbrookavailable ourHuman R
EuOptA ment work directly with sources Office (1000 Cecil
prospective employers, helping ASSOCIATION Equal Opportunity Bay, Franklin & Gulf Coun- emi G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port
people buy and sell all kinds of We're growing and hiring Employer utyhigh school counselors/St. Joe, Room 311), or at
people buy and sell all kinds-of T Timmediately for the follow- students/community mem- e www.ulfcouy
Ee-ing positions. New pay bers in recruiting students Trades governmentytom
goods and services, and much scale. Flexible hours, par- General & assist with the admis- CONCRETE finishers and overnent.co
more Nothing works harder than tial benefits. Looking for RESIDENTIAL sions process. Requires, labors needed. Transpor- Applications will be ac
INpeople searching for a SALES BS degree; exper. in col- tat2on i5 a must. Call cepted until 5:00 p.m., E.T.
the Classifieds! 747-5020 meaningful lifelege recruitment & admis- 229-6525 or 653-7352. a on April 14, 2006 at the
$500 POLICE IM- D&D's LAWN SERVICE. ,screte850-527-5258
POUNDS Cars from $500 Reliable Mexico Beach SENIOR CENTER MAN- homeowners to inspect & $25,000/year. Apply by 850-527-5258 sources Office. For more
Incorrect Insertion Policy Tax Repos, US Marshall couple will landscape, AGEMENT 25 hours/week, identify the need for servic- 4/28/06. information, please con-
For Classified and IR S sales! mow. Storm Clean Up. responsible for seniors's es, and build your busi- Financial Aid Specialist Trades informatinpeasoresc-
IrForcClassifiedan uIRSUVs To-ales! .Ava. i for Port St. activities, including meals, ness in Panama City. We administer the appeals CONSTRUCTION Se ctor Denise Manuel at
o C i e/Truc k UV s/ T A Av a f rt St. s p e o d nh abla espafiol. Im m ediate -53 .is at
In-column Advertisers ta'slHonda'slChevy's/ & Joe, Wewa & The Cape. education, recreation and seek professional driven process for student sa- hape io Ie 850)229 eni e a
In-column Advertisers o ns C closer with sales experi- demic progress; conduct Openingl 100 sheetrock (850) 229-5335.:
More! For Listings, Call Dan & Diana 227-8225 or informational programs ence. You'll also need a workshops for high hangers, framers and fin- Drug-Free Workplace Pol-
All ads placed by phone are read back to the adver- 1-800-298-5414 Ext C171 648-5081 or 227-5770 Supervision ofstaff and ence. You'lldriving alsreco need a workshops newfor studehigsh ishangers, framers and fin cy and is an Equal Oppor
A volunteers, record keeping clean driving record, and schools! new students; ishers, painters,t cement free Workplace Poll-
tiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will as- i and ordering supplies and pre-screen drug & back- work w/aid eligibility proc- workers grid $190ceiling0/hou tunit efas cy and is an Equal Opp
sume, correctness at the time of the read-back proce- reports PSJ. ground checks. We offer ess. Requires BS degree & A& stucco, $19.00labor tunity/ Affirmative Action
dure unless otherwise informed. M A I N T E NANCE first year earning potential strong customer service Also hiring laborers to Employer.
ANGEL DUSTERS, Home, BANK FORECLOSURESI /DELIVERY PERSON PT to $35K, comprehensive skills; knowledge of finan- w ork in New Orleans in Trum VINYL INSTALLMENT La-des
Office Commercial, Exe Homes from $10,000 1-3 Person needed for daily paid training & outstand- cial 'aid programs pre- trash collections. Minimum VINYL INSTALLMENT La-
Pleaseref, ic, reasonable rates, Exe Hdrooms from $10,0001-3vailable. HUD Prcustodial and routine ing benefits. feared. Starts at $23,000/ $87.50/day. Must provide borer needed. For more
S ref, Li, reasonable rates, bedrooms available. HUD custodenance of buildinge e 4/14/06 valid legal work docu- info. contact Stephen
call Susan 850-227-4710 Repos, REO, etc. These main eo, an d du Please apply in person at PurchAps by4Coord4nator ments. Call 901-398-2911. 850-229-7738 / 227-8080
OLD MAIDS BY THE BAY homes must sell. For List- and grounds, and delivery 1337W. 19th St., -coordinate & manage the
INC cleaning service. Resi- wings. Call 1-800-298-5507 in PSJ. Must be able to lift -coordinate & manage the
INCcleaning service Res- ngs. Call 1-800-298-550740bs., have valid FL DL Panama City, FL 32405 procurement function/ pur- Prudential Resort Realty
your ad dental, vacation, rental Ext. H171 with good driving record. chasing activities of the
Pressure washing. Call a Pickup or cargo van help- At Terminix, you'll find an college. Work requires the
229-1654. Leave message. a ful. 25 hours/week. PSJ environment that is built analysis of complex prob-
Advertisers are requested to check the advertise- CAREGIVERS/RESPITE around your success. Our lems, planning of various Find out how you can become a part
shment on the firsted immnsertion for correctne ULE PET SIT- WORKERS Caring people career paths & training interrelated activities & the of our growing Sales Team. Please call
TINGshould be reported immediately GOLDEN RULE PET SIT- needed to assist home- programs can help you coordination of multiple
TING SERVICE. Perfect bound seniors and their advance as far as you projects/ functions. Re- Jamey Weaver in our Port St. Joe Office
The News Herald will not be responsible for more MOWING- alternative to kenneling caregivers with home want. That is, if you're a quires BS degree & 3 yrs. 850-227-8403 or email
than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for Cost Cutters your 4 legged kids. Re- chores, etc. PT or FT PSJ, motivated person with ex- exper. in purchasing/ relat-
any error in advertisements to a greater extent than Lawn Service Great rates, ferred by local vet. Relia- Wewa and the Beaches. ceptional sales & cus- ed field; CPM, CPPO, jweaver@forgottencoastrealtor.com
the cost of the space occupied by the error, reliable quality lawn care ble pet sitter/pet owner, tomer service skills who's CPPB & APP certifications e
Long term budget plans. Does home visits while Must pass criminal back- ready to join a Fortune 500 preferred. Salary starts at
Any copy change, during ordered schedule consti- Call Art today for estimate you are away. In business ground check and drug leader. From here, your $30,000/yr. Open Until EOE Equal Opportunity Employer
tutes a new ad and new charges, office 850-648-5934 cell 7 years. Call Diana or Dan screen. Applications avail- potential could take you Filled. Additional info: r
906- 748-2688 e-mail: 227-5770 or 648-5081 or able at 120 Lisenby Dr., anywhere, http://dept.gulfcoast.edu/ Prudential
The News Herald DOES NOT guarantee position of Ziggy~atcom.net 227-8225 PSJ or call 229-8466 for in- TERMINIX lobs. GCCC is an EA/EO/ ResortRealty
ANY ad under any classification. formation. Success Breeds Success M/F/Vet employer.

