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The star
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Port St. Joe Fla
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June 1, 2006


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Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
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USPS 518-880

District FCAT Scores Shows Gains and Losses

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Summing up the FCAT results for Gulf
District Schools would require a splash of "A,"
a dash of "B" and a helping of "C."
This means that while the district likely
will not produce six honor roll schools, there
is also little likelihood that when school
grades are issued there will be much of a
reflection of failure.
The Florida Department of Education
last week announced results from the read-
ing, mathematics and science portions of
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT) which, combined with writing and
third-grade reading scores announced early
in May provide the integers to be plugged
into the state formula for individual school
Those grades are expected to be announced
sometime later this month.
And while district officials continue to
crunch the numbers individual student
scores were still arriving and being tabulated
they are, also at work in drafting action
plans to address shortcomings revealed in the
early scores.
The School Board last week approved the
hiring of a new reading teacher at Port St. Joe
High School, the lone district school without a
full-time reading teacher in an era of pmpha-
sis on reading.
Port St. Joe High School principal Duane
McFarland was examining options for creating
an "intensive" track for ninth-graders scoring
in the lowest quartile in the FCAT, providing
focused instruction oh reading, writing, math
and. science to better, prepare freshmen for
the 10th-grade FCAT, which begins the critical
period where passage of the test is required
for a diploma.
The district is also preparing to bolster
writing curriculum in all schools and con-
tinue to bolster the emphasis on reading and
there \\ill be shifts of personnel and resources
at the elementary school level to meet con-
S"It's mixed emotions," said Superintendent
Tim Wilder of the FCAT results. "We want to
be the best, to show the best, to act the best,
< We won't settle for mediocrity.
"We'd like to be an A, B district, an honor
roll district,, and we are going to get there.
I'm proud of our staffs, our teachers and our
administrators. They take pride in their jobs.
Their job is to move these kids and. for the


most part they are doing it."
The spotlight this year should be trained
most brightly at the district middle-school
Seventh- and eighth-graders scored above
state averages in reading and math and
ranked in the top 25 afnong all state school

districts in both subject scores.
"Seventh-grade was our best grade,"
Wilder said. "They particularly shined in
reading and math."
Port St. Joe Middle School, which seems
destined to earn the district's top school
grade given preliminary numbers, continued




that trend among sixth-graders, out-pacing
the state averages in math and reading.
As for the reading portion of the test, the
percentage of district third-graders at Level
3-5 those considered to be at or above grade
level out-paced the state, a trend also seen
among district seventh-, eighth- and 10th-

(See FCAT on Page 3A)


Receive Strategic Plan

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Gulf County finally has a plan. Now, the
trick is for the county commissioners to adopt
the proposed five-year county strategic plan,
then implement and follow it.
Loretta Costin, spokesperson for the
Gulf County Strategic Planning Committee,
presented the 51-page document to the
g commissioners in a special meeting Thursday'
morning. The commissioners appointed the
committee in the spring of 2005, charging the
committee members with the development of
a strategic' plan that would serve as a game
plan, or blueprint, to guide county decision,'-
making. The plan would also, theoretically,'
provide for government accountability and
continuous improvement.
S'As Costin explained to the commissioners,:
and as stated in the document, the committee's
goal was to "ensure that the strategic plan
reflected the priorities of the citizens of Gulf
The process used by the committee' to
gather their information included, citizen
surveys, town hall meetings, and collaboration
with key partners, like the Gulf County Health
Care Committee, the county's Economic
Development Council, and the Gulf County
Housing Community Development Coalition.
- ? A survey, mailed to all registered
voters and published in local newspapers,
asked' individuals to raik 'eight strategic
areas regarding their importance. Write-in
comments were also solicited.
The results of the survey showed that
the number one priority of the citizens- in



By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Fresh from graduating from Southern
University in Baton Rouge. La., Clarence
Monette eagerly posted his name and
qualifications at the university's placement
bureau and awaited an offer.
The first bite came from Edwin Williams.
principal of George Washington High School
in Port St. Joe, who sought a capable media
specialist to serve the school's student
Monette arrived in town in August of 1966,
a few days before the school term began.
Though he was not expecting a metropolis,
Monette was not quite prepared for what he
found in Port St. Joe.
"I'm from a small tow-n, but not this small,"
said Monette, who hails from Franklin, La.
Fortunately, he stuck around.
This spring, Monette retired after serving
39 years in the Gulf County school system.
He departs with no regrets and many
happy memories.
"I like to read and T got to work in the
library. I like photography and I got to
work with TV production arid audio visual
equipment all these things I like to do that I
got paid to do them," he said.
On Friday. Monette was finishing up
the last of his inventory in Port St. Joe High
School's media center, where he has worked
for the last 35 years.
At the time of his retirement, he held
the distinction of being the last employee
from Washington High School working in the
He made the transiuon to the formerly
white Port St. Joe High School during the
tumultuous 1970 integration year. when
student noting and school closures were
"There was a lot of fricton during those
years," remembered Monette, who has
witnessed a softening of racial prejudice in the
years that followed.

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"The kids get along 100 percent better now.
When we first came over. it was two groups of
kids, kids from Washington High School and
kids from Port St. Joe High School, and they
didn't know each other." he said.
Monette began his career at Washington
High in a small classroom that housed an
office, magazine storage area and reading
room shared by students in grades K-12.
Principal Williams served as a valued
mentor and ally, helping Monette learn the
ropes in an unfamiliar environment.
"I learned a lot from him." remembered
Monette. "I was green. right out of college, and
he'd tell you certain things tlat you needed
to know."
At Williams' request, Monette served as
advisor for Washington High's last Reflections
Produced in 1969. the book commemorated
the school's history and contained Williams'
good wishes for his students' future.
Monette and his students worked on the
yearbook after school, cutting and pasting text
and photographs in the days before computer
software expedited the process
"We sent all the pictures off to the
drugstore and waited for them to come back,"
recalled Monette.
The assignment afforded him the
opportunity to showcase his lifelong passion
for photography.
Monette's brother returned from World
War II with a Brownie camera, and the
six-year-old Monette spent endless hours
snapping pictures.
"That was my toy and I played with it. From
there. I developed a love for photography."
said Monette.
When Southern University did not offer a
photography major. Monette chose the next
best thing, taking classes in the media/audio
visual field, and experimenting with film strips.
16 mm projectors arid reel-to-reel recorders.
Over the years, Monette has amassed a
collecuon of several hundred cameras, some

Editorials ................ Page 4A School News ...........Pages 4B-5B

Sports .................. Page 8A
Church News ............. Page 6B
Society News ............. Page 3B

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(See LEGACY on Page 9A)

Clarence Monette is retiring as Port St. Joe High School's media specialist after serving 39 years
in the Gulf County School System.

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ZA The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, June 1, 2006

Legislature Sets Record Educational Budget for Next School Year

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
On May 17 the Gulf
County School Board
learned exactly what the
Florida Legislature funded
and omitted for state
schools during the recently-
completed regular legislative
- Dr. Wayne Blanton,
Executive Director of the
Florida School Boards
Association, along with
-members of his staff, gave
ihe school board members
a summary of the 2006
legislative session and
its application to Florida
Overall, according to
Blanton, the state legislature
increased money for school
programs statewide, pushed,
)he said, by Rep. Allan
Bense (R-Panama City).
With the largest surplus in
state history in their hands,
the legislature increased
nearly every category of the
educational budget.
- The budget was
presented to Gov. Jeb Bush
on May 16, who then had
tvo weeks to act on the
.budget recommendations
'before the new fiscal year
begins July 1.

Highlights of the
2006-2007 education
appropriations include:
More than double
the money for class-size
reduction. Primarily for new
construction to help schools
meet the constitutional
amendment requirement for
class sizes, the increase was
to take the requirement to
the next level of compliance,
which involves actual
classroom construction.
Bright Futures
Scholarships funding was
increased by almost $3.5
Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) allowances
received a substantial
increase of nearly $71
Safe Schools received
$75 million, with $50,000
going to each district, with
suicide prevention programs
added as an appropriate use
of funds.
Current teacher bonus
plans were replaced with
the Special Teachers Are
Rewarded Performance Pay
Plan (STAR Plan).
reimbursement for
classroom supplies was
raised from $100 tO $250.

Grants for reading
programs were increased by
$6 million.
technology funds for the
Angels Helping Hands
program received $1 million
to provide 8,000 computers
at a cost of $125 per unit to
each participating school.
Workforce development
received a substantial
increase, as the legislature
"continues to be profoundly
interested in workforce
education," said Blanton.

bill will allow students to
pursue subjects of interest
to them, said Blanton.
Beginning with students
entering high school in 2007-
2008, the bill established
new general requirements
for high school graduation.
At that time a student
must complete at least 24
credits, an International
Baccalaureate curriculum,
or an Advanced International
Certificate of Education
Added to the curriculum

education plan.
Majors can be in a career
and technical program, fine
and performing arts, or in
Four additional credits
may be combined for a
second major, a minor area
of study, elective courses,
intensive reading courses,
math remediation courses,
or credit recovery courses.
The bill also revises
accelerated high school
graduation options for
students entering grade



Includes $2,000,000 for competitive grants to enhance the training and production
of skilled invidividuals to support the construction industry.

The school districts
now have a great amount of
flexibility in pursing grant
program dollars in the
workforce education area.
In an effort to try to
"re-engage students who
are uninterested in their
studies," the education

was an extra credit in math,
and a major change with
the addition of one credit in
fine arts.
Additionally, the student
must complete four credits
in a major area of study
selected by the student as a
part of his or her career and

nine in the 2006-07 school
year and after, to require
.that six of the 18 credits on
the three-year track must
be earned from advanced
placement, International
Baccalaureate, dual
enrollment, or Advanced
International Certificate of

Education courses.
Honors courses will no
longer be accepted as part
of the six hours.
Additionally the grade
point average required to
participate in the 18 credit
college preparatory track
will be 3.5 rather than 3.0
The controversial
school start date proposal,
beginning the fall semester
on the Tuesday after Labor
Day, was "very divisive in the
legislature," said Blanton,
and was not adopted.
Beginning with the
2007-08 school year, and
each year after, the opening
date for Florida schools may
not be earlier than 14 days
before Labor Day.
Teachers are now again
responsible for reporting
suspected child abuse to
the Department of Children
and Family Services.
Schools that have land
set aside have the option of
partnering with developers,
a local agency, or a 501(c)3
to construct affordable
housing for teachers,
other school personnel,
and essential services
personnel, like police and
fire employees.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, June 1, 2006 3A


Those grades where per-
centages were below the state
averages were grades four,
five and six, though the per-
centages were close for all
except fifth grade, where the
point gap between the district
and state was 12 percentage
The results were similar
in math.
The percentage of stu-
dents at or above their grade
level in math safely out-paced
state averages in grades three,
seven, eight and 10, but the
district percentages lagged
behind the state in grades
four, five, six and nine.
Among those grades
below the state average for
percentage of students at or
above grade level, the point
differential in grades five, six
and nine was just one or two
percentage points.
Only at grade four, where
57 percent of district students
were considered proficient at
grade level compared to 67
percent statewide was the gap
Again, the science por-,
tion given only in grades
five, eight and 11 of the
test revealed similar arcs. The
percentage of district students
deemed proficient or better at
grade level in science was
ahead of the state in grades
five and six, but 10 percent-
age points behind the state at
grade 11.
There is also progress to
be seen beyond that noted
several weeks ago in third-
grade advances in writing and
reading. .
Tracking students across
grades, for instance, shows

From Page 1A

upward trends in reading
among," say, this year's sixth-
graders, who have advanced
from a median score of 308
- FCAT results are assessed
on a median scale of 100-500
- as fourth-graders to 310 as
District eighth-graders
averaged a 318 in math, up
from a 298 as sixth-graders.
There are similar arcs
across various grade levels,
as well as lines that track on a
bit more .unevenly, depending
on grade level and subject.
For another example, the
district is improving across
elementary and middle-
school levels on advancing
those scoring in the lowest
quartile of the FCAT reading
and math.
A key component to the
state's school grading system
is improvement from at least
50 percent of those lowest-
performing students.
While the high schools
remain an issue in this area,
gains are being realized else-
where across the district.
"When we look at the kids
in the lowest 25 percent we
are decreasing those num-
bers," said Sara Joe Wooten,
district supervisor for curric-
ulum. "We are making gains,
but we are just not there, yet.
"We-have some challenges
but we are already working on
a number of things."
Wilder noted, "The con-
cern is we are not moving the
bottom quartile in the high
school in reading" and hence
'the new position of reading
teacher at Port St. Joe High
School. "We are going to be
aggressive with reading at
Port St. Joe High School."

Wooten noted that the
summer reading camp has
already paid off in this year's
reading scores, particularly
among third-graders.
The district could also
argue some mitigation to any
negatives found in this year's
FCAT scores.
Pam Lister atWewahitchka
Middle School, in her fourth
year, is the longest-tenured
principal. After having to fill
34 positions last summer,
the district is facing another
dozen or more openings this
English and math at Port
St. Joe High School, science
at Wewahitchka High School
are just a few of the sub-
ject areas where maintaining
faculty have been particular.
"The more I looked at
the scores, compared them
to the state and to the (other
districts in our region), simi-
larly-sized districts, we are
holding okay," Wilder said.
"We have pros and cons, we
have challenges. But we are
going to get there."
And Wilder and Wooten
agreed that a trip through any
district school reveals faculty
and students existing more on
the positive side of the learn-
ing curve than the negative.
"I think there are more
positive things in our schools
than school grades," Wooten
said. "These (tests) and
accountability are important,
we are not dismissing that.
We are not perfect, but we are
going to get better.
"The- bottom line is we
have good students, good
teachers and good adminis-


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Disorderly Conduct

Some believe that government is best
starved, rationed of nourishment public
.dollars in order to focus on necessary ser-
vices and wreak as little havoc as possible.
County commissioners continued dur-
ing their last meeting to provide foundation
for that argument.
The latest exhibit was a discussion
concerning the scheduling of a workshop or
'devoting a portion of a regular meeting to
hash out what is needed to ensure an effi-
cient and accurate accounting of work done
bly county employees, particularly in Public
Works and the Road Department.
r Namely, establishing a uniform work
order system.
Commission chairman Carmen
McLemore's begrudging acquiescence to a'
request from Commissioner Bill Williams to
devote even 30 minutes to the subject spoke
Establishing an authoritative county-
"wide work order system should be a funda-
imental to the smart government, but that is
not, by all appearances, much of a priority
for these commissioners, certainly not as,
Sfor example, protecting those who betray the
public trust.
This year's budget is supposed to be
'll -about transparency and justification for
spending and how' any of that would occur
nvithout an organized, efficient and required-
'for-all work order system is similar to trying
to explain the celebrity of Paris Hilton.
This was seen as such an important part
Sf getting a grip on spending and efficiencies,
-or lack thereof, in county government, as
w'e recall, that an independent audit which
should if the original estimates are accu-
fate be wrapping up any week, included,
_at the urging of Williams and consensus
of other commissioners, an examination of
'work-order procedures county-wide.
It's worth taking a moment to examine
the private sector, where light bulbs typically
- aren't changed or, for example, truck loads
of dirt moved and delivered in front yards,
ivithout a work order, produced in triplicate
. so that, the right hands those doing the
work, those documenting the expenditure
of funds, those approving the work and
the costs know what the other hands are
doing. .
These are fundamental in the private the bottom line is sacrosanct
s and where the difference between red and
. black is an efficient, accurate and transpar-
* ent accounting of costs.
But the subject when it comes to com-
* missioners is how public dollars are being

spent, how taxpayers are realizing benefits
from those hefty tax bills which arrive like
clockwork each year.
And in a state which stoutly stands
behind its Sunshine Laws, it would seem
counterintuitive for government not to be
able to provide documentation, on paper, for
how each and every penny is to be spent, the
justification for how every truck load of dirt
and piece of lumber is used.
If we are indeed entering a new age in
budgeting, when transparency is the catch-
word and each department's budget will
start at zero and rise behind
the justification of services
rendered to the county tax- A county
payers, when smart spend- district ai
ing is said by commission- graphic b4
ers to be paramount, then 9 c
having in place a work order ies are ex
system that is reflective of to console
the actual work being done
in the county would seem a and bolstf
required starting point. cal power
That any commission-
er, let alone the chairman, cost of eOf
would be perceived as being governmente
any sort of impediment pro-
vides plenty of reason to
starve the beast.
From this humble corner, this lacka-
daisical, or even hostile, approach to imple-
menting an effective work order system
evolves from the government by fiefdom at
work in this county.
A county where the Road Department is
somehow seen as a north-end asset,'Public
Works a south-end asset, where district and
geographic -boundaries are exploited to con-
solidate and bolster political power at the
cost of efficient government.
A county where it requires a small indus-
trious group of volunteer citizens to produce
what one commissioner called the ,first real
"strategic" plan in his nearly 20 years in
office, a plan another veteran commissioner
said,he would adopt as his own apparently
for a lack of coming up with his own.
Maybe we are a bit delusional, but aren't
the commissioners the ones charged with
carving out strategic initiatives to judiciously
and with fiscal responsibility carry the coun-
ty, forward?
And we would note that work orders
would indeed be: abomination for those
desiring to use public coffers as a private
piggy bank, as those special project funds
provide just a tip of the iceberg.
Maybe that is why commissioners
observed all those folks wearing the red

"Citizens for Reduced Taxes" pins during
their most recent regular meeting.
While tax bills skyrocket, services remain
largely flat-lined, commissioners more con-
cerned about picking a fight with the City
of Port St. Joe over the city's failure to move
fast enough on proposed services in an
agreement over the annexation of WindMark
Beach than examining the county's own
shortcomings in the bang-for-the-buck.
And lest commissioners, as they have
already begun, make the political action
group for.. lower taxes a
south end phenomenon, the
... where demographics are out-pac-
nd geo- ing that assertion as folks in
oundar- all parts of the county come
to understand the reality of
cploited being taxed among the high-
idate est per-capita rates in the
entire state.
er politi- Additionally, those
r at the who are homesteaded in
the county, who have the
ficient amount of their property
nt. values and therefore taxes
capped, are beginning to
realize that instead of being
pleased with their 3 percent cap on any
increases they should be outraged that,
their tax bills aren't a fraction of what they
are, that in these past few years of spiking
property values and governments flush with
taxpayer dollars, their tax bills have risen
at all.
In the pages of this paper, there has been
plenty of talk the past few years of the roll-
back rate> that millage number at which the
same amount of tax dollars brought in the
year before would be generated,' essentially
the millage rate at which no tax increase
would be.placed upon taxpayers.
Over the past five years, county spend-
ing 'has exploded by nearly 150 percent,
every bit of it on the backs of folks fortunate
or unfortunate, depending on your point
of view enough to own property in Gulf
Commissioners have accomplished this
with little in the way of real justification,
without even a passing interest in proce-
dures and policies re: authoritative county-
wide policy on work orders which are a
given in the private sector.
Those little red buttons in the audience
a week or so ago provided a reminder of who
are the real owners-in the public -sector. It is
a message commissioners seem incapable of
noticing or hearing.

heyve Got The Wrong People Listening.

A. I have looked on with a great deal of inter-
S,'est, and some amusement, as the furor over the
' government "listening in" on our phone conversa-
a tjorns rages. I haven't figured out just who is doing
the listening. It might be the FBI,' CIA, Office of
Strategic Information, Home Land Security, the,
Red Cross, the Boy Scouts or some combination
in between. And I'm not sure exactly who they are
listening -in onr....but according to the latest from
CNN, it is all of us!
S I know the alleged explanation from the gov-
ernment is that they are "listening in" to gather
information on the sworn, enemies of the United
r States. That's good enough for me! If we can catch
W one Taliban, uncover one Hamas plot to infiltrate
Hollywood (oops, it may be too late for that one) or
break up a foreign cell operating in Kansas City
with intent to do bodily harm to Americans--the
p surveillance is worth it.
I'm not big on-government intrusion.... unless
it is revealing the tainted ones among us!
.- Besides, the folks that cry foul the loudest
over this issue just look like-people to me that
ro'hdve something to hide. They can rant about
S.fights, and point to the first and fourth amend-
.'mrnts till the cows come home, I'm still a little
St-suspicious of anyone who is more interested in
their personal agenda than they are the safety of
;.i!our nation. It appears to me that drug dealers,
r(ytoney launderers, unfaithful spouses, racketeers,
'i side traders, crooked politicians and plain old
h'.hrse thieves are leading the against this
'"invasion of privacy".
And I don't mean to say that the government
.. .is. absolutely right on this one. Where do you
. '-'iaw the line between a proper "eavesdropping" to
*' protectt the citizenry and outright violation of civil
41 rights? I'm just saying lets err on the side of catch-
S" i ng the lad people out there that are harboring,
S'. aiding or abetting anyone with the avowed goal of,
alarming my family, or yours!
.- ,..' And when you get right down to it, someone
S',listening in" ain't that big a deal Will Rogers said
over seventy-five years ago, "Live your life so thtt
when you die you wouldn't be embarrassed if the
". 'farnily parrot fell into the hands of the town gos-

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It'sure doesn't matter to me. I don't know
that I've ever had a private conversation. I grew
up with operators and party lines. I don't think
it was a matter of national security in 1958---
but Miss Estine down at the had
everybody's number! This was way back when you
didn't need a dial just picked up and
ask 'Miss Estine to get you Bobby or Ricky Gene.
When Bubba^ told me about him and Earl digging
up Mr. Richardson's grave, Miss Estine gasp right.
out loud
I know the local moon shiners wouldn't look
her in the eye at church. All the county politicians
made regular contributions to her favorite chari-
ties. And she seemed to know a divorce was about
to take place even before the papers were filed.
Our ring out at the house was two longs and
a short. I answered as quick as I could and you
could hear clicks up and down the line as everyone
picked up to see who would be calling the Colbert's
on a Thursday afternoon.
S Mrs. Luther Purvis made a career out of
"watching over" every call that came down our
line. I think that she took it as her patriotic duty.
Dad would finish his phone call to the Tri County
Stockyard about the number of possible cattle lots
for the sale Wednesday and he would add, "Good-
bye, Mrs. Purvis."
For years none of this ever bothered me. I
didn't care who knew we were playing ball down

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by the pajama factory field. Or that Bobby was
spending the night with me. Or that I was way,
way behind on my math assignment....and I had
to call Anne Alexander and beg for help.
I must admit that I became a tad, concerned
my junior year when I called up Mary Hadley
Hayden. I wanted to talk about how nice she was
and how good she looked but I was a little dis-
concerted knowing that we were not alone. After a
while my "liking" for Mary Hadley was too strong
to be derailed by a few outside parties. Besides
we lived in a small house. The phone was in the
hall. Leon and David Mark took to 'passing back
and forth every time I got M. H. on the line I'd yell
for Mom to make them leave me alone. She would
shoo'em out of the house and then she'd stand-in
the kitchen and crane an ear down the hall!
Shoot, the FBI, CIA and them other boys ain't
got nothing on the people I grew up around!
Not long after graduation Mary Hadley called
and told me she was going to run off with Charles
B. Northrup. Leon didn't beat on me for a week.
David milked and fed the cows for me. Mother
fried chicken every night and baked me a cake:-
Miss Estine didn't-say anything at church but she
patted me on the shoulder. Miss Purvis near 'bout
cried when she told me how sorry she was that "it
didn't work out". .
Maybe there is some merit to that "no man is
an island" thesis.
And maybe I'm just a little upset that I haven't
had a call in forty years that I didn't care for the
whole world to hear!
And maybe the FBI, CIA and the federal gov-
ernment at large have missed the boat entirely by
not having Miss Estine and Mrs. Luther Purvis on
the pay roll. They'd have ferreted out every-single
bad guy in the system by now and would be on
CNN giving out inside trading secrets, telling us
where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, revealing what oil
executives are saying privately about their good
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Can Wait on the Grades
Count me among those waiting anxiously
for the state's individual school grades to come
out in the next few weeks.
This is Pepto time for district school sys-
tems around the state. The numbers are tabu-
lated, the results of the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test rolling in for districts, schools
and individual students.
Now, under the state's formula, almost
certainly crafted behind a door with "Sadists at
Work" printed over the entrance, those numbers
will be put through a grinder and out will ooze
some letter which is alleged to quantify each
Hogwash, I say.
This is where they lose me, at least since I
moved to Gulf County.
Because I already know the grades I would
assign and, to paraphrase a famous movie'line,
I didn't need no stinking test to determine an
Honor roll district.,
Mine is the sort of job which numbers
among its fringe benefits considerable interac-
tion with schools, whether it is covering events,
sports or writing about school gardens or schol-
arship winners and the faculty, parents and
students who make the day worth ringing a bell
or two.
This is why this FCAT stuff is enough to
drive me to the rubber room, not that the trip
would be that far, as many.could attest, starting
with several of the names which appear each
week in this newspaper.
Take a walk around any school. I dare
Sure there are the students who toe a dif-
ferent line, we aren't turning around auto-ani-
matrons thank heavens, but the vast majority of
the 2,00 or so students in this school system
are decent kids. ,
It's really as simple as that. They've'been
raised by and in a community which is well
a community.
The vast majority of students provide virtu-
ally no end to the small acts which contribute
to that feel of community in'this county,. be it
describing the honey made in.these parts dur-
ing a public speaking contest, collecting pen-
nies for patients, applying themselves on the
diamond or soccer field or in the classroom or
participated in P.O.P.S.. National Honor Society,
student government and on and on and on.
l\'e been around the schools enough. inter-
acted with teachers enough and talked with the
students enough to realize that these students
are earning a high grade as- far as the school
experience goes. .
-Who are being guided by dedicated teachers
who hack away in the trenches while the cost
of living leaves them in the dust and .wouldn't
think of doing anything else, because, as the
famous equation goes, 2 Teach is- 2 Touch Lives
4. Ever. '
The fire in the bellies and creativity of the
Odyssey of the Mind' team from Wewahitchka
High School, the poise and imagination of
Wewahitchka Elementary School's Bryce Gerber,
the achievements and grace of three Geoghagan
sisters or a nest of Currys from Port St. Joe or
the humility and maturity of Zac Norris and Ash
Parker of Port .St. Joe High School: there isn't a
test invented which can assess any of it.
I understand that the FCAT is here to stay
and there is something to be argued in favor of
school accountability and reaching agreed upbn
norms and achievement level.
What the state has done, though,,is create
a hybrid of the game. Shoots and Ladders, where
players can rise and fall on the simple roll of
the dice did a student get enough to eat that
morning, sleep the night before, is the student
adept or a wreck at tests, how is the home life
and then changed the rules each and every
And they hold all, children, exceptional,
gifted, in between, up to 'the same cookie cutter
each year and alter the shape of the outline by
same time next year.
I compare it to state prep sports, where.
small public schools must compete on the same
gridiron and hardwood. as private schools which
exist largely to dominate in sports:
Sure, the names change from year to year,
decade to decade, but. if there is a Trinity,
University or Academy attached to a name that
requires five minutes to fully pronounce, small
public schools are starting the race in quick-
And just like the FCAT, none of it is a
remotely fair and balanced as an assessment of
what Gulf County schools are about.
Fortunately, while there may be hope for
breaking up the Florida High School Athletics
Association if it can not suitably solve the-pri-
vate/public school tension the last thing pri-
vate schools want to see happen to their trophy
cases the FCAT seems a presence in perpetu-
ity, whether it has any real connection to the
work in the classroom or not.
In fact, to be blunt, the FCAT has come
to largely dictate the framework for that work
in the classroom, while also dissing teachers
and administrators and helping to create the
sort of competitive climate more appropriate for
This has probably become a broken record
in this space, but while we will be publishing
the school grades later this month when the
Florida Department of Education releases them
and that story will certainly hit the front page,
here's a bulletin:
Any schools nurtured and invested in like
Gulf County's can't help but earn passing
Just walk through any school.

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E i r n a s 6 eT t P S o L r J e 2 *

Who is Florida's Clean-Water Governor?

By Linda Young
Director, Clean Water
Network of Florida
The Florida governor's
race is heading. into crunch
time. Political ads and head-
lines will start heating up this
summer, just like the water
that fuels hurricanes and algae
blooms. Many issues are in
play in the campaigns. But
think about it: What's more
important than clean water?
Blue waves, clear lakes,
springs and rivers are the geese
that lay Florida's golden eggs;
the reason we're the top tour-
ist destination in the world;
and the gift that makes our
cash registers ring. Without
clean water, we're nothing.
We need a governor who
will stand up for clean water
- not someone who will repays
big-bucks corporate campaign
contributors by letting them
use our public waters as a pri-

vate sewer.
This election, we have a
chance to elect a "clean water"
governor. Who is it? We don't
know yet. That's why our
grassroots group, Clean Water
Network of Florida, is giving
Floridians an opportunity to
take a simple step to pin down
each candidate's position 'on
water policy. Everyone can
participate for the cost of five
postcard stamps. Floridians
are sending postcards to each
of the top four candidates: Jim
Davis and Rod Smith on the
Democratic ticket; and Charlie
Crist and Tom Gallagher on
the Republican ticket.
The cards ask the can-
didates to commit, in writ-
ing, whether they will do four
specific things to clean up our
Work diligently to reduce
and eliminate mercury and
dioxin releases that end up in

the fish we eat;
Support a moratorium
on any permits to add nutri-
ents in polluted waters;
Champion a movement
to stop destroying the wet-
lands that protect us from
storm surges;
Abandon the flawed
Impaired Waters Rule which
the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency ruled illegal
- and that the state is using to
avoid making polluters clean
Nearly 3,000 cards have
already been printed for the
candidates. Smith, Crist,
Gallagher, and Davis are sup-
posed to send the card back
to you; if they don't, you'll
know which candidates don't
share your concerns. As the
candidates receive thousands
of cards, they'll see that this
is a top issue for all of us.
You send Clean Water,/Network

a card, too, so we can keep
track and inform voters.
Clean water isn't a parti-
san issue. I travel throughout
the state, talking to citizens of
all kinds who are blindsided by
the rapid decline of their local
waters: algae blooms, dead
fish, manatees, dolphins and
sea turtles washing ashore,
dead zones on the ocean floor,
blighted reefs, sick lakes, and
cloudy springs. These peo-
ple from aikboat clubs to
schoolchildren: from League
of Women Voters chapters to
Scuba and fishing clubs are
desperate for environmental
leadership 6t't of Tallahassee.
Stories about gross water
pollution will hit the news
right about the time that peo-
ple head to the water for sum-
mer vacation. Just like last
summer, they'll be confronted
with slimy algae and closed
beaches due to sewage bacte-'

ria. It happened last year, and
it will happen this year.
Lookaround: Polluted Lake
Okeechobee water is flowing to
out of the Caloosahatchee and
St. Lucie Rivers,,choking estu-
aries on both coasts that were
clean and full of fish 15 years
ago. The St. John's River, a
Florida treasure, is already
getting algae blooms, which
is very early in the year for
that to be happening. These
aren't inevitable events: they
are the result of lax regulation
in Tallahassee.
In the case of the St.
John's, citizens watching the
slimy algae bloom form are
outraged because an agency of
the governor the Department
of Environmental Protection
- has just announced weaker
standards that .will allow a
million more pounds of nitro-
gen to go into the river every
year. A million pounds! Why?