Established 1938 0 Serving Gult Gounty and surrounalng areas Tor v/ years

Now hiring Exp line Cooks ENTRY WORK, $420/part
& Sous Chef, Salary DOE time, $800+/full time per
L&ne Cooks $750 week. No Experience Nec-
sign on bonus essary. Computer required.
Dockside Cafe 1-800-920-7441.
Now hiring all positions LOOKING FOR a lifestyle
Equal Opportunity Em- change? Earn executive
player. Medical, Dental, & level income from home.
Vision benefits available "As a man thinketh so is
Call 850-625-5561 he, and as a man choos-
eth, so is he. What de-
NOW HIRING SERVERS fines you? Call me:
Amanda's Bistro, Apply in 1-800-559-4130 ext. 701
person, between 2-4pm. MUST SELL! Established
2904 Hwy 98, Mexico Bch Vending route. Unique
850-648-5102 school program. Minimum
investment. $6595. Financ-
St Joseph Bay ing available.
Country Club 888-853-3704.
Now Hiring NO. 1 VENDING BUSI-
*Full Time Cook NESS Own your own
M *Servers vending company for as
Must be 18 yrs. old. Sub- little as $6,000.00. All loca-
mit application in person at tions and placement in-
700 Country Club Rd Port eluded. 1-888-605-0156
St Joe 32456, or fax to www.psvhome.com
-29-7199. NOW HIRING FOR 2006
Postal Jobs $18/hr. start-
5I 014ing, Avg. Pay $57K/year
41330 Federal benefits, paid
training and vacations. No
*REMEMBER:* ExperienceNeededl
Ads in this classifica- 1-800-584-1775 Ref
tlon may or may not re- #P5101
quire an investment or /,
may be multi-level mar- -
keting opportunities. We
do not recommend giv- '
ing credit card or bank
account information out
over the phone. Always
research the company *
you plan to do business
with BEFORE investing. EF & FlINAMItL
ALL CASH BUSINESS! 5100-Business
Local Candy Vending Opportunities
Route. $50,000/Year Po- 5110- Money to Lend
tential. 30 Machines plus
Candy. $9,895. Call Now! q3 MIF
1-800-704-5414 51 50
Needed to inspect Stores. A FUN JOB. Hiring 10 En-
Evaluate Service. Great thusiastic go getters. Keep
Pay, Will Train. Call for de- your tan. Must be 18 and
tails. 1-802-661-0239; (24 over. Free to travel. Paid
Hour Recording) training. Return guaran-
teed. Call Monday-Friday
Clerical (800)515-0114
Administrative Professional
Earn $12-$48/hour. Full VENDING ROUTE
benefits. Paid training. Var- -
ious Government Positions Lays/Mars/Coke-Water
Available. Homeland Secu- Great Equipment &
rity, Law Enforcement, Support Financing availa-
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$1000 mo. 2 br, 2 ba, ap-
pliances, 4 blks to beach.
Avail 4/15. (414) 771-4969.
View, 2BR/1BA Water-