The DEP is pushing for weak
standards for our waters*all
over the state, and they have
until January when the new
governor comes in to further
weaken water quality rules.
How can the state be weak-
ening standards at a time. like
this? What can we do about it?
Help us find our "clean water"
governor and then vote for
Linda Young is the direc-
tor of the Clean Water Network
of Florida, a non-profit orga-
nization with 155 member
groups across the state dedi-
cated to protecting Florida's
waters and assuring citizens
of the right to participate 'in
government decision-makiing
that affects their commini-
ties. She can be reached 'at To get
postcards to send to the :can-
didates, call 850-222-8701 or
log onto"

Florida's High Gas Prices Hide Even Larger Scandal

by Jim Sims,
President of Americans For
American Energy and a for-
mer White House aide on
President George W. Bush's
Energy Policy Task Force
One year ago, the aver-
age price of regular unleaded
gasoline across Florida was
$2.20 a gallon. Last week,
it was $2.87. 'In 12 short
months, Floridians have been
socked with a whopping 31%
gas price hike. But get ready
for the real outrage.
There is a good chance
that gasoline bought in Florida
came from nations- that are
hostile to America. Nations
that profit from America's for-
eign oil addiction. That help
fund 'anti-American terrorists.
Whose leaders probably toast
to our collective stupidity at
letting our nation get so depen-
dent on foreign energy. .:
That-is more than ironic.
This situation is the biggest
public policy scandal of 21st.
Century America.
Our Addiction By -The
Our nation gets nearly two

out of every three barrels of
oil from the Middle East and
politically unstable nations
such as Venezuela, Algeria,
and Nigeria. If current trends
continue, we may be stuck
getting three out of every four
barrels from foreign sources
in less than five years. '
America spends more
than $200,000 per minute on
foreign oil.' That's $13 mil-
lion per hour. More than $25,
billion a year goes for Persian
. Gulf imports alone.'
And that foreign oil addi-
tion does more than help -keep
the price of gas high. It raises
the price of all goods and
services. It. fuels inflation.
It helps keep interest rates
high. It helps destroy econom-
ic growth. It robs American
workers of jobs.
The Solution
What is the answer?
First, we need to conserve
more, energy. Second. ,we
need to quit blaming the men
and -women who Work hard
to help produce our energy.
It's easy to point' the finger
at energy :companies for high

energy prices. But the truth
is that energy prices are set
by the simple but powerful'
laws of supply and demand.
'Right now, we have too much
,demand chasing too. little sup-
ply. That pushes prices up.
The most powerful answer
to this problem is this: more
American energy for America.
America i .is blessed
with truly .abundant energy
resources. According to the
U.S. Geologic Survey, we have
'tens of billions of barrels of
American oil and hundreds of
trillions of cubic feet of clean-
burning American natural gas
ready to be tapped. We have
hundreds of years of ener-
gy from American coal and
nuclear ,resources. And, we
have a virtually endless sup-
ply from (American renewable
American Energy In The
Arctic Coastal Plain
Because our national
security is most threatened by
our foreign oil dependency, oil
and gas development must be
oilr first priority. And one of
the most promising places to

harvest American energy is in
the ANWR region of the Arctic
Coastal Plan.
New, 21st Century tech-
nologies allow us to tap into
billions of barrels of American
oil in ANWR by drilling on just
2,000 acres out of the total 19
million acres that comprise
ANWR. That 2,000 acres is
but, one-hundredth of one
percent of ANWR's total acre-
age. It'is also.less than one-
tenth the size of the National
Audubon Society's Paul J.
Rainey Wildlife Refuge. which
at 26,800 acres has helped
the Society reap the benefits
-of natural gas production for
more than 50 years.
We can reach ANWR's oil
with almost no impact on land
and local wildlife.
The upside is huge; 'a
million barrels of American
oil a day. more than half the
amount the United States
imports daily from its fourth-
leading supplier of petroleum
products, Venezuela a nation
ruled by leaders' who truly
hate America.
ANWR production also.

would raise billions of dollars
in new tax revenue from energy
companies. A Congressional
Research Service study shows
that, at today's prices, pro-
duction of 'the mean estimate
of' recoverable oil in ANWR
(more than 10 billion barrels)
would yield the federal govern-
ment $76 billion in corporate,
income taxes and $35 billion
in royalties.
As U.S. Representative.
Richard Pombo (R-CA) recent-
ly noted. the mean estimate of
ANWVR's recoverable oil alone
represents a g780 billion eco-
nomic decision. His question,
is simple: will Congress vote
yes to invest in America, or no
to invest in foreign countries?
Recent polling, shows,
clearly where the American
people are on that question.
One national poll shows
that, by fully a 30-point mar-
gin, a solid majority (59 per-
cent) of .likely voters believe
in the face of soaring gasoline
and heating costs, we should
be producing oil and gas from
ANWR. An overwhelming 70
percent say we should develop

Boyd Report: On Thi Memori

By Congressman Allen Boyd
Memorial Day isa wonder-
ful time to gather with family
and friends, but more impor-
tantly, it is the time to reflect
on the blessings we have as
Americans and honor the men
and women who made the
ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
As we pay tribute to those who
courageously served our coun-
try in tunes of war and peace,
we also: must take this oppor-
tunity to renew our efforts for
our troops. our veterans and
their families. Those of us
who serve in. Congress should
thank veterans by rolling up
our sleeves and addressing
the critical unmet needs of our
veterans' population.
I One of my top priorities
has always been to honor the
comn'dmitment this country has
made to our veterans. and
'in Congress, this is accom-
plished through meaningful
action and tangible assistance.
For this reason, I have
been working to enact a
new GI Bill of Rights for the


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21 st Century. In 1944, we hon-
ored the Greatest Generation
through a Bill of Rights. and
in each major militai'y conflict
since, we have honored the
service of our soldiers through
a new GI Bill. Ttus bill would
strengthen benefits for our
men and women in uniform
today and provide long over-
due benefits for the veterans
and military retirees who have
already served. The new GI
Bill focuses on improving vet-
erans' healthcare. including
mental healthcare, to meet the
needs of our returning troops.
The bill also would end
the Disabled Veterans' Tax.
which prevents disabled vet-
erans from receiving military
retiree and veterans' disabil-
ity benefits concurrently. At
this time, over 41.000 Florida
retirees are forced to pay
this tax and give up one
dollar of their pension for
every dollar of disability pay
they receive. I have worked
with my colleagues in Congress
to score a partial repeal of this

tax,; but the remaining dis-
abled military retirees should
be allowed: to receive all of
their promised benefits.
In addition to improving
benefits, we also must make
healthcare more accessible
and timely to our veterans.
In 2003. the Department of
Veterans Affairs developed the
Capital Asset Realignment for
Enhanced Services (CARES)
Commission to meet the
increased demand for veter-
ans' healthcare services over
the next 20 years. The CARES
Commission made several rec-
ommendations for Improved
access to veterans' healthcare
through Community-Based
Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
specifically to address the
healthcare needs In rural
In 2004, the .Commission
stated their Intent to build
156 CBOCs throughout the
country by 2012, including
one in Marianna, Florida.
Currently, veterans in Jackson
County and surrounding areas


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must travel to Panama City.
Tallahassee and even farther
for their healthcare needs,
causing overcrowding in these
facilities and inconvenience
and difficulties for many veter-
ans in North Florida. With 22
new CBOCs opened in 2005
and 68 more in the works for
the next two years. I am confi-
dent these facilities will greatly
improve access to veterans'
healthcare nationwide. The

Dear Editor,
It has come to my atten-
tion, that, over the last 10-15
years, that a few
County employees have
been caught embezzling money
from the departments in
which they worked. Through
the grapevine.' which in this
County, is highly operational, it
seems that. While the employ-
ees (now ex-employees) have
made restitution, none have
been prosecuted. Some even
hold jobs now, where they still
have access to large amounts.
of money, and the opportunity
to repeat the same behavior.
' How is this right? Even if
the offender is related by blood
and/or marriage to another
County employee, or a promil-
'nent citizen, they should still
be. prosecuted. With the way
that prices are' rising in this
County. due to property taxes,
etc., is it not commons sense
that these people should be
prosecuted to send a message
to others that Gulf County will
not tolerate this conduct?
Why in the world, should
we, as. a County,' allow this
conducf to continue? As a tax-
payer, it makes me mad. As
a citizen, I am outraged. If a
person is caught in some other
sort of business doing the
same, you can bet your bot-
tom dollar that they would be

:: Marianna is still in the
planning phase, and I will
continue to work in Congress
to ensure that the healthcare
needs of our North Florida
veterans are met.
Strengthening veterans'
benefits and providing more
accessibility to veterans'
healthcare are two major ways
that the federal government
can plan and provide for the
needs of our veterans. With
over 21,000 Floridians cur-

prosecuted. While the offend-
ers may or may not be made
to make restitution, what kind
of message are we sending
to others? Why should it be
covered up like cat waste in a
litter box?
As citizens, and taxpay-
ers. we have the right to know
what is happening. and what
steps are being taken to make
sure that the message is sent
to current employees. Gulf
County and entities should
have a zero tolerance for this
sort of behavior, period.
I am 'sure that others,
would agree.
Elizabeth Richards

Dear Editor:
Last week, 'the
Wewahitchka High School
Odyssey of the Mind team
traveled around the World in
eight days-the Odyssey of
the Mind' World Finals that
is. It was an international
experience that, team mem-
bers Kayla Chutnney, Meleah
Lister, Matthew Miller, Robbie
Morris, Mary Taunton ,and
Brad Udell will never forget.
Odyssey of the Mind is an
academic/drama competition
where students are only given
a small synopsis of a problem
and then required to prepare
a solution. Out of forty-one
national and international

oil and gas in ANWR before
we face another emergency. or
international crisis.
Getting access to more
American energy for, America
from places like ANWR,' the
Rocky Mountain West, the
outer continental shelf and
other places where develop-
ment can be done safely' and
in a manner that protects the
environment is now a, tal
matter of national security." "
Jim Sims, a former White
House aide,' is President of
Americans for American
Energy, a non-profit advocacy
coalition dedicated to strength-
ening America's energy inde-
.pendence and weaning, our
nation, from foreign sources.
of energy.
,Americans' For
American Energy
Denver, Washington. D.C.
1-866-416-0659 www.arperi-
email: info,.',americansfqram ,. Copyright
2006. All rights reserved. -

ii Day

rently. serving in. Iraq and
Afghanistan. we must all be
reminded of the true meaning
of this holiday and show our
overwhelming gratitude 'and
respect for our troops ;and
our veterans. Those who lave
fought and defended our coun-
try can be proud of ,the job.
they have done, and for this.
Congress must deliver on. our
promises and responsibilities
now and in the future.

teams, WHS finished outstand-
ingly in the top fifteen. Their
score outranked teams from
Singapore, South Korea ,and
Hong Kong. WHS had the high-
est score of the three Florida
teams competing in this-divi-
sion. One particularly dif-
ficult segment of competiflon
was; the spontaneous problem
solving. Each team was given
a problem they had never seen
before and only given a few
minutes to prepare a. solu-
tion. The Wewahltchka I-lgh
School team performed excep-
tionally well in this section of
competition, placing eleventh'
and beating thirty other inter-
national teams. When sedring.
was completed, the top ",six-
teams were announced. .Out
of 350 possible points, only -
twenty-three points separated'.
WHS from the sixth placed
team. The Wewahitchka High
School Odyssey of the Mind
team has now gone where no
other Gulf County team has
ventured. They competed
against' the best-of-the-best-
and the results were remark-
able. The team' would like
to thank Mr. Wilder, the Gulf
County School Board and the
many sponsors that helped'
make this trip possible.
Sherron Miller

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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Just two years after a
controversial, state audit
that proved nothing was
amiss in Mexico Beach, the
city's annual audit is run-
ning three months behind
and questions are once
again being asked about
city funds by citizens.
In 2004, 10 percent of
the city's population voted
to authorize a state audit
in a controversial referen-
dum, in which the legal-
ity of voter signatures and
voting margins were hotly
The audit referendum
passed by less than 10
votes, and the audit cost
the city an unexpected
The state's look into the
city's finances revealed no
illegal activities or major
problems, rumors of which
had prompted the audit;
only a few basic account-
ing problems which were
corrected by then mayor
Kathy Kingsland and then
city administrator Paul
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The state's automatic
follow-up audit was released
Sept. 30, 2005, again show-
ing no major problems.
Mexico Beach's annu-
al city audits are gener-
ally performed in January
and February of each
year, the audit covering
the previous fiscal year.
The current audit, for
fiscal year 2004-05, began
the first week of March and
has yet to be finished.
In the May 9 city coun-
cil meeting, the late mayor
Chuck Risinger and city
council members held a
lengthy discussion about
the accounting firm cur-
rently handling the city's
annual audit, Carr, Riggs
and Ingram, LLC.
Two motions to approve
payments of varying
amounts to Carr, Riggs and
Ingram for auditing services
were on the agenda because
the payments were in addi-
tion to what was budgeted
by the city for the audit.
The city was reluctant to
authorize payment because

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it had underestimated the
cost of the audit, and coun-.
cil members felt Carr, Riggs
and Ingram had not offered
a sufficient explanation for
the extra costs.
Both motions for the
extra payments required
budget amendments, one
from the General Fund for
$4,489 and one for $6,773
from the Water Fund.
Council member Al
Cathey, now mayor for the
remaining 13 months of
Risinger's term, repeatedly
questioned why the account-
ing firm was billing so much
more when, he said, "as of
one month ago no one in
Mexico Beach knew they
owed this money."
When other council
members agreed that a
better explanation for the
additional billing was need-
ed, the motion was passed
unanimously to table the
approval of paymeiit until
the end of the month, in
order to explore the billing
Questions were, also
raised in the meeting about
restricted- monies in the
building fund, which was
closed in October 2005.
The fund is generated
from impact fees paid by

new construction in the city,
and the funds may only be
used for building-related
expenses in the city.
Kingsland ques-
tioned why the build-
ing fund had been closed
and what happened to
the money in the account.
"I know Henry [Flack, city
manager], would not have
done this without authori-
zation, so did the council
authorize him to remove
the money from the build-
ing fund, and why?" asked
Flack replied that "we
had done an analysis of
the building fund because
the auditors brought it to
our attention, that through
March there was $93,000
in the account."
"It was my call to move
the funds when the city
entered into a new con-
tract with EPCI Building
and Planning Department
Services," said Flack. "I
made a false assumption
that those funds would not
be restricted anymore, and
that was not the case."
Carr; Riggs, and Ingram
have repeatedly declined
any comment on the city
audit or its progress.


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Strategic Planing--

the county was health care.
Economic development was
number two, education
number three. The other
fire topics of concern, in
descending order, were
public safety, housing,
environment, transportation
and recreation / culture.
Write-in comments prompted
the committee to add two
additional areas of citizen
concern: neighborhoods
and unincorporated areas,
and an enabling strategy
regarding county budgeting
and finance.
The resulting vision and
mission statement for the

county were straightforward
and simple. According to the
plan, the vision statement,
"to ensure that Gulf County
is the ideal place to live, work
and play now and in the
future," reflects the concerns
of the citizens.
The mission statement,
"to deliver outstanding
leadership and services that
enhance the quality of life
for all Gulf County citizens,"
describes the expectations
citizens have for their local
The plan also outlined
guiding principles and
priority strategic themes for

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the commissioners.
The planning committee
identified four major trends
affecting the county:
rapid growth and the
resulting impacts;
lack of policies to
manage growth;
increasing cost to live in
Gulf County;
increased citizen
concerns and involvement,
including the mandate for
county-wide voting.
Pulling major information
components from the
Gulf County Economic
Development Council and the
county's Health Department,

the plan identifies the county's
strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and threats,
and for each of the ten
strategic areas, provides the
area's mission, goals, key
outcomes and strategies for
achieving those goals.
The plan also provided
the commissioners with
worksheets for each
strategic area, allowing the
commissioners to actually
chart their progress.
To ensure that the
strategic plan truly serves as
the blueprint for the county,
the committee also included
a set of recommendations for
the commissioners to follow,
adopt the strategic
establish task forces

for each strategic area,
comprised of citizens, county
staff and any experts in the
have each task force
recommend performance
measures, resource
requirements and timelines
for each of their areas for
approval by the commission;
revise the strategic plan
after the task forces finish
their work;
assign the finished
outlines to the county
department heads and hold
them responsible for meeting
the performance measures;
identify key partners
and collaborate with them to
achieve the plan;
align all spending
and hiring decisions to the
strategic plan;

review progress at
least twice a year, through
a citizens' committee which
then presents its finding-to
the commissioners;
revise the strategic plan
as often as needed, using
citizen input to ensure
continues to be relevant. -
The commissioners, who
waxed eloquent in their praise
for Costin and the planning
committee, told Costin they
would review the plan and
decide whether or not. to
adopt it. Commissioner Bill
Williams also asked .Costin to
present the same overview of
the plan in the county's "other
municipalities" and ask them
to adopt it as well, "so we can
work together."

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Guiding Principles Port designation The Star at 227-1278
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Accountable ana responsive to tiie puuiic;
V\"aluing and of each other;
Efficient and effective;
Customer-focused and customer-driven;

Priority Strategic Themes
Promote accountability at all levels of county
Ensure that the Board ofCounty Commissioners
is good stewards of taxpayer's dollars;
Ensure that Gulf County operates inr a fiscally
responsible manner;
; Maintain the quality of life for all Gulf counts'
residents, while improving county-wide services;
Protect the safety of Gulf county citizen's and
I Promote responsible and comprehensive policy
dc'elopment through effective planning for land use
arid growth management;
Promote a healthy economy through business
development and economic diversification;
Protect and preserve Gulf County's unique


Pristine environment
Enterprise Zone

Workforce programs

' Weaknesses
Lack of coordinated planning
Rising cost of living
Lack of workforce housing
Lack of career and technical education
No public transportation
Dual time zones
Water and sewer infrastructure
Broadband capacity

Regional cooperation and initiatives
Community land trust
Port development
Gulf Coast Parkway

Natural disasters
-High taxes
Energy crisis
Beach erosion
Destruction of the environment due to
unplanned development
North/south division
Loss of historical/culture way of life
Loss of RACEC (Rural Area of Critical Economic
Concern) designation
Volatile political environment

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Gulf County's Strengths,
Opportunities and Threats


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Gaddis Wins All-Conference Honors

Just seven years ago Coach
Vernon Eppinnette "strongly"
advised his freshman basket-
ball player to join the track
team instead of resting during
the track and baseball season.
Not only did he "strongly" rec-
ommend track but he pointed
young Gaddis to the pole vault
pit. "I just wanted some time
off" Gaddis said, but that was
not going to happen. He made
his way to the pole vault pit and
everything changed. Coaches
Eppinnette, Parker and Chiles
have been instrumental in
Stephen's growth as a vault-
er. Gaddis who was nation-
ally ranked in high school often
competed against college vault-
ers and on occasions actually
beat them. He was spotted pole
vaulting at the prestigious Bob
Hayes Invitational his senior
year (an event that he won 3

Get Ready
As boats head back into
the water this spring, it's prob-
ably worth reviewing .a few
tips gathered from, members
of the Coast Guard, Coast
Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power
Squadrons, and U.S. Sailing,
which governs sailing in, the
United States.
Be sure that the drain
plug, pulled in the fall to drain
the water and prevent it from
freezing, expanding and causing
damage, is secuttrely replaced in
its in-the-water position. This
is a leading cause of early-sea-
son sinkings.
As soon as the boat is
in the water, safetyrules apply.
Make- sure that any required
safety equipment such as fire
extinguishers, flares and throw-
able flotation devices that may
have been removed in the fall,
gets back aboard the boat.
Also make certain that
the chief safety 'item; the per-
sonal .flotation device. (also
known as a PFD or life jacket),
is not only aboard. but also in
.working order. *
Sunlight and wear can
break down the fibers on con-
ventional PFDs. so inspect
them and replace them as nec-
essary .
While wearing an aged PFD
held together with duct tape.
might make you look like an
old salt. having half your flo-
tation material pop out when
you need it doesn't impress
anyone. .
Inflatable PFDs also should
be inspected. One suggestion
is- to pull the manual trigger
.arid make sure it inflates and
doesn't leak air. Of course,
that means rearming the PFD,
but it's easier to get a, rearm-
ing kit (or a patching kit) while
ashore, than when the boat
'founders in the water. .
Check all lifelines. anchor
lines. mooring lines and dock
lines for wear.
Lifelines can keep people
aboard. Even if PFDs work.

consecutive years) by Coach Invitational (a personal best).
Don Marsh from the University Head Coach Greg Thiel said "
of South Florida. Gaddis signed Steve has ALWAYS been a great
his national letter of intent 2 asset to the program and as
weeks before he won the 2003 far as finishing All Conference
FHSAA State Championship in at the Big East Championship
pole vault, it is quite an accomplishments-
While a sophomore at USF Steve has displayed how far
Gaddis made All Conference you can go when you work
and came in 3rd place at hard and have a positive atti-
the Conference USA cham- tude."
pionships. The University of Gaddis ended his sea-
South Florida changed confer- son in Greensboro, NC at the
ences this year moving into the 2006 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor
The Big East. Along with the Track and Field Championship
change came a higher level of where he vaulted 16' 1 /%"
competition. and place 13th. Coach Don
Gaddis was once again Marsh, the Vault and Jumps
named to All Conference Coach for USF said "Stephen
Honors by coming in 4th place has developed into a top notch
at the Big East Conference vaulter at USE His improve-
Championships with a vault of ment over the last three years
16' 2.3/4". In April he vaulted has been tremendous. Last
a regional qualifying height of year, he vaulted 16' % to place
16' 6 3/4" at the Miami Elite third at the Conference USA

for a Ship-Shape Boat
picking up a man overboard is who fall. may not surface imme-
difficult. Anchor, mooring and diately. It can be difficult to
dock lines can keep the boat locate a child in the water -
from floating places, such as especially when the vessel is in
against rocks or a steel seawall, motion.
that might damage it. Life jackets could prevent
Practice "man overboard" approximately two-thirds of all
drills, boating related drownings of
Try it with a PFD tied to a children age 14 and under. It
bucket. It's surprising how dif- fact, in most states, children
ficult it is to grad a bucketful under 13 must wear life jack-
of water out of a lake. Imagine ets. It's the law.
how difficult it is to haul out an According to the National
unconscious person. "Safe Kids" Campaign, drown-
Man-overboard boat han- ing remains second only to
dling skills also may be prac- motor vehicle accidents as
ticed by picking up balloons, the leading cause of 'uninten-
cans, bottles, and other floating tional injury-related- death
debris. Not only.does it sharp- among children ages one to
en skills for coming alongside 14. Furthermore, children are
a target,- but it also helps keep much more likely: to practice
the water clean. safe habits when they experi-
Drinking and boating is ence, similar behavior by par-
a bad idea. ents and caregivers.
Have fun, and have a happy "We have done research
and safe boating season. that indicates children whose
As Part of National "Safe parents wear life jackets
Kids" Week, U.S. Coast around water are more likely
Guard Reminds Parents to to. wear one themselves." says
Make Their Kids Wear Life Jen Medearls Costell. program
Jackets manager at the National "Safe
The U.S. Coast Guard Kids" Campaign. "Therefore
reminds parents :hat their chil- we: recommend that parents

dren should always wear a life
jacket wlue boating.
"National 'Safe Kids' Week
is a perfect time to remember
the- importance of life jack-
ets," said the Coast Guard's
Director !of Operations Policy,
Rear Admiral J.W Un&drwood.
"It is the parents' responsibil-
ity to keep their children safe
when on the water, and insist-
ing, on wearing life jackets is
one of the best ways to do
I that
'JUust like you make your
kids wear bike helmets, make
them wear life jackets," aid
Many adults believe them-
selves capable of diving into
the water to rescue a child who
falls overboard. This is a dan-
gerous misconception. Adults
may not notice ac child falling
overboard right away. Children

Championship. This year he
has become a consistent 16'
vaulter with a NCAA Regional
Qualifier height pf 16' 6 %. He
placed 4th in the tough Big East
Conference Championships
with a 16' 2 %" effort. I look
for Stephen to jump 17' in
2007." Coach Marsh also stat-
ed that Gaddis understands
the techniques of vaulting bet-
ter than any other vaulter that
he has ever coached.
When asked about his
season Gaddis replied "I am
pleased with how this season-
turned out...the culmination of
all my hard work has been pay-
ing off. I feel that next year will
be even better."
Gaddis' name has been
added to the "Wall of Fame"
at USF where he is listed as
the 2nd highest vaulter in the
school's history.

ing Season
not only actively supervise their
children around water, but also
demonstrate safe behavior -
including wearing life jackets."
The Coast Guard and
National "'Safe Kids" Campaign
strongly recommend adults
always wear jackets as well
not only to keep themselves
safe, but to demonstrate safe
behavior for their children.
The U.S. Coast Guard is
asking all boat owners and
operators to help reduce fatali-
ties, injuries. property damage,
and healthcare costs related to
.recreational boating accidents
by taking personal responsibil-
ity for their own safety and the
safety of their passengers.
Essential steps include
wearing a life jacket and requir-
ing passengers to do the same;
never boating under, the influ-
ence; completing a boating safe-
ty course; and getting a free ves-
sel safety check annually from
local Coast Guard Auxiliary or
United States Power Squadrons
vessel examiners. The U.S.
Coast Guard reminds all boat-
ers. "You're in Command. Boat
Re-sponsibly!" ',

Hunter Safety Internet Completion

Course Offered In Gulf County
The Florida Fish iand Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet completion course.
in Gulf County..
The course \\ill be at the Gulf County Correctional Institute.
500 Ike Steele Rd. in WVewalitchka. Instruction will take place 6
9 p.r. .Jtuie 16 with the firing range section of the course sched-
uled lor June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Individuals must bring a copy of the final report from the
.computer portion of the course to be admitted.
,Childrein under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an
adult at all times. Students are encouraged to bring a pencil and
paper' with them to take notes.
The hunter safety 'cccirse is required for anyone born on,
or after June 1, 1975 to purchase a hunting license.,. The FWC
course satisfies hunter safety training requirements for all other
states and Canadian provinces.
Persons interested in attending this, course can register'
online and obtain information about future hunter safe ty classes
at huntered or by calling FW"C's regional office in
Panama City at 18501 265-3676.

Port St. Joe Baseball Banquet
The Port St. Joe High School baseball team held its annual
banquet on May 23.
Award winners were:
Most Improved Warren Floyd
Pride 'of the Sharks Jonathan Davidson and Jordan
Defensive Player of the Year Corbin Vickery
Offensive Player of the Year Matt Gannon
Captain of the Year Jordan Todd
Hoss Wilder Memorial Award Jordan Todd
The Sharks finished the season 15-10. Coach Chuck Gannon
would like to thank the sponsors for the spring Shark Classic,
Bayside Savings Bank, Lee Sports and Tarpon Title (Pat Floyd).
The Sharks will be attending the Florida Gator Team Camp from
June 28 through July 1. Donations for the team attending this
camp can be brought to Coach Gannon's attention at Port St.
Joe Elementary School, 2201 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe 32456.
Coach Gannon can he reached at 227-1221 or 229-9030.

PSJ Volleyball News
Beginning Tuesday, June, 6, we will have open gym at he
Port St Joe High School gym for all high school age girls. Open
Gym will be each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through-
out June and. July. The time will be from 9 a.m. until nodn.
Conditioning will also start this month and will be part of opn
gym. Physicals must be. completed. You must use the n(e
FHSAA physical form dated 04,06. These forms are available at
the high school office. Please ensure your physician complete
both sides of the form. We are looking forward to a great sua-
mer and an even better fall volleyball season. I'll see you all n
the court., For more information please contact Coach Wayfe
Ta\ylor at 229-6177.

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World's Fair, are quite rare. production students went
Monette continued his on to pursue broadcasting
work as yearbook advisor careers, and many others
at Port St. Joe High School, still visit him when they are
helpingproducetheMonument in town.
yearbook for 23 years. Monette made the
Beginning his teaching decision to retire five years
career in the pre-integration ago, when he entered the
era, Monette promoted racial DROP program.
equality at Port St. Joe High, At the time, he could not
staging the first of many Black have known that his son,
History programs in 1972. Kenneth Monette, would
The 1972 program, held replace Melissa Ramsey as
in the school gymnasium Port St. Joe High School's
featured a guest speaker, the assistant principal at the start
singing of Negro spirituals of the 2006-7 school year.
and the history of Black Monette is pleased with
History Month. the turn of events, and a little
Monette volunteered to disappointed that he will not
coordinate the program after be his son's co-worker.
several students expressed. "Maybe if I'd known at
an interest. the time, I may not have
Throughout his career, [retired]," Monette said, but
Monette forged lasting on this point, he can not
relationships with his speak definitively.
students. Monette does not
He served as junior class suppress his excitement at
sponsor for 24 years, staging his looming retirement.
proms with themes like Disco He plans to become
Fever and Tom Sawyer's more involved in community
Riverboat. service and hopes -to finish
As the years progressed, some neglected household
the library changed as projects.
new technology replaced He will miss his daily
antiquated card systems. interaction with students.
Monette witnessed the the most, and also his TV
automation of Port St. Joe production class, which he
High's library, and learned to nurtured from infancy.
operate computers at teacher His separation anxiety
in-service sessions. over the loss of his audio
In 1989, Monette visual equipment has recently
launched the school's first TV become more tortuous.
production class. As the school year waned,
Student anchors reported the district delivered $30,000
sports scores and school worth of digital cameras,
announcements on the news editing software', and other
network, christened WPSJ. toys, which served as a sad
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What Have We REALLY Learned From Hurricanes?

Evacuation 101

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
As the world watched in
growing horror, hundreds of
thousands of people trying to
flee the wrath of Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Wilma were
caught on the highways in their
cars, with no place to go.
Evacuation from
approaching hurricanes has
become a major issue in
storm preparation, with the
hard learned lessons making
major changes in the way
emergency management and
law enforcement officials
handle mass evacuation from

the strike zones.
Are You In The Zone?
In Gulf County, Marshall
Nelson, Director of the county's
Emergency Management Office
(EMO), has detailed evacuation
plans in place.
"When we have to order
an evacuation," said Nelson,
"we try to have a staged
Gulf County evacuation
begins with visitors and
residents in the St. Joseph
Peninsula State Park, at the
far end of what most people
call Cape San Bias.
The EMO asks anyone

with high wheel vehicles that
turn over easily in high winds
(recreational vehicles, large
SUVs, campers, etc.) to move
out first. The object is to get
all these cumbersome, slow
vehicles out of the way.
Second, the EMO asks all
non-residents to leave. Most
of these people are pulling
boats, campers and jet skis,
and the EMO wants them off
the road as soon as possible.
The next stage sends
residents in evacuation zone A
out of town, meaning people in
coastal areas and other flood-
prone areas and everyone in
mobile homes.
Zone A areas of the county
are the Cape and Indian Pass,
all along the interior bay side
from the Cape Road north
on C30A into Port St. Joe,
Highland View, and WindMark
Another Zone A area is in
the eastern half of the county
surrounding Lake Wimico,
south from about White City

and east to the Apalachicola
After evacuating Zone
A, if necessary the EMO will
recommend that everyone
else "seek safer shelter,"
especially people in Zone B,
which involves Category 2
and 3 storms. If necessary,
a mandatory county-wide
evacuation will then be issued,
which includes Zone C, for a
Category 4 or 5 hurricane.
What most people do not
understand, said Nelson, is that
rising water can cut off escape
routes three to five hours or
more before the arrival of
the center of the storm. And
in this area, he said, people
must pay particular attention
to early evacuation because
escape routes from Gulf
County, involve high bridges.
Evacuation routes from
the Cape San Blas/Indian Pass
areas are CR30E/A to CR71 in
Port St. Joe. All residents take
CR71 through Wewahitchka,
CR73 north of Wewa through

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Kayak & Canoe Outpost and the Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce would like to say

Thank You

to all of its sponsors and participants


Bayside Savings Bank
Beach Realty of Cape San Bias, Inc.
Bluewater iNet Group,. LLC
Captain Bobby L. Burkett ,
Cape San Bias Innh
Cape Trading Post
Coastal Realty Group
Common Sense Conservation
Gandy Printers,/Inc., Tallahassee
Half Hitch Tackle
Hannon Insurance Agency
In Touch Therapeutic Massage
St. Joe Shrimp Co.
Scallop Cove BP
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The Star Newspaper'
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Marianna to Highway 231 into
Dothan, Alabama.
The WindMark Beach and
Highland View residents go
into Port St. Joe and follow
Mexico Beach residents
take CR386 to Wewahitchka,
then follow the same route.
All posted evacuation
routes from Gulf County
cross at least one high bridge,
including -the Highland View
bridge into Port St. Joe; the
Overstreet bridge on CR386;
the White City bridge on CR71;
and the smaller bridge at north
Wewahitchka over Dead Lake.
Storm force winds extend
well out from a storm's center,
and these forward bands of
rain and wind will directly
affect evacuation plans.
Bridges leading, from
Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla,
Calhoun and Liberty counties
will be closed hours in
advance, effectively halting
any late evacuation plans by
Bridges leading out of
Gulf County are closed to all
traffic at the onset of tropical
force winds, which begins at
40 miles per hours sustained.
The three high bridges
close well in advance of a
hurricane making landfall.
The. Wewa bridge, while flat
and straight, does not close
when winds 'hit 40 miles per
hour, but is subject to flooding
very early on, effectively halting
evacuation. ,
. To print your personal'
copy of the county's emergency
evacuation routes and
evacuation zone maps, go to,
corn, click on Emergency'
Management, go to Evacuation
Routes Map, and Evacuation

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Weather or Not...
Keeping abreast of weather
updates and information'
during the approach of any
hurricane is vital for every
One way to stay informed
of the situation is to place'
the NOAA Storm Tracker on
a computer., Introduced for
the 2005 Atlantic hurricane
season, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA)-
developed the continuously
updated computer graphic fof
free public use.
The NOAA Storm Ttacker
contains live links to advisories,
tracking maps and satellite,
images of a particular storm
that is projected to' strike
the U.S. Storm Tracker also-
includes links to data from
ocean buoys and tide gauges,'
the latest high resolution
satellite imagery, and Doppler
radar images of a .tropical
storm or hurricane. ,
Storm Tracker is designeci
to open a new and smaller
browser window, which cant be
resized and placed anywhere'
on a computer desktop:
allowing the user to continue
surfing the Internet whtle
keeping track of the storm. -
. Another "must-have'" -in
hurricane preparedness and;
evacuation preparation is1'a,
NOAA Weather Radio. "
These special radios ait
tised not only with hurricanes';
but with any severe weatie r
including tornadoes. T.h&
National Weather Service uses
Its radio system to broadcast
weather 24 hours "aday. With
the NOAA Weather Radio. you
can receive current weather
conditions and forecasts',
including non-weather'
hazards, for any area. dav
and night, at home. work 'or
traveling. boating or camping."
Weather radios equipped'
with' a special alarm tone
can sound an alert and give'
immediate information about
a life-threateing situation.
Specific Area MNlessage1
Encoding (SAME) technology"
lets listeners pre-select the
NOAA alerts they want tq
receive, based on the county
'where they live. '
(See HURRICANES on Page 1'1A),

The need for preschool dental examinations has not been made clear in many communities. It is such'
a simple, quick, and inexpensive procedure that all school boards should make it a part of their school
admission process. In addition to receiving guidance on dental matters in general, the examination may
reveal something important to the child's health that otherwise would have been overlooked. This policy,
also' lends emphasis to establishing early and regularvisits to.a family dentist. In addition, when'all the!
other kids are doing it, it may change the child's entire attitude toward dentistry for a lifetime.
In some communities this dental check-up is accomplished at school as a screening process. A'
report is then given to 'both the school and the parents. Although not as helpful in establishing a sound,
relationship as visiting the family dentist, it does provide for an evaluation which could be significant not-
only to the youngster's teeth, but also his general health.