BY OWNER appointment 2 ACRES IN Stone Mill
only renter occupied bay Creek in Wewah. Ready to
front Treasure Bay on Hwy build or mobile home
30C 5353 Sanbar Drive. ready. Asking $50,000. For
PSJ,Beach FL. 3 br, 2 ba more information call
stilted house. $800k 850-227-4074
850-622-0973 APPROX

Commercial I185UO 22 -8014i view, Jb a must, Reer. fuFR SLE DY NR" 5.18'Acres 8110- Cars
6110 Apartments Req d. 850-648-3091 or Beacon Hill lot #4, rocked 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
6120 Beach Rentalis 770-719-8314 driveway, $134,900. Lot Can possibly be divided 8130 Trucks
6130 Condo/Townhouse B A #6 double wide 3 br, 2 ba, into 1/2 acre lots, Over- 8140 Vans
6140- HouseRentals BEACH CAPE SAN BLAS, Bay $169,900. Lot #8 rocked street area, Sunshine 8150 Commercial
6150- Roommate Wanted View home w/500 dock. driveway $134,900 or Buy Farms Subdivision 8160 Motorcycles
6160- Rooms for Rent STORAGE Walk to Beach Park. all 3 for $429,900. Call Call William Wittington 8170 Auto Parts
6170- Mobile Home/Lot 3BR/2BA on St. Joe Bay, 850-647-3848 or 527-4164 819-2004 & Accessories
6180 Out-of-Town Rentals Day: 227-7200 nicely turn. or unfurn. CH/A ERA Neubauer RE 8210 Boats
6190 -Timeshare Rentals W/D large decks, covered FOR SALE By owner, 8220 Personal Watercraft
6200 Vacation Rentals Night: 647-3882 parking. Long term 3br/2ba, 1309 Palm Blvd. 2 BEACON HILL/ TULLIP 8230 Sailboats
St. /e- D, $1495/mo or short term blocks from Bay, Owner AVE., cleared 50x110, 8240- Boat & Marine
avail. Call 227-1410 motivated, $225,000, 227- great price $132,500 Call Supplies
MINI So4850 or 227-5907 706-333-0159 8310 Aircraft/Aviation
^ MINI QTf ~HOUSE For Rent, in Port -8320 ATV/Off Road Vehicles
M N S R St. Joe, 3 br, 2 ba, extra lot Sunny Florida FOR SALE By Owner, In- 8330 Campers & Trailers
AC & heat, New paint & dian Pass Lagoon off of 8340 Motorhomes
L E R Ul u- t Joe carpet, $650 mo. $400 dep Nice lot in Gated corn- C-30, Lot backs up to
LARGE WAREHOUSE ap- In ot St. Jo 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Nice Neigh- munity with pool 1/2 State park, cleared with
proximately 850sf. Has of- borhood, AC/ heat New mile to deeded Panama driveway, city water, ask-
fice & restroom $450 per carpet, $580 mo., $400 City Beach. Close to ing $185,000, 762-8123 or
month. 850-814-7400. 814-74oo dep Call 850-227-3511. shopping, dinning, golf. 227-4850
Lots starting at ---- 1 8110
IMMACULATE 3 BR, 2 BA $165,000 850-259-8956 GREAT DEVELOPMENT
New Commercial Office ULlrs. executive syle home with Opportunity, 4.08 acres, ontia
and warehouse storage forcl beautiful gulf views. located in White City, with- c 05 Sunfire, 19,300
l ease in St. Jouse storage for 2 OR 3 BR/2BA, on Canal autiu g vews in one mile from inter mi, still under factory war-
parklocatedonse in S t. Joe commerce ial Rd. St. Port ST Joe Beach 711 coastal waterway, $450K, ranty, like new,. $10,000
(FL Hwy 382) behind Arizona 2 BR, 2.5 BA Townhouse, $1300 per month. call Marggie Raffield Mexi- 229-8985
Chemical. Each space consists LR, Kitchen, garage, 1 year VERY NICE 3 BR, 2 BA 2 LOTS co Beach Harmon Realty,
of an office, bath, storage lease lots of back parking, dble wide on 1. acre lot. Indian Pass (adjacent 850-527-7525
closet and warehouse with room for boat, 3 biks from $900 per month call to each other) ST JOE Bch lot for sale, To Place An Ad
10' roll up door. Convenient dock & Dtwn. Port St. Joe. 850-227-5700 extrodinary Gulf views ready to build, 3rd bik, in The Times
and sunsets, 2nd tier high & dry. Septic, Power,
to all locations, 1/2 mile off Ready Now850-229-6333 Nice 2bd/lba in Wewa. with your own dock on & water on cleared 75x150 Classifieds
Hwy 98. 1000 sq. ft. each $550 mo + dep. No S k- the Bayou. Direct Gulf lot, $170k. 850-647-6349 Call
space. $550 per month. 12 THE VILLAGES OF PORT ing or pets.Call 850 access, canoe/kyiak or
month leases. One monthly ST JOE, 3br/3ba, fully fur- 229-8985. fish from your own pri- ST. JOE BEACH Magellan (850) 747-5020
security deposit, nished, never been rented, vate dock on Money St., 2nd block, 75x150 lot, or
Office (850) 229-8014 immaculate condition, WANTED Bayou. 850-648-5934 or $259,900. By Owner, call 1 800 ) 3 -8688
Home (850) 229-8030 $1350mo 850-527-1436 Furnished 2/bd'house in 906-440-0660 850-648-5052. 1 ( 0 345-
C 850-258-4691 the St. Joe area, for 4-6
^ *LHIUSE- months. Need from MEXICO BEACH, 150ft to Sunny Florida-- l
RENAL __. 5/1-until ? Call 628-9799 quiet beaches. 2/1 cottage 1/4 acre lot in Exclusive TU
'Beach Haven". Fishing sion with Greg Nor- 58130
2 BR, 1 BA HOUSE, High- Mission Canal front deep man's Sharks Tooth Golf
landview area, walk to 1 6160 1 water covered slip. Call for Course, pool, beach, CHEVROLET '95 12FT
beach, $700 mo. 1 year SHARE MEXICO BEACH appointment or scheduled club, tennis, lake, box truck, excellent work
lease, Call 817-79-3527 COTTAGE, 3BR/1.5 BA open houses. March 26 & kayaking nature trails, truck, good body, runs
Walk to Beach. Oiuet April 2. with more to come. exercise room great, new tires, 79k miles
PLUS SMALL ENGINE 3 BR 2 BA HOUSE, Newly neighborhood. Must' be Joy Holder, $385000//850-259-8956 $7,000 FIRM 850-229-1431
REPAIRS Remodeled, Ig fncd yard, mature and responsible. 850-527-0170
EIS close to school, great $500/mo. 850-681-8828 Anchor Real Estate _
NOW AVAILABLE neighborhood, inci W&D, 70-..... 7 '11
pest control,, $850 mo. 1
Climate Control 1st, last & sec dep. Call ;,, | 3 FLORIDA I 8140
850-227-7125 Iv msg. 2B 2B Nw AUCTION:
5od "- Ui h c s2 BR2 BA Brand Newl
n oTa I BR AMH CE A B B 6Condo, 0.5 mi. to Mex. 2 Sales.April 23: 2po 1995 DODGE CARAVAN
1 -Rentooma cnco 3 TR ylAwge f le to BBch, Pool, $250,000 CaCall 2br. Cottage Seacrest LE, Leather, PW/DL, Doby
pla706ce, on very l targe lot, Brian 404-663-0226 Beach. 1,123sf, Sunset Sound, well maintained,
706 First Street large screen in porch, Beach, gated community. $2450. Call 229-8785.
Phone 227-2112 uttitly shed, side by side i L INVEST OR BUILD. Lot at 2br/2ba rental ready Gulf
refrigerator, gas stove & REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Ocean Plantation in Mexi- frontage, community pool.
/ MINI-STORAGE \ dishwasher, located just 2 1 o co Beach, 4 mile from APRIL 23, 5pm: 8COM aRIAL
blocks from the water, 7100v Homes Hwy 98. $250,000. Call Bri- 2br Condo, Navarre
S$850/mo. 850-227-5301 7110- Beach Home/ an at 404-663-0226. Beach, 1,125sf, Emerald 81SO
I 7120- Commercial Surf. 2br/2ba furnished,
a5xI0 10x10 10x20 3 BR, 2 BA ST JOE bch. 7130-Condor/Townhouse rental ready, beach-front, 1986 DODGE SERVICE
xiust over 1 block from 7140 Farms & Ranches balcony, new decor, TRUCK, 360 V8, 1 ton,
SSit tnt l s 6 s beach. 6 yrs new, hard-f 7150- Lots and Acreage I 7150 sleeps 6, good rental his- with utility bed, front to
On Site Rentals O Days wood floors in living area, 7160- Mobile Homes/Lots 3 BEAUTIFUL LOTS, tory. 10% buyer's premi- back top rack, Excellent
A Week Ig fenced yard, refrigera- 7170 -Waterfront Compass Lake, all ameni- un. condition, very low miles,
tor, dishwasher, w/d con- 7180 Investment ties, over 3 acres, huge For information. New starter, carburetor,
ASKABOUT FREE sections. $1075/mo + utili- Property oak trees, all together, ask- 800-479-1763 brakes, PS pump, good
ties. Long term rental. 7190- Out-of-Town ing $99,000 or $36,500 for FLAL#AU2049 rubber, $6500 firm.
MONTH'S RENT! Avail. April call JD at Real Estate a lot. 762-8123 or John Dixon & Associates 227-9500.
678-358-5239 7200 Timeshare 227-4850 www.iohndixon.com