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These weather radios
come in many sizes with a
variety of functions and costs,
from simple battery operated
portables to CB radios,
scanners, short wave sets, and
as equipment in some cars
and on some televisions.
Broadcast range from
a NOAA Weather Radio
transmitter is approximately
40. miles.
Anyone with hearing
or, visual impairment can
receive weather alerts from
these radios by connecting
the weather radios, with the
appropriate plug-in, to other
kinds of attention-getting
devices, 'such as strobe lights,
pagers, bed shakers, personal
computers and text printers.
NOAA Weather Radios
are available through
numerous outlets, including
WeatherRadios .com;
HomeSafe, Inc.; Silent Call
Communications Corporation;
and Harris Communications,
Practice Makes Perfect
Just knowing about an
evacuation route on paper is not
proper preparation. Actually
practicing an evacuation is
what may ultimately save your
life and that of your family.
Since hurricane season
runs concurrent with summer
vacation, evacuations often
must be planned to take into
account the thousands of
tourists who line the beaches,
and ultimately any evacuation
Local residents may have
a slight advantage over tourists
by knowing some shortcuts
r major evacuation routes, but
must remember that if any
of. these shortcuts are near
water, they may be cut off
well in 'advance of a storm.
Valuable time could be wasted
by having to turn around and
But practice is necessary.
Remember. the disastrous
evacuations of last year in
Louisiana and Texas. Officials
hope they have implemented
better evacuanon procedures
for. this year, but will not
know until an ,evacuation is
I Keep your vehicles full of
gas at all times. Along an
evacuation route, gas will sell
out almost immediately. Try
to take only one vehicle per
family. Trying to take every ,
ebhicle you own simply clogs
zl e roads.
SMake. sure your car
is' serviced and in .good
shape, with good tires, belts,
,ubricants, and coolants.
Make sure your -disaster
kits are in the car with you.
Know where possible
stops and accommodations
are along the evacuation route.
1ou might be able to stop after
a few hours if you leave early.
Practice' driving, your
evacuation route more than
once. Then add several hours
of extra driving time to account
fhr increased traffic from
summer crowds and other
SFor instance, Mexico
Beach's population can swell
from just about 1,100 to 5,000
or even 8,000 during the July
th weekend. Add to that the
crowds staying on the Cape
and along Indian Pass, add in
Beacon Hill and St. Joe Beach,
qnd you have a traffic jam
of monumental proportions.
Allow sufficient time.
S'If you do not need to
evacuate, then don't. As
pfffcials learned the hard
ay in 2005, so many people
'evacuated. who did not need
to that roadways were clogged
\rith over one million people
officials did not expect. Know
whether or not you really need .
to get on the road.' If you do,
leqve early and return late. If

iot' stay off the road.
; Know the differences
betweenn hurricane watches
Knd warnings, and what they
mnean for you.
. "'bYou can't make people
evacuate if they don't want to,"
said Nelson. "But they ,need
to'be completely aware, if you
choose to stay, you're on your
own." _
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Grasping the Force of Wind: The Beaufort scale


Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle if an
evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed
during emergencies and unable to pump gas during
power outages, or they may simply run out of fuel.
Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion
and delay.
Make transportation arrangement with friends
or your local government if you do not own a car.
Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow
local evacuation instructions.
Gather your family and go if you are instructed
to evacuate immediately
Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by
severe weather.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not
take shortcuts they may be blocked.
Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do
not drive into flooded areas.
Stay away from downed power lines.

If time permits:
-Gather your disaster supplies kit.
Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides
some protection. such as long pants, long-sleeved
shirts. and a cap.
-Secure your home. Close and lock doors and
windows. Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios
and televisions, and small appliances such as toasters
and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators
plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
Let others know where you are going.

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The Beaufort Scale of Wind Force was
developed in 1805 by Admiral Sir Francis
Beaufort (1774-1857) as a means for sailors to
gauge wind speeds through visual observations
of the sea state. Land based equivalent
observations were added later.
The scale runs from force 0 (calm) to
force 12 (hurricane). The scale is still used
internationally today as a meteorological
No. 0: less than 1 mph
Calm/smoke rises vertically/sea like mirror
No. 1: 1-3 mph
Light air/direction of wind shown by smoke
drift, but not by wind vanes
No. 2: 4-7 mph
Light breeze/wind felt on face; leaves rustle;
ordinary vane moved by wind/small wavelets,
still short but more pronounced; crests have
glassy. appearance and do not break
No. 3: 8-12 mph
Gentle breeze/leaves and small twigs in
constant motion; wind extends light flag/large
wavelets; crests begin to break; foam of glassy
appearance; perhaps scattered white horses
No. 4: 13-18 mph
Moderate breeze/raises dist and loose paper;
small branches moved/small waves, becoming
longer; fairly frequent white horses
No. 5: 19-24 mph
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No. 7: 32-38 mph
Near gale / whole trees in motion; inconvenience
felt when walking against wind/sea heaps up
and white foam from breaking waves begins to
be blown in streaks along direction of wind
No. 8: 39-46 mph
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spindrift; foam is blown in well-marked streaks
along direction of wind
No. 9: 47-54 mph
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(chimney pots and slates removed)/high waves;
dense streaks of foam along direction of wind;
crests of waves begin to topple, tumble and roll
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No. 10: 55-63 mph
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behind waves); sea completely covered with
long white patches of foam lying along direction
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are blown into froth; visibility affected
No. 12: greater than 72 mph
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New Principal for Port St. Joe Elementary

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
If her birthday had
come a few days earlier,
Melissa Ramsey might now
be patrolling the streets
of. California as a Sheriff's
Ramsey, who has a
bachelor's degree in ci-iminal
justice, will now patrol
the halls of Port St. Joe
Elementary as the school's
newest principal.
On Tuesday, her first
official day at the elementary
school, Ramsey looked back
with amusement at her
unusual career path.
As a child, Ramsey
imagined a career with the
FBI, and developed a passion
for criminal justice while
earning her AA degree at
Sacramento State.
She finished college at
age 20, and applied for a
position as a Sacramento
County sheriff's deputy but,
being six days shy of her 21st
birthday; was disqualified
from the running.
Ramsey recouped
by earning a degree in
psychology and counseling
from Troy State University,
and relocated to Port St. Joe,
where she became a juvenile
justice counselor under a
grant administered by Gulf
County Guidance.
She first entered the
education field in 1998,
becoming Port St. Joe High
School's guidance counselor,
and completed her educational
leadership certification four
years later.
After transitioning into
the role of high school vice
principal, a post she held for
a year and a half, Ramsey
learned of a "vacant principal
position at Port St. Joe
She immediately put in
* her application.
* "I could see that there was
a fit for me here as a leader,"
'said Ramsey,. who believes
.her experience in the school
system taught her important
lessons in leadership.
Interactinig with parents,
administrators, teachers and
students just working with
all the stakeholders' was
crucial experience for where I
am today," she said.,
Ramsey set the tone
for her new administration
during a recent faculty
meeting, where she pledged to

involvement during a child's
formative elementary years.
"Coming from the high
school, I see that they are the
building blocks of who they
will be one day," said Ramsey.
"If the building blocks are
a strong foundation, I think
we'll be gble to produce
awesome graduates who will
go out in the world and have
many opportunities."
She acknowledges that
being her own children's
principal may prove
challenging, but hopes to
keep their lives as normal as
"I don't want them to
have any special treatment
because they're my kids.
I want them to go on as
students as usual," she said.
Having no. classroom
experience herself, beyond
teaching psychology classes
at the college level, Ramsey
said she will rely heavily
on her faculty's classroom

Former Port St. Joe High School assistant principal Melissa Ramsey is now Port St. Joe Elementary
School's new principal.

maintain an open-door policy
and encourage teamwork and
cooperation among-all school
To accomplish this end,
she wants teachers in all
grade levels to communicate
with one another, a departure
from the more department-
oriented approach of previous*
"I have some expert
teachers and I think they
can be valued by other grade,
levels," noted Ramsey.
Several teachers wvill have
new grade level assignments
next year, a change Ramsey
believes will make maximum
use of her teachers' unique
Ramsey reports that

her teachers have been
receptive to the changes and
are encouraged by the new
team-oriented approach to
"Everyone's excited about
new opportunities and putting
people with different styles in
different areas," she said.,
Ramsey sought her
faculty's input in formulating
a vision statement for the
elementary school's future.
In a confidential survey,
most of the teachers said
they hoped to increase
student performance and
raise the school's letter grade,
as defined by the state's A+
Last year, the elementary
school received a C rating,

and Ramsey hopes to raise
that'score to an A.
To increase student
performance on the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT), Ramsey
has created a faculty-led
committee that will implement
a new school-wide writing
Also in the works is a
.front-office, makeover, with
guidance counselor DeEtta
Smallwood's office now
occupying a room in the
administrative suit.
Ramsey is keeping
other plans a surprise until
students return on August 7.
The mother of tivo school
aged children, McKayla, 9,
and Will, 8, Ramsey stressed
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"I expect my teachers
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willing to work with them,"
said Ramsey, who believes
she will bring enthusiasm,
energy and creative thinking
to her role as principal.
She also hopes to provide
some stability to a school that
has seen three principals in
the last seven years.
"Port St. Joe needs
consistency," said Ramsey.
"They have had different
administrators in and out,
and hopefully I can offer
stability as a leader."
Though she has had a
varied career from a would-
be crime fighter to a high
school guidance counselor,
Ramsey looks forward to a
long-term tenure at Port St.
Joe Elementary School.
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Humane Society Dogs Get Ticket to Ride

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
It was an offer Beth Tibaut
4nd Jim DeVore couldn't
In, exchange for transport-
i g seven St. Joseph Humane
Society dogs back home to
Vermont, the couple was prom-
ised a two-week stay on Cape
San Blas, free transportation
and gas money.
Though new to the dog

transport business, Tibaut and
DeVore jumped at the chance
to bask in the Florida sun.
On May 19, the couple
arrived at the Humane Society
looking tan, rested, and eager
to meet their travel compan-
They were greeted by
Casey, Petey, Zoe, Jabberjaws,
Tiny and two black chow pups,
newly washed, neutered and,
ready to ride.

Ushering the dogs into
their cages were Humane
Society director Carolyn Lee
and volunteers Sandy and
James Christy, who were
hopeful that the dogs would
find homes up north.
"Every dog we've sent up
there has gotten adopted,"
said Sandy Christy, a Humane
Society volunteer who has
arranged the transport of 94
dogs to New England this

Fellow Humane Society
volunteers Bill and Georgia
Blackmore, who divide their
time between homes on Indian
Pass and Vermont, provided
Christy with an introduction
to the Chittendon staff, and
helped arrange the trip.
Judy and Henry McDonald
chipped in the free use of their
Cape San Blas home, and
Tibaut and DeVore learned of
the offer through a mutual
friend of the Blackmores.

Volunteers Jim DeVore and Beth Tibaut (accompanied by
Sandy Christy, Carolyn Lee and James Christy) pose for a picture
before taking seven local Humane Society dogs to a Vermont ani-
mal shelter.

Sandy and James Christy tend to Casey, a black Labrador and
Hurricane Katrina dog who has made two appearances at the St.
Joseph Humane Society.

Sandy Christy holds fiesty squirrel dog Jabberjaws one last
time before he departs for Vermont.

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pooches particularly atrrac thie
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Tibaut said she thorough-
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"It's been fabulous. We
explored all over Gulf County
and Franklin County," she
At the state-of-the-art
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Christy, who often trans-
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shelters, said owners often
send her pictures of the dogs
thriving in their new environ-
The wife of a New England
Patriots football player adopt-
ed one of the Humane Society's
chocolate Labrador puppies
for use as a therapy dog, and
sends Christy photographs

every couple of weeks.
"Sometimes you here from
them for years, and sometimes
just once," she said.
Christy employs whatever
resources she can to place
dogs in homes. In addition
to the Chittendon shelter and
American Lab Rescue, she fre-
quently works with Fox Terror
and Doberman Rescue organi-
zations and posts pet profiles
Noting that the Humane
Society often receives
Bloodhounds, German
Shepherds and other pure
bred dogs, Christy hopes
potential dog owners will make
the local Humane Society their
first stop.
"We've got wonderful dogs
here. When people are think-
ing about adoption, we'd love
for them to come down and
see what we have," she said.

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Complete and return entry form along with $15 entry fee to: Pet of the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1356, Panama City,
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Instructions. Drop off form, photo and entry fee at our business offices The Star, 135 Hwy. 98, Port St. Joe.
The Times 129 Commerce Street, Apalachicola. You may enter as many pets as you wish, but only one pet per
entry. Photos will NOT be returned Please don't submit your only copy.
Deadline for all entries is June 2, 2006 by 5 p.m. (CST)
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to be featured on an individual month page of a 2007 Pet Calendar. The Top 25 finalists' entry photos will be
featured on a "Best of the Best" page in the calendar.

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Owner's name i
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Highway 98


Story By Ryan Burr
Photos by Terry Barner
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Work crews hired by the
St. Joe Co. have finished pav-
ing a new 3.7-mile segment of
U.S. 98 in Gulf County that
will open this summer.
The stretch of road is
one of three sections that will
make up a 13-mile realigned
U.S. 98, which will sit about
a mile north of the current
road, said St. Joe spokesman
Jerry Ray.
St. Joe is paying for the
3.7-mile segment to enhance
its design of WindMark Beach,
a resort development with
1,662 units on 2,020 acres
near Port St. Joe.
Construction on the new
U.S. 98 began in June.
The remaining two seg-
ments will be called the
"Gulf-to-Bay Highway," said
Rosemary Woods, of the engi-

neering firm PBS&J, which
is doing the planning for all
Opportunity Florida has
initiated interest in segments
two and three, which are 5.3
miles and 4.4 miles, respec-
tively, to serve as an alter-
nate U.S. 98 through Mexico
Woods, said Opportunity
Florida wanted to improve
and encourage business devel-
opment and transportation of
goods through Gulf County
with the Gulf-to-Bay Highway.
While St. Joe's realign-
ment will be a convenience
for drivers, another amenity
which locals and visitors will
notice is a 4-mile public beach
walk, although that will take
another year to complete, Ray
, "That would make it the
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Florida," he said.
The beach walk will occu-
py the old 4-mile section of
U.S. 98, and Ray said the area
around the highway will be
restored and public parking
and restrooms will be built at
either end.
WindMark homes will be
on the north side of beach
walk, so the oceanfront is free
of buildings, Ray said.
This week, photogra-
phers with Southern Accents
magazine visited one of the
WindMark homes to show-
case in its July issue, Ray

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Alford/Beauchamp to Wed Whittington/Mock Wedding Tharpe/Terry Final Plans

Mr. and Mrs. James Alford of Howard Creek are proud
to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of
their daughter Brittany Jade to Adam Beauchamp, son of Mr.
Henry Beauchamp of Deerfield Beach, Florida and Ms. Merle
Beauchamp of Deltona, Florida.
Brittany is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowery
Wilhite of Howard Creek, Florida and the late Zora Lee Alford of
Apalachicola, Florida. Adam is the grandson of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Beauchamp of Hartford, Connecticut, and the late
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd McCombs, of Washington, PA.
Brittany is currently employed at the Gulf County Supervisor
of Elections Office and is a Registered Nursing Student at Gulf
Coast Community College. Adam is employed by the United
States Postal Servite.
A November wedding is planned. No local invitations will be
sent. All friends and family are invited to attend.
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Fred and Bess Millirons of Wewahitchka announce the
engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Jonilyn
Louise Whittington to James Christopher Mock, son of Catherine
and Phil Collier and James and Diane Mock, both of Port Saint
Joni is the granddaughter of Margaret Linton and the late
Jackson of Panama City. Chris is the grandson of Mary Alice
Lyons and the late Cecil Lyons Sr. and Nancy Mock and the late
James Mock all of Port Saint Joe.
The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Wewahitchka High
School and a 2005 graduate of Florida State University with a
Bachelors and Masters in Special Education. She is a teacher
at Port Saint Joe Elementary School. Chris is a 1995 gradu-
ate at Port Saint Joe High School and is an Owner/Electrical
Contractor with Current Solutions of the Gulf Coast, LLC.
The wedding will take place on July 15, 2006 at seven
o'clock ET/six o'clock CT in the evening beachside at Seagrass at
Cape San Bias. The Seagrass subdivision is located off of Cape
San Blas Rd. A reception will follow at Seagrass Clubhouse. All
friends and family are invited to attend.

Final Plans for the Wedding of Krystal Kim Tharpe and
James Matthew Terry have been set. The wedding will be held
at the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe, FL at 6:00
PM. ET. The reception will follow at the Parker Home, 2500
Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL. No Local Invitations will be sent.
Krystal and Matt extend a special invitation to their friends and
family to share this happy occasion with them.

To have your Wedding or
Birthday photo print in color
there will be a $10.00 Fee.
Deadline is Monday at 5:00pm
for Thursdays paper

Teddy Turns 8
Theodore D. Kennell
"Teddy" turns 8 on May 28.
Wishing you the Best! We
Love You!
Nana "Annie" Holmes,
Mommy "Rhonda Kennell
Rhames", Step Dad "Curtis
Rhames" Brother '"James
Kennell" and all of your family.
Way to Go Teddy !! God Bless.

55th Annual

Whitfield Reunion
The 55th Whitfield Family
Reunion is being held on
Saturday June 10, 2006 at
the Wewahitchka High School.
Located at 171 East River Road
in Wewahitchka, Florida.
Time: 9:00 CDST until .
There will be games, enter-
tainment, prizes for the Oldest
and Youngest Whitfield descen-
dant, and a prize for the one
that has traveled the farthest.
Bring a well filled Picnic bas-
ket to share, something for
the auction and all you Great
Cooks bring your favorite des-
sert for the dessert contest.
Lets make this the best
Reunion ever.

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International Interest
Center in Springfield, Florida.
This week, the students
in Mr. Brown's class received
thank you letters from the for-
eign students. The grateful
students are from the coun-
tries of Peru, Vietnam, Mexico,
Nicaragua, China, and Puerto
Rico. In previous years, ESOL
classes from Shaw have come
to WES to spend time with the
students. Everyone should be
proud of these young goodwill

SPORT ST. JOE Mize Receives

Middle Degree
Sarah Mize received a
chool New s Bachelor of Arts in Christian
Counseling with Magna Cum
\ Laude honors from the Baptist
College of Florida, Graceville,
Students at Port St. Joe Middle School participated in The Florida. President Thomas A.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Pennies for Patients pro- Kinchen bestowed 60 degrees
gram. Pennies for Patients teaches students caring, sharing, on 58 graduating students
respect for others and the value of community service. From during commencement servic-
March 27 through April 13 students at Port St. Joe Middle es held Friday, May 12, 2006.
School raised $2,520.13, which breaks down to $8.29 per stu- Mize is the daughter of
dent. Of all the schools, public and private, participating in the Johnny and Brenda Mize of
program, Port St. Joe Middle School ranked third in the state of Port St. Joe, Fl. She is the
Florida as a "Top School Dollars per student". A special thanks granddaughter of Florence
to our student government, and their sponsor Cathy Colbert, for Young of DeFuniak Springs,
ol- gthis event. FL and Odell and June Mize of
organizing Port St. Joe, FL.
She is a 2001 graduate of
Port St. Joe High School. The
new college graduate is a mem-
FCAT scores are now e L
ber of Long Avenue Baptist
*v i Church in Port St. Joe, FL.
Following graduation, Mize
Plans to seek employment and eventually pursue a master's
You were mailed your login ID and password in April. If degree.
you cannot locate that information, please call Cindy Belin at The Baptist College of
227-3211. Florida is an agency of the
Remember, beginning June 1, come by the school Monday Florida Baptist Convention
thr-ough Thursday from 7:30 3:30 to pick up your child's and is accredited by the
report card. When you pick up your child's final report card, Commission on Colleges of
please complete the Gulf County the Southern Association of
Scholarship Tally Sheet, you sign, your child signs, and turn Colleges and Schools to offer
it in by June 15th to the front office. Your child will earn points associate and baccalaureate
each year ,that will turn into scholarship dollars when he/she degrees in the areas of min-
graduates from Port St. Joe istry, biblical studies, leader-
High School. You can also go online to www.gulfcoun- ship, Christian counseling, for more information. missions, Christian education,
Have a great summer and encourage your child to read, elementary education, church
read, read! music and music education.

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left to right, 1st place Erin White, 2nd place Dulci McCall, 3rd
place Kristina Furstenberg

Many parents have asked
what their child can do this
summer to improve their read-
ing skills. Here is one idea.
Please check out the fol-
lowing website.
http://www.justreadfami- Click on recommended
reading list for middle school
students and letter to parents.


Wewahitchka High School Odyssey Of The Mind Team

Wewahitchka High School Odyssey Of The Mind Team

Last week, the
Wewahitchka High School
Odyssey of the Mind team
traveled around the World in
eight days-the Odyssey of
the Mind World Finals that
is. It was an international
experience that team mem-
.bers Kayla Chumney, Meleah
Lister, Matthew Miller, Robbie
Morris, Mary Taunton and
Brad Udell will never forget.
Odyssey of the Mind is an
academic/drama competition
where students are only given
a small synopsis of a problem
and then required to prepare
a solution. Out of forty-one
national and international

teams, WHS finished outstand-
ingly m the top fifteen. Their
score outranked teams from
Singapore, South Korea and
HongKong. WHS had the high-
est score of the three Florida
Weans competing in this dihi-
sion. One particularly dif-
ficult segment of competition
was the spontaneous problem
solving. Each team was given
a problem they had never seen-
before and, only given a few
minutes to prepare a solu-
tion., The Wewahitchka High
School team performed excep-
tionally well in this section of
competition, placing eleventh
and beating thirty other inter-

national teams. When scoring
was completed, the top six
teams were announced. Out
of 350 possible points, only
twenty-three points separated
WHS from the siLxth placed
team. The Wewahitchka High
School Odyssey of the Mind
team has now gone where no
other Gulf County team has
ventured. They competed
against the best-of-the-best
and the results were remark-
able. The team would like
to thank Mr. Wilder, the Gilf
County School Board and the
many sponsors that helped
make this trip possible.

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WES Garden Attracts
In previous years, the
garden at Wewahitchka
Elementary School has attract-
ed much interest from the
local community. Now, it has
touched the lives of students
the lives of students from six
different countries. Using this
year's bumper crop of new
potatoes and sweet onions, the
WES students donated sev-
eral crates of vegetables to an
English for Speakers of Other
Languages (ESOL) class of
adult students at Shaw Adult

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Mork Receives
Courtney Mork received
the Regina, Clay, and Kayla
Smith Memorial Scholarship in
conjunction with the Highland
View Fire Dept. for $1,775.00
along with the VFW Post
10069 NJROTC Scholarship
for $500.00. Way to Go

Boone Receives
Tom Boone received the
Tom Coldeway Scholarship
$500, Kiwanis Award in aca-
demics and Outstanding Male,
Gold Card Award in Calculus
$200, and Break-a-way
hauling Scholarship $500.
Congratulations go out to Tom
for a job well done.

Langston Keynote Speaker at

OHS Banquet
On Saturday, May 13,
2006, Dr. David Langston,
President of the Norris D.
Langston Youth Foundation,
Inc., of Port St. Joe FL, was
the keynote speaker for the
Osceola High School Track
and Field Annual Banquet.
The Banquet was held at the
Legacy Grand Hotel & Suites,
located in Kissimmee Florida.
Dr. Langston shared with a
group of coaches, faculty, stu-
dents, parents, family and
friends in attendance, the "10
Simple Steps To Success." He
admonished the students to
listen well, pay close atten-
tion, concentrate, read often,
study hard, prepare to com-
pete, work hard, understand
the value of education and
economics, be independent
thinkers, have faith, and never
The Osceola High School
Girls Track Team participated
in the FHSAA Class 4A State

Track & Field Championships
on Saturday, May 5, 2006,
finishing in 20th place over-
all out of approximately 200
teams. According to the girls'
track coach, Eric Pinellas, this
is the highest accomplishment
of any of the high schools in
the history of Osceola County.
The Girls 4x400 meter relay
team consisting of three fresh-
man and one junior; Mariela
Catala, Tamara Curtis,
Briana Emanuel, and Unique
Singleton, finish in 71 place
overall, being named 1st Team
All State .Performers; along
with team members Jennifer
Nobles, finishing 71' in the high
jump and Joyce Fox taking 8h
place. Dr. Langston congratu-
lated the Boy's and Girl's track
teams and the coaching staff
for such a successful year and
a job well done. Coaches are:
David Andrews, Eric Pinellas,
and Walter Thomas.

Baseball: May 30-June 1 and June 6-8 from 9 a.m. to
noon for ages 7-12 at Bill Frazier Field. Cost is $50.
Contact: 872-3897.

Softball: June 6-8 and June 13-15 from 9 a.m. to
noon for ages 8-18 at Joe Tom Field. Cost is $50.
Contact: 747-3202.

Volleyball: May 31 June 2 for ages 8-14 from 9 a.m.
- noon at the Billy Harrison Field House. Cost is $50.
Contact: 769-1551 ext. 3362

Girls Basketball: June 22-23 from 9 a.m. to noon for
ages 6-13 at the Billy Harrison Field House. Cost is
S50. Contact: 913-3277,

Boys Basketball: June 13-15 from 9 a.m. to noon for
ages 8-13 at the Billy Harrison Field House. Cost is
850. Contact: 747-3235

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(850) 227-1724

Contemporary Service 900 a.m.
Sunday School:10:00 a.m.

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:00 p.m.
\ All Times are EST

Dan Rhodes
Jeff Klitty
Minister of Music/lYouth
Deborah Loyess
Director of Children Ministries

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

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AJ 382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

Mike Westbrook,

Morning Worship
Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer

11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

jVe CBathole Church of Gulf Cout

St. Joseph Parish
20h & 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)

S "Our Church can be your home"

first Ch/urch of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Fort St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Sunday School ................. 10 a.m.
Sunday l' .rinr Wir:rq ... :.... 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ......... 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service .... 7 p.m.

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111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410

Sunday Worship Serices: 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 am., CST
SundiSchool: 10:45 a.m. CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Bealc United Methodist (horch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

family life Chhrd
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship p.. -C
Apalachicola Panama City
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening <
Pastors Andrew
Cathy Rutherford ReidAve.
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates Family Life church
Visit our website at: y Wewahitchka
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

church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem

We meet at 314 Firehouse Road
Overstreet 850.647.1622
Sunday Bible Study 10:00am EST
Sunday Worship 11:00am EST
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm EST
"We are about our Fathers business"



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

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


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

$ The friendly place to worship!

First Baptist Church
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. -
Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages)__
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times central!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

"'f k, "A Reformed Voice
in the Community"

IBI))1 Dr. Bill Taylor, Pastor

Sunday School .......................... 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Fellowship .....................10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......1.. 1:00 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
Hoe of Faith Chrsrian, Seool


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 ,26 850-227-1845

Worship with us at

Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family d

Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

.1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

Thank You, My Friends

Chuck had so much more
he wanted to do for us. He was
really just beginning. He was
continually reaching out to our
neighbor towns through their
mayors, the Florida League of
Cities, even to our representa-
tives in Tallahassee.
For Mayor Chuck Risinger,
always remember it is "us"
that must oversee our prog-
ress so that our future is what
we have chosen.
Connie Risinger



The family of Chuck
Risinger would like to take
this opportunity to thank
the hundreds of people who
reached out to us in so many
ways during this most difficult
time. Your thoughtfulness, sin-
cerity, the hugs, the tears in
your eyes, expressed to us that
we are all part of one loving
family, sharing and grieving a
great loss.
Chuck so loved Mexico
Beach, and he was so proud
he could be the spokesman for
our town. He was unopposed
when he ran for mayor last
year, but he had chosen his
campaign slogan: "It's not just
me, it's US."
To the citizens of Mexico
Beach, I ask you to remember
that slogan. Mexico Beach is
its people. It belongs to all of
us, not just a few. Be active
in this community. Be aware
and informed of what is occur-
ring. Be positive, respectful
and courteous.

Kathy Skates Dobbins

Mrs. Kathy Skates Dobbins, 42, of Destin
passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center-
Walton County on Monday, May 22. She had
been a resident of Destin for 24 years. She
was preceded in death by her father, Chester
Ben Skates.
Kathy was a 1982 graduate of Fort Walton
Beach High School. She received her Licensed
Practical Nurse degree in 1995 from Okaloosa
County-Applied Technology Center.
She was employed by Orthopedic Associates
until 2005. Kathy was recently selected as the
2006 Ultimate BMW Drive For The Cure Local
Hero, which is annually sponsored by the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation..
She was a meriber of the Baptisi faith.. ..
Survivors include her husband of 24 years,
Eddie Dobbins; her son, Stephen Dobbins, 21,
both of Destin; her mother, Martha Skates
of Fort Walton Beach; her brother Randy
Skates and sister-in-law Toni of Fresno, CA;
her nephew, Levi Dobbins of Overstreet; her
mother-in-law, Katie Dobbins; her sister-in-
law, Donna Dobbins, both of Scotts' Ferry; her
brother-in-law, Billy Dobbins of Overstreet; her
aunt, Becky Fall of White City; and her very
close friends, Tommy and Thelma Layfield;
the Watson family, the Tanner family all of
White City; the Seymours of Apalachicola; Faith
Bearden of Highland View; William Jenkins
of Wewahitchka, Belva Parrett of Fort Walton
Beach; and Lois Kearce of Blountstown.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. CDT
with funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Thursday,
May 25, 2006, at the First Methodist Church of
Fort Walton Beach, conducted by the Rev. Jim.
Ross. Interment will follow in Pleasant Rest
Cemetery in Overstreet, near Mexico Beach, FL
at 3:30 p.m. CDT.
Those who wish may make donations
to the Destin-South Walton Breast Cancer

The 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.

You're Among friends at
I Oak Grove Assembly of God
David /. fernandez, Pastor
Office: 850-227-1837 Parsonage: 850-229-6271
61-3 .adison Street PortSt.Joe. f6
Schedule of Services
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45am .Mid Week.Meal 5:00pm
.Morning Worship 10:45am MId -Week ible Study 6:15pm
Xids on the Move 10:45am .Ministry in Action 6:15pm
Cross Training Youth 6:15pm
Men's Mnistry- Monday 6:30pm
Ladles Ministry- Tuesday- 7:00pm
Dynamic Praise &, Worship Preaching the Pure Word 2.62.

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

Support Group, C/O Belva Parrett 801 South
Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
All services are under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch

Janis A. (Hueg) Minzner

Janis A. (Hueg) Minzner, 66 of Port St. Joe,
FL passed away on Wednesday, May 24. Born
and raised in New York, New York, in married
life she lived for short durations in Brunswick,
GA; Norfolk, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Westfield,
NJ; Omaha, NE, and Hanover, MA prior to
spending 30 years in Cincinnati, Ohio. She
moved to her beloired Cape San Blas almost 10
years ago.
Blessed with an infectious smile, l gregaria
ous personality, and passionate beliefs, she eas-
ily developed numerous friendships wherever
she lived. She had a particular zest for travel,,
having visited over 60 countries, most of them
over; the past 10 years. She was the owner/
operator of bookstores in Cincinnati and was
Deacon in Montgomery Presbyterian Church.
More recently'she was a member of the
Vestry at St. James' Episcopal Church, in Port
St. Joe, and chairperson of the church's annual
auction/rummage sale fundraiser.
She was the daughter of Claire Hueg of Port
St. Joe and Ralph Hueg (deceased), the wife of
Allan L. Minzner of Port St. Joe (Cape San Bias),
the mother of Daryce Kronenberger (William)
of Fishers Indiana, Lorey Pipkorn (David), of
Panama City Beach, FL, and Brett Minzner
(Lina) of Orlando, FL; she was the grandmoth-
er of Zachary Pipkorn, David Kronenberger,
Zoe Pipkorn, Cassie Kronenberger and Andrew
A memorial service will be held at St.
James' Episcopal Church, Port St. Joe at 2:30
p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 3rd followed by a
Celebration of Life at her home 7991 Cape San
Blas Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests
contributions be made to St. James' Episcopal
Church, 800 22nd Street, Port St. Joe, FL
32456, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 5005
LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244 or Montgomery
Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45249.
All services are under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.

Mae Williams

Mae Williams, 89, of Wewahitchka, went
to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 25. She
was a long-term member of the Honeyville
Methodist Church. She was a loving mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to
all who knew her. She is survived by her sis-
ter, Rosie Tomlinson of Panama City, and her
sister-in-law, Katherine King of Wewahitchka.
She is also survived by her children Midget
McCormick : Richard and Debbie Williams of
Port St Joe: Robyn Roberson and Martha Polon
of Panama City: Donna Williams of Tallahassee:
Linda and Jim Dietz and Rodger and Sheila
Williams of Wewahitchka: Roy Williams of
Sierra Vista, AZ and numerous grandchildren,
nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded
in death by her sons Ed King and, Aldeen
Williams, Jr. Funeral services will be con-
ducted by Comforter Funeral Home of Port St.
Joe at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church
in Wewahitchka on Monday, May,29 at 10:00
a.m. CST.
Interment to follow at Robert's Cemetery.
The family will receive visitations from 6-8 p.m.
at the Honeyville Methodist Church on Sunday,
May 28. In lieu of flowers, please make a
donation to the Honeyville Methodist Church
Building Fund, PO Box 917 Wewahitchka, FL
32465. The family would like to express their
gratitude to Carolyn Childress and Chaplain
Mike Young from Hospice of the Emerald Coast
in Panama City.


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Sunday Dinner

Dinner will be served at New Bethel A.M.E. Church on
Sunday June 4mb from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a donation
of $6.00
The menu is Fried or Baked Chicken, Ham, Dressing, Green
Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Cake and Tea.
You may eat-in or take-out dinners. To place an order, please
call 229-6179. The church's location is 146 Ave. C.

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Senior Appreciation Day

The Big Bend Area Health
Education Center (BBAHEC)
in partnership with the Area
Agency on Aging of North
Florida, and the Department
of Elder Affairs is sponsoring
a Senior Appreciation Day for
Gulf County Residents.
In recognition of seniors
living in Gulf County, the Big
Bend Area Health Education
Center (BBAHEC) in partner-
ship with the Area Agency
on Aging of North Florida,
and the Department of Elder
Affairs of Tallahassee, FL is
hosting a Senior Appreciation
Day. BBAHEC would like to
honor and celebrate the many
accomplishments and contri-
butions made by our seniors.

Senior Appreciation Day
will be held on. Wednesday,
June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at the Gulf County Senior
Citizens Center, located at 120
Library Drive, Port St. Joe, FL
For directions to the center,
please call (850) 229-8466.
The event will provide free
cholesterol screenings have
prizes, educational booths,
presentations and demonstra-
tions of health prevention, fit-
ness and safety awareness tips
for seniors.
Thank you for your help
in spreading the word to our
seniors in the Gulf County
area! They deserve our appre-



Dr. Richard L. Hamm a 1974
graduate of Port St. Joe High
School is receiving his second-
ed earned doctorate degree. He
is graduating from Reformed
Theological Seminary in Charlotte,
North Carolina, on May 20.
Richard is the son of Benton and
Dorothy Hamm and is married
to Anita .(Raffield) Hamm, a 1973
graduate of Port St. Joe High.
She is the daughter of Oscar and
Myrtle Raffield. Dr. Hamm and
Anita have three grown children.
Dr. Hamm has pastored churches
in Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas,

and North Carolina. The Hamm's
have pastored Lakeview Church
in Charlotte for the past 12 years.
In addition to his pastoral min-
istries, Dr. Hamm serves as an
adjunct professor with several
seminaries around the world. His
ministry travels have taken him to
over 40 countries. Additionally,
he is president and founder of Dr.
Richard L. Hamm Ministries, Inc.,
which is a ministry designed, to
train leaders and pastors for this
generation and the next around
the world. His first book will be
ready for release later this year.

FSU Career Portfolio Program

Selected As International Model

For several years, Florida
State University's innovative,
award-winning Online Career
Portfolio has been helping FSU
students prepare for life after
college 'by organizing their
skills, references, resume, and
work samples via the Internet.
Now, this successful tool will
serve as a model for similar
programs around the world.
FSU has announced plans
to partner with a technol-
ogy company, the Symplicity
Corporation, to develop the
next generation of the Online
Career Portfolio for other
U.S. colleges and universi-
ties. FSU also is working with
the University of Jyvaskyla in
Finland to distributed the pro-
gram throughout Europe.
Students at FSU are more
employable than ever thanks
to the online service, which
can be accessed at The program
allows students to personally
tailor their portfolios for new
job opportunities and share
them directly with employers.
Symplicity and FSU plan
to nationally release the latest
version of the service, known
as the: "ePortfolio," as early
as August 2006. The National

Association of Colleges and
Employers will facilitate the
release through its NACElink
Network (
"We have received requests
from almost 100 colleges and
universities to use our career
portfolio system, and we
are absolutely delighted that
NACElink 'and Symplicity will
soon be offering an ePortfolio
based on the FSU design,"
said Jeff Garis, Career Center
director. "The FSU Career
Center has been among the
leading offices at the national
level to develop career-services
"The Career Portfolio is
a powerful tool for students
throughout their college expe-
rience," said Jill Lumsden,
project coordinator. "Students
who take advantage of this
program are better prepared
for their future."
It is so highly regarded it
has 'received further nation-
al attention' the National
Association of Student
Personnel Administrators
Excellence Bronze Award.
The association recently rec-
ognized the service as "stand-
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country." The awards hofior

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Forgotten Gardening

By: Kay Kelley
I grew up during a time
when our country was making
its paradigm shift in the way
food was put on the table.
My parent's generation was
fed largely from the family
garden, but when I was
growing up, the convenience
of canned and frozen foods
had taken over. I believed
people who grew food and
'put it up' did so because they
couldn't afford to shop at the
grocery store. Little did I
know. In a way I suppose I
was lucky that I didn't come
along a little later, now that
many of today's children are-
being fed a regular diet of
highly processed foods, and

fast foods.
A lot of factors worked
together to make this shift
happen. The availability of
commercial fertilizers meant
bigger, more productive
farms. Mothers went to
work and had less time for
food preparation. Suburbia
became the symbol of 'making
it' financially, and small
family farms turned into
neighborhoods with green
grass lawns and ornamental
plants. The family vegetable
garden has gone the way of
drive-in movies. Fruit trees
are hybridized to be barren,
so we still get flowers, but
the fruit won't mess up our

Was there ever a time in
your life when you could walk
out the back door and pick
your breakfast? For me it is a
memory past, but some lucky
people still do. Citrus trees
symbolize Florida sunshine
even more than palm trees,
and 'dooryard' citrus is
increasingly common the
further south you go. Here
on the forgotten coast, a few
varieties of citrus tolerate our
cooler winters, but rarely do
we see them implemented
into new landscapes. Why
is that? I believe it's time
to resurrect an old trend,
and start adding edible plants
into landscape designs.
It's easier to do with

a new landscape. When
someone has a yard that's
already been landscaped, and
they want to add, for instance,
an orange tree, the addition
often becomes a 'plunk tree'.
That's the name given by
author Rosalind Creasy in
a wonderful book titled The
Complete Guide To Edible
Landscaping. Meaning, the
trees get planted wherever
you plunk 'em down, with
little regard of how they fit
in to the overall design. For
some of us, the pleasure of
the harvest outweighs the
asthetic challenge.
Other plants are easier
to incorporate into an existing
planting. Asparagus is a good
example. Since asparagus is
a perennial vegetable which
shouldn't be harvested until
it has been established for at
least two years, there is ample
time to enjoy its airy, delicate
foliage it the perennial garden.
Nothing beats a tender, fresh
asparagus shoot picked
and eaten right on the spot,
unless it is a' sweet, crunchy
young pea pod planted to
take advantage of our mild
winters. And sweet potatoes...
now there's a tasty solution to
that infernal 'what do I plant
on the septic tank' question.
What a ground cover!
It would be nice if the
people designing all these
new communities added a
percentage of edible plants to
the landscape. Many of the
fruits and vegetables which
grow well here are beautiful
to look at, and they don't have
to be planted in long straight
rows in a vegetable garden
to look nice. Blueberries
bushes, for instance, make
a nice ornamental shrub
with great fall color. Loquat
makes a great shade tree.
Strawberries are good
container plants.
If you, want to explore -
edible plants that grow in
our neighborhood, and see
an example of how they can

be a beautiful addition to a
landscape setting, take a drive
down Hwy. 98, just to the east
of Panacea, and check out Just
Fruits and Exotics Nursery.
The place is a local treasure,
and is staffed by aficionados
who know their stuff. The
lady who was helping me one
recent Sunday said dreamily,
"You can paint a Monet with
winter lettuces."
Of course, all you type-
A personalities with the
perfect lawns might as well
forget this idea unless you
are willing to give up the
weed-n-feed fertilizers and
pesticides. Nobody will want
your grapefruit if it contains
traces of atrazine, and nobody
will eat 'your lettuce if they

spy a bottle of diazinon in the
One of my best friends
has a vegetable garden, and
blueberry bushes. On early
summer mornings she'll
lead her grandbabies out
to breakfast, and they eat
big, fat, juicy berries until
they are full. Later in the
day she'll take them to the
garden, where she teaches
them which green beans are
ready to pick, and they finish
filling up the basket with
yellow squash, sweet corn,
and early potatoes. These
lucky children understand
where food comes from, and
now I understand that they
are wealthy in the way that
really matters.



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FWC, U.S. Forest Service, And St. Joe Sign Pact
voluntary Agreement will The movements and mating array of environmental advocacy for generations to come, and such as the Choctawhatchee and some of the damage done in the
Advance Science of Tortoise patterns of the gopher tortoises groups co-signed the a
agreement it demonstrates that St. Joe is St. Andrew's beach mice and the Itast."

May 23, 2006 A pact to protect
and re-populate the gopher tortoise
was signed today in Tallahassee.
Under the terms of a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU), the
U.S. Forest Service, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and The St. Joe
Company have established a plan
to relocate gopher tortoises from
company development sites to the
Apalachicola National Forest.

will be tracked through the use of
GPS technology. This data will be
collected as a part of a study that
will enable wildlife experts to gain
a better understanding of how
to re-populate unoccupied gopher
tortoise habitats. Under the MOU,
the parties will implement habitat
and population management
prescriptions that promote
the growth of gopher tortoise
population on selected sites in the
Apalachicola National Forest.
Officials representing an

today, including: The Gopher
Tortoise Council, Florida
Wildlife Federation, Audubon of
Florida and the Gopher Tortoise
Conservation Initiative.
"This program is a major
advance in the fight to protect
and re-populate gopher tortoise
populations," said Ray Ashton,
executive director of the Gopher
Tortoise Conservation Initiative.
"It is an example of the type of
agreement needed to ensure
that endangered species survive

the kind of company that seeks
to protect rather than destroy
"This gopher tortoise initiative
is completely consistent with
our philosophy that responsible
development can, and must, be
consistent with environmental
protection," said St. Joe Senior
Vice President for Strategic
Planning, Chris Corr. "We are
particularly proud of our track
record of helping to re-populate
endangered and threatened species

red-cockaded woodpecker."
Acting Deputy Forest
Supervisor Carl Petrick signed
the agreement on behalf of the
U.S. Forest Service; the principal
signer for the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
was Executive Director, Kenneth
Haddad. "This voluntary
agreement creates a new model
of what can be achieved through
a public/private partnership,"
Haddad said. "It demonstrates
that we can work together to undo

Gopher tortoise populations,
which are concentrated in the
coastal plains of Florida, Georgia;,
South Carolina, Mississippi,
Alabama and Louisiana, have been,
declining over the past several
decades due, in large part, to
habitat loss. While some southern
states list the gopher tortoise as a
threatened or endangered species,
Florida currently classifies the
gopher tortoise as a "species of.
special concern."

Words From the Coast: Complimentary Vessel Safety Checks Available

By Marcia S. Low
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 1-9, Panama City
Beach/Port St. Joe
May 20-26 is National Safe
Boating Week. This is not to
imply that you should be less
than safe during the remainder
of the year. But this week in May
is stressed because it is so close
to Memorial Day. As we all are

aware, the Memorial Day weekend
is always particularly hazardous.
In some parts of the country, it
is the first outing of, the season
and people tend to forget safety
awareness. We in the Panhandle
are fortunate enough to be able to
boat year-round.
It's too hot. It doesn't
look cool. I know how to swim.
Nothing is going to happen to me.

These are some of the reasons
people use for not wearing a PFD
(Personal Flotation Device).
There are approximately 700
drownings a year from boating
accidents and it was because the
boater was not wearing a PFD.
You no longer have to wear the
orange, hot and bulky vest of the
past. There are inflatable, lighter
jackets which are less obtrusive

and more attractive than ever.
Jackets range from those
that inflate instantly when
you hit the water, to those
that are manually inflated.
If you feel this item is too
expensive, think about what price
you put on your life. You can also
get on eBay and find good buys
in PFDs.
Accidents can happen very

quickly, so you don't want to
be fumbling for' a life preserver
or trying to remember where
you stashed it. And a sobering
thought: if you are the skipper of
the ship and you haven't briefed
your passengers regarding safety
and life preservers, you will be
held at fault in case of injury or
If you' would like a

complimentary vessel safety check
of your boat, just call Curtis or_
Marcia Low at 647-3858 and we
will be glad to check safety items
with you. Should you need safety
equipment, the inspection form
will permit yqu to buy needed
equipment at a discount. "
Finally, most men who drown.
have fallen overboard with their
flies open. Think about it.

With the picnic and
barbecue season officially set to
kick off during the upcoming
Memorial Day weekend, Florida
Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson today reminded
state residents to follow a few
food safety tips to avoid turning
- a party into a trip to the doctor.
"Everybody loves cookouts
and picnics, and with a little
care, nothing- will 'mar the fun
and, enjoyment of doing these
things with friends or family,"
Bronson said. "But food safety
measures are -particularly
important, especially this time
of year when temperatures are
heating up." :
Bronson offered the
following tips: .
Clean and sanitize cooking
-- Wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and hot
water before beginning to prepare

the food.
-- Keep raw foods away from
cooked foods to avoid cross-
contamination, and make sure
that raw meat juices never
come in contact with salads
and vegetables. Moreover, use a
different plate or. platter to carry
-the meat off the grill than the
one you used to transport the
raw meat.
-- While cooking, use a meat
thermometer to make sure that
the meat is sufficiently cooked.
Beef, lamb and pork should
register an internal temperature
of at 'least 160 degrees while
poultry should be cooked to
165 degrees Fahrenheit. It is
particularly critical that food
reaches those temperatures
when cooking ground meat
-- Food should be consumed
as soon as It is ready, and.
leftovers should be refrigerated
within two hours of coming

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-- Precooked picnic items
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cold packs to last until all of the
food is consumed.
Falling to adhere to food
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Bronson Urges Consumers To Follow Safety Guidelines When Using Generators

As the hurricane season
approaches, Florida Agriculture
and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles IH.
Bronson is reminding consum-
ers to heed safety tips when
using portable generators. The
generators have become very
popular in Florida as a result
of power outages during sev-
eral record-breaking hurricane
"Generators are very useful
When the power goes out but
they can be hazardous when
consumers do not take the time
to review safety directions and
follow the manufacturers' guide-

lines," Bronson said. "People
should take time well before a
storm to read the information
so they don't put themselves
and their families at risk."
The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission received
reports of 179 carbon mon-
oxide deaths associated with
portable generators between
1990 and 2002. In addition
to the potential for toxic engine
exhaust, other primary hazards
include electrocution and fire.
Three people have died in
South Florida over the past
two years as a result of carbon
monoxide poisoning from gen-

erators. One used the device
in the kitchen; a couple died
when the generator, which was
located outside their bedroom
window, spewed the gas into
the open window.
The primary cause of death
and illness is from carbon mon-
oxide poisoning because people
used generators indoors or in
partially enclosed areas such as
garages or balconies. Carbon
monoxide is a colorless, odor-
less gas. Symptoms of carbon
monoxide poisoning are similar
to the flu. People who feel sick,
dizzy or weak while inside but
feel better when they leave their

DOH Recognizes May As National Arthritis Month

The Florida Department of
Health (DOH) annually recog-
nizes May as National Arthritis
Month. DOH and the Arthritis
Foundation want to raise aware-
ness that arthritis pain and dis-
ability can be improved by a
moderate level of physical activ-
ity. Arthritis encompasses over
100 diseases and conditions
that affect joints, surrounding
tissues and connective tissues.
These diseases include rheu-"
matoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,
fibromyalgia, lupus, gout, bur-
$itis, rheumatic fever and juve-
nile rheumatoid arthritis.
"Regular physical activity
and range of motion exercis-
as should be an integral part
of arthritis self-management,"
said DOH Secretary M. Rony
Frangois, M.D., M.S.PH., Ph.D.
"We urge all Floridians to get
more actively involved with

reducing their risk of chronic
Specific benefits of regular
physical activity are improve-
ments in muscle strength,
endurance, flexibility, function,
psychosocial status and cardio-
vascular health and fitness all
without injury or aggravation of
the arthritis.
In 2003, Florida's doc-
tors diagnosed an estimated
27.8 percent of their patients
with having arthritis. Although
arthritis disproportionately
affects people over the age of
65, more than half of all doc-
tor-diagnosed cases are under
Individuals who have
arthritis can help relieve pain
and stiffness by participating in
30 minutes of physical activity
for three or more days a week.
Activities can include walking,

swimming and biking.
In observance of National
Arthritis Month, a health com-
munications campaign titled,
"Physical Activity, The Arthritis
Pain Reliever" will be conducted
in Orange County. There will
also be newspaper and radio
ads along with brochures and
posters used to convey the
health message.
The Arthritis Foundation
offers two courses that include
modest aerobic conditioning.
These courses are sponsored
by the Arthritis Foundation
Exercise Program and the
Arthritis Foundation YMCA
Aquatic Program. During
2006-2007, the DOH Arthritis
Prevention and Education
Program are planning the
implementation of "Enhance,
Fitness," an evidence-based
exercise program.

home should be cautioned that
there might be carbon monox-
ide present and they should get
immediate medical attention.
Some consumers in Florida
mistakenly believed that using
the generators in their garage
was safe if the door was left
open. However, the gases
leaked into the homes through
vents. In addition, garages are
not usually well ventilated so
if the owner lets it run awhile
and then comes to turn it off,
the carbon monoxide levels can
be so high as to immediately
render the person unconscious
and cause death. Generators
can produce high levels of car-
bon monoxide very quickly.
Prior to purchasing a gen-
erator, consumers should make
sure they get one rated for
the amount of power they will
.need. Light bulbs, appliances
and equipment usually have
labels indicating their power
requirements. People unable
to determine the amount of
power they will need should
contact an electrician for help.
Generators should support the
minimum needs of a household

during an emergency. Also,
during an emergency the fuel
supply may be very limited so
people should use the genera-
tor wisely.
Follow these safety tips to
protect against poisoning, elec-
trocution and fires:
-- Never use a generator
indoors, including in garages,
balconies, crawl spaces or
other partially enclosed areas
even with ventilation. Opening
windows or using fans does
not prevent carbon monoxide
-- Place the generator out-
doors and away from doors,
windows and vents and put it
in a covered location.
-- Follow the directions that
come with the unit.
-- Install battery-operated
carbon monoxide alarms.
-- To avoid electrocution,
keep the generator dry and
operate it on a dry surface
under a canopy-like structure.
Dry hands before touching the
- Plug appliances direct-
ly into the generator or use
a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated
extension cord that is rated in
amps or watts at least equal to
the sum of the connected appli-

ance loads.
-- Never try to power a
house wiring by plugging the
generator into a wall outlet.
This is extremely hazardous to
the homeowner, utility workers
and neighbors served by the
same utility transformer.
-- Don't overload the gener-
ator. Don't operate more appli-
ances than the output rating
calls for.
-- Turn off all equipment
powered by the generator before
shutting down the unit.
-- Never store fuel for the
generator in the home, and use
properly labeled safety contain-
ers to store the fuel. Also, do
not store excessive amounts of
-- Before refueling the unit,
turn it off and let it cool down.
Fuel spilled on hot engine parts
can ignite.
"Many people are installing
permanent generators and they
should be sure to use qualified
electricians," Bronson said.
"Consumers who opt for porta-
ble units need to take the time
long before a disaster to review
the instructions and safety tips
so they don't make a mistake.
that can end in a disaster of
its own."

Don't Forget Financial Planning During Hurricane Preparations

Preparing for a hurricane
is extremely important. That
preparation should include
making sure your finances are
safe, secure and, accessible in
times of crisis, according to
Prosperity Bank officials. The
key, as with all preparations, is
to plan ahead.
"During a hurricane, there
are so many things that are
beyond your control. Taking
care of your financial situation,
should not be one of them,"
said Prosperity Bank Market
President Stewart Corbin.
"There are some simple steps
people, can take to make evacu-
ations easier and to avoid some
of the financial headaches that
might come after, the storm."
Here are a few helpful tips:
Safe Deposit Boxes are
a good way to protect valuable
items. Be sure to secure original
copies of your important finan-
cial documents such 'as your
mortgage, homeowner and life
insurance policies, birth and
death certificates, wills, loan
records, Social Security cards,
as well as bank statements and

Pre-prepared evacuation
boxes are the perfect place
to store copies of important
financial documents, a small
amount of cash or traveler's
checks, phone lists and keys
to safe deposit boxes. These
boxes should be water tight and
Business owners should
make sure to secure their
business checkbooks, payroll,
accounting and other financial
Plan ahead by getting
cash from an ATMI or make a
withdrawal at a banking cen-
ter. Most credit cards, includ-
ing the Prosperity Bank VISA
card, can also be used to obtain.
cash advances from the ATM.
Personal Identification Numbers
(PIN) are required for these
types of transactions. Avoid the
crowd by not .waiting until the
last minute.
SMake note of all the bank-
ing center locations in your
area, realizing that all Prosperity
Bank customers can Visit any of
the Prosperity Bank locations.
to print a complete list of bank-

ing center locations,along your
evacuation route.
Most financial institu"
tions provide toll-free tele-.
phdne numbers for customer
service. Make sure you keep a
copy of these and other impor-
tant phone numbers with you.
Prosperity Bank customers can
call 1-800-347-9680.
Online Banking is a fast
and easy way. to check on
your account..,Prosperity Bank
customers can bank online
through www.prosperitybank.
com. If you do not have Online
Banking, you 'can stop by. the
nearest banking center loca-;
tion to ask for a recent balance.
Account balances can, also' be
obtained by using an ATM.
Create an emergency
fund: Try to save enough money
to cover three to six months of
living expenses.
For additional information
on protecting your finances dur-
ing a hurricane, contact your
local Prosperity Bank banking,

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Density will be held

by the Planning and,

Development Review

Board (PDRB) on

Thursday June 8, 2006

at 8:30 am EDST. The

Workshop will be held

in the BCC Meeting

Room at the Robert M.

Moore Administration

Building, 1000 Cecil G.

Costin Sr. Blvd., Port

St. Joe, Florida.

Ad #2006-072






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 Sections 8, 9,16,
21, and 22 of Township 7 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 office. .

The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance will be held on
Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at City of Port St. Joe City Hall
located at 305 Cecil G. Cosfin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. A
first reading of the Ordinance occurred at the.same location on May
16, 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 hearing 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 appeal 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 Dates: May 25 and June 1, 2006




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CASE NO: 05-239DR

JOHN A. WEILAND, Petitioner
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required
to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on John
Arthur Weiland whose address
is 2817 Indian Pass Rd., Port
St. Joe, FL 32456 on or before
3/10/06, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court
at 1000 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456, before
service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, default may be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk
of the Court's office notified
of any current address. (You
must file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form
12.915.) Future papers in this
lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic, disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings. Dated
Clerk of Circuit Court.
By Jasmine Hysmith, Deputy
Pubish: May 18 through June

In Re:Estate of
James Bronzell Ward
File No. 06-34PR


The administration of
the estate of James Bronzell
Ward, deceased, File Number
06-34PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of Gulf County
Courthouse, Probate Division,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against the
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served
must file their claims with this
OF A COPY OF Ti. .,N,.:'Ti:E
All, other creditors of the

decedent and persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
The date of the first pub-
lication of this Notice is May
18, 2006.
Attorney for Personal
David C. Gaskin
Florida Bar No. 027928
P.O. Box 185
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465

Personal Representatives:
James H. Ward, Sr.
5347 Highway 71 S
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465

Iris Annell Causey
835 Tillman Rd
Pavo, Georgia 31778
Publish May 18 through June 8


The administration
of the estate of WILLIAM A.
deceased, File Number
06-33PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. The names
and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All persons on whom this
notice is served who have
objections that challenge
the validity of the will, the
qualifications of the personal
representative, venue, or
jurisdiction of this Court are
required to file their objections
with this Court WITHIN THE
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is served within three (3)
months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against
the decedent's estate must file
th-n r *:l ir,- ~ r..h this 'u.rt.

The date of first publication
of this Notice is May 25, 2006.

Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
Florida Bar No. 699070

Personal Representative:
Terri L. McFarland
447 Duval St.
Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

Notice of:

The Northwest Florida
Transportation Corridor
Authority (the "Authority"),
under the provisions of Section
287.055, Florida Statutes
(the Consultant's Competitive
Negotiation Act), hereby gives
notice that a Request' for
Qualifications for professional
services is invited from quali-
fied firms with extensive expe-
rience in the 'development,
design, estimation of construc-
tion costs, financing, supervi-
sion, administration and pro-
gram management of public
transportation projects. Only
firms with extensive experience
with public transportation proj-
ects in Florida, with emphasis
upon federally funded trans-
portation projects undertaken
by the Florida Department of
Transportation, special trans-
portation districts, local govern-
ments or transportation author-
ities should apply.

Interested firms or individ-
uals are invited to obtain a
copy of the complete Request
for Qualifications (RFQ) from
the office of the Chairman,
Randall McElheney, Northwest
Florida Transportation Corridor
Authority, 132 Harrison Avenue,
Panama City, Florida 32401
(telephone 850 215-9428) dur-
ing regular business hours,
and are requested to indicate
their interest in providing the
requested services by submit-
ting twelve (12) copies of their
Statement of Qualifications on
or before 5 o=clock p.m. central
time, Monday, June 5, 2006,
to Mr. McElheney, at the same
address. The qualifications
and other information should be
submitted in strict compliance
with the directives provided in
the RFQ. There is no express
or implied obligations for the
Authority to reimburse respond-
ing firms for any expenses asso-
ciated with preparation and
submittal of the Statement of
Qualifications in response to
this request.

The Statement of Qualifications
will be reviewed for conformance
to the instructions set forth in
the Request for Qualifications.
A short list' of the highest
ranked firms.will be established
based on the selection criteria
set forth in the RFQ. After
the short list is established,
the Selection Committee may,
at its option, conduct formal
interviews with thq short listed,.
firmnns. The highest ranked firm

will be requested to enter into
contract negotiations after final
ranking by the Authority. If an
agreement cannot be reached
between the Authority and the
highest ranked firm, negotia-
tions will cease and discussions
will begin with the next highest
ranked firm.

The Authority reserves the right
to accept or reject any and all
Statements of Qualifications in
whole or in part, to waive infor-
malities in the RFQ documents,
to obtain new Statements of
Qualifications, or to postpone
the opening of Statements
of Qualifications pursuant
to Authority policies. Each
Statement of Qualifications
shall be valid to the Authority
for a period of ninety (90) days
after opening.
The Authority is an Equal
Opportunity, Employer.
Randall McElheney,
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

FFY 2006/2009

The City of Wewahitchka,
Florida formally requests pro-
posals from qualified individu-
als or firms to provide con-
tinuous Program Development
Services for a three (3) year
Contract Program Development
Services which. shall include
professional services during the
preconstruction phase of the
water and wastewater improve-
ment projects. These services
shall be rendered in conjunc-
tion with a Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
(FDEP) State Revolving Fund
(SRF)/Disadvantaged Small
Community Grant (DSCG)
according to the terms defined
by The City of Wewahitchka,
Proposals must be received
no later than 2:00 P.M. CST
on June 12, 2006 at the City
of Wewahitchka, City Hall, P.O.
Box 966, Wewahitchka, Florida
32465, attention Donald J.
Minchew. Bids will be opened
at the Regular Meeting of Board
of City Commissioners 6:30
P.M. CST June 12, 2006 City
Hall, Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
All interested parties are
requested to contact Donald
J. Minchew at the City of
Wewahitchka, Florida, City Hall,
and P.O. Box 966, Wewahitchka,
Florida 32465 or by Phone at
(850)639-2605. Please request
a packet of information to be
mailed, faxed or emailed for
your review and consideration.
Gwen Exley, City Clerk
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

The Gulf County School Board
will Receive bids until 9:00 a.m.,
ET June 8, 2006 for Janitorial
Supply Items. Interested parties
should contact Greg Layfield,
Coordinator of Facility Services,
Gulf County School, 150: Middle
T:1-:. Roai F.r3 St. Joe,..FL-
3i:4: or ".ep.. r.e (850)229-

8369 to obtain bid information
and instructions.
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

The administration
of the estate of HAROLD R.
QUACKENBUSH, deceased,
whose date of death was March
7, 2006; File Number 06-29PR,
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 addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney 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: May 25, 2006.
Benjamin W. Redding
Attorney for Personal
Florida Bar No. 100142
P.O. Box 2467
Panama City, FL 32402

Richard Watson Quackenbush
Personal Representative
3651 Pine Tip Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

CASE NO: 03-224-CA
UCN: 232003CA000224XXCICI
IN THE ABOVE --': L i]

Commence at the southeast
corner of Block 6, Wimico
Subdivision and run in a
southeasterly direction for
a distance of 522.5 feet
to a point; thence turn 90
degrees left from the line
last above described and
run a distance of 316.5 feet
for a point of Beginning;
thence continue along said
line last above described
113.5; thence turn 90
degrees right and run a dis-
tance of 87.5 feet; thence
turn 90 degrees right and
run a distance of 113.5
feet; thence run northwest-
erly 87.5 feet to the Point
of Beginning. Said property
lying and being in Section
11, Township 2 South,
Range 10 West.
Together with an easement
for ingress and egress 20'
in width over and across
the following described
property of the Grantor:
Commence at the south-
east corner of Block 6,
Wimico Subdivision and
run in a southeasterly
direction for a distance of
522.5 feet for the Point
of Beginning; thence turn
90 degrees left from the
last line above described
and run a distance of
316.50 feet; thence turn
90 degrees right and run a
distance of 20 feet; thence
turn 90 degrees right and
run a distance of 316.50
feet; thence run 20 feet
along the south boundary
of Plots G and F, Wimnic.o
Subdivision to the Point of
FOR CASH, AT 11:00 A.M.
1-800-955-8771, VOICE 1-
800-955-8770. THIS IS NOT A
DATE MAY 10, 2006.
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

J. Vincent Buchanan
File NO. 06-31PR
Division Probate
The administration of the'
estate of J. Vincent Buchanan,
deceased, whose date of death
was February 12, 2005, and
whose Social Security Number is
:" .",- -f f:"* is pending in the
*C '-.'.ur '.:.'r for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of whi:1, i~ !,, C,. :.!
G. Costin Sr. 51 :1 P :...-. -
Port St. Joe, FL i-4"'- T-r..

names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney 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 persona 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 May 25, 2006
Attorney for Personal
James E. Morgan, Attorney
Florida Bar No. 0255653
6912 Spring Valley Dr., Suite
Holland, Ohio 43528

Personal Representative:
Thomas Buchanan
74 Wolf Ridge Drive
Holland, Ohio 43528
Publish May 25 & June 1, 2006

NO. 06-36-PR
The administration of
the estate of WYBURN H.
deceased, File Numnber
06-36-PR is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Fifth Street,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All persons on whom this
notice is served who have objec-
tions that challenge the validity
of the will, the qualifications
of the personal representa-
tive, venue, or jurisdiction of
this Court are required to file
their objections with this Court
All creditors of the decedent -
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
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Gulf County Board of County

Commission M

FEBRUARY 28, 2006
Chief Administrator' But-
ler discussed that he has been
contacted by Sharon Gaskin,
of North Florida Child Develop-
cment requesting that the rent
for North Florida Child Devel-
opment in the Old Gulf County
Courthouse. in Wewahitchka be
'waived. -Commissioner Peters
':motioned to approve this re-
quest for the rent to be waived.
"Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously. Clerk Norris inquired as
-to the effective date, and Chair-
man McLemore stated that this
would be effective as of April,
: Chief Administrator Butler
discussed that there are going to
be some foreclosures in C.D.C.,
and requested that County At-
torney McFarland be allowed to
handle these foreclosures. Com-
missioner Peters motioned to
approve this recommendation.
C,:,mi_: .:.r.e r Barries seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
On behalf of Human Re-,
sources Director Manuel, Ad-
ministrator Staff Assistant Ste-
phens discussed that Human
Resources is requesting a bud-
get amendment from the, Health
Insurance line item to the Well-
ness line item in the amount
of $25,000.00. Commissioner
Traylor motioned to approve this
recommendation. Commissioner
Peters seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Administrator Staff Assis-
tant Stephens requested that
the Board approve a change
order with J.A. Dawson, Inc.,
in the amount of $8,995.07,
for the playground equipment
for Honeyville Park (which in-
creases the total to $29,402.07).
Commissioner Peters motioned
to approve this change order.
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
Extension Agent Roy Lee
Carter thanked everyone that
attended the Tri-County Agri-
cultural Stakeholders meeting
in Marianna.
Emergency Management
Director Nelson reported that
She has received a Homeland Se-
curity Grant, in the amount of
$31,226.00, and recommended
that the Board accept these
grant fund-r, C.:.'rnm sioner
Trayl 'mouoncd f,&apprI:,r Ilyjs

recommendation. Commission-
er Peters seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Emergency Management Direc-
tor Nelson stated that this is a
100% grant, with no matching
funds, and that he will enter
into a contract with Apalachee
Regional Planning Council to
perform the work within the
grant guidelines.
Emergency Management Di-
rector Nelson requested approv-
al to overspend the Emergency
Management Budget in fiscal
year 2005-2006, because grant
funds were not included in the
Budget. Clerk Norris stated that
the budget would have to be
amended with a budget resolu-
tion for unanticipated revenue.
'Commissioner Traylor motioned
to approve a budget amendment
for unanticipated funds, and to
approve,the request to move and
,spend the funds. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
TABLE BID #0506-015 FUEL
Solid Waste Director Dan-
ford requested that Bid #0506-
015, for the Fuel Management
System, be tabled at this time.
C:.mnmisi.rrr Prerr. motioned
r appr-,.e tiui Com-
missioner Barnes seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
mously. -
Carl White 'appeared before,
the Board upon request by Com-
missioner Peters, and Commis-
sioner Peters discussed that Mr.
White has been an outstanding
citizen in this community. He
also thanked Mr. White for his
involvement in his community
and in his church. Commission-
er Peters presented Mr. White
with a plaque for his dedicated
service to the Black History
program at Port St. Joe Middle
Champ, Traylor appeared
before the Board and discussed
that he was in Afghanistan for
seven months, and that while
he was there he received "good-
ies" from the Board of County
Commissioners. He stated that
he was at Bogham Air Field,
he then presented to the Board
a flag that was flying over the
prison at Bogham Afghanistan
on behalf of himself and the
450th Military Police Company
in the-United States Army.
Chairman McLemore dis-
cussed a R-O-W survey that
was presented to him by Gene
Hanlon, stating that County
road encroaches onto the cor-
'ner of his property. He recom-
mended that the Board check
with Mr. Hanlon and see what
he wants for the property. AAer
further discussion, Commis-
sioner Williams recommended
that Chief Administrator Butler

and County Attorney McFarland
meet with Mr. Hanlon and bring
information back to the Board
on this issue.
-- Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that he attended a work-
shop regarding Medicare Part
D and the prescription drugs
transaction that will take effect
May 15th for senior citizens. He
stated that there are 47 differ-
ent programs for them to choose
from, and that it is very confus-
ing for them. Commissioner Wil-
liams requested permission to
inform the Senior Citizens of the
Shine Program at some of the
County facilities. He discussed
the following dates for the Senior
Citizens to meet, April 7th from
10:Q0 2:001 at the Emergency
Operations Center, April 14th
from 10:00 2:00 at the Wash-
ington Recreational Center, April
21st from 10:00 2:00 at the
Emergency Operations Center,
and April 28th from 10:00 2:00
at the Wewahitchka Library. He
stated that there will be Repre-
sentatives from the Department
of Elder Affairs Shine Program to
assist the senior citizens on this
issue. Commissioner Williams
motioned to allow these County
Facilities to accommodate the
seniors in informing them on
these issues. Commissioner Pe-
ters seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Commissioner Williams
discussed a letter regarding
S.B. 360 (Comprehensive Plan
Capital Improvement Plans),
and requested that the Chair-
man schedule a workshop on
this issue within the next week
or two.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that he has scheduled a
town hall meeting in White City
on Monday, March 13th at 6:00
p.m., and Bobby Pickels from
Congressman Boyd's Office will
be present to discuss the flood
elevations issues.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that they are working
on the Highland View road in
to the sand pit, and requested
permission from the Board to
travel to Tallahassee to meet
with Department of Community
Affairs and Department of En-
vironmental Protection regard-
ing this matter. Commissioner
Peters motioned to approve this
request. Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that T.D.C. placed new
signs in the St. Joe'Beaches
area designating the public
access points. Commissioner
Traylor motioned for T.D.C.
to meet with County Attorney