unit 1250 SF/ office bath-
room 12x12 roll up door,
located at the corner of
Pondarosa Pines & Ruth-
erford in Jones Home-
stead.' $650 a month in-
cludes util. 1 year lease
+1 mo. rent dep. 647-2715
after 6pm.

Car Hauling
Dual Axel Electric brakes,

1997 18 FOOT TWIN en-
gine Sea Doo. Needs
some engine repair on
carbaurators. Can be seen
at 2104 Monument Ave.
Call 227-1120

10' Aluminum
Jon Boat
$150.00 Firm. Call:
MARAGE 1981 27' Sail-
boat performance cruiser,
steering wheel, roller furl-
ing, Yanmardiesel, $9,500
Call 404-218-0077
and used sit-on-top
kayaks for. sale at Happy
Ours Kayak & Canoe Out-
post. We are located at
775 Cape San Bias Rd. or
call 850-229-1991 for infor-
. mation.

America's Mini
141 Commerce Drive
New Covered Boat and RV
Storage Slips
$125.00 per month any
size unit Covered Slip
$50.00 per month -
Non Covered Slip
New Facility Gated -24
Hour Access Location!
Location! 1/2 mile from
beach, public boat ramp
Off Hwy 98- Behind
Arizona Chemical New
Commerce Park 3.5
Acres easy Access,
Lots of Room.
850-258-4691 Cell

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3rd Annual

Workforce Center

Professional Employment Expo

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Gulf Coast Community College

Student Union East

5230 U.S. Hwy. 98, Panama City

Update your resume and dress for success!

Interviews conducted on the spot!