'McFarland and make sure the
signs are placed in the proper
locations. Commissioner Peters
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that the County is work-
ing on cleaning the ditch on
Americus Avenue, and that sev-
eral driveways have collapsed.
He stated that if residents have
issues they will have Public
Works and the Road Depart-
ment look at them.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the Interlocal Agreement
with the City of Port St. Joe, and
stated that the City has not ex-
ecuted these agreements on the
expansion of the water and sew-
er. He stated that the City has
one year from permitting to exe-
cute these agreements, and they
should execute them within the
next few weeks.
Commissioner Williams
discussed that V.M.S. has
blocked and barricaded an area
on Highway 98 in the Gulf Aire
area where there is a water shed
problem, and that they will cor-
rect the problem with the next
two weeks,
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that Dr. Tom Curry has
agreed to serve on the Health
Care Board as the Hospital Di-
rector, and he motioned to ap-
point him to this Board. Com-
missioner Barnes seconded, the
motion, and it passed unani-
Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned for Susan Wilder to be
appointed to serve on the Stra-
tegic Planning Committee. Com-
missioner Traylor seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
Commissioner Williams
motioned for Ed Douglas to be
appointed to serve on the Local
Health Care Board Committee.
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the current situation of
the jail, and recommended that
Paul Penn be contacted by the
Board regarding the jail issues.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the importance of Black
History, and that Commissioner
Peters made a great choice by
selecting Carl White to receive
Commissioner Peters dis-
cussed that the courthouse was
built in 1967, and stated that in
the special meeting the issues


of the jail roof and plumbing Carr, Riggs
were discussed. He stated that presented a
the Board approved to fix the Benjamin
roof in the main building of the Riggs, and
courthouse, but did not include before the I
the jail. Commissioner Peters that the Bo
stated that the Board needs to mation and
start planning early on getting next Board
the cost down of building a new GULF COUI
jail. He also discussed that the Dannie
Board needs to look at some County C.D
locations, and that the largest the Board
population is in the Port St. Joe many of t
area. Commissioner Peters dis- have recei
cussed some possible locations have. receive
for building a new jail 1) a sandy their insure
ridge near the rifle range (ap- policies are
proximately 10 acres), 2) at the stated that
intersection of Highway 71 and one in to re
Doec Whitfield Road (approxi- Commis
mately 10 acres) or 3) land adja- quired abc
cent to Gulf Forestry Work Camp Land Trus
on.the Doc Whitfield Road. Corn- discussed t
missioner Peters stated that he Community
will travel to Tallahassee to meet fer an oppo
with the Department of Correc- in a trust
tions and see if they can piggy- stained for
back on to the Gulf Forestry for a period
Work Camp. After further dis- After further
cussion, Commissioner Peters missioner
motioned to place a referendum the Chairm
on the ballot regarding a cent shop regard
sales tax to construct a new jail. Land Trust
Commissioner Barnes seconded ST. JOE BI
the motion. County Attorney Benny
McFarland inquired about it be- before the E
ing a binding referendum as to that he ha
whether to spend this money missioner
on a new jail. After further dis- lots at St. J
cussion, Commissioner Barnes that his
withdrew his second, and Corn- ney) dedica
missioner Peters withdrew his a certain g
motion, ers recordede
GULF COUNTY C.D.C. 180 of the
HOMEOWNERS property on
Laura Massey, Program tween the s
Manager for. Gulf County C.D.C., first house
appeared before the Board and all the way
discussed the Homeowner Cen- Mr. Roberts
ter. She stated that it provides County has
home buyer education and that proper
credit counseling to Gulf County There b
residents. She also requested to ness, and u.
meet with each Commissioner missioner I
individually, did then ai

Raymond Wood appeared"
before the Board and inquired
about the Brake Lawsuit, stat-
ing the County Attorney Mc-
Farland stated that the County
could recover some of the Work-
men Compensation funds that
were paid out. He requested that
the County waive any funds that
are recovered and give them to
Mr. Brakes family. Commis-
sioner Peters inquired if he was
representing the family or as an
individual, and Mr. Wood stated
he is here as an individual.
Chief Administrator Butler
requested that the Chairman
schedule a workshop on the
jail issue. Chairman McLemore
scheduled a workshop for
Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00
p.m., E.T.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the special county audit
that was requested, stating that




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s, and Ingram, has nance Officer Carla Hand, Chief
a proposal for review. Administrator. Don Butler, Ad-
3in Allen, of Carr, ministrator Staff Assistant Lynn
I Ingram, appeared Stephens, Human Resources
Board and requested Director Denise Manuel, Main-
3ard review the infor- tenance Superintendent Steve
d he will attend the Mork, Planner David Richard-
meeting. son, Public Works Director Ger-
NTY C.D.C. ald Shearer, Solid Waste Direc-
Bolden, of Gulf tor Joe Danford, Sheriff Dalton
).C.' appeared before Upchurch, and Sheriff's Office
and discussed that Captain Deputy Bobby Plair.
he individuals that Chairman McLemore called
lived S.H.I.P. loans the meeting to order at 5:00
ved notification from p.m., E.T.
since carrier that their ANIMAL CONTROL
e being cancelled. He Commissioner Williams dis-
he is bringing some- cussed issues regarding tran-
view this issue. sition of animal control to the
ssioner Williams in- Board, an incident with a vi-
out the Community cious animal. He also discussed
t, and Mr. Bolden that Health Department Admin-
hat the intent of the istrator Doug Kent has stated
Land Trust is to of- that the Health Department can
Drtunity to place land assist the County with -animal
that can be main- control. Commissioner Williams
affordable housing stated that the Health Depart-
of ninety nine years. ment could take over animal
er discussion, Corn- control and the two new animal
Williams requested control employees. He stated
an schedule a work- that they would still be Board
ding the Community employees but, the day to day
operations could be controlled by
EACH PROPERTY the Health Department (will be
Roberts appeared funded by the Board). Board and discussed sioner Peters entered the meet-
s spoken with Com- ing at 5:02 p.m.> Commissioner
Williams regarding Williams then motioned for the
Joe Beach. He stated Health Department to take over
father-in-law (Ken- Animal Control, and the current
ated beach access to animal control budget, effec-
group of land own- tive immediately. Commissioner
ed in Book 22 Page Barnes seconded the motion,
Official Records) the and it passed unanimously
the beach side be- (4-0). Commissioner Williams
street ends from the stated that the Health Depart-
on St. Joe Beach ment will be able to help with
to the Wonder Bar. the septic tank and hygiene is-
s discussed that the sues to make sure the County is
s no jurisdiction with in compliance at the dog pound.
ty. He also stated that this would
being no further busi- separate the Humane Society
Ipon motion by Com- from the Board's obligations in
Traylor, the meeting animal control operations. Upon
adjourn at 7:12 p.m., call by Chairman McLemore for
public comment, none was re-
;N L. MCLEMORE ceived on this issue.
Sheriff Upchurch appeared
before the Board and requested
L. NORRIS that the Board take action re-
garding maintenance issues at
the jail. Chairman McLemore
T. JOE, FLORIDA discussed that he recently
UARY 28, 2006 toured the jail, and there are
LAL, MEETING some major problems that need
to be addressed. He stated that
the plumbing and the leaking
uf County Board of roof are major issues, but with
commissionerss met some maintenance and reorga-
in special session nization many of the issues can
following members be solved. Upon discussion by
chairman Carmen L. Sheriff Upchurch about delay-
Vice Chairman Bill ing construction of a new jail
and Commissioners for the next three to four years,
ylor (entered at 5:09 Chairman McLemore inquired
ian Peters, Jr. (en- about why the stove and re-
02 p.m.), and Jerry frigerator not working properly.
Sheriff Upchurch stated that
present were: Coun- there is a new freezer at the jail,
Timothy McFarland, and that he was not aware of
y Norris, Deputy the stove not working properly.
Summers, Clerk Fi- ) the meeting at 5:09 p.m.> Ujon

publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against
the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this Court
The date of first publication
of this Notice is 2005.
Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Florida Bar No. 699070

Personal Representative:
Marsha Burroughs
210 Pelham Rd. #208C
Telephone: (904) 227-1159
Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. 32457
Publish June 1 & June 8, 2006



The City of Wewahitchka will
accept sealed bids to rebuild a
46RE Transmission for a 1997
Dodge Van. All materials and
labor must be furnished and
warranty must be specified. All
bids must be clearly marked
SEALED BID" and must be
received by the City Clerk at the
City Hall in Wewahitchka prior
to 4:00 PM (CT) on Monday,
June 12, 2006. Bids will be
opened during the Regular
City Commission meeting on
Monday, June 12, 2006. The
City of Wewahitchka reserves
the right to award the bid to
the lowest and best price in the
opinion of the Wewahitchka City

Gwen Exley
City Clerk
Publish June 1 and 8, 2006


The City of Port St. Joe, Florida
is seeking an Architect to prd-
vide professional services to
renovate the Historic Maddox
House in Port St. Joe, Florida.
Interested parties should have
previous experience with Special
Category Historic Preservatioft
projects and be familiar with
the Secretary of the Interior'
Standards for Rehabilitation arit
Guidelines for' Rehabilitatinj
Historic Buildings.

Interested Architects should
submit 8 copies and 1 unbound
original of their qualifications to
Pauline Pendarvis, City ClerK,
City of Port St. Joe, Florida
Post Office Box 278, Port St. JoE
FL.:.-2ij 721: ju ail'.: aO.:.r, .
-dll be rc,-ir.t-I iril 4 j0 p a0
onJune26,2006 Qiju. d,:a.uon.
will be re'ie-'ee ar a pc,-],-:rnt, eld Thu -da., J.ei,
29th at 6:00 p.m.

F'. .uzh iunre L Ar.-l *,.,6.

inquiry by Chairman McLemor
about the Board assuming re
sponsibility for operations of th4
jail, Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed establishing a task forci
to make recommendations on
this issue. After further discuss
sion, Commissioner Traylor moi
tioned for the Board to assume
the responsibility of operations
of the jail, and Commissionef
Barnes seconded the motion!
Sheriff Upchurch stated tha
he will turn the jail operations
over to the Board effective 12:09
a.m. on April 1, 2006. Chairman
McLemore discussed meeting
with all jail employees and tht
Jail Administrator. After further
discussion, the motion passed
4-1, with Commissioner Wil-
liams voting no.
Upon motion by Commis .-
sioner Traylor, second by CMom
missioner Peters, and unani
mous vote, the Board approved
the following Special Projects
Dist. 1 Africal
American -Scholarship Fund t
,Dixie Youth Baseball Do
nation $250.00
W.H.S. Project Graduatio4
-Donation $250.00 i
Wewahitchka Girls SoftbaB
Donation $500.00
P.S.J.H.S. Basketball Teani
Donation $250.00 b

Dist. 2 African American
Scholarship Fund Donatior
$500.00 o
Dixie Youth Baseball Do-
nation $250.00
W.H.S. Project Graduation
- Donation $250.00
Domestic Violence Donat
tDon $150.00
P.S.J.H.S. Basketball Team
- Donation $250.00

Dist. 4 African American
Scholarship Fund Donationl
C & G Sporting Goods -
Plaque $ 55.00
P.S.J.H.S. Basketball Team
- Donation $250.00

Dist. 5 African American
Scholarship Fund Donation
P.S.J.H.S. Basketball Team
- Donation $250.00

There being no further busi-
ness, the meeting did then ad-
journ at 5:27 p.m., E.T.



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2110 Pets: Free to
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2120 Pet Supplies
2130 Farm Animals/
2140 Pets/Livestock


Dogs & Cats
For Sale?

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There are specific Flori-
Tda Statutes applicable
to the sale of dogs and
-cats within the state or
transportated into the
state for the purpose of
Please research Flori-
da Statute 828.29 (Dogs
and cats transported or
offered for sale; health
requirements; consumer
guarantee) before
you offer for sale a cat
or dog.

These tiny ads
sell, hire, rent
and inform for
thousands of
families each
week. Let a little
Classified ad
do a big job
for you.

3100 Antiques
3110 Appliances
3120 Arts & Crafts
3130 Auctions
3140 Baby Items
3150 Building Supplies
3160 Business
3170 Collectibles
3180 Computers
3190 Electronics
3200 Firewood
3210 Free Pass It On
3220 Furniture
3230 Garage/Yard Sales
3240 Guns
3250- Good Things lo Eat
3260- Health & Fitness
3270 -' Jewelry'Clolhing
3280 Machinery/
3290 Medical Equipment
3300 Miscellaneous
3310 Musical Instruments
3320 Plants & Shrubs/!
3330 Restaurant/Hotel
3340 Sporting Goods
3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell)

Fri. nite
June 2nd
at 7pm EDT
**Wade Clark**
314 Reid Ave. Port St.
Joe, 850-229-9282.
AB1239, AU1737,
10% Buyer's Premium.

Free Manure Compost
available for pickup at 775
Cape San Bias Rd. You
load and haul. Call
227-2584 for directions,, if

KK: Pt. St. Joe 309 Wil-
liams Ave. Sat 6/3
8am-lpm. Lots of Good
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Port St. Joe 603 16th
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2004 Electric Wheel Chair
leg rest, built in charter,
New $5,000, Sacrifice
$1,450. 850-227-3168

Wolff Tanning Bed
Low hours, never rented,
Moving Must Sell! $800.
Call 850.653.7353

4100 Help Wanled
4110 Restaurans/,'Clubs
4120 Sales/Telemarketing
4130 Employment


Get a head-start on your
career today! The St Joe
Co. currently has numer-
ous openings for adminis-
trative assistants to pro-
vide admin support in Port
St Joe. Qualified candi-
dates must have 2-3 years
admin experience and pro-
ficiency in MS Excel, MS
Word and MS Outlook is
required. Opportunity to
advance is likely with the
right initiative. Must be a
team-player, professional
and *very detail-oriented.
We offer great pay and an
excellent benefits package
Please fax your resume
to 850-229-7952, email to:
comrn or visit careers.joe.
com'to submit an online
application and resume.
Equal Opportunity Em-
ployer Pre-Employment
Drug Screening Required.

Office Commercial, Exe
ref, Lic, reasonable rates,
call Susan 850-227-4710

Call Pat & Larry
Reliable Mexico Beach ,
couple will landscape,
& mow. Storm Clean Up.
Also Available for Port St.
Joe, Wewa & The Cape.
Dan & Diana 227-8225 or
648-5081 or 227-5770


Project Manager
St Joe Toirns & Resons
has been recognized as
the nation's premier devel-
oper of resort and residen-
tial communities. The St
Joe mission is to plan, de-
velop, build, and operate
master-planned residential
and resort communities,
by offering real estate ser-
vices to a broad spectrum
of customers. Currently,
St. Joe Towns & Resorts is
seeking an Assistant Proj-
ect Manager for the Port St
Joe area. The APM will
manage all elements of
business planning, entitle-
mer.lis. planning des',gn
ar ,d ,::.,-.iIruC,,'n of re.;on
re-,idential communities.
General knowledge of
project management, fea-
sibolity analysis, and cost
benefit analysis are essen-
ijil Must have excellent
communication and multi-
liatidng skills. Minimum 4
'/ear degree and 5 years of
combined technical train-.
,rng and related project
management experience
required. Engineering or
construction education
preferred. Basic knowl-
edge of Auto CADD and
MS Project a plus. We of-
fer great pay and an excel-
lent benefits package.
Please fax your resume
to .850-229-7952, email to:
com or visit careers.joe.
com to submit an online
application and resume.
Equal Opportunity Em-
ployer Pre-Employment
Drug Screening Required.

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Mexico Beach FL, It's a
buyer's market, Buy low
priced, High value proper-
ties, Call1-800-792-5873,
Or visit www.forgotten
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Coldwell Banker Forgotten
Coast Realty

TING SERVICE. Perfect al-
ternative to kenneling your
4 legged kids. Referred by
local vet. Reliable pet sit-
ter/pet owner. Does home
visits while you are away.
In business 7 years. Call
Diana or Dan 227-5770 or'
648-5081 or 227-8225

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Now hiring Class A&B
CDL Ready Mix drivers.
Excellent benefits and
Apply in person @
1001 Cecil Costin Blvd.
Port St. Joe

Wanted for Local Compa-
ny Home every night. 1
year ex. Clean, MVR. Class
A & B license. $300 Sign-
On -Bonus after 90 Days.

CLEANING business 12
years. Excellent opportuni-
ty for someone willing to
work. Includes equipment,
list of customers, and
demonstrations of tricks of
the trade. Asking $25k with,
a potential of over $100k
yearly. Franklin County
area. Call 850-653-8795

Elevator Constructors re-
cruiting apprentices in the
Panama City, Pensacola,
& Ft Walton areas for its
4yr. program. Must be 18
or older, have high school
diploma or GED, pass a
aptitude test, & be able to
perform work of the trade.
$25 testing fee is required
at the time of. test. Send re-
quest for application &
more info post mark no lat-
er than 06/17/06 to;
NEIEP-124PC, P.O. Box
55397, St. Peterburgs, FL
33732 EOE/DF

National Security Com-
pany seeking Officers for
Panama City. Class D Se-
curity Guard License pre-
ferred but not required. We
will help secure lic. Aslo
seeking EMT(s) for full
/part time. Excellent pay &
benefits. For info Call


The' Wheelhouse Cafe is
seeking mature, dependa-
ble wait staff, cooks, and
shuckers. Pick up applica-
tion at 317 Water Street in
Appalachicola, Fl. No pho-
ne calls please.

Needed in Ft. Walton,
Crestview, Pensacola,
Panama City, Panama
City Beachl Apply online

I 4100 I
Part Time
Must have some experi-
ence. Mainly Penn &

PORT ST.JOE. Class D Se-
curity Guard License req'd.
Excellent pay & benefits.
For info Call Captain
Simmons 850-229-8271
ext. 216

Learn to edit video.
part time job. Call Er,4
Saunders, 850-229-1393.

Quality Care
Is Our Business
Our Port St. Joe
Homecare Program is a
busy Medicare agency
seeking a compassionate,
qualified Part time
PRN/RN,, preferably with
homecare experience who
wishes to join a team "that
makes a difference" in
caring for our homebound
patients. Mileage reim-
bursed. Benefits available.
Partner friend work envi-
ronment. Interested candi-
dates may fax their resume
to: 850-299-2725. Attn:
Gina Ferland, Administra-
tor, phone the office at
850-2298238, or apply lo-
cally at: 418 Reid Ave.,
Port St. Joe

Medical Personnel
"Staffing Medical Profes-
sionals Since 1988"
Office Opening in
Panama City Soon
Local Per Diem &
Contracts avail. NOWI
RN'S $26 $35/Hour
LPN'S $16 $25/Hour
CNA'S $11.- $14/Hour
RN $150 LPN $100
** CNA $50
Now offering the Instant
Pay Card!!! .
Work One day a Week,
One day a year or Every-
day... it's up to you!
CALL 1-866-889-4488
(Panama City & Dothan)

Apply on line at

Office Mgr
Extensive waor ii:.a
Quick B'orsA. A-P .R
. eic .p r eie r e xp erie r. ,.E.
fjui'3J ,-u.Ior,4 r rCiqril
,: ,r ,diale m ailing tO
learn who is available
40 hrs. per week. Call
George Duren,
229-6031 All appliLa.
i,-.:.n held in ronfiden,:e

Experienced Electricians.
Mac Supply Inc. is looking
CIANS with experience in
the oilfield industry.
resume to Bryan Waldrip,
Mac Supply Inc., PO Box
1157, Pampa, TX 79066.
806-669-2500, Fax
806-669-1707, E-mail:

Youngquist Brothers, .Inc.
Excellent Job Opportunity
in South Florida! Positions
Available: *Drillers
*Derricks *Floor Hands
Excellent benefits package
available after 90 days.
Fax resume 239-489-4545
or contact Cliff at
239-489-4444. MUST
TEST. Drug Free


St Joe Towns & Resorts is
currently seeking a Project
Coordinator in Port St Joe.
The PC manages the work
of project teams including
contractors and consult-
ants and reports to the
Project Manager. Respon-
sible for managing project
scope, budget and sched-
ule for approved projects.
Experience in evaluating
consultant proposals, con-
tracts, processing invoices
and negotiating change
orders preferred. MS
Word, Excel, Outlook com-
puter skills required. Do
not miss out on this excit-
ing opportunity to work for
one of Florida's best em-
ployersl We offer great
pay and an excellent ben-
efits package
Please fax your resume
to 850-229-7952, email to:
com or visit careers.joe.
com to submit an online
application and resume.
Equal Opportunity Em-
ployer Pre-Employment
Drug Screening Required.

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Do ffot miss out on tris ex-
citing opportunity to work
for one of Florida's best
employers! WindMark
Beach Sales, Center in Port
St Joe has an immediate
opening for a Closing Co-
ordinator. Individual
should have previous real
estate closing and title
work experience or mort-
gage experience. Attention
to detail and the ability to
handle multiple tasks in a
fast-paced environment re-
quired. We offer greai pay
and ar excellent bLenefis
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corn to submit an online
application and resume.
Equal Opportunity Em-
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Drug Screening Required.

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The City of Port St. Joe is
accepting applications for
the following positions:
Summer Program
(8.40 per hr) 1 position
Assistant Recreational Di-
rector-Summer Program
(8.00 per hour) 2 positions
Assistants Summer Pro-
gram (6.15 per hour) 12
Worker I
($9.25 per hr) 3 positions
Applications may be pick-
ed up and returned to the
City Hall, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. Appli-
cation period will be
opened until position filled.
The City of Port St. Joe
enforces a Drug-Free
Workplace Policy and
is an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action

Attention All Skilled
NEED FOR: Electricians
Electronic Technicians
Pipe Fitters Pipe Welders
(TIG) Sheetmetal Mechan-
iics Ship Fitters Welders
ers (Aluminum) **S/T Pay
Package Starting at
$22.00/HR** OVERTIME
CATIONS Additional Bene-
fits: Health/Dental Bene-
fits Hourly / Daily Per
Diem (non-taxed) $50.00
Referral Bonus Program
Locations: Mobile, AL New
Orleans, LA Norfolk, VA
Pascagoula, MS Tampa,
Florida **Must have 3
PERIENCE** Contact:
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to work in the U.S.*

Employment Opportunity
ir, So.iih Floridai Land
Based Deep rileior.n well
contractor ras the fOlirt-
ing opening: Cementing
Supervisor. Duties and Re-
sponsibilities: Coordinates
and oversees cementing
service line work at the
well site. Provides the
planning necessary for the
job by providing instruc-
tions to the crew and
equipment used. Directs
the activities of the crew
during the rigging up an
rigging down at a location.
Coord,naie'. ine clear, up
repair arn preparation oi
equiprrmeni icr ihe rniel ob
Top pay pius pernefias. ve-
r.,ie allowance relocation
e.-per- Fa.p rp uT',Cn
239.489.4545 or cr ni.a
Oar, ai 239-489-.4444
Free WVorkplace
Plumbers & Helpers'
needed for work on com-
mercial and residential
project. Salary DOE. Mans.
datory pre-hire drug test-
ing, medical insurance af-
ter 90 days, paid vac. and&
holi. avail. Leave msg at
850-227-3850 or fax re-;
sume to 850-227-3851



850-814-0166 OR

Gilman Marine is now
Hiring a Fiberglass/ Lami-
nator, with experience int
boat building. Salary DOE.
'Bonuses and Vacations;
available. Call for more in-
formaton 763-7710 2311
First Plaza, PC 32401 .

Have you heard the

The "World Fa-
Toucan's Res-
taurant &Lounge
on Mexico Beach is hav-
ing "Growing Pains!"
All positions avaialble.
High salary w/plenty of
incentives. Housing is
available for Managers
Call 850-648-4301 for
Mon-Fri. 8 am-5pm CST

St Joseph Bay
Country Club
Hiring Cook & Servers. P/T
or FIT Must be 18 yrs. old.,
Great pay!+ tips, Paid holi-
days, Rotating weekends
off. Submit application in
person @ 700 Country
Club Rd., PSJ, or fax to


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6100 Business/
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6120 Beach Rentals
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Day: 227-7200
Night: 647-3882
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In Port St. Joe


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

Climate Control

St. Joe
Rent-All, Inc.
706 First Street
Phone 227-2112

a5x10 10x10 10x20

On Site Rentals 6 Days
A Week

Apalachicola Remodeled
Historic Downtown build-
ing, unique 1 br, 1 ba apt,
balcony with river view
fans, laundry, $750mo
plus utilities, Lease, 1st,
last, & sec dep, Avail
06/15, 850-653-3700

Pine St. 1 BR 1 BA First
Tier Completely Furn. Incl.
Water, Sewer, Elec, Cable.
Tenant pays gas.. Avail.
NOW.. $525/mo for long
term lease. Call Kent
Strauss, Owner/Broker

BEACH 3br, 2ba, TH, FP,
Patio, garage. Private
beach, community, pool &
tennis court. Long term .
$1100 mo. + 1 mo. dep.
Call 1-850-647-2570

$800/mo, FIRST, LAST,
706-768-3239 LEAVE

LARGE 2 BR, 2 BA Canal
Front Home, with Ig loft,
covered boatslip, easy gulf
access, Mexico Beach,
$1800 mo. Sally Childs or
Bill Fauth, Call Sundance
Realty, 850-648-8700.

Mexico Beach, 500ft from
beach, 2 Br, 2.5 ba w/den,
walk in shower, Ig kitch &
liv rm, screen rm, heated
& cooled utilities/ work-
shop, wrap around decks,
microwave, W/D, $1200
mo, lyr lease, 1st/last+
$500 sec dep, 615-776-
5525 or 615-749-2412

Port St Joe, 3 Br ,1 Ba
furn house, W/D, fenced
yard, 607 Garrison Ave,
$750 mo, 1st, last, & 1 mo
dep. Avail July 1st. year
lease only & ref req,
ffreyeli( 614-879-

fenced in yard, newly re-
modeled, nice neighbor-
hood, close to schools,
NO PETSI references A
MUST. $850/mo. 1st, last,
and sec. required. Call
850-227-7125 or 227-5453

2 br, 2 ba, furnished, with
washer & dryer on 1 acre
in Carrabelle beach.
$700mo. 850-697-8440 or

3 BR,2 BA includes
stove, fridge, wash-
er/dryer. 4 blks from St.
Joe Beach. Month to mon-
th or long term lease.$850
Call 229-686-7164 or

I 6200

North Carolina
View Vacation
2 bedroom, 2 bath
beautifully decorated
rental. 3 night minimum
stay. 2.5hrs North of At-
lanta. Contact
or visit:
greatrentals corn
id #10737


7100 Homes
7110 Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
7170 Waterfront
7180 Investment
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

2 BR 1 BA Port St.Joe.
Corner lot with bay view.

100 Sunset Cr. PSJ, This
luxurious home offers Bay
view, formal living/dining
rooms, breakfast room,
custom built kitchen
w/appliances, farrmily room,
3 b r, '2 ba, .5 ba w/ mud
room, laundry room, secu-
rity, & sprinkler systems,
hurricane shutters, home
warranty, 2544 sf, $590K,
MLS# 108138 Call Gary
Poole Coldwell Banker
899-1134 or 769-8971

306 Nautilus Dr. St. Joe
Beach. 3 br, 2 ba, 1800 sf/
Heated & cooled 3 yrs.
old. Screen enclosed
Swimming Pool, & Jacuzzi.
Anderson Windows, Cus-
tom Hickory kitchen
.Stainless Steel Kitchen
Aide appliances. $375K
obo Call 647,6275

1 7100 1
PSJ 3 br, 2 ba, oversized
lot, $225K Call 258-5126
Great Rental/ First Home/
Beach House 1/2s block
from St. Joe Beach, 129
Desota, 2 br, 1 ba, renter
occupied. Shown by appt.
only, $450K. 827-2563.
3/2 Two Car garage price
reduced! Best buy in PSJ,
By Owner, 227-7720
Rd. Two adjoining % acre
'lots for sale in Circle J Es-
tates. Cleared and ready to
build. Property deed re-
stricted. Close to public
boat ramps and only 25 mi-
les from Panama City. Ask-
ing $55,000 each. Danny
Raffield 850-258-6874 Port
Realty Inc. 227-7979.
Pineview Dr. 4 br, 3 ba,
brick home located in Cir-
cle J Estates on over Y2
acre. Pool and patio area
w/privacy fence, garage,
only moments from down-
town $265,000. Call Danny
Raffield 850-258-6874 Port
Realty, Inc. 850-227-7979.
Dr. Seven beautiful 1/ acre
wooded home sites for
sale. Located in Circle J
Estates. Deed restricted.
Close to public parks and
boat ramps. Asking
$37,000. Danny Raffield
850-258-6874 Port Realty,
Inc. 850-227-7979.

Cape San Bias Great
Gulf View. 4/4.5, custom
home. A must see for
$975,000. Call Diane
Peevy at Port Realty 850-
527-2580. Owner/Agent
Port St. Joe Pre- construc-
tion opportunity 2BR/
$414,000, 3BR/ $479,000
Buy now and save Call Di-
ane Peevy at Port Realty

1 Year Old TH located in
Mexico Beach 4 BR 2 BA,
with pool, $288,000
Panama City Beach Wild
Heron 3/2 approx. 2000sf
condo at Unkside. Nicely
Furnished. Great buy at
$649,900. Call Diane
Peevy at Port Realty 850-
527-2580. Owner/Agent

| 7150
5.18 Acres
Can possibly be divided
into 1/2 acre lots, Over-
street area, Sunshine
Farms Sub, $200k
Call William Wittlngton
ERA Neubauer RE

Bonlfay 22 acres, zoned
commercial between Boni-
fay and Chipley. V2 mile
frontage on Hwy. 90 and
V2 mile frontage on rail
road. $350k By Owner call
Richard at 850-547-2637

3 lots for sale in Chipola
Landing Subdivision, cor-
ner of Douglas Landing
Rd. and SR 381 in
Dalkeith. Lots 5 (.54 ac), 6
(.63 ac) & 7 (.65 ac)
$30,000 each or discount
for all three together. Call
229-8375 or 227-5552

Nice V2 Acre Corner lot lo-
cated in Dalkeith. Close to
Bryant, Willis, and Douglas
Landings. $25k call

Port St. Joe Lot
75x150 Stone Dr. 105,000
Call 227-1717.
ST Joe Bch lot for sale,
ready to build, 3rd blk,
high & dry. Septic, Power,
& water on cleared 75x150
lot, 330 Ponce De Leon
$150k obo. 850-647-6275

St. Joe
Where inland meets the
Gulf of Mexico- deep in
Florida Hill Country. It's
"Old Florida" at its best.
Live oaks and long-
leafs, fields and pines,
rivers and bays. Land in
Northwest Florida for
your own farm, ranch or
Multiple lifestyle
opportunities, only one
number to call. I
Keyword: Land



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8150 Commercial
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NICE 3/2 MH, Mexico
Beach @ Angela Estates
(must rent lot) $25K obo
Call 850-482-6540
Wewahltchka 3br, 2ba
Mobile Home in like new
condition on 1.64 AC. Con-
venient location. Only
$85,000. Call Jessica Pat-
erson @ Port Realty, Inc

Intercoastal Waterway
Waterfront lots approx 1.5
acres. Just min to beach.
$196,900. Call Diane
Peevy at Port Realty 850-

| 7190
Creek Frontage
Morgan County,
5 ac wooded tract on
White Creek in restricted
development. Adjacent
to the Obed River Sce-
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Mercury Marquis '93 4
Door, retail book value,
$2,925. Needs work. Best
reasonable offer. Call

1996 S10 Pickup
2.2L Automatic, Dependa-
ble! $1800. 850-340-1867

Honda VTR 1000 '98 Like
new! Red/White, comes
with helmet and leather,
jacket. Asking $4700 obo
Call 229-1340

Century Walkaround '00,
25FT 2000 Yamaha V6 250
HP saltwater series, 2001-
Aluminum float on trailer
$28,995 Call 850-697-4080
or 850-591-5899
and used sit-on-top kayaks
for sale at Happy Ours
Kayak & Canoe Outpost:-
We are located at 775
Cape San Bias Rd. or call'
850-229-1991 for infor-,
Proline, '94 Twin Johnson
150's $18,000 Call;
1-800-875-5151 or-
Sportcraft Walkaround
'01 21 FT 2003 Honda V6
200 HP saltwater series,"
2000 aluminum float on
trailer $22,995 Please Call
850-697-4080 or

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 LocationI
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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QUIET MOMENT: Seth Jacobson, 8, prays during a class at
Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. At the church,
children are taught as early as 3 to bring in their money to give to
less fortunate children. They're also taught how to pray and how
to worship.

Small Voices
The wonder of a child ...
do they lose their spirituality or gain it?

Story by PAUL ASAY
Photos by HUNTER McRAE
Freedom News Service
Doubt is an adult thing.
It grows as we grow, the
product of pain and knowledge,
frailty and fear. Adults wonder
where God is in the midst of
their suffering and hypocrisy.
Their brains are filled with
questions and sometimes
they find no answers. No won-
der so many adults long to see
the world through a child's
eyes, where each sunrise is
a miracle. No wonder some
Christians brag that they are
"born again."
Children have a knack for
faith. For them, God is con-
crete, not a concept. They draw
pictures of him, describe what
he's like and even tell adults
what they think he had for
breakfast. Many faith experts
believe children could teach
adults something about faith.
"If you get lost, go into a
preschool," said Rabbi Anat
Moskowitz of Temple Shalom
in Colorado Springs, Colo.
'"Ask the little kids to help you
find your way back."
The Rev. Leanne Hadley
works with children at her
downtown Colorado 'Springs
faith-based counseling organi-
zation, First Steps Spirituality
Center. She says 90 percent
of her faith is the result of
her contact with children. They
teach Hadley more, she says,
than she teaches them.

"When I'm in a spiritual
crisis, I get a child to pray for
me," Hadley said.
Almost all religions pro-
fess a high appreciation of chil-
dren. Hindus believe children
are karmic blessings.
In Judaism, ift is said that
children learn the Torah in the
womb. Before birth, an angel
touches the child between
the nose and mouth, creat-
ing an indentation and causing
the child to "forget" all they've
learned. For Jews, then, reli-
gious education is more like a
refresher course.
And Jesus held children
in particularly high regard.
Asked by his disciples who was
the greatest in, heaven, Jesus
said that "unless you turn and
become like children, you will
never enter the kingdom of
heaven (Matthew 18:3)."
Hadley and many other
faith experts believe children
come into the world as spiri-
tual beings. Humans are, on
some level, creatures of heav-
en whose spirituality shines
brightest early on, they said.
People don't just go to heav-
en when they die; they return
Many pastors retell the
story of a toddler peering into
her newborn brother's crib
and whispering, "Tell me about
heaven. I've almost forgotten."
"I, believe (children) have a
memory of heaven that fades,"
said Wess Stafford, chief exec-

utive officer of the Colorado
Springs-based child spon-
sorship agency Compassion
Don Ratcliff, psychol-
ogy professor at the Christian
Vanguard University in Costa
Mesa, Calif., believes infants
probably experience awe and
wonder key components of
Ratcliff also distinguishes
spirituality from faith. Wonder
is dandy, but it's a far cry
from believing in heaven or-
hell, or understanding Moses.
and Augustine. Faith requires.
in Ratcliff's words, an "object"
something or someone in
which to have faith.
Most often, a child's first
faith is in his caretakers -
mom, dad, guardian.
Children live by faith '-
faith that someone will feed
them, clothe them and care for
How well parents meett
their responsibilities affects
how children picture God. The
more loving and reliable par-
ents are, Ratcliff said, the more
likely children will be to see
God as loving and reliable.
And, Ratcliff says, children
almost always have an idea
some kind of god Is but there
- even if their parents don't,
"Every child and we're
talking about preschoolers
- every child has' a concept
of God," Ratcliff said. "Even
if they're raised in an atheist
home, they have a concept of
Hadley, of First Steps
Spirituality Center, said almost
all the children she works with
talk to her about God or pray
with her, regardless of their
One 5-vear-old. raised In
an atheist family, drew pictures
of hearts and rainbows. He told
his mother that's what ;God
looked like. Another clierit, an
8-year-old girl, had "never been
to church in her life," Hadley
said. "But she talked about
God a lot, and to her, God was
always female."
Early spirituality is .raw
and untrained.
"When children are small,
their spirit is like wet cement,"
Stafford said. "It takes little
effort to make an impression,
and that impression can last an
absolute lifetime."
Most faiths take spirItual
development seriously. Jewish
children spend years learning

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Bay, Gulf, Holmes, and Washington Regional Transportation
Partnership Executive Committee
Monday, June 5, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Lynn Haven City Hall

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2. Status of TRIP Project Funding for FY2006 FY2007
3. Public Forum. This is an opportunity for the public to address
transportation issues.

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meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 and June 13, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The
public hearing 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
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The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information
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Hebrew. Muslim children begin
to fast during the holy month of
Ramadan when they hit puber-
ty, and most are taught the
basics of the faith well before.
For many children, the rhythms
of their faith have built-in road
signs on the way to and
through faith.
In Christianity, the path
to becoming a more "mature"
believer varies. Confirmation
classes or baptisms are sign-
posts for some. Most church-
going children learn Bible sto-
ries, then learn to apply the
stories' underlying lessons in
their lives.
D.C. Conroy, who attends
Sunrise United Methodist
Church in Colorado Springs, is
the father of three young chil-
dren. Good faith, he said, is a
blend of childlike curiosity and
being taught the right things at
the right time.
"I think they just have such
an open mind," Conroy said.
"They're like sponges."
At Mountain Springs
Church, children are taught
as early as 3 to bring in their
money to give to less fortunate
children. They're taught how to
pray and how to worship. Steve
Holt, the pastor, believes what
he calls "children's church" is
more practical and energiz-
ing, in some ways, than the
church's adult services.
'"Adults know more, but
knowledge is not the key to
Christianity;" Holt said. "It's
.application of faith."
SaidAdam Muse, Mountain
Springs' children's pastor:
"They get it."
That might explain why
more than half of Christians -
56 percent-- become Christian

before age 13, according to
The Barna Group, an evan-
gelical polling company based
in California. Nineteen percent
convert after age 19.
That enthusiasm for faith,
though, often fades. Kids grow
up, move out, head to college
or jobs. Moskowitz says chil-
dren often begin to question
God around fourth grade. It's
encouraged in Judaism, and
often in Christianity and other
religions, too: Asking questions
is an essential part of a deepen-
ing relationship with God.
But it can also be the first
step in moving out of the rela-
It gets more difficult to
believe in things we can't
see when we learn so much
more about the things we can.
Science teaches that moun-
tains are caused by tectonic
plates crashing together, not
molded by the hand of God.
Rainbows are the product of
light refraction, the sunrise is
a daily product of an intricate,
automated, galactic dance.
Nature suddenly has rules,
and God doesn't fit easily with-
in them.
'"As we get schooled, we
create this model that we try
to plug God into, and God's
always too big," said the Rev.
Mary Vose, senior pastor for
Sunrise United Methodist
The seeming contradiction
of human suffering and a lov-
ing.God plays a part, too, Holt
says. Without proper instruc-
tion, he said, kids can't recon-
cile the two notions.
"These young kids that are
so fresh and so idealistic right

now, they're going to get ham-

mered. They're going to get
hurt," Holt said. "There's no
doubt about it, that it gets
harder to walk by faith and to
walk childlike as you go."
Retaining that child-
like posture is key, experts
say. Sure, believers need to
put away the selfishness and
immaturity that mark child-
hood, but even a mature believ-
er needs to retain that childlike
awe. Sure, the apostle Paul
said that believers should put
away "childish things" as they
grow in faith, but Wess Stafford
interprets that as putting aside
such things as jealousy and
greed sins that, he argues,
are more common in adults
than children.
"You've got to become
more childlike," Stafford said.
"You've got to retain your inno-
cence, retain your purity. You've
got to understand that life is a
pilgrimage." "
Children and their parents
spend much of that pilgrimage
learning about faith and God
from each other.
After the funeral of D.C.
Conroy's father in October,
Conroy's 9-year-old daughter,
Anna, left the family momen-
tarily to kneel beside the casket
and pray for her grandfather,
"Papa Don." It was sudden,
Conroy said nothing he had
encouraged or expected.
"The fact that she would-
just go up and pray like that,.
that taught me some things-
right there that maybe God'
should be a part of everything.-
We tend to put things in boxes.,
Seeing the way kids approach-
things makes you reassess-
your boxes."

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The Port Authority held a public meeting Tuesday as the rst step in a community outreach campaign to garner support while navigating what board members believe could be a nal stretch of rough waters before development brings revenue. (The meeting was subsequently cancelled Tuesday afternoon when it was clear that the board would lack a quorum.) “This is something for which we are going to have to marshal all the troops,” Port Authority chair Leonard Costin said. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe city commissioners wish they could slash the coming increase utility customers will experience in the fall. Whether to assume the risk that decision would bring is the choice staff offered during a budget workshop last week. Commissioners have been examining a potential decrease in the proposed rate increases that will kick in Oct. 1 for water and sewer customers since a June workshop on the rate structure with consultant Burton & Associates. As they zero on the budget, that option, along with the risks, was put in front of commissioners by staff. Lower rate increases, city manager Jim Anderson said, would carry risk linked to the city’s long-term debt, which commissioners and their nance committee are wrestling with simultaneously. The two are fundamentally linked. The utility rate structure is designed to provide suf cient revenue to adequately pay the city’s long-term debt, $17 million and rising. The city is also in the marketplace to re nance that debt as a 2015 balloon payment looms. To lower utility rates, the proposal on the table is to cap the coming increase at 3.5 percent instead of 5 percent. Commissioners would have to dip into impact fee reserves, taking roughly 70 percent of the reserves, which are assessed for growth in the water and sewer systems. That likely would affect the terms the city could receive on its long-term debt, which are currently not favorable. “We are heading in the right direction if we stay the course,” Anderson told commissioners. “The risk is low if you stay the course. If you cut to 3.5 percent you have risk. “If we can get through (the renancing) hurdle, then we have a plan for the next 10-15 years.” Regions Bank, which holds the city’s note, has offered a 15year loan with 3.09 percent interest rate to re nance the city’s long-term debt. RACE FOR THE SCALLOPS Festival continues this weekend By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com The 17th annual Scallop Fest ofcially kicked off last Saturday with 5K and 10K runs down the Port City Trail in the “Race for the Scallops.” More than 70 runners were treated to beautiful weather as they took a scenic path from Frank Pate Park, down the trail to Gulf Coast State College and back. The winner of the 5K nished in 17 minutes. “We had a fantastic turnout for the race and were amazed by the skill level of the athletes,” Chamber Director Paula Pickett said. “The weather was fantastic, the turnout was wonderful and it couldn’t have been better.” On Sunday, the race continued with a 24-mile “fun ride” for bicyclists that began at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Cape San Blas, went to Salinas Park and then looped back around. Of the 20 riders, the majority of cyclists came to conquer the 45-mile leg and continued on to the Franklin County line before turning around and returning to the state park. Cyclists were treated to a family of deer near the start of the race, and though the rain held off for the majority of the day, the nal two hours had riders more damp than when they started. Riders completed the 45-mile stretch in just over 2 hours. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Across the state, school districts are having a bit of sticker shock concerning this year’s assessment test scores and school grades. Gulf County felt a bit of a jolt last week. The county’s two public elementary schools each saw their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores fall, and last week the Florida Department of Education released school grades. Port St. Joe Elementary School dropped from an A to a B, snapping two-straight years as an A school. The school has been an A school ve of the past seven years; the other two years it was graded a B school. Wewahitchka Elementary School remained a C school, largely because of a decision last week by the Florida Board of Education to prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade this year, the nal year of transition to Common Core Standards. Scores and grades were down across the state. The number of A schools across the state, for example, dropped this year from 48 percent of all schools to 29 percent. “Our students’ performance hasn’t changed from last year,” Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said. “The state’s criteria changed.” Common Core Standards, in place in grades K-2 this past year and district-wide BOCC revisits salaries, mandatory garbage By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Board of County Commissioners on Monday looked back in moving forward on next year’s budget. During a special meeting, commissioners set a tentative millage rate and took another look at two major issues of prior meetings: pay raises for employees and mandatory garbage pickup. The BOCC set a tentative millage rate of 6.5608 — excluding re zone millage — which represents an increase of .8189 compared to the current budget year. The increase in dollars is almost $1 million, Commissioner Warren Yeager said. Commissioners can still bring the millage down; as of today it can not be increased. PSJ commissioners mull utility rates Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . A6 Community . . . . . . . . . . B1 Society . . . . . . . . . . . . B2 School News . . . . . . . . . . B2 Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Classi eds . . . . . . . . . B5-B6 See BOCC A8 See PORT A8 County elementary school grades slip PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR The 17th annual Scallop Fest kicked off this weekend with 5K and 10K runs down the Port City Trail. Below, the winners of the 10K accept their medals. See SCALLOPS A7 See GRADES A7 See UTILITY A7 4-H winners B1


Local A2 | The Star Thursday, August 1, 2013 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star m During a special meeting last Tuesday, Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey expressed a desire to terminate new City Clerk Sharon McGhee after just two weeks on the job. “The learning curve was bigger than I anticipated,” said Cathey, who voted against hiring McGhee during the council’s official meeting in June. “I recommend not to continue her employment.” Former city clerk Debbie McLeod, who resigned in April, had been in the position for seven years before resigning abruptly. She was hired part-time to handle specific duties throughout the transition. Once she found full-time employment the race was on to find a new clerk. The mayor said that he had taken another look at McGhee’s resume and contacted a former employer in Wewahitchka who hadn’t said positive things about clerk. “I have 40 years of experience dealing with people. I won’t discard my instincts,” said Cathey. “I don’t think we made the right choice.” After Cathey had shared his thoughts, Councilwoman Tanya Castro offered her own. “We interviewed and explained the responsibilities. Right off the bat, she was getting conflicting information,” she said, McGhee’s first day with the city was July 1, though she hadn’t yet signed an employment agreement or been given an official job description. McGhee said that her knowledge of the role was based on the job ad she originally read and bits and pieces she picked up from city employees. Castro said the confusion didn’t lend itself to someone excelling in a role without knowing the expectation of the position. “I don’t think in a week and a half you can make that decision, especially when we haven’t given her a clear job description,” Castro told Cathey. “I’d be ready to walk out the door. We should be supportive. It starts with clear direction.” Castro had also contacted some of McGhee’s former employers and reported that they’d spoken of personality conflicts at past jobs, but had spoken highly of her work ethic. “She received many written recommendations,” said Castro, putting the blame on poor organization. “We should have documented our procedures. We don’t have that.” Councilman Lanny Howell agreed that 10 days was not enough time to evaluate if someone could do the job or not, but admitted to having concerns. The council spoke about a recent payroll issue that resulted in city staff only being paid for one week instead of the normal two. The issue McGhee said came from not having appropriate permissions within the accounting program used by the city and limited instruction on the software. Councilman Jack Mullen said that he wasn’t in agreement to terminate anybody, but the events of the last week concerned him as well while Councilman Bobby Pollock, had cast a vote of support for McGhee in June, expressed frustration with the situation. “I voted to hire Sharon. At the time, I showed concerns but hoped to be proven wrong,” he said. “I haven’t been.” Once each member of the council shared their thoughts, McGhee was invited to speak in her own defense. She cited technical permissions issues and a weak understanding of the role’s many responsibilities as the cause of the council’s concern. She reported that she only had two training sessions with McLeod for a total of four hours. When McGhee didn’t have access to parts of the payroll software, she called the company directly to request the same access previously given to McLeod. The request was denied and they told her that the request needed to be made by the Systems Administrator. The council was informed of the request by a representative from the software company. McGhee’s actions were frowned upon by the council, but the clerk insisted that she was trying to take initiative. “A lot of my issues have been that I tried to communicate and get clarity. I had conflicting info coming in on day one,” said McGhee. “I hadn’t seen a job description prior to coming in to interview, only the job ad.” Castro compared the job ad and an of cial description that had been created during a special meeting two weeks ago. She reported that the two matched. She then questioned why a new employee wouldn’t receive the same access as a previous employee. City Administrator Chris Hubbard, who currently holds acts as System Administrator, reported that he planned to roll out permissions as McGhee learned the systems. “She should learn the bones of the system before getting full access,” he said. Mullen asked McGhee if the permissions in question were necessary to do all of her job-related tasks. McGhee said no. McGhee said that she had concerns upon being hired when she noticed that her welcome letter stated not only the amount she would be paid annually, but also the amount she would be paid if her employment was terminated. “My issue is that I need to be part of a team. I feel there’s been a lot of discord,” said McGhee. “There was no transition plan.” Castro attempted to be encouraging toward McGhee and give a different perspective on the situation. “We have a city. It has to run well,” she said. “We need to be supportive.” Castro thanked McGhee for “hanging in there.” Before the meeting adjourned, Cathey left the room with some nal thoughts. “Transition is something we all go through. We can believe that everyone else is the problem,” he said. “We have to nd a way to make this transition smooth.” No vote was taken on McGhee’s employment status. 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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, August 1, 2013 M ember FDIC 3 3 W e s t G a r d e n S t r e e t P e n s a c o l a F L 3 2 5 0 2 850.202.9900 or 1.877.962.322 4 1 7 S E E g l i n P a r k w a y F t W a l to n B e a c h F L 3 2 5 4 8 850.244.9900 or 1.866.362.3224 w w w .beachc ommunit ybank .c om "( (#!( & & & & *B O ARD CER TIFIED CIVIL TRI AL L A WYER O F CO UNS EL "!" " %#"() ! # ! % $ # # # # # # # $ # ! By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star A town hall meeting was held Tuesday at the Hon eyville Community Center to discuss Sacred Heart Hospital’s reopening of the Wewahitchka Health De partment facility. The center was sched uled to reopen in July, but a reduction in staff at Sa cred Heart called for all positions to be reapproved, said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospitals. All positions requested were saved and Sacred Heart intends to reopen the center in mid-Septem ber, Hall added. In attendance dur ing the Tuesday meeting were County Commis sioners Warren Yeager, Ward McDaniel, Car men McLemore, and Tan Smiley. Also in attendance was Marsha Lindeman, from the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County, North Florida Medical Centers CEO Joel Mont gomery and Hall. During the meeting, Lindeman detailed the services previously of fered at the center prior to it being closed June 30 due to funding cuts from the state. She said that the goal between the Department of Health and Sacred Heart was to look at the needs within the commu nity and ensure that there were no gaps in services. The core services of fered by the Health De partment when the facility reopens will not change, she said, and they would continue to provide den tal, birth certicates, WIC, Healthy Start, tobacco pre vention and school health. Nurse practitioners will be staffed 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT on weekdays. Immunizations will be available the rst and third Friday of each month and volunteer family plan ning will be offered the rst Tuesday. Hall said that the medi cal center would mark the 22nd Sacred Heart-estab lished facility and remind ed those in attendance that SHH is ranked in the top 1 percent in patient ex perience nationwide. He said that Sacred Heart’s Charity Care would be open to those who qualify at the medi cal center, a program that to-date had provided “$4 million dollars in compen sated care.” Dr. Angel Cortes from Tallahassee and Physi cian’s Assistant, Ann Ru bin were hired as medical providers for the center, which will double the ca pacity to serve the local population. Sacred Heart will offer same-day appointments and overnight lab work, though mental health ser vices are on pause until a licensed clinical social worker can hired. McLemore asked if the center would close when the grants that keep spe cialized services operat ing run out, but Lindeman assured him that they would renew the grant for 10 more years. Sacred Heart to reopen Wewahitchka medical center By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star This week, Mexico Beach will roll out its new CodeRED emergency no tication system. The free service allows residents to sign up for alerts that can be sent to their email ad dress, land line or cellular telephone. “We spent several years looking into reverse 911 sys tems,” said Mexico Beach Police Chief Glenn Norris. “It wasn’t cost effective at the time.” Once residents have signed up for the CodeRED system, Mexico Beach au thorities will be able to send mass alerts in the case of emergency or public utility updates. These can include road shut downs, water line breaks, boil water notices, severe weather warnings, evacuation notices and planned outages. After the city council de cided it was time to adopt an emergency notication system, Norris began to research available options and requested information from several companies. After speaking with a representative at CodeRED and learning that Gulf and Franklin counties were us ing the same system he contacted Port St. Joe City Manager Jim Anderson. Norris received positive feedback on the program and learned that CodeRED, headquartered in Ormond Beach, helped pioneer high-speed emergency no tication systems over 14 years ago. Once Norris determined that the software would meet Mexico Beach’s needs, he presented it to the City Council who ap proved the purchase in a unanimous vote. “It had to have the abili ty to contact a large amount of people automatically in a short period of time,” said Norris. CodeRED provides sev eral notications that users can choose to opt-in on. If a user signs up for phone calls, they will receive a pre-recorded voice mes sage from Norris or City Administrator Chris Hub bard detailing important information. If the phone is not an swered, the system will at tempt to leave a voicemail. Information can also be sent to a specic email or as a text message to cell phones. “This system will avoid people coming home from work to a boil water notice. If they know in advance, they can stop for water on the way home,” said Norris. “We want to notify the pub lic through every means possible.” The system will also al low Norris to create a geo graphic outline of certain areas and only message those CodeRED users if they are impacted by some thing directly. Norris gave the example of water-line breakage or if a sex offender were to move into the community, he can immediately notify the people in the area as law requires. Though the city will still perform manual noti cations, they encourage residents to sign up for the service in order to get im portant information faster than they would otherwise. Announcements regard ing the launch of the Co deRED system have been printed on the back of wa ter bills and to-date Norris has counted 108 registered users. “It’s been a long pro cess to get started, but we’re there now,” said Norris. “Only 10 percent of residents are registered and I would love to get 100 percent.” Mexico Beach residents can register for the free service online at www.mex or call City Administrator, Chris Hubbard, at 850-648-5700. Mexico Beach begins code red emergency system


OPINION A Section Page 4 Thursday, August 1, 2013 Its late July, its hot in the morning, its hot in the evening; Im in the South. After parking my car in the lot to go into my of ce building, I noticed a June Bug on the car next to me. Picking him up, I felt the familiar sensation of a cocklebur crawling around in my hand. He was green the type of June Beetle I am accustomed to in the Deep South the kind I would tie a string carefully around his leg and y. Batteries, Bluetooth or a wireless connection were not required. Ive never really thought of June Bugs as pests, but a lot of folks do. These fellows spend the winter as larvae, deep in the dirt and then start popping out from June to August. In the last couple of years, researchers have used June Bugs to demonstrate the ability to develop tiny vehicles/robots that can continuously generate their own power with their wings. The research gets a little deeper, but I dont think June Bugs will be used to spy on you in your backyard yet. After heading from the parking lot toward the door with the June Bug in hand, I thought about the many times I had own June Bugs as a child. As a matter of fact on this hot July morning, I was percolating the feeling of having a rope tied around one of my legs up around my groin. I decided it was best not to take him inside and try to locate a string to y him around the of ce. Honestly, by the time I made it to the door, I decided we are all pretty much June Bugs on strings being own by people, jobs and technology that we think we cant live without. I felt the rope around my leg getting tighter, as I was being drug by my leg into my of ce. Sitting down, I wasnt ready to give up my computer or my cell phone, but I would have liked to hear some sort of music from the 1960s, possibly Creedence Clearwater Revival. You know what I mean, some of feeling of being free. All kinds of things can be said and points can be made on how simple times were when we were younger. Was the world a safer place? Did we have less to worry about? Will the Cubs ever win a World Series? Yes, Yes and No. That is just my opinion, but the last time I checked, I was entitled to it. Im never going to be young again, I have to accept that fact. If I want to y a June Bug on a string, I can still do it. Folks might look at me like Im a nut; I can accept and revel in that. As far as the sensation of a rope around my leg and being held down or captured by a number of things, I guess that is actually just in my mind. After staring at the wall a few minutes, I turned on the computer, checked my phone for messages and put away my childish thoughts. In a little while, my good friend and coworker for over 20 years knocked on the door and took my mind off the June Bug. Didnt you have kids in your neighborhood growing up that would knock on your door or come right in your house and share ridiculous idea with you? In my case, it would usually involve digging a hole, building a fort or destroying something with recrackers or rocks. We usually did it. This co-worker and friend sits in the of ce next to me and is just like one of those kids growing up. He is also welleducated, intelligent and very good at what he does, but hes still a kid at heart. When he came into my of ce, he was excited. He joyfully noted, Look what I have He was holding a cardboard box. He went into what good shape it was in and how strong the cardboard was. We could do something with it; we could make something. Then we wasted a little time discussing how it wasnt large enough to make a fort or trap anyone. We determined it would make a good fort for plastic army men he noted he had an air ri e at home, but no recrackers. The sensation of the rope around my leg seemed to go away. Good friends that wont grow up and wont let you grow up are the secret to it all. Yes, there is still the job, the mortgage, the college tuition to worry about, but every once in a while if you just think about what you could do with a cardboard box, I think youll be ok. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. A June bug on a string It doesnt make sense until you do the math! The best thing I had growing up was ... nothing! Of course, dummy me thought that I was the most deprived kid on earth. You dont count family, health, scores of playmates and/or the safety of the surroundings when you are six. Mostly you wished you had a brand new baseball, shiny white with no broken stitches and no black electrician tape holding it together. Or shucks, a Roy Rodgers gun and holster set with real caps would have been nice. I sent in the required labels from the Ovaltine boxes TWICE but I never did receive my Captain Midnight decoder ring. You can see quickly how disadvantaged I was! A new Western Flyer would have made me the richest kid north of Cherry Street but Santa apparently couldnt get it down the chimney. We had to go out in the back yard and make up things to do. I won the 1956 Olympics 100 yard dash the summer I turned nine. I also set the world record in the discus throw. I waded ashore at Guadalcanal and was the rst guy off the boat at Omaha Beach. I hit fty homeruns in the World Series and pulled Jane out of the quicksand a hundred times while Tarzan was off chasing ivory hunters. We learned to walk on our hands, juggle rocks and keep our balance while running full speed down a single railroad track because we didnt have nothing else to do. We spent every day in the summer outside because we had no air conditioner. We walked, or ran, to town because Dad wasnt big on joy riding. We cut our own rewood, worked like crazy in that little garden out back Mom was so proud of and wrestled each other for entertainment. Our good health was more of a byproduct of living than any doctoring or total gym machines. And we really didnt complain much. Oh, we might kick about being bored or it would be nice to have a giant Erector Set but then Leon would throw a rope around my neck or Dave would attack me from behind ... We didnt dwell on what we didnt have, we were too busy defending life and limb! In some twisted, off handed sort of way, having very little made you truly appreciate everything that did come your way. I still remember that rst pair of real baseball cleats. You cant believe how good that new leather smelled ... And I full well realized that someone in our house had sacri ced for me to have them! Listen, we would celebrate if Mom brought home a Hostess Twinkie or Baby Ruth for us. You may think simple or plain, or maybe stupid. But I believe it prepared us for life like nothing else could have done. My two brothers would ght you if you messed up their hair. They would ght you if you stuck out your tongue at them. They would ght you if you called them a sissy. Sometimes they would ght you if you were just standing there. But they would not ght you over things. Neither of them had a sel sh bone in their body. Leon would give you the shirt off his back. AND HE DID! It was usually about two years before I could grow into it... We appreciated a simple trip to town. I loved the Ben Franklin Store with all the toys and bins of candy. You could explore all day through the two hardware stores just off the square. Robert Hall would greet you with a smile and a laugh at the Western Auto even if you were just looking. We played cops and robbers in the alley behind the UToteEm Grocery Store. We climbed the steps in front of the McKenzie Banner and spied on the whole town. And we never took for granted the fteen cents Dad would give us to go to the Saturday matinees at the Park Theatre. We were thankful that every vacant lot, side yard and less traveled street was at our disposal. A kick-the-can game could break out in a heartbeat. If no one was looking you could ping a few rocks off the L&N rail cars as the 2:15 to Memphis came high balling past. We could make a game out of rolling a used-up tire down a steep hill. Most every kid in town shared our hard times. And no matter the circumstances, we never thought poor. And we werent! We didnt have any money but we were keeping score by who could hold their breath the longest down at Roe Alexanders Twin Pools; who could run the fastest on the elementary play ground; who could spit nearest the crack on the sidewalk outside Genes Barber Shop; or who could skip a rock the most times across Carroll Lake. That deprived thing is mostly in the eye of the beholder. I am so thankful today that we werent held back by copious amounts of money and trinkets. Can you imagine being saddled with the responsibility of a cell phone, ipad or any other wi fed electronic device. Even as youngsters, we didnt need a GPS to tell us we were standing in front of the Golden Rule or Covingtons Drugstore. And I bet it is hard to hit a home run in the World Series while you are downloading the latest Justin Bieber warble. Nothing doesnt sound like a lot ... until you add it all up! Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard The Currys say thanks Dear Editor, The Currys would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our Kickstarter campaign! We have exceeded our goal and cannot wait to begin the recording process in the fall. The campaign will run through Aug. 12, so there is still time to preorder the album for those who are interested! We would also like to say goodbye for the summer to our wonderful Indian Pass Raw Bar family. We want to say thank you in particular to Jim McNeill for his help, his support, and his genuine appreciation for musicboth ours and others over the last few years. We will miss all of our friends in St. Joe, and we cannot wait to return next summer to share our new tunes with you! See you soon, Jimmy, Tommy, and Galen (The Currys) Companies relocating to Florida Dear Editor, American schooling started teaching STEM shortly after Sputnik, 1957. Fifty years of FAILURE should be enough. American schooling is designed to deal with a static, slow-moving, history-repeats-itself world. In todays dynamic world, the static facts, formulas and protocols of academic STEM are totally useless. STEM does not connect to the root cause of the lack-of-jobswith-a-future in America. STEM is not Science. STEM is information about Science. The dynamic worlds of Hi-tech and Tech-sTem are driven by recognizing, respecting and applying scienti c Principles. The process is called Creative Thinking. Two Caveats: 1) Memorizing those Principles as isolated knowledge is of no value. 2) All you need to know is -What is the least you need to know to make a Principle useful in the world you live in. A boy light-line shing from a pier, and catching sh, will confront and resolve more calculus problems in an hour than he might encounter in a year of Calculus classes. Light-line shing is an exercise in Creative Thinking. There are three basic types of learning/thinking in the USA today. Only one creates jobs-with-a-future: 1) American schoolings rote and regurgitation enforced by conform and comply or good-by (= Dolts & Drones). 2) Creative Communication: The exchange of feelings, emotions, and notions through the senses (= Boozos & Bimbos). 3) Creative Thinking: The application of scienti c knowledge to create a new product, service or system that can improve the human condition and is categorized as Technology (= jobs and Global Competitors). Examples of Creative Thinkings real-world Scienti c Principles: 1) Water runs downhill. This Scienti c Principle seems to surprise many Floridians on a regular basis. 2) Dry wood burns. This Scienti c Principle has been ignored by the U.S. Forest Service for the last 40 years. 3) The male and female genders of the Human Species are speci cally designed to collaborate with each other, not compete with each other. Ignoring this Scienti c Principle has destroyed the American family and reduced the competitive capabilities of the U.S. workforce. The failure of U.S. Schooling to recognize, respect and accommodate Creative Thinking is destroying American jobs. Todays Hi-tech world of Technology is driven by the Creative Thinking capabilities of U.S. high-school and college DROPOUTS and foreign nationals on H1B Visas. Over 60 percent of the invention patents led in the USA during the last 10 years have had a foreign nationals name on them. When the H1B Visas go home, the U.S. will become a servant economy much like Florida is today. Floridas minimum wage workforce testi es to the fact that Floridas K-16 schooling does not produce graduates, at any level, who are capable of Creative Thinking. The only way to introduce Creative Thinking into Floridas schools is by incorporating sTemPREP Special Units. Install sTemPREP Special Units in local K-12 schools and companies will come and jobs will follow. Why? sTemPREP Special Units graduate Techtrainable employees. TechsTem-driven companies are relocating and hiring. Will a Tech-sTem-driven company relocate to your community? Is your community a Magnet Community? Thats a Home Rule decision. Creative Thinking must drive the top 40 percent of the American workforce in the 21st Century or America is done. John M. Comer, iTT-84 Scholastic Engineer Magnet Communities Port St. Joe Letters to the EDITOR USPS 518-880 Published every Thursday at 135 W. 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Local The Star| A5 Thursday, August 1, 2013 County ramps up spraying By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star m (Editors note: Due to a technical error, this story did not run in its entirety in last weeks edition of The Star. The staff at The Star regrets the error.) The consistently heavy rainfall of the past few weeks has increased riv er ows and fended off drought conditions. All that moisture has also brought mosquitos, lots of them, as the season for mosquito-borne illness es approaches. County Mosquito Con trol director Mark Cothran told the Board of County Commissioners on Tues day that rains of recent weeks have dropped more water on the county than when rains caused rivers to ood on the north end of the county in February. The mosquito count, in turn, has exploded. We have a lot of mos quitos, Cothran said. We have only two (certi ed) sprayers but under this kind of conditions we couldnt handle it with 20 people. According to the Florida Forest Service, the com bined rainfall amounts at the countys four Forest Service stations Odena, Overstreet, White City and Wetappo is nearing 47 inches in July, with still a week remaining in the month. The combined rainfall amounts at four stations during June primar ily the nal three weeks of the month, Cothran noted were 28 inches. That compares to the 38-inch mark in Febru ary, with two of the three months prior to June re cording combined amounts under double digits at the four stations. Rainfall amounts in July for Overstreet are nearly 18 inches and more than 12 inches at Wetappo. We have double the mosquitos that we had in the spring as a result, Co thran said. Mosquito Controls re port of nightly trap aver ages show that in July the average number of mosqui tos found in traps per night is 67 no other month this year averaged as many as 30 per night. Cothran said his depart ment would be ramping up spraying over the next three weeks. He said they will spray seven days a week, with a shift in the morning and another at night, weather permitting. There are a lot of mos quitos and there will be a lot of spraying and a lot of chemicals, Cothran said. In three weeks we will see where we stand. Cothran urged coun ty residents to assist by dumping any standing wa ter in containers or buckets on their property. It will help, Cothran said. Also, we are entering the season for mosquitoborne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encepha litis. So if you havent had your horses vaccinated, you should think about it. BEACON HILL SIGN Commissioner Joanna Bryan asked that commis sioners reexamine the situ ation with the former Bea con Villa/Bay Medical sign in St. Joe Beach. County code enforce ment tagged the sign as out of compliance early this year and during the prior meeting former com missioner Bill Williams ap peared before the BOCC about the sign. Williams claimed own ership of the sign and re quested time to determine options for the sign, sug gesting the Tourist Devel opment Council could use the sign for promoting the county. Bryan said her research showed that the owner of the sign, when the per mit was originally issued in 2003, was Bay Medical, not Williams, and that the sign was not placed in the permitted area, was on the highway right-of-way and should come down. The neighbors and the new owner of the existed living facility Williams con structed there also wanted the sign down. The consensus is it is a large commercial sign in a residential area and it is quite large in scale, Bryan said. There is also a con cern when it is lit at night about turtle lighting. Commissioner Carmen McLemore said the BOCC should allow Williams an opportunity to come back before the board, but Bry an argued that sign should come down now and moved for board approval. It isnt really his sign, she said. Lee Collinsworth with the Building Department supported Bryans claims, saying nothing his de partment could nd in re searching the matter indi cated that Williams owned the sign. Collinsworth added that the sign was not in compli ance with the permit. The BOCC voted to pro vide a 10-day period for notifying Williams for re sponse and unless he dem onstrates legal standing on the sign it will be brought down.AMERICUS DITCH St. Joe Beach resident Bill Koran spoke to the board about the Americus Ditch and drainage around Americus Avenue. Koran said recent rains had again demonstrated that the project under taken by the county several years ago at nearly $1 mil lion in costs was faulty, with pipes not conjoined properly and improper construction. He posed a series of questions for commission ers to respond to in the future, including how the project was bid out, who de signed it, who signed off on it and who was contracted, and sub-contracted, for the work. That is our $1 million pipe that doesnt work, McLemore said. PLEDGE OF CIVILITY Following the prior meet ings discussion about her communication with con stituents, Bryan produced her phone records for the period in question, show ing among other things that Williams father, as he stated at the prior meeting, had not called her, a call the elder Williams claimed was not returned. She received the prom ised list of complaining con stituents from McLemore, sans phone numbers, and noted of the ve names on the list two had clearly not called her. She also said the BOCC should stop wasting time on such issues and re turn to a previously stated pledge of civility among commissioners. I am for that, said Commissioner Warren Yea ger. We have to have heat ed debates on issues we dont agree on, but we need to go back to being civil to each other and work for the better of the community. Wewahitchka medical service With Sacred Heart Hos pital on the Gulf not yet open at the Wewahitchka Health Department facility, McLemore and Commis sioner Ward McDaniel em phasized the importance of public attendance to a town hall meeting 6 p.m. CT on Monday at the Hon eyville Community Center where Sacred Heart and the Health Department are to provide updates. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star m Editors note: Due to a technical error, this story did not run in its entirety in last weeks edition of The Star. The staff at The Star regrets the error.) Three St. Joe Beach residents were arrested last week after a driveby shooting. Anthony Robinson, 28, Justin Armstead, 27, and Brittany Kyle, 32, were arrested by Gulf County Sheriff investiga tors and face charges re lated to a drive-by shoot ing July 15. According to investi gators, the victims were driving in the St. Joe Beach area when they approached Armstead standing in the roadway. Armstead distracted them, providing Robin son, who according to investigators had ongo ing problems with the victims, to shoot at their vehicle. Robinson allegedly fired two rounds at the victims, one striking the vehicle and nearly hitting the driver. The victims fled the scene without injury. Subsequent interviews and witness statements indicated the motive was an ongoing dispute in volving Robinson and one of the victims. Investigators also learned that Kyle, who is Robinsons girlfriend, was present at the shoot ing and provided the firearm. Kyle told investigators she disposed of the spent shell casings, along with the remaining live am munition and hid the fire arm used in the incident, which investigators re trieved and secured. Robinson was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and shoot ing into an occupied con veyance. He is the Gulf County Jail being held on $25,000 bond. Armstead was charged with being a principal to aggravated assault with a firearm and principal to shooting into an occupied conveyance. He is jail on $20,000 bond. Armstead was already out on $5,000 bond on an unrelated felony criminal mischief charge. Kyle was charged with tampering with or fabri cating physical evidence. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star m Editors note: Due to a technical error, this story did not run in its entirety in last weeks edition of The Star. The staff at The Star regrets the error.) Saturday was just an other enjoyable day off for Sgt. John Murnan with the Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce. He was at Under the Oaks Park in Parker, enjoy ing a birthday party with his son, daughter-in-law and their children. The par ty was going swimmingly when Murnan heard shout ing from across the park. We were just hanging out and someone started shouting help, help, call 9-1-1, Murnan said. Of course I am going to re spond, somebody calling for 9-1-1, I had to nd out what was going on. A teenager came sprint ing, cradling a small boy turned out he was 4-yearsold in his arms. The young child was not breathing and was in clear distress, Murnan said. He was as blue as blue can be, Murnan said. He was, when I got him, I guess, gone. Murnan scooped up the young boy Murnan be lieved he recognized the brother, who called the boy Angel and who will ingly turned the boy over to Murnans care. He just said, Look, help my brother, Murnan said. Murnan put the boy in a modied Heimlich, arm across his abdomen, the boys head down, and did ve thrusts. After several thrusts the boy began to spit up wood debris used on the park walkways and began to breathe. Murnan rolled him over and continued with one or two more compressions. The boy went into a bit of a seizure Your brain basically rebooting itself, Murnan said and began to breathe on his own and gain his color back as the ambulance arrived. Murnan? I just kind of went back to the party, he said with a chuckle. I dont want to sound callous, but I didnt think any more about it. That is what we are trained to do. All of this might not have ended up in black and white on this page if not for a Port St. Joe resident, Mary Williams, who hap pened to be at Under the Oaks last Saturday. She witnessed the entire episode, including Mur nans life-saving response. She emailed hoping to locate the deputy. It amazed and touched a lot of people there, Wil liams wrote after detailing Murnans actions followed by his return to his party. I think he should be rec ognized for saving that little boy. We didnt get his name but someone recog nized him as a Gulf County Deputy. I hope you can nd out so we all can know and thank him. Murnan had forgotten all about the incident when contacted by his supervi sor that The Star was try ing to locate him. He is a ne man and was just promoted to ser geant, said Sheriff Mike Harrison. When the email was read to Murnan to explain tracking him down, he said he was just doing what his many years in law enforce ment with Mexico Beach and Gulf County had taught him. To have someone recog nize it, though, was not so bad. That is pretty cool, Murnan said of Williams email. Due to legal restric tions, information about the boys condition was not known, though there were no reports of deaths or se rious injuries that day in those circumstances. Murnan said the last he saw the boy called Angel he was doing ne and be attended to by EMS per sonnel. He was not even sure the boy was trans ported from the park by ambulance. Heavy rains bring mosquitos Three arrested in drive-by shooting Off-duty deputy saves choking child ANTHONY ROBINSON JUSTIN ARMSTEAD BRITTANY KYLE Special to The Star Many times we think of well-checks as apply ing only to children. We take our babies, toddlers and school age children for the routine well-check appointments, get their vaccinations, and make sure that they are headed in the right direction to be healthy adults. Some where between 13 and 18 years old most of us stopped going for those routine appointments and start only going when we know something is wrong. That continues on through adulthood if we can get away with it. Most adults are not adequately vacci nated and dont even know it. Many have never been screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Take a minute to review for yourself. Just how well are you? Do you know your numbers? Any idea if you are up to date on your screenings and vaccinations? Having a primary care provider is the rst step to insuring great health for a life time. A primary care provider is able to help you stay on track with screenings, vac cinations, well-checks, and referrals to the specialists you may need if problems arise. After years of not going for routine checkups, many adults will end up going to the emergency department for a problem that could have been taken care of by a primary care provider. To determine where to go for your health needs, keep these simple guide lines in mind: If you should experi ence chest pain, shortness of breath, a sharp rise in blood pressure, or change in level of consciousness, you need to go to the near est ER for treatment. You may need to dial 911 for assistance in going to the ER. Do not try to drive yourself if you are having these problems. If you have the u or signs and symptoms of an infection, you may need to see your primary care physician for an as soon as possible appointment. If you need rells of prescriptions, have ques tions about medication changes, or labs done by your physician, you should consult your physicians ofce staff or nurse. If you have questions about your Diabetes, Hypertension, or High Cholesterol self-manage ment instructions, your medicines in use to treat these, making a Healthy changes plan, or schedul ing an appointment with a primary care provider, and you are a Gulf County resi dent who is uninsured or underinsured, please con tact the Care Manager or the Patient Navigator for assistance. Is it time for a check-up?