For More Information Call:

The Workforce Center

625 Hwy 213,, Mariner Plaza, Panama City
Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

DO Gulf Coast
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The Workforce Center is an equal opportunity employer. Program and
auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals
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National Minority Health

Press Conference

Agencies partner
together to recognize April
as National Minority Health
Officials with the Florida
Department of Health (DOH)
and the Agency for Health
Care Administration (AHCA)
will partner together on
Wednesday, April 12 at the
State Capitol in the Rotunda
to recognize National
Minority Health Month.
Each agency's Secretary
will address Florida's health
issues at the 10 a.m. press
"Since the majority
of chronic diseases that
are prevalent among
minorities are preventable,
the Department of Health
must continue to -educate
all Floridians about early
detection and encourage
them to adopt healthier
lifestyles in order to help
efforts to close the gap of
health disparities among
minorities," Secretary for
Health M. Rony Francois,
M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., said.
AHCA Secretary Alan
-Levine added, "We must
be bold in our efforts to
eliminate racial disparities.
This means tackling the
fundamental causes, which
include education, lifestyle
choices, access to care, and
the-undamental structure
of healthcare delivery to our
minority populations. The
bedrock principle of Medicaid
reform was, and remains,
the elimination of these
disparities so our young
people can face their future
confident and healthy."
Health information, in
addition to blood pressure
and glucose screenings, will

be offered from 9 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. on Wednesday
at the Rotunda. The DOH
Office of Minority Health and
Bureau of HIV/AIDS, AHCA,
Florida A&M University,
Florida State University, the
March of Dimes and Leon
County Health Department
have all partnered together
to sponsor this event. State
legislators have been invited
to participate and the public
is welcome -to attend this
National Minority Health
Month (NMHM) was launched
in support of Healthy People
2010, a national health
promotion and disease
prevention initiative started
by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
and the U.S. Surgeon
General. The initiative works
. to help individuals of all ages
increase life expectancy and
improve their quality of life
and also to eliminate health
disparities among segments
of the population.
When compared to
the state's population as a
whole, there continues to be
disparities in the burden of
illness and premature death
experienced by African
Americans, Hispanics, Native
Americans and Asian/Pacific
In Florida, health
disparities are evident in the
following categories:
*Cardiovascular Disease:
Heart disease is the leading
cause of death for all racial
and ethnic groups. In
Florida, African Americans
have higher cardiovascular
disease rates in general and
,are twice as likely to die of


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Americans represent 14.6
percent of Florida's overall
population but 55 percent of
individuals living with HIV/
*Diabetes: The diabetes
mortality rate for non-
white men and women is
approximately three times
greater, than the rate for
white men and women.
*Stroke: The mortality
rates from strokes are about
50 percent higher among
non-whites than among
*Breast Cancer: Non-
white women are more likely
to be diagnosed with late-
stage breast cancer and
more likely to die than white
*Colorectal Cancer: The
death rate among African
Americans is approximately
1.5 times higher for colorectal
cancer than that of the white
*Prostate Cancer: The
mortality rate for prostate
cancer remains higher
among non-white men than
it is among white men.
*Maternal/Child Health:
A baby born to an African
American mother has more
than twice the risk of dying
the first year of life than
.a baby born to a white
The benefit of good health
equals health wealth which
is achieved by taking control
of your health and investing
in life style changes, such as
exercising 60 minutes daily,
eating a balanced diet with at
least 7 servings of fruit and
vegetables, drinking at least
64 ounces of water daily and
having regular checkups.

Spotlight on a Florida Favorite

"Plump," "fresh," and
"red" describe one of the
Sunshine State's popular
crops the tomato. Grown
throughout the state, toma-
toes add a colorful touch
to most, meals. They also
are loaded with key vitamins
and disease-fighting phyto-
Fruit or Vegetable?,
Botanically, tomatoes
are a fruit, since they contain
small seeds within the fleshy
center. However, in 1893,
the United States Supreme
Court ruled that because the
tomato was used as a veg-
etable eaten with the main
part of the meal instead of
at the end it should be
legally classified as such,
and therefore be subject to
the same tariffs as other veg-
etables when imported.
Delicious and Nutritious
Tomatoes offer a lot of
nutrition for 35 calories per
medium tomato. This veg-
etable is a source of car-
bohydrate, potassium, iron,
and fiber and has almost no
sodium or fat.
It also provides vitamins
A and C. Vitamin A is nec-
essary for vision, normal
growth, reproduction, and
a healthy immune system..
Vitamin C helps the body
fight infection, keeps gums
healthy, and heals wounds.
It also is involved in bone
health and in regulating'
blood pressure. A medium
tomato provides 20 percent
of our daily value for vita-
min A and 40 percent for
-itamin C.
Tomatoes also are rich
in lycopene, an antioxidant,
that may protect against
cancer and heart disease.
Tomatoes are the primary
source of lycopene in our
diets. Studies have found
that persons consuming
heated tomato products
tend to have higher blood
lycopene levels than persons
eating uncooked tomatoes.
It is believed that the heat
.changes the tomato's cell
structure, making the lyco-
pene more' readily available.
Adding a small amount of
unsaturated fat, like olive
oil' during the preparation
of a tomato dish also seems
Sto be beneficial. The fat
"dissolves" lycopene, allow-