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TIDE T ABLES MONTHL Y A VER A GES T o nd the tides of the f ollo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica t ed times fr om these g iv en f or AP ALA CHIC OLA: HIGH L OW C a t P oin t M inus 0:40 M inus 1:17 East P ass M inus 0:27 M inus 0:27 T o nd the tides of the f ollo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica t ed times fr om those g iv en f or C ARR ABELLE: HIGH L OW B ald P oin t M inus 9:16 M inus 0:03 S T J OSEPH B A Y A P AL A CHIC OL A B A Y W EST P ASS WEEKL Y ALM ANA C Da t e H igh L o w % P r ecip T hu July 25 88 77 50 % F ri, July 26 89 78 30 % S a t July 27 87 77 20 % Sun, July 28 86 77 30 % M on, July 29 85 76 40 % T ues July 30 86 76 30 % W ed July 31 85 76 30 % 1617 Gr ouper A venue Port St. Joe, FL www Thursday, August 1, 2013 Page 6 Star Staff Report The weather broke and the Mexico Beach Marina Offshore Classic was marked by the landing of four large sword sh during the tournament held last Friday and Saturday. The relentless, continuous rain nally let up and anglers went out in beautiful weather in search of the biggest king mackerel, wahoo, and dolphin/mahi mahi, the categories for the Classic. With the rain letting up and l-2 foot seas, many anglers decided to run well off shore to hit the blue water where the big sh hang out. Lots of big sh were landed in the two-day tournament with Capt. Dee Ritter in Georgia Grown taking rst place overall for the most points scored in the tournament. First place in the dolphin division was taken by Ben Dover on the Shady Lady with a 32.86 pound sh. First place in the wahoo division was taken by Ritter on the boat Georgia Grown with a weight of 34.53 pounds. First place in the king mackerel division was won by Blake Anderson with a king that weighed 44.67 pounds. One of the surprising aspects of the tournament was the number of sword sh caught by anglers out in the Gulf of Mexico. Four big sword sh were landed with the biggest one tipping the scales at l87 pounds. This big sh was caught by Shannon Dew on the boat named My Turn. The anglers were over l00 miles offshore at the tip of the Spur in 2,600 feet of water. It took over two hours to battle the sh and nally get it into the boat. Tournament of cials had to borrow a forklift from Cathey’s Hardware to hoist the huge sword sh up high enough to get a scale to weigh the long sh. “We had a great tournament, and we appreciate all the people who came out to cheer on the anglers who came in with the really huge sh on Saturday afternoon,” said Nate Odom, tournament director and owner of Mexico Beach Marina. 187-pound sword sh landed during Marina Offshore Classic SPECIAL TO THE STAR This 187-pound sword sh was caught Saturday during the Mexico Beach Marina Offshore Classic shing tournament. It was caught by Shannon Dew in the boat My Turn. Dew and friends were shing about 110 miles off of Mexico Beach in 2,600 feet of water. Utricularias (“youtrick-you-lay-ree-as”), commonly called bladderworts, are more than 200 species of carnivorous plants that grow on wetlands and in freshwater and are found virtually worldwide except for in Antarctica. Some are cultivated for their exotic owers, often compared to members of the pea family, snapdragons and orchids. Bladderwort owers are usually bright yellow or occasionally white, pink or lavender and have two “lip-like” petals of about equal size. Flowers are on long stalks that emerge several inches above the water. Bladderworts are rootless and have main stems from which lacy or scale-like leaves grow. Bladders are attached at regular intervals along the linear leaf segments. All bladderworts are carnivorous and capture small organisms by means of bladder-like traps. Wetland species tend to have tiny traps that feed on microscopic organisms. Freeoating bladderworts usually have larger bladders and feed on larger prey like small worms, water eas and even sh fry, mosquito larvae and young tadpoles. Some bladderworts have passive traps but many have active traps similar to a Venus ytrap, only much smaller. The prey brush against trigger hairs connected to the trapdoor. When the trap is triggered by movement of its victim along with the water surrounding it, is sucked into the bladder. Once the bladder is full of water, the door closes. The whole process takes only a tiny fraction of a second. These bladder traps are recognized as one of the most sophisticated structures in the plant kingdom by botanists. Dozens of bladderworts make their home in the United States and species are found in both Alaska and Hawaii. With native 14 species of bladderwort each, Florida and Rhode Island have the greatest variety of any state. Seven Florida natives are commonly found oating in lakes and ditches. Four are native to our pine atwoods. One Florida native, humped bladderwort, is considered an invasive species of international concern in other parts of the world. In traditional medicine, bladderwort was a remedy for urinary tract disorders including kidney stones and urinary tract infections, digestive spasms, uid retention, and swelling. They were thought to stimulate the gallbladder and promote weight loss. Bladderwort was sometimes applied directly to the skin for burns and swelling For an online key to the bladderworts of Florida, visit www.dep. state. .us and search for bladderwort. Bladderworts sophisticated carnivores LOIS SWOBODA | The Times BUDS ‘N’ BUGS Lois Swoboda SPONSORED BY Inshore Offshore Offshore shing will be great this week with the return of amber jack on Aug 1. This will increase chances and make for a better trip, keeping both grouper and amberjack. King sh are still holding close to shore on the buoys and near shore wrecks, and with better weather, the bait should be back on the surface! Fishing has improved this week on the Forgotten Coast as the waters settle and things return to normal after all the rain. Good reports on ounder from Mexico Beach and Eagle harbor are the talk of the town. Scalloping is getting better and better this month as the shells are growing in size. Presnell’s channel and treasure bay areas are producing the most shells right now, and the numbers are great! Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR THE PORT ST. JOE STAR THE PORT ST. JOE STAR


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Had the Florida Board of Education not approved that recommendation from Florida School Superintendent Tony Mitchell, WES would have likely landed as a D school, said Melissa Ramsey, the district’s coordinator for assessment. “We see our areas that need im provement, but we are proud that we had schools that earned a B and C,” Ramsey said. Some areas in need of improvement include math scores in Wewahitchka and reading scores in Port St. Joe. We wahitchka also missed out on bonus points for end-of-course scores at the middle school level. The grades for high schools will not be known until December. High school grades are formulated differently, with half of the points based on FCAT scores and the other half on participation and success in dual-en rolled courses, dropout rates, gradua tion rates and other factors. In any case, it appears the district will see its streak of consecutive years as a high-performing district end at six. Recognition as a high-perform ing district — and the past two years there have been fewer than 20 state wide among 67 districts — Gulf District Schools must be an honor roll district and have a clean annual nancial audit. The district is unlikely to maintain honor roll status. Based on points scored, the projection is that Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will be an A school and Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School a C school, giving the district an A, B and two C schools, not enough for honor roll recognition. Instructional pay raises The district and union representing teachers have arrived at an agreement on how to disburse money allocated for pay raises this past spring by the Flori da Legislature. The district received more than $300,000 in state funding, and the agree ment would spread the money evenly among all instructional personnel and the four school administrators. That would mean $1,715 per teacher/principal. That brings rst-year teacher pay to $32,666. GRADES from page A1 “It was pretty picturesque,” Pickett said. “Our state park shined.” Pickett chose the running and biking events to help get people into different parts of the community and was encour aged by the growing interest she sees in physical and bicy cling activities in the area. The “Race for the Scallops” was sponsored by Velo Bicycle Shop on Reid Avenue and the Friends of the St. Joseph Penin sula State Park. This weekend, the party moves to George Core Park, where on Friday, Aug. 2, admis sion and music will begin at 5 p.m. ET. Vendors will line the park with more than 70 stations to sell arts, crafts and wares. Southern-inspired music will ll the park all weekend while the gates are open. The Currys, who recently funded their upcoming album with the help of Kickstarter, will take the stage rst on Friday, followed by Flabbergasted and local staple Jim Morris. Music will go until 11 p.m. ET. Gates open at 11 a.m. ET Sat urday for the classic car show that take place inside the gates, along Miss Zola’s Drive. Prizes will be awarded in eight catego ries. The Sacred Heart Guild will host a Ducky Derby fund raiser where kids can purchase a rubber duck to be dropped into the George Core lagoon. The owners of the rst ducks to make it across the water will re ceive prizes and have a chance at nabbing a grand prize of an iPad mini. The Kidz zone will give the little ones a place to work off some excess energy and enjoy games and crafts. Food vendors will be selling fried scallop plates along with other delicacies, and ve-pound bags of frozen scallops can be purchased for $35. Pre-packed ice chests also will be sold onsite for $5 to accommodate any impulse scallop purchases. Saturday’s music starts when the gates open and the lineup will include Bowen and Bowman, Reed Waddle, King Cotton, The Sauce Boss, Cadil lac Willy and the Kevin Jacobs Band. The festival will close on Sun day, with Worship by the Bay at 9 a.m. ET sponsored by the First United Methodist Church and a Brunch by the Bay at Sunset Coastal Grill at 10:30 a.m. ET. Local Christian-rock band Thirty-Three will take the stage at George Core Park at 1 p.m. ET, and the nal leg of the “Race for the Scallops” event will be with a kayak and paddle board event starting at George Core Park. An event this big can’t hope to survive without the aid of volun teers, and Pickett said there are still positions available for those who wish to help. She estimates 100 volunteers are needed, and responsibilities include handing out wristbands at the gate, sell ing T-shirts, serving scallops or operating the ever-popular beer tent. Pre-sale shirts already have sold out, and Pickett has add ed another gate for the event located by the Marina Cove Fountain. Admission to the Scallop Festival is $5 for Aug. 2-3. Ad mission is free for children un der 6 and military personnel. SCALLOP sS from page A1 “The interest rate isn’t too bad,” Mayor Mel Magidson said. “It is the 15-year amortiza tion that is the killer.” Under the 15-year term, the city will pay $1.278 million annually on the note, up from the current annual payment of roughly $850,000. A 20-year loan, which the city is seeking, would reduce that annual payment by almost $200,000, which is in the neigh borhood of the amount the city would take from impact fee re serves to cap the coming rate increase at 3.5 percent. The Regions Bank loan, ne cessitated by the debt the city has taken on while undertaking extensive infrastructure proj ects from a $21 million water plant to extending water and sewer connections throughout the south end of the county to replacing 20 miles of aging wa ter lines, was taken out in 2010. Commissioners made it clear they wanted better terms from Regions or any other bank wishing the city’s business. “We’ve been a good cus tomer,” Magidson said. “I don’t know if they’d want to lose a $20 million customer. “We need that 20-year amor tization, or we are going to need to go out and shop.” Commissioners also will budget for nance charges, es timated by staff at $150,000, to renance the loan. The city has raised utility rates, per an ordinance put in place after a rate study by Bur ton & Associates, twice since. The rst was a whopping 39 percent increase; the second, two years ago, came in at 8 per cent. The 5 percent increase proposed for this year drops to 4 percent in 2014 and again in 2015. For a 3,000-gallon-a-month user, a 5 percent increase will translate into $3.60 per month. Bringing the increase down to 3.5 percent would represent an increase of $2.70, a difference of 90 cents. For a 4,000 gallon per month user — 60 percent of the city’s customers use 4,000 gallons or less per month — the proposed 5 percent will increase rates $4.11 per month; 3.5 percent would increase rates $3.05 per month. To cap the increase at 3.5 percent this year would create a $500,000 shortfall, nance of cer Mike Lacour said. An op tion to commissioners is to take those funds from impact fees for water and sewer. “It is risky,” Lacour said. “You would no longer be es crowing impact fees for future plans. Do we want to pay down that debt and not have that reserve?” The amount that would be taken from impact fees also would hinge on growth projec tions, which commissioners found optimistic. Lacour was basing his g ures on growth of 2 percent, or 60 new customers in 2014. The city had less optimistic projec tions for this year and is strug gling to meet those projections. “The assumptions on growth scare me,” Commissioner Rex Buzzett said. “We didn’t meet it this year.” Also uncertain is how us ing impact fee reserves to pay down long-term debt would look to any potential lender as the city tried to renance the Regions Bank loan. Sobering the entire discus sion is ongoing issues with water quality as the city has added more customers the past three years and the impact of fee increases on households and businesses throughout the south end of the county. “Any increase is a hard sell,” Commissioner Phil Mc Croan said. “These people didn’t ask for this. If we had a fantastic product, (it would be different).” Commissioner Bo Patterson was also blunt, saying he could not support an increase of any more than 3.5 percent. “I think we are going to get hollered at with a 3.5 percent increase, and if it is 5 percent it will be a lot louder,” Patterson said. “I don’t think I can vote to stay the course.” Buzzett said utility rates were spread out over the cus tomer base and a fairer method of generating the revenue than socking property taxpayers in the city. “Nobody wants to raise wa ter rates, but we are responsi ble for keeping this city scally sound,” Buzzett said. UTILITY from page A1


Local A8 | The Star Thursday, August 1, 2013 A mill equals $1 for ev ery $1,000 in taxable prop erty value. “We’ve got to decrease this number,” Yeager said of the tentative millage rate. “We are going to de crease that number.” Yeager again urged com missioners to re-examine mandatory garbage pickup, saying the county could see savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in di rect and indirect costs. The move would place more of the burden for the landll and garbage col lection on users instead of property owners, he added. Commissioners decided last month to effectively postpone a decision until a 2014 fall voter referendum on a sales tax to fund man datory garbage pickup. “I agree on this issue,” Commissioner Joanna Bryan said. “(Mandatory garbage collection) would save money and free up our work crews of other im portant tasks. It all works together. It’s something we denitely need to look at.” Staff was charged with working on numbers to go out for bid on manda tory garbage to assess the potential impact to the budget. Yeager said it might not be something that could be put in place for the coming year, but was something the BOCC had to re-examine. Yeager also resumed an argument for the Tour ist Development Council to add a penny to the bed tax — the move would likely take effect next budget year — to “supplement the sheriff’s budget.” During Monday’s meeting, commissioners also formally ratied sev eral changes that added $370,000 to the positive side of the ledger. That included reduc tions in expenses, such as exiting the courthouse in Wewahitchka for other county facilities, and in creases in revenues. Revenue increases would come by raising the tipping fee at the landll to $60, increasing fees for “dry” EMS runs and in creasing beach driving permits for residents and visitors. “I think those (total) revenue projections are conservative numbers,” Yeager said. Commissioners also tapped the reserves in the infrastructure fund by $150,000, dollars related to the erection of the new pub lic works building, which has been largely complet ed, save deciding how the space would be used. After adding to the bud get, commissioners revis ited the issue of employee raises and favored a 3 per cent increase across the board for employees. The price tag would be $207,963. “These people are going in the hole” with insurance increases and no raises the past ve years, Yeager said. “These are tough times, but we need to help them keep their heads above water.” Commissioner Tan Smi ley said he did not favor an across-the-board percent age increase, saying that only increased the dispar ity between the top and bot tom of the salary scale. “They are designed to keep the small guy small,” Smiley said. Commissioners agreed to set aside the money and have county administrator Don Butler and the Clerk of Courts ofce iron out specics for disbursing pay raises — with union approval — fairly across departments and within the ofces of constitutional ofcers. “We need to make cer tain we are fair across the board,” Bryan said. Gulf County Jail Bryan urged commis sioners to examine jail op erations and whether there were savings to be had by “farming” out the male population as the jail does females. All females after rst arraignment in Gulf Coun ty are transported to Bay County to await further ju dicial action. The savings realized ap proaches $250,000 a year, noted jail administrator Michael Hammond. Bryan wondered if doing the same with the males might also be a savings and asked Hammond to come up with numbers. “It benets Bay County to ll the jail, and it would shift the costs and liability out of the county,” Bryan said. “I am all for think ing outside the box. I am not in favor of raising the millage.” Hammond said when researching costs two years ago, transporting the males, given the larger number, did not work in the county’s favor. He said he would provide the numbers at a future meeting. BP litigation Commissioners had in dividual presentations for the team from Beasley Al len, the law rm represent ing the county in its claim against BP. Attorney Ron Jones said the litigation is moving for ward and that the rm is seeking to ensure “if there is an avenue of recovery we have it” and that “if there is a solution that is fair and makes sense for Gulf Coun ty, without going to trial, that is the No. 1 goal.” Yeager had expressed frustration that the county was forced to sue while Bay County, the city of Port St. Joe and Panama City Beach, among oth ers, had already accepted settlements. He said he understood that to date BP’s offers had been insufcient, but “We need to get to a resolution as quickly as possible.” e P l a nnin g a n d D e v e lo p m en t R e v ie w B o a r d si t t in g a s t h e lo c a l p l a nnin g a g en c y w i l l h o ld a h e a r in g a t 4:00 p .m., ES T o n A ugu s t 13, 2013, t o r e v ie w t h e o r din a n ces a n d r e co mm en d t h em t o t h e Ci t y C o mmi s sio n o f t h e Ci t y o f P o r t S t. 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The hearing was to be held in March but was postponed while the parties attempted to make a last-minute deal on the $4-plus million note Capital City holds. The hearing was rescheduled without taking into account at torney schedules, Port Authority attorney Tom Gibson said, and there were conicts. Both sides seek summary judgment from a circuit court judge; the bank on the arrears loan and the Port Authority on the argument that it lacked the authority to mortgage the land without a public referendum. A more immediate and press ing issue, Costin said, is the $80,000 — on a bare-bones budget with the port direction making $1 per month — the Port Authority needs to maintain an operational presence. Costin has pushed for several weeks for the Port Authority to launch a community fundraising campaign. “We’ve got to gure out a way to generate revenue,” Costin said. “I don’t see any option but asking our citizens to make a tax-deductible donation.” Donating would be investing in the future of the Port of Port St. Joe and the local economy. For example, board member Patrick Jones noted that given a county population of 15,000, if the Port Authority could bank $5 for every resident in the county, op erational funding was attainable. “You aren’t buying a tangible,” board member Patrick Jones said. “You are buying an oppor tunity. We are the little guy try ing to make a big impact on the community. “Is it a guarantee? No. Is it worth ($5)? Absolutely.” The focus, Jones said, should be formulating a plan to take to the public, presenting the Port Authority’s arguments against the progress of the past year af ter signing an agreement with the St. Joe Company to develop the port. “Every avenue needs to be ex plored,” Jones said. “Working to gether (with cities, county, cham bers and economic development agencies), we should be able to achieve it.” More importantly for the cur rent conversation are two Let ters of Intent (LOIs) between St. Joe and two energy companies to ship wood chips through the Port of Port St. Joe. That news has reignited dis cussions with government of cials, state and federal, on the process for permitting and fund ing maintenance dredging of the shipping channel to accommo date larger vessels. The regional impact — the energy companies, for instance, are based out of Georgia and Northwest Florida — also fuels the Port Authority’s argument. “It does have a regional im pact,” said Loretta Costin, direc tor of the Gulf/Franklin campus and vice-president of the Gulf County Economic Development Alliance Inc. “It is not just Gulf County.” The Board of County Commis sioners recently lent its name to a resolution of support for the ef forts of St. Joe and the Port Au thority to develop the port. But for all that future prom ise, the current picture for dayto-day operations, skeletal to be gin with, is bleak. Lacking a revenue stream, which already has forced a fore closure proceeding on more than a third of port lands, the ability to maintain a presence on the ground is compromised at a criti cal time. The bare-bones budget pro posed includes just $1,200 a month in operating funds, plus less than $900 a month in attor ney fees, internet, phones and travel. The major items are the required annual nancial audit and dues to the Florida Ports Council. “We are so close to being suc cessful,” Costin said, adding it would “be a shame” if progress of the past year is undone by, among other items, an opera tional revenue shortfall. PORT from page A1


C OMMUNITY B Page 1 Section Special to the Star The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Gulf County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations. The accreditation award recognizes DOH-Gulf’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-theart standards. DOH-Gulf underwent a rigorous unannounced onsite survey in July 2013. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the health department for compliance with standards of care speci c to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. “Organizations striving for accreditation in ambulatory care from the Joint Commission demonstrate the highest commitment to quality and safety for their patients, staff and community,” said Michael Kulczycki, Executive Director of the Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. “I commend the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County for successfully achieving this pinnacle, and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.” Marsha Lindeman, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County, said, “We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care. Achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring con dence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible.” The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of an ambulatory care organization. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. Since 1975, The Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. Nearly 1,900 freestanding ambulatory care organizations maintain Joint Commission accreditation. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission improves public health by collaborating with stakeholders, evaluating health care organizations, and inspiring them to provide safe, effective, and highquality care. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certi es more than 2,400 diseasespeci c care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staf ng services. An independent, not-for-pro t organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and “Trivia Fun” with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country and is a weekly feature in The Port St. Joe Star. 1) What was Detroit most renowned for manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century? Staplers, Chewing tobacco, Boots, Bicycles 2) Nathaniel Taylor portrayed what character on older TV’s “Sanford and Son”? Bubba, Rollo, Grady, Lamont 3) Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, makes how many complete orbits around the planet every day? One half, 3, 6, 27 4) What did most everyone in the Middle Ages believe was the “seat of intelligence”? Stomach, Brain, Heart, Eyes 5) From recent surveys what is considered the most honest profession? Ministry, Nursing, Teaching, Carpentry 6) Studies support that people perform better on tests when they have what? Good pencil, Breakfast, Not much sleep, A cold 7) Lili de Alvarez was the 1st woman player to do what at Wimbledon? Cuss of cial, Wear “shorts,” Throw racket, Default match 8) Who is the only former president buried within the boundaries of Washington, D.C.? Wilson, Eisenhower, JFK, Reagan 9) In 1903 how many days did it take the rst automobile to cross the U.S.? 11, 25, 52, 100 10) Brutus Thornapple is/was the star of what comic strip? Drabble, The Buckets, Flight Deck, The Born Loser 11) In an operation what is ordinarily removed in a hysterectomy? Appendix, Gall Bladder, Uterus, Abscessed tooth 12) Which continent has the greatest number of countries? Europe, Asia, Africa, S. America 13) The Asian Flu originated in what country? China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam 14) How many points are on a Maltese cross? 8, 10, 12, 14 ANSWERS 1) Chewing tobacco. 2) Rollo. 3) 3. 4) Heart. 5) Nursing. 6) A cold. 7) Wear “shorts.” 8) Wilson. 9) 52. 10) The Born Loser. 11) Uterus. 12) Africa. 13) China. 14) 8. Trivia Fun Wilson Casey WC@Trivia Thursday, August 1, 2013 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star Artist Caroline Rish has 250 prints of her Indian Pass Raw Bar painting in town, selling it everywhere from the Salt Air Farmer’s Market to Persnickety Boutique on Reid Avenue. Most notably, her work was featured at the Centennial Celebration, and she already has a lengthy list of pending commissions. It’s important to note that in August, Rish will be a sophomore at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. It was during Julie Hodges’ art class, where students were tasked with painting historic structures that Rish’s watercolor came into existence. The painting caught Hodges’ eye and the teacher suggested that Rish get prints made in order to make some money for college. Hodges also asked the artist if she could hang the painting in the student art show which would be presented alongside the Centennial Timeline display. “I was very happy, but also really nervous,” said Rish about the display. “I didn’t know how my art would be perceived. I’m so young and I want to be taken seriously.” The painting drew interest from around the community and now a poster-sized print of the watercolor can be purchased at Persnickety along with postcards baring the image. On a rainy Saturday in July, Rish made her artistic debut at the Salt Air Farmer’s Market. She was armed with 15 prints of the painting, postcards, and a lot of hope. On this particular day, weather kept many of the normal patrons away from the popular gathering area at the City Commons. Rish reported feeling “discouraged” by the weather, but after an hour, the rain cleared up and soon the patrons made their way to the market. Within an hour, the prints and postcards had sold out. “People really enjoyed it,” Rish said of the response to her work. Now the artist stays fully stocked on prints with assistance from Steve Kerigan at Coast2Coast printing and has planned to open a bank account specifically for her earnings that she can put toward attending art school after graduation. Rish said that she had been painting since the age of eight when her father gave her a basic watercolor set and found inspiration all around her. “I would look at things and notice how cool it looked and I would want to replicate it,” she said. Once she became serious about her art, she Artist taking small steps in big career WES LOCHER | The Star Caroline Rish’s watercolor painting of the Indian Pass Raw Bar was a hit during the Centennial Celebration. See ARTIST B4 PATRICIA HAMMONDS ARNP DR. MARK GAPONIUK DMD DR. KEVIN MURPHY MD DR. DANIELLE GRIMES DDS DEE CONROY ARNP DR. PAUL HUNT Board Certi ed Pediatrician Special to The Star On April 12-13, nine Gulf County youth participated in the Area A District Horse Show in Marianna, which they competed in Showmanship, Keyhole Race, Stake Race, Poles Bending and Barrel Race Classes. There are 16 counties, Escambia, Jefferson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla, that make up Area A. There were 35 participants this year. Seven of the nine Gulf County participants quali ed to go to the 4-H State Show in Tampa on July 11-13. All nine of the youth placed in the District Show with following results: Brooke McMillian: 22 points, Kayla Lindsey: 17 points, Robin Outlaw: 16 points, Madeline McMillian: 13 points, Hayleigh McMillian: nine points, Desy Outlaw: nine points, Rylee Waters: seven points, Hayden Lee: three points and Landin Johnson: three points. The cutoff points for qualifying to go to the 4H State Show were ve points which our top seven youths quali ed. Each of the youths placed in one or more classes they exhibited in. Kayla Lindsey placed 5th in Sr. Pole Bending 14 and over, earning seven points, 7th in Sr. Barrel Race 14 and over earning ve points. She had a total of 12 points qualifying her for Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in West Monroe, La., on July 30-August 3. Robin Outlaw placed 8th in the Sr. Keyhole Race earning four points but not enough to qualify for the Southern Regional Championships. Brooke McMillian competed in the 13 and under categories and placed 6th in Jr./Int. Keyhole, earning six points, 3rd in Jr./Int. Stake Race, earning nine points, 1st in Jr./Int. Pole Bending, earning 11 points, and 5th in Jr./Int. Barrel Race, earning seven points. She had a total of 33 points. Brooke also placed 8th in the Top 10 Juniors in the State, receiving a large plaque for her award. Hayleigh McMillian placed 8th Jr./Int. Barrel Race 13 and under and Madeline McMillian placed 11th in Jr./Int. Keyhole Race 13 and under, earning one point. Only Sr. exhibitors are invited to the Regional 4H Horse Championships. Each class at the District show had 31-36 competitors per class from the State of Florida. We are excited and elated to have this amazing young lady, Kayla Lindsey, to represent Gulf County at the Southern Regional Championships where she will compete against qualiers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Florida. Big River Riders 4-H club place in Tampa competition QUALIFIED FOR CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL TO THE STAR Kayla Lindsey was one of nine riders who quali ed to compete at the State Show in Tampa. Health Department awarded accreditation See HEALTH B4 See 4H B4


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New members welcomed into the club this year were Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, Tyler Askew and Matthew Birmingham. The club ofcers rec ognized during the event were Harrison, Mike McK enzie, Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson, Askew, Jim Norton, Tom Gibson, Bren dan Murphy, Steve Wich, Willie Ramsey, Jim Ander son, Jim Conway and Thom Baird. Jim Conway earned spe cial recognition for 10 years of perfect attendance; Jim Anderson received the “Back in the Day” award while Michael Hammond earned the “Incognito” award. Charlie Norton was given “In Appreciation for Steaks” award for his “masterful production of the famous Charlie Norton No Man Left Hungry Steak Dinner”, a prime compo nent of the club’s Annual Sportsmens Banquet. Lions Club annual New Members banquet On Aug. 16-18, Boy Scout Troop 47 will be hosting a lock-in at the Scout Hut at 2368 Oak Grove Ave. in Port St. Joe. This is an invitation for all boys 12-17 years old. We will be having food, snacks, games and just good ol’ fun. Bring your clothes, sleeping bag and pillow. Come and enjoy! Special to The Star Senior Portraits: Se nior portraits will be taken Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7-8. Senior parents should have received an appointment card and in formation in the mail. If not, please call the photogra pher at 769-6277 (Panama City) to nd out the times and information. School’s Open: On Mon day, Aug. 5, the teachers will return to prepare for the upcoming school year. Students return on Mon day, Aug. 12. Open House: Port St. Joe Jr.-Sr. High School Open House will be held at 6 p.m. ET Aug. 8. All students and parents are invited to attend. This will be a time to go over details about the 2013-2014 school year and briey meet the teachers. Schedules will not be given out during open house. However, students may pick up schedules on Aug. 8-9 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the main ofce. Sched ules will also be available on the rst day of school, Aug. 12. Volleyball Tryouts: Vol leyball ofcially begins on Monday, Aug. 5. Time will be from 3-6 p.m. The play ers will receive informa tion concerning tryouts. Monday and Tuesday will be practice and tryout fa miliarization drills. JV and Varsity tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Again, times will be from 3-6 p.m. Tryouts are open to all girls going into grades 7-12. You must have a current FH SAA physical and release forms on le with the vol leyball coach prior to being allowed to tryout. Online Caldendar: For up to date information, check us out online at Special to The Star Summer is almost over and it is time to prepare for school again. We have been work ing hard all summer to get ready for our students and we are excited for the new school year to begin. There are some chang es in personnel and some changes in times of which everyone needs to be informed. Open House will be held from 12 noon until 1 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 9. We are asking all parents who can attend to come to the auditorium rst for a short introduction during which time we will review the new expectations. After that, parents and students can visit the classrooms and meet the teachers. Our school day begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. which means that we expect stu dents to be in their class rooms ready to work at that time. Gates will be locked at 7:45 a.m. in order to accom plish this. If you arrive after that time, you will need to check in through the front of ce and your student will be marked tardy. After the rst week of school we ask that Kindergarten parents refrain from entering the classroom with your child. You can just drop them off at the gate and they will make it to the class by them selves. Parents of children in grades 1-6 should not need to walk your children to their rooms. There are personnel sta tioned all over campus to as sist and supervise students on their way to class. School ends at 2:50 p.m. If you pick up your child, please be in one of the four designated pick-up lines close to this time. There is no need to come early, as gates will not open until 2:50 p.m. and children will not be dismissed until then. This time change will not affect bus riders. Those students who stay in Pre-K all day will be dis missed at 2:30 p.m. Please park in the PreK lot and sign-out your child in the classroom. By dismissing them early, it should relieve some of the congestion in the Kiss and Go lane that we ex perience in the afternoons. It is very important that you send your child to school every day with everything they need to be successful. Classroom interruptions will be kept to a minimum. Please remember to send supplies, snacks, pack lunches if they do not eat in the cafeteria, and do not check them out early if at all possible. Every minute of in struction is vital to their education. We look forward to anoth er great year with your help and encouragement!PHOTOS COURTESY OF TT HOM BAIRD Ofcers recognized during the banquet included, from left, Mike Harrison, Mike McKenzie, Mel Magidson, Tyler Askew, Jim Norton, Tom Gibson, Brendan Murphy, Steve Wich, Willie Ramsey, Jim Anderson, Jim Conway and Thom Baird (taking photo). Wayne Young was Lion of the Year. This year’s banquet was held at Ronnie B’s. Michael Hammond was given the “Incognito” award. Jim Anderson earned the “Back in the Day” award. Jim Conway was honored for 10 years of perfect attendance. Charlie Norton was honored for his steak dinners. Important: Time changes for Port St. Joe Elementary 4IBSL 5BML Boy Scouts host lock-in at Scout Hut


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The Lifetree event includes an exclusive lm of a woman who lost a son due to methamphetamine use. The lm also features a young man who became addicted to meth but found hope and escaped his addiction. Meth abuse affects more people than most realize, says Lifetree Caf representative Craig Cable. This Lifetree event offers information, hope, and practical steps in preventing meth use in the communityand our own families. Admission to the 60minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint. net. Lifetree Caf to discuss meth Do you have any idea at all, why youre here on earth? Do you think it could be to make money, and see how much you could be worth? Maybe youre a party person, and all you want is to have fun. There are many different views of life to choose from, under this old sun. The best place to look for guidance is the Book. Youll nd it there, if only youll look. People will try to lead you astray. Dont listen to the world, get in the word and pray. Be thankful for the gifts God gives to you. Use them well leading others to Him too. Billy Johnson What is your purpose in life? Special to The Star The administration and staff of Faith Christian School would like to welcome you to the 2013 2014 school year. After 39 years of serving Gulf County and the surrounding communities, we enter our fortieth year of ministry with thankfulness and praise. When you visit the campus, you will notice the improvements of the facilities. This is just another sign of Gods faithfulness and the dedication of parents who believe in the importance of the ministry of Faith Christian School. Open House for preschool, elementary, and middle school students is Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. This is a great opportunity to meet your childs teachers, examine the curriculum, and learn the policies and procedures for the new school year. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend. It is not too late to enroll you star student for the 2013-2014 school year. Call 229-6707 for more information. Class sizes are limited so call today! School will begin 8 a.m. ET Monday, Aug. 12. Roy L. Peterson, Jr., passed away on July 6, 2013. He lived most of his life in White City. He attended Port St. Joe schools and was a 1973 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Peterson. Roy is survived by his son Micah; daughter Rebekah; father Roy Sr.; and stepmother Anne; and local survivors, his aunt Mary Lois Peterson; and cousins Judy Carter and Lacy Carter. Other survivors include his aunt and uncle Wavine and Otis Fillmon and cousins Tim and Angie and their families; his uncle Clynton Peterson and cousins Norma, Ray, Jan and Kathy and their families; cousins Wayne, Patricia, Debbie and Danny and their families; his best friends Joe Demotroplis, Pastor Joe and Tom Toole. Roy was loved by all who knew him and although there is no doubt that he now dwells in Paradise with our Lord, he will be truly missed. Roy L. Peterson, Jr. Raymond P. Burrows left us on July 24, 2013, with his family by his side at his home in Highland View. A native of Oklahoma, Raymond was born December 4, 1941, in Shawnee, Okla., to Oma and Percy Burrows. They later moved to Highland View in 1955. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Oma Burrows; two brothers, Johnny Burrows and Earl Burrows; and one sister Katie Mangum. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carol Jean Burrows of Highland View; his children, Brenda Redmon and husband Robert of Ashford, Ala., Donna Lucas and husband Scott of Port St. Joe, Raymond E. Burrows and wife Terri of Keysville, Ga., and Connie Williams of Wewahitchka; seven grandchildren, Travis Burrows, Tarah Redmon, Chad Lucas, Jared Lucas, Tiffonie Burrows, Justin Burrows and Mason Simmons; two great-grandchildren, Braylee Metcalf and Landon Burrows; and one brother, Willie Burrows and wife Lydia of St. Joe Beach. Raymond was a very avid deer hunter. He loved to hunt in Ed Ball and his many hunting leases. He also took many hunting trips to Georgia. We also want to mention a close friend of Raymonds, Sam Andrews. He loved to sit under the carport waiting on Sam to bring the mail so he could talk hunting. Pallbearers were Joe Nugent, Tony Maige, Ricky Thursby, Terry Watson, Andy Mangum and Harlen Haddock Funeral services were at Oak Grove Church on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. E.D.T. with the Rev. David Fernandez and the Rev. James Wiley of ciating. Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery. Those who wish to may make donations to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th Street, Panama City, FL 32405 in Mr. Burrows memory. All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Raymond P. Burrows Mildred Ann Millie Lyles, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Frank Bill Lyles. Millie had been a longtime resident of this area, co-owning and co-managing the original Rainbow Motel in Mexico Beach for more than 16 years, where they opened their doors to The Kids of Sunland Center near Marianna, Fla. She also owned Instant Images in Port St. Joe, and also helped establish the Volunteer Fire Department in Mexico Beach. She was an original member of the Mexico Beach Lions Club, later to transfer to the Wewahitchka Lions Club, where she was a very active member serving on several different committees. Millie, was also active in establishing the ARC in Port St. Joe. She is survived by her son Robert (Bob) and wife Carol; her daughter Kathleen (Kat); her sister Jeanette Gramlick and husband Martin from Belleville, Ill.; her grandson Brandon and wife Natalie and great granddaughter Isabell; many nieces, nephews, godchildren, great godchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by a great, giving best friend, Hazel Owens and her entire family, and many wonderful friends. Please help us celebrate her life at 2 p.m. EDT, Sunday, Aug, 4, 2013, at the Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe, FL. Please do not wear sad colors, but dress in spring and summer colors to celebrate her joy of life, giving, and the quick smile to her face. If you please, in lieu of owers send a donation to the wonderful Covent Hospice, 107 W. 19th St. Panama City, FL 32405, who were so compassionate, loving and gentle with her and her family, or to Gulf County Senior Center, 120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Thank You from The Entire Family Mildred Ann Millie Lyles Obituaries Page B3 The Lions Tale


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Hodges brought her in to assist with students in grades one through six that were creating art for the Centennial Celebration. Rish said it was a great way to spread her love of art and also get some hours to be put toward a Bright Futures Scholarship. Rish led the class of children step by step through a watercolor painting of the Port Theater. She utilized basic shapes, colors and a whole lot of patience. “It was daunting, but it was really awesome,” she said. “It was interesting to see people so young be so excited about life.” Though she was ner vous about teaching, she enjoyed the process of creating alongside the younger students and learned to adapt to their learning style. The artist chose the Port Theatre as the sub ject because she thought it was “the most aesthet ically appealing building in town.” Though she draws free-hand on occasion, Rish feels that watercol ors are the best expres sion of her art and likes the fluidity of painting. The artist is currently taking commissions and is midway through a painting of the Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. “I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Rish. “It’s a beauti ful church.” She reported that most people who request commissions give her free rein to paint what ever she wants. While for some, that could overwhelm some, Rish said that it forces her to think about the person’s personality and really consider what they would for the end result. A painting may take her a few days or a few weeks to finish and is dependent on how much time she has to work. Rish said she is ap preciative of the support and encouragement she has seen from the com munity, her family, her teachers and her friends at school. After graduating high school, Rish is interested in careers in both the arts and psychiatry. She excited to ex plore the potential of art therapy. “When I get into my groove, I get lost in the work,” said Rish. “I just want to inspire others.” community efforts. The team of providers at the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County offers a variety of Public Health services in both ends of the county, includ ing Immunizations, Fam ily Planning, Dental Care, Healthy Start and Health Families, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Environmental Health. The Port St. Joe clinic, which also operates a Fed erally Qualied Health Center, offers Primary Care services including physicals and sick visits for adults and children, behavioral health services and prescription assis tance. You can also visit their new website at http://www. or call 2271276 today to schedule an appointment. HEALTH from page B1 We would like to give a great big ‘Thank You” to all our donors for helping make this a wonderful and memorable year for our youth. Fundraisers and donations are what assist our youth to participate in these shows and represent our county with their mag nicent talents. Thank you to the Exten sion Agent, 4-H Agent, all volunteers, parents and supporters for their assis tance in allowing the 4-H Club youth of Gulf County to discover the best within themselves, make a posi tive impact in their com munities and shape future leaders and innovators. Their motto is, “To make the best better.” Area A also had the task of planning, getting food, snacks and drinks to gether, setting up and serv ing for the 4-H State Show Award Social in Tampa on Saturday night for approxi mately 400 youth and their parents. Thank you to Jean Mc Millian, Judy Lister, Ta mara McMillian, Russell McMillian, Katie Bryant of Gulf County, Terry Stout of Okaloosa County, Kristine Manos, Tony Manos and Melanie King of Gadsden County for all their assis tance in making this a very unique Social for all. 4-H is a youth develop ment program for ages 5-18 that is greatly assisted by adult volunteers. If you are interested in participating as an adult volunteer or in volving your child in the 4H program, please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Ofce by calling 850-639-3200 or me 4H from page B1 SPECIAL TO TT HE STAR The Big River Riders 4-H Club competed in the Area A district show in Marianna. “When I get into my groove, I get lost in the work. I just want to inspire others.”CC aroline RR ish Artist


CLASSIFIEDS Thursday, August 1, 2013 The Star | B5 91399S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1341 Application No. 2013-30 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 05236-060R Description of Property: PARCEL C: A portion of Lots 4 & 5, Block 71, Re-Subdivision of all of Blocks Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Nine, Seventy, Seventy-One, Seventy-Two, SeventyThree, Seventy-Four and Seventy-Five, according to Official Map No. 12 of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 37, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as: Commence at the Northeast corner of Lot 7, Block 71, Re-Subdivision of all of Blocks Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Nine, Seventy, Seventy-One, Seventy-Two, SeventyThree, Seventy-Four and Seventy-Five, according to Official Map No. 12 of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 37, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida; thence South 85 degrees 00’27” West, 177.94 feet to a point on the Northeasterly right of way line of Palm Boulevard; thence along said Northeasterly right of way line, North 19 degrees 14’00” West, 39.86 feet to a point of curvature of a curve concave to the East; thence Northerly along said right of way line, along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 19.30 feet, an arc length of 18.47 feet, and a central angle of 54 degrees 50’00”; thence along the Southeasterly right of way line of Nineteenth Street, North 35 degrees 36’00” East, 43.03 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue along said right of way line, North 35 degrees 36’00” East, 96.58 feet to the Northwest corner of said Lot 4, Block 71; thence leaving said right of way line, South 51 degrees 43’21” East, 142.48 feet along the Northerly boundary line of said Lot 4 to the Northeast corner of said Lot 4, Block 71; thence along the East line of said Lot 4, South 09 degrees 03’54” West, 36.03 feet to the Northeast corner of said Lot 5, Block 71; thence North 74 degrees 21’36” West, 168.93 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said lands containing 0.23 acres, more or less. Name in which assessed: Paul Cox and William T. Watson All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 21st day of August, 2013. Dated this 16th day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2013 94643 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY. CASE NO. 13-43 PR IN PROBATE IN RE: The Estate of JOHN E. LEWIS Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: The administration of the estate of JOHN E. LEWIS, deceased, File Number 13-43 PR is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, Probate Division, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is August 1, 2013. Lillian E. Lewis 909 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Personal Representative Estate of John E. Lewis, Deceased THOMAS S. GIBSON FL Bar No. 0350583 RISH, GIBSON & SCHOLZ, P.A. 116 Sailor’s Cove Dr. P. O. Box 39 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 (850) 229-8211 Attorney for Personal Representative August 1, 8, 2013 91814S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 13-33-PR Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF ANNIE FOLMAR LITTLE F/K/A, ANNIE D. FOLMAR, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of ANNIE FOLMAR LITTLE, F/K/A, ANNIE D. FOLMAR, deceased, whose date of death was April 1, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room 148, Port St Joe, Florida 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative 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 court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is July 25th, 2013. Personal Representative: Louie Jefferson Little, Jr 105 Monica Drive Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Attorney for Personal Representative: EDWARD A. HUTCHISON, JR. FL Bar # 0602655 Burke Blue Hutchison Walters & Smith, P.A. 221 McKenzie Avenue Panama City, FL 32401 Phone: (850)769-1414 July 25, Aug 1, 2013 94401S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1754 Application No. 2013-29 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 06346-925R Description of Property: Lot 13, Block C. Sunset Pointe Subdivision, according to the Official Plat thereof on file in the Office of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Sarah Chappell Edwards All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 21st day of August, 2013. Dated this 16th day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2013 91898S NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Coastal Towing and Roadside Service, Inc. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on August 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET at 4258 County Road 386, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes, Coastal Towing and Roadside Service, Inc. reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. 1999 FORD 1FAFP58U3XA269548 August 1, 2013 94507S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 232012CA 000092CAAXMX CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, vs. WARREN LYNN GRIFFIN, et al Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated July 11, 2013 and entered in Case No. 232012CA 000092CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF COUNTY, Florida, wherein CITIMORTGAGE, INC., is Plaintiff, and WARREN LYNN GRIFFIN, et al are Defendants, the clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at GULF County Courthouse, Lobby Floor, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes, on the 22nd day of August, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 10, BLOCK ‘S’, RISH SUBDIVISION, BEING AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF THE North HALF OF THE Southeast QUARTER OF THE Northeast QUARTER AND THE Northeast QUARTER OF THE Northeast QUARTER OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 4 South, RANGE 10 West, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE Northeast CORNER OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 4 South, RANGE 10 West, THENCE South 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND West ALONG THE North LINE OF SAID SECTION 36 FOR A DISTANCE OF 316.96 FEET TO THE Westerly RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A 60 FOOT Road AND TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING: THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID North LINE South 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND West FOR A DISTANCE OF 257.14 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID North SECTION LINE RUN South 01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS West FOR A DISTANCE OF 192.93 FEET TO THE Northerly RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A 60 FOOT Road; THENCE North 41 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS East ALONG SAID Northerly RIGHT-OFWAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 16.35 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Southeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 206.20 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 48 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 59 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY CHORD BEARING North 65 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 59 SECONDS East, 170.03 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 175.26 FEET TO THE POINT OF REVERSE CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 95.46 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 86 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 04 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY CHORD BEARING North 45 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 58 SECONDS East, 133.46 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 147.78 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE North 01 DEGREE 78.02 SECONDS East FOR A DISTANCE OF 17.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.701 ACRES AND BEING SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING 60 FOOT PRIVATE Road, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE Southeast CORNER OF THE North HALF OF THE Southeast QUARTER OF THE Northeast QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 36, RUNNING THENCE S89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W ALONG THE South LINE OF SAID North HALF OF THE Southeast QUARTER OF THE Northeast QUARTER FOR A DISTANCE OF 652.42 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N01 DEGREE 78 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 245.25 FEET; THENCE N89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 499.32 FEET TO POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVING CUL-D-SAC CONCAVE TO THE West, HAVING A RADIUS OF 75 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 312 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 37 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N00 DEGREE 00 MINUTE 34 SECONDS W, 60.00 FEET; THENCE Easterly, Northerly, AND Westerly ALONG SAID CURVING CUL-D-SAC AN ARC DISTANCE OF 409.52 FEET TO A POINT OF NON-TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 497.94 FEET; THENCE N01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 456.58 FEET; THENCE S56 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 45 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 25.72 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 150.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 38 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 50 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S75 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 09 SECONDS E, 99.35 FEET; THENCE Southeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 101.27 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N84 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 144.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 237.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 92 DEGREES 07 MINUTES 41 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N44 DEGREES 30 MINUTES 55 SECONDS E, 341.34 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 381.09 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE, THENCE N00 DEGREE 00 MINUTE 34 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 11.34 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Southeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 40.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N44 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 25 SECONDS E, 56.57 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 62.83 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.30 FEET TO THE East LINE OF SAID SECTION 36; THENCE N01 DEGREE 17 MINUTES 24 SECONDS E ALONG SAID East LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 60.00 FEET; THENCE S89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.30 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Southeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 100.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S44 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W, 141.42 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 157.08 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE, THENCE S00 DEGREE 00 MINUTE 34 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 12.95 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 177.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 93 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 26 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S44 DEGREES 57 MINUTES 18 SECONDS W, 256.80 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 287.32 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S84 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 148.08 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 90.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 38 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 50 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N75 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 09 SECONDS W, 59.61 FEET; THENCE Northwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AND ARC DISTANCE OF 60.76 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N56 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 45 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 432.04 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 367.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 81 DEGREES 71 MINUTES 00 SECOND, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N08 DEGREES 34 MINUTES 29 SECONDS W, 477.23 FEET; THENCE Northwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 519.54 FEET TO A POINT OF NON-TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N81 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 244.86 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 334.75 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 40 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N61 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E, 228.98 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 233.70 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N41 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 136.68 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Southeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 146.20 FEET, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N65 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 59 SECONDS E, 120.56 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 124.26 FEET TO A POINT OF REVERSE CURVATURE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 155.46 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 88 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 03 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N45 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 58 SECONDS E, 217.35 FEET; THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 240.67 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 18.56 FEET TO THE North LINE OF SAID SECTION 36; THENCE S90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND W ALONG SAID North LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 60.02 FEET; THENCE S01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 17.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 95.46 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 88 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 04 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S45 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 58 SECONDS W, 133.46 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 147.78 FEET TO A POINT OF REVERSE CURVATURE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE Southeast, HAVING A RADIUS OF 206.20 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 48 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 59 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S65 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 59 SECONDS W, 170.03 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 175.26 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S41 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 136.68 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 274.75 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 40 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S61 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W, 187.94 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 191.81 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S61 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 175.00 FEET; THENCE N42 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 14 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 38.36 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 210.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 33 DEGREES 49 MINUTES 51 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N25 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 18 SECONDS E, 122.20 FEET, THENCE Northeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 124.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE N09 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 78.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE West, HAVING A RADIUS OF 487.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 21 DEGREES 55 MINUTES 37 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N06 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 44 SECONDS W, 185.24 FEET; THENCE Northwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 186.37 FEET TO THE North LINE OF SAID SECTION 36; THENCE S90 DEGREES 00 MINUTE 00 SECOND W ALONG SAID North LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 63.28 FEET TO A POINT ON A CURVE, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 427.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 21 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 47 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S07 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 39 SECONDS E, 178.66 FEET; THENCE Southeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 158.84 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE S09 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 76.53 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE Northwest, HAVING A RADIUS OF 150.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 33 DEGREES 49 MINUTES 52 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S25 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 18 SECONDS W, 87.29 FEET; THENCE Southwesterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 88.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S42 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 14 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 111.48 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE East, HAVING A RADIUS OF 427.00, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 85 DEGREES 44 MINUTES 46 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S06 SECONDS 46 MINUTES 55 SECONDS E, 581.04 FEET; THENCE Southeasterly ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 639.03 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE S56 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 45 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 120.10 FEET; THENCE S57 DEGREES 15 MINUTES 51 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 272.77 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVING CUL-D-SAC CONCAVE TO THE East, HAVING A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 28615 FEET 35 INCHES, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S32 MINUTES 44 MINUTES 09 SECONDS E, 60.00 FEET; THENCE Westerly, Southerly, AND Easterly ALONG SAID CURVING CUL-D-SAC AN ARC DISTANCE OF 249.81 FEET TO A POINT OF NON-TANGENCY IN SAID CURVING CUL-D-SAC; THENCE N57 DEGREES 15 MINUTES 51 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 298.97 FEET; THENCE S56 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 45 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 153.33 FEET; THENCE S01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 496.00 FEET; THENCE S89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 454.26 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVING CUL-D-SAC CONCAVE TO THE East, HAVING A RADIUS OF 75.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 312 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 38 SECONDS, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S00 DEGREE 00 MINUTE 34 SECONDS E, 60.00 FEET; THENCE Westerly, Southerly, AND Easterly ALONG SAID CURVING CUL-D-SAC AN ARC DISTANCE OF 409.52 FEET TO A POINT OF NON-TANGENCY IN SAID CURVING CUL-D-SAC; THENCE N89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 452.89 FEET; THENCE S01 DEGREE 18 MINUTES 02 SECONDS W FOR A DISTANCE OF 245.25 FEET TO THE South LINE OF THE North HALF OF THE Southeast QUARTER OF THE Northeast QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 36; THENCE N89 DEGREES 59 MINUTES 26 SECONDS E FOR A DISTANCE OF 60.02 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. and all fixtures and personal property located therein or thereon, which are included as security in Plaintiff’s mortgage. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Port St Joe, GULF COUNTY, Florida, this 17th day of July, 2013. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of said Circuit Court By: B A Baxter As Deputy Clerk July 25, August 1, 2013 94519S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1587 Application No. 2013-32 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 06291-080R Description of Property: Lot 16, Surfside Estates II, a subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3 at Pages 46 and 47 of 94517S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1493 Application No. 2013-33 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 06267-600R Description of Property: Lot 25, Paradise Gulf Paradise Bay, as per plat thereof recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Rudolph J. Forte, Jr., Nicholas Brauning and Thomas J. Huber All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 28th day of August, 2013. Dated this 23rd day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2013 Creamer’s Tree Service Licensed & Insured. Free estimates. (850) 832-9343 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020


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DFWP/ M-F/7-5/EOE Closing Date: August 10, 2013 1113279 CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER This position will be responsible for supporting the educational mission of the college by encouraging corporations, foundations, & individuals to donate gifts, grants, or bequests of money or property to the college through personal and public presentations, written proposals, & special fund-raising events. Requires: Master’s degree in Marketing, Communication, or Business. Experience working with small & large groups, foundations, grants & community organizations. Experience as a project leader & with soliciting of funds & campaigns. Salary commensurate with education & experience. This position will remain open until lled. Applications may be submitted at GCSC Human Resources 5230 W. U.S. Highway 98Additional info: Women & minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer. GCSC Equity Oce 850.872.3866 1110074 EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP MORE THAN A JOB… A FUTURE! an aggressive leader in the Marine Industry, located in Panama City, FL has the following opportunities for skilled craftsmen: ShipfitterS € pipefitterS €pipe WelderS X-ray WelderS € Qa inSpectorS outSide MachiniStS € painterS/SandblaSterS induStrial Marine electricianS cherry picker operatorWe offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benets package including: Company paid health, dental, and life insurance, 401(k), attendance & safety bonuses. Qualied applicants can apply in person at the: chaMber of coMMerce on tueSdayS or at either of our Panama City Locations: 13300 Allanton Rd., Panama City, FL 32404 or 134 S. East Ave., Panama City, FL 32401EOE/Drug Free Workplace the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Michael R. McNew and Nancy Hanks-McNew All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 28th day of August, 2013. Dated this 23rd day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2013 94549S IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIALCIRCUITIN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVILACTION CASE NO.: 23-2012-CA-000060 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BYMERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LPFKACOUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP. Plaintiff, vs. JASON P. BARBOUR, et. el. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated the 18th day of July, 2013, entered in Civil Case Number 23-2012CA-000060, in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BYMERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LPFKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LPis the Plaintiff, and JASON P. BARBOUR, et al., are the Defendants, I will sell the property situated in Gulf County, Florida, described as: Commencing at a concrete monument marking the NW corner of NE 1/4 of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence N 8930’30” E, along the North line of said NE 1/4 for 680.04 feet to an iron rod; thence continue N 8930’30” E, along said North line for 276.00 feet to an iron rod; thence S 007’40” E, for 74.05 feet to an iron rod on the South right of way line of a paved County Road as occupied, said point being 30.00 feet South of the centerline of pavement of said road; thence N 8956’20” E, along said South right of way line a distance of 105.00 feet to an iron rod for the Point of Beginning; thence continue N 8956’20” E, along said right of way line for 105.00 feet to an iron rod; thence S 007’40” E, 220.00 feet to an iron rod; thence S 8956’20” W 105.00 feet to an iron rod; thence N 007’40” W 220.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Being located in the NE 1/4 of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida. The South 10.00 feet of the above described property being subject to a private easement for the purposes of ingress and egress Together with that certain doublewide mobile home described as: 2004 CHAN Vin 2208482A #0090445639 and 2004 CHAN Vin 220848B #0090445717 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 5th Street, Port St. Joe, FL32456 at 11:00 AM, on the 22nd day of August, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated: July 19, 2013. Rebecca Norris Gulf County Clerk of Court Clerk of Circuit Court By: Barbara Baxter Deputy Clerk August 1, 8, 2013 94521S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 581 Application No. 2013-31 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 02576-001R Description of Property: Commence at the SW corner of the SE 1/4 of Section 36, T4S, R10W and extend a line Easterly along the South line of said Section 36, for 1320.0 feet to a point of beginning. From this point of Beginning, continue Easterly for 269 feet, thence turn left 86 minutes 28 degrees North for 165 feet, thence turn left and run West to the East side of SR 71, thence run Southeasterly along the East side of said SR 71 to the point of beginning said lot off the South and tract of Charlie Strange Name in which assessed: Carolyn Grinslade All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 28th day of August, 2013. Dated this 23rd day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2013 94619S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, at its meeting on the 6th day of August, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., EST, in the regular Commission meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St. Joe, Florida, will have the 1st reading and on the 20th day of August, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., EST, in the regular Commission meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St. Joe, Florida, will consider for final adoption an Ordinance with the following title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA REPEALING A SECTION OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, PROVIDING FOR A NEW SECTION 5.07, PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 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. Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in writing to the City Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure 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. CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA BY: S/ MEL MAGIDSON, JR. Mayor-Commissioner Attest: S/ Charlotte M. Pierce City Clerk August 1, 8, 2013 94649S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 798 Application No. 2013-34 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 R.E. No: 03391-012R Description of Property: TRACT “A” Commence at a concrete monument marking the Northeast covner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South 119.50 feet to a concrete monument, thence run South 89 degrees 55 minutes 55 seconds West 175.54 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING continue South 89 degrees 55 minutes 55 seconds West 174.57 feet to a concrete monument on the Easterly right-of-way boundary of Palmetto Street, thence run North 00 degrees 02 minutes 26 seconds West along said right-of-way boundary 169.84 feet to the Southerly right-of-way boundary of Forest Street, thence run South 89 Degrees 57 minutes 31 seconds East along said Southerly right-ofway boundary 174.57 feet, thence run South 00 degrees 00 minutes 26 seconds East 169.51 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 0.68 of an acre, more or less. Name in which assessed: Valerie Dodds All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 4th day of September, 2013. Dated this 30th day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013 94651S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 799 Application No. 2013-35 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 R.E. No: 03391-013R Description of Property: TRACT “B” Begin at a concrete monument marking the Northeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South 119.50 feet to a concrete monument, thence run South 89 degrees 55 minutes 55 seconds West 175.54 feet, thence run North 00 degrees 00 minutes 26 seconds West 169.51 feet to the Southerly right-of-way boundary of Forest Street, thence run South 89 degrees 57 minutes 31 seconds East along said right-of-way boundary 175.56 feet, thence run South 49.68 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 0.68 of an acre, more or less. Name in which assessed: Valerie Dodds All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 4th day of September, 2013. Dated this 30th day of July, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013 94655S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS CITY OF PORT ST. JOE RFP 2013-05 The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in constructing: CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE & KEEPER’S QUARTERS RELOCATION AND RESTORATION The project includes preparation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Keeper’s Quarters, and Oil Storage Shed for relocation, transport plan, construction of temporary roadbeds, new foundation systems and placement, and anchoring at new site location. Movement of the Cape San Blas lighthouse, keeper’s quarters and oil storage shed and foundation structures, restoration of existing finishes around base of new site, restoration and infill of existing site. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to PREBLE-RISH, INC. The completion date for this project will be 90 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the successful bidder. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $500.00 per day. Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid, for the “Cape San Blas Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Relocation and Restoration” Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on August 29, 2013 at the City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, and will be opened and read aloud at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Handicapped Accessible/ Fair Housing Jurisdiction. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at the office of Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida (850) 227-7200 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, August 15, 2013. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200. August 1, 8, 2013 94661S PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2013-04 The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through August 15, 2013, at 4:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services for all City Computer Systems as needed. The preferred Company will be knowledgeable in local and state governmental regulations, Dell Hardware, MUNIS Software, VMware Esxi 3 & 4, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Terminal Server 2008 R2, Linux Enterprises 5, Postfix & Dovecot Mail Server, Enterasys Expedition series routers, Layer 3 managed network switching, CC Proxy internet proxy and certification in CJIS Security & Awareness Testing. A Certificate of Liability Insurance of $1,000,000 for General Liability must also be included in the bid proposal. All previous bidders must submit a bid proposal to qualify. Statements of proposals with an original signature and 3 copies should be submitted to: City of Port St. Joe 305 Cecil Costin, Sr., Blvd Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 Bids must be clearly marked “RFP #2013-04 Information Technology Services.” The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. Questions regarding this solicitation may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 August 1, 8, 2013 Tots Family Daycare Home Has 2 childcare slots available at 314 Ave. F, PSJ, FL. 850-229-6430 Text FL58194 to 56654 Missing Dog Small black dog missing since Monday night. His name is Toby. Very friendly. Majority black shih-tzu with a white belly and paws. About 12lbs. Please call 404-379-8284, 850-227-7828 or email sfellers@ We miss and love him so much! Thank you!! Text FL59327 to 56654 Cue’s Quality Used Furniture and Dollar Store Introducing a new line of mattresses-made in USA by Symbol Mattress Company, King set $499 (10 yr warranty), Queen Set $399 (10 yr warranty), Full set $249 (5 yr warranty) and Twin set $199 (5 yr warranty) 1425 Hwy 71 S. Wewa. 850-639-2343 Text FL59722 to 56654 Power lift recliner chair tan, $200. 850-229-6567 Text FL60371 to 56654 Port St Joe 770 Hwy 98, Saturday, August 10, 9 am -2 pmHUGE POD SALE 5 Star Collision Everything must go! No pre-shop sales! Text FL58636 to 56654 1 Ornate Marble Bistro Table w/4 matching cast iron chairs, w/newly covered vinyl seats, $395. 1 old pine coffee table & end table, $150. 229-1215 Install/Maint/Repair Mechanic 1 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications for one (1) FULL-TIME Mechanic I with benefits. 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