ing more of it to be absorbed
into the bloodstream.
Storage Tips
Tomatoes should be rip-
ened at room temperature.
Refrigeration stops the rip-
ening process and kills the
flavor. Cold temperatures
also can give unripe toma-
toes a mealy unpleasant
texture. Once fully ripe, a
tomato can be refrigerated,
but only for a few days. After
that, flavor begins to dete-
Tomatoes also can
'cause foodborne illness if
not handled properly. Dr.
Amy Simonnie, University of
Florida/IFAS Food Safety
Specialist, recommends the
following steps to reduce
your risk of foodborne ill-
ness from tomatoes:
Buy tomatoes that are
not bruised or damaged.
Keep fresh tomatoes
separate from raw meat,
poultry, and fish.
Refrigerate fresh-cut
tomatoes within two hours
of peeling or cutting.
Discard leftover cut
tomato after two hours at
room temperature.!
Wash hands with hot,
soapy water before and after
handling fresh produce;
handling raw meat, poultry,
or seafood; using the bath-'
room, changing diapers, and
handling pets.
Wash tomatoes with
cool tap water just before
preparing and eating. Do
not use soap or detergents,
which can leave a residue.
Certain types of toma-
toes are placed in a dump
tank containing a steriliz-
er after they are harvest-
ed. Bacteria that survive
this treatment usually are
around the stem end.
Always cut away the
stem end of the tomato with
a clean knife before slicing
or chopping for eating raw.
Discard vegetables
that have holes or that
are bruised or damaged.
Microbes can hide or invade
the rest of the fruit from the
damaged areas.
Wash cutting boards,
dishes, utensils, and coun-
ter tops often. Use hot,
soapy water and rinse well.
Sanitize after contact with
fresh produce, or raw meat,

poultry, or seafood.
To sanitize, mix one
teaspoon chlorine bleach in
one quart water. Pour the
mixture onto all surfaces or
submerge the appropriate
items in the solution and let
sit at least one minute. Rinse
surfaces well with hot run-
ning water. Sanitize kitchen
sink frequently to 'destroy
microbes. Do not cross con-
taminate! Use clean cutting
boards and utensils for fresh
If you can, use one
cutting board for produce
and a separate one for raw
meat, poultry, and seafood.'
Do not consume ice
that has come in contact
with fresh produce or other
raw products. Use a cooler
with ice or ice gel packs
when you take perishable
foods outside. This includes
fresh, fruits and vegetables.
Since April is Florida
Tomato Month, now is a
good time to pick up a bag
or package of this bright,
colorful produce. Stuff with
tuna or chicken salad for a
refreshing lunch.
Add slices to any
meal for a burst of color
and a serving towards your
Five-a-Day goal. Whip up a
batch of your favorite pasta
sauce for an added lycopene
boost. i Tomatoes pack a
lot of nutritional value in a
small, compact package.
Source: Florida Tomato
Committee ,
If you have a question,
write to Mildred Melvin,
Extension Agent Family
and Consumer Sciences
and 4-H, UF/IFAS Gulf
County Extension, 200 N.
2nd Street, PO Box 250,
Wewahitchlka, FL 32465; or
call the Extension Office,
(850) 639-3200 of 229-
The University of Florida/
IFAS Extension Gulf County
is an Equal Employment
Action Employer authorized
to provide research, educa-
tional information and other
services only to individuals
and institutions that func-
tion without'regard to race,
color sex or national origin.

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2 Day 3rd Anniversary Sale

April 14-15 Friday & Saturday

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slannor rod Reg- $139.99 Rods Reg: $17.99 Sale: $16.50
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Penn CV4000 48 qt. Coleman Blue Sale: $16.50
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2GB The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, April 13, 2006 Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years




Put some sparkle in your space

by following these outdoor

cleanup tips.

Illustration by PHIL LOUBERE
Freedom News Service
Everybody loves spring because it
is the time to refresh and renew. The
garden begins to grow, the closets are
cleaned and the outside of the house
- well, it looks a little tired by now.
Cleaning the outside of your house
gets it tiptop and sparkling for the
spring and summer seasons. What's
more, removing dirt, mildew and other
stains helps your paint last longer.
Cleaning also removes the "bloom," a
powdery, chalk-white substance that
is most visible on dark paint col-
ors. It also gives you an opportunity
to inspect your exterior. for needed
An inexpensive pressure washer,
either bought or rented, makes the job
a half-day chore. We've suggested mild
detergents such as laundry soap, dish
soap and bleach, which will not harm
your landscape plants. Here's what

you will need:
Garden hose with spray attachment or
power sprayer with soap dispenser
Laundry soap
Dish soap
Stiff bristle brush
Clean rags for windows
Garden gloves
Work in this order:
Rain gutters: With gloves on so you
won't cut your fingers on sharp metal edges,
scoop the leaves and other debris from your
rain gutters. Check to make sure downspouts
are clear. Finish the job by flushing all your
gutters with a garden hose with no attach-
Stucco and siding: Pre-treat moldy areas
with mildewcide or a solution of one cup of
bleach diluted in a gallon of water.
Scrub problem areas with a bristle brush
and let stand for five minutes.
Use a garden hose with a spray attach-
ment to rinse your stucco and siding.
If you choose to use a power washer, be
sure to adjust the pounds per square inch
to no more than 300 to 500 PSI. Any stron-
ger and you could peel the paint from your
If the washer has a soap dispenser, -use
a solution of dish soap and water. Wash from
-the bottom up and rinse from the top down to
prevent drippy stains.
Be sure to wash your front door and
garage doors Rinse.
As the house dries, wipe drips so they
won't leave a mark later. Check inside doors
and windows for leaks and puddles. Wipe
them dry. Plan to repair those areas later.
Roof eaves: Use the same solution as
for the house siding, dish soap and water.
To do a really thorough job, plan on getting
wet because you need to spray and clean up
under the overhang.
Decks: Pressure wash your deck to clean
away loose debris.
Then lather on a solution of laundry soap
and water, soap it up with a push broom and
Allow your deck to thoroughly dry for two
to three, days or more before sealing with a
penetrating wood preserver.

Air conditioner: Make sure your air-con-
ditioning condenser unit is debris-free. Power
wash or hose it off to remove dust and dirt.
Clean leaves and other debris behind it.
Screens: Slightly dirty screens can be
hosed off in place. For heavy dirt or old
screens, remove them, lay them on the drive-
way and use a stiff brush and sudsy water to
scrub both sides.
Rinse and set upright in the sun to dry.
Windows: After your house and win-
dows are dry, use one drop of dish soap to
two gallons of water to brush each window
with a lamb's wool window washer (available
at hardware stores). Work one window at a
time. Follow immediately with a squeegee,
drying from top to bottom and working side
to side. To -prevent drip marks, be sure to
wipe the squeegee with a clean rag between
each pass.
Trash cans: Haul your trash cans out
onto the lawn. Soak the inside bottoms with 4
inches of water, laundry soap and a half cup
of bleach. Turn them on their sides to drain.
Then hose them out with a garden hose and
spray attachment, and rinse the sides and
bottom until clean.

When your trash cans are thoroughly
dry, sprinkle a cup of dry laundry detergent
on the bottom of each can to discourage flies
and reduce odors.
Driveway: Pretreat oil and other stains
by scrubbing with laundry detergent and
water. Pressure wash your driveway, or use
a strong hose to remove leaves and debris.
Spray from side to side so that soapy water
and debris runs into the landscape, not down
the street into storm drains.
Diving board: With a stiff bristled brush,
scrub your diving board' with a weak bleach
and dish-soap solution. Iet set, then rinse
Mossy walks: You can scrub moss off
your walks with a weak bleach solution and
push'broom. If you like the mossy look, toss
playground sand on top so it is not so slip-,
Finish up: You can put an added polish
on your home by cleaning light fixtures and
house numbers and polishing your doorknob
and knocker. Spruce up the mailbox. Plant
some spring flowers for a finished look.

501 onumnt Aenue@ Hw. 98& 7

Help prevent damage from bark beetles,
diseases, and wildfire through practices
that promote healthy pines.

* Thin dense pine stands.
* Control understory
plant competition.
* Minimize tree wounds
during harvests.


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* Use prescribed fire.
* Harvest low-vigor
stands and replant.
* Plant species right
for the soil and site.

A message from the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
Division of Forestry, the University of
Florida/IFAS, and the USDA Forest Service.

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Established 7937 -, Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years.

20B The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, April 13, 2006